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Bunheads (2012–2013)
9/10
See you later, Smash
17 June 2012
With Amy Palladino and Kelly Bishop at the helm, you have a good chance that your ship is going in the right direction. Bring on the talented Sutton Foster and sail away. While the beginning had me concerned that Sutton was just another Lorelei in Broadway clothing, by the end of the pilot she sets her own character.......and does she ever. The Amy Palladino clever dialog and oblique references are still there.(Those that endeared me to Gilmore Girls which was the best comedy of the '00's). With the surprise ending of the pilot, one can only guess where the plot lines are going next, but I can't wait. Fresh and entertaining and a MUST alternative the the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Bet Lauren Graham is glued to her TV set.
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John Carter (2012)
1/10
Convoluted John Carter
16 June 2012
Not being familiar with the John Carter stories, I simply had no clue to what was going on in this film. Saying it was convoluted is being kind. One minute I was in the present, then it abruptly changed to reflections from his past and then magically inserted future vignettes. Not of these tied together in my mind at all. If you are looking for characters to care about. Characters that you understand and can either root for or empathize with..........well,this isn't the movie. After 1 1/2 hours, I was still wondering who John Carter was and what he was up to. Then I fell asleep. When I awoke, I was still completely puzzled by the lack of definition as presented by this film of John Carter and the clear and compelling character of Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan series. I know that the books were highly successful, so this production simply missed the mark. Perhaps the assumption was made that the viewer had read the books before entering the theater. Bad decision.
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