Sunday, May 5, 2002

Spider-Man (Sam Raimi 2002) - Just imagine what it would have been like with a couple of Hong Kong stuntmen in the costumes. CGI on movies just released already looks as creaky as anything from a 50s or 60s b-movie; even Darkman was more convincing. (Not that fx necessarily need to look like something out of real life--whatever that might be for somebody swinging through NYC on thin cords--but they shouldn't damage the integrity of the movie.)


Uberzone Faith in the Future (Astralwerks) - Bad band name (if this is a band) but a bit above-average electronica (remember when this stuff was supposed to take over the world?). Plenty of overlapping samples, Vocoders, synths, electro beats, reggae vocals, etc which in the end still only makes it unusually busy background music.


The new TV Guide lists the "50 Greatest Shows of All Time." Out of these there are 19 that I've never seen a complete episode but 12 that I've seen reasonably close to the entire run. The latter includes: Seinfeld, The Honeymooners, The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Cheers, Friends, MASH, The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Naturally, they didn't bother to indicate that this is only American TV or else their list would be quite different (or should be, who would expect TV Guide to get anything right?). Still, I would have added Babylon 5 which at times I think is the greatest TV show ever.