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M*A*S*H: Radar's Report (1973)
A week in the life
Many of the early episodes of MASH came with a clever framing device, one episode had the show wrapped around a USO show, another dealt with the characters writing letter home, in this episode the Show is framed round Radar's weekly report, and what a week it was.
If ever there was going to be a week that Hawkeye and Mcintyre would remember it was this particular week. Hawkeye found love-the head over heels variety, and Mcintyre was deeply affected by the loss of a patient.
This episode also featured one of the true times the OR staff was in true danger. a wounded enemy soldier gets free and grabs a scalpel and easily could have killed anyone in the OR, in the midst of his rampage he contaminates the operating field of Mcintyres patient and interferes with the operation, the poor soldier who had already been wounded, finds himself the victim of another enemy attack at a time when he was most vulnerable.
Both Hawkeye and Mcintyre get their hearts broken in different ways. Mcintyres's patient dies do to complications from the fight in the OR and Hawkeye falls in love with a visiting female Doctor, whose talents and bravery as well as beauty makes her a perfect choice for wifey and future mother of his future children,or so he believes but the women is only interested in fun,she looks at Hawkeye the way Hawkeye looks at all the nurses he dallies with-just a bit of fun to get through the Horror and juxtaposed tedious nature of war, she is not interested in Pierces proposal of marriage, she is too wise to get involved in wartime love affairs.
The pivotal moment of this episode and maybe the series itself comes when Mcintyre pays a late night visit to the recuperating enemy soldier who killed his patient. Mcintyre stares at the man's IV, knowing it wouldn't take much to end his life and avenge the young American soldier who will not be returning home, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, the whole thing is so unfair and Mcintyre is searching for a way to make sense of the insanity by righting the scales of justice, as Mcintyre contemplates his decision , Pierce walks in and talks to Trapper, he says to Mcintyre" This is not what we're about." this is the perfect thing to say and it brings Mcintyre to his senses.
While all this happening, Klinger gets schooled by Psychiatrist Sydney Freedman, a character who will become a semi-regular on the show, as the war begins to affect many of the characters mental states as the War drags on and the death and dying mounts Freedman will become very necessary .Here he has been called to examine Klinger to see if he is section eight material.
Klinger wears a dress, but what exactly is his sexual leanings, all that is clarified in this episode, Freedman has Klinger figured out from the get go, and has the perfect solution to the problem, he will grant Klinger his wish and grant him a section Eight but only if Klinger will sign a document that states that klinger is a Transvestite and a Homosexual, this document will go on Klingers permanent record and follow Klinger for the rest of his life, " From now on, you go through life in High heels" Klinger balks at this and is insulted, he just wants out of the war, he is neither a Homosexual nor a transvestite, just as Mcintyre is not a murderer and Hawkeye is not marriage material. all of the characters have growing to do, Mcintyre must learn to deal with the death of his patients or the guilt will chase him out of the medical profession, Pierce must grow up and begin to get his personal life under control, he cannot exist long as a perpetual playboy, and Klinger must come to accept that he is stuck in Korea for a very long time to come. As the series plays out all the characters will grow and come to grip with the madness around them as well as the responsibilities that life demands of them.In that regard this episode can be regarded as a growing moment for all involved.
The war will take much more from them then it is possible to win back in a thousand lifetimes war has no redeeming factors, except the deep personal relationships that grow and develop and are tested and made strong through the valor and daily heroism of the soldiers themselves-and that includes the men and women who do their damnedest to patch them up.
The Thundermans (2013)
Much better than the usual
The Thunderman's doesn't pretend to be allegory or high art, it is what it is, a whimsical, cartoony half hour of fun. It successfully combines the family sitcom with the Superhero genre and creates a happy middle ground that has the requisite absurdity of a teen/preteen sitcom. The basic idea is simple, a superhero family, much like the family in the 'incredibles,' right down to the young boy who's superpower is speed, retire to the suburbs.
The main protagonists are the Twins: Phoebe and Max. Good girl Phoebe is being prepped to enroll in Superhero U, while Max the black sheep of the family has plans to be a Supervillain.
Max even has his own secret lair( the basement ) and a sidekick, Dr Colossus, who once was his fathers arch enemy but somehow has been turned into a cute little Bunny and steals most of the scenes he's in.
All of the characters are stereotypical, in the usual sitcom way, augmented with super powers which gives the show its edge, as does the idea that Hank may be the typical ineffectual TV Dad but at the same time use to be a guy who was out saving the world.
The show doesn't pretend to make sense, after all a dad who can fly( with no Plane or nothing ) to Bangkok for some real Thai takeout dinner isn't supposed to make sense, so a fantasy aspect is baked into the cake.
11 year old billy is a bit naive while his younger sister Nora is the typical Nick/Disney little girl who is much wiser then her years. She can shoot lasers out of her eyes, which of the five Thunderman is probably the least power, but she makes up for it, with her boldness. When she and Billy team up, she's the brains and he's the Muscle, which is fine with Billy.
The Stories don't pretend to be life lessons, it's the typical Nick/Disney fast paced tween thing. A breezy half hour, in the usual 2 story format.
Max is hardly Supervillian material, he loves his family too much to be truly evil. It seems to be a phase he is going through.
The true stand out is kira, she lights up every scene she's in.
The show is light and breezy and never makes the mistake of getting too heavy. It's a quick paced half hour of cute entertainment full of uncomplicated humor . People who don't like it probably don't like puppies, Kittens or ice cream either.
Super 8 (2011)
Ponderous man, Ponderous
If you want to be bored out of your minds, if you want to watch a bunch of kid actors with all the skill and aplomb of a fifth grade rendition of Macbeth i suggest you find that fifth grade rendition of Macbeth rather then watch this colossal waste of time.
Its suppose to be a homage to Steven Spielberg but it succeeds only in making us appreciate Steven all the more. It has none of Stevens movie sense and seems to have been directed by a bunch of high school film geeks.
You continue watching it only to see just how bad it can get, its like watching somebody in a hole just keep digging, when you think it can't get anymore ridiculous it does.
There is a reason why the list of movies centered around a pack of twelve years old is slim, its because 12 years olds can't act, and if they can they certainly have no emotional gravitas, so its almost impossible for them to hold a movie together, after a while like all kids they get very annoying-and the thought of 12 year olds being so brave is nonsense . After a while the audience begins to secretly hope that the Creature eats the kids. But we never get that satisfaction -the creature only seems to eat a bunch of old fat white guys.
After not too long you lose all interest in everything happening -its so silly and uninteresting, it makes you hate it in a special way-its the kind of movie you wouldn't watch again if somebody paid you.
I suggest you slap "close encounters of the third kind," in the DVD player, if you want to see some real entertainment.
But this movie may have a good use as an insomnia aide-if you need such a thing.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Lost in Translation
First off let me say this is a bad movie
The Main theme as i understand it in Iron Man 2 deals with the inability for human beings to communicate with each other, whether it be a Man trying to tell a women he loves her, a Father trying to do likewise with his son, or the problems that a rise between different cultures like Americans and Russians.
It also happens between film makers and their audiences
Honestly the Tower of Babel featured more eloquence
Robert Downey gets the ball rolling by speaking in a garbled chopped up syntax through out the movie, the man just cannot get to the end of complete sentence without changing his thoughts mid-sentence, he might start out talking about the genius of Albert Einstein and half way through suddenly transition about his favorite Yogurt
Then there is the Villain played by Mickey Roarke, an American actor playing a Russian, yeah that always works out good, Rourke speaks his lines in a thick Borsht soup version of Russianese that is practically indecipherable, the Delphi Oracle was more precise then this guy.
here is an example: ' i VANT BUERD" he is trying to say: "I want my Bird" turns out the only thing this Yahoo likes is his white bird. The character speaks like that through out the whole Movie in chopped up half sentences, its laughable.
Then there is Tony Starks father, seems old man Starks never rarely talked to his son, which is why Tony is the flamboyant bad boy throughout constantly rebelling against authoriantian figure's, why Howard Stark was like that we can only speculate Maybe he was jealous of his boy, maybe he saw his genius of a lad as a future rival and closed him off, who knows, but guess what Daddy dear left Tony a hidden Easter egg in a home movie, yep instead of the guy taking the time to have a heart to heart with his lad while he was alive he slipped it into a movie that he just knew his son would watch when he had decided he needed to hear from his Dad, such is the though process of super geniuses
Then there is Scarlet Johansen looking all dishy as The Black Widow, another Russian who barely speaks, she seems to be totally out of place in this Movie,we have no understanding of where she came from to rise to such a level in Stark Industry, laughably this ambiguious speaking Ruski know's more about Stark industry then Tony Stark does. She seems to dropped straight out of thin air to land this Job at a billion dollar defense contractor, and they say its hard finding work.
It seems Tony is dying, yep, the Palladium that is keeping him alive , in one of those cruel twists of fate is also killing him, and because he is dying Tony figures the perfect response is to act like a douche bag to everyone. Tony cannot seem to tell anyone that he is a goner not even Pepper..his girlfriend, but is she his girlfriend, does he love her..i just don't know, he certainly doesn't show it between checking out Scarlett and arriving at a party with two blondes ,but since its classic Tony Stark to always be misdirecting his true emotions this could be par for the course. We are also to assume that Gwyneth Paltrow loves him, which is why she puts up with his nonsense but her role as Pepper Potts is only a plot devise, Gywneth is never given the screen time to grow beyond anything but a quick sketch of a character. She cane be summed up in 3 or 4 words: efficient, intelligent, long-suffering
Another theme throughout is destruction, all that Stark built must be destroyed, If Tony has a fleet of beautiful cars they must be trashed, his beautiful home demolished, Howard Stark built a beautiful park for all to enjoy yep that has to be attacked
Maybe it represents Arnachy, Tony's inability to keep anything because of his repellant personality, though in the end he seems to find the only thing he really needs.
Don Cheadle and Gywneth Paltrow give OK performances making the most out of the material they've been handed
Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury is so miscast that its frightening, His nick Fury comes off as Miss Johnson's Pimp rather then her Boss at SHIELD
in summing up this picture i Think Mickey Rourke had it right..give them the Bird