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The Robinsons (2005)
It's better than bad, it's good!
Although a little rough around the edges with things such as editing, The Robinson's is a clever comedy. Although I'm not very fond of the two writers other work "The Worst Week of my Life", I did enjoy this little one series comedy an awful lot. I found the characters of Ed, Vicky and George to be very well developed, which I think is very important for a comedy. This this is not only a credit to the script but also to fantastic comedic acting from Abigail Cruttenden, Martin Freeman and Hugh Bonneville. I would've liked to have seen some more volume in the characters of the Robinson parents despite great acting from Anna Massey and Richard Johnson, they were a tad one dimensional I thought. Wonderful to see some guest starring roles from fantastic comedians such as Olivia Coleman (who is always hilarious!!), Amanda Abbington and Elizabeth Marmur.
There were some great elements in this show. I found a lot of the cut always and flashbacks to be hilarious (eg: Vicky and Peter sitting onthe couch watching "Psycho" had me in stitches!), but then there were some that I thought were extremely pointless and badly done. (eg: the flashback of the parents getting engaged was just awful...should've had different actors playing the apparently much younger Pam and Hector, sometimes a wig just doesn't do it!!)
Although there are some hit and miss elements of The Robinsons, I did enjoy it very much. I would recommend this show for a chuckle especially if you like bees, having your nipples sucked and kettles with lime scale free elements.
World Tour of Australia (1996)
Fascinating and hilarious.
I'm Australian, have lived in Sydney most my life, and after watching Bill Connolly's World Tour of Australia, it's obvious to me that he knows more about my country that I do!
Billy takes us to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Rottenest Island and other beautiful places. He swims with dolphins, climbs the Opera House and Harbor Bridge and has some other amazing experiences which are a treat to watch.
This tour is entertaining, inspiring, educational and it's interspersed with segments from his stand up shows, which are, as always, hilarious.
Great for fans of Billy and fans of travel.
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Should be classified as a soap opera, not a drama.
With all the bitching and childish behavior that goes on in this show anyone would expect it to be set in college, not in a hospital. With a great name like Grays Anatomy, one would expect a high premise of medical situations, procedures and indeed, the feelings of the doctors and patients within the hospital. We get none of this. Instead we get a bunch of grown adults acting like children. This is ( and should be classified as) a soap opera, not a "medical drama" as the network would have us believe.
However, I am aware that some people enjoy petty squabbling between stereotypically pretty people pretending to be doctors by wearing white coats and steamy "will they wont they" situations arising between interns and residents. This show has all of that, with none of the complicated (or realistic) medical or hospital business to get in the way of a "good" juicy storyline.
It really does seem out of place being set in a hospital. The characters don't act or speak like doctors and the hospital is just a backdrop for their petty squabbles or torrid love affairs.
This show is saved ONLY by fairly decent acting from the main cast. However, I will add that none of them have any extremely notable charisma, they are just decent actors.
If you want to see a good medical drama with real human emotions, comedy, love, friendship, etc...I suggest SCRUBS or BODIES. They're a millions times better.
One of the most popular comedies of our time.
Seinfeld was indeed a phenomenon of American comedy. Before Seinfeld it was unsure if American could come out with anything short of a predictable and broad sit-coms. Then came Seinfeld and from it other brilliant American comedies such as, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Scrubs...etc. (Not to say that America still doesn't churn out the one dimensional sit-coms.)
Seinfeld takes normal every day life and makes it funny, with realistic scripts, amazing characters and twisting hilarious plot lines.
The acting is nothing short of perfect. Even Jerry Seinfeld, who I often thought has little facial expressions, is playing a character of him self that seems to fit the show. He is a good actor, especially in this role.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is so funny as Elaine and I think women can really identify with her as a realistic character. She's not a squealing, heels wearing Barbie doll; she is a very real woman who gets along with men, but still maintains her femininity. Her dating sagas are really something a lot of women can identify with.
Jason Alexander as George is just incredible. He's such an animated character, but at the same time very realistic. The situations he gets him self into are hilarious and Alexander plays the neurotic, paranoid and self obsessed George excellently.
Kramer is probably the most elusive character on Seingeld and Michael Richards does an amazing job in the roll. We never hear a voice over for Kramer's inner monologue, we know virtually nothing about his past and we don't find out his first name until well into season four. He is a very original character and it's almost hard to believe he's actually based on someone real.
One of the main enjoyable things about Seinfeld is the dialogue between the four main characters. A conversation between them never fails to amuse. The dynamic between Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George is undeniable and they all bring their own spark to the show.
The script, which is usually written by Larry David or Jerry Seinfeld or various other writers they have had throughout the show, and the best thing about it is it's really natural. It's taken either from something that really happened to one of the writers or something that could realistically happen to a 30-something New Yorker.
You can actually imagine having a lot of the conversations between characters your self. Especially the ones about relationships. I remember nodding my head so many times listening to Elaine ranting about the stresses of dating or listening to George talking about ways to get out of a relationship he's caught in. It's stuff we all know, but because of that we can identify with not only the characters, but also the plot.
In one episode of series four; George said something that I really identified with: "when I like them, they don't like me and when they like me, I don't like them" I'm sure this is something we have found a problem at one time or another.
And that's the beauty of Seinfeld. It's very natural and real. And although they may say it's about "nothing" it really is one of the most realistic and funny shows on television. And isn't every day life funny?
The Mighty Boosh (2003)
I'm old Gregg! Do you love me?
A creative and original comedy that was born out of the stand up duo of Noel Fielding and Julian Barrett; The Might Boosh is a world in which anything can happen. Surreal characters combined with bizarre plots make for very interesting and hilarious watching.
There's something very refreshing about The Mighty Boosh. It's something that comes straight from the imagination, and ignites the imagination of anyone watching. The characters are strange, the music is varied and the situations are anything but ordinary.
Fielding and Barrett not only write and star in this amazingly original comedy; but they also write all the music and draw all of the animations. They combine their loves and talents to make this comedy something really special; comically, visually and musically.
I'd recommend giving The Mighty Boosh a chance. I love most British Comedy, but it even took me a while to get into it. Persist with it and you'll see it's worth every second.
Chapter 27 (2007)
Chapter 27 is one of the most visually stunningly films I have seen in a long time. The hauntingly beautiful cinematography comfortably blends it's self with the evocative soundtrack.
Jared Leto surprised me with such a challenging and compelling roll and with this competent portrayal of the notorious Mark David Chapman, he really proves him self as a character actor. Everything from his schizophrenic mannerisms to the morbid confusion in his eyes; Leto is just incredible.
Lindsay Lohan's role in the film, is essential in developing Chapman's awkward disposition when it came to interaction with other people, especially women. Lohan's role, although small, is an important one and she plays it well.
The city of New York also plays an important role in Chapter 27, with it's bitter isolation and apparent lack of moral integrity. A languid soul can be in a city full of thousands of people and still feel completely alone.
It's important to remember when watching this film that Mark David Chapman was no evil genius - he was a schizophrenic sociopath.
The reason this film doesn't offer much of an insight into Chapman's motive behind this horrible assassination or into "the complicated mind of a killer"; is because there isn't one. And the reason his past and childhood isn't included in the film is not only to admit some things that could be seen as being sympathetic towards him (eg: a sexually abusive past etc), but also because it quite simply doesn't matter or explain anything. Chapman was and is quite simply, mentally disturbed and it isn't hard to tell this, even if you only know the basics about him.
Most of the things we know about Chapman's thoughts and actions leading up to Lennon's assassination, we know only from his personal accounts and given his obviously disturbed state in general, these accounts may or may not be what really happened.
The rest can be taken from accounts of interactions held with people such as telephone conversations with his wife or conversations with other "fans" also gathered outside The Dakota.
Chapter 27 gives us a fairly subjective view of Chapman and his actions. They haven't sensationalized anything and have made a good realistic representation of the events of the assassination and the state of mind of the perpetrator at the time.
In so much as people being upset about a film representation being made about the death of someone as beloved as John Lennon, I don't think this film is even slightly disrespectful to the memory of John Lennon. It's not exploring what happened to Lennon on the days before he died, it's exploring what happened to Chapman. It's more about him that it is about Lennon. This in a strange way, is more respectful to Lennon that people might think.
There's a certain morbid beauty to this film that comes out mainly through the incredible cinematography and the creative direction. J.P. Schaefer does a very good job for a first time writer/director.
It's a shame this film won't get as much exposure as it deserves.
An excellent and intelligent documentary.
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey is a subjective and interesting look at the many different facets of metal, both the sub-culture and the music.
As we follow anthropologist and self proclaimed metal head, Sam Dunn on his journey through the world of metal we get an unusual insight into this widely misunderstood and intricate sub-culture.
Dunn not only maps out and explains the origins of the huge number of different sub-genres within the genre of metal music (something that all music lovers have probably wondered about at one time or another), but he also travels to places like Germany and Norway in search of many different metal bands and their fans.
There are interviews with everyone from Alice Cooper to Lemmy to Rob Zombie as well as some quite disturbing interviews with a few Norwegian Death Metal bands and a hilarious interview with the very funny Dee Snider from Twisted Sister.
There is indeed quite a deep and interesting flow to this documentary and Dunn not only managers to maintain a subjective and professional roll in his research, but also managers to maintain his integrity as a metal head - this is indeed, a credit to him.
I highly recommend this documentary not only to people who love their metal, but even to people who don't.
Fast Track (2006)
Just like most people who've written reviews for this film, I too was excited to hear about a film staring two great comedians like Braff and Bateman. How could you go wrong with these two? However, with two inexperienced writers and one inexperienced director; it's not hard to see where this film goes wrong.
The script is at times, very poor and extremely lacking in intelligent or deep humor, the characters are one dimensional and there are a lot of pointless and derivative scenes. There is no real chemistry between Braff and Peet and the soundtrack is somewhat lacking.
It's really awful to see such amazing talents go to waste in such a simple and shallow comedy such as this.
There are however, some great ideas in this film; the only shame is that they are not explored in their comedic entirety. Braff and Bateman are as usual, wonderful and do the best they can with the characters and the script they were given.
Big Nothing (2006)
A gritty and hilarious black comedy.
Big Nothing is a wonderfully black comedy with a tight twisted plot line, a very well chosen soundtrack and perfect acting. It's fast passed, interesting and very funny.
Simon Pegg is just amazing as con man Gus and even David Schwimmer is surprisingly wonderful as the misguided Charlie. The supporting cast is also brilliant, especially the surprise of Mimi Rogers as Mrs. Smalls.
Although this films plot isn't completely original and you can tell where the writer got a lot of his ideas from; the acting, direction and cinematography really make it something special and worth watching.
It's strange seeing the very talented British comedian Simon Pegg in the role of a burly American con man, but he really does pull it off and if you had any doubts about him as a character actor before this film should set that straight. He is just wonderful.
Although I enjoyed Schwimmers acting in this, I thought his character could've been a little more developed as someone who was a little more desperate for money. His relationship with his wife could've been explored a little more too.
Big nothing has everything a good black comedy should have and more.
Arrested Development (2003)
Original and hilarious!!
Arrested Development is an original show with great characters and a gritty and interesting plot.
Everything about this comedy is great and it seems to have missed nothing in it's development.
One of the things I personally love about it is the tiny little set details that were so consistent throughout the show ,such as the continued blue paint marks on the wall of the model home left there by Tobias after he painted him self for the part in The Blue Man Group that he never seems to get, and the plaster marks on the the wall to cover up the holes that GOB put there with a sledge hammer in a previous episode. These things made not only what was happening in the forefront funny, but also the little things with the set.
Another thing is the incredible cast. I don't think there has ever been such an amazing ensemble cast in any other comedy show. Everyone from the hilarious David Cross to the veteran actress Jessica Walter to the beautiful Portia de Rossi to the wonderful Michael Cera and Will Arnett. They are just amazing. Not to mention Jason Bateman, whose character of Michael Bluth holds the show together so perfectly. Every single actor in this show does a great job and plays their character perfectly and without going over the top. That is SUCH an amazing achievement for a comedy.
This show would also have not been so terrific without such an amazing script, for it is not only the actors that pull together to make a comedy shine. If it wasn't for the brilliance of Mitchell Hurwitz (who was responsible for shows such as The Golden Girls), and his team of writers this show would be nothing. Each episode is pulled together with every different kind of humor you could imagine. Everything from slapstick to satire to black humor and it's unbelievable that they were able to overload this show with so many different kinds of humor and still have a balanced comedy.
I'm glad they only did three series. It makes the episodes more special. A good comedy doesn't NEED to go for 10 series, and I think it's important not to use characters for too long. Quality not quantity. And this is a quality show!