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We are at the point where "Reality TV" has more drama than "Fiction TV".
This "Dynasty" show reminds me of that new "The Mist" series. You don't have actual characters. You have dorky "symbols" or "avatars", whose sole purpose is to brag, lecture, or preach to the audience. They don't feel like characters. They feel like caricatures.
The Kardashians aren't popular because they're rich, charismatic, woke, or whatever. Even their biggest fans get that they're all stupid & mentally ill. But if you watch their show, you notice they do what FICTIONAL TV used to do. They start with something real & relate-able, amp up the emotion, serve up conflict, and do it all in style.
How did we get to the point where "Reality" shows about fame whores, cake shops, and pawn businesses...are giving people more fictional drama than actual TV shows?
Kurt Seyit ve Sura (2014)
A very brave ending. Best I have ever seen.
No spoilers. Only a promise. Others can praise all other aspects of this show. But to me, what makes this show transcend...is the ending. It is the bravest thing I have ever seen in a TV series.
There are not too many epic romance series in the world. From what few exist, the trajectory is obvious to all. This is not necessarily a bad thing. We are meant to savour the journey, like an old wine.
You can do all of that on the journey of this series. But in one last episode, you can also consider something poignant, unexpected, and perhaps beautiful. Again, I said no spoilers. Like Kurt Seyit, I will keep my word...as best as this world & fate allow.
Jason Bourne (2016)
Absolutely no story development. Repeats old scenes & sequences, with new actors & locations.
I loved the first Bourne movie. Since the later two actually moved the story forward, I didn't mind them as lazy afternoon flicks.
But this...you can't even consider a proper movie. They're literally repeating earlier scenes, stories, and sequences...in different settings, with different supporting actors.
All this movie amounts to is a series of chase sequences. In the past, there were at least compelling peripheral stories & characters who gave it all a point. But in this movie, there peripheral focus is one CIA girl...who has the most bizarre & annoying accent, you have to strain to understand what she's saying.
This was a very painful viewing experience. We only made it to the end because we thought they'd come up with some late development to make the pain worth it. Nope.
Movie did close with that old catchy theme song though. They didn't even use it once during the entire movie. When I heard it in the closing credits, my mood instantly changed because I had flashbacks to the more happier past of this franchise.
Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? (2010)
Starts strong...but ends with narrow focus & lost path.
When I began watching, I did not understand the low IMDb rating of 5/10. But now I am near the end, and I believe this rating is actually perfect. The first half deserves 10/10. The second half deserves 0/10. I will explain this in an intelligent & philosophical manner.
The show starts very strong. It's beautifully made & paced soap opera. The characters are not cartoons, they have their own thoughts, concerns, and emotions. You will see even the "bad guys" behaving realistically, making jokes & pining for love. I appreciate all of this.
But as the later half of the series unfolds, the focus of the show becomes more narrow. It begins to obsess over the relationship of Fatmagul & Kerim. This begins to eat up the majority of the screen time, and all the other (more interesting) story lines & characters are damaged as a result.
There is nothing wrong with the show evolving from suspense to romance. But the problem is that the relationship being focused on is completely ABSURD.
From the very first episode, you see that Kerim & his friends are the reason for Fatmagul's ruin. They keep pursuing her, despite the fact that she is completely resistive. They don't know anything about her, except for the fact that she is physically beautiful. Their obsession with her physical beauty culminates in her rape.
By contrast, it is important to understand one important philosophical point. From the start, there is one man who actually has a genuine relationship with Fatmagul. They meet each other, and begin their relationship...long before her "physical beauty" is even a consideration. His name is Mustafa.
If Fatmagul should evolve into a love story, the one that makes the most sense is the reconciliation of Mustafa & Fatmagul. How do they rebuild trust? Do they grow from innocent love into something more mature?
Instead, the show presents the absurd spectacle of Kerim constantly apologizing & demanding Fatmagul's love. Kerim's involvement & instigation of her rape is presented as something "in the past". His ritual of apology & running errands for Fatmagul eventually breaks her inner defenses, until she accepts him as a lover. HOW ROMANTIC!
This is a very sad end for the show. I hope this show is re-made in the future. Writers should study the beautiful & exciting first half, but correct the bad mistakes of the last half. The show should end in a more realistic & philosophically poignant manner.
Mr. Robot (2015)
Definition of the word "pretentious"
Sums up Mr. Robot: "...attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed."
Yes. This show is wrapped in slick packaging. Filmed very well. Great scenery. Slow-moving plot. Lots of (ultimately superficial) introspective monologues.
But none of that masks the central flaw of this show: they're constantly trying to force a square peg in a round hole. Hackers are not military-trained field agents, clever CIA intelligence analysts...or remotely hip people. But this show wants to pretend they're one or all of those things.
You've got Egyptian James Bond, Jewish hipster Barbie, Hijab-wearing Mrs. Spock, Street corner hustler, Bi-Curious daddy's girl...and God only knows how many more Politically-Correct caricatures they've got in store.
Oh, but of course it's the 21st century. So all heroes have to have weird (but ultimately superficial) neuroses. Why? So we can have contrived crying fits, sad monologues, unnecessary arguments...basically drama people.
Is having contrived drama a fatal sin? No it's not. Not when the show is rooted in something real & authentic. But this show is not rooted in anything real.
What I find particularly appalling is the big "Anonymous" logo at the beginning of each episode. With that, and the overarching story-line (Hackers vs. Evil corp)...the show clearly wants audiences to associate the show with the Anonymous/WikiLeaks zeitgeist.
But if you have even a basic understanding of what those movements are, who they compose of, and what they actually do...you have to laugh at nerve of these Mr. Robot people. They're basically doing a Broadway re-telling of 'Oceans 11' or 'Gangs Of New York'...only with hipster hackers as the protagonists.
Wasn't Angelina Jolie ridiculed for similarly ridiculous Hacker movie early in her career? I am sure that if they dragged out the story & hyped up the "quirkiness"...that crap would have enjoyed the same "8.8" rating Mr. Robot currently has on IMDb.
The Affair (2014)
Things I learned from 'The Affair'...
EDIT: I just finished watching "Season 2 - Episode 5". And boy...this one episode completely changes the demeanor of the show. Much of what this show was originally promoting...now looks like a bad dream. This episode allows you to reinterpret everything you've seen in the past (especially the things I criticized in my sarcastic review below). It also opens up the possibility of a broader and richer future for the show and its characters. So do keep this in mind, when reading my review below (which applied to "Season 1").
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Society needs to be reminded...it's the cheaters themselves who are the true victims in all this. Until this show came around, few could contemplate the struggles faced by horny, rich, vacationing, liberal yuppies. I can't believe how judgemental spouses, in-laws, and bratty kids get about an "AFFAIR"!
You expect this kind of judgement from "5-0" (otherwise known as "Po Po" - or "Deacon" from King Of Queens!). Those guys with their "laws" and "investigations". All they do on this show is get in the way of TRUE LOVE!
Why do we give things like "the law" and "detectives" so much power over our lives? This show makes a good point. Why should an innocent 30+ year old grown man have to live in fear...just because he seduced a 16 year old girl? More people should watch 'Pretty Little Liars' and ship Ezra + Aria. Affairs? Statutory rape? Victims? Hardly. The girls on this show are pretty clear that they WANTED IT!
People need to chill. It's 2015. There really are no consequences to actions. So why stress about anything at all? You cheat? Just confess and wait-out your cuckold spouse's pointless tantrum. You cheat again after they take you back? Watch your cuck get even hotter for you! Get an inconvenient pregnancy? As the Planned Parenthood infomercial on this show instructed...schedule an appointment!
This show has made me proud to be a strong, independent, Ashley Madison customer. I also learned that gypsies get really nosey and judgemental about abortions.
I feel bad for all the people missing out on this modern day Romeo & Juliet. So glad they didn't let pesky things like "age", "maturity", "morality", and "responsibility" get in the way of..."THE AFFAIR"!
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
Great during social interactions. Gets bogged down by action sequences.
When the characters interact, this movie is so cute, funny, and charming. When you watch this, you start to realize just how effective simplicity is. Too many writers think that if they pad their stories with extreme, vile, and perverted nonsense...they'll get better feedback from their audiences. It's not true. You just need to be genuine, self-deprecating, kind of dorky, and loving...like this movie.
It's only near the end, where the action sequences begin, that the movie gets dragged down. It goes on a bit too long, and it kind of insults intelligence at times. But by the end, you forgive it because of the good.
Like others have said. This movie is really nice family viewing. It balances the needs of parents and kids perfectly. Cannot tell you how long it's been since we even watched bothered with Hollywood movies. Thanks Kevin James!
When white writers do black characters...
In this show, it's like a bunch of ivy-league white people got together and decided to channel their thoughts and ideas through a group of black caricatures.
The end result is so jarring. The diaglogue veers from Suze Orman to Jar Jar Binks in a split second. The characters range from enlightened to slightly retarded with absolutely nothing in-between.
There's absolutely no authenticity in 'Ballers'. It's just annoying and condescending racism depicting the efforts of whites & light-skin blacks...as they attempt to tame & educate the wild dark-skin blacks (who are basically depicted as undeserving lottery winners).
50 Cent rightly called out 'Empire' for its coonery. Let's see if he's man enough to call out a roided up Rock for this crappy show.
Childish & brain-numbing
There is a fatal flaw in this show that renders it absolutely boring & painful to watch. The problem is...when the writers favour certain characters or factions...they make it ANNOYINGLY clear to the audience.
The action is treated like 1950's children's comic-book fiction...with the hero surviving every absurd murder attempt imaginable. Oh but don't worry, because the action is presented in full-frontal contemporary glory...so you get all the unrestricted CGI & gore modern television allows.
You could forgive that...if the show wasn't always trying to climax in an orgy of violence. But really, everything that happens...happens to setup some monumental fight...where the winner is so obvious & pre-determined.
Why bother watching? The sex?
Okay, there's sex. I remember it being hot maybe one time. But most of the time...it looks sad & pathetic. And occasionally, it looks kind of pedo-like. So for all you poor beta's who like to take out frustrations on even lower-grade sexual partners...this show guarantees you at least 5 minutes of entertainment per-episode.
Really, whatever audience this show has...it has...because its audience seems unaware of Al-Queda propaganda videos & Larry Flynt's pornography company. What this show delivers on TV in an hour...those two deliver in under 5 minutes online.
The 100 (2014)
Entertaining show for the young (or young-at-heart). The elderly squirm in frustration...
If you are young (or young-at-heart), this will be a pretty entertaining & engaging show. There's a large pool of characters & personalities, within a constantly unfolding & expanding world, dealing with a variety of dilemmas & threats. And because it's on the CW...tons of "shipping" potential!
However, if you are old...and have been around the sci-fi block...well, most of you have already arrived here at IMDb - armed with 1-star reviews.
IMO, older sci-fi audiences only want extremes: (a) Dumbed-down, tech-no-babble, formula-obsessed shows like 'Star Trek' or 'StarGate' OR (b) Weighty, deep, high art like 'Lost' or 'BattleStar Galactica'.
'The 100' sits somewhere in the middle. What it does is take the lessons of those "weighty, deep, high art" sci-fi shows...but delivers them through the simplified & romantic language of teen melodrama.
Personally, I love this show. There are characters I can relate to, things that happen which excite me, and so many possibilities that get my imagination racing.
'The 100' & 'The Originals' - my compliments to CW!