The Terminator franchise is a strange beast. It’s thematically unsound and, the further it goes with new installments, its story structure can’t hold the robots it’s built on. To get at the root of its self-destructive tensions, it’s important to note that the impetus for the first two films was director James Cameron’s own obsession with technology. In many interviews he’s said the reason he created the T-800 and later T-1000 was to push the boundaries of filmmaking technology. T-1000 exists because Cameron wanted to lay claim to inventing him.
Music Video Monday is getting scrapped this week due to a lack of releases. I could just write about Beyonce’s “Ego” but there’s not much going on there besides bad hair and costumes and a euphemism for Jay-Z’s penis (stroke ya ego if you love hip-hop!). Instead, click the link below to play with a really cool interactive video for the Cold War Kids’ “Ive Seen Enough.” You can turn the band members on and off, switch up their instruments and generally have them do your bidding. Extra points for the little touches: if you leave it running after the song is done they sit around and hate you.
(I’m trying to come up with a joke involving an interactive video and Jay-Z’s penis to end the post with. I’ll let you know how that works out for me.)
[Cold War Kids — “I’ve Seen Enough”]
Sasha Grey, who has made her distrust of journalists well-known, looks much more comfortable and cheery in her Olivia Munn interview than she has in past live appearances. This could be because she’s more at ease the deeper she gets into promo for The Girlfriend Experience and the further she moves away from that horrible segment on the Tyra Banks show; it could also be because Munn’s show is lighthearted pop fare.
I’d go one further though and say Grey is probably put at ease by Munn herself, a kindred spirit of sorts who also has no problem marrying sex symbol status with a professional persona built around nerd knowledge (film theory for Grey, tech et. all for Munn). Both Munn and Grey have a sort of Zen about what they do and who they are and they’re not caught up in any of the anxieties that combination raises in viewership of either gender.
In Munn, Grey finally has an interviewer who isn’t trying to trap her (irresponsible), figure out if the hype around her intellect is warranted or not (problematic), and isn’t caught up in the whole “shocking!” porno thing (boring).
Case in point: I love Munn’s introduction where she flippantly refers to “the whole hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold cliche” when describing The Girlfriend Experience. That particular character archetype is symptomatic of a lot of our hang-ups when it comes to sex and gender roles, but it’s a hang-up Munn discards and Grey acknowledges but interrogates.
[Olivia Munn interviews Sasha Grey on G4TV]
That’s right, Music Video Monday Tuesday. What? The blog doesn’t pay but I get stat holidays off.
PopCap’s new Plants vs. Zombies game looks fantastic. I don’t know anything about video games either, my reaction is based solely off the wonderfully stupid, catchy music video they made to market the game. What a great concept, a tower-defense battle between two brain-dead life forms! Next should be Paul Abdul vs. Fish, a battle between two lifeforms that can’t feel pain.
Harvard professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), who in the previous The DaVinci Code ruffled the Catholic Church’s feathers by unearthing a convoluted conspiracy and telling everyone that Jesus had babies, now finds himself recruited by the Vatican to help them against the even-more-conspiratorial Illuminati society. This leads to Ron Howard’s version of Die Hard 3, with our hero and their sidekick running around a city trying to solve riddles before a bomb goes off. Sound cool? It’s not, really. Replace the yippie-ki-yay excitement with some boring dissertation and Angels and Demons is what you’re left with. [Some spoilers after the jump.]