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Castle: Fidelis Ad Mortem
(2016)
Episode 15, Season 8

Awful
There really isn't much to like about this episode. They try so hard to make Kate look like a peerless badass that it comes off as a joke. We have had almost 8 full seasons showing why she is badass, cool and smart- they do not need a whole episode to show us this in such an overdone and cliched way!

The supporting characters introduced are annoying and/or forgettable. Decker is the absolute worst though. Rolling her eyes whenever anyone (superior I might add) tries to help her, a horrible attitude to everyone and on top of everything horribly acted? Are we really meant to believe that this is what Beckett was like when she started out? If so way to ruin an origin story by making her completely unlikable!

This was clearly meant to be Stana Katic's feature episode- artsy shots that make it stick out like a horrible sore thumb and lots of (overdone) Stana scenes. Kate is made out to be the perfect police officer- even though her flaws have been made evident throughout the show and are part of the reason people- including me- love her! She deserved so much more than this!

Ad Astra
(2019)

So many unanswered questions!
Ok, to start-

1. What happened to Donald Sutherland's character? Did he survive?

2. What happened to the Biological research ship? Was the baboons escaping what caused it to issue a mayday? Or did the baboons escape BECAUSE of went wrong?

3. How did he get in the ships airlock without burning up?

4. If the ship Brad Pitt took can get to Neptune in 79 days, why was his Dad the only one that far out doing research?

5. How can blasts from a ship reach earth from Neptune?!

6. What did the crew do to create these blasts?

7. If his Dad was that single minded, why did he get married and have a kid? According to his character it would just distract him?

8. How did he sneak his obsession with finding alien life into a deep space flight when they are heavily monitored for their mental health? Once the crew realise this, why didn't they contact back home and say that their Captain was insane and a rescue ship would have been there in 79 days?

These are just the ones that spring to mind- I'm sure there are more!

Also, the narration was awful. The characters were bland- I don't think being focused on space at the expense of everything else is a character trait, it is specifically the lack of ANY character traits! Why should I care about this guy and his Dad when they are indifferent to anyone and everything that isn't an Alien? Why was Liv Tyler there for all of 5 minutes and didn't add a thing to the story- and Brad Pitt's 'pining' for her was completely unbelievable, R.E previous statement!

It was a cool concept, but down a horrible route to tell the story and the way it was told was atrocious.

The Walking Dead: We Are the End of the World
(2019)
Episode 2, Season 10

Wow this was bad!
The whisperers are so overacted it is ridiculous. Samantha Morton and Ryan Hurst are TERRIBLE in the roles- the way they hold themselves, the way they deliver the lines (The scripts are pretty bad too- "Are you content?! Seriously?) You can tell they are trying to be deep and meaningful, but it just comes off as so stupid!

Plus, I am tired of having whole episodes away from the main group: it makes for uneven viewing and usually there hasn't been enough character growth to let the secondary carry an episode on their own. Especially in this case- I don't care about The Whisperers enough to want to have a whole episode about them and looking into how they became depraved psychos!

I am a HUGE fan of the show- I have been to several Walker Stalkers and met quite a few of the actors- but I have to agree with what others are saying. Write a good ending and let it finish: it has been getting steadily less enjoyable since season 5 or so and this episode just confirmed my thoughts on the matter.

Air
(2015)

I enjoyed it!
Despite the low rating, which I think is undeserved, I quite enjoyed this film! The characters were interesting and each was well developed, although I would have liked to have delved a bit further into their backgrounds, which are mentioned but never really examined in depth. I know that the film is primarily about the two leads coping in a dystopian future, but it would have been nice to know a little more about how they lived before and the decisions that got them there. (It is mentioned in the film, but very, very briefly.) Norman Reedus' Bauer was awesome- able to switch between being relaxed and almost happy-go-lucky to a man willing to do anything to survive and Djimon Hounsou was brilliant as the fractured and desperate Cartwright. The two of them had obvious chemistry and between the two of them they really carried the film. Sandrine Hoult was also great in a key role as Cartwright's wife.

I also liked how the technology used in in the facility was a mixture of vintage and modern technology. It backed up Bauer's claim that the mission was patched together at the last minute using whatever was available. It was a nice change to all of the other sci-fi films out just now that are all sleek and shiny! I only have two complaints with the film and even then, these are things that I think could have been expanded upon rather than actually changed. I think the moral debate of taking one of the sleepers off of life support could have been examined a bit more in depth. For example the point that if only one of the caretakers survived and something happened to him further down the line, that would be the end of all of the human race! To me it was one of the most compelling arguments in Bauer's favour, yet it was never brought up or even hinted at.

Secondly the ending was a bit rushed. The rest of the film was paced nicely, which made the ending feel a bit off, but it wasn't enough to ruin the film. If they had made the film even 10 minutes or so longer I think I would have given the film 8 or 9 stars.

But these are just my opinions, I would strongly recommend you watch this film to make up your own mind about it!

The Last Ship
(2014)

Good, but not in the way they intended...
I did originally rate this five stars, but the season final had a huge twist that was a huge game changer and was enough for me to bump up my rating by two stars. It is still cheesy and over the top patriotic, but the finale suggested a change in tone that I hope will be carried over into season 2. The only real complaints I have are about Lieutenant Green and the Russians inability to shoot/American miracle aim.

Lieutenant Green is a really poor character in many respects. He blames his secret girlfriend for HIS nearly screwing up the mission (to her face I might add), despite the fact she was doing her job and had to force him to do his! When their relationship is revealed she accepts her punishment gracefully without a single complaint. Yet when he is given the EXACT SAME punishment, he objects! There are many other flaws I could list, but I'd be here all day. In short he is my least favourite character, even below the Russians who are meant to be the bad guys! The other thing that I find difficult to accept, even for a TV show is how spectacularly bad the Russian's aim is. In the first episode for example, the Russsians attacked the Americans with 3 or 4 helicopters and 2-3 snow mobiles and guns to go with all that. The Americans, who only had two snow mobiles and two machine guns, managed to take out two of the helicopters and all the snow mobiles before the ship locked on and took out the other two choppers. The ship coincidentally had no significant damage, despite the fact it had at least two direct hits from bombs from the choppers. And this is just episode 1!

Despite all of this it is very watchable and by and large the characters are likable. It is a interesting concept and the ship makes a good setting for the story- you feel claustrophobic and relish in the time they get to spend away from the ship. Well worth a watch.

Floating
(1997)

Brilliantly acted film.
I only found out about this film after watching The Walking Dead and deciding I had to see more of Norman Reedus' films. I discovered that this was one of his first acting credits, so I figured it would be a good one to watch. And I was right! The film is slow moving , so it might not appeal to everyone, but what it lacks in action it more than makes up for with drama and family dynamics. The acting was top notch from everyone- I personally thought the two best turns came from Norman Reedus and Will Lyman as son and father respectively. Chad Lowe didn't do a bad job either. The characters were believable and had their own flaws, making every character sympathetic but not above criticism for their actions. Also, the location was beautiful and provided a serene, constant backdrop for the emotional turmoil that forms the basis of the plot.

The film is not without its faults though- I think it would have benefited from being a bit longer in order to examine the consequences of the events of the final act. However, for me the rest of the film was of such a high standard that I can forgive it for this, hence the 10 star rating. It isn't a bad ending- far from it in fact (I teared up!)- I just think it would have benefited from showing a bit more of Van's story.

I would definitely recommend this film- it is difficult to find on DVD for a decent price, which is a shame because it deserves more recognition. However it is easy to watch over the internet, and it is really worth the watch.

Hello Herman
(2012)

A flawed but important film
I think the premise of this film is very intriguing, but I think the execution was flawed. The actors were all very well cast and played their roles brilliantly, but I think the script was a bit shoddy in some places and could have benefited from being longer and fleshing out the characters a bit more- the potential was there but the back stories weren't fully utilized. The story could have done with more development as well- it felt a tad rushed in places.

That being said, I think this film is (sadly) very relevant to the world today. It has an important message that needs to be heard, and so far this is one of the only (if not the only) films that touches on this subject matter. It deserves a wider audience because it really does have a lot to say.

I think the film was well cast, with Norman Reedus and Garret Backstrom giving great performances. They really make you care about their characters, which from the premise of the film clearly isn't the easiest thing to do, but that is really the whole point. The script and the direction could have been better, but overall the film succeeds in doing what it set out to do- make you think.

Man of Steel
(2013)

I was expecting so much more.
I saw all the trailers for this and thought it looked amazing. I hoped it would be better than Superman Returns, which I thought was mediocre at best. This film, I'm sorry to say, was worse.

It started off well- I thought the opening sequence looked great- but it was a little bit rushed. From then on the film just got worse.

It was disjointed- the back story was told via flashbacks that interrupted the flow of the story to the point where I wasn't entirely sure which parts were flashbacks and which sequences were the main story.

There were huge plot holes- why couldn't more Kryptons escape? How did Superman's suit end up in a spaceship encased in ice (by his father), 3000 years before the events of the movie? It takes Superman a lifetime to master his senses on earth but General Zod manages it in 5 minutes? How did Clarke suddenly come out of the spaceship (which he seems to instinctively know how to control) and know that he can fly? How come he can breathe in the vacuum of space but not in General Zod's ship? I could go on here, but I'll stop myself and move on.

The main thing that bothered me was the exhaustive use of special effects for explosions and fight sequences that seemed to drag on forever. I know that it is a superhero movie and they are par for the course, but I don't think I have ever seen so many CG sequences in so short a space of time before! (This is coming from someone who loves the Avengers Assemble, Iron Man etc., as well as action movies in general!)

Half way through the film I was praying that there wouldn't be any more fight sequences because I was tired of the film makers showing off the special effects. Yes, they were amazing and they know how to make the explosions and fights look cool, but multiple explosions does not make up for the many plot mistakes or the fact that the script is so weak that you don't really care what happens to the characters. If they had focused more on the story and actually had the effects contribute to the plot then they would have had a winner!

The only thing that saved the film were the acting- I thought by and large it was pretty good. I should also say that the effects were good- which they were-but they need to know when to use them rather than just sticking them in the film to make it "interesting."

The Land Before Time
(1988)

Childhood Gem!
I remember watching this movie over and over when I was a kid (so much that I wore down the tape!) and I loved it. Recently though, I saw it again for the first time in years and I had forgotten just how good it really is. It brought back so many childhood memories and I ended up fighting back the tears within the first half hour of the movie! I never realised just how meaningful this film is until I saw it almost a decade since the last time I saw it (I'm 17 by the way) and it hit home just how much this film means to me.

Following the story of Littlefoot from his hatching, through his journey to the great valley and the friends he meets along the way, this film is an emotional roller-coaster that sweeps you along for the incredibly enjoyable ride without loosing pace. It has one of the most heartbreaking sequences ever in a "kid's" movie that I have ever seen- one that I deny anyone not to have a tear in their eye at.

I would recommend this movie to anyone, young or old, because it truly is a brilliant film. Please, if you haven't seen it yet-watch it! You don't know what you've been missing!

The Last Airbender
(2010)

It really is as bad as they say...
I went to see this not long after it came out, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had seen a couple of episodes with my family, and I have to say I quite like it: it was better than most of the rubbish that is on today! I have to say that I was really disappointed with this movie. The characters were nothing like they were in the show (and for someone who is not an avid watcher to be able to deduce that is quite appalling), and WHY OH WHY could they not pronounce the character's names properly!!! There was no character development and the acting was very poor (although the lack of a decent script could have played a major part in that.) Granted some of the settings were impressive, as were the special effects, although why he raised a massive tidal wave at the end and did nothing with it other than sink a handful of ships is completely beyond me! Take the advice that has been given by myself and fellow reviewers: DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!

Supernatural: The Rapture
(2009)
Episode 20, Season 4

Misha is an incredible actor
This episode is one of my favourite Supernatural episodes EVER! It shows Misha's incredible acting ability as well as shedding some light on Castiel's vessel's back story.

I thought that Misha's acting was amazing, as he was able to create two totally different characters and could shift easily from one to the other when required. The ability of the actresses playing Jimmy's wife and daughter should not be underestimated either, nor should that of Jared and Jensen.

I would thoroughly recommend that you watch this episode, even if you are not a huge Supernatural fan. It is well worth the watch!

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
(2002)

I love This Movie!
I saw this movie when it was released on DVD, as I missed the opportunity to see it in the cinema. I really wish I had been able to, because TV does not do the amazing soundtrack or visuals justice.This was my favourite movie when I was 9 years old, and is one of my favourite animated films ever! I love how the emotion of the characters is easy to read, despite the fact that none of the animals talk (unlike almost every Disney film released to date!) The voice-over by Matt Damon can be a little annoying at times, but at others makes the film that little bit better.

The plot may not be all that strong, but it is an enjoyable film all the same, combining adventure and romance together perfectly. The characters are likable and superbly animated. The opening 10 minutes of the film are incredible, with a fantastic 3 minute unbroken shot of the animals and landscape of the wild west, and the movie just gets better from there! There are some genuine laughs in the film, as well as scenes that will make you reach for a tissue! I have also read a lot of reviews that complain about the number of Bryan Adams songs in the film. My advice: ignore them. Bryan's songs are amazing and help to express the emotions that Spirit is experiencing at any given time in the movie. The score is also incredible, which was pretty much a given with Hans Zimmer at the helm. The soundtrack remains one of my favourite to date, despite me being in my late teens! It is also responsible for introducing me to the amazing songs of Bryan Adams, of whom I have been a fan of ever since I saw this movie! I would thoroughly recommend this movie to all horse lovers, people looking for a good movie, and parents looking to keep their kids entertained for an hour or two!

CSI: NY
(2004)

Amazing Show!!!!
I started to watch CSI NY after I found out that one of my favourite actors, Gary Sinise, plays the main character, Mac Taylor. I fell in love with it instantly. The cast is great, made even stronger by the presence of Lindsay Monroe. The story lines are unique to New York (for example, a murder on the Statue Of Liberty!)and there have been some amazing guest stars on the show, my favourite being Myketi Williamson as the Deputy Inspector:it was good seeing "LT Dan" and "Bubba" on screen together again!!! Other notable guest stars include Ashley Simpson, Kid rock, Nelly Furtado (as a professional shoplifter) and Will Dailey.

A Midnight Clear
(1992)

Amazing Movie!!!!!
I had to order this movie in from the US because you can't get it in Britain. But it was worth all the hassle of tracking it down because it is an amazing movie. Ethan Hawke is great as the young Sergent who must lead a group of frightened young soldiers to the German front. Gary Sinise is amazing as the emotionally damaged "Mother" Wilkins, and the supporting cast is great too! When the group discovers a Nazi camp of soldiers who have lost the will to fight, an uneasy truce is formed, which will ultimately and in tragedy as the American Platoon try to protect "Mother." The movie is brilliantly acted and with a emotionally powerful ending. (I was very nearly crying at the end!!!!) Defiantely worth hunting down!!!!

Elvis: That's the Way It Is
(1970)

The King before the drugs kicked in.
This is the movie to see if you want to know what the deal is about Elvis. Forget the movies, which were mostly rubbish. This is the king at his on stage best. The only reason I never rated this movie as a 10 is that it came hot on the heels of the 68 Comeback Special and that cannot be beaten. This film shows Elvis backstage in Las Vegas before one of the Elvis summer festivals organised by Col. Parker. There is also footage of Elvis in rehearsals for his shows. You get a glimpse of the man behind the image at certain points. For us ladies there is also the bonus of seeing Elvis at his sexy best! The only thing to remember is this was made in the 70's so there are flares everywhere.

Of Mice and Men
(1992)

Great Movie!!!
I took me ages to get my hands on this film, and it was so worth it!!! Gary Sinise and John Malkovich are brilliant in the two leads,and Gary's directing is spot on! The story is brilliantly played, and Ray Walston is instantly likable as Candy. Casey Siemaszko is great as Curly, and Sherilyn Fenn doesn't miss a beat as Curley's wife.

My sister was a little skeptical at watching the movie after some persuasion, but by the end of the movie, we were in tears!

If you are looking for a movie with jaw dropping special effects, then this is not the movie for you. However, if you are looking for a quiet, down to earth, good movie with great acting, then this is the perfect movie for you. Be warned though, have a box of tissues at the ready, you'll need them!!

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