Why I Walk Out Of Movies…

7 01 2014

When my prior experience with a director annoyed me…
Or my friends or reviewers I respect say something will annoy…
I am leery of wasting my time with it. The world is full of stuff and I need filters to help me sift through it.
Here’s the first fifteen minutes of “Helix”, the new series starting on SyFy. I applaud SyFy for actually putting on actual, well-funded science fiction. So I watched…

When you can say key dramatic dialogue before the characters, this is bad. I said “progress” and “his brother” in the first seven minutes.

The first scene with is a direct lift of “Don’t Fear The Reaper” from that version of “The Stand” with Rob Lowe.

Then the stereotypical butchy-lookin’-woman-saying-libtard stuff who was maybe lifted from the original movie of “Andromeda Strain”? At minute nine, the woman said “frack”.

Then I read: Ronald Moore, producer.

I hate Ronald Moore. I hated him on Star Trek. I hated BSG for its entire handwavium premise: Half-cylon? How does that happen, BSG fans? Anyone? I hate that he tries to make Deep Significant Points and screws up so badly.

I respect that he tries. God how he tries. He believes in what he’s doing. Unlike say, the asses behind “Prometeheus” who after dozens of drafts and millions of dollars still got the distance to the nearest star wrong and left the mistake in.

Ronald Moore is a light-weight. This show? God, it’ll have to do a lot to keep from being another squandered opportunity.


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17 01 2014
Sandra

Wow.. bias much, bucko? “Butch looking?” She didn’t look butch, but she didn’t look like some wipsy frail thing. Did you ever see the original ANDROMEDA STRAIN, other than the name and movie stills? Ruth wasn’t butch. She wasn’t a pin up girl, but she wasn’t butch.

“Libtard”. Exactly what did she say that was “Libtard”? Other than non-biblical scientific terms, and maybe a few slang terms that have made it into the lexicon in lieu of more commonly used swear words? (And a quick FYI, you can’t say “f**king” on SyFy Channel. ) She was used for background information and commentary about the size of the facility. So, what did she say that was so “Libtard”?

And your name calling “Butch looking”, “Libtard”…. let me guess, You voted for Mitt Romney, didn’t you?

And thank you for once again, proving my adage that those who can’t do, review.

17 01 2014
Sandra

Reblogged this on Listening to the Voices in My Head and commented:
Proof that those who can do, write bitter scathing reviews. My comment to him, waiting moderations is as follows:

Wow.. bias much, bucko? “Butch looking?” She didn’t look butch, but she didn’t look like some wipsy frail thing. Did you ever see the original ANDROMEDA STRAIN, other than the name and movie stills? Ruth wasn’t butch. She wasn’t a pin up girl, but she wasn’t butch.

“Libtard”. Exactly what did she say that was “Libtard”? Other than non-biblical scientific terms, and maybe a few slang terms that have made it into the lexicon in lieu of more commonly used swear words? (And a quick FYI, you can’t say “f**king” on SyFy Channel. ) She was used for background information and commentary about the size of the facility. So, what did she say that was so “Libtard”?

And your name calling “Butch looking”, “Libtard”…. let me guess, You voted for Mitt Romney, didn’t you?

And thank you for once again, proving my adage that those who can’t do, review.

17 01 2014
timwburke

Actually I voted for Obama twice. Not that has anything to do with the SyFy channel.
My issue with “fraking” is that it was jarring and indulgent use to use the nonsense word just to give a wink to the BSG fans.
“Butch” is a matter of opinion, I grant you.
In my multiple viewings of the original “Andromeda Strain”, and in Helix, I just found it typical that the character with anti-establishment views is cast with non-heteronormative appearance. One could say that “AS” the movie was being true to “AS” the novel by casting a woman resembling the character in the novel. To which I would reply, “Michael Crighton can sometimes be a conservative hack.”
Can the anti-authoritarian look like that main lead lady in Helix? In Hollywood, no she cannot.
You are welcome for my proving your adage. I will join the many, many fans of so many shows who can’t write either, yet have opinions nontheless.

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