Check out the trailer of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Check out this great trailer for the long awaited revamp of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road starring the excellent Tom Hardy.
Check out the bad-ass red band trailer or Sin City: A Dame To Kill starring the brilliant Eva Green.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Watch the Cast and producers talk about the show and what's in store for season 5 of HBO's epic hit series Game of Thrones at SDCC 2014.
Watch the producers and cast of AMC's ratings monster The Walking Dead talk about the show and what's in store for season 5 at SDCC 2014.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Watch the trailer for the screen adaptation of E.L.James bestselling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
Hollywood has many problems from it's apparent gender bias behind the camera and depressing representation of the LGBT community in front of it but now Hollywood now is facing a another problem it needs to counter quickly: sluggish summer blockbuster slumps.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Walter White was a bastard beyond repute. From watching someone die have could have saved to poisoning a child and worst of all, being able to justify it all with a straight face. Walt's pride and ego destroyed just about everybody he came across, friend and foe alike however, many fans of the show were able to root for him till the very end while harboring a deep hate for his compromised wife Skylar which points to a central problem in modern television and increasingly in wider society.
The hate was so virulent for Walt's better half that Anna Gunn (who played Sklyar White) wrote an article in the New York Times addressing it. There are a number of reasons you could point to as why she was so hated from her being the most consistent obstacle throughout the run of Breaking Bad in Walt's way realizing his inner badass or the criminal lack of character development of Skylar arguably up until the last two seasons to offset the more unlikable traits of her character but the real reason is that if there one thing a modern TV watcher can't stand is characters who are powerless.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about a pathological hate for characters on the lower rungs of the social ladder or an institution otherwise large chunks of The Wire would be unwatchable but a real disdain for a character who fails again and again, even in a favorable position to do so, to exercise moral agency. People have many reasons why they love a character but what is consistent among them is a character ability to exercise moral agency and Skylar, throughout the run of Breaking Bad, failed spectacularly to exercise hers.
Even when she had the whip hand over Walt when she cornered Walt into admitting his meth cooking activities, she failed, even under advisement, to take control of the situation as Walt, a character with real moral agency, was able to circumvent every measure Skylar laid in his path to the point that Skylar gave up and became even more complicit in his crimes. Walt, as we were to find out, didn't have a moral bone in his body but he was always able to exercise moral agency even if he did err on the side monstrous evil nine times of out ten.
Another example of audiences reacting badly to characters with little or no moral agency is Sansa in Game of Thrones which is made worse by the fact that many of the young and female characters in the piece have no problem exercising their moral agency. For example, Sansa's younger sister Arya, who is arguably in a more perilous position than her older sister, is perfectly capable of exercising moral agency arguably better than some of the older characters in GOT universe which only serves to amplify Sansa's perennial victimhood as she encounters one tormentor to the next.
Even in this season's run of the show when we see Sansa show her capacity to knowingly lie to authority figures when testifying in Peter Baelish's trail in front of the high lords of The Vale, it was act of loyalty or allegiance to Peter Baelish , once again another person with true moral agency, who so far has proven himself as a man not to be trusted on numerous occasions.
The Show is littered with psychopaths cold blooded killers, manipulative and cold blooded political operators and just genuinely unlikable people you thank the gods that you'll never met in person yet, somehow, a young innocent girl who watched her father lose his head, suffered sustained abuse and humiliation at the hands of her hosts/captors who also devised the wholesale murder of her mother, older brother and sister in law is the object of much hate and derision by many fans of the show shows either how important moral agency is in character development or serious deficiency in empathy in postmodern TV viewership.
Sure it can and will argued that Skylar and Sansa are both works of fiction and whether we love or hate them is inconsequential or that we watch TV to be entertained and characters who do not service this need are likely to feel the audiences' wrath but the almost pathological hate for powerless characters is telling and often spills over into in the real world The most poignant examples of this strange dichotomy are found in rape cases such as the Steubenville rape case where the moral agency of the victim, instead of the perpetrators, become the subject of debate.
However, getting your capacity for moral agency questioned in the public is much better than being rendered invisible like most us are as real life human beings are often out in positions where our moral agency is compromised on a daily basis. Perhaps this is why we hate powerless characters as they reflect a certain truth about ourselves we don't like and like even less when made to confront it in our fiction, the one place we can escape it.
In sum, whether it's the lack of moral agency or an unthinking dislike for human weakness, powerless characters are going nowhere in fiction as they are in society and indeed many of us who make up the numbers in the real world are more powerless than we'll like to admit. The Skyar's and Sansa's of modern fiction may have their moral agency tested but it's the real world where we must be careful of imitating our ambivalence towards powerless as that's when things get complicated.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Comedian Katt Williams talks about his role in the rise of fellow comedian Kevin Hart and being "the greatest of all time".
Monday, July 7, 2014
Check out this awesome trailer for controversial comedian Katt Williams upcoming HBO comedy special, "Priceless", directed by Spike Lee set to drop in August.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Being no real fan of the major publishers and the long held vice grip they've had over the sale and distribution of books, It has to be said that Amazon dealings with major publishers has been nothing short of mafia like. Knowing full well they have whip hand over the "big five" (or six depending on who you ask), Amazon have brazenly showed their disdain for publishers as much most big retailers have shown to their main suppliers however, other big retailers have been wise enough not to show their brutal tactics so publicly.
But this is nothing new as Silicon Valley titans such as Amazon have, especially in the last fifteen years, been using the same playbook of changing a market or industry in order to control it. The best example of this would be Apple's iTunes marketplace and music industry. YouTube of late has come into criticism for it strong-arm tactics against indie labels by forcing them into contracts that put them at a major disadvantage vis a vis its major label counterparts.
The same tend has taken hold in over markets but it has been most telling in the creative arts as the creative industries has been taken one blow too many for decades. Amazon knows full well its won the war against the major publishers and is fully aware that all the guff offered by the big publisher are no more than yelps of pain and confusion as big publishers such as Hatchette can only count on public opinion which maybe in some way negative against Amazon but not strong enough to affect their bottom line.
Another sign that Amazon has already won the war is its success in splitting the most important stakeholder in the publishing industry save the readers, authors.
In every industry on planet earth from pharmaceuticals to apps, someone has to get screwed in order for the said industry to thrive. In boxing, its almost always the boxers or the fans, in movies, it's almost always the writers, in banking, it's just about everybody below executive level. In publishing, it almost always been the authors and the authors only as big publishers have paid small advances for literary classics that have made them rich beyond measure for centuries. However, screwing authors is getting harder to do in a market where authors, after centuries of double penetration, realize they don't really need publishers.
Amazon has worked hard to make itself the ally of the author, established or newbie, by offering direct access to their vast market for a cut of the proceeds. This latest skirmish with a major publisher has shown just how successful Amazon has been in placing itself as the refuge of disgruntled and frustrated writers chewed and spat out by big publishers and new aspiring writers looking to bypass the big machine publishing houses and get their work out there.
In sum, Amazon, unless a regulatory body steps in, can't lose and won't lose as they have already won.
Take a sneak peek at what to expect for the first episode of the second of easily one of the best new shows out, Ray Donovan.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Check out the stars of the Bennett Miller's (Moneyball) directed "Foxcatcher" talk about the on set tension of their super intense new movie.
Being someone who's watched their fair share of trailers and most of them washing away from my consciousness almost instantly, it was a steady surprise to watch the trailer of Foxcatcher, which from the outset dripped with foreboding and terrifying intensity.
The best films for us are those with a mood , attitude or personality and Foxcatcher starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo all in rare form, has mood, attitude and personality in buckets. From Channing Tatum punching himself in face to smashing his head through a mirror, Foxcatcher ratchets up the intensity and keeps it at a ten.
There was much buzz about the Bennett Miller (Moneyball) directed film at Cannes and in the short trailer released recently, it's plain to see why as Miller walked away with the best director prize at the festival. The buzz about the film is still fresh as it three leads all look like they may be getting Oscar nods.
Foxcatcher has everything going for it from star turns from it's lead and supporting actors, strong themes about the American dream, and a truly tragic denouement. In sum, we can't wait until Foxcatcher releases to a cinema near us.
Check out this intense trailer of the brilliant looking Foxcatcher starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Watch the trailer Kingdom Come, a film about the trials and tribulations of trying to get a movie made in the current climate starring Morgan Spurlock, Don Cheadle, Bill Pullman and many more.
Check out the hilarious trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, the sequel to the 2011 hit Horrible Bosses, starring Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman.
Season 5 looks to be the loneliest number for Nucky in the official final season tease for HBO's excellent Boardwalk Empire.