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Aug 24, 2013

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The weirdest-looking time machines in all Science Fiction
Time machines are not 'weird', only their look can be!

Remember The Project Tic-Toc, a secret experimental time machine of the U.S Army in Time Tunnel? The DeLorean from Back To The Future? The TARDIS Type 40 time travel capsule from Doctor Who? The eight-spoked Frozen Wheel from Lost? Not to mention The Hot Tub Time Machine… They are indeed the weirdest-looking time machines in all Science Fiction and they’re all listed (picture and/or video) in this post on io9.

Jul 15, 2013

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Premiere: How Aaron Sorkin Saved the HBO Drama
'The problem was that Sorkin did too much (pedantic, predictable) telling and not enough showing'

Even though I enjoyed watching Season 1, it wasn’t perfect. Andrew Romano explains it perfectly on The Daily Beast. And apparently, the best is yet to come in Season 2! The effect is revelatory. Once McAvoy & Co. are no longer forced to serve primarily as mouthpieces for their creator’s political views and mechanisms of his journalistic tsk-tsking, The Newsroom’s virtues, many of which were in place from the beginning, can finally shine through. The dialogue is crisp, chiseled, and often very funny. Characters are undeniably alive, despite their quirks. (Emily Mortimer’s MacKenzie McHale, for example, will still irritate viewers who found her ditziness in Season 1 demeaning.) The acting is (mostly) excellent. Sorkin saved The Newsroom by transforming it from a show about how other journalists were wrong into a show about how his journalists struggle to get it right—and how hard that can be. For those of us who…Read more

Sep 5, 2012

TV Shows

The end nears for Walter White of ‘Breaking Bad’

Roger Smith, author of thrillers Dust Devils and more recently Capture, tweeted about this article from the Los Angeles Times. Vince Gilligan, creator of the brilliant Breaking Bad, talks Walter White, metaphysics and morals. Most Hollywood creative types won’t openly judge their characters. Judgment, the reasoning goes, corrupts honest, organic storytelling and alienates the modern audience, which sniffs out the invariably distorted and preachy tale. Tell that to Vince Gilligan, the creator and executive producer of “Breaking Bad,” who believes his main character, high school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, should go straight to hell. That is, if there is one. “I’ve got to believe there’s a hell because I can’t stand the thought of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Idi Amin, you pick your poison, dying in some bed with satin sheets in Saudi Arabia,” Gilligan said over a recent late lunch at his Burbank offices. “I…Read more

Jun 9, 2012

TV Shows

Dexter and Morality: Is Dexter Moral?

In 2007, I wrote about the TV Show: Dexter and The Shield: bad is good. When I first watched the show, it did feel right, I explain it in my article: […] Some people would say killing serial killers or child molesters is OK, some others may think Mackey is doing right using the same methods the gangs use in the streets. I’m against death penalty and I don’t think corruption is good in any kind of way, so how can I enjoy watching Dexter and The Shield? These shows are definitely good entertainment. Both series succeed in getting you close to the personality of the main characters; Dexter might be a serial killer but he can emulates feelings (or he tries to) and have an apparent normal life, Vic Mackey might be violent but he truly loves his family. I was talking about these shows with friends and some…Read more

Dec 17, 2011

TV Shows

Person of Interest: what if The Machine was real?

I love watching  TV shows and I already mentioned the long list of the ones I wouldn’t miss. I lately started to watch Person of Interest, a crime drama television series from CBS: an ex-CIA hitman and a scientist team up to prevent crimes before they happen. Honestly, I didn’t like it until the 6th or 7th episode. It looked a lot like Burn Notice but it wasn’t as good. But then the stories got more interesting and Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and John Reese (Jim Caviezel) make an awesome, unexpected duo that works very well together. Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot (from IMDB) – After a scrape with a few hot-heads on the subway, homeless man and former government agent John Reese is offered a job by the somewhat secretive Mr. Finch. After 9/11, Finch developed a computer program that would sift enormous amounts of information, looking for patterns of behavior or activity that would…Read more

Feb 27, 2011

TV Shows

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Pretty, pretty, pretty soon!

As a big fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm TV show, I am very excited about Season 8. This time Larry David takes on New York City and I can’t wait to watch the new episodes. But if you want to know more about the upcoming season that will premiere this year on HBO, you might be disappointed… The only place to go is on the CYE page on HBO website. In 2007, I posted about the TV show: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Pretty, pretty, pretty good!. I wrote: ‘The tagline for Curb Your Enthusiasm is: ‘Deep inside you know you’re him’, and let’s face it, we all carry part of Larry David with us’. Let’s hope Season 8 will be as good as the previous ones although the waiting seems endless! Below, Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 8 “New York”  -Godzilla like- Teaser:

Aug 16, 2010

TV Shows

The return of Burn Notice, Dark Blue, True Blood and Mad Men

I really enjoy watching TV shows. Unfortunately, Ugly Betty, 24, Lost and Heroes are no more. Not to mention Bryan Fuller’s whimsical Pushing Daisies! So what is left to watch this Summer? Luckily, several of my favorite shows. Burn Notice is on my top list, I already wrote about the show: Burn Notice Vs Leverage? I’d better get burned!. If I don’t like Leverage that much, Dark Blue is definitely among my favorite shows. But my two favorites are True Blood and Mad Men. Totally different stories and times but each one knows how to entertain. Where do Sookie super powers come from? Will Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce find prosperity eventually? There is also the new season of Entourage; I couldn’t not mention Vincent, his flick, Ari… I am eager to watch Dexter‘s new season (Dexter and The Shield: bad is good) as well as Curb Your Enthusiasm: Pretty, pretty,…Read more

Nov 21, 2009

TV Shows

Seinfeld is back (kind of…): Giddyup!

The Seinfeld Reunion. Any big fan of the classic sitcom had dreamt about it since Seinfeld ended. It was 11 years ago. And I have to admit I was and still is a huge fan of Seinfeld. The best sitcom ever (and I watch many TV shows: Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Nip/Tuck, House M.D… Addicted!, The Big Bang Theory: Am I really that kind of Nerd?, Dexter and The Shield: bad is good). Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld managed to give us a big laugh on every single episode, even if I think the sitcom started to be really funny on saison 3. Since then, I watched every episode. I miss so much Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer… And Newman, and Monk’s Cafe (well, Tom’s Restaurant)! So I was very exited when I read a few months ago the Seinfeld cast would appear in five episodes of HBO…Read more

May 29, 2009

TV Shows

Burn Notice Vs Leverage? I’d better get burned!

It has been a long time I didn’t talk about TV shows, last time was in June 2008. Since then I had the pleasure (well it is not always such a pleasure…) to watch new shows and I have had some great surprises. Among them is ‘Burn Notice’, a comedy-drama/action show created by Matt Nix. I wasn’t expecting much from this show, nothing more than being entertained for less than an hour. At first I didn’t like the character of Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), a disagreeable ex-spy, neither I liked the character of former IRA operative and Westen’s ex-girlfriend Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar). She is alluring (I remember her in ‘Scent of a Woman’ in 1992, when she meets in the restaurant with Al Pacino and his ‘babysitter‘) but she was as disagreeable as Michael was. As for the story, it sounded interesting (I like spy shows) but I felt…Read more

Jun 9, 2008

TV Shows

Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Nip/Tuck, House M.D… Addicted!

More than a year ago, in April 2007 (time flies!), I wrote a post about Dexter and The Shield and the fact that bad characters behavior can make good (even great) shows. Action-drama, science fiction, comedy-drama (dramedy), medical-drama, situation comedy, police-drama; television series cover many topics with as many different approaches. I am always surprised by the variety of the content, and the fact that a TV show can attract an audience that rarely watches television. Everybody can find something interesting in a television series and get almost addicted to it; you are watching it every week or so and you would not miss season finale for nothing in the world. You are hooked. TV shows, and I am mostly talking about American TV shows here, are great entertainment. Not all of them, but at least the ones I appreciate the most, of course (am I being subjective? Definitely!). Pushing…Read more

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