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Lee Daniels' The Butler
Lee Daniels' The Butler
DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beautifully Told Story of the Butler, January 1, 2016
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Lee Daniels The Butler is the story of an African American man who becomes the White House butler during the Eisenhower years and serves through the Reagan administration. The story is told in a chronological order, so that the viewer gets to see the world changing, particularly for African Americans through the eyes of this butler. This changing world and the way father and son seek to bring about that change creates something of a generational conflict between the two that takes decades to resolve.

That’s where The Butler reaches into your chest and grabs you as a movie. The Butler is above all else a family story that extends beyond race, color, or creed. I think everyone will be able to relate to the generational shift in tactics and challenges that confront each new generation and create conflict. Beyond this, it is a beautiful work of cinematography and acting that makes the viewer feel as though they are in all these different decades, which is so difficult to accomplish in a movie that spans decades.

The Butler is a movie that lives up to the praise it has gotten.


NCIS: Season 10
NCIS: Season 10
DVD ~ Mark Harmon
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Dearing to Parsons, January 1, 2016
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NCIS has always managed to deliver surprises even in it's tenth season when most shows are either a chore to sit through or have been put out to the television retirement home. I actually liked both the closing and opening story lines of Harper Dearing and the hard driven lawyer Parsons out to get Gibbs. Other interesting surprises include a post-heart attack Ducky getting to head up his own case or should I say cases and several episodes that serve to humanize our favorites such as Gone and the Namesake. I also thought Shell Shock was a particularly well done two part episode concerning a Marine suffers from PTSD. NCIS keeps on giving, even in its tenth season.


Bring It On
Bring It On
DVD
Price: $2.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Guys Review of a Cheerleader Movie, December 31, 2015
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Bring It On is a movie about competitive cheerleading that takes a light-hearted and stereotypical view of the world of competitive cheerleading. It is by far the best of the what feel like five trillion Bring it On movies and had the plot-line that most engaged me with all the fish out of water elements (Missy, Black Cheerleaders) that challenged the stereotypical view of cheerleaders as these perfect white goddesses.

Wrapped inside this is a lot of typical teen romance storylines and drama, but Bring it On is different in that the characters actually evolve without forsaking everything that they have known. There are little kernels of a lesson here, but it is so hidden behind the sweet, candy coating that the viewer does not often understand that such a lesson exists. A cheerleading movie with a human heart.


Quiz Show
Quiz Show
DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can You Pass the Test?, December 31, 2015
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It’s the 1950’s and television is the new medium that has post World War II America spellbound. There is no greater force in this new medium than the television quiz show as ordinary Americans put their intellect to the ultimate test. Quiz show champions became national heroes and quasi celebrities and have a comfortable existence. This seems like a terrific world and all you have to do is keep playing the game…

Quiz Show is a very creepy and haunting portrait of what happens when ordinary Americans become intoxicated by the money and the trappings that pseudo fame can provide and then are forced to come crashing down to earth when they learn that Quiz Show is really a sinister breed of consumerism, capitalism, and corporate greed run by a Goliath known as network television and they were just pawns in a sinister game easily replaced, if they decided not to play the game, subject to personal and financial ruin. The Quiz Show is gripping drama that at its core speaks to human ruin as they become swallowed up by the machine in a very Orwellian 1984 sense.


Turner & Hooch
Turner & Hooch
DVD

5.0 out of 5 stars When Tom Hanks costarred with a Dog, December 30, 2015
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Before Tom Hanks was Hollywood royalty, he costarred with a drooling, though loveable canine named Hooch to solve a murder. As far as cinematic quality goes, the movie is something of a dog (no pun intended), but then again, it wasn’t intended to speak to broad themes of the human condition. It was designed to be fairly light-hearted fun as this neat freak bonds with this slob sort of like human and canine version of the Odd Couple or something.

While it takes a brief turn towards the serious, they even back out of that fairly quickly because no one apparently wants to laugh for ninety minutes, only to be brought to tears in the final two minutes. How you feel about this movie probably is dependent on whether you can accept the movie and suspend disbelief and go with some of the more extreme situations, if you can’t do that, this movie isn’t for you.


crazy/beautiful
crazy/beautiful
DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is Crazy and Beautiful, December 30, 2015
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My first thought as I was streaming Crazy/Beautiful was that I didn’t particularly care for how they set up the love storyline between Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez. While I got the Romeo and Juliet aspect of it, I thought it was set up entirely too quickly. It felt like they were kissing after ten minutes. Just a perception. For the first 1/3 or ½ the movie, I thought it was a hip upgrade to Romeo and Juliet, but then it got me…

This Romeo and Juliet story is different, but I would totally spoil the movie if I said what it was. Let’s just say that she’s not your typical Juliet. From the point of that reveal on, the movie seized my attention and lived up to the sort of beloved status that it holds among many within the teen movie genre. If you stick with Crazy/Beautiful, you’ll probably like it, but that is the great challenge.


Primal Fear
Primal Fear
DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fear in Primal Fear, December 29, 2015
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Primal Fear may very well put the fear of something in you. It could be weirdest movie this side of American Beauty. Richard Gere is tasked with defending an alter boy accused of murdering a beloved Chicago priest. Gere is the flamboyant win at all costs, anything to get client off who meets his match in the Edward Norton character. But before we get to that point, the attorney has to figure out how to get his client off while waging something of a war against two very powerful institutions the Catholic Church and the Chicago PD. While this struggle is intense, it’s only half the battle.

Primal Fear is one of those flicks that definitely bends perceptions of good and evil, love and hate, power and weakness, etc. and it will keep the viewer guessing until the very end and leave them questioning whether they ever really knew anything.


Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer
DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars When the Kramer’s Square Off, December 29, 2015
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These days, we think nothing of what one might call untraditional families, but in 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer was really quite groundbreaking in depiction of an unconventional family. Dustin Hoffman stars as a hard driving New York advertising executive, who in pursuit of the job loses his grip on his family as his wife files for divorce, compelling him to deal with being a single father. Things get more complex when the female Kramer returns and sues for custody.

It’s a really moving portrait as the idealized image of the Leave it to Beaver family is challenged by this new family dynamic that had not been depicted in such a way at that time. Kramer vs. Kramer really speaks to the broader question of just what or perhaps who can be considered a family? This is a question that many people in this country struggle with today.

In conclusion, Kramer vs. Kramer is a conversation starter.


The Coneheads
The Coneheads
DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars It’s Coneheads People, December 29, 2015
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If you’re expecting a cinematic masterpiece out of a movie starring multiple generations of SNL cast members, you may want to examine your life. While Coneheads is totally farcical and ridiculous to the eighth degree, there is a certain endearing quality to it as you have these alien lifeforms quite literally in this case, adapting to life in a new location and ultimately sacrificing for the very humanistic ideal of happiness. It is a harmless way to spend ninety minutes people, not every movie was destined to be a cinematic masterpiece.


NCIS: Season 11
NCIS: Season 11
DVD ~ David McCallum
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5.0 out of 5 stars Season of Change, December 26, 2015
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Season Eleven of NCIS is a definite season of change as new characters arrive and old favorites depart. While the chorus of voices claiming that NCIS has lost “it” grows louder year after year, NCIS just keeps on ticking in this reviewers eyes. The stories have changed as things became more dramatic, particularly with the death of Jackson Gibbs, but there’s a more realistic element to this season’s stories. The issues of homeless veterans and faulty military equipment could easily be ripped from the headlines and are very moving. Yet this show, has not lost its sense of humor as shown by the Gibbs, Fornell, and Diane dynamic for example.

Yes NCIS is getting older, but just because it’s old does not mean that it’s dead.


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