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Gaudi Afternoon (2001)
any woman can identify with SOMEONE
I didn't love this movie until the next day. It took me a while to digest all the characters, and allow, in my mind for each of those women (if really a woman.??!!) to be themselves and me to appreciate who they were. I have women in my life , each type depicted in this film on some level.
I don't know anything about Barcelona, and could care less about the architecture. But I enjoy identifying with a woman in a movie, and I so did with Cassie. Denial and isolation were as much a part of my life as hers. I never heard anyone say the following quite as accurately as this was put:
"I never heard anyone say (sic) I cant wait to have a teenage dope fiend who plays annoying music, brings home disgusting friends, and thinks I'm stupid. But thats what most people get." The multiple views of motherhood were fascinating. I cant recommend this movie very strongly because my feelings about it are uniquely mine. I just had to say all this here for any other women who are open minded.
Rescue Me (2004)
It ain't pretty, but life ain't either
There are so many things I like about this show. The honest view of the underbelly of human nature is refreshing, funny, scary and teaches me a lesson about myself in an odd way. The Denis Leary character is not offensive to me because there is part of him in all of us. I'm tired of strong do gooders all over TV. Lemmie see someone learn about life and I will too.
I don't know if anyone else noticed, but he had an AA medallion in his hand, in the first episode. Anyone in recovery can identify with most all aspects of his nature. Our hope for him will be endless as he endears himself to us by being so very vulnerable. Macho hero firefighters are not super human. 911 effects are deeper than we may know.
Some of the techniques used in the show...split screen while on phone, talking with dead folks (alter ego..??) even going into the bathroom with the characters, keep me alert and intrigued at what they will do next that is different than bland TV. Thanks to FX for taking us to the edge.
The 4400 (2004)
I see great potential for fun ideas in this series.
I am not too much of a sci fi fan, but I like a plot dealing with people thrust into odd situations such as time travel/alternate lives etc. For me the ideas are not well worn, since I have not seen many shows with people having unique powers. I enjoyed "Sliding Doors" "Family Man" "Memento" and the like which were predicated on fantasy, but the characters learned something about themselves.
The potential for creative plot twists is endless with 4400 people to focus on one at a time. Quite frankly, I could care less about where they were. Any attempt at explanation would be too "sci fi" for my taste. Give me a good ole fashioned character development story, and I will keep watching.
I must add, I appreciate a series like this on a "cable channel" (although I have sat. dish) rather than the monster PAY channels that I choose not to pay for. This is quality viewing in my opinion, as I scan through the commercials.