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You know, I hate to say this. I was a HUGE fan of Futurama when it ran originally on FOX. But the new DVDs. Both of them have left me bored. They start out well enough and its great to see everyone, but in both cases after the first hour or so, I find myself really having a hard time focusing on the story. Normally I LOVE hating things, but I don't really want to hate Bender and his shiny metal ass, or Kiff and his sighs, or Zapp and his libido.. So why isn't Futurama funny anymore?


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Jun. 13th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I thought the second movie doesn't come out for two more weeks. How have you seen it already?
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh... er.. um.. Did I see that? *cough* usenet *cough*
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I am very pleased with the new Futuramas. I think they picked up right where they left off. I think the timing and the pacing were spot on with the original series, and it came on as if there hadn't been a break. I also think this is likely what has caused a lot of peoples dislike for the new episodes. Our memories of how great we thought it used to be has been clouded by the expectation of newer and greater material. I think it started up as if it had never quit using the things that worked so well for all of us when it went off the air.

just my thoughts, I am not trying to be critical of your not liking it. Same with the new Indy, yes I had huge problems with it, but people were expecting the second coming of christ and that just wasn't going to happen. Oh wait, you didn't like that either.... nevermind. I just try to keep my expectations low, then I'm usually pleasantly surprised. Worst case, i was right.
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
What's wrong with me then!? I want to like them!!
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with you.* I just think we as techies break things down to a critical level. I had this problem while studying film all throughout college. I got to the point where I wasn't liking anything I was watching because I was using a such a critical eye. I finally just had to let go and watch for enjoyment again, and not pick it apart too much. I can still see those things a lot of the time, but I understand that some things have to be done to appeal to a larger crowd, some stuff due to budget, some stuff because they goofed. All of these things can make a movie or TV show bad, but not each thing as an individual piece.

*this is subjective, I am sure ;)
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
But how do you let go? I suppose if I knew that secret I'd be okay. I really do have a hard time suspending disbelief, even if I want to. Of course, I think you are right about critical level breakdown.. Everything in my life ends up being some form of troubleshooting even if I don't want it to be. I think its going to give me a nervous breakdown eventually.
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, now that's a good question. I just had to let go, and not care as much and look for what was good in a movie rather than all the things that irritated me.

For example, Live Free or Die Hard... does it make any sense to launch a car into a helicopter, no not really, but it was a cool stunt and explosion (plus, they really ran a car into a helicopter, it wasn't 3D). Also, they lost me with the harrier jump jet because it was done in True Lies, and it was lame there too, but the movie had a lot of great action in it which is what it was, an action movie. Also to know that Bruce Willis had fun making it helped. Now, was it as good as the first Die Hard? No, and no action movie will ever be as good as the original Die Hard, but relaxing a bit and not letting these things bother me, helped me enjoy it more than I ever thought I would. I was against them making that movie from the get go. But when I finally saw it, I realized I rather enjoyed it when I probably shouldn't have.

Watch the 1980 Flash Gordon with a critical eye. It's one of the best movies ever made, but it's cheesy and overdone and ridiculous. The football scene is right out silly. However what makes it so good is that we were kids when we saw it, that almost makes every movie better, and every cheesy costume, camera shot, character and idea were right out of the original serials of the 1930's, and everything was done intentionally. Let's not forget about the music. Terrific, but really overblown, but again, on purpose. Is it possible for an athlete on earth to become the champion on another world? Not really, but it's how they got there that makes it all work. We believe it because we are supposed to.

Am I helping?
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
lol.. Well, the 1980s Flash Gordon is not a movie I have a problem with.. Certain movies set up early that they exist in an alternate reality (like Sin City or 300 for example) so I have no problem with them. LFODH was one that DID bother me though because I guess the original had established a different universe than the Sequel appeared to exist in. I guess the problem for me in movies is judging a movie against the rules of its own universe. I was watching Raiders last night (In HD on USA) and I remembered why I loved it, but it only made Crystal Skull hurt me more inside. But tonight when I go and see Hulk, I'll try it your way and see if I have any luck. :)
Jun. 13th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
ah ha. I believe I will have to do the same thing during Hulk. I want it to be great, but am not hoping for too much. I hope that it will build for the Avengers movie well, though.
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