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I also mention the moment...what they were in to make me crush on them.
Holy Musical B@man! (2012)
'StarKid are kicking it up a notch!'
Every production gets better and better in standard. From the lighting, to music, to costume. But the very first performance as I can recall from 2009- 'A Very Potter Musical' which takes a friendly and hilarious stab at J K Rowling's Harry Potter, was a brilliant introduction to the team behind the charismatic and overly talented starkid.
'HMB' set the scene in a noir comic book loyal setting. With a spirit- lifting 80s soundtrack. The pace is good, and refined for a contemporary and grown-up audience. The music you will walk around humming to for weeks, and kick-ass characters that you will crush on for years to come. Though the play is missing some familiar faces, you are blinded by the brilliance of others, especially with starkid newcomer 'Jeff Blim' as the Jim Carrey-esque 'Sweet Tooth'- and he certainly makes the character his own.
For those of you who are profoundly disturbed or adore the dynamic but ambiguously gay duo- Batman and Robin, you will take this play like a piece of candy.
OMG- If you are a fan of swift justice- watch, but with caution.
Liam Neeson packs a punch- this guy can do everything. This is an incredible film which documents the gruelling lengths a loving and 'specially skilled' father will go through to get their child back safe. It's one of those films you have to watch with caution and with a pinch of salt- the subject matter is dark, one of the darkest I have ever seen. Think of the worse crime in the world, the worse thing you could do- to me this film hit an issue that scares me to no end. You see human trafficking in the newspapers and grit your teeth with anger. This film will give you satisfaction for the violence brought onto the perpetrators.
The flow of the film is good,it sets the characters up quickly, shows the disrupted family unit; the spoiled but loving child, rich (thinks he's god)step-father, and bitch (happy families) mother, and of course...the protagonist; the biological father with a secret past.
The film was a thrill ride the rest of the way through- your suspicions as the film goes along turns to everybody, and following the protagonist 's techniques on tracking is fast, flawless and (how justice should be done)- if they're bad- kill them, if they have answers- torture them...no cushy lawyers necessary.
And we are given a more or less happy ending- to that particular family. But the issues brought up are still out that - pause for thought.
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
What good is a film when all characters are annoying- and all the writers are sex crazed.
Sure it's an 80s movie, but it still has the technical process of the 60s and 70s- plus the shameless over use of slow-mo during all the actions scenes- which would have perked up the movie. There is hardly any new direction in this movie, meaning the actors were told to just play the character how they are written, which fits into every single version ever made of Tarzan - they don't do anything new.
Basically the (male)writers watched and copied every annoying film were there's an annoying damsel in distress who appears inadequate at everything apart from pretending to be virginal while playing hard to get and getting into Tarzan's pants.
Plus despite all the woman has been through she still manages to keep all her make-up on, didn't know they had waterproof mascara in those days.....
Tarzan again is a hairless ape- there's no such thing as facial hair in the jungle it seems.
The father was the best part of the movie apart from when he's made to say erotic things which are later copied by the daughter after all it is an erotic film made by men and for men.
Warm, Sweet, but main character lacks like-ability
The film was well paced, the characters were laid out simply. The film is a satisfying drama entwined with a cookery ideas class which will make your mouth water. My only complaint is this may be the only biographical film where you are not keen on the lead character, who can't help but be put across on screen as a stubborn teenager that doesn't think outside the box, he maybe a kid with a set agenda but he never seems grow beyond his character, the only thing that grows is his cooking ability and maybe is sexuality. But he is anything but sweet. Instead he holds a life long grudge against someone who doesn't deserve it.
Weak script and storyline, not much to keep you hooked, easy to follow. A few creeps and laughs. I have no idea what type of audience this is for...maybe for guys who have a kink for school uniforms because they were the most unconvincing bunch of school-kids ever, I hate modified uniforms made to look like they were from a porn movie or St Trinians. And as far as I know thigh high socks,fashion tights, mini skirts and huge earrings are banned from schools...pi-sh, plus the fact they are too old. And probably the first rule when making any sort of film is character sympathy...I didn't warm to any of the characters, apart from Justine(poor girl) so who cares if anything happens to them?
The Guild (2007)
For a web series, it's quite addictive. I'd watch one and be thrown into the next episode, then pretty soon the next series.
The Characters are roughly well established, each on a different level of obsession that makes most of them annoying, and at the same time question your own sanity because you are aware you could easily be like them....'due to the fact you watching it online in the seclusion of your own room'
You learn the traits of every character, and find them predictable when it comes to upcoming scenarios...though one character leaves you wondering how the does an attractive trendy person like you end up trapped in your own room?
Two characters you will come across you will take an instant dislike to, immediately (you will know who I mean) But continue to watch to see how others cope with them.
Not to be missed
This show is a gem, though it could easily slip under the radar, with the time and place it's broadcast....so look it up.
The characters are established in the first episode, meaning whose the darker one, or the smarter one. But I can say it doesn't follow that particular formula, they're both relatively smart and witty, and they both can be dark, strangely enough the smarter and moralist one of the pair seems to have a darker side. Though the carefree dumbed-down one is slightly cynical. There partnership can go in any direction which is the appeal with most programmes, though what makes it interesting is they are not two singletons thrown together; one is married and the other single and proud.
The cases though not exactly 'Sherlock calibre' they are smart and flow, and leave me surprised at every new turn....meaning the 'Oh yes...but of course.' moments.
The acting is good, the comedy good, the drama good. The number of episodes.....needs more.
Pleasantly surprised...and eager.
When I picked up on the trailer, I was at first sceptical, at first glance you see a modern environment and noir looking characters and you wonder will they pull it off or will they have scratched the classic.
Well I'm happy to say I've just finished watching it for the 8th time, and I can't get enough of it, I'm now obsessed. The make over works wonders, it throws you into a classic partnership with a hint of CSI. The characters are well developed, but still have some premise and mystery to keep you questioning, especially Sherlock played by the talented Benedict Cumberbatch who is referred to as a 'Socio-path', which adds more to the lure of the sleuth, not only that but he is damn sexy even if the character is sometimes callous, not to mention the casual dark horse, Martin Freeman....who is growing on me.
It has also allowed me to shine a light on actors I have never paid much attention to before, and I'm so glad it was this programme which introduced me, and knowing that the writers of doctor who were the shippers made it magical!!
I will sleep well tonight.
A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
A story which contains the most beautiful fairy-tale kind of characters such as; a handsome kind hearted soldier, a passionate pretty girl, a stern grumpy father, and a eccentric grandpa. A perfect blend for a spicy and yet slow romance.
I think it is a wonderful film, well sorta a chick flick, men will enjoy it too I suppose, but I suggest the watcher should be patient since it takes Paul (Keanu) the whole of the film to realise what woman he is destined for- for the rest of his life. Also don't get irritated by the coincidental appearance of the mysterious girl, because she is important.