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The Big Bang Theory (2007)
It's Lost On Me
A while back I commented on this show via IMDb's message boards and after expressing my disappointment in the show, I was immediately slapped down by it's enormous fan base in here. Those posts have mysteriously disappeared, so I'll say it again: This show and it's popularity is completely lost on me. It seems that just because it centers around a few friends who are "brains" that viewers somehow equate the show as being "clever". I wasn't a fan of it in it's first couple of seasons and I'm even less of one now. I can't watch it without feeling terribly sad for humanity and our collective ability to recognize quality entertainment. But, I've felt that way about most of the popular comedy series that have come out of Hollywood the past several years. I've watched them (shows like this one, "Two Broke Girls", and "Modern Family") receive accolade after accolade, but I scratch my head each time. I accept that "art" is subjective, but this show and the others sure push the age old question of what is art actually(?).
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Looks old, feels new
Great premise and situational comedy which feels a lot fresher than it looks. Should have been made in color but the fact that it was done in black in white does help add to the drabness of the principal players lives and town. The part of, Orville, went to Ray Walston when Peter Sellers suffered a heart attack and had to be replaced. One reviewer here wrote critically of Walston and Novak referring to them as the "bus and truck co." cast and imagines what a film it would have been had Sellers and Marilyn Monroe been cast. Perhaps I misread him but, Monroe was never considered for Novak's character, Polly The Pistol. She was to have played Felicia Farr's part, Zelda. He also imagines Jack Lemmon in the part of Orville and although Lemmon is on my very short list of the best actors ever, at the time this film was made, he was too handsome and charismatic and would have been a distraction. I believe Monroe would have pulled the film off it's balance as well whereas Felicia Farr was absolutely perfect. Kim Novak's performance was one of her best and proves that had she been given or had taken the right opportunities she could have had a whole new career in comedy. Ray Walston and Cliff Osmond were brilliantly believable as hapless scheming buddies-n-crime. So, if this film needs a "re-work", for me, it wouldn't be tinkering with any of the casting. It would be in making it look as modern as it feels. Believing in the film enough to have sprung for a budget including color film would have helped a lot. It is a comedy gem which deals with the convoluted situation that its main characters create in a not too often seen adult approach and reaction.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
No Compliants For Ole Coens
From the praise and ratings this movie has received here and to the Oscar recognition that it received, I must have missed something. Something extremely essential. What it is, I can't imagine. Yes, the acting was good as was the cinematography. The element of suspense was there also. But, that's about where it ends for me. Praising anything else, like the story or direction would be like sucking up to the Coen brothers past successes. "Money and success covers up a lot of stink", I believe Elizabeth Taylor once said. And, this story stinks. The world is full of real threats. The world of thieves and drug dealers is harsh and real. Sometimes those worlds collide with our own. That's a story that could be told through a set of fictionalized circumstances in a manner far more worthwhile than it was here. However, this film is nothing more than a self-indulgent presentation of an over-the-top blood-thirst fantasy. Pity. And pity that it is so well received and that so many of us need for our fears to be presented to us much the way that we might face them through a "scary" roller-coaster or a walk through a frightful haunted house in October....as nothing more than a lark and nothing to give more serious contemplation to.
What A Disappointment
Awful, just awful. Such a waste of my time and money. Such a waste of effort and film. I'd like to think it was just that I had too high expectations but, even if that were true...the movie would still suck. I can't believe that it got "green-lighted". I can't believe that it got such high praise from critics and movie-goers alike. I'd like to be more thoughtful here and explain why I didn't like this movie but so many others have expressed how I feel much better than I ever could. And, I'm so angered that I refuse to waste my brain power to do so. At this point in time, I only wish to get over the disappointment of having wasted my time on this movie. This movie wasn't for children. It wasn't for adults either. It could have been for both. It could have been so much more than it was...as it is, it is just a WASTE.
Powder Blue (2009)
Wow! Possibly One of the Worst!
Thank God I didn't pay theater price to see this awful movie. Even better that I had a coupon for $2.00 off my DVD rental. Still though, they should have paid me for my lost time for having seen it! True, I could have turned it off but I'm optimistic and tried at every turn to give it the benefit of doubt. Descriptive words that come to mind: Unbelievable. From story/plot, setting/scenery, direction and acting. Perhaps given the theme and "message" of the movie, it was supposed to be "otherworldly" and unrealistic...just wished they had jettisoned the finished movie off into space and shown it there. Other descriptive words: Pathetic. Wasteful. Irriating. Degenerative and non-progressive. Insulting. Pandering. Shallow. Sad. Stupid.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Great performances in a dud.
Member: mrblimp expressed my feelings concerning this movie brilliantly. As irritating as the filming style was at times, I do think it helped drag me (most of the time unwillingly though) into the intimacy of that family's drama. I felt the film's theme of diversity like a bludgeon to the head and overall extremely pretentious. I found myself combing the scenes for "the" obligatory gay couple and for possible midgets...the only two groups unrepresented here. The three principle actress'es performances were astounding in spite of the disjointed script and/or editing...especially that of Rosemarie DeWitt's which was superbly nuanced. Bill Irwin's was annoyingly interesting for his frenzied portrayal of the father. So much so, I felt he should be drug-tested and sent to rehab right along with his daughter. Debra Winger, always the gem was set in a piece of jewelry not befitting her. No real sane person ever really "enjoys" other peoples weddings, I mean when you realize the divorce rate and obligation to "gift". So all the celebrating with it's "interesting" characters and music was lost on me as mostly boring for my detachment to it, due in large part to the film's overly contrived feeling. Again, the film and camera style made me feel as if I were spying in on a tense period in these character's lives so I held on to see if I ever developed an interest in any of them. Sadly I can't say that I did.
Dirty Sexy Money (2007)
Much to do......
I agree with the reviewer that this "felt" like the Royal Tans or Running w/Scissors, both of which are acquired tastes in my opinion. Top shelf stars, no doubt. Interesting sets and an obviously expensive budget. It was meant to be intriguing but wasn't. I developed no interest in any of the characters or their predicaments and like the reviewer above, I felt nothing but disgust for most of the them. It didn't leave me looking forward to the next episode so, if it was immediately canceled, I would not take notice. That's truly sad to say of an act with such notable stars. This show has much to do if it is to gain my interest...so, in one sense, it has only one way to go but up and that's better than having crashed on take-off. On the merit of the stars' past performances, I'll give the show a few more chances.
Knocked Up (2007)
Reaches a new low in "entertainment"
Let me state from the onset that I don't fit the demographics that this movie surely was aimed at. It saddens and shocks me that so many "twenty-somethings" rated this film highly and actually found something in it to enjoy. That hints at only one thing to me: the decline in our expectation and discernment of quality entertainment. To my credit and happiness, I waited till the movie was released on DVD before wasting my money on it. Even though I found more to enjoy and less to be annoyed with in Apetow's "The 40 Year Old Virgin", something just told me that this movie "experience" wasn't going to be the same. And, oh boy was I right! This movie was lamely written, poorly cast and, ineptly directed. It was juvenile, low-brow (at it's worst and devalued), uninspired and, overly stereotypical. By the time the tasteless and unthoughtful joke at Stephen Hawking's expense reeled by the screen I had already given up hope but with that, I was most definitely DONE. Within 30 minutes of the film, I was already successfully predicting the next scene's dialog and the ending of the film. So, besides all of the other adjectives I've used to describe this film, I can also add: predictable!
Georgia Rule (2007)
High hopes, crash landed short of runway
I disliked this movie for numerous reasons. Within the first ten minutes of the film, I grew extremely disappointed and came to the conclusion that if this movie was going to salvage itself, for me at least, that it was going to have to pull itself out of the enormous hole it had dug. Unfortunately, that did not occur. The two draws of the movie for me were to see Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. I don't know enough about Lindsey Lohan's work to have been interested in what she would bring to the film. Afterward, I just felt disappointed in and for all three of them even though there were "moments" in each of their performances. I imagine that for each of them to find their "moments" was a very difficult task given the fact that there was an amazing lack of character development and uninspired dialog. Although the plot is an interesting one, the movie on the whole is so poorly written, directed and edited that anybody's performance as an actor would suffer and be tainted by it. The disrespectful way in which it dealt with sexual abuse and the trite and insulting viewpoint of small-town America, I think, were the two main reasons why this film failed in hitting it's mark. As one reviewer has noted and I would agree, the movie is almost impossible to market given it's finished form. I suspect that, or at least hope that (for the actor's sakes anyway) there are some real gems on the cutting room floor. Sad for us but if that's true then the actors can take solace in that and feel somewhat good about lending their talents and time to such a flop. Oh yeah and another thing...I wished for just once I could go see an American movie which included the sadly disappearing but wonderfully bucolic settings such as the one in this film where the main characters weren't absentmindedly and/or disrespectfully littering the country side with pop cans, smashed CDs and, other such trash!
Brothers & Sisters (2006)
Second worst show on ABC
This show sucks...sorry but, there's no better description. I've read almost all of the other comments and don't remember any of them mentioning the dreadful drown-out music track the show has been insistent upon. I mean, there have been times when I've TRIED to give the show a shot but couldn't hear the dialog over the ridiculously insipid and annoying music! My senses are offended on numerous levels from the "beat you over the head" approach to political issues, to the denigrating treatment of gays with what Hollywood sees as a "gay-positive" image, to the family's unrealistic wealth, to the contrived situations, to the character's petty and overly dramatic predicaments and concerns, to a cast of actors who seem overly desperate for a better script and dialog and, to the DROWN-OUT music track! I am upset that some commentators have made a comparison to "Six Feet Under". This endeavor doesn't come close...it's not even in the same ballpark!!! I will give it something....it's a damned sight better than "THE WORST OF THE WORST SHOWS ON EARTH" which directly precedes it, "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES"!