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Peaky Blinders: Black Tuesday (2019)
The Wait Is Over
I've been waiting for this season for awhile. They weren't sitting on their asses were they? Great episode. They picked up right where they left off. I had to laugh at the misguided soul who said that unions were about flexibility and understanding. That's not what unions are for. But, I digress. Great show. One more thing... Whomever is responsible for plugging that Sabbath in deserves a raise. Brilliant. If you don't know what I'm talking about, think of where this based. If you still don't get it turn off the rap.
When They See Us (2019)
This Can Happen To You Too
This is such a great series, based entirely on fact. How do take back ruining people's lives? Oops sorry?
I see a lot of reviews based only on the belief that it made Trump look bad. Everything in this show about Trump really did happen exactly the way they show it. If anything Trump made himself look bad. Yet, even to this day, he has yet to issue an apology for inflaming an entire city to crucify these boys. Some things never change.
Lost in Space (2018)
I so wanted to like this
If only they would have put as much effort into the dialogue and script as they did the cinematography and sets, which are immaculate. There are just too many plot holes and "what did you just say" moments for any amount of suspension of disbelief to overcome.
Roddenberry would hate this
Maybe stepping outside of the "everyone gets along no matter what" mentality is what made this show so good. I really enjoyed this and, in my humble opinion, this show had more to do with what is really going on in the real world. KUDOS
One nitpick... A small one. Trials and Tribulations?
Take me to your monster.
Netflix has really come through with some excellent presentations of late and this is no exception. The visuals and puppet work are superb and the story and voices are great. I have always been a fan of Jim Henson and I have a hard time believing that he would ever have a problem with this. It's uplifting but very dark at the same time. Most of the complaints I've read are from people who compare it to the original and simply refuse to accept it because it isn't the original. Those complaints are inevitable and we've heard it all before from Battlestar Galactica to Star Trek to super heroes. Make no mistake, this a really good shew, as Ed would say. I just have one question: I wonder if Lore has an evil brother named Data.
Peaky Blinders: Episode #3.5 (2016)
First of all I love this show
They went completely off the tracks with this episode. I haven't timed it, but I'd be willing to bet half of the episode was just people fking. It's like they woke up with a bad hangover and few ideas. The scant story line wasn't enough to hold it's own so they thought it would be a good idea to throw in a bunch of gratuitous sex, which didn't contribute anything to the plot or story.
I Think This Is Pretty Good
This series crosses lines that nobody has ever acknowledged before, let alone tried to understand. We all just want to sweep it away into the dustbin of America's dark corner. The only thing that comes anywhere near this series is a pretty lame excuse called, excuse me, Helter Skelter, or else a very chilling novel called In Cold Blood. People complain about the acting, the boredom (even though they admit that they didn't watch one episode). It isn't perfect and it had me scratching my head at times. For instance, I don't know how the whole lesbian angle did anything to contribute to the show. The acting is superb; they're supposed to be way. That's what their positions require. Has anyone ever worked for the government in any capacity? You aren't allowed to care, and the way they portrayed it so well speaks volumes to their research and the cardboard way that government workers are told to behave, FBI or not. When you work for the government it's not the job you do that matters. It's how you make everyone above you look as you're doing your job that matters.
Anyway, two things: Someone heard a splash and radioed it in. Two FBI agents watched the car come over the bridge with the lights off. Then the lights were turned on at 3am. They actually called it in so they knew it happened. Then they watched him turn around, and they called that in as well.
If was them I'd be asking "What are you trying to hide by driving with your lights off? Why did you turn around just to drive back the way came instead of driving until you came upon an alternative route which would have accomplished the same thing without drawing suspicion?
Nobody ever asked those questions which, to me, is just plain stupid.
Still, it's a good show even though I can't imagine why they all let that go.
As Good As I Could Expect
No doubt about it, this was one of the best horror tv shows I have ever seen. Netflix has produced some real stinkers, but this is definitely not one of them. Intelligent, suspenseful, creepy, at times even heartbreaking. The red room reveal was truly original. I've seen some reviews complaining about the fact that they took it in a different direction than the source novel. I read the novel and seen the 1963 movie (several times) and personally I don't see anything wrong with that. If that's what you're looking for then just go watch the original. I don't know what the purpose would be in simply recreating something that's already been done. JMHO.
Beyond the supernatural this is a show about the dynamics of a family drama and how things experienced when they were very young affected and influenced what they have become. I don't want to give away too much but this is one of those shows you really have to pay attention to. There are so many times that things, instead of being in the forefront, are lurking in the background both figuratively and literally.
TV in general and Netflix specifically have, in the past, produced some really inane stuff geared toward the short attention span of the new age iphone audience. This is most assuredly not one of them.
The Lion King (2019)
Walt Disney's Will Fallacy
For the people who are saying that Walt Disney stated in his will that he wanted the movies to be remade every 10 years: That is not even close to what he said. What is in his will is his desire to have the movies re-released into theaters in order for new generations to enjoy them. That was a common practice throughout Disney's history and he just wanted it to continue after he was gone.
As far as this one goes, I was hoping for better. Nice CGI, the music is good, but the voice acting was barely passable and it lacked the emotion that was such a big part of the original. Overall very disappointing.
Custer: The Final Mystery (2018)
Great, that's all we need
Oak Island in Montana. It's all about the ever elusive cache (cash). I don't know about anyone else, but whenever I take my cavalry regiment into the field of battle I always look around for something really heavy for the sole purpose of slowing us all down. You never know when you're going to run across a 7-11 that only takes gold coins. Evidence... Look at this guys! I just found this thing in the middle of nowhere out of pure luck. Either that or the producers stuck it the day before.
True historians gag at crap like this.
Painful But Worth It
First of all I'd like to say that the Dylan concert clips are absolutely fantastic. Simple Twist Of Fate was almost spine tingling. They did a great job of restoring them and that's what makes this well worth it. But there were so many times it was almost like Dylan was providing the soundtrack to a Ginsberg biography. This thing gets lost in its own self sometimes. I realize that Ginsberg was a part of Dylan's existence at that time, and a lot of other people's as well, but I could have gone for three times more Dylan and ten times less Ginsberg. All in all it's a really good look at that period of Dylan's life and career. If you can sit through the Ginsberg stuff then you're really going to like this.
It is physically impossible to describe how bad this so-called movie is. Seriously, you've got to wonder this thing even made it past rehearsals let alone ended up on celluloid. The only good thing I can say about it is that it ended.
The Dirt (2019)
How To Gloss Over A Totally Self Absorbed Band
This was a good band, make no mistake about it. At the same time, they are an example of what was wrong with the 80s. What's left of it?
It was an impossible undertaking to try to put this entire book on film. I don't know whose bills are getting paid with this, but I'm pretty sure all of them are. If you want to compare this movie to the book it's complete crap. The worst part of it was Skylar. How in the hell did Vince Neil EVER approve of this?
Two Stars For The Effort
The first thing that I have to wonder is how much money has been wasted on this money pit of a fantasy. But these are the kind of "reality" shows, with network money driving them (much like the show about people striking it rich with gold in Alaska), that people turn it off for. And by off I mean their common sense. Study the "legend" and the results of this so-called reality show. They all point to one thing. Even though they know there's nothing there, they know they can make a lot of money off of someone's ability to believe anything.
Fantastic movie. I just got home from taking my family to see it. A great lesson in the realization that you are what's inside and not what you look like. (Kardashians could take a lesson). Once again, Mandy Patinkin stole the show. But this was also the best thing I've ever seen Owen Wilson in. It's a great lesson we can all take heart in. There were more than a few sniffles.