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Designated Survivor (2016)
Love For This Show is Waining
I have not changed my overall rating for Designated Survivor yet, but the once exciting show has really changed way too much in it's second year.
None of the new characters or actors added this season have really added anything. I esp. hate the character playing by Paulo Costanzo.
I am not a person who has to have constant explosions or wars or anything of that sort to enjoy a show, but if more is to come out of the characters then they have to be likable or well developed characters.
I really hope the show gets back on the track of what it was in it's first year, but if recent episodes are the way things continue -- the once great show will see it's rating decrease for me.
I highly recommend the 1st season. The 2nd season just so so.
Not as bad to me as many make it out to be
I know that most people regard this as the worst thing ever made, but I just don't see it that way. No I don't think it would win any awards for the best sitcom or comedy out there, but I do think that for just on the basis of entertainment I enjoy it. After all that is what we sometimes need is just to sit back and be entertained without having to think about anything. I think 9JKL achieves that....at least for me.
My biggest complaint I would have to say is that I am so tired of Linda Lavin playing the pushy Jewish mother. I would love to see her in a good role like she had on Alice.
The Users (1978)
Not that great years after watching it the first time
I remember when I first saw this I was high on the love of Charlie's Angels and anything that the actresses from that show did. I thought this was the best thing I had ever seen. And then a few years later I saw it again without the rose colored glasses and was not as enthralled with it.
I have also recently leaned or at least reminded of a lesson I have always known -- often these shows are not as good as the books they are based on. Now the book The Users by Joyce Haber is not the greatest book out there, but it is far better than the mini-series they based on her book. Watching the mini-series and reading the book now it is almost as if they took the names from the book and wrote them a totally different story.
Forget the series and read the book.
Another Disappointing Episode
Dick Wolf has always been one of my favorite writers of television drama. The last few years he has really disappointed me many times esp. with SVU. The show has always done rape stories but the last 2 seasons it is as if rape is their only agenda. It used to be thrown in with multiple types of stories with special victims. Now it seems the show can only do rape victims. And yes the character of Olivia has gone through a lot in her time on the show, but I am almost to the point of being tired of hearing about it. And I getting very close to being tired of the Olivia show. The show used to be about a nice ensemble cast who each had wonderful shining moments. I am tired of knowing all about Olivia and so would love to get to know and see the other characters more. The episode last night almost seemed like an Emmy bait episode to get Hargitay another Emmy nomination. As much I love Hargitay and always have on the show, I am just so ready for her to take a step back and let her other stars have more moments to shine.
Hell or High Water (2016)
I didn't get to see this movie in the theaters and couldn't wait until I could watch it on streaming or DVD. I had heard so many good things about it, and sometimes when that happens I get a bit of a letdown when it turns out not to be as good as the hype. This was definitely not the case with this one. The movie is a wonderful and exciting viewing experience. The highlights of my enjoyment were the performances by Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges, the wonderful score and soundtrack, and the beautiful cinematography. Everything came together great in this wonderful modern day western. A must see.
The Perfect Guy (2015)
Not bad, not good, just meh....
This is one of those movies that could have been so much more than what we get on film. The characters had great potential, and there were 3 fairly good performers in the 3 lead roles. And a great supporting cast highlighted to me by Holt McCallany as Detective Hansen. The weakest performer to me was Michael Ealy. He played his character from the beginning as too one note. Even when all the friends and family were seeing him as a good guy in the beginning of their relationship, the way Ealy acted and used his eye movements I never could like him at all. The pacing to me was really bad too. They jumped over so much of the big moments in the first of the movie as if to get to the part of him stalking her. It was like they were rushing to get to what they saw as the good part. But the good part was so predictable. You could almost see everything coming before it happened. I never felt any tension or any feeling of the characters being in danger even though they were. It was a movie with a lot of potential but a big let down.
The Last Hunt (1956)
A wonderful character driven western
The Last Hunt is a wonderful piece of Western film making. Richard Brook's script and direction are top notch. Robert Taylor gives one of the best performances of his career as Charlie, a man who seems to be in love with killing and hatred, yet has a tender side to him brought out by the Indian girl he takes captive.
The film is a wonderful character study of two men who are totally opposite in the way they feel about killing. And so much of the conflict within the picture results from the differences in their characters.
The supporting cast is great with Lloyd Nolan and Russ Tamblyn being the standouts.
The Last Hunt is hardly ever mentioned in the great westerns, but I feel it should be. It is a great film that has been overlooked way too long. Any western fan or Robert Taylor definitely need to check it out.
Got the satire but missed the story
I felt the film dealt well with its point of satire of what is and isn't art. But I think the film missed out on the plot or the story. In trying to or seeming to try to poke fun at the art world, it missed out on a great opportunity to reveal more about its characters and especially in playing up the rivalry between the brothers. The film wasn't bad and it was saved by very competent actors, but could have been so much more.
'Til Death: Pilot (2006)
Wonderful Pilot Episode
This episode was a wonderful set up for the premise of the series. The plot is simple and easy to follow but showcases each of the characters very well. It allows us to get to know each character as well as the dynamics within each couple. It definitely makes you want to watch more of the series. Very funny and very well done.
$5 a Day (2008)
Fun and Enjoyable Film
This is a light-hearted, funny and warm movie that gave me a very enjoyable watching experience. The script is well-written and the acting is wonderful from the entire cast. Walken proves why he is one of the best actors of the last century, proving again he is capable of both dramatic and comedic performances. With his deadpan sense of humor and acting ability, he owns every scene he is in. Sharon Stone is wonderful in delicious role of Dolores, and Nivola proves to have chemistry and acts well with both.
The plot is simple and formulaic but the writer provides enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
The characters are very endearing, and fill out this wonderful road movie that at times is funny, moving and poignant. I recommend it to anyone who just wants a fun experience with a movie.
Definitely A Low Budget Zombie Movie
To me only a true fan of the zombie horror film genre can really appreciate this movie. It is definitely low budget and the production values and the acting really showcase that. The zombie attacks can be graphic and somewhat bloody at times, but there is never really any fear or much suspense in them or the chases. It's just a weak entry into the zombie genre. A zombie movie fan might appreciate it, but don't watch if you are looking to be scared or horrified. This one just doesn't do it.
Interesting documentary about a little-known subject
I stumbled upon this documentary on Amazon and immediately wondered what in the world it could be about as I was not familiar with the term. I felt like some in the documentary it must be about amoebas or people who could change their sexuality back and forth. What I found was a documentary that was informative on the subject, but even at the end I still didn't understand fully how a person could be this way. But that is more of a problem with me than the documentary maybe. It is just like many in the documentary say hard to understand from a human standpoint. I would recommend the documentary to anyone who wants to know more about asexuality.
'night, Mother (1986)
Wonderful Performances in an Intense Dramatic Situation
I usually avoid movies that I know are going to be heavily sad. I know from the subject matter that this one would be. And usually if I do watch a movie that turns out to be as intense and sad as this one, I usually will never watch it again. This is not a movie that I will ever be able to watch over and over, but it is a movie that despite my normal pattern, I have now watched multiple times. The biggest draw for the movie to me is the performances by Spacek and Bancroft. They both are so good, and they turn the dialogue they are given into gold. The movie is heavily driven by the dialogue and the characters, and it all flows together so well. By the end you feel you truly know these two women, and you feel all that they feel. Overall, the script, the direction, the camera angles, and most of all the performances just all shine in this movie. I can recommend anyone watch the film at least once for the performances. Just prepared for an intense, roller coaster ride of emotions.
Loved The New Format
I have always enjoyed Hollywood Game Night, but I have to say I really loved the new format for this season. The new games, the backyard, and the addition of the Celebrity Name Game at the end really brought new excitement to the show. It was good to see the contestants outside of the traditional stage set there. I really loved the show vs. show competition in this episode too. I really hope they will do more of that. Great episode and made the show must see for me.
Added a point or two just for the message
Sadly I think this is one of those films that fits the could have been category. It in so many ways could have been so much better.
I'll talk what I liked about the film first. I did like the message that the writer/director wanted to put out there. Bullying and cyber-bullying are big problems today. And the message needs to be out there that it is bad.
Secondly, I loved the music score. I felt often at times that the scenes were a lot better because of the music that was added. Many times films miss the mark on this, but I think the music here set the right mood.
Third,I loved the beginning shots of the movie and I loved the end of the movie. That opening scene before the credits was beautifully photographed. And the pacing and excitement of the film toward the end was so intense esp. the concluding scene on the snow-covered road. And the message at the end of the movie was very much needed and so well put.
Now some things I did not like. First I have to start with the terrible opening credits. The theme song was okay, and even though I liked the artsy graphics throughout the film, I absolutely hated them in the opening credits. It was so bright and they moved at strobe light speed. There was no way to know who fully had a part in this film as I had to look away many times during the credits. If it had not been for the opening scene being so beautifully shot, I would have most likely given up thinking the rest of the film would be like the opening.
The script was probably my biggest problem with the movie. Some things worked, and there were a few good lines here and there. Besides the theme of the movie, I think one that worked within the script was that the writer did attempt to explore why the bullying was happening and that it was caused from so many factors. I think overall that is where the problem came from. I think there were just too many factors going on, and we never really got to know fully why any of the girls were like they are and why the bullying really happened. There were so many things mentioned or dropped in briefly, but nothing was explored.
The biggest problem is that the central thing seems to be what the girls the last time. But we are never told what they really did the last time. I think that would have gone a long way to filling in at least one of the biggest plot holes in the film for me.
I think overall the film just dragged at points, and there were way too many unnecessary characters. The cast of characters could have been trimmed down, and those characters explored more. I think that, and filling in the plot holes, would have definitely helped me enjoy this so much more. It would have definitely helped me to know why what we see in the end actually happened.
I was so excited to see a movie about cyber-bullying, but I think this one just missed the mark.
Acquasanta Joe (1971)
Not the best, but not the worst Spaghetti western I've seen
To me you have to really be a fan of this genre to enjoy this Spaghetti western. The biggest problem to me is the script. There are way too many plot holes that are just never explained, and questions as to why they are doing this or that. There are some good action scenes and moments. I loved the last 15 or 20 minutes of the movie just for the action alone. I will say another problem with the movie at times was the music score, which seemed way too lighthearted or comical at times for what was happening on screen turning moments that should have been played for more dramatic effect into comedy. My last problem with the movie was with the English dubbing -- at least on the version I watched. The voices seemed too alike at times as if a person not very talented was doing both parts at the same time, and didn't know how to disguise their voice well. In conclusion, I say if you are a fan of the genre, don't pass this one up. It is worth it for the action at times alone.
Not What I Expected
I had seen this title a few times, but wasn't sure it would be something I would enjoy. I ended up enjoying it way more than I thought I would. The writing and direction of the movie are very good. I was surprised that I did not find the soap opera/romantic type drama to be predictable as these movies often are. I can say I was very surprised by the plot twist and surprise ending. My biggest criticism is that a few times it seemed to drag along, but I think the overall pace worked to discover and get to know the characters. It was a great exploration of two different couples and two different type of relationships.
After watching this I was a little shocked to see that there wasn't much interest online in what I found to be a fascinating documentary. I guess most people think a documentary -- even a short one -- focused on one piece of artwork is probably boring. I guess to some it probably would be, but for me it wasn't. I'm not even a big fan of art or never really studied art, but I have seen da Vinci's Vitruvian Man almost all my life. I never knew much about or really that it was even a work of Leonardo da Vinci. I learned a great deal about it, and found the discussion and tidbits from the British and Italian experts in the scientific and art communities to be very informative.
'Til Death (2006)
Great show that gave out at the end
This was a wonderful show for the first 2 seasons (well most of the 2nd season) that just suffered from identity crisis it's last two seasons. It just didn't know what direction it wanted to go in. The original premise of the show featuring the contrast between the marriage veterans and the newlyweds was great. The performers and the characters meshed together, and for some odd reason the decision was made to shift focus to the Starks relationship with Eddie's new friend, Kenny. The character of Kenny should have never been a focus of the show -- he should have just been another one of the other friends featured from time to time in the circle. The fourth and final season was just the worse. None of the actresses that were chosen over four seasons to portray the Stark's daughter, Allison, ever worked; some of them were awful and even creepy.
In the end it goes down as one of those shows that should have ended a long time before it did. The first two seasons are still great TV sitcom worth seeing though.
That Awkward Game Show (2016)
Started with great promise, but faded
When my wife, adult children and I watched this new game show offering we loved it. We loved that each segment with the children and then the parents included more than one question and more secrets were revealed from each set of partners. The show was funny and risqué.
Then the show went on a break and came back very very disappointing. Each segment was cut to only one question and they at times have been stuff that was almost boring. Even one of the early episodes was redone with the new treatment.
The series seems to only have filled the time with more advertisements as we aren't learning more about the family partnerships or anything. This was a very promising show. We sure hate to see what happened to it.