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Remember the rules - no spoilers until a show has completed airing on the West Coast, and no mention of scenes from upcoming episodes.
I was eager to see who The War's Sullivan Ballou would be.
Drab is a good word to describe the show. There's not one iota of humor (whether intentional or otherwise) or even really any light moments. It's just kind of depressing and, well, drab. Not that I hate it, but still.
I'm waiting for his new film to come out and be told that I'm not hip enough to appreciate it.
I am now 17 minutes into The War. It is good filler while I wait for other things.
I liked Journeyman but didn't love it. It was pretty interesting EXCEPT for the part that is supposed to be the hook of the show. The person whose life he was intervening in was a bad story.
In response to Wes Anderson, I think his movies can be great. Or at least I used to. I loved Bottle Rocket when I was in high school, as well as Rushmore. And I really liked Tenenbaums when I was in college. But these days (post-film school and learning about Andersons "influences", i.e. French New Wave) his movies just kinda feel one dimensional. Stick with the AmEx commericals, Wes! (Even though it was a rip off from a scene from Truffaut's Day for Night)
I just really like his visual style, and how detached yet emotionally wrecked most of his characters are. I think Rushmore is a brilliant movie, and I really like Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic. He always gets good performances from his cast, and there are always really moving scenes in each of his films.
I don't think Wes Anderson is uber-hip, but it's a stretch to say that people who like his movies are trying to be hip. We just like the movies.
I'm going by a sample size of one.
But I will say this...If you can coax a good performance out of Owen Wilson (Eli Cash), that has to count for something.
"The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket. 'Vámonos, amigos,' he whispered, and threw the busted leather flintcraw over the loose weave of the saddlecock. And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight."
But I don't get disliking Rushmore.
Heroes: this episode was hardly even necessary. I bet they could have skipped straight to whatever the next episode is without losing much. It was about three minutes of plot advancement and the rest was filler. It didn't pull me in at all.
21 I watched the first seven or eight episodes of Heroes last year, and really didn't get the hype. I watched the premiere this year, and I still don't get the hype. And I'm willing to give anything close to sci-fi a lot of slack. I don't get why this show has such geek cred. It's not particularly good.
As someone who has been extemely tolerant of product placement on TV, I feel the TiVo ads within "Tell Me" are more than I can handle. Way too blatant.
I feel like we've done the Wes Anderson conversation two or three times before. Some of his stuff is better than others. Loved Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. And of course, I take a backseat to no one on loving "Freaks and Geeks."
I doubt the latter will last long enough to figure out why we've picked up a gloomy version of "Quantum Leap."
Back to Chuck, my only real problem (so far) was I thought the Morgan character (Chuck's bearded best friend) was a bit hokey and it felt like he was trying to be Seth Green or Jamie Kennedy (which isn't positive IMO).
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