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Battle Creek (2015)
A show of it's own genre
Battle Creek is a hard show to place. Is it a comedy, is it a drama or is it a procedural cop show? It's a little bit of everything. And it definitely has some flair to it. It's also still refreshing to see a cop show that doesn't take place in a major city, but in a smaller town.
The premise of the show is easily it's strongest point. The underfunded police of Battle Creek gets support from the tech-smart FBI. Add two completely different characters in the mix and it seems you might have a nice buddy-cop-drama. Nothing of that all the characters of Josh Duhamel (FBI-agent Milt Chamberlain) and Dean Winters (detective Russ Agnew) are constantly trying to out do each other. Especially Agnew who sees the arrival of Chamberlain as a treat to his environment tries to outsmart the FBI. The acting from both Winters and Duhamel are right on the spot. You also don't really feel like choosing sides since both Agnew and Chamberlain are likable guys. The other cast members are more often then not fillers and the comedic relief. Only Aubrey Dollar stands out as Holly Dale, the only who's able to keep Agnew on the straight path. It helps that she serves as the potential love interest of Agnew.
The stories are once again, like the show fresh. It's easy to write stories about mobsters or rival gangs. But did we ever see a crime- story about a maple syrup-gang. Or that the house of the captain goes up in flames in the first few episodes. Not much shows try to pull that off.
Does it have some minus-points? Well perhaps not all of the supporting characters are that great. I already mentioned Aubrey Dollar, she's great. And both Kal Penn and Grapevine are a good add to the mix. But the characters of Liza Lapira and Damon Herriman still feel a bit flat. Maybe they get worked out better in the future. But for now I feel like they are holding the show a bit back to step it up just a notch.
I gave the show a chance. I think anyone who's look for a fresh new cop-show mixed with a bit a drama and comedy should watch this. So to end with the question I start what genre is it? It's created a new own genre: a battle creek.
The Green Mile (1999)
Great Tom Hanks
The first time I saw the movie, I saw it half. Then I read the book (from Stephen King) and wanted to watch to movie again. And I am glad I did. This is absolutly one of the best movies ever made and one of the best movies of Tom Hanks. The story is just trilling. It begins when a big prisoner enters the prison of Paul Edgecomb(Tom Hanks). It's prison where prisoners await their death. And then the story really starts. I won't spoil it for people who still have to watch, cause 'What happens on the Mile, stays on the Mile. Always has been'.