Dark Crystal News!

OMG, I am SO excited. The Dark Crystal is coming to Netflix as a new show. It’s a prequel. It’s called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. I think the book I have is a prequel so it might follow that storyline.

I loved this movie so much when I was a kid. Really, anything Jim Henson did was genius, but The Dark Crystal took it to a whole new level. The detail and love that went into that movie is so obvious throughout. In the teaser trailer below, Jim Henson says that he considers it art. I do, too.

As a lot of people were, I was devastated when Jim Henson died, and I hope he’s with this in spirit. I have high hopes that this is going to be awesome.

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What Sleepy Hollow Could’ve Been

Yesterday, I read that Sleepy Hollow was canceled. Like a lot of people, I was excited when this show first came out. I loved the concept and the characters.

Then it got kind of old and played out.

And then they killed off Abbie Mills.

Seriously? She was one of the two main characters.


The show has killed off characters, added new characters, etc, and yet, they could never quite recover the initial spark that made the show popular in the first place. I have a theory on why.


Too many episodes.


Any story, any TV show, is going to get old and stale if you try to drag it out too long. Our culture has a very short attention span, less than that of a goldfish.


Let’s look at the number of episodes per season for Sleepy Hollow.


Season 1: 13

Season 2: 18

Season 3: 18

Season 4: 13


Keeping up with that and everything else I want to watch could seriously be a part-time job.


My suggestion to the TV network people is shorter seasons. Seriously, a short season or a mini-series is an event. I make an effort to tune in for stuff I perceive as special.


18 episodes is not an event. It’s a freakin’ marathon.


Imagine if Sleepy Hollow scheduled their season during September-October and only made like 8 episodes. The story would be less diluted because they didn’t have to stretch the thing out over 18 episodes. Because of the span of time between seasons and the scarcity of episodes, more people might even get excited when it finally returns.


Not only that, shorter seasons would mean more open time slots at the network, which makes room for, I don’t know, new shows? More room for experimentation. More chances to find the next big hit.


So, yeah, I’m sad Sleepy Hollow was canceled. I did like it. Was I able to keep up with it? Honestly, no.

Ladies of Hollywood

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Okay, I know this news thing is kind of old, but my annoyance has been eating away at me for a while and I want to post about it, so I am.

Earlier this month, Dakota Johnson commented on ageism in Hollywood, asking why her mother (Melanie Griffith) and her grandmother (Tippi Hedren) can’t get roles in Hollywood, that they’re great actresses, etc. I don’t doubt their acting ability, and I don’t doubt the claim of ageism.

I even believe this bit that Dakota supposedly said – “No matter how tough you are, sometimes there’s the feeling of not being wanted. It’s absurd and cut-throat.”

What I don’t get is why these skilled ladies with fantastic resources sit around and wait for someone to hand them something. Seriously, if no one offers you a role, make one for yourself.

Hell, these days, there are kids with webcams slapping stuff up on youtube and making fairly large amounts of money. And most of them don’t have rich, artsy friends.

So here’s my unsolicited advice to the ladies who feel undervalued. Don’t talk about the problem and hope that things might eventually change. Get off your butt.

Team up with your undervalued lady writer friend, your undervalued lady director friend, and your undervalued lady actor friends and make something real. Pool your resources, because together, you are stronger than the people who disregard you.

Make an indie film. Slap it up on the internet if you have to. The internet is free worldwide distribution, baby.

I will also mention that my writing services are almost always available, and my older lady characters kick ass in their own unique ways.

Here’s the link to the article.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/05/dakota-johnson-brutal-hollywood-ageism-fifty-shades-of-grey-melanie-griffith-tippi-hedren

movie: Inherent Vice

Ah yes. A movie post. It seems like such an easy thing. And yet, I’ve been having some trouble writing one. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on, not all of which is taking me in the direction I need to move. Anyway.

The husband and I saw a trailer for this on some other movie we were watching, so we added it to the Netflix queue. It was weird because it has this great cast and we had never heard of it. Now that I’ve watched it, I think I know why.

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Description from IMDB: “During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry “Doc” Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon.”

Okay, this movie is weird. Not like Lost Highway weird, but weird in its own quirky, what-the-heck-am-I-watching kind of way. It stars Joaquin (yes I had to look that up in order to spell it correctly) Phoenix as Hippie Wolverine a private investigator named Doc in 1970.

The movie is LONG (148 minutes) for what it is. It also veers wildly from slow to hilarious to weird and back again. If someone were to take this movie and condense it down to the best, say, hour to an hour and a half, it could be great. But they didn’t do that.

By far the best scenes were the ones between Doc and a cop he called “Bigfoot”. Bigfoot (Josh Brolin) is this big, old school manly, conservative police officer who hates hippies. The two of them have this frenemy thing going on. They antagonize each other in a hilarious manner, but they also kind of like each other at the same time.

So yeah, the movie definitely has its bright points if you’re willing to sit through the wait. Overall, I would give this one a C+.

movie: The Babadook

As per usual, maybe more than usual, I’ve been crazy busy. Drive forever, work, drive forever, dinner, children, and somewhere in between, I get snack-sized bits of time. Yay snacks!

It was during one of these that I watched The Babadook.

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Description from IMDB: “A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.”

Babadook is an interesting movie. First, the pace is very slow, much like old horror movies. In fact, a lot of the movie seemed to strive for classic horror movie-style. The camera work, the tension, etc.

As for the story, Dad died in an accident. Mom’s a little frazzled/crazy, son’s a little frazzled/crazy. Everyone seems to need an extended vacation. I spent a lot of the movie feeling bad for both of them, not just for the Babadook problem but for their situation in general.

As for the monster…the Babadook is a scary man/creature in a pop-up book the son randomly finds in the house. Nobody knows where the book came from, but apparently, that isn’t much of a concern off the jump. Pop-up book is scary. Weird stuff starts happening after they read it.

Babdook does have parts that I thought were decently scary, but the slow pace of the story detracts from that. What the movie does well is plant doubt about what’s really happening. What it doesn’t do well is the ending. Unsatisfying to say the least.

The Babadook gets a D.

Movie Twofer: John Wick and Maleficent

Hey there! Just popping on for a few minutes. The time/energy crunch has been kind of rough lately, so blogging has kind of fallen by the wayside. Writing and editing activities have slowed significantly as well. I may post a writing update later this week.

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Description from IMDB: “An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.”
John Wick’s wife dies. Some bad guys wrong him. He goes on the rampage.

This movie is colorful and stylish, very exciting to watch, but the plot is predictable. As usual, Keanu’s acting is monotone. At this point, that’s pretty much his modus operandi, right? I know these comments probably make it seem like I didn’t like the movie, but I did.
The fight scenes are graceful. I don’t know if it was Keanu or a stunt guy or a mix of the two. The movie was visually interesting. John Wick gets a B+.

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Description from IMDB: “A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.”

I LOVE this movie. I’m actually thinking about buying it.

First off, any story that blurs the line between good and evil is a-okay with me. Maleficent is a more complex character in this than she was in the original Disney Sleeping Beauty movie. The story itself is also more complex and the world is more developed and colorful. The magical creatures are crazy and alien looking.

Maleficent has some great battles and humor and bonding. It gets an A.

movie: A Million Ways to Die in the West

Movie: A Million Ways to Die in the West

Whattup, internets? This is me blogging 2 weeks in row. #winning

This weekend, we watched A Million Ways to Die in the West.

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Description from IMDB: “As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.”

This is a Seth MacFarlane movie. If you’re looking for sophistication, pass on this one. If you can’t laugh at absurdity or raunchiness, pass on this movie.

That being said, I’m not sure Seth MacFarlane can actually act. I liked his character fine, but he just seemed like he was playing himself. As far as the rest of the primary cast, they are awesome: Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, the list goes on.

The humor is mostly lowbrow, which is fine and dandy with me. I enjoy that business. The story is decent but pretty predictable.

A Million Ways to Die in the West is entertaining. It gets a B+.

I am participating in NanoWriMo this year, which is a month of crazy productive writing. I probably won’t do any movie reviews or real posts during November. I may, however, pop by and provide updates.