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Even the best have an off day....a really, really off day
I watch pretty much everything by Louie that I can; over the past five years it's been a blast. The comic timing, terrific subjects that other s won't touch, just great. They we have this. I kept wanting to turn it off, but, expected it to pick up and get better. It never did. This is the kind of stuff people create when they're on drugs, when everything in their mind seems funny, and their 'yes men' tell them it's hilarious. That's the only explanation I can think of. Perhaps he was having a bad day; or maybe, he had promised a performance and just came up blank as far as material was concerned so he just wrote down the first things that came into his mind. We all have those days when we have writers block, but the deadline looms so we just convince ourselves that what we come up with will be at least mediocre. This doesn't even reach that level. Basically, It's only value is to let other people know that you shouldn't quit just because you had one rotten performance. This is evidence that even talented people aren't perfect. You'll have more fun picking lint out from between your toes than watching this horrid performance.
Accidental Love (2015)
I kind of get the feeling that this whole movie was made to emphasize the state of the medical health situation in America, and how people who need care won't get it because they simply cannot afford it. Which is a real shame, considering how much money gets funnelled out of healthcare to investors in drug companies and insurance companies. And of course, it's all going on with the consent of every politician because they get kickbacks from those industries on a regular basis. This is the kind of thing that you really need to suspend your sense of reality while watching. So, sure, it's watchable, but just barely. You won't have any difficulty doing something else while watching the movie. One dimensional characters, poor comedy, the screenplay is so bad that you can't tell if the acting is any good because the lines suck so bad. It's just not that interesting. Basically a 'B' movie that you have playing in, oh, a waiting room or somewhere where there's nothing else to watch. A notch above reality TV. But that's about it.
American Horror Story (2011)
LIke all the rest, the one failing.......
Not ten minutes in, and I can see there's a problem. Plot holes. Huge plot holes. The thing that makes a great horror film is when it's something that could actually happen, you can see yourself in the role of a character. I can forgive a slight misjudgment, but I have trouble with inconsistencies. They rely on creepy sound effects and a lots of shadows. This is great if you're oh, 9 years old. But any older, and you're brain is constantly going to remind you that this is fiction, and you won't be able to forget it and get immersed into the story, and get a good scare. It's like trying to tickle yourself. Sorry. I gave a 4 for the sets and a 1 for the script.
Jessica: A Ghost Story (1992)
Better than you'd think.
I don't always give credence to other people's reviews, because, well, I'm one of those people who think Smoky and the Bandit was a great entertaining movie. So I can't spot average acting from great acting. I can only tell horrible acting, like say, Chuck Norris. And this wasn't at all that bad at all. That said, this is in 4:3 old TV style format. And it looks like an old TV movie. The acting is OK, but the plot isn't great. Still, the very nature of how it's put together makes it look almost like someone's documentary rather than a movie, and it does have a few surprise scenes in it that will give you a scare. And that's what it's all about. It's a low budget Halloween treat, which you'll probably watch once and then give away to your friend. So grab the popcorn and the off brand soda that you'd get out of the machine at the local $5 movie theater, turn the lights off, and enjoy!
Quantum of Solace (2008)
When did ADD become the standard for filming?
I'd put off seeing this one simply because everyone was telling me things that I didn't want to believe. A Bond film that stinks?? Can't be. But then I watched it. Seldom does any camera get to film an entire scene if at all; by reducing each video segment to only a few seconds at most, the continuity simply gets lost. In this movie's case, it hides the fact that it's mostly all just a bunch of clips strung together; this is especially noticed in the fight scenes, which when pieced together with one or two second clips make it seem like an edited creation rather than a fight. I guess that's what happens when you have actors that are aging and cannot be engaged in such an altercation for more than a couple of seconds at a time. So all we have is pieced together action. Great if that's what you like. I'd really rather have a better storyline. This one was just painful to watch.
In Bruges (2008)
Stupid people and stupid script.
I rarely write reviews, but this tripe inspired me. It could have been called stupid people doing stupid things. One killer can't shut up; it seems he believes other people are fascinated at everything that goes on in his life, to the minutest detail. The script is full of holes. People that hold a gun on someone close enough for them to take it away. A supposedly professional killer walking through a park with his weapon held in his hand for all to see. And the stupidity goes on and on. Things that no one with an ounce of common sense would do. So if you enjoy foolishness and like to believe it makes perfect sense, watch this film.
Glass door. Hammer. Break. exit building
Just another horror movie with stupid writing. All the ridiculous things, all they had to do was break the glass front door. The story line alone provides the solution; the firemen plainly stated as they entered the building that they were bringing the tools necessary to break into the apartments if necessary. Then all of a sudden when the front door is 'locked', no one seems to know how to get out. What a crock. You know, it would have been easy enough to write the story so the apartment had steel doors or something. But nooooooo, they have to leave plot holes open so wide that the whole planet could fall through. It was difficult to watch the rest of the film after that ridiculous beginning. Probably a wonderful scary movie for 6 year olds who don't know how to use reasoning to figure out problems.
Route 66 (1960)
DVD's available all seasons
Loved the series, never got to see it when I was a kid, and saw a set of DVD's on evil-bay. Now, having learned to appreciate the writing of some early TV series in comparison to the junk we have today, I pulled the trigger and bought the whole set. Absolutely wonderful; sure, some episodes are better than others, but that's true about any series. The versions I bought were 12 disks, about 10 episodes a disk. In old black and white, they seem to have been recorded over the air, with occasional artifact. But none of that affects the story lines. Do yourself a favor, and get the whole set at once, and see it the way it was, full screen. Some reviews say that the new remade DVD's have been cropped to appear to be wide screen, what a shame.
Beware foolish moves by victims....
It really is a shame that anyone likes this movie, and tells their friends that it's a good one. But, like so many slasher movies, it's for the idiots to watch. I fell for a recommendation from a co-worker, and rented this POS. The victims do everything that a killer could ask them to do, in order for him to trap them. I wonder if real serial killers check people's high school I.Q. tests to find stupid victims; the way many of these movies are written, it seems like it's probably a good idea. Much like poking the sleeping monster with a stick to see if it's dead or just sleeping, this movie relies on having stupid characters do stupid things in order for the killer to succeed. Sad.
Gray Matters (2006)
A rather enjoyable romantic comedy
I don't know why so many people seem to hate this movie; from the reviews, it seems they had no idea of what it was about before they watched it. As far as movies having to be 'believable', well, that isn't really what most cinema is about, now, is it. No one dances spontaneously like it's choreographed; spaceships don't travel past the speed of light; martial artists don't get to fight a whole crowd of opponents one at a time. So reality isn't what we're really after here, now is it? No. What we want is to go to a movie and feel good when we come out. And that's exactly what this film does, unless you can't stand the idea of a beautiful woman being gay and being happy. Which is what I suspect so many of the people who wrote the damning reviews feel. That said, well, I can't really comment on how good or bad the acting is; I can't really tell the difference between merely average or good acting, and great acting. But I can tell bad acting (think Chuck Norris in pretty much anything; nice guy, great martial artist, terrible actor), and this wasn't bad at all. In fact, I enjoyed every moment. I rate a movie on whether I will watch it again (I will), and how many times I want to hit the pause button to do something else, and I didn't stop the movie at all. Nine out of ten stars.