Contrast in expectations

In the U.S., the coverage on the opening weekend of Mr. Bean’s Holiday is how it did notably better than box office analysts predicted. Overseas, the response to that opening is ‘to be shocked at the low turnout.
Allison and I caught it today. Even as someone who has enjoyed Bean on TV, this had moments but didn’t add up to much. Allison liked that it had “all laughing bits, no scary bits”, even though she didn’t actually laugh at all. Still, it was lemonade and popcorn, and a video game afterward, so she had a good time.
Got to take advantage of the kids-under-3-get-in-free policy while I still can!

Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Anchorwoman

When I first saw an add for Anchorwoman, I thought it was a sitcom. It seemed like something that might have been intended for Pamela Anderson, a busty model takes a job as anchor of a newscast. And the fact that it was scheduled for August and an hour-long slot made me assume that it was a show whose short run was being dumped and would never be seen again.
Before it aired, I had already learned it was a reality show, but since I already had set the recording, I recorded it and watched it soon after it aired. The basic conflict was clearly supposed to be between the Serious Journalists and the uneducated bit of eye-candy in the newsroom. Thing is, that’s not that interesting a conflict; yes, journalists will have some resentment, except they were clearly in the middle of what was meant to be a stunt, so it’s hard to take the resentment seriously. So it’s about laughing at someone doing a job that they weren’t quite comeptent at, but given the state of modern TV reporting, its hard to find that to be majorly different from what goes on every day. At best, it showed what being a local journalist is like, and that’s none too fascinating.
The show seem structured as a half hour show. Fox aired an hour of it, and then gave it the axe, relegating the remaining episodes to the web. Can’t say I’ll bother streaming them.

Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

TiVo to go

I just finished boxing up the TiVo, preparing to return it to the McClouds, my friends to whom it belongs. They have now finished their year-long tour.
This means that I will have one less recording device during the hectic fall launch period, which means that I may finally do what I’ve threatened and stop trying to review everything. (Having said that, I suspect that my reviews have slipped in quality over the past few years; perhaps decreasing the quantity will help. However, my life is still a mite too full.)

Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

The gateway goes away

So far, the comics blogoverse has been absolutely silent about the cancellation of Disney Adventures – a magazine with a circulation of over a million, getting more pages of comics into kids hands each month than any other title being published. This was one of our mainstream outreach books, included some great work over the years, and is disappearing unnoticed.
(And where will Matt Feazell’s Dizzy Adventures go?!?)

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 7:45 pm  Comments (3)  

Califormulation

Okay, so I don’t get Showtime, but I’ve watched a preview of their new dramedy Californication via Netflix. Except by the time that I got around to watching it, it wasn’t actually a preview, merely a view. Such is life.
It’s about a fiction writer in the L.A. area, and I gotta admit, they nailed it. They nailed the way that our biggest problem is that someone turned our work into a big-budget movie that we don’t particularly like. And that when we have writer’s block, a stream of sexy women want to use us in wonderfully sordid ways. Absolutely on the nose. Ach, our suffering.
Yes, yes, this falls into the general case of writers taking the call to write what you know way too literally. Some fiction about writers would be legit… but writers are overrepresented in fiction because fiction is disproportionately written by writers. And this is a case where the work is over-worshipful of writing and writers.
I’m not sure how I feel about this show. It kept my attention. It’s got nekkid gals. And Evan Handler. And nekkid gals. (Evan needs some buffering.) And people who act at least reasonably intelligent, and that’s kind of nice. I’m not sure I get the full shape of it from one half-hour episode. And I’m not going “oh, dear, I don’t have Showtime, and will suffer greatly if I do not see the next”, the way Showtime would like me to. But if the next episode were on, I’d likely watch it. Guess that counts as a middlin’ review.
And for those who read my earlier discussion of the Pacific Coast Highway, there’s a short but illustrative example of the road in this episode, when the lead (David Duchovny, I suppose I should have mentioned that in the review) peels away from the angered husband of a woman he just boinked. A curving road, the inside of the curve with a steep cliff that obscures oncoming cars, cars peeling right off into the highway. Yeah, accidents happen there.

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Another Licensable BearTM episode — bread stuff

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG0NPD8uD9I]

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Published in: on August 21, 2007 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Gertler World News

Thinking about the demise of the Weekly World News (as reflected on by Neil) leads me to post our more-reality-based parody of WWN that we did as our holiday card for 2005.
Gertler World News page 1
Gertler World News page 2
Gertler World News page 3
Gertler World News page 4

Published in: on August 19, 2007 at 12:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Secret Ogre

Amazon has a full listing for a Shrek complete-game-in-a-joystick system… without ever using the word “Shrek” once in the searchable text (it shows up in an alternate image of the product.)
Any wonder why its moving slow enough that they’re dumping them for less than a third of list price?

Published in: on August 17, 2007 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Color commentary

I don’t mind that they’re asking Barack if he’s black enough.

I’m just waiting for them to ask the same question of Rudy, Mitt, or Dennis.

Published in: on August 16, 2007 at 6:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hoping for misery

Lara and I are thinking about buying a house, an item which is tough to afford around here – which puts us in the sad position of benefiting from the drops in housing prices… drops which both come from the misery and cause the misery of other people.
And things seem to be coming to a head in this area. Housing defaults are up in general, moreso not far from here in specific. And reports are going around that the biggest employer in town, cellular biology kingpin Amgen, is gearing up for some sizable layoffs as well as possible relocating some employees, both of which should open up housing. And if the loan defaults aren’t inherently freeing up enough houses, there’s also the fact that the defaults are causing vast problems for house financing companies like Countrywide Financial… which is based here in town.
So in a few months after things shake out, we may be ready to take a stab at profiting from the misery of others. We shall see.

Published in: on August 15, 2007 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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