For fans of The West Wing (that have been unsatisfied over the years with television that just can’t live up to it), Aaron Sorkin gave us something that will satisfy us all! If only for a short period of time. The Newsroom is an HBO series written and created by Aaron Sorkin, It follows Jeff Daniels and his new team of reporters on an endevour to bring integrity back to journalism. Sadly, due to disagreements and writing problems it was reduced to a twenty-five episode series. Which, if you think about it, is a single season of most television shows. But, what this show brings you in three seasons, is fantastic and grabs you immediately and consistently. Being that it is based out of a news room, it touches on the modern issues, such as the Boston marathon and deep water horizon. The first season of this show is one of the best seasons of television I have ever seen, nearing the superb quality of the first season on Friday Night Lights. The second season is quite convoluted, all over the place, and sometimes hard to follow. It jumps around in time and I will be honest, I got a little lost. Despite that, I still binge watched it in a day. Season three, being only six episodes, is mainly wrap up and tying up loose ends before cancellation. Everything progresses nicely through and I was happy with how they ended it despite being unhappy it had to end. Jeff Daniels is fantastic, showing an acting quality I didn’t previously know he had even possessed. Emily Mortimer plays opposite him and they play off each other very well. This show has many, many other characters that all do their job very well and are all equally abstract and three dimensional as the last. The one who really stands out though, to me at least, is John Gallegher Jr who plays Jim Harper. Jim Harper is senior producer of ‘News Night’ (the news show they air) and BASICALLY Jim Halpert from “The Office”. I will tell you now though, this show is very political. It doesn’t advertise it as such, but it is created by Aaron Sorkin, a very active member of the Democratic party, and it is really obvious in this show. If you do not agree with the views of the party, but can look past that, you will enjoy it just as much! This show may have been short lived, but it didn’t limit it all in my mind. If anything, it prevented it from running out of ideas and remaining fresh.
So this is the the first review I am writing since my hiatus for 5 weeks. I had a good number of reviews post while I was gone that were pre-written, but this is my first one writing since being back. It’s very exciting! The other day I went to see The Martian. I was only able to see it in 3D and at first I was a little disappointed about that. The last movie I saw in 3D was Green Hornet and it was shit, so not a good reference point on my part… I am VERY happy I saw this in 3D! I will get to the movie as a whole in a moment but for right now I would like to urge you to see this in 3D if possible. Very little of the movie actually popped out, and what did (such as the HUD on the helmet) was done perfectly. More so what it did was add depth to the vast, beautiful landscape of mars. It was truly an amazing visual experience! Now, on to the movie. The movie was fucking spectacular, lets just get that out of the way. I have nothing bad to say about this movie, so if you want to know literally nothing about it stop reading now and go to your theater. As many of you know the movie follows Mark Watney after he is abandoned on a mars mission, assumed dead. He has to work to survive here for 4 years with enough supplies to last him a month. The first thing I noticed is that the movie takes no time getting to the point, with his crew leaving him behind within the first 15 minutes. The next thing I noticed is that this movie is hilarious. It could have easily been a depressing movie about a mans loneliness on mars. But its not, it’s hilarious. Watney jokes about farming in his own shit, dipping his food in Vicodin, and the terrible taste of music his captain has. The dark humor in this is hilarious. As hilarious as this movie is, it is very suspenseful. One minute you are having a grand old time watching him find a new way to survive on Mars, the next you are holding your breath, sweating your ass off hoping he doesn’t die. Its amazing. Though this movie is mostly carried by Matt Damon himself, the supporting cast is great as well. With a superb lineup of Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels (one of my favorites in this), Micheal Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofer, and Donald Glover, the moments on the space ship and Earth are just as entertaining as those on Mars. This movie is in my all time top 10 list easily. Though its a visual experience you don’t want to miss, I would enjoy watching it at home on my laptop. That, in my book, makes it a great movie.
The Martian is the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon who appears to have trapped himself on yet another planet. I’m stoked for this, I realize I say that a lot, but that is kind of the job of a trailer. This however is based on a book that comes highly recommended from every person I have talked to that read it. In fact, I went straight to the library to check it out right after seeing the trailer. Now… The Martian is about Mark Watney, who after getting stranded on Mars when the mission evacuates, has to survive 4 years with only 31 days of supplies. How? Well in his words he will “Science the shit out of it”. I’m very happy that this trailer doesn’t fail in the aspect that most do. As is the case with most trailers, you watch the ENTIRE movie in three minutes. In this I feel like you see about 3/4, which while still unfavorable, is better than knowing the damn ending! The cast is happily stacked with names such as Damon, Wig, Bean, Glover, Daniels, and Scott. ($50 says that Sean Bean dies on the rescue mission.) Even though stellar casts don’t make good movies, such as my recently reviewed trailer, “Aloha”, I have a lot of confidence in this. I hope for all fans, I am not let down.