* I finished watching “Wonderfalls” last night. Sigh. It’s the second time I’ve seen it all the way through — the first time I spent the last few episodes in fear that it would end before things were resolved. Watching it now reminds me that I need to write up something on character likeability and identification and such in the primary journal, because I enjoy watching unlikeable characters, and recently it’s been pointed out to me that this is somehow strange.
* On a vaguely related note, last night I also watched the premiere of “This Space For Rent” which wasn’t perfect by any means, but made me laugh out loud enough that I’ll stick with it at least for a bit. I spent half of the episode trying to figure out why Lucky looked so darn familiar, and then I gave up and checked the IMDB. He was in a CKR movie and an episode of “Wonderfalls”. So there you go. I also enjoyed that the coffee shop Barnaby worked at was called “Jarheads”. But I am easily amused.
* One other thing! I think it’s pretty darn cool that CBC has the first episodes of their comedy premieres this week up on the website for free. That’s how you use technology, folks.
Best feature: Capote.
Runners-up: Everything is Illuminated, Transamerica, Walk the Line.
Best documentary: Murderball.
Other good stuff: Batman Begins, Brokeback Mountain, Goodnight and Good Luck, A History of Violence, Mirrormask, The New World, Serenity, The Squid and the Whale, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
The best movies no one else saw: Cinderella Man, In Her Shoes, Jarhead, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Best ride: Kamikaze Girls.
Movie I was most surprised that I enjoyed: Madagascar.
Most woefully overlooked by the Academy: Nine Lives, for Robin Wright Penn.
Title: The Family Stone
Why: Cast, buzz.
Worth It? Totally. Funny and touching and -fantastic- ensemble. Slowly chipping away at the remaining to-see from 2005.
Yesterday I finished the first season of “Oz”, which could teach “Lost” a thing or two about the use of flashbacks. That’s not really fair — flashbacks serve different roles in the two shows. “Lost” should really learn more from “Veronica Mars”. Not that I’ve managed to see much this season, but that’s beside the point.
But ragging on “Lost” is just too darn easy anyway. I’m working my way back through “Wonderfalls”, which is a gem, and thus, of course, was cancelled. My FOX rage knows no bounds. I’ve been disproportionately upset about the recent cancellation of “Kitchen Confidential”. I think it’s just all the FOX rage built up and exploded there. Of -course- it didn’t get the ratings. It wasn’t promoted, it ran four episodes cut through with a six week hiatus, and really, did they ever intend to keep it, or did they always mean to cut it for still more “American Idol”? I have to wonder.
Speaking of shows FOX screwed over, I watched Serenity with commentary this afternoon. I’ve been working on my year-in-film post for the primary journal (which is why I started this one — I discovered I have a terrible memory for what films I manage to see let alone what I thought about them) and of it I ask what other film was so highly anticipated and -still- managed to totally blow me away. None, that’s what. And I always dig on Joss commentary, not because I necessarily agree with everything he has to say, but because he does have a lot of interesting things to say about writing and narrative and the creative process. So there you go.
* I think I sleep better when I watch an episode or two of “Sports Night” first. I brought it back from Spokane, and as of last night I’m through “Rebecca”.
* The sublet has the first two seasons of “Oz”, which I watched last fall while teaching myself to knit. Seriously. I rewatched the first three episodes tonight. It’s just impossible to deal with crap like “Prison Break” (my disbelief can only be suspended so far, even for Wentworth Miller shirtless and tattooed) and “Lost” (that poor cast) after watching “Oz”. So damn good.
* Corporation-which-shall-not-be-named had “Wonderfalls” for twenty bucks. I am weak. I’m now going to watch an episode or two.