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fenngibbon 7/15/2013 7:51:21 AM

 The Day after Tomorrow (Cinemax, 10:00 PM EDT)
Oh Roland Emmerich. What are we going to do with you?

My suggestion would involve a restraining chair, those things that keep your eyes pried open (like in A Clockwork Orange), and a marathon of all his films.  Too harsh?  If so, Plan B involves a rocket ship and the sun.


As for the 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, I find myself in the same position as with a lot of films involving white actors in yellowface (the Charlie Chan films, the Mr. Moto films. the Mr. Wong films, Teahouse of the August Moon):  it's kind of awkward to watch, but the Asian character is smartest, most capable person in the movie and the white people are generally a bit nuts and/or dim, which, given the time most of these movies were made, is kind of amazing (we're not talking that Mickey Rooney abomination in Breakfast at Tiffany's).  And in the case of the 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, since the structure of the plot kind of requires the same actor to play all those roles, the choices were a white guy playing a Chinese or an Asian guy playing two white guys.  And a satyr.  And a Gorgon.  And a Yeti.  I'm not sure which would be a better choice. 

redhairs99 7/15/2013 7:59:16 AM

No mention of SyFy reairing the amazing Sharknado?  I think it reairs on Thursday.  I forgot about it last week until it had about 30 minutes left.  Turned it on and it was hilariously bad.  Then the flood of social media FB statuses and tweets comensed.  Funny how SyFy has been airing this same sort of thing for years and years, but the mainstream public doesn't take notice until now.

LadyBrowncoat 7/15/2013 8:17:35 AM

 Exactly!  Has everyone forgotten Mansquito?  Sharknado is just another in a long, LONG line of laughably bad SyFy originals.

Wiseguy 7/15/2013 8:21:53 AM

I saw Sharknado, my cousin tivo'ed it. It was awesomely bad.

I really do think syfy paid some celebs to tweet about this film. Not a bad gimmick since it got everyone talking. Last time that happened was with the Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus movie a couple of years back

jackwagon 7/15/2013 8:55:58 AM

It's pretty pathetic to think that SciFi used to have some pretty great programming like Battlestar Galactica, First Wave, and lots of anime films.....and now we get stuff like Sharknado.  I miss the good ol' days of SciFi before it became SyFy (or Siffee, as I like to call it).

redhairs99 7/15/2013 10:31:21 AM

I'm curious to see how the reairings fare in the ratings.  I think I heard the rating last week was 1.4, so even when comparing to other SyFy Original Movies, this one kind of tanked.  Then again the buzz didn't really hit until it was actually on, so maybe the buzz will be reflected by the ratings for the reairing this week.

karas1 7/15/2013 11:38:53 AM

There have been some Syfy originals that have been very entertaining.  I think my favorite was Jersey Shore Shark Attack which managed to throw a little genuine social satire in there with the comedy and bad CGI sharks.  I also have a soft spot for Boa vs Python in which a pair of giant snakes kill off a posse of big game hunter stereotypes, one by one.  and then there's Megasnake in which Michael Shanks does the worst attempt at a southern accent you've ever heard (and folks get devoured by a giant snake).

Then there was the one where Stone Henge attacked people...


The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (TNT, 8:00 PM EDT)

It’s such a silly title that I can’t imagine anything good coming from it.

There were 3 of these movies where Noah Wylie and Bob Newhart delivered Indiana Jones lite.  They were cute, the kind of movie you want to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon when there's nothing else to do.  Harmless fun.

fenngibbon 7/15/2013 8:50:44 PM

 What people are forgetting is that Sci Fi Channel original pictures have always been, well, not good; in its last few years MST3K lampooned at least one of them, and that was when MST3K was on Sci Fi.  It's just been a weird quirk that while the channel has had good miniseries and good original series, its movies have not maintained the quality.  The main difference nowadays is that they're now making ridiculously bad movies on purpose; rather than try to change what it means to be a "Syfy Channel Original Picture," they've decided to embrace the awful in a big old bear hug.


karas1 7/16/2013 4:04:56 AM

Their rediculous awful movies get good ratings and they're cheap to make.  Why should they change?

Davewriter 7/16/2013 7:27:09 AM

Because I've got a few grey hairs on my head... I remember whenever it was one of those "just keep the kids quiet..." times they would break out the projector and show The 7 Faces.  Now if they were to try, a school would be burned down and the ground salted.

And with Crank 2, all I can say is Bai Ling.  With imortal lines like "You be my Kevin Costner, I be your Whitney"  And showing her true acting chops with scenes like when she is screaming for the hero's attention, running out into the middle of the street - only to be pasted by a car.

Ahhh... entertainment just don't get better than that!



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