Monday, January 9, 2012

Recent Movies and TV

I have not seen much in the way of movies lately, but I've watched a lot of TV, some via DVR, some via HuLu, and some via Netflix. Here's a little rundown:

Showtime had a free preview weekend, so I DVR'ed a few movies that looked interesting. I just watched a relatively poor movie called Momentum about Telekinetics. It was from 2003, and I didn't like it as much as the more recent Push. I saw Push at about the same time as I saw Jumper, a movie about teleportation, and I think that was about the time I saw Next as well, a movie about precognition. So I guess I can file Momentum under "mediocre movies about supernatural abilities." The plot of Momentum was not terribly dissimilar to that of X-Men, come to think about it...

Another movie I DVR'ed from Showtime last weekend was called The Con Artist. I thought it would be about a con man, but in fact that title is a pun - it's about an ex-convict who becomes an artist. Get it? I didn't care too much for it.

In the theater not too long ago I saw the new Muppet Movie. I never really liked the Muppets before, I guess I didn't view them as a big part of my childhood like others seem to have. Therefore this movie didn't really speak to me at all.

When it was in theaters I also saw the remake of Footloose. That I liked. It was neat comparing it to my memories of the original.

TV on Netflix
I subscribed to Netflix a while ago - 1 DVD at a time and unlimited streaming for $10/month. Last September or so they decided to raise their rates by 60%, and recently I decided I wasn't getting much use out of the DVD portion of the subscription so I canceled that. I kept the streaming for $8/moth, and here's some of the stuff I've been watching on it:
* Sherlock - This is a recent re-envisioning of the Sherlock Holmes stories set in modern times, and it's really, really good. It's by Steven Moffet, one of the guys who wrote some of the recent Doctor Who episodes. There were only 3 episodes of Sherlock, each about 88 minutes long, and I eagerly await more. I heard that there's a new episode out, but doesn't appear to be on Netflix yet.
* Daybreak - A 13 episode, 1 season show from 2006... imagine if Groundhog Day were a cop show where a detective was being framed for murder, and while he relived the day over and over, he collected evidence to solve the conspiracy against him. I really enjoyed the show, and highly recommend it if you like cop shows.
* Torchwood - A British sci-fi show by Russel T Davies - another guy responsible for the recent Doctor Who. In fact, Torchwood is a Doctor Who  spin-off, and if you notice, "Torchwood" is an anagram of "Doctor Who." I watched the first season and I didn't like it NEARLY as much as Dr Who. The first episode of Season 2 was MUCH better, but I might quit watching it if it doesn't prove more worthwhile pretty soon.

I stumbled across another British show on HuLu a while ago called Misfits. It's kind of like Heroes or Alphas, only without the "hero" aspect. It actually seems rather pointless, but I guess that gives it an excuse to just be ridiculous fun! I don't know, it's just awesome - I just wish they'd use their 'powers' more.

TV on TV
Believe it or not, sometimes I still just turn on the TV and see what's on. I'd heard a lot about Big Bang Theory and how great or funny it is. I saw an episode once, and I'm not sure I like it... Now that it's on TBS they've been showing several episodes in a row almost every day it seems, so I've seen a lot more of it. Sure, it's kinda funny sometimes... but at the same time I find it somewhat insulting.

1 comment:

Seth Jaffee said...

A TV show I forgot to mention is Once Upon a Time - a new show about storybook characters trapped in a small town in Maine. Very neat juxtaposition of well known fairy tales and real life.

Based on a comment on a friend's blog I've also started watching an old show on Netflix called Terriers. I seem to recall having heard about it before, but never seeing it. It's a fun show about two private investigators, solving crimes but always with their own agenda (and not always following all the rules). I've only seen 3 episodes, but I'm enjoying it so far.