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Dr. Reid Fan's Get Some Lipservice.......
........as does the good doctor himself. I usually don't go for formulatic episodes-but it's *SPENCER*! It's nice to see the sexy (but still naive) actress in a "someone to watch over me/The Bodyguard" scenario.
To start they made Lila Likable. She likes Reid, she enjoys the fact he's smart and feels close to him even before he's assigned as her protector.
I forgive the cliché storyline for the fact that Reid gets some one on one time with the viewers.
Favorite Moments -Reid innocently asking Morgan about relationships and Morgan's hackles going up asking if Reid views him as a "dog" because of the revolving door that leads to Morgan's bed -Elle exposing the Paparazzi's film to spare Reid the embarrassment of having pictures of him kissing the victim and him dripping wet seeking assistance -Reid and Lila's good byes-although everyone from her publicist to Reid's team seems to want to rush them along -the priceless moment of Jason Gideon being hit on by an amorous bi-sexual (she claims to be a lesbian but being attracted to Gideon) and him slinking away in embarrassment This isn't your "Frank" or "Reaper" episode, just a simple story about Reid contained in one episode, leaving open some potential for a future with a pretty woman.
Boy Interrupted (2009)
You Can't Help But Feel Their Pain.....
Not just from losing Evan, but the loss of Scott-an Uncle he never had the pleasure of meeting. I was thinking at one point if only Scott had lived, Evan would have had someone who truly understood how he felt.
Having a Special Needs child myself (Bi-Polar, Depression, ADHD etc are special needs)this film both moved me and terrified me. When my son was 12 he wanted to commit suicide, explaining to his therapist that what prevented him from doing it was knowing how much it would hurt me, and also that his late Step-Father, who died in 2005 from heart issues, had no choice but to die and it left my son with a certain reverence and respect for life in the process. At now, almost 14-he's doing fine-for now. I know from being a parent that doing fine is ALWAYS a "for now" and this documentary shows it.
The filmmakers were, in my opinion no way exploiting their late son, in a way they were spreading a message about depression/Bi-Polar, as well as coping with their loss. That loss was very, very real-they even documented the funeral.
Evan-from an outsiders point-of-view, was a smart, handsome and talented child who was, sadly, born with a pre-disposition to feel things 100x more than a normal human being-with that empathy came depression, moods, jaded mentality and it was simply too much for him to bear.
His father, having experienced the loss of Scott, as well as the paternal Grandparents-their pain was so overwhelming, I did cry watching them dealing with Evan's suicide,memories of Scott's suicide. I hope this film brought some closer for the Perrys. I hope it is watched and maybe, perhaps will prevent another family they'll most likely never meet help their own child. God bless them for being so brave to do this documentary and I hope it brought them even a small amount of peace.
Big Time Rush (2009)
Review From A Parent-Yes I Watch With My Kids
I will be straight with you-I loathe Boy Bands with an unbridled passion, I think their mere existence was created to provide a purgatory on earth to make us suffer for the human race creating teen idols as we evolved. As one from the New Age meets Punk Rock age of the 80's-my children heard The Ramones, Queen and Metallica as opposed to Raffi. One of my proud moments was my daughter borrowing my Ramones shirt to wear to school, and my son bonding with his previously impossible Social Studies teacher based on their mutual love of Cream and The Rolling Stones. The concept of me enjoying a show about a pre-fab four boy band, fish outta water situation-they come from the Northern United States and are relocated West Coast-would normally be inconceivable.
However-I am a huge fan of parody and laughing. The show is a paradox because Nickelodeon wants to market the boys and sell their CDs, however they decided to go back to their roots-the Nickelodeon I recall watching endlessly during the age of "You Can't Do That On Television"-twisted, silly and true to the spirit of many of their shows, slinking in references to a variety of movies, pop culture references etc. with some twisted humor a la "Pete & Pete". This is why it is watchable for me.
Why, one may ask-do I watch this show? Simply because I believe it is my responsibility as a parent to watch TV with my children, to know what they see, what influences them etc. Ratings are nothing to me-I know what my children can handle and although I embark on several outdoor activities with them, at the end of the day after work-I am tired-however rather than lock myself in my room for "me time", I make it a point to have "we time" and watch with the children.
Upon learning the concept of this show-I was worried. However, these boys are adept at comedy. Add in David Anthony Higgins as the greedy Landlord and Steven Kramer Glickman as foils for the boys and you get some serious laughs.
The show has a skewed sense of humor, sound effects giving it a Chuck Jones feel to it. The cameo of Eric Estrada as Carlos' Policeman father was nothing short of brilliant-parents could laugh at the CHIPS reference and Estrada showed a great comedic talent. Fabio also made a cameo as a dream man-who the children kidnap to give the obviously widowed Mrs. Knight (Kendall's mother and the groups chaperone in CA) a perfect date. There is Buddah Bob-the handyman character that is introduced as someone that Mrs. Knight assumes is an Ax Murderer which is set up on a series of humorous scenarios where it looks like he is-a very telling side story on judging people-which also had the sweet enough to rot teeth perky neighbor girl end up being a psycho.
And it works. I laugh every episode. Gustavo-the band's manager-refers to the boys as dogs-but you eventually learn he actually LIKES them-noted by his assistant Kelly who really loves the boys since they are so goofy, silly and real.
The friendship shown between the boys-who we learn have relocated to California to form their band is cute. We find out they are simply hockey players who wound up being discovered. One of them, Carlos wears his helmet all the time-a running joke throughout the show. Kendall, the sort of leader of the boys has his mom and his adorable little sister, Katie (brilliantly portrayed by a talented Ciara Bravo) is shown to be adjusting to his new status, Logan is the group's geek genius, Carlos is the goof one,James is the least explored so I am hoping they give some more definition. The boys are adjusting to a new world of competitive musicians, dealing with normal teen stuff like girls and things like that. The show is too silly to deal with actual issues like drug use, however they replace normally controversial issues with a humorous version of it-Buddah Bob's introduction as a storyline on judging people.
All in all though, the show reminds us constantly that it isn't reality by the slapstick and silly situations. It laughs at itself, which is the best of comedy.
The performances, the silly stories etc make the show very watchable-a good bonus when one watches TV with their kids.
Temple Grandin (2010)
Excellent Insight Into An Autistic, Beautiful Mind
Temple Grandin is my 11 year old daughter's new hero. I watched the film with her and she was amazed at how people would have even thought they needed to put Temple in a sanitarium. I loved how her mother managed to both recognize her daughter's condition (for lack of a better word) and also do her best to work with and around it. She made her daughter attend school, college etc and never allowed her to give up-even if that may have seemed like the easy way out.
Temple's connection with her blind friend made sense-the friend relying on sound and Temple relying on visuals made them a believable pair.
My daughter is at an age where people can be damn cruel. Instead of laughing at Temple's voice, mannerism etc-she asked why they were like that and after explaining what high functioning Autism is-she felt not sorry for Temple, but proud of her for her achievements. This is a truly inspirational film. Danes portrayal is amazing and I am hoping she gets a Golden Globe for it somewhere down the line.
I also was impressed with the visuals and the care taken in showing how information was being processed by Temple. Knowing that an Autistic person isn't so much staring in space, but seeing things in such a way it can be overwhelming makes one appreciate what they and their families contend with.
I read an article where someone asked Grandin if she could be "cured" of Autism, would she do it and her response was a resounding "no"-to her, Autism is as much a part of her as the mind it affects and she is who she is because of it. Embracing her status and not making one feel ashamed for it just makes her accomplishments even more impressive and endearing.
For the reviewer who thought this was a watered down lifetime movie, so very wrong. This is probably the most accurate portrayal of Autism ever seen.
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Matthew Poncelet Wasn't A Real Person......
Just to clarify, Matthew Poncelet wasn't a real person, but a character combination of 2 killers who were BOTH convicted and sentenced to die for a murder of two teenagers.
I read the User Comments and they react as if Matthew was real. The character is based on a mixture of two killers, Elmo Patrick Sonnier and Robert Lee Willie (who murdered separate people) and the murder itself was based on the one Willie committed. The conflict of both Willie having someone else present and both parties swearing the other did the killing is worked into the story as well.
Prejean's approach is unique in that she not only is ministering to the convicts as they wait for their death and aiding them in taking responsibility for their actions, she also reaches out to the victims' families, to help them know that the convict did, indeed feel remorse for what they did-effectively aiding both parties.
Everyone posting here seems to have strong beliefs on the Death Sentence. It's not my place to say it's right or wrong-in theory punishing death with death makes some sort of Karmic sense, however denying a person their freedom for the rest of their days, although costly, makes more sense to me-being stuck in a small room 23/7 (with one hour of exercise)for the rest of their days to be reminded of the cruel thing they did seem a more apt punishment-they are technically alive, but denied living. Say someone killed someone so they could get out of the responsibility the person they killed required (like Susan Smith killing her poor kids by shoving her car into a lake). I find it fittingly ironic that they would not get that "freedom" they craved and would now have to spend the rest of their days imprisoned.
Prejean's point comes through the story very well. She has my respect-she manages to find that balance-she isn't supporting a killer, she is guiding them to accepting what they did. If they didn't feel some kind of remorse, they wouldn't be asking for spiritual guidance.
Ona final note, when Poncelet apologizes to Delacroix parent for killing his son, the parents of the girl who was also murdered mutters something about why he didn't apologize for her death. I think the point was that throughout the movie, Poncelet denies killing both kids. There is doubt in Prejean's mind he did both killings-there is a friend who was sentenced but not to death-my thought is that Poncelet killed the Delacroix boy and the other man murdered the girl-hence Poncelet was taking responsibility for what he did. Had he been responsible for the girl's death, he probably would have apologized for that as well.
Dan in Real Life (2007)
Realistic, And Yet Un-Realistic
Okay, I will admit-I liked the film-a lot. However there was this underlying discomfort over the fact that Marie and Dan were pretty much flirting in front of his brother-who they only take a few moments to show how quickly he has a re-bound rate (after realizing Marie and he are totally quits he takes off with this chick he was making fun of the first part of the movie who grew up to be a hottie). Had they showed more of what a cad Mitch was, I would have felt more like cheering on Marie and Dan.
The middle daughter who is angsting it all up was annoying, the older daughter was funny in her attempts in getting to drive, only to ultimately get the job when her father gets his license taken away after one to many tickets in one weekend. The youngest daughter was adorable, I probably connected most with her since my youngest also lost a parent at a very young age and you can see Lily trying so hard to remember her mom, I could feel for her there, because I see my youngest grasping at memories of her daddy all the time.
Discomfort aside, I loved, loved, loved the family get together. My guess it was like for Columbus Day weekend or something, but they were damn cute. For the record for the naysayers- 1. I don't work for the movie, nor am I affiliated with it in any other way other than watching it for free on my On Demand and 2. Yes, I know families who have competitions to decide who does the dishes, it isn't as long as a crossword, but it isn't as unrealistic as you think.
I could relate to Dan in many ways, being a Widow myself, I could understand the feeling of being left behind with 3 children and how all consuming it gets. The moment when the family is bewildered at Dan picking up a guitar-something he apparently hasn't done since his wife died-was something I understood-in my case it was a camera, but I could understand it. It showed Dan being ready to move on, of course the unfortunate circumstances being that he wanted to move on with his brother's girlfriend. I did get the concept that Marie and Mitch hadn't slept together-aside from the separate room thing, she explained she had just left a messy relationship and hopped into this one. If they did sleep together, I missed that conversation.
So on the level of a Widow/Widower moving on-it was dead on. As far as how a large family would react to a sibling even considering being with his siblings girl being acceptable-not so believable.
Very watchable, very poignant moments.
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Bit Of A Confusing Title, But That Is The Most I Can Say That Is Negative
The title refers to a conversation had at a group dinner towards the end of the movies-there had been a fire in the family's garage and they lost material things- a bike, pictures, photo albums-and the husband. Brian pointed out to the family that they had each other and that is what mattered.
The movie was slow going, but satisfying. There was no Hollywood quick rehab recovery, rather a process of Jerry accepting not only the need to get clean properly, but why he needs to do so.
Brian's death was so tragic-a good Samaritan deed that cost him his life. Jerry states he died a hero and he was very correct.
The chemistry between Audrey and Brian was awesome. There was absolutely no focus on the fact they were an interracial couple-which I thought was great-the focus was on the love they had for each other and seeing this made the loss of Brian so terrible.
The very cute relationship between the children and Jerry was sweet, although I had moments of squeamishness at the idea of someone so distanced from reality holding a conversation with a 6 year old child and then the adults laughing about it later. Aside from that, the movies was very planted in reality.
There is no wonder cure for Jerry. His fellow NA member and eventual friend, Kelly, shows admiration and concern in a healthy way-Jerry isn't a replacement for drugs, he is someone she genuinely likes, and helps Audrey with the detox process. Kelly is the one who helps Audrey find Jerry when he becomes a recidivist. The scenes of the detox are pretty spot on. Neal, Audrey's loyal and amazing older brother is very well played, helping Brian's friend is done with absolutely no questions and everyone seems linked by this strength.
The pace comes off as slow, however having experienced losing my husband, I can say that this actually is how you feel-time seems unreal and uneasy. Audrey's grief and anger are well played.
Worth a watch, I would say 8 stars out of 10.
The Happening (2008)
What's (Not) Happening
I had to try and think of what corny title a movie review would have as such, and that was the best I could come up with.
The Happening, in theory, could have been a film of great warning (stop messing with mother earth, or she will mess with you), with appeal, heroes and all sorts of stuff one would normally associate with a film such as this.
To start, the concept of plants emitting a toxin to affect pests is actually true. Of course, the pests are generally a thousand times smaller than humans, and less complex. But suspend that reality and think for a moment. Generally, due to human chemistry, a nice angle would have been to have some people immune from this toxin, similar to The Stand, where not all people were affected.
What the film lacks the most is basic, common sense. I will cite some examples that really stood out to me:
1. Worst. Parenting. Ever Julian takes time to tell Elliot that the reason his wife was held up was because she was getting a doll house for their daughter, Jess. He says this IN FRONT OF THE CHILD. He also points out he is leaving to "find out" if she is safe. Okay, if one was single, I could totally get that, but chances are, Jess' mom would most likely want Julian to stay with their daughter. And announcing that the mother is missing because of a gift she was getting said daughter in front of the daughter is asking for future therapy issues. And truly this act is against Julian's previous seen character-a protective father who would never do anything to cause his child to needlessly worry.
2. Alma, Thy Name Is Selfish OK, so the group was fortunate enough to get tickets to the train out of town. Instead of staying near her husband, Alma chooses to sit apart from him, because she is "offended" that he may have expressed concerns about their marriage to their friend. The man bought you a ticket out of town on a surprisingly roomy train given that Philadelphia is a pretty large place. And you nit pick that your husband confided in him?
3. Basic Idiocy I had to look this up before announcing my ire, however my instinct was correct. Any certified army vehicle in this day and age is stocked with an emergency kit enough for the passengers the vehicle is meant to hold. So this means that when the Army guy pulled up in his clearly Army level Hummer, it would have been equipped with a medical kit, and gas masks. Now apparently the two knitting octogenarians in Virginia had the sense to pop on gas masks to protect themselves-but an Army trained individual had no clue to think about that. Ditto that on carrying his gun fully loaded with extra ammo. You know the toxin will make people suicidal. You pack your gun. Real smart. The trees aren't getting all Rambo on you, so what's the point?
4. Why would the trees kill people considered allies? To make anyone want to turn in their environmental card, the toxin targets even the environmental friendly who have spent countless years speaking for the trees. The most appealing characters, the kind, but spacey Nursery Owner and his sweetheart of a wife end up in the group with the pistol packing army guy and we know from the gunshot count, they died. This makes no sense at all. If plants can communicate as suggested, wouldn't the nursery plants point out to their brethren that Nursery Hippy guy and wife were friends to the chlorophyll set? If they had survived the toxin, it would have made more sense to me, especially since the guy made it a point to tell his plants (actually calling them his babies) that they would be OK.
5. Split Personality Issues Josh and Jared, the amiable young teens traveling with Elliot, Alma and Jess are portrayed as jovial fellows, who try to make the best of their situation. They even offer marital advice to Elliot in one of the few amusing conversations. So to me it made no sense they would get aggressive and rude to the people shacked up in the farmhouse-an event that led up to their deaths .
6. Which brings me to .. Why is it everyone located on a remote farm location are portrayed as psychos? I am waiting to hear a complaint from the Agriculture Society on the negative portrayal of farmers everywhere.
And what of France? Why is France the disaster movie's bitch? Think about this, to name a few: 28 Weeks Later, Independence Day, Armageddon-all have France (particularly Paris) annihilated. So why is it that France is the next Occurrence of "the happening"? Did the plants have to communicate it through seaweed and it took three months?
The Thing Most Broken In This Movie Is Logic
Here are some suggestions to possible captives on how to deal with psychopaths who have kidnapped you, tortured you and are holding you in a camp in the middle of nowhere: 1. If you obtain the key to unlock your chains, take a moment to chain your captor up. It takes a couple of minutes and if done properly, you can run away without him chasing and hobbling or killing you 2. If you scream for 2 days straight, chances are even your co-captive would want to cut out your tongue 3. Never throw your weight against a door to open it, especially when you see someone trapped inside who means something to you-chances are-it is booby trapped That said, what the hell was the point of Hope having the date in the beginning? Seriously, there was no point to it.
All in all, this movie was Saw meets Kiss The Girls with the appearance of Deliverance.
Family Ties (1982)
A, My Name Is Alex
In the spirit of minimalism stage, Alex Keaton's struggle with the loss of a friend has an impact even today. Flipping through TV Land at 3AM one night I watched both parts of this pivotal episode and was still astounded.
Alex's entire life is controlled by him. Suddenly he is forced to deal with something way beyond his control-death. It forces him to evaluate himself, and adds some funny stuff in with the flashbacks too. My favorite is Alex being upset because "mommy, my favorite president is being impeached!" (Nixon). The laughs thrown in are in no way offensive, nor take away from the seriousness of the episode.
These two episodes never cease to amaze me, and I always felt represented what this show really was-about family, coping with change and loving someone even if they are the polar opposite of you-the contrast in political beliefs of Alex versus his parents provided laughs and tender understanding.
If you never have watched the show, I suggest these two episodes.