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Family Guy (1999)
Simpsons-esque but still great
Family Guy is, to be completely honest, a very funny show. It has a lot a lot of laughs. That said, it is, to a certain extend, a rip-off of The Simpsons. I mean, looking at the families, Peter is Homer except even fatter and stupider, Lois is Marge except more whiny, Chris is Bart except, again, fatter and stupider, and Meg is Lisa except more unpopular and more of a nerd. Both families even have a dog and a baby (admittedly the Family Guy baby and dog are more entertaining than The Simpsons'). It's safe to say that without The Simpsons, there would have been no Family Guy. This is not to say that Family Guy should be dismissed. As I say, it is very very funny. It's potentially even funnier than the Simpsons. I think it probably is. One main difference, though, is that Family Guy, with characters which are really caricatures of themselves, lacks the depth of The Simpsons. The characters are really just there to deliver jokes, to a much greater extent than The Simpsons. So, my feeling is this: Family Guy is a terrificly hilarious show, and that is all there is to it.
Happy Days (1980)
Very well done
This play is obviously not the most diverting out there, considering that essentially nothing happens throughout it. As to the play itself, it is (to me at least) very worthy of discussion. So many things could be meant by it. It is extremely ambiguous. Obviously, that was the intent, and whether or not you like the play, the acting is fantastic. Irene Worth, playing Minnie, is actually hilarious and the staging is very well done. It's directed well and the scenery is good. I'd definitely recommend it for any fan of Samuel Beckett and even to someone who's not, as even fairly un-theater-y people can stand it. I quite enjoyed this play, though, in fairness, I would not want to see it again. It's difficult to sit through but, again, that is the intent of the play.
Atlantis High (2001)
This is probably the weirdest show I have ever seen. It might just possibly be worth watching. It's certainly worth knowing about and talking to people about. It is funny in a juvenille sort of way. It's bizarrely appealing. I have no idea what the plot is or what is going on in any way at all. But I still watched it. Would I recommend it? Yes... kind of.
(Spoilers herein) First of all, this movie had nice effects. I WILL give it that. And the acting was, um, adequate I suppose. However, there were a few questions that I didn't feel were answered.
Who were the people in the wedding? Why was there an avalanche? Did Lara really have to do those fancy sommersaults to get to the orb? How didn't they realize the people were in the cave? How did she hold her breath that long under water? Why didn't the shark bite her? Why didn't more sharks come? How did she know the shark would go towards the surface? How did she know it was Pandora's Box? Why did the government believe Lara so quickly? Why is Anjelina Jolie so hot?
That's only about a half hour into the movie. I had a bunch of other questions too but they'd take up too much space. So basically, Tombraider 2 is a good movie for effects, but for plot it, well, sucks.
*May contain spoilers* The greatest thing about this film was its budget. That must have been big. Other than that it was incredibly predictable and sad. So there are these people who work with bats. One is the "sexy" smart, save-the-day woman and the other is the comic-relief black guy. They are asked to go to the town of Gallop, Texas to help with the bat problem. They meet a tough cowboy guy, and the scientist who created the evil bats. The scientist looks scary and drops "subtle" hints. Bats attack, they barricade a school (why a school? I don't know). They play opera music, the black guy doesn't like it, hilarity ensues. Then they get attacked by the evil bats. Shockingly, the chicken-wire doesn't hold them off. Equally shockingly, the generator doesn't work, so they can't electrocute the bats. And, most shockingly of all, the scientist guy tells us that he created the evil bats... ON PURPOSE. Then the bats kill him, the rest go to the bat cave and kill all the bats and they all live happily ever after. Bad, bad movie.
Day of the Dead (1985)
Falls into that awkward category between not bad enough, and not good enough.
It's true. You really want your Zombie movies to be either terribly bad so you can make fun of them, or really good so they're actually frightening. This one is good enough so it's hard to make fun of it really, but it's certainly not good enough to be worth watching. Therefore, it is a complete waste of time. Of course, it was 2 AM when I watched this movie so that may have had something to do with me disliking it.
(May contain spoilers) This movie is the epitome of weirdness. I rented it hoping for a film so bad it would be funny. However, I still honestly can't decide if this film was intended to be scary or humorous. It combines the emotions in a rather disturbing way. Apparently this is trying to be clever but in actual fact it isn't. For instance, when the knife comes out and tries to kill the teacher, it starts playing happy music. When we go to Toxico, we have up-beat, quasi-Mr. Roger's Neighborhood music. However, when the little kid's dreaming of falling in "blood" and when he finds the leg, these are clearly intended to be tense. So, watch this film, and decide for yourself. It is too weird to be described in words and for that I say, kudos.
After Death (Oltre la morte) (1989)
You gotta love it
This film is very, very funny. Granted, that is not its function, but it certainly is. It is MST-worthy if nothing else. I was simply in awe of the idiocy of this movie and that is what made it so much fun to watch. Don't rent this movie looking for something scary... it's not. It's predictable and the ending is terrible. From the fairly friendly zombies to the idiotic people, this film is a delight. One more thing: Don't watch it alone... Not because it's scary, but because with other people you can make fun of it more.
Bringing Down the House (2003)
It's not Bowfinger
*May contain spoilers... you have been warned.* I like Steve Martin. I like Eugene Levy. I don't even mind Queen Latifah. Yet this movie just doesn't do it. It definitely has it's funny moments and Steve Martin is always fun to watch. But for such a great cast, it's really rather sub-par. It's a predictable plot, average acting, and certainly some unfunny jokes. Also, a lot of it seemed unneccesary; for instance, the cat-fight scene. Why was that even in there? Despite this though, I would recommend it. The Steve Martin ghetto scene is quite humorous and Eugene Levy is a delight. So all in all, it's worth a watch if you're a big Steve Martin fan but if you're not then you may want to avoid it.
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)
This is a terrible show. It's incredibly biased, and it's mean. Bill O'Reilly is rude and has no respect for his guests. If you want fair "no spin" programming, then look somewhere else. The editting is all in Bill's favor, and whenever the guests try to bring up a good point, Bill just silences them by interrupting them repeatedly. He's a disgrace to Harvard.