kenman

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  1. As has been stated oh so many times, it has been pre-sold internationally and they have begun shooting the thing...they aren't going to mothball it at this stage. No matter the delays it is definitely getting released, and there is a good chance for a second year, as just the international sales alone made a profit for CBS. Now maybe writers strikes and delays could all end up proving more costly than initial projections and it only gets one year, but that all remains to be seen and I am perfectly pleased that we will (eventually and absolutely) just get a whole new season of Trek.
  2. What a whiney article that offers nothing. It is just...I WANT STAR TREK NOWWWWW!!!! Jeezow. The problem here is that fanbases of all kinds have become so entitled these days. And since everyone and their mother is allowed to write snarky articles about their complaints about a TV show not being ready for air yet, we get thousands of them questioning what is going on behind the scenes on a show that had an uphill battle the moment they said they were making new Star Trek...because fans always want more and they will always start from the standpoint that if it isn't 100% what they are used to and want back, then they will hate it. Fanbases can be exhausting. Where is the show? Well they started with a fairly unattainable launch date, maybe because CBS is used to making standard Police procedurals and not big sci-fi properties that require lots of big new sets being built and CG. They even slapped together a CG test/tease to just prove that they are working on it, which gave people an idea that it was further into development than it ever was. They then delayed because pre-production took longer than expected, and yes Fuller decided or was asked to leave, which inevitably caused a bit of delays (or for all we know he was the early cause of delays, and he was asked to step down so they can get on with it...who really knows?), and so delayed until the Fall. They've started production, they are trying to get it made...and now there is a possible Writer's Strikes which could delay things even further. It may not be going smoothly, or maybe things have come together better than we realize it just is taking longer than anyone wants. What will matter is the show, it will arrive, it will come. I mean, Westworld was supposed to premiere in 2015, they delayed and retooled their concept until 2016, when it finally arrived it was a big ol' critical success. They wanted to get it right. Maybe Trek will be a mess, but optimism is in Trek's DNA, and if fans are starting from a pessimist viewpoint on the show and it's production...then I guess they should find something better suited to their tastes. So the show is being made. Maybe not NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW as so many would like...but it is being made. Patience is lost and fanboys and fangirls nowadays. They want their show and they want it now. We can discuss the quality of the show and whether or not it was rushed and suffered accordingly once I am allowed to watch it. I say rush it here so I can get to complaining about how bad it is faster.
  3. I think the comments about not saying when the date are were probably a "keeping the options open and not getting set in stone for a date when this WGA strike is looking like it could happen." This has been on the horizon for weeks, so it makes sense.
  4. As a member of a Union, I support the WGA completely. Hopefully they can get things resolved before another strike...Writers have proven their importance to the business in recent years (the big talked about shows are increasingly ones in which the writing is often a big selling point - Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Westworld, so on and so forth), so lets hope we aren't doomed with reality shows for a bit.
  5. I think the banging the "Colored Restroom" sign down with a crowbar was a low point in obvious Hollywooding of the thing. It immediately had me thinking "not a chance in hell this happened," and I looked it up and it was not remotely true. Othe interesting fudges in the story are that it takes place in 1961 (or at least begins there), and Johnson had a permanent gig in what she did in the movie by the late 50s. The real Dorothy Vaughn was the first black female supervisor at NASA in 1949, more than a decade before the movie takes place and she is constantly trying to get that promotion. And Johnson did get into the classified meetings, but not because time crunch, but because she was genuinely persistant which, again, I find more badass and interesting. Again, the great thing about the movie is that it brought this story I knew nothing about to light and got me reading about it. Some historical innacuracies are more forgivable than others...but a few Seem changed for the worse in my opinion. I think the real Johnson seems far kore persistant and powerful than the slightly more timid one of the movie. Not because she told people off or something, but because she seems like her intelligence pushed her past where she might have been allowed otherwise.
  6. Hidden Figures. A solid bio-pic about the achievements of three (with focus mostly on one) African American women at NASA in the early 60s whose important work helped the Space Program achieve it's goals. Having looked up details of the original story, I can't help but find the true story more inspiring than some elements of the feelgood Hollywood movie. For instance while the running to a "Colored" bathroom in another building happened, it happened to one of the other three women, and not Johnson...whereas Johnson apparently just used the white restroom for years, when it was eventually questioned, she said deal with it, and it was dropped. I like the real story so much better than the boss with a heart of gold who changes the rules for her. She made the change because she didn't take crap. That's better! But really, the movie brings their story to light, even if years and details are all wrong (as biopics tend to do), as a movie, it is a bit too Hollywood but it is solid...and how often does a major release like this feature three black female leads? Pretty much never. Movie is feelgood entertainment, and it praises hard work, science, intelligence, and working towards your goals no matter the obstacles (whether they be getting a man into space, or just advancing your career while not looking like everyone else)...good message, mostly well told, and a solid picture.
  7. So tonight was the premiere of the latest season of Doctor Who, and the show was in fine form indeed. Bill is already a wel-defined character, and no doubt will be a joy to watch this year. And I thought the premise of the episode did a great job of showcasing what the show can do and where it can go. It reintroduced the concepts of the The Doctor, the TARDIS, and all...while also setting up our new companion and adding in a few layers of mystery such as why the Doctor has stopped travelling and is on Earth as a professor, and what exactly is up with him and Nardole. I plan to watch it again when I get home from work and probably write up a full review on my Who blog.
  8. Listened to a WTF podcast with Eugene Levy, and it lead to me popping on the always funny "Best in Show." Always delivers laughs!
  9. The TV movies are a bit hit and miss. Some are like side stories that aren't necessary or memorable, and some were solid. The spinoff Crusade is pretty much completely avoidable in my opinion. JMS talked a lot about how the changing of episode orders screwed it, but I watched it in his intentional order, and it is still pretty crummy (and as Gus pointed out, one of the TV movies is essentially set up for a show that didn't really work and was canned before it would've had any time to course correct. Anyhow I remember liking "In the Beginning" alright, but beyond that I was hit or miss on the TV movies.
  10. Doctor Who, Smile, for me as well. Enjoyed it and plan to give it a second watch and write up my review soon.
  11. Per the request of Sehlat Vie, let's talk Scorsese films! The man has had one hell of a career, and about a year or two ago I decided to watch every on of his films from his earliest short film work to his latest (at the time it was Hugo) in chronological oder (give or take a few). It was a fun rid to see a career develop and take off and pretty much sty steadily great for decades. He has a made a few bad films (I didn't much care for Age of Innocence), but for the most part he is one of the most consitently entertaining filmmakers out there. Even his documentaries are tons of fun to watch. Discuss!
  12. Oh Pulp Fiction is hilarious. I think Goodfellas is very funny at times, but it is alsp dramatic at times, and tense at times...it is the whole fin package. But yea, if you think Scorcese only makes heavy pictures (like the phenomenal Raging Bull or Taxi Driver), I suggest you give Goodfellas a go, because he makes movies like Goodfellas purely to entertain and make some money, so he can work on one of his many passion projects about religion. Dude knows how to make a picture!
  13. Oh I think Goodfellas is really funny too, but it isn't, like, a comedy. It is a fun gangster movie with lots of humorous moments.
  14. I will recommend his strange dark comedy "After Hours." Its one of his lighter efforts. It is weird, so I can't say that you'd actually like it...but he is too great a filmmaker for me to allow you to avoid all together! Goodfellas, by the way, definitely isn't like a comedy, but it isn't too heavy or introspective really...just a great film, that is pretty fun. Changing gears, has anyone else seen Scorsese's latest film "Silence"? I am not religious, but I thought as a film is quite an effective look on faith and the depths one can go to protect that faith even in adversity.
  15. Not always. Tenth was alone and we started afresh with Eleven. I too hope she sticks around with Chibnall. We do know he asked Capaldi to stay (or at least the BBC did), there is a chance he is hoping for some continuity and could keep here on. I do like Nardole, but I think it is very clear he is only around for this season.
  16. I think they have a compulsion. They feel like it is such a part of the show that it can't go without, particularly in this modern era where standalones are far less frequent. But I think it would be a nice refresher to have the X-Files return every couple of years with just a shorter season of standalone stories. Unless they can finally come up with something good to be a running arc again, time to just do monster of the week stuff.
  17. I LOVED the early mythology stuff, right up until about halfway through Season Six with the Two Fathers/One Son wrap up. After that they didn't really have a goal. I did like the Super Soldiers/Search For Mulder thing in Season 8 (mostly it felt like there was a genuine direction again and I thought Doggett was a nice change of pace for a show that was getting stagnant), but everything else never truly worked for me. But in the mini-series the new attempt at mythology just felt a little forced and never truly clicked, whereas the monsters of the week stuff seemed like X-Files in it's prime kinda stories.
  18. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/x-files-return-fox-1202391802/ Fox is bringing back for a 10 episode season. I am down, wrap up the humdrum cliffhanger from that last mini-series, and just get on with fun X-Files cases. I am done with the mythology personaly, but if the monster of the week episodes are as solid and fun as those from the mini-series? I want. https://parade.com/564240/alison-abbey/exclusive-david-duchovny-is-back-as-fox-mulder-in-this-audio-clip-from-the-x-files-cold-cases/ By the way I meant to post this when it was initially announced, but Audible is also doing a series of original Audio Dramas starring Duchovny, Anderson, Pileggi, and many other castmembers, which I believe is meant to be set between the second film and the launch of the mini-series. It is also being run by Dirk Maggs, who made phenomenal full cast adaptations of the latter three Hitchhiker's Guibe books (the first two books were originally adapted from Adam's own radio series, but then he moved purely into the books. Those were released after his death, and Maggs did a great job with both the latter adaptations and Adams' other series Dirk Gently). So I am pretty down for these as well.
  19. Yea...it just did little for me. I had little expectations, didn't know the cast before watching. Only got it because the kid's Great Grandma (who will watch anything with a cute dog in it), might have watched it...or gotten stuffed animals for, so when she was over at Grandmas (where Great Grandma also lives), the kid became obsessed with all the pets and their names. So I grabbed it from the library. But I don't even know if it lived up to her expectations. She might just enjoy the toys at Grandmas a little more.
  20. Kid and I watched "The Secret Life of Pets" tonight (a prize for her perfect day on the potty...no accidents!), I personaly found it to be a bit average. It was he "Toy Story" formula with pets instead of toys, mixed with the more brash style you'd expect from the people who make the Minions. I've not really seen those "Despicable Me" movies, but I can kind of tell they aren't aimed at me as an audience. There wasn't much that grabbed me while we were watching it. Kid seemed to like it for the most part, though at one point she seemed scared, and at another she seemed rather upset. She might've just been really tired though. She is just starting to not take naps, so I'm not sure her body has totally acclimated to it yet. Myself tonight I watched Jim Jarmusch's latest film, "Patterson." It is a methodical slice of life showing the week in a life of bus driver that writes poetry, and his daily routine. It kinda feels throughout like something big is about to happen, as movies tend to have, but really just ends up being an average week in the life of an everyday guy, with a few bits thrown in here and there that stray from his daily routine. It probably sounds boring, and to many it probably would be, but I found it to be quite a good watch.
  21. Pretty nice that for the blu-ray they upgraded to "anthology."
  22. I already have a great set of the first four movies with more features than I have time in this life to ever get through completely.
  23. So I was browsing what is available beyond Trek on the "All Access" site. Trying to see if it is worth the money they would want out of me. They do have all Trek series, which is a nice thing (as I suspect the Netflix deal is going to come to an end and my access to DS9 will be lost). It does have all 5 seasons of the Twilight Zone, which even Netflix doesn't have the 45 minute episodes of the fourth season. It also has the original Mission: Impossible which is no longer available on Netflix. It also has Twin Peaks which is great, but... I honestly don't know if I'd utilize this service enough to warrant the money. My wife watches the Good Wife on CBS. That is it for her, as she isn't interested in too many classic shows or anything else on CBS. And since the newest episodes of the Good Wife are always available for free for at least a few weeks...I'm finding it hard to believe I can justify the extra fee each month to my wife. Does anyone else wonder if they will be actually getting this service for one show? Or do you find you'd actually utilize it enough to warrant an extra $6 fee? I know it isn't a lot...but these things all add up don't they?
  24. I've no watched the opening episode of the new series of Doctor Who three times. It has been a while since I've done that this quickly after it premiered. I really enjoy it! I think it may be that this series is coinciding with me in a pretty big Doctor Who mood.
  25. I think they will definitely try and expand the list. They do actually own a film production company "CBS Films" that has made some decent features in the last few years. They will probably start working towards streaming them exclusively on All Access.