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Seven Pounds (2008)
Didn't grab me
I'm normally a fan of Will Smith's work, but for some reason this film just didn't connect with me.
There are many things I am sure that are good about it, but this just wasn't for me.
The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978)
And off we go to Thames - the later Morecambe and Wise years
Morecambe and Wise headed to Thames after they had reached their peak at the BBC, and the common theory is that the material produced was much lower during this time.
Yes, both Morecambe and Wise look a bit older, and them not having Eddie Braben writing the scripts at the start of their Thames tenure didn't help, as he was, in my opinion the only one really capable of writing for them inch perfect, but there are some lovely sketches and moments, at least in the early years.
You just have to look a bit harder for it, as in amongst that you do I'm afraid have some weaker things, as well as material being rehashed, not only from the BBC series, but also the ATV years.
My advice would be to pan for the gold and skip the rest.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Why all the hype?!
This is one of those films that travels well by word of mouth, then you see it and wonder what all the fuss was about.
Not half as funny as it thinks it is, or original, it wasn't that great in general.
Almost Heroes (1998)
Not Matthew Perry's best film
I'm a big Matthew Perry fan, but sadly even he can't save this film from being a flop.
The premise is god enough, but everyone is let down by too much low brow humour and silliness that goes nowhere.
The Hustle (2019)
With two likable leads this remake of 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' had everything going for it.
However, once you watch it you almost can't believe what you're seeing.
This is poor, I'm sorry, because I imagine this was well intentioned, but it is. Joke after joke is poor, and even the charms of both leads can't carry it.
Mrs Lowry & Son (2019)
A film that's quality sneaks up on you
This is a nice little film, shining some light on the life of Lowry, one of the best artists the world has known.
It features two stellar performances from Spall and Redgrave, and makes some interesting points about the mother/son relationship.
It does feel slightly like a stage play rather than a film, and is probably a little overlong, but that doesn't take away anything from this quality film.
This is a film that doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama, so ultimately fails to be either.
The performance I most liked of Tina Fey's to date was in 'Muppets Most Wanted' - nothing as yet as made me rate her as others seem to.
Not a film i'd wish to see again.
Return to Me (2000)
Good enough, but not one I'd rush to see again
This was a decent enough film, one that tries to be a bit different from the normal romantic comedy, and it works to a point.
Unfortunately I didn't care for all the supporting characters.
The Terminal (2004)
I didn't know what to expect when I sat down to watch this film, but wow was I surprised.
This is a great film, full of heart and warmth, as well as observations about our society.
Tom Hanks gives a wonderful performance, but then again when doesn't he?
I cannot recommend this film highly enough.
News for Rachel
This episode features the revelation to Rachel of Ross's feelings for her, albeit a little too late.
This is the lead story in the episode, and the most interesting. Although Matthew Perry's reaction to letting the news slip is very funny also.
There is a Joey related B plot, but it's very forgettable.
And so ends season 1.
Friends: The One with the Birth (1995)
Oddly not the last episode of series 1, this episode sees Ben being born.
It's a good episode, with three strong stories, which is what episodes prior to this have sometimes been lacking.
I'm glad they toned down Phoebe's kookiness in the next season, because here she is quite annoying.
It was lovely to see Matt LeBlanc being given something a little bit different to do also, in his story involving a pregnant woman.
We also get a hint of what is to come in the Chandler/Monica relationship too. It's only hinted at, but interesting now looking back.
Not a classic, but better than the last few episodes
There was a run of weaker episodes towards the end of 'Friends' first year, but this one is slightly better.
I didn't care for the Rachel or Monica storylines, but there was some fun to be had in the one involving Phoebe and Chandler, as the latter learns he's not half as popular at work as he first thought.
Not a classic, but better.
A dud episode
There were a few dud episodes as the first series of 'Friends' wound down, and this is one of them.
I didn't really like any of the three stories, and would skip it next time.
Chandler steals the episode
Another so-so episode of the show, with the Chandler story being the best one. I think the writers by this point were realising just how fab Matthew Perry is, especially when playing on Chandler's neurotic side.
I didn't see the point of the Joey storyline. It went nowhere.
Like others I went "is that Jennifer Grey?" during her appearance, and while it's not the best storyline, there's some fun to be had as Rachel and Mindy plot Barry's comeuppance.
Not a great episode, but worth a watch occasionally.
A decent, not spectacular episode
Other than the final few minutes with the speech from Rachel and the appearance of Barry this is a fairly standard, ok but not great of the beloved sitcom.
I think at this point they were still working out what worked, and what didn't. This episode contains elements of both.
Blinded by the Light (2019)
A film that's quality sneaks up on you
If it weren't for me having time to kill I probably wouldn't have seen this film, but I'm glad I did.
Yes, it's about a guy who becomes obsessed by the music of Springsteen, but there's so much more to it besides.
Full of positive messages, much needed at this current time, and with good performances given by all, I would strongly recommend this film.
Stan & Ollie (2018)
A lovely film, well worth watching
In an age of superhero and sequel overload it is refreshing that films like this are being made.
I can't confess to knowing much about Laurel and Hardy before watching this, but after this I may watch more of their films.
Both Coogan and Reilly give strong performances as the two beloved comedians and there is enough heart to keep this film going throughout.
Well worth a watch.
A new sitcom from the BBC. That'll be unfunny then
Well this is poor.
The BBC when it comes to sitcom's really do not have their finger on the pulse.
Trying to create their own Benidorm by hiring Derren Litton, they miss the mark terribly.
The only funny thing about it is when they have a little 'Still Open All Hours' reunion by having Stephanie Cole and Maggie Olldernshaw feature.
And as for the Jimmy Saville run of jokes - very poor taste.
Doctor Who: Face the Raven (2015)
Good, but spolit later on
This is an utterly forgettable episode other than the final few moments where Clara 'dies'.
Testament to how dull it is comes when you watch the behind the scenes feature of the DVD and even that makes it sound dull.
Peter Capaldi soldiers on with weak material, but I never fully buy into the moments where they try to make his Doctor jovial, I don't know why.
Jenna Coleman is great in the climatic moments that pull at the heart strings, but ultimately everything does here is ruined by what is to come.
The Decoy Bride (2011)
Should have been far, far better
This should have been better.
You've got a talented trio of actors in the lead parts, plus able support, and a decent new angle on the rom-com formula.
And yet this film is bland, unfunny, and wastes all involved.
Rules of Engagement (2007)
It's alright, nothing special
This is a decent enough sitcom without being spectacular.
The early years were the best though before it got to the point where the writers clearly were struggling for great ideas, instead settling for ok ones.
I preferred David Spade in 'Just Shoot Me' though, I think he's getting a bit long in the tooth for the role he played here.
Not a classic for me
I can't agree with other reviews of this episode, for me it's one of my least favourites from what overall was a very strong first season of the show.
It has its moments, and there's some lovely interactions, but aside from them all playing poker not much really happens.
My Family: The Unkindest Cut (2001)
The 4th Harper child?
One from the golden age of 'My Family' (series 1-5 in my opinion) based on that old sitcom plot staple of a potential pregnancy.
Beautifully played out by Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wannamaker, this also sees more screen time being given to Kris Marshall's character Nick, who was so missed once he left.
A fab episode.
The Sara Cox Show (2019)
Aled Jones, Zoe Ball - haven't ITV tried hard to fill the 'weekend morning chat show' void that didn't need filling in the first place.
Enter Sara Cox for attempt number three, and it's the worst yet.
Cox is annoying, the guests are either bored, sitting politely through her inane 'fun' games whilst just wanting to plug their film/album etc, or just z list celebs who were available.
Please don't have a fourth attempt ITV.
ITV have decided to do that old trick of 'helpfully' finishing a novel that the author did not via a drawn out tv drama.
This isn't great tv, despite ITV making it out to be the best thing since sliced bread. The performances given are all fair enough, but once you've seen one Andrew Davies adaptation you've seen them all.