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  1. Guest

    Blade Runner (1982)

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  2. I hadn't heard about this show until the other day, and lo and behold the first episode aired tonight. It's a Ridley Scott produced PBS series about a hospital during the Civil War. The first episode is up on PBS and will be until Feb. Here's a review from The Wrap. My own take is a bit mixed. I liked a lot of stuff--Winstead is good and Radnor is, at least, not bad and their exchange toward the end of the first episode (where his racism shades into a desire to treat the Confederate soldiers humanely, while her anti-racism shades into contempt for Confederate soldiers) is, at least, mildly interesting. The best scene in the episode involves Winstead's character and McKinley Belcher's character--and, indeed, I was most interested whenever Belcher was onscreen. Part of that, honestly, is because I've seen Civil War narratives that focus on the consciences or travails of white people during the time period, and it's getting to be old hat (the absolute worst part of this episode was pretty evenly spread out into every scene involving the hotel-turned-hospital's former owners, who embody every possible stereotype of insipid, fluttery Suh-thuhn Genteelity). Belcher, though? Belcher's interesting. He's something different for this kind of show, at least to my mind. The AVClub doesn't like it, btw:
  3. Nat Geo Teams Up Again With Ridley Scott And Bill O’Reilly For ‘Killing Jesus’ (WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 25, 2013) With the record-breaking success of the National Geographic Channel (NGC) factual drama of Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling history “Killing Lincoln,” NGC President Howard T. Owens announced today that the network will once again join forces with Scott Free Productions to produce a film based on “Killing Jesus: A History,” the recently announced book from O’Reilly with co-author Martin Dugard, to be published by Henry Holt and Company on Sept. 24, 2013. The announcement comes as the network is also in pre-production on the film adaptation of “Killing Kennedy,” expected to air globally on National Geographic Channels later this year. Killing Jesus is part of NGC’s commitment to authentic entertainment that challenges perceptions and expands understanding of stories you think you know with smart and imaginative storytelling. Not a new theme for the network, NGC has a rich history of producing thought-provoking programming on religious topics, such as the highly regarded special Gospel of Judas. The factual drama will be true to the incredibly popular narrative storytelling devices used by O’Reilly in his previous two books, telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth as a beloved and controversial young revolutionary brutally killed by Roman soldiers and recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and the changes that his life brought upon the world for the centuries to follow. . . . March 25 - - - I never saw Killing Lincoln, so what exactly is a "factual drama"? A drama based on facts? A documentary with occasional dramatizations?
  4. Tyler

    The Martian (2015)

    I just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. It's great. It's an exacting hard sci-fi novel in terms of its science stuff, but it also has funny, pleasant, well-developed characters. It's really nice to read a future book that isn't incredibly pessimistic and cynical. And who's directing the movie? Ridley Scott. I guess he could conceivably be a good choice, if he resurrects the "Alien before the alien busts out" vibes, but his recent track record doesn't scream lightness and joy.
  5. Look up "mixed feelings" in the Overstreet Dictionary and you will read this: "What Jeffrey feels when he learns that Cormac McCarthy is skipping over novel-writing and going straight to screenplay-writing. He would love to read a new McCarthy novel, but he's fascinated by the idea of a McCarthy story that's going first to the screen."
  6. According to this source, AMC is working on an all new tv show with a supernatural twist, following in The Walking Dead's footsteps. The Terror follows an expedition in 1845 led by Captain Sir John Franklin, on the ships Erebus and Terror to find the Northwest Passage in the Arctic, and find their way through. Based on the actual disappearance of the real crew during that time period, the novel (and show) introduces the supernatural element of a monster called a Tuunbaq, who stalks the expedition and terrorizes them. But true to how The Walking Dead is more about the characters than the zombies, so too does The Terror seem to be more about the men on the expedition than the monster. They are plagued by scurvy, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism as much as the monster. Sounds to me like a show worth checking out. Very interested.
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