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Sleepy Hollow (2013)
what? was that john noble?
Honest to god, I was thinking about how much I missed John Noble during the opening credits to SH this evening...I didn't know he was going to be in future episodes! Well, it sure looked like him in the previews...
Oh yeah, it crossed my mind that Ichabod isn't Ichabod...he's Jesus. Lots of Christian symbolism tonight. I mean, he looked just like Jesus when he was lying in the coma, then he experienced a baptism...just like JC when he jumped into the water with the child. I mean, the producers might not go the literal route with that storyline, but it could be a heavy sub-text in future episodes. That, or I have read way too much Joseph Campbell.
A knock out episode...
Very surprised no one has reviewed this wonderful episode yet. In my opinion CSI is hitting on all cylinders. Ted Danson and Elizabeth Shue have brought this show back to life. Not to slight any of the others in the cast, who are all wonderful. This was the best episode I have seen in a long time. I really love the way all of the staff are relating to each other. The fact that everyone now is referring to "family meetings", and how the episode explored the family life of DB, bring in not only his wife wonderfully played by Peri Gilpen, but his daughter and grand-daughter. With the show letting us invest our emotions on various members of the cast, it led to a knock-out of a conclusion. It also resumed a supposedly long-forgotten story arc that could affect the entire series henceforth. I know I am being rather vague, but if you haven't seen this episode. Please watch immediately. It is a stunner.
Fringe: Making Angels (2012)
This is now my favorite episode...wonderfully written, beautifully directed. Everything worked in this episode, the comedy was spot-on, the story and dialog just great. I've always thought Astrid was one of the most charming (and cute) characters on TV, the way she has always been so good with Walter, but what she does in this episode is so compassionate as to be inspiring. Bravo Jasika Nicole. The dynamic between Walter and Altlivia was well played, too. All the characters from both (or two) of the time lines seem to be learning to get along, and there is a lot of opportunity for comedy, and this episode made the most of it. Altlivia's "Hey girls!" entrance was hilarious, as was the "I"ve always wondered why more people didn't do that" from Olivia. What's really great about this episode though, were the themes...duality, the convergence of all time, the importance of family... This episode was one of the most cinematic entries into a series that is always beautifully done. This show still has lots of stories to tell, and I hope this episode is a preview of the quality we can look forward to.
That this show is on the verge of cancellation is amazing to me.
Bones: The Doctor in the Photo (2010)
This was one of the finest episodes of Bones ever, if not the best-ever.
I disagree with the other reviewer that the transformation of Brennan was too rapid. I feel this episode solidified in many ways how Brennan has been portrayed this season. For instance, she has been trying (in many painful, awkward ways) to loosen up and develop a sense of humor. We have seen her relating to Jersey Shore types and children-show hosts, really trying to stretch her personality. When a person is ripe for a melt-down or just receiving little hints from the universe, it happens.
It also helps to have a guide. Enter Micah. "When the student is ready,the teacher appears". The great Enrico Colantoni just might have a new semi-regular spot on this show! The scenes between him and Deschanel were fantastic.
This was one of those stand-alone episodes we will remember for a long time. Nearly perfect.
I could go about the philosophical and psychological aspects of this episode for hours, it was that beautifully written.
Bones: The Body and the Bounty (2010)
A darn good episode.
I strongly disagree with the other reviewer. I thought this was one of the best episodes of any season. We saw traits from the other cast members we had never seen before. Brennan is getting funnier and looser, and finally using some karate again (she also looked fierce brandishing that shotgun!) David Alan Grier is not one of my favorites, either, but he nailed Science Dude and made him a funny, multi-faceted character! It also had two strong guest characters, the two bounty hunters. (I would love to see either one of them make another appearance on future shows) And of course Caroline always makes whatever episode she is in better.
Funny, I don't feel guilty...
So I won't call this show a "guilty pleasure". By no means did I ever think I would be watching and loving anything on Nick, but I was channel surfing one day, and "hey, there's that little girl that was on "School of Rock", so I checked it out for awhile. Boy, what a pleasant surprise! I am an old guy, and I have seen a lot of shows in my life, and this is one of the best written and performed comedy shows ever. I can see elements of Seinfeld, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Mary Tyler Moore (Cosgrove always has a way to remind me of her, for some reason) and others. Jerry Trainor is an excellent physical comic, in the tradition of Jerry Lewis and and Jim Carrey, but not a copy of those guys. Jeannete McCurdy and Nathan Kress are also excellent. I really enjoy the scenes between Miranda and Jerry, they have great chemistry, and Miranda always shines in those scenes. A really top-notch show.
The Return (2006)
Amazed at the posted reviews
I just saw this movie yesterday...I cannot believe the reviews on this site. The ones that give it over one-star must be Buffy fanatics. Well, I am a Buffy fan of the first order, but I know crap when I see it. On every level, this film is terrible. Technically, much of the time you don't know where you are in this movie, even within one scene, it jumps POV like crazy for no reason. No logic whatsoever in cinematic terms. Emotionally is bleak for bleak's sake and attempts to be a psychological thriller when it is just confusing. Throwing nasty-looking red-necks in your movie is a cheap way to convey "atmosphere". I ran out of patience with it a long time before the last act, but I was having too much fun with my friends doing MST3K riffs to turn it off. Since leaving Buffy, SMG has had 2 successful movies, if even listing "Scooby Doo" on your resume could count. Gellar is a fine actress, but she (or her agent) sure can't find a vehicle for her. And Mr. Shepard, if you are having trouble paying your mortgage, I'll send you a few bucks if you promise to not appear in a movie like this again! ( Also, the estate of Patsy Cline should sue for defamation! )
Speed Racer (2008)
After all the negative reviews of this film, I was expecting a cheesy storyline and loud, stupid action. Not at all. This is close to a revolutionary motion picture. Incredible use of CGI and every other technology, great actors, and a moral to boot! Part of the reason we go to the movies is for them to take us to a different place...boy, does this one do the trick. From its hyper color palate, to frenetic racing action that you can actually make sense of (Bourne folks, take note) it is a winner all the way. I mean, some of the scenes actually look 3-D! If you want an exciting, entertaining movie experience, I strongly recommend Speed Racer! I only wish I had seen it at the cinema, which I probably would if the reviews had been better. I am seriously concerned about our new crop of movie critics when a movie,a family movie as good as this, gets such lukewarm reviews. Everybody seems to need to lighten up!
Love Actually (2003)
Open Hearts, Merry Christmas
This movie is incredible, with a heart as big as Cinemascope. All the characters are constantly opening themselves up (sometimes in spite of themselves) to the possibilities and heartbreak of actual love. In doing so, they also open up those around them for better and sometimes for worse, to show compassion and passion for those around them. It is a wonderful fable, with great music, acting, comedy and pathos. Great cameos, also, from surprising folks like Claudia Schiffer (a Christmas angel if there ever was one) and Rowan Atkinson. The last act of this movie always leaves me a puddle on the floor, and when the Beach Boys start singing, well, it's almost too much. This movie is more than about romantic love, in fact the movie itself is a tremendous gesture of generosity. The first time I watched this movie, on first release I really liked it, then the more I saw it the deeper it got for me. Now, one of my favorite movies, obviously.