No matter how many times I've seen the episodes from these TV shows & these movies I can watch them again. They are in no particular order.
(1955 TV Series)
A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience. (30 mins.)
“ Gleason was so underrated, how did he never win an Emmy?????? Or an Oscar?????????????????????? ” - JJC-3
I Love Lucy
(1951 TV Series)
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
“ What else can you say but Lucille Ball! No one has or ever will top her comedic talent on the small screen! ” - JJC-3
Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2. (123 mins.)
“ One of my all time favorites. Just an overall powerful movie about man and his need to feel fulfilled and of his destiny! ” - JJC-3
Electra Glide in Blue
Bored with his highway traffic duties, Arizona motorcycle patrolman John Wintergreen is assigned to Homicide where his polite investigative style irks his macho boss. (114 mins.)
“ A underrated flick for sure. One of Robert Blake's best roles. And the only movie apperances of members of the band Chicago (how they aren't in the R & R HOF is mind boggling.) A very telling end of the movie with Terry Kath's character "Killer" shooting & killing Blake's John Wintergreen considering that Kath would accidentally shoot & kill himself just 5 short years later. ” - JJC-3
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away? (104 mins.)
“ A top notch thriller to be sure. Robert Shaw is fantastic as the ruthless ex-mercenary soldlier Mr. Blue/Benard Ryder. And Walter Matthau is brilliant as Zachary Garber who tries to buy time and out wit Blue before all the hostages are killed. Co-stars the ever popular Marty Balsam (Green) and early roles for Hector Elizondo (Grey) and Earl Hindman (Brown). Truly another underrated classic! ” - JJC-3
(2004 TV Series)
Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running Kelley series The Practice, following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. (44 mins.)
“ He's baaaack. Just when you thought it was safe again to turn on the TV Bill Shatner is back on the air as Denny Crane. Along with James Spader and an all star cast this is one of my top shows to watch! ” - JJC-3
In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game. (125 mins.)
“ Take basketball, Roller Derby and the blocking and tackling of football and the violence of hockey and gladitorial games stick it on a circular track and substitute it for war and you have Rollerball.
The corporations have taken over the world and feed the masses "the game." And when the greatest rollerballer ever, Johnathan E is told to quit and refuses the stakes are escalated until only one can come out alive. Just a powerful social commentary that today is getting a little too close for comfort. As in MMA & UFC & NASCAR. ” - JJC-3
The Harder They Fall
Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina. (109 mins.)
“ Bogart goes out in a bang. The great Humphrey Bogart stars in this semi fictionalized account of Primo Carnera. The game is boxing and Nick Benko (Rod Steiger) has a new boy he sees as a big money maker. He's Toro Moreno (Mike Lane) from Argentina. He's big at 6 foot 6 or so but he has a powder puff punch a glass jaw and a soft stomach. Eddie Willis' (Bogart) job is to make Toro bigger than life. Something he gets really good at. Benko however has his own ideas as Toro racks up an impressive record at the hands of a bunch of tank artists. Finally Benko and Toro see the dream come true as Toro gets to fight the champ in Buddy Brannen (real life boxer Max Baer, the guy that ends Carnera's career basically) But Brannen can not be bought and vows to "butcher" Toro. A great commentary of the boxing game as it was, and might still be. ” - JJC-3
(1966 TV Series)
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
“ The original is still the best. The groundbreaking 60's show that spawned an entertainment dynasty. Kirk, Spock & McCoy certainly one of the best known TV triumverates ever. ” - JJC-3
(1976 TV Series)
The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder. (60 mins.)
“ Jack Klugman as the LA Medical Examiner. The original CSI for sure. The Quincy character was based on the real life LA ME Dr. Thomas Noguchi. Certainly an all time classic. ” - JJC-3
North by Northwest
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, The UN, Mount Rushmore. One of the all time best flicks. Grant & Hitch at the top of their game!!!
Another how didn't Cary Grant or Alfred Hitchcock ever win an Oscar?!?!?!?!?!?!? ” - JJC-3
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. (114 mins.)
“ What can you say......
McQueen the "king of cool"!!
The movie that made the car chase a part of moviedom!!!!!!
Another great flick that just gets better with age!!!!!!! ” - JJC-3
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ Maybe the all time greatest Sci-Fi movie of all time!
And a big all star cast. Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Warren Stevens, Earl Holliman & Richard Anderson. And don't forget "Robby the Robot." ” - JJC-3
(1972 TV Series)
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
“ Another classic TV series, they don't make too many like this that can stand the test of time! ” - JJC-3
The Left Hand of God
At a Catholic mission in China, long-awaited "Father O'Shea" proves to be a tough guy, disturbingly attractive to mission nurse Anne. (87 mins.)
“ Bogie in a different role. He's a WW2 fighter pilot shot down over mainland China. Rescued by a Chinese Warlord he's now his lead henchman. But when a Catholic Priest is killed by one of Bogie's troops he see a way to escape. But to do so he'll have to impersonate the Priest. When he arrives at the Parish that the dead Father was supposed to go to he finds out that is isn't going to be as easy to leave China as he thought. ” - JJC-3
12 Angry Men
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
“ Take 12 average citizens of NYC and put them in a jury room. The crime is murder, the penalty is death. 11 think the young man is guilty, one thinks he is not guilty. See what happens as the 11 see that the one is correct and how their various prejudices played into their voting guilty.
A powerful movie about duty, honor & responsibility. ” - JJC-3
In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
“ The place, a police state. The time, somewhere in the not too distant future. See how one man whose charge it was to burn all the books that "influenced" mankind to explore and think for themselves abandon all that he knows and has, to read a book.
A simply chilling story about the possiblity of mind & thought control of a police state, and what some will do to keep the stories and history of mankind alive! ” - JJC-3
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
“ The time, the 60's the place Washington D.C., New York City, Moscow.
The thought provoking movie about what might have occured if the game of cat & mouse in the nuclear era had gone awry.
Could you have done what the US President did to make things right???? ” - JJC-3
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
“ The role that solidified Bogart as the # 1 actor of all time. A story of love, war & courage.
Just a great movie, one that will last forever. ” - JJC-3
The Twilight Zone
(1959 TV Series)
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
“ Rod Serling was the master of the sci fi genre.
"Zone" was just the greatest anthology series ever on TV. Each and every episode is a classic!! ” - JJC-3
Cool Hand Luke
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ What we have here is... failure to communicate!
The ultimate movie about the ultimate non conformist.
Paul Newman in one of his most defining roles!!!!! ” - JJC-3
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
“ Then there is this great Newman film, but the guy that steals the show is the Great One, Jackie Gleason, as Minnesota Fats! Gleason did all of his pool shots in this movie. And Newman did all but one (the masse shot.) Truly a time honored classic! ” - JJC-3
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
(1993 TV Series)
In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy. (45 mins.)
“ The Star Trek series that took Trek where no Trek had been before.
A lot of folks overlook this series in light of TOS & TNG but DS9 was on a par with the first two series. And had a great cast & characters as well!!!!!!! ” - JJC-3
It Takes a Thief
(1968 TV Series)
The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government. (51 mins.)
“ "Let me get this straight, you WANT me to steal?"
RJ Wagner is Alexander Mundy a big time jewel thief who after he is caught by the government is recruited by Noah Bain (Malachi Throne) to steal for Uncle Sam as a member of the fictional SIA.
In the 3rd season the great Fred Astaire played Al's Father Alistaire Mundy the man that taught Al all he knows!
Another underrated show! ” - JJC-3
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn (114 mins.)
“ Cagney plays Cody Jarrett a maniacal leader of a gang of thieves.
Jarrett seems to have all contingencies planned for until a fellow criminal informs him that the man he took in, Hank Fallon is really federal agent Vic Pardo (Edmund O'Brien). Cody winds up on top an oil storage tank and as he yells out his last words "made it ma, top of the world!" The refinery blows up all around him courtesy of Cody's gun!
To show how great an actor Cagney was, he absolutely hated this film as he considered it a backwards step in his career, yet the consumate pro he gives a 100% top notch performance! ” - JJC-3