Golden Globes 2009: Hollywood’s Return To The Best and Worst

Filed under: — Darren Seeley on January 12th, 2009 06:01:47 pm

goldenglobes.jpgI generally skip watching the Golden Globes because I feel the GG are typically hokey from year to year. It could even be argued that the small amount of those who make up The Hollywood Foreign Press. But I made the exception this time, because of the nominees and due to the promise of H’wood to go all out in style. I’m not disappointed with much, just four things, really, and deals with class, or lack thereof. But there were some strong, classic moments in the event as well.
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Jane Eyre (2006)

Filed under: — Helen on December 28th, 2008 07:12:14 pm

jane-eyre-cover.jpgThe BBCs adaptation of the classic Charlotte Bronte novel Jane Eyre was such good television that I just had to purchase the DVD and watch it again and again. I have not been that absorbed in a programme since the BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the mid 90s. Jane Eyre is set in Victorian times and tells the story of a young woman named Jane (Ruth Wilson). Jane has not been treated kindly by life. Her parents died when she was a child and she was sent to live with her cruel aunt, Mrs Reed (Tara Fitzgerald), who possessed no kind feelings for her and sent her to live at Lowood school for girls.
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The Deaths Of Ian Stone (2007)

Filed under: — Darren Seeley on December 7th, 2008 01:12:16 am

iianstone.jpg Two of the odd things about the After Dark Horrorfest 8 Films To Die For project is that while it may be a stamp of approval to help low budget horror and suspense films find more notice when it hits DVD, most of those films aren’t great, and then there’s always one or two that get lost in the shuffle and deserve a better fate altogether. The other oddity is that all of the 8 films roster, in a slightly edited for content form, wind up on the Sci-Fi channel within six to seven months of that DVD release. That sounds bad, but sometimes it can be for the good. Take the case of The Deaths Of Ian Stone, which has some extra boost due being one of the last credits for the late Stan Winston, who co-produced. Because of the After Dark Horrorfest format, it’s all too easy to have a few films such as Stone and the previous Horrfest year’s Gravedancers to slip under the radar.
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Robin Hood : First Season (2006)

Filed under: — Darren Seeley on October 16th, 2007 05:10:05 am

rhoodtvdvd.jpg One of the two biggest problems with the first season of BBC’s new Robin Hood series arises early on in the first episode: why go for a young Robin Of Loxley (Jonas Armstrong), when it is clearly stated he’s coming home from The Crusades? When one thinks of the two past Hood incarnations, the strangely good/bad flavor of 1990’s Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves and the much underrated TV film from 1991 with Patrick Bergin, we sort of expect at least, that Robin look like he’s closer to 30 years of age, then opposed to in his 20’s. Yet, as the new BBC show progresses, that little issue is swept under a rug, as the series warms the viewer over with charm. So what are the other two problems?
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Smallville Season Four (2004–2005)

Filed under: — Jose on August 9th, 2007 01:08:49 pm

smallvilleseason4poster.JPGWhile the 3rd season of Smallville felt like a step back, the 4th season gets the series back on course. Creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar take their biggest creative leap from the original sources with the arrival of Lois Lane. Played by Erica Durance, this version of Lois Lane is more spunky, cynical and independent than previous incarnations. Like a great sixth man coming off the bench, Durance brings a raw energy and new life to the series.
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Smallville Season Three (2003–2004)

Filed under: — Jose on June 14th, 2007 04:06:18 am

Smallville season 3 posterThe producers of Smallville have claimed that season three was perhaps the darkest. After viewing all the episodes, I would have to agree. To some extent this season shifts the focus from Clark to Lex, where we watch him struggle with his own demons both internal (madness) and external (his father Lionel). While the relationship between Clark and his biological father Jor-El is inspired from Christian scripture, the relationship between Lex and his father, Lionel, resembles more of a Greek tragedy. Although the third season was ambitious in going a darker route, much of the success of the show was due to its light-hearted humor and over all good nature.
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Heroes – Season One (2006-2007)

Filed under: — suzero on May 26th, 2007 11:05:11 pm

HeroesHeroes has been described as a good series for those who don’t usually like super-heroes. Well, that may be but I do like super heroes and I love Heroes too. I love nothing better than watching seemingly ordinary people discover that they possess special powers like being able to fly or read people’s minds. That’s why I loved the first half of Spiderman I, before he started fighting the Green Goblin and the special effects got out of hand. Heroes, feels like one big first half of Spiderman I 🙂

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Smallville Season Two (2002–2003)

Filed under: — Jose on April 24th, 2007 02:04:58 pm

smallville-season-2-poster.JPGCliffhanger endings can either make you more excited for the next installment or make you wish you not wasted eighteen hours of your life in front of the television. The cliffhanger ending of the first season had Clark leaving Chloe at the spring formal in order to save Lana from a deadly tornado. Thankfully, with the first episode, titled Vortex not only picks up where the previous season leaves off, but sets the second season of Smallville to a more dynamic direction.
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Smallville Season One (2001–2002)

Filed under: — Jose on March 13th, 2007 04:03:55 am

People fall under two categories: Superman people and Batman people. Superman people can like Batman and Batman people can like Superman, but they can’t like them equally. Being a Batman person myself, I’ve shrugged off anything dealing with Superman. The only reason why I watched Superman Returns is because it had been a long time since the Man of Steel appeared on the big screen. Like all other Superman films, it was okay. So my enjoyment of Smallville is rather surprising. While building on the Superman mythology, Smallville creatively mixes elements from The X-Files and Dawson’s Creek.
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Grey’s Anatomy: Seasons 1 & 2 (2005 – 2006)

Filed under: — suzero on August 21st, 2006 04:08:57 pm

Grey\'s AnatomyHigh quality, highly addictive series appear to be in abundance compared to say ten years ago. Perhaps it is my subjective perception, or perhaps the quality and quantity really has improved, whatever the case, I am very happy to be able to choose between the likes of 24, Lost, Rome, Desperate Housewives, The L Word (no comment on that quality) and now, Grey’s Anatomy. It’s a weird name for a series, but not so weird once I discovered it was taken from the book Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body. Still, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from it or even that it was a medical series when I started watching.It is my most recent addiction.

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