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A Disappoining Season
Last season, I would have given this program a much higher rating, but this season just keeps going from bad to worse. My favorite shows are always character driven. I become deeply involved with the characters in the story. I actually care what happens to them.
In this program the only character even worth watching is Ivy. The rest are all written as stereotypes. I say this with the deepest respect for the actors. You're only as good as you're written. I'm so tired of seeing great talent wasted on redundant story lines, predictable outcomes, and bad casting. I don't care about them any more. They have no depth, no ability to draw me in.
The stories are also all over the place. Instead of focusing in and giving us one or two great subplots, we now have at least five subplots going, and none of them are intriguing, much less relevant. It's just sad.
The music and dancing are fun, but that's not enough. Give us real characters to watch. Trust that your audience can deal with real people and real situations. This season the show is lacking in focus, devoid of any depth, and not humorous enough to support the cartoon characters it is giving us.
Hope Springs (2012)
This film portrays a couple who find themselves in a situation that may be sadly familiar to many in the audience. It is a quiet film of profound intensity that lets the actors tell a very complex story through subtle gestures, facial expressions, and vocal tonality. It is not a light-hearted romp, as the previews seem to indicate. Rather, it is a complex piece, full of deep pathos and scary possibilities that are bathed in love and humorous reflection.
There is nothing more difficult in life than to allow ourselves to be vulnerable... to lay our soul out for another to see and then to trust that we will be accepted and loved. I felt almost voyeuristic as I watched these characters struggle with their deepest fears and unrealized dreams.
There wasn't the slightest hint of burlesque or caricature in this film. It goes straight to the heart of what makes us human... our abilities to dream of what could be and the courage it takes to realize these dreams. I only wish we had more films like this one to keep us company on our daily journey through the ups and downs of life. By the end of the movie, I felt I had made two or more new friends.
The Street Stops Here (2010)
A Force to be Reckoned With
This is a film that is more than just a feel-good movie. True, you want to stand up and cheer at every significant turning point, but the bottom line has less to do with winning games and more to do with winning in life. Each of us has challenges on our path, whether it be an environment of mean streets or inner demons that set us on collision courses of personal disaster, and the plain truth is that we would undoubtedly have a better chance of rising above our biggest setbacks, if we could somehow internalize the lessons that Coach Bob Hurley imparts to his teams. God bless him and all those unsung others who give so much of themselves to others. It's not a profession. It's a calling.
Trust Me (2009)
A Real Disappointment
I want to like this show! I really do! Great cast, fun premise, and lots of potential, but seriously, what is up with Conner, the character played by Thomas Cavanaugh? He is almost totally unlikeable. I think he is supposed to be quirky and unpredictable, but every time he appears on scene, I find myself cringing. He has absolutely NO good points, no charisma, no character traits that you can really identify with. It's as if the character has no consistency. It is all over the place. There is nothing there to hold onto and to enjoy. I find that I like the other characters and look forward to their ever growing inter-relationships. I especially enjoy Sara, Monica Potter's character. Here's hoping it will get better. Give Thomas Cavanaugh something to work with, please! Give the man a break! He's a great actor!
Canterbury's Law (2008)
I like it!
I disagree with the previous viewer. I actually am enjoying this new show. The dialogue is smart, and the plots so far have been interesting. I also think it is more multi-layered than most shows of this ilk on TV presently. It's a different role for Julianna Margulies, and I love the character she is playing. It's nice to see a strong "over-29" woman, who is complex and able to think on her feet. She (the character) has been through a huge tragedy, and it gives me pause to think how that might affect her. I also enjoy Ben Shankman in his role and hope Aidan Quinn will get a bigger role in future episodes. I just feel like the series needs time for everything to gel. The cast feels a bit rough in the way they interact, but that often gets resolved within the first season. Give it some time and another view or two!
Missing Song (contains spoilers)
Tune Find and the ABC Music Guide neglected to credit "Lay Down Beside Me" by Jim Kremens as the music playing when Izzie is lying on the bed next to Denny after he has died. That is too bad, as the song added so much to the poignancy of that scene.
This is one of my all time favorite television episodes. Izzy's devastation, and the way each of the other principal characters deals with it says a great deal about the amazing way that Sondra Rhimes keeps us riveted to the show and coming back for more each week. When Alex picked Izzie up and removed her from the bed, I was absolutely drowning in tears. ( It's a good thing that crying raises our immune system.)