Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gotham S01E02 "Selina Kyle" Review

I am still unsure how I feel about "Gotham" at times it comes off generic and at other times it's hard and gritty and everything a show like this should be, still there are some issues I'm having connecting with the material. James Gordon and Aswald Cobblepot continue to steal every scene they're in but that's about it. And it looks the series is gonna run episodic as opposed to serial. I'd prefer a serial format because then they could build up the up-coming mob war between Maroni and Falcone with Cobblepot swooping in and taking the spoils. Anyways, let's review the episode.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"The Whispers" Preview Review

Sorry for the sluggishness with the TV Round Up, but the networks have been INCREDIBLY stingy with their trailers. Here's an interesting one coming to us from Ray Bradbury's catalog from "The Illustrated Man" the short story "The Visitors". Seeing as how "The Illustrated Man" was my introduction to Bradbury, this has piqued my interest BUT in all honesty, this isn't a premise for a TV show, this is a premise for a really good movie or a mini-series. I don't see this show sticking around very long, ABC hasn't had much luck with alien invasion shows, "V" is a clear example of that and to be honest alien invasion in TV shows is a hard sell because the idea is so grandiose that episodic television isn't strong enough to handle the concept in a way that it needs to be. Check the trailer out and let me know what you guys think, I don't have high hopes for this.

Gotham S01E01 "Pilot" Review

And here we are ladies and gentlemen, "Gotham" has arrived. Before we get to the review proper, let me give you some background on my impressions of this series. My expectations were low going into this, mostly because the production seemed rushed, I mean hell, they announced they were making a "Gotham" series this year (I do believe) and it came out this year. Also, with the primary focus being on Jim Gordon and not on Batman, I figured it'd seem more like a Batman story without Batman...which isn't exactly a good idea because let's face it, as much as I like Jim Gordon, he isn't a character that can hold up an entire story by himself. However the Batman element is what separates this from being just another run of the mill cop drama, but that Batman element isn't present...so are they gonna make this work?

Needless to say, I was pretty on the fence, the trailer didn't look all that impressive and the fact that Jada Pinkett is in the cast and playing one of the main villains, an original character named Fish Mooney, things did not bode well for this series from where I was sitting. So with all that said, let's get to the review proper and find out what's going on in "Gotham".

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Best Of The Worst: Zapped

Every now and then in the history of the world something comes along that's just so unspeakably horrible and repugnant that mere words cannot express the sheer volume of it's horror. I can list off several things Justin Bieber, Michael Bay's constant desire to remake 90s cartoons into live action blockbuster movies, The "Twilight" Saga, "Persons Unknown", The Final Season of "Dexter", I could go on, but while those things are arguably opinion based and are open to debate, this however IS NOT! This caused me to resurrect "The Best Of The Worst" in article form early because this TRULY IS THE VERY BEST OF THE WORST!

Before I go on, let me address the elephant in the room, "Ugo, why are you reviewing a children's movie?". That's a very good and valid question and the answer to that is simple: like my esteemed Rogues Gallery colleague Larry Williams, I too believe that simply because something is designated for children doesn't mean it has to lack cleverness, intelligence and depth (which is why I'm a fan of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic", but that's another topic) and because of my own damned morbid curiosity (which is what caused me to sit through the entire 2nd season of "American Horror Story"...still attempting to recover my lost brain cells, any and all donations are welcomed, by the way). Hopefully, that addressed those questions. That being said, let's dive into quite possibly the WORST movie you'll ever read about. Strap yourselves in for "Zapped".