Bad Boys for Life is a fake, soulless cash grab. I am utterly blown away by this rating.
Lawrence has a few funny moments, even though his character is completely useless. It's more than Smith contributes though. The trailer is better than the film really, didn't care about anything that was happening, the action sequences reminded me a bit of the game Time Crisis. There are too many sayings and silly speeches. If you don't have any material, why is the run-time two hours. Joe Pantoliano as the captain, is the worst... and the team that works with them, lame and done to death.
The Way Back is disappointing, as the basketball is cliched and poorly handled, but also put to the side for the sake of drama, that in itself is dull and unrewarding.
I have many problems with the basketball aspects of the film, even though that doesn't turn out to be the focal point. I like the initial bit of giving nothing easy and having pride in your performance, but mostly all you see in the game play is people making shot after shot, unless the coach just said to double team their star player, then it's miss miss miss and you can't turn around a team from being smashed every game to making the playoffs, by simply changing game style. They need to have talent to begin, even the greatest coach won't have any success without the cattle, and you need specific types of players to do that, which requires cutting players and getting new ones to suit your system and even then it will take time. Plus you're still going to smashed on the boards and interior without any size. Not to mention your best player is going to be so tired pressing the whole game and doing everything offensively for the team as well.
Escape from New York is meh... bland, uneventful, uninteresting.
Russell barely gives any performances. I'm not a big Mad Max fan, but they're much better than this. At least they're immersive in terms of the atmosphere. Don't recall a standout moment at all. Worst casting of a president ever?
The Platform has a similar concept to "Snowpiercer - 2013," so not creative and the whole thing is rather vague and underwritten, as well as disgusting.
Instead of it being a train of classes, this is just a random platform of prison blocks and it's all about the food. Interesting enough to begin with, but the characters aren't likable or memorable and it gets tiresome and goes nowhere. A film without an introduction or ending, it's open to whatever you want it to be. Where did he go? What's the deal with the message? How come this Asian woman didn't make it down before if she didn't die, could she just not make it back onto the platform each time? Who knows...
Audition is both engaging and really messed up, if anything it's memorable.
Why why why? Why would you make this sick stuff, this Asami character is one of the most deranged creations ever. The hallucinations and timeline/flashbacks jumps are irritating mostly, but I love Shigeharu's illusion back at the motel, waking up thinking it was a nightmare, freaked out and her accepting the proposal. I would of preferred it end there, with him scared of this slight girl. This scene altered my viewing experience significantly, almost with tears of laughter. Though what's the deal with the office girl, is it suppose to be a mislead or something... her with the same little grin.
47 Hours to Live is engaging and creative, without being of a high quality.
The game would randomly stop on someone, so they shouldn't be able to keep swapping first try and I mean Cadence deserved to die from the outset, with the texting and nearly crashing, then texting some more, but i liked it. Passable lead performances, some of the secondary characters weak.
Gunn: Now we're saving a vampire from vampires? I got two words for that: Nuh and uh!
Disharmony is about Harmony coming to visit and the group accepting Angel back into the team.
The episode is mostly overly silly and borders on being lame, but it contains plenty of laughs as well. Wesley losing it, it's impossible not to crack up. Some solid Angel/Cordy and Angel/Wesley moments too. Like the previous reviewer, I too see the ending of Angel giving Cordy clothes as lazy writing. It contradicts all the moments before it.
Cordelia: But, just so we understand each other... You and I? We're not friends.
The Hunt is instantly forgettable and bland, with a smidgen of humour.
It has an introduction, just not a relevant one. The main character is just there doing what's required, no depth, no point. Nothing creative here. Everyone you encounter, you'd assume is in on it. So you wouldn't be fooled by the gas station attendants, you'd even be wary of one the hunted working from within.
Epiphany is about Angel helping Wesley, Cordy and Gunn, as the clan of three eyed demons seek retribution.
A feel good episode, while a little flawed, you have to love. After giving in to the grumpy side of the force, Angel is given another chance, reborn, if you will. All happy to see him, but not ready to forgive. "I want to work for you," is a nice touch. Everything involving Lindsey here is a bit far fetched for me.
Darla: That's right, Angelus. Go towards the bleeding mortal. Because that's smart.
Reprise is about Wolfram and Hart's 75 year review, Angel sees an opportunity to take the offensive and destroy its senior partners.
Angel tries to end it all, but is only left without a reason to fight. Darla happens to be there and the hell with it, he thinks. The episode is strong in parts, but here and there and unfulfilling, with earth being the home office. Apparently doesn't influence his decision in the fifth season... hmm. The scene with Denver is humorous, actually I sorta let it have the place and everyone in it, hah. The writers deciding to kill off Kate by having her be fired is disappointing, I like Kate. She is definitely not the give up type, her character path is poorly handled. She could of worked with Angel.
Cordelia: Maybe we can buy one of those star maps, find out where Steven Seagal lives. You telling me he got to be a movie star without a little demonic assistance?
The Thin Dead Line is about zombie cops, cracking down on the crime in the area.
While the premise of zombie cops is something everyone can be onboard with, the teenagers can be annoying and some of the dialogue is overly preachy. When Anne is talking to Wes, Cordy and Gunn about Angel, she happens to leave out that he left her two million dollars for the shelter... The plot allows Angel and Kate the opportunity to open up a line of communication again, which is a plus. When Angel is looking in on Wesley in hospital and contemplating entering, Cordy catches him and chews him out. You know Angel is thinking "god I love this about her."
Wesley: That can't be his plan, can it? I mean, it's really a dumb plan. Cordelia: Hey, Gunn graduated with a major in dumb planning from Angel University. He sat at the feet of the master and learned well how to plan dumbly.
Gunn: Yeah, and don't try to tell us there's nowhere to go but up. Because the truth is, there's always more down.
Happy Anniversary is about Lorne seeking Angel's help, after reading someone who has no future, along with everyone else.
A quality episode, which takes that 'moment of happiness,' all too literally. Angel and Lorne are good together. Lorne's never afraid to speak his mind regardless of the danger to himself, though he's not in any way dependent on Angel like the others may be. He gets Angel to open up, and Cordy, Wes and Gunn get their first paying client. Though I don't like how Gene yells out "I did it!" When he didn't even write the equation, hah.
Go on, English, make your move, 'cause it'll be your last.
Blood Money is about Angel investigating Wolfram and Hart's fund raising for a local teen shelter.
So the batch of episodes starting here, while none are in the upper upper echelon, I find them to be significant in the character arcs and this one in particular underrated. Angel trying to unsettle the cog of the well oiled machine that is Wolfram and Hart. Julia Lee is so cute here, especially walking down that path, golly. I like her character's involvement though, giving the show broader depth in both the runaway youths and an example of how Wolfram and Hart operates. I like that it doesn't just follow up on Darla or Angel talking it out with the gang, it branches out, opening up new possibilities without closing any doors. Wes and Gunn's plot is totally unrealistic, but they're bonding fighting side by side. Poor Merl, he's been getting a rough go of it.
Drusilla: We could have a thousand soldiers, and still he'd come... Galloping, galloping, still he'll come.
Redefinition is about Lindsey and Lilah dealing with the aftermath of the wine cellar massacre and Angel training for a showdown with Darla and Drusilla.
Not much of an episode this one. Cordy, Wes and Gunn decide to continue the mission without Angel. Darla tries to recruit some toughs, but Angel shuts it down. I don't see why all these demon fighters would show Darla and Drusilla the respect they did anyway. Much of the episode is Lindsey and Lilah, which is okay, but time could be better spent. I've always thought Lilah losing a potential assassin was hardly equal to Lindsey teaming up with the enemy and running out on the firm, but looking at it from a broader perspective with all Wolfram and Hart's activities in later seasons, access to a telekinetic assassin may be significantly more important than Lindsey even.
Night Angel has qualities, some of it works, some of it doesn't, not quite coming together overall.
The acting isn't great across the board, with Johnny Cage from "Mortal Kombat" in the lead role and a pretty over the top and poor Isa Jank as Lilith, though visually the part. No time is ever taken to breathe, with any sort of normality. Also, the old lady spoils the mood and the ending is totally cheesy.
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker is a soulless film and is a bit of a commemoration piece.
So after the last one I had lost interest as it was beyond recovery, but I figured I may as well see it through and came into this without any positive expectation. I honestly still don't know who some of these characters are or care. Finn and Poe haven't exactly made an impression, Rey is barely holding it together by a thread. Adam Driver again and as always, awful. Palpatine takes out Kylo Ren because he gets up, but just allows Rey to recover leading to his end. Don't like that kind of stupid silliness.
Wesley: Right now, the three of us are all that's standing between you and real darkness.
Reunion is about Angel trying to stop the rebirth of Darla, before she and Drusilla go on a murderous rampage.
So this episode isn't as fun, witty and filled with foundation as "The Trial," but it's an important and prosperous turning point in the series and well the ending is excellent. While the lawyers deserve what's coming to them, Angel did just let Darla and Drusilla go, when he's going to have to take them down anyway. I'm not sure why he needs to fire the team and become dark, when Darla is now just a soulless creature to be put down.
Angel: This man Holtz, how does he keep finding us?
The Trial is about Angel learning of Darla's terminal condition, he embarks on a mission to save her.
The episode borders on being brilliant, for what is in-part set up. So much happens in a space where not much overall happens. Darla and Angel get that second chance, if only briefly before Wolfram and Hart take it away. The dialogue filled with comedic quips and wonderful scenes, in what is a gloomy tone. Lorne should of seen this outcome though, knowing she'd been brought back. Also, Gunn is not the one to be commenting on people's living quarters...
The nurse from "Rear Window," in a annoyingly dull episode. Instead of something happening on screen, we get a recollection of events from the elderly babysitter and an abrupt ending. We see entirely nothing, excellent.
These seem to be getting worse and worse. First of all who makes large bets with strangers... who says they even have that much money. Secondly the guy said he paid him because he lost, his money? what. Uninteresting, amateurish drivel.
What the hell was that. The reasons are given and then just dismissed. Why does she want to go to the party? Then why does she want to go back? Completely disregarding why she did what she did and then disregarding what he said and then disregarding more of what she said. Bah!
The strength of the film lies in the bond formed between the two, which extends beyond death. However, it's better when it's Sam and Frodo together. It's lacking action, as everything is happening surrounding the central characters. Not that action is required, but the little action it does contain, is unrealistic and lacks punch.