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When I have information about a movie or TV show, I attempt to add it, but it usually gets disregarded or added improperly by the staff. So, generally, I try to avoid adding information to the item pages on here.
I rate my movies and tv shows like I would rate a paper story - if it grabbed my attention throughout the entire movie, it's automatically a 5 star, but if it drops in-and-out or if it loses logic, then that rating drops. If the movie impresses me, then the rating increases - but past a 5 star, criticism is crucial. It is rare for a movie or tv show to earn a 10 star, but it can happen. Most of them get 9 stars for being excellent movies, but there's still some flaws or there were things they could've done better.
I also like to occasionally rate a list and leave a comment about its rating I have given, because some of these IMDB lists have helped me find an excellent movie or two to watch on downtime.
If you send me an email, try to make it sound unlike "spam" messages sound. Say something like: "In response to your imdb message..."
Ultimate Survival Alaska (2013)
A Life-Threatening, Challenging, Thrill-Ride!
Season 1 was a pure test for the show, since it had been a new release, so rules were different in Season 1, than in Season 2. In Season 1, it wasn't a competition, there wasn't any prize, and everybody could change their group throughout the journey. Plus, everybody was given 72 hours to reach the end of the leg.
But, in Season 2, they realized a lot of changes that needed to be made to improve the effectiveness and challenge of it; thus, improving the show and Alaskan experience that was gained. They upped the stakes by adding four specific teams, each with an orientation around them (The Mountaneers, The Military, The Woodsmen, and The Endurance). They also reduced the time to reach the of the leg down to 60 hours, but provided a bear-barrel at the end, filled with goodies to help them on the next leg (protein, nourishment, etc.).
Overall, this show is nothing less than a thrill-ride for every survival enthusiast out there! Whether you're in the show, fighting the competition, or you're watching the series from home, you get just as much a feeling of fear, adrenaline, hunger pains, etc. They're doing all of this for the Grand Prize of the Title of: "Best Alaskan Survivor." That's it! No cash, no new car, just a Title to show off your Alaskan survival skills!
After Earth (2013)
Great Acting. Great Plot. Great Science. Great Movie!
First off, ignore the bad reviews and watch it at least once -- choose for yourself whether you liked it or not.
Next, when watching this movie, you have to put yourself in their shoes to understand how society works for mankind 1,000 years into the future, after leaving Earth due to the destruction of its atmosphere by mankind's fossil fuel burning.
In this review, I'm going to explain what a lot of people did not understand.
1) The reason that Kitai needed liquid Oxygen was because his lungs, immune system, heart, etc. was not used to the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide that was on the planet Earth. His body needed time to adjust to the new parameters of the planet, but he didn't have much time for that.
2) The movie's main story was not about survival, it was about the connection between Kitai and his father, the loss they shared, the pain they bear, and the blame that they had for each other. Watch the movie with this emphasis, then come back and look at it from another perspective.
3) The reason that the "aliens" had sent the 'Ursa' after us, was because that is exactly what we would've done to them. Essentially, these 'Ursa' are their dogs, and they sent the dogs after us to fight on land, meanwhile they had space battles and whatnot.
4) A lot of people claim that Will Smith carried his son through this movie, but on the contrary, Will Smith was not director or writer of this movie, instead he was there for him as a father in real-life and a father in acting -- which created a brilliant atmosphere in relation to the connection inside the movie's plot.
5) They had taken on a "green" movement perspective for the future, after such a critical man-made disaster had happened, and forced mankind to change the error of their ways. That is why they used swords, instead of guns and bullets. It's why they used different material for glass, different material to encase equipment, and different material or less material for the size of houses and equipment. Notice the bed inside the house -- less material used. Notice the windows and lack of AC -- wind provided air conditioning.
When watching this movie, be sure to take it from their perspective, or else you won't understand the movie or the characters, because you hadn't placed yourself in their shoes.
Dark Space (2013)
Low Budget, Great Effort, Decent Acting -- Overall, not bad!
OK, first off, when reviewing/analyzing this movie, look at the fact that it has a budget of only 750,000 U.S. Dollars. I've seen Syfy movies made with budgets of 1.5 mil - 10 mil U.S. Dollars and are worse than this movie in almost every way. For the budget of this movie, they pulled off some unbelievable stuff - to the point of you hoping that they find a bright future in movie production, because if they had 10 mil U.S. Dollars, I can guarantee you that the movie will be a huge hit!!
Now, given the budget of $750k, the effects of the armor, the hull integrity, the space ship designs, the Artificial Intelligence built into the ships' mainframe, and the planetary (both, from space and ground) effects were stunning! In terms of effects and atmospheric simulations, this automatically gets a 7/10, given the budget.
However, the acting was very good for first-timers or at least beginning actors, as I don't recognize many faces in this movie. They could've done better -- but could they, really? Think about it, most good actors are behind a green screen or actually jumping out of windows, but these people only had a budget of $750k, so they didn't have much to go on, and they pulled it off nicely!
Sure, it had a generic plot, but this is typical with low-budget movies.
Overall, I give this movie a 6/10, because it had great special effects, not bad acting, and generic plot with slight enhancements - throw in an extremely low budget of $750k, and you got yourself a seller!