Series and we, the morons

January 7th, 2008 § 2 comments § permalink

I think–no, strike that, I’m sure some writers think we are complete morons.

I was watching an episode of CSI Miami today that showed, in the opening teaser, the following piece of dialog between Horation Cane–the series’ main character–and his medical examiner. A woman was dead, and the medical examiner told Cane that she had found two kinds of wounds: one caused by a serrated knife, which was the one who had really killed the woman, and another, caused by a plain knife and inflected post-mortem in the shape of the letter Y. Horatio Cane–made famous by his cheese one-liners, proceeds to utter the following statement:

“That would mean the second wound is a serial killer signature”

No freaking kidding, Sherlock!

As if the fact that I’m somewhat educated, that I’m watching a criminal drama and, therefore, used to this kind of theme, would not be sufficient to think the exact same think a hundredth of second after hearing what the medical examiner had said.

I also remember an episode of House in which he describes to his underlings how the immune system works. If he has to explain that to a neurologist, and immunologist (!) and a specialist in intensive care, he really needs different people working with him. Maybe that’s way they all left him in the end of the third season. :-)

Anyway, sometimes you need to explain certain terms and motives to the people watching the series; sometimes, what the specialist is trying to say is too technical and some people will not understand it otherwise. But you don’t need to insult the intelligence of the other people who do understand what is being said. If House was Grey’s Anatomy, I would gladly let it pass. But House watchers deserve better.

In the CSI Miami episode, it would just be a matter of waiting until the story developed enough to show the background of the assassin, something they would have to do anyway. In the House episode, the explanation could easily have been provided to another person, the patient itself or his family.

And to think that some TV executives that will try t explain the poor rating by blaming by saying that the public didn’t receive the show well. Of course, I’d say, with such writing people will deliberately not watch.

…has an end.

November 5th, 2003 § 1 comment § permalink

And what a disappointing ending! I just returned from the first screening of Matrix Revolutions in my city. I confess: I’m terribly disappointed with the whole movie, story and ending. As incredible as it may sound, the whole movie was extremely predictable. I expected something different from what they came up with. It didn’t need to be the most surprising ending in the history of cinema. It only needed to be clever and stay away from the usual clichés. It didn’t use a cliché ending, but it was predictable all the same. And many other parts of the movies used a lot of clichés.

When I saw the first movie, I thought it would be hard to improve on its story. I feared Reloaded would be simply a way to make more money with the success of the first movie. However, Reloaded had a good story, even if was more packed with action than with plot. It solved old questions and raised new ones. After I saw it, I believed Revolutions would be similar, solving all main questions and leaving some more, both to satisfy the fans and to provide a way to continue with the story beyond the movie. But Revolutions was nothing like this. Anyway, with so much hype, it would be hard to end the series in a way that would satisfy everybody. I think many people will like the movie the way it is. But I won’t. Unless I’m not realizing something deeper in the story, the ending was very simple. The friends I was with thought the same.

I won’t comment on specific details as the movie has just been released and I want to wait for more opinions about it. In any case, I had to see Revolutions. Even if it meant I was disappointed.

Everything that has a beginning…

November 5th, 2003 § Comments Off on Everything that has a beginning… § permalink

I’m off to see Matrix. Judging from the trailer, it will be the crowning jewel of the series. At least I hope so. See you later. 😛

X2

May 4th, 2003 § Comments Off on X2 § permalink

I went to see X-Men 2 last Friday with my wife, my sister, and my brother. We managed to catch the second showing, after some complications kept us from seeing the opening session. Strange things always happen when I want to see this kind of high-profile movies in their opening day.

As almost everybody have seen it already, I won’t repeat needless details seen elsewhere. It’s enough to say that the movie truly rocks. Some scenes beat the crap out of The Matrix, like the opening scene with Nigthcrawler. :-O The part when Mystique manages to invade Stryker’s bunker was one of the best things I have ever seen in a movie. That girl is spectacular! :-)

Kudos to Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman, who played Magneto and Wolverine, respectively. Quite cool acting, indeed.

Now, I will just wait for The Matrix Reloaded. 😉

Star Trek: Nemesis

February 25th, 2003 § Comments Off on Star Trek: Nemesis § permalink

Last Friday, my wife and I went to the movies to see Star Trek: Nemesis. As I wrote before, I was waiting expectantly for this tenth installment in the movie series, especially considering that Star Trek is one of the things related to science fiction that I enjoy the most. Although I was a little afraid because of the bombastic failure of the movie in the USA box office, the movie didn’t disappoint me. » Read the rest of this entry «

The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition

January 12th, 2003 § Comments Off on The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition § permalink

Yesterday, I saw The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition. The mother of a friend of mine lives in the USA, and bought him the 4-DVD box. It was incredible! I had no idea that the 30 minutes or so of new and extended scenes would make such a difference. The history and characters were much better developed. I especially liked to see more of the Council of Elrond and Lothlórien. Boromir and Celeborn got a lot more screen time, and became stronger characters. Many of the loose threads perceveid in the big screen version were tied too.

After the movie, we saw a little of the interviews with the cast and a lot of the making of. We were impressed with the work it took to bring the movie into existence; in truth, the work was an epic feat in itself. The technologies used to create the movie are so cool that the three programmers in our group were unanimous in deciding to get work at Weta Digital. I guess we can become part of the cleaning staff until an opportunity arises to work in the software development team :)

In short, the movie was worth every second of running time. Run, don’t walk, to see it if you still didn’t.

Terrible captioning

January 8th, 2003 § Comments Off on Terrible captioning § permalink

Via Dorothea, an extremely funny set of images captured from a bootleg copy of The Lord of the Rings. One of the most funny is when Frodo says to Sam in the last scene: “I don’t suppose we ever have to see them again.”

The Wilhelm Scream

December 31st, 2002 § 6 comments § permalink

The Wilhelm Scream is a funny article about a bit of movie trivia: a recurrent cry that has found its place in many of the most famous films of all times including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Toy Story and Batman Returns. According the article it’s “an inimitable cry of pain and alarm” which first appeared in a 1953’s western flick, where a cowboy named Wilhelm is hit in the leg by an arrow. The article also has a downloadable compilation of films featuring the scream.

The Two Towers

December 30th, 2002 § 2 comments § permalink

My wife and I managed to see the movie. Except for a one-hour wait and a certain amount of trouble to find seats, we had no problem at all. After that, we experienced three uninterrupted hours of epic scenes and imagery. My opinion? Well, I will forever love and hate The Two Towers.

With respect to scenery and general Oscar-worthiness, the movie is quite impressive. In almost each of the 179 minutes, we were shown incredible beautiful locations, cool special effects, watched good acting, and had fun.

On the other hand, so many liberties were taken with the story that the Professor is probably turning around his grave in this very moment. Worst of all, most modification had no discernible reason for being. In almost every part the movie differs from the books, the original storyline would obviously do better without affecting the movie length.

I liked:

Special effects:
The battle scenes were incredible. The orc army is beyond description. It’s almost impossible to believe it’s computer-generated. The ents simply rock! They’re exactly like I imagined when reading the books, right to their voices. The “oliphants” and Nazgûl mounts were quite cool, too.
Landscapes:
They’re impressive. The last scene in the movie, showing Mordor, with Barad-Dûr and Orodruin visible at the same time, will remain in my memory for a long time.
Gollum:
Gollum is an all-time favorite of mine when reading Tolkien. I can’t quite decide whether I hate him or pity him. He was perfectly portrayed in the movie, specially regarding his inner struggle.
New characters:
I liked Éomer, Éowyn, Théoden, and Gríma. Good acting on the part of all actors, especially by Miranda Otto. I can’t wait to see her battle with the chief Nazgûl in the next movie.
The fantastic four:
Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are better developed. The scene of Legolas hopping onto the horse was one of the best in the movie — very elvish.

I hated:

The Ent Moot:
It was simply ridiculous. It made the ents look like coward, lazy and uninterested beings. It also seemed an excuse for Pippin’s redemption after so many blunders. I also missed some emphasis on the relationship between Treebeard and the forest, and the ents’ oldness.
Frodo and the Nazgûl:
Just a big “Huh?”
Faramir as a villain:
Unbelievable! Although he looks and acts a lot like Boromir, they couldn’t have deviated more from the books. What was that about going to Gondor, too!?
A comic Gimli:
I don’t know who had the bad idea of turning Gimli into a comic relief. It may be kind of fun but surely takes some of the character’s magic away.
Elves on Helm’s Deep:
Besides not happening in the books, there was some contradictions in the elvish characterization: Haldir is supposed to be from Lothlórien, but comes on Elrond’s orders and the elves are not quite as good as Legolas on handling bows.
Éowyn, Aragorn and Arwen:
A love triangle? I won’t even comment it.
Miscellany:
Merry and Pippin do not meet with Gandalf in Fangorn. Also, the battle is a small part of the book, but is given too much weight in the movie. Finally, where is the rest of the book?

From the lists above, it’s easy to see why I loved and hated the movie. Overall, it was worth the wait. I will see it again before it leaves the big screen, and I hope the next movie does better. But I guess I will try to avoid movies based on books I have read — especially when I like the books.

Not again!

December 27th, 2002 § Comments Off on Not again! § permalink

It’s happening again… My wife and I just lost the first screening of The Two Towers because a bus driver ignored her as she stood on a bus station. Last year, The Fellowship of the Ring had already been in the big screens for 15 days before we were able to buy tickets — because we lost its first screening.

At least I was able to buy tickets for tomorrow. But I’m already fearing what may happen this time: power failures, a transit strike, what?

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