I love a good story in any form, whether written or visual. Lately, I’ve finally had a few hours to watch T.V. and have been enjoying shows and movies in my favorite genres: sci-fi and paranormal.
For starters, I was thrilled to see a new sci-fi show come out, Defiance. It’s always hard to judge by the pilot episode, but I’m definitely intrigued enough to come back for more. The setting is Earth after a battle with aliens – specifically in St. Louis, now called the town of Defiance. I got a sneak peek at this show while watching Face Off this season, and let me tell you, the makeup artistry is terrific. The blend of alien cultures is well done, and the special effects are top notch. I can’t wait to see where this show goes from here. It takes more than one episode to find a rhythm. I’ve got to say I’m tickled to see Fionnula Flanagan in this show, whom I best recognize from the paranormal movie, The Others, with Nicole Kidman.
In addition to picking up a new series to follow, I’ve played catch up on a couple of movies that have been out for a while. I finally got to see the new Total Recall. I enjoyed it. I liked the Arnold Schwarzenegger version, but this one was much better. The setting made more sense, the action kept things exciting, and it was the best acting job I’ve seen from Jessica Biel. (Don’t get me started on Next and Blade: Trinity).
I wasn’t nearly as thrilled with the second movie I caught this past week, Dark Shadows. Usually if you put Johnny Depp with director Tim Burton, you have a sure winner with me. This vampire movie even had Michelle Pfeiffer as a bonus big name, but I didn’t care for it. I can’t say any of the actors or actresses did a bad job. The movie just didn’t work for me. It took too long to set up and didn’t amuse me much. Overall, I was bored. I’d rather stick with Edward Scissorhands and The Ninth Gate for fantasy/paranormal with Johnny Depp and Wolf and What Lies Beneath for Michelle Pfeiffer. This is just my personal preference.
What shows and movies would you recommend in these genres?