Archive for June, 2010

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TV Thoughts: Burn Notice – “Breach of Faith”

June 27, 2010

The mission of the week was really well done and interesting this week on Burn Notice, the show that continues to define good summer programming to me.  My thoughts after the jump.

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TV Thoughts: Burn Notice – “Made Man”

June 23, 2010

I didn’t get a chance to watch last Thursday’s Burn Notice until yesterday, but it was a more emotional tale and a step up from the other two episodes that have aired so far this season.  More of my thoughts will follow after the jump.

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Trailer Alert: The American and Never Let Me Go

June 17, 2010

Since I will be gone this weekend and won’t have a chance to watch or write about today’s episode of Burn Notice for a while and since I didn’t want to leave my blog empty for over a week, I decided to post a couple trailers for you guys to check out and let me know what you think.

The American

This trailer has been out for a while and I have been meaning to post it, but it never really inspired me as much as some other trailers.  The plot is pretty basic and has been done many times before with varying degree of success.  George Clooney plays a hitman who wants out and his boss asks him to do one last job before he leaves.  What I like about the feel of this film though is that it doesn’t appear to be a comedy or a big bombastic action film like most of the other films that I can think of with this plot description.  It appears to be a somber look at the life of a man who is close to retirement who is dealing with the emotional consequences of the life that he has lead.  I think that is a pretty big and universal theme, even if the man’s job happens to be that of a hitman.  I like the look of the images in the trailer, it reminds me a bit of another great Clooney film, Michael Clayton, so I will be hoping that The American can transcend a slightly cliché premise and find something new to say about this place and time and aspect of life.  Also, I am very curious as to why this film has the title The American and I hope that the director, Anton Corbijn, has a good reason for it and can use that as a jumping off point for some of the themes of the film.

Never Let Me Go

I hadn’t heard about the book that this film is based on before I watched the trailer or about the film period, since it isn’t exactly in the wheelhouse of films that I follow through the filmmaking process.  I suppose that the genre of this film might throw some off, but my favorite genre of films is “good films” and this looks like it might fall under that heading.  The trailer takes a very minimalist approach to the premise of the film and instead puts much more emphasis on the romance portion than the sci-fi portion.  I hear that same approach is taken in the book, where the sci-fi trappings are only slowly understood as the book moves along and as the book builds the characters and the romance first and foremost.  I like that kind of a slow-build in films and think it could be really effective here at getting under my skin and making me care about these characters.  Not a whole lot of “romance” movies are on my list of films that I must watch this year, but with an intriguing premise and solid cast, Never Let Me Go, just might be the one that I am excited about.

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TV Thoughts: Burn Notice – “Fast Friends”

June 11, 2010

Things in Michael Westen’s life are beginning to spill into each other more and more.  After the jump I look at how things are holding together in Michael’s life right now.

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TV Wrap-Up: The Top 10

June 9, 2010

This is it, my top 10 TV shows of the 2009-2010 season.  Within this post you will find 3 half-hour comedies, 7 hour long shows, 2 cancelled shows, 1 miniseries, 2 basic cable shows, 2 HBO shows, 6 network shows, and all in all, 10 great shows.  After the jump, enjoy the shows.

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TV Thoughts: Burn Notice – “Friends and Enemies”

June 4, 2010

Even though this wasn’t the greatest episode of the series, it was great to have Michael Westen back.  I’m not sure if you can call the end of last season a cliffhanger, but it was resolved fairly well and set some good themes up for season 4.  My thoughts after the jump.

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TV Wrap-Up: Complete Season Finishes

June 3, 2010

Welcome back to my look back at the 2009-2010 TV season.  Check out the previous post for my introduction to this wrap-up as well as a look at the shows that I dropped part of the way through the season.  Today I will be looking at 13 shows that I watched all of the way through this past season.  These shows were good enough for me to complete their seasons (some just barely), but they all missed a spot in the top 10 shows of the season.  After the jump is a look these 13 shows, roughly in order of least liked to most liked.

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