Check me out next Tuesday, again at 4 PM, again talking DVD’s.
As of now, my three current obsessions:
1. The Shield: The Complete First Season OK—I am so incredibly late on this one but…my God this show is so damn good! I’ve been watching nonstop, bowled over by the (honestly) shaded characters, super violence, corruption and yes, heart, as twisted as that heart is often presented. Michael Chiklis not only represents an imperfect man but a highly, highly imperfect system. I wonder how the LAPD feel about this show. I have a feeling they secretly enjoy it. Even as a bully, baddie, the soulful yet amoral Chiklis is just too damn cool.
2. Disliking the movie Elektra. Or rather, disliking Jennifer Garner as Elektra. Frank Miller’s marvelously dark, libidinous killer-for hire is rendered, yet again, unforgivably wooden and witless on screen. The movie is bad enough but Garner’s lackluster performance only further proves (sorry Alias fans) how miscast she is. Though fit and convincing with a blade, Garner lacks the feral intensity that an Angelina Jolie or a Milla Jovovich would naturally bring to the role. And if a movie makes you wish you were watching Halle Berry in Catwoman, then something is, most definitely wrong.
3. Lolita—The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack It’s alluring enough to have the iconic poster image of Sue Lyon sucking the lollipop with the heart shaped glasses but this CD booklet also shows her in her bikini, her party dress and her bathrobe—the one she wears while James Mason’s Humbert Humbert paints her toenails. The soundtrack (from Stanley Kubrick's Lolita lest you be confused), mostly scored by Nelson Riddle offers some choice tracks like “Love Theme from Lolita” (by Bob Harris) the gorgeous, melancholy ode to doomed love, “Quilty’s Caper” the music Peter Sellers coolly dances to at the school party and my favorite, “Lolita Ya-Ya” that little girl song Dolores Haze is listening to when her mother brags about her “cherry pies.”