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Parks and Recreation (2009)
NBC Has Gone Green
At least that would explain the repackaging of discarded The Office scripts into a show with virtually the same format, with a female Michael.
This was such a very disappointing show. I absolutely LOVE Amy Pohler, and I like Greg Daniels, and was hoping for much more from the pairing of these two for Parks and Recreation, but the pilot episode was so weak. Situated between The Office and 30 Rock, would be setting up virtually any show for success and having these people involved with the show, should have been a home-run. Had they applied any effort, instead of taking the lazy, rehash way out.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
If you want to see a movie that leaves you with the feeling that you've just set through an hour and 40 minutes of every horror suspense movie cliché EVER, then this is the movie for you. This movies uses every common horror movie device ever conceived. Nothing unique, or original about this movie. Just a retreading of a story that we almost all seen before, in incarnation or another.
This movie is a fine example of how even a really good cast can't save a badly written, poorly directed movie. Some points were almost painful to watch, as good actors try to salvage a huge, heaping pile of crap.
Do yourself a favor and rent Amityville Horror instead instead of paying for this.
Life in the Backseat
This was one of the best coming of middle age style stories I've ever seen translated into a film. Wonderful job to both the writer and director on truly capturing the anxiety, the indecision, the confusion and the loneliness of middle age restlessness. A very touching, very real, very relatable story of two good buddies just trying to break away and find direction for their lives in the process. Very good overall. The characters were engaging, the story was real, and the situations were something anyone in that age group can and should be able to relate to. The desire to find that one "thing" in your life to give it meaning was really told in a very touching manner, that give a real and sympathetic view to the choices we all make life that are made out of necessity at times, and not because we really agree with them.
Sicko Should Be A Wake Up Call...
Not to the health-care industry, or drug companies, but to every American that's ever been sick, or had seriously sick loved one.
Insurance companies in this country have gotten out of control, and we have our corrupt, bought with a hand-shake loaded with a check politicians, and the lowest rung on the human ladder of life, even below lawyers, lobbyists.
More importantly, the film drives home the very important point that apathy in America is no longer an option, or it will be the end of our society as we know it. Voting does count, and it does matter. It is the biggest indicator to elected officials that we are paying attention, and demand accountability. Accountability on IMPORTANT issues that effect us all, not just the special interest groups.
Please, not matter what your politics are, go see this movie.
Big Day (2006)
Day... Week... Whatever!
This show was much better when it was on the BBC and titled The Worst Week of My Life.
Stephanie Weir and Wendy Malick should certainly be credited with being the only saving grace this show, but esp in Stephanie's case, being the funniest part of the show.
The show certainly has the ingredients of a hit with a great cast. While the Americanized version of another British sitcom, The Office, translated well, that has largely been because past the pilot, they have pretty much made the show their own, and not relied solely on the British show's format. This show needs to do the same thing.
The Worst Week of My Life was a great BBC series. Big Day should grow up, and have it's big day and start walking on it's own.
Mail Order Wife (2004)
offered a very fine performance in this movie. He played a very convincing scum-bag. Had someone seeing this movie never seen him before, you would almost believe that he WAS the Adrian Martin character he portrayed, even that he WAS doorman. If you were to look at this performance apart from the other sometimes smaller, and sometimes more forgettable roles that he has also played, you can see elements of an actor that really absorbs a role, as opposed to just offering up a performance. Hopefully his talent will be recognized, and we'll get to see much, much more of him. Overall, the movie was OK, and a tiny bit believable as a documentary. However, the performance of Eugenia Yuan and Adrian Martinez, this film would never have had the endearing qualities that made it entertaining.
Reno 911! (2003)
This show has the look and feel of Cops! The comedians that carry off the show, do it so dead panned, you actually can think for a half of a second that they ARE serious. This is a great show, with a wonderful premise. Check it out, you will laugh.
Office Space (1999)
A comedy that anyone whose ever worked for living can appreciate
This was not a blockbuster film. It was however, one those movies that you can watch over and over again. It's so easy for one to relate to the band of misfits that make up the characters of this movie. It's a great, light-hearted romp of what can happen when you try to "stick it to the man". The scene with Mike Judge and Jennifer Aniston talking about "flair" was worth the price of admission alone. All in all, a very funny movie.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
A heart-warming film
This movie has all the elements of a great motion picture. One of the best written stories ever. Of all the times I have seen this movie in a theater, I've never been able to watch the scene where E.T. and Elliot are saying good-bye without tearing up.
Damn the critics!!!
Well anyone that sees the movie will clearly understand that anyone having negative comments about this movie clearly just want to see Lucas stumble. Once you see it, even if you have never seen any other Star Wars movie, you see what true film making really is. It was really very good, fantastic I would say. Pay no attention to what these so called "professional" critics may say. If you see the movie, it will speak for itself. And it speaks VOLUMES!