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I have to admit that I didn't watch this show when it was on. And I love this kind of show. I started watching it last week and I couldn't turn it off. This really is amazing television. I'm not sure you could it any better than this. The last episode.... The music in this show is incredible.
House M.D.: One Day, One Room (2007)
What a great episode this is
I will put this episode in the top five of all the television I have ever seen. Incredible. Long Term Parking was arguably one the best episodes in the history of television. I'd put it right up there.
Another great show cancelled. Unbelievable.
I'm halfway through season two of this fantastic show. In the process of finding out when three is coming out and I find it's been cancelled. Then I see the reason why and I am dumbfounded. It's too male. Let me repeat it so it sinks in. It's too male. What does that even mean? Half the cast is female with some of the most central plot aspects including the most bloodthirsty killers on the show. Who thinks like that? They pulled the plug on one of the best shows on television because it didn't revolve around enough women? That is one of the stupidest reasons I have ever seen. I guess Kartrashians isn't male enough and that ridiculous Oak Island show isn't stupid enough. Unbelievable.
Night on Earth (2020)
Two seconds in you could smell the CGI. You could at least make an attempt to disguise it. You can't put a camera up a cheetah's ass without becoming prey yourself. I'm giving this 7 for the attempt, but there's a lot in this show that came from a computer.
How Re-write 1969. Genius
This movie can be boiled down to one scene. Burning up in someone else's swimming pool because you're too stupid to go underwater and put yourself out. This is genius film making. And in the end...
Cracked Me Up!
The wide margin of ratings for this one is really interesting. It just illustrates the difference in tastes of us all when it comes to humor.
I thought it was great. Even my wife was laughing and she doesn't get into history at all and has limits when it comes to humor. I really loved that blue screen at the end. That was funny.
What the hell was that? How in the world could Hooper watch this and still release it? This goes way beyond weird; it's downright creepy at times which is magnified by all the bazillion closeups. That's not the way to watch this show. You have to see the whole stage because there are things going on all over the stage no matter which character the focus is on. With a stellar cast such as this you'd have to really go out of your way to produce a monstrosity like this. I'm sorry to say that that's pretty much what he did. I like Hooper. He's put out some really great stuff. This is not one of them.
A Christmas Carol (2019)
A Different Take For Sure
I don't know what everyone was expecting but it was very clear from the previews that this was going to be darker and totally different from any previous versions that came before it. I commend the producers for coming up with a completely original take on it. How different copies of the same production do you need over and over again? There are enough of them out there to occupy you all week if that's what you want. Guy Pearce (that should have been the first clue that it was going to be a whole different animal) was great as was Andy Serkis. It's not my favorite version. That goes to the '51 Alistair Sim version. But I enjoyed this as well.
The Crown: Cri de Coeur (2019)
There Is Only One Queen
Even in her "loose cannon" existence you can't help but feel a certain empathy for her situation. Helena Bonham Carter plays this to the hilt. I get the feeling from this episode that the writers are going out of their way to flesh the entire thing out now so that they can put it to bed, so to speak, and get her funeral out of the way very early next season. They're going to have to address the Diana/Charles situation and that's likely going to take more than a few episodes.
The acting in this show is superb, whether or not you like the players. This entry is no different. It touches on a lot of issues that haven't been dealt with yet. In all of her stoicism and her seemingly anhedonic nature she turns to the sister she's always considered a stain and embarrassment for advice and finally shows a human side. It is very evident that Margaret appreciates it.
I can understand why some people wouldn't like this episode. I enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty good. Ravens coming home to roost as it were. Looking forward to the next season. Well done.
Could have used a few more episodes but...
It wasn't that bad guys, come on. Yes, there were some things left unexplained and even if they only used text overlays it would have helped. The major questions left at the end were:
1. Who were the people returning (keyword) at the end? I took it to be the people sent through during all the Nazi testing. That had been going on for a long time and they were successful eventually.
2. What was the fate of the United States? Since the attack was successfully called off from the highest command after Smith was killed it can be reasonably deduced that the Americans were throwing off the yoke, so to speak. The bigger question is how the resistance would accept them. After all, they did betray their country by becoming Nazis. But the war had been over for 20 years and anyone very young or born afterward would only know that existence making indoctrination easier as time went on.
The harder questions to answer would be what happened to the individuals involved and that is best left up to the viewers.
The biggest thing I had a problem with was that train wreck. You're talking about a train going 250 miles an hour coming out of a bend that would have plastered everyone on it against the wall, especially the people standing, nose diving from 30 feet into the ground and stopping that fast and people just walk out of it with barely a scratch when they should have been shredded? That's some kind of master race.
Didn't see that coming. I'm glad I waited to watch this show so I could watch it without any extended gaps between seasons, but it was starting to slow down a little. This episode puts it right back in high gear. It's also interesting to see that even in fiction J. Edgar Hoover was a gutter crawling pestule of slime.
Oh my God. Why?
Look, nobody's questioning Harriet Tubman's contributions or her role in the history of the abolitionist movement. But, except for the names, this movie has about as much to do with actual history as Underdog does with rescuing war dogs. I have to wonder what would have happened to a black woman walking around in the slave holding south dressed like Hollywood's version of a pseudo Annie Oakley. The filmmakers had a golden opportunity here to get this right but chose to throw a bunch of candified, Hollywood cliches at it instead. That's not to say there weren't some emotional moments, but the real history and achievement of Harriet Tubman is emotional and soul stirring enough without burying it under 10 feet of Hollywood glitz in order to appeal to the superhero crowd. Boo. Hiss.
Ok, this is relentlessly stupid
This show might as well have been made in a kindergarten play yard. At least then you'd have some kind of idea where this thing comes from. Another reviewer called it sloppy. I'd say that pretty much describes to a tee. Don't these people ever watch the shows before they send them out?
Good, not great, not terrible
This is worth a watch. It's certainly not Oscar worthy nor a one star crap. I know the story and they did take a few liberties with it, but none that really change the heart of it. The acting was good as was the cinematography which aptly conveyed the bleak realities of a hate group in the middle of a rust belt winter, whether belonging to one or trying to extricate yourself from one. It's a good movie. To me the worst thing was that nerve wracking, heavy metal cello they threw in at odd times. Definitely way low marks for the soundtrack.
The Boys: You Found Me (2019)
WOW! Not at all what I was expecting.
I was a little hesitant to watch this show because, with a few exceptions, I just don't get into the superhero stuff too much. This is is a mind blowing, totally unique way to present it and once I started I couldn't turn it off - binged the entire season in a day. I don't want to say too much, but the writing and acting is top notch. And like I said this takes a totally different angle to, let's face it, a pretty much worn out subject matter. Now I have to wait on the second season which sucks, but give this a shot. You should not be disappointed.
Goliath: Tongue Tied (2018)
That's it for me
No folks, it's not because the bad guys won. It's not because people want to see bunnies or poofy white clouds. It's because the writing on this show has reached a new level of stupid. It's becoming laughable. If you like it more power to you. Enjoy. Me, I'm outa here.
Goliath: Two Cinderellas (2018)
Nothing About This Episode Makes Sense
I'm trying to stick with this show, but the more I see the less sense it makes. Just looking at it from the Billy point of view... He's got to have some kind of idea that Marisol is not exactly who she appears to be, at the very least that she's hiding something. Yet in the middle of a meal she convinces him to go down to the beach and wait for her. Not "let's take a walk on the beach" , but to walk down and wait for her. And this is after he agrees to go with her to Mexico because she wants to get away from it all. Even my Cocker Spaniel could figure that one out. Next thing you know she's calling to him from the passenger seat of a black SUV and still no red flags go up. So they get to what is plainly obvious a cartel hacienda with armed guards and one handed vineyard workers that she refers to as her home, yet still no warning flags. Not to mention that she knows he'll be out of cell phone range and the only outside communication he'll have is a satellite phone so that the cartel will know the details of every call coming and going. And. He. Still. Does. Not. Leave. Couple that with a cop who should know better but still takes with him the only way of tracking his location, namely his personal cell phone, while he's supposedly trying to hide his family from said cartel and you just end up with a big steaming pile of what the hell.
Goliath: Citizens United (2016)
I've got to agree with the other reviews about the ending to what was a really good first season build up toward the trial. This episode has a real Jury Ex Machina aspect. The prosecution in no way whatsoever proved its case enough to win, certainly not enough to validate the award. Cooperman's stroke was also very well timed. The guy is as ruthless and despicable as the most criminally despisable lawyer comes. Yet he was so pressured by a short line of questioning, which he actually went out of his way to set up, that he stroked out on the witness stand? Then after damages had been awarded the CEO of the guilty corporation wants a parlay in order to negotiate a lower settlement along with being absolved of any guilt. Then when it's declined he has the biggest brain fart of the year and clears the room of his legal counsel so he can have a private conversation with the prosecuting attorney? I have a hard time believing that anyone, let alone the CEO of a major defense contractor, would or could ever be that stupid.
I give it 6 stars for the acting but the entire trial was just a big pile of huh?
Peaky Blinders: Black Tuesday (2019)
The Wait Is Over
I've been waiting for this season for awhile. They weren't sitting on their asses were they? Great episode. They picked up right where they left off. I had to laugh at the misguided soul who said that unions were about flexibility and understanding. That's not what unions are for. But, I digress. Great show. One more thing... Whomever is responsible for plugging that Sabbath in deserves a raise. Brilliant. If you don't know what I'm talking about, think of where this based. If you still don't get it turn off the rap.
When They See Us (2019)
This Can Happen To You Too
This is such a great series, based entirely on fact. How do take back ruining people's lives? Oops sorry?
I see a lot of reviews based only on the belief that it made Trump look bad. Everything in this show about Trump really did happen exactly the way they show it. If anything Trump made himself look bad. Yet, even to this day, he has yet to issue an apology for inflaming an entire city to crucify these boys. Some things never change.
Lost in Space (2018)
I so wanted to like this
If only they would have put as much effort into the dialogue and script as they did the cinematography and sets, which are immaculate. There are just too many plot holes and "what did you just say" moments for any amount of suspension of disbelief to overcome.
Roddenberry would hate this
Maybe stepping outside of the "everyone gets along no matter what" mentality is what made this show so good. I really enjoyed this and, in my humble opinion, this show had more to do with what is really going on in the real world. KUDOS
One nitpick... A small one. Trials and Tribulations?
Take me to your monster.
Netflix has really come through with some excellent presentations of late and this is no exception. The visuals and puppet work are superb and the story and voices are great. I have always been a fan of Jim Henson and I have a hard time believing that he would ever have a problem with this. It's uplifting but very dark at the same time. Most of the complaints I've read are from people who compare it to the original and simply refuse to accept it because it isn't the original. Those complaints are inevitable and we've heard it all before from Battlestar Galactica to Star Trek to super heroes. Make no mistake, this a really good shew, as Ed would say. I just have one question: I wonder if Lore has an evil brother named Data.
Peaky Blinders: Episode #3.5 (2016)
First of all I love this show
They went completely off the tracks with this episode. I haven't timed it, but I'd be willing to bet half of the episode was just people fking. It's like they woke up with a bad hangover and few ideas. The scant story line wasn't enough to hold it's own so they thought it would be a good idea to throw in a bunch of gratuitous sex, which didn't contribute anything to the plot or story.
I Think This Is Pretty Good
This series crosses lines that nobody has ever acknowledged before, let alone tried to understand. We all just want to sweep it away into the dustbin of America's dark corner. The only thing that comes anywhere near this series is a pretty lame excuse called, excuse me, Helter Skelter, or else a very chilling novel called In Cold Blood. People complain about the acting, the boredom (even though they admit that they didn't watch one episode). It isn't perfect and it had me scratching my head at times. For instance, I don't know how the whole lesbian angle did anything to contribute to the show. The acting is superb; they're supposed to be way. That's what their positions require. Has anyone ever worked for the government in any capacity? You aren't allowed to care, and the way they portrayed it so well speaks volumes to their research and the cardboard way that government workers are told to behave, FBI or not. When you work for the government it's not the job you do that matters. It's how you make everyone above you look as you're doing your job that matters.
Anyway, two things: Someone heard a splash and radioed it in. Two FBI agents watched the car come over the bridge with the lights off. Then the lights were turned on at 3am. They actually called it in so they knew it happened. Then they watched him turn around, and they called that in as well.
If was them I'd be asking "What are you trying to hide by driving with your lights off? Why did you turn around just to drive back the way came instead of driving until you came upon an alternative route which would have accomplished the same thing without drawing suspicion?
Nobody ever asked those questions which, to me, is just plain stupid.
Still, it's a good show even though I can't imagine why they all let that go.