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January 2010

Caprica review: Pilot

Caprica Pilot

A tragic act of violence throws two families into despair, resulting in one father’s questionable use of technology in his attempts to reconnect with his daughter, while another father considers compromising his ethics in dealings with an organized crime syndicate.

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Twitter: Let’s get this party started

Last year, I posted my position that was not exactly anti-Twitter, but certainly not at all for it, either. I wondered whether it was a fad, and questioned its utility as a worthwhile endeavor on the Internets, where we use the Google and stuff.

Twitter tweets you
Twitter. A-holes. Silly bird and cartoon T make me feel compelled to tweet. Too bad Conan’s Twitter Tracker is no more; now he can’t follow me.

Even then, I knew that post was the blogging equivalent of ice-skating uphill and revealing myself as an out-of-touch fuddy-duddy.

I think that column reveals more about me personally than about the Way We Live Now. I also think that it’s time to backtrack and take advantage of The Way We Live Now, rather than fighting it merely because it allows me to be a quieter and less plugged-in procrastinator. I should opt to be a noisier and more technologically dependent procrastinator.

Twitter, of course, represents a format of brevity and here’s-what-I’m-thinking-right-now. I’ve always assumed that people don’t particularly care what I’m thinking right now and would rather wait until I have a more comprehensive and organized collections of written-down thoughts that can be consumed over the course of 10 minutes rather than five seconds. You know, something that would necessitate — oh, I don’t know — at the very least 200 words, and more likely my more typical 2,000. (Read more…)

‘Caprica’ premieres tonight. Are you in or out?

The Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica debuts tonight at 9/8c on Syfy.

Tonight’s two-hour pilot movie is what was released on DVD last April. Many of you have undoubtedly seen it. I saw it back then, but have not yet gotten around to reviewing it. Look for that next week (now that I’m facing a deadline).

For those who have not seen the Caprica pilot, and might have been on the fence as to whether you were going to give Caprica a try, perhaps I can give you a nudge in the right direction:

Watch it. It’s very good. (Read more…)

Battlestar Galactica: ‘The Plan’

At long last, I’ve posted my absolutely last review for Battlestar Galactica, for the TV movie “The Plan,” which debuted on DVD and Blu-ray nearly three months ago and premiered on Sci Fi Syfy a couple weeks ago. You can read the review over at the home office known as Jammer’s Reviews. (Read more…)

NBC: Never Be Closing (aka the Conan debacle)

I wrote last summer about Conan O’Brien’s big, much-anticipated move to The Tonight Show, closing with this paragraph:

But ratings be damned. Our boy has reached the Promised Land. Am I the only Conan fan who couldn’t help but grin happily, seeing that opening sketch of Show One — with Conan running from New York to Los Angeles — as a sort of victory lap?

Insert title card: SEVEN MONTHS LATER. (Read more…)

3D cinema? Possibly. 3D television? Please get real.

The film industry has been trying to push 3D on its customers for a while now, but it has just in the past year or so shifted that campaign into high gear. 2009 had a number of notable titles to be released in movie theaters in 3D (most of them CGI-animated productions that easily lend themselves to the 3D process because they are completely digitally created).

AvatarAvatar and 3D: The future of cinema? Not so fast.

Now comes the 3D “game changer” behemoth: Avatar. This is going to be the movie that changes everything, right?

Well, not so fast.

Avatar is the first modern 3D feature film that I’ve seen. By “modern,” I mean the sort of 3D by way of modern techniques like circular polarization, as opposed to those 1950s-style red/blue glasses.

Avatar is a wonderfully entertaining and unsubtle message movie and a visual achievement (and no, I will not be reviewing it), but I am not convinced that it needs to be seen in 3D. Granted, the 3D was pretty damn cool. There were scenes where you could literally focus on foreground objects on the screen as if they were really there, and then switch your focus to objects behind them, and the foreground object would go double, just like in real life. There are some breathtaking shots in 3D, where the experience becomes immersive. And impressive. (Read more…)