Saturday, July 26, 2008

X-Files: I Want To Believe (Carter, 2008)

I don't even know where to begin. I've been looking forward to this film for months. I was a huge fan of the series, but let me be blunt from the beginning- any one of the weekly episodes (that had both Fox and Scully as characters) was better than this newest addition to the saga. I haven't been this disappointed with entertainment since I was 11 years old and I found out that WWF wrestling wasn't real. Chris Carter was gracious enough to slip in some humor aimed at fans of the series, but honestly, I might have missed some because I was perpetually on the verge of dozing off throughout this flick. Please, someone out there that has seen this movie- tell me what I missed! Tell me that I just don't, "get it", that there was a deeper philosophical aspect of the film that my shallow mind is not able to interpret, tell me that and give me your interpretation, please. What I watched last night was a film about a pedophile that has visions that helped the FBI catch a group of mad-scientists that are detaching heads from hapless victims, and attaching their bodies to a russian-born man. Was this a government conspiracy? No. Was this an alien experiment? No. The whole purpose of the murders was so that a gay man could keep his, "husband" alive for as long as possible. Did Carter envision himself getting an Oscar for making a sci-fi version of, "Brokeback Mountain"? Of all the possible plots that the X-Files vault has to choose from, how in the world did Carter sit down with Spotnitz and say, "wow, this is the direction we need to go- a pedophile priest that challenges skeptical minds to open themselves up to the idea of God and faith". This movie was a jumbled attempt at social commentary, at best. I am dumbfounded. I have a little theory for how poor films get made: everyone involved in the project gets so enamored with the day-to-day grind of the film making process that no one takes the time to step back and question the direction the project is heading. Surely someone involved had to see this bomb coming, but perhaps that someone didn't have the clout or bravado to approach Carter and say something along the lines of, "hey, I've been analyzing what we're putting together here, and I must say it sucks. If our aim is to create a sleeping aid for insomniacs, we might be on to something, but if making an entertaining film for our fans is the goal, then we are terribly off course". Way to go Carter, you've just put the nail in the coffin for the X-Files saga. No way in hell is this film going to bring new fans, and I'm going to predict that this one isn't going to make the studios the kind of money they counted on. Maybe in several years, when people forget how bad this film is, another X-Files will get the green light. If that does happen, I suggest Chris Carter sit on the sidelines and let someone else direct, because what I saw last night was painfully flat.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Quote of the Day

From Walid Phares' book, 'The Confrontation: Winning the War Against Future Jihad'.

"Ironically, the deepest, broadest socioeconomic root of Jihadism in the Middle East is the rich regimes' practice of depriving their masses of the benefits of the region's enormous wealth; instead of guiding the region toward modernity, they have deliberately pushed it backward. It is not the wealthy West that keeps the Middle East poor, it is the rich segment of the Middle East itself that does so. Instead of offering youngsters education, they have provided indoctrination, raising a generation not of doctors and lawyers but of Jihadists and suicide bombers." pg 31

"A popular theory among some elite critics of the U.S. intervention in Iraq argues that the war was all about direct seizure of oil. In fact, the era of intervening lawlessly and seizing natural resources in other countries- as was the case in the nineteenth century- is over. First, international law forbids it, but more important is the fact that the economy of oil is open. Saddam's and any other regime were selling petroleum at will. The real oil dimension nowadays is that as a result of American and Western companies' deals with oil producing regimes, U.S. policy has been affected and human rights have been abandoned." pg 69

I recommend going to for further reading on the global threat of Jihadism.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Another Day at the Office

Girl getting double teamed!!

Just another day at the office for Kate and Ryan.