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Bones: The Woman in the Car (2006)
Starts with a burned body in a car and the rest relies on the viewers I saw this episode as a, fill in the blanks to the ultimate rescue of a boy.
The process of creating a story starts from the end, but this story started from the middle, or the process, and assumed the end.
The story begins with a burned body in a car.
The story rambles on evidence, assumptions and drama.
There's not much connection.
But just like I rambled on,
so did this story.
The hip hop episode had a story, this episode just contained filler.
This was a fluff episode
Bland at Best
All throughout the series, the writers did an excellent job in twisting and turning plots and plopped an occasional funny.
We knew the lyrics to "It's a jungle out there"...
All of the leads did an excellent job in their performances.
Of course Tony was the "star" in the series because obvious, only Tony could portray Adrian Monk.
But the end, sucked. Maybe because it was split into two segments because they had to split one story into two segments.
Monk was an epic series, with the quality of the direction, production, script and performers. Each performer knew who they were. They knew their character and all of the other characters. They had good direction and then became self-directed in their characters.
The "end" was an epic lead-up to solving the mystery of who killed Trudy.
This was not like a "who shot J. R.". The "Dallas" suspense was intended to tie the audience into another year of the series.
But dang! We knew Tony wanted to end the Monk series and we knew the end would be 12.4.09. We expected a usual Monk, but we got a contrived Monk. It was like the writers said, "we've got to come up with an end script that would return Adrian Monk to 'normal'". Then they banged around the room and the looser won.
I liked the theme song and didn't like the singer. The writers screwed up the final Monk and the producers stabbed it with Randy Newman's final Monk song.
Newman's Monk finale was pointless and maybe the end song should have been the other "instrumental" This End Part 2 contained about 40 minutes of content, but 20 minutes of value.
I think "Monk" is one of the best TV series, it might rank about the 2nd worse finale.
Haunted Highway (1999)
I wasted 99 cents on this piece of crap!
I am embarrassed to admit that I wasted 99 cents on this piece of crap! It's awful, around every turn I hoped there would be something thrilling.
There's no 'highway', just a long dark road that just keeps rolling by the camera. It's ridiculous that the speedometer shows at a few times that he was driving 75 mph. THAT IS Ridiculous! I'm sure the Director/Writer of this film didn't intend for the audience to see comedic moments in his 'thriller', but me and my son did get a few laughs out of the film.
The script sucked, the acting sucked, the directing sucked, the sound effects sucked.
The only thing that was haunted about this movie was the haunting feeling that I got from throwing away 99 cents.
Little People, Big Dreams (2005)
I read the previous commentary about the Roloff family. I don't understand why the previous post was so harsh.
The Roloff parents do a great job in raising their kids. They never convey an idea that "life is unfair". Of course, they do have extraordinary financing thanks to income from the 'documentary'. But their prosperity is good and I'm happy that they have done a great job in building their income. Their kids are fortunate to have such idealistic parents.
Of course the twins act just like teenage boys. There is no brat in the family. The 'little person' twin is not a brat, he is a teen, just like is 'average size' brother. They both act like teens. The 'wee one' does not favor any special attention from his parents.
The other two kids, Amy and Jacob are typical kids who have been brought into the spotlight of the show.
As far as the comment, "the house is a 'pig sty'"; their house is a normal home. I have two boys who share a bedroom. My sons room is just as cluttered.
Mom and Dad are fair and not 'domineering'. Mom is mom and dad is dad. They are parents.
Overall, the house the Roloffs live in is a home. The family doesn't expect special accommodations and they really don't ask for it.
World Trade Center (2006)
It is your mission to see this Film of the Year!
I am surprised because it's only August and I have actually awarded World Trade Center; Film of the Year.
To date, I have seen most of the releases of 2006 and found a lot of humor, some horror, some amazement, and couple disappointments.
But WTC actually brought me into the event as it happened (Usually that is why I go to the big screen!).
O Stone actually did a fantastic job at re-enacting an event that melded into most of our memories. He understands movie magic because it was like the events were actually happening on the day I saw the film around 4:14pm on August 9th, 2006. It was like "YOU ARE THERE!"
Francis Ford Coppolo's nephew did a pretty good job in the lead role as Port Authority Police (PAP) Officer John McLoughlin but, unfortunately, I always think of him as Ronny Cammareri in Moonstruck, so no matter how hard he tries, he'll always be Castor Troy. I really do like Nicholas Cage because he tries so hard to act, but gosh, his acting is almost always the same. Most of his pictures I will still pay to see because he really does a good job at picking projects because I really think that he tries to get a good story across.
All of the performers were excellent especially Michael Pena as PAP Officer Will Jimeno and then we have a wonderful surprise --- the real Will Jimeno actually had a role in the film!
And hey Jay, you've got potential. You done good!
Michael Shannon's line "You are our Mission!" is the movie quote that will compete with Clark Gable's "Frankly my dear...I don't give a damn"
Terminal Error (2002)
The Stoopidist Movie
This movie presents a scenario where a virus not just creates havoc on a computer and transmission from that computer via an infected file. (which I am sure most computer owners have experienced.) it also presents ridiculous scenarios that could never work out in the real world. I am a fan of sci-fi, but when the sci-fi is so stoopid, I could not recommend the work of such stoopitidy.
The movie insults some people with an idea that a virus can electrocute a person sitting in a mobile electric chair - the person is insulated from all metallic points of the chair and the chair is in no way wired to high voltage that would be able to cross simple insulation.
Then the virus activates a Halon system. Halon systems are similar to fire sprinkler systems, but it emits a halon gas, which is non combustible. The way it works is, it disperses oxygen. As the Halon is dispensed, fire consumers oxygen and the Halon actually blankets the fire so new oxygen can be introduced into the fire. Only problem with the movie scenario is, like sprinkler systems, halon systems can only be triggered from heat sensors at their nozzles.
The main actor is guilty of bad acting when halon is introduced into the room and after a few minutes, he "acts" like he has breathed halon gas. In the real world, nobody would have such a reaction to inhaling halon gas. A person who is in a room that is being flooded by halon gas would simply get sleepy, lay down and fall asleep.