October 16th, 2006

Asta 2

TV Ramblings

I think I’m done with Studio 60. I like some of the characters (could they keep Christine Lahti?), but the show is trying far too hard to show us how amazing TV could be. In doing so they give us some extremely hard to believe scenarios. And shouldn’t the comedy sketches be oh, I don’t know, funny? I did love the end with one of the most beautiful renditions I’ve heard of ‘Fields of Gold’. I wanted to tell the actors to shut up so I could hear it better.

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I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I finally saw Casanova with David Tennant and didn’t really care for it. I could deal with playing fast and loose with history, fashion, and pop culture (hey, I love A Knight’s Tale), but I found the characters woefully underwritten and by the end I was clueless as to why people were acting the way they were. And I know I haven’t seen much of his work, but there was little difference between Casanova and Doctor Who leading me to believe Tennant is rather one note. The saving grace for me was Peter O’Toole who managed to reveal all the layers to this character and hint at aspects of the man the writers tried to steer clear of.
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