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February Reviews (2007) March 10, 2007

Posted by Tim in Reviews.

An Inconvenient Truth

I nearly passed over An Inconvenient Truth [wiki] [imdb] thinking it would be another Fahrenheit 9/11, full of dubious “facts”, showy out-of-context clips, and unsubstantiated claims. But Al Gore’s documentary on global warming and its disastrous effects on the world really left a deep impression on me. The main reason is the sheer amount of data he uses to support his claims. The photos taken of various places where ice is melting and water evaporating was also shocking. It’s something everyone has to see.

If you’ve been following the papers you’ll also know that Malaysia placed second-last out of 56 countries in an index that monitors efforts to reduce carbon emission efforts. Ugh. The past weeks have also seen news reports of temperatures rising in Malaysia’s highlands and major cities. The Government is planning a Monorail in Penang under the 9MP though, at least that’s something.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

I downloaded the first episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip out of curiousity – it had Matthew Perry (of Friends) in it. The “dramedy” revolves around what goes on behind a weekly comedy sketch show – a show about a show. Perry is Matt Albie, who together with Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford), is asked to return to produce a show they once resigned from.

Studio 60

The first few episodes didn’t go down that well. The dialogue was a little too “smart”, everyone always had something clever to say, and there was a lot of “walk and talk” which people just don’t do in real life. Amanda Peet wasn’t very believable as the president of a national television network – too pretty, too witty.

It started to grow on me though (Hey I’m a smart guy, aren’t I?). I liked the skirmishes between the religious right and the show, and how it affected Harriet, the only devout Christian on the cast and Matt’s ex-girlfriend. Also surprise, surprise, Matthew Perry can act.

Sadly, the show (the real-life one) was abruptly cancelled after 16 episodes, just when it was kicking into high gear. Studio 60‘s impeccable pedigree (it was created by Andy Sorkins of The West Wing) meant it everyone had high expectations of it – maybe too high. Technically it wasn’t cancelled, just “postponed” – we know what that usually means, don’t we. Still, it’s replacement show isn’t doing too well in America either, so who knows…



1. Wilz - April 11, 2007

You should check out a series called “Jack and Bobby”. I have it if you want to borrow it.

2. Tim - April 11, 2007

Get attached to another series that gets cancelled after one season?….no way dude.

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