Monday, January 2, 2012

From LA Examiner: Advance Reviews of 'House of Lies', 'Shameless', 'Californication', & 'The Firm'...


"Mid-Season Preview: Showtime's House of Lies"


Showtime’s newest half-hour comedy, House of Lies, wants to overwhelm your senses with its fast-talking characters, shiny, snazzy suits, SAT word jargon, and overall excessive lifestyle. It’s selling an image, but more importantly, it’s selling the fact that in order to obtain that right image, you need these management consultants to spruce up your own business or individual way of life. Sure, they know how to smile in all of the right places and say all of the right things, but behind their eyes, they are vacant, and maybe even a little sad. And that perfectly sums up how we feel about House of Lies as a whole: a lot of smoke and mirrors to distract you from the fact that there’s not a whole lot of note going on, and these people are pretty deplorable anyway... [MORE]


"Living is anything but easy this "Summertime" on Shameless"


The second season of Shameless starts knee-deep into the summer with the Gallagher kids all gone their separate entrepreneurial ways to keep themselves living in the style to which they have become accustomed. Yes, it’s a little odd to watch them play in the sunshine while we wrap ourselves in blankets for the winter, but the season lends itself to helping us escape with the Gallaghers into their world. And honestly, we’re just happy not to have to catch up on a bunch of experiences they had without us; we get to watch them all play out on screen... [MORE]


"It's a new season of Californication but the same old Hank Moody"

It has been a couple of years since we last saw Hank Moody (David Duchovny) in Californication, but nothing has changed for the man-boy. Though he has been living in New York in his time away from us, and dating a new woman (Natalie Zea) with the same old “casual” motives, he still carries a torch for Karen (Natasha McElhone), and that colors every action, or inaction, as it were. After all this time, we may not have come to expect any less, but we can’t help but constantly check our watches with this one, wondering just when time will run out on Moody (not to mention Californication in general)’s good luck streak... [MORE]


"Mid-Season Preview: NBC’s The Firm"

If NBC’s continuation of the infamous John Grisham work, The Firm, feels long at first glance, well, it’s because it is. The premiere is a special-two hour opener designed to reintroduce fans to the dashing defense attorney Mitch McDeere (now played handsomely by Josh Lucas) and to explain just where he has been since joining witness protection years earlier. Unfortunately, the pilot premiere feels even longer because its opening sequence is a fast-paced chase through Washington D.C. that promises high-octane intensity throughout, but the rest of the piece fails to live up to those few moments. Without balancing the 24-esque elements with the typical law procedural work, The Firm feels disjointed, even if cinematic... [MORE]

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