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Micallef Tonight (2003)
monday nights more fun
of course comparisons between rove [live] and micallef tonite are going to come up but all i can say is that the latter is the clear winner.
are people not sick of rove yet? his won his gold logie, i guess he has done his job. he doesnt seem to be able to get over the fact that he actually WON... which makes his show so lame at times.
Micallef is, in my opinion very orignial. i never watched his ABC show so i cant really compare his ABC humour to his channel 9 humour. I love his special guests such as (i think it was in the first show) the chicken parmisiana, because he couldnt get any of the performers from the casino... and just from tonights opening remarks: "I dont know what you made of the news this week, but this is what i made of it..." then goes to a shot of a paper mache like life-sized model of a man. i could not stop laughing.
this is what makes micallef so good. he is silly, stupid, embarrassed at himself, and seems to be extremely unprofessional. and he pulls it off, unlike rove who doesnt seem genuine.
micallef tonight makes me look forward to my monday night tv lineup and i hope that it lasts.
Rove Live (2000)
Hey Hey it's Rove
Rove's humour is that annoying office guy humour. he is a smart ass and, well... just a guy that you either love or hate. i used to love him. i would watch the show religiously every tuesday night, but after a while, the novelty wore off and it seemed that his jokes were just being repeating over and over.
Rove is often compared to the hilarious david letterman. not really compared but accused of copying. but what people need to think about is that letterman is accommadating for an american audience and rove for an australian one. the type of humour for both are very different. sometimes i watch letterman and dont understand his comments and i know that if an american watched rove they wouldnt get everything either. but i have noticed some similarities between the late show and rove:live.
1. rove introduces short segments with a daggy 80s style openings
2. the titles of there little segments are pretty much stupid. eg 'whos in the swivel chair?' or 'tell us where to go' in comparison to lettermans 'will it float' type segments.
3. his regulars corinne and pete go out and annoy the general public just as biff's job on lettermans is.
4. lettermans top ten is sometimes used in rove but not under that name (he has a top ten of something sometimes though)
rove has a lot of good points too! his "what the..." segment is original and so funny and the m&m's on the coffee table are A+ (according to his guests anyway). the only thing rove is missing is an in-house band... and i wouldnt be surprised if he suddenly got one too!
it may seem that im criticising rove... and basically i am. but it doesnt mean i hate the guy. he seems like a good guy and im glad there is an australian talk show such as roves since the good old 'hey hey its saturday' stopped airing.
Zhu ba da lian meng (2002)
Inner Beauty Doesn't Always Count
I saw this VCD lying on my desk one day and decided to watch. my sister is a fan of Chinese movies and what interested me most is that it starred the gorgeous Stephen Fung.
It starts off with Turtle who goes to work in a firm with his cousin. there he falls for a beautiful girl who is known for her potty mouth. She along with her three 'sisters' are known as the Pork Chops - the not so perfect looking females. Sick of the torture of those above them, the pork chops decide to go under some pretty intense treatment to become beautiful.
Zhu Ba Da Lian Meng got a lot of laughs out of me but i think what bothered me most about this film was the morale of the story. Most films like this that have unfortunate ugly-duckling girls who turn into beautiful dazzlers would still carry the theme of 'it's inner beauty that really counts'. But after the amazing transformations of the four already beautiful women, i lost a bit of respect for the characters because it seemed that they could get over their flaws and be happy with the way they were (it's not like they were extremely ugly anyway)
It's a good laugh but doesn't send out the right message to young impressionable girls that to get ahead you got to be beautiful.