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Phenomal- Best Show On TV Right Now
From the second I started watching Boss, I was enthralled. Whereas some of my other favorite shows may take several episodes to get me hooked, this one only took a few seconds. In my opinion, the show excels greatly at all the things that make TV great: Stellar performances from the majority of the cast; impeccable writing (that is so perfectly understated while also keeping me on the edge of my seat and constantly shocking me); and "cinematic", polished, and a creative directing and editing. The show is smart, dark, sexy, and full of mystery.
They've taken a city, Chicago, and placed us full-force into its politics, with the cities mayor, Tom Kane. The show is about Kane's power, and it's exhibited in such impressive ways through absolutely amazing writing. The added twist, the mayors degenerative brain disease, thickens the plot and raises the stakes.
The plot-lines that these characters are involved in run so deep, it's almost hard to keep up at times. Every single character, save Kane's daughter, Emma, in my opinion, exhibit equally interesting and engaging plot-lines.
Phenomenal- Can't stop thinking about it.
This film is truly spectacular. I watched it several days ago, and I've been thinking about it ever since. What drew me into the movie initially were the amazing visuals of the trailer. As an amateur filmmaker, I was immediately drawn to the raw camera-work, intensely slow slow-mo, and the beautiful and lush ranch setting. The entire movie exhibited the same visual beauty that the trailer had. The beauty of the film on the visual level alone is almost enough reason to watch the movie.
Nonetheless, I was equally impressed by every other aspect of the film. The acting was phenomenal. Most of the focus has been on Dunst's acting (which was great), but I believe Charlotte Gainsbourg's acting was pitch-perfect. The range of emotions she exhibited in the film were so powerful. Also, I was very intrigued by the idea of melancholia, as exhibited by Dunst (this was a glimpse into Trier's own soul, and his experience with depression). Finally, idea of the end of the world and the fear of the planet possibly hitting earth, was SO powerful. The movie, which at the base of the story could have been a cheesy sci-fi movie, ends up being one of the most powerful and emotionally-charged movie about the end of the world.
Rarely, if ever, have I been so deeply emotionally moved by a film. The ideas of melancholia & the end of the world, beautiful acting, and amazing technical work all work together to make a film which I truly see as a masterpiece. Also, the last scene shook me to the core. Once you watch it (which you must) you'll know what I'm talking about.
X: First Class (2011)
Excellent Summer Blockbuster
I had my hesitations going in to watch X-Men: First Class. I'm a big fan of the other films (for the most part), but this one seemed lackluster. The previews were somewhat misleading, however. So much more happens in the movie, and I was pleasantly surprised.
Firstly, I applauded most of the casting. Some very fine actors were included in this ensemble. Also, the storyline was great. It was the perfect mixture of background, action, humor, and mystery. It provided background into what made Magneto who he was today, as well as many of the other characters. This, mixed with the freshness of the young mutants, the typical lets-stop-the-bad-guy superhero plot, and the backdrop of the Second World War, kept me interested from start to finish.
One of the main things that made me love this movie so much was the amount of action and spectacular special effects jammed into the movie. Too much of stuff like this can seem cheap and gimmicky. I don't feel that was the case here, however. The X-men movies have such an array of potential, with all the different powers at hand. I'm glad they used it. Every other second I was wowed by their spectacular display of powers. Each action sequence fit in well with the plot, they had meaning.
In summary, First Class was a surprising treat. Fine actors, an engaging plot, and spectacular actions sequences and special effects made this an amazing summer movie.
The only reason that this didn't get a ten was because of the script. The script wasn't the best and had a lot of cheesy lines that made me grin or shake my head. It was decent though, and didn't keep this film from being great!