Saturday, April 27, 2013

Parenthood Renewed!


        NBC renewed the brilliant, heartbreaking, poignant, award-deserving Parenthood for a 22 episode season.  Yay NBC!  This past season was, for the most part, brilliant even though it was shortened.  Now we get a full season of Bravermen fun.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thor: The Dark World Trailer Drops

Thor: The Dark World

         Thor was a surprise to many people when it came out a few summers back.  Somehow, it managed to be incredibly entertaining and sincere, avoiding cheese. (Impressive, when you consider there was literally a rainbow bridge).  After Loki, Thor's ultimate villain/brother/anti-hero took on the Avengers, the demand for the sequel intensified.  We all threw down the dvd and demanded another.  We got our request, as Thor: The Dark World is due this fall.  The trailer just debuted today and heavily features Thor dealing with a darkness older than creation.  He reunites with Natalie Portman's Jane, but is ultimately made so desperate he turns to Loki for help.  For all the Loki fans, this should be good.  Loki's chance for redemption is what makes him such a great villain.  Check out the great first trailer here.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fringe: A Fantastic Binge


        When J.J. Abrams's Fringe debuted in 2008, I didn't give it a fair chance.  It wasn't Fringe's fault, I was just new to college and didn't make the time to watch the sci-fi gem.  Shame on me.  For a few years now, I've wanted to return to the show about fringe science that questions the boundaries of technology, science, and human imagination.  Thanks to Netflix, who recently gained the rights to stream the show, I have begun what is sure to be a fantastic viewing experience.  I'm about 9 episodes into the first season of the show, which follows F.B.I. agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) as she is recruited into a much larger and fantastic world.  Agent Dunham is joined by Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), a genius scientists whose practices caused him to be institutionalized.  Rounding out the group of misfits is Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), Walter's son and Astrid (Jasika Nicole), a fellow agent.  The team investigates everything from kidnapped prodigies to plane crashes to people with unique powers.  The show is part crime show, part mythological arcs, with a huge helping of science fiction and conspiracy thrown into the mix.  The blend is brilliant, reminding me of Lost and Alias in the best possible way.
          Fringe deserves the title of a cult-hit.  As much I should have been watching Fringe from its initial creation, I love zipping through episodes and seeing the interconnected stories clearly.  It is a glorious binge so far.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Great Gatsby and the Great Ad Campaign

The Great Gatsby

            If you've turned on your television in the past few days or been to a movie, you've surely seen the bombardment of advertisements for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.  Honestly, I don't mind it.  The ads may not be quite as profound or moving as I Dreamed a Dream playing out over landscapes and revolution tragedy a la Les Mis, but every time a promo comes on, I find myself unable to change the channel.  The soundtrack, produced by Jay Z and featuring music from Florence and the Machine, Jack White, and the like, adds to the pull of the adaption of the beloved novel.  Gatsby is proving to be one of my most anticipated films of the summer.  Here's hoping the promos live up to the fun and drama they promise this May.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rupert Grint goes Into the White

Rupert Grint Into the White

         Rupert Grint (of Ron Weasley fame), along with David Kross (War Horse, The Reader) wage a personal war when both German and British soldiers are trapped in the bitter and cold wild during WWII in Into the WhiteThe questions rage.  Who is the real prisoner of whom?  Who is the enemy?  Can they survive alone or together?  The conflict, which is based on a real story creates quite a unique situation.  I am very excited to see this film either when/if it hits U.S. theaters or when it appears on blu-ray.  It is already available on Amazon on Demand for around ten dollars.  Watch the trailer for Into the White here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Call the Midwife: Surprisingly Wonderful

Call the Midwife

              While I can be drawn into the clipped heels and vowels of a good British program as much as the next anglophile, I didn't immediately seek out the British import Call the Midwife.  I'm not sorry for it either, considering I got to marathon through the short first season and jump straight into the second, which airs on Sundays at 8:00 on your local PBS station.  Based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in 1950's East London, Call the Midwife is shockingly great.  Considering how close the 50's are to present day, it is quite a shock to see the conditions of life and labor.  With weekly cases and drama, the show sucks you into the lives of the hard working nuns and young midwives as well as the everyday people who keep them so busy.  The music and atmosphere of the show takes you back to a foreign time that wasn't so long ago. More than anything, the show has a big bleeding heart that causes your heart to bleed right along with it. Check out the first season of Call the Midwife on instant Netflix.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten

Doctor Who and The Rings of Akhaten

          In last nights episode of Doctor Who, titled The Rings of Akhaten, The Doctor once again encountered themes of religion, science, and love.  This time, The Doctor and his new and very mysterious companion Clara (she's died twice already, but doesn't seem to remember/be the same person) find themselves on a planet that worships and sings to a god (actually an alien) to keep it asleep.  The real meat of the episode came with Clara's backstory, where we found out the importance of a leaf (it set up the meet-cute between Clara's parents) and that Clara's mother died, but not before promising she would always find Clara.  There is significance in learning Clara had a normal upbringing, considering the mystery surrounding her.  I could feel the theorists heads churning throughout the episode.

         Here is why I love even the less exciting episodes of Doctor Who-the show always gives you something deeper to chew on and encourages you to not only think and question with your mind, but also your heart.  Whatever your believes, Doctor Who forces hard thoughts.  For example, yesterday's episode questions the origin the universe and the commitment of faith.  While I can disagree with some of the theology and theories of the show, I appreciate that it isn't afraid to go into the deep and dangerous depths. That's just it though.  The Doctor's companions always question him, so of course the viewers (who are a sort of companion on The Doctor's adventures) should question him and the show.  I'm grateful Doctor Who respects the intelligence and depth of its fans.  Keep it up Doctor Who, we'll follow along, just be prepared for questions.