Saturday, June 03, 2006

More previews

Sat down with NBC's "Heroes," CBS' "Shark" and "Smith" tonight.

"Heroes" is a "Unbreakable" style drama about ordinary people developing super powers. The pilot is very slow building. Dangerously slow building, in fact: Who's going to stick around to see the (pretty darn good) finale? Having just sat through "X-Men: The Last Stand," however, I'm prepared to forgive a multitude of sins, provided they don't come from Brett Ratner.

"Shark" is James Woods. Really not a lot else, but ain't that enough? Woods just goes nuts as a top gun defense attorney who loses it after a client goes bad and switches to prosecution. He's tough, amoral and mean, mean, mean. The story and dialog are totally hackneyed, but lord it's a kick to watch Woods do his thing. It's all the fun Dennis Hopper didn't get to have in "E-Ring."

And, saving the best for last, "Smith." Ray Liotta stars as a master thief with Virginia Madsen (!) as his recovering criminal wife. The look of this thing is cinema-quality. The cinematography is "Minority Report" crossed with "Miami Vice" (notwithstanding that the action takes place in Pittsburgh). The acting is just outstanding. But the storyline follows the "Ocean's 11," "Thief," "Heist," "Entrapment" and every other heist movie ever made. It's a great formula, but it's been done to death, death, death lately. "Smith" needs to give me something more to get past the familiarity and ennui, but man does this thing have great pieces to work with. Oh and, should note, it's utterly humorless and pretty depressing. This really ought to be on HBO, not CBS.


At 4:21 PM, June 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Reviewer Wineke:

On June 1, you posted a blog that had nothing to do with television but everything to do with a stubby little yellow boat.

I guess that's your privilege since you are an important reporter. But this inquiring mind wants to know one thing: Is that little doodad on the front of your kayak a satellite dish? Do you really work even when you're canoing, or paddling, or whatever it is you folks do rather than golf?

At 8:18 AM, June 05, 2006, Blogger AndyW said...

The doo-dad in question was, in fact, a helmet. Not my everyday tinfoil helmet for blocking the NSA's mind control rays, but a kevlar kayaking helmet to protect my head from rocks. There being no irate rocks nearby at the time of the picture, I placed the aforementioned helmet on the front of my boat.

At 5:40 PM, June 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok - what's the story with Last Comic standing...

I'm a fan of one of the characters - who I THOUGHT was "new" talent - until I saw that he's already got a headlining gig up at Comedy Works in Denver.

Are the results of Last Comic Standing already "known" - or are the comics not really "unknown" to start with?

At 8:25 AM, June 08, 2006, Blogger AndyW said...

NBC was always pretty upfront about "Comic." The contestants aren't people off the street, they're working comedians looking for their break. Last year's winner, Alonzo Bodden (who I love), had been doing stand-up for years.


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