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A Teacher (2013)
Terrible ride through nothingness
Seeing this movie was a terrible, excruciating experience, but since I'm very hopeful and optimistic person, I watched it all the way through, hoping until the very end it's just about to provide something. Anything. It didn't. This completely failed as a showcase of character study. If anything, it's a perfect study of how movies should not be made. Ever! First of all, the story practically didn't have any development. The teacher-student relationship is a given thing from the get go and the only observation you can safely make is that she's a lot into him, but his motivation is completely ignored. Is it flattering for him? Does he prefer older girls? Is he happy? Is it only physical/fun for him? Temporary, even? Well, I have nothing against unorthodox film-making, but just because a film aspires to be fancy-shmancy artsy-fartsy all-independent, it may not - and doesn't - serve an excuse for boring the audience to sleep with a completely flat story and shortage of content. In fact, this feels like a shopping spree with empty shopping cart leaving past cash-desk. Boo-hoo, an end of a terrible ride. Finally!
This movie is an utter insult to viewer's intellect. Of course, voice and appearance of Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman will make anything watchable... well, wait, this is exactly what this is. The whole story revolves about imbecile concept that doesn't remotely make any sense at all. No matter how expensive visual effects you add to it, there is nothing in this movie you can save. Electrifying Scarlett Johansson and soothing Morgan Freeman will surely get everyone's attention, but the movie is simply so terrible you'll spend rest of your days wondering how could someone have the nerves to sell it to you. If someone would mention that humans only use 10% of their brain, stop listening. It's not truth, it's pseudoscience and most definitely it will be followed by made up words of wisdom. I am capable of understanding work of fiction, but only when the creators do their homework and won't insult me with ridiculous nonsensical travesty. Dear Hollywood, you went too far this time, please don't ever do that again.
Outstanding, well-written and casted show with decent acting
This TV show stands out in multiple fields. First of all, it's very well written, unpredictable, entertaining and down to earth. It beats all the popular charlie sheen's "1 + a half men" and the like, because it's not stationery and has perfected characters played by talented and interesting actors. I really hope the series will continue. What a delightful and pleasant series. I highly recommend it. You will love the characters from the first episode and I'm sure you will realize you recognize the similarity of at least one of the characters with someone you know. I need one line to make this long enough. You will not regret watching this show.
Two different movies in one?
The movie starts in and maintains the typical fashion of Anchorman standard for a while. Sometimes the jokes are too forced, sometimes they are overdone (like those racial jokes, that weren't witty) but apart of that, the first part of the movie was quite enjoyable. The story about creation of senstation-driven "news" ("This is not news") is not only funny, but an actual eye-opener as well.
Then Ron sustains a trauma a temporarily loses his sight. At this very moment, the movie feels like its original writers died and some strange, newly hired dudes finished the movie.
The part about blindness goes way beyond the possible extent, exploitable for comedy and it's too long. The bizarre "royal battle" makes you confident, something had gone terribly wrong. It's laughable potential is minimum, the scenes looks as dull as expensive and foremost, completely pointless. Brief appearances of celebrities in their micro roles do not help, they only make you wonder more.
I would say the movie was superb when it started, but after watching the whole flick, I was very disappointed. The waste of the potential was enormous. Ron Burgundy was know for unique feel and outstanding, signature genre of retro comedy. This time it has failed beyond imagination. And yes, I have to agree with many, Steve Carrel's role was written awfully.
If you paid for this movie, you probably "deserve" at least 50% refund.
Old Boy (2013)
Unconventional and epic
I've never seen 'the original' that's why I can actually review and rate this movie. I find the votes of fans of the original very biased and compromised as they were comparing the movie to the original or worse - to their imagination of how the remake should be like. A comparison of the movie to another movie you haven't seen is completely useless for the viewer.
Spike Lee is a magical director. He hasn't failed in any way here. The movie is fast-paced, thrilling, perfectly written and visually flawless. The idea contained in this story is very non-traditional, however, the message is delivered with excellence. It's definitely isn't a movie for easy evening, but rather a journey into the darkness of human behavior and feelings of despair, hate and pain. But mostly, it's a movie that stands out in its depth and that's something that's not easy to get in contemporary Hollywood cinematographic production and distribution.
Wrong Cops (2013)
With potential but way under expectations
I would label the genre of Wrong Cops as cynical and absurd dramedy. It had its moments, but couldn't properly fill the length of the title. The writing wasn't bad though. I liked some creative ideas and approaches from the writers, and also some of the plot twist were well done. "Cops gone bad" is a potent concept though, which should've been exploited much better here. I understand the movie intentionally wanted to look independent and different - which succeeded, but I must say it had extremely boring and entertaining moments and overall it was uneasy to watch it through. Kind of movie you can pass and you won't miss much - unless you're in a mood for very unconventional flick.
The Tomorrow People (2013)
seriously poor for this century
Humans with supernatural abilities is a great concept providing enormous potential. We've seen it in X-Man movies, Heroes series and many others. But I haven't ever seen it going to waste like this. The line between good and evil mastermind villain is extremely thick as in comic books for preschoolers. The "HAL-like" talking computer with robotic voice (in 2013!) is ridiculous at best. I'm very disappointed, I had hopes the title will deliver drama, interesting twists and quality entertainment. None of that was true. I guess the target audience are tired people, unwilling to think, judge and process, with bad taste and very low demand for TV entertainment.
Would be perfect, if ...
I have seen a couple of episodes and I must say my expectations were high. After Breaking Bad and Southland, a trilling drama is really missing on TV. Jerry Bruckheimer is a great producer. This would have been a great series if... it wouldn't revolve about hostage situation, that is normally a short-lived situation that can cover the length of a movie, but hardly a season. This inevitably leads to a series with excessive prolonging and disappointments. Most importantly, you can't really produce a family-friendly hostage drama. This is as dramatic as kissing through glass is intimate. It's impossible to maintain the thrill factor if no one gets hurt in an extortion drama, even if hostages do not follow orders from their captors. Let's compare it to Breaking Bad - except for a few main characters, everyone could any moment become a collateral there. Here, the characters are treated as "babe" piggy that no one expects to die. I must say though, the character, dialogs and events are interesting, well written, the flick is executed very well and acting is superb.
Boston's Finest (2013)
It doesn't cut it
The format of the show is unique, but that alone doesn't mean it's a good program. It's not a documentary per se and not a true reality either. The scene with twin sisters is horrible, the show tells us one of the twin sister is a respected PD member, while the other mess up with horrible life choices. When you get to see their meeting, it's obvious the sister is mentally challenged, which doesn't match the full extent of the picture the story the show claims. It's very boring compared to Southland or Blue Bloods. It also doesn't bring the convincing reality sense as C.O.P.S. I'm very disappointed and I am decided not to watch the show anymore.
Royal Pains (2009)
Is it the shine of wealth that sells this?
This is not a kind of show where you anxiously wait to see a new episode. It's kind of show that you can watch once in a while and you didn't miss anything. The idea is, a doc happens to help out a wealthy patient and soon after he becomes a private doc for secretive and freaky upper 5% wealthy patients in a preppy area. The show is hardly anyhow developing and it goes over and over again. A genius doc Dr. Hank Lawson Feuerstein is a weak and boring character. Evan R. Lawson is his younger brother, which a very cheesy and ridiculous character played by Paulo Costanzo, that tries hard to be funny but he keeps failing at it. I was impressed by Reshma Shetty, she appears to be very talented and interesting, but unfortunately her role is not built well either. Her desperate character is written into a lot of overacting and the show is static and repetitive. I'm starting to believe people would watch almost anything if it shows the glorious life of rich people. As far as it has mansions, expensive sports cars and giant pools, people will watch it. It's a little bit neat show, but I can't see much beyond that there.