Monday, June 26, 2017

Dark Matter - All the Time in the World

Owing more than a little inspiration from Groundhog Day, the first-half of "All the Time in the World" is perfect. Trapped in a time-loop forcing him to relive the same day over and over again, a frustrated Three (Anthony Lemke) struggles to convince the crew of the Raza what is happening and find a way to break the loop. There are several smart choice here, including starting with Three already stuck in the loop after several days and the use of the "Butterfly Effect" to explain the differences caused by his choices every time through the loop. Then there's the incredulity of his crewmates and the various ways he attempts, and fails, to convince them of the truth (including learning French). It's the best use of the concept I've seen on television since Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Cause and Effect."

Josie and the Pussycats #7

Josie and the Pussycats #7 is a fun single issue story in which Josie, Melody, and Val begin to see the fruits of their recent success and make an important decision about what kind of band they want to be going forward. After their performance the band has to decide whether or not to stick around and possibly claim their award or skip out early and perform at a local charity concert for a good cause (leaving their manager to make an uncomfortable acceptance speech). Was their any doubt what the girls would choose?

GLOW - Pilot

Well, that was... underwhelming. There's a moment about 30-minutes into the first episode of GLOW where it almost sells me on its premise, but that's quite a long wait for an episode that's only 37-minutes long (counting opening and closing credits). Based loosely off the 1980s syndicated women's wrestling league of the same name, GLOW introduces us to bad actor Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) struggling to find work of any kind in Los Angeles. After accosting a talent promoter in a woman's restroom, Ruth is given the opportunity to try out for a new concept put together by Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) who hopes to take a group of semi-athletic women, untalented actors, and those apparently with nothing better to do, and turn them into a brand.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

First Look - Pitch Perfect 3

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Anna Camp, and the rest of the Barden Bellas return as recent college graduates who reunite to perform at a USO show in Europe. Pitch Perfect 3 opens in theaters on December 22nd.