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Mixology rethought

Mixology was a sitcom on ABC that ran for one season of thirteen episodes. It was set in a bar during one night and it featured 10 main characters. I thought it was a bit of a train wreck. Some of the characters seemed really mean-spirited. However I watched the whole series and it got better.

The show got better and I think after episode 6, it was good. However maybe a lot of people tuned out before episode 6. I am not sure if I’d blame anyone. Here is a review of the show from the AV Club. Here is a review from the Av Club of the last episode, Closing Time, and it covers the series as a whole.

Here are the high points

  • the interactions between Maya and her friend Liv are nice
  • Tom’s interactions with Maya brings out a sweeter side to her
  • Ron has nice scenes with Liv
  • Tom had some nice scenes with Bruce and Kal

low points

  • the weird hatred for Hawaiians by two main characters was bad
  • some of Bruce’s dialogue comes across as very mean-spirited or gross
  • maybe a plot or two was more crass than funny

So Mixology failed. However it was an interesting failure.

Treasure Planet is pretty good. I hadn’t seen it for a while, so I re- watched it. It is better than I remembered. That was a nice surprise.

There were plans for a November Man sequel but the movie bombed or at least semi-bombed. I still think the movie is worth re-watching.  If the sequel happens, I’d like to see it.

September does not look to be a great month for movies. There might be four movies worth seeing but maybe nothing for the first two weeks. Maybe A walk Among the Tombstones will be good. The Maze Runner could be good.

There is talk of a Babylon 5 movie. That could be good.  I will have more thoughts on this as it develops but it might be nice see members of the TV cast in the movie.

Babylon 5 In the Begining

This is a TV movie  of the tv series Babylon 5. It is pretty good. It serves as a good introduction to the series.  There are a few small disappointments but nothing major.

Centauri Emperor Londo Mollari is telling the story of the Earth Minbari war to two children. The story is told in flashback and at times Londo interrupts the story. Londo had a small but surprisingly important role in the war.

After a tragic misunderstanding, Earth enters into war with the powerful Minbrari race. Earthforce is outmatched and it looks like the human race is doomed. There is a one last battle, the Battle of the Line, and then the Minbari surprisingly surrender. After the war ends, the Babylon project is created and it takes a while but finally there is Babylon 5, a UN in space.

Actually, the only disappointment is that G’Kar and Londo never meet. I guess that would not have worked into the storyline.  I had been thinking about the show a little and it was nice to revisit this TV movie. It is probably best not to watch this movie before watching Season 1.

The November Man

Pierce Brosnan is back, this time as a CIA agent pulled in for one last job.   Kevin Costner was pulled in for one last job in Three Days to Kill. So it is nice to see that cliche again.  (Or at least the cliche is not wearing out its welcome.)

Brosnan plays Peter Deveruax, I like that name, and his return to action puts him into conflict with his former protege, David (Luke Bracey).  The younger agent wants to prove that he is a match for his former mentor.

Okay, this is not a great movie but it is fun to see Brosnan back in action.  He still could still be a convincing James Bond, I think.  He’d be an older James Bond but that could work.

This movie is at 31% on Rotten Tomatoes.  The AVClub gave the movie a C+, which seems fair.

If there is a sequel, I’d interested in seeing it.

Movie Thoughts 8-28-2014

There might not be a Kick-Ass 3.  I am okay with that.  Maybe 2 of those movies were enough. Apparently the second movie bombed or at least semi bombed. Chloe Grace Moretz sort of announced that she thinks the series is done.

Hellboy 3 won’t happen either. That might be a bit disappointing. However it has been so long since Hellboy 2 that I am used to the idea that there won’t be another one.

I am still a little surprised that How to Train Your Dragon 2.  It is a good movie.  I hope there  is a 3rd film in the series.

There are rumors that there will be no jokes in Batman v. Superman.   Apparently the theory is that Green Lantern did not connect with auidences because it had too many jokes. I am not sure that is true.

 

This is not a terrible movie. It is a bit long and maybe the parts that are good almost make me downplay the bad parts.  The movie is not better than it was in theaters.

After the first movie, Peter and Gwen are still dating. Peter is still trying to find out what happened to his parents.  Harry Osborn comes back from Europe just in time to learn about a heredity curse and to see his father die.

Maybe there is just a bit too much going on in this movie. Maybe the mystery of Peter’s parents, the intrigue at Obscorp/Harry’s return from Europe, Electro’s story, and Peter/Gwen’s relationship is too much for one movie. Maybe one element could have been removed.

Andrew Garfield is good as Peter Parker/Spider-man. Ema Stone and Sally Field are really good as Gwen Stacy and Aunt May.  Jamie Foxx could have been better as Electro but maybe the script is at fault.

Mob City

Mob City was a  limited series on TNT. It is set in 1947 Los Angeles.  Major characters include William Parker, who later became Police Chef, Bugsy Siegel, and Mickey Cohen.  Fictional characters are also included.

It is good.  It should be in black and white. However, it does look good and some of the cast does well. Simon Pegg is surprisingly good in his guest staring role. The actor playing Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) was also pretty good.

There are various plot lines that overlap. The LAPD is out to get Bugsy Siegel and his associates.  Some people in the department are concerned with the corruption in the department.

Apparently there will not be a follow up season.  The show did end on a cliffhanger.

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