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Ben Is Back (2018)
8/10
Well done drama film of despair, danger, addiction, love, and connection.
15 January 2019
"Ben Is Back" is one family drama film that deals with love, family, and addiction in a tense and well fought way. Set over the span of 24 hours on Christmas Eve Ben Burns(Lucas Hedges) returns home to his mother Holly(Julia Roberts) and her new family trying to find some comfort and escape from his battle with drugs, only the demons prove to be a tough fight as it's a journey and adventure that involves drug dealers and a search and seek mission for all involved. Clearly the pain and emotions are felt with all involved as it proves that family, connection, and love is the best medicine when fighting the demons of substance abuse.
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8/10
A film of love, connection, and powerful search and truth message for justice.
12 January 2019
Director Barry Jenkins has once again made a powerful film that speaks to the nation showing that black lives do matter as with injustice, love and connection is still possible. Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel the film follows the lives of one young Harlem couple Tish(Kiki Layne) and Fonny(Stephan James) who live and love and become intimate as Tish becomes pregnant both have their world and lives turned upside down with drama as Fonny is charged with rape, and it's only by world of mouth. As clearly during this era blacks were wrongfully charged with many crimes. The film shows moments of emotions and love with passion and high family drama thru flashbacks. Tish's mother Sharon Rivers(in a strong and bold brash supporting turn from the sexy Regina King) keeps the flame and fight for justice going to try and prove Fonny's not guilty thing. Overall well done film of love, family, support, and emotion that deals with race, life, and injustice.
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6/10
A battle and challenge for equality, the right to speak up and be heard.
12 January 2019
The film "On the Basis of Sex" is one pretty good auto bio type picture of one legal hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg(Felicity Jones) as she's a flame and light who fought for equality and equal rights for women. The film does good to trace Ruth's humble start of going thru law school and raising a family all while trying to challenge and change the system as in her era it was a male dominated world and females took a backseat. I for one enjoyed the film for it's historical background as I enjoy pictures of history and bio type stories of political and well known figures. So give the film a see if you want to see how a woman fought for change with passion and be educated about the past of a legal legend.
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The Twilight Zone: Nick of Time (1960)
Season 2, Episode 7
8/10
An episode about chance and choice of life decisions.
3 January 2019
This "Twilight Zone" episode from 1960 called "Nick of Time" is one that's interesting and filled with a little drama and suspense plus it features the work of a young William Shatner(however his classic later episode of the series "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" would become better known and respected). The story is pretty simple Shatner and Pat Breslin play a newly married couple Don and Pat Carter who have car trouble and break down on their way to New York, as during their breakdown in a small Ohio town they visit a local diner for lunch. It's during this time that a small fortune telling device at their eating table which features a devil face predicts events as they ask questions by putting a penny in each time! It's like an addiction as they are hooked selling their soul to the devil! As they rely on this small device to make choices and decisions about their futures! Only as with anything in life thoughts and mind sets boil down to chance, choices, and luck. As the episode closes out they decide to venture out and see what life really holds for them without depending on a machine device! Because life is about chance, and happenings of luck, choice, and decision making. Overall well done episode that challenges one to live life for what it's worth.
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Aquaman (2018)
8/10
Not yours or your granfather's "Aquaman" yet D.C.'s long time whipping boy gets some big screen respect!
29 December 2018
For years the man of the high seas has been over looked and not respected always trailing and falling far behind "D.C.'s" big boys of "Superman", "Batman" and even "Wonder Woman". Finally a big screen film of "Aquaman", and much different from my memory of fish man as with Jason Momoa's take this superhero looks more like a heavy metal weight lifting super star! And the film is filled with plenty of action scenes and the "CGI" and special effects are plenty. Still aside from all of the big stuff it's a good origin story of how his parents meet and how "Aquaman" comes about. And it's a journey of sibling conflict and war under sea as the kingdom and water country of Atlantis is at risk and along the way Mera(Amber Heard) gives support as King Orm is a big threat to underwater peace. Thru it all Aqua's mom Atlanna(Nicole Kidman) is an underwater spirit that's still present for things to stay afloat. Overall pretty good take and work from "D.C." as the man of the sea finally gets movie exposure.
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The Favourite (2018)
9/10
A different take and twist on a historical genre filled with betrayal, power, greed and intimacy.
29 December 2018
"The Favourite" is one film as you watch it does have some historical context, yet it differs in many ways for it's twist of dark heart like comedy and it's very blunt and naughty like with intimate feel. Yet still it's typical 18th century England in times of sibling rivals, war, and the court of the queen and themes of power, greed, and betrayal are so common. Set in the scheme like rabbit filled court of Queen Anne(in a well rounded turn from Olivia Colman) her relationship with Lady Sarah(Rachel Weisz) is just fine until Sarah's cousin Abigail(Emma Stone) arrives then trouble stirs up as a plot of tricks and put downs lurk in the palace. As the old adage always says three is a crowd and this is true for this trio of ladies as the relationships are very toxic and filled with drama and change only wild and naughty like intimacy moves all along so well.

Overall the picture is a good spin and twist on loyalty and trust, or not to trust for that matter as charm and being on the throne with the Queen is highly desired in times of war and political difference, it's high drama and a little wicked blood sport of hierarchy. So view this palace as it has plenty to offer.
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7/10
A fairy tale of good nature and good will moved along just fine by music and animation
28 December 2018
From time to time I watch a "Disney" film so I decided again to check out the latest "Mary Poppins" adventure called "Mary Poppins Returns" I must say a treat a feel good delight mixed with heartfelt comedy and good will with a little drama. Plus the scenes of animation and those lovely little animals singing and dancing was such a joy, plus the music and singing make this such a beloved musical, as Emily Blunt shows her talent by singing her great voice can carry a tune. The story again involves the Banks siblings as miss perfect and the guardian angel from up above Mary Poppins(Emily Blunt) appears out of the sky to help solve all of their problems. Plus her sidekick Jack(Lin-Manuel Miranda) moves the journey and adventure along just fine as a nice helping hand. Overall if you like "Disney" and enjoy movies of sing and dance and one that gives a feel good fairy tale message of hope and rescue from the grim of life then check out this picture as Emily Blunt does sparkle.
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Vice (I) (2018)
9/10
An unlikely guy who's tough, cold, and heartless becomes second in command, yet pushes all the major buttons.
25 December 2018
Must say that director Adam McKay has made a wonderful and super film in "Vice" as it really is a good bio type doc on former Vice President Dick Cheney. Plus the performance from Christian Bale is spot on he looks, acts, and talks, just like the real Dick!(he reportedly gained 40 pounds to play the part! And hand Bale a best actor golden globe and Oscar!) It begins so unlikely that this under performing and common Wyoming cowboy guy who loves the bottle and beer will make it anywhere. As after flunking out of an Ivy league college Dick appears down in the dumps. Yet his rock and stone wife Lynne(in a blunt and elegant turn from Amy Adams) advises him to shape up or ship out and change his ways.

It's upon a congressional internship that Dick's meeting and making a connection with Donald Rumsfeld(Steve Carell) changes his life forever. Soon and later Dick's connections in Washington get him somewhere as he becomes a chief of staff to the president, runs and gets elected to congress, then serves as secretary of defense, then he's the CEO of a large corporate business company. Now talk about a lucky man!

However old Dick has his problems and is from time to time behind the 8 ball as he's overweight with a pot belly and his ticker is not the greatest as heart problems almost derail his life and career. Plus his youngest daughter is gay. Yet by being an insider with connections Cheney stays the course as his biggest gift and surprise awaits. Now what!? Yes Dick is named vice president a running mate on the ticket of George W. Bush(in a life like performance from Sam Rockwell). And in a close razor thin 2000 presidential election Bush-Cheney win! Now he's the VP!

Now with unlimited access and connections of corporate and business dealings it's back room and under the table deals that let Dick's power grow to unseen levels. As it's clear that Cheney though second in charge pushed all of the major buttons in the Bush administration. As his advice and inner workings played a key role in the Iraq war which seem to be driven by money and greed and oil along with ego and a power trip.

Overall super film for any who enjoy bio type movies about politics and history no matter what your political side, and no matter if you where a fan of Cheney or not like him or hate him, see this film as it shows how one man gained unlimited power thru access of connections. As it's clear Dick Cheney was clearly the most powerful Vice president of our time who was tough as stone and ruthless.
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7/10
A film of power, and a family rival of wanting to be queen.
25 December 2018
"Mary Queen of Scots" is one film as you watch you feel the themes and drama of the need for power as rivals seek the throne all which involve religion, marriage, and betrayal and rebellion. Mary(Saoirse Ronan) returns to her homeland of Scotland after being away in France only to find it under the rule of her cousin the older and aging Elizabeth I(Margot Robbie). Clearly a power struggle develops as Mary wants to ascend to the throne, as after marriage and being widowed young her desire and need to secure the throne and become queen is more and more. Only greed and loyalty play a part in Elizabeth wanting to keep the throne as she is to punish young Mary for her bad moral judgements. Overall good period piece if you like these type of movies from the era of century old England as it shows how power, greed, and hierarchy all ruled the day and the sets and costumes looked nice and the performances from the two female leads Margot and Saoirse were in top form making it a watch.
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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)
9/10
A hidden TV horror gem that entertains and is a fright to watch with twist and revenge!
23 December 2018
Finally watched this 1981 made for "CBS" TV movie called "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" and I must say that it was effective and worked with fright and fear and the story is simple and down to earth and twist with revenge. Set in a small rural country southern town this story and tale is that of one Bubba Ritter(the now late veteran character actor Larry Drake of "HBO's" "Tales from the Crypt" episodes: "And All Thru the House" and "The Secret") who's a nice and liked good guy who's a little slow though with a child like mind. Then one day an event takes place that involves Bubba a little girl and a dog attack. Plus Ritter is wrongly accused, and then a manhunt is lead by the locals including postman(Charles Durning) and an accident or critical mistake happens that changes the whole game.

One by one the involved locals start to leave or die in strange or freak like accidents it's like revenge from the grave! As justice is often in the most odd and uncommon ways and manners. As those responsible and guilty have to eat crow! For a 1981 network TV movie it scares and provides fright and justice does come around overall good horror gem that helped launch the scarecrow genre era.
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Roma (2018)
9/10
Well done and good reflection on life, connection, attachment, love, loss, sorrow, and change.
20 December 2018
I must say that the latest work from director Alfonso Cuaron called "Roma" is well done as the film is based on his own experiences and memories growing up in Mexico City as a kid. The film is touching and heartfelt as it's common themes that involve life like connection, change, attachment, sorrow, loss, and love is something everyone can relate to. The film done in black and white and reading the subtitles will hold your viewing interest along with the story. Set in the early to mid 1970's in Mexico City it's a wide open look at the life of a middle class family who struggle with everyday things and eventually a broken home will come out of these struggles, however the wild card and backbone that holds the family together is the young maid Cleo(in a strong performance from Yalitza Aparicio). Along the way Cleo too is faced with her own problems of loss and her life suffers sorrow and change. Still thru all of the storms that both the family and Cleo weather at the end a bond of love, connection, and attachment, is never broken. Overall this movie makes you appreciate family, and love proving that connection and attachment shines thru even when change, loss, and sorrow happens.
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Room 104: Josie & Me (2018)
Season 2, Episode 12
6/10
Looking back at fun free and feel good times!
20 December 2018
This episode the last one of season 2 from "HBO's" "Room 104" series called "Josie and Me" is an okay entry as it is a flashback and reflection type episode. It involves a woman in "Room 104" who looks back upon her younger self and what life was like in her college days. She goes back to her college years of partying, drinking, and casual sex, and being with the it crowd of trying to fit in by doing drugs, dressing sexy like wearing sexy colored bras, and you name it just the feel good free years. Really all of us reflect and look back like this of our yesteryear seeing that it's something we just try and go thru it doesn't really shape or make us.
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Room 104: Shark (2018)
Season 2, Episode 11
3/10
Fighting and arguing over money the very last dollar!
20 December 2018
This "Room 104" episode called "Shark" from season 2 is pretty lame and really not that entertaining to watch. As two cousins share a room together and it appears they make their living as hustlers and con men. All of a sudden all of this comes to a head as they try to convince each other about staying in the game of gambling as each wants to do their own unique way of being a card shark. The words gets intense with some fist flying as it turns into a drama over money. Overall nothing special.
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Room 104: Artificial (2018)
Season 2, Episode 10
3/10
A look into the future with droids
14 December 2018
This episode of "Room 104" called "Artificial" from season 2 is one that's lame and holds little interest as I'm not one of a big fan of machine like humans and droid stories. Anyway a reporter goes to room 104 and interviews a woman that is an apparent machine like human and she talks and gives the forecast of what the future holds perhaps a take over involving machines, technology, droids, and strange like humans. Overall a little dull and lame didn't hold much interest for me.
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Room 104: The Return (2018)
Season 2, Episode 9
6/10
Talk to the dead conjure up his spirit trade mommy for daddy!
14 December 2018
This episode of "Room 104" from season 2 called "The Return" is a heartfelt and strange drama type entry as you feel some pain for a little girl who wants to connect with her dead dad. The story is pretty simple a young girl returns to room 104 with her mother with memories of her dead dad. And along the way she tries to communicate with him and bring him back in a visual form it's like a little bit of magic and playtime games. Overall it holds a little bit of interest as it's a search and seek mission of connection in a spirit like form.
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Deadly Nightmares: White Slaves (1990)
Season 6, Episode 12
6/10
Playing a dangerous game of fire leads to deadly payback.
11 December 2018
Remember this "Hitchhiker" episode from 1990 called "White Slaves" it was one with passion, drama, and a deadly twist. It centers around two college students in an international country I believe France. Anyway Gerald(C. Thomas Howell) and Eric are two wild party boys who night after night search the clubs and bars for a pretty girl it's like they want a woman for take home. Then one evening they take matters into their own hands by kidnapping an attractive woman named Adrienne(Mapi Galan) who becomes a damsel in distress as she's tied up and gagged. However sparks of passion fly between her and Gerald and then Eric and the whole trio are faced with a deadly spin cycle of doom and becoming to be known of in the past tense. As with Adrienne's connections she was no lady to play with. Overall good interesting episode with drama and it proves payback can be deadly.
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7/10
A film of humanity and digity living in the moment and accepting reality.
10 December 2018
Director Gus Van Sant always makes movies that speak truth and tells passion with stories about the ups and downs of life. This based on a true story does just the same as "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" entertains with emotions, drama, and fun moments that are heartfelt as you really feel for the central character of John Callahan(in a good turn from Joaquin Phoenix). As this gentleman has a lust for life and drama of having a good time and chasing women and most of all drinking, until things change after a one night bender with a car accident causing great change. Upon entering treatment and rehab a fresh new light and gift is discovered a talent of drawing cartoon newspaper characters gives a new lease on life. The film is a mix of reflection of life and the healing power that art can bring changes and the power to heal the soul. The chemistry is well rounded by Jonah Hill, Jack Black, and Rooney Mara. Overall worth a watch for it's sentimental heartfelt emotional feel.
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6/10
A film of despair and desperation.
10 December 2018
"Where Is Kyra?" Is one film that as you watch you feel like you see the whole picture yet are thrown for a little surprise. Anyway it's a picture of dread and searching for the want and need for hope. And the performance though not typical from Michelle Pfeiffer is dark and different from most of her other pretty and attractive roles. Michelle plays Kyra Johnson a divorced and single now living with her sick mother in a New York apartment who now finds herself struggling to get by. Kyra is having problems finding work at middle age and plus she's cash strapped while trying to get back on her feet. Her only spice and treat in life is the on again and off again casual sex she has with a neighbor(Kiefer Sutherland). Problems abound daily life has fallen apart a path of grim and grave results lie ahead. This picture proves a point with the message that one can sink to new lows and will try anything to survive. It's not typical Michelle still it's worth a watch for it's dark nature.
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The Wife (I) (2017)
8/10
Flashback and reflection of being an understudy as life choices made you second gear.
9 December 2018
"The Wife" is one film that shows and proves that it takes two to make a marriage work as behind a man of success a good woman is always found. Joan Castleman(in a strong performance from Glenn Close) is an elegant and high class wife of well known author and now Nobel Prize winning author Joe(Jonathan Pryce). And it's upon their flight to the ceremony in Stockholm that thru memories and flashbacks of Joan's life that she starts to realize that she made the pen flow and the pages turn. It's clear that Joan just now starts to see the impact and hurt plus she remembers the times that Joe hurt her and the family in other ways. As one by one secrets come out and Joan sees new light and starts to see that she was the success. Overall good character study that proves memories can provide redemption and provide new light to see a different direction, as it opens up truth and erases hidden lies.
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Deadly Nightmares: Working Girl (1990)
Season 6, Episode 11
8/10
Very memorable episode of the series that was sexy, and filled with guilt and regret.
9 December 2018
Remember watching this episode of "The Hitchhiker" TV series called "Working Girl" I viewed it back in December of 1990 on the "USA Network" and I remember how good it was. Recently having watched it again it was clear it was one of the more memorable ones. The story is simple a socialite and trophy housewife named Helen(Peggy Lipton) suspects that her rich businessman husband is having an affair with a mistress. However upon following and finding things out his between the sheets pleasure involves that of a sexy high class call girl named Lucille(in a sexy turn from Marine DeHerme loved her in that sexy black bra!). Soon rage and jealous passion sets in which causes something bad which affects Helen as now the choice she made causes guilt, regret, and grief, as she simply killed two birds with one stone! Overall one of the better episodes of the series still enjoy it as it brings back many good viewing memories and the episode had some good eye candy!
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Hell Night (1981)
5/10
Typical 80's slasher midnight type watch movie.
9 December 2018
"Hell Night" from 1981 has all of the elements of a horror movie from the 80's it's got a house with a past, teens and college students with raging hormones who want sex, and murder one by one with like one character living. As part of a college ritual and initiation into a fraternity four pledges must spend a night in an old haunted mansion 12 years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Is the crazed killer still around as one by one things happen and people vanish. It's a fight for life that's filled with thrills, chills, fright, and sex which is typical for an 80's horror slasher film. Also lookout for Linda Blair("The Exorcist") as a scream queen.
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Satan's School for Girls (1973 TV Movie)
4/10
Cheap made low budget TV movie with just a little bit of suspense.
9 December 2018
"Satan's School for Girls" was a made for TV horror film that really doesn't show much fright still it's a tense suspense tease that involves murder and blood. The plot is pretty simple as a young woman poses as a student and goes to investigate the apparent suicide of her sister. Only soon she learns that this is a different kind of school for girls. This 1970's picture may be remembered by some still it's a cult B like movie which is most memorable for featuring Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd before they became big stars on "Charlie's Angels".
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Maniac (1980)
8/10
Cult classic slasher picture that disturbs with blood and gore!
1 December 2018
Finally after all these years just watched the cult classic horror slasher film 1980's "Maniac" I must say it was well done with blood and murder scenes straight to the point with blood and gore. You see the pain of the central character Frank and why he does these brutal things! Really it's an upgrade from Norman Bates as this man has mommy issues maybe just like a real life Ted Bundy or Green River Killer.

In New York City, Frank Zito is a lonely man who's in his apartment with a different kind of collection, this guy is haunted from his childhood after losing his mother, so it's to the streets for street walkers and anything he can find and stalk for a scalping! These innocent young ladies get it all from being cut with knives and being tied up and gagged, even this continues when Frank dates an attractive female photographer. Really this monster adds body parts to his trophy collection of females. Overall graphic with violence and chills and thrills as the mind goes crazy with guilt and overactive compulsions really a cult blood slasher classic to watch for any horror film history buff!
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Room 104: A Nightmare (2018)
Season 2, Episode 8
8/10
A wild and wicked dream inside the room as the mind plays tricks!
1 December 2018
Warning: Spoilers
This episode 8 from season 2 of the "HBO" series "Room 104" called "A Nightmare" is a little scary and strange probably one of the better ones of the series so far due to it's suspense and fright. A young lady named Jess(Natalie Morales) is in bed in her room and she's continues to have the same nightmare over and over it's like the same or different visions happen to terrify her! The episode borrows a little bit from things like "Halloween", "Poltergeist", "The Ring", and "The Exorcist" as she has visions of a Michael Myers like character, and also gets pulled into the TV set with static, and the bed tries to sink her down under. It's not until an image and version of her own self does things change. It's like when being in a sheltered room the mind plays tricks with the worst possible things the imagination runs wild, open up the door for lightness and escape! Overall well done episode that's a little scary it delivers with suspense and the need for escape.
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Room 104: The Man and the Baby and the Man (2018)
Season 2, Episode 7
7/10
Wow! You finally decided you want to make a baby!
1 December 2018
This episode 7 from season 2 of the "HBO" series "Room 104" called "The Man and the Baby and the Man" is one that's blunt and very provocative it shows nudity really in a very plenty way! And the sex and love making pushes the envelope even for "HBO" in today's standards. Pretty simple story a man and a woman enter and share a room together that being 104 and all of a sudden after meeting they decided to make out and have sex. Plus the moment is all recorded and it takes a little bit of convincing for the man to go for it and make a baby. Overall blunt episode with skin and nudity it proves it's point to enjoy sex and try to make a life!
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