JUMPER…Needs To Teleport To Television

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In My Humble Opinion: The concept for the movie Jumper had such potential and the preview for it looked amazing; the movie itself however, was a huge let down.  Loosely based on the novel of the same name Jumper follows Hayden Christensen’s character who can “jump” or teleport to pretty much anywhere he wants to on the planet…how can you not dig that right?  Unfortunately, the concept is wasted on…a love story and is then taken in directions that make the whole premise much less interesting than it could have been.  Hayden Christensen’s character is chased around the globe by Samuel L. Jackson (doing his best to look like Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man) who is in charge of a group called Paladins that hunt down and kills jumpers.  Paladins have been hunting down and killing Jumpers since “the beginning.”  Hayden Christensen’s character is in love with a girl, runs into another Jumper fighting the Paladins, and tries to sort out some mommy issues…yada yada yada. 

Anyway, like I said, the movie itself was a huge let down.  After visiting another blog todayiwatchedamovie I read a comment about the movie that made so much sense.  Take this concept of “jumping” and turn it into a television series.  Seriously, a concept as cool as this should definitely be developed for TV.  Leave the love story out of it and put a little bit of The Fugitive spin on it.  Maybe the Paladins (in an effort to catch the most elusive Jumper yet) frame him for a crime he didn’t commit, making it damn near impossible for him to find solace anywhere.  The series then follows the main character as he desperately tries to clear his name, has run ins with other Jumpers (some help, some don’t) and tries to expose the Paladins.  Probably won’t every happen but here’s to hoping that a network will “Jump” in feet first!


The Mid-Season Finale, To Be Continued, And Irregular Programming Apocalypse

In My Humble Opinion: One of my biggest pet peeves in today’s television world is the “Mid-Season Finale.”  It seems to be a trend that more and more networks are embracing and incorporating into their respective television line-ups.  Not only does the implementation of this absurd and often frustrating marketing ploy (cause let’s be honest, that’s all it really is) piss me off, but the term itself bothers me as well.  I mean really look at the term…Mid-Season Finale….how can you have a finale of something you’re in the middle of?  You can’t, it makes no sense, just go with Mid-Season Hiatus or be completely honest networks and call it, Mid-Season We Have You By The Balls And You Will Wait On Us To Air More Shows.  Okay, that might be a little long, but surely an acronym can be made up.  I mean I remember watching Breaking Bad back in August and before the Mid-Season Finale came on there was an announcement, “Be sure to catch the last episode of 2012.”  Really!!!!  It’s friggin August man, a network that valued its viewers would have just either shortened the season or gotten off its ass, filmed the entire season and aired it all at once….so what if it overlaps with The Walking Dead?  Something else that bothers me, not nearly as much as the Mid-Season Finale, but still gets under my skin is when a series ends a season with a To Be Continued episode.  Season finale’s have notoriously ended with cliff-hangers, and that’s understandable cause you want viewers to return the following season to find out what happened, but adding to that and making the episode To Be Continued is just bad form.  Networks want us to wait however many months till next season to find out how this particular episode should end?  It’s hard enough waiting till the following week with a To Be Continued episode dammit!  This brings me to my last point, and I have to call out USA because it seems to be the most guilty of networks  when it comes to what I call “Irregular Programming.”  I don’t necessarily have TV schedules memorized, but I can generally remember when a new season of a show is coming back on, except when it keeps changing.  I swear, Psych on USA is probably the worst offender.  The show will air for a few months, go off the air for a few, come back for a few, disappear for a year, come back for two weeks, be gone for a month, then come back for its Mid-Season Finale.  The reason I put Irregular Programming last is because I guess I shouldn’t complain too much about it since I watch the majority of my shows via On Demand anyway.  However, it’s just another example of how networks feel they can hold power of their viewers and do with them what they like, and of course, given how reliant we are on television nowadays we have no choice but to submit……

 


Sean’s Humble Opinion Live – A Christmas Special

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Sean’s Humble Opinion Live – A Christmas Special

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Be sure to follow my blog, like Sean’s Humble Opinion on Facebook and follow me on twitter, @seans_opinion

Thanks again to my good friend Travis Becker for coming out and co-hosting the show with me, and another big thanks goes out to Flashlight Tag for providing the show’s music for the evening.  ENJOY!!!!


We’re Gonna Have the Happ Happ Happiest Christmas

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In My Humble Opinion: There are lots of Christmas movies out there that have made me laugh but for whatever reason National Lampooon’s Christmas Vacation still stands as my all time favorite.  Like I said, there are many others; Elf, Bad Santa, Scrooged, and A Christmas Story just to name a few but Christmas Vacation resonates with me, maybe it’s because I’m older and have a family of my own now and can understand the utter hell Clark Griswold is going through…at least some of the time anyway.  I mean it all starts off with him forgetting the saw to cut down his dream Christmas tree and just gets funnier and funnier from there.  Of all the National Lampoon movies with Chevy Chase I really think he’s on his “A” game in this one.  That being said, the movie wouldn’t be complete with the dim-witted but good-hearted character Cousin Eddie played by Randy Quaid.  I mean the scene where Cousin Eddie is emptying his RV’s waste tank into the public sewer system while in his boxers and bathrobe is probably one of the funniest images I think I’ve ever witness.  Of all the movies that come out during the Christmas season on networks like Hallmark, Family, O, The Estrogen Network (last network’s not real by the way) none of them hold a candle to the profanity filled, white trash, family hell magic that Christmas Vacation captures.  Don’t believe me?  Go back and watch the scene with Cousin Eddie and try not to laugh…you might get through some of it, but once he raises his beer and full of Christmas cheer exclaims, “Merry Christmas, Shitter Was Full!!” you’ll be in tears.


Ghost Of Pop 8: A Great Event With An Even Greater Mission

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In My Humble Opinion: Ghost of Pop 8, an event held at Gallery5 this past weekend was an entertaining night with good friends, potent drinks and great music. The event, which celebrated its 8th year helped to benefit the organization Home Again, a community program that’s mission is to offer shelter and services to homeless men and women. This was the first Ghost of Pop event I had attended personally, but it’s no mystery as to why it has remained an annual event for the past 8 years. Gallery5 provides an exciting venue with a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. The entertainment offered throughout the evening came in many forms; fun photography with props, Henna tattoos, drinking, and of course live music. The bands that performed included; headliner SAU (reunited) with a special appearance by Michael Bishop of GWAR and Kepone, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, The Trillions, My Old Ways, Herro Sugar and Goldrush. I had never heard any of the bands play before but was delighted with the various styles offered up by each band. They were all great but for me personally, the highlight of the evening came when Goldrush took the stage, for whatever reason, I seemed to gravitate toward its performance the most. All in all it was a great evening and many thanks go out to my good friend and Gallery5 Chairman Justin Laughter for inviting me out. It’s definitely something I look forward to attending again in the future.