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New Science/SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Shows for Spring and Summer 2014… And when they will end!   Leave a comment

Boy Howdy! It has been quiet here over the last few months! I am so sorry to have deprived the internet of my colorful commentary regarding the world of pop culture.  Lets get back into the swing of things with one of my favorite guessing games! When Will All the New Shows Get Canceled?!

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Black Box  – April 24 2014

The premise of this show reads like a cross between House M.D. and Perception.  A medical mystery show where each episode revolves diagnosing a patient who is experiencing “rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions.”  The twist is that the main character, Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is suffering from bipolar disorder her self, and struggles with sticking to her medication regiment.

I’m torn on this one.  On one hand, I think that mental illness should be one of the highest priorities for the health care industry, and that starts with awareness.  One great way to bring awareness to the subject is by bringing the discussion directly into peoples homes.

But on the other hand, looks like this show has taken the stance that bipolar disorder makes you super sexy and self-destructive.  For people living with mental illness, who are already facing social stigma and unwarranted prejudice, this won’t be the image they want to put forward.

Cancellation Prediction:

Quietly after season four, with the characters enjoying a long life in shipping fan-fics.

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?- Musical numbers in Non Musicals   Leave a comment

Has everyone seen This is the End yet?  No? Well, if you haven’t seen this apocalyptic comedy, I highly recommend it.   It got me to like Seth Rogen and company again after having been tired of them for a long time.  It managed to be the best horror movie I’ve seen in quite sometime while also being the best comedy this crew has put out in years.  I have maintained that post The Cabin in the Woods successful horror movies would need to be something fresh and new, and This is the End got it right.

Good job, thumbs up.

Good job, thumbs up.

It also happens to utilize one of my very favorite film making techniques: the musical sequence in a non musical film.    The moment where narrative story telling stops for a little while and the emotion plays out through song.  I won’t spoil the surprise for you if you are planing on checking the movie out, but you can find a poorly framed cell phone video of the clip here.

In musicals there is an understanding that the world those characters inhabit is one where emotions and important moments are played out through song and dance.  Although the characters never seem to acknowledge it is happening.  I have always wondered if the characters are supposed to be aware that this is happening and never talk about it because it is so wholly unremarkable to them, or if they experience the song as just a regular conversation/ interaction/ thoughts.  But that’s a whole other blog post…

Musical sequences can be worked into non musical films in a verity of ways and for a verity of reasons.  He are just a few examples to help you through the slog that is a Tuesday afternoon:

 

Anchorman- Afternoon Delight

Wayne’s World – Bohemian Rhapsody

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