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Happy Valley (2014)
This was not a show that I expected to be blown away with, although I am a long term fan of Sarah Lancashire, and with Sally Wainwright involved I should have expected it to be good.
This is beyond good, if you don't get hooked and wanting more after the first episode you probably should not be watching.
There are so many good things to say about this show that I run out of words, but one word that sums up how I feel is gob-smacked.
Having watched 4 out of the 6 episodes so far, I have to say that it has been quite a while since I wished that the days would speed by so I can get my mitts on the next episode.
At Middleton (2013)
For me it was not a surprise that I liked this right from the beginning. I was looking for films with Vera Farmiga and Taissa Farmiga after I got a surprise that they were sisters. When I found out Andy Garcia as in it as well there was no option but to find it and watch it.
Unsurprising and happily I was not disappointed. Right from the start it hit the spot for some reason. Some might say it was a bit unrealistic, but for me it was just fun. It might be the romantic in me. It is noticeable that all the actors had a good time making this film and it was not surprising when I read that this was filmed over a very short time. The chemistry between Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga was pretty close to perfect.
Watch it if you get a chance you wont be disappointed.
I Am Soldier (2014)
Not sure if I saw same movie as some of the Reviewers
Before I even went near this movie I read all the reviews and saw the rating so I started off with very low expectations, because the reviewers on IMBT are never wrong, right? LOL what a joke.
This turned out to be quite an enjoyable movie, nothing special, but not too shabby either. Most of the cast put in a good effort and it was good to see all the familiar faces (UK TV fan here).
While the some of the fighting near the end could have been done with improved choreography, for me it didn't really detract from the overall movie.
If you are going to see this don't expect too much, if you are looking for an over the top Hollywood blockbuster, give it a miss, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a semi realistic 90 minutes of entertainment watch it.
Overlook the rating, this is better than a 4/10 movie. I gave it a 10 to counteract all the undeserving 1s. It deserves at least a 6/10.
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968)
Still as good now as it was then
Based on the novel by R.A Dick and the 1947 Rex Harrison/Gene Tierny film, This series is a fun mix of comedy and romance with the two main stars having great chemistry which really makes the show. The children can be a bit tiresome and tend to speak a bit too loud at times, but they still do a good job.
The lead characters of Mrs Muir and the Captain are played by Hope Lange and Edward Mulhare. Both of whom are now deceased.
Initially the show follows the plot of the film with young widow Carolyn Muir moving to a cottage by the sea with her two young children (she only had one child in the movie) and maid/cook Martha. Like the movie everything seems perfect until she discovers the house is haunted by former owner Captain Gregg. Only Carolyn, her son and a relative of the Captain's, Claymore Gregg can see or hear him. This leads to many funny moments, most of them at the expense of Claymore or townsfolk who the Captain sees as doing wrong by Mrs Muir or others.
If you've seen the film this is one show you should not miss. Even if you haven't seen the movie you will still love this show.
The first time I saw this was a young kid back in the 70's, I loved with it then and still love it now. This and My Favorite Martian used to play back to back prior to the News every night on the ABC. It was a show we never missed unless the reception was too bad to watch it.
Very recently it came out on DVD which was a very happy day for me. I marathoned both seasons straight through after obtaining the DVDs.
While there are a few episodes that can be a little boring or over the top, on a whole the show is still as good today as it was from what I remember of it in the 70's.
My favourite character was Mrs Muir, very closely followed by the Captain and Clamore Gregg.
Somewhere Slow (2013)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this little unknown film, but after a slow start in which I nearly turned it off, it turned into quite a decent movie.
The story revolves around Anna, who, on a day when she loses her job as a cosmetics saleswoman and witnesses an armed robbery gone wrong, decides to walk away from her life.
Hen pecked by her sister and sick mother, it is obvious that Anna does not like her life, bored with her marriage, hating her job, and leading a false life full of false smiles and fake compliments as part of the her job.
On her journey she meets Travis and they run away to adventure. Anna finds herself and benefits from the short alliance with Travis. In the end though Anna has to wake up and find that she has not left her problems behind and must eventually return to face them.
The Good Wife (2009)
Julianna Margulies as the Good Wife is simply sublime
Being Australian, usually the only way we can really keep up to date with any good show is via the internet, while The Good Wife does get shown on TV here, like many shows we often have it aired at times that can be inappropriate and if you try to record it for later viewing you can be assured the channel will have screwed around with the timetable so much you will have either missed the start or the end.
Having said all that I have been following The Good Wife from day one and so far I have not been disappointed by a single episode.
The first time I ever saw Julianna Margulies, it was in the show ER and I have been a fan ever since. In The Good Wife she leads a stellar cast and the acting and writing is simply brilliant week in week out, though like every show there are episodes that may not be to everyone's liking.
The Good Wife is a show about the legal profession and the people that make up that profession and how it affects their daily lives. I will have to say that I have been a fan of lawyer shows for some time and Boston Legal is way up there as one of my favourites. The Good Wife is a much better show than Boston Legal in my opinion.
One line in the show that simply sticks in my mind is in Season 5 by Alysia's son Zack says to his mum "Sometimes I think of you as Mum and other times, just as this interesting person who lives in our house." The Good Wife is simply superb. Julianna Margulies as the Good Wife is simply sublime.
Death in Paradise (2011)
Personally I absolutely love detective shows, I grew up on them you might say, and British TV was basically all I got while growing up. We have been spoiled by all the really good detective shows from the UK, although the US shows are right up there with the best now.
Death in Paradise is destined for greatness in my opinion as well. The first two seasons were nothing short of brilliant. Ben Miller is just superb in the roll of DI Richard Poole and is well backed up by the characters played by Danny John-Jules, Sara Martins and Gary Carr. You also can not leave out the Commissioner played by Don Warrington.
DI Richard Poole gets transplanted overnight from his cushy surrounding in London to the bright sunshine and heat of small French Caribbean island, St. Marie. Something he does with much reluctance.
The show is extremely funny and will have you laughing out loud at some of the antics the characters get up to, in particular DI Poole and Dwayne played by Danny John-Jules. You will be addicted very quickly and if you are like me you will be hanging out for the next installment.
The writing is great and the acting is spot on. Particularly the lesser if you can call them that of Fidel and Dwayne played by Gary Carr and Danny John-Jules.
Death in Paradise is very easy to watch, set in such a great location with lots of sunshine and heat it is not your usual crime drama, and this is what sets it apart. With the quirkiness of the Caribbean police force combined superb acting from Ben Miller in the first 2 seasons and Kris Marshall in the 3rd season this show is one you should not miss.
The thrill of the chase as the team track down evidence is made even funnier by the use of great locations and very basic Police buildings and vehicles that you will not be used to seeing in most Police shows.
Do not miss this show. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
About a Boy (2014)
Like one of the other reviewers mentioned, I to have literally seen almost all of the good shows that have been released of recent times. In fact I have seem almost every good show that has been released in the last 50 years. Am I a TV addict, yep.
Having seen the movie with Hugh Grant many times it was with a bit of trepidation that I decided to watch this show, not being sure what to expect hoping it didn't disappoint. Well it didn't and being only 22 minutes long it was long enough to leave me wanting more. Unfortunately that means having to wait another week to get my fix. The lack of canned laughter was a bonus.
It may not be up there with the really good classics, but it hit the spot for me. It had enough funny points to have me laughing and enough emotional points to feel for some of the characters. The eye candy was nice as well, I am sure both sexes will be satisfied.
If you have seen the movie and really loved it you may be slightly disappointed with this, but keep an open mind and give it a chance, you might get a nice surprise.
King & Maxwell (2013)
Firstly I loved The Closer, especially Jon Tenny and 99% of the other cast members, so seeing him in this, with Major Crimes taking over from The Closer is manna from heaven for me.
King and Maxwell are to ex secret service agents who partner up as PI's with a difference. King isn't all that worried about making money or bending the rules a bit as long as they get the job done. Maxwell tends to follow a similar vein, but is more head strong and bossy. The chemistry between the actors is easy to see and they bring this out in their characters which makes for fun and interesting viewing. For me this is Castle with a twist.
Quirky is how I found the first episode and admittedly I have now seen the second episode prior to this review and I will be continuing to watch this show with interest. The continuing involvement of Edgar (as I had hoped after the pilot) will make the show even more interesting and fun, but maybe a little predictable, time will tell.
A recommended show for me and I hope it continues in the vein of the first two episodes.
Eve of Destruction (2013)
Average Disaster Fare
After sitting though this hoping it was going to improve or grab me in some way it is easy to see why the rating for this is so low.
Very average disaster fare IMO.
Nothing special to make you want to sit through 180 minutes of average special effects and average acting. I did it to be able to write this review.
The "been there done that" memories were raging all the way through this, lots of standard good guy bad guy cliques.
Bad guy greedy company owner tries to go against all the recommendations that they shouldn't to do what they want to do, small environmental protest group interferes and disaster ensures.
Bad guys escape justice at last minute, good guys overt complete catastrophe and life gets back on track. Only 500,000 people we never see have died.