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9/10
The Sunday morning news show to wake up and get out of bed for!
13 November 2018
By far the best weekend and Sunday morning news show is "CBS Sunday Morning" long now a staple for nearly 40 years this program is a winner for the way it presents news in the form of a variety. As topics range in many different forms for viewer interest. Interviews are given always with top political leaders, and well known movie stars and music acts, also sometimes just in depth informative profiles are a treat. Also shown are works of art and stories are given on the latest pop culture trends, and at first the latest world and U.S. headlines are given. And pop culture commentary is given on hot button issues and historical years are revisited and looked at, also graphics and screens shots of data and stat figures are given. Also the national weather map is shown with a weekly upcoming map of important week ahead happenings. Many stories are medical and business case studies. As always enjoyable is the nature ending scene each week from a selected national park or nice looking lake or mountain wooded area. All of this in 90 minutes before the famous horn sounds!
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Camping (2018– )
8/10
Comedy and fun laughs in a brash and blunt outspoken way.
13 November 2018
Been watching "HBO's" new comedy series called "Camping" and it's a fun funny comedy that's different and not mainstream with adult words, complex problems that involves friends, family, and relationships and many episodes show sex so it's an adult comedy for the likes of "HBO".

Starring the cute Jennifer Garner as Kathryn a medicated mother and wife who decides to cope with her problems by getting away to a California camp with friends turns crazy as each episode becomes more and more complex. Fun to watch is the blunt performance of Juliette Lewis as Jandice as a free spirited over sexed attractive lady who's a trip outdoors. Overall okay fun comedy series that's adult and different.
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9/10
Informative, educational, historical brings back memories of the horror classics!
13 November 2018
"AMC" network has done it again as this series is a big winner, it features film director Eli Roth talking about the horror genre with episodes that are broken down into different topics. They range from footage and discussions with directors, stars, and film historians, who give their opinions and take on the classics and what made the horror genre so respected today and how it shaped pop culture. Showcased are slasher films, creatures, monsters, demons, vampires, and ghosts, now that bring back memories it makes you enjoy the horror works much more when you find out info and receive opinions on them from the likes of Stephen King, Jamie Lee Curtis, Linda Blair and many others. And the footage and scenes are top notch as each episode shows how the showcased topic lead to other creations and branch out to respect thru the years. Overall cool fun series to watch for any horror pop culture fan.
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Trilogy of Terror (1975 TV Movie)
8/10
Cult classic suspense like horror anthology!
13 November 2018
Being one that always enjoyed horror and suspense especially in the form of a series or anthology format, I finally decided to check out this classic tale of three stories of terror from a made for TV 1975 airing. And it was pretty effective it was simply called "Trilogy of Terror" which starred the now late good character actress Karen Black("Five Easy Pieces" and "The Hitchhiker").

First story involves Black as a shy and sheltered college professor named Juile who's seduced and given a date rape like treatment from one of her students. Only the table turns as this is a serial like revenge woman who preys on her students, as turn about is fair play.

Second is a tale of polar opposites and it's like split personalities as Millicent and Therese is the tale of two sisters who are so different and unlike yet the tale twist and surprises as both are destroyed from hate!

Finally in Amelia a lonely and insecure woman with mother and relationship issues finds and tries to get some entertainment with a tribal fetish Zuni doll, only she's in for plenty more than she expected. The ending is a facial snapshot moment. Overall well done try for suspense and fright for it's mid 70's time.
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Beautiful Boy (2018)
7/10
The battle and struggle for hope while dealing with pain, emotion, and addiction.
11 November 2018
"Beautiful Boy" is based on the real life memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff, and the movie is well done and in depth and detailed in flashback like form of their relationship. David(in a tough turn from Steve Carell) who's a remarried successful man who loves his first son very much that being Nic(Tim Chalamet). Thru it all the film shows the high and low points of family life as you the viewer embrace the scenes of Nic growing up and being loved. And still you see as when he sees his original mother the feel of distance from her. And harrowing and blunt are the scenes of his drug use from his passing out and nearly overdosing to the gross marks on his arm from heroin use. And this guy was so big into the it thing that he was a crystal meth user. You see the pain, drama, and emotion that it causes all as this film's message is a cause and need for hope with those that are battling the demons of addiction. Overall worth a look as it does give a message of caution and recovery.
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Room 104: Mr. Mulvahill (2018)
Season 2, Episode 2
6/10
A tease that twist with surprise and drama.
11 November 2018
Episode 2 from season 2 of "Room 104" called "Mr. Mulvahill" is one that teases with drama and suspense as you think as the viewer you know where it's going only it twist in a dark like manner. It involves Jim(Rainn Wilson) a grown man who has memories of how his life was affected by an experience he had with his third grade music teacher Mr. Mulvahill(Frank Birney). And by writing him a visit and meeting is arranged in a room for both. And during this discussion which starts off well only to bring out past demons and turn to a shock and the tale takes a direction you didn't expect or see coming as it's hit and miss again for Jim more painful memories and sorrow.
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Room 104: FOMO (2018)
Season 2, Episode 1
8/10
Didn't invite me then you will pay! Wicked and clever twisted tale.
11 November 2018
"FOMO" episode 1 from season two of the "HBO" series "Room 104" is one of the better ones that entertains and twist with drama and suspense as it ends in a wicked and cruel manner. The story is that of Grace(Charlyne Yi) a young lady who along with two friends stay in a room to party and celebrate her 30th birthday. Then all changes when Grace's older sister Karen(Jennifer Lafleur) shows up unexpected. And it was revealed that clearly Grace did not invite her or want her in on the party fun! Now it will be hell to pay as Karen is one woman with fury she's not one to mess with and leave out as she's blunt and outspoken and knows how to handle her business in a wicked and sadistic way. Overall good thriller and crazy twisted episode of the series.
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The Evil Dead (1981)
9/10
A cult classic of blood, guts, and evil possesion.
4 November 2018
Finally after all these years watched "The Evil Dead" and indeed it's a cult classic horror film that proves a low budget and cheaply shot film can deliver fear and frights in under 90 minutes! Look for some of the early work of veteran character Bruce Campbell.

The story is simple a group of Michigan college kids travel to the rural Tennessee woods to stay inside a wooded cabin to do the usual of partying and have sex, however the discovery of an old cryptic like book and audio tapes change the game plan! It turns out this is now a demon party of possession as evil spirits invade the woods and enter the cabin.

Most of the scenes are gore and wicked with blood and just downright scary! As the dead are trying to overtake the living one by one as their rotten souls now inhabit each and every body in the cabin and along the woods. Overall a cult horror classic one of the best ever made with plenty of blood, gore, guts, and horror fun.
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8/10
Well done biography type film of a conflicted music legend!
4 November 2018
Was a fan of "Queen" and enjoyed listening to their music I liked the sounds and the beat along with the lyrics. And remembered one Freddie Mercury and his tragic death at 45 in 1991 of AIDS. And with this picture it sheds life on his rise to stardom and greatness with his other band members as "Queen" became one of the greatest in rock history.

Shown are Freddie's humble start and how he leaves his family to go after his dreams and for a short time he had a female love in Mary Austin, however Mercury struggled with inner conflict as he was a bisexual man who battled his own demons. Along the way the inner conflict and fame with ego and other pressures had Freddie at one period being solo, all before returning to "Queen".

The film is well done and acted as Rami Malek is in top form as Freddie and the music and concert scenes of tours bring back memories of the famous "Queen" songs as the movie shows right up till the Live Aid concert in 1985, and it shows Mercury dealing with AIDS before his 1991 death. Overall some might have said his nature was dark and complex still he and the "Queen" band are lifelong champions!
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Mid90s (2018)
8/10
A reflection and look at struggle, peer pressure and finding acceptance.
28 October 2018
"Mid90s" is one short and to the point independent film that looks at life and growing up showing at a young age what it's like to find friends and be apart of the crowd and discover things at a young age. The way Jonah Hill made the film it will probably remind many of their school teen years as we all in some sort went thru these issues of wanting to be liked and feel free.

Set in L.A. in the mid 90's it follows the troubled life of a young teen boy Stevie(Sunny Suljic) who's from a broken single parent home as daddy is not around. And his older brother(played tough by Lucas Hedges) is abusive and cruel to him. Plus Stevie doesn't fit in at school he's not popular it's like life is dull and boring. He just plays video games.

That changes when he joins a diverse group of teens and his life now revolves around hanging out at a skate shop. and yes Stevie takes up the hobby of skateboarding! It's fun to see him fall, yet get back up just as Stevie has done all thru his life. Now change begins he learns plenty about life, culture, race, and how to accept and try new things. As Stevie smokes and tries alcohol for the first time and yes has sex and loses his virginity!

Overall well done film of coming to terms and learning life with new friends and new things are discovered as it's important for Stevie to be accepted just like many of us remember it was important for all of us to be well liked too.
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Free Solo (2018)
7/10
Courage, determination and will in the most tense and anxious moments.
25 October 2018
"Free Solo" is an intense and highly focused and well done documentary that shows the tough and dangerous world of rock climbing close up! As it follows Alex Honnold who's a pro and expert solo climber who works hard trains tough and eats just right to climb rocks. And his biggest achievement is yet to come and that's to scale and conquer the biggest and bad mountain wall of 3,000 feet of sheer granite in California's Yosemite national park and the bad boy is called El Capiton.

The footage is heart pounding and tense even palm numbing as you see Alex work his way up the monster of a rock wall. Yet you the viewer see the determination, and will power and work ethic which show that all can be conquered. It was really good to see a man reach the heights of glory, while defeating the dangers of slip and fall or injury and most important beating death.
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7/10
Drama and comedy type western that's fun and enjoyable.
24 October 2018
From time to time I see a western film and with this latest "The Sisters Brothers" which is a pretty good film with plenty of elements and themes. I decided to check it out. Based on a novel it's set in 1850's Oregon and the old west coast and the travel and journey adventure takes the viewer to San Francisco for a gold search. Along the way the film is blended with plenty of funny scenes of laughs and drama. The chemistry of the cast is in top notch form as the funny John C. Reilly and good Joaquin Phoenix light up the screen as brothers Eli and Charlie who have weight issues of family, doubt, worry and trust as they search for gold.

Also you can see the themes of greed and old style action in the form of gun fights and blood being shed. Overall may not be the greatest western still it entertains with a blend and hybrid mix of drama and comedy all while trying to discover an old fashion gold rush find.
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7/10
A charming and fun look at a modern day stick up kind of guy!
23 October 2018
"The Old Man and the Gun" is one of those feel good movies that's fun and it charms it's audience as it looks at the life of real bank robber Forrest Tucker(in a good turn from Robert Redford). As you the viewer see this was one criminal and man who did his heist and crimes with charm and wit as he always had a smile on his face! It was clear that Tucker was not a violent offender. The film shows the other side of his life as he loved late with a lady friend plus he even had a grown daughter. And all the while the police and detectives were hot on his trail!

Also Forrest was involved in many escapes from prison as the big house could not keep him down! All of this going on and up thru the man's 70's now the old man could still rob and get around! Overall clever and charming crime drama with wit and grace from a screen legend is worth a watch and see for any film buff.
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First Man (2018)
7/10
A film of visuals and determination with the power to land.
16 October 2018
Space movies are okay, and this one was a historical biopic which had me in as I like history and people. It's well done from director Damien Chazelle for it's telling of the life and times of 1961 thru 1969 of one Neil Armstrong(in a pretty good performance from Ryan Gosling). As it goes right up to Armstrong's landing on the moon. The scenes and close takes of aircraft and space images rival that of "2001 A Space Odyssey".

Still the film is of inner mystery and life showing the cost and risk of space travel as it takes power, will, and determination to orbit a dangerous mission. Many scenes are intense and a struggle still the film is a journey of passion and desire. As the landing on the moon is the accomplishment and you the viewer feel some of the same joy that the central character feels after the landing which is a true accomplishment.
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7/10
Suspense and drama of who's who's and a litttle bit of Hitchcock.
14 October 2018
"Bad Times at the El Royale" is one of those movies as you watch nothing seems the same as the plot twist as each character has a little secret revealed. And the film seems to have strange happenings occur. The story is good as 7 strangers stay at an old hotel right on the Nevada and California state lines and the place has a past, it seems so odd as secrets of each character come out. The chemistry and acting is all star from the cast which includes Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and newcomers Cailee Spaeny and Cynthia Erivo.

Bridges's character shines as an apparent ex father of faith and Cynthia Erivo lights it up as 1960's lounge singer Darlene as her voice has her ready for stardom. Dakota Johnson and Cailee Spaeny are two mixed messed up sisters Emily and Ruth with messed up past.

Thru it all the film has plenty of drama, suspense, secrets revealed, guns, blood, action, fights, people tied up and gagged now you name it, really this is some wild wicked crazy stuff to expect when strangers get together!
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6/10
Raw and tough gritty film
12 October 2018
"You Were Never Really Here" is one of those movies as you watch and you see it as a raw and emotional drama. As the film goes along you see some twist as it's like your mind and that of the central character feels tricked and uncertain. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Joe a man who's an ex war veteran with apparent emotional and mental problems who now has a life of looking after his mother. Yet get this on the side he tracks down missing girls for a living. Slowly yet surely his life starts to spin out of control. As Joe's mind and memories start to overtake him for somewhat of a death trip or real awakening. So be the judge for yourself and make a call as this is clearly one mind numbing violent thriller film of dealing with past ghosts and facing reality.
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Someone's Watching Me! (1978 TV Movie)
7/10
Pretty good made for TV suspense thriller!
10 October 2018
Finally ran across a film that I didn't even know that John Carpenter had made this was a cult made for TV classic from 1978 that aired on "NBC" as a week night movie called "Someone's Watching Me!". And it's a fun watch a suspense like drama with thrills and chills that has you as the viewer guessing plus it's some of the earliest work from Carpenter.

Set in L.A. beauty Leigh Michaels(Lauren Hutton) moves into a high rise high class apartment building and all of a sudden strange phone calls start and gifts and notes arrive at her door. Plus she's viewed thru a telescope across the building by a peeping Tom type! As her most private and intimate moments are captured. It's a fight and journey to uncover the mystery and find the identity of her stalker. Overall good suspense thriller film also look for a good turn from Adrienne Barbeau.
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8/10
A love story mixed with pain, addiction, fame, and tragedy.
6 October 2018
Being a film buff I never watched the older takes of "A Star is Born" however I watched this latest modern spin with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga(who have great on screen chemistry together). The film is a joy as it touches your emotions and grows on you from the love of the two central characters and the pain combined with fame and sorrow make this musical drama(the songs are uplifting)a wonderful watch.

Jackson Maine(Bradley Cooper) is a hard living and hard whiskey drinking western rock singer who lives it up entertaining crowd after crowd. Jackson is a man who's got plenty of personal demons besides the bottle as his family friction with only brother Bobby(the great Sam Elliott) weighs on his heart heavy. Things change when Ally(Lady Gaga) captures his heart along the way the two get to know each other in an intimate way as passion becomes love.

Still the love is not without struggle and heartache as Ally becomes famous and well known while Jackson's music and personal life both take a downward path with alcoholism as he just can't escape his own dark shadows. It's like you as the viewer could see the tragedy coming all along.

Overall entertaining film with fine and beautiful music and the on screen chemistry between Bradley and Gaga is in top notch form, as clearly this is one love drama to see that showcases the rise of fame and stardom, also while showing a grim personal downfall.
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Lizzie (2018)
8/10
Tale of friendship and uncommon love that ends in violent means.
27 September 2018
"Lizzie" is a well done and told out film about the 1892 murders of the Borden family, and the two leads act well together as Kristen and Chloe have great on screen chemistry together. The Borden family is one of wealth and power as when they hire a housekeeper and family Irish maid Bridget Sullivan(Kristen Stewart) things change especially for the young daughter Lizzie(Chloe Sevigny). Thru it all this is an emotional drama of isolation, discovery, pain, and guilt that involves sexual abuse and the need for freedom. It proves that with all of these themes things lead up to suspense and a shocking horror takes place and with the movies ending the film takes a surprise twist. Overall well done historical drama.
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9/10
Entertaining and fun emotional look from Moore at Trump, society, and the current political climate!
22 September 2018
I for one have always enjoyed the movies of Michael Moore as no matter what side of the political landscape your on his movies are a joy as he's always blunt outspoken and takes up for the little guy. With this latest "Fahrenheit 11/9" it's no different as his use of real news footage, music, and clips of parody to make a point all while interviewing real people make this movie work and seem to life.

First spotlighted is the surprise upset election of "Donald J. Trump" as president, as it's clear that Mrs. Clinton and the democrats blew it because they are yes men! As Moore hints the party needs to be more progressive, and interesting is how Moore highlights Trump's background as a business man and TV star and ties to network media men that helped him launch a presidential run. And comparisons are even given to "Hitler" as it's clear he feels Donald could be an evil ruler.

Also spotlighted is the ever on going poverty of Flint, Michigan and the water crisis that was toxic on the city as it's a never win situation for that city. Also gun violence in schools is highlighted, and showcased is the teachers strike in West Virginia. Interviewed are new coming of age democratic progressive candidates who are trying to change the party.

Overall really top notch work from Moore as he tries to awaken anger and rise up notice that we shouldn't like what's going on in our world, as it's a loud call for change to look at the dislike of money in politics, and the electoral college that needs to be changed, and Moore even give stats and data that proves America is more to the left. Overall it's a display of Moore's message being like a hero as wake up everyone as what's going on in our world affects us all.
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6/10
Renegades at work don't spy on and find out social secrets of people!
22 September 2018
It's hell to pay that's what I can say about this latest independent film call "Assassination Nation". As it's a showcase of how the world is today with social media and face book, twitter, and being connected to one another. However when things go wrong and as things are revealed it's chaos like world war III! That's just what happens in a town like Salem when a data hack exposes the secrets of everyone even their most private I phone and computer moments reveal the most intimate moments! Never fear four young high school girls take it upon themselves to bring old fashion kick butt kind of justice, as no one in the town is safe! It's just a good satire and spin to show how that many will fight for social and private rights, as it's clear technology and means of connection are still driving society and it needs to be fought for and protected. Overall different and far out film that's message is to stand up and fight for the right of freedom and to protect the human masses.
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6/10
A look at the dirty side of life that involves tragedy and sacrifice.
18 September 2018
"White Boy Rick" based on true accounts of the 1980's drug and weapons selling war that occurred on the streets of Detroit is a raw and tough look at street life and what it's like to make a living with drugs and poverty. Thru it all this film shows the pain and drama that the drug life brings and in turn and a twist the FBI used undercover and informant programs so well during the 80's as it's bone chilling and hurtful to see the sacrifice that one young boy named Richard Wershe Jr. made all while he was loved and supported by his dad Richard Wershe Sr.(Matthew McConaughey). Really this is a gritty blunt and raw film to watch while seeing the tragic pain and loss it can bring to people all because of a sacrifice.
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Swamp Thing (1990–1993)
8/10
Entertaining and suspense like action drama series of a swamp beast!
16 September 2018
I over the years started to read some old D.C. comics "Swamp Thing" issues and I must say the issues and stories were good and interesting as they focused on real life issues. And I remember this early 90's series on the "USA Network" as I watched as a kid I liked it being that the stories were fun with issues and entertaining with action, and now from time to time I catch early morning or late night reruns on digital TV.

Set in the muggy and hot humid swamps and lakes of Louisiana it involves a monster moss like hero named "Swamp Thing", though he may look like a scary monster this hero is out to avenge his being burnt by chemicals. And along the way "Swamp Thing" helps those who need it as it's clear he's the ruler of the "Swamps". Overall well done action hero series that had drama and suspense as it was a great take on a creature anti hero type.
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8/10
Interesting and thrilling suspense drama that has many twist and turns!
16 September 2018
This latest film "A Simple Favor" can be described as a thriller or suspense drama as watching things turn and twist as no one is who they seem to be. The story centers around Emily(Blake Lively) a socialite and trophy wife type who's caught up in the madness of her high life with her husband and son, as she has a past many don't know about. A lot changes upon meeting Stephanie(Anna Kendrick) a you tube type food blogger and when the two become friends this film takes a spin of twists as it's a deadly game of cat and mouse. And along the way all of the themes of lust, trust, anger, fear, and denial are felt. As when Emily goes missing the game gets complex as things are spiced up by sex, death, discovery, and many twist and turns are found as the plot is drama filled. Overall well done suspense thriller that keeps a viewer guessing as to who and what as nothing and no one is whom they seem to be.
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7/10
Well done historical drama that's a revealing justice thriller type.
13 September 2018
I for one being a history buff enjoy history movies about the past of war that involves historical figures, and with this one "Operation Finale" it held interest as it was with drama and intrigue a kind of justice seeking and truth and find mission. Set after war it tells the tale of the apparent escape of Adolf Eichmann(Ben Kingsley) and how agents would track him down to stand trial for war crimes. This movie works good as a spy like thriller having Oscar Isaac as the lead agent who's haunted with emotional wounds as he had lost family during the Holocaust. Overall good paced international thrilling like drama that heals wounds of loss while bringing answers and showing some justice.
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