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I'm generally aiming for younger actors for this list, namely because I expect to see their careers evolve over a long period of time.
If there's a talented actor I've done the disservice of leaving off, then comment on the board. The actors are in no order.
Is there an earthbound, cinematic angel that I've insulted by leaving off of this list? Tell me in the comments below!
Obviously, these beautiful ladies are in no order.
Is there a show not listed that you love? Pop over to my other list: "Bad Surge's TV (& such) That's Good" If you don't see your favorite show there either, feel free to berate me in the comment section.
Have you seen one of the shows on this list? Tell me what you thought about it!
Once I view 'em, they get shipped to Bad Surge's Movies That Are Good list. Unless they suck.
Do you know of a hard to find, lesser known horror flick not on the list!? For God's sake. comment about it below!
If they're good, and I've seen 'em (and remember them), they're here.
"How dare he call this a list of good movies but have the nerve to leave off _____!" Fill in the blank in the comment section below!
Got an opinion on one of these flicks? Good or bad, comment below!
At some point I will write reviews and will need this: ******OCCASIONALLY SPOILERS BELOW********
PS: The list is in no order.
Some I have, and I'm leaving them on the list for you. You're welcome.
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SPOILERSSPOILERSSPOILERS in certain description sections.
This list is in no order.
I recommend each of these wholeheartedly, but bear in mind that some shows aren't for everyone.
What show aren't I watching!? If I'm ignoring a favorite of yours, tell me what it is and why it's awesome in the comment section below!
And, no, the list is not in any order.
Just get past the first few episodes...
...and this show hits a fairly consistent stride of humor. It begins to rely less on Jim's established jokes from his stand-up. The episodes aren't constantly hilarious, but certain scenes in every episode get me howling with laughter. Jim is an easy guy to watch, and DJ Qualls is great as Jim's quadriplegic friend, who provides a lot of the heart of Legit.
Do not listen to Mick S's review. Anyone who believes that Jim Jefferies' stand-up relies solely on shock value and is completely void of intelligent wit is truly an idiot. And I suppose Louis CK only tells gay jokes, right?
Also, do not listen to Jbond's. Letting one joke in one episode ruin a whole show for you is childish and bull-headed.
Jfpoitras is king of the idiots, however. Two episodes in and you write the show off. Then you rush down to IMDb to tell everyone about your quarter-baked opinion? Good God, not every show has to hook you from the pilot, you monkey. Scrubs was atrocious during the beginning of season one. Then it hit a stride and finally became funny. If you only watched the pilot, you'd think it's the dumbest show ever made.
I have hope for this show. I wish it was on regular FX, but I'm grateful to see it on Netflix. Hopefully season 2 does even better and features even more great guest stars. I couldn't be happier that Jim Jefferies has a show. I feel as proud as Gunther.
Not what you might be expecting (Unless you're expecting greatness)
On the surface, "Adventure Time with Finn and Jake" seems like a oddly animated show, full of weirdness. It took me a year or so to really give it a chance.
Once I did, I was amazed. The characters are silly and the jokes are quirky (Two things I normally do not care for. At all.), but the show has an intermittent complexity that will astound you. Not just the adventures of the titular characters, Jake and Finn, but much of the history of Ooo (The land where they live). Involved majorly in the show are the Ice King, played with hilarious gusto by Spongebob himself Tom Kenny, and Marceline the Vampire Queen, played by the musically talented Olivia Olsen. I won't give away too much, but the more you learn about those two, the harder this show will pull on your heart-guts. For a show that relishes in being immature, the maturity it often displays is poignant and effective.
The incredibly talented Rebecca Sugar was the show's storyboard artist for the last few years, and composed almost twenty songs for the soundtrack. They are cutesy songs, but some manage to be catchy and surprisingly powerful.
Don't just watch one episode and judge the show. Many, many episodes are quite different from one another, and the appeal is much wider than you might expect.
A good episode to watch for an example the incredible writing of "Adventure Time" is the season three episode "Thank You". Or, the season two episode "It Came From the Nightosphere", which was an Emmy nominated episode.
If music is your thing, and your a fan of Neil Patrick Harris or Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover, watch the alternate reality episodes "Fionna and Cake" (season three) and "Bad Little Boy" (season 5).
Don't miss out on Adventure Time. The dialogue, the music, and the awesome world are truly unforgettable. It's been called the greatest science fiction show on television right now (IndieWire). I'm inclined to agree.
The Darkest Hour (2011)
Put 'em in a pot, cook 'em all together, try not to puke.
So, this film was essentially 30 Days Of Night, War Of The Worlds, Predator, 28 Days Later, and Battle: LA blended together into one invasion-type flick in Moscow. Some may take this as a good thing. That's fine. I do not.
It just all seemed too familiar, while at the same time showcasing unrealistic moments in an attempt to stay true to the action-thriller formula. This director didn't know much about making sense of the action, just making it look pretty. Definitely a more experienced art director than director. The way the aliens pursued the main cast was laughable. Much like other unrealistic films of the last twenty years (Pulse remake, Vacancy, Strangers, etc.), the "monsters" go about attacking the stars in a very roundabout that allows the stars to survive for much longer than others. They want you to believe is due to the intelligence of the main characters. But the aliens implemented no strategy whatsoever in their repeated hunting. The dialogue was atrocious, save a few lines from Emile Hirsch (who I believe may have been ad libbing), and you could literally count the steps from plot point to plot point until the credits. Nothing really surprising happened. Who died, and when, was one of the most obvious elements of this film, so each of the overdone cinematic reactions to them were corny to say the least.
The characters were almost brain dead, in that one would do something unbelievably stupid, and the other would agree with or understand their decision. Example: When the submarine, that they've been desperately trying to get to the whole movie, gets knocked over (or whatever) and all seven people fall off the top, six of them swim back, and one swims to the shore and runs a half mile away and climbs onto a bus. Then the main character knows what she did, and why, though he doesn't explain it, then demands that they go and get her. Thus the writer/director/producer/who-the-*beep*-ever successfully drags the story out for an additional 15 minutes, when it wasn't necessary to the plot. Or the audience. The conclusion was delightfully flat (I was already laughing by Max Minghella's departure) and the fact that everything was left unexplained in that almost vague way that hints at a possible sequel had me scoffing on the way out. This was a film that I found very lazy, derivative, and willfully illogical for the sake of making a almost-90 minute CGI festival with all the classic action moments and a 30 million dollar receipt to give the argument of the film's merit a little more stability. I, quite frankly, do not know where the money went, except for securing those wide shots of empty Moscow. And the submarine.
This film could have been more than just mildly entertaining. It chose not to be. It was instead just a simple vehicle for the young stars and an excuse for Timur Blooidasdfnas whatever to get his name on a trailer. (Don't get me wrong, I loved Night/Day Watch. But I wasn't crazy about Wanted) This is a movie to watch (for free) with your friends and talk over. Or a drinking movie. Drink when something cliché happens. But, you'll be drunk in twenty minutes.
Scream 4 (2011)
I feel guilty for not watching this in theaters
***NO SPOILERS HERE, I'LL TELL YOU***
I wasn't sure Scream 4 was going to be as unrealistic and disheartening as Scream 3, and the last few Wes Craven films (Cursed, Red Eye, My Soul To Take) left a lot to be desired.
But it was I that was the fool, not Mr. Craven. Scream 4 was a surprising retreat from the typical, torturous and excruciatingly violent films brought to us by the likes of Darren Lynn Bousman (and the myriad of directors that brought us the Saw franchise), Rob Zombie, Michael Bay (producing), and Eli Roth. Not to underscore the updated use of gore by Craven.
Bringing back the trio, after a decade hiatus, was oddly heartwarming. But the pleasant feeling didn't last as the body count grew higher than ever and the question resurfaced: Who is Ghost Face?
With a cast full of up and coming young actors and B actors, that have already been entertaining us for years (Hayden Panetierre from Remember The Titans and Heros; Rory Culkin from Signs; Anthony Anderson, who you should already know; Adam Brody from Grind and The OC; Marley Shelton from Grindhouse; etc.), this Scream was a film that had the sky as it's limit. Like all of the previous Screams, it had it's cliché moments to poke at and make fun of, but managed to keep the viewer engrossed in the fantastical mystery.
All the returning actors did a marvelous job embodying the roles we've come to love, and the new characters chattered in the same pop culture induced, desensitized language reminiscent of the first Scream. The series has become increasingly self aware, and some of the dialog in the critical moments reflects that, but it fits the flow of the film none the less.
Scream 4 was a movie that upped the ante, but left a lot to be desired. I can only hope the low box office numbers and The Weinstein Company's dispute with Kevin Williamson won't preclude the franchise and prevent chances of a fifth installment.
Scream 4 is another example of a fun, unrealistic B movie. It's got some laughs, some scares, beautiful girls, comedians, and a hilariously ridiculous way to use a defribrillator.
It's not as good as Scream. But it's still entertaining.