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Lady Bird (2017)
A lot of guys like me won't feel connected to this movie. The relationships, the touchstone moments, the humor are not things I can relate to. Miguel and his girlfriend were tacked on. The main character was dull. There were a lot of jokes or attempts at quirkiness that fell flat. the ending was abrupt and unremarkable. However, there were aspects i liked. Marion struggled to communicate with Lady Bird and her letter was a nice corollary to that. She could never be real because she was afraid if she showed herself she would be judged critically. The nun telling Lady Bird that "attention is love" had meaning because her mother was always there, and that was a reflection or measure of how much she actually cared. "The attention is love" quote will stick with me. There's that moment when Lady Bird starts seeing her father as a person not just a warm smile and comforting hand holder. He's depressed. Marion tells Lady Bird she directly has been hurting her father by asking him to let her out of the car a block from the school. Lady Bird was genuinely struck with guilt. I laughed one time. When she passed her drivers test and said" thank you." Was told this isn't a"thank you moment" and she replied with an self conscious "yay" I hated just about all the characters except the mom. Lady Bird was like most kids her age - selfish, awkward, undeservingly self important. A good movie that I didn't have much fun watching
Use Me (2019)
It's the worst type of film.It is somehow elitist while being gaudy and cheap. It is pretentious but the confidence emanates from entitlement. Talent is assumed not earned or revealed. The plot is chaos without point, cohesion or a flicker of creativity. Watching this is like being around a gaggle of teenagers, giggling and shrieking while telling a story that they assume to be a riot but is just noise that goes on endlessly, way past the time you can maintain your polite smile.
Preacher: End of the World (2019)
I never feel much after a shows finale but this was well done and the last scene made me realize that i will miss the characters. The first two seasons were a blast while the last two spiraled into brutal often dull slapstick. However,while i lately hated the show, I always felt connected to Casidy, Tulip and Jesse. A well done last scene that these actors and characters deserved to go out on.
Preacher: Fear of the Lord (2019)
Can't do anything with a plot? add a self cannibalism scene and let's pretend it's hysterical. Are you out of creativity? Don't worry all you have to do is shove in a suicide scene where instead of being hung, the man's nipples are ripped off and the nipples and surrounding shorn flesh hang like ornaments. Do you think a scene is getting boring. The solution is to sink a cleaver in a vampires chest. Are you afraid the crowd is noticing how boring and ugly your show is? Distract them with a castration scene and put a faucet where his bits were. Cause funny. I don't care about gore if there's a point. Does it lead to a larger point that isn't obvious? Is it actually funny? Is it earned so you feel a tremendous loss and actual shock. Just eating a bad meatloaf and watching people vomit isn't worth watching just because it makes people feel disgusted. I've watched a lot of TV in my time. It's not something I'm proud of. This may have been the least enjoyable hour of TV I've ever seen and I've seen every episode of Fear the Walking Dead
Really bad and disappointing
There are so many story lines this show could be pursuing beyond dedicating much of it to a secondary character's brain trauma that occurred from random accidental violence. It pointless soap opera, full of surprise health changes, sorrowful eye contact, and weepy family scenes around her hospital bed. It's boring,
Beth doesn't make sense as a character. Would somebody her age still be driven solely by accidentally causing her mother's death? A child would bear that burden fully but an adult decades later would put it in some perspective, at least enough to have other facets to her personality. She's just anger and depression and people are more nuanced than that. Also, why would anyone want to be around her? Why would Rip care at all about a person who shows him nothing but abuse and sadism. His psychology interests me more and what makes him tick is never explored.
I feel like the Asian cliff scene was thrown in because the director realized this episode is incomprehensibly dull. It made no sense. There is no organic reason some Asians are all of a sudden hanging onto the edge of a cliff. Rip's conversation with them makes no sense. Why the meet and greet? Make sure they know pertinent instructions and save them. The Asian man's reaction to grab the rope can be explained away by panic but why throw two people falling to their deaths into a show for frivolous reasons.
Do we need to hear real estate contract negotiations? I liked the Beth riding horse scene. It was a good metaphor for why life is hard for her. But she's character cutout from an insecure man's imagination. She's pure angst and female chaos and I cannot engage with a character who doesn't have tangibility.
Happy I stuck with it
Has a show ever improved as much as Snowfall? The frist season had a bunch of plot-lines that they didn't know what to do with. The overacting was unbearable. It had moments of brilliance and then long stretches of silliness masquerading as social commentary and gritty drama. Now, it's grown up, feels comfortable in it's skin, pace is fast but not contrived, the acting is balanced but never boring.
Yellowstone: The Long Black Train (2018)
This episode is not highly regarded by most people but it's the one that convinced me to stick with the series. John Dutton goes on a trip with his grand kid and under his supervision the kid almost dies. Some people say this is just tacked on drama but it goes with theme of the episode that John is worrying about his age and how he may not as capable as he once was nor qualified to take on certain responsibilities. Also. the criminal organization of the Dutton's was presented more. This show isn't just about boring Montana politicking, this is organized crime and follows how they are recruited, groomed and end up. Last thing i liked was how soothing this show is. John's cup of morning coffee as he looked out at the ranch and cowboys is powerful is its grandeur. I may not like these guys but what they have is worth the fight they are giving to keep it.
Lone Survivor (2013)
Good war flick but also huh?
I don't know why critics hate this movie so much. The action scenes are tense and done incredibly well. It reminded me of Black Hawk Down, which is in my top twenty best war dramas in the past 20 years.
I did not understand the dilemma they faced. They did not have three choices, kill the prisoners, set them free or tie them up. The other option was to find a way to slow the prisoners up so they had time to be evacuated. The OBVIOUS answer was to bring them to the rendezvous point and let them loose when they were on the helicopter. But there were many other possible ways to go. They could have gagged them and bound them loosely so they would be able to go back the the Taliban base but it would have taken much longer. To just let them run full speed away is well- not that smart.
NOS4A2: The Wraith (2019)
First kiss lol
One of the more ridiculous scenes I've ever seen was a 27 year old actress who looks thirty but is playing an 18 year old, peck a boy, who does look 18, on the lips and tell him it's her first kiss. Who cast this show? She can't pass for an 18 year old at all.
Charlie Manx said she looks almost like a child and the show's premise focuses on youth and him stealing it. You can't have a 27 year old woman play this part!
Ozark: Coffee, Black (2017)
It was an OK episode. The time incongruities in kaleidoscope had a thematic purpose but in this episode they just thought it would add interest. I liked how betrayed Russ felt but I never could pin down how intelligent he is. In his conversations with Roy, he does seems moderately smart but his attempt to get Ruth to confess the attempted murder was moronic.
I do not understand how Ruth could have known Russ and his brother were going to ty to kill Marty. Just because they took the guns? The would have taken their guns anyway. If he killed Marty with feds looking on, he would have been tracked down and extradite from Canada. Taking the cartel's money and running to canada means you die. His plan made no sense and there's no way she would have assumed he as going to do it. Also, why would she all of a sudden feel a connection to Marty? She just tried to kill him. She was considering another attempt. I can see her having feelings toward Wendy, they bonded thru their abuse experiences but Marty?
Ozark: Book of Ruth (2017)
One of the better episodes
The only problem I had was how easy Rachel found his cooked books. Why not have a real book in the lodge and the cooked one at his home? It's out of character that someone who is considered a money laundering genius would make such a basic mistake. Lock the books up at least. Otherwise, the guy who plays Jacob Snell is spectacular and that first scene was realistically terrifying and made the ending work. Charlotte's story line also worked. She's just a misfit now. She doesn't know it but she belongs in that place. She no longer is the entitled girl who she was when she got there and this realization hits her in a uniquely severe form. The girl who plays Ruth also is really talented. She shows conflict brilliantly and she's both battered, beaten down and indomitable. The scene with her father was interesting because you can tell she wants to hear his compliments but also is is scared and shamed by him. Abuse is hinted at. The quiet panicked look she had when Marty wasn't electrocuted was also well done. I'm not a big fan of this show, it's derivative and scattered so far but this episode was an exception.
NOS4A2: The Shorter Way (2019)
A poor man's Stephen King
It has that lifeless stretched thin 1990s Stephen King miniseries feel. There are cutaways to a creepy man traveling with a kid, like Storm of the Century, there are vapid cliche ridden conversations with overdone backstories but while that kind of was tolerable in something like The Langoliers, it's dead here because the supernatural mystery is so boring itself. This is an extended King miniseries without the King magic that makes you want to know what the plot is all about despite of all the other drek in it. It's weighed down with filler not interesting character development. It's not interesting to watch a father sing "Here Comes the Sun" for example and it doesn't add much to understanding character motives nor empathizing with them. Everyone is a cliche. The janitor is dumb. The people who are the biggest losers have thick accents, somehow Vic doesn't have her parent's accent. The rich are judgemental and condescending. Teens are angsty cut outs. It's a mess and since the problems are the creative department, it likely will not improve and this is the first and last episode of NOS4A2 I'll be watching
Get Out (2017)
Reality is the horror
There are a lot of movies that describe the black experience in America well. There are none that make you feel it viscerally as effectively as Get Out does. Don't just watch this as a horror movie. It's not what is intended. There is social commentary throughout. What you think are plot holes is your lack of movie comprehension. The movie makes you feel how hyper-aware we are when around groups of white people. The hypnosis is the cultural remains of living in a country where our roots are servitude and oppression - not just oppression of our body but our ego. The sunken place is emotional wound that get passed on from generation to generation. We feel less than, we feel immobilized, it is the culture that has done this to us. Get Out touches on the ugly way casual racism objectifies African Americans. How it otherizes us. When we are the other, what kind of treatment towards us is possible? When we are seen as sexual or athletic props, will we be treated with human dignity? Get Out comments on how white people have used us as parts in their system, in the movie very literally, to better their position but stealing our lives. Beyond all of the on point commentary, it's a beautifully and poignantly shot movie. The deer he hits with his car serves not only to make him flash back to his mother's death but him relating himself as the hunted who he empathizes with but his gf doesn't have the capacity to care about. She wants to jut drive on.
Bird Box (2018)
Read the book
The tragedy of this movie is people will not read the excellent novel Bird Box because the movie version for some reason decided to alter most of it and ruined it. Important characters from the book are never seen. Context is missing. Whole plot points are removed. None of it is necessary. The book is all about a fast moving plot. The book is as much of a mystery as it is a drama and it speaks not only to our will to survive in impossible circumstances but how we can make life meaningful when everything is hollowed out of it. It about courage and the need for connection but beyond all the the book is tense and fun. Somehow the movie is bloated. tacky and dumb. What a missed opportunity
What depression feels like
So much of the movie is the sad awkward trapped silence after someone says something to Victor. There are moments of poignant futility and desperation like when Callie leaves her job "because they don't seem to need her help anymore", and Victor almost voicelessly says that "he does" His mom admits on her death bed he was a replacement for his dad who died young. Victor feels stifled, void of his own identity, without self esteem or hope. There are amazing images of the the empty, tragically sad restaurant contrasted with pictures of happier times, smiling faces. Liv Tyler is gorgeous but more so around so many withering lives in a vacant town in a dying business. It's a beautiful, forgotten movie that does require patience as the pace is consistent with the depressed theme of the movie
It's relentlessly brilliant
The imagery and symbolism are beautiful and poignant. Some say Cleo is too stoic to convey emotion but her repressed emotion is palpable. So while there isn't a lot of action plot wise there is always two or three images to process and appreciate how they complement portrayal of cleo and the family. It's a masterpiece. My only complaint is sometimes it gets manipulative and heavy handed. The wedding being celebrated behind Sofía's family after she just told them their father is leaving is an example of this. So is the car that is too big for her to drive so she downsizes.Which is supposed to show how overwhelmed her relationship was and how much control she possesses with him gone. Those type of symbolic themes seemed forced and contrived.
A good episode
There were definitely some unwatchable episodes this season, which just comprised of ceremonies and poor actors chewing up the screen, Heahmund being the main problem.
Vikings has always incorporated the mystical aspects of the vikings worldview and really I loved ragnar but if you want a show with any historical accuracy he needed to go.
There are plots in this episode that move forward. Floki has given up his attempts to lead others toward religious and social enlightenment. He's alone but see he can change himself or doom himself to living a life filled with perpetual hate and retribution. We wanted him to kill Flatnose. Floki has moved on. The Iceland story has not worked but in this episode it did.
Ivar's scene with his son was evocative. His son crying for his father as his father crawled away conflicted is in my top 10 Viking scenes of all time. It didn't feel manipulative and all of Ivar's pains and humiliations flooded into that scene and it was conveyed that it was an act of tortured mercy not as a exploitative emotional torture on the audience.
I don't get the appeal of Gunnhild but she's suppsoed to be irresistible. She wants power and every man who has it falls deeply in love with her. The character isn't written well. I doubt anyone understand the appeal or why she's worth everyone's kingdom and the future violence her seductions will provoke . I don't even see her as trying to seduce people.
The Ending made no sense
The whole movie Neil says his unbreakable rule is not to make any commitments he can't run out on in 30 seconds. So he breaks this rule for Eady. It's a sweet sentiment and rings true. Meeting her makes him get in touch with how lonely he is and how empty his life would be even if he had more money he could ever spend. Awesome. he's all ready to make good on this epiphany and then finds out where Waingro is staying. Instead of leaving, like his philosophy has been his whole career would commit him to doing, he turns the car around and seeks out Waingro. For what? Waingro didn't kill his best friend. The men who died were coworkers who even he said knew what they were going into. He didn't do it because of his addiction to the job. This wasn't his job. This was a grudge and one I don't buy Neil would act on.
Otherwise, it's a great movie. Yeah the pacing isn't what I'm used to. There is a lot of soulful staring into space. It does have the best shootout scene I've ever seen and that classic diner scene with Pacino and De Niro where they are so similar it feels like they are giving therapy to themselves. I didn't like the foreshadowing. It was too obvious and made the movie predictable
This is a review for season 1. The first few episodes are overwrought and emotionally manipulative. The sad music being set off as the mother notices the cereal her kid used to eat is a typical tear jerker moment that made me annoyed instead of giving me an effective conduit into her feelings. The mystery had about ten boring red herrings that you know are too obvious to be the real killer. The actual killer is somebody you have no way of guessing so what was the point of watching this anyway? A mystery should leave clues that maybe you can put together to solve it. Why make tennant get dizzy all the time? He needs a pace maker? There was no need for this contrived plot point. The two leads Tennant and Colman are the reason the watch this. They have an effortless charm and chemistry and i liked spending time with them. The scenery is the other main character. It's gorgeous and soothing. It's not the worst show on TV, by far. but it's also not the gem people have portrayed it as.
Under the Skin (2013)
Pretentious and boring
The fun of this movie is figuring out the what's going on. You should flesh out the major plot points in the first 20 minutes and then movie is a passive experience. There are some stunning visuals that impact you viscerally. It's about the development of empathy and watching her develop it thru experience and observation. It's also kind of silly to have on of the most beautiful women in the world struggling to pick up men for one night stands. She's without any charisma. Anyone could have played this role. It's mindbogglingly boring and thematically redundant.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Good first half than falls off a cliff
The first half contained mystery. Is Howard a monster who kidnapping Michelle for his own twisted reasons or is he an awkward good guy who is saving her and emmit's life out of human compassion.. It's an engaging question because weirdness does not equate to badness and maybe Howard will end up being a nuanced character, who despite his many pathologies is a good person inside and need some time and trust to show it. The surprise is there a door number 3. He's a nut and he's saving her. i liked the movie up until that point. Then the movie seems to lose interest in itself. The dialogue becomes loose, cheesy and the characters become horror tropes. the end barely makes sense and you get the feeling it's been rewritten 30 times and they desperately want to wrap it all up in something that is semi plausible. I'll watch just about anything with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. She can sit at a chair and table eating baked beans and I'm in. She was perfect. John Goodman was effective especially in the first half.. The second I saw Emmit i knew he was DOA. They were trying too hard to make him endearing and lovable and he was the barrier between Howard's and Michelle's alone time that the movie definitely was going to make happen. It's disappointing that a movie with so much promise would fail this hard as it went on. If you're bored and want a thriller slightly better than a B movie there are worse things to watch.
Black Lightning (2018)
Surprisingly well done
It looks most of the negative reviews here are all politically motivated. I wish people who claim others are snowflakes or oversensitive would stop being offended by everything to the point that it dominants their opinion on everything. This is a slick, well done, unique take on the superhero genre.It deals with modern day issues, speaks in a contemporary language, and shows evil from a perspective very rarely attended to in superhero story telling. It manages both camp and realism. Look, the world is changing, trying to silence or mitigate it thru baseless negativity will not change reality. Reality is this is a good show.
Rectify: Pineapples in Paris (2016)
This show really is like anything I've ever seen on TV. It's more like a special novel, full of images, subtext, symbolism, that provokes genuine emotion. In this episode, you feel the culmination of Ted Jr's conflict. He knows the marriage is over,his efforts to resuscitating it has left him with futility and but he knows Tawny is a lover of lost causes, is too gentle to hurt him and if he doesn't put the marriage down it will drag out endlessly. There are no throw away lines of dialogue. Sentences like, "have you grown anything new in the garden lately" or "that picture of us was so crass" means he has moved on. Janet's trip with Ted senior is mesmerizing. These are two people who are reflecting on lives lost thru circumstance and thru settling. They could have gone so many directions with their lives and both resent that they didn't. He looks at his silence as heroic. She resents his silence as a failed opportunity to alert her that she's wasting time. Maybe she could have lived a more fulfilling life and maybe if he wasn't so polite the man she does love could have too. He never even wanted to work in a tire store. He just went along. Ted jr doesn't know the codes to his home anymore. Tawny changed them. He collects some possessions, all destructive, alcohol a gun. and leaves her home more peaceful. His final act is to stare at his marital bed, the locus of so many years of intimacy that is now gone. I could go on and on. The scenes with Danial are just as brilliant, moving and well acted. It's about lives ruined thru lack of action and thru action impelled onto them.
And I'm done
There are three story lines and two of them, Sandinista/CIA plot and the Gustovo telenova soap opera, are unwatchable. Franklin is infuriatingly dumb. They built Carvelle into a scary predator last week, but he doesn't even tie him up in his trunk. Franklin walks in the back of a gang operated club with 30 k, into a back ally, with nobody to watch his back or protect him. After all that dumb mistake cost him, he does it again at the end of this episode! The Lucia, Gustavo and Pedro character study is shallow enough to have been accomplished in one scene. We are three episodes in and we still are being told Pedro is a hot head who deludes himself into thinking he's hard but he's just a punk. You know, seeing that murder would have been fun. Watching them brood about its aftermath is redundant and boring.
The Teddy CIA story feels so thin it's reduced to a sketch. Shows like Narcos are readily available. Why would anyone want to see some weak sauce white man's burden in the Nicaragua jungle? Watching Teddy stammer for half his scenes is not endearing. It's not good acting. He's comes off as condescending and contrived.
Singleton should have just stayed in the neighborhood and focused on issues of masculinity in the black community. That's what he knows. He's way out of his lane in this show. My TV time is limited and there are too many good shows to watch. This one doesn't cut it.
I find the objections that this show tells a the story about the origins of crack cocaine in the inner cities hypercritical since breaking bad used meth as a gimmick and actually glorified the potential profits you could make in that industry. The story about crack is one about the social and economic environment during that time in the inner cities and how it effected everyone who lived in those areas. It should be told.
The show definitely has enough moments to keep me watching but overall it's a disappointment. The acting is hacky. Avi for example chews up every scene he's in. We get it. He's wacky and dangerous. The actor doesn't pull it off and instead of being impulsive and menacing he comes off as trying too hard and as a joke. Overall, the acting with two exceptions, franklin and cissy, are either way over the top or too self conscious. They don't seem authentic.
The show has a great soundtrack, and often the right inner city 1980 vibe. The story is muddled. There are many stories, four main ones, about a dealer, distributors, king pin, and CIA. Yet with so much going on it seems empty. They make a lot of noise, maybe to distract from the reality, they don't have a lot to say. Which is s shame cause there should be too much material to fill 12 episodes. There are moments, like when franklin is waiting for the bus in the hot sun and buys a motorcycle that work. That's why he's doing this. To get rid of the shame of poverty and to feel liberated. The near riot at the apartment complex cissy works at reveals the racial tension in the city and foreshadows the riots to come.
Moments like these make you hope the characters and actors will feel comfortable inside their roles and a good coherent story is told thru them. So far most of the time it is failing.