My weekly TV column is up at Torontoist.
I agree completely with you about Hulk. All the interesting character development in the world can’t make that cinematography experiment bearable.
There are actually people out there defending Ang Lee’s Hulk? You really can find anything on the internet.
You also missed tonights Republican Presidential Debate which taught me the valuable lesson that 1 adult janitor is worth EXACTLY 37 child janitors, so that’s something.
1. Ang Lee’s Hulk movie tried to do something different. Better that than the paint-by-numbers snoozefest that was The Incredible Hulk. And there was one gamma-powered poodle. ONE.
2. Turns out Hurl- . . . erm . . . Jorge Reyes’ character is an Alcatraz historian with two degrees. And Diego didn’t say “dude” once. Oh, and the first two episodes were interesting enough to warrant repeat viewing.
The premise of Alcatraz IS ludicrously moronic. But Jorge Garcia being Jorge Garcia, and Sam Neill being ominous gives the show a decent level of watchability.
Also, I appreciate the fact that it lets me start making “Time Gas” jokes again, which really kind of fell off once Lost stopped doing time travel and then ended.
For years, I was convinced I was literally the only person that liked Lee’s Hulk. Then, a couple years ago, I suddenly started seeing other people admit to it as well. It was damn near like people were coming out of the closet.
That said, I thought it was brilliant, and at the time was one of the best comic films ever made. It’s been surpassed by many, but it’s still a very good film, and massively underrated.
about how when Alcatraz was shut down, it was shut down because all of the inmates time-traveled to right now, and now it is a super-secret science base dedicated to catching them again…. That having been said: doesn’t the premise for this show sound completely stupid?
Stupidly Awesome, you mean!
Of course, though, it’s a JJ Abrams thing, so the awesome will get removed and replaced with lens flairs.
Sam Neill is going to scoop all those poor people’s eyeballs out.
As dumb as the gamma-poodle sequence was, it does strike me as the sort of thing Lee and Kirby would throw together two hours before deadline.
Honestly, the poodle never bothered me as much as the bit where Hulk tunnels under the streets of San Francisco like Bugs Bunny, or how every fight scene takes time to show that Hulk hasn’t killed anybody, GI Joe style.
MGK’s right though, the goofy stuff isn’t the dealbreaker. What kills that movie is the “moving comic book panels” stuff.
I’d rather watch “Hulk” than “The Incredible Hulk”, because it is an interesting failure while “TIH” (although it has Tim Roth) shows how easily the modern Marvel Studio formula can fall off the rails.
The only thing selling “Alcatraz” is JJ Abrams’ involvement (and then not to me, since I find Abrams’ massively overrated). The short plot description – supernatural criminals and the small group who fight them – sounds like any number of shows in existence, such as “Reaper”, “Brimstone” or “Forever Knight”.
Oh man. I miss Brimstone! John Glover’s hair truly is a magnificent actor.
(Castle + Fringe) / LOST = Alcatraz.
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