It is really, really hard for people to get endings right. It was a running joke in IT Chapter 2 and while the writers think it’s good, the legions of fans will soon come screaming and petitioning for a re-do as it wasn’t well done. Lost, Dexter and more recently Game of Thrones have died a shameful death with lousy written endings.
So you can imagine the pressure the writers from BoJack Horseman were under.
Gaiman’s a hell of a writer. Even with Anderson and Chenoweth gone, this is still a striking and deep ensemble. But the whole thing is hollow and dull. Fuller and Green’s vision of American Gods was far from perfect throughout, but it could be stunning in isolated moments or episodes, where the new season offers very little to believe in.
Some performances stand out, like Pablo Schreiber’s tough-talking, soft-hearted leprechaun and Laura Browning’s impatient, slowly dying zombie — while others don’t quite elevate above the ordinary.
I’ve read the book and at around episode five I no longer had any idea what the script writers were doing (It’s like Game of Thrones Season 8). There are long scenes where nothing of any consequence or even interest happens. It’s like they just started making stuff up to fill in the time. I actually turned off when they had shirtless dancing cowboys performing a terrible cabaret act and Shadow Moon was shuffling around a shopping mall, for ages.
Watch the first season, it really is a lot of fun and very stylish but skip this empty and lifeless filler-fest.
Better off, read the book as it will give you gems like this: click here for excerpt
Coming out as gay is pretty hard to do. Crushing on the guy that’s working with your father is even worse. So I’ve watched the “Call me by your name” movie (2017) to complete my Oscar list from 2017 and I was pretty moved by the talk the dad had with his son at the end of the affair.
I think if most parents could show such acceptance and understanding when their kids are coming out as gay – it would make the world a better place and you would see fewer homeless teenagers.
I was pretty excited to see “Dragged across concrete” with Mel Gibson. I had it on my watch list for about a month and tonight I decided to see it along with “Red Joan”. I go in and when the warning screen greets me I giggle with enthusiasm not felt since The Purge first came out.
I was pretty disappointed about what came next. Crappy editing switching from scene to scene with no fades, no character introductions and low lighting more appropriate for brothels than a set. I kept on thinking that some people need to invest in some neon lights!
The story is quite simple: old cop nearing retirement and his partner are suspended for being overly aggressive with a perp. Yep, he was planning on selling drugs to kids in school but he was a Mexican and our hero shouldn’t have used his boot to crunch his face on the metal stairs.
So we get to see how these two white cops live. One is in the ghetto, his wife is disabled with MS and his daughter is aggressively bullied by black kids in the very black looking neighbourhoof. The other seems quite rich, has a posh car and can afford a fancy engagement ring for his long term gf he is planning on marrying once the waters settle.
Both of them suspended, they hatch up a plan to steal money from one of the robbers they normally put away. So they turn to crime.
In the background we see a dude walk in into a convenience store and shoot the clerk down and steal the cash. Very violent and with a machine gun…
We also see how a newly released black con-man is back on the streets in like three weeks after getting out of jail as he couldn’t support his family.
We get it. Everyone has it rough. Black-on-black crimes on the rise, police brutality going unchecked, rough neighbourhoods where girls could not walk safely back from school and poor cops whose salaries make them morally doubtful and corrupt.
The movie had a good premise and the acting was top notch. They even added cameos from famous actors and I was quite happy to see Debra from Dexter on the screen again (even though she was brutally shot down in a robbery)
The violence is over the top when it happens but fortunately that’s not that often. For a movie that had the over 18 stamp, we get about 20min of shooting and actual action (be it gory) out of a 2h 45min runtime.
Let me tell you the first thing that really, really annoyed me. The disposable material which was included in the final cut. This movie would still have been good without 105 minutes of pure boredom.
Cops doing a stake-out: 20min
Guy chewing noisily on a sandwich:3 min
Cops talking about their shitty career and the small rewards they get for all their effort: 15min
Cop talking to wife and daughter:15min
Two bros talking in the getaway car about their shared childhood: 15min
Bank teller who does not want to go to work and leave her baby behind: 15min
Speech at return from maternity inside said bank: 10min
All of this time adds up and could be shortened and not lose any of the essence. You could watch this movie at home, go outside for a BBQ, come back in and these two cops are still in the car chatting to each other.
The bank robbery is only shown partially and we only see one person maybe two shot down. In the news report there are 5 dead and 2 wounded. When did that happen? And the car chase was pretty bland. Mellow enough to show the scenery rolling outside.
We never really find out who the three baddies were. We know of one but the other two? Accomplice 1 &2 are generic whites with a taste for sadism. There’s a really gross scene where they disembow a guy they shot and while they are dragging out the large intestine and slashing the stomach, they make passing remarks showing that they’ve done it before. Racist remarks too: “don’t touch the liver as it will stink this whole place up”, “especially a black guy’s liver ” – did these three dudes go hunting for people in their spare time? They seem to recognize all the organs ok.
The movie offers little to no backstory.
Ps: 99% percent of the people involved die. The two corrupt cops, the hostage, the three white dudes, one black driver.
The surviving black guy somehow magically converts the gold he stole into cash (even though after a massive robbery there would have been an order to check any gold lingo sales) and manages to offer his kid a game room with a big ass TV and his mom a masseuse in a house with massive marble floors and a bay window overlooking a lake with massive mountains in the distance. Posh.
Umm, once ghetto, always ghetto. I would not have expected wise investment ideas from this guy and flaunting his wealth like this after a robbery but hey, maybe he was a hidden genius and smart enough to collect the dough and emigrate to Canada.
He does send a few gold bits to the widow of the cop but not the 40% he promised. Widow is happy with whatever money she gets and whispers a Thank you that could be directed at her dead husband or at anyone else.
They never mention what happened to the cop’s body. Was he declared missing? Did anyone find that shot hostage woman? Did they find the buried bodies?
All that we know is that one ex con got the hit of a lifetime.
End scene, roll credits.
Ps: in the credits the director is sucking his own d$%k by plastering his name everywhere.
Did it stink? You betcha.
Did I walk out of it? Yep. At the 1h mark from the 2h movie.
Did I enjoy it in any way? NOPE.
Stinker of the year: Hellboy 3.
Last year it was The killing of the sacred deer and Ghost Movie (both very artsy). This year it’s Hellboy – and what really kills me, I was actually looking forward for another chapter in the Hellboy epic. Unfortunately, the movie appears to have been written by 13 year olds for other 13 year-olds with incoherent plot lines, tons of exposition and gory scenes.
I am in absolute awe what this show has accomplished. Each episode (varying from 8 to 18min in length) is a piece of art with a lovely story and a twist that leaves you hanging. The humour is crude, the penises are on display and the jokes keep rolling. From existential meditation of humankind as seen from the unfeeling (or very feeling) eyes of a robot, “Say Terrabyte!” and jump in!
I think I finally figured out a little something about how this world works.
Since it was Groundhog day yesterday, I decided to give Netflix’s new show, “Russian Doll”, a go. I was pulled in an I must say I really liked it! It’s like a mix-up of Rick and Morty and Happy Death Day, and, of course, Groundhog day. But instead of the main character trying to stabilize timelines or trying to figure out who the killer is, the plot of this series is about dealing with trauma, unresolved issues and hangups and surviving a terrible breakup.
I love a good show and when Neflix baited Sense8 in front of my eyes for two months, I finally gave in. With 8.4 on IMDB, I was expecting a knock-out show but instead, what I got was liberal agenda. Shoved in my face. Every freaking episode.
I was already sick of it by episode 2 but I dragged on and with every slow-paced episode, with every slow-motion video and with every soap-opera mini-plot, I grew angrier and angrier. WTF is wrong with people who like this show?
It reminds me of The X-Files, but better. It is fantasy and science fiction, but not far-fetched. Not even for a single moment. It feels alive, real and very, very exciting and suspenseful. electrobird
Spent some lovely time at the cinema this weekend. Armed with popcorn and a massive coke and having gone to the loo prior to entering the 2h and 20min movie, I was settled to see an action-packed adventure movie. And I was not disappointed! Tidal waves, underwater cities, plots to take over the throne by a brother, unworthy kings finds himself worthy due to power of humility, a massive kraken! I loved these parts of the movie!