Monthly Archives: November 2012

30 Rock (2006 – 2013)

For some reason 30 Rock never appealed to me until recently when I was clicking through Netflix’s watch instant sitcoms. Netflix said I would like it 4 stars and Netflix is rarely wrong and with TV shows I have a 5-6 episode policy where if I’m not entertained enough by then I’m out. This has bit me in the ass before… (Parks and Recreation Season 1 but don’t worry I came back while the 3rd season was airing and love that show now.) This was not the case with 30 Rock at all.

I know for some I’m not breaking new ground here but 30 Rock is a smart and extremely well done comedy. Tina Fey who plays Liz Lemon and Tracy Morgan who plays Tracy Jordan are excellent as the head writer and talent of The Girlie Show aka TGS. TGS is a SNL-like sketch comedy show Tracy stars in with co-star to a lesser extreme Jenna Maroney played by Jane Krakowski. Alec Baldwin plays Jack Donaghy the new network exec. and Liz’a boss with a suitcase full of relationship and mother issues. Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, and Jack McBrayer also play very entertaining roles on this hit show.

The show often carries a storyline from episode to episode and stays consistently well written through the entire season. If you haven’t watched this show yet and was hesitant like I was… get to it! Netflix has 6 seasons up now and the 7th and final season is airing now on NBC at 7 pm central. It is also available on Hulu Plus on a laptop or computer, the iPhone app. will not work for this show yet.

Number of Seasons – 7

Rating – A

Recommend it – Yes

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Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln is biographical film based around Abraham Lincoln and his decision to emancipate the slaves during the Civil War. The film stretches out to 2 hours and 30 minutes and by stretches I mean a very slow burn with little punch. Not the greatest movie going experience thanks to a pair of “ladies” and a 10 minute nap I took midway through the film. Nothing worse than feet with no shoes on on top of the seat ahead of them, texting, talking, cracking of a water bottle smuggled in, and laughing at things having nothing to do with the film. The nap was pleasant though.

It’s a very strong and deep cast filled with faces from hit TV shows paired with some of actings greats. It all starts with Daniel Day-Lewis’s strong performance as Abraham Lincoln. Anyone else as Lincoln and I might have checked out and had a whole new opinion on this film. He won me over instantly with his uncanny ability to make the character his and I wouldn’t be shocked if he was up for some awards for his performance. Even though these two are considered great actors I thought Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln were distractingly bad. Sally Field might win an award on WE or the Lifetime channel for her performance but it didn’t cut it for the big screen and Tommy Lee Jones had a pretty important role in this film but it just felt like there was no heart or effort put into this character. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who I love, was put into the film as Lincoln”s son Robert and had a small and meaningless storyline. The family drama his character brought felt very forced and unneeded. The fight for votes to emancipate the slaves during the Civil War was enough drama for this film. James Spader and John Hawkes brought some much needed comedic humor in their great performances as W.N. Bilbo (Spader) and Robert Latham (Hawkes.)

The film was beautifully shot and Daniel Day-Lewis gave us a very strong performance. The pace of it was like I said, a very slow burn with little punch. By “little punch” I’m not saying it needed a big surprise ending… that would be foolish being it’s a biopic and based on a true story. I just wasn’t able to fully buy into what I was watching even though I tried to several times. I needed some Civil War scenes showing the war going on while Lincoln fights his own political war to right one of Americans worst wrong doings. All in all I did enjoy this film.

Rating – B

Recommend it – Yes

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