Posts Tagged ‘suspense’

Review – Ringer – Pilot + She’s Ruining Everything (S01Ep01-02)

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

When one Sarah Michelle Geller just isn't enough.

Synopsis:
Bridget is a screw up – has been for a long time. Alcohol, drug addiction, stripping and/or prostitution. She witnesses a murder and finds herself a protected witness, getting clean. One of her steps in AA is to get forgiveness for her wrongs, so she contacts her twin sister, the successful and wealthy Siobhan. On the day of the murder trial, Bridget does a runner to her sister’s. Her perfect sister commits suicide and Bridget becomes the happy and perfect Siobhan. Only her perfect sister isn’t quite so perfect after all. And that folks is just the lead in!

Pluses:

Sarah Michelle Geller.
Really well written.
Such depth to the characters.
Ion Gruffudd. You forget how well he can act with those big movies, but wow. So under acted and perfectly portrayed.
Nestor Carbonell.
Great supporting cast too!
Just when you think there can’t be ANOTHER twist or turn, there are TWO!

Minuses:

Not sure on a couple of the characters yet, especially Bridget’s sponsor.
The boat scene looked super fake.
The twists and turns aren’t solved before more come along, so there is no sense of resolution, but in a way this just continues to build the suspense.

This show asks some interesting questions. How similar are we really and how far would we go to be happy? The depths of the human animal they explore, within a modern society, is really interesting. On top of this, it is a great character driven piece that had me hooked by the second commercial break.

#fivebuffywassolastseasonpandas

Review – Black Swan

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

I will be the best Swan Queen ever, even if I haven't eaten for months for this role.

Synopsis:
Nina Sayers is a ballerina (Portman) who amongst other things, is a perfectionist living a life of regiment and control with a domineering mother. This year, she has paid her dues and is hoping to be featured as a principal in the upcoming year’s productions. After landing the lead in Swan Lake, all does not go as planned. How far would you go to give the performance of your life?

Pluses:
Portman Oscar buzz is not empty – this was an incredible performance.
Winona Ryder!
This movie does suspense and does it well.
Exceptional cast.
Portrayal of a ballet company and its players.
The dancing in the last 20 mins is spectacular.
The twists and turns in the plot were excellent and really had you bought in.
Lots of uncomfortable moments, but also some laugh out loud moments.
The physio scene.
You forget how tiny they all are, especially Portman. (when Cassel holds her face in his hand, wow!)
Vincent Cassel really delivers!
Never once wondered about the time, this really pulls you in and rides you till then end.

Minuses:
Kunis’ eyes are just too big for her head. I know Hollywood likes big eyes but on a movie screen it is much more noticeable than on the TV.
Goose flesh – a little over done for me.
I never believed Kunis to be a strong dancer, she was just a little too sloppy.

I saw this movie at a special NYE showing as part of my evening celebrations. All up I had a brilliant night, but this movie was certainly a highlight.  The way the suspense is built and how you end up questioning everything is just marvellous. If this movie isn’t already on your must view list, add it now.  Black Swan takes a old and many times viewed idea, and delivers it is a smart and new way. Black Swan releases in Australia on January 20th, with some limited previews the weekend of the 8th and 9th of January.

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Review – Chloe

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

I know I have to get my kit off again, but can we go inside first?

Synopsis:
Middle-aged wife Catherine (Julianne Moore) thinks husband David (Liam Neeson) is screwing around with his students so hires a high class call girl Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to see if he dipping his wick. Things don’t necessarily go as Catherine intended.

Yep. Sounds familiar right?

Anyhow, this movie sees things turn in a slightly different, yet highly predictable direction.

Pluses:
It was beautifully shot and art directed.
The clothes were gorgeous – I loved Chloe’s jacket.
Beautifully designed house – though all I could think about was the heating bill!
The acting was solid.
Sharply edited… it moved along quite crisply.
Julianne Moore plays middle aged woman in crisis well.
Always fun to see a star from a teenage vampire tv show.

Minuses:
Some scenes were so overdone.
Some parts I was quite interested in were skipped over.
The plot twists and motivations were so obvious.
There weren’t even any red herrings.
Liam Neeson’s dye job – really distracting but a made sense by the end of the movie.
The choice of shoes – Julianne Moore can barely walk in them.

Was this Amanda Seyfried’s movie to show she is all grown up and not just a romantic lead? Did we really need to see Julianne Moore masturbating in the shower? If you want to shut your brain off, it is about average.

#twoandahalfmanipulativebisexualpandas

PS. Amanda Seyfried will always be Lilly to me, so much so I want to watch Veronica Mars again.

Review – The Walking Dead – 1st 3 eps

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Here we come, walkin' Down the street. We get the funniest looks from Ev'ry one we meet.

Review encompassing: Pilot, Guts and Tell it to the Frogs

I am not much of a horror loving Panda.

What gets me isn’t the blood and guts (more on guts later) but the suspense.

I can’t stand it.

Scary suspense even more so. It took me two goes to watch the pilot of The Walking Dead. The first run though, I didn’t make it past him entering the stairwell – yes I was that much of a sook. This time round though, I was in a bright airy lounge room while house sitting, with a guard dog pressed up next to me to keep me safe.

I really (REALLY) enjoyed the first three eps. For me the character driven under lays of the show was remarkably enjoyable. Yes there are the Walkers out there, and yes we are seeing people outside (way outside) of their comfort zones dealing with this problem, but the truth behind the characters still shone through thanks to great writing and acting by the cast. Some of the scenes were just so wonderfully shot, graphic novel perfect I am sure, with the imagery a constant reminder to the truth of their situation.

The first episode really set the scene and delved into the confusion and conflict felt by the survivors as well as their desire to make it through.
The second episode for me was my favourite of the three. The humour, the characters and the situations were just brilliant. OMG and the gutsy guts scene was just out of this world.
The third episode was much more character based with little Walker action, which was good because we got to see that survivors are still dealing with issues they were dealing with before the Fall (to use a BSG term) as well as dealing with the fall out of decisions they made post Fall.

Pluses:
Believable characters in a situation that is beyond belief.
Real world problems continue on.
Rag tag bunch of heroes.
Zombie makeup and acting is just awesome.
Loving the character if Glenn and his dark exuberance.
Dynamic between Lori and Shane now her husband is back.
Some of the set pieces in Atlanta were stunning.

Minuses:
Still getting to know the characters – which I guess is what the third episode was about.
Still don’t know what really happened – soon I am sure.

I haven’t read the graphic novels so I don’t know where this is going or what is going to be the big cross roads in the arc, but please don’t tell me as I want to discover it with the general audience

#fourandahalfpandas
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