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What a disappointment...
The lead character has no charm and is not interesting. It's a shame because I had such high hopes for this show. Rainn Wilson is a great talent, but the writers have not done him justice. The writing is unimaginative and the plot line of the first episode is an unsophisticated mess. Unlike House, Backstrom isn't as funny as he could be which was part of House's charm. The casting of two scrawny, two-dimensional, whiny, women that couldn't possibly have the experience or smarts to go up against the lead character is a major miss. The insults Backstrom pitches aren't clever and they might as well have cast a ten year old boy for the part because that's about the extent of the imagination behind Backstrom's dialog. The show lacks polish, which may be expected out of the gate, but I'm not confident it will make it through the Spring.
Political Animals (2012)
Many strong characters, story not so much
There are great roles here, Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Burstyn and Ciarán Hinds are excellent, but the plots are pretty far-fetched. These people behave naively and stupidly for having been involved in politics as long as they are supposed to have been. Ellen Burstyn won a well deserved award for her role. She has a lot of fun with it. Sigourney Weaver's character struggles with being both a politician and a mom which is a nice perspective and different from other political shows. There are no other shows that have a woman in such a strong role. Initially you'll think this is a veiled portrayal of Hilary Clinton, but only some of it. It easily deviates to other courses. However, the plot arcs are weak and predictable. "House of Cards" is more believable.
Lackawanna Blues (2005)
You Can Almost Smell the Peach Pomade
This is one of those movies that you just don't want to end. The characters are rich like a well woven tapestry. Colorful costumes, music and characters draw you in and tell a tale of the people that lived in a boarding house over the decades around the time of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. A young man is taken in by a dynamic, big-hearted woman that runs the house and these are stories based on his experiences.
I couldn't believe this was a made for television film. It was so well executed. S. Epatha Merkerson is wonderful as Nanny and she brings so much life to this role. You want to be right there amongst her boarders.
I enjoyed this film so much I bought the DVD.
Iron Man (2008)
Another Special Effects Film
Another special effects film which means if you want good dialog, character development and chemistry walk away now. I thought this one was going to be good and was greatly disappointed. The special effects are fine and predictable and like so many superhero films of late the characters are one-dimensional. The fact that Favreau left the dialog up to the leads instead of investing in a good writer is apparent.
Surprisingly Robert Downey Jr. is just okay. His Tony Stark is mildly appealing and his scenes in the lab are probably the best in the film, maybe it's because he is talking to inanimate objects and his computer. He has better chemistry with JARVIS (Paul Bettany) than anyone else in the picture.
Gwyneth Paltrow brings nothing to her part. She is again the wooden girl, but there isn't much to the part. Anyone could play it and someone else might have been convincing in her scenes with Robert Downey Jr.
Terence Howard seems miscast. For a military man his character is soft and has no military bearing. It's too bad because he's a much better actor than he is allowed to be in this film.
Jeff Bridges seems to have a lot of fun with his role. He plays it for fun and it shows. He is the only one who seems to be playing his part for what it is. Everyone else is either taking it too seriously or just can't seem to get past their own parts.
If you haven't seen this movie save yourself some cash and rent it. You won't feel like you've wasted any money that way.
Formulaic, disconnected, and a shame
The Ephron sisters prove again that they are a one idea team. You can easily plug in Meg Ryan as the Nicole Kidman character. Cute, naive and perky...blah! Nicole is wasted in this role. She is much more believable as a worldly, sophisticated woman and not the naive dope in this film. Will Ferrell, nothing he does in this film is unexpected or surprising. Heather Burns, Nina the writer, even plays the same character here as she did in You've Got Mail. Too bad. The beginning of the film is semi-believable, but the revelations of the Will Ferrell character near the end of the film are completely out of left field and there is no chemistry between Ferrell and Kidman. Don't pay money for this waste of time.
I loved this film!
Prior to viewing this movie I was only aware that it was loosely based on the story of the Supremes. I refused to read any reviews because I just wanted to enjoy the film. The buzz was that Jennifer Hudson stole the show. Listen folks! She is the show! The story is centered around Effie White and the group. She and Jamie Foxx are the lead characters. I was so impressed by Jennifer Hudson's singing that I walked out of the theater and walked to the nearest CD-selling store and bought the soundtrack! I cannot wait for Hudson's first album! Wow! Oh, Eddie Murphy stands out! We all know that he has a decent singing voice, he really shines in this film! His character is fun and believable and there is one scene where his facial expression speaks volumes! LOVED IT! If you like Motown, R&B you'll love this!
Match Point (2005)
Why aren't any of the characters likable?
You've got a tennis pro who has scraped his way up from the bottom. He's aloof, manipulative and a social climber. He's not likable nor easy to relate to. I'm not sure why we're supposed to care about him or what happens to him. There's no chemistry between him and the other characters even the female lead. The performances seem flat, hollow. Not one character stands out and I found this film to be painful to watch.
I coudn't see the appeal of this film. If the lead character appeals to you then maybe you'll like this film. If you're a Woody Allen fan, more power to you.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
A collection of two-dimensional, uninteresting characters
What a waste this film is! The reason I didn't give it a lower ranking is that there were two redeeming things in this movie. The mother-in-law, that's the best part in the film and there is an attempt by the director to mimic the paintings of Ver Meer with some of the interior shots. Other than that, don't bother. I hadn't read the book, but now have no desire to. None of the characters warrant any empathy. Scarlett spends her time wide-eyed and blank faced, displaying as little emotion as possible. Colin Firth does even less. Your time would be better spent reading about Vermeer or seeing his wonderful paintings at an exhibit.
I want the last 2 and a half hours of my life back!
I was surprised by the hype over this movie because it was a waste of time. I blame the writer for most of its failings. You will find it difficult to identify with any of the characters and the plot progresses in a predictable fashion with a trite conclusion. I'm just glad I didn't pay movie theater prices for this.
Underrated television series
I always felt that this series was underrated. It was entertaining, imaginative and should have been given more credit than it was. True Barbara Bosson was a bit annoying, but the show was entertaining. John Ritter will be missed.