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Superman Returns (2006)
I am just getting in from the theater. I still can't believe what I've seen. After the magnificent disappointment X-Men 3 turned out to be I was sure Superman Returns would best it even if it was marginally interesting. What I saw tonight was not only breathtaking, it was almost...beautiful. Yeah, I know I'm a guy but who the hell cares. The story, actors, special effects and everything else about this movie was first rate. There was moments of pure joy and moments of tremendous sadness. Most of these moments written on the face of the wonderful actors who took the role quiet seriously. "Superman" the movie made us believe a man could fly, "Superman Returns" will let us believe that he brings hope with him. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this movie. As a plus, if you have a Christian faith background, you will be pleased to know that some early reports were incorrect. This movie does not knock Christianity, in fact, I believe its actually pro-Christianity. Definitely a five (*****) star movie.
The Shield (2002)
Never miss it!
When The Shield was introduced on FX I watched it on and off for the first two seasons. My first impression was that the show was too heavy-handed both with the sexuality and violence. However, as I followed the series more closely, I realized that both sex and violence were NOT simply being thrown around needlessly. This show IS gritty! There's no way around it. The situations depicted, no matter how disturbing, bring us (the viewer) into the world that these people (The Strike Team, the criminals) inhabit. Whenever you're exposed to it you become the fifth member of the Strike Team. That world isn't pretty but IT does exist. I worked with Vic Mackey and his strike team before. Oh, they had different names (SWAT, Task Force,Drug Interdiction, etc) and different face but they were Vic Mackey/Strike Team through and through.
As far as having family members who are cops being any qualifier to say the show is unrealistic and cartoonish... Well, anyone can have an opinion, i suppose. Here's mine. Do you want a show that delivers? Characters that could be someone you know? How about tension, drama, pain, tragedy and heartache...enough to make this grown man cry for the first time in fifteen years? If you want quality TV for grown ups, The Shield is for you. Kudos to Walt Goggins and Kenny Johnson.