Saturday 16 January 2010

Columnize Your Randomness, Part 25

Vor allem anderen: Wer für Haiti spenden will, kann das einfach und unkompliziert per SMS beim Roten Kreuz tun.

The fourth season of "Skins" starts on January 28th. I am excited enough that I wrote reviews of all 10 third season episodes (featuring the current second generation of characters). They will be posted over at cellar door starting on January 19th, so that the last one commences the day of the season premier. After a long period of silence on the official e4 page for the show, there's been an overload of new content to advertise "Skins": among others, a more revealing trailer, letters and diary entries written in-character about their summer experiences. especially enjoyed Pandora's, explaining where she saw her group of friends in the future, and Naomi's bio, although I highly doubt that the actual Naomi would misspell the name of the American President (but she likes Sleater-Kinney, which only confirms how cool she is. And yes, I just wrote that about a completely fictional character).
If you don't know the show, it's about a group of Bristol teenagers in College (the two years before University, 16-17 I believe?), there is a lot of sex, drugs and drama, and yes, that makes it both more entertaining and real than anything currently portrayed in US tv shows. Each episode is told from the perspective of one of the characters (hence the title). The first episode of the fourth season will be about Thomas.

io9 posted an interview with Tim Minear, a long-time writer and director for all things Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the game-changing (although using that term in relation to "Dollhouse" is obsolete) eleventh episode of the second season, in which we found out who the man behind the curtain was. Naturally, it's spoilery, but highly interesting because it explains how the writers worked with the fact that we've already seen the future in "Epitaph One". With yesterday's "The Hollow Men", there is only one week to go until the final airs (it's apparently two weeks until "Epitaph Two", with no new episode next week due to a special on the earthquake in Haiti).

The Los Angeles Show Tracker Blog has an interview with Alessandra Torresani, the "angry 16 year old girl who brings about the apocalypse" in "Caprica" (which premieres on January 22nd). She mentions playing at least five different character, kinda like Eliza Dushku in "Dollhouse".

And with the recurring theme of tying all things back to Joss Whedon, John Gunn, director of the gory (in the EWWW that's gross kinda way) movie "Slither", is assembling an awesome cast for his follow-up project "Super". Among others, there's Nathan Fillion, Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), Liv Tyler, Ellen Page and Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks").

Felicia Day talks to the comic book resources about the transition of online series "The Guild" to comic format.

PopMatters has an article trying to find the "TV's best cyborg" - their definition of the term is rather broad, but who am I to complain that it includes Echo and River Tam (and Cameron, but that was a given)? In the spirit of both the idea of cyborgs and the celebration of all things "Dollhouse": You can actually read an English translation of Karel Čapek's "R.U.R." (Rossum's Universal Robots) online. The play is the source for the term "robot" and where the Rossum Corporation comes from.

PopMatters also has a very favourable review of Claire Denis' "35 Rhums", the movie she finished previous to "White Material". In fact, I don't really remember any movie ever getting the full 10 points before (oh, right, "Wendy and Lucy" did too).

The wonderful Laura Veirs has a new record out: It's called "July Flame" - a summery record for winter.

Laura Veirs - July Flame

Scout Niblett's follow-up to "This Fool Can Die Now" comes out next week. It's called "The Calcination of Scout Niblett". This is a live rendition of the titular track, and it looks like the sneaky guitar that catches you  by surprise is back.

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