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Vox Lux (2018)
7/10
A satire and spin on pop culture, success, fame, tragedy and celebrity.
19 March 2019
"Vox Lux" is a different kind and style of film one that's not great, yet more of a spin and take on today's fame of culture and success. It's a film that's spread over an 18 year period and it involves a brutal tragedy a school shooting. And Celeste(the beautiful and cute sweetheart Natalie Portman) who survived the incident grows from it and develops a hit song and along the way after she becomes a mother more stardom has hit and along the way more violence and scandal and dealing with fame and life become all too the norm. Overall this film is an attention grabber proving how media, culture, tragedy, fame, success all work in one.
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7/10
Going against the grain and living one's own way, still connection and love win.
19 March 2019
"Leave No Trace" is one of those movies as you watch you feel connection and see how some just live their own way with love and doing the best they can. The story is of Will(Ben Foster) a dad who along with his teenage daughter Tom who for years have been living off the outskirts and forests lands of Portland, Oregon seem very happy. All of a sudden their life of wilderness and peace is changed and shattered when both are put into a service type program of new housing and new ways and means to live. The new surroundings are a big change as slowly yet surely a process and journey back to their peaceful homeland begins. Overall good film of connection and it's touching with love and emotions of father and daughter love proving that bonding last forever.
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Shoplifters (2018)
7/10
Getting by the best you can even if it's illegal and still love and family is most important.
19 March 2019
Finally saw the international and foreign language film "Shoplifters" the 2018 Japanese hit about a family who lives on the edge of society and must get by the best way they can. Story is simple a family with many problems both social and economic wise who live on the margins of Tokyo, are simply a band of outsiders and rebel like renegades who all unite and love and work together by shoplifting just to get by and eat and make ends meet. As each know how to con and play the game of life. However things change when the family takes in a child from out in the cold, and more matters are complicated when their young son is arrested and caught which brings plenty to the airwaves. Overall okay film it's a test of will and loyalty proving that family and love is made of stone and can survive.
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Amazing Stories: The Sitter (1986)
Season 1, Episode 13
7/10
A spell of strange magic will change the boys!
14 March 2019
This "AS" episode from season one called "The Sitter" is well done and fun and well acted and turnabout is fair play. It involves two young California boys who drive sitters mad and crazy with their mean ways and cruel pranks only soon they meet their match when a different kind of woman sitter arrives . As a little magic and strange like spells gain the upper hand! Proving what comes around goes around and don't be cruel. Good little cute episode of discipline and note look for an early appearance from Seth Green as one of the young boys.
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Amazing Stories: Mummy Daddy (1985)
Season 1, Episode 4
7/10
Fun and exciting episode that's done in a classic kind of way!
14 March 2019
This "AS" episode from season one called "Mummy Daddy" is one that was fun to watch an adventure escape like episode that takes a fun twist and makes all involved happy. It involves an overworked actor playing a mummy on a swamp southern set, who needs to get away to the local hospital before his wife goes into labor. All starts to go crazy when the locals spot him and think he's an actual creature the chase is on, only a different character is on the loose and the episode twist and takes a happy clever turn. Overall well done episode of the series.
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9/10
Well done and informative historical look at a political power.
14 March 2019
"CNN" original programs has once again done it big score and thumbs up for the latest political and historical series "The Bush Years: Family, Duty, Power" as it tells the tale and story of the greatest and most powerful political clan of many generations. Like them or not the Bushes demand respect. As the series goes all the way back to the days of elder Prescott Bush, and then the journeys with both George's to the White House, with news footage, family clips and vintage interviews plus it does showcases the ups and downs of the family, this series is really interesting. A must view for any political and history buff no matter what side of the political spectrum your on.
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Piercing (2018)
6/10
Different far out and strange film of devious and erotic thoughts.
14 March 2019
"Piercing" is one of those movies as you watch you just follow along with the clever game of cat and mouse as it proves it's a crazy world with people as no one never really knows the clever cat and mouse games that some play. Reed(Chris Abbott) goes on a trip to a hotel room with a plan for murder, he's also hired an escort call girl named Jackie(Mia Wasikowska). However upon meeting one another things change and the balance and power of the game changes. Overall well done film of control and power, and arriving at your most brutal nightmare like thoughts. And it's just an okay film even though it's not everyone's cup of tea.
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Amazing Stories: Ghost Train (1985)
Season 1, Episode 1
8/10
Don't worry the train will come back for you better late than never!
9 March 2019
This episode 1 from season one of "NBC's" "AS" series directed by show creator Steven Spielberg was a good kick off to the series as it started with a good historical and sentimental feel! Called "Ghost Train" the story revolves around Opa Globe an old man and grandfather who meets his 9 year old grandson and tells him of stories of life and old time history of Indians and war. However 75 years ago an incident happened that involved a train a just miss! However some things are better late than never as good things come to those who wait! Finally it may be all aboard time for Mr. Globe! As a crash thru his grandson's house will complete the journey overall good well done episode and fine start to the series.
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6/10
Typical 80's horror slasher film of girls and a secret twist!
9 March 2019
"The House on Sorority Row" an 80's slasher flick has now become somewhat of a cult classic and midnight viewing event, and it does entertain and give chills in typical 80's manner. It has all the common things from the 80's horror films sex, nudity, blood, gore, and a past secret that twist. The story is pretty simple young college sorority girls who are just days away from graduation set out to throw one last surprise party and celebration, however the old lady the matron of the old house hides a horrible secret long buried away in memory. After a freak accident one by one bodies and deaths start to happen all are on the brink of madness and decay! Overall okay 80's horror film that flew under the radar give it a watch if you like that decade and the genre of skin and gore.
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Weird Science: Funhouse of Death (1996)
Season 4, Episode 7
8/10
Clever and fun episode memorable for Denise Richards being a damsel in distress!
5 March 2019
Never really watched this series on a regular basis when it ran on "USA" Network recently though watched an episode on you tube thru my cell phone this one was memorable it was from season 4 episode 7 called "Funhouse of Death" and it featured a guest appearance from the sexy and beautiful Denise Richards(before her "Wild Things" fame and before becoming Mrs. Charlie Sheen). The episode lived up to it's series name of dealing with science and being weird. Anyway Lisa has Gary and Wyatt set up to meet a sexy and beautiful girl named Valerie(Denise Richards) and she wants to test their friendship by putting them thru a test to see who falls for her first will either choose Val or their friendship? Then Valerie becomes lost into a crazy funhouse ran by a bozo and killer clown like character, and Valerie is held hostage and tied up and gagged! Overall it's a cat and mouse game a test only it twist as in the end Val prefers a date with mister laugh man and killer smiling guy! Now talk about being stood up a double punch for both Gary and Wyatt. Overall cool fun and clever episode with a twist.
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Amazing Stories: Fine Tuning (1985)
Season 1, Episode 7
8/10
Cute, funny and imaginative episode that's sci-fi fantasy.
4 March 2019
This "AS" episode from season one of "NBC's" Sunday night hit called "Fine Tuning" is one that's fun and directed in a clever like way bringing dreams and fantasy to the forefront. Set in California near Hollywood a high school boy working on a science project finds that his TV signal is able pick up many things and one is it's able to transmit aliens from outer space into the TV set and they are portraying characters and acts from 1950's TV shows. Overall neat and funny to see these little creatures in modern day 1985. Overall clever and imagination like episode that entertained in a fantasy type of way.
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Amazing Stories: The Main Attraction (1985)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
Be careful something can strike from the sky and bring cruel fate!
4 March 2019
This "AS" episode 2 from season one of the "NBC" Sunday night hit called "The Main Attraction" was memorable funny and clever proving that in life you never know what can strike and change things! It's set in sunny L.A. and it involves a hunk and cocky snob like all state male high school kid named Brad Bender, all Brad has to do is score the Homecoming queen and be named king to make his high school years complete. However big changes come for this stud as he said it only god can stop him. As when a meteorite hits unexpected life is changed in a sticky and magnetic kind of way! It's a little silly yet still the episode is memorable and fun proving that fate and unexpected science can change the way of life for some.
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Greta (2018)
8/10
Well done suspense dark drama of the great thriller and stalker mold type!
3 March 2019
"Greta" is one film that entertains and provides tense moments of thrills and chills even though the story and plot and some scenes might be a little predictable. Set in New York city it involves the story of a young girl a single waitress named Frances(Chloe Grace Moretz) who upon finding an unclaimed purse bag on a subway finds that upon returning it to the rightful owner has opened up a can of worms that can't be controlled. The purse belongs to a lonely widow named Greta(in a wicked and charming performance from (Isabelle Huppert) who's a clever French lady who plays piano and does a little cat and mouse game so wicked and clever with new female prey time after time.

It's typical thriller and stalker film genre as the phone calls, messages, and following and turning up when not expected are scenes that are all found in the film. Plus abduction and becoming a damsel in distress happens with Frances being held captive and tied up and gagged. Only turnabout is fair game as this clever and wicked game backfires eventually on Greta! In a surprise and twist like way! Overall good suspense thriller chiller that proves be careful with who you meet and watch about finding items that belongs to others.
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Amazing Stories: Hell Toupee (1986)
Season 1, Episode 21
4/10
Strange, lame and werid funny episode of the series.
28 February 2019
This episode from season one of the "AS" series called "Hell Toupee" is one that's different, a little lame, strange, and funny. It involves a defense lawyer who finds out some stuff about murders, clients, and other things. As it's with each defendant seems to be involved with a hair piece that being a toupee as with each head the piece goes on murder seems to happen. And when it gets in the hands of one mild mannered lawyer other attorneys be well aware! Overall funny and different certainly an odd and different entry from the series.
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Amazing Stories: The Amazing Falsworth (1985)
Season 1, Episode 6
6/10
Nice memorable episode of the series with suspense and a surprise clever twist!
28 February 2019
This episode from season one of "NBC's" "AS" series called the "Amazing Falsworth" was one that was memorable and filled with a little suspense drama. It starred the now late Gregory Hines as a stand up like comedian and psychic mind reader who shines night after night at the big local L.A. club. Also on the side a bad and cruel serial killer is bringing terror to the city of angels, and the episode takes a turn when one night Falsworth picks up a vibe and has past and future visions when he senses and feels the presence of the killer in the room. Later the episode takes more of a twist still it ends with closure and justice. Overall okay episode for season one.
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The Oscars (2019 TV Special)
8/10
Ratings are up! No host, no problem it's A okay! Upsets! Rami surprises Christian, and Olivia surprises Glenn.
25 February 2019
"The Oscars" the 91st annual one was much improved and better as with no host for the first time since 1989 things ran smoother, quicker, and each presenter and new stage face was fresh with their own set of jokes and laughs! The music was in top notch form as the opening was music from "Queen", and the highlight and touching intimate moment with love and chemistry was the duet performance of "Shallow"(best original song) from the great Bradley Cooper and stunning Lady Gaga.

Plus this year the awards were not predictable as upsets and surprises were found most shocking was Rami Malek's win for best actor over favorite Christian Bale who was to believable as Dick Cheney, and it was not meant to be for Glenn Close as Olivia Colman upset her for best actress. Yet class acts and category front runners Regina King and Mahershala Ali won both supporting actress and supporting actor for their blunt and outspoken roles of race films.

Social and race films were dominate as the family drama "Roma" won best foreign language film and Alfonso Cuaron won best director, and "Green Book" was the pick for best picture as the true story on friendship and race relations rose to the top. Overall well done "Oscars" an improvement in laughs, and the music was touching and the awards were more spread out with upsets and surprises! Hope this trend continues for "Hollywood's" big shining golden night.
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7/10
A film that does relax with an artistic view of nature and a refelection of peace and coming to terms with one's inner self.
23 February 2019
Not much of an art lover still like history and know history and know some about the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh(in a strong soul touching performance from Willem Dafoe). And with this bio type picture "At Eternity's Gate" you as a viewer see a talented and yet complex man who loved art and life, as the film is based on Vincent's final last days in France. And it's clear that this talented painter has comes to terms with reality and life thru nature and imagination as his soul and spirit is touched by god, religion and the coming of the after life. Thru it all the subplot and drama of ridicule and mental illness dominate much of this man's final days. Overall still the film is a beauty of artistic expression as you the viewer see how the world and it's backgrounds shaped the thought and actions of one Van Gogh, and as the long slow scenes of nature put you the viewer at peace it's like you can feel Vincent's feel and current mind set of pain, sorrow, and seeking the need and want for peace. Overall well done insight into how a painter saw and understood his own big world.
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7/10
Doing what ever one can to get by.
23 February 2019
"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is a bio type real drama based on the real life of literary biographer forger Lee Israel(in a tough and great performance from Melissa McCarthy who's in an uncommon and not typical role). And the picture is unforgettable and prick like with evil charm as Israel is a lonely middle aged alcoholic cat loving complex woman, who after her writing days the best of which have passed her by resorts to selling fake documents she wrote in the voice of famous like authors. Thru the film you see her work is good even though the scam and life bites back at her Lee is one determined heavy cat who can earn a buck anyway she can. Along the way Lee develops a friendship with sidekick Jack Hock(Richard E. Grant) who's a coke snorting blunt brash gay man who helps make a great partner in crime for Lee. Overall good look at an actual person who went against the grain to live and make ends meet all the while fooling and captivating the ones around her and the one's who liked her work.
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6/10
Okay suspense drama thriller of secrets and hidden skeletons that may be connected to a famous murder!
14 February 2019
"TNT's" new drama series "I Am the Night" is one that's done thru flashbacks and past connections of the characters memories as all of this starts to reveal and unravel and connect to a dark past of all involved which may be linked to a famous L.A. murder. Supposedly based on a true story the limited series is a tale of one Fauna Hodel(India Eisley) who's adopted and raised by an African American mother in Nevada close to the California state line, it's only later when some secrets and things are revealed that she ventures over into the golden state to find out about her real mom and connect with her grandfather who's strange, dark, and mysterious maybe a bad man. A sidekick and wild card is the Jay(Chris Pine) character an alcoholic and down in his dumps investigative reporter who may have a connection to this young girl and her grandfather which appears to lead all down a dark path looking into a famous "Hollywood" murder mystery. Overall interesting series that's a tease of suspense and mystery.
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7/10
A classic atmosphere tale of expressions with a strange tease of fear and fright!
11 February 2019
1925's classic "The Phantom of the Opera" is one film that stands on it's own for the way the film is moved along being silent with no words and the music makes it a classic fantasy type musical. It's story is pretty simple as it involves music, singing, and the classic opera in front of international crowds. Yet things change when one that's a little different tries to steal the show that being a wild card type character like a mad disfigured like composer called "The Phantom" who rains terror and fear on the parade. By the way the performance from Lon Chaney is memorable as the images and scenes made will make a film buff never forget. Overall well done silent classic of it's era.
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8/10
Film of guilt, doubt, regret and coming to terms with one's own morals and inner self.
11 February 2019
"First Reformed" is one of those films that entertains and draws you in with it's drama and life like emotions that involve the past, moral and life like choices. It proves that life is a challenge as even with religion and faith living and coming to terms with people and your own inner demons is tough.

Set in upstate New York Toller(Ethan Hawke in a gripping performance) is a minister of an old historical church and it's struggling with repairs and Toller's soul and past is conflicted and to make the puzzle harder to solve it's when Mary(Amanda Seyfried) arrives pregnant that life becomes strange and different as the future is in doubt. It's now a test of courage and faith for all to find peace and redemption. Overall entertaining drama and mind thrilling suspense twister that challenges will power and faith.
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Love Letters (II) (1983)
8/10
Hidden little known independent gem of living just like mommy.
10 February 2019
Finally saw this 1983 independent film produced from legendary Roger Corman called "Love Letters" which starred Jamie Lee Curtis after her famous "Halloween" days. The story is simple Curtis is Anna Winter a young California radio D.J. host who around the time and after the passing of her mother finds out some secrets about mommy and her secret love life. Influence and retracing the path of passion and intimate romance is found in the footsteps of Anna as passion, love, and sex has become an obsession that she's found with that of a married man. Like mother like daughter! Living a double life is shown and it's clear that it takes emotions and complex depth for all involved. Also look for some hot eye candy scenes of Jamie Lee. Overall well done classic independent gem that teaches attraction and love and obsession are all common and tough yet it passes just as people and time do.
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Black Panther (2018)
6/10
A film of action, hype, and inner family and country conflict.
9 February 2019
Really don't watch much of "Marvel" stuff, more of a "D.C." guy still checked out the hyped and ever grossing "Black Panther" and the film entertained and was filled with some drama, still it wasn't one of my favorite hero films. After the death of the king young T' Challa(Chadwick Boseman) is faced with the test of putting his country and family first against the world. His own nation is high tech and as the new king fractions of family and war with sibling rival make this film somewhat of an interesting drama with a good turn from Michael B. Jordan. Overall an okay film with special effects and good action fight scenes that involve CGI also.
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Dracula (1931)
6/10
For it's time a masterpiece, a classic an iconic launch of the monster genre!
5 February 2019
1931's "Dracula" is by far a stand alone film for it's mood and tone and score and images as in 1931 it was ground breaking and genre setting. This picture helped start "Universal's" run of horror monster pictures, and it would help shape "Dracula" as an iconic figure and lasting cultural part of cinema history. Bela Lugosi was in top form and straight and direct with a memorable look and voice that made the character a legend. The story is pretty simple as "Count Dracula" himself travels to London and searches by night for new victims by blood sucking! The camera work is in top form with long and close up looks to give the film more meaning and probably with more viewings one could get more out of the film still for a 1931 take the film does well for it's own pace and suspense and drama like feel as it's still the king and grandfather of the vampire genre.
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10/10
I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore, and there's no place like home, enough said a timeless classic!
4 February 2019
After countless viewings "The Wizard of Oz" is still a timeless classic and cultural milestone as it still entertains with joy and thrill as a story of a girl trying to find her way home back to Kansas from the magical land of Oz all while making new friends is a wonderful and delightful journey to watch over and over. So much can be said about the film I must for one add that the technicolor and effects and sound made for a great musical for it's time of 1939 as the singing moved the film along just fine with "Over the Rainbow" being one of the best songs in movie history.

The movie came about from a children's novel and short stories writer L. Frank Baum and the directing on screen was done by one Victor Fleming, really the film is a journey of escape and adventure of finding what you want and need with new friends all while facing evil. Dorothy Gale(the young and beautiful Judy Garland) is a Kansas farm girl who's bored and tired at home wanting for a change of pace and eager to see new land has her life swept away in a tornado to the magical land of Oz. Along the way it's a journey of new friends she meets that being the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion with the need and wanting for a home, brain, heart, and courage! The wild card and wicked subplot of the film is facing the mean and nasty Wicked Witch of the West(in a performance and frightening turn from Margaret Hamilton that terrified me as a child and still brings wonder and fear even today). Thru it all this picture tries to give a message that there's no place like home, yet I see it as a journey of seeing new lands, new challenges, and making new friends as leaving your own little nest opens a whole new world of adventure and possibility. Overall a timeless classic and clearly one of the best fantasy and adventure musicals films ever made.
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