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  • fuwalda says:

    I watched maybe the first ten minutes of the first episode of this show and that was as long as it took me to shut it off. It’s just not for me. Everybody says it’s great and I’m sure it is, I just hated the main character immediately and had no interest in watching any stories revolved around him.

    That’s all I have to say.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I didn’t love it immediately. Actually, I’ve never loved it, but the pace did pick up toward the end of the first season. I wasn’t sold on it at all after one episode. Or two. Or three. It’s not a show I’d say must be watched.

      Honestly, I’ve never felt that Kevin Spacey is too good of an actor. Maybe with a different lead I’d feel more compelled to go back.

      Though it still wouldn’t exonerate the series from a stupid first episode in the second season.

  • fuwalda says:

    I think I watched Mad Men for 30 minutes before I turned it off.

  • fuwalda says:

    I’ve seen every episode of Family Matters, however, if that accounts for anything.

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The One Where Frank Underwood Throws [spoiler] in Front of the [spoiler]

Frank UnderwoodIf you read beyond this point without having watched House of Cards season one, or the first couple of episodes of season two, then you accept the consequences of your actions–because I’m going to spoil the hell out of them.

It has been a couple of weeks since I watched the episode referenced in the article title, and I am still attempting to decide whether or not this is House of Cards’s moment of shark-jumping. It wasn’t the reason that I took a break from the series, but it may be the reason that I haven’t felt strongly drawn back to it yet, despite the fact that I had found the building tension at the end of the first season to be fairly riveting. (more…)

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  • fuwalda says:

    If you’ll remember, I hated District 9. I skipped this one because I disliked the director’s previous film, and because it didn’t look very good. District 9, at least, had an interesting premise, at least in regards to constructing an intriguing trailer (the actual film was trite and stupid), while this film’s trailer just made me think, “I’ve already seen this.”

    I was *kind* of interested if only because I really like Matt Damon. He’s a fantastic actor and he has one of the best track records for picking good scripts of any actor in recent memory, but… yeah… it just looked bad.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I thought I remembered somebody hating District 9.

      Matt Damon is wasted here. I’m honestly not sure what sort of person his character is meant to be. He didn’t seem to know either.

      This film probably called for more of a Vin Diesel type.

  • fuwalda says:

    I remember when this movie first came out, I read a story (on TMZ or US weekly or some other shitty tabloid site) that Eminem was originally attached to star but he dropped out because of other commitments or something. It was intended to be his return to acting after 8 Mile. That would’ve been interesting. I actually thought he did a pretty impressive job in 8 Mile. I’m not saying he would’ve saved the movie, just that he was good in 8 Mile so maybe he’d be good in other things.

    As for District 9, it’s one of those movies where (and I’m totally talking out of my ass here) a smart person probably came up with a really interesting premise, and then a really bad writer was given the assignment to turn it into a script. Neil What’s his name isn’t a bad director, at least in terms of action, so it’s entertaining, especially since that guy who was also in the A-Team movie is a great actor, but it was just so fucking dumb. You should watch it just to see if you agree with me. A lot of people love it.

    Then again, District 9 is one of those movies that is beloved by people who don’t otherwise care about sci-fi, if you know what I mean. If you’ve ever read a novel by, say, Robert Heinlein, you’ve already seen this story done a thousand times better.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Eminem. I could see that. It wouldn’t have made the movie any less shitty, but yeah–he’d have been better suited to it, maybe.

      I do want to see District 9 just to see it. The guy who played Howling Mad Murdoch was also in Elysium. Entertaining, but a performance hampered by the many character problems running throughout the film. Still…probably the best thing about the movie.

  • fuwalda says:

    Funny little thought that only you will appreciate (which is good because only you will read this far… except for maybe Josh in a few months after he remembers his brother has a blog and it’s easier to comment on his posts than call and say he loves you): Remember back in college how we once had a facetious conversation before the premier of 8 Mile were we said that Eminem shouldn’t make his acting debut as a raper, since that’s boring and predictable, but as Hari Seldon in an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation? Remember that? That’s still funny.

  • fuwalda says:

    Rapper, not raper. Oops.

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Elysium (2013)

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Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

There is good science fiction, and there is bad science fiction. Elysium is the bad kind. Don’t bother.

Elysium is the sort of film that just doesn’t quite sit right with you while you’re watching it–for all the obvious reasons when in the moment–and then later on, as you’ve taken the time to properly digest it, you come to realize that there isn’t really a shred of story that holds together on any level. It’s not necessarily offensive viewing, but the entire concept is broken on so many layers that it’s impossible to be kind about it in any kind of objective analysis.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I think you liked this more than I did. I thought it was ok for what it was, but having watched it, I’ll never watch it again. In fact, I barely even remember it.

    But I love Kurban. One of my favorite actors.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Yeah, I liked it. I actually wouldn’t mind watching it again. Probably not immediately, however.

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Dredd (2012)

Dredd (2012)

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

About three minutes into 2012’s Dredd, starring Karl Urban, my wife said to me, “This is like a video game.” This turned out to be a fairly apt assessment, though I think my wife only half realized how correct she was, owing to the fact that she isn’t particularly a fan of video games and she fell asleep roughly 30 minutes into this movie. So yeah…Dredd is that kind of film.

This is essentially a beat-em-up game in cinematic clothing. There are no real surprises, so you can go fix yourself a sandwich in the middle of the film, come back 10 minutes later, and the same sorts of things will be happening. The plot doesn’t evolve. Judge Dredd’s goal to ascend to the top of the megablock tower is a constant. We know who the villain is from the start, we know why, and we know Judge Dredd will eventually kill her, not before killing an army of her goons. Dredd doesn’t follow any sort of conventional three act narrative structure. It’s extremely linear. You get the idea.

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The Hunt (2012)

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ 

(unrated)

Clarification: the rating above indicates only that I did something while watching The Hunt that I almost never do while watching even the most tedious films: I paused it, ranted about it to my wife, listened to her rant to me about the same exact thing, and then we jointly agreed to turn it off and watch something else. So I’m not qualified to provide a rating for The Hunt, since I only experienced the first half hour.

I can, however, give a recommendation I think. But I’m going to make you read my subjective synopsis before I supply a recommendation. The Hunt was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award and currently claims an 8.3 on the Internet Movie Database, so I think I owe an explanation for why my wife and I so fervently resisted continuing past the first act. 

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