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Green Lantern (2011)
I’ve avoided seeing this film because of its bad reputation, and yeah, I’d say it deserves it. It’s not like it’s completely incompetent or even awful, but it’s just so… Lame! It’s cheesy, dull, and unimaginative. I’m not very familiar with the character, and this didn’t really make me want to be. It has the same old superhero origin story we’ve seen so many times before. The ‘chosen one’/destiny narrative, the dead parent, the love interest and villain he knew when they were children, it’s all tired and familiar by now. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark can pull off the cocky douchebag hero, but Ryan Reynolds is just obnoxious and irritating. Bland Live- Sorry, I mean Blake Lively is super boring and her character practically isn’t a character at all. The CGI looks like the film was made at least 10 years before it actually was. I literally laughed out loud the first time Reynolds appeared in full costume. Overall, it’s a waste of money and effort. DC superhero films are never going to be anywhere near as successful as Marvel if they keep doing stuff like this and Man of Steel (2013).

Green Lantern (2011)

I’ve avoided seeing this film because of its bad reputation, and yeah, I’d say it deserves it. It’s not like it’s completely incompetent or even awful, but it’s just so… Lame! It’s cheesy, dull, and unimaginative. I’m not very familiar with the character, and this didn’t really make me want to be. It has the same old superhero origin story we’ve seen so many times before. The ‘chosen one’/destiny narrative, the dead parent, the love interest and villain he knew when they were children, it’s all tired and familiar by now. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark can pull off the cocky douchebag hero, but Ryan Reynolds is just obnoxious and irritating. Bland Live- Sorry, I mean Blake Lively is super boring and her character practically isn’t a character at all. The CGI looks like the film was made at least 10 years before it actually was. I literally laughed out loud the first time Reynolds appeared in full costume. Overall, it’s a waste of money and effort. DC superhero films are never going to be anywhere near as successful as Marvel if they keep doing stuff like this and Man of Steel (2013).

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The Normal Heart (2014)
I hadn’t really seen this perspective on AIDS before and it was really interesting. It’s a shame Ryan Murphy’s direction couldn’t live up to it. It has pacing issues and I know it is a TV movie, but it always feels like one, which isn’t exactly a good thing. Still, it makes up a little bit for the state of Glee and American Horror Story these days. There were some strong performances, but Mark Ruffalo, while he wasn’t bad at all, he wasn’t perfect either. And Jim Parsons should stay on The Big Bang Theory where I don’t have to see him. The film isn’t amazing, but the subject matter is important and the emotion was there, so I’d call it a success, for the most part.

The Normal Heart (2014)

I hadn’t really seen this perspective on AIDS before and it was really interesting. It’s a shame Ryan Murphy’s direction couldn’t live up to it. It has pacing issues and I know it is a TV movie, but it always feels like one, which isn’t exactly a good thing. Still, it makes up a little bit for the state of Glee and American Horror Story these days. There were some strong performances, but Mark Ruffalo, while he wasn’t bad at all, he wasn’t perfect either. And Jim Parsons should stay on The Big Bang Theory where I don’t have to see him. The film isn’t amazing, but the subject matter is important and the emotion was there, so I’d call it a success, for the most part.

TV REVIEW: American Horror Story: Coven

I just finished American Horror Story: Coven. Thoughts:
I more or less hated it.
I’ve never been a big fan of the show in general, but this season was far worse than either of the previous ones, and made Asylum look like gold.
Everyone thinks it’s so edgy and freaky and scary, but it’s none of those things - it’s superficial, ostentatious crap.
The direction is some of the most contrived and awful I’ve ever seen.
There were episodes where it’s not a stretch to say that every second angle was Dutch.
There’s nothing wrong with a Dutch angle when it’s used right - they’re meant to make the audience feel uneasy and that something is wrong or off.
If you use them all the time, they become normal, and you’ve completely defeated their purpose and lost any effect they had.
The spinning camera and the fish-eye lens in otherwise normal dialogue scenes killed me too.
I still don’t understand the worship of Jessica Lange - she’s pretty much the same character in every season.
I like a lot of the actors in this season, but the material makes them look bad.
I also love Stevie Nicks, but much like the musical sequence in Asylum, she’s just more evidence of creator Ryan Murphy’s self-indulgence.
The writing is pretty terrible, with them throwing in any idea that comes to their heads.
The season doesn’t really have a running story, apart from “Who is the next Supreme?”
And when we finally are given the answer in the last episode, it’s meaningless, because the story is over.
I think what makes me so frustrated with this show is, I know it could be good.
I’ve wanted a good horror TV show for a long time, but this is so utterly disappointing.
I can’t wait for Freak Show!

I just finished American Horror Story: Coven. Thoughts:

  • I more or less hated it.
  • I’ve never been a big fan of the show in general, but this season was far worse than either of the previous ones, and made Asylum look like gold.
  • Everyone thinks it’s so edgy and freaky and scary, but it’s none of those things - it’s superficial, ostentatious crap.
  • The direction is some of the most contrived and awful I’ve ever seen.
  • There were episodes where it’s not a stretch to say that every second angle was Dutch.
  • There’s nothing wrong with a Dutch angle when it’s used right - they’re meant to make the audience feel uneasy and that something is wrong or off.
  • If you use them all the time, they become normal, and you’ve completely defeated their purpose and lost any effect they had.
  • The spinning camera and the fish-eye lens in otherwise normal dialogue scenes killed me too.
  • I still don’t understand the worship of Jessica Lange - she’s pretty much the same character in every season.
  • I like a lot of the actors in this season, but the material makes them look bad.
  • I also love Stevie Nicks, but much like the musical sequence in Asylum, she’s just more evidence of creator Ryan Murphy’s self-indulgence.
  • The writing is pretty terrible, with them throwing in any idea that comes to their heads.
  • The season doesn’t really have a running story, apart from “Who is the next Supreme?”
  • And when we finally are given the answer in the last episode, it’s meaningless, because the story is over.
  • I think what makes me so frustrated with this show is, I know it could be good.
  • I’ve wanted a good horror TV show for a long time, but this is so utterly disappointing.
  • I can’t wait for Freak Show!

MOVIE/TV NEWS: Comic-Con, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mad Max: Fury Road

Bad Words (2013)
This was Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, and I thought he did a fine job, both as director and actor. The film itself is nothing spectacular, but I found it entertaining. The story’s pretty minimal, and the tone seems a little confused, but it has a good setting, and there are some fairly amusing moments. I wouldn’t rush out to recommend it to everyone, but there are lot of worse comedies you could watch.

Bad Words (2013)

This was Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, and I thought he did a fine job, both as director and actor. The film itself is nothing spectacular, but I found it entertaining. The story’s pretty minimal, and the tone seems a little confused, but it has a good setting, and there are some fairly amusing moments. I wouldn’t rush out to recommend it to everyone, but there are lot of worse comedies you could watch.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 
(2005)
This is the final film in Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy, the first two films being Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Oldboy (2003). I liked this one better than the first entry, but the second film in the trilogy is still the best. It has a great story, which is told in a confusing, yet ultimately satisfying way. It explores a lot of ideas around revenge and justice, and it doesn’t tell the viewer what to think, which I appreciate. The direction and cinematography are great, and the lead actress is brilliant. I recommend the whole trilogy to everyone.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

(2005)

This is the final film in Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy, the first two films being Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Oldboy (2003). I liked this one better than the first entry, but the second film in the trilogy is still the best. It has a great story, which is told in a confusing, yet ultimately satisfying way. It explores a lot of ideas around revenge and justice, and it doesn’t tell the viewer what to think, which I appreciate. The direction and cinematography are great, and the lead actress is brilliant. I recommend the whole trilogy to everyone.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
It’s hard not to like this when you’ve got the combined charm of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. Hepburn is lovely and beautiful, and Stewart acting drunk is fantastic. The story isn’t anything special, though this is coming from a present day perspective, where the romantic comedy has been done to death. There’s some great, funny dialogue though, and I enjoyed it all, except for perhaps the ending, which wasn’t exactly what I would have preferred.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

It’s hard not to like this when you’ve got the combined charm of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. Hepburn is lovely and beautiful, and Stewart acting drunk is fantastic. The story isn’t anything special, though this is coming from a present day perspective, where the romantic comedy has been done to death. There’s some great, funny dialogue though, and I enjoyed it all, except for perhaps the ending, which wasn’t exactly what I would have preferred.

MOVIE REVIEWS: They Came Together, From Here to Eternity