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After We Collided Afdah (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: October 2, 2020
Afdah After We Collided
Try not to think to hard about the impossibilities of cold blooded prehistoric crocodiles not having to bask long hours in the sun. Don't think about the young boy who has fed these same crocs for TWO years without anyone noticing any crocodiles anywhere. Nor think about the giant crocs knowledge of household layouts or their ability to quickly move and navigate through dense woods. The monster size crocs look like they are made of rubber.
The movie has a couple with a son move into a home when grandma dies. Grandma kept a chainsaw in the refrigerator. On the first day, the son finds the crocs and feeds them as pets, careful not to get too close. Unlike adults, boats, and automobiles, the crocs don't attack him. Dad is a wildlife ranger and mom is a Realtor. There is a sheriff who claims there are no crocs. The lake has been searched with sonar. The are four college kids out camping/ swimming on the lake. There is also a woman who is a guide for poaching elk who takes out a party which include one college kid searching for his girlfriend who is part of the said four. The story is simple. You could probably guess most of it by now and the only real question is who lives and who dies.
The movie includes the standard 1980's three gratuitous nude scenes, including one early full frontal in the unrated version. One sex scene. PLOT SPOILER: The babysitter keeps her clothes on.
Director: Roger Kumble
Cast: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Louise Lombard, Dylan Sprouse, Candice King, Charlie Weber, Max Ragone, Selma Blair, Shane Paul McGhie, Rob Estes, Karimah Westbrook, Samuel Larsen, Khadijha Red Thunder, Pia Mia, Inanna Sarkis
Tenet Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Release: September 3, 2020
After watching this you will have seen why Kay Francis was such a good actress. I know this one is billed with Cary Grant and Carole Lombard but this one was Kay Francis' show.
Man does she put on a performance. She's not in it very much but she doesn't need to be. You'll get an idea what a gold digger really is and what they can do with her performance. She's just flat out evil.
In this film you'll see what a good supporting cast should look like. I wish they still made these melodramas like this. I'm grateful though that there are plenty to choose from on DVD from this time period.
I know this line is old and tired and said all the time but..."they just don't make em like this anymore."
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Cl�mence Po�sy, Fiona Dourif, Michael Caine, Himesh Patel, Andrew Howard, Wes Chatham, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Jack Cutmore-Scott
The Croods: A New Age Afdah (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release: February 12, 2021
Afdah The Croods: A New Age
The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.
Director: Joel Crawford
Cast: Nicolas Cage , Emma Stone , Ryan Reynolds , Catherine Keener , Cloris Leachman , Clark Duke , Leslie Mann , Peter Dinklage , Kelly Marie Tran , Kailey Crawford , Chris Sanders , James Ryan , Gabriel Jack , Melissa Disney , Joel Crawford
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release: November 25, 2020
Afdah The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
Katie Elder bore four sons The day she was buried they all return to the Texas town of Clearwater to pay their last respects
John (John Wayne) is the oldest, the toughest, the gunfighter Texas, its bigness and its violence echoes in his empty soul Tom (Dean Martin) is a different breed of hombre He is good with a deck of cards and good with a gunwhen he has to be Matt (Earl Holliman) is the quiet one Nobody ever called him yellowtwice Bud (Michael Anderson, Jr.) is the youngest, but he is the rebel one...
At the funeral are Sheriff Billy Wilson (Paul Fix) and his grim young deputy, Ben Latta (Jeremy Slate) who's real conscientious about his job Also at the burial, in addition to many townspeople, is the young Mary Gordon (Martha Hyer), the woman who tries the impossible
Mary visits the four brothers, brings them food, and is sardonic about their desertion of their mother Only Bud, who has been going to college, shows a possibility of becoming a fine, respecting young man
As the brothers investigate into the past and present circumstances of their mother's life, they find the old place is no longer hers and that she was penniless
John discovers that his father supposedly gambled away the ranch when he was pretty drunk and that on the same night he was shot in the back The only witnesses are Morgan Hastings (James Gregory) and his son Dave (Dennis Hopper) The sheriff warns the Elders to stop digging around and to stay out of trouble
Realizing that the only tribute to Ma Elder would be for Bud to finish college, the brothers pledge themselves to that cause Yet they feel the loss of the ranch was under peculiar circumstances, they decide to find out the truth
Henry Hathaway was one of the great versatile directors whose Westerns have been as variable in quality as his other films
Hathaway's strong points were atmosphere, character and authentic locations In "The Sons of Katie Elder" he took particular care with locations, proud of the fact that he is one of the few directors who handle their own second-unit work, and when this element combines successfully with the other two the result can be impressive indeed
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Joshua Blumhagen , Jahzir Bruno , Darby Camp , Milaina Chanel , Amanda Cleghorn , Serena Crouse , Julian Dennison , Danny Dworkis , Patrick Gallagher , Justine Gera , Tyrese Gibson , Goldie Hawn , Andrew Kyrzyk , Judah Lewis , Camille Marty
Blithe Spirit Afdah (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Release: December 26, 2020
Afdah Blithe Spirit
A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writer's block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife, which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years.
Director: Edward Hall
Cast: Isla Fisher , Dan Stevens , Leslie Mann , Judi Dench , Emilia Fox , Aimee-Ffion Edwards , Julian Rhind-Tutt , James Fleet , Simon Kunz , Michele Dotrice , Colin Stinton , Callie Cooke , Adil Ray , Dave Johns , Georgina Rich
Let Him Go Afdah (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release: November 6, 2020
Afdah Let Him Go
A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson.
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Cast: Diane Lane , Kevin Costner , Lesley Manville , Kayli Carter , Booboo Stewart , Jeffrey Donovan , Will Brittain , Ryan Bruce , Adam Stafford , Bradley Stryker , Tayden Marks , Caillou Pettis , Connor Mackay , Greg Lawson , Aidan Moreno
Boss Level Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Afdah Boss Level
This is probably not the film for optimism and hope but it is definitely the best film for love and life. Living is sad with heartbreaks. Even so, if I knew what await me, I would still meet you and fall in love with you. Because knowing you is the best thing I have done.
It does not matter what await me at the finish line, what matters is I have spent my time, life, and love for you.~
The film reflect truthful about a life of a person with heart condition since born, Takuma. Especially, when doctor diagnose that he could not reach his 20. Surprisingly, he does not fear of death. Instead, he is very well- prepared. What he fears lie in people he loves.
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Mel Gibson , Annabelle Wallis , Michelle Yeoh , Naomi Watts , Frank Grillo , Ken Jeong , Will Sasso , Meadow Williams , Mathilde Ollivier , Sheaun McKinney , Selina Lo , Tyler Jon Olson , Eric Etebari , Carlos Aviles , Swen Temmel
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release: September 11, 2020
Afdah The Broken Hearts Gallery
What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you've ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.
Director: Natalie Krinsky
Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Sheila McCarthy, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Dales, Ego Nwodim, Megan Ferguson, Nikki Duval, Emma Hunter, Taylor Hill, Randy Choi
Fatman Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Release: November 17, 2020
Four coal miners got trapped in the tunnel, and there was no sign of rescue. All of them hungry, they picked a straw to pick one of them as a victim for food (in a PG rated way). One of them lost a hand, (not enough meat in a hand!), but the rescue arrived the next day. The victim entered an insane asylum. The ending sucks, and photography sucks, the whole film plain sucks. I could see why this is Deborah Whalley's last film to date. Someone should have severed the script! Not recommended.
Director: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
Cast: Walton Goggins , Mel Gibson , Marianne Jean-Baptiste , Chance Hurstfield , Shaun Benson , Paulino Nunes , Mark Day , Deborah Grover , Michelle Lang , Robert Bockstael , Bill Lake , Michael Dickson , Bill Turnbull , Ekaterina Baker , Mikael Conde
Release: August 21, 2020
Afdah Words on Bathroom Walls
Quirky beginning but captured my interest halfway through the first episode, keeping in mind that it's a pilot. I really liked the story line that is similar to my own life story: a woman named Alice that lost her mother and takes care of everyone around her and with that attracted a jerk as a boyfriend. Consumed by grief she decided to work as much as she can to keep her mind busy. She meets her guardian angel who can not help but intervene personally. Her personality keeps the show interesting. She is funny, weird and likes booze, but she has the attitude that is necessary for the way too sweet doctor Alice. I can only say: the end was moving and sweet and made me wanting for more. This series has potential if done right, but only a few more episodes can tell. I'm glad I didn't read the reviews before me before watching the show. Very harsh. Just sit back, enjoy,relax...
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Walton Goggins , AnnaSophia Robb , Andy Garcia , Molly Parker , Devon Bostick , Charlie Plummer , Taylor Russell , Beth Grant , Drew Scheid , Lobo Sebastian , Evan Whitten , Jared Bankens , Cruz Abelita , Aaron Dominguez , Sean Michael Weber
The Nest Afdah (2020)
Release: September 18, 2020
Afdah The Nest
Despite all the negativity. It is, and thats what it wants to be, a fun watch. I really don't know what people expect from a sitcom, but it appears to be too much. Not that the show cant fulfill any of these expectations. Guys, it is a sitcom and it has done its job pretty well within the first two episodes. And what job could that be? Entertain me. And it did well...lets hope they get the chance to show some more, i would really looking forward to more episodes. And again to all the people who voted less than six, get a brain and further more don't ruin such a promising new show right from the beginning with your unqualified and unfair reviews...
Director: Sean Durkin
Cast: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche, Charlie Shotwell, Tanya Allen, Tattiawna Jones, Marcus Cornwall, Michael Culkin, Adeel Akhtar, Annabel Leventon, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Oliver Gatz, Christian Jenner, Anne Reid
The Comeback Trail Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Release: November 20, 2020
Afdah The Comeback Trail
Though this film got trashed in a lot of circles, I rather like it if for no other reasons than it gives Americans some notion of the function of the monarchy in Great Britain.
Sometimes having the head of state and the head of government does have its bad points. Watergate for instance might have not been the gut wrenching experience if in America we were a parliamentary democracy with a royal head of state. Richard Nixon would have been put up for a "no confidence" vote and out he would have been without all the drama.
Drama on the other side of the Atlantic is saved for the Royals. This film might give an American some idea of what the abdication crisis was all about. John Goodman as the American born King has his own Mrs. Simpson.
In fact how he got to the throne is quite the tale. On some grand occasion the extended royal family got together for what looks like a team picture like they take in spring training of the various baseball rosters. Someone left a loose electrical cable dangling on the metal bleachers and the whole lot of them were electrocuted.
Genealogists poured through the Windham family tree and found some member had renounced it all and gone to America. The heir of that forgotten branch is John Goodman, Ralph Jones who does a lounge act in Las Vegas and not in classier joints in Las Vegas.
Of course the free and easy and thoroughly American Goodman doesn't take readily to his new found job. He can't quite comprehend that he has to serve as well as be served. And he has the same problem the Duke of Windsor had when he was briefly Edward VIII. With a lot more excuse since Windsor was brought up in the tradition.
Peter O'Toole as the lord who tries to give him some on the job training and John Hurt who has his own reasons for wanting Goodman to flop both give stand out performances. Best scene the palace ball for Goodman's prospective bride when Goodman does his lounge act.
It's a funny film and in its own way educational. The Duke of Windsor should have seen it. His duty would have been clear.
Director: George Gallo
Cast: Robert De Niro , Morgan Freeman , Emile Hirsch , Tommy Lee Jones , Zach Braff , Patrick Muldoon , Malcolm Barrett , Natalie Burn , Eddie Griffin , Kate Katzman , Vincent Spano , Leslie Stratton , Nick Vallelonga , Michelle Maylene , Julie Lott
Vanguard Afdah (2020)
Release: September 30, 2020
Giving one star to this movie is like over over over-estimating this piece of s**t. The worst movie i have ever seen in my life. Why? Why? Why?
All the characters are like horribly terrible copies of Hollywood chick-flicks. Even Chetan Bhagat can write a better story than this. Watching Katrina is not as painful as watching each and every characters here. Songs are painful to ears. Sheer torture!
Since the lead character is a woman don't fool yourself in thinking it has any message to give in that front.
Ultimately its all about finding yourself by writing some crappy book and find the love of your life. One sick movie (?) it is.
Director: Stanley Tong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Miya Muqi, Lun Ai, Dzavád Ramezání, Ruohan Xu, Zhengting Zhu, Desmond Aldridge, Nicole Atalla, Can Aydin, Sayed Badreya, Ilez Badurgov, Brahim Chab, Barret Coates, Keith Dallison
Greenland Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Release: September 25, 2020
Fascinating, to see so starkly one man's talents (Ray McKinnon) and faults on display, like the chipped old rhinestone engagement solitaire my dead granny handed me just before she gave up the ghost beneath that faded quilt she made for her sister Lula Mae when they shipped her off to that place for people teched in the haid, while autumn leaves of red and gold fell to earth outside the shack where she fixed possum and dressin' fer Thanksgivin' back in the holler and winter crawled in like a blind old moonshiner breathin' his last wasted breath.
McKinnon, here, cain't write too good. He can act (his "Snake" is the best and most electrifying thing in the film). He can direct; but so can loads of TV soap opera folks. His cinematographer (Myron Kerstein) is good. His actors do the best they can with this material (except Grace Zabriskie, who's supposed to be comedy relief except when she's supposed to be waxing wise and in any case seems to be channeling Rue McClanahan's Blanche from "Golden Girls," without benefit of that show's polished dialogue).
The script's the problem. One wants to empathize with these people. ANY of them. One waits, and waits, as things get worse and worse and the lines more smarmy and sentimental and unbelievable. But there's no one to care about or root for as the dialogue ricochets between pseudo-hard-boiled hillbilly and pseudo-Tennessee-Williams poetic.
So out of synch with reality are the words and situations that one laughs uncontrollaby and / or shakes one's head at all the wrong moments that keep piling up like Momma's mulch in the compost heap by the outhouse . . . .
Until Chrystal's supposedly moving reveal about her granny telling her, when a girl, that if she listens she can hear the flowers grow and now that she's a far-gone nutty self-pitying self-destructive backwoods drama queen she CAN hear 'em growin'.
Then Billy Bob Thornton shows back up in grizzled Howard-Hughes-near-the-end makeup and a filthy foot-long beard, with a kidnapped infant to replace the child he and Chrystal lost in the clumsily-shot no-budget opening accident sequence, before getting predictably killed by the cops in the squad-car headlights outside and Chrystal (as in Snake's meth? It's that kind of symbolism) marries the widower Good Cop, presumably finds redemption and some common sense, and the cop's little daughter by his dead wife climbs the artistic / symbolic welded sculpture Billy Bob topped off with a tricycle and sits there pedaling toward nowhere fifteen feet off the ground (like this film) and smiles wistfully, trying to jerk some genuine emotion from an audience searching vainly for any shred of meaning or reason-for-being in this pretentious vanity production, and credits roll while we (I could swear, y'all) hear flowers growing under the soundtrack and our tired behinds ache for sweet freedom.
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, Randal Gonzalez, Rick Pasqualone, Nicola Lambo, Alan Pietruszewski, Scott Poythress, Claire Bronson, Madison Johnson, Gary Weeks, Tracey Bonner, Merrin Dungey, Brandon Miller
Come Away Afdah (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release: November 12, 2020
Afdah Come Away
RATING: *1/2 out of ****
Director Cunha's first of four drive-in "horror classics" is merely typical, and not a big deal. It's about a trio of expeditionists unearthing an infamous 6' 6" Spanish Conquistador who promptly picks up his axe and stalks around the woods for a while.
Ed Kemmer makes a likeable leading man, and Sally Fraser is the standard helpless heroine. Morris Ankrum seems hesitant to deliver his lines, and the film is sprinkled with enough silly acting to make it endurable for a single viewing.
The film falls short with the title character; a helmeted tall man with dirt and mud on his face just doesn't terrify me. It's one of the last makeups done by genius artist Jack Pierce (famous for his timeless Wolf Man and Frankenstein designs for Universal), and not one of his best efforts. The giant does little during the time he's onscreen, and is disappointing.
The best film director Cunha made in the genre - and required viewing for any fifties monster fan - is FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER.
Director: Brenda Chapman
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw , Carter Thomas , Ava Fillery , Jonathan Garcia , Keira Chansa , Jordan A. Nash , Reece Yates , Jenny Galloway , Anna Chancellor , Michael Caine , Savannah Read , Keith Chanter , Ned Dennehy , Harry Paul Newman , Oliver Frank Newman
Freaky Afdah (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Release: November 13, 2020
When I saw that Mary Louise Parker was associated with this epic novel turned film, I was intrigued. Being a fan of the book, I assumed she'd be playing Tony, Roz, or Charis, but more so, I was intrigued to see how they would turn this very head-y, almost psychological (but not psychological thriller) novel in to a movie that would be accessible to those who hadn't read the novel, and that would be at least mildly satisfying for those who had. The book is a complex reflection of society, women, and modern life, and I was interested to see how they used the 3 different narratives that lead to the unfolding of the story in a film. What they actually did was a crime.
The biggest error and confusing issue is: Why would Oxygen, a network that advertises as being for women, take an amazing book about how complex, wonderful, and terrible women are and can be, and change the protagonist from 3 women to some dumb former cop with no real motive to be involved in the story? It seems like whoever adapted it took an easy way out by using this guy to straight up ask Roz, Tony, and Charis about how they knew Zenia and in doing that, they rushed through bulk of the book. In doing this though they muddied the story and cut everything that is great about the characters in it, aside from making it so the audience had no one credible to associate with. In the film, these women aren't people, they are characters.
In the book Zenia does fake her death, but the book mentions it to get this point across, while the film wastes 30-45 minutes focusing on this former cop running around and doing nothing of use. They tried to make this complex book an episode of Law and Order or CSI.
It turns out that Mary Louise Parker played Zenia, which was SO wrong. Zenia is a Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, or maybe even a Scarlett Johnasson type. She is a woman men can't not adore, and a woman that women are intrigued and threatened by, but in a "keep your enemies closer" kind of way. And once she gets closer, she seems totally genuine and trust worthy, despite your better judgment. She's the kind of woman who, even when she loses, she wins: she's always still beautiful, still rich, and there are always still people out there who don't know her game.
In the film, Zenia didn't take Charis's man (the blonde American draft dodger who was using Charis in the first place...) but instead took August and tried to become her legal guardian (and apparently came back to be her Lesbian lover as a lingering kiss at the coffee shop implies). And Zenia did kill the chickens before leaving with August, but it made no sense since all of the build up to it was removed. It's was as if whoever wrote the screenplay was grasping at straws to satisfy those of us who read the book, but I think had I not read the book, I would have spent the whole movie confused, if I had bothered to stick with it at all.
And Roz's husband was dead before Zenia came in to the picture (which was weird since Zenia took Roz's business AND home life in the book, which is why Roz hated her so much) and she and Zenia had conspired to kill Roz's husband years and years back. And according to the film Tony and West had been dating forever...even at the party where Zenia and West (in the book) had painted the whole place black and they made Tony seem like this totally with it (and evil, bitchy) person who was always respected by everyone for her intelligence and popular for it. Tony's character was SO wrong in this film...she seemed a little psycho and like the mastermind behind whatever conspiring was going down as opposed to the kind of gawky, mildly reclusive teacher that she was in the book. The film basically implied smart women are evil, beautiful women are evil, powerful women are evil, and women who teach yoga are off their rockers.
They basically tried to make it so Zenia wasn't necessarily as awful as she was in the book, and then, in the end, the three women convince this former cop (who, of course in the process of researching this, meets Zenia and has an affair with her that is supposed to end with them moving to Barbados or something ridiculous, which of course Zenia bails on) to hide Zenia's body (which they found splat at the hotel she was staying at, but the film implies that one of the three women pushed her over the balcony, or they conspired together to do it...) and then Zenia also managed to take all of Roz's money in the process. By the end of the film I was only half paying attention between commercials b/c it had spiraled so far out in space from what it could and should have been.
If you aren't confused by this breakdown of the film, then maybe you would like it, because I have read the book and seen the movie, and from the movie alone I am ridiculously confused. It was terrible. I get that making a film out of that book is quite a task, but if you are going to take on the task, you should start by determining what in the book is unnecessary, instead of creating some useless character to be our Alice in wonderland.
Are there really no fluffier books that Oxygen could be making at least half decent TV movies of?
Director: Christopher Landon
Cast: Kathryn Newton , Vince Vaughn , Alan Ruck , Katie Finneran , Mitchell Hoog , Uriah Shelton , Misha Osherovich , Melissa Collazo , Kelly Lamor Wilson , Hannah Russell , Dana Drori , Celeste O'Connor , Charles Green , Patti Schellhaas , Deja Dee
The New Mutants Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Release: August 28, 2020
Afdah The New Mutants
*This review is written about the release of the complete series on disc* Once again the best bet this week is the release of a complete series on disc for a reasonable price and size that won't fill your shelf. This time around we return to the sixties and seventies with a private eye that took the country by storm, breaking down at least one barrier of the time and lasting 8 seasons, all collected here. The show and the main character was named MANNIX.
Starring Mike Connors (who just passed away this last year) as Joe Mannix, the show focused on a detective in the old school tradition. The first season had Mannix working for a high tech computerized private detective agency called Intertech. Run by Lew Wickersham (Joseph Campanella), the agency used computers to siphon through data to find their man. Mannix instead chose to follow his gut instinct, walk the streets and often take a beating in pursuit of the truth. The only reason Wickersham keeps him on is that he gets results, sometimes even when the computers think otherwise.
Viewers weren't as keen on this format as was thought and with the second season Mannix went into business for himself. One of the first changes was to hire a girl Friday, someone to take calls and run the office. This part was filled by Gail Fisher as Peggy Fair and a more loyal employee would be hard to find. Most notable about this role was that Fisher was one of the first black actresses to star in a major role in regular television at the time. Several other recurring characters were added to assist Mannix, most working for the police force.
The format of the show was usually the same, a situation which required Mannix to mount his white steed and go forward into the fray to save whoever was in need. He was not just a detective but a hero as well, following his own personal strict code of honor in an attempt to discover the truth. This also made the show different from most at the time. Rather than a series that revolved around the story being told it was character driven, as much about Mannix and those who hired him as it was the situation he was handling.
Another thing that made the show different was that Mannix wasn't infallible. He often found himself on the wrong end of a physical confrontation being beaten by the bad guys as often as he dished it out. During the time the series was on the air Mannix was knocked unconscious dozens of times and shot and wounded at least 10 times. He was cool, he was intelligent and even though he could handle himself in a fight those fights were more realistic than most on TV since he didn't always win.
Running from 1967 through 1975 the series was not known for being topical and yet it did touch on subjects in the news. A Korean War veteran, Mannix dealt with repercussions from his time in the service. Topics like handicapped characters who helped in spite of their disabilities, racism and the effects of PTSD on returning Vietnam vets were included in various episodes.
So now you know what the series was about if you weren't beforehand. Also note that it featured one of the best TV series theme songs composed by the great Lalo Schifrin. But what's in this box set? And why this rather than the separate seasons already released? To answer that last question the size. This box set will take up far less room on the shelf. The price when compared to buying each season separately is a savings worth taking advantage of. And the extras are nice worth taking the time to enjoy. They include: Interviews with Mike Connors and Joseph Campanella, Mike Connors on THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, TV Land promos, a DIAGNOSIS MURDER clip (his character returned for a part in an episode of that series), audio commentary on the pilot by co-creator William Link, audio commentary on "Another Final Exit" by Connors and Campanella, Mike Connors audio introductions on the episodes and a photo gallery. If the name William Link sounds familiar it should. In addition to creating this series with co-creator Richard Levinson the duo created COLUMBO.
So here you have it, all 194 episodes contained on 48 discs, 163 hours and 44 minutes of pure Mannix. Fans of sixties TV will find this a must have for their collection. If you don't add it to yours hopefully you'll find someone who did to borrow it from. In going back and revisiting the series I found that they were as enjoyable today as when first viewed long ago. Take a trip back in time with MANNIX.
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Adam Beach, Thomas Kee, Colbi Gannett, Happy Anderson, Dustin Ceithamer, Jacinto Vega SpiritWolf, Chuck, Marilyn Manson
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music, Sci-Fi
Release: August 28, 2020
Afdah Bill & Ted Face the Music
Although I vaguely remember this from the 90s,I saw this show properly for the first time the other day (bought Series 1 DVD). Essentially it depicts the lives of 2 divorcees trying to start a new romance together, despite constant distractions from his ex-wife + her teenage children.
Although the humour is feeble, obsolete even,the show is nonetheless quite substantial simply for 2 reasons:-
1) The actors - 2point4 Children's Belinda Lang plays the ex-wife, and the (back then) really cute Julia Sawalha,of Absolutely Fabulous and Press Gang fame,plays the teenage daughter.
2) The archetypal early 90s British setting; the show is a nostalgic trip into the modest mums, baggy/black-clad teens and horrendous suburban wallpapers of the day!
Second rate by all means; while the BBC had all the essential comedy classics, perhaps ITV intended to spare a weekly slot for such mediocrity. That said, I will give it 6/10 simply for the established actors and the kitsch-yet-classy early 90s cultural setting.
Director: Dean Parisot
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Hal Landon Jr., Beck Bennett, Kid Cudi, Amy Stoch, Holland Taylor, Jillian Bell
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical
Release: November 13, 2020
Afdah Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
I actually found it a very sad film. All the humiliations Jamaicans have to go through just in order to feed their families. Enormously stupid and arrogant American guests (I wouldn't want to have my holidays among such folks!). Beer drinking competition and crab races as "entertainment". And Jamaicans really believe that they are "free"??? And that the Cubans are not? I have had holidays in Cuba. All the staff who work with tourists, have dignity and self-respect because they won't starve if they don't please the morons with money. And the entertainment includes salsa lessons and Spanish courses. I would not want to be on holidays in Jamaica after seeing this film (poor waiter who had to sleep with that old fat cow!)and I do sincerely feel sorry for the Jamaican people who are very talented and friendly and certainly deserve better than serving a bunch of idiots.
Director: David E. Talbert
Cast: Forest Whitaker , Keegan-Michael Key , Hugh Bonneville , Anika Noni Rose , Madalen Mills , Phylicia Rashad , Ricky Martin , Justin Cornwell , Sharon Rose , Lisa Davina Phillip , Kieron L. Dyer , Miles Barrow , Diaana Babnicova , Abraham Popoola , Gabriel Constantin
Horizon Line Afdah (2020)
Release: November 6, 2020
Afdah Horizon Line
While not one of my favourite movies of all time, Scavenger Hunt is one that I do consider very underrated. The ending is predictable sure and some people may find some parts too on the cruel side. But the backdrop is lovely and it does look good still. While the story has a premise done a lot before and since and may feel thin to some, I personally found it never dull. If I were to compare it to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World(which I've seen a lot of people comparing it to), which I do like very much, Scavenger Hunt is a lot shorter and the pace brisker, so first-time viewers of both movies may find themselves less exhausted-feeling depending on their patience levels watching this. I do agree that Scavenger Hunt is hilarious, the dialogue is plentiful, endlessly quotable and often enough to split the sides though you may be in danger of missing things from laughing. It isn't just the dialogue though, Cloris Leachman in 3-inch heels, Georgie's nasal whining("They killed Buzzy"), the laughing gas scene, the four servants overflowing the lab with suds, Scatman Crothers with the wedding veil and Richard Mulligan's priceless facial expression, James Coco trying to rob the market and the toilet-stealing scene are enough to raise a number of laughs. The cast show great comic timing and have plenty of star power. I personally don't think this is a case of a great cast working against the script. And this is not just the main parts(James Coco, Richard Benjamin, Stephanie Faracy and Scatman Crothers stood out), but also the cameos especially from Arnold Schwarznegger and Vincent Price. All in all, a hilarious and underrated if not perfect or award-worthy movie. 8/10 Bethany Cox
Director: Mikael Marcimain
Cast: Alexander Dreymon , Allison Williams , Keith David , Pearl Mackie , Jumayn Hunter , Amanda Khan , Lamin Tamba , Orlaith Doherty , Francois Groenewald , Marc Redmond , Danny Bhowaneedin , Dennis Gregory , Privilege Magezi , Daniel O'Neil , Kate Shepard
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