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waste of time
The positive is interesting premise, camera work is great too, I guess.
The negative is mainly that it is insulting to viewer's intelligence. The main characters could easily be models, every young guy seems like they pulled him off some Calvin Klein's catalog and their acting supports that - it is distractingly bad, the script is paper thin, cliché'd, the order of the day is drama, drama, mystery, drama, drama, drama. Though they have been living with no electric appliances, soap and shampoo for years, their clothing is neat and spotless, looks ironed too. Their hair looks like it's been washed and styled today, in a salon. And right in the first episode, we meet the typical American holier-than-thou moral movie thinking: willing to risk everyone's lives to save one man from being, not killed, but just taken away, then in the process several people die.
Everyone looks quite well fed, but in 15 years with no electricity, tractors, fertilizers, herbicides and so on, the famine would kill most of the world's population,the rest would be in perpetual war over food. I don't imagine people looking anything but starved, surely nobody would look overweight. Without machinery, you need to spend most of your time working on fields to support yourself and things don't look that way.
Before watching, my only expectation was, that it really is a comedy, not a drama with two laughs in it. Turns out, it was a comedy with very subtle touch of drama, it is a movie worth every second of your time... does it have flaws? I don't know, I was too busy enjoying every minute of it. Captivating actors, beautiful script and great sense of humor. This is one of those very rare movies that make a tiny change deep inside you and you'll know it happened when the movie is over. Watching this, you can laugh at a tetraplegic's shortcomings without feeling bad, because it is in absolutely good spirit, you can laugh at the serious things in life, because they can't kill you and somehow can always find a way to have some fun no matter what.
Life's Too Short (2011)
It is said the comedy is only funny if the character doesn't "know" he's in a comedy, and Warwick is taking his life really seriously. Utterly desperate for attention, of any kind, he's getting through from day to day, actually broke but pretending to be well off. His "fame" is far in the past, he's out of work, nobody really wants anything to do with him, but he doesn't give up. He's trying to present himself as an important celebrity, or a successful womanizer, but his constructs fail comically.
While other reviewers see a strong connection with The office, I see none, other than they both belong to the same genre. The scripting and the idea of the show are original. Funnier than The office too.
The Sitter (2011)
You know what this movie is about and I'm not going to go there. What I will tell you is that the movie is better than 5.5/10 it's got now, you just need to watch it relaxed, don't expect it to be a masterpiece, take it as a fun, comedy flick which exaggerates, but not the Rob Schneider kind of way, his movies are painful to watch, this one is simply entertaining. But what about the flaws you say? Oh, it's got many, probably too many to list, but now that I've watched it, I probably couldn't name you three but I could describe you three scenes I laughed most at.
Is it harsh to rate kids' performances? Anyway, they were not at all bad, in my opinion, they were better than that kid in high-praised Hugo.
Terra Nova (2011)
Not quite as good as I hoped
Recognizing the huge potential of the series, I obviously expected this to be awesome, alas no. The first slap in the face was when I realized that a lot of the acting is noticeably, and annoyingly bad, may have also got something to do with directing. The script is often uncomfortably corny and just too unrealistic, plus I have a notion they are copycating the Lost's two camps, the other being "the others" and here they are called "the sixers", both appear pretty Robinson Crusoey. But hey, everyone's copying everyone else these days, right? But, they bring nothing good to the table. Smashing Avatar, Robinson Crusoe, Lost and Star trek's high tech, and tossing in some willing participants is not exactly a recipe for success. Everything on screen has to be more than just passable. But this.. 10000 people are not wrong, we've graded it quite right. It's passable, nothing more.
Attack the Block (2011)
Lowlife teenage scumbags vs. aliens
Meet our heroes: a group of teenage scumbags, who wander about the streets at night, preying on people who they then attack and rob so we see them on an ordinary evening and witness them robbing a girl and a guy even pulls a knife on her in the process, because she cannot pull the ring off her finger fast enough. People like that do not strike me as particularly brave, intelligent, or honorable, but then some fierce creature slams into a nearby car and then runs, they pursue it, follow it in a dark, small space and kill it. In reality, they would simply watch from distance or run. Anyway, the viewer is expected to identify with those guys, and get this "nice to be under the dragon's wing" feeling. But they are thugs... who would not think twice for beating you for a few bank notes and a cell phone, that is, if the number of them vs. you is at least 5:1. How. Am. I. Supposed. To. Like. Them. Ever. For me the movie ends right there, when I realize what it's really about. That there is no one else, that they are it. Our heroes.
The Expendables (2010)
Action action action!!!
The cast is mind blowing, it's a collection of most well known action heroes and some villains. Like a high school reunion. I was really excited to see this one, it couldn't possibly be bad, could it? To tell you the truth, it's probably impossible not to enjoy this movie, still, considering the flaws, I find the current rating 7.4 too generous.
It seems The expendables is like a meal consisting of 10% food and 90% spices. The "action heroes" are strong spices, that usually don't mix well together, some fade in light of the others. Jet Li was virtually invisible, despite the screen time and seemed weak.
Some of the roles of the characters are really difficult to understand. The general's for instance. It's almost as if the whole script was made of action and THEN, they put in some reasons why someone shoots someone, it didn't really matter if it makes sense because, boom, boom, whoa, different scene, boom, you still follow? It seemed too obvious that some action scenes were sped up, played faster... very old school, very obvious.
It's entertaining, so go see it. But don't think while you're watching.
Top Shot (2010)
Reality show about shooting
I expected so much more from this show, I expected it to be a competition, the best shooter wins, you know, like Olympics, or soccer or any other sport. Sadly, it is much more a show than a competition. Regardless of what I just said, I would still love it, if the director, or creators, would change one element. A very crucial one.
There is probably no way that one could make shooting seem more show like, any more movie like than those people did. I felt like watching a sports movie, with lots of cuts and you don't really get the whole picture, basically just snaps, tension, result and comments. I understand the reverse of that would mean a dry show, but they didn't need to go so far. Let me give you an example: two competitors are shooting steel plates at the same time, the camera pans from one guy, to the other guy, to the targets being hit, then cue a slow-motion shot, then randomly mix all of those and repeat. It is impossible to follow or know what is happening just from watching, you see a guys face, hear a shot, and you hear the host saying: it's a hit! If you saw the show, do you really find this appealing? No, I didn't think you did.
Would it not make 10 times more sense to just point the camera at the targets and leave it there, while shooting is in progress, listen to comments and see what's happening in real time? The archery and the knife throwing are unbelievably unrealistic. And if I forgave the bow and arrow.. - how do you shoot a knife? I know, with a GUN! I don't want to see the next season.
Breaking Bad (2008)
It's a bubbly crime soap
I've started watching this because some people suggested it's the next best thing to Lost, but I was slightly intrigued how big a difference between the quality of the two really is. I'm not saying Breaking Bad is not good, I'm saying it's just not that good. The acting of most lead actors is great, chemistry between them is nothing to complain about, it's just that the show won't nail you to your seat. It goes from fast paced criminal action of Walt killing a drug dealer to long talks of his wife about one boring thing to another. You could basically condense the show to the half of it's runtime without losing any relevant information. It's not that there isn't much going on, it's just that it's a talkie, it's about resolving issues, new issues popping up, resolving some older issues, something happens, resolve some more issues, come to a dead end, resolve other issues. I feel cheated. I was promised a show with a chemistry professor becoming criminal, but I got a show in which as we learn, everybody has issues. It's tough to watch sometimes, so sometimes I skip through bits. Mostly those including Skyler. That shouldn't happen - I never, not in a single episode, skipped bits of Lost.
I would recommend this show to... people who like talk shows like Oprah, who like shows like Sex and the city or Desperate housewives. Breaking bad is packed with dialog and relationship related issues.
The Road (2009)
Drags itself along the road
I had such high hopes for this one, post apocalyptic stuff, great cast... But then there was a problem - the corner stones of the whole movie are suspense, feeling of constant danger, the horror of solitude, of grayness, lack of sun, food, clothes, joy and laughter so there will probably be nothing that brings a smile to your face.
The road reminds me of a special type of psycho thrillers, in which the director doesn't appear to watch the time, where a closeup of someones eyes can take up to two minutes, just for the sake of suspense. Does it work? Maybe sometimes it does, but here, what's too much is too much, and the movie is boring, no... not just boring, it drags, it's legs are broken and it drags them and itself along the road, inch after painful inch. The beginning is ugly, the middle is a pain and the ending is just not enough. It's simply no fun to watch.