Takako and I started watching FX’s infamous Nip/Tuck this fall and, on a Christmas day unlike any other, we finished season 3. At its best Nip/Tuck was the story of three friends; plastic surgeons Dr. Sean McNamara, Dr. Christian Troy and their med school crush (now Sean’s wife,) Julia all locked in a three way tug of war in which their family and business practice were all hanging in the balance. At its worst, it was sensationalist, misery porn which pushed boundaries at the expense of being true to its characters. To the show’s credit, the first three seasons somehow managed to temper the shock and awe nonsense with the tug of war and ended about where it should.
So that’s why Takako and I quit. With the show’s multiple season spanning Carver arc ended, Julia and Sean having found themselves through mutual self destruction and then reinvention, and Christian having finally rediscovered the family he has in them and their son (his son) Matt and the end of his self flagellation, what more needed to be said?
Apparently a lot. The damn thing went on for 6 or 7 seasons of which the internet writes: “all that needs to be said about the last season of Nip/Tuck is that Matt becomes a mime thief.”
Grrr. This post is about why F is for Film is late this week. It gets a little technical.
Imagine playing a baseball game wherein, from the third inning onward the bases are now invisible and the third baseman has a high powered sniper rifle. It would seriously change the face of America’s greatest pastime. Now imagine, that same game from the fifth inning onward; the pitcher’s mound a twenty foot high mini-mountain and the grass replaced by lava, whee.
This is what it feels like to work with YouTube if you want to get any kind of quality out of your uploaded videos. If you’re like me, you’ve found the perfect formula time and time again, only to have the rules suddenly rewritten and your hair suddenly go grey.
“Have you ever tried to clean a slate? You can still see everything that was written there.” (Echo pre-Dollhouse)
I never got to play with dolls. Sure I had “action figures,” which are basically dolls for boys, but the key difference is that GI JOE doesn’t ever change his or her outfit. From the moment they come out of the package they are dressed and equipped for combat. A dude named Cobra Commander in painted on military garb wearing a reflective helmet isn’t suddenly going to put on an apron and open a bakery. Although I think this very thing happened in GI JOE‘s second animated iteration.
Dolls, however, are chameleons. They can be anyone depending on how they’re dressed and the needs of the person playing with them. They’re kind of creepy in that way. This is the central and equally creepy premise of Joss Whedon’s sexy new serial Dollhouse, which combines the kinky wadrobe changes of ALIAS with the memory wiping shenanigans of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
As promised. F is for Film Episode 2: F_THEDARKKNIGHT is NOW PLAYING on our YouTube Channel. As I stated earlier, this was the first episode in the production run, so don’t be surprised if things are a little rockier than our previous installment. Also, the ending… we don’t hate your comments and opinions, don’t fuck off, that’s more a personification of know-it-all-ism. We love you. We want your comments and feedback.
In TWO WEEKS: F_THEHAPPENING
Hiya there my lovely Inu-tachi, why the long faces?
I have now officially passed the cutoff date for “The New Year,” having just waved goodbye to the Chinese iteration this past weekend. Are there any other New Years I could use to stretch the release date on I LOVE ZOMBIES a little further?
My apologies to the threes of you waiting on my long delayed never-rumoured serial novel. A lot of behind the scenes issues on the technical side have stopped the forward momentuming.
I considered posting something here to whet your appetite but I kind of want it consumed in its own environment like how an astronaut eats freeze dried ice cream in space and thinks it’s the bee’s knees but here on earth it’s just foul.
Thanks to everyone and anyone who watched F is for Film Episode 1 on YouTube (you know who you are, hero) . Tell all your friends about us! Episode 2 F_THEDARKKNIGHT drops next weekend with the rest to follow every two weeks there after. It was actually supposed to be the first episode chronologically but Speed Racer, which was filmed fourth, was so much tighter and more visually arresting. TDK is still pretty badass tho’ and features the first appearance of several running gags.
I just pitched the next episode from the new production batch, and I’m hoping we can go into production in the first week of Feb and have a faster turn around -now that we know what we’re doing.
On the Yochien Ronin front, Ying and I have written an odd new song. It’s probably going to be our next release if we ever get around to recording it. At gunpoint I would describe it as “a rocking sea shanty” or perhaps, “a spiritual drinking song”. I’m especially proud of the harmonies we came up with, something we didn’t attempt with any of our previous works. The lyrics are probably my most effecting yet. I just hope when translated they still retain their power.
Aside from the holy trinity, there are a few new things brewing here but it’s far too early to discuss them. Hopefully, I’ll have news on that front in the coming months.
Wishing y’all the best, Happy New New (possibly New) Year.
Pushing Daisies may be on its way out for now, but look what I found! George and the gang are back (but obviously not Rube who has gone onto to be a big draw on Criminal Minds.) In fact he’s the only one who seems to have survived in a post DLM world. However, replacing Laura Harris’ Daisy Adaire will be Sarah Wynter who was Jack Bauer’s lady love from Season 2 of 24. I’m betting the other principal cast members were ecstatic to tell more dead man’s tales. I declare February national reaper month, as it will also see the return of Reaper to the CW’s schedule. Good to see that Grim Reaper TV is alive and well.
The world returns to kinda sucking today. Pushing Daisies has been canceled. There should be a psychological term for people who love hopelessly doomed shows.
Ah well, hopefully we still get Episodes 7-13 which, might I add, ends on a cliffhanger and will supposedly be continued either as a movie, a comic book (pass) or both according to show creator Bryan Fuller. The only sliver of good news to come out of this is that he has expressed an interest in returning to Heroes and lord knows they need him.
I think the Fox network gets its kicks canceling Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) series, usually before they’ve even had a chance to build an audience.
Granted Drive had a huge promotional push behind it and was a mercy kill, but come on! His latest, Dollhouse, could be Fox’s ALIAS. However, in a showing of extreme distrust, the show has been quietly been moved from a primo spot next to the returning American Idol to the Friday evening DEAD ZONE where it will join the faltering Sarah Connor Chronicles in the new mid season. Two birds with one stone.
My sympathies are with Joss, even though his relationship with Fox is something of a battered wife scenario.
Here’s hoping enough people who matter watch it on Fridays since, you know, people without Neilsen connections don’t actually matter. If I was him, I’d start digging around for that card from that charming fellow from HBO.
Aside from True Blood, what the hell else do they have going on?
From C&B filtered through IMDB
YouTube plans to compete directly with broadcast and cable networks by presenting a live event on Nov. 22 that will be streamed internationally via a dedicated channel on its website, Broadcasting & Cable reported today (Monday). The trade publication commented: “The event will be the first program ever to be streamed on YouTube, though assuming it is successful, it will not likely be the last.” B&C described the program as “equal parts concert, party and variety show” and said it will feature some of the personalities and celebrities who have “gone viral” on the site.
The attempt to legitimize what are basically audience specific solutions never ceases to amaze me. Remember when Napster went legit and tried to charge people fees for the music they had until that point gotten for free? Or when Bittorrent decided to grow their brand of particularly crafty data movement which was and still is predominantly used by people to steal copyrighted video and audio files once thought too time consuming for the average user to dedicate themselves to? Does anyone, anywhere know what the Bittrrent Entertainment Networks are?
Now YouTube wants to play with the networks and become appointment TV? That’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard and it goes against everything that makes YouTube the alternative of choice to broadcast television. When has live streaming media ever been popular when it wasn’t specifically targeted to a built in audience i.e. fans of a particular band or band, etc.
So I bet now you’re curious to watch this fiasco?