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True Detective (2014)
Season 2 is worthless
Sorry folks, but what made this show great in season one just falls flat on it's face in season two. The plot is so jangly - it feels like something slowly unraveling, and you almost can not wait until it is over. The finale was a joke, the acting is overdone, the plot is ridiculous. True Detective is rated based on season one, not season two. How many big-name actors will be in season three? The less the better (I hope). Writers - please stop trying to outsmart the audience. This was some fake-ass-sh!7. What would have been better is if you would stop encapsulating the mysteries with character development, and just get down to some real action. This ain't Mad Men, and it definitely ain't season one of T.D. Please, for the love of television - bring back Harrelson and Maconaghey (sp?)
Goodbye World (2013)
Well, uh . . .
Great setup, some good acting and some very amateur acting. I am not that much of a movie snob, but this film almost has two or three narratives. Yes, the characters, but this film separates the wheat from the chaff. Let us start with the wheat, shall we?
Adrian Grenier (of whom I have been a fan since day one) could probably have taken this role in whatever direction he wanted, but that is what sincerity and ability will get you. I am not knocking the other actors in this film, but their stories; their characters were sort of dry, and didn't shine through. With that much drama in their personal lives, there would be a lot of medication, and drugs, and way more drama. Weed? Haha, you are really reaching there. Ooh, what a bunch of scofflaws.
And all of the characters' stories overlap, Jesus Christ! They all overlap way too much. It just is not rooted in reality. That is what normally (I am writing about Hollywood and using the word "normally") happens when there is a foreign film pandering to American audiences. They will try too hard to fit what they think you want to see, rather than telling the story the way that they saw it in their mind. Good actors can not save a film that took a wrong turn due to budget, or creative, or executive difference. I liked the story until the unknowns kept becoming known. Yeah - how about a better introduction, rather than a baptism by fire. There had to be at least two writers with their ladles in the proverbial soup bowl. Get it? Too many cooks in the kitchen? There were too many decision makers for this film, and the general lack of direction, across the board, is just maddening.
Good concept; bad arc - There was too much "drama" to even believe they are in the middle of an Armageddon-of-sorts. Is this a swinger film or something, but I digest . . . This thing had too much money thrown at it. You could have done more with less. The story seems like once filming began, they started to become really self-aware, and self- conscious, and obsessive. Then the story arc, along with the characters, just drunkenly falls over the cliff, and predictably I might add.
Who's the movie snob now, b1a7ch?
Pure Genius; All Delivery!
I have been a fan of Burr for a long time now, I am happy to admit. His last two specials, which I caught on Netflix, were great - the second better than the first. This one though, literally knocks the cover off the ball.
Burr is showing A-list chops with timing, delivery, and punchlines that are just epic, and topical, and honest. I had to rewind it at about every major punchline and watch the bit over again, sometimes three times and I laughed even harder the second time around. I am writing this because it showed up in my queue, and I thought ". . .ehh . . ." Let me give it another day or two; don't want to burn out . . ."
Shall we call him the next big thing? Nah - we don't do that anymore. But, he has really found his inner comic, and it is really rad to have a guy out there just telling it like it is. His riffing is epic also, and if you don't like this special, you can seriously go #%@$ yourself!
Mr. Burr - keep up the good work!!!
Gangs of New York (2002)
Less than 9 stars and you are deported
Seriously, if you thought this movie deserved six or seven stars, you completely missed the point. What are you really voting for? Oh wait, in this age of "gimme-gimme-gimme" and kindergarten graduation ceremonies, and helicopter parenting, there is just no rationale for good art. This is perhaps one of the best films ever made. So you weren't born here, and you identify with the poor Irish? Well, they won in the end, you idiots.
For those of us that are true Americans, Bill Cutting represents the worst of us, not the rest of us. This is basically a film that was shot in the late nineteenth century and put in storage for 150 years. Watch the DVD extras, if you can find them, and see what Dr. Martin put into the film as far as research goes. I guarantee that there was more research effort put into this film than 2/3 of the world's population will do in their miserable, fat, bloated lifetime. Damn people have just gotten fat and lazy, especially in the United States of Entitlement. I would gladly go back to 1849 and live then. Maybe Kip got his time machine working. . .
As Above, So Below (2014)
However, it was cool to see the French catacombs. The problem is that the backdrops rarely changes, and their mission only changes in terms of their own fear, not so much out of extreme obstacles. When low-budget looks and feels as such, it is time to go back to the drawing board. Frankly, the Blair Witch is better than this film. The actors are not the problem, the plot and the faked fear is not enough to convince me something is happening. I just got bored after the treasure find and shut it off. The story feels very European, where an air of poor weather and the scantest hint of mystery is enough for an embarcadero, however, this plot device (or backdrop) has been done to death over the past 50 years. Does the sun ever shine in Europe? Ever? I want the last ten minutes of my life back . . .
Secret Cutting (2000)
Great teen acting, poor adult acting . . .
I caught this purely by accident the other day. It was great. This film depicts the issues that surround teenagers (female in this case) during the shittiest part of life - high school. Yes, high school is NOT the best time of your life. You may have had fun, and not had to work, and not cared about anything, but that is because your parents were taking care of everything for you. In short, high school sucks, and so can your home life. These are the underlying themes that run throughout the film, as portrayed by the self-injury that Kimberlee Peterson's character Dawn is inflicts upon herself. Has a happy ending, which always sours me a bit - not unlike the happy-go-lucky soccer moms on the commercials during the breaks, which really jars you back to reality, and snaps the emotional bond that you had with the film. ACTORS: The father is not one of the best actors I have ever seen . . . Sean Young is always great, but she fails at convincing me that she is a bitch. ALL of the younger actresses/actors do an excellent job in this film.