sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review of the News

Hollywood Essentials 
Because even Fox News has a movie section...

When last I checked, there is a general intention to produce "Predators 2", a sequel to Predators, but there has been no movement toward retaining a writer or moving forward on the feature film. What is THAT all about?

The good news is that Dead Man Stalking, the last of the Chronicles of Riddick series is due in theaters in September. (None of you are afraid of the dark, are you?)

Noah (Russell Crowe) is coming in another apocalyptic drama as the Biblical Noah suffers visions of a deluge, and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. (Is "the flood" a metaphor for the Obama Administration? We'll have to wait for the film's release, scheduled for 2014.)

Ridley Scott is confirmed as being in the process of creating a sequel to Blade Runner.

FAA Weighs In

The FAA announced that shooting down a drone is a crime. It's time to declare that the Department of Homeland Security doesn't need to send a drone to my house. I will confess all here and now.
  • I'm eating during daylight hours during Ramadan, indicating that while I am not Islamophobic, I'm definitely not Sharia compliant. In fact, I'll eat a BLT outside where the drone can see it to prove the point.
  • I bitterly cling to God and guns.
  • I'm not homosexual.
  • I oppose murder in all of its forms.
Of course the NSA knows all of that because it collects my blogs (and everyone else's). If only the NSA would learn to read and ponder.

Obama is Going on Vacation Again

No, it's not really news.

"Reality" Below Deck

I rarely watch the Bravo channel because it's principally the gay/lesbian channel and I'm not. However I do have girls and they were watching a new reality television program: Below Deck.

A reality show on a 164' yacht? I did the math. A dozen crew, likely matched by a dozen film, sound, lighting and production people and charter guests. It sounded to me more like a monkey f-ing a football, so I sat down and watched.

The Scenario: Bravo rented the Cuor di Leone for five weeks and renamed it the Honor for the sake of the show. They kept Lee Rosbach (the Cuor di Leone's first officer, first mate and the ship's engineer) and added eight miscellaneous people who were thrown together as crew. Lee Rosbach plays the captain in the television series. Rosbach is the only one of the crew who has any degree of credibility.

Bravo assembled an odd mix of people as "reality cast" in addition to the captain, first mate and the engineer, who you don't see that much of.

Ben Robinson, Chef - Presumably he actually is a chef. He speaks like an Aussie but he's a US Citizen.

Adrianne Gang, Chief Steward - Never knows where things are and seemed overwhelmed but they dumped her on board and told her that she was in charge of managing two very spoiled girls that the producers found to be 'crew'.

The rest of the crew consist of a gay porn star (it's Bravo); Kat - a lush - with big American breasts who drinks poorly and is always trying to get laid but never succeeds; Samantha, a twenty-something industrial engineer who shares a cabin with one of the immature male realty-type crew -- who waits two episodes before he crawls into her bunk; Aleks Taldykin "cruise boat captain to the stars", based in Los Angeles and acting first officer.

The charter guests presumably paid for charters knowing that they'd be crowded aboard the really nice yacht with amateur crew and a LOT of camera and production people from Bravo. Which means that they either like being in front of the camera or they got a huge discount and figured, why not go? And this is where the whole thing breaks down, because the guests are 'wooden' as they are surrounded by cameras and boom mikes, trying to be "real". I'm guessing that they didn't pay for the boat ride, only for the tip that they gave the pretend crew. Maybe it was also a pretend tip?

I came away with the feeling that the producers found some of their friends to serve as crew, found some of their friends to be charter guests, rented a yacht for five weeks and spent Bravo's money with reckless abandon floating around the Caribbean. Nice work if you can get it. 

Will there be a second season of Below Deck? Who knows?