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The Imitation Game (2014)
Brits were not the first ones to break Enigma
I have just one comment. Why is a movie founded on a lie such a huge success and even nominated for an Oscar? Alan Turing was not the first guy to crack the code. He and others at Bletchley Park were merely the smart folks who used Polish groundbreaking cryptography methods to tackle Enigma. Turing is portrayed here as a hero and the success as solely his, all according to the sneaky writers of The Imitation Game. Did they forget to carry out a proper research or was their mission to undermine Polish part a deliberate thing? Brits often forget about their 2WW allies, ascribing all the war effort success to themselves. But hey, even 'bletchleyparkorg', the official website, says "The Poles broke Enigma in 1932"...In 1939 with the invasion on Poland imminent the Poles reached out to Britons for help and thus Bletchley Park became the centre where cryptographers were unscrambling the code. See "The Imitation Game' - Success Has Many Fathers..." a review by Witold Sobkôw
Get your facts straight people.
Outstanding production, real issues
This show does not disappoint. It is so well done that you might forget you're watching a TV drama not real life events. The characters are believable, powerfully drawn, but the undeniable star of the show is Maxine Peake - her performance just superb! As Martha Costello she is everything that you'd imagine a superior barrister to be. Can't get enough of her credible acting to be honest. The rest of the cast deserves a praise too because it is thanks to them that this BBC drama is so uniquely authentic. Filmed in London (I think), it depicts daily life at Shoe Lane chambers and the work of British barristers, clerks and solicitors. I am professionally interested in law and find it hard to point out any flaws in how "Silk" presents the legal crowd in London. I do see a difference between an American show of this kind and a British one. The former tends to be focused on achievements, career and quirks of personality and the latter...hmmm...basically on the job, meaning you get a believable picture of the life at the chambers. If you're into this sort of thing just see for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
State of Affairs (2014)
We just have to wait and see...
I have to admit, I anticipated this show. I like Katherine Heigl as an actress (don't care much about her personal life, it's not my business). She is smart, funny and the comedies she starred in were fun to watch - not demanding, just fun enjoyable pastime. Maybe that is why I don't get all the hate this series, or even more so the actress herself, got so far. 'Reviewers' here do not care about the first episode and its potential focusing instead on some highly individualised preferences. Really? Some comments go like: "black woman president ain't gonna happen" (republican rednecks?), other "Heigl is not suitable, CIA agent would be more serious and not so: young, emotional, double-chinned...(and what on earth has blond hair colour to do with anything!?), over-acting (?!), teary analysts (because humans shouldn't care for their fellows) and so on"... Are you sure you're reviewing this show? Have you ever seen the inside of government's offices? Are you positive only serious, clever and capable people are ruling our countries? Your expectations make me laugh. All those who have serious jobs are just human, they have better and worse days, they are more emotional or less, that does not mean they are wrong for the task. State of Affairs looks more real to me than TGW and other similarly oriented TV shows. ''''''''''And now about the series itself''''''''A young agent was attacked in Kabul. She experiences a PTSD. She lost her fiancée who also happened to be the president's son. Charlie is very intelligent, dynamic and in command despite having to deal with her personal drama. I do not know much about the everyday work at CIA or the president's office but even if what's being portrayed here isn't 100% accurate, one has to remember that State of Affairs is a TV show not a documentary. What matters to me, as a viewer, is that I'm hooked from the first episode, that the show is interesting and that there is a potential for future seasons. And by the way, Charlie is way more likable and appealing than wooden Lizzie from The Blacklist (a great show thanks to James Spader!).
Epic Ink (2014)
The best of its kind
How come this show has only 7 stars?! Are you people blind or just nasty? This is by far the best, funny and interesting tattoo show out there. The quality of art is astounding. I can't believe a tattoo can be this alive, this good. I love that all in the shop, except for the receptionist, are nerdy/geeky. I can relate. The cast like same stuff as me and they know what they're talking about. Dialogues are enjoyable and funny, there's very little drama (please, please, please keep it this way) and the tattoos they get to do are very well conceptualised first. I like Area's 51 crew, they know their business and it never happened that a customer was left with an ugly/stupid ink etched onto their skin (which is quite common in shows like Master Ink or occasionally in Best Ink). Super duper show that provides entertainment and good time. Can't wait to see the next series. Producers, please hurry up!
Seen it all.
There's a young couple, a new house, a spooky doll (who on earth would want to collect that anyway?!), mysterious black lady from a dusty bookstore and the priest. We've seen all that before. However it is nicely done so one can't complain too much about the picture. This movie will scare you if you watch it in a cinema. The sound, huge screen and lots of girly shrieks create tension and dark mood. All that aside and the movie lacks. I didn't quite catch the connection of the satanists to Annabell, why the scene of a crazy attack at the pregnant woman? Why the bookstore lady condemns her soul surely knowing that will keep her away from her deceased daughter? Why wouldn't the woman and her baby move out of the spooky apartment, maybe into a church or somewhere safer? This and many other plot mishaps make this movie less enjoyable. It has some good ideas, dialogues and believable acting but all in all it could have been better. As said before, if you go and see it in a cinema on a night out with a bunch of friends you won't be disappointed but when you start analysing this film....no just don't analyse it. (curious if they're making a sequel though)
Ink Master (2012)
Ink Master drama
The only reason I'm giving it a star is because of season 1, which was pretty decent. From then on the producers focused more on making a soap opera drama comparable to The Housewives of Miami than a tattoo competition. I can't stand the bit**ing and nasty contestants who came on this show to expose their awful characters rather than really tattoo. The worst season yet is the Fifth one. A bunch of mediocre 'tattoo artists' doing really poor tattoos and getting away with it. Perhaps better ones didn't want to participate in this weak show? I can see only a couple of OK artists: Erik and Josh, the rest is embarrassing themselves....And the judges...Where should I begin? First, they have little to say about the quality of tattoos and the critique panel in the end is a joke. I, as a laywoman, can say things like "This tattoo has some good tones", or "This one lacks depth"...The judges are boring and unfit for the job. Not to mention that Nuniez and Peckh are being accused of harassment by a female crew member. Nasty, nasty, nasty...yawn...There are better shows than this one. Master Ink can't even be compared to Epic Ink and Best Ink which truly are about ART and amazingly talented people. Master Ink is just a bad taste TV drama.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
You won't turn away from the screen, not even for a moment.
This is how thrilling movies should be made. An author is hired to finish writing a memoir of a politician, a former UK prime minister to be exact. He arrives at a remote estate and gets entangled in a daily routine of the household members. The more he learns about them the more puzzled he becomes. Eventually his curiosity takes over him and he starts going after the trail. I hope it's not an over-interpretation on my part but here it goes. In this movie, I think, Polanski's message or a subtle hint was that there are so many 'big' things going on around us about which we have no clue, yet we tend to focus on small and irrelevant pieces of the puzzle. We look at the small and we don't see the big. Take it or leave it, Polanski never made 'just' entertainment. I adore his style, which is very distinct and I recommend this film, only wish it was longer...
A few points to all the haters:
1. Complaining about Kim Catrall is unsubstantiated. Did you people think for a second that maybe her cheesy acting was the desired effect? She was a sexy, smartish assistant, who obviously was American but tried hard to master her British accent, I don't know, maybe to fit in, give herself an air of sophistication or to please the employer. On the top of that she might be romantically involved with the politician. Think about her character and then judge.
2. Complaints about the 'mistakes' and 'shortcomings' in the plot. You seem to be forgetting that films are usually 1.5h long, this one was 2h and some shortcuts had to be made, like the famously cited 'google search'. The magic of cinema is time-bound.
3. McGregor's character...hmmm this is an easy one. You may think he was too simple as a writer, his lines were unconvincing etc. but why on earth would you think that Polanski was not in control of his actors? Some comments just show pure disrespect towards someone who's been making movies since 1955. Come on!
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Hang in there
I watch horror movies...a lot. I was drawn to this one because of Melissa George whom I think is a good actress and she's not afraid to push herself to deliver an what some might call over the top performance. It works well in movies, especially when balanced out with some 'quiet' characters. The plot looks somewhat like this: a group of friends, a cabin in mountains, bad guys and a frantic chase. Don't want to reveal more because this is not why you, fellow thriller/horror fans, should see it. I recommend it wholeheartedly because it is a well written and well executed screenplay spiced up with a nail biting, heart stopping moments. What is more discomforting than a climber on a rope fighting for life? We had a bunch of movies like this, and some based on true stories (Touching the Void, North Face) but in this particular one the idea was to deliver a thrill and to keep your eyes glued to the screen. It is not an Oscar nominee so don't raise your expectations too high. What you will get though is nearly 100 mins of entertainment, beautiful Scottish highlands, interesting plot and another solid performance form Melissa George.Enjoy.
Scream 4 (2011)
I like to Scream
Bravo Mr Craven! You finally got even, if I'm correct, for all the wasted potential in Fred Krueger's sub-sequential stories that were not consulted with you. And you did it with just one line: 'never f..k with the original!'. Bravo! It was subtle and tasteful (ekhm less the swear word). As to the rest...I did not expect much and did not get disappointed. Justified exploitation of the sequels is something we're used to, some do it better some worse. It was a bit slow in the beginning but the conscious remarks throughout the film, i.e. about today's celebrities etc, made it more than just a picture. Aside from that the usual running up the stairs, betrayal, blood and screams (Ms Campbell, could you put more heart into it next time?). Overall very Wes Craven.
The Shrine (2010)
In Poland? I don't think so...
I'll get straight to the point. What is good about this film: an interesting plot - builds up suspension through the story rather than image, and......that is it. It could have made more sense if the director and his crew actually treated us to the real Polish countryside which I suspect they did not. Moreover 'Polish' folks are not Polish, some of them did not learn to speak their parts too well either. I mean seriously, how much more money would they have to spend to make it more authentic? In my opinion it took away the quality this film could otherwise have. Also that bit where the 'main priest' talks a lot while sacrificing the scapegoat (possessed). He makes a contribution to the Christian God according to the prayer he utters (literally Lord's Prayer). Perhaps something more original would add more suspension? On the other hand screen-writer's choice might have been deliberate, for example, to demonise Christian faith a little etc. Overall watchable but some wasted potential.