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Big Little Lies
(2017)

Season 1 a 10, season 2 maybe 5
I loved season 1. Everything was done right, all leading up to a spectacular ending. What a ride!

Season 2... What is the point? Just like the characters, I wish they hadn't lied about the murder. It would have saved a lot of time and maybe they could have talked about something more interesting. I just don't care what the outcome is at all - at this point I hope they all go to jail! So many of the characters are just unsympathetic and stuck up, it gets exhausting to watch after awhile.

If you want to see want to see some rich privileged people worry internally about a dumb lie they told to cover up clear self defense, season 2 is for you.

Additionally, for those claiming it isn't clear self defense - I don't even care. I would much prefer a season of them fighting that legal battle or even showing Bonnie in jail and the drama that would happen around all of that. That would be infinitely more interesting than season 2. Right now it feels more like they taped some people's lives between filming of the first and real second season. Just all boring filler with no end goal.

Edit: after watching the season finale, wow. It's as bad as I thought. They leave it as a cliff hanger that they will confess... Literally what I thought the season should have started with. Really, who cares at this point?

Legion
(2017)

Incredible first season, bad second
The first season of Legion is one of my favorite seasons of television ever. It balanced itself perfectly in so many different ways. Scary but not too scary. Mysterious but not frustratingly so (always had a very strong storyline). Creative and musical but never so much that you lost interest or were annoyed.

It was awesome. Then came season 2. I binged into it from season 1 so I was riding high and had high expectations. Slowly but surely it all came crashing down. The show steadily and surely crossed all those lines I mentioned before. Became so mysterious it was hard to ever know what was going on (which was exhausting and boring), it got so creative that it was pretentious and nonsensical, and the scariness wasn't really there.

Overall the biggest problem was the story - the first season was amazing and brilliantly balanced. The second was just a lot of random nonsense that was hard to care about.

Murder Mountain
(2018)

Pretty bad inconsistent documentary
As others have said, this went way too long and became rather boring. They could have cut off the last 2-3 episodes and it would have been just as interesting. My biggest gripe with this show was the extremely frustrating inconsistencies:

Murder mountain is a lawless outlaw place where they make their own law and violent murders happen regularly ---> Garrett gets murdered and it shakes the community, so they beg and complain about law enforcement not helping. What?

They are the pioneers of weed growing, supply majority of the weed in the US market, and there are people flocking there to make buckets of money ---> legalization comes along and none of them can afford any of the permitting fees and testing fees. Boo hoo it's putting farms out of business (farms that haven't paid taxes in potentially decades). Where did the money go? Didn't want to use it to pay taxes? Why are all these people living like poor people in the first place if this was such a thriving black market?

Aside from those, the show just did a horrible job outlining any of the details or really telling a coherent story. If I were to piece the chaotic story they told together, the Alderpoint 8 got the body and confession, the alleged killer went to the hospital where he was questioned about his wounds, then he disappeared never to be seen again. Half the time the documentary spent implying the police didn't do anything (meanwhile the guy was gone and couldn't be found), and half the time it kept suggesting he could maybe at some point be convicted by evidence (despite again, being gone).

They also did a just horrible job at really explaining anything about the actual community/economy there. Are there 15 farmers? Are there 1500? Is there a town of non weed growers that wants nothing to do with the weed growers? Do they really make a lot of money? I still don't know after watching this.

Overall it started off painting these people as violent outlaws, then expected shock that someone was murdered (on "murder mountain") then hoped for sympathy for small farms that couldn't afford to go legal (after many years being illegal). It just felt like a jumble of story lines with zero consistent narrative and frankly at the end of the day, these people were doing shady illegal things and they knew it. Now it's becoming legal and some want to resist it, but overall it's improving the safety of the community. Great. Did you need 6 hours to say that?

Mudbound
(2017)

Important, but extremely depressing
This is one of the hardest types of movies for me to review, because I think it succeeded in what it wanted to do - making an unsettling movie to bring attention to an important situation. In that, it succeeded, but in being a movie I would ever recommend or watch again? I certainly wouldn't.

This is a very real depiction of a depressing life situation in Mississippi which heavily focuses on racism. Like many other serious but devastating situations, I of course am aware of them and think they're important to address, but would not volunteer to watch it take place. This movie was very hard to watch as you just truly felt the dread and the pain of the black family from beginning to end. The amount of times that the father has to just say yes and go along simply because he's black is just stomach turning.

Unfortunately, there really isn't any hero here. It's a hard watch with a hard ending. Where you will crave justice for the mistreated black family (like in Django Unchained), you simply get a mildly satisfactory murder of the racist grandfather who was asking for it the whole time. I think this would have been a lot more satisfying had "pappy" been the only one to attack Ronsel and cut out his tongue, but alas it was a group of racist people in KKK outfits. So at the end are you happy that he died? Of course. However it feels hollow because they made it so blatantly obvious that there is so much more hatred out there and that their lives didn't change at all. It also could have just as easily been an angry son murdering a horrible father.

I know this is history, and not fiction, so it's not like I expected some switch to be flipped and everyone accepts everyone else. Just be warned if you're sitting down excited for a good movie, this is good in that it succeeds in being disturbing. I did walk away from it with a deeper understanding of the pain of living in those times, and it compels me to do more now. This is obviously good. But as a movie, it's a really rough experience - if you know that going in hopefully you'll be prepared.

Tracktown
(2016)

Please don't watch this film
I want to write this review because there aren't any other in depth user reviews that shed a light on how bad this movie is. I really wanted to like it, but perhaps I'm the wrong demographic?

I think the goal of this movie was to display that life as an elite athlete shelters you in certain ways, and that the single mindedness that comes along with attaining such a big goal can cause you to miss a lot of things. While I guess it portrayed that... it was WAY too extreme and WAY too little about sports (or maybe just the rest of her life leading up to this few day window that the movie was in).

I get that the idea was to look at how she has a chance to examine her life on her day off, but the whole plot was just so unbelievable starting with Plum herself. They wrote her as virtually mentally challenged, and I'm not exaggerating. They dropped really weird hints all over the place, like her constantly using coloring books, the boyfriend guy asking if she was 15, and a few other very childish scenes. Again, I think this was to demonstrate that she was sheltered, but it left my wife and I debating the whole movie if this girl was developmentally challenged and it would eventually come out as part of the story.

However, by the end, it became much more clear that it was the writing in the movie. The dialogue was atrocious. Gems like "How did you know I was here?" "Uh, I don't know."

The movie was also mostly in single syllable answers between the characters, which also made me think that everyone was treating her as mentally disabled. I mean, the amount of times they tried to possibly say something emotional and instead said "Sad" or "happy" was astounding. Again, I thought this was a commentary on her poor ability to understand and interpret the world due to her developmental problems.

The story was also extremely ridiculous that this was packed into ONE day before the national finals race. Why? Wouldn't this have been much better if they met a few weeks before, the boy became a distraction, and you can see how her life isn't normal and how this is a huge dilemma for her?

Instead, you get a guy that she has a crush on - she gets the courage to talk to him, and it goes from that to we're having sex for the very first time....in like 24 hours. Why? It even included really insanely stupid drama based on the time line, like her saying she had to go stretch and them having an argument MULTIPLE times about how she needs to relax and live life and just BE with him. They have been "together" for A DAY. How in the world would all this drama happen in a day? Is she insane? Is he a mentally unstable stalker? What is the deal?

This also made watching the scenes between them extremely unbearable because you almost got the impression that someone was taking advantage of a person who had the mind of a child. She would just regularly look bewildered, say nothing, and he would push her towards being more intimate.

There's socially awkward, quirky, etc and then there's just mentally not there. This was the latter. It made it from endearing charming sheltered person finding out about life, to omg is this person being taken advantage of? Has she been brainwashed to be a running machine by her father? Is this boy just recognizing she's slow and trying to get in her pants?

There was also the whole drama with the family, again...why? I get the point of it all in the larger story, but why in the world was this packed into two days before the biggest race of her career so far? The dad cleans out the house based on one sentence Plum says when she's crying? He disrupts her whole environment a day before the race? I thought his life was her and her running career!

Then there's the mom. There is one line that gives you an idea that she's aware of the situation when she says "I thought it would be nice to have a mom with this stressful race coming up" or something similar. Which is great, at least that explains a little bit about why she pops up. But she pops up like FOUR times in two days and ultimately imposes on the family dynamic and causes a bunch of drama RIGHT before this big race. Does nobody care that this girl has trained her whole life for this?

For all of these reasons, I just can't recommend watching this movie. I was a high school track runner on a state championship team, and so I get to some degree what it's like in that world. That's why I watched this movie. However I think it's insulting to anyone who IS an elite level runner (I wasn't) that as a result of this decision you are now so mentally/socially repressed that you come across as a middle school child.

The Flash: Infantino Street
(2017)
Episode 22, Season 3

Hard to suspend disbelief
While I overall liked this episode, there was one thing that really took me out of it and made the final death hard to stomach.

They've discovered that Barry and Savitar share their memories, great. They come up with the genius idea to NOT tell Barry where they're hiding Iris because if he knows then Savitar knows. All is good with the plan, and I was left thinking wow how can Savitar find Iris on Earth-2?!

Well how Savitar finds out is the most illogical part of the whole episode. Barry and Captain Cold get the power source and Barry supposedly speeds into star labs to let them know he was successful. He asks how things are going, and HR just IMMEDIATELY BLURTS OUT that Iris is safe on Earth-2 with Harrison Wells.

Then gasp, they discover it's not Barry it's Savitar. Uh oh!

WHAT?! They play it off the rest of the episode like oh it was a mistake any of us could make, we were tricked, etc. But that makes zero sense. Even if they thought it was Barry, literally the whole plan was don't tell Barry where Iris is because then Savitar knows. So HR's mistake was forgetting the whole plan and just yelling the location of the one person they're supposed to protect? Was that really what they were getting at? Are they trying to say the whole plot is contingent on one person just being a complete idiot?

It was hard to watch the rest after this. All of it could have possibly been easy to prevent, just don't tell Savitar or Barry where Iris is.

This hole in logic unfortunately threw me down the rabbit hole of other obvious ways they could have saved Iris:

1) they discover in this exact episode that ARGUS has a massive facility where there is A POWER DAMPENER. Lyla seems like she wants to help but didn't want to give away really dangerous tech. Why not put Iris in the building and let them protect her? Savitar wouldn't have his powers. Even better, pick the same building on another earth. Good luck finding that!

2) Why not take Iris ANYWHERE else? Cisco can open a portal to anywhere in any universe. I mean come on. Talk about a needle in a haystack. How about a super secret base in super high tech universe that Barry doesn't even know about? Then don't tell him. Even if you accidentally blurted it out he wouldn't know exactly where it is.

Overall I think the build up to this episode was great, and the season plot is great. I also think killing Iris is the right move so we really feel like wow they can't fix this. But if they just used a little more logic for how Savitar found her, this would have been perfect. I was more than willing to accept the whole philosopher stone stops the bazooka thing just not how she was found.

Dumb and Dumber To
(2014)

Perhaps my expectations were too high for this recycled movie
I was pretty disappointed in this movie, and I'm not really sure why. There were definitely some funny parts where I laughed, but the whole thing felt pretty....forced. Harry and Lloyd felt like exaggerated versions of themselves, the storyline was just OK, and I think what threw me off the most was that so much of the movie was recycled.

I mean, you wait this long for a sequel to an absolutely classic movie, you start wondering what brilliance they must be cooking up. However, a LOT of the jokes were literally the same as the ones from the original, like exactly the same. They also tried to recreate similar scenes, they even used a lot of the same soundtrack. While some may see this as nostalgia, I saw it as lazy film making.

I also didn't particularly like the silliness. The first movie had some random very silly parts that in context of the rest of the genuinely funny parts didn't bother me at all. However, this movie seemed to be made up of entirely ridiculous scenes. Almost cartoon like in the way it was done. Not a fan. It reminded me a little of the three stooges movie.

Overall, just not worth going to the movies to see. It's a shame Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels waited this long just to put out something so mediocre.

Lucky
(2011)

Very interesting movie
If it weren't for the very bad reviews on here, I would probably make this a 6/10, but I think this movie is worth a watch...casually on Netflix or some other free form.

Did I love this movie? No. Not the best movie around, but I love Colin Hanks and the premise looked really interesting. It was rather slow moving at points, and as others mentioned, the characters can be annoying.

However, Lucy being a very annoying character was actually planned perfectly. At first I hated it, but once it played into her manipulating Ben, and how that dynamic just seemed incredibly realistic, I really felt what they were going for. It REALLY hit me when she witnessed the first murder though. You could see her character as this zany annoying girl who just manipulated into a marriage she didn't want just for some money, and then she walks into this nightmare and she realizes.

The battle between wanting to stay with a rich husband, and processing the murder is just a brilliant couple of scenes. She is zoned out, but slowly chooses to help her husband and try to live with it, but you can tell she isn't coping that well (who would!?). But every additional display of money is just edging her towards just dealing with it and enjoying a lavish lifestyle.

Also Colin Hanks was great as the serial killer, and the craziness with imagining Lucy all over was really well done. He also was believable in the way that he just snaps and kills and then kind of comes back to reality.

Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver
(2013)
Episode 13, Season 7

Not too shabby
This episode wasn't too bad as a whole. Unlike most of the other episodes these days, this one didn't have me shaking my head when things just started getting silly or illogical. There were certainly a few moments that made me stop and think....but why?....but not nearly as many as the earlier episodes in this season.

Things I liked:

The doctor playing against himself was really interesting, and allowed Matt Smith to really do some fascinating acting

The plot was pretty cool, liked the abandoned worlds biggest amusement park, and upgraded cybermen

Good solid performance for Clara, a strong role where she really seemed to come into her own

Things I disliked:

The kids were definitely annoying

The fact that the Cybermen just instantly adapted to...anything. I get that they are smarter, better, and upgrade themselves to adjust, making them the ultimate weapon...I LOVE this idea...but it just seemed too much when they just insta-upgrade for literally anything. At least give them some time to regroup, instead of just power through everything.

I don't know why the emperor didn't just get them all beamed up in the first place. If all he had to do was say some words, and the bomb would be activated and they would all be beamed up to the main ship safely....uh, why not do that in the beginning? I get he didn't want to be emperor, but really? Let people die? Put plenty of people in danger? All because he didn't want to be the most powerful man in the universe? Idk, just seemed like a silly wrap up that had no real explanation of why he didn't just do that immediately

Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten
(2013)
Episode 8, Season 7

Really?
The only reason this episode gets some points is because the world that was created was very interesting, and I was happy to be back in such a bizarre and far off place.

That being said...seriously? Did the episode really end like that?

The whole....this is a huge planet monster thing, OK, I was willing to accept that. Then there's the inevitable, oh no...the Doctor has no plan and seems to be facing an impossibly powerful enemy. Pretty standard at this point. The joy is in seeing how he gets out of it.

When he started offering up his memories and his experiences I figured OK, this is possible. He has seen a ridiculous amount of things, experiences, etc etc. Fine, I accept this shorts out the huge demon planet.

BUT THEN.... No. It doesn't. The planet comes back, so apparently everything The Doctor said about his experiences and history and memories was just useless. All of that did not satisfy this monster planet... so what will?

A leaf. Really? Really? I just can't believe it. This random object that has a back story much luck any other object might, apparently defeats the monster because of the infinite possibilities of what might have happened to her mother? Give me a break.

I felt like I was watching a play, and the main actor forgot the lines, and someone just jumped in with some random object trying to bring focus on that...and the main actor looks at it and just goes, uhhh, yes! yes! Exactly! This great object will save us all!

Also seemed like improv in that regard. Just unbelievably unnecessary, a "twist" that didn't need to happen and made this just a positively dumb episode. Instead of making the doctors history and memories this awe inspiring gigantic thing, it made it seem like oops no, not that big just kidding... but here is a LEAF.

Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks
(2010)
Episode 3, Season 5

Karen Gillan is hot, I'll give them that
This was one of the more disappointing episodes of Doctor Who in awhile. I don't even really know why. With all the new characters, character development has to be a huge part of these episodes...but it wasn't at all for this one.

I still can't wrap my head around Matthew Smith. I miss David Tenant. His personality is so different, and he is just so young looking. I'm sure as with David, I will get used to him and probably end up liking him, but right now it just feels like an entirely different show.

This is one of the only episodes that I stopped in the middle, and picked up the next day. Usually I want to finish, but the contrived plot line of Doctor surprised by Daleks....it's just getting a bit old. I feel like every other episode the Daleks pop up as the main enemy.

However that is fine as long as it's done well, but I almost turned off the episode again when the Doctor started begging the android to feel human emotions. I'm sorry, there have been some lame story arcs along this line in the past, but really? Feel like a human and that will prove your humanity and stop this bomb?! No explanation, no logic, just some gushy feeling about being a human. Way way way too forced.

I still haven't made up my mind about this change in the show, but so far I don't feel compelled to watch it. Especially since RTDs reign ended with the Lord of the Timelords coming back, I mean come on, what else can they think of? Hopefully some good things as the show is still running.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
(2013)

Did I watch a different movie!?
I am honestly SHOCKED to see all these negative reviews. I am somewhat used to seeing a well rated movie and finding out it sucked, but NEVER have I seen a poorly rated movie and thought it was good.

I mean 5.9? Seriously!? Anything in the 5's on IMDb is just terrible. So many reviews rate this a 1 star, and I expected a bad movie going into it. But it was absolutely fine!

First of all, the plot. Many people are ripping on it saying it was terrible. I am not an easy person to satisfy in terms of 'wow this just doesn't make sense' and that really takes me out of the movie, but this plot was about as good as I could expect from a GI Joe movie.

All Joes are eliminated because there is an imposter president...OK great, very interesting premise. We find out it's zartan, again, great...it's a big enemy of the Joes. The 3 Joes left manage to mount an investigation, they solve the whole Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes thing, and there are plenty interesting twists.

For example, when the president launches the nukes, and all the other countries are shocked...that was a brilliant move! So he self destructs and they all have to follow suit. A weapon system designed around gravity delivering a huge rod into the ground? Also brilliant. No fallout.

Even the scene where Bruce Willis falls down the stairs looking like a cobra agent, just to turn and shoot the other two...brilliant!

And for people complaining about Channing Tatum dying early, I mean come on... it just shows how serious the movie is. They ACTUALLY killed the captain. They also ACTUALLY blew up London. How many movies do you sit through thinking...well who cares what happens, they won't actually do anything.

This was well thought out, and contained all the action one could possibly handle. I found myself engaged throughout, and wondering how they were going to end up stopping the commander. Also, all the special effects were great! There was only like 1 or 2 times where I felt they over did it, other than that it was great quality.

The only things that I could see being annoying to people is that A)you are a die hard GI Joe fan and things didn't follow the story you wanted (including continuation from first movie) B)you saw this movie for Channing Tatum (whose death was a necessary set up) C) you just don't like action movies.

Seriously, I think they really did great on this sequel, and while 8 is possibly a bit high (I would really give it a 7), I just have to do something to balance out the ridiculous 5.9 this has right now.

The Wolf of Wall Street
(2013)

Really? How are people upset with this movie?
I guess I can understand when people are offended by the intentionally shocking nature of the film (though if you expected different from the trailer, it's kind of your own fault), but to criticize the plot and overall character arch? I mean come on.

I thought that this movie is probably the best 3 hour movie I've ever seen. There wasn't one moment where I was like, how much longer is this? Not one moment where I had a down thinking...phew this is a long movie.

The plot definitely was more lewd and more over the top then I would have expected, but it really drove home the point of the movie. This happened, this is what some people in America embody and are excited about doing. It's so extreme that it makes it disgusting, nauseating, and repulsive. Many people on here are saying how it was a movie celebrating this way of life. To that I say, really? How many people do you think thought "yeah, I'd love to have the captain of a plane tie me to my chair because I was so messed up on drugs I tried to rape a stewardess"

Nobody. The point is it's so over the top, you see really how sick these people were. They saw woman as objects, they saw life as only pleasure, all for them. Hedonism at its finest, and the results were honestly quite disturbing. There was one scene I remember when Leonardo is doing the voice-over thing as he walks through the suite in Vegas the morning after the party, and just fondles a passed out woman's breast. Just because he can. That made it clear to me how much he saw these woman as objects, as things he bought and paid to do whatever he wants with.

Sure, this could have been a movie celebrating hedonism, but instead it was done in a way that made you really think about what our values are as a society, and why people like that exist.

The way it ended, with the FBI agent sitting on the subway, and Jordan Belfort living it up in a resort like prison....it just drove home the point. These people took advantage of so many, ruined lives, stole money, and did everything possible just to live an immoral and horrible life....and they were able to get away with it for the most part. The FBI agent had his win, but then went back to his meager earnings.

It really makes you think, how messed up is our value system that someone like Jordan Belfort can buy anything he wants at anytime, and an FBI agent trying to protect us citizens is eating bagged lunches and barely scraping by?

Even carry that over to sports, or even (ironically) the entertainment industry! Is Leonardo an amazing actor? Yes. Does he entertain people? Yes. Did he deserve to be paid ten MILLION dollars for this film? NO. That is a CRAZY amount of money. Then we have nurses all over America who devote their lives to helping people, and are absolutely scraping by on their salaries. Sure, they aren't as specialized and rare as Leonardo is, but should the gap be that crazy? He could easily have made 1 million dollars for this film, still made a million in a few other movies, ands still be living it up.

All in all, this movie was hilarious, serious, and a statement on American value systems. All of it rolled into an immensely entertaining movie that didn't let you down for even a minute. Incredible (though overpaid) work by all involved! 10/10

The Walking Dead: Prey
(2013)
Episode 14, Season 3

Decent, but not great episode
I didn't dislike this episode, but as others mentioned, the beginning part had nothing really to do with the story. Perhaps it will tie back in later with those walkers that Michonne clearly new? Who knows.

The tenseness in this episode was well done, but there were a few lapses in logic that made it tough to stay in it. The first being that the governor is able to track Andrea as if she has a GPS tracker implanted in her skin. I mean, it's WILDERNESS. I would get it if he was driving on a road and saw her in the woods, but he literally was driving around fields and hunting her down. Then knew she went in the building (who would go in the building trying to hide?! hide on the OTHER side of the building and get away when you can, don't trap yourself).

The next part was when she unleashed the walkers on the governor. I mean, COME ON. I love WHY it was done, because I was left thinking...I wonder if he's dead. However, they over did it with that scene. I can understand if the last thing you saw was him emptying his clip and backing out to exit the building. Fine. Instead, they showed him literally PINNED TO A WALL, arms up, no bullets left, and like 10 walkers on him and trying to eat his face. So, instead of wondering is he dead? I rather thought...well, he MUST be dead, and if he isn't, then that is ridiculous.

Spoiler, he wasn't. Him catching Andrea is interesting. I wanted him to miss her because if she gets to the prison, then they'll be aware of the whole war thing, I think that would lead to a great standoff when the battle occurs. That's what I wanted, each camp getting more info of the other and the advantage switching. This episode just established the governor as a completely sick man, which definitely is helpful for the overall show.

I hope that Milton helps her escape, and then....well, maybe she steals a car and gets to the prison for real? haha

Prisoners
(2013)

Very well done, super depressing
Just to be clear, I'm not a person who dislikes movies that are sad, challenging, difficult to watch. I think many of them have artistic value. I think this one does too because it was so well acted, so well done, and succeeded in making you think and keeping you on the edge of your seat.

That being said, this was a pretty sick movie. Very depressing, left you with a feeling of dread and distrust in humans. Again, some people value that, but I just wasn't feeling it after the movie.

The biggest thing for me was the fact that at the end of all this, the girls are found, and you find out the kid Hugh Jackman was torturing was entirely innocent...a victim himself. So, with that extreme moral dilemma being resolved to highly immoral, it leaves you kind of hating Hugh Jackman, and then the ambiguous ending was kind of like...really? So if he dies, whatever...he tortured another human being for over a week in horrible ways. If he doesn't die, great he's reunited with his now very messed up family. It leaves you with not caring too much either way, but it did make me think about the implications of what had happened in the movie.

Anyway, great movie, one of the most suspenseful I've seen, but I wouldn't recommend it to hardly anyone I know. There are plenty of downright depressing things going on in the world, and sitting through watching a human being torture another innocent human being is just not too worth it.

Afterthought: I also disliked the clearly fabricated red herrings such as Alex hanging the dog. I can understand if he was singing the song because he is simple minded like a child, but the hanging the dog was EXTREMELY intentional. He looked at Hugh Jackman, then did it. It was ONLY there so the audience would also second guess during the whole torture aspect. Also, this other kid who had been abducted who happened to be stealing clothes and imitating a child kidnapper but was ENTIRELY unrelated to the lady? Come on. Talk about just feeding the audience highly fabricated information that was essentially unrelated but made you think it should be important.

The Heat
(2013)

Did we watch the same film? It was hilarious!
While I might give the film itself a seven, I am giving it an 8 here to help balance out these other reviews. When I clicked on user reviews, I expected to see a ton of great reviews, but saw 1 and 2 stars saying this movie was positively awful. I have to say, I am SHOCKED that those reviews exist.

First of all, have you SEEN any movie rated below a 5 on IMDb? Those are worthy of these complaining reviews. This movie is one that is absolutely not.

Melissa McCarthy's character was probably the funniest individual character I have seen in a movie in at least the last few years. I mean, I almost spit out my coke I laughed so hard sometimes. She is crude, but her insults and jokes are so fast and clever that you find yourself constantly laughing at the banter between her and anyone else.

I guess this is where people are divided. She is fat, loud, obnoxious, curses a lot, and can be gross. If you expect a PG safe and calm movie, why are you seeing this? If you saw Bridesmaids and liked her in that, you will enjoy her in this. If you have ever seen VEEP on HBO, where they drop witty insults constantly that have you falling off your chair, you will LOVE this movie.

If you are easily insulted, or can't stop complaining about cursing in a movie, you don't deserve to watch this film. I saw This Is The End, which was raved about, and it made me laugh probably one third of the times that this movie did. The type of humor in that movie is super gross out, and usually pretty immature, but The Heat humor ran along the lines of "WOW how did they think of these incredibly creative lines?" and they just kept coming and coming....When I watch something like Pineapple Express, I expect a few clever scenes every now and then to keep the movie afloat, but in The Heat, Melissa McCarthy just carried the whole thing on her shoulders. Everyone else does a fine job, but replace Melissa McCarthy with ANYONE else, and this movie would be very mediocre.

If you are looking for a hilarious film that is clever, witty, and occasionally a little gross, check this out. It is in my top 10 comedies at this point, and I love a good comedy!

Justice League
(2001)

Yeah it's pretty good if you accept it's a cartoon
Do I enjoy this show? Yes. It is the first cartoon like it that I have watched (in that it has many super heroes), so I can't compare it to something like Super Friends. However, when I started watching the show, perhaps I had the wrong expectation. After all, it is a kids show and a cartoon. I had grown somewhat used to the blockbuster movies such as Iron Man, Dark Knight, etc, that gave superheroes SOME level of consistency. To me, that is really the only thing that a superhero really needs: consistency.

In this show, consistency is regularly thrown out of the window. The formula seems to be this...yes they are all super heroes, yes they all have super powers, but the second that becomes inconvenient for the plot they become weak. Almost every story pretty much revolves around...wow they got really beat down, how will they win!?...and resolves in...oh, exactly what they have been doing, but somehow their punches and strategy just figured things out this time around. That makes the show frustrating for me. Too often was I like, oh come on Superman (based on previous episodes) should easily be able to handle this..but he doesn't. Then at the end, he does without any explanation except you can assume he tried harder or something.

Another irritating point is the fact that not all the super heroes are in every episode. I understand for plot development, there has to be more of a focus on some of them each episode, but the episodes where others just don't show up are annoying. This isn't SNL, this isn't a huge collaboration of people showing up for a live show.... were the animators that drew that cartoon sick that day? Were the voice actors not available to record so they left them out? There were too many times where I thought...man, you know who would be perfect for this situation? Green Lantern or Superman. Where are they? Who knows. End of the world scenario all the time, but they seem to be off taking a nap.

All in all it's a good cartoon, but it is still a cartoon. It is very formulaic, and can get annoying in that respect. If you ever think about it logically, you'll get annoyed. Of course suspension of disbelief is necessary, but that suspension gets tough for me when these fictional super heroes are inconsistent with their own powers in the same episode or over many episodes. I would still recommend it to people, but only if it's casually on TV.

The Lucky One
(2012)

Not a good movie
For the record, I like Nicolas Sparks books, I enjoyed the Notebook, and I can certainly be a sucker for a romantic movie like this one was advertised as. However, man was I disappointed. The acting was just terrible. I like Zac Efron in general, but dear god was he bad in this movie. His character had a decent background and there was definitely material there, but I could have fallen asleep in two minutes after he opened his mouth. Completely boring, flat, uninteresting. Mostly because of this, I just didn't care about the entire movie. Instead of thinking those cute statements in a romantic movie such as this was sweet, I saw them for what they were...really cheap, silly, goofy phrases. In most other romantic movies in this genre, these still happen...but you actually care about the characters so it all works. In this movie, it just doesn't come together in any coherent or reasonable form. PLEASE skip it.

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