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The concept of this alternative history is quite interesting, but the same cannot be said about how it is executed in this series. What's with the husky mumbling that seems to permeate all BBC drama productions lately? Sam Riley is even worse than Tom Hardy in "Taboo"... Add to that a whole lot of general whispering and thick Scottish accents, and subtitles become a necessity. And there is nothing wrong with neither my hearing nor my comprehension of regional English you can throw heavily accented stuff like John Bishop, Jimmy Nail, James Nesbitt and the Wurzels at me all day, no problem.
The bad diction ruins the enjoyment of the show (just as with the aforementioned Taboo, where a ridiculously gibberish dialogue makes the matter even worse on the few occasions when you can hear what they say, it makes no sense Jonathan Pryce is the only professional on that show), and it is utterly disrespectful towards the audience.
Is this supposed to be a comedy?
"A million ways to die in the west" is a movie that suffers from four major problems, all of them closely connected.
1. It is produced by Seth McFarlane, who obviously is unable to select a capable crew. 2. It is written by Seth McFarlane, who obviously is very infantile and not funny at all. 3. It is directed by Seth McFarlane, who has no talent for directing and editing. 4. The lead character is played by Seth McFarlane, whose acting skills are absolutely undetectable.
Lucky for him, judging from his ultra-smug appearances on various talk shows, his ego does not seem affected by the above facts.
I must have seen at least a couple of dozen really awful movies through the years, but none as bad as this one. Avoid, please!
A 9.3 rating? Have we seen the same show? Taboo must one of the worst shows ever produced. A very confusing plot, if any can be found, and absolutely awful over-acting, especially from Mr Hardy. That would be expected, though, since he's managed to ruin every film he's ever been in. Surely the worst actor of our time.
The script makes no sense, the constant mumbling requires subtitles and even then, it's more or less incomprehensible gibberish most of the time. Also, the language used is very much out of sync with the portrayed period. And Tom Hardy's hat looks like something stolen from a clown.
If this is the future of drama on the BBC, I'm out.
House of Fools (2014)
Back to the drawing board, please!
I have always been a fan of Vic&Bob's surreal stupidities, that work very well in a game show or sketch show setting. But as a situation comedy, it all becomes extremely embarrassing.
Berry and Skinner have never ever been funny, just cringe-worthy and here they continue that tradition.
Worst of all is the audience, though. They laugh out load to every single word anyone utters, funny or not. How much beer were they served before the show or is it all canned laughter? No comedy has sounded this fake since the seventies.
So, sorry guys I will give this one a miss. Do us another season of Shooting stars instead, please!
What a mess!
This was a big disappointment. Plot holes the size of a smaller planet, overacting, totally predictable and clichéed, bad casting and a totally unbelievable dialogue. And when I say plot, it's just to be polite there hardly is one. The prison scenes why are they in the movie at all? The court scenes the writers must know less than zero about how the judicial system works. Suspense what suspense? Humour nonexistent. And the quirky old DI who sleeps in his office... He's supposed to be a legend, "the best" but we see no evidence of this. On the contrary, he fails miserably...
I sincerely hope the book is better, because this is Bad with a capital B.
Going downhill fast
The first "series" of Vexed, the three original episodes, was rather promising, thanks to the comedic talents of Lucy Punch. Her replacement, Miranda Raison, is not nearly as good though. No timing, no pizazz, no nothing. Now it's just the annoyingly stupid male lead and an anorexic woman, completely devoid of charisma. And she drives a "155 bhp car that does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds" that's sloppy scriptwriting indeed. Last time I looked, the Focus ST was a lot more powerful but why would such a dreary character have a fun car? And I have yet to see an unreliable classic Merc...
The script is full of factual errors of this kind, errors that turn the plot useless. I'll give it one more chance tomorrow, but that's it. Lucy, please come back from Lala-land your talent is wasted on bad bit parts in silly Hollywood flicks!
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Visually amazing, otherwise OK
Being a long-time Tintin fan, I had pretty low expectations when I bought this movie but of course I had to see it. For the first time ever, motion capture and animation work perfectly the realism is fantastic, down to the tiniest hair. Sometimes you could swear it is live action on film, though it isn't. The animated Milou (I refuse to call him Snowy, what a silly name!) is the best I've seen in that genre; totally believable.
The story is OK, a mix of different Tintin plot lines, nothing to complain about. But the dialogue and the voice casting, oh my! Haddock should have been a much more growling, non-Scottish, powerful character and he swears ten times as often and fifty times more creatively in the comic albums. The Thompson cops aren't nearly enough stupid sounding (thanks to the very overrated Pegg/Frost duo), Castafiore should have been hitting false notes all over the place, and so on. And why is Tintin ginger? He's as blond as blond can get.
But these are minor quibbles. All in all, extremely entertaining and I'm looking forward to the sequels.
The Royal Bodyguard (2011)
The guys behind this dog's dinner also created The Worst Week of my Life, which was absolutely brilliant. Well written, well acted and very, very funny.
How then is it possible for them to come up with this absolute mess? The Royal Bodyguard is so bad that it defies description. Remembering David Jason's excellent performances in Open all Hours, The Darling Buds of May, Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost, just to name a few, this is totally inexplicable. Why did he say yes to this? He must have made a quid or two over the years, enough to be able to turn down such a stinker.
Avoid this like the plague!
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
A waste of time and money
I bought this film because it had Lucy Punch on the cast list, so it couldn't really be all bad. Well, it could.
A bunch of 30-plus actors (looking 35) trying to convince us they're 22-23 and failing epically. And how would any of these losers be able to have a career as high-flying bankers just four years after high school? No effing way, that's how.
There isn't even much of an 80s vibe to the movie. A few cars, shoulder pads and one case of rolled up sleeves, that's it.
Add some wooden acting (excepting maybe Anna Faris, who makes the most of her part), unfunny funny guy (Fogler, who is just obnoxious), unexciting leading lady (Palmer, who looks nothing special) and a general lack of cohesion, and you've got one really bad comedy.
Topher Grace can't even pronounce the name of his high school crush. The yearbook says "Tori Federking", he keeps saying "Fredricking" all through the movie (and he co-wrote the story!). That's fr-ckring annoying, if you ask me.
And Lucy Punch was on screen for maybe two minutes. What a waste of talent.
A pleasant surprise, despite being quite unpleasant!
Norwegian sitcoms are not exactly the hottest thing on TV, at least not since they cancelled "Fleksnes", which was an adaptation of Hancock's Half Hour, only much better, back in the late sixties. But "Dag", about this very improbable dystopic loner of a couples' counsellor is right up there with the very best from anywhere, like Curb your enthusiasm or The Office (no similarities apart from the quality).
All the pieces of the puzzle fall readily into place: Very witty scriptwriting, and original concept, great casting, superb acting, clever directing and well-paced editing. The fact that it's done in Norwegian makes it twice as funny; it really is the funniest language in the world especially to us Swedes.
By the way, the very lovely Tuva Novotny is not Norwegian, but Swedish. You're forgiven for thinking so though, since her accent is 100 percent perfect.
In short, don't miss this little comedy gem!