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A masterful mix of comedy and drama
This show is really swell. It's not in my top 10 list of best shows on Earth, but I still love it on a personal level. The cynical and cocky character Hank Moody is extremely easy to relate to, as I'm sure we've all felt like him in some point of our life. The writing cramp is something I deal with myself, failed relationships, who hasn't had a problem with that? The fear you are not an idol for someone, that has happened to me too, sexual frustration, you bet. While it can make you laugh to tears at times, it also can make you think and re-evaluate your life. Do I make the right choices? What impression do I give on people? How can I become a better person? Why are people so defiant of my views? This is one of the most intellectual shows ever and if you've ever felt depressed some days, this is a blast for you. Of course it also has it cheery and quirky playful super-explicit dialogue and some witty razor- sharp one-liners, but not too seldom does it also touch you on a deeper level. This show may not go down in history, but it will go down on you.
Come on, it's really not that bad!
Ben Stiller plays Tim Dingman, who quickly grows tired of his friend succeeding in everything (he's by the way played by Jack Black). Unfortunately, he goes so far to ruin it for him that he accidentally kills his horse. How will he solve the problem? A strange guy called "J- Man" comes to the "rescue"... I am absolutely puzzled as to why this movie is so looked down at. When it comes to comedies, I can often at least SLIGHTLY understand why people dislike it, but when it comes to this case, it's just weird. It's not overly stupid, the plot is not too unbelievable and the characters are funny and likable. Surely it can't be only because it's a dark comedy? I know the situation in this movie is pretty awful, but hell, even A Serbian Film is rated better! (Yes, I do kind of look at it as a dark comedy, a PITCH-black one) Could it be due to Jack Black's involvement? I doubt it, he's not even the main character. Maybe it's Christopher Walken? Yeah, RIGHT! Whatever the reason is, I know that I laughed a lot at the same time as I was horrified. The neat thing is that it's also kind of a drama sometimes, so you can truly feel for the character. If you hated it, please give it another chance, and this time with a more open mind. Also, don't hassle me about crumbs man, because I am on the edge of the edge.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006)
And I thought Dora The Explorer already was bad enough...
Okay, so Disney can still pump out some good movies, but when it comes to kids cartoons, they are freaking doomed. What IS this crap? The animation looks someone cluttered on a piece of paper, wiped his/her ass with it and then decided to include it in the final product! But strangely enough, that's the LEAST worst part. The voices are so lifeless compared to the original cartoons from the 40- 60's, or heck, even 90's. The story lines are just boring, overly formulaic and makes no sense. The characters are reduced to be either unrealistically sugar-sweet or total cockalorums (the latter most applied to Mickey Mouse), which would be fine if it was used for comedic abilities, but it's not. NOT. AT. ALL. Also, what have they done to Donald Duck? He was easily the most developed, the most interesting and the most three-dimensional character in the Disney- universe, but you know what? Now he's just like everybody else. Overly happy-go-lucky, kind to everyone and never EVER looses his temper. How did that happen?? It's not realistic, kids KNOW everybody gets mad sometimes, even Dalai Lama probably had a anger moment in his life. So why do they decide to go the weird route that EVERYBODY acts like the super-nicest human being? I always hate that about new kids cartoons, that everyone is just happy all the time for no reason. Also, since when is Mickey friends with Black-Pete? That's just stupid, they are supposed to be enemies! Hell, he even asks Mickey for help in one episode, which is probably the worst moment on this "show" there is. Despite all these examples, I have STILL not gotten to the worst part yet. Oooooh no. You know what REALLY makes me mad? All the other factors are god-awful, but what truly makes me rate this 1 is the goddamn songs! The singing voices are horrible, the lyrics are either super-clichéd or stereotyped (like Minnie singing about her bow tique, just because she wears a bow and is a female). For some reason they also just contain words that aren't even words, but just sounds like something a brain-dead retard would come up with, like "Mickey Muska Mouse". "Muska"? Learn your kids to speak real English. No, I'm not just saying, for the love of God, turn your kids away from this show or they'll NEVER appreciate true classics like the old Spongebob-episodes, the REAL MIckey Mouse- cartoons from the 40's or Rocko's Modern Life. If you start loving this show, reconsider your life.
Das Experiment (2001)
Based on a already gripping true story, this German gem takes your heart out and plays around with it in this uncomfortable masterpiece. Already when the main character Tarek is tested for claustrophobic spaces, you get the feeling something's going to go wrong. The Stanford Prison Experiment this is based on (though more specifically based on the book "Black Box") plays out that twenty people are given the roles of prisoners and guards. The guards get huge advantages and can boss around very much as long as they don't use violence while the prisoners have no advantages whatsoever and have to watch their ass carefully is they don't want to get winded up in anything. Some of the prisoners, especially Tarek, begins provoking the guards almost from the very start and the more intense it gets, the more you start to shudder and feel like you are taped to an electric chair. I won't spoil too much, but I can say that pissing off the guards is not a particularly neat idea as they use drastic methods as early as on the second day, though partly it's also THEIR own fault that everything gets out of hand. The punishments the guards uses get all the more crueler. Not only that, but one of the organizers, Dr. Klaus, is completely oblivious to the seriousness of the continuing escalation... Moritz Bleibtreu is fantastic as the teaser who pushes the limits way too much and just as excellent is Justus von Dohnányl as Berus, the coldest prison guard you'll ever see. The dynamic between those two is great and another reason why you'd be a fool to miss out on this breathtaking experience! The cinematography is mesmerizing, nicely shifting between orange, blue and green. The music is not that present, but it's great also. The only minor criticism I have is that the relationship between Tarek and Dora is developed too quickly, but otherwise, it's a hit!
World War Z (2013)
My least favorite zombie movie so far...
Geez, what a disappointment. Not the best idea to watch "Braindead" and then "World War Z" the same day. That will say, first the BEST zombie movie ever, then a... not so great one. Unfortunately, the movie is rated PG-13, which means that the violence is extremely toned down (you'd in fact be surprised at how little you can get away with), but ironically, that's still not the biggest issue. I thought at first that it was still KINDA bloody for being PG-13, not "Woah" exactly, but sort of "Huh, I didn't know they could do that". I realized suddenly I was watching the unrated version. WHAT?? Lame! Is MPAA sensitive or are they sensitive? Anyway, thought I might count down why this movie didn't quite fit in with my tastes: 1. I thought it would be a quirky little dark comedy considering the book it was based on. Guess I was wrong. I didn't even smile except at the scene where the zombies root for the Pepsi-cans, but that was UNINTENTIONAL comedy. 2. The characters are surprisingly forgettable. Sure, in some zombie-movies there may be stereotypes, but they are often likable enough that you can look past that. In this movie, everyone except for maybe Gerry Lane had little to NO personality. 3. The score is unoriginal and not notable. Not the biggest grip I have though, some movies are excellent even with very forgettable music. 4. Brad Pitt is normally excellent, but for some reason, I felt that he didn't use his capabilities to the fullest here. Watch Fight Club and then this movie. You will notice a HUGE difference in acting-enthusiasm. Most of the time he just stares into the air blankly. 4. Zombie-movies are often full of witty and funny dialogue. Here? Nope. 5. The make-up is terrible. It's hard to believe these are actually zombies. 6. The first half in general didn't seem to have much going for it. The second half was better, though not by a long mile. 7. The ending. There are ALL reasons to hate it.
So in short, it's not a complete waste of time, but also not a complete spend of time. Wait, what the hell? That phrase didn't make any sense. Watch "Shaun Of The Dead", "28 Days Later" and "Braindead" instead. Those are REAL zombie movies. Heck, even "Warm Bodies" is a zombie-movie, just of a different kind!
Rocko's Modern Life (1993)
Very clever and original little 90's-cartoon
This was from a time where not every animated kids show had to be made with the same boring, uncreative "impressive" graphics done by a computer. You just can't beat old-fashioned cel animation. But that's not what I want to talk about the most here. When I first saw an episode of this, "Fly Burgers", I wasn't particularly impressed. I thought it tried too hard to be slapstick, zany and quirky. But then I gave it a few more episodes and you know what? It's really good. This show is LADEN with all kinds of obvious to not so obvious innuendos, social satire, disturbing themes... well, you get the idea! I'm not saying it's not a great cartoon for kids, it's just that teens and older will find it even funnier, since there's so much more than just slapstick comedy, even though I got to appreciate it a lot more later. Carlos Arlasraqui does a very charming voice for the main character Rocko and while the cast of side characters might not be the most impressive, the ones that show up are well-written and funny. Also, if you look closer, you can see a few connections between this and the show SpongeBob. Stephen Hillenberg who created that show is one of the writers, Tom Kenny who voiced the main character there voices Heffer here and Mr. Lawrence who does additional voices there does the voice as Filbert! Pretty cool, isn't it? With everything from talking colons and clothes coming to life to Mr. Bighead coming out of the closet as clown (wink, wink) to two of the main characters visiting Hell! Like, I said, not really a kids show, is it? ;) If you haven't checked this gem out yet, go ahead and watch some episodes right away, you won't regret it!
Two and a Half Men: Pilot (2003)
Maybe the best pilot ever made!
As you probably know, a pilot of a series isn't always perfect, though they sometimes still succeed with catching your interest, since that's what a pilot is supposed to do. "The Simpsons" had a fantastic pilot, but it would take up to "Bart The General" for the humor to become satiric and comedic genius. A lot of characters hadn't arrived yet either. But it's still charming and very sweet. "Family Guy" had a good pilot too, pretty much showcasing how offensive the show would become. However, much funnier episodes would still come after that. "24" had a great pilot, but had an even better season finale, beating out ALL the other episodes in season 1! "The X Files" had a solid and interesting pilot, but the relationship between Mulder and Scully was a little stale there and would take a few episodes to develop further. "South Park" had a goofy, but still pretty funny, pilot. "Two And A Half Men"? Absolutely perfect! Not only is the characters so incredibly well- introduced so quickly, but it's also one of the funniest episodes ever made. This was a show that didn't need to develop much at all, as everything was completely excellent from the very beginning. In fact, it's even one of my favorite episodes, and THAT really says something, doesn't it? If this show doesn't succeed to hook you from here, something is seriously wrong with you. 10 out of 10!
F u c king clip-shows!
Thank God they put a stop to it in season 13, because the clip shows that Simpsons did were AWFUL. The only episode I can watch again is their very first one, since it has a real plot and has some memorable NEW jokes too and not just old. Heck, the clips are even pretty sparse! Then after that came not only the worst clip show ever, but also one of the worst EPISODES ever: Another Simpsons Clip Show. I actually counted once how much new material there was. Well... 4 and a half minutes. The f u c k, man?! After that, we had this one. (I don't count 138th Episode Spectacular, as it's more like a jubilee-episode and provides lots of unseen old material and interesting unknown facts) This was a pretty bad episode... When I bought season 9, I hoped to God I could resist myself to see if it was better than I thought. I couldn't. And no, it's not better than I thought. It's still dumb, pointless, boring and over-crowded with old clips with no interesting plot! Hell, the only reason I even give this a 4 is because the annoying singing is once in a while interrupted by the always hilarious Snake, who kind of expresses how the whole audience feels about this boring piece of s h i t! The "Paint Your Wagon"-bit would have been funnier if it hadn't led up to the nightmare we would have to endure later. Skip this episode, it's not worth hurting your brain here. And one more thing... How can the same writer (Steve O'Donnell) who wrote one of the funniest, creepiest and best episodes ever, "The Joy Of Sect" come up with THIS later? I can't believe it. I just can't.
12 oz. Mouse (2005)
It's not perfect, it's not my favorite show... but it's fascinating.
What can I say? I decided to check this show out because it was the co-creator of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", even though I after seeing a few preview clips thought "meh". Still, I had to see a whole episode and the pilot was surprisingly funny, if only for the odd and unusual brand of humor it possessed. Not every episode is great, but with the exception of "Auraphull" (HATED that episode), you'll never be bored. You'll have to accept the very slow tempo though, took a couple of episodes for me to get used to it. The dialogue is very simple and it's more often you laugh at the delivery of it rather than the lines themselves. Not very many TV-series is like that. I also like the characters, most of all the stoned cop who keeps laughing after every sentence and the rectangular guy, who you "recognize by his rectangularness". The only disappointment is that it's not as funny as its counterpart "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", though that is easily made up with a very unclear, but still continuing plot. It's not laugh-out-loud that often, but I still can't seem to help but keep myself hooked on it after every episode. And for such a goofball of a show like this, it's quite an accomplishment.
Family Guy: Quagmire's Quagmire (2013)
To all of you think Family Guy have stopped being funny: Check THIS episode out.
Since about the start of season 7, a lot of people have started to state that Family Guy was going downhill. I didn't agree to the claims at all, saying "Sure, since season 5 there are SOME dull episodes that have shown up, but downhill? Not exactly." I stayed very close to this fact for a long time. With season 8, I noticed that although there started to be a bit decreased in humor, I still kept watching, despite having seen the episode "The Splendid Source", which really wasn't very funny at all. Season 9 starts showing the flaws even clearer, with obviously pointless episodes like "Excellence In Broadcasting" and "Foreign Affairs" and that made me think "They know they have the potential of being very funny, so why put out these very badly written episodes? I just didn't get it. And here we go at season 10... The episodes became a lot less funny and more serious here, the show started to feel like it belonged somewhere else and a bunch of them are very unmemorable. Funny? Sometimes? Great satire? Not as often. In fact, I for a long time called this the worst season of Family Guy ever done! That was though, until I saw season 11... The THREE FIRST EPISODES are disappointing! THREE!!! That's amazingly tragic! (Though I think I enjoyed "The Old Man and the Big 'C' more because of the Quagmire-subplot"), then we have two very good episodes, then suddenly the worst episode ever fu--ing done: Lois Comes Out Her Shell. I KNOW people hate "Life Of Brian" the most, but at least that episode had SOME humor in the six first minutes and touching emotional moments. This episode though? Boring plot, terrible jokes and even bad acting in one scene! Out of all episodes I gave a 6 or lower, the count was up at seven. My God... So what's my point here then? Sounds only like freaking nag, doesn't it? Well, not really. This episode... is OUTSTANDING. It's such a breath of fresh air! Everyone is fantastically funny and in-character, the jokes are creative and the plot is good! How long time ago wasn't it when all these three worked great together giving the best result possible? Forever! It may not be one of the best episodes ever, but for reminding me that Family Guy can be the best s h i t ever when it wants to, it's up there with the best episodes from season 7-10 if something. Well done, Family Guy!