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This isn't a review as much as a prediction. If you're familiar with the Pate Brothers' work you'll know that they have botched every TV show that they have created. From the dreadful G vs. E to the high budget mega-flop, Surface they never miss an opportunity to make a wrong, self-indulgent and boring choice. However, I will amend this review if I'm wrong.
Okay, endured one episode of this drivel and as expected, it was nothing but gauzy, vacuous, implausible pablum. If you're looking for shows revolving around young people, you won't go wrong with Sex Education and The Dark on Netflix.
With the exception of the first episode "Amazing Stories" would be better titled: "Mawkishly Sentimental, Childish, Boring Stories."
Breeders is a funny and at time painful honest look at being a parent that really gets good in episode 2. I would skip the first episode where their young son's whiny night terrors make you want to murder him.
Goldblum's too-cute-and-quirky-by-half eccentric tics already wearing thin in his film roles are revealed as the narcissim they really are and do not transfer well to the small screen.
Goldblum's schtick, already wearing thin in his films, reveals itself to be nothing more than superficial narcissism dressed up as eccentricity. It's a big snooze.
Looking for Alaska is an adaptation of a book I had not read. It is, without a doubt, one of the most moving and beautifully made coming of age stories I have ever seen. From the terrific writing to the equally impressive acting there isn't a false note anywhere. Funny and moving this is a must-see for young and old alike.
Still like the show but could do without every shot, of something as simple as exiting a car, being a slo-mo Tarantino parody. The visual style pulls you out of the story and doesn't work when it constantly draws attention to itself.
Awful, wretched. Terrible writing with a lead who has poor acting skills with even worse physical ones making the fights look cheesy and lame. Avoid this stinker.
One of the worst, badly executed sci fi shows ever to disgrace our screens.
Great story of the US being taken over by a right wing religious Christian like cult enforcing Taliban-like oppression of women almost completely ruined by the unnecessary sloooow, self indulgent pace. A better title would be "The Handmaid's Snail."
What the creators of this show have to Justin Cronin's brilliant and genuinely terrifying novel is nothing short of criminal. They've watered down the source material to a typical, generic "let's not offend anybody" network pablum show. "The Passage" deserved far better than this weak tea. It should have been produced on a streaming platform like Amazon, Netflix or for HBO where it could have achieved its amazing potential.
Slow paced story with emo self-indulgent characters who swallow their words while navel gazing the audience into oblivion.
Boring, repetitve and depressing with no interesting or likeable characters.
"The Handmaid's Tale" is the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel of a right wing religious takeover of the USA that subjugates women. While beautifully produced, the two biggest problems of the series are the tortuously slow pace and the painfully boring performance of Elizabeth Moss in the leading role. Being one of the show's executive producers may account for her casting but shes five to eight years too old for the role which is about a woman being exploited for her fertility. The other major problem is that The Handmaids Tale was a masterpiece of understatement and brevity. In trying to drag the story out over multiple seasons, the producers have been forced to go off on multiple uninteresting tangents that did not exist in the book and slooow the pace of show down to an aggravating crawl. Do we really need to see endless scenes of Offred (Moss) climbing the stairs going into her room, slowly taking of her garb, all the while alternating between her three default expressions, dazed and angry, dazed and stricken and dazed and confused? Relieved by brief sequences of action where the story actually moves forward, insert the above in almost every other scene and thats the gist of the show.
If youre a fan of the book, the only way to watch this show is on fast forward. A better title for this series would have been The Handmaids Snail.
"Collateral" is one of the smartest and most Entertaining series by award-winning playwright and screenwriter, David hare on tv today. Ignore the critics. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
"Altered Carbon" is a brilliant adaptation of visionary Sci Fi writer Richard K. Morgan's novel. Set hundreds of years into the future,s man has perfected the ability to upload his consciousness into digitized metallic discs called "stacks." Death of the organic body is not final and, if you have to money, you can live forever by transferring your stack to all manner of interchangeable organic bodies (sleeves) The rich and powerful get the best cloned or other people's appropriated sleeves
Comparing this show to Blade Runner completely misses the point. First off, I never was huge fan of the original Blade Runner and the new Blade Runner SUCKED. It was slow and boring but worse, wasn't very good or interesting sci fi. Altered Carbon is an entirely different animal. Richard K. Morgan, the author of the book "Altered Carbon," which the series is based on, is a brilliant and visionary writer who creates a dystopian future where, even though man has made amazing advances in medicine and technology, human behavior, avarice, greed, stupidity are exactly as they've always been. Count on humans to abuse and exploit these miraculous advances in the worst possible way. The rich and the powerful (the 1 percent) still prevail and, like the ancient Romans cruelly exploit the less fortunate in the most decadent way. Morgan's (very accurate) thesis is that beneath all those astounding technological and medical achievements most of us are still a bunch of greedy apes.
The acting is terrific and the writing is a faithful adaptation of Morgan's terrific novel. The dialogue in Morgan's book was especially strong as it is in the series. Kudos to Netflix for not skimping on the production design or the special effects making "Altered Carbon" a visual feast.
One of the funniest and most original shows on TV today. You've never seen aliens like this before.
I've been a Marvel fan since I was a teenager and for the most part have really enjoyed the films and the tv shows. I tried liking Jessica Jones. I really did up to four episodes but this show is by far the worst, most boring adaptation of a Marvel character to come to the little screen.
Let's begin with the writing which is the worst kind of self indulgent, chick-flick, navel gazing since Felicity was foisted on an unsuspecting public. And then there's the acting. From the over-the-top phony performance of Carrie Anne Moss, to the one-note, uni-dimensional, self-pitying work of Krysten Ritter creator Melissa Rosenberg has succeeded in making a Marvel franchise that is dull as dishwater and boring as sh!t.