commented on The Walking Dead Chitty-Chat Club!
TWD is struggling this season. Last season, it struggled for the first few episodes before it found a compelling story.
Just upping the number of zombies is not a compelling story. Inventing new ways to kill zombies has just become boring and predictable.
There's no story worth following here anymore.
commented on Scarecrow Video Is In Trouble
There remains a huge opportunity for some company to secure the rights to stream art house, foreign, and hard-to-find cinema. This is the ONLY viable answer to the dilemma.
Perhaps Scarecrow should just donate their catalog to the Seattle Public Library and let users access the titles through that system.
But, this notion that somebody is going to buy them and turn them into a museum is simply untenable.
Figure out how to go online (where, again, there's huge opportunity) or close shop and be on your way. I've been hearing about the potential death of Scarecrow for about a decade now, and none of their "solutions" seem to have any creativity or merit.
…and I don't feel guilty about not getting into my car (which I no longer own), driving through terrible traffic to a terribly located building, spending a lot of time rummaging through physical media, returning home, and repeating the effort to return it. Not going to happen.
commented on Conlin's Inept Smear Campaign Is as Stupid as It Is Dishonest
Goldy…I was hoping your article would actually outline why this line of attack from Conlin is actually bad politics, but you didn't quite get there.
As I see it, if you're going to fling mud, you should do so in a manner that highlights your opponents weakness, not their strengths.
Sawant, if anything, appears to be very committed to her ideals and her activism. Trying to paint the picture that she's simply a hack and not therefore not authentic in her position forces the question. Is she sincere?
And, so far as I can see, she's hella sincere and observance will reinforce this on the average voter. So, Conlin launched an attack that in theory is targeted to discredit Sawant, but in the end, only reinforces the integrity of his opponent.
That's not a wise political move.
In addition…he's now giving her tons of earned media opportunities to further her messaging, to get us all talking about her ideals and ideas, and that translates to hard dollars worth of exposure that she likely couldn't have funded on her own.
Again, poor political strategy.
commented on Jazz and Dance Audiences Are Up (a Little), Theater Audiences Are Down (a Lot)
It seems to me that Theater has been dead for a number of years. Just peruse the recent years of Theater at the 5th Avenue…and you get the same old tried fare of musicals that were popular in my great grandparents era. It's just boring. No risk. No risqué.
I went to NYC last week. I was with a group of friend from Brasil who spoke very little english. So, it was decided that we'd go to one of the enduring and popular Broadway musicals. I didn't expect much, but I figured "this has been on Broadway for a number of years, so it must be spectacular." It was shitty. I hated it. The songs were mostly boring. The acting was mediocre. The staging was predictable and uninteresting. I couldn't believe that this was the best of NYC Broadway, but it is.
LIve theater experiences for me have been most rewarding with things like Cirque Du Soleil in the past few years. In many ways, I think Vegas has vaulted live experience into a new form that NYC has lost along the way a long time ago.
But, as for story telling? NOTHING can compete, right now, for the long form television series. Movies are being unseated; you can't develop plot and characters in 2 hours the way you can in 20 or more hour-long episodes, and that's the focus anymore. We are in a golden age of story telling, and it's happening on the small screen.
And, if Theater can't surprise me or take me to those places, I'm not interested anymore.
commented on Mark Ruffalo: Hot or Not?
Everytime I think of Mark Ruffalo, I think of David Meinert. So, if you think Ruffalo is hot, perhaps you should just swing by Lost Lake Cafe and hope for a chance encounter.