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Love this series, and was really looking forward to the stuff on the
strike and the home run chase/steroid era. One glaring omission,
though, was during the long segment on 9/11 why didn't they show the
President throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium at the World
Series? It would've fit perfectly with that segment. Just makes Ken
Burns look petty, and it was a huge thing at the time, even for people
who didn't vote for him. (There's another baseball documentary where
they interview players and journalists who talk about the importance of
that moment). It was also impressive that he threw a strike from the
mound while wearing a bulletproof vest.
Would also like to add that Keith David is an excellent narrator. I could listen to him talk all day.
I have seen a few of these gamer movies popping up from time to time
over the last few years. The Gamers and its sequel Gamers 2: Dorkness
Rising set the bar pretty high, however.
I came across THACO on YouTube. I laughed several times. Great gamer in-jokes. It's not as coherent as the Gamers movies (particularly the 2nd one) but I still enjoyed it. Thankfully it didn't run on for too long and was actually edited fairly tightly.
I recognized several of my own friends' quirks in the characters and the gags about the game mechanics and different versions were good. A bit on the esoteric side for some, but funny for the intended audience.
I was looking forward to Dante's contribution to this excellent horror anthology series from Showtime, but this was easily the worst of the bunch. It's really too bad. Part of this may be due to the poor, if odd, choice of source materials. Why Joe didn't just write an original, I have no idea. Instead, we get this soapbox episode where the "message" overwhelms the script, the characters, the staging, everything, and by the end I was just wondering whether it could get any worse, and I won't spoil it...but it ended up getting worse. What a stinker by such a talented creative team. Skip this one and buy the John Carpenter one instead. It manages to balance all of the elements: horror, humor, character, vision, and it's fun. Homecoming is about as fun as having a bear take a dump on you while you sleep.
It's annoying that programs of this quality are axed (I axed Showtime
after this and Beggars and Choosers were canceled). Tim Reid, most
famous for being Venus Flytrap on WKRP has turned into a complex and
nuanced writer/producer, and Linc's was a joy to watch in terms of
character and dialogue every week. Most remarkable about Linc's, was
that it managed to create a political dialogue that's almost unheard of
in modern TV programming. There were no off-hand cheap-shot remarks,
the kind of immature political one-liners that show up on Six Feet
Under or Law & Order. The characters came first, and their political
beliefs flowed from their characters, and all sides of various issues
were discussed with care and complexity.
Three cheers for an excellent program, I wish it had gone on for much longer.
I think the naming of this series of videos is a misnomer...a certain
kind of parent is made to think that these videos will make their kids
smarter or something. I have a 1yr old and a 3yr old who both enjoy
watching them, but I don't expect it to make them smarter. That said,
they know when certain sequences are coming up and start repeating them
before they appear, (both of the kids do this). The DVD also includes
the "language lab" where there are flashcards in more than a dozen
languages. These *are* educational and also work well. (also good for
drilling kids in Spanish or German or whatever).
The video production is on the cheap, for sure...and the DVD mastering is poorly done, in that there are no chapters, the menus have "Dead ends" in them--but they're still good for pre-school children. Don't expect this to make your kids smarter, that's just part of their obviously effective marketing campaign, but on the other hand, the kids *can* enjoy these videos and *can* learn something from the language lab.
This cheapo show, with its stock crowd footage (to compete with the
Wiggles, who actually draw crows?), hyper songs, fast-cutting, frenetic
pace, all it does is make the kids crazy. The songs are
incomprehensibly awful. The costumes are awful, and there is almost no
educational value to it at all.
What was Disney thinking? The biggest stinker they've ever had on Playhouse Disney by far, as mindless as Barney or Teletubbies. For adults, just about any other show can be tolerated, if not outright enjoyed. The Wiggles et.al. have some cheese in them, but at least they make some attempts to be educational and maintain some standard of production values and professionalism.
Doodlebops looks like it was thrown together with a video camera and a tape of stock footage. The messages are anything BUT educational, and the songs are just plain bad.
Hopefully this stinker doesn't last long.
VG Means VIDEO GAME! this has nothing to do with the sci-fi miniseries
and now series that is airing in the UK and will air here in January
Now if you've actually seen this video game, then you'll know that it includes all of the original case, plus they managed to get their hands on Kristina Loken and some other names to be the other voices. I'm glad people pay attention.
VG Means video game in an IMDb entry. The mini series is under something different.
If you have any sort of appreciation for character and dialogue, and any
sense of American cultural history, you will find a lot of very absorbing
material in this film. It probably was originally a play, and that's why
it's dialogue heavy, but I can't stress enough how these icons that we
have a shallow understand of are made into truly complex and wonderful
This film is better than any college course for telling you how to create a character-driven story.
Not sure what was sticking out of the craw of most of the reviewers of LXG. It wasn't nearly as bad as they made out to be. There were certainly some pacing and editing problems in the second act, but for the most part, it lived up to most of the hype. I was certainly entertained, which is more than I can say for a lot of the films I've seen recently. The literary one-liners were fun, and the plot twists were unpredictable, which was nice for a change. A lot of the reviewers complained about the car chase and about Peta Wilson's acting, the latter seems nuts, haven't any of these people actually read Dracula? She pretty much stuck to how I imagined her character to be. Most of the rest of the characters were the same. Another major complaint was American secret service agent Tom Sawyer, which definitely was a bit of a dorky addition to the cast, but on the other hand, it could've been a lot worse. (a spunky annie oakley who falls for quartermain, for example, played by Mandy Moore).
Anyway, don't let the reviews turn you away, it's fun for both the hollywood action film fans and those with a more literary state of mind.
I've heard this called a "comedy" or a "college buddy" movie, and maybe there's elements of both, but at the same time, Fandango is full of wistfulness and emptiness, and genuine moments that rarely appear in hollywood flicks.
The last part of the movie, where Costner's character bluffs an entire city into staging a wedding for his ex girlfriend and her fiance is worth the price of admission.
Magical is all I can say. Best acting Costner's ever done, in my opinion.
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