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Saturday, July 25, 2009

She's back, out~fagging Lily!

Regular blog~o~trons may remember that THE PRISONER is one of my very favourite telly shows ever. I expressed my excitement about the new AMC version as it's robust and original enough to be taken on again and made anew whilst still keeping to the same ideals that made McGoohan's vision so tit~tuttingly titanic. Crikey, it got's flippin' IAN "Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian" MCKELLEN as No. 2 (great choice) and all the early buzz about was favourable. But now there's some actual footage and the tightness in my trousers has been reduced somewhat.

The village looks great as does No. 2 but Six? Not quite what I had in mind. McGoohan played him with great wit whilst also retaining a manly danger (that gag didn't quite come off) but this CAVIEZEL guy? Jesus (see previous parenthesis), cheer up mate! There seems to be an ongoing trope in many US dramas where the lead guy has to be stoic and humourless (yet hunky) rendering them rather one~dimensional (MATHEW FOX in Lost is a prime example of this). I'm sincerely hoping that the series displays a more fully~rounded character that doesn't act like a petulant teenager - all scowls and monosyllabic.

Lady JarJar misinterprets Quadrophenia...

Another thang that slightly stuck in my craw was the number of times they kept saying "The Village" - yeah, we know, we get it! Obvious much? It reminded of an episode of The Simpsons where they were sent to "The Island" and kept saying it. Of course, this is just a condensed preview and I will be watching whenever it hits our screens. (ITV of all places - ewww, so durty!) It wasn't all bad though, Rover pleased me greatly and it was nice to see how HUGE he (or she - it is The Noughties after all) is these days.

John Leslie couldn't make it? Quel dommage!

Telly "now" is a rather non~event. Bizarrely, ENTOURAGE has returned in the middle of summer and even more bizarrely the writers forgot to make it funny. Two episodes without a larf is NOT acceptable regardless of how much they stick it SETH ROGEN. Another new series debuting when new shows shouldn't really was the BBC's DESPERATE ROMANTICS. A very odd watch to be sure. Quite similar to Entourage actually; instead of actors we get artists and instead of actresses we get whores (plus ├ža change).

Crikey, A~ha have let themselves go...

It was in part 'good' but in part infuriating. The tone and style shifted dramatically throughout rendering the narrative redundant for the most part. Some actors are doing proper actoring whilst some are just trying to be Russell Brand (I'm guessing this was the desired effect) or doing the Cockney flower thang. Predictable. Then there's the music which wouldn't have sounded out of place on the B~Side to a record by The Kinks. And the nudity! If ever there was a time to use the word "gratuitous" - then this was it. Tit~tacular! But very jarring.

Desperate? Yes. Romantic? Hhmm, doubt it.

Still, by the end of the first installment I had grown to like it slightly (despite nearly switching it off after the first fifteen minutes or so) and so it lives to fight another week. Film~wise, the summer throws up (literally) little in the way of quality. BRUNO was BORAT~lite. In parts shocking but in parts repetitive and almost dull retreads of his earlier work. Disappointing. ICE AGE 3D also failed to impress though why I thought it should after the abortion that was ICE AGE 2 is beyond me. The 3D in the film is also very, very poor and unimaginative.

The Moff terrifies Who fans with a sinister new alien..

HARRY POTTER AND THE... (hold on I'll just call it HP6) did the job. And by 'job' I mean that it didn't make me want to roll my eyes, sigh and groan for two and a half hours. (That's what she didn't say!) I think I even larfed a couple of times. I'm not familiar with the books ('cos I'm an adult) but the sense of story doesn't really come through in the films and I often find myself feeling a little short~changed in the explanation department (next door to the trouser department). Likewise HP6 delivered a few scenes where I was wondering why they did this or why someone did that or why Dumbledore reads Woman's Own (actually, I do know that one). The CG work is often quite uninspired in this series and HP6 doesn't break with that convention. You do, however, get top performances from JIM "The Guv'nor" BROADBENT and ALAN "The Guv'nor's Brother" RICKMAN. Not terrible, well done.

Smiddy battles the near~naked sunbathers. Moffat, you've done it again!

'Til the next time,

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  • At 9:48 pm, Anonymous Whelks said…

    I must confess that I'm getting mighty nervous about the Prisoner remake - and after watching the preview, I think my sense of nervousness has increased...

    Still - surely with Ian McKellen as Number 2, it can't go too far wrong.

    Can it?

  • At 10:32 pm, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    I wasn't nervous until now.

    Let's hope it's just a duff preview and, as you say, McKellen is in it!

    It can't go wrong....

  • At 6:06 am, Blogger Sloan Kelly said…

    Doesn't Amy W look like the Wicked Witch of the West?

  • At 10:24 am, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Haha, just a bit.

    But even the witch didn't smoke!

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