Saturday, February 07, 2015

What's on tv

I've never seen this show, but apparently it's now in season two (at least here in France). Also, it's Big Cat Week over on the National Geographic Wild channel. You haven't lived until you've watched low budget nature documentaries in English over-dubbed in French. Stupid dialogue in two languages simultaneously!

On location with Gillian Anderson.

What not to watch this week. Our tv magazine rates shows and movies using a star system: one star is ok, four stars is best. They use another symbol for really bad movies: the red dot. It means "à zapper" (change the channel!). The editors often include comments about the movie that make me laugh.

On Tuesday night we have "Vampire Dog." You know, it might so bad that it's good...

Vampire Dog. Canadian made-for-tv movie. Directed by Geoff Anderson. 2012.
With Collin MacKechnie, Julia Sarah Stone, and Amy Matysio.
When his grandfather, who lived in Transylvania, dies, a twelve year-old kid inherits his dog which turns out to be a vampire.
A stupid screenplay, jokes that fall flat, and bad acting. It's really hard to bond with this vampire dog.
For general audiences.

15 comments:

  1. Lovely Gillian...
    still Muldering after all these years...
    different plot, different series, different theme...
    but "The Truth is STILL Out There"
    Go Gillian!....

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  2. Walt - if you didn't see series 1, series 2 would be quite difficult to get into I suspect. Not impossible, but a little more challenging. But it's excellent - Jamie and Gillian are quite superb in it.

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  4. The idea of the red dot is clever and suitable for a tale of a vampire dog. I wish I could get French tv here as easily as we get the British shows.

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    1. Evelyn

      Do you get TV5? They have some very good shows in French .
      Or else via Netflix or internet streaming :http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/french-tv/86

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  5. That's our old dog! She must have kept her movie career a secret from us. Come to think of it, she never would eat garlic. Hmmm.

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  6. It's always fun to see your TV posts :)

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  7. For every corny line, take a sip of wine. After a while, Vampire Dog will look like a keeper.

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    1. chris, and that would be different from all my other tv watching, how? ;)

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  8. The Fall, Series 2, is now available on Netflix here in the US. I've watched both Series 1 and 2, and the acting is really good and a gritty, interesting story. I love so many of the British cop series (Gentry and Wallander are my favorites) because the acting is so good and love the scenery. The Fall was filmed entirely in Northern Ireland (mostly in Belfast) and Wallander was filmed in Sweden. See them both if you have a chance.

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  9. La Chien Vampire made me think. I hear tell The French are keen at keeping their language pure of non-french words. is there no french word for vampire?

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    1. michael, there is, indeed. It's "vampire." The English got it from the French. It came into French from German, and the Germans got it from the original Serbian. At least, that's what my Webster's Unabridged says.

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