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The show is nothing special, i mean we have shows about cooks, shows about hunters, shows about people who buy storage buildings, shows about truck drivers, so a show about who is the "best" nerd is nothing special. The problem with the show is two-fold. First and foremost as they recognize there are many types of nerds yet the goal of the show is to sit atop the "Throne of Games", a twist on the popular "Game of Thrones" which is a much better show to watch than this one, but I digress. The show tries to cover a lot of types of nerds as as such most contestants are at a disadvantage most of the time since the challenges cover a diverse range of skills. On a cooking show you might be asked to make desserts one week and Italian food the next but you still use the same tools and the same skills. Creating a cos-play costume is NOTHING like piloting a drone, winning at chess, or answering obscure trivia. The second problem is how the winner is actually chosen. The whole concept is to focus on nerds, people who are perceived as social misfits, the kids never chosen for sports or to be prom queen, yet in the end the winners chosen BY A POPULARITY CONTEST! Epic Fail.
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I liked the old version even though it was nothing like the Phillip K.
Dick short story. The new version has even less in common with the Dick
original. That said I spent most of the movie wondering who allowed the
screenplay to be used. So many face-palm moments including (spoiler
Based on the distance traveled and time taken the "fall" train does a good 45000 mph. WOW that's Mach 60 and yet when people open emergency hatches and climb out later they are not instantly shredded by friction. (yes there was an emergency slowdown in effect but even shedding 90% of the speed would have still been deadly)
why would a projection need a bullet proof vest?
why would robot need the push buttons on its own arm to activate software?
what happened to the gravity reversal warning? and why did the 0-gee period last 10x longer ?
Who refers to deactivated robots as being in stasis?
who programs robot soldiers to be sadistic by squeezing an injured shoulder? For that matter who programs a robot to fight like a human boxer?
how did the Lori get a holographic mask of Melina with full audio on such short notice during an invasion in hostile territory?
Six writers (some of whom have done much better work) spoiled this soup.
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The opening sequence was the best part of the film, the idea is that on
a barren world capable of sustaining life, one of these "engineers"
sacrifices himself to start the evolutionary process.
BUT the question that keeps popping up in the movie is "Why"?
Why would it be necessary to do so, I mean they have interstellar travel capability, why not just mix up some "evolutionary soup" and drop it in the ocean, why sacrifice someone?
If the planet was supposed to be earth then why did we evolve into a genetically identical species after 3 billion years?
Even if it wasn't Earth, then why would they visit us several times and leave us a map of how to find them, when the map only points us to an outpost world where they park ships?
Why were the engineers fleeing through their ship into a room full of hyper-evolutionary bio-juice? What was chasing them and what happened to it?
Why does the last of these engineers, asleep for 2000 years, want to kill everyone the moment he wakes up? Why would he want to wipe out our world? I know I can be grumpy when I wake but that's a bit extreme.
Some thoughts occurred to me that maybe these bio-warfare engineers were not the same as those seen in the beginning sequence, but that would mean more than one species of genetically identical sentient beings arose on different worlds in roughly the same time frame which would take us into whole new realms of improbability. If they were the same engineers as those in the beginning and that was Earth, then they haven't evolved much at all in 3 billion years. Too many questions, no where near enough answers.
And that's not even going into the ridiculousness of the crew and the Prometheus.
Between archaeologists who poke everything and contaminate locations that have been sealed for 20 centuries, space suits with GLASS bubble helmets, hyper advanced auto-docs that can't handle the difference between male and female anatomy, reanimating alien heads that have been dead for 2000 years, frail old men who survive hibernation which we see makes healthy people weak and sick, and scientists who don't know the difference between carbon dioxide (CO2, not deadly at 3% purity) and carbon monoxide (CO, deadly at 1.2% purity)
I have to say the movie fails on almost all levels of sense-making.
I gave it 5 stars because of two things, the opening and the beautiful imagery of the film.
I took my fiancée to see this movie at her request and honestly I wasn't expecting much, even though I had heard many good reviews of the film. Overall I liked the movie, the writing was a nice call back to the darkness of the original Grimm tales and for the most part the acting was good. Most of it, not all. Our evil Queen and our heroic Huntsman were well cast and excellently played, the queen's brother did a good job and the dwarfs likable. The thing that ruined this film for me was Stewart as our heroine. The girl really needs to learn how to emote, she had her "deer in the headlights" look on through 90% of the film only breaking it on a few rare moments and not the ones you might expect. Other than the dismal performance by Stewart, the only other complaint was the excessive use of "shaky-cam". Like the Hunger Games this film uses that method of filming far too much. It gave me a headache after a while.
I came to the party late on this movie, I just watched it via netflix and I was disappointed by several things. First of all the hero "Nick" is pretty much a twit. He's unlikable and lazy (seriously, you've had 10 YEARS to practice and you can't even control a couple half ounce DICE?). Second, the flip-flopping on the premise that "watchers", most have trouble seeing more than a day ahead and every change they make alters the future they see, yet Cassie's mother could see years ahead and plan for every eventuality seems a bit overdone. And finally, the hit and miss psi power buffet, they covered a lot of "common" psi powers but failed to show other abilities. There were no telepaths (Listeners?) no clairvoyants (Seers?), no teleporters (Jumpers... okay I know, bad joke). I felt that the writers decided they wanted to do "Ocean's 11 with psychic teens" and just tossed anything that didn't fit the plot exactly. Maybe in a few years someone will remake it or turn it into a TV series and do a better job with the story.
I took in this movie and I have to say that while there were some decent laughs here and there, for the most part it was face-palm humor and the "dear lord, thats terrible" sight gags and jokes. The plot was lame, no surprise, this is a "stupid" comedy but it had all the standard knights vs evil wizard plot line with the lesser brother resenting his popular older brother and learning to be a hero along the way (sort of). My biggest complaint wasn't the juvenile humor but the juvenile dialogue. The lines sounded like the script was handed to a half dozen 14 year-old's with instructions to "make it sound cooler" by adding gratuitous profanity, genitalia references and excrement jokes. The whole thing is a mish-mash of toilet humor and Beavis and Butthead grade plot lines. To quote "The Critic" ... "It Stinks!"
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I've played a lot of RPG, action and shooter games and Dead Space left be bored out of my skull. In most games when you play a character who is left alone to fix the problem you have some option, choices to make that will affect the outcome of the game, choices that matter. Not so in Dead Space, in fact your character has zero options and doesn't even speak. In Dead Space you are not a hero, you are mongo, the idiot who gets sent out to all the grunt work. I admit I didn't finish the game, I stumped around for the first four chapters out of twelve, following the dotted line, literally there is a guide device that pulls you by the nose through each step of the missions. Your job is to go through the damaged ship and push a button here, pull a lever there and generally put yourself in the line of fire do do things any chimpanzee could do. You have no skills, you have no choices, you have no free will at all, you may well be playing an automated drone. The graphics are nice and some of the game play is interesting but the monotony of the game is a huge stumbling block for me.
Much like the doomed and also extremely well done Sports Night, Better Off Ted is a hysterical comedy with a top notch cast. The interaction between Ted and his co-stars is fantastic, his nonchalance with Veronica over the fate of innocents, his empathy with Linda, his ability to get past the jargon of Phil and Lem, all classic. The story lines are funny, the fake commercials a riot and the "anti-dilbert" vibe is refreshing. While each character is indeed a caricature of a typical corporate employee, Better Off Ted makes those caricatures come to life in ways not often seen in prime time comedy. I hope this series get renewed for 10 years. I love Better off Ted.
Disappointing is the best description I can give at this time. I am now 6 episodes in and so far there is only one decently written character in the show (Eli). The plot lines are predictable and unexciting, I get the distinct impression that the writers were big fans of Clarke's "Rama" books because they seem to ape them. The characters are for the most part unlikeable and 2 dimensional at best: Dr. Rush is the arrogant scientist (another one?), Col Young is the soldier in over his head and waffles between moping and trying to lead, Lt. Scott is the one competent soldier, Chloe is the teenage girl coming of age, Lt Johansson is the nurse good-body who is there to be eye-candy rather than a medical specialist, Greer is a military meat-head who even when told that doing something will get people killed, does it anyway. Eli is the only one with half a brain, he tends to figure out the solution to a problem about 30 minutes into each episode (while the audience will figure it out within 10 minutes), he's also the only one who tries not to be a complete jerk. I gave it 4 starts for some nice F/X work and a couple of decent actors but overall I think I'm done with the series after 6 episodes of ho-hum storytelling.
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I took my girlfriend to see this and we really enjoyed the film overall. The plot a child with a gift of seeing patterns or possibly precognition or possibly divine intervention was interesting. The complexity of the clue was wonderful, the characters were well written and well acted, the spookiness (if that's a word at all) grew at a good pace throughout the film, the weaving of the events into a whole cloth was great, but then it came crashing down in the last 5 minutes. I don't know what went through Pearson's head as he penned the last chapter but I suspect the song "Come Sail Away" by the Styx was playing on a continuous loop. Here's the spoiler folks, the angelic beings we see throughout the film trying to make contact with the child lead are aliens. Not only are they aliens they are pretty weak aliens. They sent the knowledge of Earth's impending disaster to us 50 years ago through a child. While they had the ability to foresee major disasters on a stellar and local scale, and they had the ability to translate the information into our calendar and GPS systems, they did not seem to know it would have been better to broadcast a signal instead and possibly mention the whole "world will die in 2009" thing so that we might be motivated to do something about it. Instead they play mysterious and using their psychic powers contact some kids, make people think they are nuts and eventually spirit away a few human children and put them in a zoo. OK, maybe it's not a zoo but if it isn't, then you have a few human children dropped on an alien world with little or no survival skills and no elders to teach them anything (Thanks soooo much Mr alien, now we can all die from a thousand different problems or go feral). I was going to give the film a 8 or 9 until that part. I have hopes that a DVD release will include an alternate, non-twilight zone ending that makes sense but I'm not holding my breath...
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