Month: October 2008

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

No one can read Persepolis and tell me that “sequential art” (as some call comics) is not its own sui generis art form. Persepolis is warm and touching and enlightening and everything else that everyone says about it. Yes, yes, I recommend it – it is very good. I question if it is truly great, though. Frankly, the story peters out as Marji gets older. The long stretch in Vienna is far less engaging than anything going on in Tehran. But what can you do – this is her life, that’s the whole point, and if that’s what happened, that’s what happened. I’m on board for whatever Satrapi does next. We have the Persepolis DVD here, but I wanted to wait til I read this til I cracked that open. I’ll be checking it out...

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Transformers (2007), Michael Bay, D

I watched this about a year ago and really disliked it then, too. But I watched it again for two reasons. One, I recently spoke with the screenwriters, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman about their script for Star Trek and they were really cool. And I dug Eagle Eye also. The other reason, surprisingly, is that MY PARENTS liked Transformers. Yeah, I know. But it is awful. It’s about...

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Investigations, VOY 2

First: yes, this is the one where (then) Crown Prince Abdullah of Jordan shows up as an extra. That’s him up there. Awesome. Second: Neelix! UGH! I can’t effing take it anymore!! Surely Neelix is more annoying than Jar-Jar Binks. This is a good episode, with all kinds of Kazon-Nistri action and the continuation of the Seska arc….but it is frickin’ ruined by all the gosh durned Neelix!! He has a talk show?!?! Who in the hell thought this was a good idea!?! Also: I like that Paris’ recent dickishness was just a ruse to get him to leave and have that be buyable to the on board mole, but I don’t believe that Janeway and Tuvok (and Paris) wouldn’t let Chakotay in on it. I mean, *I* wouldn’t want to tell Chakotay either (because I dislike him almost as much as Neelix) but, still, seems to me like as a Maquis he could fake being...

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Lifesigns, VOY 2

You must never, ever allow this thought into your mind: “But that makes no sense!” Because, let’s face it, The Doctor? His whole character doesn’t fly. I don’t buy holo-technology. So can a holo-Vidiian be created out of the thoughts or a real life Phage-infected one? Sure, why not? And would a “programmed” Emergency Holographic Medical Program allow itself to adapt so much to its surroundings that its “growth” (in this case, falling in love) allow it to act at a less-than-best performance rate? BUZZZZZ! No: Asimov wouldn’t have that. Nor do I. I get that he’s saucy to allow Terrans to react to him as a real person – but I part company there. Nevertheless, this is a sweet episode. I do enjoy The...

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Shadows and Light

Joni Mitchell – electric guitar, vocals Pat Metheny – lead guitar Jaco Pastorius – bass Don Alias – drums Lyle Mays – keyboards Michael Brecker – saxophone The Persuasions – backing vocals on “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” & “Shadows and Light” Andy Johns – engineer Downtown My darling dimestore thief In the war of independence Rock n roll rang sweet as victory Under neon signs A girl was in bloom And a woman was fading In a suburban room I said, take me to the dance Do you want to dance? I love to dance And I told him, they dont take chances They seem so removed from romance Theyve been broken in churches and schools And molded to middle class circumstance And we were rolling, rolling, rock n rolling Downtown The dance halls and cafes Feel so wild you could break somebodys heart Just doing the latest dance craze Gail and louise In those push-up brassieres Tight dresses and rhinestone rings Drinking up the bands beers Young love was kissing under bridges Kissing in cars, kissing in cafes And we were walking down main street Kisses like bright flags hung on holidays In france they kiss on main street Amour, mama, not cheap display And we were rolling, rolling, rock n rolling Downtown In the pinball arcade With his head full of pool hall pitches And...

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30 Rock, Season 2, A-

I don’t know if the second season had the same oomph that the first one did, but I will say this: I’ve never seen a bad episode of 30 Rock and there’s usually one moment per episode where something so unexpected and hilarious happens that I have to rewind the DVD and play it six times. Sometimes, there’s more than one per episode. Frankly, 30 Rock and Battlestar Galactica are the only uncancelled TV shows currently in existence I actually care about seeing more of. And The McLaughlin Group, of course. Oh, and here’s how you know that Tina Fey is a comic genius: her commentary tracks are absolutely insufferable. A rambling, unfunny mess. We made it through about two minutes before we had to shut it off. All the best comics were either a bore in real life (or a jerk.) This is...

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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.

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