Monday, March 20, 2006

Thoughts on Lost, Season 2

After watching much Lost in the weekend, here's what I can conclude:

- The Others are the new Hatch.
- The writers are really taking some risks with the status quo and audience sympathy.
- The big thing that the show will probably be trying to do in the next season is start reconciling the mystical elements of the Island with the rational explanations that are developing.

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New Futurama!

Looks like it's happening, folks. According to AICN, who quote Billy ('Fry') West, they're "hammering out the deal now."
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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Did you know ...?

we have a government department to defend New Zealand against cyber-attacks?
They are my new heroes.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Aeon Flux

It isn't a version of the cartoon - Aeon Flux the movie doesn't capture its unique mood or sense of movement at all.

There is lots of great colour and nifty details, and one interesting idea that leads to a heartfelt moment. But the storytelling is lacking - quite often the script leaves the audience adrift as to exactly what they're supposed to be caring about.

I've listened to the director, Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) at a panel. Extremely intelligent, very capable. I think she did as well with this Hollywood version of Aeon Flux and I can't wait for her next project.

Cool sidenote: Stuart Dryburgh, the Kiwi who shot In My Father's Den, was the DOP.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Writing Gilmore Girls

Jane Espenson discusses the 'lifelike rhythms' of Gilmore Girls episodes at her blog.

She talks about how the big events that would be the Act Breaks of other TV shows seem to fall randomly, sometimes halfway between two commercial breaks:

Stories unfold along curly lines, they sometimes end long before the end of the episode, with other stories starting late; they involve long, long scenes with long speeches and long exchanges that don't further the story, and sometimes with important action happening off screen. All of these things break rules.

We're approaching the start of Season 5 on the TV2 5.30pm repeats.

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