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I am loving this show
I'm not even a fan of the super hero stuff, but this is pretty good. DH is perfectly cast in this role. Disney is rocking Marvel.
Friends: The Reunion (2021)
It was really great seeing them together again and there isn't enough James Corden in the world to tarnish FRIENDS as far as I'm concerned. I laughed so hard I had tears running down my knees. The bloopers were definitely the highlight but I loved every second of it.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
Who What Why
Man, this film left some major questions unanswered. It's ok and I've seen worse, but I walked away not knowing why anything that happened in it... well... happened in it. There were some pretty good scenes and the acting was very good with Jolie, Bernthal, Little, and Baelish, I mean Quinn shining best. There was also some pretty bad CGI which was exposed by some of the worst editing I've seen in awhile. That had to be the most intense, fastest moving fire in the history of cinema. And none of it came together because they never explained why it was happening. You just know that the mob wanted these people dead. Why did they blow up the guy's entire family and how was he involved with all this to begin with? What did the boy's father have to do with it? How did the hit men know he was going to be coming down the road they were staking out? Did they camp out there hoping he'd go driving by some time? The only answer I can come up with is that they found out where he lived and knew he'd have to come down it sooner or later. But if that's it then why didn't they just go to his house and kill him? That's what they did with everybody else. And last but not least we've got the ridiculous scene in which two people who must have lungs the size of Jupiter hold their breath underwater while a raging forest fire blazes over and all around them until it burns out. I get the feeling that, like a lot of other movies, it ended up running too long and some scenes that may have explained things ended up on the cutting room floor. At any rate, it does not work at all in it's released form.
A good epi with one glaring oversight
This is a pretty good episode and it works despite it being about the same incident happening over and over again. Frakes' directing and a clever use of different camera angles is what makes that possible, along with good performances from the cast.
Still, there is one thing about it that I can't help thinking about every time I see it. Why did they spend the whole episode trying to prevent the collision by deciding whether to use the tractor beam or depressurize the bay? Why didn't they use both methods simultaneously? In the time they spent deciding they could have easily initiated both procedures and avoided the collision the first time. To put it in perspective, if I'm driving and I have to avoid hitting something I'm steering AND braking. I'm not wasting any time deciding which one would work.
Tucker Carlson Tonight (2016)
Fox News Version of Shock Jock Moron
Yes, if you see a child wearing a mask let's all call the police and react the same as we would if the child was being abused and assaulted. And approach adults and tell them that wearing a mask is the same thing as lighting up a cigarette on an elevator. Remind me TC, how many children do you have? I think it's safe to say that you have officially lost your mind.
It's What's Happening, Baby! (1965)
MTK '65 Baby!!!
This show was thoroughly enjoyable. The soundtrack speaks for itself, but seeing it as it went down was great. How in the world did Martha and the Vandellas get permission to film in a working Ford plant? And none of the painters were wearing masks. Can you imagine that happening today? And I wonder how far Herman Munster walked before somebody yelled "COME BACK". But truly, the golden age of music front and center. Murray The K comes off today as just a DJ character, but he had as much to do with the promoting Motown and integrating music on the airwaves as anyone at the time. Paul McCartney's first request during a live phone call with MTK after they'd arrived for the first time in February '64? Pride And Joy by Marvin Gaye. If you're of the era or if you just love the music and want to see where it came from and what it looked like then grab you're favorite libation and pull up a couch because this is one hell of a show. 11 thumbs up!
Murder Among the Mormons (2021)
Pretty good actually
I didn't remember this incident until I started watching it, then it clicked; something about a Mormon civil war (which would probably be a pretty cool thing to watch). I thought it was a pretty good doc. Being only 3 episodes long I found it to be just about right and not slow or boring at all. If it was any longer it probably would have been, but I didn't find that the case at all. It was thorough and everyone who could be interviewed was included except for the diabolical genius perpetrator. There is definitely something seriously wrong with that knucklehead. All in all It was pretty good and quite short but informative, which is a rarity for Netflix.
The 4400: Life Interrupted (2005)
One for the TNG fans
Pretty well done episode involving alternate reality. But it wasn't hard to see the Trek elements that practically the entire episode was based upon. The first aha moment was the glass ceiling shattering into the identical patterns of Riker's drug induced visions of each wall coming down as he crawls back to his actual reality in the episode "Frame Of Mind". However, the entire rest of it was clearly just a rewrite of a really great episode - "The Inner Light". Both involve artificially created mind control realities that pretty much follow the same progressions. The subject 'awakens' to a reality that they don't recognize but which everyone else seems to think are perfectly normal. They both chalk it up to some kind of illness or injury that has clearly affected the memory of the protagonist. As time passes and the reality becomes more normal they begin to acclimate to it and accept it as truth. Families, wives, children, occupations... it's all there. Then, after giving themselves over to it completely, the rug gets pulled out and someone exposes the ruse along with the meanings and reasons for both and it's revealed that only a very short time has actually passed. It was so similar that one could almost call it an ode. Still, it was a pretty good entry.
Enemy of the State (1998)
Taste The Irony
This is a pretty good flick that I caught at the time in my room at the Pittsburgh Hilton. A really good cast helps it along, aided by a very small but effective (if not completely soaked in sweat) role from Tom Sizemore. What really gets me now is what followed in the few years after its' release. The motivation for the story is the ruthless push by the NSA to get approval for a bill that would allow them to spy on anyone at anytime using any method they deem necessary with unilateral and total approval issued by the NSA itself. Little did we know at the time that just a few years later President George W. Bush would do that very thing, with a nice, catchy, flag waving title. We all know it by its' minuteman moniker - The Patriot Act.
Ratched: Got No Strings (2020)
Well that explains a lot
I guess that would mess just about anybody up. The story of Ratched and her brother and how they became the way they are. Also a big surprise to learn that Edmund is her long lost brother. Then you get a little Bonnie Parker ending for Nurse Dolly thinking she can take on the entire police force of Cali with a double barrel shotgun. This series has kind of been meh for me so far, but this episode really filled it all in.
House of Cards: Chapter 14 (2014)
You had me then...
This is strictly a review of the (ahem) murder. Firstly, I like this show. A lot. But that was really an "oh brother" moment. My wife and I just shook our heads. Raise your hand if you've ever been in a DC Metro station. I have many, many times. There is CCTV literally everywhere. Even in out of the way corners. Even if Underwood wasn't on camera committing the crime he surely would have been on 25 others as he entered and exited and he would have stuck out like a sore thumb to anyone reviewing the footage due to the cloak and dagger get up he was wearing. If that didn't do it then someone would have recognized him since he's been all over the tv for quite awhile. If that didn't do it then the fact that he was quickly walking away from the "accident scene" while everyone else was running toward it. Yet no one saw him and (spoiler for next episode) the only footage was from one camera with a bad angle when there should have been enough to see everyone on the platform from every angle imaginable. And if that doesn't do it then ask yourself why a US Congressman would pick such a public place for a meeting to find out whether she had enough info to finger him for murder. He could have picked a million out of the way places for that meeting but instead he wants to have it on a metro platform? All Mark Felt did was leak information about Watergate to the Post but he had enough sense to meet in an out of the way parking garage at night and nobody ever knew it was him until he actually came out and said it himself. I can't believe that the writers couldn't come up with a better way for that to happen and I'd be willing to bet that, in retrospect, they probably can't either.
The Crown: War (2020)
Great end to a fantastic season
Say what you want about Gillian Anderson but I don't think I've seen it done any better than that. Pull up some clips of Thatcher and compare the two then you tell me. The Diana/Charles story line was truly heartbreaking, especially considering the fact that it really happened that way. Charles is and always has been a stone cold, arrogant, pompous ass. Diana was no angel but the difference is that she didn't start out that way.
This show must have touched a nerve in Buckingham Palace. Today the UK Culture Minister issued a request today that Netflix provide a disclaimer before each episode that this is a work of fiction. It's curious that he would wait until the end of season four and the stories contained within to do that.
The Crown: Gold Stick (2020)
That really took some courage from the producers. I'm glad Netflix had the balls to show that. And people call Americans imperialists. This is easily the best series that Netflix has ever produced.
The Queen's Gambit (2020)
One of the best from Netflix. There is really nothing bad to say about this. The acting is amazing. The camera work is truly great. The story itself was spellbinding. You don't even have to know chess to enjoy this. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this or not. Now I'm sure. Bravo Netflix.
To the person who said taking illegal drugs makes you a better chess player: You completely missed the point. She was a genius level chess master but it wasn't until after she stopped drinking and taking drugs that she was able to reach her full potential.
Good songs on this list, even if a bit obvious. KB, maybe next time just a little easily found research might be in order. Kashmir maintains the same time signature throughout. Tyler and Perry weren't called the toxic twins because of their relationship, but because of the amount of drugs in their systems. Tony Iommi didn't cut the tips of his fingers off when he was 11. It happened when he was working in a sheet metal factory right before he was going to quit so they could do Sabbath full time.
I have to admit that I didn't watch this show when it was on. And I love this kind of show. I started watching it last week and I couldn't turn it off. This really is amazing television. I'm not sure you could it any better than this. The last episode.... The music in this show is incredible.
House M.D.: One Day, One Room (2007)
What a great episode this is
I will put this episode in the top five of all the television I have ever seen. Incredible. Long Term Parking was arguably one the best episodes in the history of television. I'd put it right up there.
Another great show cancelled. Unbelievable.
I'm halfway through season two of this fantastic show. In the process of finding out when three is coming out and I find it's been cancelled. Then I see the reason why and I am dumbfounded. It's too male. Let me repeat it so it sinks in. It's too male. What does that even mean? Half the cast is female with some of the most central plot aspects including the most bloodthirsty killers on the show. Who thinks like that? They pulled the plug on one of the best shows on television because it didn't revolve around enough women? That is one of the stupidest reasons I have ever seen. I guess Kartrashians isn't male enough and that ridiculous Oak Island show isn't stupid enough. Unbelievable.
Night on Earth (2020)
Two seconds in you could smell the CGI. You could at least make an attempt to disguise it. You can't put a camera up a cheetah's ass without becoming prey yourself. I'm giving this 7 for the attempt, but there's a lot in this show that came from a computer.
How Re-write 1969. Genius
This movie can be boiled down to one scene. Burning up in someone else's swimming pool because you're too stupid to go underwater and put yourself out. This is genius film making. And in the end...
Cracked Me Up!
The wide margin of ratings for this one is really interesting. It just illustrates the difference in tastes of us all when it comes to humor.
I thought it was great. Even my wife was laughing and she doesn't get into history at all and has limits when it comes to humor. I really loved that blue screen at the end. That was funny.
What the hell was that? How in the world could Hooper watch this and still release it? This goes way beyond weird; it's downright creepy at times which is magnified by all the bazillion closeups. That's not the way to watch this show. You have to see the whole stage because there are things going on all over the stage no matter which character the focus is on. With a stellar cast such as this you'd have to really go out of your way to produce a monstrosity like this. I'm sorry to say that that's pretty much what he did. I like Hooper. He's put out some really great stuff. This is not one of them.
A Christmas Carol (2019)
A Different Take For Sure
I don't know what everyone was expecting but it was very clear from the previews that this was going to be darker and totally different from any previous versions that came before it. I commend the producers for coming up with a completely original take on it. How different copies of the same production do you need over and over again? There are enough of them out there to occupy you all week if that's what you want. Guy Pearce (that should have been the first clue that it was going to be a whole different animal) was great as was Andy Serkis. It's not my favorite version. That goes to the '51 Alistair Sim version. But I enjoyed this as well.
The Crown: Cri de Coeur (2019)
There Is Only One Queen
Even in her "loose cannon" existence you can't help but feel a certain empathy for her situation. Helena Bonham Carter plays this to the hilt. I get the feeling from this episode that the writers are going out of their way to flesh the entire thing out now so that they can put it to bed, so to speak, and get her funeral out of the way very early next season. They're going to have to address the Diana/Charles situation and that's likely going to take more than a few episodes.
The acting in this show is superb, whether or not you like the players. This entry is no different. It touches on a lot of issues that haven't been dealt with yet. In all of her stoicism and her seemingly anhedonic nature she turns to the sister she's always considered a stain and embarrassment for advice and finally shows a human side. It is very evident that Margaret appreciates it.
I can understand why some people wouldn't like this episode. I enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty good. Ravens coming home to roost as it were. Looking forward to the next season. Well done.
Could have used a few more episodes but...
It wasn't that bad guys, come on. Yes, there were some things left unexplained and even if they only used text overlays it would have helped. The major questions left at the end were:
1. Who were the people returning (keyword) at the end? I took it to be the people sent through during all the Nazi testing. That had been going on for a long time and they were successful eventually.
2. What was the fate of the United States? Since the attack was successfully called off from the highest command after Smith was killed it can be reasonably deduced that the Americans were throwing off the yoke, so to speak. The bigger question is how the resistance would accept them. After all, they did betray their country by becoming Nazis. But the war had been over for 20 years and anyone very young or born afterward would only know that existence making indoctrination easier as time went on.
The harder questions to answer would be what happened to the individuals involved and that is best left up to the viewers.
The biggest thing I had a problem with was that train wreck. You're talking about a train going 250 miles an hour coming out of a bend that would have plastered everyone on it against the wall, especially the people standing, nose diving from 30 feet into the ground and stopping that fast and people just walk out of it with barely a scratch when they should have been shredded? That's some kind of master race.