I have a tottering imaginary stack of media lined up for the next couple of months. Like Everest, it must be conquered because it is there– with the addition of much ecstatic rolling around on the floor.
As the new TV/Movie reviewer for Inveterate Media Junkies, I’ll be bringing my technical theater and acting experience to the table– as well as my writing chops. I’ll do my best to be coherent, even in the midst of paroxysms of squee!
Orphan Black – This BBC America show (filmed and produced in Canada) has flawless effects and a cast of very good actors. The most noticeable is Tatiana Maslany, the actress who takes on the title character– then multiplies it across the screen. In the first season, she played a total of seven characters, all clones, all distinct and multi-layered. After the enormous cliffhanger in the finale, I can’t wait to watch the next season!
New episodes premiere April 14th in the US.
Almost Human – As a girl who watched both the Alien Nation movie and TV series, and of course Blade Runner. I’m a big sucker for SF being used as a playground to examine inequality and racism. I’m planning on doing a catch-up post for all the episodes aired in 2013, and then wading into the awesome.
First Season episodes began airing November 17, 2013.
Sleepy Hollow – I’ve seen this folktale/history mash-up compared to Fringe (one of my favorite shows of the past few years, despite its flaws)… And the SH episodes I’ve seen seem to be devoid of some of the hokey cheese that tends to infect this type of show. Add in two main characters with a lot of chemistry and John FREAKING Noble— and I’m hooked.
Show premiered September 16, 2013. First Full Season available for rent/purchase.
Sherlock – I’d be a fool to avoid this show, even though there will probably be quite a few AIMEE SMASH! moments related to how showrunner Steven Moffat is great at writing himself into corners– and then rebooting the universe. He’s also typically problematic with his female characters.
US broadcast of Series 3 began January 14, 2014. Episodes available on Amazon Prime.
Dr Who – Speaking of Moffat, I will be on tenterhooks for the upcoming season of Dr Who for a long time. Cue the wailing: The new episodes featuring Peter Capaldi won’t be available until the Fall 2014. As a long-time fan (I grew up watching six-hour stints of Dr Who on PBS every single Sunday), I’m willing to wait– but I’m not happy about it.
Ripper Street/Copper – Speaking of the BBC and its American outreach child-channel BBC America, I’m terribly excited to see more of Ripper Street (BBC)– which I watched in a recent Netflix binge. I’m also excited to see its Americanized version Copper (BBC America), but for a very different reason. Ripper Street (airing February 22) has gorgeous costumes, top-notch acting, and complex, tuned writing. Copper (airing Summer 2014) is a hot mess of TV crack, which has yet to disappoint with bizarre accents, over the top plots, and insanity.
Too bad both shows have been cancelled.
Inside Llewyn Davis – Any time the Coen Brothers create a new movie, I’m there. While this doesn’t appear at first blush to equal the surreal qualities of some of my favorites of theirs, I can’t imagine seeing anything more awesome than Justin Timberlake as a folk singer in 1961.
Opened December 6.
Her – It’s nice to see Joaquin Phoenix back entertaining– rather than annoying– me. This movie features Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a sentient computer, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Considering the award buzz over this film, I have no doubts it will still be in the theaters as you read this.
Opened December 20.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Ben Stiller movies can be a bit of a wash for me. But since this the short story written in 1939 by James Thurber is widely considered a masterpiece, I think my opinions will probably be either joyous or enraged.
Opened December 27.
The Wolf of Wall Street – Reputedly this movie is another Scorsese riot of decadence and betrayal– featuring a character whose all-around awfulness is somehow hidden by his extreme charisma. I hear a theater-full of drunk stock traders were cheering throughout the entire premiere. I expect this one to piss me off to no end, and require significant ranting.
Opened December 27.
I, Frankenstein – So we’ve moved from vampires and zombies to Frankenstein’s monster? Sounds good to me, especially as it’s being billed as “classic Universal horror meets [the movie] Underworld” on IMDB.
Opened January 24. Move quick if you want to see it in a theater.
Robocop – I like the original take on Robocop, but I’m interested in the reboot. Mostly because Gary Oldman is in it. Even if the movie is awful, he will be a wonder to behold!
Opened February 12… And some fan reviews have been surprisingly complimentary!
Winter’s Tale – I’ve got the doorstop paperback of this New York fantasy by Mark Helprin— and it’s worth every single onionskin-thin page. I’m worried that the novel is too long to be made in only a 2 to 3 hour film, but I’m willing to risk it.
Opens February 14.
The Wind Rises – You must always see a Miyazaki film. ALWAYS.
Opens February 14.