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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Fantastic and Hilarious Glimpse of the 70's, 4 June 2017
10/10

If you grew up in the 70's, you probably knew a family something like the Murphys. Clearly this is an over top, outrageous representation, but at the core, this show absolutely captures the 70's. The unbelievable racist things that were so commonplace and the sexism that was so accepted.....but it's still funny. I can see people who didn't live during the 70's thinking this is all shock value, but it's actually not all that far off from what the 70's were like. It's just cleverly woven into a family dramedy. There is so much more than what I have mentioned...including great characters and genius writing. Highly recommended.

3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Disappointing, 26 April 2017
5/10

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I wanted to like this show, but it just progressively got worse as it progressed. The main character is a whiny, not entirely bright, unfinished warrior. I am sure the intent was to show him very much the child he left New York as 15 years prior...but it is the whiny emotional decision making of the Iron Fist that makes the story line bog down. Another problem is the forced insertion of Rosario Dawson into the story line (as she has been in all of the Marvel show). Nothing about her character feels authentic in this story, and is obviously forced in to tie all the Marvel shows together. The "bad guys" part of the story line wasn't bad (unlike Luke Cage), and is really the only the only reason I give it 5 stars, and not less. The 2 different "factions" were an interesting twist, and Harold Meachem was a good character....at least until the last episode or 2 (the last episode was awful). The final scene....with the another whiny warrior who feels betrayed is such a poor reasoning for becoming an enemy it reeks of the awful Luke Cage's bother nemesis (who had an equally poor reason for wanting him dead). Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones are the class of the Marvel shows on Netflix, and nothing has really come close since. I sure hope the writing for The Defenders is better than this.

5 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Credit Outtakes were the only time I laughed, 10 March 2017
1/10

How can anyone take this cast and make a movie that does not have one, single laugh out loud moment? Never mind laugh out loud, I did not even chuckle once until the outtakes during the credits. There is not one surprise. Not one clever gag you didn't see coming from the start. Literally a complete and utter waste of time. Terribly written and mailed in acting.

"Goliath" (2016)
31 out of 44 people found the following review useful:
Poorly written, completely unrealistic, 21 October 2016
4/10

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Stop me if you've heard this before...Billy Bob Thornton as a washed up, alcoholic .....fill in the blank...lawyer in this case. The case to redeem him, the daughter who inspires him to get it together, and a ragtag bunch of misfits helping him as he goes. OK, so it's very formulaic. I could live with that.....some of my favorite action movies stick to a formula. Here's where the show loses me. The case makes no sense. Not the story line part of the case...but the actual in court part of the case.

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He gives the jury nothing. I mean, he just gets his butt kicked in court....but a rambling closing statement about we gotta hold these corporations responsible, and they not only win, but get awarded millions.

I have no clue how this show could be rated as an 8.5 as I am writing this review. I gave a 4, which I think is generous because the production was decent, and I like a couple of the actors. Other than that, the story is crap, Thornton sleep walks through most of it, and the ending is silly. But hey....I got through all 8 episodes, so it gets at least a 4.

5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
By far the worst season finale, 23 September 2016
2/10

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Spoilers follow, please stop if you have not watched this episode.

There was potential here. Mickey's seeming redemption chief among them. But the finale falls apart in it's neat and tidy, and ridiculously simplistic ending. Mickey walks the streets to sell a painting ans stumbles on a drug ring. The Russian mob boss seems to have a staffing issue, as it take the Donovan family a couple guns and some bumps of coke to take down the entire Russian mafia. This has been the weakest season overall. Overly simplistic overall story lines and uninvestigated compelling story lines. Ray Donovan is basically outclassed for 11 episodes, but pulls it all together in the end and whoops the mafia.

"Z Nation" (2014)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
It's like watching a Zombie video game, 12 June 2016
5/10

I'll preface this by saying there is a decent story line buried in the show. There is some pretty funny, tongue in cheek humor throughout. The show has some decent characters, and through flashbacks has built some depth to the characters.Also, while the effects are generally pretty cheesy, there is more gore in some of the zombie killings than you'll see elsewhere.

The problem is, the whole thing is laid out like a video game. You have the "controller" type character in Citizen Z, which most video games use to guide players. You have poor, stilted dialogue that is really just there to tell you about the upcoming task. Several episodes are basically just video game missions.

The primary story line takes some original turns and is compelling enough to watch. The overall writing is poor in the lazy video game architecture, sprinkled with momentary bouts of clever or funny bits and pieces. Acting reflects the writing, not great but they do what they can with the poor dialogue. Basically, if you're out of stuff to watch, this isn't a terrible show and may pull you in if you can make it to S1E6 where the story line becomes more interesting. This is nothing like TWD, so don't watch this looking for your TWD fix. TWD deals with deep character development and true good vs. evil story telling......Z Nation is a video game with one overall mission broken up into many sub-missions.

11 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
Just Awful, 29 January 2016
3/10

Spoilers, don't read if you haven't watched unless you are OK with plot spoilers.

If you are looking for DC's answer to all the great Marvel programming out there, this is not it....or even worse...I guess it is. It's the same CW teen-fest hero show, but much worse. The acting is terrible (I'm looking at you former Prison Break brothers, though they are hardly the only guilty ones). The writing is cheesy and childish in it's simplistic stereotype play to each character.. Never mind that DC characters just aren't all that interesting (an Ant Man knockoff played by the former one-off Superman, a pair of criminal brothers with heat and cold ray gun?). The only 2 with an interesting story....are just lame....Hawnkgirl and Hawkman? And the villain is really the only good overall character....which is OK if he is just the best of the group...but he is the only good one on the show.

Even the reason they are all together isn't all that compelling. A time traveler on a revenge trip that lies to everyone....but they stick around for episode 2 anyway? The team predictably ignores is warnings about time at every turn. And finally...the CGI.....you get the picture. Just don't waste your time on this one unless you're a super fan of the other CW superhero shows.

27 out of 42 people found the following review useful:
Classic video game script made into an action movie, 24 May 2013
6/10

This movie plays out exactly like a video game, complete with a Blackberry that feeds objectives and information. The bad guys give up info way too easy. Sung Gang is wooden and completely cliché for the good cop role.

That said, if you can live with the video game flow, its a decent action flick with plenty of violence that warrants the title of the film. Stallone is, well he's Stallone, nothing surprising there. Jason Momoa is decent as the killer. To be honest, he's actually a better actor than the script he is given. You don't (or shouldn't) watch these movies for great acting anyway. It delivers on the action mostly and violence totally. They even threw in a couple nude scenes with no point to the story line just to give it that earlier 80's action movie feel before they all started going PG and PG-13.

I give it a 6 because it was only slightly worse than I expected. Classic action movie that seemed like it might have been scripted for a game before it was scripted for movie.

Taken (2008/I)
5 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Pretty good, but not great movie, 27 July 2008
8/10

I saw the trailer for this movie and really thought it would be great. It was pretty good, but fell into a few movie cliché's and suffered from poor acting from most everyone but Neelson. This was especially true from all the scenes in Paris.

The acting and occasional plot hole aside, this was a good action flick. Several reviews have pointed to the Bourne movies, and it does have that spy character who is ready for any situation. Unfortunately this movie doesn't get nearly as deep or even pretend to build characters. Instead, this movie focuses on a father who just happens to, as the trailer notes, have a particular skill set that enables him to track down and deal with people.

There is some exposure to sex trafficking, but that only goes as deep as it needs to find his daughter. I recommend this movie, just don't pay $12.00 to see it. Check out a matinée or rent it.