Archive for July, 2007

Review: Meadowlands 101 – 102

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

When I caught this new series on Showtime, thinking a relatively strange title combined with both favorable critic and user reviews might be that one summer hit that sometimes comes along.
Wow, was I wrong. First of all, it’s import, it’s not really a Showtime show, it’s freaking British all over (Channel 4 to be exact). It’s rare enough I ever like British shows, but even then, it’s usually comedies. So, here we have a show that tries to be strange, just to be strange. No real good storytelling or compelling characters, just strange, and nothing else. And even then, it’s still predictable. If there’s anything I hate, it’s writing something strange without a real purpose. And that’s what this show is all about. Well, at least they have Weeds coming back on in a few weeks, otherwise I’d call upon a channel boycot.

US Box Office

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Not a very clean box office this week, as a rat invades the kitchen in Ratatouille, Brad Bird’s second outing as a director for Pixar/Disney after The Incredibles. While the figure is good ($47.2 million), it’s not record breaking.
Second up is Live Free or Die Hard, with $33.2 million, also a respectable but not really high number. Probably lacking interest from the youth, most of which weren’t born during the Die Hard high days.
Rounding out the top 5 is Evan Almighty, still disappointing with $15.1 million, 1408 with $10.6 million and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer with $9 million.