"Vantage Point" *1/2 (out of four): Choppy, point-of-view twisting thriller that never rises above its gimmickry.
It's a beautiful day in sunny Salamanca, Spain, where the President of the United States is about to hold a summit on global terror. He is introduced to a packed crowd by the local Mayor who promises a world-changing event. The President approaches the podium, raises his arms in triumph and - BLAM! BLAM! - two shots ring out! The President falls to the stage, the secret service swarms. The President's been shot! It's mayhem as the crowd flees in panic. Then suddenly - KABOOM! - the stage itself explodes in a four-story ball of fire. What could have happened here?!
You can almost hear the pitch meeting that got "Vantage Point" - a gimmicky, point-of-view twisting thriller by director Pete Travis - the green light. "What a slam-bang opening!" The agents might have said. "Then what happens?"
It turns out a lot happens. But at the same time, not so much.
Fans of The Watchmen - me, myself and Evil Rich - are abuzz these days with the news that principle filming has wrapped and this new photo has been released. Now it's on to post production and what sure to be extensive CGI and effects work given the 2009 release date.
While making this gem of a graphic novel into a Hollywood blockbuster could prove disastrous, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Zack Snyder and crew will deliver a worthwhile adaptation. Here's the message from watchmenmovie.com.
I'm really excited about this weekend's return of SNL. Could be reality tv overload, or I've developed a crush on Tina Fey, not sure which. But besides Tina Fey's hosting duties, the thing I keep reading about is the show's search for a permanent Barack Obama impersonator. It was going to be Kenan Thompson, and it may still be, but unless he loses a hundred pounds in four days, I'm thinking that's a stretch. Maybe Maya Rudolph? She's gone the trannie route before. Or how about Mr. clutch, Darrell Hammond? Or will they go outside the show to find a new star? Can't wait to find out.
In the meantime, a frivolous littl poll...who's your favorite SNL presidential impersonator of all time?
Guys, is a large penis the most important factor in how happy your life is?
Last time I got excited about a celestial event of any kind was in the 80's...Haley's Comet was making an appearance, and there were eight of us in Key Biscayne, on top of a Winnebago, with various technical and pharmaceutical viewing enhancement aids. Needless to say, I don't remember seeing Haley's Comet.
Anyway, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight, sometime during MythBusters. But I've got the DVR set for Adam and Jaime, so I may actually go outside to witness the heavenly event.
- Dancing With The Stars has a new cast. Once again, I will miss every episode.
- You know the bee thing is serious when it threatens your Cookies and Cream.
- If you're Lindsay Lohan, and the heat has died down, the clothes come off.
- If you support Obama on tv, you should know a couple things about the man.
- And the Cloverfield monster will devour every other toy you put under the tree.