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Creation review

Posted : 4 years, 9 months ago on 12 August 2012 02:23 (A review of Creation)

Oddly-paced moved. Semi-spoiler: this is NOT a biopic about Darwin's explorations or how he arrived at his theory of creationism. Rather, this is more about the struggles Darwin encountered within his own life as he tried to rationalize what his scientific training told him with his Christian upbringing and the then-prevailing ideas that all existed as God created them and spontaneous conversion (i.e. goose barnacles become barnacle geese). The driving factor here is Darwin's faith was shattered by the death of his young daughter (medicine still being more of an art than a science at the time). I walked away unimpressed.


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The Closer review

Posted : 4 years, 10 months ago on 27 July 2012 04:27 (A review of The Closer)

As The Closer comes to an end, reflection dictates that we will remember the show, which started as summer filler, complete with a crazy-like-a-fox, fish-out-of-water protagonist, proved to be stronger than anyone ever gave it credit. And it helped launch the current creative excellence and dominance of cable television over the network trash (especially when the Big 4 seem hell-bent to show nothing but "reality shows" until the fall).


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Last Resort review

Posted : 4 years, 10 months ago on 24 July 2012 02:06 (A review of Last Resort)

Why does this look like [Link removed - login to see]">"Crimson Tide" meets "Jersey Shore" and written by the Coen Brothers???


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2012 review

Posted : 4 years, 10 months ago on 18 July 2012 04:37 (A review of 2012)

Ponderous, predictable, and loaded with tons of useless special effects. I actually fell asleep the first time I watched it!


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Mr. Saturday Night review

Posted : 4 years, 10 months ago on 9 July 2012 08:05 (A review of Mr. Saturday Night)

Not a great movie, but Billy Crystal's homage to the early day of comedy TV, with a few thinly-veiled shots at some the early TV greats.


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I, Claudius review

Posted : 4 years, 11 months ago on 11 June 2012 01:45 (A review of I, Claudius)

Probably one of the benchmarks of the mini-series genre and one of the best British-produced shows in television history. Some of the younger actors have gone on to have lengthy and significant careers in film and TV. I watch it anytime it gets aired on TV.


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Caprica review

Posted : 4 years, 11 months ago on 11 June 2012 01:30 (A review of Caprica)

Crushed under the weight of its own pondering seriousness, Caprica started slow and never seemed to catch on fast enough. The subplots were tight enough, but the Zoe is/isn't alive plot got to be too confusing. If they made her more like the humanoid Cylons from BSG, it would've been easier to related to her character.


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The 51st State review

Posted : 5 years ago on 11 May 2012 05:04 (A review of The 51st State)

Kind of a mixed up movie (then again, half of Samuel Jackson's movies are,...) but there's a lot of anti-American sentiment that most of us Yanks would miss, as well as the British in-jokes. It'll get lumped in as a second cousin to the Lock, Stock and Layer Cake genre.


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The Bridge on the River Kwai review

Posted : 5 years, 3 months ago on 15 February 2012 04:48 (A review of The Bridge on the River Kwai)

The Bridge On the River Kwai wasn't just about the Pacific Theatre of World War II, it was about British pride and the "stiff upper lip" attitude. Not only did the British seek to build the bridge as a symbol of British moral and dignity, they sought to undermine the Japanese by simply being "British." The entire scene of the British POWs presenting to their captors the plan to properly build the bridge was as much a demonstration of British know-how as it was a way to wear down the camp commander with the Western business model.


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Love, American Style review

Posted : 5 years, 3 months ago on 2 February 2012 05:33 (A review of Love, American Style)

I remember the later years (72-73) of this show. Interesting trivia: The Love Boat started out as a vignette from one of the episodes.


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