Oct 202012
 

Oscars season is definitely upon us. Movies to see this month:

Poster for Robert Zemeckis "Flight"

Denzel will fix it

Flight

Plot: Airline pilot saves a flight from catastrophe, but an investigation reveals malfunction was not random.

Why watch: Weekend movie with Denzel.

Genre: Drama

Production: USA

Director:  Robert Zemeckis

Script:  John Gatins

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle

United States Cinemas: Friday November 2 2012

United Kingdom  Cinemas: Friday 1st February 2013

Australia  Cinemas: Thursday 7th February 2013

 

 

 

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Oct 182012
 
Sylvia Maria Kristel died on 17 October 2012

Sylvia Maria Kristel (28 September 1952 – 17 October 2012)

Sylvia Maria Kristel, a Dutch actress best known for playing the lead character in four of the seven Emmanuelle films in seventies has died in her sleep on 17th October 2012 at the age of 60 following long battle with tobacco related throat and lung cancer.

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Oct 072012
 

In order of premiere schedule:

The cast of The New Normal

The cast of “The New Normal”

The New NormalNBC Cast: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood. Premiered on September 11.

Novel premise – story of country bumpkin – a mother to a nine-going-on-thirty daughter, who decides to change her life around, quit her dead end job, leave bigoted parent and a small town behind, by escaping to big city and becoming surrogate mother to a gay couple. This show created a lot of buzz for all the wrong reasons before premiere – networks in hicks lands refusing to broadcast it because of “gay family” issues and insensitively chosen premiere date being just tip of an iceberg.

When pilot was made available via Hulu I meant to do full, in-depth review but in all honesty, first episode was just cheesy, preachy, over the top and simply bad, I could not force myself to waste any time dissecting it. I hoped overall ratings would inevitably do it for me. Oddly enough, “The New Normal” managed to survive the ill picked premiere date, grumpy outrage of right-wing lobbies in middle states and its own general “bleh-ness”, sloppy writing and lunatic acting. It also vastly improved in episodes that followed. But even with aforementioned improvement, I found the show to be rarely funny but overly dramatic in the way it tries to clash “raving homophobia” against “flaming campness” for viewer entertainment. Most of the time it doesn’t come out funny, it comes out loony. Caricature. Even as a show elected to be a poster boy for “agenda” driven TV productions this season, it falls short. There are simply better and smarter shows revolving around gay-in-general and gay-as-parents story lines already on the market and “The New Normal” simply doesn’t match that level. “Modern Family” it ain’t.

My verdict: waste of time – pass. My prediction – half a season then abrupt cancellation.

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