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The pilot of this show has what any modern action show needs. It hits
the ground running, and never let's up for an instant, especially as a
cliffhanger ends it all. Having said that, I will grant this show maybe
one or two things it has, or rather, had going for it. 1. Laura Innes,
a most talented actress, known for her role as Dr. Kerry Weaver" on
"ER", and 2. a plot that surrounds a conspiracy. This is about it in
the Cons area. I don't know if I can even begin to go to where it's
bad. It's just one big MESS. We do NOT need all the flashbacks, and
flash-forwards. It's not fun, it's confusing. I had to really secure
myself moment by moment. Granted, you ought to pay attention to the
show, as every minute counts on fast paced shows of the like. This
show, however, is very cruel and unfair on that level. How are we
supposed to care about characters and events when we aren't given a
reason to do so. It's like somebody sitting a chocolate Sunday in front
of us and telling us to "like it" before we've tasted it. What if it
was made with buttermilk?
What I'm trying to say, is that pilot episodes are supposed to introduce characters, not events and situations. Leave that up to the rest of what the show has a possibility to grow into. Instead of setting up characters, we have nothing but a lot of running around, and even more flashbacks that bore to tears. Writers and series creators alike have seemed to loose what it means to set up a good story, and then allow it to grow, and take on a life of it's own as a show or series. The art of the Pilot is so dead.
We DO NOT need the ridiculous flashbacks! We don't need the "Oops, I forgot to mention"s! What we deserve is a good story. If they hadn't wasted an entire hour setting the situation, and rather, set up the characters instead, it might have been a good pilot. The writers need to ditch this flashback thing and focus on the now, because that is the only way the show will make it credibly. I think they flashed back so many times so they could introduce the characters all at once. Well, I got news for the writers...IT DOESN'T WORK! If they have to wait a few episodes, and introduce characters once by once every few episodes, FINE! It wouldn't kill them to do so. But RUSHING it all into one episode for the sake of the BIG EVENT? No, it didn't work, and they need to CLEAN IT UP, or else the show won't live to see episode five!
Will I continue to watch? Yes, as long as I can take it...which, judging from the pilot, won't be that long...
Perhaps I was off my hinges about the previous Spider-Man films. I
can't say I gave them too fair a trial, but then again...did they
really deserve that? Furthermore, could I really expect anything for
myself in a third installment? With what they peddled in the other two
films, it was rather obvious, but alas, I was still around to spend a
couple dollars for this film. After the fact, I must say mind share.
There was not a humorous moment to be found...and especially when they writing was trying to spare us with humorous tid bits here and there, and all around. Not really an element that works here. For starters, the dialog was weak and predictable. It appears as though spider-man has not changed much since his first venture onto the hero scene. Can't he learn to grow a little in his head, or verbally? I wanted to hear intellect from him, and I got the usual wishy washy words that anybody could say. Toby Maguire should have inquired about where they could have taken his iconic character. The guy is still hanging around (literally) flinging a quick nab in spoiling robberies, and allowing himself to take pictures of himself (by himself as Peter Parker). Nothing new. You'd think that, in a third attempt, something more fresh with the character would appear, even for non fans such as myself. Alas, this never came to pass. I was bored with the guy from the moment the film started. Something else that bothers me, is the appearance of Maguire on screen. he still looks like an 18 year old, and certainly acts like one too, like a playful kid on the street. Is not the man supposed to be an adult? Where is the maturity in these characters? It's not just with the leading man, but all the characters. Only co-star Tomas Hayden Church has any appeal of an adult, gruff and chiseled from his characters hard life as a thief, and a murderer. Other than that, it's painfully obvious how intent the writers were to make the characters appeal to kids, and kids only. No adult interest at all. The next problem...Kirsten Dunst...enough said. The slimy organism from the bottom of the plate tectonics that she is...is no different that before. YAWN...
Something I can say it the films defense, is the continuous ambition to add something trickier and more twisted to the plot. The problem that arises from it, however, is that the film eventually becomes over packed with things happening, and it grows howlingly hilarious in the final round. Still, I do like the high quality of ambitiousness that a film will bear in it's concept. It makes for interesting moments, whether it's a good idea or not. Probably the best part of the film, was the Christopher Young score. Despite using Danny Elfmans old cheap themes, the music is very symphonic, and often an attention getter. His rhythmic music is praise-worthy, and it's the only thing there is too enjoy. I know that Raimi had his intentions, and perhaps the leading stars did like the script, but the entire Spider-Man franchise is nothing of what it could be, and that's sad. You won't find a hero in any part of the trilogy. It's too much of a reflection on the times, which aren't any good either.
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After the post-mordem madness of that lousy "Ring Two", I was sure to steer clear of this film, even though I was aware of actress Jennifer Connelly getting the film all to herself. A first for her in quite a while. Just the same, I knew better than to fall victim to the puerile junk of petty thrills and stupid nonsense that would match the likes of the stupid Ring sequel, and I'm congratulating myself for that. This film was embarrassingly similar, and painfully intolerable to watch. What did we have with that trashy Ring sequel? I'll say this much, "Dark Water" would have been easier to watch, and maybe even a little enjoyable, had we not been disgraced with that pathetic Ring sequel. Dark water centers around a Young woman (Connelly) who moves into a shabby apartment with her five, or six year old daughter, while her jerky husband tries to pull out all the stops on her in an attempt to prevent her from it. Once settled in, on the suggestion made by her daughter, not hers, she is walking down easy street with her daughter at a new school, and a job with health benefits. Yeah, real good huh? Not when that wall in the home is leaking with dirty, filthy water. Apparently, the plumbing is really bad there. Evetually, our young protagonist discovers the truth of a little brat, whom wasn't loved, or cared for, by either of her two trashy parents. Now, she haunting the walls...in search of a MOMMIE DEAREST! UGH! What a predictable and unsatisfying plot! How can anyone watch this film, and go back to pretend? Sheesh, this film couldn't have been released at a worse time. It looks like a ring movie, the music sounds like a Ring movie, and it has a child antagonist...just like those putrid ring films. What a shame, Connelly has depth, something we never saw in the other films. Actually, the story is better written, because of the realistic conflict between Connelly's 'Dahlia', and her husband, not to mention bad memories of an abusive mother. The parental commentary is quite amusing, but what will we benefit from it? The only logical thing we see, is Dahlia reeling to rid her life of this ugly brat, whilst keeping her hair clean of that filthy water, literally! I beg you, pass on this movie, and watch something a little more constructive. I wish I hadn't watched this film the other. It was exactly what I was expecting...even with an easily impressive actress like Connelly. Performances are decent and the twists were kind of kinky..especially the end. Still, there's nothing here but a rubbishy, stylized Japan remake, in the vain of the 'Grudge' and those awful 'Ring' films. What's next? A sequel? Don't be surprised. The other remake franchise films had them.
As I'm not a Bond expert, I cannot make the biggest comparison to other
Bond films, but I can say this much: I was so engulfed in the
high-energy action, and the scrambling intrigue, blended with wild
humor, sensual attractions, and great performances...not to mention
incredible writing. Here, in the latest installment of the 007 Bond
franchise, we have a rambunctious carnation of Bond (Portrayed
brilliantly by a charismatic, and adorable Daniel Craig) who is living
his job to the limit, dodging bullets, and confronting danger face to
face. On a particular assignment calling for an investigation into the
levels of a hot poker game, our quick, flashy, and convenient man of
mystery is faced with more than just a job, and he may need to rethink
his plays before making a move.
I am a real skeptic when it comes to the average film these days, and I don't really like what is released. Spielberg, Scorsese, even the late Robert Altman-they all failed to impress me in any way. This film, however, was something different. I was blown away by it's innovation and surprises. I was overwhelmed by the emotion and the struggle that many of the main characters were torn with. There is such humanity in our eager James Bond this time around, and it's so compelling at times. Daniel Craig has left me wanting more, as the famous character is supposed to do. A+ for Daniel Craig! Now...Eva Green stole my heart and sent it flying to dreamland! So mesmerizing and delicate-I couldn't imagine a better leading lady! The rest of the cast is superb- especially the always reliable Dame Judi Dench. A flat-out, straight A action film from the heart! BRAVO!
I used to adore this once-groundbreaking nighttime soap, now, the very
thought of it sickens me to NO end! It is a total wreck of a show, that
is also absolutely out of control! When it very first aired, i was so
in love with, I was overcome, like the rest of America. The premiere of
the sharp witty satire was all one could wish, and I was especially
proud to see women on screen, women who weren't "pop-tarts" or teenage
sluts. This great display proved that women, as well as everybody, are
always cool, hip, and sexy, no matter what age. Furthermore, the show
had a nice structure that opened and closed with lessons learned, and
stories leaving the viewers with a bit of intrigue to see next weeks
episode. This continued all throughout the entire season, culminating
with a terrific season finale.
Then.....when the second season started, something was strange, It just lacked something, something I could not put my finger on. I can't remember if I ever found out what it was, so I assume it was nothing important...but wait, if it wasn't important, why was it's absence marring the show for me? I finally came to the conclusion that what happened, was the realization that this show had nothing more to offer, because it lived it high run in the entire 1st season. The story lines were watered on, or rather urinated on, or were just always tacky, I never knew it until now? YES! I choose the latter! Not only was that revolution in motion, but the writers were obviously trying SO SO SO hard to impress the fan base at any cost, bringing out the most random, unrealistic, and unfunny material ever put on TV! What happened to the best new show ever? I'll tell you, it was never that great, we as an audience were so taken aback by some clever dialog and witty humor, covering up a boring premise. The five leading ladies are also what made me tick on it. I was in serious love with them all, at first.
I continued watching the series despite the setbacks I noticed. Soon enough, I couldn't stand it anymore, and I called it quits almost halfway through the second season. It was that irritating. I would have rather endured a root canal, than put up with a once- addictive show that now resembles a show for pre-schoolers. Guest-stars were usually unfunny, and offered nothing, except Melinda Paige Hamilton as the nun, I wish she stuck a steak through Gabrielle Solis' heart, so she could see how black her blood was, as though it were tar.
Now as I look back on the closing episodes of this repulsive season, I am soothed by the choice of abandoning the crappy night soap before it was as bad as I've heard it now is. The actresses are not funny anymore, and the stories are WAY TOO EXTREME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This show has way too much going on, and it has much more fans than it will ever deserve, and it is continuing to suck up our media economy like the foul, ridiculous, stinky, perverse Black Hole it is! I HATE this show, and we as the people who feed it, are now robots that work to serve it with our very souls taken over, believing this filth is a reality (It's not). I know most will not listen to my rants. They would rather enjoy watching trash, than actually read a book, play a tennis game, or something healthy. Alas, this world is corrupt. I thank you.
"Our pockets are empty, our cupboards are bare, the bills keep coming,
and the drugs are scarce. I need some money, I need some dough, for the
things I want, for the things I own. I got Sticky Fingers!"
The title song says it all. "Sticky Fingers" is one of the most hilarious films ever made, and done so with such a style and even a type of elegance that has kept it fresh and funny for every viewing. Two roommates, and best friends Lolly and Hattie are struggling musicians, who can't pull in the attention of anyone past the civilians in Central Park, New York. One day, out of the blue, Diane, Hatties dope dealer, leaves them with a mysterious bag, with important contents inside. It is, yes, almost 1 million dollars. Eventually, everything is crazy, and all mixed up. These two women, who are honest, decent people in the Big Apple, are transformed by the green power slips, into petty, light-headed money grubbers. Soon the cash begins to run on, and the two have a lot of explaining to give Diane...and the mob men who have been watching their every move...
Helen Slater is the not so bright Hattie. She surely gives a new name to the word 'energy' in this one. With her quick and witty dialog, and sharp timing, she is amazing, and always turning on the laugh-machine. Melanie Mayron is the squeaky, nervous Lolly. Mayron is up to par with co-star Slater, giving off the same amount of energy and confusion. Needless to say, Christopher Guest is, as usual, a treat to watch as the love interest of Mayron. Other cast members include Loretta Divine, Eileen Brennan, Carol Kane, and an absolutely outrageous Danitra Vance, who steals the show with her every scene.
The comedy used in this gem is a bright blend of slapstick, and witty stand- up, with honesty as a key factor, bringing in solid goods. It is a shame that this one was never received as well as others in that time. The film is well representative of it's time,(1988) and it's pop-culture wackiness. I suppose it was the "different" factor that says just why the film was little known, if at all. This film does have a different tone, and even more so, it is very general. Sometimes, the smaller, more overlooked things are funny. Sexual lingo and politics are restricted, very restricted. This film is not "Majoy League" or a "National Lampoon" film, or even like any of the "Porkey's" movies either. It stands out completely on it's own, with ultimate originality and sharp comic texture and context, which make it a real riot to watch over and over again!
This show, was as exciting as any show could be for the 05-06 season.
Alas, as a show of this grand nature would do, it moves my soul to the
highest nature to see a woman as the President Of The United States.
This is a first, on television, but the thought of a female president
has long been a thought in the minds of many for the past years. Now,
with "Commander-In-Chief", we can see a glimpse at was it would be. I
think the idea is fantastic, and powerful. 'Powerf', a word that men do
not usually associate with women, but it is a possibility. Maybe not
today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday, we will see this as a reality.
Women have been displayed with power over the years in film, as Geena
Davis stood up for feminist rights in "Thelma & Louise". How about
Helen Slater in 'Legend Of Billie Jean'? Even earlier, Katherine Ross
and Paule Prentice in "The Stepford Wives"?
Geena Davis is remarkable and deep as the first Female President. The rest of the cast adds up as well. Beyond any doubt or utter in vain of the women of America, this can be a reality, and this show proves it, and proves it well. Shall this show make a difference in life and politics. Many people don't like the idea, but others do, so were I anyone other than myself, I would give this show a chance! It's actually really good!
Naturally, I feel compelled to tell you about my love for an amazing
actress named Daphne Zuniga, the main head-liner of this nice show.
Years ago, try twelve or thirteen, Zuniga was a young photographer
named JoBeth Reynolds on the critically acclaimed drama, "Melrose
Place". She was, herself, beautiful, witty, tough, and deep, as well as
surrounded by beautiful people all over. Now, in this new drama,
"Beautiful People", she returns to the prime-time dial, but with a new
breed of beautiful people.
With Jo Reynolds a fond memory, Daphne is now the lovely Lynn Kerr, a newly single mother, trying to provide a warm, sharing, and loving world for her two daughters, portrayed by Torry Devitto and Sarah Foret. Zuniga never fails to satisfy, and as Lynn Kerr, I see new depths to which she can dive into, especially now as other Melrose alumni are resurfacing as well. (Marcia Cross and Doug Savant in "Desperate Housewives"). The two new actresses Foret and Devitto are cute, and even amusing in this family based drama, but obviously, Zuniga helms the project with force and experience to which the younger stars are lucky to work with. The rest of the cast is okay too. Ricky Mabe takes the cake among the co-stars as a non-conformist, straight-forward, honest , but good-hearted outcast, stealing the scene as he spits his words about the truth concerning the "BP'S" (Beautiful People). The show has soft touch for familiar development, but just as the 'beautiful people' it introduces, looks are always deceiving.
I can also say, that this show is truly misplaced on the ABC-Family channel. It does deal with a mother, and her two daughters in their new life, and the concern for safety and love in the big apple, but there are some touchy situations this show touches base with. I have no problem with a single part of this show, but the surprise is the channel it airs. I know it would seem fairly normal on the normal ABC station, but Family is a bit risky, as Daphne even said in the beginning about the program. I didn't completely believe it myself, but it's true. The Kerr family meet people who take drugs, teenagers who have sex, in hot-tubs for that matter. An adult male, speaks his mind on the basis of his homosexuality, and other kinds of chaos ensues.
I am all for risk, and to that I can say I hope to see more of this show around. It's about time we see Daphne Zuniga in the spotlight again, and she is, without a doubt, having a great time like the rest of the cast. I know only as much as the next viewer about the eight episode run for an opening season, but I hope much more will come! A good Welcome Back to Daphne Zuniga, and an even bigger good luck to the show! It's a fun show to watch.
It looks like terror has found its' way back to the films of Wes
Craven, and this guy couldn't be happier! I am so uplifted to the
skies, as Wes Craven has shot straight back to the original tactics
that made his most earlier films classics! In such films as "The Last
House On The Left", "The Hills Have Eyes", and "Deadly Blessing", there
is the realism of natural terror that settles into the human psych much
faster than a pathetic CGI wolf film or puerile slasher copy-cats with
damning dialog and embarrassing story lines. Those early films are
remembered for there simple fear factors that prove less is more. Even
with a slight supernatural piece of mind in 1981's "Deadly Blessing",
it was the more realistic terror of human evil that scares far worse
than that creepy incubus! In "Red-Eye", Craven takes an amazing script
by Carl Ellsworth, and weaves a new enchanting film which bares
resemblance to his first three films. For the first time in years, most
notably since "The People Under The Stairs", a statement has been made
on society, through realistic action and non-stop suspense. In 1991,
'The People Under The Stairs" was released as a comment about the
exploitation on the 'have-nots by the 'haves'. Now, albeit a lesser
known statement can be said about society again. Yes, Craven has
returned for the real scares that worked before!
The film begins out in a fast, and fun pace with a smart hotel manager, Lisa (played out exceptionally by a terrific Rachel McAdams) who is running in the fast lane of life, and getting home from a funeral is the most important aspect in life. On her journey home, she runs across a charming, and pleasant man(portrayed by a very game Cillian Murphy) who later turns out to be a demon in disguise! As below on earth, terror happens in the streets, and in the houses. Murder, suicide, accidental incidents plague us, but in the sky, it's not just terrorist attacks. The most cryptic of situations can happen when a young manager and a snidely viper meet on a 'red-eye' flight to Miami FL.
The direction is nothing short of miraculous and exquisite, and with Wes Craven on board, I knew this one would please me to the fullest. The script has many twists and turns around every corner, and the most un-expected moments, albeit predictable, are still effective. Rachel McAdams has always shown promise, from her early performance as a sweet-talking, promise-breaking high school cheerleader in "The Hot Chick". I knew from when I saw that film, that she would soon be something more in the future, and in the case of this film, she holds an extremely hard grip on her character, with the kind of drama that makes you dive into the story for more! She was just so good. When seeing Cillian Murphy in the 2002 zombie hit "28 Days Later", I figured he was no different than any other European break-out star. he was exceptional as well. he holds you in his palm for the right amount of time before he slides his scaly identity into your mind, then you know he's a dangerous man!
I am not a fan of many films today, but this film gave me all the hope I need to faith that in the future, films might be more appealing, and better than they have been for the past five years. Thank you to Wes Craven, Carl Ellsworth, Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, and the rest of the team, for bringing a new thriller to the screen, for all to be pleased. I am not easily pleased with movies today, as I have said, but this film blew me sky high!
Like all Roald Dahl novels, this one had a very specific way it would
require were it to be adapted to a movie. Like such stories of this,
Tim Burton used his specialty, fantasy. His style of such formula had
proved to be successful in the previous years "The Nightmare Before
Christmas". So why not do it again? With colorful characters and
imagery to be seen only while using the imagination, Stop-Motion was a
good idea, especially for films like this.
Young James is orphaned when a terrifying rhino storm takes away his parents. He is then left to defend for himself as he lives with his agonizing Aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Soon enough, a mysterious man gives him a sack of magical worms that will allegedly change his world, forever. After time goes by, a peach begins to grow on a blackened tree, drawing attention and money to his money-hungry aunts. After a chance encounter with a green worm, James is then transformed into a world with a few new friends. Escaping his evil aunts, James, and his new family begin a journey for a better life in the city where dreams come true! Before they reach this dream, they must face fears and monsters to challenge the dream.
The acting and voicing is very warm, and young Terry is convincible, as opposed to many other child actors who never had the right moment. Richard Dreyfuss, Simon Callow, Susan Sarandon, and Jane Leeves offer tender voices to the lovable creatures in whom James finds a new meaning to the word 'family'. Miriam Margoyles and Joanna Lumley are hysterical, if not over the top as the orphans wise cracking, crabby, and creepy aunts. Good direction and some often pleasing music accompany the actors as they compliment this journey of courage.
The imagery is remarkable. Tim Burton has always had a unique talent for a style of imagery and picture. The story and events are almost surreal at moments, but that is a wonderful thin g. Most films today are too nice, or way too family friendly, and the dark touch to such stories as this are well needed. I would say that this adaptation is the right type of film this novel could have to serve its' justice as far as visionary techniques are concerned. As for the rest, the film can speak for itself. It's just a fun little movie for all ages.
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