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The Americans: The Soviet Division (2017)
Season 5, Episode 13
5/10
Nostrovia!!! Let's have less internal thinking and second guessing and more espionage
23 March 2019
This final episode of season 5 was quite frankly disappointing. I found myself periodically lulled into daydreaming as Phil went through yet another of his "deep in thought" and remorseful out loud thinking periods as he was talking first with his daughter Paige in the kitchen (I.e. "Paige, I am sorry you did not enjoy a normal teenage life with a dog and a boyfriend living in our neighborhood"), then in the closing sequence when Phil and his wife Elizabeth are out walking in their neighborhood for a late night stroll they are both feeling burned out with their exhaustive multiple missions and their discussion AGAIN turns to leaving the U.S. and going back home to Russia with the kids.

Let's remember why we the audience stuck through seasons 1-5 so far. Phil and Elizabeth are Soviet spys and we have been interested in their espionage assigments, their disguises, how they handle themselves with their targets, and NOT beacuse they seem to be continually feeling remorseful about their (lack of) family life, the people they hurt, or their crappy assignments. These two (Phil and Elizabeth) are supposed to be highly trained Soviet spies trained since their teenage years, so suck it up butter cup and show us how you sucessfully infiltrate companies/agencies and gather U.S. top secrets.

Stealing two pods of scientifically bred wheat from an open field (previous episode) is not exactly thrilling. Stan seems to be disenchanted with his FBI agent job, as is Oleg back in Russia chasing the black market Russian food chain. Elizabeth training Paige in their garage in self defense may give us a hint of what is to come in the next season 6 which is The Americans last and final season, but this episode was disappointing and there was no cliff hanger to entice us to stay tuned for season 6. But onward Mrs. Shullivan and I will go. Why? Because I will take my own advice and "suck it up, buttercup" for the upcoming final season's last10 episodes.

Nostrovia!!!!
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The Americans: Amber Waves (2017)
Season 5, Episode 1
9/10
A great start to season 5
22 March 2019
Phil and Elizabeth are required to do double duty. On one assignment they pretend to be an airline pilot and stewardess working for an airline and they have adopted a Vietnamse boy who is of high school age whio befriends another Russian high school boy all in an effort to get close to a Russian scientist so that they can figure out what he is doing for the Americans. On another assignment they are assisted by Hans and some other comrades to dig up the spy/scientist William's grave to cut off a piece of his flesh to acquire a sample of the level 4 bi-hazard chemical that he infected himself with to avoid being imprisoned as a Russian spy.

Paige and Matthew's friendship is becoming a lot more serious than just friends and it is creating turmoil with her parents. This is an interesting first episode for season 5 and impressed both Mrs. Shullivan and myself such that we continued watching a few more episodes before calling it "enough" and time to unwind before hitting the sack. A great start for season 5!
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The Fix (2019– )
7/10
The Jury is still out deciding if this series will have a short trial or long trial (season)
19 March 2019
Since the story takes place in Los Angeles I will cut the series some slack with the over the top hype that seems to exist between a L.A. lead prosecutor named Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) and a Hollywood mega movie star named Sevvy Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who was accused of murdering two girls. The first trial took place 8 years ago, and the one-time A-lister Sevvy who was found "not guilty" has lost a lot of his Hollywood status and now he is suspected of brutally murdering his current girlfriend.

So Maya Travis who left L.A. after the first trial had found Sevvy Johnson not guilty, is asked to come back to assist the original prosecuting team from 8 years prior to ensure nothing gets overlooked this time around.

As I stated earlier it is hard to accept that an L.A. county prosecutor who lost this high profile case and comes back to L.A. eight (8) years later wearing a denim jacket and a baseball cap would have people staring at her in the airport as if she was well known? I don't think so. To make this episode even harder to fathom Maya Travis is surrounded by dozens of paparazzi trying to get the scoop on her thoughts of how she will be trying this second murder case against Hollywood movie star Sevvy Johnson.

As this was the pilot episode, I am optimistic that subsequent episodes may attempt to show that the L.A. homicide squad will also get some air time and try and gather evidence for Maya and her prosecuting team to use in court, rather than have Maya solve the crime all by herself "a la Perry Mason".

The jury's still out deciding if this series will have a short or long trial.
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The Fix: Pilot (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
7/10
The jury's still out deciding on the fate of this series
19 March 2019
Since the story takes place in Los Angeles I will cut the series some slack with the over the top hype that seems to exist between a L.A. lead prosecutor named Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) and a Hollywood mega movie star named Sevvy Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who was accused of murdering two girls. The first trial took place 8 years ago, and the one-time A-lister Sevvy who was found "not guilty" has lost a lot of his Hollywood status and now he is suspected of brutally murdering his current girlfriend.

So Maya Travis who left L.A. after the first trial had found Sevvy Johnson not guilty, is asked to come back to assist the original prosecuting team from 8 years prior to ensure nothing gets overlooked this time around.

As I stated earlier it is hard to accept that an L.A. county prosecutor who lost this high profile case and comes back to L.A. eight (8) years later wearing a denim jacket and a baseball cap would have people staring at her in the airport as if she was well known? I don't think so. To make this episode even harder to fathom Maya Travis is surrounded by dozens of paparazzi trying to get the scoop on her thoughts of how she will be trying this second murder case against Hollywood movie star Sevvy Johnson.

As this was the pilot episode, I am optimistic that subsequent episodes may attempt to show that the L.A. homicide squad will also get some air time and try and gather evidence for Maya and her prosecuting team to use in court, rather than have Maya solve the crime all by herself "a la Perry Mason".

The jury's still out deciding if this series will have a short or long trial.
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5/10
Mediocre at best
12 March 2019
I do appreciate the historical value that some good movies are able to provide while at the same time also combining quality cinematography with superb acting performances through the portrayal(s) of historical figures. But this film does not provide a balance between fine acting and historical documentation. No, what this film provides in my humble opinion is a very left leaning political message.

Adding insult to the intelligence of the producers/directors intended audience is the fact that the film also included actual film footage from the August 2017 clash between white nationalists and counter protesters and how each party blamed one another and the police for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va. I am not objecting to the actual footage included at the end of this film, only that it displays an obvious clear bias that one party is racist and violent and that this film only encourages the continuation of hate amongst races based on either the color of one's skin and or choice of religious faith.

As for the acting in this film Adam Driver's performance stood out, but I was less than impressed with either Topher Grace's role as the Grand Klansman David Dukes, or by John David Washington's performance as Ron Stallworth, an undercover cop. But what I was most disappointed with was the screenplay itself which was so one-sided that the audience was expected to believe that the civil rights movement origin was formed by the Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Club.

For Spike Lee to receive an Academy Award for best Director, the year 2018 must have been a very lousy year in the entire film industry. The Academy members were obviously attempting to appease one group for the previous year's/decades of exclusion of the top awards but I expected to see much more from a film that received six (6) Academy nominations. Instead, all I gleaned is frustration from another film in a long line of politically motivated films that wreak with a one-sided view of a suppressed society. I don't call this entertainment at all. This film's only success may be in re-energizing the continuing divide amongst the nation.
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8/10
This was no repeat of another O.J. Simpson type murder, but that of a jealous lover
11 March 2019
Warning: Spoilers
NFL Chicago Bears footbal star Shaun Gayle was a veteran player who never married but did lead more than an active life with more than a dozen women in his little black book that he had been in on-going romantic relationships with at different times over the past few years. One of his longest romantic relationships was with a woman named Rhoni Reuter who he had been seeing for almost two decades when she suddenly became preganant. Shaun Gayle appeared o be outwardly happy with the news of him becoming a father soon and he told his parents as such the good news.

Rhoni Reuters was seven (7) months pregnant when she answered the door to her condominium on October 04th, 2007, when she was instantly shot multiple times both in the abdomen and in the head dying instantly. A neighbor witnessed someome running away after the shots were fired and told the police she thought the shooter was wearing all black, and also appeared to be a black man. For obvious reasons the police's prime suspect was foortball legend Shaun Gayle who also was the father of Rhoni Reuter's soon to be baby.

Gradually the police gathered sufficient evidence to prove who the murderer was and why a woman named Marni Yang committed the murder. The story is told completely through the voice of a narrator and Shaun Gayle does not contribute with any (police) interview throughout the episode, but convicted murderer Matni Yang does.
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I Am the Night: Queen's Gambit, Accepted (2019)
Season 1, Episode 6
8/10
Fewer twists and quite frankly I am a bit disappointed with this the final episode
5 March 2019
I was satisfied with this the final of six episodes relating to the still unsolved 1947 mutilation and murder of Elizabeth Short and the main suspect Doctor George Hodel, but at the same time I was anticipating a much more suspenseful finale which did not materialize.

The acting is above par, and the scenery is bold and contemporary for this 1940's-1960's period piece, but the script writing and subsequent dialogue was unimaginative and lacked the suspense comparable in which the first few episodes provided its viewers.

Chris Pine is such a good actor and he has previously been selective in the roles he has played. In the first few episodes as the hunt for proving a serial killer does exist and as Jay was progressing with his realtionship with the young and vulnerable Fauna Hodel, this mini-series maintained suspense but as the last two episodes unfolded I found the cheapness of the beatings Jay was taking in the police precinct and how easily Fauna was drugged simply just a cheap way to end anotherwise suspenseful crime mini-series based on an actual unsolved murder(s) some seventy odd years ago.

I would compare it to anticipating and ordering an expensive steak from a premier five star restaurant only to be served an overcooked small piece of meat accompanied by lumpy potatoes.
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5/10
A nags head (long dyed blonde mane) narrating her narrow view of a very violent family
5 March 2019
The life styles of the rich and infamous of the various Gotti family as outlined by the convicted (life in prison without parole) New York city crime lord John Gotti's daughter Victoria Gotti may all be true but the audience may come away thinking that this poor little "daddy's girl" was duped by both her father and her own husband of their evil ways and violent life of crime.

Make no mistake the Gotti's may have lived a wealthy lifestyle in luxurious mansions and wore expensive clothes adorned in expensive jewlery (as flagrantly displayed by Victoria Gotti as she narrates her point of view), but what Victoria Gotti neglected to tell her audience is how feared most everyday people were of just simply even hearing the Gotti name.

I am really not sure what the message was that Victoria Gotti was trying to convey in this supposed autobiographic Lifetime movie. I found it hard to listen to what was coming out of Victoria's mouth (oh, poor me I had no idea both my father and my husband were violent law breaking convicted criminals) because I couldn't get past that huge mop of a (dyed blonde) hairdo she was wearing that reminded me of a horse's mane.

We are left with the impression that John Gotti the father/huband was a loving man and always there for his family and especially for his daughter Victoria and that their relationship as father/daughter was special. But John Gotti the man spent the better part of his life behind bars for crimes that included cold blooded murders, so ask yourself if you could be satisfied with this type of family life if it allowed you to live a somewhat privileged lifestyle?
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The Guest Book (2017– )
10/10
A unique comedy series with great writing, and a superb cast of both regular and guest stars
2 March 2019
I loved this comedy series and how we are first introduced into this shows mysterious yet comedic band of regular series characters, as well as each episodes guest stars as they rent a room at Froggy cottage. In the first/pilot epiosde Tim's wife Sandy recently had a baby so she has been more than a bit cranky lately so Tim decides to get a babysitter and take Sandy to a cottage resort. Sandy is in no mood (at first) for sex and she demands that Tim get her a humidifer from the nearest Bed Bath and Beyond store which is an hour drive away. While driving back with Sandy's new humidifier Tim notice's a local titty bar establishment so he decides to make a quick pit stop and get a private dance from the hefty local stripper Vivian which ends up as expected with Tim getting a happy ending.

Little does Tim know that Vivian has had her stepson Frank video tape their intimate experience in the private dance room and now Tim is panicking that his wife will find out about his little impromptu strip club sexcapade.

The Guest Book is where each guest writes/narrates what their storyline is about and the half hour sitcom was over before Mrs. Shullivan and I even knew it was finished too quickly. We want more and more guests going to Froggt cottage resort and hear more comedic stories. It's a great little hidden gem that should be a must see.

It is both unique and hilarious.
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The Guest Book: Story One (2017)
Season 1, Episode 1
9/10
Tim gets in way over his head and his horny wife just complicates his predicament
2 March 2019
I loved this first episode and how we are first introduced into this shows mysterious yet comedic band of regular series characters. Tim's wife Sandy recently had a baby so she has been more than a bit cranky lately so Tim decides to get a babysitter and take Sandy to a cottage resort. Sandy is in no mood (at first) for sex and she demands that Tim get her a humidifer from the nearest Bed Bath and Beyond store which is an hour drive away. While driving back with Sandy's new humidifier Tim notice's a local titty bar establishment so he decides to make a quick pit stop and get a private dance from the hefty local stripper Vivian which ends up as expected with Tim getting a happy ending.

Little does Tim know that Vivian has had her stepson Frank video tape their intimate experience in the private dance room and now Tim is panicking that his wife will find out about his little impromptu strip club sexcapade.

The Guest Book is where Tim writes/narrates what this storyline is about and the half hour sitcom was over before Mrs. Shullivan and I even knew it was finished too quickly. We want more and more guests going to this cottage resort and hear more comedic stories. It's a great little hidden gem that should be a must see.

It is both unique and hilarious.
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Cardinal: Helen (2019)
Season 3, Episode 6
6/10
Two crimes solved to end the season
1 March 2019
Well Cardinal does finally find out if his wife's death was a suicide or a murder, but the ending was a bit of a letdown compared to the other episodes. Meanwhile Sharlene 'Mama' Winston and her two accomplices are trying to get the cottage plane ready for takeoff on the water but their perfect plan is foiled and some bodies end up lying face down.

This episode did not have as much intensity nor any real twists or turns and Mrs. Shullivan and I found it a bit of a letdown for the season ending episode. We hope next seasons storyline will have more depth in the plots, and maybe a serial killer for Delorme and Cardinal to chase down once again.
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Whiskey Cavalier: Pilot (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
6/10
Proposed new series title "Excessive Banter Foreplay"
28 February 2019
This pilot episode is okay but it is nothing special either. In my view it is just another in a very looooooooong series of attempts by TV producers to sell us suckers on their veiled young and good looking thirty somethings pretending to be adept federal FBI and CIA agents.

Although the scenery is above par (Paris France, Moscow Russia, and Hamburg Germany) the excessive banter foreplay between the FBI agent Will Chase (Scott Foley) and CIA agent Frankie Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan) is so irritating and has been done verbatim by many other failed TV series over past decades.

Most irritating is the blatant abuse of a gunshot wound and the over simplification by FBI agent Will Chase in removing a bullet with a 10 inch wide kitchen knife from the interior of the abdomen of CIA agent Frankie Trowbridge who then shows no ill effect from internal bleeding and she remains conscious throughout her new found friendly agent as he removes the bullet. Yeah right! Puhhhhlease! In fact it's ironic that CIA agent Frankie Trowbridge uses a fake tampon which is actually a James Bond type of explosive device to distract the bad guy as she jumps off the table with less than a flesh wound.

But eh, it's TV crap at its finest (thus the 6 out of 10 rating) and as such I did not expect anything close to realism from a male and female 30 somethings who spent most of this pilot episode exchanging excessive banter foreplay.

*** A message for the writers and producers:

If you want a 10 out of 10 rating create another series like "The Wire (2002), or "Dexter (2006). I for one am not impressed with this excessive banter foreplay as entertainment.
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Whiskey Cavalier (2019– )
6/10
Proposed new series title "Excessive Banter Foreplay"
28 February 2019
Nothing special here. Just another in a very looooooooong series of attempts by TV producers to sell us suckers on their veiled young and good looking thirty somethings pretending to be adept federal FBI and CIA agents.

Although the scenery is above par (Paris France, Moscow Russia, and Hamburg Germany) the excessive banter foreplay between the FBI agent Will Chase (Scott Foley) and CIA agent Frankie Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan) is so irritating and has been done verbatim by many other failed TV series over past decades..

Most irritating is the blatant abuse of a gun shot wound and the over simplification by FBI agent Will Chase in removing a bullet with a 10 inch wide kitchen knife from the interior of the abdomen of CIA agent Frankie Trowbridge who shows no ill effect from internal bleeding and she remains conscious throughout. In fact it's ironic that CIA agent Frankie Trowbridge uses a fake tampon which is actually a James Bond tyoe of explosive device to distract the bad guy as she jumps off the table with less than a flesh wound. Wow this is one tough lady eh? LOL

But eh, it's TV crap at its finest (thus the 6 out of 10 rating when comparing it to the other crap currently on TV) and as such I did not expect anything close to realism from a male and female 30 somethings who spent most of this pilot episode exchanging excessive banter foreplay.

*** A message for the writers and producers:

If you want a 10 out of 10 rating create another series like "The Wire (2002), or "Dexter (2006). I for one am not impressed with this excessive banter foreplay as entertainment.
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I Am the Night: Aloha (2019)
Season 1, Episode 5
9/10
The truth sometimes hurts more than the silence
27 February 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Fauna is excited to travel to Hawaii with Jay in hopes of finding her birth mother. After some effort they finally do find Fauna's birth mother Tamar Hodel. After the initial emotional reunion Fauna presses her mother Tamar to tell her who is her birth father. Initially Tamar explains that she falsified Fauna's birth certificate by claiming her father was a African American because she respected African Americans for their truth and willingness to fight for what was right.

When Fauna does find out the truth who her father is she is both shocked and outraged at her mother Tamar and at Jay for bringing her to Hawaii knowing full well her past history and who her birth father is. Jay was looking for confirmation from Tamar and he received more than he even expected in the form of physical evidence who the Black Dahlia serial killer was.

Upon returning home from Hawaii Fauna thanks her step mother Jimmy Lee for raising her and sheltering her from what Fauno knows now is the pain and suffering of her real family roots. This episode although revealing does not end well for Jay or for Jimmy Lee, and Fauna will need some strong support in the coming weeks episode.
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American Housewife: Baby Crazy (2019)
Season 3, Episode 14
8/10
Daddy would like another baby
27 February 2019
Warning: Spoilers
A very nice half hour spent once again with the Otto family household and their new single mom next door neighbor, Viv. Older daughter Taylor is on the phone as usaul when the family dog swallows her moms expensive earrings. Taylor asks her brother Oliver to figure out (the only way) the way to retrieve her moms earrings from the dogs stomach and when he says no, Taylor tricks him into putting on a pair of rubber gloves to help her get the earrings back pronto.

Meanwhile the Otto's next door neighbor Viv is feeling quite lonely living next door as she tries to acclimatize all by herself to raise her new born all on her own. Katie and Greg disagree on how to handle their little girl Anna-Kat's first sleepover and Anna-Kat is reluctant to leave the nest for the first time.

It's a nice little episode that kept Mrs. Shullivan and I chuckling thoughout. Surethe storyline is somewhat predictable but it is a light and innocent TV sitcom. Just what this household for one enjoys, a no-brainer comedy show.

I give this episode a respectable 8 out of 10 rating.
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I Am the Night: Aloha (2019)
Season 1, Episode 5
9/10
The truth sometimes hurts more than the silence
26 February 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Fauna is excited to travel to Hawaii with Jay in hopes of finding her birth mother. After some effort they finally do find Fauna's birth mother Tamar Hodel. After the initial emotional reunion Fauna presses her mother Tamar to tell her who is her birth father. Initially Tamar explains that she falsified Fauna's birth certificate by claiming her father was a negro because she respected negros for their truth and willingness to fight for what was right.

When Fauna does find out the truth who her father is she is both shocked and outraged at her mother Tamar and at Jay for bringing her to Hawaii knowing full well her story. Jay was looking for confirmation from Tamar and he received more than he even expected in the form of physical evidence who the Black Dahlia serial killer was.

Upon returning home from Hawaii Fauna thanks her negro step mother Jimmy Lee for raising her and sheltering her from what Fauno knows now is the pain and suffering of her real family roots. This episode although revealing does not end well for Jay or for Jimmy Lee, and Fauna will need some strong support in the coming weeks episode.
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Cardinal: Mama (2019)
Season 3, Episode 5
9/10
Many good storylines included in this episode which is bursting with suspense
24 February 2019
This is the best episode of season 3 and it's because there are too many suspensful storylines occurring in this episode to even mention them all. Of most importance is that Delorm is slowly but surely moving over to Cardinal's same train of thought that his wife did not commit suicide. The gun running arsenal crimes are also being investigated and the young criminal Jackson Till (Alex Ozerov) is going on a psycho killing spree.

Lots to watch and wait for the upcoming last episode to close loose ends.
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8/10
These 4 guys could go on tour as a QUEEN tribute band
24 February 2019
Quite impressive! The acting was top notch by all four band members. The sound and cinematography were also excellent. I have seen a few of the other nominated pictures and my vote for Best Picture is with Bohemian Rhapsody. This film has been nominated in five (5) categories and it would not surprise me if they won in all five categories, especially for Best Picture.

Rami Malek is a chameleon and his performance as Freddy Mercury has guaranteed him that his next five (at least) pictures will assure him with a starring role and be paid as one of the most highest paid actors in Hollywood.

This film as biographies go, is so well done. I think that this can be measured as a result of securing two of the founding members of Queen, namely Brian May and Roger Taylor as consultants on the picture.

My only suggestion is I wish the biography of Queen should be made into a 10 hour TV mini-series so that the background stories of all the band members could have been explored in much more depth.

This is a very good biopic worthy of an 8 out of 10 score plus a few Oscars including the Best Picture 2019.
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Black Panther (2018)
6/10
We watched it at home...no interruptions...I fell asleep after the second major fight
23 February 2019
Academy award nominee for best picture? All I can say is, if this is the best example of an action film that has been produced that is actually worthy of a nomination for best picture than this has to be one of the worst years (2018) ever in the history of the film making industry. I mean, as far as a Marvel action film goes, this is definitely above average. The generally anticipated saturation of CGI (Computer Graphics Interface) technology was actually bearable, but the fight scenes were dragged out far too long.

Try and imagine a John Wayne western fight being dragged out for as long as the last fight in this movie was which takes place between cousins T'Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the super buff and shirtless Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). John Wayne enjoyed a long and illustrious career in many film genres and one of the ways he accomplished that was by making sure none of his fight scenes dragged on too long. So a little advice for my bro's Chadwick and Michael B. "ya gotta no when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em".

Mrs. Shullivan and I liked that the women warriors were all strong, black and beautiful women with a head on their shoulders and did not bend for any man, King or no King. The power struggle to mainatin the rare earth minerals, the civil war between the five (5) tribes, and the earlier scene where the young girls were being treated like cargo vaguely reminds us about what has transpired on the African continent over the past century. But kids won't get it, and adults want to see positive reinforcements without weaponizing the tribes.

It's a decent enough Marvel film, but I don't think it will be on my "repeat" list to watch anytime soon. I give the film a 6 out of 10 rating. Please don't disappoint us with any further bad choice Academy Award winners.
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Coroner: All's Well (2019)
Season 1, Episode 5
2/10
Please, please, please, will you stop with turning OFF and ON these ridiculous over the top anxiety attacks.
21 February 2019
Coroner Dr. Jenny Cooper spends half of this 60 minute episode either arguing with her family or going into a high anxiety attack that she seems to be able to immediately just turn off her highly emotional and drawn out panic attack when the phone simply rings from her office and she starts discussing her case like nothing ever happened. I wish she would spend as much time discovering clues to the current murder scene rather than have her audience listen to her continual non stop dribbling (next) panic attack(s).

Where she finds her last victim is so ridiculous a location thatI wish her "well" in finding the killer, but I am getting really very tired of her emotional roller coaster anxiety attacks. Please STOP already!
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Dirt Merchant (1999)
6/10
There is just one little letter between here and there
21 February 2019
There is also just about 20 minutes too long in the Dirt Merchant to keep my attention and I blame that on the lack of creative writing. The acting for this B movie was more than acceptable by Danny Masterson, David Faustino, David DeLuise, Julie Benz and Jenna Jameson. The plot was also decent but I just felt that the movie dragged on far too long to the point of time when I just didn't care who was responsible for the tongue in (someone's) cheek campy murder of the rock star.

Knowing this was a B movie rating I still give it a decent 6 out of 10 rating. It won't make anyone appearing in this film an award winning actor/actress but I would find a new script writer who knew how to edit.

I give the Dirt Merchant a 6 out of 10 rating
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Mad Men (2007–2015)
7/10
We binged watch all seven (7) seasons and all the hype was unwarranted
20 February 2019
It took Mrs. Shullivan and I approximately ten (10) days over successive weekends to binge watch the entire seven (7) seasons of Mad Men which we had heard and especially read so much about this series unique originality and great casting. Well the casting for the most part was accurate. Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Bryan Batt, Alison Brie, and Vincent Kartheiser were true to their characters and most enjoyable. The two characters who I especially enjoyed though were actor John Slattery who plays Roger Sterling, a second generation corporate partner in the ad agency and his Secretarial ManagerJoan Harris (Christina Hendricks). Slattery's character Roger Sterling, as the so-called schmoozer and people person who knows how to (especially) wine and dine his agencies clients and not worry so much about the agencies business itself was always enjoyable whenever he was granted screen time. Hendricks' character grew over each season and although Mrs. Shullivan and I were disappointed on the way she eventually became an agency partner, we felt her partnership was still long overdue, and the large amount of screen time provided to her was proof she deserved every minute of it.

As with most multiple season(s) winning Emmy TV series it takes at least a dozen or so episodes before the characters true personalities and idiosyncrasies are revealed to their audience. You may have noticed that I did not reference actress January Jones, Jessica Paré, and/or Rich Sommer as characters Mrs. Shullivan and I enjoyed because we did not enjoy them. The one character who was totally miscast though was the Draper's next door neighbor's son Glen Bishop played with zero "0" personality by actor Marten Holden Weiner. This just goes to prove that nepotism has no place in a successful Emmy winning TV series especially if your father Matthew Weiner is the series creator. I would have dreaded being either January Jones and/or Kiernan Shipka who were the two actresses who were forced by the series scripts to share air time with this overly stiff and plastic personality of Glen Bishop. Whenever this zombie Glen Bishop was granted screen time with Betty Draper/Francis, and/or Sally Draper Mrs. Shullivan and I looked at each other with disdain for the series creator Matthew Weiner for wasting our time. I was forced to drop my overall IMDB series rating down a notch as a result from an 8 to a 7 out of 10 rating.

There was a missed opportunity by the series set decorators in taking advantage of the time period, the 1960's, in creating some elaborate sets such as in restaurant taverns and go-go discotechs, and plying us intermittently with reminiscent songs of the era not just in the closing credits of each series episode.

In summary the series Mad Men was decent, more hype than happening, but it certainly pales in comparison to my four (4) other longstanding TV series that being, The Wire (2002-2008), Dexter (2006-2013), Gunsmoke (1955-1975), and of course Bonanza (1959-1973).
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Mommy's Secret (2016 TV Movie)
5/10
An okay time waster but please refrain from that awful dramatic music score continually playing in the background
19 February 2019
Of course there were huge holes in this plot and the inept police and FBI who were responsible for arresting the real mobster were laughable. I found the soccer star daughter Denise (Sarah Grey) most irritating from the opening scene when she starts asking her mother Anne (Cahrisma Carpenter) a continuous stream of endless and curious questions about her mother's activities and receives double talk from Anne.

Mom and two (2) teenagers lost their father a year ago but they somehow are able to maintain a lifestyle in their multi million dollar estate home on mom's part time jobs of being a hair dresser and casserole maker.

Most irritating about this made for TV movie was the background dramataic soap operatic music score which had the reverse effect on me to maintain a level of suspense. Really? As bad as I am making this movie out to be, and the dialogue is near bearable it does have a few twists and turns and a happy ending so it is an okay time waster.
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6/10
Two sisters use much different approaches to woo single men into marraige
15 February 2019
Although the story is supposed to be about the hardships and drudgery of living and working on a farm in rural Maine in the early 20th century this is only a sub plot to the real story which revolves around two sisters whose purpose and goals in life could not be any more different.

Jen Shaw (Jean Muir) is the older somewhat spinster hard working sister, and Doris Shaw (Dorothy Appleby) is the selfish lying sister who wants nothing more than to leave the family farm and way of life, and move to the big city. During one scene Jen is consoling her younger sister Doris after another hardship reveals Doris will not be able to attend secretarial school in the city but will have to stay on the farm for another season. Doris cannot accept the bad news, nor Jen's warm hand on her back as she attempts to console Doris, so Doris responds to her sister Jen's kindness and love by telling Jen she is "dull and stupid like a cow".

The two sisters also have completely different views on what they want in a man they will eventually marry. Jen the older sister may seem homely and dour, but she will not stoop to enticing a man into marriage. No, Jen wants to make sure beyond any shadow of a doubt that the man she may eventually marry wants nothing more in life than to work the (farm) land in rural Maine as she does. Doris on the other hand will use her sexuality, flirting, conniving and even stoop to lies to selfishly get what she wants, regardless of what people in their farming community may think of Doris.

In the end, will both and/or either sister get what they really want from their potential suitors? I won't spoil the ending, but the farming hardships and relationships in a rural community are exposed in As the Earth Turns.

I give this black and white 1934 film a 6 out of 10 rating.
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Newlywed and Dead (2016 TV Movie)
6/10
A wedding to die for, I wouldn't want to be in this wedding party.
15 February 2019
Warning: Spoilers
This drama/thriller is an okay time waster. It's no (1987) Fatal Attraction quality but I found the acting to be relatively decent for a made for TV film. I thought too much footage and time was wasted on showing how the young pre-teen Jay caused his mothers death and then 20 years later as a wealthy adult with big plans of developing the thousands of beautiful wooded acres he owns Jay continues to be a ruthless SOB.

Jay's new bride Kristen is by no means dumb, and her mother is a deputy sherrif so (think like a) criminal instincts run in the family but yet she agrees to marry this killer without even inviting her mom to her wedding, or having Jay's past researched?

The muscular Jay also has an accomplice who he plans to blame for the murders he is planning on committing, and then his evil plans are thwarted when Kristen and her mom get the upper hand on Jay by hiding a gun behind the legal papers Jay wants Kristen to sign. Okay so it is not the slickest drama/thriller but the acting is decent so it was worth a watch. Thus the 6 out of 10 rating which is pretty good for a made for TV film.
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