Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Watchmen Set Photos.

Today I saw that Zack Snyder uploaded some pictures from the New York backlot built for his Watchmen movie. Because the movie takes place in an alternate universe, this New York has to be realistic, but with little changes here and there. To someone who hasn't read Watchmen, these pictures are mundane and meaningless. But as a Watchmen lover, seeing some of these characters and locations brought to life, I got very excited. More excited than if Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley showed up at my house tomorrow and wanted to "become one with me" and like, live the rest of their lives with me and them "as one." I find these comic book movie backlot pictures more exciting than if that happened.

Well, maybe not more exciting. Let's say the same level of exciting.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Biggest Loser.

I like to watch The Biggest Loser every week. It's a competition show, but the participants live together, with the cameras constantly running, and one of my favorite things about the show is how real things get behind the scenes. Here's a transcript of an actual scene from an episode a couple weeks ago:

Five people are standing around a kitchen counter looking at a big spread of sandwich ingredients. Their trainer, Jillian Michaels, enters.

Jillian: "(laughs) Hi!"
Everyone: "Hey, hi, etc."
Jillian: "I see you're making, uh, some lunch!"
Everyone: "(unintelligible response)"
Jillian: "You wanna know a good trick?"
Someone: "Yes."
Jillian: "Okay. Whenever you're cooking stuff, notice how you kinda... nibble a little bit here, nibble a little bit there, test out the recipes..."
Everyone: "(interested nodding)"
Jillian: "One really good trick is to chew a piece of gum. My favorite is Wrigley's Extra Supermint gum. (holds up a pack of the gum)"
Everyone: "(interested reaction)"
Someone: "How many calories is in there?"
Jillian: "Five calories, it's nothing. (shot of girl nodding) It's just a way of modifying your behavior to protect yourself against temptation."
Some Guy: "(smiles really big and takes some)"
Jillian: "Try it."
Someone: "Would you like a piece? (someone else takes a piece)"

And that's what's cool about the show. That a private little moment of authentic dialogue between competitors could be captured for us like that. It just enhances the weight these people's words carry.