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Game of Thrones (2011)
Game of Thrones is one of those shows that I avoided watching for a long time because usually I find that when everyone is telling me to watch a show and that it is awesome, and there is so much hype building up around it, I am pretty much always disappointed when I actually watch the show and don't end up liking it. But I was totally wrong to assume that would happen here!
Game of Thrones is an excellent show. If I had to nitpick I would say that maybe sometimes they race too quickly through story lines when I would like to see a bit more of what is going on. It can be hard to keep up with all the stories and characters but what there is here is amazing, really amazing.
I just find it harder to follow than most people because I guess I'm one of the few people who has not read the books. I can't wait to see more of this show!
Inspector Gadget (1999)
This movie is not that great, but it's not terrible either. The rating is probably fair here, about a 4 out of 10. Matthew Broderick isn't really an Inspector Gadget type he is cast wrong here, but I like him in everything I've seen him in. I'm a bit surprised they made a sequel because I didn't think this movie made much money but I guess it must have. The sequel is easily worse and it's too bad because I like the actor who played Inspector Gadget in that one. It's not much at all like the cartoon Inspector Gadget. I like that they tried to do this it just didn't turn out very great. The end of my review is right here and right now.
The Love Boat (1977)
This Was a Hit?
Seriously people actually watched and loved this show back in the 1970s? Times must have really changed because I have seen several episodes now and it is just a stupid show. They introduce "guest celebrities" as people taking cruises on the Love Boat and then play out stupid (usually very predictable) romantic stories between them all. The characters are super cheesy and the only one that is cheesy in a fun way is Isaac the frequently parodied bartender. "Hey!" The doctor on the ship is also apparently a womanizer even though he's not exactly handsome or anything, in fact he is usually just plain creepy. I can't believe this show was a huge hit, the only value I get out of it is the unintentional comedy I get from how serious they take these ridiculous stories and how terrible the acting usually is.
Good Campy Fun
The acting and writing of this show is below par but the show delivers what it promises, campy fun with cheesy fights and a busty demon huntress who wears very tight or revealing shirts. This show is obviously trying to cash in on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer model and does a relatively good job for what must be a very low budget show. When you consider that it is also impressive that this show has some very good CGI in it, much better than you would expect in most low budget Canadian TV shows. Some of it seems a bit dodgy, like the laser bars in their prison cells, but most of it is as good quality as you would expect in most Hollywood movies, not something like Avatar but you know what I mean. It doesn't deliver as much as Buffy or Firefly but if you don't expect serious scifi and want a bit of fun campiness Summer Vale delivers!
I'm feeling generous and that is the only reason I would give this a 5 out of 10 rating, really it is about a 3 or a 4. The only good parts about this movie are some of the visual scenes, 3D views of the caves and underwater scenes that are pretty cool sometimes. But the plot is total garbage, there pretty much is no plot at all except the fact they go to explore dangerous caves and then big surprise they end up with their lives in danger! James Cameron is just one of several producers so this movie is nothing like Terminator or Titanic or anything, that is kind of a rip off and was disappointing because I thought it would be a much bigger, more expensive, better movie.
I am a big fan of David Spade but he has really fallen off as a comedy genius since his friend and frequent collaborator/comedy partner Chris Farley died sadly several years ago. I thought Joe Dirt was kind of funny in spots but over all pretty disappointing and this movie is even more disappointing. There are a couple of funny jokes in the movie and it is a very good premise for a movie but over all the plot is just too stupid and the jokes are predictable. The fact that David Spade plays a guy who is just unlikeable and a jerk gets old very fast and you can figure out exactly how the movie is going to go like ten minutes into watching it.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Great Supporting Cast But McConnaughey Can't Pull This Off
The supporting cast in this movie is very, very good. Marisa Tomei is fantastic as always, I have always been a big fan of her work because she is a great actress and very professional. Not quite worth an award here or anything but still very, very good. Same thing goes for William H Macy Jr, I have always loved his work and thought he deserved more awards for what he has done and he is sensational in his role in this movie but still the material is not great enough that he can show enough of his skills to win an Oscar or anything. The real downfall in this movie is that first off the movie is a good idea and not badly written but it is definitely not a sensational story or anything, and mostly #2, that Matthew McConnaughey just is not a good enough actor to pull off being the lead in this. I keep expecting him to take his shirt off and start delivering terrible jokes like in all his other movies, and he plays pretty much the same person all the time (himself) so here it is like "why is McConnaughey pretending to be a lawyer?" Worth seeing but definitely wait till it's on TV cuz it's not worth wasting good money on.
Sucker Punch (2011)
I give this a two because some of the visuals were kind of cool (i.e. the enemy soldiers in the world war segment) but over all this movie was just a big mess and on top of that the whole 'fantasy within a fantasy' story line was very very predictable, you can tell almost right away exactly what is happening and what is real and what is not. What is the point of most of this movie? The acting is sub par except the villain is pretty good and Scott Glenn as the wise man is really good, but he is good in everything. Baby Doll is pretty and a good actress but the rest of them are pretty much just awful. John Hamm is totally wasted as the high roller. I was expecting this to be not as good as 300 but still a good movie and it was just terrible! I wish I had walked out after fifteen minutes like my gut feeling said to do instead of expecting it to get better because it did not.
Comedy Inc. (2002)
Surprisingly Horrible, The Worst Sketch Comedy Show I Have Seen
I have seen at least two of the performers on this show perform their comedy live and they were very funny, in particular I am thinking of the man in the cast who does a lot of dancing who I saw here in Halifax performing at the Halifax CBC Comedy Festival. He was hilarious, very brilliant stuff and also obviously quite skilled as a dancer/comedian. I was surprised by how awful this show was though, the laugh track is almost deafening and it is put over top every joke as if they are the best jokes ever, in fact they are just about the worst jokes I have ever heard in my life. I don't blame the performers they get paid to do their parts and I assume they obviously don't write their own stuff (again I saw two live and they were very funny). The other one I saw live was the brunette girl who screams a lot who is also on Video On Trial or at least used to be, she was very funny too (and angry! ha ha). Anyway the writing is just terrible and the main actor is also terrible with doing awful parodies of CSI and Tom Cruise. Literally this is the worst sketch comedy show I have seen.
I Was Hoping This Would Be Better...
I was really hoping this movie would have been a better experience for me. I liked the other movie so it was very disappointing, I actually thought it looked like a good trailer too, for a decent family movie that a kid would like but that wouldn't bore parents out of their minds too. Oh well at least we had fun making fun of it. It was very predictable and not very deep plot wise, even for a kid's movie. I thought the acting was okay it's just that the characters were so basic and one dimensional, even more so than in the beginning, that there really was not much for any actors to do. The writing was obviously very lazy in this. It was a decent concept and I didn't hate it but there are much better kid's movies to see and much better things to spend your money on than this below average movie.