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Phineas and Ferb: Act Your Age (2014)
An excellent, heartwarming episode which will answer many questions
Having not watched Phineas and Ferb in a long time, I went out and bought the first season's DVD. I instantly started remembering those glorious days of 2007, and I didn't regret passing my time at all. However, like many fans, I had wondered what it would have been like if Phineas, Ferb and the gang all grew up. After seeing the episode last night,I finally got my answer. In spite of not providing enough screen time to important characters, the result was still fantastic. The show didn't lose its edge one bit, despite this episode being the 33rd of the 4th season. The songs in this episode are among the best this show has ever produced, and the jokes are still as funny as ever. The episode felt like a huge thank-you to all the fans; that being said, this episode is a must-watch for all the dedicated fans of the show.
Breaking Bad: Pilot (2008)
The Pilot: Or, How Breaking Bad Ruined TV For Me
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are an interesting combination. Bryan Cranston and Aaaron Paul give us a hit of some outstanding chemistry (no pun intended), and this episode was a perfect beginning for one of TV's greatest shows.
Walter White is a 50 year old over-qualified high school chemistry teacher. He discovers one day while working at his second job ( washing cars, embarrassingly), that he has 3rd stage Lung Cancer. He goes on a ride along with his brother Hank, a DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agent to bust a methamphetamine lab. This is where all the action begins, with the end of the episode being iconic: Walt, in his underwear with a gun pointing at the screen.
How one situation leads to another is incredible in this show. In the opening episode, the set-up for astounding character development is laid: it followed through magnificently in the following seasons.
Bryan Cranston gave an Emmy-winning performance for this episode. His performance was a visceral revelation, and Aaron Paul is outstanding as Jesse Pinkman. This show is one to binge-watch, and due to account of this episode, one to admire forever.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
A Great and Self Aware Rom-Com
I might be in the minority, but I found this film an example for all romantic- comedies of the future. It has an extremely self-aware script, which follows the stereotypical romantic comedy formula while endlessly mocking it simultaneously. The chemistry between Timberlake and Mila Kunis is amazing, and is enough to carry the film at its running length.The stand-out supporting performers, however, are Woody Harrelson and Patricia Clarkson. It is a hilarious film, and is one of the few romantic films which never runs out of passion or steam. Even though it bears many similarities to films like No Strings Attached, it actually delivers on its concept better, and its much more likable.
Boston Legal: The Court Supreme (2008)
Among the best episodes I have ever seen
This episode and the final 2 seasons of BOSTON LEGAL have received a lot of flak for being too left wing. But you just have to give credit to it's writing, and especially James Spader's performance. In this episode, he jumps at a chance to argue before the Supreme Court; what happens next, in his arguments, is charismatic and characteristic. James Spader and William Shatner played extremely well of each other in this episode, with John Larroquette doing a consistently excellent job as the watchful Carl Sack. The subplot involving Jerry and Dana was also thought-provoking, and essential television.
Most of this episode lies on James Spader's electric performance as Alan Shore, a role winning him 3 Emmys in 4 years. He is articulate, emotional, and righteous and logical enough to the point that by the end of his 5-minute, sometimes 10-minute monologues, you were completely cheering for him. When I watch television, this is the thought provoking kind I want, whether or not I disagree with its pathos and agenda. An excellent and essential episode of TV, and quite simply among the best of the series.
The Godfather (1972)
The Greatest Movie I have ever seen
The Godfather is the finest cinematic achievement ever. It had the first truly ensemble cast, and writing which matched, if not bettered, its masterful source material. It was a truly original mafia film of its time, imitated by a lot more media as time passed. It was the first gangster film to revolve around the families of the gangsters, rather than the action, which just added to the suspense. The Godfather's essential components from its cinematography, editing, score, directing and writing can be praised to the ends of this Earth, but one thing always stands out for me: the acting. Marlon Brano's Vito Corleone is rightfully seen as the legend's greatest performance; Robert Duvall and James Caan are the two only imaginable actors (who gave instinctive performances) for the roles of Sonny Corleone and Tom Hagen. But Al Pacino, in a brilliantly developed role as Michael Corleone, stands out due to his convincing acting, along with an interesting and cohesive back story. Every other actor is appropriate for their roles, and all are phenomenal in their career best performances. It is by far, the greatest film I have ever seen and my favorite film ever.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
A Rare Masterpiece
Mutiny on the bounty is one of the finest films I have ever seen, and a rare beast of a film at that. It succeeds in everything a film should, with an interesting story, idyllic and realistic acting, and a wonderful feeling. The leading performances of Charles Laughton, Clarke Gable and Franchot Tone are the ones of legend. The fact that the 3 of them canceled each other both in the film and in the Oscar for Best Actor is a common fact. Laughton's scenes as the ruthless Captain Bligh succeed not only in making me believe he was a British Naval Officer of the late 18th century, but also made me loather him. Rarely do we see actors throwing themselves into their roles like this. Gable's Fletcher Christian is perhaps some of the more daring characters I have seen on the screen, with Gable wisely not trying his hand at a British accent and shaving that iconic mustache. Gable's performance is among his career's best, and he seemed to fit naturally within the plot and his talented co-stars. The scenes when he finally loses his temper and lets go of his bottled emotions are awe-striking. Franchot Tone, in one of his first film roles, steals the show with his earnest, wise and passionate turn as Roger Byam. His speech in the final moments of the film is the greatest monologue I have heard in a film, especially due to his criticism of brutality at the seas, and that of Captain Bligh. If the Academy even saw that scene, they should have given the thing to him. One of the best movies Ever.