Wednesday, July 18, 2018

TV Alley: Millennium


Created by Chris Carter
1996 - 1999

A spin-off of Chris Carter's far more popular series The X-Files, Millennium follows ex-FBI agent Frank Black as he uses his psychic visions to hunt down killers and psychopaths. He's also being vetted and recruited by a bizarre and mysterious cult-like organization known as the Millennium group, who have seemingly unlimited resources, a gray moral compass, and a belief in an apocalypse that will occur at the end of the 20th century.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

200 Items Or Less: Scars Of Dracula (1970)

A few thoughts: The first Hammer Dracula film I didn't like, this sixth entry lacks the menace, atmosphere, and pacing of the first several in the series. I felt like I was watching this movie for hours, yet it's only 90 minutes long. While there are a few cool shots and moments, a majority of this movie feels like treading water. Not only this, but Christopher Lee is given a lot of dialogue this time around but still very little to actually say. The lead performance by what's-his-face is an absolutely unconvincing bore, and while Michael Ripper and Michael Gwynn are both pretty great, they are given far too little screentime to save the picture. One more thing that stood out to me as particularly lousy was all the effects used in this movie -- for example, in several shots there are bats flying around that look less convincing than the ones used in the original Dracula from 1931. While each previous film had slowly gotten worse throughout the series, this was the first time I would actually call one of these movies pretty bad. Such a shame.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Top 10 Nathan Fillion performances

I don't plan on only making these top 10 lists of massive cult actors, but this seems to be the direction I've been heading in, so I might as well commit. This time, I'm covering another charming actor who hasn't had quite the successful career he deserves, but has enough of a following to keep him from ever fading into total obscurity.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Top 10 Bruce Campbell performances

B-movie legend and King of the Chin Bruce Campbell turned 60 last month, and because of how incredibly lazy I am, I've just now decided to make this countdown list. Also, I wanted to catch up on a few of his movies and shows that I've missed, and since I don't have to fit anything inside any sort of timetable, here we are.

Friday, July 13, 2018

200 Items Or Less: Excalibur (1981)

A few thoughts: An exhaustingly long adaptation (in spite of only being 140 minutes long) of the story of Arthur, Merlin, the sword in the stone, and the quest for the Holy Grail, this movie has flashes of brilliance but never manages to overcome several of its more major flaws. As I briefly touched on before, this movie drags on for far longer than it seems like it should. Without much focus or direction, the story wanders along until it's basically said everything it wants to say. It's not incredibly long, but feels like it is, which is far worse. The acting, apart from a few performances here and there, is pretty awful. Very few of the performers feel like they're even trying, stiffly delivering lines as if they're being read straight from the script without inflection. And finally, King Arthur is so unlikable, I never once found myself interested in seeing him succeed, in spite of being the protagonist of the film. It's hard to care about a story like this when you don't have anyone to root for. It looks great, but has too many fundamental flaws to live up to its potential.