Tag: drama

I have a dream – An American Dream

I have a dream – An American Dream

TV & Radio
Everyone has a list of movies that they are compelled to watch when they happen across them on TV - no matter how late it is, and no matter how much of it has already been shown. At or near the top of my own list is the immortal 1992 musical biopic, The Jacksons: An American Dream. I don't even care about the Jackson 5 all that much. I downloaded one of their greatest hits collections to my iPod, but that's about it. So I'm at a loss to explain why I love this movie (originally a two-parter broadcast on ABC) so much. Maybe it's the voyeur in me who loves getting a peek at the secret dysfunction of one of the most successful groups of the 1970s. Sure, Tito and Jermaine Jackson may have had scores of prepubescent girls fawning over them, but when Joseph (brilliantly portrayed b...
Sandler’s reign (hardy-har-har)

Sandler’s reign (hardy-har-har)

Movies
OK, so I'm a week late to review this movie - what can I say, I'm a busy man. Anyway, Mrs. Suit and I headed down to the local nickelodeon today to check out Reign Over Me, Adam Sandler's latest attempt to prove himself as a serious actor. For the most part, he acquits himself nicely - I'm not ready to crown him the next Robin Williams (in terms of comedic actors showing real chops), but he's no slouch either. Interestingly, he's not even in the first 10 or 15 minutes of the film - that time goes to the superb Don Cheadle, who turns in another great performance (although his character development felt a bit forced). Sandler was quite good - he is definitely at his best when displaying more primal emotions like rage (which he does a few times in the film). His performance here almost...
I love a good movie meme

I love a good movie meme

Movies
I even love bad ones. But this one is pretty good (lifted from Culture kills). Of course I'm the special kid in school so I'm probably the last one to do this, but that's about par for the course. I just got rid of my last pair of Z Cavaricci pants like 5 years ago. 1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times. I can name more than one - Flash Gordon, Weird Science, Caddyshack, and Nightmare on Elm Street for starters. 2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater. The Empire Strikes Back and Private Parts come to mind, although I know there's more. 3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie. Edward Norton, hands down. Or hands up. 4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie. Robin Williams and Ed...
Fare thee well, Everwood

Fare thee well, Everwood

TV & Radio
Just my luck - I start watching a show that's already been established, get completely involved in it and then it goes away. Such has happened with the superlative WB drama Everwood, which aired its final episode last night. I got sucked into the show last year thanks to my wife, and I am saddened to see it go. Everwood had that rare blend of quality acting, writing and storytelling. It was light when it needed to be, and the moments of drama were indeed powerful. I was going to go off on a rant about how unfair it is that Everwood didn't make it to the new "CW" network while crap like One Tree Hill will live on. But that would miss the point, which is to offer a brief testimonial to one of the best TV shows I've seen in years. I can't offer a comprehensive review of the series, mai
Whole Lotta Landon!

Whole Lotta Landon!

TV & Radio
It's really easy to be cynical about the world these days. Believe me, I am all the time. And this cynicism is found in abundance in popular entertainment. Everything from music to movies to TV is super-slick and EXTREME! Hell, even most commercials are a lot more cynical than they used to be. Sometimes this bothers me, but I must admit that most of my favorite TV shows are very cynical - Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and Family Guy to name a few. These shows are not only not wholesome, they are Anti-Wholesome. To me, wholesome was always associated with boring. Wonder Bread is wholesome (and nasty). Leave It To Beaver is wholesome. Few shows in television history are more wholesome than Little House on the Prairie. I mean, c'mon, it's Michael Landon. I was a bit young to have seen the...