Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pushing Daisies

My dislike for Pushing Daisies has seemingly manifested into full blown loathing by what I view as a chronic over-enthusiasm for it. My main complaints with the show are what seems to be everyone else's favorite points.

  • The seemingly constant narration is irritating. What happened to show, not tell? I can perfectly well what's happening half the time without a voice-over telling me, too. It seems to me as if the show were talking down to it's viewers with this.
  • The constant unending brightness of the whole thing. You can tone it down, really.
  • It's trying far too hard to be wacky and loveable. It reeks of desperation.
  • Olive. Just... Olive. Especially her "Hopelessly Devoted To You" number. It made me cringe.
I couldn't get past episode two and ended up going back to the wonderfully funny Hotel Babylon. I suggest anyone else disappointed with the show do the same.

Monday, October 29, 2007

30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night turned out to be pretty awesome. I thought it was very faithful to the graphic novel, it only really seemed to diverge at the end, which I still thought was good, just not as good as the ending in the book. The cinematography was great, especially the shot with the aerial view over the vampires' slaughtering most of the town. The soundtrack could be a little over dramatic at times, but was very good on the whole. The vampires themselves were very kick-ass and I loved the CG/make-up that was used on them. I didn't find it very scary, but there were plenty of scenes that made me halfway jump out of my seat. It's not a movie that's going to make you think very hard, but it was still very enjoyable. If you aren't a fan of the graphic novel or immediately fall in love with the trailer you'd probably be better of Netflixing it, though, I don't think most people will be missing out on anything by not seeing it on the big screen.