Originally meant to be Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor’s follow-up television science fiction series to the just concluded reimagined Battlestar Galactica, Virtuality instead ended up not being picked up by the Fox network that decided to shelve the idea of turning it into a series therefore leaving this two hour pilot suspended in limbo making fans wonder just exactly what went wrong. Instead, Fox has decided to just televise the two hour pilot as a TV movie with minimal advertising on the wasteland that is known as the Friday night prime time period. You don’t really need more information to discern that Fox had lost all appetite for the show and had basically dumped it out there for all to see without any fanfare.
When was the last time you thought about your future? Specifically, how do you picture yourself say 10 years from now? 20 Years? What will you be doing when you hit 78 years old? Do you even assume you’ll be still breathing at that ripe age? Whatever your answer may be there’s no denying one simple fact and that is at the age of 78 Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood is still intimately involved in his craft and instead of slowing down shows all the signs of a man who can’t stay away from making films and cinema as a whole is better for it. His newest film, Gran Torino is rumoured to be his last in front of the camera and if it is to be so then it is the perfect film in which to bring his long and illustrious acting career to a close. Gran Torino is a stunning achievement for Eastwood and serves as an excellent example to all those younger filmmakers who rely on flash and rapid editing that a simple heart-felt narrative and superlative performances trump all technical considerations.
Comic book films are all the rage these days and with new benchmarks in artistry and psychological depth being reached by The Dark Knight and to a lesser extent Iron Man the genre is growing and maturing at an unprecedented rate. The bulk of these movies are indeed based on existing comic book series so there’s a built in audience with a large enough appetite to which these films can tap into. Then there’s the odd exception such as Will Smith’s newest vehicle, Hancock, that invents a new superhero and attempts to spin an origin tale unlike any other.