Thursday, July 15, 2004

SO, WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO GET TO THE ONE WHERE THE GUY GETS TO SWING THROUGH THE AIR LIKE SPIDER-MAN? Gotta say that Into Character on AMC is well worth checking out on Wednesday nights, even in spite of the incessant promos that seem to have been before EVERY movie I've seen in the past few months. The concept is solid enough--movie fanatics are given a chance to live their "movie fantasy." Now, that alone could be entertaining, but over the two weeks of "prep time" (all chronicled), the fanatic is sent on a cross-country odyssey to understand their goal. In the first episode, two frat boys DESPERATELY want to be The Blues Brothers, and they are sent not merely to learn how to sing, dance, and play harmonica, but also how to drive really fast and cook soul food. This week, an Italian-American fashionista gets to live her dream of singing Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" in front of an audience of hundreds, and has to learn how to "speak southern" and journey down into an actual coal mine. Now, if this were even in the remotest humiliating, it'd be bad--but these people take such joy in getting a chance to live their fantasies, it's enormously touching.

Coming up? A guy who wants to live his dream of being "The Karate Kid" and the guy who wants to be "Rocky." Check it out.

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