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Previous listings who were inducted in the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Dustin Hoffman David Letterman Natalia Makarova
Previous listings who were inducted into the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. Herbie Hancock Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine
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Entertaining and then Annoying at the Same Time!
Tony Shaloub deserved his Emmy award for playing the title character, Adrian Monk, in the series. Bitty Schram was perfect as Sharona Fleming, his nurse and sidekick. The late great Stanley Kamel was perfect as his understanding psychiatrist. Ted Levine was great as Stottlemyer for the San Francisco police department. Despite being set in San Francisco, California, they filmed the series in Canada. The first season had only twelve episodes where each and every one is perfectly done with great acting and writing. You have guest stars like WIllie Nelson, Garry Marshall, Tim Daly, Brooke Adams, Kevin Nealson, Adam Arkin, and others as well. The murder crime scenes aren't so gruesome but Monk always gets his man or woman in the end. The final episode in the first season included Tony's real life wife Brooke Adams; his former co-star Tim Daly from Wings; and Garry Marshall. The series is a bit quirky at times but entertaining if you're not annoyed by Monk's obsessive compulsive behavior.
The Pact (2006)
Inspirational and Uplifting Documentary!
Three African American doctors who were raised on the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey are friends. Their incredible story of achieving success despite their odds has inspired a book and a documentary. The three doctors have appeared on Oprah Winfrey Show among others to inspire and uplift others. Newark, New Jersey isn't an easy place for living. There is crime, poverty, and high unemployment in a city about ten minutes from New York City. This ninety minute documentary is about these three doctors who are friends and colleagues. Despite their success, they have always returned to their roots in Newark. Amira Baraka, a poet and writer, makes an appearance in this documentary along with Bill Cosby. The doctors had obstacles to get to where they are successful and determined to inspire others in Newark to succeed despite the harsh obstacles. This documentary is worth watching to inspire and uplift others like Malique in the film.
The Moors Murders are remembered 50 years later!
The director and writers along with the cast and crew don't forget the victims in this senseless crime spree by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley who committed them in the early 1960s. The five victims included three young children and two teenagers. Pauline Reid and Edward Evans were the teen victims while younger children, Keith Bennett, Lesley Anne Downe, and John Kilbride were also met by cruel fates. The film version is dramatic, tragic, and doesn't show the actual murders. This television movie has a haunting move and maybe more on Myra's side of the story with her sister, Maureen, and mother more involved. We don't know much about Ian Brady's background. Once Maureen and her husband began spending time with Myra and Ian. It becomes dark especially since they go to the Saddleworth Moors to spend their free time. It seems like a haunting place to be for anybody. Maureen and Dave are unaware of Ian and Myra's crimes at the time. When Dave and Maureen go to the police, it unravels the Pandora's box of secrets held by the couple. Although Myra Hindley and Ian Brady's crimes are always being written about, there is an interest especially in an attractive and intelligent woman like Myra who did everything for Ian. You have to wonder why Myra did it. The two part version is well-acted by the cast and crew. Maxine Peake is in rare form as Myra Hindley. Joanna Frogatt is perfect as her long suffering and guilt ridden sister, Maureen. Sean Harris is fine as Ian Brady. The film is a haunting look at one of the most disturbing crimes in British history.
An Entertaining Delight!
Dame Helen Mirren gives a delightful performance as Morgana in this version of Merlin and Excalibur. With magic and mysticism, this film is entertaining but confusing at times. Nicol Williamson was a brilliant talented Shakespearan actor who should better remembered for his Hamlet and Macbeth than Merlin. His scenes with Mirren have a history of their own since they were lovers before filming. Mirren giving birth to Mordred reminds me of in Caligula. Mordred was born for revenge out of an incestuous encounter between siblings. Still the film has an all star cast but the film belongs to Mirren who plays Morgana with such wickedness that you want to root for her anyway. Williamson's Merlin is sorely needs a better costume and better dialog.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The Ending Doesn't Make Sense to Me!
I watched the film a few times already. The acting and writing are all high quality. Jack Nicholson did an excellent job in playing Bobby. You have to wonder by the end of the movie about what he is searching for in life. That is why the ending doesn't make sense to me. He comes from a wealthy talented musical family in Wasington. He works like a common man in the California oil fields. He has a girlfriend, Rayette, who is perfectly played by Karen Black. Nothing seems to make him happy at all. He just seems to keep running from life. This time, he had to confront his elderly ill father and his family. Still it is a great film that has you asking questions.
Hawaii Five-O (1968)
Aloha and Enjoy Hawaii!
I still want to go to Hawaii on a vacation. I finally saw the first season of this groundbreaking series. It's set in Honolulu, Hawaii and filmed entirely on location with guest stars and locals. The series has Hawaiian feel but the show is first rate. Jack Lord was perfect to play Steven McGarrett who runs Hawaii Five-O with his colleagues. I love the guest stars and the scripts are first rate. The series moves at a perfect pace. The drama moves well with innovative twists and revelations to keep the audience tuned in. This was the first crime drama series to be filmed outside Hollywood and New York City by 1968. Despite the beautiful scenery, paradise like Hawaii faces crimes. You can't be off guard even in paradise. I do hope to get there someday. Still the Hawaii in this version of the series is before construction and tourism boom.
Until I saw her name on the final credits, I thought that she was one of Britain's legendary leading ladies of the stage. Tallulah Bankhead was an American actress more known for her off stage parties and sexuality but she was also a very talented actress on stage and in film. In this delicious role, she plays British woman, Mrs. Trefoile, a disturbed and distraught older woman. When American actress Stefanie Powers who played Patricia Carroll, who visits her after her son's tragic death. Patricia is soon held prisoner in the large country estate. Harry and Anna are a couple who work for the old lady. They follow orders with regards to their demented employer. Bankhead gives an unforgettable performance. Powers also holds her own against her. Peter Vaughan and Yootha Joyce play the couple who serve Trefoile. It's an interesting film especially for Bankhead's performance. She spent most of her acting career on stage than film.
The Killer Cockroaches Attack Again
I caught this film on the movie channel last night. The film is actually entertaining about cockroaches but not any kind of cockroaches. They are malevolent unique creatures. Bradford Dillman plays the scientist who becomes fascinated by them. He does a very good job in playing him. You can see and hear his character descend into madness. For a thriller film, the suspense slowly builds up to a predictable climax. I wished there was more in the ending. I enjoyed how the film progresses slowly with revelations about the fire starting cockroaches that kill anyone and eat meat. Dillman's Jim isn't crazy at first but slowly descends into madness. He realizes it but it's too late. Director William Castle directed a film based on the novel. While the film is almost 40 years old, it is entertaining at slowly building suspense and interest in the subject.
A Slice of Americana Captured on Celluloid!
Bruce Dern earned a well deserved Academy Award nomination for his role as Woody Grant, a retired elderly man who lives with wife in Billings, Montana. When he gets a sweep stake letter, he believes that he has won a million dollars. Everybody but Woody believes the letter is a scam. His son, David, (played excellently by Will Forte), decides to take him to Lincoln, Nebraska. Along the way, they stop in his fictional hometown of Hawthorne and revisits his past. Dern is incredible in this performance. June Squibb earned a supporting actress Academy Award nomination for playing Kate. Squibb did an outstanding job in her performance. The film film shot entirely in black and white captures a rarely scene side of Americana. The film ends differently but satisfactorily for me.
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
Jones & Harris are Powerhouse Players!
James Earl Jones and the late Richard Harris give stellar performances as fathers in apartheid South Africa. This film is an adaptation of the novel by writer, Alan Paton. Since I haven't read the novel, I can only go by the presentation. Jones and Harris are two of the finest actors in film. This film captures the heartache, immorality, injustice, and other depictions of South Africa in the 1940s. For two men of different races, they are brought together by tragedy. The art director and scenery is quite spectacular. The depiction of an earlier time period is well done with art direction and costumes. The film is less than two hours. The film is more character driven than action driven. It's a sad film overall about a dark history in humankind. South Africa's apartheid separated the races where the minority whites lived affluently while the blacks lived in poverty. The cast includes Charles Dutton, an American actor, as a South African preacher. Still it's Jones and Harris' film overall. Their performances are powerhouses.