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Superior Donuts (2017)
This is just another "Chico and the Man." All the plots are incredibly hack and predictable.
The jokes are about as stale as last week's, well...
It is the usual "old guy has to overcome his bigotry, you guy helps."
The characters are stock stereotypes,
Supergirl: Pilot (2015)
While the show has promise, it breaks with canon in so many ways, it hurts.
The original Supergirl and her more recent incarnations are present here somewhat, but for some reason the creators decided not to hide Kara Zor-L as Linda Lee of Linda Lee Danvers, but allow Kara Zor-El to be Kara Danvers.
Between that and no wig to hide her Blonde hair under a dark wig or Haida her dark hair under a blonde wig, the Bsupergirl persona looks too much like the Danvers one. Too obviously like the same character.
Maybe this was done so as not to confuse the pre-10 year old watchers.
While Superman.s strength was really super, Supergirl tires far too often. That, and the neo-Zod character of her Aunt, gives too many repeats to recent.Superpolts.
It is unclear as to if this is set in the Superman (1978) universe, or some entirely different one.
When they say this is a "show about nothing" they mean it. There is nothing here, nothing at all.
The facts from previous episodes are ignored and contradicted not just once, but often. It has no internal consistency.
It gets plaudits and awards, despite wholly predictable and stereotyped characters, nonsensical plot lines, poor performances and humor that isn't actually funny.
This is a show about living in New York, aimed at New Yorkers, but largely ignoring the fact that most Americans aren't from New York, don't actually care about New York and would not be seriously concerned about New York.
The Problem of Data
It has always been said that Data was more or less very mechanical and became more human over the next 7 years.
But if Data had been in Starfleet for 15 years before this, why didn't he show more growth before?
Of course there is also no reasonable answer to the question as to why a rest was the only barrier to promotion for Troi, since Data could easily pass any test (and while she had to reach the rank of Commander to be a "bridge officer" while Data was already a bridge officer as a Lt. Commander.
Further, it is also never explained why Data wasn't the Science Officer, or a Command officer, etc.
Last Man Standing: Eve's Band (2016)
Out of Character
So Eve goes from a hardcore goal of West Point and a military career to no college and a career in music?
How is this a consistent character?
She never explored alternatives such as a different military academy, ROTC, etc. She could have joined the Army Reserves, as there are paths to West Point or OCS from these, all of which kept her in the Denver area so the character would be able to stay on the show.
But the questionable "floors your dreams and the money will come" concept is inconsistent with how she has responded to others and interacted with others in all of the past.
The actions of Mike were generally consistent in term of his support for his daughter, but even he would have had more "concrete" alternatives than her suddenly falling into music after four years of pursuing a military career.
2 Broke Girls (2011)
From the very obvious laugh track to the applause whenever Jennifer Coolidge comes in, this show is just one predicable gag line after another.
Season one was fair, but it has been sliding.ever since.
There are shows that grow and characters that expand, neither is true here. The show is shrinking and the characters are going flat.
Talk about breaking through the wall! Most of the jokes are directed at the audience, are in poor taste and lack that one thing essential to comedy: Humor.
If CBS cancels it, it would be a mercy killing.
A Fool and his business were parted
I want to feel sorry for David Klein, but I can't.
He created a fantastic product: The Jelly Belly jellybean, but he seems purely unsuited to either running a business or even getting decent advice.
Had this man (who attended law school) simply hired a lawyer, he could have probably retained a small minority share in what is Jelly Belly today and been rich. He didn't. At every turn, when confronted with a situation, he seems to have taken the quick but easy way.
To be honest, David Klein invented the Jelly Belly, but then he more or less stopped. He is NOT responsible for the massive success of the company, but wants to be treated as if he was.
He wanted his contract manufacturing company to expand -- with them taking all the risk -- and was surprised when they turned the tables on him.
Since the story is one-sided and still doesn't make him out to be much of a sympathetic character.
Madonna was brilliant but the changes were not
I had seen many stage productions of Evita before this film version came out and was delighted by Madonna's performance, because she captured Eva Peron so well.
However the changes from the stage to the screen were horrific. I have heard many of these were to gain the approval of the Argentine government for location filming. If so, they should have shot it elsewhere.
Gone was the "Che" character (which was merely a chorus anyway as Guevara has no real connection to the Perons) but the replacement by Antonio Bandaras made no sense as he had to be coached. His voice was "okay" but fell in comparison to Madonna.
Lyrics were changed, "softened" to make Eva less of a self-serving type, more approachable. Peron was not cast so much as a fascist (which he was) and Eva was less power-mad.
It probably mirrors better the way Argentina would LIKE Evita to have been, but not what she was.
Part heartwarming comedy, part food porn
Chef is a solid story, well acted and well presented. It leaves a few loose ends you'd like to see tied up, but in all the film delivers where it counts.
If there is a problem here, it is that you are going to get hungry. Not a little, but a lot. From scene to scene of delicious food, from the Cubano sandwiches (which, if you have had them, you know are fantastic or, if you haven't had one, your life is empty) to the slow cooked brisket, you want to reach in and grab the food. It's a good thing this is not 3D with smell added or the entire audience would be ripe pickings for the nearest food truck.
Yes, this is food porn.
However, the relationship that grows as the father and son travel and work together is amazing. Yet this part of the story comes in a bit late, you want more of it. You'd almost wish the film could send you the tweets.
A good word for the film is "Delicious."
Man of Steel (2013)
Can anyone do a really GOOD Superman movie?
I was hoping for a really good movie. Unfortunately, we got General Zon (again) and WAY TOO MANY flashbacks. Often, flashbacks within flashbacks.
Superman has a history of being less than Man of Steel and more a man of wood. He has little real emotion except loss. He doesn't seem to ever be happy.
The whole messianic thing (I am giving you my only son to save your world) is too much. This film makes Superman into a true man of no emotion. He is played to the extent he role had to be acted, capably, but between the underlying plot faults and more, it seemed hardly with Cavill's time.
For example: The Kryptonians want to "terraform" (actually "kryptoform" Earth into a new world that is suitable for them. Why use the ONLY inhabited planet? Why not use Venus? Close enough considering it would be completely transformed and it would given them a world close by with a population they could exploit.
The reason? Otherwise there wouldn't be a reason for the movie.