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An entire law firm upside down. Everyone seems to be losing it their
cool and their jackets. Something's amiss. Apparently a deal has gone
astray or someone used a short sleeve shirt with a tie. It was chaos.
From that scenario emerges the smirking Harvey Specter, solving the
apparent crisis effortlessly and, above all, stylishly. That's Harvey,
but we eventually learn that there's not all that is to him.
Bored out of his mind, since it is not that interesting to be the best at what you do, he is presented with the opportunity to hire a guy who might spice things up. Michael is a man on a mission. The mission is delivering a boatload of weed, and he fails it remarkably, letting it spill all over the floor in an accidental job interview this scene is as unexplainable as unconceivable. But we buy it because it's fun.
Harvey goes ahead and hires the young mnemonist humorous drug courier as a lawyer with no qualifications (with Community, this makes for the second premiering TV show with a degreeless attorney).
From then on, the show is all about Michael and his professional/personal dramas plus Harvey and his demonstration of coolness/personal growth.
Michael always wanted to be an attorney but somehow something got in the way. He is troubled by his one-time drug endeavour and his latent feelings for his best friend's girlfriend. Further down the line, this love triangle gets one angle shorter, which is promptly replaced. Nothing new here, cliché after cliché.
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It's not the large things that send a man to the madhouse. Death he's
ready for, or murder, incest, robbery, fire, flood
no, it's the
continuing series of small tragedies that send a man to the
not the death of his love but a shoelace that snaps with no
There is a lot of analysis out there of this film. Every Kubrick film is scrutinized endlessly. If you look for essays about his work, its meanings and implications, you'll have a fruitful outcome. This one in particular has been more dissected than an alien in Area 51 (before all the "respect the alien rights" activists started fussing around). Jonathan Romney believes it to be "an Oedipal struggle not just between generations but between Jack's culture of the written word and Danny's culture of images"; Bill Blakemore thinks it is all about the Indians: "The Shining ends with an extremely long camera shot moving down a hallway in the Overlook, reaching eventually the central photo among 21 photos on the wall. The caption reads: 'Overlook Hotel-July 4th Ball- 1921.' The answer to this puzzle, is that most Americans overlook the fact that July Fourth was no ball, nor any kind of Independence day, for native Americans; that the weak American villain of the film is the re- embodiment of the American men who massacred the Indians in earlier years; that Kubrick is examining and reflecting on a problem that cuts through the decades and centuries".
What I really think it is about? A man whose wife drives him crazy.
When Wendy enters the room where Jack is typing, I start to empathize with him. She asks if everything is okay. She is sweet, affectionate, loving and caring. Don't you just hate that? Don't you just feel like bludgeoning her to death with a rusty lump hammer or maybe cut her in little pieces with a fireman's ax?
Her pale sickly skin, horse teeth, oily hair, her puke-provoking sweetness, aren't those reasons enough to not only wanting to hurt her; but just bash her brains in, right the f*** in? I'm not saying those motives would suffice in a court of law, but they might give the judge some pause.
After I established that the movie premise has nothing to do with Indian massacres or oedipal struggles I'll start the movie analysis in itself:
Although I'm a Tarantino fan since his second film's bloody pulp
through the Germanic villains of his last, going back to his six
coloured dogs and forward again to Beatrix Kiddo, I've always looked at
Jackie Brown with a certain unease. Like this was the black sheep on
Tarantino's family. As to be fair, I decided to give it another shot,
after all, Quentin has been trying hard enough. He probably deserves
The initial frames make me think immediately that this movie has grown old, fast. This is not an old movie. It is fourteen years young but its visual style yells out 80's. Not in a good way. Reservoir Dogs is 5 years its elder and looks a lot fresher and up to date.
The movie depicts the story of Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) it would be weird if it was any other way a flight attendant past her prime. Past her prime without much going for her, with apparently no way to sink lower, she is forced to play as best she can with the cards she is dealt. In other words, if life gives you lemons, you work as a cash courier back and forth Mexico for a badass gun runner (Ordell Robbie, played by Samuel L. Jackson). In one of these trips, she is caught. From this moment one, Jackie has to always stay one step ahead everyone else.
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Louie made me think right away of Asian food. I've only eaten Chinese
food about three or four times so my references aren't that broad.
Louie is sweet and sour at the same time (the show, not the guy). It
can be gut wrenching funny and gut wrenching sad in consecutive
moments, or even at the same time. The ending of the second season is
one of those moments where what is happening is so funny but the
implications are at the same time so sad. Like when you see someone
fall and get hurt. Really hurt. And that person starts yelling for
help, but you can't stop laughing because she is talking all funny due
to the broken teeth and severed carotid artery. That's how I feel about
The show is pretty much the story of Louie, a comedian...
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Comical greatness aside, what does make Arrested Development so unique?
I started pondering on this after realizing I'm always raving about Arrested Development: Oh! It's so great. Oh! It's such an achievement. Oh! It's at the level of Seinfeld and Monty Python. For every new comedy I come across, I start to compare it with Arrested Development, mostly trying to discover how close to its greatness it actually comes. They inevitably fall short. Way, way short.
And why is that? What is so great about this show? Well, it's obvious: It is written by the best, has the greatest jokes and puns. It's witty and clever and sharp. While I could proceed in this adulation, until I run out of adjectives by "I", I mean "Microsoft Word" it would be pointless. A lot of shows have those same features. To a degree. So what makes it stand apart?
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