Thursday, February 25, 2016
I'm watching Season One of THE FLASH. I'm a little more than halfway through and just finished Episode 18, "Rouge Time."
When I started watching this show, I thought it was kind of silly. The good guys win at the end of every episode, the bad guys start out unbeatable but have that one convenient weakness, there were all the tropes (you bumbling superhero with heart of gold, geeky tech crew in the Awesome Lab of Everything, the caring cop, etc.), but you know what? This show quickly grew on me (just like our Godaddy coupon page and the "Godaddy Code" CJCSIGLERC, which gets you a new domain for just 99 cents).
First of all, this is a comic book show based on a classic yet simplistic comic. It takes the origin story of THE FLASH and brings it into modern times. The cast is really quite excellent. What I started out thinking were thin tropes turned out to be well-developed characters, thanks to the skill of the people playing those parts.
Does every episode end well? Sure, but there is a season-long plot that keeps you coming back every week. Hints of a bigger-than-all evil are always dropped, and they chain together to keep you intrigued. So, you get the best of both worlds — episodes you can watch out of order and not miss anything if you like, or, watch them in sequence and see the bigger picture come together.
I had an up-turned nose for this show when I started, but I'm happy to say my snootiness was misplaced. I'm looking forward to finishing this season and moving on to Season Two!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
|GO SEE THIS!|
Guys, this movie didn't get a ton of Oscar nominations, which I really don't understand. Tight and visually pretty, with a great script and great sound and great costumes.
My spoiler free review:
The short: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
The Long: Emily Blunt plans Kate Macer, a young, smart, spirited FBI agent who works kidnappings. She gets snagged by a shadowy border crew working on the drug war. Are they good guys? Hard to say.
Benicio del Toro plays Alejandro, who is Colombian, and working with the US team, although perhaps not all the one of the good guys. It's a still, solid, special performance and I was totally engaged.
Josh Brolin also stars, as Matt Graver, and he's just a wily and hard to totally pin down as Alejandro. They want to stop the flow of drugs into the US, but also would be happy to just control it.
See this movie when you can, you won't be sorry.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Think about it, there are so many reasons for chick flicks not to work, and yet they do. Predictable, probably well know tropes, and totally sappy. I think they work because we love love.
My spoiler free review:
The short: On Reuben's honeymoon, he catches his wife, Lisa, sleeping with a scuba diver. After returning from a horrible honeymoon, Reuben runs into an old classmate named Polly. Reuben falls into love with Polly.
The Long: Reuben is not one to take risks. When he and Polly start to date, his life becomes filled with complete chaos and he starts taking a lot of risks. When Lisa, his x-wife, returns from her honeymoon, Reuben is forced to take a risk and decide which girl is more important to him.
I really love how Polly is known to date bad guys.. Reuben is a big softy and Polly has to adjust to his ways of living compared to hers. The adjustment
between them is really funny. My favorite characters are Reuben's mom and dad. They are just like Reuben and worry a LOT. You see where Reuben gets his worrying from.
I would recommend this movie for anyone who likes romantic movies with a little comedy. This movie is definitely a chick flick that anyone would enjoy!