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Race with the Devil (1975)
Every had a bad vacation, this one's worse!
Race with the Devil is a bad vacation on steroids'. Like Deliverance except trying to escape with a canoe the vacationers use an R V. Well Oats and Fonda, are part of the motorcycle track business in need of a vacation. With the wives, and a cute dog the vacationers head out to the middle of no where just like Deliverance. Just like Deliverance the holidayers head out to a creepy area but in West Texas. Why is it always Texas in these movies? I digress! Having fun, and drinking in the middle of no where the two guys notice what look like a wild party which turns into a Satanic sacrifice. Trying to look for help, in a creepy town the protagonist have a vacation from hell. A Road Warror movie, while trying to head out to Aspen. Well directed, acted and written. 8 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Squeeze Play (1983)
I like this comic episode.
Squeeze play starts out with a card game and Robin Masters and a Playboy type of guy. A loud over the top playboy is right out of a pulp fiction novel. Robin nest and Higgen's will be destroyed if Robin loses the card game as the bet is upped to include Robin nest. After the lost the bet is doubled with Magnum's baseball team vs the playboys team. Magnum needs to find a ringer to help. The over top Pulp Fiction turns into a comedy. I will not ruin the episode, but one the most fun episode to watch. 8 stars.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Ages well. Saw this oldie many times as a kid in the 1970's and down loaded this one off cable and hey it's still good. Michael Crichton has a space virus rides on a satellite and hits a small town and many are dead. Not only is there no H B O, but opening the satellite cause the military to send a team to the area. What makes The Andromeda Strain work is there's an semblance of a top team, which picks the satellite up and there is a secret underground base that the Andromeda Strain goes too in order to figure out what it is and what we can do about it? There is a nuke countdown if it tries to escape. A awesome mystery I will say not more. Just watch it. Well written and directed. 7 stars.
Another tech Michael Crichton film!
Another tech Michael Crichton film, which is just okay. Well as a kid, mom and dad took me to the drive in to see this. Now on t v down loud down I seen Runaway again. What works well the idea of cops who chase runaway robots is cool; But what does not work is well why not just call tech guy to fix it. Well there is this evil guy Luther (Simmons) who helps creates cruse missiles bullets, and chips which makes robots go psycho. Well cool idea which works, but gets a bit lame. Well the woke crowd will get upset the Sexy Magnum P I Tom Selleck is the night in shining armor for the female partner. Save the gal, and gets the girl formula of the old Magnum series. The bad guy and Selleck have a final show down, which is formulated; what's cool here these evil spider robots have Selleck in a predicament never seen on Magnum P I. Predictable with cool stuff , but not cool enough. 6 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Distant Relative (1983)
Story about friends.
Magnum must baby sit Rick's sister and the brother is very over protective. Magnum gets ditched and the sister is found dead. As the story unravels so does Rick who becomes vengeful and Magnum discovers Rick's sister is not so innocent. To make a long story short Magnum must go to Ice Pick for help, which is a memorable scene. A memorable ending. 7 stars.
Old school P I vs modern.
Luther Gillis is a P I who is right out of the Mike Hammer series. Luther fights, talks though, and hardedge with everything. Luther says I work alone as Magnum's crosses Gillis path. There is fights, surveillances, and comic banter between the two protagonists, which is very old school P I formula. Of course there is a plot twists. Luther Gillis File is a must see for Sam Spade and Mike Hammer fans. Watchable. 6 stars. Myself I thought Luther was a jerk.
Magnum, P.I.: Home from the Sea (1983)
Character development story.
Home from the Sea is a character development story of Magnum's life. Magnum the health enthusiast is paddle boating and hit by some jerks wake, due to dangerous boating. Has to guess where the boat is and guesses wrong and has to paddle. The viewer learns about Magnum's father and what makes Magnum tick. There is a funny feeling that something is wrong and a connection between friends so! Rick, T C, and Higgens must figure where Magnum is. A memorable episode. 7 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: The Big Blow (1983)
Well it's an interesting episode.
The Big Blow is an interesting episode. I mean interesting episode in a good way. The Big Blow is a version of those Christie murder mysteries. A hurricane storm, home invasion, and a house party is in the mix. As time moves on Magnum tries to foil a murder plot for Robben Masters. 1983 is one of the best years for the series, and the viewer is glued to the plot twists just like the old 70's mysteries show based of the classics. Well written, directed and acted. 7 stars.
The Art of the Steal (2013)
Well started out bad but ended better!
The Art of the Steal well Russel can steal any scene. The Art of the Steal beginning starts out like a Guy Richie film. Memories, films goes back and forth like a Guy Richie film. Getting the old group back, and humor like a Richie film but the film lacks Richie story depth. Some of the humor is just dumb. Russel, and Damon keeps the film together with strong acting. The Art of the Steal picks up steam as we wonder what will happen next? What is the plan?/ which turns outs to be a revenge film. Well The Art of the Steal is a bit of a steal for the viewer who has higher expectation, but watchable. 6 stars.
Well and all right t v movie!
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory is all right for a t v movies. Decent sets, budgets, and well the story is history itself. I have low expectations for t v movies, and this one is done by the numbers. Well I can follow the story. The actors are good. But and there is a but here nothing really stands out. Entertaining, but I would not watch it again. 6 stars.
Magnum's little voice.
Magnum is thinking about his little voice. There is a Nam beginning where a pilot breaks rules a helps Magnum out. A plane crashes in Maters pool and the pilot believes something suspicious is amidst. Back in Texas the pilot is finding out what is going on and putting together the Texan's personal life. A nice balance while Magnum is on the case in the Island. I like the Two Birds of a Feather for the ending is memorable. Magnum evens the scale. 6 stars. Not the memorable, but a sentimental episode.
Magnum, P.I.: Birdman of Budapest (1983)
I like this one
Birdman of Budapest has it all! There is an old Masters friend who needs to find a guy. Magnum is set on a missing person case. There is cold war intrigue as the man is hiding from the Hungary up rising of 58. There is many parrots in the episode, and my parrot lover wife enjoyed the moments. Well written directed with the usual Higgens humor. Magnum get on top of the mystery. A memorable ending with the parrot. A memorable episode. 8 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Basket Case (1983)
Like the bad news bears meet Magnum.
There is a story of a streetwise girl with basketball skill, and team Magnum needs a star player against T C team. Robin Master team is represented by Magnum. Well there is a side story with the streetwise gal. Will the gal make the right choice> A sweet kid story for the younger fans. Well written and directed. Still a sappy story. 6 stars.
Don't Breathe 2 (2021)
Not as good as the first!
Don't Breathe 2 is the prequel for Don't Breathe. There is the daughter who is not the blind guy's daughter with a plot twist of who's evil and not! Well there is some scares and chases. Yes there is evil plans and a plot twists. Well directed and acted, but missing the strong story of the original. Don't Breath 2 is just another part 2 movie. Forgettable but watchable.
The Return of Frank Cannon (1980)
Well I missed this years ago!
Well I miss The Return of Frank Cannon years ago as a I child, and caught it now on the net. All I can say is I am happy I miss the show back then. Well Robert Conrad is a good grouchy character. Conrad's questions, follow ups make a by the numbers detective story. Well the script is predictable. A few locations to skip around and the ringer story twist with a character is okay. I like the airplane blade ending, which could not save The Return of Frank; Cannon's (Conrad's) dialogue make the tv movie bearable, but Conrad was to old and slow to save this one. 4 stars.
Not of the series!
Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again to old, no story, and the actors took the money and run! I believe this was a low budget take on Simon & Simon, which is made in Canada cheap export. Short on story, with B level actors. Not much on story here people. The days of the Simon bothers cons is not in this T V movie. No really plot twists in this projected plot T V movie. Much wooden acting from b support actors which adds nothing to this story. Skip over this dog of a t v movie, which had little to do with the successful series.
Magnum, P.I.: Of Sound Mind (1983)
Of Sound Mind is a humorous episode. There is a rich jerk who gives Magnum a rich inheritance of 50 million. There is high society, money grubbers, and a practical joker millionaire with no concerns with others for comedy gold. The banter with the family and rich crowd with the out of fish Magnum is hilarious. T C and Rick suck up so bad to Magnum is also funny. The part where Magnum with a broke leg tries to chase someone in a armor suit is the best. Well a haunted house, and a mystery keeps the viewer watching. The ending is fitting. I like Of Sound Mind and would be in top 5.
Shot Caller (2017)
Excellent film! Shot Caller has a social message without a social message. There is non violent man entering the penial system leaving a better criminal. Wondering if house arrest would have been better? Shot Caller has a business man who is a family man. A tragic distracted car accident but the protagonist in jail. The harden prisoners watching the new the protagonist. Our protagonist see what happens weak, and we see the primal human animal operate in prison. Survival and looking after his family is the protagonist life. As the film evolves we see him change. From businesses man into the Shot Caller. Well directed, acted and scripted. Netflix had one good movies. Just a story with out any over dramatics. There is the cops, prison guards, and the Aryan nation and the prison. Worth watching. 8 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Almost Home (1982)
Well if you want to skip an episode.
Well if you want to skip an episode. Not a bad episode Magnum's client is annoying and take away form the story. There is the usual Magnum investigation, hoods. Chases, fights and a good patriotic ending. I did not mind Almost Home. There is a personal message which is okay, but not a memorable episode. 6 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Mixed Doubles (1982)
Not bad, but entertaining!
Mixed Doubles is a comic episode. There is double matches with Rick etc with pretty females. Much tennis humor, snobby humor, and Higgens and Magnum humor. What works is Magnum thinks am I being played for publicity or is there a real case here. There is plot twist and the all issue tie up ending. Make for the usual T V plot. Not bad six stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Mr. White Death (1982)
This episode is kind of lame, but watchable.
Mr. White Death episode is lame, but watchable. What work is there is a mysterious start in Miami 30 years earlier. Then Magnum has a job which gets Rick and T C suckered into and Mr. White Death saved the day. Magnum is on a case for a missing person for White Death. Because Magnum owes the wrestler a solid. Ernest Borgnine does a melodramatic role with humor and sappy sentimental story. Higgens gets alone with Mr White Death which makes for humor, and the fight with T C and Rick if funny. There is a story turn around with Borgnine characters past which fill the story. Sappy but likeable ending. 6 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Foiled Again (1982)
A who done it!
P B S style who done it English mystery Magnum. There is foreground of the old boarding school and Higgens fighting with a rival. A jerk who has hurt Higgens over the years. There is a mystery murder which has the perfect frame for Higgens. What works here is Magnum like all the detective's in Christies novels must deduct all the clues. Magnum hits the 80's style way of solving the case. Well written, and acted. The director creates a great who done it feel to Foiled Again. Not my favorite, but in the top 10. 8 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Black on White (1982)
The Halloween episode.
I really like Black on White the Magnum Halloween episode. There is a Sherlock Holmes beginning. The middle has a humorous part where Magnum and Higgens share Magnum's quarantine guest room. The odd couple at best. There is a full moon, the hunt, and a stalker which gives the director's creativity full liberty. Like all horror movies Higgens retells the story of revenge which is the details of any good 80's horror movie. I will not give the ending away, but there is a 80's shocker style ending with Black on White. Any 80's horror fan will like this episode. 8 stars.
Magnum, P.I.: Past Tense (1982)
Exciting! Lose the surprise Magnum.
Exciting! Revenge episode. T C get highjacked with Higgens for a prison break. There is jungle, gun running, and double crosses and revenge. I like the plot twists. Magnum has to be smart but is also lucky. Rick regrettably is the comic relief as Rick get the short end of one of Magnum's plans. Well written, directed and acted. For a change Higgns long winded stories help T C out lol. 8 stars.
A mystery detective episode.
The Eighth Part of the Village is a mystery detective episode. Higgen's most pay a war debt of a friend. There is a women in a crate. Higgen's friend must arrives. T C, Rick, and Magnum are on the job. Magnum follows another girl because all the pieces do not fit. Magnum must do some detective work and reasonable deductions to figure the mystery out before it's too late. A good detective episode. No Rockford but good. 8 stars.