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This and Supergirl are my 2 favorite new shows of the season!
This show is an excellent example of TV favorite new TV Trope. Hot Cop and Quirky Consultant. Bones where the QC is a forensic pathologist, Castle where the QC is a novelist, Taxi Brooklyn where the QC is a French Taxi Driver, Forever where the QC is an immortal ME, Perception where the QC is a professor with Schizophrenia, Rizzoli and Isles where the QC is a fastidious ME, Minority Report where the QC can see the future, Blindspot where the QC is a tattooed ex-seal w/ no memory, iZombie where the QC is a zombie with visions and Lucifer where the QC is the Devil. I believe The Mysteries of Laura and Sleepy Hollow both started out as Hot Cop and Quirky Consultant in the planning stages but someone said, hey, what if the mom was also a cop. And on Sleepy Hollow they decided to not do mystery of the week and instead decided to make every episode season-finale intense.
So at its core, Limitless is a cozy mystery of the week type show where you like the main cast of characters and they are basically good.
Jake McDorman plays Brian Finch like Psych's Shawn Spencer in the early seasons, but soooo much less of a dick. He is a man-child who was trying to live the dream, but was getting fuzzy in the head with age (even though is is only 28).
The episodes do have a serial nature to them, where events in one episode to affect future events, and there is an underlying mystery or 3 that keep popping up.
Something I loved is that they brought in Analeigh Tipton to play Brian's ex-gf, who was Jake's co-lead on last year's Manhattan Love Story. That was a nice touch.
The chemistry between the leads is solid. The characters are definitely concerned on a deep level for the other's safety and it is all solid and believable.
Others have complained that the show has become more procedural, which is not entirely true, it is just embracing its cozy mystery nature. The show is on CBS, and CBS demands high ratings of all of its shows. FX and AMC can be more daring with their narratives because they can get away with a lot less viewers.
Personally, I love the show. I like the characters, I like the cozy nature of the show, and the depiction of Brian Finch on NZT ignites the imagination with thoughts of what I could do with NZT.
Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)
If you love all of the Tremors movies, this was worth the wait!
This was worth the wait. Like Tremors 2, 3 and the series, Burt (in 2 it was Earl) teams up with a man-child who Burt (or Earl) finds annoying. Like in 2, they are hired to go to a far off place to fight monsters. The African versions of the monsters are bigger and more interesting to look at, and quite possibly fiercer.
Taylor Swift didn't make this African Adventure so there are actually black people in this movie. Half of the Main Cast of 8 as well as most of the extras. And more people than Burt and Travis get to play hero. One of the characters is an archer, which apparently is a cool thing to be, (Arrow, Hunger Games, Avengers), and another is in a scene that is an homage to the kitchen scene in Jurassic Park.
Stampede Entertainment who made the first 4 movies and the series were offered more or less honorary positions on the production, but declined to participate. Their comments on this spoke of a severely decreased budget. Beyond the awesome use of previous movies production materials like animatics and design sketches as part of Burt's Survival video explaining the life cycle of the monsters at the opening of the movie, I saw nothing on screen that spoke to less money spent.
This movie is monster fighting fun. If you have enjoyed all of the rest of the movies/series, you will very likely enjoy this one too.
I really hope this one does well because I am super-down for more, and possibly comics too.
Bad Moon (1996)
Worst Movie of All Time
The opening is OK with Michael Paré's team being attacked by a werewolf.
And then Michael Paré heads home to see his sister and her son, and their dog and the movie more or less stops at that point.
It gets long and boring with nothing happening for a really long time.
Mariel Hemingway is Michael Paré's sister, and she is super single with no prospects, and there isn't anyone else in the movie so there is not even the chance of a sex scene to get us through the boring part.
And then when the action eventually picks up, the movie quickly becomes Lassie vs The Werewolf. And who would pay to see that.
Some how this movie actually screened in theaters.
Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run (2015)
Awesome Original Looney Tunes Movie
Content: AWESOME! Near the beginning of the film, Lola Bunny does sing a song that does leans heavy on the Autotune, and is a bit painful, but then the movie kicks into high gear and the movie is fun and surprising through out.
These are most definitely The Looney Tunes Show versions of these characters, but without the history from the show. Lola talks endlessly, Bugs Bunny feels put-upon all the time. Daffy is a jerk, Speedy is understanding, but not putting up with disrespect. And the Gophers are in a relationship, so the being extraordinarily nice to each other has sort of gone out the window. (So cool!)
Foghorn Leghorn, Cecil the Turtle and Elmer Fudd are involved in a government plot to secret to mention that Lola Bunny inadvertently gets mixed up in. Bugs, Daffy and Yosemite Sam get pulled along for the ride. A ride that takes us from New York to Paris and eventually Mars, because you can't have a Looney Tunes movie without Marvin the Martian.
Unlike many many many Looney Tunes movies from before, this is not cobbled together from old clips. This is all new animation. And a great ride.
Packaging: Fine. DVD in a light DVD Case (w/ the recycle holes) and a cardboard slip sleeve. (No Blu Ray or Ultraviolet included)
Languages: Audio: English, Thai, French, Spanish, Portuguese Subtitles: English, Thai, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
Special Features: GREAT! This DVD features the first episode of The Looney Tunes Show, "Best Friends" as well as 3 theatrical CGI Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote shorts, "Coyote Falls", "Fur A Flying", and "Rabid Rider" as well as a Tweety and Sylvester CGI theatrical short, "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat". These were released in theaters and on home video with various animated Warner Bros releases. But if you didn't see those movies, these are new to you.
Trailers: No front loaded trailers and only 2 in the special features. Scooby Vs KISS and the upcoming Batman Unlimited 2: Monsters Mayhem.
Buy/Don't Buy: Yes. Buy. This is a really fun movie. With Looney Tunes characters in parts big and small. This is probably the last time we will see these versions of these characters. Hopefully Warners will get around to releasing season 2 of The Looney Tunes show. (Also season 3 of Duck Dodgers and seasons 2-5 of The Tweety and Sylvester Mysteries.)
The KISS Lore is off the charts!This Scooby movie SCORES!
Content: Super-Awesome. Other than 1 or 2 of the McFarlane action figures and a handful of the McFarlane comic books, I really have never owned any of KISS's stuff. I neither loved nor hated their music, but admired their merchandising strategy and as someone who spent the 90′s working in a Heavy Metal record store, we made sure to order every crazy KISS item we could.
But after watching this movie it is hard to not be a KISS fan. I found myself singing Rock N Roll All Night while cutting open the packaging. KISS songs are peppered throughout the movie and they all sound great. The cartoon versions of the band are thinner and younger than their real-life counterparts and possess super-powers. Everything the band does in this movie is mind-blowingly cool.
The Scooby Doo end of this movie is spot on and done to perfection. And when Shaggy and Scooby take The Demon's advice, I cheered very loud because it was super-cool. Fred and Daphne have some great stuff with 2 love triangles involving The Star Child and the scientist lady that makes Fred pull out his creepy evil smile at one point. Velma gets some one-on-one time with The Spaceman as she grips tightly to hold on to her skepticism.
Only having read a few of the Psycho Circus comics, I am not sure what lore other comics created for KISS, but this movie expands the mythos surrounding the band in exciting, imaginative and fairly logical ways. The titles of Songs, Albums and more take on deeper meanings. The movie keeps pushing the boundaries on what you could possibly expect from it.
Bruce Kulick did tweet a post about how this movie does give a shout out to past members of KISS. There is a screen-shot and if you are familiar with the lore of KISS, it is right there.
Special Features: Good. KISS Cut-Ups is just out takes of KISS doing some promotion for this movie. The finished version of which is not on this release. These bloopers are not really funny.
Are You A Scooby or a Shaggy? is KISS, Abby from NCIS and Jay & Silent Bob saying if they relate more to Scooby or Shaggy. Points to Thayer for his out of the box answer, even if he can't land on the exact name.
Trailers: Nothing new. Opens with Legos: DC Heroes: Attack of the Legion of Doom. (first seen on Tom & Jerry vs Jonny Quest) and Tom & Jerry vs Jonny Quest. In the Special Features section trailers for Scooby Doo vs WWE and Lego Dimensions which may be a video game, but the trailer features Joel McHale. (Amazon has 2 different trailers, one feat. Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.) (BTW DC Lego movies have more action and less dumb comedy than Star Wars Lego movies.)
Blu Ray special features also include 2 episodes from the 3rd season of Scooby Doo Where Are You (Part of the Scooby Doo/Dynomutt Hour) S03E04 To Switch A Witch and S03E11 The Diabolical Disc Demon.
Buy/Don't Buy: Yes. Buy. This movie does not disappoint in any way. I want more. This is a great format for KISS. Our passport to the KISS realm is the Scooby gang so KISS gets to be mysterious. I would love it if Warner Animation created a Hanna Barbera-style cartoon series for Cartoon Network with a group of Mystery Solving Teens who summon KISS whenever they find themselves in trouble. Like the Godzilla Power Hour with the trouble alert.
Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest (2015)
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein for the Hanna Barbera set
Warner Bros have 3, maybe 4 lines of cartoon movies for the direct market. DC, Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry and with the Flintstones vs WWE, maybe the Flintstones too.
I have window shopping other T&J movies while waiting for this to arrive, and the cat and mouse team did Blast Off For Mars which is a similar title to Abbott and Costello Go To Mars.
And like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, in this movie we have a slapstick comedy team sliding effortlessly into an existing adventure franchise to bring a little comedy with out diminishing the adventure of the story.
If you can like a pairing of Tom and Jerry with the Quest team, this movie does not disappoint. There are a few incredulous moments you have to go with, but as the action never lets up, they are super forgivable. And if you are a fan of Tom and Jerry, this movie has 3- 5 break-out scenes of cat and mouse tomfoolery.
The movie opens with a Spike and Tyke cameo, and features visits from Droopy and Jezebel Jade. (Though disappointingly there is one animation of Droopy run twice the same way.) James Hong gives Doctor Zin a level of character never before seen, and will have you wondering if the voice isn't Ken Jeong.
The character designs by Dan Haskett are wonderful in a very John K type of way, when Kricfalusi isn't trying to gross people out.
This is giant piles of fun that never lets up. My hope is that this movie does so well that Jonny Quest will get more direct market movies and that, like the Mummy and Invisible man sequels to A&C Meet Frankenstein, Tom and Jerry might visit Space Ghost and The Herculoids. Thundarr The Barbarian would probably be a bridge too far, for a Tom and Jerry crossover. But if they made it, I would watch it.
CSI: Cyber (2015)
The first episode is soooooooooo bad
There are people in this that I am glad to see on TV. I was a fan of Medium and Rosanna Arquette was a firecracker before that show, but there is a through-line with her from firecracker, through mom rolls to this.
James Van Der Beek has been impressive since he played a crazy version of himself on Don't Trust The B In 23. He was also good in Friends With Better lives and the lame Power/Ranger Bootleg. CSI Cybers shows a hint of the Beek being able to pull off action and when he is done with this show I would love to see him in action rolls as a detective or fighting aliens or something.
And it is great to see Peter MacNicol back on TV too. He was great on Numb3rs, Ally McBeal and Ghost Busters 2.
I am going to blame the writers, producers, editors and directors because no one is giving a good performance in this episode.
First, their opening case is a baby abduction. What kind of amber alert sentimental bull-crap story is that? It is like the annual obligatory kid episode on NCIS only worse.
Arquette is unconvincing in her stating that her unit is taking this case. It is a flimsy set-up and she was not able to connect with it.
Then at the crime scene, hacker #1 squabbles with hacker #2 over who has the most cooties or something equally lame.
Arquette never is convincing as any type of cop in this, she only ever comes across as a mom.
And the Beek is also given nothing to work with and comes across as hollow.
***Possible Spoilers*** There is a scene where the Beek jumps in water (in slow motion) and it feels almost John Woo or something, but they don't cut soon enough and it ends with a almost splashing-in-a-wading-pool bit.
***Possible Spoilers*** There are some people who get shot in this episode and they are unconvincing as dying people. That could be editing. Maybe don't let the second victim ask a stupid question about the first victim before he dies.
The episode is chock full of really bad decisions from the creators. The episode never gets anywhere near immersive because every minute or so something happens that pulls the viewer out of the story.
My hope is that this show gets cancelled so the original CSI can get another season. I never liked the show under Peterson, but it has been great since Ted Danson took over.
I give this 2 stars instead of 1 because Peter MacNicol was flawless with his five or less lines, and The Beek did eek out some charm no matter how badly the creators tried to kill it.
Recycled Kung Fu Panda Script
This episode lacks the magic of the first two episodes.
The story revolves around the pig child character and his brothers. He learns a lesson.
This would be a fine filler/throw-away episode if there was 22-65 episodes. But with only five episodes, it speaks ill of the creativity of the creators. How do you get to recycling old Kung Fu Panda scripts so early?
With the first episode, the first let down was seeing that the animation of the titles was not the style of the show. And the events in the titles hold such promise. And the second episode hints at that promise when Puss goes on a quest.
But then the third episode is all about the pig falling into peer pressure. So lame.
Like a movie about the NBA with an all white cast
Why make a Jazz movie and only cast white people?
Make the movie about classical music or cast black people. How hard is that?
If the movie had monsters or robots to distract us, it would be easier to not notice that everyone with major speaking roles is white.
This movie would be far more interesting, even with the same functional dialog, if the leads were both black women, and the music lessons were being kept a secret from our fascist alien robot overlords. The inhumanity of the mentor to build the humanity of the hero, to spite the inhumanity of the robots.
Instead we have a movie that endorses the abusive gravy-training of children. If your daughter hasn't mastered the viola by age 3, throw furniture at her until she does.
They Came Together (2014)
These writers can't write
These writers are really good at pointing out clichés in romantic comedies. Or maybe they are good at reading articles that point out clichés in rom-coms. What they are not good at is writing dialog for movies.
Everyone talks about the role in the plot. This is Porn-Level writing. "My name is Evil Galactic Lord and I am kidnapping the princess so that Star Trueheart will come and fight me."
I understand they think they were making a Spoof, like Airplane or Hotshots, but spoofs have crazy gags that you never see coming if you are really really stoned. The crazy gags in this movie are people reading their character descriptions as dialog.
There is no way to emotionally bond with the characters. You just wish the movie was a horror spoof so you can watch all of these inane characters get murdered.
What is truly sad, and makes the movie worthy of only one star, is the movie has a really great cast. Every scene introduces another sitcom or snl alumni. And apparently not one of these people had the ability to tell the writers or director that, "This is really lame. Are you sure this is the direction we want to go with this?"
Watching this movie is absolute torture.