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29 October 2018
Started watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but can't get into it for many reasons. For one, I dislike the casual references to "killing." In one episode, Sabrina tells Ambrose, "I don't want you to hurt him (the principal) too bad." Two seconds later when she and Ambrose are casting a spell on the principal, Ambrose says, "Are you sure you don't want me to kill him? 'Cause I can."

Then in another scene/episode, Auntie Zee "kills" the other Auntie because "she was getting on my nerves." Of course, the Auntie comes back to life soon after... I also realize this is a dark show and that it's fiction, but in the murderous culture of today, I just don't like the casual references to killing anymore. This is a TEEN show and it just didn't sit well with me. Perhaps I'm getting old. There seems to be some man bashing going on too. As far as structure and theme... Not sure. My 2 cents.
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Uninspired by Playing for Keeps
7 December 2012
Gerard Butler plays George, a former soccer star who now finds himself on hard times apparently from squandering his resources. He finds himself living in Virginia so he can be close to his estranged son, Lewis (Noah Lomax) and ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel). When George begins coaching his son's soccer team, it isn't long before all the hot soccer moms start noticing him. I thought this was supposed to be a romantic comedy but I have to tell you, I barely chuckled twice. Playing for Keeps offers a star-studded supporting cast, including, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer and Dennis Quaid; but, surprisingly, I found the funniest character out of the bunch to be George's nosy landlord, Pramam, played by actor Iqbal Theba. Such fantastic actors but sadly the director simply did not utilize their talent to the fullest. This movie really had so much more potential. I really enjoyed the cinematography although the lighting a bit dim for me. The location was very beautiful. The first 30-45 minutes was entirely too slow for even my liking. At some point after that, it finally started to pick up but for lack of a better description, it simply felt very flat to me. I wanted to like this movie and I wanted to like the characters even more, but it just never happened for me. Granted, Gerry and Jessica are beautiful actors but the chemistry between then was lacking. Again, just didn't feel it. More laughs, humor and spirit would have been a pleasant and satisfying consolation, but one that never came.
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