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Scrubs: My Finale: Part 2 (2009)
A perfect ending.
JD prepares to leave Sacred Heart, but is disappointed when it seems nobody cares.
This final episode of Scrubs (as we know it) is a perfect sendoff to this fantastic show. Most of the guest stars over the past 8 years appear in one touching scene, as JD reminisces on who he met, love, and lost over his 8 years at Sacred Heart. We also see how Dr. Cox truly feels about JD, Carla's goodbye and how JD thought of her as a teacher, Kelso's departure, and we finally hear the Janitor's real name (or do we?).
We also see (as one of JD fantasies of course) what the future MAY hold for his friends and those closest to him, although it's not set in stone. But as JD's final thought says, "Who can tell me that my fantasies won't come true, just this once?"
An astounding season finale, possibly one of the best. BIG thanks and kudos go to Bill Lawrence, the cast and crew, the guest stars, and everyone who made this show what it is. Season 9 has been confirmed, but I highly doubt it will be as good as the last 8, but I hope it will be.
Struggles to live up to its potential.
If you notice, most of the positive comments on Heroes were written during the first season. While I think it's not as good as others say, it is the best season so far, but that's not saying much. The second and current (third) season aren't as bad as others say, but they are certainly quite flawed.
The main fault I find with Heroes is certainly the acting. Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Adrian Pasdar, Masi Oka, and especially Zachary Quinto give good performances more often that their co-stars, but others like Ali Larter just can't pull a good performance off. However, the worst actor on the show is by far Milo Ventimiglia, who I have yet to see do a good acting job.
There is hope for Heroes. "Five years gone", the best episode in my opinion, shows what the show can be if the writing, acting and direction can step it up. I hope it can before NBC decides to pull the plug.
Smallville: Power (2009)
After Lana goes missing, Clark finds Tess in the Talon's apartment, and demands answers from her. We see what exactly happened to Lana after she woke from the "coma" Brainiac put her in.
Not as exciting as it sounds. "Power" is not only by far the worst episode of Smallville's otherwise strong 8th season, but one of the worst episodes of the show. Period. Lana is the main character in this. Not Clark. Not even Chloe. Lana. And the episode suffers dearly for it. A boring, sometimes hypocritical filler episode that makes Clark be a wuss around Lana - again - after progressing drastically in this season. Remember when Clark and Lois nearly kissed in "Bride"? Because I bet you Clark doesn't even remember Lois (Neither does Chloe, apparently).
Tess is the only good part of the episode, and she wasn't even that good. We are lucky Lana leaves in the next episode.
As for Allison Mack's directorial debut, she did the best with what material she was given.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Dark, brilliant, and the best movie of the year.
The Dark Knight was setting records even before its release. The hype was on since late 2007, and was only fueled by the sudden and tragic death of Heath Ledger in January. Did The Dark Knight live up to the massive expectations? Yes. Definitely.
The story progresses very well, and the 2 and half hour running time flies by. Pay attention though, or you may get lost.
The action is plentiful, and there is just the right amount. Not too much, not too little. There aren't too many explosions just for show, and the special effects look great.
Christian Bale is spot on as the tormented defender of Gotham. He gives a very believable performance in one scene of raw emotion that I won't spoil here.
Michael Caine once again plays Alfred in a role that makes him a mentor/friend even more so than in Begins, or any of the older movies for that matter.
Morgan Freeman also reprises his role as Lucius Fox, who once again supplies Bruce with the gadgets and cutting-edge technology he needs to combat crime.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, who replaces Katie Holmes from Batman Begins, plays Rachel Dawes, a pivotal character in the movie, and in the lives of Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent. Even if you think Gyllenhaal may not be much of a looker, she certainly has far more charisma than Holmes in the role.
Newcomer Aaron Eckhart debuts in the series as Harvey Dent, the new District Attorney, and a shining ray of hope on the corrupt Gotham City. Batman thinks he may be the man who may make Gotham no longer need Batman. However, fans of the comics know who he is destined to become.
And last, but most certainly not least, Heath Ledger.
From the trailers alone, I could tell he was going to give a commanding performance, but I was not expecting this. Ledger completely disappears into the role, and is virtually unrecognizable. He easily gives the best performance of the movie as the psychopathic, sadistic Joker. It is unfortunate and sad he will not be able to reprise his role in the third film, if there will be one.
The Dark Knight is easily the best film of the year so far, and by far the darkest. I won't say much, but don't be surprised if you don't get a happy ending.
In my opinion, the best film of the year, and the best Batman and superhero movie ever.
What were you expecting?
Looking at the other comments on IMDb and reading through the message board posts, I must say I'm a bit surprised at people's reactions to the first Indiana Jones film in 19 years.
It's unrealistic, they say.
Well, has ANY Jones film EVER been realistic?
A lot of people complain especially in the scenes with the nuclear bomb and the jungle chase. Yes, *****SPOILER***** surviving a nuclear explosion in a refrigerator is ridiculous. Get over it. Then, there's the jungle chase scene. Think about this: *****SPOILERS*****
Crystal skulls? Aliens? Bodies being recognizable even though they've been dead over 500 years?
Taking all of that into consideration, the jungle scene is certainly NOT the most unbelievable part of the movie.
The performances are, well, decent. Ford is typical Indy, Labeouf is believable as Jones' son. It is Blanchett, however, that truly gives the best performance of the entire movie.
Just sit back, relax, suspend your disbelief and remember it's the first time Dr. Jones has been on the big screen in nearly 20 years. So enjoy it.
Simply doesn't live up to the hype.
Since the untitled teaser trailer was released with Transformers in July, hype and mystery have been on this movie like flies on crap. Sad to say, Cloverfield doesn't live up to it.
The biggest hook this movie has is "What does the monster look like?" I won't spoil it, so don't worry. You DO get one clear shot of the monster near the end of the movie; the rest of the time it's bits and pieces. For the first 10-15 minutes of the movie or so there is no attack. It is a going away party for Rob, the main character.
Which brings me to the camera. I was expecting it to be used for the party, not for the ENTIRE movie. When the camera isn't focused on the monster, I felt sick looking at the screen. It feels a little too realistic most of the time. However, the special effects and sound are spectacular.
I would've given this a higher rating, but the camera, overall forgettable characters and terrible ending bring this to a somewhat generous 7/10.
Smallville: Bizarro (2007)
A solid start to the seventh season.
After the lab is destroyed at Reeves dam, the dam itself collapses, sending Lex into the bottom of the river, but he is saved by a mysterious blond woman. Clark fiercely battles his doppelganger and turns to John Jones AKA Martian Manhunter for help, and Lois tries to save Chloe by getting her to a hospital. While Lex is in jail, Bizarro shows up and suggests that they join to bring the real Clark down.
"Bizarro" is a great start to the seventh season, but as much as I want to like this season, it's still too early to tell. "Bizarro" and "Zod" were almost exactly the same in my opinion. The fight between Clark and Zod was disappointing, with Zod wiping the floor with Clark only to be defeated by the crystal of El at the last minute. The fight between Clark and Bizarro isn't much better (at least Clark actually hit Bizarro), but other than that, it was a great premiere. However, the 6th season ended up being disappointing despite the premiere, so hopefully that is where the similarities between "Zod" and "Bizarro" will end.
There comes a time when even gods must die....
***Some minor plot spoilers*** I didn't expect the ENTIRE Death of and Return of Superman storyline to be condensed into a 75 minute film, but I didn't expect the movie's title to be misleading. The creature Doomsday is in the movie for about half an hour tops. The movie mainly focuses on Lex Luthor's clone of Superman he wants to use to do his bidding. When the real Superman rises from the grave, however, he and the clone have an all out brawl to see who is really worthy of defending Metropolis.
Superman: Doomsday left me mainly pleased, but also fell somewhat short of my expectations. I expected to see Doomsday a lot longer in this movie, and I also expected the fight between him and Superman to be more intense, although I suppose that would garner the movie an R rating. A PG-13 rating was suitable, as there was not only violence, but some language. Overall, while falling a little short of my expectations, Superman: Doomsday should please Superman fans and cartoon fans alike.
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
What can I say? I've been a Simpsons fan for practically my whole life, and this movie exceeded even my expectations. I was wary walking into the movie, as over the past 8 seasons or so The Simpsons have undeniably declined in quality. But this movie has reminded me of the glory days. From the opening itchy and Scratchy bit to the finale with Homer and Marge, this movie will have you laughing, and at one point, even sad. This movie was definitely worth going to on opening weekend. I will get the DVD, but you shouldn't wait until then. As for "spider-pig", or "harry plopper", or whatever the hell you want to call that pig, don't worry. It plays no crucial role in the movie.
(And yes it is true, you do see Bart's....member.)
A fan's dream come true.
Abysmal with a capital "A". This has got to be one of, if not THE, unfunniest show on TV right now. I'm about as anti-bush as it gets, but this show doesn't even get a chuckle out of me. What you think of Bush as a president has absolutely NOTHING to do with whether or not you'll like this piece of crap show. The "jokes" are not funny at all. For example, in a scene when lil bush has his underwear on his head: "Welcome to camp al-qa-eeda!". There is NOTHING funny about that. Is it even supposed to be joke? The commercials that were shown in the weeks leading up to the show, hyping it up, were funnier than the show itself, and that's just sad. Hopefully this does not even get considered for a second season. It shouldn't even have had a first.