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Criminal Minds: The Fight (2010)
some mission impossible tripe
So bad I had to leave a review. Although I'm becoming a bit disenchanted with the series in general, this episode marks a total departure from any type of procedural realism that was at least somewhat present in previous episodes. The psychological profile of the 'un-sub' (a term which 5 seasons in is starting to grate. they're a suspect) does not sufficiently account for the lengthy web which is spun all episode. I feel like a lot of the actual substance was glossed over to make room for these 4 new characters who for me offer nothing but a bit of a laugh at how awful they are. Some generally nasty acting throughout, I've never been a fan of Prentiss but Alexa Nikolas as Jane the hostage daughter takes the cake this week. I truly thought that her character was supposed to be blind until the last 10 minutes when her inhuman eye movements had still not been explained. Lack of eye contact, blank staring... I was confused.
Speaking of eyes, I'm always up for a bit of Forest Whitaker but was SO disappointed by his band of outsiders. I guess having cast Forest they decided they'd ticked the diversity box and could get away with a team comprised solely of white people (oh wait the usual team is almost comprised solely of white people............uh... *eye roll*?), although this time we've added a 'Brit' for good measure... speaking of which, not sure why the British character couldn't have just been Welsh since the actor failed so miserably to lose his own accent. I also struggle to see how an agent working a 3 day missing persons case has time to bouffant her hair but somehow 'Gina LaSalle' managed it... 'Prophet' is similarly uninspired and frankly implausible. A little balding bloke managed to gain reputation at San Quentin? yeah... okay... This whole ordeal seems ripped from the pages of some other mission impossible sequel that was so bad it never reached our screens.
& lil spoiler alert, no FBI agent is going to stick her head over a ledge which a suspect has just disappeared behind until they know its clear (especially when there are utilisable helicopters and snipers who are specifically present in order to minimise risk). Another in a series of stupid moves by Prentiss which make her totally unrealistic as an FBI agent. I'm almost regretful that I devoted 45 minutes to this embarrassment.
If you're a bit overcritical and like your crime drama realistic, give this one a miss.
lovely, let down by pretty poor soundtrack
really a wonderful film, made me laugh and cry but unfortunately i thought it was spoilt by a soundtrack which is at best mediocre and, on more than one occasion, quite painful. e.g. we didn't need tense despairing music while he was crying against a door. it was a bit 'this part is sad, OK ????????'. the orchestral pieces needed to be more subtle (although to be honest if i was scoring a film i wouldn't use anything orchestral but w/e) and the vocal stuff, less 9 year old girl's ipod. i actually don't know anyone with asperger's so i'm not really judging from an educated place, but hugh dancy did a really sound job and created a very real character which matched well with an equally real plot. i loved everything except the prolonged trudging through the snow and music which was very unimaginative; a shame since the rest of the film was so well done.
The Room (2003)
its like an unintentional parody (which makes it 10x better)
the best way to describe the room is as a medium budget porno which as a side project attempts to build up a story. everything about it - setting, acting, score, props, screams porno. the many many gratuitous and overly long sex scenes (for which they reuse footage ha ha) mean its like a porn production crew decided to undertake a film (and the result is just as uncomfortable as it sounds)
before watching it i was half expecting a sort of vaguely crap film, but i can assure you that it is flat out and 100% dire from the off + you will not be disappointed. even the opening music cant be described as anything but bizarrely inappropriate and it literally continues as it sets out for 100 minutes.
i also v much enjoyed the amount of times Tommy Wiseau tells us in the opening credits that its his film and hes starring and he wrote it and he directed it and he was an executive producer. its like do you know you have the talent of a frozen turkey leg