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Fantastic actors.. Horrible characters and topics....
I love these actors and the premise is fun, but the characters are shallow and stereotypical and the topics (or topic, there seems to be only one, and it's a very tired one) are crude, flat, narrow-minded, and childish rather than clever, humorous, multi-faceted, and pro-humanity. The whole thing is SO annoying that it's just not funny. Why would I want to spend my few moments of escapism time hanging out with these people? I hope it gets a good rewrite because I do really like these actors.
In a Day (2006)
Disturbing and sad...
If you enjoy watching men manipulate women, then this is the movie for you. It's supposedly a Pigmalian-save-the-day-type romance with a message about manipulative people, but the "hero" turns out to be one of the worst bullies of the lot.
The supposed good guy does nothing but scheme to get this distressed girl to do everything HE thinks she should do and look the way HE thinks she should look so that he can feel better. He's meant to be a white knight of sorts, but he has zero empathy or listening skills or any clues about women. Among the bigger issues are smaller ones like: How in the world is hiking in a skirt and heels, especially when you're a having a bad day, a good idea? How is meeting someone else's family baggage an upper?
Liking her as she was, lending a listening ear, letting her choose the activities, and letting her initiate change would have been the true heroic thing to do. His character was so unattractive that we couldn't invest any care in him. And she was so willing to be controlled, that we had a difficult time caring about her too.
The crude vocabulary also tainted everything. We have a beautiful language! Let's be clever with it!
Love mystery, but not enough to watch this as is..
We had a tough time seeing past the clownish, over-acted characters and all of the yelling and the creepiness toward women.
Being huge fans of mysteries and France, it was fun to see the locations though.
We haven't seen any of the newer episodes, so hopefully the characters have calmed down and are wiser and more realistic and thus more interesting. And hopefully the vocabulary stays high-end.
DCI Banks (2010)
Glad it exists, but we hope it gets better....
We are huge fans of British detective shows and this one is borderline good/bad. It's a bit soppy with characters whose actions are nowhere near as intelligent as they should be. It's laughably over-dramatic. Some of the most interesting characters disappear. Helen's relationship w her "happy" family doesn't make sense. There are gratuitous boob scenes that don't fit the environment. Some of the characters are so annoying, we just don't care about them. The vocab could use more clever and less crude. ... We'll keep watching though.
Another Forever (2016)
This started out SO slowly that I considered giving up and am very glad that I didn't.
It is quiet, slow, very moving, gets worrisome & suspenseful in the middle, refreshingly clean, and beautiful - both the locations and the story.
Makes one wish we all had friends like that and time to regroup when faced with grief. Those who have not experience this level of grief, won't get it, but those that have will appreciate it.
Une chance de trop (2015)
Good bits and bad bits.........
-Poorly done, misspelled, and overly foul subtitles. The F's and S's should be replaced with damn's and hell's. They would class the whole thing up, make the film accessible to a wider audience, and be more in line with who these professional characters are.
-Police who weren't as smart as they should have been.
-Many characters (the three young brunettes and the cop, the lawyer, and some other guy I don't remember) looked so much alike that I got them mixed up for a while. (Partially my fault for not having my eyes on the screen the whole time.)
-Red herrings that I would have liked to have seen resolved.
-A maze of red herrings and twists and an ending I didn't fully expect.
-Loved the trucker character and his role, except for how violent he was at home.
-The bad girl was amazingly scary with her dead eyes.
American Housewife (2016)
Great actors, Super annoying vibe....
Being a stay-at-home mom does NOT suck. Being whiny sucks. A change in attitude would wipe half of the main character's troubles away and make the show watchable.
The mom in this show is being non-stop snarky and combative. Not smart for anyone, especially a mom who we're supposedly supposed to learn a moral from each episode. We're not fans of the bathroom jokes, the bleep sounds, or the bleep-able vocab and its synonyms either. Hopefully the show settles a bit and we find this American housewife being less combative. Currently, we (and her children) are left with all sorts of negative messages.
We were excited about this show and especially eager to watch the actors who are some of our favorites, so we're bummed that it's a downer. Real life's too short for us to spend 20 minutes listening to this mom be cranky, so we're out. We would rather watch a show with a mom who faces her challenges positively, with humor, and understands karma.
The Good Place (2016)
Full of contradictions......
This show left us with very mixed feelings. We'll probably try it for a few weeks more, but depending on the direction it takes, we may not stick with it. And we can't figure out who the target audience is supposed to be; it's too crude for kids, and too dumbed-down for the rest of us. Here are a few of the myriad comments heard during the show....
1) We like all of the actors, but not all of the characters, esp Bell's character, which makes it difficult to like the show. It's important to have a main character the audience can care about. Love her soul mate, the Buddhist monk, and the info girl though. Wish we could remember their names. Ha.
2) We like that they don't use foul language, but the replacements got annoying super fast. There are funnier words (Liz Lemon's "blarg" for example), than fork and shirt.
3) What's with dissing artists and then living in a world full of art and architecture? Yes, we know it was a joke, but an incongruent one.
4) Not fans of the either/or heaven/hell situation, even though that's a main premise of the fish-out-of-water theme. We kept worrying about the people in hell. Yeah, we know we need to chill.
5) The party couldn't magically be cleaned up? They can't just decide to fly anyway? She can't choose to get rid of those awful clown paintings?
6) Loved that the humanitarian-type people are getting rewarded. The fact that good actions create good eternal karma, is a much-needed reminder for viewers these days.
7) Hated the animal cruelty.
8) The non-stop smiling of the inhabitants got a bit old too. Good people don't smile 24/7. Crazy people do. Or is that something we find out later?
.... and it goes on. We felt a bit like the writers where talking down to us. Hopefully, it smartens up a bit, is hilarious, and sticks with story lines that will continue to encourage folks to be good to one another.
Building Cars Live (2015)
If you love James May or engineering....
We binge-watched this show because we love James May. He's one of a very short list of people we could listen to talk about just about anything because he is amazingly witty, intelligent, and can use the English language better than almost anyone. This show has the added bonus of being family-friendly, so we got to hear actual, descriptive words as used in the not-so-distant past, rather than the gungy ones that barge in today and leave "ew" imagery.
If you couldn't care less about James, but are into engineering or manufacturing, then this show has loads of info, fun people, and great visuals. It is a documentary, so don't expect high octane entertainment, but it's definitely worth a viewing.
The Intern (2015)
De Niro perfect, film is great but needs a bit more pizzaz
Unlike most of today's movies, this one isn't full of clownishness and gutter jokes, which was VERY refreshing. The characters seem like actual people that might actually exist. What a concept!
De Niro's character is so beautiful that I wished he was MY uncle or neighbor or co-worker. His character is a spot-on unassuming guru with understated rather than preachy wisdom. Perfect. Calm and steady wins the race, especially when everyone else is freaking out.
Only changes I'd make would be to evolve past using any foul language (which is witless) and I'd spice things up a bit. There are moments that seem slow or a bit too melodramatic. I also would have liked to see more of Linda Lavin (one of my faves) since the first meeting with Rene Russo was a bit creepy. Funny, but creepy. ")
Fun premise w annoying characters....
We were surprised that this show is created by a woman because all of the female characters are so shallow and stereotypical and ignorant. The storyline, the text, and the vocabulary are demeaning not just to women but to humanity in general. Baffling.
We are huge fans of Patrick Warburton. He's the reason we watched these first three episodes. He had several hilarious one-liners. His is the only character that has any decency or depth at all. The others are bor-ring and annoying and we're just not willing to spend our time watching boring and annoying. Like the actors, just not the characters.
Hopefully the show will get better. It has a good premise. Hopefully they'll move past using foul language and bleeps (both are witless) as well as foul imagery and references ("crappin' on therapy"? Really?). Hopefully all of the characters will actually show some character, backbone, and intelligence. Hopefully there will be topics other than sex, looks, and drugs.
Not sure whether we'll tune in again or not.
The really good sprinkled with the really bad.
I would love to refer this film, but I can't because of the gunge. The bad outweighs the good. Arg.
The actors are all spot-on and fabulous and fun. Loved seeing Ben Kingsley and James Le Gros. And we liked meeting Katie Chang.
The scenery is absolutely beautiful.
The story is important and heart-wrenching and motivating and quick-witted.
But the vocabulary and the references are mundane, unimaginative, low-brow, and just plain "ew". They weigh the whole thing down like oil on a duck. Ironically, this crude language is making our clever and thoughtful words evermore extinct and narrowing our language and our minds. Sad.
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Disjointed, but worth watching.
The movie, "Mr. Holmes" is slower than it should be, has an incredibly annoying/disrespectful child character, not enough time spent on the mystery, too much time spent on the senility, and we weren't ever sure whether Holmes was being a stand-up guy or not; maybe that was intentional.
The story seems a bit confusing too. The thinking behind people's actions (where they lived, what they ate, how they treated one another) often didn't match their smarts and then would conflict with something said or done elsewhere. Can't say more without creating spoilers.
Other than that, the actors do a great job. Ian McKellen looks amazing. The scenery for England is beautiful and the scenery for Japan haunting. Loved seeing Nicholas Rowe for a few minutes.
It was also SO REFRESHING to watch a movie that didn't include foul references or vocab. Yay!
The Widower (2013)
We were fascinated by how oblivious this man is. The first half of the film is pretty slow, so we ended up watching it on 1.5x which helped a bit. The actors did really well and the cinematography isn't dark, which is always great. Also, except for a couple of slips, the vocab, sex, and violence are PG, which is fantastic!! Loved seeing John Hannah. Wish the story had brought the investigation in sooner and had spent more time on it. Among the few things that are unbelievable are that they couldn't get some sort of word, even anonymously, to the third victim. Would have given it 7/10, but are so grateful that they left out the gunginess that most shows include these days, we gave it 9/10.
The Rewrite (2014)
If you're a fan of Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, and Marc Lawrence movies (Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality), then you'll like this one, especially the Hugh Grant one-liners. The rest of the actors are perfect too.
We would have given it ten stars if the language hadn't stepped into the "ew" category a time or two and if they hadn't made the nerd character so uncool. We know lots of geeks and nerds and they are awesomely cool.
Otherwise, we loved it and plan to watch it again and recommend it to others.
Missed opportunity to SEE history.....
Ever since Gosford Park (and Monarch of the Glen), we've been huge fans of Julian Fellowes and are also fascinated by great houses (mostly the fact that they are usually self-sustaining), so we were eager to watch this show thinking we'd see a lot and learn a lot about the houses. We were disappointed.
The show uses little film time showing the house and quite a lot of film time showing Fellowes. In this instance, there's a house with 100 rooms, grounds, out-buildings, courtyards, ... and we maybe saw five of those rooms. Arg.
The show does tell fascinating stories about the people who lived in the house and these stories are really the only reason to tune in, but again, we only get glancing views of news clippings, letters, drawings, maps, and the like, while the rest of the time is spent staring at the people discussing these stories and objects and watching them pretend researching.
These people and stories are fascinating, but, in future, and hopefully there will be many more episodes, while they're telling us the story (including more details like dates), hopefully they'll keep the camera focused on the documents and the sites. And hopefully they'll tell us more about the building itself, how it was built, how it runs, how it's been used over the years, how it's currently used.... That would be very very fun.
Poignant, beautiful, funny, and almost perfect.
Have just finished watching Season One and have decided that this is one of the best shows we've ever seen. We'd give it many more than 10 stars if they'd just be clever and progressive enough to leave out the gungy vocabulary.
The music is beautiful; would love to have the soundtrack. The scenery is gorgeous; wish we were there. The acting is spot on and doesn't rely on clownish behavior or yelling, which is rare these days. These are characters we find that we care about and would really enjoy knowing. The writing is full of our very favorite types of humor; extremely smart and witty. The story is both fun and dramatic without being stupid or soap opera-like.
The whole thing was mesmerizing, poignant, beautiful, and almost perfect. If you can't tell, we loved it. Can't wait to see Season Two. We know it's a long shot, but we hope that someday soon, the gungy vocabulary in all shows will go the way of public smoking and highway littering and that this show and others will be more enjoyable and accessible to a larger audience.
Ignore the few cringy bits and it's great!
POSSIBLE SPOILERS, NOTHING THAT WILL RUIN THE STORY THOUGH: We've seen this movie twice now and will most likely watch it again next year. We love the actors (who are THE very best part of the movie) and the locations and the lack of gungy language and that the children seemed like every day fabulous children and the reminder that people rise to the occasion when given the chance.
We could have done without the raunchy dance moves. ") And we could have done without the skewed Mary and Joseph love story especially when acted out by children. Both were a bit cringe-worthy. So, you have to put aside respectful manners and history-according-to-the-Bible for a bit and just enjoy the rest which is loads of fun.
Clarke Peters dancing at the end is the best. Wish I had a photo.
More movies like this please.......
Loved everything but the villain, her storyline (which was too creepy, only good bit was the end), and the main action sequence during which I kept thinking, "Why didn't they just call the police? Oh, yeah, because then they wouldn't have a reason for this action sequence." Everything else was fabulous, hilarious, and intriguing to look at, listen to, and follow. Paddington's reaction to the "dogs must be carried" sign made us laugh until we cried. Also loved the actors and the music. Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins are two of my very favorite actors. And it was fun to see the cameos.
It would be so wonderful if we had more movies like this. High-end look, high-end vocabulary, high-end storyline, and fab actors.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)
Maybe the movie gets more intelligible and interesting later, but we were so bored and tired of listening to the actors whine and yell that we quit early. Life's too short.
Most everything was very unrealistic, which is especially unfortunate when the story is supposedly a TRUE one. The characters weren't as smart and level-headed as their history suggests they should be. And there was non-stop idiotic vocabulary and violence. No thank you.
Basically, the film is an opportunity wasted. Huge bummer. We would have loved to have seen the real story with believable characters and scenarios.
Ambiguous and beautiful, if you discount the gungy language
Throughout this movie, we were never quite sure what was going on. This was annoying at first, until we realized that that seems part of the theme. In the end, even though not all the questions got answered, we were left feeling like all might work out for the best.
The same annoyance came with the way characters were treating each other and barely communicating, yet without the yelling and drama often seen in film today, these characters were able to forge closer bonds with one another.
The movie does move very slowly and we've never been fans of the imagery that gungy language creates, so those were downers. Otherwise, we liked it. And we loved the locations.
Not quite right.
Granted, we've only watched the pilot, but I don't think we'll tune in again. The FBI instructors, Shaw and O'Conner, were believable and we like those actors, but many of the trainees were major drama queens and not believable as level-headed, sensible people that the FBI would recruit. The main character majorly turned us off at the beginning, so it was very hard to care about her later. She never did act like the kind of person we'd hope to see in the FBI. And calling a man who sticks with and provides for his family "nothing special" was a bad call and shows her lack of understanding of what's important.
Despite proving once again that they aren't the family-friendly network we'd like them to be, ABC did a pretty good job of trying to be respectful of religion, hopefully they're using good sources for their information. And we loved the way that they introduced each of the characters. It was very clever. Oh, and we're also very glad that ABC made the show available right away online, because we missed it the night before.
Lots of drama, not much wisdom.
For Seasons One and Two, which we've just watched for the second time: If you're looking for slow-moving high drama, this is it, but there aren't many characters with common sense (until the very end, of course, cause that's the way stories go). The writers have made everyone but Ellie Miller practically void of common sense, which means the story often plays out like a soap opera where whatever can go wrong does go wrong. And, again, if that's what you're looking for, then this is it. It's more about human faults than it is about the story.
We prefer lead detectives who are wise. Rather than being the source of reason and experience, the Alec Hardy character is self-obsessed and annoying and the biggest bully in the story full of bullies. We didn't find one part of him that was sympathetic or watchable. We'd love to him gone and Ellie put in charge.
Despite the psychological emphasis and the occasional gungy vocab (ew), the story was intriguing and kept us coming back.
The scenery is amazingly beautiful and all of the daytime cinematography is light, which is fantastic.
We'd love to see more, but with a more likable Hardy and a more powerful Miller (who, by the way, don't have chemistry, so hopefully they don't end up together) and with a sweeter smelling, less lazy vocab.
Great story, but needs to be told a bit better
This is an interesting story and we didn't want it to end, but the telling of it has several holes and several parts that aren't believable enough to make the telling of the story flow well and to make it great. Would love to see it reworked a bit.
They do a great job with the low budget. The cinematography is great. Almost all of the acting is great. The vocab is less than great though. There is an unhealthy helping of "ew" vocab which is just uncool. It would have been fun to hear non-barnyard words in its place.
Despite the holes in the story and the vocab, it's definitely worth watching. Scott Speedman and J.K. Simmons are almost always worth watching.
Kevin from Work (2015)
Disappointed. Low-brow humor. No one decent to care about.
This show reminded us of why we don't watch ABC Family. It's just dumb. And definitely not family-friendly, not even our teens liked it.
The supposed jokes in this show were mainly about irresponsible sex and drugs which are "ew" and boring.
There were no characters decent enough to want to root for or care about. Kevin should be wiser. Characters shouldn't be referring to sex with every comment. They should also be healthier. We're done with stupid people doing stupid things. We want smart characters in more believable conversations and situations. Tim Allen TV show type humor. The other is just annoying and boring. You'd think ABC would be smarter than this. It's one redeeming trait is that there weren't any words that needed to be bleeped. Yay! Those words are unimaginative and the bleep sound is annoying.
Come on ABC, we know you can do good, high-road, intelligent work, let's see it. We want to feel better about humanity after watching your shows, not depressed.