7 Days In Hell Review

So I kept seeing the promos for it and I figured I’d give it a shot.  HBO produced a fictional documentary focusing on the two best tennis players of the generation, played by Kit Harington and Andy Samberg, battling their personal differences as well as their tennis ones, in the longest tennis match in the history of the game.  The film had cameo appearances from big wigs like Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Lena Dunham, David Copperfield and more.  It was especially appealing because I enjoy when an actor who is generally type-casted as a drama-style actor (Kit Harington) takes up comedy.  His performance was fine, but the character that was written for him just didn’t do it for me.  I got what they were trying to do, but it just wasn’t enough.

Andy Samberg’s character was entertaining in bits, but overall I wasn’t his biggest fan.  I think they tried a bit too hard with his character and felt they needed to push the envelope to a whole new level.  SPOILER, there is a scene where he has sex on the court, with a woman at first, then a man, and then both of them.  I get the humor in it, it is definitely a modern day humor, so those with that old school mentality will most certainly hate it.

I’d have to give this short film a 4.0 rating out of 10.  The story line had potential, yet the characters were not written well.  It could have been something hysterical, but instead it was less than mediocre.  I love HBO and will continue to watch what they produce, but this one just wasn’t for me.  I wouldn’t recommend it but if you have the desire, or have seen it, please give me your thoughts.

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Wayward Pines Review

I’m usually not a fan of network television, especially network dramatic television, however, Wayward Pines has me taking a second glance. This Fox drama series, starring Matthew Dillion is unlike most other dramas in a sense that it has been consistently entertaining, it pushes the envelope, and it lacks that almost necessary corniness that most other network (drama) shows contain.

Think Lost, meets Twin Peaks, meets Twilight Zone.

I had only seen television commercials of the show and not the actual trailer.  Based on the information the TV promos displayed, my general assumption of what the show were to be was this: Matthew Dillon’s character was in a horrific car crash which seemingly kills him.  He is then brought to a town called Wayward Pines, which he is told is located in Idaho, where things are not what they seem.  The people there act in strange behaviors and are enforced by law, yet we are unaware of who professes this law.  However, we know that the consequences of disobeying the law lead to extreme consequences including public execution.

My original premise of the show was that Matthew’s character, a special agent of the law, had been killed in his accident, and then sent to a symbolic form of purgatory, in Wayward Pines.  People are not able to escape this town, and are seemingly kept prisoner.  Some try and escape, while others accept their new and unique lifestyle.

Though I am only 6 episodes into the first season of this ten episode show, I am confident that it will continue to impress and entertain.  However, I see this as a show that may run out of steam after 2 or 3 seasons and will have nowhere to go but down.  That remains to be seen.  I will continue to watch and update, but as for now, I give the show a review of 8.5 out of 10 stars and feel as though I may be rounding down.  

Character development has been enjoyable and plot twists have been plenty.  I see a persistent trend in these and believe they will continue to lead up to a twist we do not see coming.  With Executive Producer, M. Night Shaymalan, you can only expect some sort of wild turn of events that may make or break the show.  So far, well done!

Trying Something New

I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my passion for film, amongst many other things.  As of lately I have found myself critiquing TV shows and movies amongst my friends and others and feel as though I could provide credible reviews for new movies, shows, etc.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a daily review on shows and movies I have watched, and hope to give credible feedback to all interested parties.