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10/10
Another super family friendly heart warming, romantic as well as soooooooo funny episode
19 January 2019
Warning: Spoilers
There wasn't one star in this episode but the entire Cooper family were terrific as well as Meemaw and her new beau the quirky and brilliant Dr. Sturgis. The gist of this episode was Sheldon wanted to self teach himself how to build a nuclear reactor so that he could save his father from the high cost of their electricity bills and then he could stand in front of their open fridge door for as long as he wanted.

Also included in this episode was young love, old love, and love's that could have been but just never materialized. Georgie is so much in love with his high school sweetheart Veronica that he decides to open his heart as wide as he can and put pen to paper to profess his love only to have it blow up in his face in a most embarrassing way. His little sister Missy (who in my opinion steals any scene she is in) spills the beans about Georgie's fiasco in the school hallway and then some to her dad. George Sr. tries to console his son Georgie on his embarassing momet at school when mom Mary overhears when George Sr tells Georgie he lost love as a 15 year old as well. Mary perists in bugging George Sr to tell her who is the mysterious girl who broke her husbands teenage heart and when George Sr. eventually breaks down (against his better judgement to do so) and provides his wife with the girls name who broke his teenage heart, Mary explodes in surprise and disgust with her husbands first love.

Meanwhile young Sheldon is busy in the family garage taking apart dozens of damaged smoke detectors to extract the radioactive materials he needs to build his homemade nuclear reactor when the armed forces show up in full hazmat suits.

This is a jam packed family fun filled episode that we wished was an hour long it was so good.
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9/10
Forget the other IMDB critics of this episode 13 season 12 - it was one of the better epiosdes of this season
19 January 2019
I am not sure if the previous five (5) reviews I just read were watching the same episode but Mrs. Shullivan and I watched it and we were in agreement that it reminded us of some earlier seasons when Sheldon seemed to be the focus but his co-stars stole the show.

In this episode the cat and mouse game between Bernadette and Penny was certainly entertaining to see if Penny would cave and come work for Bernadette to head her new sales team for the new drug she just had approved. There was also the old reliable and very selfish and self-centered Sheldon wanting so much to win a Nobel prize even if it meant he would have to dump his new bride Amy Farrah Fowler off the accreditation, but even Sheldon's heart is eventually bigger than his own ego.

Mrs. Shullivan and I both liked this episode and the signal by which we measure each episode's success is when we lose track of the time and its over almost as soon as it started because it was so darn entertaining. It was an added bonus to have film stars Sean Astin and Kal Penn play the two competing physicists competing for Sheldon and Amy's deserving Nobel prize. This episode proves that The Big Bang Theory still has that magic Emmy touch.

A solid 9 out of 10 rating. Forget what the previous five (5) critics had to say about The Confirmation Polarization. Shame on you!
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Fam (2019– )
3/10
Funny hah hah? No! Just No! ......More like funny "nah nah"
18 January 2019
It took approximately 5 seconds from the pilot episode starting and then that god awful "CANNED hah hah hah LAUGHTER" kicked in and I just knew this new comedy series would be a waste of time.

Within the first five (5) minutes of the pilot episode two lame jokes were attempted, one being referred to was a sarcastic misunderstanding of the acronymn STD's , and the other so-called joke stated "why would you want to bring some pot roast home when there is no pot?" Really??? No, I mean really??? At this point (10 minutes in to the pilot episode) I just had to look up who the (HORROR-able) writer of this series was credited and it is a lady named Corinne Kingsbury.

Funny,..... I never heard of Corinne Kingsbury before and her name may never be credited again as I am sure this new series will be quickly pulled before very long unless there are very deep pockets promoting this garbage. This FAMily is by no means memorable, nor is it funny. If I was sitting in an Emergency Hospital room waiting for my wife to be taken into surgery and this show was playing on the boob tube in the overhead TV in the hospital waiting room I would beg the nurses to please take me instead of my wife for surgery or TURN OFF that god awful non stop canned laughter eminating from Fam.

A paltry 3 out of 10 rating. ....and I actually like the actor(s) dad Gary Cole and the daughter Nina Dobrev, but please don't insult your "required" audience with this garbage.
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Schitt's Creek: Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose (2018)
Season 4, Episode 13
10/10
Such a memorable Christmas episode I won't soon forget to watch every Christmas season
17 January 2019
With the Rose family sharing a mixed marriage ethnic background it is especially touching that the household's previous breadwinner Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) who is of Jewish descent (both in the series and in actual life), is the one that is trying so hard to bring his family and friends closer through the spirit of the Christmas/Hanukkah season.

This is both a comical episode and a heartwarming episode. Johnny reflects on Christmas season's past when the Rose family celebrated with their utmost wealth even being financially able to hire the well known pianist and David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer to play piano at their huge mansion Christmas soiree. Now being almost penniless, Johnny wants to bring back some of those special Christmas memories in Schitt's Creek where he now resides at the seedy hotel he co-owns. Johnny (Eugene Levy) convinces his wife Moira (Catherine O'Hara) who reluctantly goes along with Johnny to purchase a Christmas tree which turns out to be even worse than the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Johnny quickly becomes disillusioned by the Christmas season when no one else in his family of four shares his same enthusiasm for wanting to make this Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah, and Christmas tree with Christmas Carol singing a reality. We are now in the year 2019 and as such this thirty minute comedy episode sends a message that both Christian and Jewish faiths, gays and straights, black and white, can all share in the true meaning of the Christmas and Hanukkah spirit. Sing one and all and enjoy to your hearts content! A perfect 10 for 10 to enjoy the Christmas season.
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Schitt's Creek (2015– )
8/10
A reversal of the classic 1960's Beverly Hillbillies TV series
17 January 2019
Sort of like a bad car accident while we drive by we just can't take our eyes off of it. No, not every episode of Schitt's Creek is hilariously funny, but neither were the 1960's Beverly Hillbillies, or Green Acres which are both well past their TV prime time but remain in TV history through reruns and DVD sales.

I must say that Schitt's Creek is refreshing for the past few years and is now thriving in season 4 as we have gotten to know the ecclectic towns people. What I really, really appreciate about Schitt's Creek and each and every episode is the producers have refrained from utilizing that irritating "canned hah hah hah hah laughter" that so dominates many of the so-called comedy TV series that are on today.

Schitt's Creek and the Rose family, comprised of father Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), classy over dressed wife Moira (Catherine O'Hara), prissy daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy), and gay son David (Dan Levy) share equal time on the screen with the rest of the cast that include the seedy motel Manager Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire), local restuarant waitress named Twyla Sands (Sarah Levy), the Mayor of Schitt's Creek Roland Schitt (Chriss Eliott), gay town councillor Ronnie Lee (Karen Robinson), and David Rose's love interest and business partner Patrick (Noah Reid) to name but a few of this great cast of townsfolk who live and work in Schitt's Creek.

This comedy series is especially more enjoyable when you can binge watch several episodes at the same time to get a good feeling of how well blended the cast and story lines are. Don't be offended by the series title as so many IMDB naysayers have utilized to prematurely poor cold water on the series. This series stays away from any political message and is deliberately very inclusive with its cast of characters. I need not say anymore as this series speaks for everyone, not just a select audience.

No canned laughter allows Schitt's Creek to stand for what it is, great comedy with an ecclectic cast with refreshing funny storylines that will surely be around for a few more seasons.

I give this comedy series a bright 8 out of 10 rating
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Roswell, New Mexico: Pilot (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
5/10
Ooooooh, all these young twenty somethings with secrets.....soooooo mysterious....NOT!!!!
16 January 2019
Just another small town with a bunch of young people that are hot and horny for each other but some of them have to keep their pecker in their pants because their aliens? Did I say aliens? Well yes, illegal aliens from Mexico who could get deported back to Mexico by ISIS because that mean Republican U.S. President is now in charge (they don't mention him by name, but they do mention the wall).

I digress, they are referring to the other form of aliens. You know, the kind from outer space. Oooooooh, mysteries abound and so do their super powers.

What doesn't exist in this re-make of an earlier Tv series in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico though, is any good story writing. This is sort of like Beverly Hills 90201 but not in 1947 Roswell, continually referencing the political divisive climate plenty of SOAP, but no science fiction of any value. The only science fiction is that the Democratic voters still think they are dreaming. Get over it. You lost and so does Roswell, New Mexico.

Aliens.......ooooooohhhhhh. Not!!!!!
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Roswell, New Mexico (2019– )
5/10
Ooooooh, young twenty somethings with secrets.....soooooo mysterious....NOT!!!!
16 January 2019
Just another small town with a bunch of young people that are hot and horny for each other but some of them have to keep their pecker in their pants because their aliens? Did I say aliens? Well yes, illegal aliens from Mexico who could get deported back to Mexico by ISIS because that mean Republican U.S. President is now in charge (they don't mention him by name, but they do mention the wall).

I digress, they are referring to the other form of aliens. You know, the kind from outer space. Oooooooh, mysteries abound and so do their super powers.

What doesn't exist in this re-make of an earlier TV series in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico though, is any good story writing. This is sort of like Beverly Hills 90201 but not in 1947 Roswell, continually referencing the political divisive climate with an over abundance of SOAP, but no science fiction of any value. The only science fiction is that the Democratic voters still think they are dreaming. Get over it. You lost and so does Roswell, New Mexico.

Aliens.......ooooooohhhhhh. Not!!!!!
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2/10
Artsy fartsy film that portrays American consumer capitalism as the reason the French people are oppressed
14 January 2019
Take it for what it is worth, a boorish self-indulgent director named Jean-Luc Godard who must have been raised by affluent parents. I guess he never had to work a day in his life. In 1949 he studied at the Sorbonne to prepare for a degree in Ethnology. What the heck is Ethnology you ask? Ask any boorish, filthy rich snob and they will tell you. The definition of Ethnology is: a branch of cultural anthropology dealing chiefly with the comparative and analytical study of cultures. and/or: a science that deals with the division of human beings into races and their origin, distribution, relations, and characteristics.

So the spoiled Godard took liberties within his exploitive documentary style film in which the film star, the beautiful Marina Vlady, plays a dual role of both mother/wife to two young children and a prostitute to maintain a lifestyle to which I assume that Godard knows only too well. Those that have, and those who want. The prostitute/wife/mother named Juliette Jeanson seems to live a very normal life at home, and even her encounters with her Johns who pay for some form of sexual activity seem to be an extension of her (ab)normal way of life.

Throughout the film director Godard takes unfair jab after jab at American populism, American capitalism, and of course the Vietnam war. I am sure the very two different social classes in France and maybe other countries as well, that being the extremely wealthy and the other being the normal working class family would have extremely different views on this film' worth as a cinema experience. I can bet you that this film had a very short shelf life at the theaters when it was released, but it somehow garnered the attention of the liberal film aficionados so it is now forever entitled to be considered part of the acclaimed Criterion Collection.

The point I am making about this type of artsy fartsy film is that after being released more than five (5) decades earlier, 52 years ago to be precise, it has garnered only 5,621 movie goers who have taken the time to rate it's worth. I am by no means in that upper class of social status and I just watched the film free of charge on the TCM network, so you can now count my generous rating of "2" out of 10 as the 5,622nd viewer who has taken the time to rate this film. If I was asked if this film was deserving of being added to the acclaimed Criterion Collection I would say certainly not, as it is more deserving of the 1967 Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) award. Fortunately for director Jean-Luc Godard the Razzie's were only introduced in 1981. Maybe Godard deserves a lifetime achievement Razzie award.
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Project Blue Book: The Fuller Dogfight (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
May the FARCE be with you
14 January 2019
Suspenseful? YES!

Mysterious? YES!

Aliens exist? Maybe...maybe not????

I keep wondering what the world was like back in the century of the 1400's in the time when Christopher Columbus wanted to sail across the vast oceans and find a new world. The majority of the worlds' people believed that the world had to be flat and to sail past the sun's horizon a ship would fall off of the end of the world. More recently in the early 1900's songs were sung about reaching for the moon and who can forget that fateful day on July 20th, 1969, when the entire world was literally glued to their black and white television sets to watch that historical moment when American Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their spacecraft Apollo 11 on the moon's surface. The following day July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong took those first steps on the moon's surface and all the world once again watched in awe.

So although the 1960's were the most amazing technical and scientific time to be alive, there were smut papers and science-fiction movies telling us that aliens were real and they were here on earth already in many forms and disguises to blend in with the general population.

This TV series, Project Blue Book is an attempt to provide its viewers some insight into the early days in the mid 1940's and beyond when the U.S. Intelligence and U.S. Airforce were engaged in gathering intel on unidentified flying objects (UFO's), space aliens, real or imagined. Most rational people believed aliens did not exist and the wild stories were all hoaxes, but go back in time in the 1400's when the world was considered to be flat, or in the 1900's when no one believed a man would ever land on the moon, but here we are.

I was taught to believe in Christmas and Santa Claus and I am a better man for it, as are my own children. I for one will be advising my (now) adult children to watch this mysterious TV series Project Blue Book which most likely has been taking great liberties in the factual events of the U.S. Intelligence and U.S. Airforce events, but it makes for great stories and isn't that the main reason we watch television? To be entertained? I look forward to more episodes of Project Blue Book which has captured my imagination once again. I give the series a solid 8 out of 10 rating.
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Project Blue Book (2019– )
8/10
May the FARCE be with you
14 January 2019
Suspenseful? YES!

Mysterious? YES!

Aliens exist? Maybe...maybe not????

I keep wondering what the world was like back in the century of the 1400's in the time when Christopher Columbus wanted to sail across the vast oceans and find a new world. The majority of the worlds' people believed that the world had to be flat and to sail past the sun's horizon a ship would fall off of the end of the world. More recently in the early 1900's songs were sung about reaching for the moon and who can forget that fateful day on July 20th, 1969, when the entire world was literally glued to their black and white television sets to watch that historical moment when American Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their spacecraft Apollo 11 on the moon's surface. The following day July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong took those first steps on the moon's surface and all the world once again watched in awe.

So although the 1960's were the most amazing technical and scientific time to be alive, there were smut papers and science-fiction movies telling us that aliens were real and they were here on earth already in many forms and disguises to blend in with the general population.

This TV series, Project Blue Book is an attempt to provide its viewers some insight into the early days in the mid 1940's and beyond when the U.S. Intelligence and U.S. Airforce were engaged in gathering intel on unidentified flying objects (UFO's), space aliens, real or imagined. Most rational people believed aliens did not exist and the wild stories were all hoaxes, but go back in time in the 1400's when the world was considered to be flat, or in the 1900's when no one believed a man would ever land on the moon, but here we are.

I was taught to believe in Christmas and Santa Claus and I am a better man for it, as are my own children. I for one will be advising my (now) adult children to watch this mysterious TV series Project Blue Book which most likely has been taking great liberties in the factual events of the U.S. Intelligence and U.S. Airforce events, but it makes for great stories and isn't that the main reason we watch television? To be entertained? I look forward to more episodes of Project Blue Book which has captured my imagination.

I give the series a solid 8 out of 10 rating.
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New Amsterdam (2018– )
7/10
The ROCKY BALBOA of medical drama TV shows...including an inspirational music score
12 January 2019
Wow, Mrs. Shullivan and I binged watch the first four (4) episodes of this new TV medical drama series. Of course it is inspirational as well as brimming with emotional storylines in which the majority of the medical professionals are in their mid-30s including the new hire administrator of the New Amsterdam hospital. a doctor named Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold).

We haven't seen even a tinge of any humor in this TV series to lighten the mood at New Amsterdam. No, quite the contrary, the gas pedal is floor to the metal, as there are quite a few miraculous diagnosis and lengthy Operation Room surgeries and unlike any medical emergency hospital I have ever seen, no one ever gets a bill for their life saving surgery. I have sometimes fallen into a dream sequence reminiscent of all the teary eye miracles and goodwill emphasized on another inspirational TV series, that being Touched by an Angel, 1994-2003.

Okay, okay, the results are not real miracles at the New Amsterdam hospital but we can all dream can't we?
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Schooled: Be Like Mike (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
7/10
Lainey Lewis finds real employment as the school's music teacher
10 January 2019
Schooled has seamlessly moved into the time slot immediately after The Goldbergs to which Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) was first introduced to us as the love of Barry Goldberg's high school life. In this new series Lainey Lewis has now grown up in the past decade and the series takes place in the 1980's. Now as an adult, Lainey finds a job at her old high school as the music teacher to gain real employment for the first time.

I am not sure if the producers intend to make Schooled a clone of the Goldbergs or more of a stand-alone comedy series. In the opening episode there are a few of the same characters that appear in both the Goldbergs as well as in Schooled. For example Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) is still coaching basketball and he lends a helping hand to the new kid/teacher Lainey Lewis on teaching her what feels good in her heart and turn off the background noise. The principal, Mr. Glascott (Tim Meadows) is also at the school and there are cameos by Earl Ball (Stephen Tobolowsky) and even crazy hair and sweater mom Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey). Now the Goldberg stars may be making periodic appearances just to ensure that the fan base of the Goldbergs don't turn the channel too soon.

Time will tell if Lainey Lewis (A J Michalka) can find a home of her own in this new TV series Schooled but I for one will hang in there for a few more episodes and see what this new school year brings in the form of family entertainment and light comedy.
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Schooled (2019– )
7/10
Same school as The Goldbergs...but in a different class with Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) starring
10 January 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Schooled has seamlessly moved into the time slot immediately after The Goldbergs to which Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) was first introduced to us as the love of Barry Goldberg's high school life. In this new series Lainey Lewis has now grown up in the past decade and the series takes place in the 1980's. Now as an adult, Lainey finds a job at her old high school as the music teacher to gain real employment for the first time.

I am not sure if the producers intend to make Schooled a clone of the Goldbergs or more of a stand-alone comedy series. In the opening episode there are a few of the same characters that appear in both the Goldbergs as well as in Schooled. For example Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) is still coaching basketball and he lends a helping hand to the new kid/teacher Lainey Lewis on teaching her what feels good in her heart and turn off the background noise. The principal, Mr. Glascott (Tim Meadows) is also at the school and there are cameos by Earl Ball (Stephen Tobolowsky) and even crazy hair and sweater mom Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey). Now the Goldberg stars may be making periodic appearances just to ensure that the fan base of the Goldbergs don't turn the channel too soon.

Time will tell if Lainey Lewis (A J Michalka) can find a home of her own in this new TV series Schooled but I for one will hang in there for a few more episodes and see what this new school year brings in the form of family entertainment and light comedy.

I give the opening episode a 7 out of 10 rating
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Forensic Files (1996–2011)
9/10
Thank goodness station HLN is astute enough to provide us with an endless string of reruns of this documentary true crime series
8 January 2019
I like many other television viewers have grown very tired of the decades old late night choices of TV talk show hosts and/or reality TV series. I am so grateful for HLN to have made the wise decision to run on almost a daily basis several episodes back to back of Forensic Files episodes. Using my PVR I pre-record them and then tend to watch them binging until I have exhausted the pre-recorded episodes.

Each 30 minute episode provides the summary details of an unsolved crime which may be a murder, sexual assault, missing person(s), or blue collar crime. Each crime story line is narrated and we receive background information on the victim(s), and then methodically the investigation process is explained that results in an arrest of the suspect(s), which sometimes follows details of the actaul trial and subsequent conviction, or in some cases a prior convicted felon's crime is exonerated as new forensic science and/or forensic techniques (such as the future use of DNA) comes in to the crime science laboratories.

These are all true crime episodes, and many of the actual crimes are detailed including video images of the real arrests and/or court trials of the perpertrator(s) that provide a conviction and usually a long term or life sentence.

Anyone who is a crime buff will enjoy this documentary series that stayed on the air for so many seasons. I hope they resurrect this excellent true crime series sometime in the near future.

I give this crime/drama/documentary series an excellent 9 out of 10 rating
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Coroner: Black Dog (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
7/10
Both awkward and intriguing, a little bit rushed, and a little bit slow
8 January 2019
Pilot Episode review

I always thought coroners worked within the confines of a municipal building and were old and tired civic employees who could not wait for their eight (8) hour shift to end. In the case of this very young and attractive coroner named Dr. Jenny Cooper (played by Serinda Swan) she works both day and night and acts more like an investigator/counsellor than a bored coroner.

Dr. Jenny Cooper's own husband died under suspicious circumstances while she and her husband were attending their sons swim meet. Mr. Cooper did not die without hiding some secrets from Jenny which leaves her alone, broke, to raise their teenage son.

In this first episode of season one (1) Dr. Jenny Cooper establishes herself as both a good investigator, quick thinking administrator, and loving mom. She also gets head butted, slapped in the face, and finds time to fornicate while on an impromptu first date so there is a lot packed int this pilot episode.

I would not say that this first episode was suspenseful, nor was it a really tough mystery to solve, but there was enough substance that I will want to watch a few more episodes to see how this crime/drama series unfolds.

I give this series a 7 out of 10 rating based on the pilot episode
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Coroner (2019– )
7/10
Both awkward and intriguing, a little bit rushed, and a little bit slow
8 January 2019
Warning: Spoilers
I always thought coroners worked within the confines of a municipal building and were old and tired civic employees who could not wait for their eight (8) hour shift to end. In the case of this very young and attractive coroner named Dr. Jenny Cooper (played by Serinda Swan) she works both day and night and acts more like an investigator/counsellor than a bored coroner.

Dr. Jenny Cooper's own husband died under suspicious circumstances while she and her husband were attending their sons swim meet. Mr. Cooper did not die without hiding some secrets from Jenny which leaves her alone, broke, to raise their teenage son.

In this first episode of season one (1) Dr. Jenny Cooper establishes herself as both a good investigator, quick thinking administrator, and loving mom. She also gets head butted, slapped in the face, and also finds time to fornicate while on an impromptu first date so there is a lot packed into this pilot episode.

I would not say that this first episode was suspenseful, nor was it a really tough mystery to solve, but there was enough substance that I will want to watch a few more episodes to see how this crime/drama series unfolds.

I give this series a 7 out of 10 rating based on the pilot episode
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Every Christmas Has a Story (2016 TV Movie)
8/10
Relax folks, it's Lori Loughlin and she always wins her audience over
2 January 2019
Okay, so this made for TV film is not a Christmas film classic in the realms of (1954) White Christmas or (1946) It's A Wonderful Life, but it does star the adorable Lori Loughlin who has always maintained a strong and supportive fan base because of her undeniable charm and innocence, and the camera loves her.

So why not have her actually star in a TV Christmas film in which she is actually in front of the camera making a Christmas faux pas by stating that she does not celebrate Christmas, and then accidentally throw a Christmas lover into the sacred Christmas tree, all caught on camera?

Only Lori Loughlin's never ending charm can win her audience back after this faux pas and so she goes to visit a small little town in North Dakota which is known for celebrating Christmas only to discover the town has its own dirty little secret. Gradually Lori helps this little North Dakota town rekindle their love and spirit of Christmas just as she finds her own inner Christmas spirit. Along the way Lori also rekindles her relationship with her estranged father, and she starts re-engaging with her lost love from her college days. Mrs. Shullivan and I enjoyed the film and you will too. Ignore the naysayers, it's Lori Loughlin, you can't go wrong.

I give this Christmas themed film a decent 8 out of 10 rating
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9/10
Will become a romantic film classic up there with Four Weddings and a Funeral
1 January 2019
Confucius say.... If you turn Oriental around, he become disoriented

Over the top opulence, fashion to fall all over, Singapore and Malaysia architecture wonders, wealth beyond your wildest imagination, female cattiness, mixed emotions, a mothers love, a mothers ignorance and blindness, absentee fathers (on both sides of the lead stars family .....as if their fathers don't even matter?), will (s)he or won't (s)he? Last but not least, I cannot forget a great musical score that binds this romantic film classic together that will burst at the seams of your tear ducts.

Mrs. Shullivan and I agreed that Crazy Rich Asians is a film long overdue on so many levels. We have not seen a good, no.....let me rephrase that, we have not seen a great romantic comedy for a few years now that made us laugh, cry and sigh with great relief and joy....and did I mention a great musical score that binds it all together? I think I did already but it is worth mentioning a second time.

This Rom/Com was finished as if it was only five (5) minutes long as the film was filled with non stop action, comedy, romance, crazy rich opulence and an eventual marriage proposal that brings tears to our eyes. Mrs. Shullivan and I both loved the film and we have added it to our film library as one of our repeat films to watch a few more times because it is that good.

The film has an eclectic cast that screams "crazy rich" but at the same time, you wish they were all your friends and we want to party like it's 1999! We both loved the film and rate it a 9 out of 10 score.
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Killing Eve (2018– )
8/10
Intriguing
1 January 2019
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer do the dance of cat and mouse to absolute perfection. Sandra Oh plays a low level CIA employee named Eve Polastri who is fixated on solving a criminal serial killer's identity that no one else believes even exists. The serial killer/assassin is a young woman named Villanelle aka Oksana and is played by Jodie Comer.

Each murder that the serial killer assassin Villanelle commits is unique in its own way and will capture the adventurous spirit that exists in all of us. The serial killer/assassin Villanelle has her own handler who is a charming bearded rotund man named Konstantin Vasiliev (Kim Bodnia) and Villanelle knows that her handler is using her more as a weapon for alterior motives than as the somewhat father figure who tells his agent of destruction that he cares for her personal well being when really he just wants to control his beast from biting himself at the wrong time.

The supporting cast members are all eclectic characters with in depth personalities and a mysterious past thatthe audience will have a difficult time knowing if this is a spy versus spy thriller, serail killer themed film, a romance, or all of the above.

Mrs. Shullivan and I binged watched the first season between Christmas and New Years and it was the perfect way to recover from the hustle and bustle of another big family gathering. Just the two of us, the quirky CIA sleuth Eve, and her nemesis Villanelle aka Oksana. Cookies, coffee and a series of creative assassinations. The final episode was a bit disappointing (but predictable to allow for a season 2) thus the lower rating of 8 out of 10.
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Crown for Christmas (2015 TV Movie)
9/10
Goosebumps (watch this charming film and see if you don't get goosbumps too!)
1 January 2019
A European widower King with a pre-teen mischievous daughter hires an American governess who fits in with the royal kingdom like a square peg in a round hole. The King's daughter is very protective of her most eligible bachelor father but she comes to grow and love her new American governess, as does the handsome King.

The castle and surrounding grounds are most opulent and the American governess certainly feels out of place whilst trying to maintain a professional relationship as her job title governess.

The story between good versus evil, obnoxious versus charming is quite evident and I couldn't help but want to cheer for the new American governess Allie Evans (Danica McKellar) to win the little princess, her father the King, as well as the King's staff over before Christmas eve falls upon the kingdom.

This is a charming Christmas themed romantic film. Although a simple and overplayed story line actress Danica McKellar who plays governess Allie Evans brings out the childhood best in all who encounter her, especially when there is a snowball fight to be had.

A quite enjoyable Christmas themed film that gave me goosebumps. In fact 9 out of 10 goosebumps.
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10/10
The human heart is a caring one...especially in Gander Newfoundland immediately after 9:11
30 December 2018
If you need your spirits lifted and/or you have lost your way then you absolutely need to watch this 84 minute documentary that provides the story of a real life tragedy when Operation Yellow Ribbon went into effect and the people from the tiny town (10,000 people) of Gander Newfoundland,Canada, showed what unselfish hospitality was truly like when terroists struck the twin towers of New York City and the USA closed all of their airports.

The 10,000 people who reside in Gander welcomed with open arms and their purest love for the approximate 6,700 multi cultural passengers and flight crew(s) that literally fell out of the sky looking for a safe place to land, sleep and eat for the next few days while the tragedy of 9:11 in New York city was unfolding. You will hear the actual stories from both the survivors from all over the world whose planes landed in a place/country they had never heard or ever been in before called Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, as well as from many of the towns people of Gander Newfoundland, Canada.

This is an inspiring story that should be shown in all schools and church services as it truly shows the outpouring of kindness and care for our fellow mankind. A successful musical titled Come From Away made it to Broadway in 2017 and is still being shown today. It is an inspiring story filled with love and kindness out of the tragedy of 9:11 and so many lives that were tragically lost.

See it and you will also be touched and hopefully the world becomes a better place to live as a result in some small way due to the kindness of the people from Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

A perfect 10 for 10 rating!
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Cobb (1994)
3/10
WARNING: Cobb has to be rolling over in his grave from embarassment. Pathetic Biography!
28 December 2018
Tommy Lee Jones must have been in dire need for a real fast and big pay cheque to agree to have starred as the iconic baseball legend Ty Cobb in such a stinker of a biographical film. Why Tommy? Why? Did you even read the script and/or did you know what a lousy co-star you would be opposite to in Robert Wuhl?

I can't believe how silly and ridiculous the writing was for this so-called biography of the elderly 70 plus Ty Cobb and the scenes that took place at Ty Cobb's cabin in the woods through to the ridiculous car chase in a winter storm were so poorly scripted and acted I assume they completed most of the film in record time with no second takes.

For this film to take such an iconic and legendary baseball legend as Ty Cobb and turn him into a cartoonish old man who can't get his penis to rise the past few years is such an embarassment to the man, the legend, and to the major league baseball historical society.

I have to assume that Robert Wuhl's family invested every last dime they had to have Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones star in this piece of crap that made Ty Cobb look like such a loser. Oh, but of course the film also had to portray Robert Wuhl's character writer Al Stump as the hero who puts up with the wacky Ty Cobb's violence and verbal abuse only to out survive Ty Cobb and raise a glass with his cronies in his honor. Blah...blah.blahh.blahh

I give this film version Cobb a 3 (strikes) out of 10 rating and call it OUT!!!!!
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Thrill of the Kill (2006 TV Movie)
5/10
There is decent on screen chemistry between Shiri Appleby and Chris Potter
25 December 2018
Kelly Holden (Shiri Appleby) is a feisty young attractive woman who wants answers as to who murdered her more flirty sister. When the police seemed to have all but closed the case, Kelly seeks out the assistance of the famed crime writer novelist Graydon Jennings (Chris Potter) to pick his brain to help get the murder investigation moving in the right direction, that being with a big "SOLVED" over the cover of her sistsers stalled murder investigation.

It does not take a lot of convincing, nor does it take a lot of time for crime novelist Graydon Jennings to agree to get invlolved and quickly embarass the local police with his investigative approach whiich leads Kelly and Graydon with a couple of prime suspects. What would a murder/mystery film be if we didn't have an influential, well known, corrupt and slimy politician leading the list of potential murder suspects?

Okay, so the film has a few holes in it and the director/writer(s) deliberately provide us with a few suspects so we have to fugure out the "whodunit", but all in all the on screen chemistry between the two lead actors Shiri Appleby and Chris Potter helped me at least want to see how the movie ends.

Did it thrill me? No But it did not disappoint me either so I give the film a passable 5 out of 10 rating. An okay time waster. Nothing more, nothing less.
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The Christmas Train (2017 TV Movie)
6/10
I keep telling Mrs. Shullivan we have to take a train trip sometime soon
25 December 2018
The Christmas Train although not a true Christmas classic, is more a drama/romance film that is still decent enough to hold most filmgoers attention for the films 99 minute duration. There is something about a bunch of strangers who meet on a train that captures one's imagination and I was asking myself (and asking Mrs. Shullivan too) wouldn't that be nice to be on that Christmas train?

Of course a 4 day, 3,000 mile trip aboard the Christmas train that the published author Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney) was taking, with his seperate cabin that included a full desk and bed is not something most of us could ever afford, but eh' it's a movie so keep dreaming right?

I digress. Tom meets quite a few eclectic characters aboard the Christmas train including a Hollywood director named Max Powers (Danny Glover) who happened to bring along his next films screen writer a woman named Eleanor Carter (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) . From this point on a story unfolds about many of the characters aboard the Christmas train including the background stories of Tom and Eleanor.

I wouldn't say this is one of my top ten films, nor is it one of my top 100 Christmas films, because other than the train itself being called the Christmas train because it reaches its 4 day destination for Tom and Eleanor on Christmas Day, there is more a dramatic and romantic storyline than a Christmas story. Throwing in a bit of snow also doesn't make it a Christmas story. It is a decent enough film and I will rate it 6 out of 10, but I think there should be an alternate title than the Christmas Train. The title is deceiving.
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Charming Christmas (2015 TV Movie)
7/10
A very tasty Christmas treat to leave every Christmas connoisseur's palate more than satisfied
25 December 2018
I am not sure the film title Charming Christmas does the story justice. Charming Christmas is more deserving of a title such as "Do Not Open Until Christmas", or "Santa, Is That Really You?" Regardless though of the actual film title this nifty little Christmas film bakes up the right Christmas ingredients that will leave a good taste in most Christmas connoisseur's mouths.

David Sutcliffe who plays Nick Claus has a most mischievous wide smile that says "I have many secrets". Nick is hired by the original store owners of Rossman's department store to play Santa Claus and apparently he comes highly recommended. Against the Rossman owners decision to hire Nick to play Santa without vetting him first through their Human Resources department, their daughter Meredith Rossman (Julie Benz) who holds a degree in Business tries to pooh-pooh her mothers' decision. But you know what they say....."mother knows best" so Nick gets a chance to work his magic as the Rossman department store Santa.

Mrs. Shullivan and I enjoyed how Nick seemed to have something positive to share with all the Rossman store employees and he saved his best michievious grins and wisdom for Meredith who was too focussed on expanding the single Rossman store into a franchise industry, and she certainly clashed with the new Santa hire, Nick.

Gradually Nick works his Santa magic with the children who sit on his lap and the Rossman store employees all believe that Nick has lots to offer as their lives seem to be changing for the better after receiving personal letters of wisdom from Nick.. Even Meredith (Julie Benz) agrees to wear the Mrs. Santa Claus and she begins to have mixed feelings for her mysterious store Santa.

Charming Christmas gives the viewers insight into family dynamics at Christmas that many of us can relate to such as single parents raising young children, friends that complain about their current status and worklife balance, and of course what would a Christmas film be without a little romance, tears and laughter?

Charming Christmas has all of the above as well as many fine performances and the screen presence between David Sutcliffe and Julie Benz is fun to watch. I give the film 7 out of 10 stars.
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