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Archive for December, 2014

Seeds: 144
Peers: 80
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Black-ish 01x04 torrent
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Good rate: 6 Bad rate: 1

Review: This series might not start off great, but it has certainly won me over. Despite its title, it doesnt make everything about race (in fact deals little with race at all), but instead skillfully and hilariously considers how self-identification and values change trans-generationally. I did not give the show a 10 star rating since it still needs a little work. Its already one of my favorites and I believe it has the potential to be a great family sitcom. I believe the lower rating it has received here has little to do with the quality of the show and more to do with human tendency to categorize and then refuse to see beyond preconceptions.To tell the truth, I had also dismissed Black-ish when I first heard about it, basing this rejection simply on the title and a very cursory glance at reactionary reviews. The racist in me had immediately lumped this show together with the likes of UPN classics Moesha and Girlfriends, shows which I never cared much for. I was therefore pleasantly surprised after I watched the first episode on Hulu…and then the second, and then subsequently caught up with all the currently available episodes (seven at the time of this review) within a day.First off, the cast grows on you quickly. Initially, the family seemed a little oddball in how it was put together. But that went away within an episode or two, when the family dynamic was a bit more apparent. The children are adorable and I finally appreciate how beautiful Tracee Ross is (I guess I was previously blinded by my profound crush on Persia White in Girlfriends). Ross portrayal of her character is refreshingly playful; I wouldnt have known she had it in her. The writers should probably have a consulting doctor, though. It annoys me, how unrealistic the portrayal of her profession is.Anthony Andersons lead character is not perfect, but is on its way up. The character had started off a little unrefined but I am fully confident the writers will make full use of Andersons talent as the show progresses. But Laurence Fishburne as Pops has to be my favorite casting decision. Hopefully he wont be too busy to stop by every once in a while. Another notable side character that I must mention is Deon Coles Charlie. Ill just abbreviate by calling him hilarious.Now, the controversy/hoopla surrounding the show. There are, of course, those who think that the show perpetuates stereotypes about black people, that it demeans them or tries to declare what attributes define black culture. It doesnt help that even the title of the show brings those thoughts to the forefront of the mind. Im not black, and therefore cannot say definitively that this show isnt offensive to any specific category of people. But I honestly feel that the writers are trying to do a good thing here. They do more to try to break stereotypes than disseminate them; and they manage to do this, for the most part, in clever ways that dont look too forced. I dont feel like Im being asked to laugh at caricatures like with other sitcoms.But critics might say, Why do they even have to broach the subject of race? Why cant they be a successful family which happens to be black? If the show didnt mention race at all, but instead chronicled the comedic hijinks of an affluent family (which happens to be black), and had a completely innocuous title, there would be critics up in arms about the show being ashamed/afraid of celebrating black culture. I dont think The Cosby Show or Family Matters work as rebuttals to that argument – those were products of a different era, one before the fracturing of network television and before relegation of black interest shows to pigeonholed networks.Anyway, you cant please everybody. Im happy to say that this show pleases me. The show makes me reflect on how my cultural and racial identity has shaped how I perceive myself and others. It definitely makes me think about how my upbringing and self-identity differs from that of my parents, and how my childrens upbringing and self-id…

Seeds: 109
Peers: 98
Genre: Action, Drama
Starring: Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Scorpion 01x12 torrent
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Good rate: 20 Bad rate: 4

Review: It seems odd to me that youd have a show where geniuses solve problems using science and engineering with this many glaring errors. Im not sure if the writers simply chose to ignore their technical advisors or no one actually thought to hire any, but the end result is laughable either way.To be honest, some of the stuff they try on the show even laymen should know wouldnt work. Without going into spoiler-y detail, they try to connect to a Wi-Fi network to download a file, and they need it to happen in (a lot) less than one second. When has anyone ever managed to connect to a Wi-Fi network in under a second, let alone download something from it? Fine, maybe the writers of this show dont have a Wi-Fi at home, but theyve probably been in a Starbucks at some point in their lives (writing terrible teleplays, no doubt). They should know better.The acting really is pretty good, but it doesnt help much when every other thing they say is gibberish.

Seeds: 148
Peers: 86
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Starring: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

The Following 03x02 torrent
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Good rate: 8 Bad rate: 3

Review: The only reason Ive been watching this since episode 1 is in some blind hope of a miraculous recovery. Unfortunately theres no sign of it, every episode is as bad as the previous ones, or even worse. Finally Im giving up.Shockingly superficial developments, lack of the slightest resemblance of rationality and unbelievable/unrelatable characters, no patience with the writing. It seems more like theatre than TV, everything is exaggerated to a point of hilarity. No subtlety, its all very quickly done with little appreciation of human nature. Tries to live off its shock value, both in the gratuitous violence and the ridiculously simplistic unrealistic developments and characters.To me the acting is also poor, especially of the followers, they are so theatrical, doesnt suit motion picture. Kevin Bacon is also unimpressive but theres not much he could have done with the lousy script. Its all very lifeless.Very disappointing, spend your time watching some insightful documentaries instead.Id feel guilty giving it 1 out of 10, after all I did struggle through a few episodes. So I give it 3, cos Im having a good day.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SASKATCHEWAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
The Annual General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Railroad Historical Association, operators of the Saskatchewan Railway Museum, will be held January 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Palace Theatre meeting room at the Western Development Museum 2610 Lorne Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A regular membership meeting will immediately follow the adjournment of the AGM.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BUSINESS
SASKATCHEWAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
In accordance with the Bylaws notice is required for any special business considered at the Annual General Meeting. Therefore notice is hereby given that the “Strategic Plan” will be submitted for ratification at the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Railroad Historical Association. A copy of the Strategic Plan is attached to this notice.

AWARDS
SASKATCHEWAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
The Annual Awards Ceremony will be held at the start of the Annual General Meeting.

NO-HOST DINNER
SASKATCHEWAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
An informal no-host dinner will be held at a local restaurant following the AGM and regular membership meeting. If you (and guests) are interested in attending the no-host dinner please contact Cal at 306-683-0018 calvinsexsmith@sasktel.net by January 16, 2013.

 

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