We haven’t seen the Henchmen in a little while, so it seemed like a good time to check in on them and generally lighten the mood….
Snowpiercer is a crazy rollercoaster of a movie, and not just because it’s a post-apocalyptic trainride with larger-than-life characters and intense action sequences.
If you’re a fan of theme park rides, you know there are two basic types: there are the ‘slow’ rides like Disney’s Pirates of the Carribean, where riders drift lazily past detailed tableaus and spend time admiring the artistry and storytelling. The other type of ride is the ‘fast’ rollercoaster-type, like Space Mountain, where it’s all about speed and sensation.
The trick to enjoying Snowpiercer is in recognizing that it’s supposed to be a rollercoaster of a movie. If you try too hard to look for the artistry and storytelling, you’ll probably be confused and disappointed. But if you get on board and let the movie just carry you away, you’ll have a really good time. I did.
My Rating 3.5 (out of 5)
There are a lot of reasons that Orphan Black is my favorite television show, but the biggest is the brilliant performances given each week by Tatiana Maslany. If you haven’t seen the show, Tatiana plays multiple clones of her character in each episode, and often through some technical wizardry they can interact with each other seamlessly within a scene. However, it’s Tatiana herself who is the most amazing special effect.
I’ve been watching since the first episode of Orphan Black, and EVERY week I have at least one moment where I’ll turn to my wife and say “I keep forgetting that it’s the same person.” I’ve seen other shows or movies where actors will play more than one character, but this is the first time I’ve gotten so lost in a performance.
There are other reasons this show works so well. The rest of the cast is great ( Jordan Gavaris, who plays clone Sarah’s brother Felix is particularly good) as well, and the staging and direction make the show feel very much like a big-budget suspense thriller.
I’m hoping that Tatiana gets the recognition she deserves in next year’s Emmy nominations. I can’t remember when, if ever, I’ve enjoyed so much watching an actress ‘act’ and even then I still have moments that I forget that it’s the same person. If for some incredibly unjust reason, Tatiana Maslany doesn’t win a best actress award, then maybe she should win a best ensemble award. She’s that good.
I’m cleaning out my office and I need to make some space, so I’m selling my overstock of Henchmen for Hire ‘The VIXX Saga‘ at the ridiculously low price of $5.00 plus shipping. That’s right, only $5.00! You probably have that much in change wedged between the seat cushions of your old sofa….
It’s a full-color 140+ page graphic novel that contains the complete first adventure of the Henchmen for Hire. For only $5.00. Plus shipping.
Is that a great deal or what?
To take advantage of this great deal, visit my BigCartel store here: http://henchmenforhire.bigcartel.com/product/the-vixx-saga-the-full-story
I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not really familiar with a lot of Bob Hoskins’ work – it’s not like the man didn’t have a substantial resume on his IMDb page. In all honesty, I think I avoided looking up a lot of his movies because I didn’t want anything to change the first impression I had of him as private detective Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? For me, Bob Hoskins is and was Eddie Valiant, in the same way that Bob Denver will always be Gilligan.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? may seem a little dated and the mix of animation and live-action may seem occasionally awkward by today’s exacting CGI standards, but at the time that it first hit the screens, it was amazing. And it arrived at a time when it seemed like feature film animation was dying out and the once-mighty Disney corporation might be divided into different business components and sold off like cuts from a fresh side of beef.
But the arrival of Roger Rabbit, together with Disney’s Little Mermaid revitalized animation and helped to bring back excitement for the medium. And at the narrative center of all the excitement, providing the human face and point of view in contrast to Roger Rabbit’s zanyness was Eddie Valiant. I had always been in love with animation, but Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Bob Hoskins’ surly private detective brought the rest of the world around to see what I was so fond of.
Thanks, Mr. Hoskins. It may take me a moment to remember your real name, but you’ll never be forgotten.
I’ve been watching Agents of Shield since the first episode, and like a lot of other folks who have been watching, I had been disappointed for the first half of the season. From the beginning of the series, I had been wanting this show to be good, and while there were occasional moments when it seemed that things might come together, overall the show was an unfocused ‘monster of the week’ exercise with uninteresting main characters, boring villains and no discernible overall story arc.
The premise behind Henchmen for Hire is very similar to what I expected from Agents of Shield – I expected it to be a look into a superhero universe from the perspective of some non-superpowered humans. I think some of the lessons I learned from when I started the comic are probably lessons that the ‘Shield’ writers learned as well. I found out very quickly that even though the main story is about normal humans, it’s their interactions and response to the super beings that drives the narrative. Even when the super-beings aren’t on stage, the audience needs to be aware of them. The world should feel different, even when the cast on the screen is merely mortal.
It may just be that Agents of Shield was sort of spinning it’s wheels until the Captain America movie could hit the theaters and provide the dramatic threads that have pulled the TV show together. The last four episodes have been great. If the show was just biding it’s time until the movie release, then shame on the producers for putting out a subpar product before then. If I hadn’t wanted so badly for the show to succeed, I would have abandoned it long before the big payoff.
So now Agents of Shield is finally the show I’d been waiting for. I don’t know if I will buy the DVD when it comes out (yes, I still buy DVDs) just because I don’t think I would ever want to revisit the first half of the season. I suppose if nothing else, it can serve as an example of what not to do as a storyteller….