Screen Junkies » touch http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:32:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Kiefer Sutherland’s 7 Most Famous Roles (Besides Jack Bauer) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/kiefer-sutherlands-7-most-famous-roles-besides-jack-bauer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/kiefer-sutherlands-7-most-famous-roles-besides-jack-bauer/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:30:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243366 You can't put the man in a box. Well, you can, but he'd just bust out and kill you.

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After 24 premiered, Kiefer Sutherland instantly became Jack Bauer. With Touch, he returns to the network that had him run around like a crazy person, alternately trying to save and arrest the president. Should we expect more of the same? Seeing as it’s an action thriller, there will definitely be some running and yelling, but here we’ll see another side to Kiefer. He’s proven himself to be versatile as a performer over the years, whether he’s playing the victim or the tormentor. Here are his seven most noteworthy roles.

Ace Merrill – Stand By Me

Kiefer Sutherland‘s town bully is one of the worst in film history. Considering that the town depicted in Stand By Me is filled with criminals and abusive alcoholics, you have to be pretty sinister to shake the kids. Sutherland’s Ace Merrill was the baddest of the bunch. But after a journey that included being attacked by a junkyard dog, nearly killed by a train, and covered in leeches, Sutherland seemed a lot less threatening. No matter how hard he tried, he’s just not as scary as a leech in the underpants.

Doc Scurlock – Young Guns

Doc Scurlock is the level-headed one in Billy the Kid’s group of Regulators. Known more for his calm intellect, he isn’t afraid to fire a gun when forced. After riding off into the sunset with the love of his life, he narrates the end of the story, revealing where the Regulators ended up in life. They all went off to new work opportunities, except for Billy who was killed by Pat Garrett.

However, Billy is still alive and well in Young Guns 2 when Doc dies in a blaze of glory. Are we to believe he is a ghost narrator? A cowboy ghost narrator nonetheless?

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New Fox Drama Trailers: Spielberg’s ‘Terra Nova’, Abrams’ ‘Alcatraz’, And More http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-fox-drama-trailers-spielbergs-terra-nova-abrams-alcatraz-and-more/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-fox-drama-trailers-spielbergs-terra-nova-abrams-alcatraz-and-more/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 23:14:52 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212346 According to FOX, it's not a drama unless there are crimes being committed or dinosaurs running around. I feel the same way.

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FOX just released its fall additions in New York, and they’re looking pretty FOXified. Their dramas tend to be more character driven (“House,” “Bones,” “Lie To Me”) than plot-driven, and also tend to skew more science fiction than the other networks. We’ve got the standard supernatural mystery show (“Touch”), the requisite J.J. Abrams mystery (“Alcatraz“), the hackneyed good-detective-becomes-great-detective-after-getting-exploded-by-an-IED-in-Iraq (“The Finder”), and Avatar-lite (“Terra Nova“). So let’s take a look.

“Terra Nova”

The crown jewel of FOX’s fall schedule has been met with its share of both anticipation and skepticism. A family from 2149 gets sent back to prehistoric earth to save humanity (yeah, I think it sounds like Land of the Lost, too). While it certainly appears ambitious and grand, the thresholds for appearing that way on TV aren’t that high, which causes critics to wonder if the large budget will just lead to a very grand display of cheese from Steven Spielberg and Co.

“The Finder”

An Iraqi war veteran moves to Key West to work outside the law, solving people’s problems. It’s like The Hurt Locker meets Michael Clayton meets Ernest Hemingway. Except it’s a spinoff from “Bones,” so I think that’s probably where the Hemingway comparisons will stop. It does sound like there is a fair amount going on here, complete with co-stars Michael Clarke Duncan and Saffron Burrows. It sounds like this show may have been assembled by a focus group, which is always the best way to go about creating art.

Alcatraz

I could just say “this show is by J.J. Abrams” and leave it at that, but his shows haven’t proven to be such sure things. His ability to transcend fanboy adoration is no sure thing, so “Alcatraz” will be an interesting study. In “Alcatraz,” a detective follows the case of a grisly murder until it leads her to an Alcatraz inmate that died decades ago. Abrams will probably get around to telling us how that is possible in season 4.

“Touch”

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“Touch” is the most recent effort from “Heroes” adored-then-maligned creator Tm Kring. Well, if you liked “Heroes,” the plot of “Touch” will sound pretty familiar. A group of seemingly unrelated strangers affect each other in different ways, only to find that they’re all connected to each other in a mysterious way. Yeah, it’s pretty much “Heroes,” but with regular people. They should have called this “Regular People That Are Connected.”

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Kiefer Sutherland Teams With ‘Heroes’ Creator For A Show That Already Doesn’t Make Any Sense http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/kiefer-sutherland-teams-with-heroes-creator-for-something-hopefully-not-awful/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/kiefer-sutherland-teams-with-heroes-creator-for-something-hopefully-not-awful/#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:29:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=28110 If you see anyone singing in the streets today, they are probably fans of watching Kiefer Sutherland run around and try to prevent bad things from happening. He's signed on for a new Fox drama where he'll do exactly that.

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If you see anyone singing in the streets today, they are probably fans of watching Kiefer Sutherland run around and try to prevent bad things from happening. He’s signed on for a new Fox drama where he’ll do exactly that.

In Tim Kring’s “Touch,” Sutherland plays the father of an autistic, mute boy who can see the future. Sounds like character leftovers from Kring’s “Heroes,” which definitely didn’t need any more characters that could see the future. All in all, Jack Bauer running around with a Minority Report pre-cog sounds like enjoyable television. I just hope it draws upon the strengths of”24” and “Heroes” and spends less time focused on dropped plot lines and mountain lion attacks. (Deadline)

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‘Heroes’ Creator Sells ‘Mute Autistic Super-Boy’ Series To Fox http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/heroes-creator-sells-mute-autistic-super-boy-series-to-fox/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/heroes-creator-sells-mute-autistic-super-boy-series-to-fox/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:09:18 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=18620 In the end, it turns out the autistic boy's life was the collective dream of everyone on the show 'St. Elsewhere.'

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After the way “Heroes” crashed and burned and was picked apart by hungry vultures and then was re-incinerated, it would take superpowers for series creator Tim Kring to get another show on the air so soon. Well, apparently he’s some kind of mutant freak, because Kring just sold a new powers-based series to Fox. They bought a script he wrote on spec and commissioned the pilot.

Kring’s new show is called “Touch.” It’s about a mute, autistic child with the ability to see into the future. Fact: If you didn’t crack a smile at that last sentence, you might actually be a robot.

When developing supernatural dramas, writers often have an ending in mind for the series. I’m guessing that the whole series about the autistic boy’s life will turn out to be the collective dream of everyone on the show St. Elsewhere. (The Wrap)

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