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Friday Night Lights (2006)
If you want a show where you can truly connect to the characters and find yourself interested in what's happening in their lives; look no further. Forget about football for a second, this show is about friends, family and a community. The Taylor Family is at the center with Eric Taylor coaching the Dillon High Panthers. Coach lives and breathes football as his family can attest to as their livelihood is directly affected by it. We get to look at town in Texas where high school football is as big (if not bigger) than professional sports. The town closes down on Friday nights to attend these games. The football team is sort of an escape for most people from their daily lives. The show was on for 5 seasons and like most teen/family dramas you deal with more than just the focus of the series. Way more is going on in this series from family troubles to small town politics. I did not watch the series when it was on the air. I watched all seasons over the past month or so through Netflix and enjoyed every bit of it. I felt a little empty when the show was over because I was no longer seeing what was going on in the characters' lives. I realize it is just a TV show, but like high school football can be an escape for the people of Dillon; this show can be an escape for you.
Sitdown and Enjoy ...
Wentworth is a show that initially focuses on Bea Smith and why she was put in Wentworth Prison. The show takes place in Australia. Often times, I get skeptical of non-US shows. It's not because I don't think they are good, but rather I cannot always understand what is being said due to the accents. This did not seem to be the case with Wentworth. I rarely had trouble understanding what they were saying. It was more the slang or different words used as opposed to not being able to make out the words.
The show went on for 4 strong seasons and grew to not just be solely about Bea Smith but other inmates and guards. I have to say I don't know how accurate of a depiction Wentworth is from a real women's prison in Australia, but it seems to be a lot nicer than anything I would expect to see in the US. You really grew to enjoy the characters and care about them. There were good story lines that kept you wanting more and some of it really hit you hard. I was interested to find out this was modern adaptation on an old Australian Soap Opera, Prisoner which took place in Wentworth Prison. A lot of the same characters, but I am sure a different development as soap-operas are done quite differently than drama series. I really find myself interested in other Australian or New Zealand, etc. TV shows.
We've got to go
I recently watched the entire series, but prior to that I had little to no real background on Louis CK. I found the show was similar to that of Seinfeld as it focused on the comedians real life as opposed to just playing a character on a show. In both cases its about the comedian and there day to day life. While Louis CK basically plays himself, he is really playing a version of himself. I found the show quite funny and it made me wonder how close to the character of Louie is Louis CK. I also wondered why I didn't know more about him before watching this show. I use to see him and thought he was some old man, but he is like 10 years older than I am. I feel we see a better version of the stand up comedian life than was portrayed in Seinfeld. Hell, even good old Jerry Seinfeld made a couple of appearances. Although in great Louis CK fashion, Louie was a disappointment to someone else. If you would compare the two, Jerry is a clean comedian and Louis is much more raunchy. I haven't seen enough of his stand up act to say he is raunchy like an Eddie Murphy, but he certainly talks about sex and masturbation a lot. Unlike Louie the Character, Louis CK is more than successful as a stand up comedian and actor/writer/producer. He has certainly made millions and he did make one hell of a show.
The Gift (2015)
Not Too Shabby, Not Too Great.
After watching this movie, I am a little surprised at the reviews. Mind you, I didn't think it was a bad movie. I just didn't see anything particularly special about it. I certainly didn't say wow at the end of it and didn't expect to see fairly regular praise on IMDb.
The basic plot of one individual embedding themselves in another person life is not new. I did like how Simon ended up being just as screwed up as Gordo. Clearly Simon was an older version of his bully self from High School as you can see with how he handled his competition for the promotion.
It was interesting enough to keep my attention, but it lacked the intensity that other movies like this have. I started becoming more "afraid" of Simon than Gordo. Intentional? Maybe. I don't quite understand if Gordo ran into Simon that day by chance or if it was calculated. Either way, the extent he went to get back at Simon was a little over the top. Did he or did he not rape Robyn? Even if he didn't he was invading their privacy and was touching her while she was passed out even if he didn't rape her.
I guess in the end having Simon revealed for who he was a bully and psychologically making him wonder if Robyn gave birth to his son or to Gordon's, did get Gordo's revenge.
So, yes. It was not too shabby. I just do not think it was that great. It lacked the thrill and intensity that other films like this have.
It is all about the badge . . .
A show about a deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) going back to Kentucky where he had grown up around the feuding families including his own criminal father. I found Justified had some soul like other FX shows (The Shield and Sons of Anarchy). I was also pleasantly surprised to find Boyd Crowder being played by Walton Goggins (The Shield and also SOA). I found myself really liking the character of Boyd despite the fact he was cold-hearted killer. I appreciated how the show was able to make a follow his own rules "cowboy" of a U.S. Marshall without making him some type of Chuck Norris kicking everyone's butt insight. Sure, he could shoot down anyone and he feared no one, but he could get his butt kicked as well as anyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the six seasons of this show and I think Timothy and Walt did a great job portraying their characters who went head to head throughout the entire run.
Bank Roll (2012)
Block Buster Poster. Low Budget Low Rating Movie.
The very first thing I have to say about this movie is how misleading the movie poster is from the actual movie. There is a ringing in my head about not judging a book by its cover. I wasn't expecting a blockbuster, but the poster leads you to believe there is at least an attempt at an action movie. An action movie that I will say doesn't exist. Although the movie had a couple of enjoyable parts I couldn't help but feel ripped off. I was expecting something more than a low budget movie and don't get me wrong I am not against low budget films; I just didn't expect this to be one. Now before anyone says if you just looked it up you would have known. You're right. Although at the time I was just scrolling through available movies to download onto my iPad. After numerous times of passing this title, I decided to give it a chance and I really was not expecting much nor was I expecting the quality of film that it ended up being.
The movie was about a guy who pays each one of his friends to help mimic a bank heist that his brother was just busted for. The idea was to cause reasonable doubt that the brother committed the crime. Everyone had their job. The movie was filled with a lot of long drawn out scenes that made you question what you were watching. There was a long scene in which you watch one of the characters work out. Seriously. How pointless was that? After all you watch, you never see the bank heist that should cast reasonable doubt for the brother in jail as the movie ends right before he enters the bank. I wouldn't recommend this movie, but if you were going to watch it just know it is low budgeted with long pointless scenes and no actually bank heist.
Nurse Jackie (2009)
Medical shows can be quite interesting with the patients, but with it being a Showtime series, I knew they would make it more intense. Plus with Edie Falco from the Sopranos and OZ; I thought it had a very good chance of being an enjoyable show.
I watched all 5 seasons recently and it definitely hooked me in. I was worried I wouldn't see Edie as anyone other than Carmela Soprano. Nope. It was all Nurse Jackie. She was so good as a drug addicted pathological lying nurse; I found myself hating her at times. Despite her flaws she is a great nurse with the patients best interest in mind (most of the time)I love Dr. Cooper (Facinelli). He is just brings a comedic aspect to the show that is needed and appreciated. Then you have Zoey (Wever) who brings an awkward presence that cannot be beat.
I would recommend Nurse Jackie as comedy/drama with great actors and story.
I am Special Agent Hudson and this is Special Agent Rose.
Supernatural is Super AWESOME. Two brothers (Dean and Sam) travel the country investigating supernatural type cases. The show has been on since 2005 and started with Dean requesting Sam's help with finding their father (John) who had gone missing. Sam had left the life of a "hunter" to focus on school and to be "normal"; whereas Dean stuck close to dad in the family business. The show changes throughout the years, but I still love to watch. I love the classic rock music. The rock references they use when posing as federal agents.
From yellow eye demands to Lucifer and the King of Hell to Castile "an angel of the lord"; this show delivers. I will hate to see it end because no matter what you can enjoy beer drinking, cheese burger eating, car driving, joke making awesomeness of Dean Winchester and Sam's salad eating, conscious struggling, also beer drinking, sasquatch walking ways.
If you like Shows like Buffy, check this out. You will not be disappointed.
LOST (and found)
This show revolves around the survivors of a plain crash somewhere on an island in the South Pacific. This "island" that they are on is no ordinary island. We watch and learn about the survivors as they interact with one another and through flashbacks from their lives before the crash. They are not alone on the island. Who else is there? You will have to watch and see. There are twist and turns throughout this master piece. This is a work of art. I am only on Season 4 of 6, but I wish this ride had no end. You will have questions and you will get answers. You will learn to trust no one or at least nothing is ever as you expect it to be. Don't pass up a chance to watch this series.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
nothing is out of reach
A man's wife and little girl are murdered and one of the men accused gets a deal from the District Attorney's Office. The man (Butler)who is more upset at the injustice of not bringing the killer to trial than the killer getting off goes out for some payback. Despite being behind bars if he wants you dead, you're dead. He makes demands and let's hope you don't fall short of meeting them. This is an interesting movie with some fascinating story lines. I would recommend watching this piece of action. I found myself cheering for the bad guy because he was far more interesting than anyone else in this movie. Oh and without giving anything a way, I wouldn't answer that cell phone!