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…is one smart motherfucker.

Loved him in Blow,

-Shady

…for this article in The Hollywood Reporter.

Just wait,

-Shady

There’s great footage of him here at the 2:10 mark:

dead at 70.

This has been a fucking shit year for death,

-Shady

Still really confused about what any of that had to do with Winter Wipeout,

-Shady

…we’ll be on our way to France!

Adieu,

-Shady

dead at 79.

Not Sarah Jessica Parker,

-Shady

…in The Hagstone Demon!

Jesus told me so,

-Shady

dead at 83.

May fucking sucks so far,

-Shady

Every once in awhile “The Blarg” gets stuff sent in for review consideration. I’m not always the best person to review said material, so occassionally I’ll find an appropriate person (i.e., close friend) to write a review for me.

I get a post out of it. They get some free stuff. Everyone is happy!

This time around, my good friend Darby O’Gill reviews the “Torchwood: Miracle Day” four-disc set from the BBC. Enjoy!

Torchwood: Miracle Day (BBC)

Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) are back!

After the disbandment of Torchwood following the events of Children of Earth, Jack Harkness found himself wandering the galaxy looking for answers, if not forgiveness, and Gwen and her husband Rhys moved to an isolated cottage in Wales to raise their daughter away from the madness of the world.

It was only a matter of time before an unforeseen event would undoubtedly bring these two together again, and that event came to be known as “Miracle Day.” It’s the day when no one died. Not a single person. All across the globe, the sick and injured continued to live. And the next day, and the next, and the next, as if the entire planet had become immortal over night.

Well, not the entire planet.

Earth’s one immortal man from the future, Captain Jack Hackness, realizes he is once again just a mere mortal man, and that whoever–or whatever–is behind the miracle wants Torchwood out of the picture once and for all.

The concept behind Torchwood: Miracle Day is great. It makes you realize just how fast our systems and governments would fall apart if an event like this were ever to actually happen. The camps and the treatment of the undead–or “Category Ones” as they’re called on the show–would be unreal. It’s funny to think about just how quickly the rich and powerful can adapt to creating a system that would benefit their needs and interests.

Did I say funny? I meant sad.

As great as the story is, one might say (and by “one” I mean a Doctor Who fan) that the story is far too big of an event for the Torchwood team to handle alone, and I would agree. I think something of this scale would warrant the Doctor’s attention, but that’s merely a nerd’s gripe. My biggest problem with the series is that that it took ten episodes to tell this story. It really only should have been about six. I understand that creator Russell T. Davies wanted the story to unfold in a very true and believable manner, but this series was introducing the Torchwood franchise to a much wider U.S. audience, and I think it ultimately hurt them in the long run.

With that being said, I like that they didn’t just reboot the show in America the same way they did with Being Human or Skins. I’m glad they simply created a story that would bring the surviving Torchwood team members to the States.

The new American cast members were also outstanding. Bill Pullman’s portrayal of the murdering pedophile Oswald Danes is amazing. Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havins effortlessly gel their way into the team dynamic. And Barrowmen and Myles are as strong as ever. It’s great to see just how far Gwen Cooper has developed as a character over the last few years.

Torchwood: Miracle Day might not be the strongest of the series’ ventures, but it’s definitely worth checking out.

Visit Darby’s blog, Darby’s Secret Stash, here!

Then go ahead and read another guest reviewer post here!

…and caught three photo exhibitions: Herb Ritts: L.A. StylePortraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity, and In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980.

All three exhibitions were great. If you live in Los Angeles, or if you’re visiting and are looking to check out some amazing art, get to the Getty!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the exhibitions.

Herb Ritts, Mask, Hollywood, 1989 (with model Stephanie Seymour):

Herb Ritts, Rossy de Palma, 1990:

Nadar, Victor Hugo on his Deathbed, 1885:

Edward Steichen, Auguste Rodin – The Thinker, 1902 (with sculpture of Victor Hugo in background):

Diane Arbus, A Castle in Disneyland, Cal., 1962:

Learn more about the Getty here.

And thus ends your art history lesson,

-Shady

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