Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Review

Before you check out my review, I suggest you go read this in-depth interview Kurt Sutter did with Alan Sepinwall  

Why are fans (including myself) so frustrated with this show after 4 seasons?

[Spoilers for Sons of Anarchy Season 4 ahead]

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Ides of March (2011): Film Review

The latest George Clooney directed film is less political thriller and more a comment on the standards of integrity we, as Americans say we value, but how we quickly push them aside without even realizing it.

There isn't much point in discussing this film without spoilers.  If you don't want spoilers, but still want a recommendation, I will tell you that it is worth your time to see this movie.

[Spoilers Ahead]

50/50 (2011): Film Review

A film about a young man being diagnosed with cancer is somehow incredibly funny and dramatic at the same time.

Adam Lerner (Gordon-Levitt) is a young man with an apparently good job, a house, a hot girlfriend (Dallas Howard), and a best friend (Rogen).  Then he is diagnosed with cancer of the spine.  The film deals Lerner's journey from diagnosis to the day he learns about whether or not chemotherapy will save his life.  His journey shows how the various relationships Lerner has in his life change and develop the longer Lerner lives with the cancer.  The film almost perfectly balances comedy and drama as the relationships play out on screen.

[Spoilers Ahead]

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Brief NBC Comedies Reviews: Community, The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Up All Night

i don't have enough to say about any of those shows to warrant an individual post for any of them, as each of the season (or series) premieres seemed more like table setting episodes for the rest of their seasons.

The Office: I don't want to judge yet as it is far too early, but this episode was not very funny...and when it was funny, it was mostly just a side gag as opposed to any character/storyline driven humor.

Community: A fun episode where I was glad to see John Goodman and Michael K. Williams.

Parks & Rec: I question the wisdom of putting Leslie and Ben together if they were just going to break them up in the Season 4 premiere...we shall see how it plays out though

Up All Night: I'm going to stick around for at least through Christmas too see what this show turns into as the pilot was solid and the cast is pretty damn great...Maya Rudolph seems to be a character from 30 Rock though, instead of a dramedy about raising a baby

Moneyball 2011: Review

An Oscar Nomination worthy performance from Pitt carries this film to be one of my favorites of the year

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8 Thoughts

After the heights reached by Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, and company in the seventh season of Curb, it was near-impossible for David to create the same level of magic this season.

Drive 2011: Review

I've decided that I only I really want to write reviews of shows and movies where I feel like have something unique to say, or at least I have a point that I feel is worthy of sharing.  Writing about something just because I can, is a waste of yours and my time (besides, Roger Ebert does that for movies and Alan Sepinwall does that TV, and I can't do it better than them).  With that said, if you're looking for reasons to see Drive, you can go to a million other places because here you will only find frustration.