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The Walking Dead: Conquer (2015)
With wolves lurking, do u remain a Lamb or become a Lion?
This is not just a season finale but it is the best episode of the walking dead, in my own opinion at least. Fantastic set pieces from start to finish, not a single plot contrivance and there was a sense of dread as well as closure that I'm sure is going to amaze the viewer while watching this epic finale. For the first time in a while, it truly seems the writers know what they are doing.
There's definitely a lot going on in this episode. The characters had a lot to conquer and not a single character thread is wasted. Nice re- introduction to Morgan. A most welcome ally and where did he learn to fight like that? Lennie James was a delight to watch.
The directing was nicely done. Writing was fantastic and forced dialog which we have come to associate with the walking dead is hopefully a thing of the past if this episode is anything to go by. In a nuanced fashion, a lot of the cast stepped up their acting in this episode. Melissa Mcbride is becoming more menacing by the day as her character Carol is far cry from who we knew in seasons 1 and 2. Andrew Lincoln owned the episode and shone delightfully. Steven Yeun once again was in top form. I'd even like to make special mention to Seth Gilliam, though Father Gabriel is most presumably everyone's least favorite character right now (Wolf in sheep's....)
The Letter W, and what's its significance, stood out in episodes prior. Without giving much away I'd like to state that a new threat lies outside of Alexandria as well as inside. Moment of truth at the end of the episode and in reference to our letter W is while dealing with a threat of Wolves outside as well as Wolves in sheep's clothing inside, you either chose to be just a Lamb or rise and rise again until Lambs become Lions.
This is brilliant rendering of episodic TV. 10/10
The Walking Dead: Spend (2015)
Real tension or plot contrivance. What really makes this episode?
Even though this show is mostly about characters in the apocalypse, its literally the walking dead after all and this episode does well to give the Zombies the respect that's due them. As a zombie geek, I'd say my appetite was more than satisfied (not literally). Some other reviewer pointed out; this is one of the goriest episodes the entire series. Our characters don't get to be the killers this time.
That is not to say its not a character driven episode. This is an episode that will definitely make an impact on the viewer on both fronts. Its tense moments are the highlights even though their setups seem a little too contrived. Two key moments are significant in this regard. (SPOILERS) The reason for the priests revelation beats me. Even though he has been portrayed as tortured since character introduction, it still doesn't explain his false revelation at the end of the episode at a time when the news of the death of the leaders' son will be arriving any moment.
The second is with the "non-Rick's group" characters being too dumb or too cowardly to be reasonable during confrontations. The scene with Abraham being the hero and that of Aiden repeatedly shooting a masked zombie which just so happens to have a bomb on it even though there are other options are both a bit of a setup. We loose a beloved albeit under-developed character too.
That being said I loved this episode. There's definitely multiple cliff hangers. Something that's been absent in previous episodes. It works on so many levels.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
A visual extravaganza
I wasn't up for a reboot of the Spiderman franchise prior to this movie & after seeing it, it did change my opinion but only just. And I'd describe that with some pros & cons.
It was a very efficient adaptation and I appreciate that about it. In addition to web-slinging, wall crawling and a Spider sense, we also get witty banter with villains and criminals alike as well as a suit upgrade. As a huge fan of the comics as a child, my biggest attractive characteristic of Spiderman is his ability to churn up amazing one-liners with super-villains even in the midst of unfavorable circumstances. In the previous movie, the attempt at this was a hit and miss and very tacky at best but Andrew Garfield seems to have done his homework with this one.
All actors did a very good job. I didn't find the non-action sequences a drag & they did well to drive the movie forward. My star performer is Jamie Fox as well as Sally Field.
As for the tone, Spiderman is not Batman and most certainly not the dark knight either. A brilliant teenager with spectacular superhuman abilities on the big-screen... In my opinion, its allowed to be a bit over-the-top and not quite as childish as other reviewers claim.
On the other hand, the big screen effect could have been more amazing without half of the movie being included in the trailers. There was no room for surprises. Non whatsoever. Not even in the climax battle. If for anything, the end battle was anti-climatic as I've seen it in the Trailers over & over again.
The worst part for me was the climax battle. It was so crammed up you could hardly figure out what's happening anywhere. It just seemed like a skits show of visual effects blitz.
Better than previous installments but couldn't match Spiderman 2.
The Walking Dead: A (2014)
Not Quite The Ideal Season Finale
Here I have to say its good to see Hershel again.
First Rick goes into prison nostalgia then we find out the reason for that soon enough. We have a contestant for the most far-fetched recovery from a group of marauders in the scene where Joe's group attempt to punish Rick for killing their friend. That escape was played quite unconvincingly. Its salvaged by Daryl though. How we have seen unquestionable loyalty from him towards Rick over the course of this series but that scene was another structure for his character, further emphasized by the "you are my brother" phrase from Rick.
Oh terminus. Men without guns asking men with guns to lay down their weapons. That's gotta give you a bad feeling. Quite mediocre episode this is. I looked at the time at the end wondering -is this it-? This episode could have been replaced with the mid-season finale "too far gone", all they need is a little storyline reshuffling after all nothing much has happened from then up till now.
This season and sometimes the entire show just takes a brilliant premise and drags it on to God knows where. The only reason I look forward to next season is cause I wonder how Rick's gonna prove "they are screwing with the wrong people".
I'm still undecided.
The Walking Dead: Still (2014)
One of the best character development episodes of the show
I have to say this episode had great acting & good pacing. It even had a little comedy inspired moment with the "rich b**ch" tag-board. And then Beth's new dress becoming zombie-golf target practice.
The opening scene was very intense & nicely done. Beth & Daryl finding themselves having to be caught in the trunk of a car for the night. Beth's insistence on getting alcohol seems a little stretched & ridiculous. But it's worthy enough with her being a teen who's gradually been losing members of her family. Her story has been developed bio-analytically that she's grown with a pretty functional family that's in contrast to Daryl's. The scene with the Zombie taunting & tongue lashing between both characters might have seemed forced but is played fairly strongly by both actors especially Norman Reedus. Their chemistry is likable. Daryl's obviously not old enough to be her Dad & not quite young enough to be her boyfriend but he could function as her older brother. Seeing as he's only ever been a follower in his life, first to his brother Meryl & then to Rick, he seems to do well with a female company and no strings attached.
All in all, even though there's very little to non- action present, it was still a touching episode. Only downside is the absence of any other character whatsoever.
My vote's 6.
Breaking Bad: Down (2009)
Most touching episode so far
I haven't written a review for this series before but I'm so moved by this episode I had to come up with this.
We were quickly taken from the two protagonists sorting themselves one way or another, Walt, with his family & Jesse, with the cops, to the unprecedented repercussions of their actions. Walt gets a passive aggressive display of anger & disappointment from his family while Jesse just basically plunges "down" south. It could be hard to swallow the sudden transformation of events but its proof that when things tend to go bad, they go bad real fast. Not to be insensitive here but I have to say they had It coming one way or another. Its the causality of life. Great writing here.
Kudos to Brian Cranston as usual. Character Walt couldn't be faulted but Aaron Paul gave a solid performance here as well with his portrayal of the quite unfortunate Jesse Pinkman. Anna Gunn is very believable
as well. Her character is not the best of wives out there but to show the emotions of an angry, fed up yet imperfect wife is what she does well here. Two top cast members are missing here but it works. The omission of comic relief that Hank provides works okay as this episode really portrays what the show is about. A tragic comedy.
The Walking Dead: Internment (2013)
Finally a Captivating score
This episode succeeds in delivering a critical element which I thought has been missing in the entire series on a large scale. There have been some great writing in the series prior but nothing does justice to scenes; moody or otherwise like a good score. One might fail to notice some memorable scenes in season one of this series due to lack of a score that draws you in. This has to be one of the very best episodes in the entire show for this reason and...
Oh God bless Hershel. Internment means a group of people confined in a place in periods of crisis. But the interned individual for this episode has to be Hershel. True character defining moment, one that creates grounds between hopeful or deliberate, foolish & stupid or smart & cautious decisions. He does come out tops while displaying true faith & hope. We also have a very well placed score to make his moments more captivating. We could have lost Glenn, we could have lost Sasha....
And the Zombies have broken in while we have a limited amount of man power but thank God for ammo. In one of the more beautifully shot action sequences I have even seen, we have the Grimes face off against a yard full of zombies. If you have ever not known how to use a Mack-4, you should get some tips from this. The score for this sequence is well made as well.
A nerve racking episode & then we have the Governor. A huge setup for events to come.
Man of Steel (2013)
Very good indeed
The man of steel comes to the silver screen and I was pained I didn't get to see it as early as I would have liked. But I thought I'd still write a review about it.
Its a block-buster and I didn't expect anything less. It managed to exceed my expectations a great deal even though it wasn't perfect. The actors were well cast, it had good direction and pacing but it was the visual effects that stole the show...
This is one of the best visually stunning action display I have ever seen in Hollywood (yes, right there I SAID IT). Among my top five at least. In fact the only standout movie I can recall that could beat it is The Matrix. The beauty of it is that though I have seen movies before with short well constructed visuals , and others have been jam-packed and in the process would then get to be all over the place leaving the audience not knowing what to make out of the muddle, shambles and disorderliness, like TRANSFORMERS, this masterpiece had effects in excess(and I stress "in excess" a good 1 hour,20 something minutes dedicated to action ) and still succeeded in pulling it off beautifully. I wouldn't like to spoil it but you need to see it for yourselves.
The story was okay with the first third dedicated to showing the home planet's and its inhabitants' destruction though I wouldn't say no plot-holes *spoiler alert*: Why wouldn't a council try to save some of its planetary citizens with its technology but instead are able, and choose to transport criminals who could have been executed to another dimension. This being said, as a Fan I was still able to respect the minor exclusions from the original Superman material. In fact the exclusion of the panties over spandex costume was more than welcome. And I like as the story kept close to the source material. The struggle of Superman with being an outsider and minor romance story with Lois Lane. It wasn't perfect though as it still had plot-holes.
The score was great. I wouldn't speak much on that. And the choice of actors. Visually, Henry Cavill is one of the best embodiments of superman ever. He reminds me of Tom Welling in the Smallville TV series who, I also think, along with Cavill are better than previous editions. A welcome inclusion as well as (as I strongly believe) a marketing accessory Bankable star is Russell Crowe. The perfect Jor el. Amy Adams and Michael Shannon were okay as Lois Lane and General Zod respectively but special mention goes to Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. Diane Lane was a breathe of fresh air as Martha too. This still reminded of Smallville's Kents.
Overall a great movie. Sets up well for a sequel.
A Few Best Men (2011)
Look out for the best man's speech.
A few best men is a movie I picked up on the side from a course-mate at school. He seemed to have a taste for laugh out loud comedy like I do so my interest was to see it after he did.
Yes, it may seem cliché d, it may seem borrowed in major parts from previous Hollywood block-busters (the hangover in particular and all best men movies in general), and it may have the stereotypical characters that make up the ensemble of a groom's-best-friends kind of movie; but my is it a hilarious movie.
The story was not wholly original, even basically unoriginal in every sense of the word but its a comedy and it does hit its mark in that regard. It comes on right in your face, gets dreary and downright boring in places but picks up in spectacular fashion. If you are patient enough just as I was when I saw it, you'll get my point. As a whole, it doesn't come close to other movies of its kind in terms of cast and plot but with its laugh out loud moments, it can rival any or most Hollywood comedies and I assure you Hollywood directors could learn a thing of two from this bunch.
Its greatest strength is not in its characters, not in the cast either but in the cinematography and screen-play. Shot in Australia, it does well to capture major beautiful scenery and has good shot sequences.
There are standout and believable moments for most of its characters and their actors though most notably Xavier Samuel. This is the only other media I've seen him in outside of the Twilight: eclipse and he does a decent performance as the groom. Laura Brent was also beautiful and captivating as the bride. Look out for the best man's speech that makes good work of some intertwined British/Aussie humour delivered in a hilarious fashion it will basically crack your ribs.
It showed promise got flat at the middle and got downright hilarious in the third quarter. I'd recommend it for anyone who is a fan of dirty but plain laugh out loud comedy.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
Fresh Blast From The Past
Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
I saw the first trailer of this movie and I thought,"here we go again, another boring sequel" and then the second trailer came out and was good so I thought it was worth a shot. I went to the Cinema with an open mind as I also really wanted to see Will Smith on the big screen after such a long absence. Also having enjoyed the first movie a great deal, I just wanted this movie to exceed the second and that was all I asked for so my expectations were relatively low.
My, was I surprised. It is no secret that the second movie is a disaster but MiB3, though not quite the first due to plot holes, still strongly holds its own. The Cinematography is beautiful and quite exceptional too as the depiction of the 1960s setting was breathtaking; and even the celebrity Cameos are a delight to see. I still wonder how they consented to appear in this picture (I won't spoil the fun and mention their names). The sequence of agent Jay falling through time is beautiful as well. Perhaps as any in Hollywood Cinema.
The movie still isn't perfect due to plot holes like some references Jay makes in the past that do not coincide with the time line. In all, what makes this movie fresh and is also its heart is its well written script and its cast. Of course Will Smith returns as Agent Jay and is allowed to just be his enthusiastic, spontaneous and charismatic self that has endeared us to him over the years delivering a lot of comic wits. Tommy Lee Jones could do no wrong also as the stern and serene Agent Kay. The Jay and Kay dynamic didn't quite work well in the first ten to fifteen minutes of the movie and it still seemed like they were first time partners even though the movie time frame in the present coincides with ours which is a decade after their first meeting. All this boredom were put to rest as soon as we jump to the past to meet with the younger Agent Kay as portrayed by Josh Brolin and he is quite easily the superstar of this show. This performance is as close to perfection as any can get with his accurate impersonation of the serene but quick wit expression of Tommy Lee Jones that we have grown accustomed to over the years. His performance was so great that it made the character of a young Emma Thompson/Agent O seem a lot out of place. He made his character work so well that you could see how this 29 year old agent Kay could well transform into the present Agent we well know. And even with this impersonation, he did well to make the character his own in a lot of ways.
The dynamic between Agent Jay and the younger Agent Kay really carries the movie and this could be the one out of the three with the most heart in the MiB franchise. It seemed to focus a lot on character development and this is a huge plus for the movie. Some of the humor did fall flat but a lot of it works. The supporting cast were not left out as their performances were impeccable both for drama and comedy and did I fail to mention Jermaine Clement as the Evil Boris the animal.
If you were a fan of the first MiB movie, you should go and see this. If you hated or weren't quite fond of the second, you should really go and see this.
The Avengers (2012)
what the Hell.... Best OMG Marvel Adaptation ever
I'm coming out straight up to say this is he most freaking amazing comic movie adaptation I have ever seen....Best movie of 2012, best marvel adaptation ever.
I have to say, what he freaking ....... Fuzz!!!!! I can't believe I've just seen a movie as great as this from Hollywood. Where could it ever go wrong? From cast ensemble, to Character arc to character development, to story, to OMG spectacular kick-ass action... -pause to catch my breath- my mind is still spiraling from what I have just seen. This is a movie I want to watch this next minute if I have he chance!!
My only downside to this movie though is not seeing it in time.. oops ha that is no downer to he movie itself. It made me laugh, get tear eyed, marvel in wonder at pure awesomeness, jump out of my seat, tremble in fear, its just great. Sorry I can't find he words still. As large as he hype to this movie is, it still didn't do justice to how awesome this movie is. gosh!!!
Great job Joss Whedon. He really is a passionate comic book writer who does justice to this ensemble, shuffling up things to boiling point between characters and I can't even start to describe his major villain whose actor gives an Oscar worthy performance.
Never had a bad-ass bad guy that kept me awestruck this much since he matrix. Tom Hiddlestone does justice to this character in a way that truly signifies a real god of mischief. Scheming and plotting with thoughts and plans coming at split second intervals, Tom Hiddlestone still gives his character that dynamism of a brainiac with deep inner pain that you'd think could boil over at any moment.
Mind blowing movie for a super hero generation. If u are a comic book fan, you would drool over this movie and I'm not just saying. If you are not even, there's no reason why you shouldn't watch this movie still. It just couldn't go wrong.
The Hunger Games (2012)
Good but not worth all the hype
I didn't intend to see this movie as my taste in over-hyped blockbusters easily waned alongside my clocking my early twenties. I stumbled into the theater as a result of schedule change with the movie I wanted to see having being shifted. The hype though still succeeded in affecting my curiosity so I went to see this.
I haven't read the books no. Though I have taken a word or two from past reviews knowing its a first person narrative organized in a post-Apocalyptic future, written by movie writer and Author Suzanne Collins.
Though set in a post-Apocalyptic world, its not your regular post-Apocalyptic movie. You'd have had residual damaged cities, sparse population and..... maybe flesh eating zombies as they usually do. The beginning of the movie was promising I must say.
There have been mention of poor characterization of the tributes with the exception of Woody Harrelson's and Elizabeth Banks' characters respectively. Then there's that of physical portrayal; Katniss and the tributes from the other districts do not seem to be going hungry- and then the exploitation of the districts, haven been a major plot point in the books is barely seen in this motion picture.
In my opinion Effie Trinket was captivating. Elizabeth Banks really does justice to her. Woody Harrelson was especially brushed up as Haymitch. His lines kept me laughing at times but it was Jennifer Lawrence who stole the show even though its said she is not starved enough. The fears, inner strength and purposefulness she shows all seem very moving and quite carries the movie on its own but Josh Hutcherson's Peeta was quite flat. Though I haven't read the book, it seemed unconvincing and lacked emotional depth affecting the dynamic between him and Katniss. If he had been lost in the games, I doubt anyone would really miss him save for the fourteen year old girls with the buzz of "guy loves girl loves guy" triangles in the air from the twilight sagas. Even Katniss' chemistry with Liam Hemsworth's character, though not in romantic terms seemed to carry a lot more weight.
There may be a lot more to the entire story than shown in this movie and its a pretty average made huge budget blockbuster compared to the hype all over it. Apart from the opening scenes that portray a hungry society that seems to have lost hope, the rest of the story lacked depth. The arena battle lacked any tension. It was like watching chronicles of Narnia without the magic.I don't want to start on the stereotypical tributes of the other districts even though there was a fine attempt to minimize the on-screen violence for the sake of the much younger viewer understandably to attract a wider Audience. They seemed like they were all having fun in the jungle.
For Katniss and Amandla Sternberg's character as Rue, I give this movie a 7 and I'd recommend a few bucks for it. Don't expect much. Maybe the sequel does better. Enjoy
Best slapstick comedy characters ever....
I must say I'm a fan of comedy, sitcom and the likes but usually I find my self getting more bored out of my wits with the shows that are being aired on TV that I've lost interest.But scrubs changed all that.
This is a Drama show that has taken comedy to a different level with intelligent writing,great characters and absolutely hilarious slapstick comedy all done with camera work and directing that's kind of a roller coaster ride but still keeps a dramatic undertone to it.
The episodic story is brought up in a Dr John Dorian "JD's" narrative or philosophy as I'd like to call it.It deals with everyday issues at sacred heart hospital with great characters who can be lovable(JD,Carla)the weird but funny ones(Elliot,the Janitor)the Badass conscious Dr Perry Cox with the chief of Medicine Bob Kelso who is "funny no matter what he says".
The second string cast are awesome with characters such as the obnoxious Jordan Sullivan who is the perfect match for Dr Cox as his wife,Tedd Buckland the lawyer with extreme childlike tendencies and the Todd who never has anything other than sex and high fives in his head.Great ensemble. They never fail to deliver with rib cracking shot screen goofs.
The show is a delight that I'd recommend for anyone.(Or at least those who still have their comedy Bones in their bodies).
Smallville: Hydro (2007)
Story of revealing and almost revealing of secrets.Great confidant Chloe
I've always known Chloe to be the evenly good girl that is portrayed by Allison mack(permit me to start with this)but in this episode,she nailed it.
1st off,I'd go over the story.Linda lake is a very nosy overzealous,cynical and very very FREAKY top columnist at the daily planet.She goes over to write a very bad story on Lana Lang after overhearing her conversation with Chloe.They both now decide to do a private investigation on this columnist but the tables are turned:Lana almost discovers Clark's secret.
Meanwhile after a secret rendezvous between Lois and Jimmy Olsen and a little photo deal,Lois discovers (or rather becomes very suspicious)that "Ollie is the Green Arrow".She tells Clark this and Clark Decides he wants to help a friend keep his secret,posing as the green arrow and saving Lois in an alley(a scene which sees Clark finally kiss Lois),only for Oliver to appear in the middle thereby convincing Lois that GR was an impostor.On seeing the photo shots and hearing the story from Jimmy, Chloe figures out that Ollie really is the Green arrow(being the Fort Knox of secrets that she is),she knows that its Clark who knows the Green arrow's secret that helped Oliver pull this off.
Tom welling's directing is very remarkable in this episode.In fact,I loved this the most in the sixth season.Especially the scene where Chloe invites Clark over 2 hear Lois talk about her kiss with the Green arrow.Allison Mac really knows how to get it done,being in the middle of everything.
This episode could really have been named secrets because of the almost unraveling of secrets that is involved in this one.
Smallville: Promise (2007)
When I first saw this flick I had been quite a fan of Superman from childhood but I really had 4gotten or didn't take any notice of the fact that Lois Lane was the traditional heartthrob of Clark Kent. Could be because I had just watched the comic a couple of times.This made the seeming romance of Lana Lang and Clark Kent 2 get into my head and I wanted so badly 4 them to end up Together,thats why the dumbness portrayed by them (or Clark)sacrificing their love in order 2 protect the other really gave an unpleasant taste.Lois lane doesn't seem a great character to be caring enough for Clark Kent to be his girlfriend.
But still,I'd hoped by now we'd be getting closer to the Clark/Lois romance level.But the writers still try so hard to keep us glued to the old story with this Episode.On its own,this is a great story but it would have done a lot better if it had been in the third or fourth seasons.Too bad this can't be inserted into any of those.
A great story but not a great inclusion.It did well to downsize this season.I'd give it a 7/10.