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Dear White People (2017)
An outstandingly witty and thoughtful show
I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like Netflix original content has gone a little downhill. They may have given us great shows like Jessica Jones, Stranger Things & Daredevil season 1, but we've also had such lacklustre productions as Fuller House, The Ranch, Pacific Heat, and let's not even mention the 5-movie deal with Adam "how am I still a thing" Sandler. So when the trailer for Netflix's Dear White People dropped, I remained unimpressed, not because I'm one of the angry meninists who thought the show was promoting 'white genocide', but because it just didn't look funny, thus continuing Netflix's streak of mediocrity. I have never been so happy to be wrong in my entire life. Netflix's Dear White People is one of the most clever, funny and thoughtful shows I have ever seen. Its characters, ably performed by all of the main cast, succeed in being both realistic depictions of a variety of viewpoints, and an array of complex individuals that invoke sympathy, fascination and humour. With an excellent blend of astute social commentary and self aware humour, the show was able to make me laugh and think in equal measure. Don't be put off like I was by the pretty low score on IMDb, a quick delve into the reviews section will reveal that this is the result of a bunch of angry assholes giving the show one star without watching more than half an episode, or not watching it at all. If you're an ultra conservative who doesn't wish to be told that racism still exists, the show isn't for you, but the rest of us can enjoy an extremely poignant and honest look at race relations in America that never feels preachy or on the nose. Combine this with an ultra-cool visual aesthetic and a compelling story, and you have one of the best seasons of TV to come out in a long while. My only complaint being that, with only ten episodes of 20-30 minutes a piece, the show is too damn short; it felt like we were just getting into things before it was all over. I guess if they're subscribing to the notion that you should always leave them wanting more, all I can say is it worked a charm.
3 Days to Kill (2014)
The most average movie ever
This movie ticks all of the boxes needed for a clichéd thriller movie about a middle aged man. He has an estranged daughter who calls him by his first name. He is reluctant to do the thing he has to do because of his family. He is extremely undervalued. I'm not condemning it, the film pulls off all of the clichés quite well, but it would have been nice to get something new and interesting. The action, when they choose to do it, is quite good. However they spend far too much time on the main character's home life instead of him doing interesting spy stuff. And don't say that it's reaching out to a different audience, because I'm absolutely sure that no one who saw a film called "3 days to kill", the poster of which is Kevin Costner looking all serious and loading a gun, said "That looks like a nice, heartwarming movie!". I'm not saying that 3 days to kill was bad, I'm just annoyed because it could have been so much better.
Birdemic 2: The Resurrection (2013)
A cinematic masterpiece
A beautifully constructed crap-fest by visionary idiot James Nguyen. With more continuity errors and awful sex scenes than the room. I would recommend this to a friend if I hated them and they had a spare pair of pants. To say this is so bad it's good would be an insult to directors everywhere. My favourite actor was the cameraman in the motel sex scene looking on and probably thinking "WHAT AM I DOING?" And also the boom Mic gave a wonderful performance in blocking out the camera so I didn't have to see the film. The film is also full of pretentious preachy messages about global warming, so much so that you could probably make a drinking game every time they mention it or check to see if a blood covered corpse is still alive. Aside from the ending my favourite part was the topless women attacking birds with towels, they actually put on a decent performance by porn standards. Another interesting factor is how the film promotes itself with references to how indie cinema is better than Hollywood, it backfires and assures me that I never want to see an indie film again. Overall it is a well crafted defecation on cinema. 10 out of 10