The Unbearable Banishment: hooray for hollywood

Monday, May 11, 2009

hooray for hollywood

Star Trek had a strong opening this weekend. Its $76.5 million three day take was propelled by unexpectedly strong reviews. In a New York Times article this morning, Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore was described as being “giddy.” He said, “It’s a great relaunch to this classic property.”

He referred to the movie as a “property” and was giddy about the money. What a corporate cog. What a prototypical anti-humanity Hollywood stuffed shirt. Can you imagine going out for a pint with this guy?

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ABC is making a TV series out of Robert J. Sawyer’s novel Flash Forward. The novel supposes a worldwide 2-minute 17-second period of unconsciousness in which people are able to see themselves six months into the future.

I have to be perfectly honest and say that six months from now, barring unexpected calamity, my life will almost certainly be exactly as it is this morning. Six months isn’t a long enough period of time to effect significant change unless you’re about to graduate from a University. How interesting can that program possibly be?

12 Comments:

Anonymous popomatic Jeff said...

I saw Star Trek and loved it, here is my review: http://timetoplaymag.com/playforum/2009/05/08/review-star-trek-dont-worry-no-spoilers/

As for Flash Forward, it sounds interesting but you've got a good point.

May 11, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Reinventing Dad said...

I'm anxious to check out the Star Trek revival.

Flash Forward has a decent premise, but perhaps they should project at least a year into the future.

May 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

I'd go out for a pint with Rob. Money also makes me giddy. It's a bit like the headrush you get when you haven't had a cigarette for a while - and for the same reason.

May 11, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

I hate Star Trek. Why it's suddenly got the cult, cool following is beyond me. It's been dead and buried for years and no one's blinked an eye.

May 11, 2009 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Pop: That movie was on my B list until the reviews came out. I've upgraded it to my A list.

RD: Welcome! Have you read Flash Forward? Was it any good?

K: If he picked up the tab I MIGHT go.

Jo: But this is supposed to be a reinvention for your generation. Give it a try. If you don't like it, I'll mail you a refund. Seriously!

May 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

I hope I have electicity in 6 months time...
Sx

May 11, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

But space is the final frontier!

May 11, 2009 at 5:46 PM  
OpenID daisyfae said...

i'm with the geek brigade: star trek with good special effects and genuine actors? just another sci fi movie... it was the velveeta factor that made it fun... glad someone's making money off it.

May 11, 2009 at 6:21 PM  
OpenID thegnukid said...

yeah, i have to agree with those who liked the cheesy acting and cheesy special effects of the 'old' versions. imagine redoing Charleton Heston's "Moses" role today... sacreligious.

May 11, 2009 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Scarlet: Meaning you don’t have electricity right now? How rustic!

E: Growing up, I always thought that my pants were the final frontier.

Daisy: Lighten up, baby. I hear it’s a great ride.

Gnu: Moses ain’t Capt. Kirk. There’s pleasure to be had in the cheeze, but a little drama never hurt anybody.

May 11, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
OpenID nursemyra said...

Corporate Cog indeed

May 12, 2009 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger ~E said...

I agree...that premise would be better if they saw 5 years into the future or some other time frame like that.

May 14, 2009 at 1:38 AM  

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