Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hung Season 1

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Hung Season 1 - 4 out of 5

HBO is really where it's at for great shows and this show continues its dominance over the mediocre shows of Showtime. (Yeah, that's right, I'm an HBO fanboy.) The premise of this show is amusing and offers up both great drama and awesome humor. When you combine that with a fantastic cast, you have a recipe for fun. I've never been a fan of Tom Jane but lately, I've been warming up to him. He wasn't a good Punisher and The Mist was just god awful but after watching him direct and star in Dark Country--and now this, I am definitely working up to becoming a Thomas Jane fan. Sadly, the only real downfall of this show's cast is Anne Heche. It has nothing to do with her acting but every since she went insane years ago, I can't help but see her pulling her hair out and yelling that aliens are coming to steal her hot pockets. This show also has one of the best open sequences I have ever seen in a show--very creative and funny. The show is highly addictive and fun to watch but I found one aspect of the show very scary...and that was Ray Drecker's son's hair. It's downright creepy.

Reop Men

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Repo Men - 3 out of 5

This movie is nothing we haven't seen before. Everything from the characters to the story itself, is stuff that has been seen. That being said, this movie actually isn't that bad and is kinda entertaining. This movie contains all the cliche editing and storytelling that has become quite common in movies and although the story has been done, it was told solidly enough that it didn't get boring and despite the characters being cliche, the actors portraying them didn't make them boring either. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker are good enough, neither really set the screen on fire--which is strange because both are very talented actors. But one actor who I wanted to see more of in the movie because he was so entertaining was Liev Schreiber's character. First off, I think Liev is a very underrated actor but his character was so great to watch. What I really found surprising in this film was it was bloodier than I had anticipated but a lot of the blood was CG and CG blood is never good. Another surprise was the decent action...I tell you, Nerf guns are dangerous in the future. This movie isn't an original but it's not bad to kick back and forget the day with.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Da Vinci's Inquest Season 1

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Da Vinci's Inquest Season 1 - 4 out of 5

This show was recommended to me by a friend on Facebook and, since I'll pretty much give any movie or show a shot, I took the recommendation and found a really cool crime drama that is unlike any crime show you've ever seen. Let's face it, cop dramas are a dime a dozen and they are all basically the same. Same cliche characters, same cliche storylines and played out plots. Yet, for some reason, new ones are added every season. This show is nothing like that. You won't find the over-involved cop who will stop at nothing to get the case close. You won't find the struggling alcoholic cop who is dangerously close to becoming corrupt. You won't find the loose cannon cop who is always getting yelled at by the Chief. You won't find these in this crime drama because the focus is on the coroner's office. And don't think for a second you'll find a C.S.I. style show here. No witty comments before The Who kicks in. No impossible computer enhancing of photos. Nope, what this show has is realistic characters living realistic lives and working on realistic cases. What's even more amazing is that some cases and storylines will span several episodes and sometimes get pushed into the background as new storylines develop before ultimately they return. And what's even more interesting is sometimes, the show won't solve the crimes. THEY GO UNSOLVED! I've never seen that in today's shows and that is awesome. Aside from the great writing, this show highlights some fantastic acting from the title character, Dominic Da Vinci, played by Nicholas Campbell. And to make the pot even sweeter, Donnelly Rhodes, who played the amazing character of Doc Cottle in one of television's greatest shows; Battlestar Galactica, is playing backup as Det. Leo Shannon. I could go on and on about the cool characters this show has and how perfectly cast they are. There is only one low point and that is Jewel Staite playing Da Vinci's daughter. I know my fellow geeks love her from the cult show (and in my opinion, highly overrated) Firefly. But Staite is a terribly unconvincing actress who delivers every damn line with a smile. Finally, the music to the show is a little annoying with all the synthesize jazz sound it has but other than that, this show is very engaging and addicting. I look forward to the next season.

Batman: Under the Red Hood

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Batman: Under the Red Hood - 4 out of 5

Once again, DC proves that they are far superior to making great animated movies than Marvel. First off, they picked a great property to do an animated movie on. The Red Hood saga is just great Batman story telling and we also get to see the animated death of Jason Todd, Batman's 2nd Robin. I'll never forget when his death actually happened in the comics. I was dumbstruck that DC would kill off an iconic character like Robin (even though it wasn't Dick Grayson, Todd did take the mantel of Robin and to kill The Boy Wonder, I just never thought I would see it happen.) There are some major changes to the story here but I'll admit, I was in favor of every change. The animation is great, except for some low quality 3D animation poorly combined with fantastic 2D animation. (I don't understand why Futurama is the only animated program that can successful combine these two elements.) The only real problem I have with this movie (and it was bad enough to cause it to lose an entire point) is the cast of voice actors used. None of them are particularlly bad, in fact, most of them are great. With the exception of Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing. He isn't a very good voice actor (and in my opinion, actor all around) and he delivers every line like it's comic relief and not the banter of a man who's worked his entire life with one of the world's greatest heroes. The biggest crime this movie makes is not casting Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker. These two men cemented the standard voice for these two iconic characters in The Animated Series and have, since then, been brought back to reprise these roles in many Batman properties. To not utilize them in a great picture like this was just an insult to the Batman fans. Instead of Conroy and Hamill, we got Bruce Greenwood (Dinner for Schmucks and Star Trek, as well as providing the voice of Batman in a new series) is Batman and John DiMaggio (Bender and Marcus Fenix in Gears of War) is The Joker. Greenwood and DiMaggio both did a great job--in fact, I think John DiMaggio is one of the greatest voice actors to ever exist but Conroy and Hamill set the bar too high for other actors to ever hit when it comes to voicing Batman and Joker. Other than this single complaint, the movie is awesome. There is great action sequences and the movie is nice and dark. If you're a fan of Batman or DC in general, check this one out.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Stepfather 2: Make Room for Daddy

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The Stepfather 2: Make Room for Daddy - 3 out of 5

If you make a horror film or a slasher pick, you are nearly 100% guaranteed to get a sequel out of the deal. Even if the movie you make is terrible, a studio--for some reason or another--will green light a second one and, sometimes, it becomes a franchise. The Stepfather, starring Terry O'Quinn got its sequel, but never its franchise. And surprisingly, this sequel isn't terrible and is about as (but not as) good as the first one. The opening scenes are really entertaining but then the film drags a little before the action picks up again. And like any other horror/slasher film sequel, this movie has more killing (but still not comparable to a Friday the 13th or Halloween movie--the good ones, not Rob Zombie abortion of a remake). The story is about the same as the first as it deals with our antagonist trying to merge himself into a fatherless family, so don't expect any surprises there. Overall, I really don't have any complaints except for the casting of Meg Foster as the woman our villain is trying to woo. Meg Foster, first off, creeps the hell out of me because of her lifeless eyes. And second of all, she will always be Evil-Lyn to me thanks to Masters of the Universe. One thing I really enjoyed about this sequel that, unlike the first film, this movie, albeit at the end, wants the viewer to feel, at least partially, sorry for Terry O'Quinn's character and I dug that. Finally, I have to mention something I found rather odd about the movie. If you watched the first one, you know the character of the Stepfather whistles "Camp Town Races" all the time. Well, in this movie, he still does it but numerous characters will talk about that song like they have no idea what it is. In fact, one character describes it as "a song I haven't heard in a long time." How does anyone not know of the song "Camp Town Races?" Anyway, that silliness behind, The Stepfather 2: Make Room for Daddy is a decent slasher film that won't blow you away but won't leave you completely disappointed either.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward Vol. 1: Future Shellshock!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward Vol. 1: Future Shellshock! - 3 out of 5

It pains me to give this a 3 because I am such a huge fan of the Ninja Turtles and especially this cartoon series. But being that it's a 3 doesn't mean it's bad, just not as good as the last seasons (this being season 6). The darker themes of the previous years are abandoned for more humor and an overall more lighthearted feel. The action is toned down as well as this season sees the turtles shot 100 years into the future. New characters are introduced as familiars like Casey Jones and April O'Neil are not around. Sadly, the majority of these new characters (mostly the turtles' allies) are annoying and more geared towards children than the older crowd that the cartooned was originally made for. Even Splinter, who traveled with his sons to the future, is rarely seen in these first episodes of this season. The turtles usually dynamic is still presence, so the change to the show isn't that jarring or detrimental on the show. Overall, this season just feels like the first step to jumping the shark as the show tries to revamp a show that already had a solid dynamic to begin with. Honestly, time travel is just a big cliche that wasn't needed for the show. Rarely can a show do a time travel storyline and have it actually work. However, it's still the turtles and it is still enteraining as the show brings in some pretty damn cool villains to face.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Wire Season 5

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The Wire Season 5 - 5 out of 5

The final season of, quite possibly, one of the best shows I have ever seen. Once again, this show takes on a subject and provides commentary on it through the politics of police work in Baltimore. This season dug into the state of journalism and the mad pursuit of being spotted as a journalist rather than report the news. Bubbles gets hounded by a reporter who wants to tell his story as Bubbles tries to get cleaned as another reporter from the Baltimore Sun writes up questionable human interest stories. This all comes into play as McNulty fakes a serial killer in the city in order to bring money into the investigation him and Lester are running as they try to bring down Marlo. Ethics in both police work and journalism are called into question as this season forces you to think about whether the ends truly justify the means. A debate that is raised in every season. Like all the other seasons, the writing is second to none and the character development continues to be addicting like a drug. In fact, some of the developments are downright shocking as Lester goes in a completely different direction I ever thought his character was ever going to take. There are some disappointments to this season but it's nothing that actually affects the rating I'm giving. The disappointments are mostly the fact that this was the last season and some occurrences that happened to some of my favorite characters. Finally, this shows final moments tied everything up quite well and left no disappointments that you would never see Baltimore's finest again. Great end, to a great show!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sex Drive

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Sex Drive - 2 out of 5

Generic sex comedy, is the best way to sum up this movie. In fact, the opening scene has been seen a dozen times, a dozen different ways in the genre of sex comedies. Nothing in this movie is particularly funny besides Seth Green's character. (Which is the only reason I gave this a 2 and not a 1.) I'm not going to waste my time reviewing the story because when you sit down to watch a movie called Sex Drive, a deep story with an intricate plot is not something you're expecting. I actually had to sit through this movie twice as I watched both the rated and unrated versions of the film. The unrated gets points because it is unlike any unrated movie ever released. The unrated opens with a terrific Tim and Eric style skit about the nature of the unrated version that is much funnier than anything else in the movie. The unrated also throws in outtakes and bloopers throughout the film that are ALSO funnier than anything else in the movie. It's not a good sign when your blooper reel has more solid humor than the written portions of the movie. If you like sex comedies, you'll like this movie. If you want a movie with gratuitous boobs, no plot and a leading man who is more lifeless than a dead fish, you can find all that in Sex Drive. Clark Duke has some mildly amusing scenes but, since this movie came out, he has been much funnier in movies like Kick-Ass and Hot Tub Time Machine. If you're bored with fart humor and bottom of the barrel comedy, I would recommed passing this one up. You'll get nothing from it.

The Stepfather (Original)

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The Stepfather (Original) - 4 out of 5

Your typical, run of the mill, slasher movie. Not that that is a bad thing at all. This movie is really good. I don't want to give any spoilers away but the very beginning of the movie will hook it's claws in you. The story is simple but cool. The acting is great--especially Terry O'Quinn, who will later be known as Locke for the rest of his career. O'Quinn is very creepy to watch as the insane stepfather. And he is completely insane in this original one compared to the remake, which made the stepfather look more angry than insane. Q'Quinn is so good at playing this mentally unstable man that you realize how little blood there really is in the movie. What really stood out in this film, however, is the amazing camera work. Usually, slasher films don't feature much as far as creative camera angles and movements but this film has some moments where the shots are really cool, especially the scene where O'Quinn is showing a house and the camera moves fluidly through the halls and around the men. If you like slasher/thriller/horror movies, this is one you have to check out.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Someone's Knocking at the Door

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Someone's Knocking at the Door - 3 out of 5

This movie is not for the easily offended or grossed out. Gore and zombies that rape is just some of the stuff you'll find in this one. An off the chart zombie movie to say the least is this movie. This movie, shockingly, does a lot of things right. If you can get passed the rape scenes, you'll find a low budget film that is quite well made. Editing, at first, is weak but improves greatly as the film progresses. Yes, the story is sophomoric but this isn't a terrible movie. It starts off grabbing your attention and the end is really good. Sadly, the film does drag slightly in the middle. However, if you like disturbing movies, stick it out and you'll be pleasantly surprised. The film's actors range from pretty decently talented to...well, let's just say some actors should have been recast. This movie is one of a kind and not watered down like much of Hollywood's features, so I can respect that. I know it sounds like I really enjoyed this movie so you're probably wondering why I gave it a 3 and not a 4 or 5. Well, like I said before, some of the acting isn't great and the story isn't as solid as it could be but the biggest complaint I have is the lack of depth with the film's characters. Most of them are just generic stoners. In fact, the film's obsession with narcotics seems a little pointless. Also, this movie has one of the most boring opening credit sequences I have ever witnessed. It was everything I could do to not fast forward it. Emotionless music to edits of old anti-drug short propaganda films (which, oddly, I've seen every single one of those films they showed and was able to call them out by name). There could have been a better way of opening the movie that grabbed the audience's attention. Those complaints aside, this movie is not bad. In fact, it's a good movie to sit down with some buds who enjoy a good bad movie and have some laughs.

Survival of the Dead

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Survival of the Dead - 1 out of 5

*Shaking head* I think it's time for George Romero to retire and stop beating this dead horse. And that's a hard thing for me to say because I love zombie entertainment and I am a big fan of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. I used to respect Romero in a high regard but after Land of the Dead came out and I left with a 'meh' feeling and then after the disgust I witnessed at the poor filmmaking and story telling in Diary of the Dead, I realized that George has either got lucky with his earlier films or has just stopped trying. Like the last two dead movies, this movie has one dimensional characters that provide nothing to the story. All of them just seem to fill the screen and bring nothing to the table. Most of them aren't even convincing actors. Remember in Dawn and Night when you had characters with depth that also provide social commentary? Well, you don't get that anymore. George once again forgoes using practical effects and decides that realism isn't necessary and uses CG blood and gore for the majority of the zombie deaths. I hate CG blood. It doesn't work and doesn't provide the gross factor that a film like this needs. The story, shocking, actually has promise but poor writing forces this film to pad itself with pointless zombie horde sequences and bad--VERY BAD humor. In fact, some of the humor is so cheesy, I was surprised it wasn't accompanied with cartoon sound effects. The most insulting part of this movie is the fact that most of it is something we've all seen in his previous movies. In fact, you can make a drinking game out of this film. Every time a zombie some how sneaks up on someone when they are out in the open--drink. Or, drink every time one of the living points a gun at another living person only to discover he was actually targetting a zombie sneaking up on the guy. Seriously, that happens often enough where you can get drunk. Finally, the plot holes in his mythology are starting to mess with my ability to sit back and enjoy the movie. A group of soldiers in this movie are obsessed with this cache of cash they found but I have to ask...WHAT GOOD IS MONEY WHEN THE WORLD ECONOMY IS COLLAPSED BECAUSE THE FUCKING ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE OCCURRED???? And why the hell is there still power in this world? Are all the power company dudes and oil fields and coal mines of the world still operating when the dead roam the Earth? Finally, I hope this wasn't a coincidence and that George was trying to give a wink to his fans because the movie actually ends on a shot of a dead horse...probably the same one he's been beating since Day of the Dead. Honestly, with Robert Kirkman kicking ass writing The Walking Dead (don't forget, the series comes out in October) and Max Brooks writing some of the best zombie books I've ever read (seriously, if you like zombies and haven't read The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, I highly suggest you pick those up), there really is no more need for Romero to keep making these disappointing films. After Diary of the Dead, I gave up on the hope that he could bounce back.

SpongeBob SquarePants Season 6 Vol. 1

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SpongeBob SquarePants Season 6 Vol. 1 - 5 out of 5

I'm a big SpongeBob fan. His cartoon is creative, funny as all hell and really REALLY well animated. This season continues the antics of our underwater sea friend who lives in a pineapple. All the usual stuff is there: Mr. Krabs loves his money and Plankton is always trying to steal the secret formula to the Krabby Patty, Patrick is still stupid and Squidward is still Squidward. There are some terrific episodes in this season (one of my favs is when SpongeBob and Patrick have some fun with slide whistles and irritate Squidward.) and a few of them are trying to teach the kids as well. Particularly the one where Squidward tells SpongeBob to be normal and our yellow little friend sells out and normalizes. But he learns that it's better to be yourself and he becomes his old lovable self again. The season also sees some great guest stars as Patchy the Pirate (played by Tom Kenny, the man who provides the voice of SpongeBob) tries to recruit celebrities for the 10 anniversary episode. (I can't believe it's been on for a decade already.) One of my favorite comedians (and it's not because he's an atheist like me) Ricky Gervais provides the narration for that episode and we also see, the woman who I want to be my wife, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell. (To name a few.) Overall, this season continues to bring the quality we've come to expect from SpongeBob and it is just pure joy to watch.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 - 5 out of 5

(Note: This is from the series that was out in the 00's, not the 80's.) I know what you are asking yourself: Didn't he watch Season 2 last month? What happened to Season 3? Good question. I already own Season 3 but not 4...that's the reason for the skip. Anyway, this season is great because it starts with a terrific story about Leo trying to deal with his failure as a leader. The story is heavy and addicting. This season also gets a little dark as it journeys into some violent territory and trip into the dark chasm of Baxter Stockmen's mind. Psychological tripping along with ninja action. Perfect combination! This season truly feels like the comic series come to life!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Vanishing

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The Vanishing - 3 out of 5

Okay, is the best word I can use to describe this thriller. There isn't much mystery to the story but the killer's motive is interesting, to say the least. For the most part, this movie doesn't do many things wrong but it loses major points for the ending. I won't give anything away but it's your typical Hollywood ending. And the final moments before the credits role is lame enough for me to take off any entire point because of the terrible joke delivered. It was like an ending to a cheesy sitcom from the 80's or 70's. I half expected the movie to end in a freeze frame because of it. Also, Jeff Bridges' uses a strange voice throughout the film that serves as more of a annoyance than something that makes his character unique. The final sin this movie commits is having Sandra Bullock in it. I don't care for the woman and I've never found her to be a convincing actress. Thankfully, she isn't in the movie long. Overall, this movie isn't terrible. It's worth a view and if you're bored and have nothing to do, it will definitely keep you entertained.

The Wire Season 4

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The Wire Season 4 - 5 out of 5

Once again, this show knocks it out of the park and STILL keeps it fresh as it analyzes the problems of a drug ravaged Baltimore. This time, the show brings to focus on the weak education system that pushes youngsters towards to slinging dope on the corner. What I really enjoyed about this season is Pryzbylewski really get his time in the spotlight as he has given up police work (if you've seen season 3, you know why) and is now a teacher. It was nice to see his character actually get some time on the show where we get to see real depth to him. Also, Bubbles has a big part in this season and I am a big fan of that character. The only disappointing note about this season is the lack of McNulty. His character shows up from time to time but doesn't have as big of an influence like the previous seasons. However, this show has such strong characters that his absence is barely noticed until he'll show up after being gone for several episodes. Let's not forget all the usual bells and whistles of superior writing that makes this show great! I'm definitely looking forward to the fifth and final season.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cop Out

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Cop Out - 1 out of 5

I gave it a one but it really deserves a zero. Don't call a movie a comedy, when you don't have anything to laugh at. And Kevin Smith, although I am not the biggest fan of you, you do a better job when you direct movies you write. Not that his direction is what's wrong with this movie because it's all the fault of the two writers. This movie is nothing but a cliche cop buddy movie that we've seen before. And in case you are wondering...yes, Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan get yelled at by the chief for being "loose cannons." Tracy delivers the films only two funny moments but it seems he just couldn't get away from playing Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock. I actually found myself feeling sorry for Kevin Pollack for being in this sad affair. I mean, he is so damn talented. Bruce Willis is playing the same cop he's playing for 75% of his career and really didn't need to be in the movie, they could have used a cardboard cut out of him. And I thought Sean William Scott was done playing Stifler. But here he is, playing him all over again. Basically what this movie boils down to is this: take every cop movie you've seen in the 80's, mix them together, take out the humor and charm and you get Cop Out. I'm glad I didn't see this in the theaters...image the uncomfortable silence those theaters suffered.

The Losers

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The Losers - 3 out of 5

We are in the golden age of comic adaptations, people and studios are buying up even the most obscure comics. This movie, which I must say that I have flipped through the comic, is okay. Not great but not terrible either. There is some good action and really fun characters that were well cast. Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) is here and I'll be honest--I like this guy. He's a fun actor and he gets to play some awesomely entertaining parts. From Watchmen and Supernatural, we've got Jeffrey Dean Morgan playing the head of the Losers and, at times, his character feels lifeless but at times he picks it up. Idris Elba, from The Wire, is one of the standouts in this movie and Oscar Jaenada is right there with him--even though he is quiet for most of the movie. Personally, I would have rather seen a better looking female lead but I like some meat on my girl's bones...heroin skinny doesn't do it for me. OH, and then there's the most annoying villain you will ever see. He is constantly throwing out sarcastic bombs that are unfunny and just stupid to the point that you don't want to see a single scene of the bad guy at all and would rather see faceless minions being killed by our heroes. Finally, the story isn't going to win any awards but I wasn't expecting that. I wanted mindless action, sleek editing and an over the top story and that's what I got. This is just a good popcorn flick that will help you pass the time pleasantly.

Furry Vengeance

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Furry Vengeance 2 out of 5

Come on, Brendan...I know you're better than this. Remember him in the first Mummy. He was awesome. But this is almost embarrassing. For the most part, his slap-stick comedy in this movie is WAYYYYY over the top (but it is for kids, I guess. Although it is obvious that this film is ONLY meant for kids and not adults to enjoy with the younglings.) Occasionally, I found myself laughing at Brendan when he did a great reaction to something happening to him--a reaction that wasn't over the top but subdued and actually hilarious. Sadly, this didn't happen very often. Oh, and I should point out, that this movie is NOT about furries. So, move along perverts. The story to this movie is something we've seen a million times. A dad too obsessed with work puts his family on the backburner and something occurs to him, usually comedic and violent and he learns the error of his ways. I like that the story is given an environmental message to the children--I truly appreciated that. But the movie is just weak with predictable jokes and lifeless characters. And what is really strange is there is some great talent in this movie. Comedic actors who are better than this movie. For example, Ken Jeong. A hilarious actor who's character was...okay, at best. And then, two very funny comics, Patrice O'Neil and Jim Norton are in it--BUT IN THE BACKGROUND!!! WHY?!? Finally, there's Brooke Shields, who is a woman that mystifies me that she's ever had a career. For one, I've never found her attractive and two, I have never seen her act where I believe she is the career she is playing. I always find myself saying, "oh...Brooke Shields is in this movie?" And I don't know if it was just me but she looked wayyyy too old to play Brendan's wife. If you have kids, they'll love this but parents, don't expect more than a few chuckles out of this one.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rescue Me Season 5 Vol. 2

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Rescue Me Season 5 Vol. 2 - 4 out of 5

Whenever I watch this show, I think of a joke a fellow comedian once said..."the most tragic thing to come from 9/11 is that Denis Leary thinks he's a real fireman." The comedian who said this is Dave Odd, an extremely talented comedian from Chicago that I highly suggest, if you have the chance, to see him perform. Alright, now that I'm done kissing the ass of a fellow comedian, on to my review. I love this show but this tail end of season 5 was nothing to write home about. Like the last few seasons Lou has some terrific moments that kept me watching and, like EVERY season, there are some really REALLY funny moments but what made this season lose an entire point was the drawn out love triangle between Tommy, Sheila and Janet. This is getting really old and I don't want to see it anymore. And to further show how bland their story has become, there was an EXTREMELY painful scene to sit through with Sheila and Janet near the end of the season. Neither female can act very well but when Denis Leary is in the scene, he more than makes up for their attempts but when you don't have Tommy and a third, completely irritating character (who I will get into in a moment) you have something awful. I would rather endure physical pain, then ever sit through that scene again. I would rather watch Transformers 2 and Avatar back to back (two of the worst movies every made) than see this scene again. It was that hard to sit through. Another reason this season lost a point with me was the addition of a new love interest to Tommy. This dynamic is also getting old and has been repeated nearly every season. Usually I don't mind this but the character they created is so lame that I can't take it. Maura Tierney plays Kelly, a "I don't play by the traditional roles when it comes to dating" type. It irritates me that they bring this type of female character in because currently, a good chunk of television shows and movies have this cliche female in it. I'm tired of this type of character and to make matters even worse, Maura Tierney can't even play the woman convincingly. These two complaints aside, this half of season 5 had its moments. Tommy convinces his cohorts who try to stop his drinking to get THEM to drink and that creates some great scenes when they agree. Mic and Uncle Teddy have some hilarious scenes with some lesbians and the season ends with a terrific scene in the guys bar. A scene, I might add, that Teddy completely stole and really showed his chops! Asides from my few complaints, I still like this show and the season cliff hanger is enough to get me to come back for season 6.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale

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Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale 5 out of 5

Awesome ending to an all around awesome show! Once again there are great celebrity cameos...especially Clive Owen's absolutely hysterical scene with the character of Maggie. But what I found most surprising was the seriousness of this finale. In fact, there were scenes with Maggie that nearly brought tears to my eyes as they perfectly projected the feeling of hopelessness of a dream lost. But despite the seriousness, there are still jokes and it is still funny. They perfectly blended together the drama and humor where you got laughs but didn't feel ripped off with a more serious ending to the series. It's sad that we won't see anymore of the journey of Andy Millman but Ricky Gervais is, in one word, a genius. He understands that shows need to end on a high note and bow out gracefully before the show gets stale and stays past its prime. Something The Simpsons have yet to learn. But all in all, this show was fantastic and this special finale ended the show perfectly.

Extras Season 2

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Extras Season 2 5 out of 5

The hilarity continues with Ricky Gervais and company. Just as funny as the first season--although we didn't get a celebrity scene as funny as Patrick Stewart describing his movie in the first season but still funny nonetheless. In fact, there is a terrific scene with David Bowie and an impromptu song. If you read my review of the first season, my only complaint was the lack of Stephen Merchant and this season really delivered some great scenes with him. Honestly, when Ricky and Stephen get together, it's like watching the miracle of birth...only with comedy. Fantastic show!

Network

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Network 4 out of 5

"I am MAD AS HELL AND I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!" The famous line of Howard Beale. Over 30 years ago this movie was made and is still relevant today. A network is more concerned with sensationalism than reporting the news...hmmm, sounds like Fox. In fact, it's been years since I've seen this movie and watching it now, I now know where that blow hard; Glenn Beck, got his television persona from...Howard Beale. Beale is a complex character on the brink of madness who acts like a preacher screaming about the endtimes. Just like Beck on any given day on his show. The commentary this movie makes, not only on television but on society itself is strong and, hopefully, makes you think and have a discussion once the credits finish rolling. This movie is film making at its best and the only thing that kept me from giving it a 5 out of 5 is the fact it's not a movie you can watch often. Like I said earlier in the review, it's been over 10 years since I've seen the movie and it will probably be another 10 years before I watch it again. Also, the sound on this film isn't the best quality, so that hurt the review a little as well. And the poor sound is sad because this movie has some of the best yelling you'll ever see in a movie. Aside from Peter Finch's amazing scenes where he is yelling at the top of his lungs, Robert Duvall and Ned Beatty have some of the coolest scenes ever committed to film. Especially when Ned Beatty's character is trying to turn Beale to his cause....just pure awesome! If you've never seen this movie, I highly suggest you check it out because it is very rare that a film like this can stay relevant after all these years.

Operation: Endgame

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Operation: Endgame 4 out of 5

Dark comedies: You either love them or hate them and, me personally, I LOVE them. Dick and fart jokes get old and sometimes wit just isn't enough. I need uncomfortable and sometimes violent humor and you get it in spades in this one. The cast is filled with some amazing comedians and great actors...Zach Galafinakis, one of my personal heroes; Bob Odenkirk, Rob Corddry, Jeffery Tambor, the list goes on. Zach deserves special mention because he delivered his part perfectly, combining the serious of his role with the humor like he was poured into a mold made specifically for this character. The humor is bloody and twisted and I like that very much, precious. (Note: read that last part of the sentence as Gollum from LOTR.) And what amazed me most about this movie that, sadly, only got a limited theater release is how solid the story was and film making was. In fact, there was a particular shot that impressed me was a extremely seamless transition from a live shot to a CGI warehouse. If you're not a fan of dark comedies and don't want blood and death to mix with your ha ha time, then maybe you should skip this one. But if you're like me, you'll love this movie. My only complaint...Bob Odenkirk didn't have enough screen time.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Expendables

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The Expendables - 1 out of 5

Giving this movie a one, was generous on my part. This movie is alllllll hype. The action sequences are lazy and late to the show as the film drags at a snail's pace, pathetically trying to create a credible story to a film that shouldn't have one to begin with. This movie should have been nothing but ass kicking, gun shots and explosions but it wasn't. Instead, what I found was a movie that failed left and right at developing its story. It felt like the writer of the movie sat down, started to write the movie, took a year off, came back and forgot what he previously wrote and this whole process was repeated a couple of times. If you are able to put aside the terrible writing, you are then forced to deal with the horrible acting. Okay, none of the actors in this movie are known for their acting chops but every scene felt like each actor was either phoning it in or over doing it. Mickey Rourke deserves special mention for his scenery chewing sequence that went on wayyyyy too long. (when you see it, you'll know it.) I was so disappointed with this movie. I wanted a big budget, ass kick action movie but what I discovered was a boring, poorly put together movie. I really tried to find something good in this movie but found nothing. I guess Dolph Lundgren was okay.

Monday, August 16, 2010

MST3K Vol. XVIII

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. XVIII - 5 out of 5

I wish I could give this collection more than 5 because I am such a huge fan of MST3K. This is a great collection with some amazing episodes. This collection has two with Joel (Crash of Moons and Lost Continent) and two with my personal favorite guy, Mike Nelson (The Beast of Yucca Flats and Jack Frost.) Sadly, these episodes are not without their let downs. However, the only let down is the quality of the transfer from the original tapes. Shout! even warns the viewers about this problem at the beginning of the movie. There are some distortion from tape warp and some occasion pixalation but as long as you don't focus on the black and gray lines that occasionally pop up in the presentation, you won't be bothered by it. And it is very easy to ignore because the guys are on top of their games in these episodes with their riffing. Highlights include nearly the entire movie of Jack Frost and the hilarious mountain climbing sequence in Lost Continent. If you like MST3K, you either have already seen these episodes and are aching to revisit them again or already have plans to watch these and have them at the top of your Netflix queue. If you haven't seen MST3K, this might be the collection for you to check out and test the waters of the Satellite of Love. And then your addiction begins.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Extras Season 1

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Extras Season 1 - 5 out of 5

I never had HBO, so a lot of its killer shows went passed me and thanks to TV on DVD, I am slowing catching up on them. (Very slowly. It wasn't until last year that I watched all of The Soprano seasons.) HBO doesn't have many comedies but when they do (Curb and Flight of the Conchords) they are stellar! And, in my opinion, Extras is deserving of the stellar award as well. I've always been a fan of Ricky Gervais ever since I've seen him in the BBC's original version of The Office. In fact, I've always been a fan of British humor ever since I was first exposed to Monty Python's Flying Circus so many years ago. This show has the sharp wit that makes British humor so great and when you add in A-list celebrity cameos from the likes of Patrick Stewart (his appearance in the season finale is just gut-teasingly funny), Ben Stiller and Samuel L. Jackson, you have a recipe for something that is not only funny but memorable as well. The only real complaint I had was the minimal appearances of Stephen Merchant. But his scenes that he was in were so funny, it really didn't bother me that he didn't have more of them. Looking forward to watching the next season!

Eureka Season 3.5

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Eureka Season 3.5 - 5 out of 5

I love this show. It's funny but has enough serious drama to keep it from getting stale. Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter is the glue that keeps all the wonderful characters that this show has together. Sure, the show can get silly when you think about it. How can one town filled with geniuses keep having so many problems? But obviously the writers realize it because they constantly makes jokes about that. There really isn't much else to say about this show other than the fact it is just so bloody entertaining.

Fright Night

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Fright Night - 3 out of 5

In my review of Lifeforce, I mentioned I went back and watched two vampire movies from the 80's that gave us vamps that were killers, not sparkly wimps that girls loved. This movie is campy but there is an undeniable charm to it because of the simple fact that the vampire is actually a bad guy and not something I'm suppose to pity. The movie, for the most part, has some good acting in it but that doesn't change the fact it is very 80's. Synthesizer music is at every turn and terrible fashion assaults yours eyes. The special effects, at times (just like the acting) can be fairly decent. As long as you can ignore the wire holding the fake bat in the air. This movie is far from brilliant and a looooong way from scary but it will entertain you. So what if that entertainment comes from the fact we are laughing at it, does that change the fact we are being entertained by it? Hell no. And besides, Roddy McDowell is in it and who doesn't love Roddy McDowell?

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7

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Curb Your Enthusiasm - 5 out of 5.

I've always said that Curb was the R-rated version of Seinfeld and in this season, my point is proven as the show culminates in a Seinfeld reunion. Larry David's show is, without a doubt, one of the funniest on air--or to EVER exist. The characters that he brings in and the improv-style of interaction between these characters creates a fog of hilarity that you find yourself getting lost in and not wanting to leave. And, to top it off and have a Seinfeld reunion on this season is almost too much to handle. The most amazing part is watching Jerry, Julia, Michael, and Jason revisit this iconic characters and look like that no time has past since the show went off the air was just jaw dropping. And a big thumbs up to Michael Richards to willingly make fun of the "N-bomb" scandal that nearly destroyed his image from a few years back. I applaud him for being able to make fun of himself that way and I think it shows true character. All in all, this show is just fantastic and, when you consider that there isn't much else for comedy on HBO (Flight of the Conchords is over and Entourage hasn't been entertaining in several years) this show more than makes up the lack of laughs and even gives you more than a cable network has a quota for. If cable networks actually had a quota for laughs, that is. But if that was the case, CBS, you owe some laughs to the viewing public. (Yep, that's right, I ended this review with an attack on Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. I'm sorry, those shows suck.)

Kick-Ass

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Kick-Ass - 5 out of 5

Comic book adaptations are all the rage now but the problem I have, being a comic book fanboy, is too often the original source material isn't used or watered down so it can be sold to a mass audience. This is a no-no, to me. Spider-man, Daredevil and Batman films like Batman Forever and Batman and Robin are examples of comic book properties where the original source material is ignored and film companies are allowed to destroy these works of art to create money. I prefer it when a filmmaker (like Zach Synder) says "FUCK THE MONEY" and creates adaptations that are nearly identical to the source. (I say nearly because I understand you can't always go exact when adapting something because of the differences timing works in books or comics and movies.) Look at his work on 300 and Watchmen...in my opinion, pure gold. And Kick-Ass is one of those adaptations that was more interested in selling something to its smaller, but targeted audience than making a piece of crap to the larger, more dim-witted audiences. Honestly, I never got to read the Kick-Ass series till after I saw the movie but noticed, for the most part, it went almost unchanged as it committed to film. This movie really delivers a world that feels like it is directly out of a comic book. Everything from the actors that were cast to the way the movie is shot and edited, it seems like a comic book came to life. The actors were perfectly cast--not a single person delivers their character poorly and the highlights of this great casting come in the form of Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass (who I never actually seen in anything until this movie) and he was great. Exceptionally great is Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl (who steals the movie, in my opinion) and Nicolas Cage as her dad and fellow superhero, Big Daddy. And then you add Mark Strong as the bad guy? Forget about it! This movie is just too cool for words but then when you see the amazingly creative fight scenes edited to music that fits like it was composed for it, I start to lose the ability to keep singing my praises for this movie. The title says it all here...this movie is Kick-Ass!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Part 1 & 2

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Part 1 & 2 - 5 out of 5

Ever since I first saw the original cartoon, I have been a fan of those four ninja turtles. As I grew up, I got into the comic books and found something very different than what I found on Saturday mornings. But that's not a bad thing because the comics were awesome too! This review isn't the 2nd season of the original cartoon but rather the newer cartoon that aired in 2003. This cartoon took most of its storylines directly from the comic series, creating a more true version of the turtles than the light-hearted Saturday morning cartoon. I'm not saying the original series isn't good (however, after watching it as an adult, I realize how little kid show creators thought about their audience because the animation is terrible and the storylines are weak) I'm just saying this version is better because there is an emphasis on story and action that wasn't in the original and it tends to take itself more seriously than the bumbling ways of Bebop, Rocksteady and Shredder in the first animated form. But don't worry, Mickey's humorous ways are still there. Besides the great stories this version tells, the animation is top notch. There are even some anime influence in this version but not too much. Which is good because I am not the biggest fan of anime. The voice acting is great, keeping the feel of the original voices of the turtles from the other series and overall, I have no real complaints about this show...except the theme song can't compete with the original. Finally, if there weren't enough reason to watch this version, the geek reference that are constantly thrown into every episode should be the icing on the cake (or extra toppings on the pizza?--actually, that's another thing they left behind from the original series, the turtles' love of pizza.). Movies, books, video games and comic books are constantly alluded to in this show and it just makes it that much more entertaining. MAN, I LOVE BEING A TURTLE!!!

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition - 4 out of 5

Let me start off by saying that I, 100%, believe that there is life on other planets. Honestly, I think it is foolish to think otherwise. If you're an atheist, like me, and are a student of science, then it just makes logical sense that there is life elsewhere in this amazingly vast universe. And, on the flip side, if you are a religious person, it should make sense that it is an amazing waste of space (no pun intended) to create a universe filled with billions of stars and trillions of planets and only put life on one single blue orb. I've always been fascinated with the idea that aliens exist and, as a child, my father played this movie for me and I found myself disappointed because you don't see an alien till the end of the movie, just UFO's and Richard Dreyfuss obsessing over Devil's Tower. It wasn't until recently, that I watched this edition of the movie that I truly appreciated what Steven Spielberg created. This edition comes with three versions of the movie: The Original Theatrical Version, Special Edition and Director's Cut. All three are different in slight ways but let me start off by saying the Original Theatrical Version is NOT the one to watch. Some scenes are different and are completely pointless and some scenes with the small, children-like aliens, are not well done and you can see how bad the suits are. The two to watch are the Special Edition and the Director's Cut. In fact, the Director's Cut is the best of the two because it is Spielberg's vision of what he wanted. As an adult watching this movie, I really appreciate the tale being told in this movie and the message is delivers about us not being alone in the universe and that we are all the same. The visuals delivered in this movie are awesome, especially the iconic scene where Francois Truffaut delivers the hand signals to the main alien and the alien mirrors them back and smiles. I love that scene! The only real problem I have with this movie is it tends to drag and feel too long for the story it is telling. Many of the details feel included only to extend the length of the movie. For example, Dreyfuss' family have no real point to the narrative other than to show that his character is losing his mind--but that point itself I don't think was feathered out enough. In fact, when I watch the scenes of him trying to understand what happened to his character and his family's reactions, I actual think the family is the one jumping towards insanity and projecting their feelings. It isn't until the family actually decides to leave, that I see Dreyfuss as losing his mind. So, I think they could have handled that better by making Dreyfuss go zero to crazy quicker and just losing the characters in the family all together because they feel more like set dressings than actual people in the story. Honestly, other than that, this movie is great and the day that the aliens decide to visit, you bet your ass I am playing those iconic notes to their ship so they don't destroy us.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Wire Season 3

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The Wire Season 3 - 5 out of 5

Holy WOW! This season was amazing. Not just because it continued the great character development (and these are some great characters, people) and the absolutely addicting story, this season brought up a really great possibility of dealing with crime: Legalizing drugs. That, of course, is a very VERY skimmed down version of what occurred this season but events that took place really raised an interesting question about crime and an alternative way of handling it. This review is very difficult to write because I don't want to give any spoilers away about the events that took place this season but let's say I was glued to my seat, burning through entire discs without so much as getting up to go to the bathroom. Finally, this season really knocked it out of the park when it came to editing, directing and not to mention the handling the politics of stopping crime. That, without a doubt, is one of my favorite aspects of this show is all the background happenings that occur with these police officers are they try to stop the drug trade in Baltimore. Can't wait to watch season 4!!!

Lifeforce

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Lifeforce - 3 out of 5.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper directs this vampire classic...but here's the catch, these vampires are from space and are kinda badass--which is more than I can say about the sparkly wimps we have for vamps now. Recently, I've decided to revisit two classic vampire movies (this and Fright Night, look for my review) because I've grown quite tired of the way vampires are now being depicted. You know, wussies that want us to feel sorry for them. Vampires are for killin', not for making out with girls. I don't care if a vampire's life sucks (no pun intended), they are still creatures of the night who kill to feed and we need badasses to take them out...like Blade. Why wasn't Blade in the Twilight movies? They would have made more money if he was. Anyway, this movie takes vampires in space but not in a Jason X sort of way but in the fact that, in the movie, the legend of vampires came from a race of aliens that didn't suck their victims blood, but rather sucked away their lifeforce...hence the title. This movie isn't a brilliant piece of work but is just entertaining enough to enjoy. It has a tendency to drag but Mathilda May is naked through nearly the entire movie, so you might forget that the movie is longer than it needs to be and the writing and acting are just passable. The hero of the movie is a terrible actor sadly that hams up every scene but you get to see him kiss Patrick Stewart...wait, that's not a good thing either. But Professor X being in the movie isn't bad, right? Sadly, his character is short lived. The most surprising thing about this movie, is that the special effects stand up quite well. It's been a long time since I've seen this movie and I felt about the same this time as I did watching it the last time...I felt like my pants got tighter every time Mathilda was on screen.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monkeybone

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Monkeybone - 3 out of 5

WOW, hard movie to review this one was. At times, I really enjoyed this movie and found it to be quite unique and enjoyable and at other times, I felt it was annoying and felt like it was just outright stolen from other movies. There were times I felt like the movie was stealing story elements from Cool World but this movie is far from that. In fact, it's better than Cool World. Not that Cool World was that good of a movie to begin with. Everything about this movie is good and bad at the same time...almost. Brendan Fraser is sometimes enjoyable to watch but when he plays the Monkeybone character inside his characters body, he becomes a scenery chewer that made me want to turn off the film. The humor in this movie isn't terrible but it never had me laughing out loud...until Bob Odenkirk appeared on the screen and I think that man is a comical genius. Sadly, his character is short lived in this movie. And speaking of comedic genius...Kids in the Hall co-creator and absolutely hilarious man, Dave Foley is in this movie and, like Bob, has a small but memorable part. One thing that really surprised me was how good Chris Kattan was as the gymnast with a broken neck. His physical movements were so convincing that I found every scene he was in enjoyable. Another really interesting and cool aspect of this movie was the design of "Downtown." It gets a little too weird, to the point it becomes too much to take in but the people who walk the streets are really something to behold. Especially Giancarlo Esponsito as Hypnos. The one thing though I really found amusing was the cartoon itself of Monkeybone in the movie. The story is about Brendan playing a cartoonist who sells his comic strip, Monkeybone, to a Comedy Channel to make into a cartoon. In the film, you seen a portion of the cartoon and the animation is terrible beyond any cheap flash animation you see on the internet nowadays. So, my question is, why the hell would any channel pick it up when the quality is so bad? Other than that, not a bad movie with some funny elements to it.

Night of the Comet

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Night of the Comet - 3 out of 5

It's hard for me to hate this movie because I absolutely LOVE bad movies. There is a simple joy I get when I watch poorly made, poorly acted B-movies that are almost unapologetic about how bad they are. It's when a bad movie tries to be good is when I hate them...*COUGH COUGH* I'm looking at you Avatar and Clash of the Titans or any other piece of crap that Sam Worthington some how scammed his way into despite lacking any acting talent. I won't debate that this movie is bad. The story is utter crap, the acting is unbearable and when you get down to it, not much really happens in the movie. But because of all the bad qualities, this movie circles back upon itself past being a piece of shit and because a hilarious, fun movie to watch. You don't watch this movie for intrigue or drama or suspense...no, you watch this movie to make fun of it with your friends and that's the charm I love when it comes to bad movies. Because there is nothing in the world that beats piling on the couch with your closest friends and having your own Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff-fest.

The Wire Season 2

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Wire Season 2 - 5 out of 5

I really liked the first season of this show but only gave it a 4 out of 5 because there were times when the show dragged a little. However, this season did not do that. The case was soooooo interesting and I just love the characters on this show. They are so interesting and compelling to watch and see them grow. The acting and writing on this show is second to none and it made me wish I had HBO when it aired so I could have watched this drama unfold as it was broadcast. And, just like the first season, this season ends amazingly. I don't want to give it away but I've never seen a TV show ever end a season the way this show does. I can't wait to watch the next season.