Monday, 17 March 2014
drinking, violence, destruction of property - are these the things we think of when we think of the Irish?
St Patrick's Day here in Ireland, and I didn't notice if the local Baptists showed up to picket the annual parade as usual, as there was a bit of a crowd at it. I can only presume the Baptists object to the exclusion of gays from the larger parades in New York and Boston and that's why they usually protest a cultural festival in the middle of a mostly-Catholic town attended by thousands of children, so more power to them - we must teach tolerance for difference at a young age.
Been watching the Veronica Mars film, a Kickstarter-ed project based on a television show about a teenage detective, so it's kind of like when Firefly fans got that Serenity film, only this wasn't for massive fucking nerds who need to accept that their shitty space cowboy show wasn't that good.
Set ten years after the end of the teen detective series, it hits its first hurdle in being a movie based on a teen detective show that doesn't actually star a teen detective, so if you're a fan of the genre the movie is not for you before it even starts, though if you're a fan of the original series and only want an epitaph for it, it's likely for you, as there is a pretty narrow focus to proceedings that excludes newcomers despite some concessions to the idea that there might be people other than viewers of the television show watching, so it's hard to say - as a viewer of the original show - if it's any more than the decent movie-of-the-week drama with some mystery elements that it appears to be. I enjoyed seeing the returning cast, including cameos from successful-ish small screen actors like Schmitt from New Girl and Sue Heck from The Middle as well as blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots of Jamie Lee Curtis and James Franco. It's an okay sign-off for the series, but I suspect it's nothing special in isolation.