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The intensity will consume you
I've watched this show since its pilot, and it has great potential. The chemistry between alien Max Evans (played by the intense Jason Behr) and Liz Parker (played by newcomer Shiri Appleby) is amazing. They give off a different vibe than the other teen star-crossed lovers on tv-they are not a Joey and Dawson in the making. For lack of a better word, intense is the only way I can describe. It also has this sense of urgency and mystery behind it. This show is perhaps one of the most suspenseful on the WB (it even surpasses Buffy). It's a must to see, but I do have to say that the acting by Appleby needs refinement (she's new-we can't blame her). Overall, the plot will grow on you, and you'll wait in painful anticipation for each new episode. You'll be hooked if you believe...
Lucky Break (1994)
A True Paperback Romance
Okay, at first glance, this film may seem trashy and meaningless. The first scene alone made me think it was some sort of porno flick, and I almost changed the channel, but then scene changed and the captivating duo of Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia immediately drew me to the movie with what seemed to be the start of a sweet, idyllic romance. Boy meets girl in library, asks her out for coffee...problem, she says "No". And this is when the movie takes some meaning. She's disabled. Polio has affected one of her legs, and she thinks that the guy would never be interested in her if he found out.
Afterwards, the comedy begins, which is a bit kooky, almost Naked Gun-like. But the romance and the chemistry between Sophie (Carides) and Eddie (LaPaglia) is truly what kept me glued to the screen.
After watching the film, I found out on the net that Carides and LaPaglia were a real-life couple, which made the film romance so much more endearing and engrossing (I watched it again the next week).
All in all, the film was truly a "Paperback Romance"-the raunchy scenes, the quirky plot, the great chemistry between the two leads, and that the romance spanned to real life (an ideal but uncommon occurrence). I perceive the movie as I do paperback romance novels, focus on the romance and block the lewd parts (which are few and far-between anyways).