Kickstarter

Kickstarter says it is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.

If you’re the stereotypical “starving artist” or someone without the money but just wants to get their dream project made it seems like a great way to try to raise money. But as someone who has never visited Kickstarter until two minutes ago so I could get the link for the opening line of this blog post, I don’t see it being used that way.

Going off what I’ve read in the media and on Twitter, Kickstarter is a place for actors to go to get money for their movies. The same actors who have millions of dollars in the bank make quirky videos to get you, the people, to put forward your money so the actor can make a movie they wrote.

Obviously right now I’m talking about the Zach Braff project, which you can read more about on Mashable because I can’t figure out how to insert the video into the post.

Braff says he doesn’t want the studios to make it (although it sounds like they would love to get their hands on Garden State 2, but not Garden State 2), because they will try to change the script and want to cast other people than who Braff wants.

Fair enough.

As someone who may invest (but not really because you’re not getting anything back for your donation), why would you give to something that already seem like it’s going to be shitty? I mean, the studio execs make really good money because they have a pretty good eye for when something will fail or succeed and what needs to change in order to avoid failure.

And yes, I know the execs are not always right. John Carter was supposed to be a huge success and bombed. And Pitch Perfect was a bigger success than the studios originally thought it would be.

The point is, Zach Braff has the money he needs. He’s asking for $2 million dollars and while I haven’t lurked over his shoulder to take a peek at the balance in his chequing account at the ATM recently, I feel like if he really wants this made he could do it himself.

And if Jim Parsons really wants to be a pool boy, he could use his Big Bang Theory money to help out.

I don’t doubt Zach Braff will succeed. People will pay money for this movie just like they funded the Veronica Mars movie.

But I don’t get it.

I tried to imagine what could it take to get me to donate to a Kickstarter. I never watched Veronica Mars but I love, love love Friday Night Lights. Would I throw in some money for Coach, Mrs Taylor and Riggins to come back for a 2 hour movie? Nope. If they needed money to fund the new Pitch Perfect 2, would I do it? Nadda.

I just feel like if I’m giving my money to some creative project I would rather give it to someone who actually needs the money to get their dreams made. When you’re a star and you can’t get a studio to back your creative vision as is, then why should the people?

Why doesn’t Zach Braff believe in his own movie?

What do you think? Have you ever given to a Kickstarter and are you a fan of actors who have the money asking people for more? I’m genuinely curious.

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Ma Ma Sa, Ma Ma Coo Sa

I, like most every normal human being, love singing along to music.

I also get a lot of lyrics wrong.

For years I’d sing sing lyrics wrong only to Google them and find out what they really are.

The other day I was singing along to Wanna Be Starting Something by Michael Jackson and it got to a part in the song where for the longest time I had been singing the lyrics as I thought “You’re a vegetable, you’re a vegetable” and so on with lines ending in “vegetable.”

Given my previous history with mishearing lyrics, I knew I had to be wrong.

Imagine my surprise when I Googled and found out I WAS RIGHT.

MJ was singing about being vegetables.

That is perhaps the oddest thing about him.

Thoughts on The Mindy Project

I really cannot with this poster (which was probably taken from Just Jared)

I’ve watched The Mindy Project premiere three times now. The first when it was put on Hulu about a month before the premiere, the second on the night it premiered and the third with a friend who had yet to see it.

The first two viewings left me confused. I wanted to love it, but I didn’t think I did. The third viewing was purely because I was interested to see what someone else thought of it.

I think I love Mindy Kaling. I’ve read her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? a few times. It’s a fun, fast read and I love the short essay/biography genre (I also recommend Bossypants by Tina Fey and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson if you’re a fan of these types of books). Her episodes of The Office are hilarious and her twitter feed is the same.

There are a few reasons I’m hesitant about this show. I find that while Mindy Kaling is an excellent writer, but I worry about her acting. In The Office she had a small part, relegated to a few lines per episode. Kelly, her character, was overdramatic and it was easy to handle in bit pieces. This acting method carries over into The Mindy Project and it’s a little much to take for a whole episode. Not every line needs to be delivered with wild hand gestures and dramatic intensity. I’ve never been an actor, but it almost seems like she’s over-thinking the process.

Perhaps the problem is that with the release of her book and now her show I’ve been reading too much about her. And it’s not as if I’ve discovered some horrible things about her, I think the worst was that she is perhaps a Republican and pro-gun. But maybe reading too much about her has caused me to think differently about her versus her television persona. Perhaps she’s not who I imagined her to be.

One thing she makes clear is that she loves romantic comedies, which I can relate to. Except I felt like there’s too much reliance on them in her show. I want to like her character, she’s educated and trying to get her life together. She didn’t spend her school years getting drunk at frat parties, but preferred nights at home with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movies. I relate to her character. But as much as I love a good romantic comedy, I get that they’re not realistic. Mindy (the character, and by proxy the writer/creator/actress), doesn’t seem to understand that.

I also recently discovered that most of her writing staff is male, except herself and one other woman. I find this odd. And disconcerting. The show is to appeal to women, Fox paired it with The New Girl, another show that has a large female audience. There is a large male/female disparity in the word of writing for television and movies, I had hoped that Mindy would help narrow this gap. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason why this bothers me so much, but this along with a cast that features many male characters and a few female back ups (perhaps, this is only the pilot episode) has me thinking that regardless of her being marketed to women and her close ties to the Hello Giggles women, she’s not so much out for the girls. Like she’s the chick that would rather impress the men in the room than make friends with the girls. If that makes sense? I’m doing horribly at conveying my thoughts that I can’t really find the words to explain in writing.

As of now I’ve only seen the pilot episode. As a coworker pointed out it could be that they have to stick so much story into one episode to set up plot and characters, usually things get better after the first episode. I’m looking forward to the next few to give me a better understanding of what it’s about, but I hope I don’t have to axe it from my dvr queue after 3 episodes (I have a 3 episode rule, if I’m not enjoying it the show is no longer recorded… especially on a packed Tuesday night with a lot of other strong contenders, The New Girl, The New Normal). I want to like it. I like the characters around Mindy. I like the idea. I just need a few more dates to decide if I want this relationship.

Glory

Jay-Z and Beyonce had a baby on Saturday. I’m still unsure of the name Blue Ivy, just too much self-involved stories surrounding the naming but it’s also kind of normal for a celebrity name. I also like to think that she was named after Blue from Old School.

Two days after the birth Jay released this new song:

People are reacting quite well to it. I have a few notes.

It’s not Jay-Z level of greatness. While I understand the sentiment and all, I just don’t think the words or any of it is any good. I also feel like the crying of Blue Ivy at the end is too personal. You know that J & B will not be releasing their photos anytime soon, they’ve always been pretty private. To hear about the conception, miscarriages and then Blue Ivy’s crying, it’s just too much. I feel perverted, like I’m listening to something that I shouldn’t be listening to.

What do you think of the song? Do you think J & B will have me killed for not liking their baby’s new single?

Who’s watching Canadian TV?

Last week I went to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and per usual they were showing commercials before they showed the trailers for upcoming movies. One commercial was for the upcoming CBC TV show Arctic Air.

This show is apparently a drama about a plane company in Yellowknife. The only reason the ad even got my attention was because of the line “Yellowknife is the new Calgary.” Laughter ensued from me and my date for approximately 2 minutes. First off, I don’t necessarily think Calgary is something to inspire to… unless you’re Edmonton. Second of all, I remember the lead actor from his time on one of the Law & Order’s and he was the only thing I’ve ever hated on the show. Bad actor and a winking problem. Lastly, it’s a show made in Canada for Canadians. Other than that I haven’t seen the show and don’t plan on watching it so I couldn’t give you more information about it.

I have absolutely no desire to watch this show or any other Canadian show made for CBC, CTV or Global. Perhaps I’ve been ruined by U.S. television and their big budget productions. I think the bigger problem is that they push the shows too much.

Just like Canadian music, the advertisements are overplayed. By the time Bomb Girls  finally debuted I couldn’t be bothered to even watch 15 minutes of it because I saw the promo’s a million times in the two weeks leading up to it. I’d figured I had seen the full episode by that point and didn’t like what I’d seen.

Does anyone watch these shows? Obviously some people do because they’re still on the air, but I never hear anyone talk about it.

The networks need to stop pushing them too much. It feels forced and we’re sick of the shows before they air. If they want people to watch their shows they need to stop advertising so much. They’ll also need to fix the bad production and hire a better cast, but those are long term goals that I just don’t have any interest in helping them fix them.

They had the premiere for Arctic Air last night in Vancouver. Big stars like the actors from the show and local Olympians showed up, check out the gallery over at The Vancouver Sun to see the star studded event.

Done with Glee

I decided before I even watched tonight’s Glee that I was going to stop watching. The previews looked exactly like last year’s mass virginity-loss episode, except this one had substantially less Madonna songs. After watching, I’m only feeling more confident in the decision to give up Glee.

You’ll find below, just a few reasons why I can’t watch Glee anymore (spoiler alert):

  • Why the hell is Santana so bitchy? Can she not be nice at all? And if Brittany refuses to be a part of New Directions because they’re bullies, why doesn’t she see Santana is the biggest of them all? I also cannot stand the actress that plays Santana either, I feel like the writers probably don’t write all her lines this way, she just can’t act anything but bitchy…. and previews show that she’s singing two Adele songs next week. Good time for me to stop watching.
  • Lea Michelle. She looks physically pained each time she sings, I don’t get her acting award nominations. She’s got a great voice, but she only knows how to look pained.
  • Why are all the teachers in this school virgins? Bieste. Emma. Aren’t these teachers the ones teaching them sex ed?
  • Why are these teachers talking to their students about their sex lives and problems?
  • The only teacher I felt was somewhat normal was Shelby, then she goes and starts stuff with Puck. Ugh.
  • Quinn’s delusional idea that she needs to show that Shelby is a bad mom and she’ll automatically be given the baby.
  • Lack of consistency in the storylines. One week Shelby is kissing Puck, the next there is nothing mentioned. Didn’t Mercedes have a boyfriend?
  • Parents are coming to McKinley to have deep conversations with their kids, why isn’t this happening at home?
  • There aren’t as many songs. Or at least numbers that aren’t from musicals.
  • For a school that is always complaining they have no funding for their music programs, they certainly put on elaborate musical numbers for rehearsals.
  • Are Brittany and Santana lesbians?

We had a good run Glee. I enjoyed your first season so much. I’m only sorry I continued to watch this season, I’ve ruined the good memories from the first two seasons.