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Top Gear USA (2010)
Jeremy Clarkson was recently asked by Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes "What do you look for in a car?" and the response was "soul" and I believe the same question and answer can be applied to Top Gear USA. This show has no soul, no x-factor or enthusiasm. In a word, it's just dull or boring if you will.
I'm a big fan of Top Gear (UK) and no matter how open minded I tried to be, instinctively I was going to compare TGUSA to TGUK. In spite of my bias I really did want to give it a chance. But it was so boring, I had to fight the urge to watch something else but I said I would get it a chance.
The first episode was very hard to get through and I hope the second will be better but I'm not planning on holding my breath because I have some serious doubts it can improve. I'm hopefull this show will improve because doing Top Gear in North America has great potential but it will never reach that potential if there is no soul, x-factor or enthusiasm.
St. Elsewhere (1982)
Still The Best
What makes "St. Elsewhere" stand apart from "E.R.", "Grey's Anatomy" or any other medical show in the last twenty years is a simple and yet timeless theme. The theme being people who are basically good, well intentioned but screwed up their personal lives. These people are also working in what is considered to be a second-rate hospital but you quickly realize they are first rate professionals and human beings.
Since in the twenty-plus years since "St. Elsewhere" Aaron Sorkin has mastered the basics that made this show a pleasure to watch. Personally, I like watching a group of people who care in a difficult situation. That's the essence of good drama and something that's been seen less and less on networks in the last two decades. I won't spoil the end of the series but let me say this "aren't we all?"
I Am Comic (2010)
A Great Find
I was suffering from a bout of insomnia a few nights ago and was flipping through some of the cable channels. I landed on Showtime and found this documentary "I Am Comic" and it had me hooked. While I loved Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedian" it was a bit lite on the life of a stand-up comic. However this one is darker but in a good way and even before the aforementioned "Comedian" I've always been intrigued by the mechanics of stand up comedy.
"I Am Comic" definitely digs deep into the world they inhabit and what they put them selves through to make us laugh on a regular basis. I thought the interviews of every kind of comedian were done very well but some faces were obviously missing but if they included every big name comic in the US it would probably be about three hours long. Anyway, if anyone accidentally stumbles across this movie, take sometime out of your day and give it a look.
The Legend of Neil (2008)
They've been doing LON for a little while now and I'm surprised to find no comments on it. Granted, it doesn't have the name Joss Wheadon and the fame of Nathan Fillion or Neil Patrick Harris in "Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog" but it's every bit as funny. Considering the low budget nature of LON the production values are amazing and when the effects or the setting is obviously low budget it serves the joke and delivers the laugh.
The series was created by Sandeep Parikh who is a director, some-times actor and musician. The man is a threat on several levels and I hope he ends up doing bigger and better things. This guy could very well be the next Mike Judge if given the chance and he has a good start already. The actor playing Link / Neil is Tony Janning who is incredibly funny as the reluctant hero who accidentally gets sucked into the world of The Legend Of Zelda (first game).
The rest of the cast is just as funny but obviously Tony Janning is the star here and I hope like the rest of the cast he gets the recognition he deserves. I want to site one other cast member in this series is Eric Acosta who plays Wizrobe. He steals the scene every time he is on screen which are mostly with Gannon. He reminds of a happier version of Ben Stiller and just as funny.
Over all this small web based series is incredibly funny and despite the fact that the episodes are generally under four minutes they manage to pack every moment with jokes. Before I wrap up my interview I know mentioned Joss Wheadon's "Doctor Horrible" and it is funny but LON did it's own musical episode this second season. Felicia Day who was in "Doctor Horrible" is also the nymph fairy in LON. This is not intended as a spoiler but at the beginning of the musical episode when a male fairy tries to get her to sing she says "Well, I'm not really into online musicals" That's a very funny line considering what she had done before LON.
Bottom line, I encourage everyone to check out this series because it will make you laugh every time.
Mutant Chronicles (2008)
Not too bad at all
I wouldn't say this is the best small budget sci-fi movie ever made but its up there. To correct a previous review, the movie takes place (mostly) in the year 2707. This a future that seems sadly plausible with a unique look and sound. I did think the CGI was done very well and did remind me a little of "Sin City" and "Minority Report" in the almost black & white color scheme.
I did feel the story was less detailed than it should have been because there were elements I was interested in learning more about such as the machine, the current state of the world and the off world colonies. But I suppose some of that wasn't really necessary. Over all, its a good gory action sci-fi movie that actually tries to go beyond gore.
Talkshow with Spike Feresten (2006)
Remember where you were
I say remember where and when you saw this show because I believe if Fox gives Talk Show a chance Spike will be right up there with Conan in a few years because like Conan he is incredibly funny and seems to be just grateful at having his own show which adds to the humor.
The funniest bits Spike has had so far are The Idiot Paparatzi and Comedy For Stoners and if your not high and get CFS what does that say about you.
In summary this show is funnier in 25 minutes than SNL in an hour so lets hope Talk Show gets the attention it deserves such as an extra half hour, more money and a band.
Alien Planet (2005)
Alien is right
This show ranks right up there with "The Future Is Wild" in that it presents some very intriguing ideas with very nice CGI. But unlike TFIW they are showing us a not to distant future, one that may be possible with my life time. I also thought the comments from various scientist was a nice touch since these are the best people to comment on a future mission to another planet. And on a final note, the planet depicted in the show, Darwin IV was a very alien place while yet being similar to earth but seeing what life is like on that planet makes me appreciate our own little blue marble even more. Also, speaking of the name Darwin IV, I would have preferred a name from popular science fiction, possible Hal IV.
Batman: Dead End (2003)
Very impressive and surpriseing
When a friend asked me to watch "Batman: Dead End" he had told me it was pretty cool and that it was a short film. Now I'm not a huge fan of short films because they are usually poorly done and over the top but needless to say I was very impressed by this one.
It was surprising to see how Sandy Collora captured the mood of Batman or more specifically the mood from the first two Batman movies. I kept asking my self where did this guy get the Alien and Predator costumes.
My reasoning was that this was just some impressive fan film but I never guessed it had a budget of $30,000 and that Sandy Collora was not just a young fan but rather a very experienced visual effects guy for several major films and worked at Stan Winston studios no less.
This is a man with a very impressive resume including "Batman: Dead End" and I really hope there is a Batman film in this man's future because I would pay eight bucks to see it with out even thinking. Thanks to this short film I now know the name Sandy Collora forever and will be paying attention to everything he does from now on. Good work Sandy! Keep it up!
Chappelle's Show (2003)
How anyone could find this show funny is beyond me. Every other joke is about black and white people more offten how white people are bad. I swear Dave must keep those slave chains nice and shiney because he sure likes to drag them out alot.
Anyway, this show is just not funny, plain and simple. Maybe it belongs on BET instead.
Blood Harvest (1987)
Only good for one thing
The only reason this movie is worth watching is because of the lovely Itonia Salchek. To bad we never saw this hottie again in anything else.
I had planned on buying the DVD for this very reason only to find from several reviews the movie has been cut worse than any of the victums in the movie.