If you don't believe me, check it out... it's truly brilliant.
Couldn't believe they were thirty year olds playing pretty convincing seventh graders, although for the next season they might want to fast forward to the high school years so they don't have to do so much creative editing to avoid the awkwardness of thirty year old women kissing children.
Excellent find, Hulu... hope you renew this one.
Wayne is more in the vein of an early Tarantino script like Natural Born Killers or True Romance... two misfit losers who find themselves in spite of a world that seems to conspire against them. The nice thing about Wayne though is that both he and Del are good hearted kids at the core. Wayne is an unlikely vigilante, small in stature but who makes up for it in bravery and has a superhero's impervious pain threshold. And Del(iliah) is every bit his equal.
The side characters are mostly annoying and a waste of time... Originally, I was going to dock it a few points for spending too much time with their stories, but the central relationship was so well done that I gave it a ten anyway.
Maybe if it gets a second season, they will fix the supporting cast... the actors were good but other than the lesbian couple and one other person who I won't mention because of spoilers, I felt Del's family, the principal, and the police weren't written as well as the main couple and they spent way too much time doing the same annoying crap.
Still... all in all... terrific show. Can't wait for season 2
Truly mind blowing and thoughtful script writing with some really nice emotional moments thrown into its Christmas Carol/It's a Wonderful Life blended with Groundhog Day and Memento like story structure.
No this isn't great art, but it was very entertaining and I'm amazed at how terrible the metacritic score because it deserves much better than that.
Mads Mikkelsen was terrific as always and I couldn't help but think of how much better this film might be if Natalie Portman was playing Vanessa Hudgens' role. Hudgens wasn't bad, she seems to slowly be growing as an actress but she just didn't have the requisite charisma to match Mikkelsen's assassin who was reminiscent of Jean Reno in The Professional. Part of this was the fault of the script, but I wish her role lived up to his.
At any rate, ignore the critical reviews if you like that era and genre. If you are offended by comic book violence or any of the films I mentioned, then I'd steer clear of this one.
Make a sequel Netflix!
I'm a liberal and I agree that the politics are a little bit too in your face (think they would have been better off with a more subtle, nuanced approach) However, if you take away that aspect, I'm glad at least they are trying to address some important issues rather than having a show completely divorced from current events.
It's better than Twilight so far... and has potential to improve so what I would do is I'd ignore the 10 ratings and the 1 ratings... and look at the scores in between to get a better idea of what the score should really be.
As a 50 year old, I wondered whether I was being biased because I grew up in a different era so do I think the songs in the sixties, seventies, eighties were more profound because I grew up with them? Or are they actually better?
Until she comes out with her version of the White album, I'm going to have to go with the older stuff is better. But she seems like a sweet woman, and she makes people happy, so that's probably the most important thing in the grand scheme of things.
Richard Dreyfuss as others have mentioned, did very well as the comedian who gave up his career for his family... I thought the roles might be reversed as Chevy had more experience doing live comedy but instead he tried to rehash a version of his uptight Clark Griswold persona playing his agent and Andie McDowell was wasted as the love interest.
So bottom line, if you're looking for the next Kominsky Method or Grace and Frankie... you are probably better off moving on to the next on your queue.
It's dark and probably heavy for young children, but I think the message is important so it's worth watching for that.
It's the equivalent of watching four solid John Hughes movies with a little Judd Apatow Freaks and Geeks feel as well. Much more enlightened than a Hughes script yet still irreverent and fun.
Can't wait for season 2... well done everyone!
What this series does well, is to show the struggle of a relegation level team, the difficulties of competing against teams with the resources of oil barons, and the cultural importance that the football teams have for smaller communities, one man compares it to a church for everyone in the city. The passion of the fans is unsurpassed, and the only thing one might compare it to in America is the dedication of Cubs and Red Sox fans before they finally won their first series.
My main complaint is that the games were really poorly presented. You wonder if they could have got a Match of the Day producer to help edit them in a more coherent way. I get that time must have been a concern but still the action was well shot, but almost impossible to follow other than the goals.
Also, it felt like it was missing key interviews from some of the players... although it could be that many chose not to participate.
All in all, well worth watching and it might make want to watch some of those NBC games when they come on.
I might watch next season to see what happens... but it's a bad sign when I'm struggling to finish rather than staying up all night trying to see what happens.
However, the biggest problem for me is the host, who seems like a nice enough, affable guy, but would fit better hosting in a Ryan Seacrest/Carson Daly type show.
Also I don't get saddling chefs with sometimes almost random pairings. It's like the Amazing Race but I think who did well often depended on the pre existing relationship. Some were close, some were less so...but they should either have chefs bring their sous chefs or cook by themselves.
The strong point however, were the contestants themselves. Such a likeable group, it made see past the sometimes cheesy set that was better suited for a singing competition than a cooking one.
Their passion for food was infectious and for that reason I give it a fairly good rating.
So this show based on John Grisham's only non fiction work, was right in my wheel house.
The problem with the series is there is a lot of filler and even repeating some of the same points, so although I found it a fascinating subject, I also felt like they could have told this in about three episodes.
Therefore, overall, I'd give this show 8 stars because it presents many important points that we should understand about our justice system, it took a little too long to get to the point.
A lot of interesting characters though, and definitely worth the watch.
So, it was a treat to watch this mini journey through Warsaw and a little of the Polish countryside reimagined as a parallel universe.
The shots of the architecture, landscapes, and cityscapes are beautiful. I agree that if you watch it on a low resolution tablet or laptop that it might look too dark, but if you watch it on a big screen you will find the cinematography to be stunning. It reminded me a little of Kieslowski, the way the dp would make even driving through a tunnel or walking through a train station an aesthetically pleasing experience.
This isn't an easy series to watch, and I would mostly recommend it to art house fans more than mainstream tv watchers who just want to relax and enjoy a 24 style thriller. It flashes back and forth through time... none of the actors are known to an American audience so it's very difficult to keep track.
However, if you stick with the show, I think it pays off for the most part and has some interesting thoughts on bleak, brutal, and subjective nature of history. In a way, it reminded me of Memento... if you consider the protagonist a country rather than a person.
The problem is that they didn't bother to make any of these characters particularly relatable or likeable. The lead scientist, Karl is obsessed with achieving his mission directive... Agatha played by Gretchen Mol is concerned with the welfare of her charge... Rowan the xenobiologist also cares about his own needs beyond anything else.
Perhaps this is fitting considering how technology has isolated us as a society, but utterly depressing to watch.
I could at least relate to Camilla or Fabio, but the stories of Chiara and Ludovica and their love interests were less interesting than most adult film plotlines.
And Niccolo? what kind of random, half baked plotline was that?
I honestly don't get the appeal of this show.
I've loved Italian cinema for the most part... but this was very disappointing
Some parts of the story are absolutely ridiculous and farfetched, the computer generated scenes of the football matches were some of the worst I've seen in recent memory, however I was entertained the entire series and I definitely want to see the second season.
The two leads were both terrific and elevated the show beyond trashy camp. It feels a little bit like watching the over the top and absurd Boondock Saints at times crossed with a really good English serial... however the portrayal of the central characters somehow lend credibility to the proceedings even when the plot veers way off the rails.
As an American it's hard to tell where this series stands in comparison to other German television shows, and it's difficult to judge what aspects of Berlin life and culture even remotely resembled reality. I did find it fascinating, however and it made me want to try other German series.