Friday, February 29, 2008

Lost: "The Constant"


"A humorless yet intriguing mash-up of Vonnegut, the much-missed Journeyman, Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan origin flashbacks and 'The Tholian Web,' 'The Constant' functions as a breather from the Oceanic Six mucky muck (as if we needed one). But at least 'The Constant' isn't as superfluous as the filler eps from last season (even Jack's tattoos received their own flashbacks in what has to be one of the series' biggest time-wasters) because it finally provides answers to the time travel mystery.

Of course, because this is Lost, 'The Constant' also opens up a whole new can of whatdafrak."

The rest of my post can be found on Metroactive's Movie & Television Arts blog.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Give us a kiss": Favorite Roy Scheider moments


"The thrilling Seven-Ups sequence comes from the days when car chases were a novelty and were at their best: not much camera trickery, no music score and no dialogue. Scheider's flustered and pissed-off expressions from the driver's seat say more than tacked-on one-liners ever could."

The rest of my post can be found on Metroactive's Movie & Television Arts blog.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Lost: "Confirmed Dead"


"Once upon a time, there was a headcase, a ghostbuster, an anthropologist, a drunk and a hot sista from England, and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But I took them away from all that, and now they work for me. My name is Matthew."

The rest of my post can be found on Metroactive's Movie & Television Arts blog.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Nip/Tuck hopes you ready for the next episode

"This week's Nip/Tuck ep's usage of the frequently sampled 1966 David McCallum/David Axelrod instrumental 'The Edge' took me by surprise... 'The Edge,' an instrumental with an interesting backstory, is a favorite sample source for hip-hop beatmakers. The most famous tune that's sampled 'The Edge' is Dr. Dre's infectious joint 'The Next Episode,' one of my favorite tracks from the year I graduated from university ('Hope you ready for the next episode/Hey-yeeeeeeeeeey/Smoke weed everyday'). In Nip/Tuck's weird alternate reality, wealthy, middle-aged Beverly Hills divorcees are apparently avid cratediggers as well."

The rest of my post can be found on Metroactive's Movie & Television Arts blog.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Lost: "The Beginning of the End"


"Hurley became disturbed by something he saw in the store. It's definitely not overpriced Ho-Hos."

The rest of my post can be found on Metroactive's Movie & Television Arts blog.

Lost: "Through the Looking Glass" (textual healing edition)


"The Times says the 'Through the Looking Glass' rerun 'may be the first network show with added pop-up context.' The Gray Lady's factcheckers are clearly not NewsRadio fans because on April 1, 1998, the cult sitcom—one of my favorite sitcoms, by the way—aired a Pop-Up Video-style rebroadcast of its 50th ep, in which bubbles displayed behind-the-scenes tidbits like 'Khandi Alexander wrote the exit line when she and Dave leave the mental hospital.' (Their employees seem to be One Tree Hill fans, which must explain why that dopey show got some ink in the Times earlier this week.)"

The rest of my post can be found on Metroactive's Movie & Television Arts blog.