Thursday, December 30, 2010

Look At My Briefs -- 12/30/10

This is the last edition of my brief comments on various subjects I like to call Look At My Briefs of the year. Let the importance of this moment sink in for a moment. Is it sunk in? If not too bad cause this sucker is starting up now.

MTV Movies Blog has a list of the Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2010. To my great surprise, none of them severely annoys me. Usually when I see a "Who's Hot" list, there are always a few whose sudden, violent death wouldn't upset and at least one I would gladly shoot in the face myself. All ten of these folks, however, managed to endear themselves to me over the past year and I'd love to see Emma Stone become the Next Big Thing. Of course, the Next Big Thing often becomes the Next Big Trainwreck and I certainly don't wish that for Emma Stone. Now if I hear that she was pulled on Hollywood Boulevard at 2 AM wearing nothing but cocaine, I'll feel partially responsible.

The answer to this question is: It's just you.

If you saw Big Momma's House and its sequel and thought that those movies had unanswered questions that demanded further exploration of the Big Momma-verse, your prayers are answered. I'm sure all the fans at this year's Big MommaCon will be thrilled to hear that the director of Big Momma 2 decided not to do that Merchant-Ivory produced adaptation of Middlemarch and will be taking up the reins once again as Martin Lawrence's character introduces his son to the glories of being a cross-dressing crime fighter. This is also great news for film critics making next year's "Worst Films of 2011" lists since they can get started with this one.

It should come as no surprise that a man who has directed major science fiction films thinks that science in movies need not be accurate. Fans of serious science fiction have known this for decades. We also know that the primary reason for this is that most film makers actually hate science fiction and consider it to be one step above pornography so it doesn't matter if you think terms like "galaxy" and "solar system" are interchangeable. Basically, they think that because they themselves do not care that no one in the audience will care either, except of course for their nerd fanbase, a group whom they actively loathe.

The American version of the hit BBC series Being Human will be premiering next year. Usually when Americans try to adapt a British series for American television, the first thing they do is sit down and say something along the lines of, "We have to rip out any and everything that made this show so great and replace all that with lame jokes, cardboard characters and bland melodrama." Anyone who has seen recent attempts like Life On Mars or The Eleventh Hour knows what I'm talking about. Also, it's on the SighFigh Channel, a cable network incapable of doing anything worth watching that's not Battlestar Galactica. Still, I shall indulge myself with a small amount of optimism for this based solely on this early review from IO9. If it turns out to suck now, I shall place 100% of the blame on the same review. I know that's a lot of responsibility to put on some poor science fiction/pop culture website but they knew the risks.

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