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Pleasures (1986) (TV)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
If you like (the absence of) pleasure, this is it., 9 September 2003
2/10

This movie was not quite what I expected. It is decidedly downbeat. Movies I like the most are ones which have frequent good times in them. This one has mostly stress (about if to make love) in it. So, if you enjoy the psychological frenzy of, should I ... or shouldn't I? this is the movie for you. Tracey Nelson is pretty; Linda Purl is sophisticated, energetic and gorgeous; and Joanna Cassidy is "looking good."

4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Clean, light-hearted fun ... and a murder to investigate too, 16 May 2003

This is an easy-going, light-hearted murder mystery.

There is an amazing chemistry between the Rabbi (Stuart Margolin) and the rabbi's wife (his actual wife). The Police Chief (Art Carney) also has the benefit of having his wife in the movie.

The victim died at the Synagogue. Her purse was in the Rabbi's car, a cute scandal.

If it comes on, try to see it.

This was the pilot for the revolving mystery series (McCloud, Columbo, etc.).

5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Very unique, the tension-confusion will make you dizzy., 20 May 2002

This movie is difficult to categorize. It it unique in many ways. It is a murder mystery (or seems like there was a murder of a patient during surgery, or maybe 2 murders); a stalker movie, but by a woman (or she appears to be a stalker), you see the way it is going.

This movie is incredibly claustrophobic. People have more than one purpose (role). Everything and everyone intersects in different ways (a hard concept to explain, but remember the woman stalker, or is she).

Here is a surgeon. He can't practice medicine anymore because he has panic attacks, while reliving a surgery gone bad. His wife is a medical malpractice attorney who picks up a case from a woman who was her husband's nurse.

It starts out quiet, then it takes you on a roller coaster ride. By the second half, the tension level is at a fever pitch. By the last half hour, I was wishing I had recorded it so I could fast-forward to the end. When it was over, I wish I had not seen it: I don't care for movies that have a high tension level. But ... if you like tension building up and up (with confusion piling up, layer upon layer), this is your movie.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Psychological, with laughter and many tears., 25 February 2002
9/10

This is a powerful psychological drama (at times). Here is a woman who has been trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband loved his parakeet much more than her. She lived on almost no money, begging for grocery money, but getting a lecture. My heart bleeds for her, because I knew someone who lived like this.

Hubby dies. But his presence is still felt, over and over, by his widow. He left all of his money to someone else, only dribbling a paltry sum to her. She scrapes up enough money to take a bus trip to see the sights.

Suddenly, people seem to like her (a very difficult thing to handle). She makes friends, and begins to feel like a person, instead of just a useless appendage. Things are bumpy, but, little by little, she feels her strength.

I recommend this movie to anyone who thinks that life cannot ever change. Letting go of a painful past can allow a wonderful present ... the skies the limit.

The Lady Forgets (1989) (TV)
Forget the amnesia, this one is memorable, 25 February 2002
8/10

A housewife suffers a blow to her head. Two years later she hits her head again. She does not know what happened during those years.

In flashbacks, she (and we) discover the new life she lived. She had a new career ... and a new man ... and new enemies.

This is an intelligent movie. Donna Mills carries the show with a strong, sincere performance. I have this one recorded, and have watched it several times over the last 12 years.

23 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
Keep doing it right; don't give up your soul., 25 February 2002
10/10

This is the story of a man who has to try twice as hard to be half as good as others in college. After he becomes a priest, he butts heads with the mainstream, stuck-up parishioners. His bishop has the idea: send him to China, set up a mission, and doctor their bodies and souls.

This spans his 40 years in the mission field. Things do not go well, though at times they do. He stays true to his values, and does not sell out to the vulgar rich, or the vulgar greedy. This is the gleaming quality: keep trying to do the right thing. He does.

I have watched this one at least 12 times over the years. It still holds up well.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Actors acting like servants, or trying to., 25 February 2002
7/10

Here is a whimsical tale of an out-of-work actress and her other also-situated actors and actresses. Tired of playing the starving artist, she lands the role of maid in a house over-running with thieving employees. She single-handedly cleans up the household, and begins to work on her unloving boss. She soon begins to melt his icy heart, and teaches him the value of things (not money, which he knows too well already).

Her actor friends soon must take on the role of fellow servants, and the rest is hilarious. They over-act their positions, and confuse and confound their new boss.

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Actors acting like servants, or trying to., 25 February 2002
7/10

Here is a whimsical tale of an out-of-work actress and her other also-situated actors and actresses. Tired of playing the starving artist, she lands the role of maid in a house over-running with thieving employees. She single-handedly cleans up the household, and begins to work on her unloving boss. She soon begins to melt his icy heart, and teaches him the value of things (not money, which he knows too well already).

Her actor friends soon must take on the role of fellow servants, and the rest is hilarious. They over-act their positions, and confuse and confound their new boss.

7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
A simple Christmas reunion is good., 19 February 2002
9/10

A white Christmas approaches. WWII rages on in Europe. A smiling mother cashes in all of her ration-stamps to purchase the best Christmas dinner she can. Happiness is where you find it.

This is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. Tough times bring them even closer.

The one person no one wants to see at his door is the local Western Union man, because most of the news he delivers are telegrams from the War Department: We regret to inform you that your son was killed in the war. Unfortunately, he makes his rounds too often.

One family is safe from telegrams. A very pregnant wife awaits the Christmas Day arrival of her long-away love, at last his hitch with the army is over. Her sister-in-law gets off from her welding job on Christmas Eve, and heads home by bus to reunite with her brother, picking up a soldier with no family of his own, on the way home, and inviting him to have a home-cooked Christmas dinner.

This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Simple things are the best. Watch this one, and have a Christmas dinner on me. Bon appetit.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
United We Stand ... Divided the evil falls., 18 February 2002
10/10

In some ways, this is the best of the Death Wish movies. Here, other people get into the act of fighting back against violence.

The bad guys are really bad. The story centers around a neighborhood of mostly old, defenseless people. Mugging and intimidation are rampant. Life is hardly worth living through.

In steps an outsider. He stands up to the tormenting teenage gang members. Then he teaches the suffering seniors to stand up and protect themselves. They all gather together to stand up against the gang.

I found myself cheering the residents on. It definitely is exciting... to watch people band together, and have their perception of life improve.

I heartily recommend this movie. It is a roller-coaster. Just hold on and scream on the big hills!


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