It is 1960’s Chicago, and the Playboy Club is the hottest “key” in town. The bunnies are the most liberated women around, they can be whomever they want, including the African American “Chocolate” Bunny. Into this mix we have the movers and shakers, corrupt and not, in Chicago. What could possibly go wrong?
Liberation and repression with false expectations all rolled into one.
OMG it was David Krumhotlz as Billy Rosen.
Could be an interesting series arc if it gets its full run.
I like the gay rights subplot (including Sean Maher).
Nick Dalton is the name of the main character - I know a Nick Dalton.
For all its sexy bunny outfits, and Bunny Mansion parties, it was decidedly unsexy.
Not tightly written.
Characters need a lot of fleshing out.
Didn’t really have much suspense - even the big suspense scene.
This show didn’t really gel in the pilot. It has the potential to be an interesting character driven piece, they just have to work out what type of show it is - it doesn’t quite know yet. Is it noir? Is it T&A? Is it Mad Men lite?
This is a hugely sprawling fantasy socio-political drama in a world quite different (but with relatable similarities) to our own. Factions, intrigue and a magic thoughs of years old and lost. Sometimes you really don't see the forrest for the trees.
Loved the opening credits. So many shows now, the credits are all just like sex with a 16yo boy.
We meet the main players (there are a lot and this doesn't dumb it down for you so hang in there) and get a sense of the menaces rising within and around Westeros - both manmade and supernatural.
Beauty really can be skin deep.
Deception is everything.
Power corrupts so wonderfully.
Accept the label that people give you and make it your own.
Bothers and Sisters - love, power, care and domination.
The ending - a great way to keep the tension.
Sean Bean - nuff said.
We didn't really get a sense of the relationship between the Stark children and the dire wolves. It really should have been developed further IMHO given what is coming.
I have been following this since there were whispers of it being made, so I am just chuffed that it is finally out and I am seeing one of my favourite fantasy dramas coming to life. That HBO is doing vs Hallmark is a HUGE relief. So far it hasn't disappointed AND it has already been renewed.
After raising Hell witin Alaric's body recently, we get some Klaus and Elijah backstory before we finally get the meet the real Klaus. Everything we thought we knew, we didn't. Talk about a twist!
Nice parrells between the sets of brothers - Elijah and Klaus plus Damon and Stefan.
Damon trying to stay in control.
Jenna! Was I the only one saying "YAY!"
Fantastic Klaus, Elijah and Katherine backstory.
The truth about Klaus.
The teasing and hinting about The Originals. (Anyone else think that is Season 3?)
No Caroline - we left that at such a critical juncture.
This entire episode took place over a couple of hours. It was full on, flat strap story and character development w very little "vampirism." This episode truly rocketed along, not staying on any one arc too long. It successfully built up the tension and the speed at which things are coming to resolution as we approach the end of the season. Talk about a game changer!
World War Two is raging through out Europe. Sent away to Siberia for crimes (real and imagined) our unlikely band of heroes plan their escape, which sends them on a journey across Eastern Asia. Based on the true story of one of three men who walked out of Siberia and into India.
Amazing acting (though I admit when Farrell said his first line I groaned, but quickly forgotten).
Incredibly journey, physically and spiritually.
Always nice to see Saoirse Ronan in a movie that doesn't suck.
The pace was nice and even.
Love the combination of the wide shots with the close ups for urgency of their situation.
Beautifully shot and executed.
I admit I cried.
Would have liked to know what happened to the other characters who made it out.
The ended - I know it was cheesy but I was totally bought in.
I thought the beginning was a bit stereotypical.
This movie will lift you up, drag you down and leave you exhausted but revelling in the experience.
Imagine Moby Dick isn't a whale but a dragon. The Rachel isn't a whaling boat but a person. Queequeg isn't a burly warrior but a hipster, and the Pequod isn't a boat, but a land vehicle.
I am all for unusual adaptations.
Scenery was nice.
How do you screw up a classic like Moby Dick? (see synopsis for answer)
Vince Jones with dialogue.
No gams (less the raiders count).
Love interest in Moby Dick??
The Pequod was a bit of a joke.
I knew I was getting myself in for something terrible, but this was bad. Beyond bad. The acting (How did they get Danny Glover? Did he need a new ferrari or something?). Now, don't get me wrong, I love bad movies when they are good bad movies, but this was just bad.
Solomon Kane is a bad ass privateer/military man serving under Queen Elizabeth I, bent on treasure and destruction until he finds out that his evil ways means he is doomed to Hell. Go figure. He turns into a man of peace, until Evil takes hold of his little corner of England.
Lots of shots that were graphic novel perfect (mind you I have never read it) but you know the look I mean.
Pete Postlethwaite (already missed).
Interesting take on that time period - no Gloriana.
Some of the fight scenes were nicely done.
The cellar dwellers.
Some of the special effects were pretty sweet - especially the ones involving mirrors.
Some of the sets were pretty badly made - the graveyard of the old church especially.
Didn't really gel as a story.
Solomon's speaking voice.
He sent her back???
This movie at times felt and looked big budget, and at other times it had all the signs of a made for SyFy movie. It had all the components on paper to make it work, but it just didn't. Obviously, there is no franchise out of this, which is a shame, because Solomon Kane is an interesting character, just not necessarily the way he was written for the movie - just like Van Helsing.
Starz, the US network is funding even more Brit drama. Camelot tells the story we all know so well. King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan, Camelot etc, but approaches it from a slightly different angle (apparently). Starting with the death of Uther Pendragon, we will follow Arthur from his birth as a green King, through to the Once and Future King.
Morgan commences her plan for power and ropes in an unlikely ally. Merlin picks Arthur out of obscurity and brings him to Camelot where Arthur faces a whole slew of problems and challenges he never thought to ask about before agreeing to be King.
Brilliantly styled. I cannot tell you how well the costumes are constructed.
Eva Green as nefarious Morgan.
Arthur is portrayed as very flawed.
It was an absolute joy to discover James Purefoy as King Lot.
The way magic is underplayed.
Speed. This episode covered a lot of ground, yet moved very fast and was tightly edited.
Some of the dialogue was pretty awful - especially Merlin's. I felt a little sorry for Joseph Fiennes having to deliver those lines.
I didn't know boybangs were in fashion back in dark ages Britain.
I am a huge fan of the Legend of King Arthur so I was always going to watch this, but really enjoyed myself. The only thing I don't like is that I have to wait till April for it to be released.
Based on the best selling novel of the name name, Never Let Me Go is the same world as ours, only slightly different. In the recent past, children were copied/created to provide donor organs when they came of age. These children are raised in an exclusive boarding school, but grow up knowing their eventual fate. We follow three of these children from their youth through to "completion." Tommy (Andrew Garfield), Kathy H (Carey Mulligan), and Ruth (Keira Knightly) search for what makes them who they are, their soul and their "original."
Everything is so poignant.
The acting is outstanding - especially Carey Mulligan. Her voice overs touched my heart.
The children and their "bumper crop."
Tommy's outbursts - especially towards the end.
The concept of hope.
Humanity - having a soul.
The belief that Love is verifiable.
The idea of "completion."
Fish out of water.
Stunning panoramas that contract so well with the insularness of their existence.
Outstanding cast - including supporting cast.
Wanted to know what happened to their friends at The Cottages.
Give Knightly a sandwich!
I had no idea Tommy was Andrew Garfield until his hair was cropped very in the last third of the movie - and then I instantly recognised him from The Social Network. This was such a moving and thought provoking movie. As Kathy says, "We all complete." Life is short. Sometimes you know what your fate is, other times you don't, but it is how you embrace who you are and how you live that counts. The maturity and understanding that they embraced their fate was so well delivered. This is not your "Happy Ever After" chick flick and the SciFi component is so far less than minimal I almost didn't tag it as such.
This movie is being released on March 31st in Australia (6 months after the US release) - or you can get it on US iTunes now.
I must admit that with all the hype and Oscar buzz attributed to a film, I can often walk out of a movie disappointed. This certainly not the case for The King's Speech (opening in Australia on Boxing Day, 2010).
When I first heard of this movie a month or two back, I was instantly intrigued. I had grown up on stories of King and Empire. One that my mother's side of the family would often tell was that of how an Australian doctor helped the King overcome his stammer and kept the Empire strong in World War II. My grandfather was a Kangaroo (and travelled throughout the Empire and France for Rugby), so was one of the few men of his generation to see the Empire/Commonwealth during good times and bad. Staunch monarchists, my family would tell me story after story of Australians who helped build and save the Empire (often while telling the British to get nicked).
To see a story I had grown up with portrayed on the big screen was such a delight and the way it was told was breathtaking.
Some of the shots stopped me dead in my tracks, and the acting of Firth and Rush was brilliant. Rush plays the larrikin Australian so well - his accent just strong enough and with the right smattering of colloquialisms to be outstanding and not cringeworthy. Firth's George VI was incredible. The emotion he could portray without speaking, or trying to speak, was beyond any adjective and your heart filled with his pain, sorrow, fear and bravery.
The script was incredibly well written.
The personal backstories of each character was so brilliantly developed.
Set the scene of pre-war time Britain incredibly well.
The simplicity of the movie.
Dramadey at its best.
I wasn't that sold on how Edward VIII (Guy Pearch) was portrayed as such a vapid and vacuous individual ruled by Wallace Simpson.
There are a couple of moments in the movie that are still very clear in my mind.
One, in Logue's treatment room with "Bertie" looking left and the torn wallpaper behind him. The second is after he becomes George IV and his two daughters curtsey and call him Your Majesty all formal and restrained - heart breaking.
There are preview screenings this weekend at Palace Cinemas so do check it out - alternatively you can wait a week and a bit and see it on Boxing Day. This movie is a must see, and I will be going again on Boxing Day.
Fall out continues from the hooch hijack. People make touch choices and are going to have to live with them and their own fall out. Insight into the frailties of the "best of men."
More back-story on Nooky.
Handjob in the woods.
Capone being a prat - twice.
I know it is still early days but I can't wait to see some development of the supporting characters.
I am sure some people will say the show is slow - not me though, you know I am a fan of the long con.
Ivory Tower didn't have that same sense of imagery from the first episode - life and dead on the boardwalk. The second episode was just as luscious as the first. I do adore the use of language and the acting is superb across the board. Also, the scope of this show is just so large, it really is like watching a movie. I can't wait for some big events/confrontations - it is going to be A-MAZ-ING.