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Here's the schedule for next week's upfront presentations by the broadcast networks for announcing their fall prime-time schedules:
NBC Monday 5/14
ABC Tuesday 5/15
CBS Wednesday 5/16
CW Thursday 5/17
Fox Thursday 5/17
Among other sites, The Futon Critic has a good guide to the upfronts.
Every thread at Screen Jam is an open chat thread.
What about "The Nine?"
This is something brilliant TV executives generally do only by accident, in between thinking up ideas like "Oprah Winfrey's Big Give," or "Untitled Victoria Beckham Project."
Who is very annoying.
* Locke can't see Jacob (and Ben seems surprised) because he didn't kill his father, he got Sawyer to do it for him.
* Locke will recover because the island helps him recover quickly (it healed his legs and he can't feel pain).
I also suspect that a second purge is coming soon. Ben's little world is beginning to unravel, and he feels pressure to take a simplifying action.
I notice ABC always has Lost episodes online, but I never see NBC do that.
Are they available on the internet?
Touch of Evil (1958) - old detective story starring a young Charlton Heston as the Mexican detective protagonist and Orson Welles as the American shady detective. It was okay, but some of the crime-solving methods were laughably old-school (i.e. a "bug" where the receiver has to be within about 50 feet to be able to hear). Not one of the better "old" movies I've seen.
World Trade Center (2006) - I know it's based on a true story (the rescue, not the whole incident, I'm not that dumb), but Oliver Stone seemed to add a bit too much sap for my taste. Instead of feeling triumphant at the end, the movie just seemed like it had finally reached its endpoint without their being much tension. United 93 was a much more successful endeavor in showing this type of material.
Barton Fink (1991) - Coen brothers movies are a mixed bag for me, and this one was no different. I loved how kooky a lot of the characters are (especially the studio head) and there were some effectively strange visuals, but the story didn't seem to flow very well so I was left wanting at the end. Overall I'd recommend it, but I felt like it could have been a killer had it used even slightly more conventional storytelling methods.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - I'm not usually a fan of feel-good stories, so it wasn't surprising that I wasn't hooked on this one. I spent the whole movie trying to figure out why Will Smith's character didn't just get a part-time job to help him stay afloat considering he was flat broke and not having much luck selling his medical stuff. The acting was very good, but the actions that the characters took just didn't make much sense to me. It's great that he ended up a gagillionaire and everything, but he was taking a big risk and could have lost his kid forever with a little less luck on his side.
Next on the plate will be watching Little Children again, my favorite movie of 2006!
My roommates look at me like I'm crazy when I close my eyes and demand the "Mute" button be pressed when a LOST promo comes on the air.
As for Pursuit, I can't quite believe you spent the movie wondering why he didn't get a part-time job. The guy was pounding the city morning til night at least five days a week trying to sell those things. He had a job. If you're saying he should have just given up on them, well, that's easier said than done when they are worth huge amounts of money. So I'm not sure why you can't understand why he didn't do it. It wasn't as if he was never selling them - he was selling just enough to keep himself going.
Certainly, he was ready to make a career change - and he does - but then his wife left him with the kid, complicating things. So I'm not sure when he was supposed to get this part-time job you're suggesting. If you're saying he should have gone for a part-time job instead of the internship, well, that's what tons of people do each day, but he wanted something that would get himself off the vicious cycle he was in.
What it comes down to is that I have no tolerance for people who can't support their family. You don't make much money? Have a tight budget and live in a cheap area (not freakin San Francisco). You want to take a big risk by spending a ton of money in hopes of selling something? First of all, you better be damn sure you'll be able to sell them. Second of all, you better have a good backup plan.
Seriously though, how many doctor's offices are there in the bay area for him to try and sell these to? Sounds like a three month job maximum, shouldn't he have been pretty close to running out of possible buyers by then?
22 - Yeah, I basically agree with that.
Barton Fink, I get. But not Touch of Evil.
Tony is falling apart.
As for "The Sopranos" was I supposed to know the woman in Las Vegas? Or was that one of those characters that sort of came out of nowhere? Or was she in one episode five years ago and I was supposed to remember who she was?
And who was the corpse at Paulie's wake?
Do I need to go and remake my Giant Chart O' Characters?
My relationship with Touch of Evil seems highly dependent on context. The first time I saw it was the bowdlerized cut, on a small TV screen, and I was very underwhelmed. The second time I saw it was the Welles cut on a big screen, and holy smokes. I was blown away.
That opening tracking shot, although so oft-imitated that it's almost become a cliche, remains stunning.
Sopranos was beyond fantastic this week. Wow! Just cemented it as the greatest television show ever made in my mind.
One movie I recently re-watched, and highly recommend, is Hitchcock's "Rope." Not noir, not the greatest movie ever made, but as an exercise in experimental film, it's just fantastic. I forgot how great an actor Farley Granger is.
33 I thought The Third Man and Double Indemnity were excellent because they had storylines that held your attention throughout. Touch of Evil had an idiot detective who kept leaving his wife even though she was being terrorized and clues like "she smells like pot! she's a total drug addict! let's hang her!"
I like Double Indemnity, but I don't love it. James M. Cain is one of my favorite authors and its too different from the book for me to rate it high.
The Third Man is a great movie.
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