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Fun, Light-Hearted Entertainment
Granted, I have not seen the pilot, only the episodes that followed. Judging by the other reviews, that pilot is best left un-watched.
Granted, I only have vague memories of the original series. This lack of memory probably helps me be less judgmental of this remake.
I enjoy the series. It is a fun show with a good mix of action, comedy, drama, and camp. And it does so with only a fairly small amount of graphic content, which is a plus for someone like me who thinks most of that stuff is unnecessary.
Each character offers something distinctive to the team: MacGyver is the genius who can make anything out of anything; Dalton is the rugged special forces combat expert, Thornton is the stoic boss who sometimes leads from the front, and Riley is the techie-hacker with a dubious past.
It is not a profound series, full of intense drama and deep character study. And yes, some of their adventures border on the ridiculous.
But so what? Not every TV show needs to be the next 'Law and Order' or 'Twilight Zone' or even 'Mr. Robot.'
What I know is that I have yet to see an episode that I found boring. Its fun action-packed escapism. Pure and simple.
God's Not Dead (2014)
Honest Trailer Formatted Review
A great way to review this film is in the manner of a script for an "Honest Trailers" video by Screen Junkies. If unfamiliar, please search "Honest Trailers" on YouTube and get educated.
WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
From some random production company you have never of, comes the surprise blockbuster film that was the reason why I overran my texting minutes for last month.
"Join the movement Text everyone you know"
Thanks for nothing ...
GODS NOT DEAD
Travel to a generic public college campus where a militant atheist imposes his sectarian viewpoints on large numbers of students.
... all without getting so much as a single lawsuit filed against him.
See in amazement as this secularist professor is challenged by a bright-eyed student who dares to believe in God.
Watch as this intellectual titan with years and years of accrued knowledge counters this freshman student with ....
A single quote turned against him the very next day of class.
Pacing around with an angry look on his face.
Constantly telling the student how smart he is.
And being stunned to silence by questions anyone else could have easily offered any response to. "How can you hate someone who doesn't exist?"
Come on, I believe in God and even I could have rebutted that one.
Come enjoy a film with several loosely related stories that are chock full of Christian right-wing stereotypes. Including ...
Atheist intellectuals ...
Abusive Muslim men ...
Fanatical Liberal Bloggers ...
And a happy go lucky good natured African pastor. Or was he Caribbean? I already forgot.
Then have your heartstrings tugged as the once evil college professor realizes the error of his ways and desperately tries to find the woman he loves ...
Only to be suddenly and violently struck by a fast moving automobile that leads him to painfully die.
WOW, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY!
Whiz Kid (Shane Harper)
Intelligent Hercules (Kevin Sorbo)
Selfish Superman (Dean Cain)
Duhhhhhh.... (Lenore Banks)
That woman from Sex and City 2 -look it up- (Hadeel Sittu)
The Huffington Post (Trisha LaFache)
Better Singer Than Actor (Michael Tait)
And Ayatollah Khomeini (Willie Robertson) ...
GODS NOT DEAD
Make fun of it all you like, but this film grossed over $60 million at the box office so somebody liked it.
Fahrenhype 9/11 (2004)
I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, a land that is oftentimes called "The people's republic of northern Virginia" for its near absolute domination by liberal Democrats. So I grew up near a Michael Moore fan-base, including many of my high school teachers, who would show some of his documentaries in class. Fahrenheit 9/11 was the big one, as far as I was concerned, given the large number of liberal friends of mine who totally believed it. Of course I was not totally out-gunned, for I had come across the "56 deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11" piece online, which when shown to many of those deemed liberal it had an educating effect.
When I heard about this movie, I was curious to see if it did as good a job or better than various columns online and elsewhere that I had come upon. It was branded as the film Michael Moore did not want you to see, the work that was to expose his entire political agenda as being based on lies. The DVD cover itself testifies to this mission, with its parody of the book cover of the "Da Vinci Code" (another work full of half-truths and historical errors).
Its not like the documentary had no strong points. Interviewing people who were misled by the producers of Fahrenheit 9/11, with them acknowledging being misquoted or having their words twisted around was potent. The opening, talking with the teacher who had been in the classroom and was proud of the president's actions was another good point.
Yet they did not really go far enough in many ways. For example, when detailing the allegations Moore made through his film and other venues they should have shown video footage, or direct quotations from written works. The infamous "There is no terrorist threat" footage was good, but it should have been followed by other excerpts from other events he's spoken at.
Then there were the people interviewed, the experts. Many of whom were intelligent, credentialed, etc. but really: Ann Coulter!?! Don't get me wrong, she's not a stupid woman but if they are trying to reach out to mainstream America with this piece the least they can do is not have people with a reputation for being right-wing nutjobs be deemed "experts." Much of the film seemed to be an attempted parody of the style of the Moore piece, and this sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. Best of the bunch was their effort to throw back at Moore the whole "was it a dream" intro.
Still, being a short film it could have used another hour, with more experts, exposing more of the distortions of Fahrenheit 9/11, and using more evidence.
From what I can tell, they really made an effort to make this film as fast as possible, lest Moore influence the results of the 2004 presidential election (which in hindsight we can say he didn't) and maybe that is why the film seems lacking, in many ways almost hastily put together.
All things considered, still an interesting albeit disappointing watch.