#TV & #Movie Talk: 666 Park Avenue, #Cosmopolis & #Revolution, Comments Please!

666-park-avenueSo I finally watched an episode or  two of 666 Park Avenue.  Like so much nerd-oriented TV these days, it’s competent, but nothing to write home about. The show is about a couple who are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in a ridiculously luxurious uptown New York apartment building in return for little more than token work.  Of course, this couple were obviously not SciFi fans as kids and learned nothing about about TANSTAAFL from Heinlein.  Echos  of Rosemary’s Baby and The Devil’s Advocate.  Perhaps it would have worked better as a TV movie.

cosmopolisI love David Cronenburg’s work.  I’ve watched every single thing he’s ever been involved in and mostly liked it.  Thus it was that I watched Cosmopolis a couple of nights ago.  In a nutshell, the story is a-day-in-the-life of a zillionaire financial guru traveling through the New York in his limo and coming apart at the seams.  I was, unfortunately, underwhelmed to say the least.  In this case, I think the blame must lie with even attempting to translate Don DeLillo’s novel into film.  As the various financial analysts working for Robert Pattinson’s reptilian plutocrat keep saying “It doesn’t chart.”  On the bright side, it’s a slick looking movie, well-acted and Juliet Binoche is in it which should count for something.

revolutionJ.J. Abrams’ Revolution recently came the end of its first season. This show is about how electricity suddenly just stops working, possibly as the result of some sinister plot, and the world as we know it comes to an end.  Not sure whether I’ll be following this one.  It reeks of so many other post-apocalypsian sagas- movies like The Postman and books like S.M. Stirling’s Dies the Fire.  On the other hand, the characters are likeable and it’s great to see Giancarlo Esposito back playing yet another forced-into-villainy type character after having his face blown off playing chicken man/king pin Gus in the season before last’s Breaking Bad.  It’s not a terrible show, but it would have done better as a mini-series, instead of stringing the story out for so long.  I understand the business reasons for having so many shows last for seasons and seasons, but come on- how many shows are we expected to follow?

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