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Movie Review: ‘The Final Destination’? We Can Only Hope

1 Sep

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 The Final Destination in 3D (R)

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 The Final Destination is nothing more than an 80 minute gimmick designed to give the audience outrageous death scenes and jump-in-your seat thrills. That, however, is not the movie’s problem. The problem is that this fourth installment in the ‘tired-the-moment-it-began’ saga is a complete waste of an 80 minute gimmick featuring outrageous death scenes and it lacks any kind of actual thrills. This flick challenges Transformers 2 for the crown of most insipid and intentionally insulting summer entertainment. Most will shrug, roll their eyes and exclaim “I told you so!” but as any horror fan knows, the potential was here for a good time. Continue reading

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TV Showcase: ‘Merlin’ entertains, but has yet to enchant

22 Jun

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June 22, 2009-

Debuting last Sunday night in the 8 p.m. summer time slot, BBC’s fanciful new import Merlin hearkens to a different era; the world of the family friendly drama program. Created as a revamp of the Arthurian legend, this new Merlin is more indebted to Harry Potter than Le Morte d’Arthur or even the above-average 1998 miniseries that saw Sam Neil don the wizard’s cloak. Continue reading

Grrrrr….Arrrrggh…Buffy heads to big screen without Whedon or Gellar

26 May

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May 26th, 2009-

It’s been an interesting coincidence that as several of the new series reboots have been hitting theaters, I’ve been making my way through an old one for the first time. Having more or less yawned my way through the 1992 theatrical film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and being underwhelmed by the t.v. pilot in winter of 97, I never watched the Joss Whedon helmed t.v. series of the same name. And, as I’ve come to realize in recent months, that was my loss.

Whedon created a strong cast of characters that formed a tight-knit community and as inventive as his monsters and fiends were, they always took a back seat to the woes of teenage high-school life. When the characters moved beyond high-school and took on college and the work-force, the show moved with them. It was constantly changing and shifting–not in tone, only in theme –and it was growing, not violently rearranging itself. What I see now, is that Buffy the Vampire Slayer, despite its groan-inducing title and long running stint on the teen-burial-ground that was the WB, was one of the best shows to ever grace the television screen. And as I watched Terminator and Star Trek get a new lease on life, I wondered if Whedon would ever see fit to give us a big-budget Buffy movie.

And, it looks like part of that wish is coming true, but the rest of it is so off-base I’d just as soon not have heard this. Buffy, it seems is going (back) to the big-screen, with the director of the awful first film at the helm and it’s proceeding forward without Whedon, Gellar, and the rest of the cast. O.k., so it won’t attempt to touch the t.v. series, which is a good thing, but this reboot doesn’t make much sense. I don’ t know if Whedon or Gellar or anyone else were approached about this, or considered it, but I always thought the purpose of a reboot was to improve or jump-start a franchise which had run out of steam. We already HAD the Buffy reboot, back in 97. That’s the version that has fans, not the 92 mess. And Buffy didn’t just fade out with lousy final seasons. It finished strong, and during it’s seven year run, only season 4 was not quite up to snuff. If I didn’t think Whedon couldn’t find another interesting story to tell with the original cast, fine, but I think he easily could. Right now, this sounds not only unnecessary but a heart-breaker for those fans of the show that were holding out hope that one day Buffy and the Scoobies would make their way to the big screen.

Bummer.

Read the Empire Online account of this travesty HERE.