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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Doesn't deserve the high ratings
Judging by how entertained I was and how interested I was in the story, this film just ranks in between bad to mediocre. Great camera-work and scene transitions, like a work of art, and hey the film's high ratings may entirely be based on that so maybe I'm wrong with my negative review. However, the positives don't change the fact that the plot doesn't progress farther nor show more intelligence than a comic strip. The acting is great, but the plot just isn't there to hold it all together.
By the end I know almost nothing about the characters, don't care to know, and have no interest in knowing any of their stories. Everything is just a big pile of "meh". The violence just seems abrupt and needless, which is I suppose an intentional metaphor, I get that. Still, the violence is kind of overdone. I really did try to like this film. I was expecting a great movie since it's rated so highly with so many votes, but I was disappointed. Some great dialogue in there, but it's a film I don't want to watch twice. This ain't no Pulp Fiction, folks. Pulp Fiction draws you in and holds on tight, Reservoir Dogs just beats the snot out of you and leaves you on the floor a bloody mess. By the end you feel the meaninglessness of violence, true, but also the meaninglessness of the film, equally.
Fargo: Morton's Fork (2014)
A Beautiful Masterpiece of an Ending
Wow. At the edge of my seat, all smiles. What a release. What a season. The story has ended. Some beloved characters have been killed off in dramatic fashion.
Lorne Malvo is the coldest most brilliant criminal I have ever seen portrayed on screen. Billy Bob Thornton's performance this season was simply epic. It was a beautiful ending, a just desserts; the characters all got what they deserved. You can run from the law, see, but you cannot hide from the "law". Everyone always gets caught, if not by the law, then by the "law", i.e. fate/ karma. Every man gets his just desserts.
I just don't understand how this show can continue into season 2 based on this ending. Will there be a new plot, new characters, a new time line based on another time period and another story? Will Fargo become like American Horror Story by having different stories in different seasons? I don't know. Probably. Or will season 2 see Lester has actually survived and be based on Lester's trial? I don't know. Probably, probably not.
All I know is, I really enjoyed Fargo. It was an amazing series. I hate to see it go. Come back for season 2, please.
On Par with True Detective, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead. SERIOUSLY. IT'S THAT GOOD.
I remember when I watched the first episode of Fargo in April 2014. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. I liked the movie Fargo (1995) but it's not the greatest movie I have ever seen. I just couldn't wrap my head around how a show based on that somewhat successful movie could be any good. But hey, I thought, what the heck, let's give it a shot; I'm here, the shows about to start, let's watch. So I turned on the TV and just watched with a somewhat open mind but expecting a major letdown, a clichéd copy of the original movie.
To my surprise, the first 10 minutes were witty, charming in a bumbling kind of way, and the background music matched the scenery so well it elevated my mood a little. Despite what I liked, I still thought I could predict the show's next move because I had seen the movie after all. By the time the episode was over, however, I had no idea where the show was going to go next. The major plot centred around Lester and his wife didn't copy the movie. No, this plot was better. Suddenly the show seemed original, unique, and I just loved what I saw. And I haven't stopped watching since.
Fargo is a terrifically twisted and comedic dark mystery crime-drama that will rock your socks off, leave you puzzled, gasping for breath, and your jaw on the floor. At the same time the show won't leave you huddled in your closet in fear of the monster hiding under your bed like True Detective often does. Instead, every episode of Fargo matches and sort of cancels out the fear and darkness it embodies with a spirit of charm and witticism that is extremely rare to see on the big screen. It's not very often you see horrors on the screen portrayed to such a high calibre of comedic and dramatic effect. Imagine fear and tragedy as objects on one side and comedic charm and wit as objects on the other side about to collide. And when they collide, they sort of cancel each other out. That's Fargo. You're left perplexed, puzzled, bewildered, shocked, surprised, frightened, amused, angry, happy, elated. All at the SAME TIME. You don't know what just happened. And if someone were to ask you how you feel at that moment, it would certainly be some feat to describe. That's Fargo.
Now that season 1 of Fargo is over, I can honestly say that Fargo is one of the best TV series I have ever seen, on par with True Detective, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead. Breaking Bad is arguably the best TV series ever portrayed on screen, so that is saying a lot. Some episodes of Fargo, however, are not on par with Breaking Bad, of course. Overall, Breaking Bad is a better show. But remember we are only in the first season of Fargo. And some of Fargo's episodes, especially the season finale, are as good as some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad. It's always difficult to compare TV shows and I know I'll get some disagreements, but whatever your opinions you cannot deny that if you have watched Fargo, then you have enjoyed it, if not for the characters, then for the story.
Some reviewers have rated Fargo poorly, however, and I understand why. I admit Fargo has its major weaknesses, especially if you have only watched a few opening episodes. It is true that in the beginning of season 1, the characters are portrayed in a sort of clichéd black and white kind of way, as either sociopaths or pathetic simpletons, which makes it very difficult to get emotionally attached or "root for" any one character. Therefore, you might end up thinking that there actually is no one "main" or "central" character" or "good guy to root for" in Fargo. Well if there is no character to root for, then why the hell am I wasting my time on Fargo, you might say to yourself. Breaking Bad didn't have this problem since it wasn't hard to get emotionally attached to Walter White's story. If you are looking for strong emotional attachment, you won't get it from Fargo, at least not at first. That is what makes Fargo different. But this is a good thing, because you don't have to be emotionally attached to the characters to love the show. The witticism and depth of the story alone hooks you like a fish on a line and keeps you coming back for more. And that is the beauty of Fargo. After all, strong emotional attachment wouldn't make much sense in a show that is attempting to shock viewers in a comedic and bumbling sort of way. The comedy is witty, sarcastic, ironic, sardonic, exactly as it should be if based on the movie.
Fargo is like Pandora's box; just a small box to those who fail to see beneath the surface, but a river of treasure for those brave enough to peer inside. But don't take my word for it, watch it yourself. Watch it with an open mind. You might just end up liking what you see.
Watch Dogs (2014)
Awful, Repetitive, Excruciatingly Bad Singleplayer and Multiplayer
1. The storyline is boring.
It failed to spark my interest and keep me interested. I finished 15% of the storyline and couldn't force myself to keep going. I just don't care about avenging the death of Aiden's niece. I don't care about finding the mastermind who wants to screw Aiden. I've played the game for about 10 hours and I just can't handle it anymore. It will be collecting dust on my shelf. I've had more fun with Call of Duty Ghosts singleplayer and muiltiplayer even though that's a really craptastic game.
2. The game is extremely repetitive.
How about that annoying grunt (oomffff, ooomff, like they're choking on something hard and stiff) enemies make every time you get spotted? Annoying yet? Don't worry, it'll get there. Speaking of getting spotted, isn't Watch Dogs really just one big game of hide and seek? Fixer contracts, gang hideouts and stopping crimes are fun the first three times. Then it just gets boring and repetitive.
3. Multiplayer is disgustingly bad.
Multiplayer, as far as I'm concerned, doesn't exist. If I could grade it lower than 1 out of 10, I would. Truth is, this game is meant for single player only. If you think you will have fun with multiplayer, YOU ARE WRONG. Trust me. You are DEAD wrong. When you hack somebody, nothing happens. You hide like a little girl while they're running around like morons trying to find you. At first, you impishly giggle at the other player's stupidity since they've passed where you are about 10 times and still haven't found you. Then the meter reaches 100%, you've hacked them! Wohooo, congratulations. So what happens after you hack them? Oh yeah, you disappear, they disappear, you two lose connections, and you get some points. Whoop dee doo. You get hacked, you lose points. Whoop dee doo. Nothing happens. BORING. What else? Oh yeah, you can't kill other players in multiplayer no matter how many times you throw a bomb or shoot them in the face. Stupid. What is there to do in multiplayer? Online racing? Retarded. Online hacking? Don't get me started. Competing with other players? Doubly retarded. Oh, and it takes forever (1-5 minutes) to load and find a player to hack and to join a lobby. Ain't nobody got time for that, dawg.
4. Watch Dogs is a GTA Rip-off, and not nearly as good.
Whoever said Watch Dogs is not a GTA rip-off hasn't played Watch Dogs. Really dude? You think it's not a copy of GTA? It is, only with a fancy cell phone that can hack things. You hack cameras and spot enemies before they spot you. Wow, right? Sounds innovative! No, it's dumb, not innovative. Scenario time. Let's say I'm in a mission, a fenced enemy base. There are 20 enemies inside, cameras everywhere in the building. Cool I jump the fence hack the cameras, identify the enemies. Now I am expected to pick them off one by one, all 20 of them. Hack their gadgets, make their bombs go off, hack electrical panels, basically do anything that can stealthily kill them. Time spent beating the mission while in stealth mode: 15 minutes. Now how long do you think it will take me to beat the same mission if I hack their cell phones, disable their calling of reinforcements, and pull out my freaking Ak 47? Like 5 minutes. Now why the HELL should I spend 3x as much time trying to be a sneaky little bee when I can just finish the mission much faster Al Pacino style? Ain't nobody got time for that. I got dishes to wash clothes to dry. Mission complete either way. No extra rewards for killing the enemies in a stealthy fashion. The point to my little scenario is, I find my brain wanting to go GTA mode. I am programmed to go Arnold Schwarzenegger and just kill everything that moves as quickly and efficiently as possible, baby. The point is, hacking gets boring. Watch Dogs is just GTA minus a little GTA plus hacking. Same old same old.
5. The Graphics are terrible for a PS4 game. Some ps3 games have better graphics (think The Last of US). Watch Dogs does not run in 1080p as promised.
6. Exploring the world of Chicago is not as fun as it sounds.
It is boring. Boringly boring. Boringly boringly boring. Boringly boringly boringly boring, if you get my meaning. I find myself driving my fancy sports car hacking street lights and steam pipes, causing car accidents and being a total douche to the people of Chicago. And not one of them calls the police. Not one of them knows that I did it. Tee hee. Yet, when I pull out my gun and start run by shooting random civilians, only a few people call the police, and if I get to them in time by shooting them the phone hangs up and the police don't show up. I just get away with murder. Cool story, bro. And what about the effects on my reputation? I could care less. I found myself bored so many times with the missions and side-missions in this game, I pulled a Columbine massacre on a number of occasions. This game will do that to you. It will bore you to death and make you wonder what happens if you just start killing random civilians. Even that is boring. The police chase you, a fancy helicopter sniper pops by for dinner, and my AK 47 is invited. GTA Rip off, yet again. And MUCH MUCH WORSE.
RENT PLEASE, for the love of God, RENT. If you like it after you rent, then buy.
Unbelievable, Unlikely, and Sloppy Writing
First, the episode had too many fillers. Second, the fight scene was utter crap. It was stupidly unbelievable, unlikely, and very short. The Viper kills the Mountain, spear through the guts. Check. The guy is dead, and even if not dead, physiologically speaking he should be totally paralyzed and sapped of strength. You don't just get up like that after getting a spear through your guts. Your body shuts down. You can't breathe. You can barely speak. But wait! Not in Game of Thrones!! Somehow the Mountain magically comes back to life, his vocal cords all in tact with the same force and vigor even though his GUTS were just f***** up in his belly, and kills Oberyn with his bare hands!?!? Riiiiight. I think someone at the studio had a few too many drinks. No chance in hell. No, just no. Stupid and impossible. The Viper's death would only makes sense if the Mountain is some kind of magical creature rather than just a man. As far as I know, he's just a freakishly large man. For the reasons above I don't accept this episode as canon. I don't accept Oberyn's death. Now I know this show is far from "real"(zombies, magical creatures, etc) and maybe someone may say crazier things have happened, but deaths in this show have been pretty realistic up until now, haven't they? Oberyn should still be alive; this episode didn't happen. It was retarded (Ahh, now I know why Tyrion spoke about retards, I was wondering about that!). It was a totally impossible death scene that can only happen in the magical fairy tale universe of a retarded writer's mind.
Breathes new Life in the Supernatural We Have all Grown to Love
I want to start by telling the world how proud I am to be a Supernatural fan right now. Going strong since 2005! The season 9 finale of Supernatural was epic and stunning to watch. This season has had its ups and downs, with mostly good episodes but no too many of the episodes that make you want to scream at the TV and ramble "holy Sh**" to yourself a hundred times like a crazy person in response to what you just saw. You know a series is good if that's the reaction you make. I can give this finale a 10 out of 10 because it had me yelling "holy sh**" till the cows came home. I would say the finale has reinvented the series and succeeds in breathing new life in the Supernatural we have all grown to love. The finale felt like the scary and horror driven Supernatural of old, not the wishy washy Twilight rip off we saw in the worst episode of this season, #bloodlines.
Now the directing, the pacing, the storyline (loved the scenes with Metatron), and the acting was spot on. Castiel (Misha Collins) was stellar as always and Gadreel was phenomenal. I can't even start with how great Dean was in the episode; if Jensen Ackles doesn't get an award for his portrayal of Dean, then the world truly has gone insane. I have virtually never been as moved as I was watching the end scene with Sam and Dean; simply put, it was pure and utter perfection. Thank you Jared and Jensen. I want to see you both on the screen filming Supernatural into the 20th season.
WARNING *POSSIBLE* SPOILERS (For the smart people): There is new life to the show because we have a unique plot driven by Dean's redemption, much like the great TV series Angel (1999-2004) which was driven by a vampire's quest for redemption. I predict Dean will follow the path of Angel in his own quest for redemption in Season 10 of Supernatural. Angel went strong for 5 years centred just on that plot, so it's hard to see why the next season or even the next few seasons of Supernatural can't do the same. The possibilities are endless. I can't wait for Season 10.
One of the worst movies I have ever seen
I don't understand why this movie is rated so highly. The visuals are good, but that's about it. I almost fell asleep halfway through. Add a predictable storyline and you get an absolute snooze fest. This is the movie to watch if you ever have a hard time falling asleep. Highly recommended for anyone with a sleeping disorder. Brazil will get the job done better than pills.
The storyline is mediocre and the "absurdity" in the film is irritating rather than imaginative. I didn't get the film at all. Nothing holds the film together, the ending is predictable (I predicted how it was going to end 30 minutes into the movie), and I feel I wasted two hours of my life that I'm never going to get back. Thanks Brazil.
Supernatural: Blood Brother (2012)
So far, DEFINITELY THE BEST Episode of Season 8
What can I say, the episode has everything: romance, bromance, drama, and action thrills to get your blood pumping. The episode had everything that originally hooked me to Supernatural. This episode is more like the Supernatural I have grown to love.
What worked: -Loved the flashbacks to purgatory -Benny is awesome and very bad ass -A few good laughs
What did not work: -How can Dean sneak up on vampires if they can hear a human's beating heart blocks away? It doesn't make sense in light of previous episodes.
Still a 10/10!
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! GO SUPERNATURAL!
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
VERY BAD storyline, Very bad film, Very disappointed!
I LOVED the first three Underworld movies, but in all honesty "Underworld: Awakening" was for me a complete disaster. The first three movies were amazing because they made you think deeply about history, love, hatred, war, friendship, family, and other riveting themes; they encouraged critical thinking and connection making skills with all the powerful flashbacks and twists and turns that were within a strong plot-structure. But "Underworld: Awakening" failed to do any of these things.
The plot absolutely sucked; there's nothing original, and I don't even know what the point/theme was at all. Yes there are a few good twists in the movie, but they happen in like the last 30 minutes, and even here all we get to see is action and no real depth or explanation of the who, what, where, when, why, how? of the story. If humans are now the common enemy, then why on sam hill are vampires and werewolves still fighting? It doesn't make sense. Near the end, just as the story was getting good, I suddenly noticed the credits popping up. The movie was over. I thought, "Huh? It can't be over, it was just getting good!?" The film was also WAY too short. All of this taken together makes "Underworld: Awakening" more like an added TV episode than a major motion picture. I honestly can't believe 70 million was spent on this cop out. It would have been much better if they actually showed the fight between humans and vampires and focused on that instead of going back to a now pointless feud between vampires and lycans.
WHAT made "Underworld: Awakening" worse was the fact that the directors did not really connect this sequel to the other 3 Underworld movies: where are the flashbacks? Where's the dialogue? What exactly happened to the other characters in the earlier films, etc, etc? I know this will disappoint all of you die-hard fans like me who love the other movies, but truth hurts: the film was terrible.
The storyline was the worst part, I think. In the 1 hour and 30 minutes of the film, only about 20-30 minutes is spent actually talking. Selene only opens her mouth a few times, and nobody makes longer speeches which made the other movies great. If the film was really about Selene waging war against humans (which it wasn't) it would have been much better and an interesting story, but that wasn't the true plot at all.
To the Producers: "It was the STORY that made the Underworld series a success, not the action, but you failed to see that. Because there is VERY little dialogue in this one and A LOT of action, there is very little story here, which makes it very unlikely that ANYONE will remember this movie after watching it. If you want to make another Underworld movie, focus on the story, on speeches, on the intellect, on actual acting instead of crappy action I can see for free on a TV series." I hate to say this because I am such a huge fan of the series, but "Underworld: Awakening" is utterly forgettable. I was really disappointed, and if you're an Underworld fan you will be too. I don't think I'll watch it a second time.
My Objective Vote: 3/10
P.S. I think the people who rate this film more than a 5 either haven't watched the other Underworld films, were paid-off, or are insane. It just doesn't deserve anything more than a pass.