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Hidden Figures (2016)
Should definitely take the Oscar for Best Movie
Just came back from "Hidden Figures" ("Behind the Numbers" as it is titled in Israel). WOW - It was absolutely AWESOME! This one should definitely take the Oscar for Best Movie! We've watched "La La Land" too and liked it, but I guess we couldn't comprehend the artistic mumbo jumbo there. For us, it was nice (and I love the soundtrack) but nowhere near Hidden Figures.
Winter's Tale (2014)
It simply has A LOUSY STORY - one of the worst movies I've ever watched
Just came back from one of the worst movies I've ever watched. Really! I very rarely criticize filmmakers, as I respect their hard work and mostly, when I do not like a certain movie, it is very possible that I do not like it since it's, how to say it, "too artistic for me". That's not the case this time. The movie is endowed with nice visual effects and the soundtrack isn't bad either. It takes place in NYC, so the scenery is beautiful as always. The problem is not even with the acting It simply has A LOUSY STORY and this comes from a man who likes romantic and Valentine's Day-suitable movies. The theater was packed at the beginning but more than a few has left us during the break and you couldn't miss hearing complaints from other people at the end. It is very possible that my wife is the only one at that screening who found this movie likable... I've always known there's something special in her.
The Good Night (2007)
One of the worst movies I've ever seen
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. There's not much movement in the plot if any, so it's basically BORING. The only good thing I could think of in this movie is the music... and also the fact that it takes place in NYC and that's always a nice place to see.
The idea that some very known and talented people have worked on makes it even harder to catch how could they get such a lousy result. I guess it's the bad scrip at the end. It's always funny to see how these kinds of films can end up with a good trailer. The idea behind the movie seemed nice as well... both my wife and me are very disappointed.
At the bottom line, a waste of time!
Twice in a Lifetime (1999)
The Choice (episode #44) and Al Waxman (1935-2001)
I've just finished watching what I believe was the last episode of "Twice in a Lifetime". At the end of what seems to be a regular episode (though "regular" may not be the right word, since each episode in this series is different than the other and unique), Judge Othneil's reflection appears in the dark skies. Othneil, played by Albert Waxman, repeats few sentences he had said during the episode: "Why do the good die young? That should have been asked countless times." Another quote from the episode follows immediately: Othneil is told "You were quite a warier" and he answers "I had my days". Then few words appear: "In loving memory ; Al Waxman ; 1935-2001". Well, 66 is considered young nowaday.
I must tell you that I was quite astonished. I ran to the computer and entered IMDB where in Al Waxman's page I found out that he passed away during heart surgery. Now I was totally surprised - The episode was dealing with a person who has heart problems. The question is whether he should or should not pass ("again") a difficult open-heart surgery, when we know that the previous one did not succeed and left him with a permanent brain damage. At the end, during the actual surgery, it is seemed at first that the person who has undergone the operation has died. If it is true that stage actors' eternal wish is to die on stage during a play, this was quite an impressive way to say goodbye to an actor in a TV series, especially in one where he plays God's representative, dealing with life and death issues.
Without Judge Othneil, there can be no "Twice in a Lifetime", so this is clearly the end of the show (even though the writers managed to switch Mr. Jones with Mr. Smith between the first and the second season, so they can always bring in another figure instead, using any lame excuse, the way they did it in two episodes in the first season). While writing, it was now reminded to me that this was the only episode when a person on the "second-life" believes Smith is actually an angel, and at the end, Mr. Smith almost admits he is (when we, the audience, know that becoming an angel is actually his true wish since episode 1 and Othinel has been telling Smith few times in the last episodes that he is improving). I guess things get new meanings in perspective.
Now I have a question and if someone can answer it I would be really grateful: How could the screenwriters create such a great final episode? Had they first shoot one episode and then, when Waxman died, re-edited it? The editing of the repeating last sentences by Othneil was great, but for taking these two parts from the episode, they should have filmed him saying them at first; Have the producers planned to finish the show then, knowing that he may die soon?
One last thing: this whole issue reminds me the way the Drama teacher from "Fame" left that series during the eighties. Since the actor knew he was going to die, it was arranged in one of the episodes that the class would say good-bye to their teacher who had retired. At the last scene, when all the students hugged him, they cried. The actors have said later on, that these were real tears, knowing their partners condition.
Liron Dorfman, ISRAEL