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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Great movie thanks to Mark Wahlberg, 3 April 2015

Mark Wahlberg saved this movie.

He's solely responsible for making this a must see movie.

He brings to it what Shia never could. Great acting and maturity.

Playing the doting father was a stroke of genius.

He's like every father afraid for his daughters well being.

I never laughed so hard in my life watching this.

Plus the story was playful without all the angst off the previous films.

A fun movie with great special effects.

Looking forward to the next installment and what they come up with.

Michael Bay outdid himself.

6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Really pathetic movie to repair Paulson's image, 30 June 2014

Hank Paulson, who was named as one of the top 25 people who plunged the world into an "Economic Meltdown" in 2008 by Time magazine, gets a face-lift in this movie produced by his buddy, Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg Businessweek. Not only have other documentaries shown he was the catalyst that drove the recession in 2008 onward, it was his idea to bail out the banks that proved to be the worst, possible decision ever made. Now that Paulson, Bloomberg, and Thomas Steyer are all on the same page with their global-warming mambo-jumbo, the first thing that needed to be done was repair Paulson's terrible public image by making this movie. For a more accurate view, watch Inside Job or Too Big to Fail for a more critical, truthful portrayal of this windbag. This movie is nothing more than nanny Bloomberg's shallow attempt at giving Paulson a public do-over.

It's also no secret that when he became treasury Secretary, he sold nearly $500 million in Goldman Sachs stock without paying a single penny in capital gains taxes (or any taxes for that matter). In July 2006, "Henry Paulson liquidated 3.23 million shares of Goldman, roughly 1% of the entire company, in a one-time public sale." That left Paulson with a tax-free gain of $491 million. Read that again: $491 million free and clear. Without this loophole, Paulson would have been liable for more than "$200 million worth of state and Federal capital gains taxes." Why? In 1989, the government created a "one-time loophole that gives the political candidate the ability to liquidate his or her entire portfolio without paying a dime in capital gains taxes." The loophole only applies to the President, Vice President and cabinet Secretaries. Congress does not qualify. The rich DO get richer, as did Paulson, who is now parlaying his fame (infamy?) by teaming up with nanny Bloomberg Productions and scare-tactics Steyer, the phony triptych of the modern world.

2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Great Show, Great Writing, Too Many Commercials!, 9 March 2013

This is another one of those David E. Kelley's shows (Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, and the death-by-a-thousand-network cuts Harry's Law) that features great casting, plotting, and above else, wonderful writing.

It has just enough gallows humor so it's not over the top, and while some compare it to Gray's Anatomy, this is definitely not soap-opera fare. This is like a cross between Chicago Hope and Boston Legal.

And with Kelley's pension for inserting legal drama into all his shows (he was, after all, an attorney), it didn't take long before a recurring "shark" started popping up on the show suing different doctors (Anthony Heald). Sadly, using Heald repeatedly to sue different doctors beggars belief. If anything, they should have made Heald a hospital lawyer as a regular as he is too good an actor not to utilize.

I'm not particularly fond of the title (though I get it), and even though it's based on the titular book, I think they could have come up with a more catchy title to lure in more viewers.

Other than that, I think anyone who hasn't had a chance to watch it should give it a chance. It's also nice to see Jamie Bamber again (on U.S. TV) after his long-term stint on Battlestar Galactica and some short-term series.

My hope is that one day Kelley will write a show for Showtime or HBO where his talents can really be unleashed. Even on TNT, you can tell that he's holding back in what people can say or do (thanks to onerous FCC regulations). Just look at the Netflix-only series House of Cards to see what I mean.

Note to TNT: Too Many Commercials!!! I have to use my DVR for this show because the commercials are endless. I think the show is actually 35 minutes long sans the commercials. Just when they start getting into a few good scenes, they cut to commercial.

Redwoods (2009)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Why they named it Redwoods, 19 December 2012

The dialogue is wooden, the ligneous plot is all bark and no bite, the sylvan setting only highlights the hopelessly timbered characters, and the beams of a promising story can't penetrate the dead growth that riddles the entire movie. Like the giant Redwood in a copse of trees, it stands out as quite possibly the worst film of its genre, or any genre, I've seen in very long time.

If you do watch it, do so with people who have a sense of humor, and you have to take a shot of your favorite liquor every time there is an unneeded pause in dialogue longer than two seconds or a character says "um."

0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Frakkin' Great, 1 August 2012

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Whilst others have noted that Falling Skies isn't "breaking" new ground with its premise and some of the plot holes you can drive a truck through (they decimated the human population with neutron bombs but for some reason no one has radiation poisoning, food & water aren't contaminated, and so on), it's still a fun mid-summer show to watch.

There are actual puzzles in which you are looking forward to the answers, and a few subplots that are intriguing, all-the-while not confusing the viewer with mystery upon mystery.

The writing is very good, and the special effects are what you'd expect from an exec producer like Steven Spielberg. It's also fun to watch the introduction of new "alien" creatures, though the "master" aliens looks remarkably like the ones in Close Encounters. They also resonate pure hatred in the way they look at other humans.

The Skitters are creepy but not scary, almost sympathetic. And the Mechs are like the Daleks on steroids.

I'm looking forward to finding out: a. why are they still on the planet after wiping out most of humankind? b. is there an actual "working government" somewhere? c. do the harnesses eventually convert you into some other type of creature?

Prometheus (2012/I)
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Great movie that leaves you guessing, 20 June 2012

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While the movie wipes out the notion that we descended from apes, it does something I've seen in a few Outer Limits episodes: that other aliens seeded our planet with human DNA so that we would eventually reach out to the stars.

As I thought about the movie more, I realized that they were planning an invasion of Earth about 2,000 years ago. According to interviews with one of the writers, this may leave one to believe that Jesus was an Engineer, came to see our progress, and we crucified him. This writer said this was not out of the realm of possibilities. It also makes a lot of sense based on other comments the characters make throughout.

The star map in the alien ship's pilot room and hyper-sleep chamber showed thousands of worlds in hundreds of galaxies that had been seeded by the Engineers. If you're a patient race, what an ingenious way to grow and enslave another planet for your own purposes. And if they don't turn out to be formidable as the engineers are, start over again.

As for the planet being LV-223, and not LV-426 as in the original Alien movie, others have theorized the alien at the very end of this movie stowed away on the Elizabeth's ship and they crash-landed on LV-426 looking for the Engineer's creator. Or that Weyland industries, knowing what the Nostromos would have this trillion dollar expedition in it's ship's database, so it changed the planet's demarcation. Also remember, LV-426 had a toxic atmosphere, was freezing cold, and had a much different terrain.

The goop in the canisters was basically bio-chemical warfare the Engineers used to seed planets (or start over). It left a lot of questions for the viewer, which I generally like.

Definitely see it in IMAX 3D. That was the most awesome part of the film. The effects, visual and otherwise, were absolutely stunning. And it moved along at a clip that will leave your heart beating. Enjoy! I would certainly recommend anyone seeing this.

"Dallas" (2012)
6 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
What a mess, 16 June 2012

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What a huge disappointment to start watching this and become utterly bored from the get-go. Not only are the characters one-dimensional, but they are knock-offs of other characters we've seen in much better shows.

The whole "alternative" energy story line could've been ripped from the Wikipedia page on methane hydrate (clathrate). Except Dallas' writer makes a mess of the whole premise, and then makes it worse by using statistics on methane's global warming potential by using them in the wrong context (and also using the now-discredited IPCC's faulty models). That whole scenario raised the hackles on my neck because I'm sick to death of writers getting it all wrong or trying to sum it up in a sound-byte.

The line about the "drilling" for MH causing an earthquake is another fiction propagated by another now-discredited story that was on the news (frakking causes earthquakes!). I appreciate good shows with good information and reliable data. This has neither.

They'd have had better luck in suspension of disbelief if they wanted to turn Southfork into a giant wind farm or solar panel array. And contrary to what Christopher did on the show, you can't "light" a piece of frozen MH pulled out of a cooler on fire with a match. It needs to be melting or heated up first to allow the gas time to escape. It's like trying to ignite liquid propane/methane. Ain't gonna happen. Has to be a gas first.

All in all the whole story, plot, backstabbing, and petty bickering were un-witty and wholly unsatisfying. Reruns of Dynasty are better than this.

7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
One of the Best Shows this Fall (2011), 6 October 2011

Having received a major facelift from last season (which was a 12-episode mid-season replacement), with better exterior sets, a new, modernized office, less emphasis on the "shoe store," and the addition of lawyer Tommy Jefferson as a regular cast member, Harry's Law has come a long way after it's summer hiatus.

The show is a combination of the gravitas you found with The Practice and the silliness of Boston Legal, and it should move ever so quickly toward being more like The Practice and tackle tough cases as it did in the three-episode story arc that kicked off season two.

Anyone familiar with David E. Kelley's other shows (like the two mentioned above) and his writing style, Harry's Law won't be that much of a departure from his previous efforts. He created and wrote most of the episodes for Picket Fences, Boston Public, and a few others that lasted 4+ years. I'm hoping Harry's Law's ratings give it a chance to continue a good 5-year run (at least) if the writing/plots remain top-notch.

Character casting this second season has been superb, with Jean Smart and Alfred Molina guest starring in the first three episodes. Having just left as a regular cast member of L&O: Los Angeles as it was prematurely canceled and was doing great as far as ratings were concerned, even the repeats, it was good to see Molina again in a character-driven role.

Kelley's writing is top-notch as usual, with only the occasional stumble, though I think that has more to do with editing the show down to 40 minutes as Kelley is a proficient writer who's characters can have five-minute polemics at a stretch. Maybe one day they'll release uncut versions of Harry's Law before the network editors took an ax to them.

I gave it 8 stars because I really can't stand the music as it reminds me too much of Boston Legal and '70's porn. :) I also knocked off another star because Tommy Jefferson is basically a clone of Denny Crane (William Shatner) of Boston Legal. He even introduces himself and says his name repeatedly just like Denny Crane used to do (and which grew tiresome after a few episodes) on the aforementioned show.

I hope the writing continues to be great, and that we get to see Harry spend more time in the courtroom where Kathy Bates is at her best (as is Kelley's writing). And if Jean Smart comes back, that would be icing on the cake as her character was pure evil cloaked in a genteel southern accent.

I also hope they get rid of the B-roll shots of Cincinnati after every commercial break. They are a waste of time and most shows don't use them and just jump back into the episode. This gives the viewer more actual story time and dialog.

"Bones" (2005)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Interesting but formulaic, 27 June 2011

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As someone who appreciates any show that relies on intelligent dialog, factual information, and intriguing characters, Bones has all of the above.

I was hoping this past season they'd retire the rotating intern's theme and just pick one, so perhaps next fall they will. Hopefully not like they did on House.

Because you can watch repeats on TNT almost every night of the week for hours at a time, I've seen each episode multiple times and have come to a surprising conclusion: the guilty party is, 99.9% of the time, a minor character introduced in the first 10 minutes of the show. By the time the guilty party is revealed in the last 10 minutes you've completely forgotten about that minor character as Booth and Bones have been busy interrogating all the 'wrong' people for 50 minutes.

That is my only real complaint with the show. Unlike Law & Order (in all its myriad iterations), you usually get a lot of false arrests but rarely is the guilty party a minor character in the first 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I'm amazed how L&O keeps the story straight as it leads to the eventual person.

When I watch new episodes of Bones I can usually pick out the guilty party just by the lack of attention they give to some person in the first 10 minutes of the show. It's too bad it's so formulaic so hopefully in Fall 2011 they'll shake things up and actually try a different way of exposing the 'perp.' I'm also looking forward to the Brennan pregnancy plot with Booth (which I hope doesn't end in her having a miscarriage or the two of them getting into a fight over a woman's right to choose). Booth + Catholic + Brennan + atheism = here we go again.

It'd be great to see the two of them finally get married in secret so they can continue to work on cases together, but I doubt that will happen. I don't see Brennan getting an abortion as they really don't actually do that kind of stuff on TV and it would alienate too many viewers. I also can't see her doing what she does while caring for a child (isn't that another character's story arc now?). But who knows as the writers are pretty clever.

I also enjoy the thematic seasons like the gravedigger or the Gorgomon plot-lines. I'm still not sure why they got rid of Zack, but he used to make me laugh out loud by his naivety. Maybe he'll get cured and they can bring him back since he didn't actually "kill" anyone as everyone thinks and become Brennan's 'manny.' :)

10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
New Re-Tooled L&O: LA Regains lost Stature, 1 May 2011

Having suffered through the first half of the first season of L&O: LA, and now watching the re-imagined second half of the same season, I'm pleasantly surprised they actually pulled it off. That is, it's becoming more like the original L&O and not some sunny disposition on life in LaLa land and rampant medical marijuana.

They are also scouting out and actually using more locations as they did in N.Y. so you don't feel confined to the same old places or inside a studio's back lot. In the last episode, I counted about 15 non-studio locations which really upped the ante as far as quality of story and realism of plot.

I also noticed they brought in some veteran screenwriters from the recently canceled L&O and are starting to "rip from the headlines" more. Not to mention adding the beautiful Alana De La Garza to the ADA's office (they never did explain her transplantation to L.A. but that's par for the course with this franchise). We just need the extraordinary writer Rene Balcer to pen a few scripts and we're halfway home.

As for Alana, they desperately need to give her more lines. She's not just a pretty face but a very good actress. She was always one to get up in someone's face or talk back to some pushy witness or suspect (or cop!).

A guest visit from Linus Roache or Lupo or Anderson or Epatha would be gimmicky but a lot of fun. Who cares? It's T.V. Does anyone really believe a murder trial starts and ends in less than a month? Real murder cases take years. But on T.V. you have to speed things up or you end up with a show like Murder One or viewers changing the channel. Too bad they can't find an L&O franchise for Lupo.

The East Pasadena episode is a perfect example of "headline ripping" that actually happened to one Calif. principality, then utilizing another incident that actually happened in Florida where a man went to a city council meeting waving a gun and finally shot himself, and then tying it all together with a murder mystery.

I'm especially glad to see Mr. Ulrich gone (shot! killed! never to return!) and Molina taking his place. Whilst Ulrich is an O.K. actor, half the time his eyes were bloodshot and he looked very tired and fatigued. I don't think the pace of T.V. sits well with his move schedule metabolism.

Molina is a veteran actor and it shows. He is literally the anchor for the show now. Let's hope he doesn't depart prematurely. And they need a prominent out gay character other than a shrink like on SVU.

And Corey Stoll looks so much better without the 'stache it's amazing. He'll be one of People magazine's hottest men of the year in no time (barring the show's cancellation). Having played second fiddle in so many shows, it's about time he was recognized for his talent.

Rachel Ticotin, who still looks great since Total Recall, makes a tough but charming Lieutenant. Still haven't figured out the role of the DA played ephemerally by Peter Coyote. He's simply not memorable and not sure what his function is other than to bark at his subordinates.

With all the above being said, I'm very excited about the rest of the season and hope it continues to deliver above-excellent scripts and performances to make up for the horrible first half of the year. Worst…Episodes…Ever… I doubt L&O: LA will have the staying power of the original L&O, and NBC (now owned by Kabletown), is infamous for putting garbage on T.V. or doubling-up on what they consider a good thing (read: the Today show went from 2 hours to 4 to 5 to ?). Maybe Katie Couric can do the sixth and seventh hours! I'd like to see more episodes about the intricacies of Calif. law and business practices as they've done in a few episodes and on the original L&O. I always thought New York was a nanny state but Calif. makes N.Y. look like their babysitter's dead (don't tell Mom or Bloomberg!). I can now understand why so many businesses are fleeing CA for points East, and why people are moving to other states where the cost of living isn't so crippling.

So if you gave up on the show, give it another shot. I don't believe you'll be disappointed and like me will look forward to next week's episode. Who knows, maybe they'll shoot a couple of episodes during California's rainy season for a change of outdoor atmosphere. Flooding, rampage, riots, and of course, a floater.

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