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I live in Northern Michigan; and I have friends who have lived in Battle Creek. It would have been nice if they had bothered to film this show here. They have a few establishing shots of the area; and that's it. They didn't even bother to do it in say the Chicago or Detroit area. It's filmed in Manhattan Beach, California. Hollywood's not even trying any more. They believe most of the audience in half in a coma. The unspoken goal here seems to be to make small towns; especially small towns in the mid-west look bad. I don't know much about the Battle Creek Police Department. But I doubt if it's as broken down and amateurish as this show hopes the audience with believe. Battle Creek is a college town and is the home Kellogg's. So far not a word has been said about any of that. Kellogg's probably didn't want to sponsor them so they've been factored out. If you enjoy seeing big brother (the FBI, the Federal Government) made to look like supermen; this the show for you. The FBI agent is handsome and suave; and the Battle Creek P.D. guy is a primitive. I'm not happy with this one. I was looking forward to a show that focused on some other part of Michigan than the destroyed Detroit. This is NOT it.
This show caught me off guard. I recorded it just in case. i almost deleted it in the first couple minutes; but i let it go. And I'm very happy I did. I'm and old critical care and than ER RN; and I never liked working with kids. Mostly because of the parents. I was leery of it because I thought they were going to turn it into just a sob fest. But I was pleasantly surprised. It has an interesting way of telling the story; namely using the voice of a young boy in a coma who shares a room with another pt.. The medical story line not very well done; but hopefully they'll get better at that. For the most part it remains fun. It's just hard for me to watch them have a surgeon pushing a patients cart that's taking him to surgery. This never happens. I'm a big fan of Octavia Spencer but they have her giving orders for things that a doctors orders are necessary for. And she even runs a code that no doctor even showed up for. But these are relatively minor; the facts are this is a well written and acted show. I'll be watching more.
This is an interesting film. The makers couldn't have realized how appropriate it would still be 70 years after it was first released. The only difference is that these days they aren't so subtle about it. But I was struck by the scenes showing people pouring high school year books and other records to help with their smear campaign. In those days it was far more difficult to chase down those kinds of facts; it was impossible not think about how easy it is to gather information on large groups of people all at once. Not just the one at time that any one person could do back then; now they do thousands in the same amount of time. Actually those fact checkers would be thrilled with their job these days. In our time; people post their own embarrassing pictures and stories themselves for anyone to see. So the "Whispers" are still around and doing better than ever. I enjoyed this short; I'm guessing most will.
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Who writes this kind of film. What kind of mind spawns this kind of rubbish. Anyone who rates this film above two stars hasn't matured beyond their tweens. Why adults would want to see this kind of disgusting story is something that should be looked into by a psychiatric program at a university. The film is set on a solar powered train that runs in long, long loop that runs around the world. The people on the train are the last survivors of the an environmental disaster that throws the world into a deep freeze. So much for global warming. The train runs like the soviet union were everyone is equally miserable, except for the pampered few near the front of the train. If you enjoy cannibalism, and murder; watching people eat feces and infants than this movie is for you. And please make an appointment to have your head examined if you actually can sit through this mess. I couldn't.
This western was enjoyable to watch and well acted by a cast of good actors. There's a good story line that doesn't just exist as a frame work for a lot of gun fights. The story is fairly well written. The problems start with the setting. This is supposed to be set in 1849 California. Westerns have always has problems with authenticity; but this one is way off the mark. It becomes distracting at times; and takes away from an otherwise good story, and good acting. The environment of the story is almost completely wrong. 1849 California was fairly primitive with many hardships. The town in this story looks like something out of a western set in 1870's Kansas. The wardrobe is wrong for the time. The inside of buildings are wrong for 1849 California. The fire arms are way off; and many other things. But with all that being said; I'd still have to recommend seeing this film It has a certain charm. Henry Morgan and Virginia Grey turn in their usual good performances. Bill Elliott is a little stiff; but is the kind of star that made westerns of this era fun. So inspire of the problems i outlined I still enjoyed this film. I would have given it a lower ranking if it hadn't been for Harry Morgan and Virginia Grey; they were great.
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I've noticed that a lot of the captains of these crab boats are very bad at dealing with people. We know all about the powers of the captain of a ship. A lot of these guys a power mad. Some how guys with personality disorders like the captain of the Wizard managed to rise to a position of authority. Captain Keith Colburn has attacked cameramen, had what looked like psychotic rants, abused crewmen, and fostered an atmosphere that encourages the rest of crew to act in the same abusive psychotic ways. This episode isn't the only time he's shown so graphically how miserable a human being, he really is. His crew harasses new guys until they lash out to defend them selves. Most of us have been the low man on the totem pool at a job, and been hazed. What goes on; on the Wizard is despicable. Many of captains on this show don't seem to know how to use the power they have appropriately. What's really hard to believe is that these people (all of them, not just this crew) watch these episodes and don't see anything wrong with how they act. I'm guessing the producers are enabling this kind of behavior to milk another season out of this show. I've been watching this show since the beginning and while it was a great and exciting show to begin with it's degraded into a show that demonstrates bullying, work place violence, and several kinds of mental disorders. I can't see this show lasting another season. Anyone who enjoys the kinds of behavior of the crew of the Wizard; probably watches wrestling and cage fighting. I'm sorry Thom Beers has let it come to this.
I guess real men aren't supposed to like a show like this. It's a rom-com to the max; but it's so well written and casted it draws you in. Besides I'm a real man and I like it. There's not just one or two really good characters; there's at least six of the regulars that so much fun, you can't imagine the show cast with anyone else. You really come to like these people, care for them, worry about them. I found the show in re-runs and thank goodness they're running all the episodes one after the other; I'm more then two thirds of the way thru, and I'm sorry to see it coming to and end. It's hard to rate these episodes they're all quite good; the lowest I've down rated one to a 7. Most are 8's and 9's with several 10's. Excellent show.
I guess real men aren't supposed to like a show like this. It's a rom-com to the max; but it's so well written and casted it draws you in. Besides I'm a real man and I like it. There's not just one or two really good characters; there's at least six of the regulars that so much fun, you can't imagine the show cast with anyone else. You really come to like these people, care for them, worry about them. I found the show in re-runs and thank goodness they're running all the episodes one after the other; I'm more then two thirds of the way thru, and I'm sorry to see it coming to and end. It's hard to rate these episodes they're all quite good; the lowest I've down rated one was to a 7. Most are 8's and 9's with several 10's like this one. This was a great episode about Dharma finding out about a sacrifice her father made for her; or did he? And we get to see a talent that Alan Rachins, who plays Larry Finkelstein (Dharma's father) has. And he's really quite good at it. I usually don't like episodes of shows written so an actor can show off their other talents (whether they have them or not; and whether we want to experience it or not). This was such well written episode; and Alan Rachins talent stands on it's own. Give this episode a tumble, you won't be sorry; but watch the whole show and see how people should treat each other.
We've known all these characters for a few years now; but what have they done to them with this season? This episode was heavy on what seemed like character introductions; I guess they felt we needed it with what they've done to them. While they look the same they're all over wrought with psychological problems. If I lived in Los Angeles I would have to think twice before dialing 911. It looks like they get assistance from the real LA police department; but with the looks of the start of this season, I'm surprised their willing to help. Here's hoping that the only way this can go is up; especially since this is the last season of the show.
I'm surprised this wasn't a made for TV film! It has the look of a TV production, it was most likely video taped. The writing and direction is not up to movie standards. While they do have some veteran actors; they performances were tainted by poor writing. The writer decided that rather then rely on well written story with just a few of the points he wanted to make; he decided to throw every racism cliché into this one. And while the story is just plain silly; the poor direction leads to some pretty poor performances. I'm sure many of the actors in this film don't list this as one they are proud of. We all know that there are abuses by law enforcement; but this writer/director is beating us over the head with this script. If your looking for a well written, well acted story that make you feel like you got your monies worth; avoid this film like the plague. Written at about a 4th grade level.
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