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113 out of 149 people found the following review useful:
CAN'T UNDERSTAND OTHER COMMENTS...., 10 August 2004

I 'found' CARNIVALE on the on-demand (see-it-anytime)menu on my cable system. (I was delayed finding the show originally because the title implied to me something else...maybe that's the problem). When finally sampled, I was awed by everything about the show. It is one of the great, undiscovered-by-the-masses shows in the last several years. SLOW ? The lack is in you if you think that. 'Story' at many levels, questions but no answers... only more questions... Extremely well crafted and well written, I couldn't get enough of CARNIVALE. It's a thinking person's cornucopia. It was something to look forward to... When it appeared to be cancelled, I went online searching to see if the series was inspired by books... I HAD TO FIND OUT WHERE THE STORY WAS GOING !!! Everyone in my house, everyone I work with... we all were very, very disappointed to be left hanging... HOORAY FOR THE CONTINUE-ING STORY... AND MAY THE SHOW FIND AN AUDIENCE...

They (2002)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
NOT AS BAD AS OTHERS WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE..., 26 July 2004

THEY wasn't the best movie I've ever seen. I read and can understand some of the 'creative' comments by some of the IMDB contributors, but...BUT... I was home alone, at night, looking for something to watch (on-demand on cable). I had nothing to lose by 'sampling' the movie (as a rule, wes craves doesn't thrill me). I thought THEY suspenseful, in the "6th SENSE" vein. I liked Laura Regan in the lead role (ALOT), the rest of the movie was cast reasonably well too (for a lower budget project). THEY is off to a slow start (purposely?), the suspense builds nicely, by the middle of the movie I was hearing sounds in my empty house. I turned my head more than a few times to make sure I was alone. I DID leave a light on for the remainder of the movie (and I slept with the hall light on that night).

Oscar calibre? NO... Nice spooky movie for a dark night? YES !!!

If your diet needs "over-the-top" gore to scare you, this isn't your movie. But if you can stick-with and appreciate a suspenseful horror film, this is a 'gem' you should not overlook...

Mystery Woman (2003) (TV)
7 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
I'M A FAN...REALLY !!!, 8 September 2003
10/10

I was surprised and pleased to see the 'quality' look and feel of MYSTERY WOMAN. It was no low-budget cable experiment, it was polished. Kellie's a natural, and looked great. Robert Wagner's name in the tv listing and face on the TV screen was a BIG plus. (If it becomes a series, perhaps a celebrity 'victim' each week?) Mystery Woman was definitely left 'open' for further adventures.

To be honest, the story could have been a bit 'tighter'. The mysteries and their solutions should be able to be held up to scientifically accurate scrutiny. For the production monies spent, the 'little' discrepancies should not be there (and there were more than a few). STANDARD OPERATING PROCECDURES for cops, coroners, victims, and family members are not strictly enforced. But, the result is a 'not' overly-complicated story, perfect for an 8pm Sunday-night, network slot.

Now that the main character Samantha Kinsey is established, I would like to see storylines that stick more to 'mystery' and not dwell on her ex-husband, love life, or other personal aspects just to fill out the show to it's 'run time'.

One more thing... I'm sure Kellie is a wonderful photographer in real life and it was a great idea to make her character's profession something that she loves so much. It even gives her an 'excuse' to travel to the locales of 'other' mysteries, but... BUT... please stop mentioning 'PHOTOGRAPHER' (or variations) every 5 minutes !!! It's distracting.

As a fan, I'd be happy to watch Kellie Martin read the phone book. As a critic, I'd have to say (even after my criticisms) that MYSTERY WOMAN is a great 'vehicle' for Kellie, and that I was very entertained and would love to see more installments. GOOD JOB !!!

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A DIFFERENT LAST EPISODE....., 2 August 2001

This may be an inappropriate place for a link, but as a loving fan and student of Northern Exposure, I'd like to share a fan's idea of closure. The final show provided by the 'powers' was very unsatisfying.

I've received alot of very nice emails concerning my story. I tried to make it a 'fun' read, something lacking in some of the others I've read. There is NO financial gain for me, it's a labor of love... Check it out... I call it....THE EAGLE HAS LANDED... and it should give you an unexpected original dose of Cicely .....

RetroWeb Classic Television: Northern Exposure http://www.retroweb.com/nexp.html

ENJOY....

TOM EWELL...not forgotten, 9 April 2000
9/10

One thing that always surprises, and saddens, me, is how a 'huge' star can lose his place in the all-time hierarchy of Hollywood Stars and our memories. Tom Ewell is such a one. A giant in his day, I don't think he is given his due for great performances in the past. "7 YEAR ITCH" is basically a monologue; are there any scenes without him??? (NOT MANY!)

How can you help someone overcome that 'itch'? Well, throwing a nubile, naive Marilyn Monroe into a married man's (single for the summer) duplex apartment is more torture than help. Ewell fights his demons, nearly surrenders to them (in a Walter Mitty kind of way), and fights some more. All in all, very entertaining and very sexy (for it's day). It's most note-able for the Marilyn Monroe over the subway grate scene, but Tom Ewell is the star of the movie and won't be forgotten for an excellent performance...

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
TOM EWELL...not forgotten, 9 April 2000
9/10

One thing that always surprises, and saddens, me, is how a 'huge' star can lose his place in the all-time hierarchy of Hollywood Stars and our memories. Tom Ewell is such a one. A giant in his day, I don't think he is given his due for great performances in the past. "7 YEAR ITCH" is basically a monologue; are there any scenes without him??? (NOT MANY!)

How can you help someone overcome that 'itch'? Well, throwing a nubile, naive Marilyn Monroe into a married man's (single for the summer) duplex apartment is more torture than help. Ewell fights his demons, nearly surrenders to them (in a Walter Mitty kind of way), and fights some more. All in all, very entertaining and very sexy (for it's day). It's most note-able for the Marilyn Monroe over the subway grate scene, but Tom Ewell is the star of the movie and won't be forgotten for an excellent performance...

11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Tony Curtis as a Knight!!! REALLY?????, 9 April 2000
9/10

Looking back, it seems like they showed this movie every other Sunday afternoon (and I watched it everytime). It's of a time when knights were bold and their women were beautiful. And, a time when you settled your disputes on the 'field of honor'. Tony Curtis looks a bit awkward in the role of 'knight wannabe', but you soon suspend belief and accept him in the part.

The story unfolds in nicely presented vignettes (over the course of years), that are assembled effortlessly and almost seamlessly. Battles and glory await our hero (the girl awaits too). It's an entertaining journey to the climatic finish. Enjoy....

9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Fred MacMurray leading man, does it again..., 9 April 2000
8/10

Looking back to favorite movies, I never realized what a fan I was of Fred MacMurray. This is another film of his I liked alot. Comedy, action, or drama, Fred gets the job done.

It gets 'laid on' pretty thick in this drama, schmaultzy comes to mind, but it's one to see. There were a string of 'miracle' movies made around this time, but 'Miracle of the Bells' lets you decide for yourself about this miracle, and there is more than just the obvious one.

You will get to see a movie in a movie, the reformation of MacMurray's publicist character, and even Frank Sinatra as a priest. I can think of worse ways to spend a lazy afternoon. See it if you can....

14 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
MY FAVORITE DANNY KAYE MOVIE...., 9 April 2000
10/10

This is definitely my favorite Danny Kaye film. When I was a child, I was always amused by his antics. When I got older, his silly-ness was 'over-the-top' and completely lost on me. Except, of course, for MERRY ANDREW. It still shines.

The circus provides ample fodder for his comedy. He is a fish out of water, completely lost in this simple world. The story is a down-to-earth, believe-able comedy of errors. A nice love story, an escape from his family's stodgy academic life, lots of music, and a happy ending. To me, less is more. KAYE didn't seem to try as hard for laughs in MERRY ANDREW and the relaxed performance was one of his best.....

17 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
"Another" final voyage....., 9 April 2000
9/10

I haven't seen this movie for decades, but I still remember it well. It has a haunting 'twilight zone' twist to it and is very entertaining. I'm surprised, in this in this 'post Titanic megahit' time, that an ocean liner backdrop to an eerie, romantic story has not been recycled as was 'Death Takes a Holiday'. It might even be re-incarnated as a 'Fantasy Island' type TV series with new passengers every week.

You expect justice and good to win out in movies of this era. It's nice they left enough 'wiggle' room to do the right thing. And I think people take a comfort from a good movie showing us going on after death. It's a trip we all hope to take one day....


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