Star Trek was surprisingly excellent. There were some surprisingly good interpretations of the original characters, particularly the performance when bones is introduced. The lighting was stunning, everyone had like five lights minimum on them at all times as they walked through various continuous lighting conditions throughout the ships. The color pallet and contrast looked like it was designed for transfer to blu-ray, while probably a good move, I hate that blu-ray is forcing that look as the popular aesthetic. Its tonal range and depth leave much to be desired at times.
On another note, there seems to be only one asian guy in Hollywood right now and he makes a terrible fucking Sulu, he's not even Japanese, he doesn't look or sound Japanese, nothing like sulu AT ALL, and yes he carries a Katana and flips around like Yoda in episode one. Very disappointing, luckily he wasn't focused on too much. Well, better luck tomorrow. Not everything can be perfect.
I was so damn reluctant, but TWILIGHT is good! People I watched it with called it a tale of teen abstinence, but I think that's just to make what's coming in the next film more impactful. If only they hadn't switched directors to the jerk responsible for the Golden Compass, I worry what he'll do with the sequel. Although uselessly uninformative it was funny to hear the commentary, where the lead guy makes fun of himself. He actually doesn't seem to be the douchebag all the promotions made him out to be at all, and in fact, he wrote a few songs for the score.
TrueBlood season 1 - It's trashy and thrives off showing sex in every episode, but as TV goes it's pretty awesome. I'd say it's not a top end vampire show but honestly, it's probably better than any vampire TV show to date, and they've flopped several. Not in the same class however, as vampire cinema greats like Bram Stoker's or the recent Let The Right One In.
Legend Of The Seeker, the new fantasy show from CBS and Disney is stunningly lit, expertly shot, and so full of high end props and cinema quality it's hard not to go crazy over despite sort of dull writing.
How I met Your Mother has been very enjoyable but only because of the man with the iron comeback career: Neil Patrick Harris (Dougie Houser MD) who's endless portrayals of sleazy tit-chasers have made a new name for him in comedy; one can only wonder how he sees being typecast as a womanizer when he himself is gay. If only there were more episodes of Doctor Horrible!
Recently I disliked:
Terminator Salivation: mouth wateringly useless, it was too short, nothing very interesting happened. Yet another movie without drama or much plot (the first two had BOTH), just action that wasn't that good or believable. It was well made, had solid props and effects, but all is for naught, it felt like it was just beginning when the credits rolled.
Nip Tuck started out quite enjoyable for the first season, but in the second and beyond it's gotten to be one of those rediculous over the top soap operas where everyone fucks everyone and I mean EVERYONE, and endless completely unbelievable extremity is used to manipulate some sort of shock in every episode. And yes, incest, retarded babies, and slashers who turn out to be one of the main characters are included. It's not about any kind of enlightenment or beauty at all, though the writers try to cram in their two cents about social responsibility (to get a prius or not be racist) ultimately all the show is is a pile of negative bullshit and gross disgusting people who although you have sympathy with their plight, do every stupid thing they can just to further the drama. Classic soap better cameras and lighting, more skin. That's it. Formula without substance. I enjoyed it for a while but ultimately it feels like the worst kind of brain rot. Avoid this show at all costs.