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Kenan
(2021)

Disappointing
With so many seasoned comics, this show had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, that potential was not reached. Kenan plays "Kenan", a widowed father., and like many of it's predecessors, the premise relies on secondary characters to help the single parent but in actuality only helps to create more characters and storylines. It has the feel of a school play and is actually pretty dull. It has heart, but no humour. Kenan should stick to his day (or in this case Saturday night) job.

Love, Guaranteed
(2020)

All the hallmarks of a Hallmark.
This film is so predictable, is predictably is predictable. Mismatches come together! Kooky supporting characters! Constant reminders of what season it is! It is like a Hallmark movie with slightly better known actors. That being said, this movie is not terrible. Main character Susan is relatable to the key audience and while generic, the supporting cast is entertaining. The over-the-top finale is responsible for my personal rating of below-average. If you're the the type to like rosee wine and/or knitted sweaters. (not that there's anything wrong with said type), you may find this a fun way to kill 90 minutes.

Call Me Kat
(2021)

Meh.
What's good: I like the actors. A few good jokes. Cats!

What's bad: It's narrated. Characters and jokes are cliché. Could use *more* cats.

Conclusion: This show is pretty run-of-the-mill. That could prove to be either comforting or boring to audiences. It has a likeability among a certain demographic, mostly single middle aged women (like Kat herself), but lacks mass appeal. Best wishes.

Celebrity Watch Party
(2020)

Mindless summer fun
It comes as no surprise that this show will never win an Emmy, but it finds an appropriate spot in the summer broadcasting season where C grade shows usually appear. One does not need have a particularly high level of education to enjoy this show nor would it find it's place even among a book club crowd, but it's a fun to watch whilst bored. The personalities and their comments are enjoyable and often funny. Enjoy with a nice IPA or lager after work or errands.

Roseanne
(1988)

You Can't Go Home Again
One can expect a sequel, remake or reboot to not be as good as the original, but the revival of Roseanne goes so far off track, it could be seen careening into the woods. A great thing about the original Roseanne (at least the first four seasons), was how real it seemed. The conversations of money that seem like transcripts of real couples' tiffs; the genuinely funny jokes and likeable characters. Alas, not one of this is present in the revival. Firstly the laugh track. Loud and obnoxious, the only thing funny about this is that we are to believe it is "filmed in front of a live studio audience." On the topic, what show claims this anymore? The jokes, once clever and often subtle, are changed to lame, Disney sitcom-esque punch lines displayed to the audience like headlights on a dark highway. The difference from such and that of Roseanne is that Roseanne goes out of the way to be offensive. THE POLITCS!!: In 2018, it is hard to escape people sharing their political opinions online. (Linus must be spinning in his grave.) But, like the jokes, the views are beyond blatant, seemingly taking up at least half the first episode. Funny V.S. Over-the-top, Charming V.S. Detestable, Relatable V.S. Borderline insane, comparing the original series to the new is like comparing a professional singer singing the Star-spangled Banner to hearing it sung by well, Roseanne.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
(2009)

Don't hate the messenger
I will say right off the bat, this is not as good as it was with Conan, but I do not think Fallon is to blame. The problem with this show is simple, bad writing. When watching this show, I wonder if any of the writing staff stayed on from Conan, especially the later episodes; there was still a lot of unfunny jokes when O'Brien was the host. The difference? Conan can roll with the punches and has a lightning fast sense of humour. I can think of many jokes saved by said humour. As such, one should note that Fallon is a baby, while Conan has been doing this for a very long time. Don't put the blame on Jimmy Fallon, give him some time to hone his skills and let's hope the jokes improve as well. Knock wood.

Chilly Beach
(2003)

Oh, Canada!
If this show were a person, it would be madly in love with the CBC if it were a person. They would hold hands and skip through flowery meadows as cheesy music plays. What I mean by this is Chilly Beach has CBC written all over it.

It follows the lives of two Canadian friends. Dale and Frank these guys seem to be rather good pals considering their respective favorite hockey teams seem to be knock offs of the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs (Real life adversaries) This is true unless they're discussing hockey, of course. This is one branch of the stereotype of Canadians on which this is entirely based. Luckily, Canadians have the ability to laugh at themselves so this show flies. Fans of other CBC hits such as Air Farce and This hour has 22 minutes will find delight in story lines such as a trip to the beer store and the daily temperature "highs" that are still in the blue. With all the flag waving on part of the Americans lately, Chilly Beach is refreshing dip in a nearly frozen pond.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(2005)

Another Burton gem
Tim Burton fans are not to be disappointed with his latest unique tale. Charlie Bucket is a happy, polite boy despite the fact his family is poor. When Willy Wonka announces he will be giving away tours to his legendary chocolate factory, Charlie dreams of how nice it would be on actually win. The golden tickets are found speedily by children around the world evaporating Charlie's hope, but in a luck only found the the movies Charile find money in a snow bank and rushes to by one more chocolate bar-of course he wins-if this wasn't intended for children I would have been a horrible "convenice" but since the script is kid friendly, it was just cute. Enter Willy Wonka (the freakishly talented Johnny Depp)who's clever one-liners make the film He gives the winners the promised tour where all except Charlie fall victim to fun ploys suited to their chief sin.

Like all Burton films, Charlie is an artistic masterpiece and the script is anything but a corny children's film.(although I see no problem in bringing a child) The kids are just nasty enough for a comedic effect with out getting annoying and Charlie is the ultimate protagonist and makes me want to have an impoverished Engiish boy-Highly recommended

Seed of Chucky
(2004)

they're not even trying anymore!
For some odd reason I liked Bride of Chucky (my guess is I was 15 at the time and thus really cheaply thrilled) but just an ounce of gained intelligence was all I needed to be turned off by the newest addition. As easily predicted, it follows Chucky's son (or daughter, but who cares?) (Billy Boyd) to England where he is a sideshow attraction. Later as he's watching TV (because even living dolls just can't resist a little telly) he sees replicas of his parents. soon he's in Hollywood resurrecting Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiff without even knowing it. Then they kill a bunch of people, the end. Jennifer Tilly is in this one as well but this time as herself, as well as Tiffany's voice (if your going to use the same person for two parts could you pick someone with a less distinctive voice? this is the first of a wide array of faults mainly with the script. knowing it lacked in the horror department Marcini attempted make it part-comedy but the jokes proved worse than the watered down plot which was the biggest iceberg of this box-office Titanic.

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
(1985)

Beat the softmore(sp) curse?
Does it count when a sequel is better if the first was horrible? I guess it does in this case! In the first of too many sequels, the team receives their first assignment, chasing a gang of `street punks' led by Bobcat Goldthwait. (a brilliant casting move) Goldthwait's fun performance, along with a few (like three or four) more jokes do defy the sequel curse; that wasn't hard, look at the first! However when Bobcat Goldthwait is your highest point your in trouble. bottom line if you like mindless somewhat fun comedies this is for you.

It also defies an even rarer rarity: something watchable from the eighties!

World Idol
(2003)

Annoying
That's how I can sum it all up. Now I am a huge fan of the American and Canadian Idol shows, you could even say I'm obsessed. (I have never missed an American episode and am even listening to Kelly Clarkson as we speak) but the internatinal version, World Idol was strangly more pathetic. Anyone can tell you that a person will root for a person from their state/provice but their own country? Bias-City! (Despite this fact, you cannot vote for your own idol) It's almost like moving backwards in a dememted sort of way (11 countries battling each other?) With a Judge for each contestant who unsurprisingly favors there own contedor and annoying bad cutting in the Canadian version, World idol was just mean and well, annoying!

(sorry for spelling/grammer mistakes)

Freddy vs. Jason
(2003)

GREATEST MOVIE EVER! (possible spoilers)
it's been a long time since a super awesome movie has hit the theaters but this is it. After a friend dies, Lori and her friends undergo a horrific adventure Freddy Krueger style (if you've seen any nightmare on elm streets you will know what I mean)Plus being stalked by freaky Jason, too!

it automatically rocks because it is so classic; two horror icons battling it out it literally combines the creepiest parts of both movies. If that's not enough, it has the most creepy and the best movie ending I have ever seen! Seriously, of all time!

Just Married
(2003)

Awwwww!
If there's one thing I love, it's Ashton Kutcher, and he was only the icing on the cake. In this cute comedy Tom (Kutcher)and Sarah (Murphy) rush into a marriage, only to experience the honeymoon from hell. it's full of fun characters and fun jokes and is really just fun; I recommend it.

Train 48
(2003)

O Canada
Begrudginly, Canada often produces horrible shows. (At no fault of their own I belive) But Train 48 is an exception. Set on a Torontioan train, Train 48 follows the lives of 10 regular passagers. Maybe the fact that it's half script half improv or that their conversations are oh so Canadian, but something is truly addictive about Train 48, you can easily find your self getting into the problems of the charaters, even forming opinions of them.

If you want to see something you can proudly call Canadian, get on the Train

8 Mile
(2002)

POWERFUL!
Once you get past all the lingo, 8 mile is one powerful peice of work! loosely based on his own life, conserversal Eminem stars as Jimmy Smith J.R. Making his was through his life anyway he can, dispite horrible curcimstances. occasnally attending "rap battles" to help him get further.

Em defeats the singer = bad actor rule in this raw drama, somthing Britney Spears and Madonna have failed to do before Alhough it's not for everybody, pepole who hate Eminem will hate this movie but if you can get past that you will see that it is so exellent ot is acually award-worthy

The Ring
(2002)

WOW!
That is all I have to say after watching the Ring! The plot is great. After the funeral of her niece, Rachel Keller decides to investigate what seems to be a chain of death. Upon retiving clues she watches a mystious video and learns (from a chilling phone call) that she has seven days to live. this drives her on a rampage of solving the mystery and saving her and her son's life. I didn't find the movie scary because I was a vitim of spoilers, but it was exciting enough for me to enjoy. That starts to dwindle it gets a little boring and some parts seem like the cutting crew was asleep. But other than that the movie was suspenseful and cool. I recommend it.

Men in Black II
(2002)

not to disapoint
If you liked the frist MIB, you should like this one. It is full of the same types of jokes and charaterization. Now, some may think that is a bad thing but I loved it. you should, however, watch the first one first, so you understand some of the jokes. A big percentage of the first movie's greatness is Will Smith's charachter, and that is no diffrent in this one. So if you enjoyed the frist movie, the second is recomendeed.

An American in Canada
(2002)

Great... Message
It's hard for me to admit, but, because of lack of technology and equipment, Canadian produced shows are less good then (Uhhh!) American shows. But it had a good message and the concept was funny but it moved too slow.

Being Canadian, I have a bias which makes the bottom line, it's speed was it's only fault because Canada rocks!

P.S Not for some Americans.

Trapped
(2002)

Hey... It wasn't bad!
okay I was not over joyed about watching this but after, I realized it wasn't that bad. 'expert' kidnappers, Cheryl, Joe and Marven, succesfully make their fifth ransom kidnapping, little asametic Abby Jennings. Which lays out the plot of stressed parents seeking back their beloved child for the duration of the movie. Some may call the plot weak and overdone but the movie successfully carried out enough action and suspense to keep it running. However it was good it ended when it did because that was just about to expire.

Sorority Boys
(2002)

Good but...
... not great! sure, it had it's moments and good characters but that is all that kept it afloat... if anything. In order to get some tape back, three stereotypical frat boys dress up as three... good-on-the-inside girls and join the DOG house. now I wish I could give you more description but that is all the scratchy, tiny plot lets on. Aside from that, it's full of quick, easy, overdone, and not to mention, immature jokes that are supposed to carry out the movie entirely. One good thing was Michael Rosenbuam. Adam was cute and watching him try to play a woman was equally adorable. In fact, if it weren't for Michael I probably would not like this movie whatsoever

Panic Room
(2002)

better than I thought
I honestly had no desire to see this movie but my sister rented it and I had nothing to do so I watched it. It was better the I expected. The supence was there and it saved the movie, and the loveable Jared Leto came as a surprising step up from "Paul" of urban legend. but it is clearly a movie souly for fans of the genre not at all an "somthing for everyone" peice so if you like Jodie Foster or if you like Supense/thrillers I recomend this movie otherwise don't bother

Thir13en Ghosts
(2001)

Good for bad
if I had to decide if this movie was good or bad I would have to choose bad from the perdictable plot line to the misplaced comic ending this movie was just to hard to suspend my disbeilf on however there were some... better parts for example the explamation of the black zodiac but such parts are so rare that the semi all star cast was the only thing that could have saved it

Summer Catch
(2001)

one word... yawn
I litrelly jumped out of my seat for joy the nanosecond I saw the first credit! the plot was way to jumpy and non sencical I found my self reminsing on by past get togethers to entertain my self! I left the room three times during the movie once to just put a cup in the sink! I am sorry if my reveiw has little to do with the movie but I know five pepole who have seen this move (six incuding me) and not one liked it!

Lilo & Stitch
(2002)

Mazzy fun!
if there is one thing I love about some Disney movies today is the level of realism involved as opposed to my day I went with three other people around my age and found we laughed more than my seven year old niece but it still is a movie for children which makes it so good. the movie is about a little girl with an attitude named Lilo and her equally mind-set sister nani shortly after lilo wishes for a pet enters stich lilo instantly falls in love with the destrucive animal only to discover he's a hawaiian space dog sent to destroy the earth. this movie also adds the sorrow of custody woes some children may find to sad but this is otherwise a good movie for kids and adults (with kids)

Spider-Man
(2002)

Oh Yeah... This Rocks!
I Absolutely LOVED this movie! It lacks no interest through out the whole thing! it's great from the very beginning and Tobey is adorable! I highly suggest this movie to anyone! after seeing it you will certainly learn what all the "hype" is about! I hope to see this one again!

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