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Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019)
In depth look at life and being up and down and wanting and doing an escape!
Director Richard Linklater is one that does movies in an in depth manner as they are long drawn out and almost always deal with life and personal matters. And most viewers as they watch can relate to them and most face some in real life. This latest "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is one that deals with somewhat of a midlife drama as the head character wants a change and escape to a new scene all while wanting to live past glory again.
Bernadette Fox(Cate Blanchett) is a professional woman an inventor, teacher, wife, and mom who had a very creative past only now her life is stuck in neutral. It's like she can't get no satisfaction! So she needs a new journey a new adventure and discovery. So upon taking a getaway in somewhat of a secretive manner the world opens back up and a new light shines for her! Overall really a picture of once again finding self discovery and old glory thru escape, not one of Richard's best works and the performance from Cate is only okay, still it's a watch for some drama and inspiration.
The Farewell (2019)
A secret, a family struggle of emotions like love and pain, it's relative a heartfelt and touching watch.
"The Farewell" is one film that as you watch entertains you with thought, and fun laughs and has the drama of pain and emotion all wrapped up in one. It has themes of trust, love, and most of all secrets something that all families can relate to. It involves a Chinese American woman Billi(Awkwafina) who leaves New York City to visit her family and homeland of China and the purpose for this trip is that of a gathering with family as a wedding is about to take place. However this is a wild card and subplot as the real reason is to see the family backbone and leader their grandmother. Grandma has been hit with stage 4 cancer yet she doesn't know it and the family sticks to their country's culture and decide to keep it a secret!
The film still entertains with love, laughs, and proves that family and attachment is important this picture is important as many immigrant families can relate to struggle and little things that stick out like Billi doesn't speak the best of Chinese language after being raised in America. Still it proves thru hope, love, and looking the other way from the truth that happiness and emotions can come out in the open for any family. Overall well done emotional heartfelt sentimental family drama.
Mind numbing and strange episode.
This "Twilight Zone" episode from season 3 called "Something in the Walls" is one that's different and strange it's like a horror and paranormal thriller of the mind as what we see or think we see bothers us the most. A mental patient named Sharon(Deborah Raffin) is claiming to see things her claims are that of seeing faces and strange creatures that come thru her room wall! The doctor looks into this only to be made a believer! Overall different and simple one of fright and it shows that fear and the mind go hand and hand.
The Twilight Zone: Room 2426 (1989)
Lame and far out episode.
This episode from season 3 of "The Twilight Zone" was just so lame, far out and fetched and different that it did not interest me. Dean Stockwell is Martin a bio like scientist who's imprisoned by the state in room 2426 as his acts of secrets have cause him to be put away it's like he's a danger to mankind! As his cell mate sees the revealing of a weapon building formula the episode twist as like new life is abound for both away from the state. Overall lame and weak episode of the series maybe one of the worst.
Pain and strange methods to kick the addiction!
This "Twilight Zone" episode from season 3 "The Hellgramite Method" is one that's strange and tough it features character actor Timothy Bottoms("The Hitchhiker" and "The Paper Chase") as Miley an alcoholic who's life is taking a toll as he's always late with the wife and he sleeps late from the hangovers. So he's looking for a new cure only it will not be easy as kicking an addiction is tough only to learn that some cures are worse than a disease as especially when it involves an insect and the stomach!
The Twilight Zone: Extra Innings (1988)
Living life once in the past and returning to old glory!
This "Twilight Zone" episode from season 3 called "Extra Innings" is one that's good heartfelt and sentimental for the way it takes one back to old times and glory of the past. The story is good with Marc Singer as Ed Hamler an ex major league baseball player who had his days playing cut short by injury, and now his wife wants him to get a new start and stop listening to games and living memories of the past. Only a neighbor helps out when introducing him to a baseball card collection one little card that being of a player from 78 years ago named Monty Hanks has magic! It's like it's a trip back in time! Overall feel good touching episode with one regaining their past self and getting the fame back of their playing days.
Fate and love was meant in a strange twist of meeting and chance.
This "Twilight Zone" episode from the end of 1988 New Year's Eve episode from season 3 called "Appointment on Route 17" was one that was a little strange and different and off beat. Tom Bennett(Paul Le Mat) is an arrogant and stiff money hungry business type guy who after a heart transplant mellows a little bit, and for sure his eyes open even wider when he spots and finds Mary a cute and attractive waitress at a local diner. However pain and tragedy is written all over Mary however you kind of figure things out it's like Tom was the second coming of her past lost love! Overall okay episode that shows the path of love and connection is often strange and odd.
The Twilight Zone: The Trunk (1988)
A trunk leads to a life transformation!
This "Twilight Zone" episode from season 3 the 1988 Christmas Eve episode called "The Trunk" provides a little magic itself! It's a feel good lift up episode that's a little like a fairy tale one with a twist and happy ending. Willy(Bud Cort) is an unhappy lonely down on his luck inner city slum hotel manager who's just trying to get by day to day. Things change when one day in a vacant room he discovers an old steamer trunk! Only soon people start to abuse and take advantage of the good luck that this has provided Willy. However the episode takes a twist when Willy decides he needs to escape people and life, as the old trunk turns his life into a happy fairy tale ending! Nice magical episode.
A mixed bag fairy tale like fears that come to life.
Over the summer just this past week I read all of the" Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" books by Alvin Schwartz and I must say I enjoyed most of the short fable like fairy tale stories that involved being scared and feeling haunted as it's backdrop was that of folklore, myths, and legends passed down from generation to generation. Most of the stories were between one to three pages nice short and quick reads. The movie tried yet let down a little bit as it was set with certain kids I wish the film would have been more of an anthology mixed with many tales during the whole movie like something similar to "Creepshow", "Twilight Zone", "Tales from the Darkside" or "Tales From the Crypt" instead.
Still the movie is watchable as it plays with it's audience in a fairy tale like way set in 1968 at the height of culture change like war, Nixon, and rebellion it follows a group of small teens. As friends they face the normal problems of growing up and fitting in however things change when they find a haunted mansion and a book left by a girl named Sarah and it becomes a haunt to all of their fears. It's just like the stories come aloud and alive and things happen to them one by one it's like they write their chapter and fate in life! The movie has some scary scenes and it tries to sell fright, really it's a mix of drama and black dark comedy. If you want to stay more true to folklore, legend, witches, monsters, and strange and funny twist read the books from Schwartz.
The Twilight Zone: Acts of Terror (1988)
A mean dog is a guardian angel for one.
This "Twilight Zone" episode from season 3 called "Acts of Terror" from Dec. of 1988 is one about where a bad and mean guy clearly gets what he deserves. Louise is a married housewife to Jack and she's his slave plus Jack takes out his hands and fist on her on a regular basis plus he has a new squeeze on the side. However things change for the better when Louise receives a gift from her sister as this little play pretty model channels her rage and acts as something terrible towards Jack. As payback is mean, horrible it's like rapid hell in the form of teeth and chewing! Overall well done episode of revenge.
The Twilight Zone: The Trance (1988)
Not really a good episode
This "Twilight Zone" episode from season 3 1988 called "The Trance" is one with a plot and story that's not to interesting it involves a scam artist who speaks in different voices during lectures as he claims to hears voices and messages from ancient gods and Atlantis. However when he comes across a real spirit things change in a big way as a bad guy gets what he deserves really kind of predictable and not real interesting.
The Twilight Zone: The Call (1988)
Phone and voice love leads to statue romance!
This "Twilight Zone" episode from season 3 1988 called the "The Call" was one episode that was interesting and far out a little different, yet it proves that hope is for all and any to have love. William Sanderson is Norman Blane a lonely man who lives his life in his apartment eating frozen dinners, listening to radio, and he goes to work during the day seeming to have a normal life. Then one night when he attempts to dial a number to order classic music records an error and mistake leads to a new voice of wonder and love it's like Norman has found the perfect woman! Only it's odd she doesn't want him to see her! Strangely yet surely the two meet and become both models of love and togetherness in their own right! Don't want to say more might spoil it yet it twist in a strange way the episode can be both touching and sad.
Cruel episode yet it's clever for it's twist.
This "NG" episode from 1972 is most memorable for it's segment called "Green Fingers" as it involves a man named Mike Saunders who's mean and cruel and wants to build new structures on an existing property. However to do this he must put an old lady and her current little home to pasture and waste! The episode becomes cruel however it twist with guilt and it turns with some revenge don't want to say more and spoil it for those who haven't seen it! Overall well done episode.
Jane the Virgin (2014)
Funny sexy comedy soap opera like drama
Of late over the last few years have watched this "CW" hit series called "Jane the Virgin" and many of the stories are spiced up with funny drama and far out plots that mix drama with love, life, and relationships. Set in Miami it involves the life of one Jane(the sexy Gina Rodriguez) and her love life as she's now a parent plus the life of her family is also showcased especially her mom and dad(who's an actor). Overall okay series plus it was always good when Brooke Shields had guest star appearances, the series was watchable the way it blended comedy and drama.
Legal Drama of backroom deals and intelligence.
Over the last few years from time to time I've watched this prime time "USA" network series called "Suits". And it's a clear legal drama that involves crooked deals and backstabbing situations of many of the firm partners, as if you were looking for a show of courtroom scenes and trials this is not it as most of the scenes and drama goes on in and out of the firm's office. Plus the characters personal lives are on a showcase as the up and down things like relationships, sex, and money and personal decisions highlight the series. And it also features some good eye candy with it's female casts. Overall okay legal drama.
The Movies (2019)
A series that's historical, informative, and educational as it shows how movies impacted culture and life.
From actor Tom Hanks who executive produced this limited series "The Movies" is one that's well done as it's a showcase of the past and the screen gems that impacted culture and shaped many of lives. As each episode looks back at a certain decade of film clips and montages are highlighted with comments given from directors, actors, actresses, and film critics and even media studies professors weigh in on the importance of movies. Need I say more any film buff and fan of history and the past will enjoy this as it represents so much of culture and life.
Final Exam (1981)
Typical 80's slasher horror flick
This early 80's film "Final Exam"(1981) is one to watch late at night if passing sleep as it's typical 1980's style with blood, stalking and has that good old fashioned like slasher feel to it. The plot is pretty simple it involves a psycho killer who stalks and murder students at different colleges I believe the setting is North Carolina. Overall nothing great not really memorable somewhat low budget and to the point still it's a watch for a slasher fan of 80's horror.
Excellent epic a throwback to yesterday of a golden era of culture, fame, struggle and friendship.
Once again Quentin Tarantino has done it another long and in depth film(almost three hours long for this one!) as the director mixes plot and stories that blend both drama, comedy, and action all in one. Again as is common in any film of Tarantino's is the cast is always all star and a memorable ensemble and it seems the acting and chemistry is always in top form. And this might be the director's finest film to date for it's look back in time to a memorable yesteryear era!
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is set in 1969 at the height and end of Hollywood's golden age an era of free spirits and cultural uprising. It follows the life of one Rick Booth(in fine form from Leonardo DiCaprio) a past his prime and faded TV actor who now struggles even to get small parts in TV westerns, and Booth seems hopeless yet he's still friends with his buddy and partner in crime that being his stunt double Cliff Booth(Brad Pitt). The two burn plenty of midnight oil together still a ray of light is found when Rick gets a second chance and a rebirth by doing international pictures and marrying an Italian beauty.
In somewhat of a wild card and subplot story Dalton's neighbor is the sexy and young actress Sharon Tate(Margot Robbie) who spices and lightens up the screen as a young star in the making. Also introduced is the strange and notorious Charles Manson. The film even has a surprise and happy ending! Overall excellent well done epic that pays homage to the past as it's a showcase of different stories that connects up with different characters.
The Kominsky Method (2018)
Excellent funny comedy that looks at life being up and down and in and out while aging
"The Kominsky Method" is one excellent series from the master Chuck Lorre who once again creates comedy gold as this series is mixed with the drama of life while bringing many laughs! Plus the cast is all pro with great chemistry as it features acting legends Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin who have their A game on.
The story is that of one Sandy Kominsky(Douglas) who once was a promising actor who had a short brush with fame only to fall to the curb and now he's past his prime, he finds his later years not only aging yet he's now an acting coach at his own studio! And his method and teachings are simply known as "The Kominsky Method"!
His life is helped along with the friendship of his other aging buddy Norman(Alan Arkin) who was once Sandy's agent. And both have the problems of life with family issues like dealing with daughters and both ponder life and death after dealing with health issues too! Money issues and finding happiness are the norm, yet the potential for romance and relationships are possible for both old bachelors. As Sandy sparkles between the sheets some with a new student Lisa(Nancy Travis) who's a middle aged divorced mom.
Thru it all the series is so direct, funny, and real for the way it looks at life with aging and how it's unpredictable and up and down also some eye catching turns were given from Danny DeVito as Sandy's prostate doctor and the sexy and cute Emily Osment was an eye candy treat as a student in Sandy's acting class. Overall excellent well done series one of the best to come along with old all pro veterans like Douglas and Alan who shine with class as they showcase some comedy and drama skills both.
The Loudest Voice (2019)
Good series of how power, greed, and stubbornness brought down a TV giant.
"Showtime's" latest 7 part series "The Loudest Voice" based on a best selling book is an in depth and clear showcase of one tough and wicked TV boss Roger Ailes. Played to perfection by Russell Crowe(and he even looks the part to a fit with weight gain and makeup!) Roger is an overweight man who's conservative and he likes to eat plenty and he's old stubborn and set in ways with a rural background plus he's a life long cheerleader for the Republican party. The series along the way after the character introduction shows how Ailes founded "FOX News" and how he would help spring the network to super ratings with his 911 coverage and for the way the network pushed freedom and gave a thumbs up for the "Iraq" war. And also how with the election of a new president in 2008 who Roger believed to be a socialist democrat he turned the network into debate hate with crazy stories of race relations!
Yet thru it all Roger Ailes despite power, control, greed, and stubbornness and having a power struggle and ego trip with media founder Rupert Murdoch had the biggest vice of all which lead to his downfall that was beautiful women. From one pretty intern to another pretty network executive assistant Mr. Ailes would bed many of them while wife Beth(Sienna Miller) would just look the other way. Finally this big game of sexual misconduct and harassment would be exposed by morning anchor Gretchen Carlson(Naomi Watts). Overall good series of how one's own powerful self poison, and manipulative manner can help destroy them and lead to a personal self destruction.
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
Revenge and payback! A dark natured and twisted funny comedy drama.
"The Art of Self Defense" is one far out and twisted movie that proves many will take things to far once something happens. Jesse Eisenberg is Casey a mild mannered laid back bookkeeper who upon being attacked at random one day has his world turned upside down! He then joins a karate club ran by an aggressive by the book drill like instructor named Sensei. Soon Casey finds that this is an aggressive sinister club that operates in a crazy like manner it's like they do real hit murder jobs! It's a cat and mouse game with his mind too. And remember punch with your feet! Overall this film tries to be funny yet the nature is very dark as it's a spin on power, aggression, and control showing also how an incident can change one's life for good.
The Mustang (2019)
A tale of hope, connection, and chance of redemption.
"The Mustang" is a heartfelt emotional drama that shows how connection and exploring and experiencing interactions can help a person. The tale is of a prisoner in rural Nevada who struggles to escape his past only to be helped and treated in a new social program. This involves training a stubborn Mustang named Marcus. Look for some good work from veteran Bruce Dern as a veteran trainer and other fellow inmates assist in this new program. All of this is a new heartfelt connection of hope and a challenge and chance to be a better person, something that all should take to.
A film of will and desire to live and survive while fighting elements and mother nature!
"Arctic" is one film that as you watch is very visual as the picture as a whole has very little dialogue still the scenes are harrowing and stunning with drama like cliff hanging sequences that prove life is often a battle. Mads Mikkelsen is Overgard a desperate man who is stranded in the snow covered wilderness after a plane crash, and the whole scene is a virtual wasteland as skill and wit come in handy while waiting for help. Later a big decision that has life or death risk comes into play, as only hope can help Overgard get thru, clearly this is a heart pounding heart catching drama film of desire and battle of will to live.
A wild night and laid back feel good teen film!
"Superbad" is one flick as you watch you feel the far out and crazy fun as it's a typical teen comedy that features the themes of fitting in with having sex, getting girls and having a party in high school before a college send off. The movie has two high school seniors Seth(the funny Jonah Hill) and Evan(Michael Cera) who go thru these same things mentioned in the meantime they having a ball doing it as the party and alcohol is so fun it's like a wild night something similar to "Porky's" or "Animal House"! Also of note is an early and young role with Bill Hader("HBO's" "Barry") as Officer Slater a cool laid back cop! Overall good teen film to watch for feel good fun.
Madonna: Rain (1993)
Well done music video from Madonna.
In 1993 this song "Rain" was a huge hit from Madonna as it was so relaxing, and had a feel good mood and the song was about about the pain of love as rain is compared to teardrops! The video features the Material Girl with jet black hair singing this tune to perfection overall well done as you the viewer and listener can feel love coming down like rain!