Roy Orbison: Black & White Night, a review by GSyren
(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on June 18th, 2014)
Morning Glory, a review by Dr. Hasslein
Director: Roger Michell
Running Time: 107 Minutes
In this light hearted comedy drama Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fuller. An out of work energetic and devoted news producer who soon lands a job as executive producer of a struggling morning show called DayBreak. Determined to increases the shows ratings which are at a dismal low, she wastes no time making drastic changes to the show such as firing the egotistical and perverted male host, and replaces him with Michael Pomeroy played by Harrison Ford, a legendary veteran news journalist who was once highly respected in his field but is now a bitter and burnt out version of his former self. He is paired with co-host Colleen Peck played by Diane Keaton. With a mutual dislike for each other the two often exchange subtle insults during the shows daily broadcast. After much perseverance from the Becky, the show’s ratings finally begin to rise and the miserable Michael Pomeroy begins to find pleasure in his work once again.
There isn’t much of a plot. It’s very much like he those typical sporting movies where a new coach is hired to rebuild a sports team that’s in shambles where no one gets along but they all end up best friends in the end. You know what’s going to happen from almost the very start and there are little surprises. However that still did not prevent me from enjoy this movie. It’s held together well by the leading characters and the amount of colourful humour and one liners. It is however a little too long and does drag a little in some parts. I found myself zoning out a few times throughout it.
Rachael McAdams is terrific; she’s full of energy and looks gorgeous in every scene.
Her scenes with Ford’s character are the movie’s high lights. I loved the dialogue between the two of them.
Harrison Ford suits his role very well as the mean and bitter veteran news journalist. His character gets all the best lines and is the master of personal insults. But there was one brief moment during a scene where he is out duck hunting that came across too over the top and struck me as actually sounding very bizarre. It was just a very odd moment, and I’m probably the one person on earth who thinks this.
I really enjoyed Morning Glory, it’s a nice entertaining comedy that’s funny and witty and doesn’t take it self too seriously, a good popcorn flick. I might have enjoyed it even more perhaps, if it weren’t for the very vocal couple sitting behind me in the cinema who both felt the need to repeat ever single punch line throughout the entire movie. And I think between them they purchases the entire snack bar.
(From Morning Glory on February 8th, 2011)
The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena
What's the show about?
Michael Westen used to be a spy. But one day he got "burned" and was dumped in Miami. Ever since he tries to find out why he was burned and by whom. In the meantime he helps people the normal police can't or won't help. He has help, though: A trigger-happy ex-girlfriend, who used to rob banks for the IRA; another retired spy who has settled down in Miami and makes his "special lady friends" happy; and his mother!
Michael Westen was about to finalize a deal with a local crime lord to protect a certain piece of land in Africa, but when he tries to get the money wired he's informed that the deal is off because he got burned. Although they beat the crap out of him he manages to escape. The next time he regains full consciousness, he's in Miami and his "emergency contact" (his ex-girlfriend) Fiona is sitting by his bed. He tries to find out why he got burned and how his mother had fount out that he was in town. Since his credit cards won't work anymore he takes a small job to find out who stole a number of paintings from a rich man's house.
In the beginning it was just OK, but it got better with every episode, especially when the "burn notice" arc fully kicked in. The characters are all great, especially when Michael's mother Madeline becomes more and more involved in Michael's cases and he has to deal with her and Fi at the same time. The show is very humorous but it's still an action show and people get killed all the time - but usually not by any of the good guys: Michael is a master "chess player", he usually manages to make the bad boys kill each other, thus solving the problem.
So, that's all folks, no more pilots in the pipeline...
(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on September 28th, 2009)