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This is a list of films that were released in the 2010's that are either based on real people who were murderers or serial killers, and/or actual events, or are made for television mini-series and/or thrillers that are stories of fiction all of which include murders.
This is a list of films that were released in the 2020's that are either based on real people who were murderers or serial killers, and/or actual events, or are made for television mini-series and/or thrillers that are stories of fiction all of which include murders.
The Queen's Gambit (2020)
A cornucopia of the most entertaining cinema filled with an eclectic cast of characters
What doesn't The Queen's Gambit excel in? ANSWER: It excels in all categories!
Plot - This story is wonderfully told through the eyes of chess champion Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy). I grew up in the 1950s-1960s and so the story was personal for myself and my wife, Mrs. Shullivan.
Cinematography- Very few feature films, let alone a lower budget TV Min-Series can sustain a high quality cinematography throughout and yet, The Queen's Gambit quality filming just kept getting better and better with each episode. Mrs. Shullivan and I binged watched the eight (8) episode series as we were mesmerized by the high quality 1950s-1960s period scenes, the plot and the music.
Musical score - Reminiscing about the music of the 1950s-1960s always puts a smile on my face and a need to hum along with the lyrics from a bygone era. The Queen's Gambit musical score throughout was simply perfect with the cinematography flipping intermittently with multiple frames within a single frame, and the editing and production were inspirational.
Mrs. Shullivan and I both discussed the quality of both the individual and unique characters and the actors/actresses who played these eclectic cast of characters, their roles in the film and the way the characters all flowed as if they were all tree branches of the main character Beth Harmon's symbolic tree of life.
There are far too many excellent story lines within this 8 episode series but suffice to say Mrs. Shullivan and I felt great after just finishing binge watching the series. We laughed and we cried but most importantly, we will remember this cast of characters and their stories for a very long time. Funny as it sound as we are baby boomers as well, the series played as if it happened yesterday and we were re-living our own childhoods with the period clothes, cars and furniture. Also there were so many heart warming and memorable scenes that took place between Beth and her first chess tutor the school caretaker Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp), between her adoptive mother Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller) as well as the two former homeless children Beth Harmon and her former roommate Jolene played by Anya Taylor-Joy and Moses Ingram respectively.
This is such a wonderful story and visually the scenes are both nostalgic and with a cornucopia of color with the period cars, clothes, and furniture it was pleasing to the eyes and the music soothing to the ears.
Deserving of a PERFECT 10 out of 10 IMDb rating.
Red Notice (2021)
I watched it last week and I have already forgotten most of the blah blah blah jive talkin'
I hope Ryan Reynolds stops being stereotyped as the comical half witted con man because I am getting more than a little tired of him playing the same type of role trying to talk ... talk ... talk ... and still talk some more his way out dangerous situations that always rely on a chase scene riddled with bullets and broads. In this case the love interest action lady is Gail Gadot whose easy on the eyes but not sufficient enough to make this film pass the smell test even with Dwayne Johnson who is usually a money maker guarantee.
Mrs. Shullivan and I watched it last week ... and this week we had already forgotten the films title. I give it a so-so 5 out of 10 IMDb rating.
The 355 (2022)
Kick A$$ action film with some good twists and turns - ignore the bad reviews
I looked at some of the other IMDb reviews and I wonder if they were watching another film than the entertaining film I just watched. This film had some great entertainment value from start to end. There were some good twists and turns in the plot. Heck, even the end credit music score title "Super Clean" was fantastic. Kudos to the five main actresses, especially Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger whose action scenes were just as good (if not better) than many of the CGI enhanced action films dominated by male stars.
I am a 66 year old male whose action stars of the past have been Bruce Lee, Clint Eastwood, Nick Nolte and Jackie Chan. It was nice to see a mostly all female action cast entertain so much and trust me they did not disappoint. These action stars were far superior to Charlies Angels or any of the female DC and/or Marvel Heroes.
I trust there will be a sequel or two and I am confident that this female ensemble is going to garner continued fan support and momentum over the next several years.
I truly enjoyed the film, the plot, and especially the music score. I look forward to seeing these Kick A$$ ladies in future films together. I give it a 9 out of 10 IMDb rating.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
From the opening scene with John Travolta carrying a gallon can of house paint he had the necessary swagger to own the Brooklyn Disco scene and moviegoers knew it too!
I have now watched this film at least six (6) times over the past forty-five (45) years since its initial film release way back in 1977 and it amazes and yet confounds me at the same time that this film has not achieved the deserved credit for its excellence in so many areas of filmmaking such as for story line, the superior ensemble cast and acting, the memorable and multiple dance floor sequences, and of course the memorable musical score. This film is not in either of the IMDb, nor AMI's top 100 movies of all times lists and I simply just do not understand why it has not succeeded with this honor as of yet?
From the opening scene with John Travolta carrying a can of paint he had the necessary swagger to own the Brooklyn Disco scene and moviegoers knew it too! The musical score sounds better today than when the film came out some forty-five (45) years earlier. What the film critics had no control over was the success of the Saturday Night Fever record album. The soundtrack was released on November 15, 1977. It is one of the best-selling albums in history, and remains the second-biggest-selling soundtrack of all time, after The Bodyguard, selling over 40 million copies worldwide (with some estimates as high as over 50 million).
The five local Brooklyn boys led by the daytime hardware staff member and nighttime disco dancing champ Tony Manero (John Travolta) live a simple life of working hard but on Saturday nights they go to the best disco in Brooklyn to strut their stuff, pick up chicks, get laid if they are fortunate enough, then repeat the same week after week. But Tony meets Stephanie, (Karen Lynn Gorney) who is his dancing equal but also a girl who has greater aspirations about successes in her life and how to get there.
This is a film for the ages, and no one is cooler than Tony Manero when he hits that dance floor and any one of the many Bee Gees songs starts to play. John Travolta must have worked extremely hard to move the way he does on the dance floor and even his swagger when he walks with a simple gallon can of house paint I knew this film would entertain the masses. And entertain the masses it has, for the past forty-five (45) years and counting.
I remain optimistic as the old film critics die off from old age that the new film critics who put together the the next top 100 films of all time that the 1977 film release of Saturday Night Fever will not only make the list but move closer to the top of the list. I give the film the highest reward that us common IMDb reviewers can give and that is a most deserving 10 out of 10 IMDb rating.
The hierarchy of the Roman empire and the political strategies used to remain the superior leader are being challenged in each and every episode
Mrs. Shullivan and I watched this series about 15 years ago so we decided to just watch the first episode once again to refresh our memories of the series. Boy was that a GOOD decision as we then proceeded to binge watch the two (2) seasons series over the following several days. We remembered certain moments within the series where the main characters were under pressure to either maintain their current political and/or hierarchal status either winning and sometimes losing the inevitable battle on the field(s) or in the political arena of the Roman congress.
The two characters that really stood out for me were Ray Stevenson who plays Titus Pullo, the bravest and strongest man of the 13th Legion army, and the political savvy young genius Gaius Octavian played by Max Pirkis. Both Mrs. Shullivan and myself enjoyed the scenes whenever Titus Pullo and/or Gaius Octavian the so called boy Caesar were involved in. Titus at one point is assigned the role of teacher to the young Gaius Octavian to ensure he understands the risk and reward of field battle.
Through time though it is actually the brute Titus Pullo who has to have his head right on his shoulders as he is continually placed in awkward situations representing both friend and foe at different intervals in the series episodes.
The women in this series certainly also have their moments where they upstage the men and without giving away any spoilers suffice to say that hell hath no fury than a woman's scorn.
This is an excellent dramatic, edgy, action filled two season series consisting of 22 episodes all of which have some intriguing story lines. If you are not comfortable with full nudity than this series is not for you as the debauchery of the Roman empire is also in full view, with minimal censorship and sometimes gross blood and gore.
I give the series after watching the 22 episodes for a second time in two decades a well deserved 8 out of 10 IMDb rating.
Back from Eternity (1956)
Survival not of the fittest but of the most deserving
The film has a great cast that compliment each others performances including the relationship that each of the characters in the plane have with the young boy Tommy Malone (Jon Provost) who needs someone to watch over this seven (7) year old child when the plane crashed in the middle of the most remote islands where there are known cannibals in existence. The natives are never seen and only heard when their drums are vibrating that state that an attack is imminent on their intruders.
Can the pilot(s) Bill Lonagan (Robert Ryan), and Joe Brooks (Keith Andes) who miraculously landed their damaged plane in the wild island woods caused by the thunderstorms in the sky above repair the plane sufficient enough to make it airborne once again before the cannibals decide to attack.
Immediately upon crashing the passengers challenge one another who is in charge and the last man standing with a gun in hand will win out or will they? This is an adventure film which contains immense love, caring, cruelty, selfishness and selfless acts of courage and love. I give the film a well worth watching 6 out of 10 IMDb rating.
A western that reminds us all that we are all just human beings with various struggles
Hombre is a western classic that reminds us that we are all just humans trying to survive in a less than forgiving environment with evil doers all around us. Do we become just another victim or do we become hard and survive by doing what we must do to survive. I was impressed with Paul Newman's performance as a white man that was raised by Apache Indians. There is a story here that reflects on hierarchy, racism, hardships, greed and survival.
An unplanned but fully contracted stagecoach is filled with an eclectic group of passengers and of course there is a macho bully named Grimes played to perfection by Richard Boone who intimidates everyone except the quiet yet surly passenger named John Russell (Paul Newman).
This is a western adventure which challenges each of us to decide what is right and what is wrong in how we treat one another based on our name, occupation, and/or or aggressiveness or lack thereof.
As much as a enjoyed the villain Richard Boone's performance as the villain Grimes, and Paul Newman who played John Russell the sensitive and misunderstood whiteman raised by the Apaches I think the film would have been raised a notch or two if Charles Bronson, Clint Walker, or Clint Eastwood had played the hero John Russell. I just felt Paul Newman lacked that much needed hunger and killer instinct that the three (3) aforementioned western film stars had already portrayed on film.
I give the film a deserving 7 out of 10 IMDb rating.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
A B&W science fiction classic for the ages ... they are out there
Now this is what filmgoers go the movie theater to see. Young men could bring their dates to watch this science fiction classic and without even having to slowly and discretely drape their arm over their girlfriends shoulder the ladies AND THE MEN would be hanging on to each other wondering what harm this creature from another planet will do.
I loved it. Yes it is in black and white which only adds to the history of film and allows the viewer to really consider life beyond earth exists or not.
The film has a great cast, and the spellbinding and gradual release of the creature from the huge block of ice in the arctic atmosphere adds tense drama to the film's story line.
I love this film and I give it a most deserving 8 out of 10 IMDB rating. This film was so highly respected by filmgoers that a remake was brought to theaters in 1982 starring Kurt Russel and directed by John Carpenter as a homage to The Thing From Another World.
The Boy and the Pirates (1960)
A decent prep for the following years much more superior 1961 Ray Harryhausen's Mysterious Island
Keep in mind this film was released in 1960 and the target audience were families, especially young boys and girls who had an innate fear of Pirates and/or Indians. At my now senior citizen age I was bored very early with young Jimmy but when I saw the fearful pirate Morgan (Timothy Carey) my boyhood fear was brought to the forefront.
If you enjoyed The Boy and the Pirates I suggest you try and catch the subsequent 1961 Ray Harryhausen's Mysterious Island. Ray Harryhausen's classic visual effects lead the way for many a fine adventure films that followed which is why I have to give some credit to The Boy and the Pirates which led the way for many a great adventure films to follow.
I give it a decent 5 out of 10 IMDb rating but it is meant for children between the ages of 5 and 15.
Rome Adventure (1962)
Oh! Donny! Donny! I love you! I loved you from the first moment we met! Blah .... blah ..... blahh
This romance film was not for me. Yes the three (3) main characters were easy on the eyes, those being Angie Dickinson and Suzanne Pleshette for the men, and Troy Donahue and even Italian actor Rossano Brazzi for the women. Yes of course the scenery filmed in Italy leaves one wanting to see Italy for themselves but the film itself was so predictable that it reminded me a lot of the earlier 1969 Gidget film starring Sandra Dee and James Darren as her love interest Moondoggie.
I have never been impressed with the cardboard acting of Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue and maybe that is the reason neither of them ever won an Academy Award for their lacklustre performances. Yes, easy on the eyes, but boring to sit through an entire film such as this one.
I give it a 3 out of 10 IMDb rating. (I'd rather have watched Gidget again than this dribble)
The Marrying Kind (1952)
There are two theories on arguing with women. Neither of them work.
Lesson learned from this film. Don't take yourself too seriously and appreciate the life partner you have before you lose them by saying the wrong thing(s). Judy Holliday plays Florence Keefer a secretary at a busy office and her husband Chet Keefer suffers a debilitating work accident that leaves him almost useless as the family breadwinner. In any marriage there are ups and downs and sometimes depression and dissention get the better of one or both partners. Such is the case with Mr. And Mrs. Keefer who end up in divorce court where a wise judge decides to put off her decision overnight and let both parties sleep on their decision but first they walk Judge Anne B. Carroll (Madge Kennedy) through their marriage and family turmoil from each of their perspectives.
Any film with Judy Holliday is worth watching and the (then) novice Aldo Ray both showed their acting chops. I am sure many moviegoers were wiggling rather uncomfortably in their theater seats reflecting on their own marriages and the silly fights that were relevant on screen to their own life experiences.
This film may be seventy (70) years old now but the trials and tribulations of millions of married and/or cohabitating partners could learn from the film The Marrying Kind.
I give the film a quality 6 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Most IMDb reviewers gravitated to Grand Hotel whereas I lean more towards the 1970's TV Love Boat similarities
This film must have been more impressive in the 1940's when most movie goers could only dream of staying in a luxurious hotel like the Waldorf. The individuals who were staying at the Waldorf this particular weekend had interesting stories and romance was certainly in the air. It is nothing special in the 2020's compared to the travel opportunities we have today but the stories remined me of the cascading stories of the 1970's TV series Love Boat.
I give this film a ho hum 5 out of 10 IMDb rating. Worth watching for the cat and mouse game played by the stunning Ginger Rogers and her love interest Walter Pidgeon.
Producer James Harris and Director Stanley Kubrick were living vicariously through James Mason sleeping with his teenage lover
There is one scene early in the film where the frumpy landlord Charlotte Haze played by actress Shirley Winters walks the mature and middle aged Professor Humbert Humbert (James Mason) through her rental property even though Humbert is expressing disinterest in the property until the widow Mrs. Haze shows Humbert her back yard garden and there sitting in a two (2) piece bikini leaving nothing to the imagination is Mrs. Haze alluring and virginal teenage daughter Lolita (Sue Lyon).
This film would never make it on the screen today with the "Me Too" movement and the focus on the film industries entire predatory sexual behavior being exposed. It just wouldn't.
Thank goodness in 1962 filmgoers and film stars were willing to follow their directors lead and just hope they end up with a break out film which this was in the 1960's and in reruns throughout the subsequent decades. It is an interesting film and the sexual tension between the elderly professor Humbert Humbert and the teasing teenage lass Lolita was a must see in 1962 at the film release. My own opinion is the film is still a must see for all but for much different reasons in todays environment than it was back in 1962.
I give the film a deserving 7 out of 10 IMDB rating. Actress Sue Lyon was taken advantage of ON and OFF the screen according to rumors which is just another example of the corruption and power film producers had and still seem to have.
The Loveless (1981)
Moody, enjoyable musical score filled with anticipation leaving us to consider what's next?
Grossly underrated dark and moody circa 1950's biker film with leading actor Willem Dafoe as biker Vance and the too hot to handle biker chick Tina L'Hotsky as Sportster Debbie. Vance gets tied up with two of the local chicks, the abused daughter Telena (Marin Kanter) and the bored local diner waitress Augusta ( Elizabeth Gans). I was so impressed with Elizabeth Gans performance that I became curious as to her other performances only to find out Ms. Gans was a one trick pony and we will never get to see her seductively strip down to her tightie whities and dance for the biker boys ever again. That is unfortunate because the few scenes Ms. Gans appeared in she lit up the screen with her sex appeal even when just in her waitress uniform.
I can't say enough about the choice of musical score as it was perfect for establishing that feel for anticipation of what will happen next in the film. As for director Kathryn Bigelow she proved that she belongs in the midst of Academy Award winning directors (2008 The Hurt Locker) with this early career credit as both writer and director.
Actors Dafoe, Kanter and Gans I give them top marks and I would have rated the film a 10 but yet I have to also consider the less than stellar performances by Robert Gordon and Danny Rosen as two of the band of bikers whose lackluster attempt at playing chicken with their switch blade took away the momentum that Dafoe and Kanter had sustained. No wonder neither Gordon nor Rosen continued very long with their acting careers. Yet I wonder why Ms. Gans chose to hang up her acting credentials after delivering such a magnetic premiere performance in The Loveless.
Some of the other IMDb reviewers complained there was too much talking and not enough action but kudos to director Kathryn Bigelow who combined a great musical score with scenes that left her audience anticipating what will happen next.
I intend to add The Loveless to my personal library film library and I rate it a more than deserving 9 out of 10 IMDb rating.
The Mercenaries (1968)
Now this is the way an ACTION genre film should always be developed
Great story line - Mercenaries are sent in to the middle of the Congo under the guise of rescuing the village people but their real mission is to recover 50 million dollars of diamonds. Good versus evil with an undertone of racial discrimination.
Superb cast - Robert Taylor, Jim Brown, Yvette Mimieux, Kenneth Moore, and the evil doer Peter Carsten.
Brilliant cinematography - the color scheme is very pleasing to the audience's sense of comfort and appeal
Screenwriting - greed, lust, good versus evil, this film has it all,
Action - non stop
I give this 54 year old film a well deserved 8 out of 10 IMDb rating, Now this is a true action/adventure film.
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused
Jean Smart simply shines as the seasoned stand up comedian Deborah Vance who has made it to the top of the comedy mountain but the winds are so strong up on top that she is struggling to stay there. Deborah Vance's public image is one of a tough loud mouth crotchety old B whose time in the sun is similar to actress Gloria Swanson in the 1950 film classic Sunset Blvd.
Then along comes a young twenty (20) something bisexual comedy writer named Ava played by Hannah Einbinder, who gradually winds her way into and out of Deborah Vance's life. The on screen chemistry between the classy Jean Smart and the relatively green Hannah Einbinder works extremely well and is quite entertaining in every screen appearance that they share.
Mrs. Shullivan and I quite enjoyed a two day blitz of the season one (1) ten (10) episodes and we are looking forward to catching Act 2 in May 2022.
Some other IMDb reviewers have criticized the series for not being funny. I on the other hand considered this series to be more reflective of a real life drama with some comical conversations thrown in for good measure. What ever the film genre each viewer considers this TV series to be reflective of there is no doubt that Jean Smart's characterization of stand up comic Deborah Vance will remind each viewer of a former comedian such as Joan Rivers and/or Lucille Ball to name just two referential points in historical female comedians.
Mrs Shullivan and I loved the series and can't wait for more episodes. I give the series a very positive 8 out 10 IMDb rating.
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Al Lewis's glass has always remained being half full while Willy Clark's glass is stubbornly half empty
This is a ying versus yang personality clash that worked for many years on the big stage as a successful vaudeville comedy duo who were at the top of their respective games for decades but as with any good wine it will eventually go bad if left in the proverbial sun too long. Willy Clark (Walter Matthau) and Al Lewis (George Burns) begrudgingly agree at the bequest of Willy's stage manager nephew Ben Clark (Richard Benjamin) to get together for a reunion performance of their greatest comedy skits. Both aging comedians blame the other one for their eventual falling out so the feat of getting them back on the same stage is left to Willy's nephew Ben.
Willy is a crusty old "glass half empty" entertainer who likes to feel like he is the main attraction while his old comedy partner Al is a more confident and healthier "glass half full" entertainer.
The film was originally a stage production of Neil Simon and brought back to the big screen and directed with some down to earth pizazz by director Herbert Ross. It's alight hearted message that still resonates almost fifty (50) years later with the message for all old friends which is "let bygones be bygones". Most film goers were rooting for these two old octogenarian vaudeville performers to reconcile and make one big splash on the live stage.
No spoilers here. It's a warm hearted with good intentions film well worth watching at least twice. I give it a 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Patsy & Loretta (2019)
I never met Patsy Cline but Megan Hilty's sterling performance introduced her to me and she was a wonderful friend and entertainer
This is a heartwarming and endearing film brought to life by the realistic performances by all four (4) leading actresses and actors. The husbands who play the spouses of the two female country stars may have minor roles but their performances as hard drinking, skirt chasing and abusive husbands are reflective of the 1960's marital woes.
The two leading ladies Megan Hilty who plays Patsy Cline and Jessie Mueller who plays Loretta Lynn form a close knit friendship that was cut prematurely short. I for one never knew much about these two performers lives but I got to know and understand these two womens' trial and tribulations through their fine performances as mothers, wives and country songbirds. Kudos to the performances by actresses Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller who made this film a special tribute to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn's friendship and loving relationship.
It is an excellent biographical presentation that I hope will be remade some day into a ten (10) part mini-series with the same strong cast re-appearing. This made for TV Lifetime film is certainly way above par for a Lifetime film and deserving of special attention.
I rate the film a heart warming 9 out of 10 IMDb rating.
Forensic Files: Head Games (2004)
A Murder to Remember
Ann Rule's A Murder to Remember was the made for TV film released in 2020 about the real life murder in Mount Hood, Oregon, by 29 year old Thomas Brown who killed 21-year-old Julio Torres and then kidnapped his 16-year-old wife Candra Torres.
This episode of Forensic Files provided the evidence that put Thomas Brown away for the murder of Julio Torres and was the basis for the aforementioned film. This particular episode of Forensic Files packs a lot of historical information in less than thirty (30) minutes and is well worth the watch.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Paul Newman shows even now some sixty (60) years later than he can still pack a punch
This film is some sixty (60+) plus years old and it still holds up as a legitimate biography of the late great boxing champion Rocky Graziano. There was a lot of history to try and cover of this professional boxers real life story in less than the two (2) hours of run time but the producer/writer and director did an admirable job of illustrating that Rocky's upbringing from his childhood days through to his monogamous marriage and family man persona were all covered.
The fight scenes in the filmed seemed to reflect the lack of effort that Rocky himself expressed about having to train hard for a fight, and his record of 67 wins, 10 losses and 6 draws is reflective of a former champion who lost his focus on more than one night even with becoming the middleweight champion.
This is a decent sports boxing themed biographical film on the life of Rocky Graziano well worth watching for the stellar performance of a great cast which includes a young Paul Newman. I give it a solid 6 out of 10 IMDb rating.
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
If you think nobody cares about the little guy/girl, try missing a couple of car payments
Sometimes it takes just one persistent person who indirectly or directly fumbles upon someone else's questionable tactics and then all hell breaks loose. It has happened in the real financial world. Two financial scandals that come quickly to mind are Enron and Bernie Madoff. Judy Holliday is perfect playing the somewhat ditzy small time shareholder who attends her first annual shareholders meeting of the huge conglomerate International Projects and as she is so excited she finds the nerve within herself to ask the board members why their salaries are so rich compared to all other employees of the company. This simple question and the board members shallow responses leads Miss Laura Partridge (Judy Holliday) to ask even more embarrassing questions that the Board members cannot seem to answer with any type of confidence for the shareholders attending the board meeting.
As the noose tightens the conniving Board Members strategize how to shut Miss Partridge up by hiring her as an office manager only to keep her close and under their control which backfires on them. Miss Partridge strikes up an impromptu conversation at a local diner after the meeting with the retiring Chairman of the Board Mr. Edward L. McKeever (Paul Douglas) and as luck and love happens when the two collide they set out on a plan to disrupt the corruption of the cheating Board of Directors.
This film was originally developed for live theater and turned into a successful film version led by the personal touch of the ditzy and cute Judy Holliday's performance. I give it a 6 out of 10 IMDb rating.
Cold Spring (2013)
Sarah and Roy are not the only ones having nightmares ... this trash put me to sleep as well
Talk about a film that is convoluted and ends up going nowhere. I tried. I mean I really tried to pay attention to this made for TV film that is described as being in the THRILLER genre. A Thriller? Not by a long shot.
I like Natasha Henstridge and Sean Patrick Flanery as actors but both of them who play husband and wife needed to bring their A-game to hide the serious flaws in the film plot. Sean for his part was almost always in a state of panic. Panic that he is having an illicit affair. Panic that his wife may find out. Panic that he appears to be set up to take the fall for two recent murders of women. Panic that the detective on the case has told him that he is the prime suspect. And panic that his wife is being held captive by a mad man. All this panic displayed by Sean Patrick Flanery left me exasperated and like a week old rubber balloon that is visibly sagging and losing air quickly the film ends ugly. No panic. No great ending.
I give the film a ho hum not for me IMDb rating of 4 out of 10.
Cover Girl (1944)
Focus on the one (1) hour six (6) minute song POOR JOHN by Rita Hayworth which makes the film worth watching
The film in its entirety is standard fare with two men falling in love and chasing after the statuesque beauty that is Rita Hayworth. Who will Brooklyn's singer/dancer Rusty Parker (Rita Hayworth) choose to fall for? The rich and famous producer Noel Wheaton (Lee Bowman) who can provide Rusty with the fulfillment of all her dreams to sing and dance on a big Broadway stage if only she says yes to Noel's proposal of marriage. But Rusty is reminded of her grandmother Maribelle's former success as a dancer/singer and the path Maribelle eventually chose after singing her hit song "Poor John".
Rusty still has strong feelings for her first love Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly) who she performs on the much smaller Brooklyn stage at Danny's club. There are a number of song and dances throughout the film and of course the big band musicals accompanying the choreographed dance numbers to dance to.
Rita Hayworth's beauty is undeniable especially in her solo song and dance number Poor John which appears at the one (1) hour and six (6) minute mark of the film.
This is not a classic film but neither was it a bomb. It is however a film to watch just for the chemistry that Hayworth and Kelly have on film together. I give the film a decent 6 out of 10 IMDb rating and I would recommend it as a must see for any Hayworth or Kelly fan.
A Daughter's Nightmare (2014)
All it took was one good kick in Adam's nut sack to end the deception
Well it is a LifeTime movie so it is not unexpected that you have the typical stereotype love/deception/rescue story line. It is a boring story with no twist at the end. A teenager could have written this made for TV film. I found it to be a waste of time and I would not recommend that anyone waste their time (as I just did) watching this dribble.
I give it a lousy 3 out of 10 IMDB rating.
Your Honor (2020)
The verdict is in .... Guilty by association ... weak and sadly misguided with a skewed IMDb rating
I would have been happy if this series was only three (3) episodes long rather than the ten (10) unnecessary episodes that the series dragged out into. "It's not my soul that needs cleansing Michael, it's yours!" This line delivered in the final episode by actress Carmen Ejogo is just a wee little sample of the utter blathering that went on between her and Bryan Cranston in his courtroom chamber to sum up the series before we finally got to view those two magic words "THE END".
I give it a less than flattering 5 out of 10 IMDb score and I am convinced that the series overall IMDb rating of 7.6 is one of the worst examples of a skewed score I have ever seen.