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The Deadliest Season (1977)
6 out of 10 is about right!
6 out of 10 is about right! Not bad, not great, but a made for t v movie. The players actually looked, and skated like hockey players. A player get's cut to the minors, and turns into a violent player to get back into the majors. There is some W H A footage of Whalers, and Jets spliced into the film. If your a hockey purest like me you will appreciate it! We see the hockey politics and the relationship between players which mixes well. Players back then where the hard asses of the non P C
1970's. Where my attitudes has changed over the years with the movie is when the defense man from the minors kills his best friend with a scum bag spear.
The Deadliest Season turns into a court room drama with the player negligence for the death of his best friend with the excuse of playing hard in order to make a living. Me if I had a best friend like the guy who died and did that let's just say I would be a lousy jury. Whaler fans will notice the old H C C and the decal at the ending. 6 stars.
Evel Knievel (1971)
Before safe spaces and P C!
Before safe spaces and P C cancel culture Evel Knievel was made. Today one would never make Evel Knievel with an outlaw anti hero. Knievel was a town trouble maker with dynamite who was in trouble with the law with a 50's greaser style biker bravado. As a kid Knievel was my hero. A guy who spent time in jail who decide to channel the restlessness into stunt shows. We see a time of town pranks/ stunts which would end one up with 5 years jail time now; along with people riding broncos drunk and wondering why the guy died. Knievel was right many people wanted to see the him splatter with each jump. But Knievel had to be Knievel. Not a great movies, probably with over exaggerations but don't let the truth get in the way of a good story. 6 stars.
The temp plate for modern horror!
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is the temp plate for modern horror. Loosely based on a true story! Funny how with out internet, porn etc and all the other modern culture problems there still was deranged minds out there in the good old days. Maybe 24 7 cable news and the internet has something to do with today's inflaming the public into sensory over load. I digress, The Town That Dreaded Sundown strong points is the story of a deranged mask man man terrorizing a community in the 40's. Seem's the police work was solid for what the police had to work with. The story grabs the viewers curiosity. There is some Don Knots humor with the goofy sheriff deputy for levity. The humor falls a bit flat. Like most of the movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown was shot on the cheep and quick, which hurts the movie. Considering the budget the acting and editing is pretty good for this hidden movie. 6 Stars.
The Greatest American Hero (1981)
First I liked the show as a kid then I hated it!
First I liked the show as a kid then I hated it! When I was 12 I found a clumsy Super hero was cool. There was the straight man agent and clumsy blond silly guy team up with his love interest to fight crime. There was bad guys who stolen the super suit and broke his arm. A crooked sheriff who could not hit the clumsy super hero and visits from the strange aliens with bizarre messages. The Aliens where good guys trying to save the planet as the Aliens could not solve their problems as kill there planet. There was also great theme song! What more could on ask! Regrettably after a season and a half the humor part got stale. With out humor The Greatest American Hero just kind of fizzled! 8 first season 4 last season. Give this one a 6.
Better Call Saul: JMM (2020)
This episode kind of just dragged!
JMM episode just kind of dragged! JMM is a filler episode which builds up character development. We find out Nacho has problems and works for Mike now. Gus has backing problems. Sal's marriage is a façade for legal reasons. A cold and empty marriage ceremony. There is the same feel in court when Sal represents a murder and Sal's empathizes for the victims family. I wonder if the cold, distant and detached feel of the J M M episode is deliberate? The ending has Howard Hamlin who is a decent man, with a mix of understanding, character, and real empathy confronts Sal over the job offer. Jimmy can not understand the motives, or decency of Howard and the real Sal/Jimmy comes out. JMM is either a great episode for the acting directing has a cold, disjointed feel or made to well? For myself I found JMM labor some to watch; I found JMM is just too good at being harsh. 6 stars.
Not the best or worst!
Wexler v. Goodman is the episode where we see Kim's youth and mistrust, and a cross roads for Kim and Jimmy. There is Jimmy becoming Sal with a twist in a settlement, which means in a twisted way Jimmy slimes a win and stabs Kim. Sort Jimmy win's a case but the split with Kim is starting. More threw the motions for Mike as Mike become the strong arm for gus. A setup for Nacho's boss come into play. The script is getting a little old. But the beginning let's us see why Kim feel's sorry for hard cases, but has trust issues. 6 stars.
Band of Brothers: Bastogne (2001)
War at it's worst men at their best!
War at it's worst men at their best! Bastongne has Easy Company as the tip of the sphere. Easy Company recovery from a recent battle is stationed at Bastogne; Always forward in a tough and hard way is Easy Comapys experience! Missing men, supplies, and quiet moments mixed with shelling terror is the prelude to the battle of Bastonge; E Company is given the job of Bastonge defense as the German offensive wants the town which is connected to 8 roads. In the quiet there is battle fatigue, an accidental shooting, and a relationship and human side of a medic and nurse. The troops are worried about a new C O who folds under pressure and a hero arrive Spheers who gallantly leads. Spheers running threw enemy fire not once but twice to lead the troops is a high point. The end has a German sniper which show the German will fight in a nasty and there in a gut wrenching chapter for Easy Company. 10 stars.
Better Call Saul: Namaste (2020)
Solid character development episode.
Solid character development episode. Namaste has Kim getting Jimmy to help a defendant which Kim's firm is running out of the old guys home. We see Kim has a soft spot for the under dog which is why Kim love Jimmy! Jimmy is on the case creatively creating delays for the house demolition crew. The viewer learns Jimmy loves his job of the con, which is humorous side of Namaste. Mike is stranded for medical help, and the viewer learns that Mike needs to be kept busy and needs a reason to be. The rest of the minor characters has minor development; the billionaire is a good ol boy, and Gus is a methodical men bent on revenge. Churning the character development builds up the characters and what the characters create. Meaning the character push the story instead of the other way around. 8 stars.
Band of Brothers: Crossroads (2001)
Cross roads has a recount of Winter leading the way on a counter assault after Market Garden. Winter's lives with the cruelty of war with the memory of killing the young SS officer. Re- grouping and taking it easy with a loll in the war is the mid part of Crossroads. Hours of peace is suddenly broken by the German winter attack as the Battle of the Buldge begins. Of course Easy Company will be the tip of the spear again. Crossroads unfolds like reading a book, which create and image in the viewers minds. We see, feel and experience the Crossroads chapter more as in written form then visual, which is original for a T V series. 8 stars
Band of Brothers: Replacements (2001)
Replacements is a good installment. We see you move on and make do with what we got! The Market Garden mission hits heavy German resistance. The public is over joyed, in liberation, while heads shaved of female collaborators. The replacements are treated not to well; a mix of not putting their time in and not wanting to get emotionally attached to anyone. Harshness of battle is mixed in with fear, panic and the need for leadership which Nixon and Winkler provide. Well written, directed, and acted episode. 8 stars.
Band of Brothers: Carentan (2001)
We see what was called German revenge! Every time the German's retreated the chasing army payed a heavy price. After being hit hard of D Day Easy Company has too regroup fight threw hedge row country and take the town of Carentan. Well the division works to help a shell shock troops, injuries and losses, but E company regroups. The viewer sees in a gritty film style with sounds and actions rapped violent combat, which is a sensory over load. The narration mixed into film creates the novel experience. Easy Company is the tip of the spear, and is rewarded with another tough job. The viewers see a company come together and has to movie on. I give Carentan 8 stars.
Band of Brothers: Day of Days (2001)
Day of Days
We seen why Sobel can not lead, and why the men protest and getting Sobel moved is good when Day of Days shows the fog of war. The commanding officer is killed, and new leader is born as Winkler takes command during the D day landing. The mistakes, lost troops and a man who is too afraid is with Winkler draws in the viewer watching Easy Company getting back on track is a great ture story as it un folds. There is a mission to take out big German guns which has a memorable conclusion which stands out for the series. The fighting, mixed with the big budgets of tons of troops tanks and the gritty combat ending is fantastic. Great directing on big sets makes Day of Days a trend setter for modern t v. 9 stars. But the show gets better.
Band of Brothers: Currahee (2001)
A good intro episode!
Currahee is one harsh episode! Captain Sobel is harsh, relentless, and un likeable. Currahee displays training of Easy Company which is pushed harder, longer and tougher. The introduction of the troops, Winkler and the rest of the men creates the feel of the Airborne as the start of a lean machine. The training is seen as harsh, but latter on in the series the viewer see why the training is so tough. Captain Sobel is a great trainer, but Sobel's in securities and personal flaws causes problems with unit. The viewer sees new potential leaders, characters and the cohesion of a group of men into Easy Company, which is pitted against Sobel. The acting, sets, directing is on a big budget level movie level. 9 stars.
Turning point episode!
Turning point episode! The Guy for This slowly, but steadily trugs along season five of the series. Mike's hitting bottom with the baggage of the life Mike chose, but still has the skill set. We know something is happen but what? Kim is finding out the hard ships of being a lawyer. The gritty, ugly part of dealing with people goes with being a lawyer is evident! The real main story is Sal. Sal is called by Nacho to do some work! Nacho is doing deeper work for his boss/Gus and wants his father to leave New Mexico. Sal is now in house messenger for the cartel. There is no choice. Sal tries everything to get out. Money passes and the cartel now owns Sal. Introduction of Hank is entertaining. Memorable episode. The minor characters make The Guy for This! The old disgruntled home owner., the bartender, Hank in interrogation, Sal's car ride and the guy who attacked Mike all look and feel real. The minor details mixed into the main story creates on e fine gritty story. 9 stars.
Better Call Saul: 50% Off (2020)
Building up episode.
Building up episode. 50 percent episode is interesting like watching a neighbor build something. Watching from the window one wonders what is the guy building? Jimmy aka Sal is working to build up a client list, and the cheap rates is causing some trouble. Jimmy's selective morals with lawyer methods is starting to make Kim wonder about Jim! The other building project has Gus giving some Mafi Style motivation to Nacho! Nacho needs motivation to find out more information to help Gus. The motivation makes Nacho a problem solver for the drug operation with fear pushing Nacho needs of Jimmy/Sal help. The details, acting and character development is part of the craft of the building processes which make the series so so entertaining. The scene of Nacho with Gus and the cartel boys is very hard impact on what a pickle Nacho is in. The building of extras and minor character reminds me the of classic show the Sopranos, and give the series movie style feel. 9 stars.
Better Call Saul: Magic Man (2020)
Slow burn episode!
Magic Man is a slow burn episode. Magic Man is character and story development chapter if the series was a book. What works is the past and present are shot in too different modes. The present is in black and white. A reversal of the norm. I believe the black and white shows the bleakness of Sauls present life, and because the present is takes less screen time gives the viewer a mostly color TV show. Saul has a life in hiding, and is noticed as the old Jimmy/Saul. The present is a stewing story. Problems hit the viewer! I ask myself, what will Jimmy do as we see the old Jimmy who seems to weasel out of things. The present has Jimmy turning into Saul with cheap deals, and free cell phones to the creaton who commit crimes. The drug dealers side of the story we see the smarts and games as Gus has a rival. The viewer knows the stories will merge. Well, directed, acted with details which give a feel of realism. Not a P C show, but one with real warts, which makes Magic Man stand out from today's overly cautious T V!
Fantasy Island (2020)
A woke Fantasy Island!
Fantasy Island of my childhood was a kids show! There was an innocents of a show which lasted an hour with plot tie ins, formulated stories of do over, if I won money, and ghost etc. The Fantasy Island movie tries to be edgier, more woke like many modern t v series. More different races and sexual orientation reflecting a difference from the 70's show is the Fantasy Island movie. Trying to shock the audience with change is the movie where there is an added features: The Island is evil, and Mr. Roarke of Ricardo Montalban who is smooth and good is replaced with a slimy Michael Peña as a Mr. Roarke who gives out nightmares, and ulterior motives. There is both straight and gay sexual fantasy on a sex Island, and revenge slasher horror movie Fantasy to woke and spice up the Fantasy Island. There is the plot twists, and all stories going together plot devices to keep the viewers guessing. The new Fantasy Island has a few new twists to the old series. Regrettably many new woke shows have to use shock, un-like-able/annoying modern character, and have to sleaze a story up with drugs, sex and violence for a so so story. The new Fantasy Island in the old days would hit 99 cent bin at the old Block Buster back in the day. 5 stars.
The Ingraham Angle (2017)
Getting better with time!
I did not like The Ingraham Angle when the show first started.The Ingraham Angle was choppy, brash, and disjointed. Just another news show. The show after Hanity. Like all new projects many shows have to work the bugs out and Laura had to find her rhythm and feel. Now after Sean I find I am watching more and more of The Ingraham Angle. Good quests, humor mixed in with sparkly narrative. Then the P V R runs out and I miss the rest. Then I give Ingraham Angle a 3 and now an 8 so over all the show is a 6. Better guests, and some hot reports has also pushed the show up to an 8. Kind of like watching Bill O'Riely from Inside Addition I hated Bill and first, then I started to like Bill as time evolved when watching The Factor.
People don't kill people! Cars kill people!
People don't kill people! Cars kill people! True If the Car is evil and a killing machine like Christine! John Carpenter does a good interpretation of King's book Christine. Good background for the story of the town geek, nerd, who is picked on at high school aka Arnie . Everyone knew a guy like Arnie; it was sad! The audience has a sympathetic character Arnie who is lucky to have a couple good friend which help out aka Leigh and Dennis. Carpenter creates a great foundation for solid story . A gang of friend and the other high school clicks. Un-like most under dog stories of today King and Carpenter have a twist! The car feels Arnies weakness and calls Arnie to her. There is warning about the car's past and death follows. Yes the town bullies are bad, and want to keep Arnie down, but Arnie evokes her and becomes more evil and refuses to listen to his caring friends. A car on a terror with an understanding of Arnie who likes being strong and is not pushed around anymore goes into the evil world of Carpenters directing. Effects, mixed with music creates Carpenter horror style feel of the car from hell. Like Halloween and The Thing the Car creeps, hunts, as we have many accidents as the body counts keeps rolling up. The speedometer goes down as the car repairs itself, with a plot twist and a final show down for an exciting story. Will the lead characters who meet Christine in a final show down survive? A good adaptation of King's work. 7 stars.
The Stand (1994)
I did not mind The Stand!
I did not mind The Stand! What works here is: Unlike The Dark Tower, The Stand was a T V mini series which let the whole story develop and un fold. Tower and Stand are very long books, which can no be condensed into 2 or 3 hour movie, which kills the slow burn story. Un-like today's P C movies The Stand just has characters which reflect good flawed characters. Humans who behave flawed, and with out a social message. Envy, rage, compassion, all balled up into the human condition as the public is hit with a killer flu. The Stand's characters react realistically to a disaster situations which would cause a societal collapse. There is the social/spiritual ramifications of a societal Armageddon, the survivors break into two groups one good and one evil, with Spiritual leaders. Great actors,who create believable sub stories which push a story line of what will happen next. What does not work: Well if you see The Stand a second time there is no tension of knowing what will happen next. Great for a t v mini series. 7 stars.
The Untouchables (1959)
Watchable old show!
Watchable old show! When I endured insomnia, back in the day, when we had the Detroit feed! All we had was infomercials on. Infomercials on Exercise equipment, bras, and the anthem sign off was all that was on. Except, for The Untouchables! Well the Untouchables is a cheesy old show, but in retrospect not bad either. Once a Radio show The Untouchables starts with a narration with back ground info on the bad guy. There is many notable up coming actors like Brian Keith, Jame Coburn etc who match up against Robert Stack(before Unsolved Mysteries) aka Elliot Ness and the crew. The acting and story build up of 1920's Chicago was good. The Untouchables being and old show had the usual old cliches of bunch breaks happening at the right time. A few corny old lines. The ending shoots out are choreographed not as well as today's shows, but I also believe police procedures have evolved with better procedures then back then. Watchable when one has insomnia. Thankfully there was something to watch back then. Stack rocks as Ness. 7 stars.
T V ish!
T V ish formulated episode with an edge. Inn at the End of the Road has a strong beginning with good back ground development. Small town, steamy romance, jokes, stories, and small town characters create Inn at the End of the Road's back ground. The middle part has the formulated heist with the typecast evil characters. Events lead up to the bad guys being holed up in a small town while Airwolf searches for a stolen super wiz device which turns any aircraft in to a terminator drone. There is a plot twist and a few sad moments and the comic book stand final. The final is Airwolf vs the terminator chopper. Watchable, but forgettable. 5 stars.
Airwolf: Santini's Millions (1985)
Santini's Millions is a play on the 84 moive Brewster's millions, with the famous Howard Hughs will story line. Santini helps a crash victim, while delivering on an important mission. A surprise will meeting for Santini and a board meeting Santini on a mission. Santini being ethical at board meeting creates a conspiracy and a young women needing to be saved. There is a surprise plot twist and some Airwolf action. Watchable. 5 stars.
The Saint (1962)
Kind of lame by today's standards.
Kind of lame by today's standards. Plot holes, see threw stunts, but Roger Moore shines and makes a good show. I use to love watching this show on late night re-runs as a young boy. The back up cast for The Saint was great. I always though that's Jame's Bond in training. What worked with The Saint tv series from the 60's was the bizarre and ray out story-lines. Like the games the super villains would play. Like the you have just been murdered episode with the 3 chances, and die or pay extortion episode. I never know what would happen next, but like a good Sherlock Holmes episode we knew The Saint was up to the task. Trickery, deception, and just out right smarts and The Saint would figure out something. 7 stars.
Airwolf: Random Target (1984)
Cheesy! The Soprano's meets an attack helicopter! Random Target has it all for an 80's action adventure show. Hawk and Dom do some aerial footage work for competitor in Hollywood, and take photo's unknowing to the duo of a mob hideout. There is a mystery element. Why? What? Where? as murders and fires happen! We get the type cast mob guys in the middle. Well written and directed with the usual over the top Airwolf feel. What works for Random Target is the plot twists with the ending! There is a St Valentine massacre plot twist and awesome Airwolf action. Cheesy but in a good way. My buddy Tony got a huge laugh at the massacre, and always pointed out the plot holes. Hey it's a tv show I would reply. Random Target is fun to watch! 7 stars.