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Designated Survivor (2016)
I was looking forward to this show. But I think Kiefer should have kept his word when he said "no more TV shows for me after 24".
I have never seen anything with more clichés than this one. The acting is awful (yes, Kiefer too), the story is thin and the stereotypes are all over the place.
Check out the scene in the 1st episode, when Kiefer is listening to his kids while they are in their bedroom and totally scared;
- Do you think dad is scared? - Dad is not scared of anything...
Kiefer looking down, listening to his kids, blushing, a tear on its way. Oh my gosh, heartbreaking. Not. Cliché, YES.
I don't even know where to begin. Terrible. Cliché. Boring. Awful acting.
Enjoyable everyday life...stuff
Its not a show that will end up with awards and all that, but its quite enjoyable and pretty perfect for a Sunday chill on the couch. Either alone or with your boyfriend/girlfriend. If you're single you may be glad you are after watching this. If you watch it with your bf/gf you may end up having a discussion about...well, you'll see...
Each episode is 30 minutes and (more or less) has a story of its own. Mostly about dating, love, sex and relationship struggles - in other words, everyday life stuff. The acting is good enough and the stories are to the point and short enough so it never gets boring or too cliché.
If you're a fan of Togetherness, you may like this one.
The Program (2015)
Documentaries are way better
If you have watched this movie, or thinking about it, its probably because you are more than average interested in the Lance Armstrong story. And then again if you are, you have probably watched the documentaries as well - and they are far better than this movie.
For example "Stop at Nothing The Lance Armstrong Story" - which this movie seem to be a poor copy of. Its as if they watched that documentary and thought "hey, this is a great story, lets make a movie about it!". Just too bad the story was already told in a far better way, with the real people involved.
Say what you want about Ben Foster, but all the scenes he was involved in in this movie has already been done by Lance himself in the documentaries. And what could possibly beat that?
The only thing that impressed me about this movie was Jesse Plemons. He actually looked like a pro biker. Unless he was photo shopped!
Watch the documentaries instead, this is a waste of time.
Making a Murderer (2015)
The kind of movie that makes you want to become a defense lawyer
First of all, huge credit to the film makers for following this story for more than 12 years. Amazing work and the end result is second to none. Or hopefully we have not seen the end yet.
If you have watched the TV show Rectify and think that is messed up, you will be furious after watching this.
For some, a 10 episode and 10 hour documentary may seem too much, but once you start its almost impossible to stop. I had to take a break after the 6th episode though, not because I was tired but I was getting frustrated and angry. I am sure you will feel the same way sooner or later.
Am I 100% sure that Avery did not kill the woman? No, I am not. But you can pretty much tell he is innocent by the way he is behaving both right after she went missing and during the trial. Unless he was a cold blooded monster with no emotions what so ever. You cant act like that without being a sociopath, psychopath and pathological liar. And Avery does not seem to be any of that. And if he was, he would probably be way smarter than to kill a woman and burn her in his own back yard shortly after being released from prison serving 18 years for something he never did.
Obviously, the scary part in this documentary is how the law works. Or does not work. It is absolutely terrifying to see how the prosecutors and the judges and the rest of the apparatus is doing everything they can to win the case. They will lie, they will smear, they will do anything in their power to "prove" they are right. Besides the fact they are all trying to save their own skin, it is pure evil. I simply refuse to think that all the detectives and lawyers and judges involved really think Avery is guilty. Therefor, I was very happy to see that one of them got what he deserved in the end. And my suspicion about him being a total (beep) was correct.
It takes 30 seconds to read the Miranda rights, it may take a lifetime to prove you are innocent. If thats not scary, I don't know what is.
The Counselor (2013)
OK on a Tuesday night
Well, well, what to say? The plot is interesting, the acting is good and the dialogue is above average. So where did it go wrong? Im still trying to figure out two days after I watched it.
In short; I never felt a connection to any of the characters, which is a must in a movie. It was never really exciting. Some of the scenes lasted too long without adding much to the story, which explains why its 2hours 15mins long. Its listed as a Crime/Drama/Thriller which is a good combination, normally. The only thing I recognized of those was the crime.
At the end, I was like "hmm, OK" - I guess that explains how I felt about the movie. Its not one of those you tell your friends "Ive seen it at least 15 times". Once on a Tuesday night should be enough.
Hungry for Change (2012)
Thats the main goal with this movie. To inspire people to find their own way. Its not all about finding THE right food, THE right vegetable and what not. Its about being hungry for change. If this movie doesn't trigger your mind to make a better life for yourself, Im afraid you missed the point. You could ask any multi billion dollar company for a comment regarding the so-called healthy food they are producing and their answer would be like it always is; we have no comment. Just because they don't give a .... about you. Its all about profit. The people in this movie has walked in your shoes, they know what its like and they know whats working and whats not working. Its up to you who you wanna believe. Either you're hungry for change, or you're already on your way back to your doctor for another dose of addictive drugs that do you no good.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
A bit disappointed
The longer you wait for something, the more disappointed you (might) be. And that turned out to be true for me regarding this one.
Some movies keeps you glued to your seat, but after an hour or so, I didn't even bother hitting the Pause-button when going for another cup of coffee. Not sure if it was the movie or staying up late all weekend which made me sleepy.
The plot, the cast, the director - all the ingredients indicated that this would be a good one. Where did it go wrong?
In my opinion I think the story was too thin. The dialogs, specially between The Ghost and Lang's wife had some cheap points and they never seemed to hit the nerve. The extra's (those who talked of course) were real bad, which also removed the last part of any kind of drama. Even Brosnan was not that good. He didn't strike me as a typical Prime Minister and he did not add any "juice" to the part. The music didn't seem to fit in and made me think of anything but a thriller.
Oh well, all these small (annoying) things, but when I add them up, I ended up with a pretty boring movie. The only person who really looked like he was in a political thriller, was McGregor. He played his part well. Unfortunately, his effort alone was not enough to save the project.
The Limey (1999)
I don't even know why on earth I completed this movie. I should have turned it OFF after 20mins. I don't care if there's a good point in the end or whatever he tries to tell us by *******spoiler******** at the beach in the end. There's not a single nerve in this movie, its boring, you don't care whats happening, you don't believe the characters, they try to be cool but are NOT. Oh boy!!. I could go on forever.
I could make a really BAD and BORING movie, but would a good point in the last minute save it and make you think "Oh, thats a good point, good movie!"...? If you think so; WASTE 90 minutes of your life and go see this one.
16 Blocks (2006)
Really caught my attention
First of all, I don't really like to give a movie 1-10 scores.
Depending on what category, a movie can be either very funny and deserves a 10 and a true story drama can be even better and should maybe get a 12, if possible. So, if you compare this movie to the very best you ever seen, it might not get a 8 on the score. Anyway, this movie really got my attention from the first second, which is a good sign. I was actually on my way out and just started the film to get a first impression. I called my friend and said; I'm going to be delayed, see you later. And thats a good friend, so go figure out. Either I'm a bad friend, or the movie is just as good as you hope for. Go see it!