Sunday, May 31, 2009
[Cheney's] speech itself, with 20 mentions of 9/11, struck the same cynical note as the ads, as if the G.O.P. was almost rooting for a terrorist attack on Obama’s watch. “No one wishes the current administration more success in defending the country than we do,” Cheney said as a disingenuous disclaimer before going on to charge that Obama’s “half measures” were leaving Americans “half exposed.” The new president, he said, is unraveling “the very policies that kept our people safe since 9/11.” In other words, when the next attack comes, it will be all Obama’s fault. A new ad shouting “We told you so!” awaits only the updated video.
The Republicans at least have an excuse for pushing this poison. They are desperate. The trio of Pillsbury doughboys now leading the party — Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Cheney — have variously cemented the G.O.P.’s brand as a whites-only men’s club by revoking Colin Powell’s membership and smearing the first Latina Supreme Court nominee as a “reverse racist.” Republicans in Congress have no plausible economic, health care or energy policies to counter Obama’s. The only card left to play is 9/11.
More at the link, including how the Dems are playing their cowed and cowardly role to perfection once again after so much practice during the Bush era.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Starring Morena Baccarin (of Firefly fame) as Anna, presumably a stand-in for Jane Badler's Diana, and Elizabeth Mitchell (of Lost fame) as Erica Evans, the resident skeptical human, this new V looks to retain the broad concepts of the original (alien visitors in big ships, seemingly friendly, actually evil, etc.), but incorporates an intriguing new element of religious fanaticism to the already-extent fascism angle.
The previous run with the concept started strong, with a brilliant first miniseries, followed by a slightly-less brilliant second miniseries, and a terrible regular series that was done-and-gone inside of a season. Now, with the current vogue for serialized dramas with a fixed endpoint, and with ABC juggernaut Lost reaching its denouement next season, the time seems ripe for V 2.0.
Still, regardless of what they come up with for the new version, and maybe this is just a whole lot of nostalgia talking, they'll be hard-pressed to match this for suspense and just downright creepiness:
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
One of the claims that drew the most ire during my marathon ten movie Star Trek reviewing streak was the contention, offered up in my Generations review, that Star Trek: The Next Generation, the hugely-successful and popular sequel series, just didn't work.
Now, with Trek 2009's franchise-record opening on the path to a franchise-record box office total, it seems the old Kirk vs. Picard debate, raging in perpetuity since The Next Generation premiered in 1987, has swung back in the direction of James Tiberius. Oh, how fickle the masses...
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
That's roughly the amount of Star Trek hours produced between the time the original show premiered in fall of '66 and the last spin-off, Enterprise, left the air in '05, including five TV series, one cartoon show, and ten features. Some were exceptional, some were execrable, and many lay somewhere in between. Nonetheless, it was and remains an impressive achievement, and the property's enduring value to Paramount meant that it had long since become, to borrow a phrase from the current lexicon, too big to fail.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Whatever momentum the Star Trek franchise may have built up on the heels of First Contact's box office and critical reception was quickly squandered a mere two years later, with the listless, lackluster Star Trek: Insurrection knocking the venerable movie series back on its heels. Whether a result of steadily dropping quality or the sheer volume of product in the marketplace (or some interconnected combination of both), this film is arguably the juncture at which Trek hit overload.