Archives for the month of: April, 2012

Why am I so irritated with the fourth season of the series Damages, the legal drama starring a Rasputinesque, Machiavellian Glenn Close as ruthless attorney Patty Hewes, and a lovely, doe-eyed, not-as-guileless-as-she looks Rose Byrne, on whom I Read the rest of this entry »

Much has been made of the shocking tweets about the race of the girl who portrayed Rue. It has been discussed plenty so I won’t go into detail. But I am referring to the slew of racist tweets from angry idiots that a black actor played Rue even though her character in the book is described as being “dark-skinned”. I am not aware of any official comment made by Suzanne Collins on this topic. While I can appreciate that she would not want to add fuel to this ugly fire, I think only she has the clout to tell these dummies to shove it. As Doris W. said, “It was disheartening.”

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I was recently asked by Mr. Lousy if Dollhouse was worth watching.  Mr. Lousy has seen all the other Joss Whedon series from Buffy to Angel to Firefly, and, like me, was a latecomer to all of them.  (We both overshot Buffy by more than a decade.)  I am going to recommend that Mr. Lousy arrive late to the table once again, bearing in mind that I might not steer others in the same direction, for Dollhouse is the most sci-fi of all the Whedon shows (no – I am not forgetting Firefly) and the most difficult Read the rest of this entry »


A few months ago I noticed that Netflix was streaming the original Dark Shadows ABC daytime soap opera, no doubt coordinated with the release of the film adaptation set for May 2012. After a moment’s hesitation, I knew that I had to go back – return to my five-year-old self and confront one of my deepest fears: Barnabas Collins, the agent of many childhood nightmares that left an imprint of anxiety on my psyche that may have never been fully erased.   I was about to conduct Read the rest of this entry »

I recently found out that Gary Ross is out as director for any Hunger Games sequels. The names of a few directors in the running reported by the LA Times are Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. I really like all these directors but there was one name that immediately popped into my head when I heard the director’s chair was open – Kathryn Bigelow.

I have been a Kathryn Bigelow fan since Near Dark, one of my favorite vampire movies. It was the first vampire movie I saw that portrayed vamps not as gorgeous glam sophisticates but rather just a gang of trashy thugs. It’s visceral, darkly funny and Read the rest of this entry »

Doris W. demands her Finnick after Fonda envisioning exercise:

Raúl has a preliminary pick: Hunter Parrish as Finnick in the next The Hunger Games movie Catching Fire. He auditioned for Peeta, so his name may still be in the hat. Isn’t Finnick blonde? Parrish would fit. The actor has to be able to act enough so that we don’t trust him and don’t understand him, all while being irresistibly charming and handsome. I think Parrish can act okay, and he played Jesus in a Broadway revival of Godspell, so he’s good enough to get on Broadway, and he’s already played a martyr.

Please refer to this video for charm and handsomeness. Irresistibility may lie in the eye of the beholder. Please study the batting eyelashes and concluding smile before rendering your verdict.

We’ve still got another Hunger Games sequel to go, so now is the time for the Mockingjay District 13 presidential campaign to begin. I am already endorsing Jane Fonda for President Coin.  Perfect on so many levels.  She exudes an off-putting air of superiority and presents as seemingly sympathetic yet somewhat icy.  Her Read the rest of this entry »