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10,000 BC (2008)
It's stupid ... it's just so stupid, 22 February 2014

D'Leh (Steven Strait) is a member of a prehistoric hunter-gatherer tribe called the Yagahl. On a big hunt, he accidentally kills a big mammoth. As a reward, he claims Evolet (Camilla Belle). Later they are attacked by mounted warriors, and many of their tribe are captured. D'Leh, Tic'Tic (Cliff Curtis), Ka'Ren (Mo Zinal), and Baku (Nathanael Baring) go off to get their people back.

The biggest problem is that this movie is stupid. Director/writer Roland Emmerich has thrown out any science or logic. If you don't care, some of the action can be fun. Or else you could have a good laugh. And the pyramid at end has a lot of action. However the movie slows down too many times. I don't know where the United Nations comes from. It's not a good movie no matter how you look at it.

Standard fare lost in summer replacement shuffle, 19 August 2013

This got canceled real quick. They only got out 6 episodes. It's a standard Poor Little Single Girl sitcom crossed with Friends variation. The show is led by Sophie Winkleman and David Walton. They're very solid as their characters. Christopher Moynihan is a little too whiny but that's expected. Collette Wolfe is funny. Smith Cho and Michael Benjamin Washington added the ethnicity.

The title of the show points to the premise where Sophie Winkleman is challenged to answer 100 question, and each answer leads to each episode. As a summer replacement, there's nothing wrong with the show. But it never caught on. Realistically, it couldn't really last anyways.

Arrested Development lite, 19 August 2013

This is a quirky comedy about an inept owner of a local independent grocer and his band of wacky employees.

The owner is played by John Lehr. Other stand outs include Bob Clendenin and Jennifer Elise Cox. Jennifer plays the evil manager of the chain grocery store next door. Sadly she was just a part time player and never made it to the 3rd seasons.

The show is written in the same vain as Arrested Development. The characters are over the top. They bicker. They fight. But at the end of the day, they come together as a team. However the show isn't quite as well written. The jokes don't come as fast and tight. And they don't always work. But Arrested Development B-Team is still worth a watch.

liked all the young actors, 27 October 2014

Kat Stratford (Lindsey Shaw) is an outspoken progressive feminist environmentalist. Her younger sister Bianca Stratford (Meaghan Martin) wants more than anything to be popular. She sees the rich mean girl lead cheerleader Chastity Church (Dana Davis) as her chance to be popular. Cameron James (Nicholas Braun) loves Bianca but she sees him as her friend. Kat falls for bad boy rebel Patrick Verona (Ethan Peck) despite her better judgment. The girls' single father Walter Stratford (Larry Miller) can't stand that boys are in their lives.

It's a cute teen dramedy series. It's definitely cute. Sometimes it's funny. The young actors especially the two girls are all very likable. They all are very compelling. The Taming of the Shrew story is given a perfunctory going over. The idea of Bianca needing Kat to date first is not carried over from the movie. Overall, it's a fun teen show and better than most.

10 Years (2011)
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Good Actors, Too many Characters, 10 September 2013

Director/writer Jamie Linden gives us a big ensemble cast on their 10 year high school reunion.

Jake (Channing Tatum) was the prom king. He is with his girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum). But he encounters his old girlfriend Mary (Rosario Dawson) and they have issues to resolve.

Cully (Chris Pratt) was a douche bully. He is still only a few drinks away from the same douche even though he is a married to his cheerleader girlfriend Sam (Ari Graynor) and a father.

Marty (Justin Long) and A.J. (Max Minghella) are still trying to up one another, and they go head over heals for class hottie Anna (Lynn Collins).

Reeves (Oscar Isaac) was a band geek, but is now a star with a hit song. He finally has a chance with his crush, the class ghost Elise (Kate Mara).

Yeah, that's a lot of good actors and way too many characters. And that's not really all of them. Somebody needs to trim down the number of lead characters. The Big Chill had 8 leads, and that is probably the limit. This one had either 11 or 12 depending on how you count.

The stories are fairly standard. It's got that profound idealism that you'd expect. Everybody has something big to do. If they lose 1 storyline, the rest could be expanded and have a little air to breathe. It's still a good watch.

11:14 (2003)
wish it was funnier, 2 November 2013

Jack (Henry Thomas) is a habitual drunk driver and some people drop a body off an overpass onto his car. He's scared and shove it into his trunk. This is the first of several interconnected stories from that night taking place at 11:14.

There are some great actors in this little movie. It's a black comedy with a disturbed sense of humor. Most of it don't work at all. Some of it is head scratching. A few actually illicit a smile. Director/Writer Greg Marcks has woven together a lot of white trash chaos. It mostly doesn't work but I wanted it to work better so badly. It has this slow energy that can't get the movie up to full speed.

12 Hours to Live (2006) (TV)
Bland unoriginal Lifetime TV-movie, 20 February 2014

John Carl Lowman (Kevin Durand) is a killer on the run. He has committed six bank robberies and killed a federal agent. He carjacks a car in the woods and takes diabetic teenager Amy Kennedy (Brittney Wilson) as his hostage. FBI Agent Megan Saunders (Ione Skye) takes on the case to hunt down Lowman who killed her partner. She finds that Amy needs an insulin injection in less than 12 hours or else she'll die.

The premise is a bland Lifetime movie retread. I like Kevin Durand. He plays a good psychopath. Ione Skye is an acceptable FBI agent, but she doesn't have the powerful presence needed to lead. The girl Brittney Wilson has limited acting skills. The writing lacks pace and intensity. The style and direction is strictly TV-movie level. There isn't really anything to recommend here.

12 Rounds (2009)
Ridiculous Derivative Repetitive, 10 January 2014

Danny Fisher (John Cena) is a New Orleans beat cop who arrested master criminal Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). In the process, he kills the love of Miles' life, and Miles vows revenge. One year later, Miles escapes from prison, and kidnaps Danny's girl Molly (Ashley Scott). To get her back, Danny must follow Miles' instructions in a game of 12 rounds.

It's a very derivative movie reminiscent of 'Die Hard: With a Vengeance'. John Cena seems like a perfectly reasonable cop character. He has reasonable charisma but he has a limited acting range. He can't add the much needed comic relief like Bruce Willis.

Also there is just too much ridiculousness. The tests are ridiculous. The FBI agent played by Steve Harris is ridiculous. The problem is that the rounds get very repetitive with action splashed in every once in awhile.

Is it a good movie? No, but I've seen much worst. The action kept me interested for about half of the movie. It's just too repetitive and one dimensional. There's a bit of fun action. If that's all you're looking for, this movie certainly has it.

Impressive and compelling, 6 September 2014

Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black family man living in Saratoga, New York. In 1841, he is lured by two men who hire him to play his violin. When they arrive in Washington, he is abducted and given the false identity of a runaway slave. He is smuggled back into the deep south to be sold to the somewhat kind William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch). However he runs afoul of the jealous chief carpenter John Tibeats (Paul Dano) and Ford sells him to the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) is the best cotton picker and she's constantly raped by Epps. His wife (Sarah Paulson) knows it and targets her anger on the helpless slave. It's a dangerous life and Northup must hide his identity from everyone. It's only until Canadian Bass (Brad Pitt) that he can truly rely on somebody to help him.

This is more than a slave movie. The fact that this is an educated man forced into slavery puts it closer to the audience. It's easier to see one's self in the Northup character in that he starts off as a regular family guy. His trials and tribulations are more compelling because of it. The performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor just reinforces that idea. He's not a superhero. He struggles. He's afraid. He's just a guy off the streets. The other performances are just as outstanding. Each one is as impressive as the next. Brad Pitt does stick out a little and I wish a smaller actor could play the part. This is the most impressive movie I've seen from Steve McQueen.

Inoffensive rom-com, 13 October 2013

Jenna Rink wants to be in the cool school group Six Chicks. On her 13th birthday party, Jenna is humiliated by the cool girls and wishes to get to when she's 30. The wish comes true and she time-travels to when she's 30. She's a big time magazine editor, her best friend is Lucy (Judy Greer), and a NY Ranger boyfriend.

Of course the dream job is a magazine editor. It's a silly cute little rom-com. The first 15 minutes with Jenna as a kid was quite compelling. Jennifer Garner really plays dumb as the superficial 13 year old. It's harmless fun, but then it turns into this girl competition in the big world. The tone is a little too harsh with the backstabbing friend. The rom-com doesn't come off well since he already has a nice girlfriend. It's just not well thought out as a fairy tale.

Garner keeps her childlike tone. It helps that she has the biggest laugh. But she can't really elevate this movie much further than a watchable rom-com.

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