Saturday, May 02, 2015

What's on tv

Am I missing something? Many of the shows highlighted on the cover of our weekly television magazine are shows that I've not seen and that I'm not likely to watch. Like this one. From what I can tell without reading the entire interview with the two personalities featured (yawn), it's some kind of reality documentary thing where the two hosts venture out to mingle with people who work in high-risk jobs, like fighter pilots, emergency room doctors, alpine hunters, etc.

Orson Welles would have been 100 years old this year, so there are a bunch of his films on in May.

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.

Science fiction and pseudo-scientific themes seem to be the favorite "bad" movies in our tv guide. This one follows up on the fears that surrounded the construction of the Large Hadron Collider built in Europe in the early 2000s. Those fears were that superconducting super colliders, like the Hadron, would create black holes that would swallow up the Earth. So far, so good; we're still here. Or, are we?

Atomic Apocalypse (Supercollider). Canadian made-for-tv movie. Directed by Jeffery Scott Lando, 2013.
With Robin Dunne and Amy Bailey.
A multinational corporation builds a superconducting super collider. However, the first tests risk creating a black hole.
This television movie offers nothing original. The special effects are unconvincing, the acting is no more inspired than the directing.
For adults and children over ten.


  1. Le-Perche online keeps me aware of TV shows I can't watch that feature the Perche. This week Les carnets de Julie will show La Perriere, one of the prettiest villages in that area. Or have I already told you this? Wouldn't surprise me if I had!

  2. The things I have to go through to post on your blog! For verification of my non-robotness, I had to pick out sushi from fuzzy photos, none of which looked like sushi. Luckily after I failed twice at that, I was given a number to type in and my comment got through. It's a good thing you're so charming, Walt.

    1. carolyn, sorry about that. I have nothing to do with those verification things, other than I have them turned on. I can't figure out those "match the picture" things, either. ;)

  3. I find these entries very funny; they make me smile.


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