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Everybody Hates Chris (2005)
Mediocre yet not as bad as it could be...
Now I know many people will disagree with me on this but I felt this show is only partly as funny as it could be. Most of the jokes I have heard before in other shows or movies, yet they still retain some comedic level. My biggest issue is that this show reminds me of what Chris Rock comedy is like after Disney takes all the adult humor out of it, which is some of my favorite elements of his stand up.
The show also has a tendency to move at almost a mild pace, with one or two good, solid, laughs per episode than a few chuckles here or there. The pace is what really hurts the show, where most comedies contain many laughs throughout, or a bunch of small ones that lead to a huge laugh. This show maintains a few, but most of the laughs are predictable if you have watched a decent amount other shows before.
As a coming of age story, or more of a dramedy I guess I could see this show working on more levels. The show spends lots of time building this family for you to watch and enjoy. its almost like watching the Cosby Show if it had spend 2/3 the time on just Cosby but 1/3 the time on the family. This reference may be misleading but its just showing that you get a very minimal perspective outside of the consistent and repetitive life of one individual.
Not the worst show out there, but needs major improvement before I can see it last more than 2 or 3 seasons.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Million Dollar Baby, so well crafted its perfect
This movie is not an action packed boxing movie, its not some random character drama. This movie is all of that and (no pun intended) a million times more. This film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is one of the best films I have seen in my life. It isn't original but this movie does such an amazing job of drawing you into the scenes and the characters and the fights that you will be cheering and crying throughout this journey. The best part is what you take away from this film, a mild sort of hope and despair. This movie blends it all so well that you get involved in the film and love every moment. The acting is some of the best of recent years and Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, and Clint Eastwood all give powerful performances that are just involving. You really get to know these characters as the film progresses and the story opens up. I don't think there was any film last year that came even close to the level of perfection for this movie. Everything done by this movie was just on the dot perfect, and this is possibly the greatest film of Clint Eastwoods entire career.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Beautiful Acting but Unemotional Plot
After watching this movie the only thing really there to do is to applause the performances given by the actors. Don Cheadle gives the defining performance of his career and support from Djimon Hounsuo, Nick Nolte, Sophie Okenedo, and Joaquin Pheonix set this film's acting on a new level. The plot though is just not as emotional as it should have been. Every point were a gut wrenching powerful scene should have occurred this movie takes the quicker thrill route which does make the movie seem just empty at points. Luckily every scene were this is evident there are amazing actors around to back it up and keep the film going on. That is what really makes this movie worth the price of admission or rental is just to see these sensational performances. Though Nick Nolte really doesn't do anything for the film (as usual), his acting style does add a good feeling towards the films character analysis. The best part is watching Don Cheadle's character age and alter during the entire film. I highly recommend you jump out of your seat and head to your local theater as soon as possible. The acting in this film is just mesmerizing and the script is well designed for your average every day movie goer.
Potential great, product incomplete
When watching a movie like this one you often see the potential for the movie to take a unique route. This movie always seems to approach them and when it comes time for this movie to be truly unique it chooses to settle for corny action sequences and dull dialog. Keanu Reeves, for one of the few times in his career, does fit the role played fairly well the only problem is his acting range is so dull it really offers no ability for the director to expand on the character of Constantine. The movie does add lots of flashy special effects in order to try and grab its audiences attention but these effects are often predictable, dull, and in some cases just unnecessary. The movie does add a variety of sidekicks and villains to the film but ultimately their point is nothing more than to slowly move this dimwitted plot along. Now I am not saying this movie is horrid by any means, in fact at points its enjoyable but its predictable nature and plot/dialog shortcomings leave this film at the middle of the road. In all honesty wait for video or HBO to have the movie.