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Idol: Poppy Rock Out With Your Poppy Cock Out

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Last week, shock, tears, angst, as Adam Lambert found himself in the bottom three. It was the lip-tremble heard round the world! How could this happen?

It is conceivable, when you get down to this few contestants, that anyone could find themselves in trouble. Fans of Adam may feel so confident of his popularity that they didn’t bother voting. With two contestants voted off the week before, all their votes may have gone to anyone but Adam. Allison was very good last week, and Danny was the same as he always is, which some folks somewhere seem to think is good enough. Adam might have been third. He might even have been fourth.

On the other hand, it is also conceivable that the producers of Idol would pretend Adam was in the bottom three just to drive up the number of votes for this week’s show. From ITunes sales to Google Trends to internet buzz, the data suggest that Adam is soaring above his rivals in popularity, and that should translate to a top two finish even on a bad week. I’m not buying last week’s result at all.

Besides, how can Adam even come close to losing when he has support like this?

It’s rock week this week, and the mentor is Slash. Hurray for a ballad-free zone! It’s also the first week - nay, the first time - that the show has paired up the contestants to perform duets, which could be interesting. One assumes they will pair Adam with Allison, because Adam has the gay, and he can’t be seen giving it to good Christian boys Danny or Kris. America is a land where you can choose same-sex singing or opposite singing, and when it comes to Adam Lambert, I think that I believe that singing should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.

Adam’s solo number is up first, and he’s singing Whole Lotta Love, aka the Top of the Pops feem toon - the first Led Zeppelin song ever performed on the Idol stage! Adam’s rock drag looks terrible - hedgehog hair, biker bling and enough eyeliner to render him cross-eyed - but he’s turned the Elvis sneer up to 11. Adam does have a great rock voice, and he gives this the usual full dose of welly, but I have to admit, it’s far from my favourite performance from him. The judges love it, though. Interestingly, this is the first time I can recall that he’s sung a song about (or rather, aimed at) a woman, though, despite the title, it’s not exactly a love song.

Allison is next, in her own rock leathers plus Ronald McDonald hair and lipstick. Allison is the show’s natural rocker, so this should be her week, though the fact that she’s a girl rocker on Idol means it’s a minor miracle she ever got here. The song is Cry Baby by Jackie Jormp-Jomp. Sorry; Janice Joplin. I think there are many better Joplin songs she could have sung. I’m not feeling this one. Her other choice was Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane. God, I would have loved that. I’m now going to pause the show and go listen to that on YouTube.

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Aaand I’m back, and we’re into duet territory already, with Kris versus Danny on Renegade by Styx. Aww, seeing these two together, it’s like Katherine McPhee and Taylor Hicks all over again! I note that, while all the other contestants are wearing black with at least some leather (or, more likely, pleather), Danny has apparently popped out to American Apparel for a safe red shirt, because he don’t have no truck with no devil worshippin’, no sir. Renegade is a great campy song with terrific harmonies, but these boys aren’t exactly rockers. Simon tells Danny that he was better, and man does Kris look pissed.

Kris’s idea of classic rock is… The Beatles. Look, I know that technically that’s permissable; The Beatles belong to that era, and they produced some bona fide classic rock hits, but it’s not exactly true to the spirit of the theme, is it? It’s kind of a pussy choice, Kris. The song is Come Together. He survives it, just about, but Kris Allen does not rock.

Danny Gokey is singing Dream On by Aerosmith, aka all the awesome bits in Sing For The Moment by Eminem. He starts flat, and gamely carries on in that vein for much of the journey. There were no full dress rehearsals this week because of an accident on set, which may explain the general lack of confidence this week, but Danny seems to be suffering from it more than most. His screams at the end are just horrible, and if ever Danny is going to be in trouble, this is the week. His usual flat matt competence is missing.

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It’s been a lacklustre show, but there is one last hope for redemption; the Adam/Allison duet. On reflection, it’s a good thing they paired these two up, because they should be able to have some fun together. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Dead Ringer For Love. Sadly it is not to be. The song is… Slow Ride by… Foghat? Is that a real thing? Foghat? Never heard of them, but never mind. Adam and Allison give it their all, they sound terrific together, and they’re having a great time.

I have to say, I thought Allison would be going home this week, but after that last performance, and after Kris gave such a poor accounting of himself, I think it’s time to say goodbye to Idol’s pocket pin-up. Danny was far and away the worst of the night, but his supporters are immune to both reason and music.

Wolverine: What He Does Ain’t Pretty

Monday, May 4th, 2009

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Despite leaking all over the internet and being widely panned by critics and internet scuttlebutt, the new Wolverine movie was a box office hit this past weekend. This is not at all surprising. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is a big draw; people don’t really care if the movie is good or not, just so long as they can watch Wolverine growling and slashing and saying ‘bub’. I suspect the leak had next to bugger all impact. The few thousand people who bothered to dowload an unfinished copy of the movie were exactly the sort of people who would go and see the movie anyway.

The reviews weren’t wrong. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a bad movie. It’s not X-Men: The Last Stand bad, but it is bad. Blame can be laid squarely at the feet of the writers, whose attempt to reverse-engineer an origin for the franchise’s most popular hero involves a skimpy un-plot strung together with a golden classics compendium of dialogue clichés.

Jackman is still good, of course. He can growl and chomp cigars and say “bub” like he was born to it. Ryan Reynolds is predictably entertaining as Wade Wilson, and Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit is so spot on that I want to see that Gambit movie now, please. (And I’m not just saying that because he’s hot, but if he weren’t hot, he wouldn’t be Gambit.) Daniel Henney’s role as the cool and beautiful Agent Zero will hopefully be the start of a long and wonderful career in silly action movies.

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Beyond the pretty boys’ brigade, the performances are less convincing. As an actor, Will.I.Am makes a terrible rapper, while Liev Schreiber’s saucer face seems hopelessly ill-suited to the part of Sabertooth, and making him do those silly cat leaps was a mistake. I came to regard him as a supervillain version of Nermal, the World’s Cutest Kitten. Danny Huston is a dependable rogue, of course, but the man deserved a meatier part to get his teeth into.

It’s also rather important, in a big special effects blockbuster, to get the special effects right. Maybe the people who saw the leaked version without effects were lucky; they were spared the sight of claws that looked like cardboard covered in tin foil, and a de-aged plastic Xavier who looked like the water creature from The Abyss.

Now for the fanboy stuff. (This is where it gets spoilery.) The filmmakers threw some geek-chum into the waters to please the loyal base - guest appearances by the likes of Toad, Quicksilver and Storm. Unfortunately, they ballsed up most of the things that fans are actually likely to care about. Emma Frost as a funny-looking girl in a tanktop? Heather Hudson reimagined as Ma Kent from Superman? Cyclops using his eye beams to set things on fire? And they used the origin from Origins, which I personally think is disastrously stupid. Making Wolverine’s origin that of Little Lord Fauntleclaws feels like a fundamental misreading of the character.

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The biggest crime, though - apart from having Wolverine spending centuries fighting for the US military when he should have been fighting for Canada - was what they did to Deadpool. Ever since Blade: Trinity, Ryan Reynolds has been considered dream casting for that role - so of course they squandered it, turning the merc with the mouth into a mute goon who shoots fricking laser beams out of his face. Fans don’t like it when you pretend you’re going to give them what they want, then whip it away from them.

I’ve seen a lot of people complaining that the film got Deadpool so badly wrong that they cannot possibly do a spin-off. And, you know, they cut off his head. The fact is, Wolverine had the third most successful opening weekend of any Fox picture. Spin-offs are going to happen, and a little decapitation isn’t going to stop that. A sociopathic Deadpool with blades, teleportation and a healing factor is pretty consistent with the comics version (even if the blades do now come out of his arms). I just pray that they drop the laser beams.

The Gambit spin-off and the long promised Magneto spin-off have to be good bets as well, but apparently the most likely direction for the next movie (apart from X-Men Origins: Wolverine II: Wolverine in Japan) is X-Men: First Class, following the first class of Xavier’s students (probably Scott, Jean, Hank and some others, since Bobby and Warren won’t be available in this continuity). Mind you, if that means more of Xavier’s Oil of Olay face, I can probably live without it.