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"Archie Bunker's Place"
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Billy Bob Thornton
White Boy Rick (2018)
"White Boy Rick" is a true story set in the 1980's about a 15-year old Detroit teen who worked undercover for the FBI as a drug dealer. Matthew McConaughey (in an excellent, Oscar-worthy performance) plays the boy's father.
The film is consistently interesting and has excellent 1980's atmosphere. Well worth watching. Richie Merritt is also impressive as the title character.
The one criticism is that Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie are underused.
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Even if Will Smith would have been in it, still would've sucked
"Independence Day: Resurgence" is an absolutely awful sequel to the classic 1996 summer blockbuster. Most of the original cast returns (save for Will Smith, whose character is killed off in the story). Even Robert Loggia makes a brief welcome appearance in the beginning of the film. It was his last film role.
Despite all the returning cast members, the film feels badly edited and rushed into completion. Another major problem is the story doesn't allow the viewer to care about the characters very much (unlike the original which had a ton of likable and appealing characters).
Besides the visual effects (including the awesome gigantic alien queen), the only other saving grace of the film is Brent Spiner as Dr. Okun. Spiner had an amusing part in the first film but very minimal screen time. Quite the opposite in the sequel (he has a ton of screen time). But these few positives are not enough to make this film worth your time and hard-earned cash.
Tight Spot (1955)
No masterpiece, but entertaining film noir
I have been trying to track down a lot of the hard to film 1950's film noirs that Edward G. Robinson appeared in. Found this movie online and bought it.
Ginger Rogers plays a likable convict given the chance for early release if she testifies against a vicious crime boss (wonderfully played by pre-"Bonanza" Lorne Greene). Brian Keith is the tough cop assigned to watch over Rogers during her stay in a safehouse.
Edward G. Robinson is good but underused in the supporting role of the District Attorney trying to get Rogers to testify.
The majority of the film takes place in the safehouse. So it feels very stagy and talky at times. Don't watch this film to expect tons and tons of action.
This is one of Brian Keith's earliest roles and he is very solid in it. The second of the film gets more exciting and watchable.
Rogers is also solid but it is the supporting players in here (specifically Greene and Keith) that really give the best performances.
Watch it if you come across it on a slow night like I did.
The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
I thought "The Comedy Of Terrors" was a pretty funny movie. Peter Lorre was okay but I thought the bulk of the laughs came from Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone. Every time Vincent Price's character (Waldo Trumbull) thought he murdered his landlord, Mr. Black (Rathbone) he would be wrong. Black (Rathbone) would gain consciousness and say "What place is this?" (It sounds SOOO FUNNY when Basil says it!). Seeing Peter Lorre and Price run around being chased by Rathbone and his murderous ax was pretty funny.
Karloff was also extremely funny. I am used to seeing Karloff play evil wizards, mad scientists, and Monsters. Here, seeing him play a senile, cranky, forgetful old man was great! I loved his "Give me my medicine!" lines. I loved his eulogy for Rathbone's character where he kept addressing Rathbone's Mr. Black character as "Mr. What's His Name". Just to see all of these horror icons spoofing the same genre that made them famous was a pleasant treat.
I agree with the IMDb "Goofs" section. Near the end when Lorre is having a sword fight with Price you can clearly see in some shots that it is a Peter Lorre stunt double wearing a very obvious and cheesy looking Lorre face mask. Still a good (if not a great) film.
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
"Ghost Of Frankenstein" Has One Bad Mistake!
This is an entertaining flick, but notice one thing. It goes back to its predecessor "Son Of Frankenstein". Boris Karloff as the monster in "Son Of Frankenstein" murders two villagers who were on the village council. One was a portly man named "Lange" and the other was a small, mustachioed man named "Neumiller" (not sure if spelled right). At the beginning of "Ghost Of Frankenstein", the same two murdered village board members (Lange and Neumiller) can be seen back at their pulpits on the village council with speaking parts. They say "I agree your honor" when the mayor is taking a vote as to whether or not the castle of Baron Frankenstein should be destroyed. Careless, even stupid, mistake. One would be passable, but both of them back!!!! Come one!
Bill Pullman Excellent In A Rare Leading Role
"Mistrial" was an HBO movie that was aired on cable late in 1996. Bill Pullman and Robert Loggia reunited for this film after both starring in "Independence Day" the same year. Pullman plays a police detective who busts a criminal played by Jon Seda on a murder charge. The case goes to trial but Seda's character is found innocent. Enraged by the verdict, Pullman's character holds the jury members at gunpoint and forces them to reexamine the case until they get the verdict right. This is a very well-acted film and gives Pullman one of his few leading roles (unless you count "Serpent and the Rainbow"). Loggia also gives good supporting work as Pullman's captain and concerned friend. Jon Seda is also effective in his role as the slimy killer (who the story lets you know is guilty but alas with society and its red tape still gets found innocent of the charge). What Pullman's character does is wrong but the film definitely lets you empathize with his motives. It points out an interesting question: Does it take committing an act of violence to get our courts to prosecute someone else also guilty of an act of violence?
Land of the Free (1998)
"Land Of The Free" Is A Bad Movie But Hooks Me Still
Any of the movies from the company "PM" are usually gonna be pretty bad. PM uses the same actors quite frequently, especially Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen. I was surprised to see Bill Shatner show up. The most ridiculous part of the movie to me is the climactic fight between Jennings (Jeff Speakman) and Shatner's character Aiden Carvell (however it is spelled, who cares!!). Speakman at the time was only 38 or 39 years old and is a martial arts expert. He is supposed to have a hand to hand fight with portly, aging, senior citizen Shatner. Come on! Shatner only got one good lick on Speakman anyway in the fight. Plus, he was another example of the kind of bad guy who talks instead of just killing the hero when he has the chance. He walks up to Speakman with a gun and says "It's over!" Just shoot him! Speakman then kicks Shatner's ass while he is badly injured (Speakman).
Bad movie but I bought it cheap on DVD and watch it frequently if I am bored just alone because the climactic fight is so hilarious! Why do they have all these former TV stars in this movie by the way? Bernie "Doc" Kopell from "The Love Boat" shows up. Charles Robinson from "Night Court" plays a bad guy and of course William Shatner of "Star Trek" plays the bad guy ringleader.
The Bob Newhart Show (1972)
My Memories of Watching Bob Newhart Reruns
I was a total addict of the 1970's "Bob Newhart Show". I used to watch it every night at 10pm on my local channel. I was still in high school and loved the show even though it was the 1990's and the show was drowned in 1970's atmosphere. I love the dimwitted Howard played by Bill Dailey. My fondest memory of the show was an episode where Bob was at the office and was getting ready to leave on an elevator. The door opens and unbeknownst to Bob, the elevator car isn't there. He almost falls and dies but clings to something and screams "Jerry, Carol!" The doors close and Jerry and Carol don't even realize what's going on. They keep their backs turned. CLASSIC EPISODE!!!