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Iron Fist (2017)
OK show, but lame fight sequences
Nothing like as bad as some of the reviews, Ser Loras does a good job playing the lead character. The brother and sister are great hate figures, and Farimir is a super nasty villainous mastermind.
Some of the fight stunts are, to be polite, a little under-rehearsed. OK we all know that many "blows" actually miss, but we're not actually meant to see that!
But overall, enjoyable, a lot better than Daredevil and Luke Cage.
Each Episode is Like a Movie (A Cheap SyFy Channel One)
I should like this more; I admit to loving time travel books, shows and movies, and the frequent use of time travel as a plot device in other shows (Stargate, Star Trek etc).
This problems with this show are:-
Some poor casting.
Some poor script editing.
Less than stellar CG (see the opening Hindenburg episode for example), not up to the standards of BSG or SG-1 ten years ago, let alone more recent shows. This above all makes the show resemble a cheap SyFy movie.
But never mind, I still enjoy and am still watching, but I bet it's a one season show.
Mad Dogs (2015)
Much Better Than The Original
I watched the original first season but this is so much better; a better cast (one Brit from the original is here present but in a better role), better script and higher production values.
As with Shameless and The Office, the US remake greatly surpasses the British version.
Who did not watch it without thinking "what would I do if I were there?".
Unfortunately it's only available legally on Amazon, and despite my huge broadband(width) it was a bit "pixel city", especially during some of the most attractive scenes in Belize. Perhaps Amazon Prime was very busy that day I binged all 10 episodes.
San Andreas (2015)
Anyone expecting a similar movie to "The Day After Tomorrow" will either be disappointed or, as in my case, hugely relieved.
Featuring superb CG, witness the disaster that overtakes California and The Hoover Dam.
Amidst all this, witness the casting disaster of the Welsh Bloke as a slimy new boyfriend of The Hero's ex-wife.
Then witness the casting oddity of that girl with large breasts that we all watched in "True Detective" in 2014, playing the student daughter of The Rock. Sorry honey, you do not look 20, and this site says you're 29. It's almost as bizarre as the 30+ Maggie Grace playing Liam Neeson's 17 year old daughter in "Taken". Almost.
In short, a cheesy predictable script but an all action family tale set against the backdrop of the largest quake in history. Just enjoy it.
Essex Boys Retribution (2013)
Reasonable Gritty Brit Crime Film (I watched it all)
When buying online from - er - a certain large online retailer, I often first view the bad product reviews. The content of that 1 star review gives me a chance to judge the relevance of the comment.
It's often a similar story with IMDb. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but shouldn't that opinion be reinforced by some knowledge of the subject?
Judge then yourselves, reviews with phrases such as "I watched 10 minutes of this". Would anyone take a review of The Godfather or Shawshank Redemption seriously if the reviewer had only seen the wedding scene up to Johnny's arrival, or Andy's arrival at the jail?
If you didn't watch, your views are irrelevant.
Anyway, I did watch all of EBR, and yes, it wasn't an epic movie, but the acting of the leads was good, and the story was OK. Billy Murray was as you'd expect (perhaps Alan Ford was unavailable).
IMAX disappointment of 2014
I only stayed the duration so that I could write a review.
I'd heard that the script was less than perfect, so I went to my local IMAX mainly for a visual treat. Nothing took away my breath. The space scenes uninspiring , the planet scenes were OK not not worth my 3 hours.
The plot veers into dreadful sentimentality, and the "clever parts" are unconvincing.
Having said all that, the end scenes were good, and even moving.
"Gravity" lacked much of a plot, but it looked a lot better than this, and was a lot more enjoyable. Such a shame.
The White Queen (2013)
Historic TV show, reasonably accurate, very good.
I'm a huge fan, there's my position at the start. I love quality historic TV productions, and as such am a big fan of The Borgias and its European cousin Borgia, of Rome, of I Claudius, and I tried very hard to like The Tudors.
I'm not sure how a viewer with no historic background knowledge of the Wars of The Roses (as we know them) and the dynastic struggle that eventually resulted in The Windsors, but I find the tale, which includes some of the present Queen's ancestors, completely gripping.
Unfortunately I know what's about to happen during most scenes (apart from the silly stuff with Elizabeth and Lady Rivers, which does not detract from the story), so my advice is not to visit Wikipedia if you don't want your fun spoiled. Enjoy this tragic and dramatic story of one of England's earlier civil wars.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
A Breathtaking Viewing Experience
We sat down not knowing much about this movie other than its length. The fast forward was not needed, the tea breaks were not required, the phones went unanswered, the cats had to wait for their supper, and the final scene had us tears.
I can believe that some would find this film difficult to follow; focus your mind and all will become clear. If your taste goes no higher than action films or romantic comedies, this movie will be above your level.
The action does switch between the six stories (in six time periods) fluidly but logically, the links between the six stories do become clear.
I think I have a new favourite film, and a new entry on my wish list (hurry up with that blu-ray).
Style and Gimmicks, Most Substance Missing
I can see why so many enjoy this show. The two main characters are attractive human beings; an English eccentric (enjoyably grumpy) and his dependable war veteran sidekick. There is only one police officer in their part of London, and he's a little grumpy too in his dealings with Our Heroes. Grumpy Eccentric Hero has a brother who a powerful man in the Government, and finally Grumpy Eccentric Hero has an even grumpier, even more eccentric arch enemy who is none too keen on Our Heroes. Grumpy Eccentric Hero has an amazing memory and ability to deduce facts from tiny evidence; this ability is depicted on screen as a high speed narrative accompanied by high speed visual renditions of The Clues as they are listed by Our Hero.
It's good fun, too long, a little dull in places, very over-acted but never the less the BBC has certainly created a higher quality show than most of its drama; see Casualty and Waterloo Road if you're not convinced.
A superb effort
I increasingly find that the most amusing way to read the reviews of a movie on IMDb is to go to the "hated it" section, and amuse yourself on the dumb comments inevitably found therein.
Yes of course this movie is not "Avatar" or even "District 9". It was made for less than a million dollars for heaven's sake. For that budget, he produced a 90 minute movie with tension, utter believability and a great ending. I loved the "after the invasion" premise, and love the contrast with "Falling Skies" which has the same post-alien arrival premise but none of the originality here.
I think the worst feature of this movie was the name, which I found a little corny, and the one star brigade appear to find deceptive ("I wanted monsters...") The effects were done in a bedroom using 3DSMax and similar. I salute and admire and will certainly show my support by buying the blu-ray that I just rented.