In My Humble Opinion: Halt and Catch Fire being renewed for a second season may be the best news the AMC network has had for a while. Yeah you read that right, I’m more excited about a Season Two of Halt and Catch Fire than I am about the news of a Walking Dead spin-off, because frankly…Halt and Catch Fire is a much better show. Now, before you go all crazy Rick Grimes on me, I will say, The Walking Dead is a good show okay, but if you haven’t checked out Halt and Catch Fire yet, Alt+Tab / switch screens and make it a point to do so. I may be partial because the show takes place during the PC boom of the 80’s, a decade near and dear to my heart but there are plenty of other reasons as well. The writing is great, the characters are complicated, and the pace (yes I mean both the speed of the show and the lead actor Lee Pace) are just spot on. In fact, I will say this here and now, Lee Pace’s Joe MacMillan could easily fill the void once filled by Jon Hamm’s Don Draper. Both characters could sell ice to Eskimos, and have mysterious backgrounds that capture the viewer’s interest from the get go. Hmmmmm, Joe ‘Mac’Millan…little nod to Mac computers? Anyway, in addition to the work by Lee Pace, the rest of the cast turns in superb performances as well. Mackenzie Davis as the young protegé/rebel Cameron Howe can’t decide whether she wants to buy into the system or maintain her counter-culture mentality (though it looks by the season finale she’s definitely leaning towards the latter). Her love/work relationship with Joe MacMillan was a focal point not only her character for in Season One but MacMillan’s as well. Two other fascinating characters are those played by Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishe. McNairy and Bishe play married couple Gordon and Donna Clark who both realize that they’ve grown up and have responsibilities but long for the days when they were young, adventurous, and the world was theirs for the taking. Side Note: McNairy and Bishe also played a married couple in the film Argo…there go impress your friends. While you’re at it, tell your friends to check out Halt and Catch Fire!
In My Humble Opinion: Dredd, starring Karl Urban was a violent, gritty adaptation that captured the essence of the comic book character. As always, I will be up front and honest and say that I didn’t read much Judge Dredd, but was turned onto the character by the god awful movie starring Sylvester Stallone. The movie was horrible, but the concept was intriguing. Thank goodness my good friend Travis Becker was a Judge Dredd fan and assured me that the movie was so far off the mark it wasn’t funny. This led to many conversations between the two of us and lots of research online with regards to the character.
Once the movie Dredd was announced I was pretty stoked to see what it would be all about. When I first I heard the movie would predominantly take place in one building, a la Die Hard, I was a little disheartened. I wasn’t sure how the movie would be able to keep the suspense going all while taking place in one building. Then of course I remembered that the buildings in Mega City One were referred to as “blocks” and were immense structures spanning an entire city block…not to mention 200 stories high. First viewing I was somewhat split, but upon watching it a second time I really gained an appreciation for it. Karl Urban seemed to have Dredd down to a T, not to mention he had this perfect chin quality that allowed him to fill the characters helmet perfectly lol. Another performance you need to be on the look out for is Ma-Ma played by Lena Headey. If you think she’s bad ass in HBO’s Game of Thrones, you’ll be blown away by her performance in this movie.
The movie was violent sure, but it also had some great cinematic scenes (Ma-Ma being forced to inhale the drug Slo-Mo towards the end of the film springs to mind) The film unfortunately wasn’t a strong performer at the box office, but has found an audience on Home Video and is now being labeled a “cult film.” Despite the underwhelming box office results, Dredd received very favorable reviews and currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Talks of a sequel have been going on since the films release in Sept. 2012 but no final decision has been made as of yet. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the word of mouth and strong following the film has received since being released on DVD / Home Video will garner another installment. If for anything else, because Karl Urban’s chin is just too perfect to be denied another outing as Judge Dredd!
Read More At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dredd