In this week’s “For You Renting Pleasure” we’re celebrating the letter B with Beasts of the Southern Wild and Butter. Sesame Street would be so proud. [Read more...]
Ever since I was little and I fell witness to a horrifying story about a raging fire on the news I have had a strong aversion to that form of broadcast. And unless it is riddled with sarcastic references to current events, such as The Colbert Report or Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, it is still a rare occasion for me to sit through a show. Thank goodness I am a strong individual with the capability of separating movies from reality or else I would not have been able to sit through this entertaining film. And I would also be living in fear of zombie outbreaks, but that’s neither here nor there…
I’m glad you asked tagline on poster, the story goes a little something like this: After being fired from her job at a local New Jersey news station Becky must start over towards reaching her goal of becoming a producer for a top rung news show. [Read more...]
Morning Glory is a funny (if a tad uninspired) tale about the rejuvenating of a morning news show that does fairly well till a perplexing third act almost ruins a potentially very fine piece of entertainment.
Now if I was a well versed critic I would probably start by writing this film off as paling in comparison to such classic “news” movies, like Network or Broadcast News, but I haven’t seen those movies so just know that going forward. Morning Glory follows a young and aspiring producer, Becky, who thinks she is about to get her big break at a local New Jersey affiliate when she is fired instead of being promoted. Scrambling for a job, Becky, talks her way into the executive producer job at the number four morning show in the country. The show, DayBreak, is struggling and at risk of folding so Becky recruits an off the air, but under contract, legend at the station, Mike Pomeroy, who is getting paid to do nothing. Grumpy and difficult, Pomeroy, is awkwardly thrown into this morning mix as Becky tries to get him and the ratings to boost.
Community – “Pilot” (Thurs. @ 9:30/8:30c – NBC)
Community follows a group of people who, for various reasons, find themselves at a community college. Though I have to wonder what different situations they can go through from episode to episode, I doubt this is going to be the main concern. Instead, like The Office, as random as the plots will probably be to liven up these semi-boring settings, this is going to be a character driven comedy more than anything else. As it is said in the opening speech: “What is community college? Well, you’ve heard all kinds of things. You’ve heard it’s loser college, or remedial teens, 20 something dropouts, middle age divorcees, and old people, keeping their minds active as they circle the drain of eternity…” These are just a few of the characters presented in this first episode, and though most fill a stereotypical role of the many students found in this learning setting, their representation is anything but boring in this show. [Read more...]