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The Bible (2013)
Never have I seen a show that has touched me so deeply as this epic mini-series. I'm all for it when 'The Bible' reaches new listeners, picks up those that have fallen, those who are lost or refreshes their faith when it has gone stale.
I was struggling this past year with many things. I am a person of faith but felt that even I had lost some of the fire in my soul. I was having trouble finding it again. I had faith. I just felt it was becoming 'stale'.
Then, I watched 'The Bible' when it first came out on the History Channel. I loved every minute of the stories from 'Genesis' to the book of 'Revelation'. I felt some of that fire returning. Diogo Morgado lit up the screen with his portrayal of Jesus Christ. I saw such passion on his face and love in his eyes every second he was on screen. But, what lifted my spirits and renewed every ounce of faith I had in me was when I saw the interview of Diogo on Youtube. With so much warmth and conviction, he teared up as he talked about how he was haunted by the Crucifixion scene. I know Diogo is a very talented actor but he seemed completely genuine and humbled by going through this experience. He did shine when he talked about his role. It was evident on his face.
But, can we please drop the #HotJesus now?(I never jumped on that bandwagon). It feels sacrilegious to me. He gets asked about that hash-tag in every interview and I know he's being nice but I can tell it makes him a little uncomfortable. I like #SexyDiogo, however. I like #LovingJesus or #MercifulJesus. But not #HotJesus. This beautiful story isn't about how sexy people think Jesus(Morgado) is but what He came here to do for us. Matthew 26:28: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remissions of sins." That's the message this whole series is trying to convey. Jesus gives his heart freely and loves unconditionally. He sacrificed so that we may live.
Darwin Shawn, as the disciple, Peter, did a fantastic job embracing the role of Jesus' favorite follower. He truly let the Lord work through him and was so convincing in his role that I wanted to be there in that moment with him; with them all. Roma Downey was excellent as Mary. To watch her help her son pick up his cross, knowing what was in store for him was heart breaking. We get to see suffering on different levels and in various ways. We suffer through the eyes of another--'suffering by proxy'.
Since I've already watched it on t.v., I'm leaving a review now. Though, I will be getting the DVD for my birthday next month! :) Diogo Morgado said he would be happy if this series even touched one soul. No, you have touched millions with your gifts. Never let them die or become corrupted by the monsters of the industry. Your role has renewed my spirit. He was perfect for this role as Jesus Christ. He seems down to earth and humble. He wanted to play the Jesus he knew. In Matthew 11:29---"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto you souls." No one could portray Jesus so humbly as Diogo has so beautifully done. Who better to play the part than one who is kind, warm and also humble? Example: When asked if he was 'famous' in Portugal, he said, "I'm known there." A perfect answer. He didn't say 'I'm a famous actor/model'. It does one no good to think too highly of him/herself. It's better to let others praise your work than to praise yourself.
I highly recommend this series to any and all who are looking for more; for those who are tired of what they are watching on t.v. and in movies; for those who have seen enough violence and depravity to last two lifetimes; for those seeking the positive to overshadow all the negative we endure in this world.
Diogo didn't have say a word or even move. I've never seen an actor convey everything they had in them as Diogo did portraying Jesus. I knew exactly what he was 'saying' just by looking in his eyes. Diogo is extremely blessed and gifted when all he needs to do is show his eyes and you just know. The eyes are the windows to the soul. It seems Diogo really is a sweet person if the saying is true.
Watch my video that is dedicated to this series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzJ01VFKWas
White Fang (1993)
Gorgeous scenery, etc.
This DVD collection grew on me. While the budget wasn't Hollywood, with scenery like that, who needs it? Lush fields and gorgeous mountains as far as the eye could see. The series gets extra points for that since I'm a nature girl and I hate city life. The show centers on White Fang and 'Matt', hence the show's name, "White Fang". Points go to that majestic creature as I love wolves and for the mere fact that I was fooled into thinking Jaimz Wolvett(Matt) was really a teenager. When I figured out he was 26 while filming this series, I was shocked. Now I don't feel so bad about thinking how adorable he is.( I thought I was older than him.) I loved the simplicity of this show and that it is suitable for all ages. Not every show and movie needs to be revolved around nudity, gore, bad language and violence. Of course, I always get a kick out of the ending when Matt tells Fang, "I Love you, White Fang", and the wolf responds pretty clearly that he loves Matt as well. It makes me smile.
Once Upon a Time (2011)
Best new enchanting series this year
I have been watching "Once Upon a Time" since it first began and I haven't missed an episode. It's a wonderful play on children's fairy tales with a grown-up twist. I love to see that what's happening in the fairy tale world is parallel to the characters in Storybrooke but in a modern way. I usually don't get too excited over a series before I have a chance to see it. I usually watch an episode or two before I decide to keep watching. I was intrigued by this new series from the time I saw the first advertisement about it and it did not disappoint. I will continue to keep watching "Once Upon a Time". I can't wait to see what twists and turns this show takes. Truly a must see for anyone, especially those who have a penchant for fairy tales.
100 Proof (1997)
Great but disturbing
*I put a spoilers warning just in case.
'100 Proof' in one word: "Disturbing." There seemed to be unfinished business in this movie that didn't get resolved. It didn't delve into the relationship between Rae and Carla, which seems to suggest at something more intimate but nothing was answered. The ending raised more questions and had no answers to what happened after the shootings and what happened to Rae's father, played by Jim Varney. I can see how suffering all of the physical and mental abuse from her father would drive Rae over the edge but I felt it wasn't explained as thoroughly as it should have been. There were some holes in the plot. With that said, I'll admit that I had my reservations about watching this movie at all, mainly because of Jim Varney's role as an abusive, incestuous father, something I'm definitely not used to. Curiosity won over my hesitation and I'm glad it did. Mr. Varney was truly the most gifted, multi-faceted actor I've ever had the privilege of watching. While he wasn't the star of the show and only had a small part, he completely outshone the other stars. His powerful on screen presence overshadowed Rae and Carla. With only a small role, Varney was able to steal the entire movie right out from under them. He completely blew my away with this role. To go from that affable, lovable funny man, 'Ernest P. Worrell' to Rae's father, and every other character in between, and to do it so proficiently, is a rare talent indeed. If you grew up with 'Ernest P. Worrell', as I did, believe me, you will see absolutely no hint of that humble hayseed in this movie so don't go looking for him here. How Hollywood pigeon-holed Varney into Ernest is beyond me. It's too bad it took them so long to remove the 'Ernest Blinders'. If Varney were alive today, you can bet he'd be acting circles around these so-called big name celebrities. If you do watch this movie, watch with caution. There are some very disturbing moments in this.
Witless Protection (2008)
Eh, I've seen better
I wish I could tell you the plot of this movie but it failed to have one. I can't believe I watched it all the way through. It garnered about 2 laughs from me. It had too much crude humor that left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Not to mention the bathroom jokes. Larry, played by Larry, is a cop(of sorts?) thinking that Madeleine(Ivana) is kidnapped when she is actually in the witness protection program. Craziness ensues and I can't say much else. It was hard to follow-or maybe it was because I kept zoning out during the movie. I love slapstick but I think I'll stick to Jim Varney's slapstick humor. There seems to be some similarity between the two comedians. The hat, the accent, the clothes(coincidence?) and the fact that they both did stand up and went to movies though Varney was a whole lot better. Let's just hope Larry doesn't start branching out into commercials. I say, stick with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which I think works best for Larry and please stop making movies. I'm afraid to watch the other movies that Larry has made. But, I watched this movie, trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. I did have an open mind, but I just couldn't like it.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Funny but not for all ages
While I did enjoy most of this movie and enjoy Robin Williams' talents, the fact that this movie is labeled a "Family Movie" is a little disturbing to me. 1) as another reviewer had pointed out, deliberately putting pepper onto Stu's food, knowing full well he was allergic, wasn't funny. Food allergies can be deadly. 2) The use of God's name in vain that Daniel uses, especially in front on the youngest Hillard was totally out of line. How is that family friendly? Especially in another scene when she repeats that line to her mom is more than disturbing. Even if she was encouraged to use a slightly different word, how can they let a child even pretend to say it? Kids are impressionable, especially if they see another kid doing or saying something. It's amazing what movies are labeled for the family. But that aside, I did like watching this movie and even have it on tape, but I don't recommend it for young kids. If they had left out the bad language, food poisoning and sexual innuendo, then it would've been perfect for all ages. Sorry, Robin, but I knew it was you under that mask. Besides, "Tootsie", the only other male that could be 100% convincing as a old woman would be Jim Varney's 'Auntie Nelda', who BTW only wore a wig, glasses and make-up but didn't have on a new 'face'. 'Mrs. Doubtfire' was a costume worn just to see Daniel's kids. 'Auntie Nelda' was a part of the 'Worrell' family. But in seeing 'Mrs. Doubtfire', I wondered if 'she' was inspired by 'Auntie Nelda' since Jim and Robin were friends. No disrespect to Robin-who I think is funny-but I think Jim Varney's 'Auntie Nelda' was funnier. And without the use of bad language and sexual content.
Ernest Rides Again (1993)
"There once was a man named Worrell-Ernest P. Worrell"
Move over Indiana Jones. Here comes Ernest P. Worrell, our underdog hero. Let me start out by saying this: 'Critics-Schmitics'. Don't let the nay saying critics and reviewers dissuade you from picking up this classic movie. No disrespect, but they obviously don't have a humorous bone in their bodies and don't know how to remove the stick from their butts. I love the Ernest genre and can be biased about Jim Varney but even if I didn't like some of the other Ernest movies, this is a true gem. This is like a live action cartoon and Varney is his own cartoon character. As he once said, "Oh, I guess I would be if I weren't just THAT close to being an actual cartoon." Listen to me and the other positive reviews. This was very well written and very well acted and consistent. The opening song is wonderful and describes Ernest to a T. You've got a 5 ton historical cannon named, "Goliath", lots of gun fire, a healthy dose of slapstick by the master himself, Varney, who voices a plethora of characters in top notch form. You have Dr. Abner Melon(Ron James and the 'Vern' of the movie), a meek history professor who is uptight, but thanks to Ernest, learns to loosen up and enjoy an adventure. There is Nan Melon(Linda Kash), Abner's annoying, and overbearing wife and two pesky salesman that finish each other's sentences with perfect timing. Tom Butler(Dr. Radnor T. Glencliff), who has played in various Lifetime movies as a lawyer and all around 'good guy', has the villainous role in this one and is great. He will stop at nothing, even to the point of killing Ernest to get at 'Goliath' and the crown jewels. Comedy ensues as Ernest is the one to find 'Goliath' and takes it for a wild ride everywhere a cannon should not be going. Varney and James play well off each other and this movie couldn't have been cast any better. But unlike other Ernest movies, Ernest seems to have a bit of a higher intellect in this one while still being that lovable hayseed we all know. Even if you're not a big fan of the Ernest genre, I urge you to give this one a chance and form your own opinions because, unlike the reviews of some critics, this movie definitely has merit. Not only did Varney bring back slapstick, he did it even better and was/is still one of the best at this brand of humor. As with all Ernest movies, this is free of vulgarity and filth but still a great ride, 'KnoWhutImean?'
The Sisterhood (2004)
If you value your IQ, do not subject yourself to it.
My sister knows of my love of vampire movies and novels. She asked me to watch "The Sisterhood". Come to find out later, she did it as a joke. I knew I had just lost over an hour of my life for nothing. I've never seen a more mind numbing movie in my life. What were they thinking? The actors were completely atrocious. They sounded more like they were reading cue cards(and badly) than talking from memory. Most of the movie was girl-on-girl action and touching themselves when no one else was around. Tasteless. Cheap, extremely cheap, special effects. Lame script. No plot(was it even really about vampires?) Crappy location. Were these people hired because they agreed to take their clothes off? I can't help but recall a quote when I watched this. "It just goes to show you, you don't have to have brains to make it in showbiz". And this film proved that theory. If I could have given this movie lower than a 0, I would've. I can't even tell you exactly what it was about. By watching this, I could physically feel my IQ points drop. Fortunately, I picked up a classic novel and begin to reload my brain back to full capacity. So, if you value your intelligence, don't even touch the case that the movie comes in. If you do watch it and feel yourself becoming dumber, don't say I didn't warn you. Pick up a Shakespeare novel or watch "The Gummi Bears". At least you'll learn something.
True Blood (2008)
I have one question: "Why did this series get picked up for a second season?" Why it was is beyond me. It just shocks me to see some people get a nomination for so-so acting when I see others that put so much of themselves(110%) into a character that you actually believe they are that character but they get passed up. The accents seemed forced and I'm from the South. I don't want to start on Tara's constant bad accent, bickering about slaves and whites. She acts like she's taking the high road, but ends up sleeping with Sam 'for the heck of it'. She just wanted to scratch an itch. I thought Sam was so in love with Sookie. Well, we all know what men think with. This show just did not ring true for me. I am one that just loves vampire lore. Even this didn't keep my attention. 1/3 of the way through the 1st episode, I found myself more enthralled with a game on my cell phone. This show wasn't so much about vampires and their history but more of who can sleep with who, how much nudity they can show and how much swearing can they fit into a line. Where's the story? There were bits and pieces but they get so lost in the constant swearing and over the top sex scenes that were utterly tasteless. 'True Blood'? It should've been called 'Sex with Sookie's brother'. Anna Paquin, IMO, was much better as 'Rogue' in "X-Men". Tara's accent was not believable. And the deal with the vampires now living out in the open, going to bars with mortals, being served 'synthetic' blood in beer bottles? Sorry. Anne Rice got it down much better. And for that matter, so did Bram Stoker and the series, "Vampire Diaries". I didn't get a sense of history with these vampires. I just couldn't follow the show. With other vampires movies and t.v. shows, I knew where they were coming from and I knew where they were going. This show doesn't have a solid plot. It jumps from scene to scene a little too awkwardly. If you want a true vampire story that has the feeling of real history, I suggest watching "Interview with the Vampire" or Bram Stoker's "Dracula". You will at least learn something and they are mentally stimulating. But if you like mind numbing television, then "True Blood" is for you. The only other vampire show worse than this was 'The Sisterhood'.
I loved it. I give it 3 thumbs up
I bought this movie on DVD. This movie was one of the zaniest I've ever seen. I loved it!! I find Dr. Otto Von Schnick-ick-ick-ick strangely attractive. I couldn't help but side with Dr. Otto because of how awful his parents treated him. Lance Sterling, IMO, was a pathetic hero. He really didn't know all that much but he was born to a wealthy family so I guess money talks. Dr. Otto and Lance are total opposites. Otto wants to destroy the world by making money worthless. He demagnetizes credit cards, damages bank accounts, scrambles the stock market. The government has no idea who owes who and how much. In a way, this movie wasn't far off the mark. This was ahead of its time. It reminds me of how the economy is today: In a huge mess. I love the 'Changing coffin'. Dr. Otto becomes Rudd Hardtact with a lizard on his shoulder, Auntie Nelda, Laughin' Jack and Guy Dandy. What I liked as well was that Bill Byrge actually had a speaking role as the gas attendant. We all know Bill as 'Bobby' on other 'Ernest' movies. This is not an Ernest movie per se. It had a darker theme to it. But, of course, I cracked the hugest smile at the end of the movie when none other than Ernest P. Worrell stepped out of the changing coffin. Gotta love Ernest. I recommend this movie and not only because of Ernest. But because it's also pretty crazy. But seeing Ernest is a bonus!