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Becoming Us (2015)
Good topic, overly scripted show
Being transgender not only affects you but also the ones you love. People may have different feelings about it and the idea of this show is to discuss that. This could be a really informative, good show that teaches people. But it falls short.
Ben is a highschool student whose parent is going through the process from Charlie to Carly. Ben's girlfriend Danielle also has a parent who has gone through the same changes to becoming female. Is this really a coincidence that these two teens are dating and both have parents going through big changes? Or did the producers kind of just set up Danielle and Ben because they knew these kids had a similarity? It is never told in the show how Danielle and Ben actually meet.....
Later in an episode, one of Ben's friends comes out as transgender. What a coincidence, a third transgender person in this show! How common is that? I believe that all 3 of these people really are transgender. But I also believe the network/producers coaxed these people along together to form the story of the show. I doubt these people even knew each other before the idea of the show came along.
About Time (2013)
I feel like I've seen this movie before
The movie was OK. Just OK. I feel like I've seen films similar before. The main character finds out he has time traveling powers and (of course) he uses it to go back in time for things such as finding a girlfriend. This theme is used in pretty much any movie where a character has the opportunity to go back and relive his life. And (of course again)there is a major death which I predicted would happen as soon as I found out that the main character could go back in time. Better yet I also was able to take a guess which character would die. This film did has some good jokes and play-on-words and I liked the acting. When this film comes to theaters around holiday time I'm not sure if the crowds will be rushing to see it.
Great movie idea, horrible follow through
Creating a movie biopic about Steve Jobs is a brilliant idea. The creators had the opportunity to make a significant, informative film with their character study of the man who formed such a powerful company. But this one was a failure.
The movie is supposed to be a character study. But honestly this movie doesn't teach us much about Jobs, moreover it gives us a basic time line of his life and company. Kind of like those short 100 page biographies you read in 3rd grade for a book report that just really skim the surface and leave out everything.
This film lacked transition/fluidity and seemed choppy. Like the scene where we see him at his house with his family, the film never discussed that he came to have a wife and children. We only know that Lisa, his daughter, was from a previous relationship. And we learn that he tried to deny Lisa as his for a long time since the film focuses on it, but it never shows that he had a change of heart and accepted her as his child. Isn't a biopic supposed to teach us about a persons emotions, feelings about life, and his relationships with others?
If you want to learn about who Steve Jobs is, read his biography. If you want something that makes you FEEL smart like you know about the genius of a man and Apple Corporation, watch this film.