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Ham on the Street (2006)
Funny and Informational
It's like Punk'd meets Jay Leno meets Good Eats. This show is schizophrenic but in a good way.
If you like at least two of the following things and can stand the other items this show is for you:
Sketch Comedy, On the street Punk'n and skits, Knowing what makes things work scientifically, Playing with food, Fat people, and Sight Gags.
The host George Duran, was born and raised in Venezuela, but eventually moved to New York to attend NYU majoring in Communications Studies. While in school he hosted a HYE Time radio show on WNYU, where he won an award in 1996 for Best Radio Talk Show National Association of College Broadcasters.
He continued in radio doing mainly comedy segments where he'd go out on the street and do stunts and punk people. Eventually he made the move to TV in 2000 working on House of Style.
But in 2002 he decided to pursue his other interestfood, and moved to Paris to attend culinary school at the Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise Groupe Ferrandi. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Dangerous Ground (1997)
Good Message wrapped in bad writing
Yes Hurley's accent gads all over the place but that is how English South Africans sound like (I should know I'm married to one).
However the plot does meander all over the place, and with someone like Ice Cube and the general premise of the movie there should definitely be more action in it.
Roodt should take some lessons from Hood because Tsotsi delivered on the same basic message whileas Dangerous Ground just comes off as a mildly entertaining, barely passable TV movie.
While it has its good points (accurate SA visuals for the time depicted, accurate depiction of Afrikaneer thugs and black Tsotsi's) there are points where the acting needs to be taken up a notch or two. And of course the writing is so thin and predictable if it was a dress it'd be see-through.
I don't think it's as horrible as the first reviewer (mainly because I have been to Johannesburg and it DOES look that old an worn-out) but agree that the writing and acting was not up to par.