You've gotta be kidding me, right!? That's about all I have to say when it comes to the fourth, and final, season
. The series was great, but the series finale was absolute crap. This is a problem I always have, tho, so I should be used to it. Series finales are hard to do... they must be, because most of them suck. That's too bad because a lot of stuff came out during the season I'd like to have seen thru. And, just as a fore-warning to those who get the double-sided DVDs (Netflix likes to copy the double-sided DVDs to single-sided DVDs, the cheap bastards), the last disc only has one, double-length episode, so be prepared for that. The B-side is just some extras. I didn't watch them, so I can't say how valuable they are, but consider yourself warned. As you're watching, if you don't know it's the last episode, you're almost in shock when you realize it is. After watching it, I guess they had plans for another season. Then again, there are two tv movies, The Pretender 2001
and The Pretender: Island of the Haunted
. On the other hand, one was 8 months after the series finale and the other was 11 months after that. Either way, I hope I can get my hands on them. Netflix doesn't seem to have 'em.
Highlander season 4 tried to answer a question I've had for a while: if you absorb the energy of the other person in their quickening, wouldn't too much negative energy make you evil? There are two episodes dedicated to this which -- surprise, surprise -- bring us from the US back to Paris. You've gotta be kidding me, right? I mean, at least there was one episode that went to Scotland. Methos was much more prevalent this season and another long-anticipated question is being addressed: how is Joe Dawson going to be "reprimanded" for conspiring with an immortal? Well, here's your answer. I don't know if I could've seen it go any other way, but there was a knock-down, drag-out between immortals and watchers. Of course, that was the cliff-hanger. How will that resolution sit over time? With two seasons left, there's no telling.
Life as a House was recommended to me based on a group of other movies I liked. Perhaps the most notable of these being Pay it Forward . I was very surprised by the movie. I had never heard about it, but it turned out to be a fantastic movie. This one is a drama among dramas with a splash of comedy throughout; so if you're not a big fan of dramas, you probably won't like it. If you are, on the other hand, I'd suggest you run out and rent it the next time you're in the mood for a good drama. The story is based on a father who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and makes one final effort to connect with his son, who lives with his ex-wife. That should set the scene enough to give you a basic idea of what to expect.
If you liked Life as a House, I'd suggest Pay it Forward.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning was ok, but nothing all that special. If you're into blood and guts movies, this is most definitely one of them. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for one of these movies, but I don't think I'd really suggest anyone run out and grab it. If you liked any of the previous movies on the subject and/or liked Hostel or The Hills Have Eyes , you'll probably want to see this one. Either way, I'd say borrow it from a friend instead of going out of your way to rent it.
If you liked Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, I'd suggest The Hills Have Eyes.
I was completely taken by surprise when I watched Disturbia
. The opening scene almost made me question whether or not I was in the right theater and the follow-on scene wasn't much different. I found myself trying to guess what was going to happen for Kale, the main character, to be placed on house arrest. This is obviously the main reason I was thrown off. I expected him to be a troubled kid off the bat, but he wasn't. I liked how they played that a lot. Very well done. As if that wasn't enough, the movie was very entertaining on multiple levels. I didn't think the movie would be nearly as good as it was. I expected an average movie; not even close to the edge-of-your-seat thriller it was. In addition to that, the interspersing of comedic moments throughout the movie was perfect. All-in-all, I this this was a fantastic movie... if you didn't get that. Given the fact that I haven't heard much about this movie from friends, I'm guessing others had the same impression of it based on the trailer. Don't let that fool you, tho. This one is absolutely worth the time! See it in the theaters while you can.
The Prestige came out about the same time The Illusionist came out and, while I half-expected one to trump the other in the theaters, they both seemingly had a decent viewing. Apparently, my opinions aren't quite typical, tho. I found The Prestige to be fairly boring until the end. Perhaps it was how the story was told. I'm not really sure. All I do know is that I didn't really get as involved with it as I did with The Illusionist, which I thought was much better. The best part of The Prestige was the last 10 minutes of it. Outside of that, the rest was just about average. Perhaps this is the difference between a battle for love and a battle for... well, prestige. One obviously tugs at the strings a bit more than the other. They both had similar a-ha moments, which was nice -- and the main reason I liked the last bit of The Prestige -- but the last 10 minutes doesn't make a movie. Nonetheless, if you liked one, I'd definitely suggest checking out the other. Chances are you'll like both at some level. I am curious what others thought.
If you liked The Prestige, I'd suggest The Illusionist.
Stargate SG-1 season 10
was split into two parts. The first part
was very interesting and the second part followed that up quite well, if I do say so. One episode even had the always-loved Jack O'Neill. The one major complaint I have is how they dealt with the Ori. You've gotta be kidding me, right? I know a lot of work went into it, but come on!? In the end, there's obviously a huge opening for more Ori action, but that could go either way. I'm definitely interested in seeing the two TV movies that will be coming out within the next year and there was talk about another season
, which I thought was odd, since season 10 was supposed to be the last, as far as I knew. Either way, I'd love to see more. I guess we'll have to wait another 5 or 6 months to find that out for sure. In the meantime, both movies should be out by then.
Pretender season 3
had some pretty interesting surprises, especially the finale. This gets me pretty excited about season 4
, the last season. Interestingly enough, the two families have been roughly pieced together with new additions seemingly coming out of the woodworks. With only 20 episodes and two TV movies left, this should be an interesting season.
Three years before Premonition came out, Yogen was released in Japan. After I saw Premonition, I figured I'd check out the original movie. While the premise is the same, the story is a lot different. Usually, re-makes are just that -- a veritable do-over. That's not the case here. If you liked Premonition and can stand reading thru a movie, I highly suggest you check out Yogen. The movie is a bit slower, but that's somewhat typical of Japanese movies, from what I've seen. One other note is that this movie had horror undertones, but I wouldn't really say it was a horror movie. Yogen was also a bit more supernatural than Premonition. Perhaps that's why I liked it more -- I tend to like sci-fi and horror movies a lot. Either way, the scifi/horror spin is minimal, so don't let that push you away.
While I've wanted to see Premonition since I first saw the trailer, I didn't expect a whole lot. I'm glad I saw it, but I don't necessarily think it was one of those great movies you have to see. I did notice there was a Japanese movie by the same name, tho, so I'm definitely interested in that. There's a science fiction feel to the trailer, but that's not quite how the movie played out. Of course, this will probably make the movie a bit easier for the mainstream movie watcher to enjoy the movie. Breaking it down, if a friend rents the movie, borrow it; but I don't think this is one you'll want to run out and rent immediately.
I honestly didn't expect much from Gridiron Gang
, but I was very
surprised. With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
, I had low expectations. Johnson did a good job and Xzibit wasn't really a key player, but I don't think either of them made the movie. The real reason I enjoyed the movie was the content. I thought the story was very good. I would've liked to have seen more play time, but that's ok. I'd definitely suggest this one to anybody who enjoys sports movies. It does go beyond that, tho, so don't think you need to be a sports fan to enjoy this one.