@el-hombre-malo gathers us round the the virtual fire monthly to compare notes on our cultural consumptiion, and naturally we tend to the positive. So here’s a space to tend to the negative: what have you given up on, Did Not Finish, removed from your Netflix watchlist, baled out of, and so on. To get you started I have decided life is too short this month for:
DOA scifi clunker from Clooney. After 30 minutes the entire rest of the film is crushingly obvious. A combination of lazy plotting that appears to rip off Wall-E, Clooney’s Old Man and the Ice act, and a perky mute girl who appears to rassle grandpa out of his grumpiness while they face a series of barriers to save… oh it’s just lazy, dull and obvious. Do the producers expect us to believe that a mother who is part of the final exodus of all humanity from earth would leave her 8-year old behind because she believed the ‘I think she went ahead on the ship in front of us’ line. Baled after 30 minutes.
Scifi royalty Katee Sackhoff is onboard a ship chasing the origin of a mysterious alien object that’s appeared on earth. Derivative mashup of Arrival, Star Trek and Interstellar without any of the wit and wisdom of these. Ten hours of series 1, with series 2 on the way. Again, if the producers want us to believe that earth’s first embassy to another civilization would be crewed by hot 20-somethings in beachwear…please. I baled after two-thirds of the first episode.
Lord of Light – while not as terrible as either of the above, I lasted until page fifty of this sixties Siddhartha in a strange land.
Jeff Buckley – Grace. This was a big thing in the early 90s, but what was all the fuss about? Luckily I never need to listen to this ever again.
So, gather round the virtual fire and hurl some cultural crud on! All jettisoning is final.