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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Everyone associated with this film ought to be banned from his/her respective guilds.
The actors (guilt by association).
The wardrobe dept.
The set designers.
The sound dept.
WHAT A MESS! This thing is so low rent it makes high school film class productions look like STAR WARS!
Boring. Clichéd. Unoriginal. Glacially paced. Absurd ending. (Imagine...a film that goes absolutely NOWHERE that ends with such a resounding thud it makes one want to attack the projectionist and DEMAND one's money back.) Fortunately, I had the good sense to download a shaky CAM pirated .mp4 -- at least THAT was a fitting format for this joke of a movie.
RUN, do not walk, to the nearest bomb shelter. Avoid this waste of two hours at all cost.
An exceptional season finale to a wonderful show
As the title states...this was an exceptional season finale to a wonderful show. Many issues were resolved. And resolved well. Tensions that built throughout the entire 3 seasons climaxed successfully in this well crafted finale. The dialogs were top notch. The story arcs were logical and powerful. And the sense of satisfaction was generously delivered and much appreciated. The writers and directors of this show tackled harsh realities and exposed the underbelly of human nature. But they managed to do it without falling into cheap soap opera melodramatic ploys. Rarely does a show manage to draw viewers in when showcasing profoundly damaged protagonists. It's easier when dealing with antagonists. But Ripper Street did it masterfully, and "The Peace of Edmund Reid" captured every nuance that had been building and totally nailed it. Kudos to the actors, writers and producers of this wonderful series.
Mr. Robot (2015)
This is what happens when you try to stretch a movie concept into a TV series
Remember the old joke about going to a fight and seeing a hockey game break out? Well, this series is all about what happens when a concept that was originally intended to be a movie gets stretched into a TV series.
The pilot was at least interesting, but it all goes south from there. As others have already pointed out, this is a hodgepodge of Fight Club, Dexter, The Matrix, and many many others. It's one thing to be influenced by other productions; it's quite another to just rip and rip and rip.
But more than the ripoffs...this show is just a mess. The main character is a mess; everyone around the main character is a mess; the story is a mess; and most importantly, the 'message' is a mess: Anyone trying to confront the puppet masters of this world (the 1% of the 1%) is a raving lunatic self-loathing delusional emo suicidal junkie a-hole.
Yet as bad as all of that is, maybe the worst part of this series is how it tries to pass itself off as intelligent high brow art, when all it really is, is bad TV making. (What's funny is to read all the fanboys and fangirls defend this utter rubbish in the comments section.)
The acting is wooden at times and screechy at other times and 2nd rate most of the time. The direction is amateurish, over-relying on 'shocking sex scenes' (i.e. "HEY...I'm in here peeing!!" Pause. "OK...I'll spread my legs for you") and gimmicks like cliffhangers and plot 'twists' (i.e. "I'm your dead father and I'm really dead", "I'm your sister and I'm really alive so stop kissing me") -- OOOOOH.
Don't buy into the hype and fake ratings/reviews. This show is definitely not 'all that'. What it IS is a convoluted story about a maladjusted depressed drug addict 'hacker' suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) and Schizophrenia (he both hallucinates characters and embodies characters) who's fancies himself as a sort of modern-day Robin Hood who's going to save the world by destroying financial records/data of an evil conglomerate, thus eliminating 70% of the existing debt (money owed to credit card companies and mortgage companies, student loans, etc.) and creating in its wake a massive 'redistribution of wealth' the likes of which the world has never seen before. Make sense to you? No? Well, you have more sense than the creator of this ridiculous tortured fantasy.
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom ripoff/spoof
This episode is clearly a flat out 'Temple of Doom' ripoff/spoof. It's interesting as far as it goes. But as the other reviewer pointed out -- IT'S A CUP. This whole idol worship aspect of certain elements of Christianity is really quite pointless. Rather than hunting for a relic as if it had some magical power (coupled with their inhuman devastating crusades), they'd be better served by searching for (and practicing) the TEACHINGS espoused by said religions.
Regardless, at least this episode was a little different. It had some more action. And it went a little further into the feminist political aspirations of Margaret Haile. (Ironically, they captured the essence of the struggle in a previous episode, highlighting the fact that she wouldn't even be able to vote for herself in the election, since the loophole that allowed her to run for office didn't negate the restriction of women not being able to vote.) So despite the obvious plagiarism this was an entertaining episode.
This episode is pure rubbish. To begin with, as another reviewer pointed out, the entire premise is implausible. Secondly, we've basically already seen this before (i.e. the manipulations of James Gillies). Thirdly, along with the very premise being implausible, the entire sequence of events is equally if not more implausible.
There are some good things about Murdoch Mysteries. For example, the incorporation of real life historical figures like Tesla, Edison, Houdini, Emma Goldman, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others.
And the show is to be commended for the way in which it portrays racism and sexism as it existed at the start of the 20th century.
And there are some nice interesting plots in which a high level of deductive reasoning is displayed on the part of Murdoch and others. It's like a period piece CSI.
But in THIS particular episode, that all goes out the window and the otherwise uber competent cops turn into The Keystone Cops. And that REALLY gets under my skin. There are so many instances of such buffoonery in A Midnight Train to Kingston that I won't even bother to list them.
SUGGESTION: Do yourself a favor and skip this utter total waste of time episode.
A Rose Amongst the Thorns
Hatufim is an exceptional TV program that has heart, soul, and intelligence. The character development is so good that I could even relate to most of the antagonists on some level because Raff created 3 dimensional complex characters and dialogs that are relevant and engaging. He also tackled complex subject matter, like Israeli-Arab relations, bureaucratic oppression, husband-wife-children dynamics, etc., all the while achieving a level of mastery rarely if ever seen on TV. He didn't sugar coat anything; he didn't white wash anything; and the result is one of the best TV programs I've ever seen.
Contrast that with Homeland, and it's night and day. I honestly cannot believe he was the creative force behind both shows. Everything that Hatufim is, Homeland most definitely is not.
Homeland has lousy actors (i.e. Claire Danes has 2 or 3 facial expressions and she either SCREAMS or pouts her lines. And at least 2 of the other actors only have ONE facial expression -- a scowl.)
It has lousy scripts (We're REALLY supposed to believe that a bi-polar psychopath agent is going to BLACKMAIL HER CIA BOSS into giving her the job she wants?!!! REALLY?!!!)
It has lousy dialog (i.e Repeatedly after some tragedy occurs, some actor turns and asks: "Are you OK?" Wow. Riveting stuff there.)
And it has despicable "protagonists" (I've never before rooted as hard as I did for a character to get nuked as I did after Carrie Mathison attempted to drown her own infant daughter.) In Hatufim, I found all the protagonists and anti-heroes engaging, and was even able to relate at some level to the antagonists. In Homeland, I basically wanted all of the PROTAGONISTS to die. And that's never a good thing.). About the only good thing I can say about Homeland is that it turned me onto Hatufim.
Maybe Raff got caught up in the American system or something. I don't know. I just wish he'd stuck with Hatufim and provided more seasons rather than spearheading Homeland. Along those lines I hope there's at least a season 3 somewhere in the cards. The show deserves it. And the fans deserve it.
Homeland: Tower of David (2013)
Homeland By Committee
Watching this episode I had the distinct feeling I was watching something created by a committee. You know what I mean, right? Someone had an idea: "Hey...let's throw THIS in". Then someone else had an idea: "Hey...let's throw THAT in". And before you knew it...it was like some stitched-together Frankenstein Monster. Some shows are about torture. This show WAS torture. In fact, I wholeheartedly believe the luckiest person in this episode was the guy who got thrown off a building. At least he had a concrete ending. Literally. And figuratively. And while it might or might not have been a happy ending, at least it WAS an ending. This Tower of David was like those Spin Art devices you've seen at carnivals -- where it just goes round and round and round, and you pour in a bunch of colors, and in the end you get some razzle-dazzle colorful "painting". Except in this case, there were no colors; just a nauseating array of grays.
About the ONLY good thing I can say about this mess is that at least it was devoid of "The Brody Bunch". (The Brody Bunch...The Brody Bunch...That's the way they became The Brody Bunch.)
Homeland = big collection of unlikeable characters
This show is laughable from the point of view of unlikeable characters, non-believable story arcs, and questionable at best acting.
Never before have I seen such flat affect from so many characters.
Dana is insufferable. She's like some EMO teenager on too many sedatives.
Estes is equally insufferable. I don't think I've seen him smile once in two seasons.
Saul is the same. Deadpan. Expressionless. Emotionless. Ridiculous.
Then there's the obnoxious Jess. Whiny. Hypocritical. Loathsome.
Then there's Carrie. Good lord...somebody order up some more E.C.T. Please. (I swear...when she was going in for some "procedure", I thought she was going in for a lobotomy, not E.C.T.)
Then there's Mike. Totally forgettable.
Then there's Lauder...a PTSD on steroids.
Then there's Virgil, the obedient lap dog.
About the only tolerable character is Quinn, until he tanks because of his "love" for Carrie. (Wise up, dude. She's a psychopath.)
And then...there are the stupid, humorless, non-believable story arcs that are annoying at best, and the cheap soap-opera melodrama vs real drama.
And then there's the pacing...which is like watching paint dry.
And then there's the writing...which is as laughable as the one dimensional cut out characters.
Added all up...this show is not only less than the sum of its parts, the parts themselves are less than they should be.
What a grossly over-hyped, over-rated series.
Nurse Jackie (2009)
Anatomy of a sociopath
Good premise. Decent first season. Then, not unlike too many other shows that start out with a lot of potential Nurse Jackie quickly runs off the rails and never gets back on track. This show suffers from the all-too-typical "caricatures rather than characters" syndrome. There are simply too many one dimensional cartoon characters in this show to even begin to take it seriously. "Coop". Zoey. Thor. All cartoonish immature 1 dimensional clowns. And that's simply unacceptable. So is its schizo nature of taking itself way too seriously then not taking itself seriously enough. And so is the problem of having no one to really care that much about. So in short, this show is neither here nor there, and as such, the net result is a big waste of time.
Furthermore the continuity from one season to the next is hands down THE WORST of any TV series I've ever seen. It's like the writers/directors/editors/producers were all on PCP. The gaps and unexplained events from one season to the next are appalling and any semblance of suspension of disbelief is totally destroyed.
But possibly the biggest problem with this show is that it SEEMS to be focusing on addiction, when in fact, it's the lead character is a sociopath who is also an addict. Jackie has no conscience whatsoever, and her persistent incorrigible behavior makes it impossible to want anything for her except incarceration. Rarely has one TV character generated so much hatred.
My suggestion? Please...pull the plug on this rotting comatose vegetable already.
Californication: Daughter (2014)
It just keeps getting worse and worse
I thought S7E9 (Faith, Hope, and Love) was rock bottom.
I was wrong.
I wish this episode allowed for negative ratings, that's how badly it sucked.
I don't even know where to being.
We have the cancellation of "Santa Monica Cop". Okay so far.
Then we have Marcy's brainstorm: she'll sleep with Stu for the cool million and Charlie gets one get out of jail free card. (I wish the earth would just open up and swallow the three of them -- Charlie, Marcy, and Stu.) But wait...there's more. Or less, as the case may be. We're "treated" to the return of Becca. (Yeah, I know...just when you thought this mess of a season couldn't get any worse.) And after all the bonding that Hank and Levon have done, he can't even bring himself to joyously tell Becca that Levon is her half brother. What a crock. And we're supposed to believe that Becca is capable of getting married?!!! Or for that matter, we're supposed to have ANY connection to that wretched character whatsoever?!!!
The BEST way to end this abortion? Have some major earthquake swallow up the entire production company lock stock and barrel.