Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Torchwood: Children of Earth

I cannot describe how much I love the Torchwood series. It is one of the most well-written, and well-acted pieces of television, and yes I will go there and say I like it way more than BSG (remake version). Watching the mini-series left me speechless and wanting more. The show doesn't pull any punches; nor does it strive to be uplifting. It puts the characters into situations where the answers are never easy, and the choices can often be devastating. The thing that has always anchored the show from being completely depressing and without hopes is Eve Myles character Gwen. Her and her husband Rhys are a breath of fresh air in this series.

The story of Torchwood: Children of Earth can be described as aliens come down and demand 10% of Earth's children. We later learn that the children are like drugs for the aliens. According to one, "They give off chemicals. Chemicals are good." In what I thought was a very realistic and yet disgusting to contemplate at the same time was the meeting that the government had. One guy suggested they should choose randomly who they would give up. They decide nobody in the government should have to give up their children to the aliens. The talk then turns to those who are in schools that test poorly should be rounded up and offered to the aliens. After all, one politician stated that Britain should not give up their best, brightest, and most productive. The talk made me shudder in my seat; however, I can see their logic and no doubt believe if this was real life this kind of decision would get made.

I highly recommend you rent or put this DVD in your queue. It is not necessary to watch the previous seasons to understand the show. It will move you in ways you never thought possible. I heard it's been picked up for a fourth series, and I for one cannot wait!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Michael Bay is a douche bag!

I've been following the comments made by Megan Fox towards Michael Bay and his films. Basically, she said his films weren't challenging in the acting department and relied too much on special effects. Bay responded that she didn't know what she was talking about. Then he went on to say how he "made" Will Smith and Shia LeBouf's film careers. Excuse me? You "made" their careers, I think you must be mistaken! Will Smith had a career long before he starred in "Bad Boys". He was part of a rap duo called Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. He even starred in his own tv series. What made his career in films was not starring in "Bad Boys", it was actually a combination of "Independence Day" and "Men in Black" that put him on the map. He also, starred in a drama called "Six Degrees of Separation" that made people take notice of him as a dramatic actor. As for Shia LeBouf, Steven Spielberg was the one that made his career. Prior to starring in Transformers, Shia had a lot of buzz surrounding him that he was an upcoming young actor. In fact, Steven Spielberg is a producer on the Transformers series. I'm sure it was him that pushed for Shia to be cast in the movie, and not from some sort of audition done by Mr. Bay.

Speaking of auditions, I found an article on imdb.com that said that Megan Fox had to wash Michael Bay's car to audition for the part in Transformers. As she was washing his car, he videotaped her. Doesn't this smack of exploitation? Michael Bay you are a disgusting human being, and should be ashamed of yourself. Rent pornos to get your hard-ons instead of having "car wash" auditions. What next have an actress dress up in a French maid outfit and clean your house?