Saturday, March 28, 2015

What's on tv

I understand that this actor, Paul Walker, was killed in a car accident a couple of years ago. Now his last film, the latest in that "Fast and Furious" series, is being released in April. I've not seen any of the movies in that series, but I did hear about his accident back when it happened.

Vin Diesel remembers Paul Walker.

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.

It's shark-tastic! This week's bomb is "Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark." I just realized as I typed this that "mecha" must be short for "mechanical" as I read that the premise of the film is the construction of a giant mechanical shark to do battle with a giant real shark that threatens the lives of humanity.

Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark. American made-for-tv movie. Directed by Emile Edwin Smith, 2014. First showing.
With Christopher Judge, Elisabeth Röhm, Matt Lagan, and Hannah Levien.
A giant shark threatens humanity. The government creates a robot copy of the monster to confront it.
An improbable bomb of a film, badly acted and badly directed, but which, in going all the way to absurdity, becomes frequently hilarious.
For adults and teenagers over ten.


  1. Walt,
    I can't watch this kind of film. It's mindless. All car chases and crashes. What kind of mind finds this entertaining? Scary isn't it?

  2. Hi, Walt. After reading more about "Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark", the premise doesn't seem to be at all "improbable" and would probably be a film I would watch. :-)
    From Film Critics United: "A frigate is dragging a glacier to Egypt to help deal with the drought, but unbeknownst to the captain and his first mate, there's totally a Mega Shark in that ice cube and once free, it wastes no time making a mess things. Like batting this ship with its caudal fin a couple hundred miles and taking out the Sphinx. Not cool.
    The emergence of this Megalodon is worse than you could ever have imagined. It's stopped all shipping lanes, trade across the globe has ceased, people making a living at sea no longer have jobs, so this big shark, all by itself, has crippled the economy of the entire planet Earth."

  3. If I remember well, you guys get a lot of mediocre american movies or series in France because the cable companies or TV channels buy them for cheap. It always comes down to money. I follow "Thalassa" and "Racines et des ailes" on Facebook, just seeing few minutes of each show since I cannot see them full length.

  4. The shark got my attention right away.


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