Thursday, May 13, 2004

Interesting Crowther Article

This article appears in the current issue of the Independent Weekly.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

It's the end of the Whedon 'verse as we know it

There is only one more episode of Angel and I am not happy.

I suppose that I am one of the few Whedon fans who will admit to having rather liked Buffy: the Movie. It was quirky, featured a strong female lead and I even got to see it at the Star Light Drive-In. So, when I heard that there was going to be a BVS series, I was a bit skeptical.I assumed that a series would be watered down and lack the humor juxtaposed with classic horror.

So, OK. I was wrong. Needn't have worried. But then I had no idea, at the time, just how diluted the BVS movie was from the original concept. I wasn't prepared for just how fresh and smart and clever BVS the Series turned out to be.

Its spin-off, Angel, has always had a much different feel. It was always just as smart, of course, but it always lacked the optimism of BVS.

Perhaps that's why Angel was never able to capture the imagination or the following that BVS did. But that lack of optimism was true to the characters. They were all damaged souls, in some way. Especially Angel.

Unlike Spike, who won back his soul, Angel got his back as a curse and has always worn it like a curse. The demon inside of him was always fighting to get out. And, while Spike has already proven he is a hero, Angel has yet to prove just what he really is.

He has less than 60 minutes left.

So, next week we'll find out if it's Ragnorok all around. And whether, or not, Angel becomes a real boy.

I'll manage...somehow. I've gotten through the loss of X-files and Buffy. I'll make it through losing Angel.

Just don't get me started on Firefly.

Tiger's Baseball Webcast on Tuesday

As some of you know, our buddy PC has been doing commentary during the Woodberry Forest varsity baseball webcasts.

It was hard to get a good feed during the webcast on Tuesday and I lost the feed altogether at the top of the fifth inning.

Checking the Woodberry Forest website today, it appears that the weather in Virginia was to blame.

I am pleased to report that, according to Woodberry's website, the Tigers finished 5-1 over Fork Union!

Go, Tigers!!

Movie Review: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Jack Burton wants his truck back.

To get it, he has to descend into several different hells, defeat slavers, rescue captive women from the clutches of the evil 2000 year-old magician Lo Pan and endure the company of lawyer Gracie Law.

In 1979, John Carpenter directed Kurt Russell in the TV movie Elvis, which is often regarded as Russell's break-out into adult roles after having grown up in the Disney stable.

Carpenter also directed Russell in what has probably become the most famous of the actor's roles: Snake in the movie Escape from N.Y.. Big Trouble is another Carpenter/Russell endeavor.

The best way I can think of to describe Jack Burton is to suggest that he's probably watched Escape from N.Y. a few too many times and he thinks that he's Snake. But he's way out of his depth when he finds himself confronted with a world shaped by magic and dark sorcery.

There's a fine cast of supporting characters: Kim Cattrall as "Gracie Law", Dennis Dun as Burton's friend "Wang Chi" and veteran actor James Hong as the evil "David Lo Pan". Victor Wong plays the magician/tour bus driver "Egg Shen" and Wang's kidnapped girlfriend "Miao Yin" is Suzee Pai.

It is also interesting to note that the truly ridiculous theme song over the closing credits was the work of John Carpenter, as well.

The whole thing is played for laughs and is very, very over-the-top.

This flick is one of my "guilty pleasures", so I heartily recommend it to anyone who has a fondness for memorable taglines and who likes their popcorn microwaved.

It really shakes the Pillars of Heaven. No horse shit.

Monday, May 10, 2004

It's good to laugh

Granted, it's tough to find anything to laugh at, these days.

If it weren't for the Daily Show, I don't know how I'd have made it through the last couple of years.

Sunday, May 09, 2004

The Day After

Well, I discovered that it actually IS possible for me to be pleasant for eight straight hours.

It was getting kind of hard at about the six and a half hour point, when my back started to go. Fortunately, TonyP was booth-sitting with me and I was able to get up and walk around whenever I felt the need to.

The show might have been unbearable without his company and his encouragement. Really. I mean, after eight hours of smiling warmly and sincerely at everyone who wandered within three feet of my booth, I was in need of as much moral support as I could get my hands on.

Painting is hard work. Sitting there next to your paintings, in a high school gym, trying to sell them to passers-by is just the teeniest bit horiffic.