M. D. Anderiesz

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (249 of 348)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 154,788 - Total Helpful Votes: 249 of 348
24: Season Five DVD Collection [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Kiefer Sutherland
24: Season Five DVD Collection [DVD] DVD ~ Kiefer Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch, 1 Dec 2011
Everyone has their favourite 24 'day', but having just watched this again I've no doubt this is the best of the lot. Obviously, there's the usual log-jam of thrills, twists and shocks - including the alarming attack on CTU. But what really raises this series over the rest are the characters - particularly the pairing of Greg Itzin who channels Nixon brilliantly as the all-too-human President Logan, and Jean Smart as his borderline-fruitcake First Lady - together they steal every scene they appear in and add a real emotional core to this series that the others lack. And for a show not noted for its great dialogue, there's an exchange between Logan and the ever-reliable Aaron Pierce (Glenn… Read more
How Not to Write a Sitcom: 100 Mistakes to Avoid I&hellip by Marc Blake
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Apart from being a very funny guy indeed (you may have seen him on the standup comedy circuit as 'Helmut - Germany's funniest comedian') Blake is also a gifted and knowledgeable writer. To those of us who have tried (and failed) to get our sitcom noticed by the handful of commissioning editors and production companies who eventually send perfunctory refusals, this book is a sobering but invaluable wake-up call. Why didn't it work? What could we have done better? Why did all our best gags mysteriously turn up on 'Mock the Week' 2 months later?

OK, that last question isn't answered (presumably for legal reasons) but pretty much everything else you need to know is in here somewhere… Read more
District 9 [DVD] [2009] <b>DVD</b> ~ Sharlto Copley
District 9 [DVD] [2009] DVD ~ Sharlto Copley
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi comes of age, 6 Nov 2010
Everyone told me to watch this, but for some reason I never got round to it till now. My mistake, because this is a simply great movie.

As others have said, the documentary style is perfectly suited to the interwoven themes of exploitation, refugees and ethnic cleansing, but what rarely gets mentioned is the quality of the acting. Sharlto Copley who plays the movie's main character Wikus is simply extraordinary - funny, complex and totally believable, it's one of those rare performances where you forget it's an actor and simply accept him as a real person - flaws and all. In fact, if the Oscars ever gave Sci Fi the attention it often deserves, here would be your Best Actor 2010… Read more

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