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The Big Bang Theory (2007)
A laugh track on a broken record player
Recently I attempted to watch an episode of this show, however I honestly couldn't even get to the ten minute mark. It was the most contrived and uninteresting thing I have ever attempted to endure. Every single line, no matter how mundane and innocuous, was greeted with a pause in acting so they could fill in the clearly recorded canned laugh track.
It was really quite painful.
'Hello'... pause... (laugh track) 'What are you doing?'... pause... (laugh track) 'I'm looking in the fridge'... pause... (laugh track)
And so on and so on, until you just want to kill yourself.
Despite all the spoon fed laugh track cues there are literally no real laughs to be had anywhere. Normally with a show this banal one can usually elicit a laugh by laughing AT the people who like it, however, in all honesty, I just feel bad for them. And it's not even pity, I feel embarrassed for them
The Animal (2001)
It's a slapstick comedy (for those who missed it). Enjoy it on it's own merits
I'm not really sure why so many people seem to have a collective downer on this movie. It's a comedy for crying out loud. Are they really expecting Oscar winning acting, or expecting people to walk away shaking their heads in amazement? I personally believe the people that dislike this are people with superiority complexes whom don't know their ass from their elbow. How hard is it to sit down with a beer and relax, take something on it's own merits rather than make a conscious effort to try and feel intellectually superior to it. And whilst I agree I didn't love it, I still liked and respected it for it's own value.
The Nugget (2002)
What a waste
This movie starts out OK, there are a few funny one liners and some likable 'average guy' characters. However, it grows stale from there. the bit players are extremely underdeveloped and underutilized. There are also pointless unnecessary characters given pointless unnecessary screen time for no discernible reason or addition to the story. As for the storyline, halfway through it starts to go off the rails with unfunny overworked cliché's, and then as if that isn't bad enough, it gradually gets worse before ending itself on such an unbelievable, farcical and ridiculous note that you half expect aliens to land somewhere (it would be more believable than what actually happens). This movie could of been great if it wasn't so badly handled. Such a shame considering it started out OK.
Without a Clue (1988)
Funniest movie - EVER!!
These days, most people's favourite shows will get dulled to their senses thanks to easily accessible videos and DVD's. But I must have seen this movie over 400 times (literally), can quote it verbatim, and yet it is still as hilarious today as it was when I first watched it over twenty years ago.
The acting is sublime from all, especially Sirs Caine and Kingsley. They can both turn the simplest, overworked gags into total hilarity with such underlined subtleness you can't help but laugh. A mere raised eyebrow can have you rolling on the floor in an unsuppressed giggle-fest.
I can honestly say I will never tire of this movie. The stellar performances from all involved means it will always stay fresh no matter how many times it gets viewed.
If you don't find this movie funny, I'd advise you to check your pulse.
Don't Forget Your Toothbrush (1995)
Hate is not a strong enough word
I gave this show a one out of ten purely because giving it a zero wasn't an allowable option. It was, still is, and always will be, pure drivel. This show's utter contempt for the word 'entertainment' makes me feel duty bound to record how bad it was so that future generations can learn from this mistake. Its only accolade is it was too horrible to bother feeling ashamed about. And what was with the bimbo host? Isn't it customary for the female host of a television show to at least be either attractive or talented? My only real relief is my knowledge that it will never ever be coming back to darken anyone's television ever again.
Never have I been more ashamed of being Australian than when I look at this utter, utter garbage they allowed on television.
Do you realize that foreign business men, women and diplomats who came to Australia and turned on the television at night in their hotel rooms between business meetings were confronted with such rubbish? Does it not embarrass the rest of us as a nation that this is the dribble we have to offer on a professional level? I mean, this is not cable TV is it. It boggles the mind that is the sort of standard that Australian television sunk to. No wonder it only lasted one season.
We may not pay or budget as much as American television, but surely we could of come up with something better than this??
The only purpose this nonsense served was to validate the stereotype that Australians are mindless beer swilling idiots. No matter how far Australians go as a nation, we can always look back on this and hang our collective heads in shame.
May God himself have mercy upon us.
The Odd Angry Shot (1979)
Enlightening to say the least
After reading some comments on this movie, I can't help but notice there seems to be some confusion between what is a movie and what is a documentary.
There are a number of technical flaws in this, but they are all fine with me. I like it just the way it is. There is no glorification, there is no immortal hero soldier on the 'goodies' side, there is no censorious look down the nose at war and the people in it. Instead there is a portrayal of volunteer career soldiers dealing with things in a real way. It doesn't deal with the 'nasho' (national service) civilian soldier, put into combat because his conscription number came up. It deals with real soldiers and attempts to portray them as such. This aspect impresses me most as the movie gives some working insight into minds of soldiers. And besides some small character building, there are no obvious transparent attempts to tug at the heartstrings. I'm being taken along for the ride with them instead of having the ride forced down my throat.
Being so numerically and financially overshadowed by the U.S. involvement, its often overlooked that Australia played a size-able role in Vietnam's struggle. Its good to see a movie highlighting other's involvement in that particular theater, be it Australian, South Korean, French, or even the South Vietnamese themselves.
You could nitpick technicalities about this movie for ever, but considering things like the budget limitation and location constraints, the only real thing that this movie lacks is Sam Neil and Mel Gibson. They would of been the right age at the time, and considering the other characters went on to great things, or at the very least stable careers, it seems sad that they don't appear somewhere given the timing and kick off points of their careers.
I highly recommend this as it entertains whilst staying as true to the truth as need be.
Romper Stomper (1992)
worth a watch (despite some poor back up acting)
To be honest, I'm sorry I first saw this movie when I was 14 as a number of the references went over my head that I picked up on during later viewings. I found with this movie, as with all movies, subsequent viewings had less impact as I had seen all the shocking violence and whatnot that encompasses the movie.
For instance, first time around I missed noting things like the irony of Davey stabbing Hando with the very knife Hando actually paid for early on in the movie. And then there's all the intentional cheesy references to Kubrick's Clockwork Orange. There are plenty more, but you'll have to pick them out yourself.
I'm not looking for documentaries when I watch a movie, however as a teenager growing up in the same city at the same time this movie was made, I find all the shots hauntingly familiar. I recognize the time, the feel, place and era of every city scene. I can even tell the suburbs that certain scenes are shot. I personally feel that capturing an emotion on film rather than just a picture should be worthy of respect in anyone's books. Even the train stations made me feel 'at home' for Melbourne train stations were literally as dark, dank and grotty as depicted in the opening scenes.
My only real complaint is the bit character acting in the movie. It is absolutely abysmal. I feel for Crowe, McKenzie and Pollock. I may not be an actor, but from my own job I know what its like to work alongside completely useless twits. Its hard. Very hard. However, to their credit, in the face of adversary, all three acquit themselves in a way that only a true professional can, which probably explains why they have gone on (Pollock excluded for obvious reasons) to better things while the supporting actors are still too embarrassed to even show up as extras on homemade cable TV sitcoms.
I wont try and give you rubbish about lighting or cinematography or any other pious aspect that has no business at the consumer end of a movie (as so many try hard hacks on here seem to want to). I'll give you my judgment based on the fact that this is supposed to be entertainment, pure and simple. As long as its not done noticeably badly then they've done a good job.
If you want to learn something, go to school. If you want to judge something or someone, go to church. If you want to be entertained, then this is for you.
Worth a watch.