Even though I missed out on San Diego Comic-Con again, I still look forward to al the trailers that come out. Here were my favorites:
Dexter Season Six Trailer
I liked last season well enough but this trailer looks like Dexter is back to normal (not grieving or taking on a partner). Plus we might get to see Mos Def on Dexter’s table and I’ll pretend he’s being killed for the oft-promised and oft-delayed Black Star sophomore album
The Walking Dead Season Two
I wasn’t a huge fan of season one (I’d say two of the six episodes where good) but this trailer makes The Walking Dead look like the show I hoped and expected it to be.
The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korratrailer
I watched Avatar The Last Airbender last year and was mad it took me so long to get on the bandwagon. The animation for the follow-up (taking place 70 years after the original) is amazing*.
Doctor Who Series 6b Trailer
After how the first half of season six ended, how could I not get excited by this? Why does River Song have the eyepatch on? WHY???
In Time trailer
Yes, this is a sci-fi movie starring Justin Timberlake but it was written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) and in Niccol I trust.
* This YouTube link will be dead by the time you click it but it’s out there.
** A special mention to The Avengers concept art posted above.
It’s a testament to David Fincher’s direction and Aaron Sorkin’s amazing script (where was this wit when I suffered through Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip?) that a movie that featured A LOT of talking, the main character spending half his screen time behind a computer and depositions that i found the movie entertaining, funny and sometimes exciting. The two-hour screen time flew by.
The acting was great all around. Jesse Eisenberg, who should at least be nominated for an Oscar, will never be compared to Michael Cera again (Unless Cera is buying the rights to any stories about the creation of Twitter). Andrew Garfield was good but I’m still skeptical about him being the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I really hope Armie Hammer gets nominated for playing both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (with the help of a body double). This was the first time I saw Justin Timberlake in a movie and didn’t think to myself, “Aw look, Justin Timberlake is acting. Good for him.”
What I Didn’t Like:
The conceit that everything Zuckerberg did was to get the attention of this one girl was a bit much.
I hated the final scene. The last line of the movie was a little too on the nose.
The drama with Saverin (Garfield) and his crazy girlfriend, Christy (Brenda Song), felt like it belonged in another movie.
I know Fincher likes dark tones in his movies but it felt too dark for the subject matter. It’s like nobody paid their electric bill in Harvard and everything was filmed in candlelight.
This was much harder than the “My 50 Favorite Television Shows of the 00s” list. When I started the television list, I singled out 70 shows or so and cut it down to 50. It took me three days to come up with a first draft of albums and I ended up with 185! I was going to just do a list of 100 but I like consistency so I whittled the list down to 50. The closer I got to 50, the sadder I got as I had to delete albums I loved off the list. After how depressing it ended up being bringing this list down to 50, a) I won’t even try to single out a top 10 (although I think “Kid A” would be my favorite album) and b) sorry, Karen, I won’t even attempt a 50 Favorite Singles list.
A couple of notes:
Just a reminder, I am not saying these are the 50 BEST albums in the last decade, these are the ones I am most fond of
Apparently my best years for music was 2000 and 2002 as nine albums from each year made the list.
Nothing released this year made the list and only two albums from 2008
Only Jay-Z and Radiohead have more than one album on the list (unless you count Jenny Lewis twice for her solo and Rilo Kiley)