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A bit bland
Obviously, Burr is going to be remembered first as Perry Mason, and second as an insert into a Japanese monster movie.
Here, we see Burr in the later stage of his career, feeding off his fame, to do a series about a handicapped law man solving crimes in a more red neck way than he did as Perry.
Perry Mason was mostly about "atmosphere", and we don't get that here. Instead of the quiet room settings mingled with outdoor settings, usually away from the city in the Perry Mason series, here we get mostly city settings, which makes this dull and lifeless. City streets and motor vehicles are the worst thing possible in keeping an audience interested.
The characters were okay enough, but like the show, a bit lifeless.
When this show came out, I remember one high school teacher, familiar with the arts, claiming the entire concept of Burr in a wheelchair was made simply because Burr weighed too much, and couldn't stand for long shoots. This is probably just a bit of an exaggeration, but still it was a good idea to have a handicapped hero. This one solved crimes mostly on experience rather than deduction, I believe.
In all, it was very dull, though, and forgettable, but Burr provided a bit of fire from his wheel chair to keep it from being too boring.
Quantum Leap (1989)
Should have been better
A lot of better writers had such a science fiction scenario in mind long before this show about a man's spirit (or soul, or whatever you want to call it) being inserted into a past person's body in order to alter future events.
It's too bad that producers and publishers are deathly afraid of inspiration, talent, and creativity, because they simply have their hacks rewrite good scripts (which they reject from the original writers) into scripts with no life, no inspiration, no depth, nothing.
That is apparently what happened here. This show should have been much better. First of all, it was heavily inundated with neo-Nazi ideology, meaning any woman with dark hair would probably be exterminated in favor of a blonde woman being saved. Needless to say, this was loved by the female audience, but seen as depressing by males.
There is also the poorly explained bad science. The writers seemed to be on hallucinogenic drugs, because there was absolutely no format for the scenario. It was all just magic, and that would be okay if it was supposed to be magical and supernatural, but the writers made a huge mistake in trying to say it was scientific.
This is about as bad as it gets. Again, the woman will love it, but the man will hate it.
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Nothing to like
A man is on his honeymoon with an absolute knockout beauty heart throb, and he decides to divorce her because some more average looking woman tells him she has her spot on the beach.
There's nothing to like about this movie, and nothing to care for about this guy. It is hard to say whether this is as poor as THE GRADUATE, but this is pretty much the same movie. A control freak guy simply wants to make the world a worse place for as many people as he can.
I sat through it to review it, but that's the only reason to sit through it.
Eddie Albert provides the "star" attraction as the father of the average girl next door. His role is poorly written. For some reason, he goes off on a rant at a situation that most men would just laugh at. The Ben Stiller character asks for his blessing to divorce on a honeymoon with a knockout to marry the daughter.
This is "par" for the course for Stiller, though, who shows nothing, and who chooses the worst and dullest scripts one can imagine. The saddest thing is that so much money was wasted for something with zero inspiration and imagination, when there are real scripts out there with inspiration and imagination being passed over by self righteous maniacs like Stiller.
The Descendants (2011)
Best of George Clooney
This is undeniably, and by far, the best movie George Clooney has ever been in.
It's a drama with lots of reality to it, especially with the characters. None of the characters are what one would call "extremist", though they have extremist moments, as real people do.
A few things are going on in this story. One is the drama involving the wife of the Clooney character on life support after an accident. It turns out she was also having an affair.
There is also the business of the "descendants" handling a piece of land passed down to them in Hawaii. This could just as well be Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, anywhere, but it happens to be Hawaii.
The closeness of the family is at stake. That means both the immediate family of the Clooney character and the "descendants", who could drift apart if the land is sold.
Usually, cousins are pretty close. Here, we have people going back a few more generations, and staying in a friendly family atmosphere.
Meanwhile, the man's family, which is very normal actually, has a few tense moments. The oldest daughter's boyfriend is credibly annoying. The father finds the dork boyfriend annoying, and even hits him after the boyfriend does something horribly stupid out of ignorance, but then the father realizes that any young man that age who wasn't annoying would be unnaturally sick. This boy is normal.
This is a movie of "ups and downs" of the characters, and it comes across strikingly real and normal.
Rules of Engagement (2007)
Gets worse all the time
This totally uninspired sit-com is on all the time on the few stations I can get on antenna TV right now, and that's depressing. The show is depressing, because it is just hate filled and without inspiration.
There are two couples and two single guys. One of the single guys is an absolute creep, and the other is a very dapper Asian man who works for him. They provide really what little comedy there is in the show.
The others are supposed to be regular people, I suppose, but the guys are nothing like "good old guys", particularly the older, stout one who tries to be funny in a dry way, but fails for many reasons. One of them is that in his low tone, it's impossible to hear what he's saying. Another is that when you can hear him, the line is poorly written. It's as though a gay guy is writing his lines.
The script is the worst thing about the show. The people in the business are so out of touch with the world outside New York and California that they need to stop trying and let real talent in, but they are afraid of talent, as this show reveals (along with other shows).
2 Broke Girls (2011)
Hate mongering show
This is a poor comedy first of all.
Many great comedy shows have "predictable" situations, but they're funny in that same predictable nature.
This isn't funny, because it is a hate mongering show.
We have two moderately attractive females, both of them white, and more white women, in a show where there are no white men, other than those deemed appropriate by the extremist factions.
It's so 1970s retro, as are too many movies and TV shows, that it defies any other description. Lets be honest. The seventies was a decade of complete divisiveness and bigotry against those not in the elitist factions.
The show is depressing and dull.
Compare this to the show with Mel's diner long ago, which wasn't a great show in itself, and this one makes that one look classic, and that one was a 4/10 at best.
It's hard to make a good show about working class waitresses, but not that hard. The problem is the writer's guild is totally elitist, and elitists are incapable of even beginning to understand the working class, because to them it's lying elitist statistics that give them comfort.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Good mood makes up for most of the weakness
I expected to see Tarzan from the beginning, with the plane crash and all, but the fact that this story takes Tarzan from much later in life isn't a problem.
It does denote the lack of thrills, however.
The "ape man" raised by animals, does show a good rapport and communication with Nature.
And the mood of the film is pretty good.
Trouble is, we have no idea what in the world we are watching.
I had never heard of any of these unknown actors, save for the guy from Jurassic Park who held on to his butt, but my friend said they were famous. Well, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt as a cast of unknowns, because otherwise it's a huge waste of big names.
In fact, the Sam Jackson guy is the ONLY actor that can enunciate in this film. Don't bother trying to figure out what any of the others are saying. They fail miserably at Speech. I'd rather have close caption for the actors speaking English than for the ones speaking other languages. We might have some idea what is going on.
Not being able to understand a word is okay, if we aren't meant to, but I think we're supposed to. A deluxe failure.
However, I followed the mood of the story, and it was regular "up against a mean machine" type mood. The stunts looked goofy enough to please the geeks, and not too many of them to annoy those of us who aren't on drugs.
The cinema was very bland for a jungle. I almost fell asleep between the bland scenery and the inability of the actors and actresses to utter more than 25% of intelligible dialog.
While it is a "poor" movie in terms of directing, cinematography, scenery, and technical aspects, it has an uplifting quality to it, and doesn't leave you feeling depressed. I think it "means well", and has some good and positive things to say.
Money, Women and Guns (1958)
Beautiful "real" Western with great characters
This Western is a great example of what was good in old fifties Westerns, compared to the Hollywood tripe the control freaks shoved down our throats after about 1965.
It's a Western murder mystery complete with fantastic scenery. The only drawback is that the hero's outfit never gets dusty. But that's okay.
In the mid sixties, the control freaks wanted to "fix" what wasn't broke by trying to claim their realistic dust was enough for realism, but they gave the worst of both worlds by giving us the most idiotic one dimensional caricatures ever.
Here, we go through a more realistic series of characters. No "super demi god" Greek characters, though the hero has the demi god attributes. Still, he isn't traditional Greek hero. He doesn't butcher people for no motivation the way Odysseus and other Homeric legends did.
In effect, the hero here, while being much like a small portion of the better fifties heroes, was actually an "anti-hero", a truer "anti-hero" than we had ever gotten. The fifties gave us a small segment of this man who actually attempted to have some morality. Before and after the fifties, we got almost none of this. And to be honest, even in the fifties, this was not a majority of heroes, even in the Westerns. John Wayne, Audie Murphy, William Holden, even Joel and Randolph usually played "outlaws reforming" more than "guys seeking good from an early age".
Now, the story. An old miner is held up by three masked men. Two of them are homicidal gun crazy brothers, who issue his mortal wounds at the cost of his own life. The third is the first to be shot, but not seriously. He winds up being one of the five names the old man writes in his final will and testament. He makes this known in a final gasp to another old friend who hears the shots and comes by to find him.
"Quit it Judas" becomes a great switch ending line in this film that actually shows lots of character in its characters. Unlike the "control freak era" of Westerns, we get much more credible characters instead of the "bubble boy Beavis and Butthead" spaghetti nonsense of people acting like the smell of guts and corpses is good to drink coffee to.
Why does this matter? Because we get the impression there is more action than there really is. We are fascinated and drawn in by this collection of characters, and fooled into thinking there is more action, even though there is so little bloodshed, and even less cockeyed bravery in the face of guns.
While the control freaks of the late sixties onward would make idiotic Westerns where everyone killed everyone else (makes you wonder how the West could have a population over "1"), their "hate mongering" became tedious and boring compared to what we get in real Westerns like this.
That '70s Show (1998)
Obviously none of these people lived in the 70s
This is tough to call a sit com. There's nothing funny in anything I've ever seen.
And nothing relative to anyone who ever lived in the seventies.
The show is completely alien to lifestyles and comedy of the seventies. There isn't one character anyone outside of Hollywood can relate to.
Trying to find an asset to this show is like finding a needle in a haystack, exactly. There probably is one, but the show is so dull, and the characters so dull and unrecognizable, that you couldn't possibly care.
Sad to think that a hundred years from now, some future soul will watch this and think the seventies decade was anything like this. It wasn't. It's written and performed by Hollywood brats who have more control and power than they should. They abuse their control with giving us their lack of inspiration over and over.
Such is the case with this pathetic show. If anyone reads this a few centuries from today, let it be known that the show was for a few rich kids, and had nothing to do with anyone else.
Macho Callahan (1970)
How not to be inspiring
Another "spaghetti" style Western, a victim of its time.
It's pretty much just routine formula Hollywood. "Spaghetti" was actually just the same Hollywood formula and set of clichés set to extremes.
There are many problems with such movies, and this movie is a prime example. We never care about any of the multitude of dull "demi god" characters thrown at us. They're so self righteous and unmotivated in their "demi god" status that they just bore us.
Don't bother trying to watch it in one sitting. It isn't possible, unless you are one of the "Beavis and Butthead" types. It's too ordinary, too Hollywood, too much into its own relentless hate and boredom.
We can't relate to any of this, and only the most hate filled Beavis and Butthead bubble boys can't feel the deliberate alienation. Mature people, educated people, people who aren't crack heads, all of these are totally alienated by the writing here, and that's because of the stereotypical characters that are impossible to relate to.
It's like watching demi gods decide to make the world into crap, for no reason.
And what in the world was Lee J Cobb thinking, being a part of this garbage?