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Don't worry about me , save yourself
There wasn't a zero so I had to give a 1.
It is painful to sit through muscle flaunting, lip gloss, skinny designer clothed, animated puppet photography which passes for acting in a show geared to replace 90210 and suchlike.
Most obvious and no matter how hard they try, they just CAN'T explain this one away - how does an arrow out gun a....gun? Nice try but ...do you really think we are that STUPID???
Why America? WHY???????
To sell more c**p and manufactured, unrealistic ideas about life and it's problems to the impressionable? And we wonder why half of America think that the answer to everything is money and fame......
ER: Shifting Equilibrium (2009)
Yep,,,,they did it again
Another wasted episode that added up to a big fat zero.
Well, I guess after the excellent previous one, they kinda threw this together in less than five minutes.
Poor Ray....is all I'm sayin.
Funny thing is that Neela's total lack of depth and Ms Nagra's crap performance made me almost glad that I wouldn't have to fast forward through anymore of her miserable moaning scenes.....but I am SO going to miss the other actors
Chuny :( Halah :(
Guess I shall take some time off...overdose on the Good Wife and then come back to The Longest Day/Night
ER: Dream Runner (2009)
What a waste of a final season episode
Am I to assume that creative writing went out the window when Mr Crichton passed? Either way, this was an appallingly bad episode mainly because of the focus on one miserable character who has yet to elicit any empathy from me and as ER will be no more, it is never going to happen.
Having to grit my teeth to get to the good part, seeing an old character for the last time (maybe), was painful. I guess they have run out of main female characters with a worthwhile storyline and Sam's was used up in the last few episodes.
I am PRAYING that we are done with this sourpuss and County is given the send off it deserves...dammit! where's Romano when you need him?!!!
An American Crime (2007)
Very Very Sad Story
I have to say that 'The Girl Next Door' 2D Cartoon should have Jack Ketchum's Fantasy before the title. Maybe he is a fan of the horror genre that has violence towards women as its titillating theme.The only thing close to the real story IMO was the house having a basement.
The fact based 'An American Crime' showed the slow build up of poor deprived people venting their frustrations in a most depraved way...because they COULD and were able to get away with it because of where they were.It showed HOW a community could bury their better judgement and close their eyes and ears.
And this sort of thing still happens. Sadly it is usually with sick (literally) humans who actually believe what they are doing is their god given right. Having read about the actual case the only thing missing (thankfully) was additional horrors bestowed upon this most unfortunate victim. Its hour and a half shocked me into doing the research,you don't have to be spoon fed.
These people were...people. The sort you hear about after the event in the papers and you think - HOW? WHY? By then it doesn't matter, the mistakes have been made. But loving parents who care will be much more curious about who they leave their kids with.
But what about those who don't care as much or worse still can't for financial or their own selfish reasons? People have said that too much sympathy was given to CK's character, even if this is so, I KNOW that abusive people do not show all their sides to everyone or they would be locked up from day one.
Shockingly this tragedy didn't occur over a period of years, it was three months. Children can be trained from a very young age to kill for armies, so what if your mother, your carer, whom you love is following a twisted sadistic path because there is no outside intervention?
This is a thought provoking story.
I think of how Hitler didn't just wake up one day and kill Jews by himself, he managed to create jobs for the struggling poor and then instill a sense of obligation and loyalty to force horrific acts out of ordinary men and even other Jews, because the fear and survival instinct can make you become something you never thought you would, hence my total sympathy for Sylvia's younger sister.
Yes some monsters can be born but this film shows how trust and frustration in its worst forms can turn the weak into demons.
In the light of cyberbullying, I think teenagers should see it.
Fast Paced Fun
Not every film is supposed to make you review your life and become a missionary. This is pure escapism but without heaps of gadgets and blatant CGI.
It looks good , the stars look great and the supporting cast do what they're supposed to and a little more. The script made me laugh a lot more than the slightly overrated 'Hangover'.
Katherine Heigl was a surprise for me, a grown up Marilyn, and since seeing Ashton Kutcher in 'Dude', I was happy to see a different side. Yes the story IS simple but most plots are and it's the delivery that counts.
Yet there were still some unpredictable moments. I was entertained and would definitely recommended this to unwind to after a stressful day at the office.
Great date movie too.
August Rush (2007)
Just when your hope is gone.....
I really wasn't ready for the emotional impact of this magical story.
It happened to combine loss, yearning, romance and music into a touching bittersweet fairytale. But a fairytale that you so want to believe in.
Freddie Highmore drew you into the sensual world of a lonely neglected child desperate to create beautiful things. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell were well suited as sincerely in love lovers and Robin Williams was a surprise portraying the obligatory 'bad guy' alternatively lashing out with cynicism then touching vulnerability.
The fateful coincidences are the kind you dream of when you think your loss is to be born forever.
And as if that wasn't enough, the aural feast was a soundtrack worthy of an Oscar.
This film made me want to try.
Marley & Me (2008)
See this or get a life.
If you like pets and are after a smile and a bit of charm you'll get it from the dog. If you want an emotionally genuine, well thought out story, see Roddy Mcdowall and Lassie.Or the Waltons. Or Little House On The Prairie.
I feel tricked into being drawn to a movie with Owen and Jennifer wearily supporting a canine A lister whose requirements were simply to behave like a bull in a china shop for 110 LONG minutes. This should have been a documentary about the pros and cons of pet owning. Half an hour tops.
(SPOILER)Totally unrealistic plot. Talk to any parent of three kids, no one looks that patient/tolerant/botoxed cheeked,red carpet coiffured AND THIN 24/7. Unless drugs and alcohol are used to keep the kids in place. However being unemployed and living in a National Trust mansion with all the trimmings obviously has its compensations.
I struggled through this frustratingly predictable mush hoping for some redemption and was SO disappointed afterwards I wanted to hit someone.I feel three hours of my life (comedown included) have been used as fertilizer.(See director's bank balance.)
The only highlight - Richard Ashcroft's 'Lucky Man' - (unfortunately butchered to include barking time).Just buy the record...
The Bad Seed (1956)
This Is Brilliant!!!!!
I saw this when I was a child and it DID keep me awake and in therapy for a few years. Gotta say though that watching it recently was an utter joy. I haven't laughed so much on my own in ages. Nancy Kelly's hysterical squeaky voice kept creeping up in octaves as the 'terror' increased. Everyone was comfortably played in 2D and the (SPOILER ALERT!) 'basket full of whatever' drove me nuts. Then again see above... The only reality check was Eileen Heckart whose tortured distress was palpably heartbreaking and dare I say it realistically amusing at times. So much more could've been made of this 'idea'. I guess by the time 'The Children's Hour'was made, kids had better acting coaches or could simply act.(SPOILER ALERT!) Yes, it WAS too long, though 'the shoes, the shoes' made up for it but the ending was like being slapped awake. Nancy's Norma Desmond turban in hospital was a killer. I find it hard to believe that she was 36 at the time. Put it down to the stress of the seed.Does that mean she was 10 when she starred in Jesse James with Tyrone Power? A must see with friends and a glass.