Stupid film is Stupid.

I actually don’t mean the title of this post in the way that you think I do. I’m not about to start talking about another Will Ferrell comedy. I’m going to talk about the 2008 film Keith.

Sometimes in life a story resonates with you so much that you can’t get it out of your head. Keith has done that for me. Admittedly when I hired it from the video store I wasn’t expecting great things, Jesse McCartney was the key selling point for me on this movie (DON’T JUDGE ME!). But I was surprised. Very surprised.

Brief synopsis: Keith is a teenage boy, about whom we know very little. Natalie on the other hand we know a lot about. She’s the captain of nearly every club at school, star tennis player, and on the track to getting a $10 000 scholarship to Duke. Then Keith and Natalie become lab partners.

While the rest of the film is slightly predictable there were certain elements that kept me glued. Keith is not at all forthcoming with details about his life, you could say that he’s troubled but that’s not the half of it. And the further Natalie goes to try and find out about Keith, the more distant she becomes from her family, friends and the life she has worked so hard to build. A life she starts to view as pointless.

Jesse McCartney plays the kooky, enigmatic, beguiling Keith superbly, charming the pants of his audience as he seduces his lab partner. Elisabeth Harnois (who, at 29, played an extremely believable teenager) really sinks her teeth into the role of Natalie, a part that could have become affected and stagy in the wrong hands.

Ultimately this isn’t a film that will leave you too soon. Parts of the story will stay with you long after you’ve put the DVD away. Keith rates a 2 on the You, Me and Dupree scale.

 

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Over too soon.

I’ve been enjoying Legend of the Seeker, latelyThe show only lasted 44 episodes, two measly seasons! This is a great show that wasn’t able to fully find it’s place in the viewing schedule. And how could it? The TV guide is so full of Crime Drama (honestly, what’s next? CSI: Artic Circle?) that new shows aren’t truly given the time to become great. It’s either a hit straight away or it’s not going to happen, ever! EVER!

Other excellent shows that only survived 2 years or under:

Wonderfalls. Jaye is drawn into conversations with toys and figurines that tell her to do things. When she refuses they badger into submission, mostly so other people don’t think that she’s crazy! What’s not to love? Underdog main character, cute boy, talking wax lion! When tripe like The Biggest Loser and Wife Swap plague our screens why are shows that are intelligent, humorous and well decorated being canned?

Joss Wheadon created Firefly after the immensely popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A great show with an interesting cast of characters, enough humour, action and romance for anyone. I blame fully the loss of this show on ridiculous reality TV. I do not care if you are a talented singer who just wants a chance to live your dream!  As lead actor Nathan Fillion said: “Why was this show cancelled?” One season wasn’t enough and a movie followed but sadly that is all.

The poor Pie-Maker. In Pushing Daisies, it’s early on that Ned discovers his gift. As a child he accidentally brings his mother back to life with just a touch but quickly realises if he doesn’t touch them again someone else has to die. In his mother’s case it’s his bestfriend, Charlotte’s father. And it is my personal opinion that Olive Snook, singing waitress at Ned’s shop, The Pie Hole, is the most wonderful character in the world.

Bryan Fuller doesn’t have too much luck with his TV shows as Wonderfalls was also his creation.

In a world where great shows like these are cancelled and shows like Pickers, Hard Core Pawn and Swamp People continue to been shown what hope is there that entertainment will ever win out over mindless viewing?

What favourite shows of yours have been cancelled before their prime? Do you know of any shows that maybe should have been cut short much sooner than they went on?