I missed Syfy Channel’s quirky TV sci-fi comedy drama the first time out, only to discover in the re-runs that is is more fi- than sci-, more wan-smile than comic and too predictable for drama. Which leaves it trading on quirky, and that just ain’t enough.
Billed as a sort of X-Files-lite (even liter than it’s TV cousin, the dismal Warehouse 13), Eureka‘s premise sees a US Marshall transferred to be sheriff of a North-West American small (i.e. Vancouver) town that covers a top-secret government research facility, Global Dynamics.
As such Eureka is flat-pack sci-fi geekery, an anything-goes episodic fanstasy show with a fish-out-of-water detective surrounded by scientists and hokey Weird Science tropes, all punctuated with a sub-Danny Elfman Desperate Housewives score. Continue reading
Remember that 80’s boy’s own warrior fantasy Highlander, with immortal Scot-tosh swordsman Christopher Lambert fighting down the ages to the mordern day? Now imagine that flipped around, and role-reversed so a fish-out-of-water British nurse from WWII lands in Stevenson’s Kidnapped as told from Katriona’s point of view.
Producer Ronald D. Moore brings twin-period Brigadoon Galactica to the low-rent Starz Network with this dull historical fantasy; part Alice in Wonderland, part Kidnapped, part Vikings – significantly Kilts-and-Boon. Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s novels, a fine British cast struggles to raise the material much past Fifty Shades of Tartan. Continue reading
It’s true: Google is breaking it’s heavily embedded but failed social networking product Google Plus into separate products – Streams and Photos, new head of Social Bradley Horowitz announced on Google+ earlier this month.
It was telling that Horowitz didn’t specifically mention Google Plus, which pretty well signals the end of Google’s foray. Google Plus was supposed to be a one-stop shop for interactiing across all products and all users. Clearly the vision has changed. Continue reading
A man walks into a bar and tells the daftest life story imaginable. The resulting contrivance of twisty plot devices, unlike 2013’s Looper, is disappointingly loopy.
Writer/producer/directors the Spierig Brothers deliver an understated new take on Heinlein’s classic sci-fi tale of causal loops in time travel, but which can’t escape the Twilight Zone tropes to it’s all too predictable conclusion.
Ethan Hawke (the brilliant Gattaca and not-so Daybreakers) is reliable as ever as the rugged time agent, while newcomer Sarah Snook is an amazing leading lady but possibly the least convincing leading man in cinema history. Continue reading
Of course, ‘nobody’ is a relative term. Google made Plus accounts a mandatory add-on to all it’s Google sign-ons from Gmail to YouTube to Picassa and Drive, which means there’s around 2.2 BILLION Plus accounts belonging to users around the world.
I’ve seen it so you don’t have to: Liam Neeson’s latest addition to his modern day The Searchers franchise proves to be the cynical, money-making, watered-down, lowest-common denominator pop-corn fodder everyone said it would be.
While the first Taken had a certain brutal post-Bourne, post-Ronin style glossing it’s very xenophobic, hunter-killer, mechanical, plot, and relying on Neeson’s ruthless and chilly ex-spy, Taken 3 may be a sequel too far. Although that hasn’t prevented Fast and Slightly Peeved 27… Continue reading
But while Captain America pulls off the all-American, White Hat hero with spotless morals, there’s an oddly asexual, homo-erotic theme in both movies – and not just in the amount of leather bondage-wear sported by both casts.
Impressive action sequences can’t disguise these boy’s own fantasies as anything more than comic-book wet-dreams with extraordinary budgets. Continue reading
The elevator pitch: Your fascinating, graceful and – above all – short answer to ‘and what do you do?’
My top ten tips for creating and using an effective elevator pitch for business and social introductions: Continue reading
Appearing in a fashion show may not involve speaking – but it’s still a performance for an audience who want to be intrigued. Here’s how to make the most of a great opportunity to shine, often in a good cause.
Preparing… Continue reading