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Little Mosque on the Prairie review

Posted : 3 years, 4 months ago on 29 January 2014 07:00 (A review of Little Mosque on the Prairie)

I just stumbled across this show. Interesting concept. The show manages to take this somewhat hot topic and make a sitcom from the culture clash without touching some of the more controversial aspects of Islam.

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The Words review

Posted : 3 years, 5 months ago on 14 January 2014 02:12 (A review of The Words)

A great version of the question "what is the price of fame?" Well acted, but the three parallel plot lines became a little distracting and the Dennis Quaid/Olivia Wilde sub-plot seemed rather pointless in the end.

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Orphan Black review

Posted : 3 years, 5 months ago on 31 December 2013 03:49 (A review of Orphan Black)

Wow! One of the truly original concepts on TV. The clones aren't simply the same person in different environments, but totally different characters in general. Interesting plot device: they all represent varying aspects of our society - the street-wise drug dealer, the buttoned-down conservative housewife, the lesbian geneticist. Each one is a puzzle piece that when put together is creating a GREAT picture! Kudos to Tatiana Maslany for her performance(s) as the multiple clones.

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The Originals review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 16 November 2013 05:11 (A review of The Originals)

Oh, no! The Vampire Diaries meet Twilight! Can we please put a stake in the whole "updated" vampire mythos??
BTW - neat casting nod - Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin used to swim the Australian oceans as mermaids in "Just Add Water.:

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Julian Po review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 7 November 2013 12:27 (A review of Julian Po)

This is one of those quirky little films populated with a mix of then-hot and/or up-and-comers of the indie set. I haven't seen it for years because it just disappeared from cable TV. I really liked it as a nice, waste away the afternoon movie. BTW - I visited the town it was filmed in a few years ago - it really looks bad these days. Sad.

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Low Winter Sun review

Posted : 3 years, 9 months ago on 29 September 2013 01:42 (A review of Low Winter Sun)

Oh, what potential! Place crooked cops in the fertile cesspool of lawlessness and degradation that is the rapidly imploding city of Detroit and you should have the next Breaking Bad. Instead, while it has all the great AMC timing and acting, the "peel back the onion on each character" plot is second-rate, the red herrings are more like lake trout and the show looks like it'll end with a whisper, rather than a bang.

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Big Night review

Posted : 3 years, 9 months ago on 20 September 2013 04:47 (A review of Big Night)

Coming from a big, immigrant Italian family myself, this movie holds a special place in my heart.

The conflict between the two brothers, Primo and Secondo, and their rival, Ian Holm's Pascal (in an over-the-top performance) mirrored the American immigrant experience: does one stick to their heritage, like Secondo, who serves "traditional" Italian fare to a scant clientele, or jump into the melting pot, like Pascal, who "gives the people what they want" - a big, pedestrian, plate of spaghetti and meatballs?

Tony Shalhoub's Primo ends being caught in the middle of this argument, seeing "selling out" as his ticket out of the financial mess his brother's restaurant has become.

Minnie Driver's character, Phyllis, the quintessential "Joisey Girl" was a complete waste of her talent.

Overall, this was a real hidden gem of a movie!

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Rosemary & Thyme review

Posted : 3 years, 10 months ago on 14 August 2013 03:45 (A review of Rosemary & Thyme)

Once you get past the ridiculous name and suspend some degree of reality (not unlike "Murder She Wrote") its another run-of-the-mill "murder among the wealthy landed gentry" series, with everyone involved having some deep, dark secret. The fun is sorting the red herrings from the final resolution and that's what keeps your attention.

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XIII review

Posted : 3 years, 11 months ago on 4 July 2013 08:06 (A review of XIII)

How much do I dislike XIII? Let me count the ways:


XIII – Another made-in-Canada but set in the US, eh? Series!
XII – Produced by Europeans with little-to-no-concept of the 21st Century United States.
XI – Acting that makes “Showgirls” look Oscar-worthy.
X – A convoluted and incoherent plot.
IX – A 24-hour news channel/Greek chorus (complete with stereotypical vapid blonde talking head) that suspiciously looks like a parody of Fox News.
VIII – Ingrid Kavelaars’ role as a Sarah Palin-like presidential candidate is so bad it makes Tina Fey’s Palin parody on Saturday Night Live look intelligent by comparison.
VII – European actors trying to use cool, American slang made me fall of the couch laughing!
VI – Shanghai looks just like Toronto? Who knew?
V – A global tech company instigating every global event and pulling the strings behind the US government? Yeah, let’s perpetuate that Euro-view stereotype!
IV – Since the producers in Europe apparently have no access to cable or the internet, they wouldn’t know America’s election process,…
III – Or the handoff of control between elected administrations,…
II – Or the utter unlikelihood of a military seizure of power between adminstrations!
I – Finally,...an overall anti-American message that was so off base, it makes Severin Severin’s infantile [Link removed - login to see]"> list seem coherent!

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Jason X review

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 11 March 2013 03:28 (A review of Jason X)

Taking the Jason franchise into space (by way of those typically stolid Canadians, BTW) was a ba-a-aad idea. Some interesting trivia: the re-pairing of Andromeda alums Lexa Doig and Lisa Rayder, playing their old characters' opposites: here, Lexa, Andromeda's android plays a human and Lisa now playing the android.

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