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Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Not Extra Marital Relations- Rather- Extra Credit!
This is where it all begins, the preclusion, the preliminary- "Yes, I like sunsets on the cape". "Yes,I love the ocean breeze". "Yes, I like innocuous jokes about unexplained human shortcomings".. "Most of all, I love this apparently kindred spirit we have with regards to being cavalier about commitment".. "Yes, I'm bored!" "Yes! I'm smug and ambiguous!" "Yes! I'm Italian and you're Irish, so if we had kids together, not only would they learn how to love life, they would also know how to survive in it!" Let's give it the old college try, shall we! Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn play a socially derivative couple who both love each other because both of them love their spouses! Originally a stage play, "Same Time Next Year" articulates a distinct form of human emotion that is identifiable to any person who becomes cajoled by individual adversity. Infidelity became the necessary prescription for conducting their regimented lives properly. As time went on, the social changes in American behavior wound up being the antagonist for these two "lovebirds" to appropriate their persistence for this precariously prevailing situation. Eventually, their resilience required a modicum of romantic interlude to sustain the tedium of their auspiciously monotonous marital routine. The bittersweet amelioration which both Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn worked so painstakingly hard to attain, ultimately becomes an utterly acute reflection of mandatory human error. Basically, the audience gets it, or, at least, they should! Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn are very believable in this film! Richard Mulligan, the director, does a remarkable job at itemizing the comedic chaos to this movie. The cinematography is wonderful! The song: "The Last Time I Felt Like This", was a blockbuster hit for weeks on end back in 1978. A definite thumbs up! See this '70's classic, should you have the impetuous yearning to engage in a corrupt candor for realistically entertaining yourself!
Since The Federal Government Classifies It As Entertainment, So Does He!
Jack Ruby was an individual that epitomized the plight of someone who became perpetually victimized by his environment. Growing up in a tough and tumble south side neighborhood in Chicago, Jack Ruby had to earn everything the hard way! His testosterone driven theatrics were always justified under the belligerent premise that he loathed and excoriated all caitiff behavior and mannerisms which lurked in his threatened existence! Actor, Danny Aiello, was extremely well suited to the role of Jack Ruby. Desultarily assembled and jagged around the edges, Aiello portrayed the role of the disgruntled owner of the Dallas strip club lounge, Jack Ruby, with an absolutely powerful and well articulated perfection. The mindset of Jack Ruby was one in which he had an emblematic adoration of John F. Kennedy. Ruby was keenly aware of the fact that the assassination of Kennedy was a conspiracy! Knowing this, Ruby's conception of the entire fiasco was one whereby he felt that it was incumbent upon him to implement a simple eye for an eye endeavor of vigilante justice. This being Ruby's objective, Lee Harvey Oswald became his prime target! Love, lust, collusion, money, violence, and organized crime were elements in Ruby's life that ended up becoming a lethally inconclusive and ephemeral obsession with him! Nothing ever made sense in Jack Ruby's world, and, as a result, his adversarial circumstances made him respond accordingly! The intensity with which this film depicts Ruby's rudimentary defense mechanisms, wound up being incredibly thought provoking. Jack Ruby's life became one big tenet for convoluted sensationalism; Killing John F Kennedy and killing Lee Harvey Oswald, were actions which were induced by the prevailing agitation which emanated from the megalomania cal underworld! All in all, the intertwining integral facets of implication in this aggregate potpourri of political tumultuousness for all of this violence, eventually collaborated as a scenario for situational pandemonium. This politically high profile charade brought about a pejorative pique for a bevy of fame famished reprobates to thrive on. Throughout history, this has always been the nefarious scourge; Who was John Wilkes Booth? Who was Lee Harvey Oswald? Who was Sirhan Sirhan? And, of course, it goes without saying; Who was Jack Ruby? What made them famous? The heinous ordeal of murdering, or being related to the murder of a highly prominent political leader, has given all of these men an indelibly dreadful notoriety! The film "Ruby" authenticates the prevailing rancor during the Kennedy assassination escapades in a very scathing, yet poignant manner! The aspects to the Dallas strip club paradigm during the early 1960's was something which the directors and producers of this film executed flawlessly! Films which are candidly cogent about genuinely dire reactions tend to garner my favor far more readily than a high budget Hollywood bombshell flick with a myriad of special effects. The film "Ruby" is a one of a kind diamond in the rough which manifests an unpleasant amelioration concerning the vicious circle of assassinations during the Kennedy era. This movie did not just simply depict the occurrences pertaining to John F. Kennedy's and Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination, they also encompassed the visceral and motivational depravity behind these occurrences as well! Ultimately, cerebral vindication amongst many felonious misfits, as well as people who dealt with these sordid walks of life, became the intellectually diabolical villain which vitiated any respect which these people should have had for law and order in our American system of democracy! Having been to Dallas many times, the historical correlation this film makes to this city is very fascinating! The strip club which Jack Ruby owned is located in one of the nicest hotels in downtown Dallas! As a matter of fact, what was once Jack Ruby's strip club, is now a sports bar, that is somewhat amusing, isn't it? The assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the demented wiles associated with it, all have the dubious distinction of putting Dallas on the map for political terrorism! This movie is covertly compelling, and, I would recommend to any history buff, as well as all movie viewers, that they should see this film whenever they possibly can. "Ruby" is a difficult movie to find, and, it may only be available on video cassette, as in the thing you put in a -VCR- -YES, THAT ANTEQUATED MONSTER!!- Nevertheless, people should try to get a hold of it and view the movie, mostly on account of the fact that the film "Ruby" is very insightful and emotionally innovative! I give it a definite and resounding thumbs up!
Double Indemnity (1944)
Collusion with Angora
In 1943, director of the film, "Double Indemnity", Billy Wilder, was painstakingly determined to complete a motion picture about this compelling novel written by James M. Cain. Cain is known for other great novels such as "Mildred Pierce" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice". In the process of creating this major motion picture, several actors, including George Raft and Alan Ladd, turned down the job as the sinister leading male role in this movie. Finally, the part was offered to squeaky clean, Fred MacMurray, this appointment is literally, out of character for MacMurray! Barbara Stanwyck received the honor for the lead female role in "Double Indemnity", and Edward G Robinson was given the third billing as a star in this picture. This post of third billing was something that had not happened to Edward G Robinson since his prior acting days before "Little Caeser", which was made in 1931. Robinson capitulated to a third billing spot because he had a great admiration for the concept that the film "Double Indemnity" so intricately purported! The whole genre to "Double Indemnity" was set up flawlessly, as it orchestrated a deliberately contradictory dynamic. Behind the sunny pleasantry of Los Angeles, there lurked a deep rooted and conniving chicanery amidst a couple of masterminds who began implementing a horribly dark aspect of human behavior. The film, "Double Indemnity" manifested the rough exterior that the United Staes was besieged with because of their involvement in World War II. The American movie goer had become a little less naive since the advent of WWII, and, this reflected itself accordingly with regards to the type of movie they wanted to see. The film noir captivated the American public, and, now, the movie industry encompassed a myriad of wry depictions that were germane to the pejorative side of an individual. This dubiously sensationalistic technique by the motion picture industry was perceived as intriguing by the newly enlightened movie audience of the early 1940's!! The film "Double Indemnity" epitomizes the entire film noir pique, right alongside with the uncanny masterpiece "Maltese Falcon". "Double Indemnity" did not win for best picture in 1944, that year, the Academy Award was given to "Going My Way". As we all know, there are times when life simply does not make any sense, especially since a prominent Philadelphia critic rated "Going My Way" the worst Academy Award winning film in the whole history of the American cinema! "Double Indemnity" is considered to be Billy Wilder's best directing effort! The next year, Billy Wilder's directorial ability was totally vindicated, as he received his rightfully deserved acclaim with the film, "The Lost Weekend", which won for best picture in 1945. Billy Wilder received the Academy Award for best director that year as well. The film, "Double Indemnity" is truly remarkable!! The itemized and avaricious intensity to this movie was something that had not been depicted in films before the movie "Double Indemnity" was made. This film's wiles of malice and deceit were not expedited with a derivative and visceral disposition, rather, these antics were carried off with a dedicated fervor and paramount gratification. Fred MacMurray's character was perpetually afflicted with a relentless angst that infiltrated an acrimonious reveille to him about the primary repercussions of personal greed! His character, Walter Neff, endured a narrative agony which perpetuated a compulsive pontification about how people really are, as opposed to the way they are suppose to be! Barbara Stanwyck established her formidable status as a revolutionary femme-fatal in the Hollywood world of movies, with her performance in "Double Indemnity". Charismatically charming while wearing her diverse onslaught of angora sweaters, her beauty and allure became a necessary ingredient to the making of this film! The wig that Barbara Stanwyck wore for this movie, signified the overall mendacity to her heinously lethal and obsessive persona!! Stanwyck's intellectual ambiguity to this role was attributed to her overtly callous set of pecuniary priorities! Edward G. Robinson's character was the perennial voice of reason. Robinson was the legal eagle who would ultimately prevail in his tenacious quest to resolve all of these dubiously manufactured and felonious escapades! The final scene with MacMurray and Stanwyck was an all-time noir classic. This last scene with MacMurray and Stanwyck was one of the best scenes of any movie whatsoever, definitely head to head with the extraordinary last scene of the movie "The Killing". A respected production company ranks this ending the sixth best ending of any and all movies ever produced! The dramatic ending to "Double Indemnity" was rated right above "Casablanca" and right below "City Lights". The heightened glamor to the final scene for MacMurray and Stanwyck exuded a zenith within the realm of the classic film noir mystique. The emphatic, yet subtle, overtone to the song "Tangerine" playing in the background, became a melodic element to this final scene which was conducive to a sexually sedate form of apocalyptic doom and despair! Throughout the entire duration of this movie, Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck were always seducing each other with salacious innuendos! This ending wound up emulating a philosophical perspective used by writers of ancient Greek tragedies! Filming a movie in black and white is primarily advantageous to the quality of a film, as it obviates any disorientation to the impact of the characters' emotions!! AFI (AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE) ranks "Double Indemnity" the 29th best film out of the top 100 American movies ever made! This website ranks "Double Indemnity" 53rd out of the top 250 films ever produced. Last, but certainly not least, America's Writer's Guild East, ranks "Double Indemnity" the 26th best written script ever in the history of American films!! The director, Billy Wilder, does a tremendous job with consummating the aggregate megalomania and rancor to this movie. The acting was sensational. "Double Indemnity" was up for seven Academy Awards in 1944! Without question! "Double Indemnity" is one of the greatest films ever created... FIVE STARS... PERFECT TEN!!!!
The King's Speech (2010)
Stop Stuttering and Stammering! Pontificate, Articulate, Theorize, Specify, and also, Implement Leadership with your Nation During World War II
It isn't often that you see a film which gratifies the movie viewer's penchant for intellectual humanism, "The King's Speech" is, indeed, such a movie. The cerebral intuition to the production; "The King's Speech", represents an esoteric saturation to the discerning movie critics, as well as intelligent movie goers. Such a technique instantaneously separates this motion picture from the general run of the mill flick! Colin Firth plays King George VI, he is extraordinarily talented! His tremendous repertoire as an actor includes his compelling performance in "English Patient". The movie, "English Patient", won the academy award for best picture in 1996. Colin Firth's performance in this film "The King's Speech" is totally outstanding! King George VI had an enormous problem with stuttering, hence, he had trouble orating effectively, and, as a result, King George VI severely struggled with the monotonous repercussions of an egregiously inarticulate speech. An individual's speech is a rudimentary manifestation of his feelings, his attitudes, his fervor and philosophies. The inability to speak properly brings on an intellectual impotence for a person to formidably battle with. The professional liability of a stammered speech rudely afflicts an individual with a coerced taciturnity. The success and failure of a human being is largely predicated on how this individual composes his overall verbal demeanor. This resonating impression which a person has created, ultimately gets judged by the fluidity of his speech. For a generic person of this world to be hindered with a stammering speech is an insurmountable dilemma, but, for someone who is in the limelight of British sovereign hegemony, the problem of flawed speech is , to say the least, utterly catastrophic! How a person speaks becomes the dynamic by which they are evaluated. This statement pertains to all individuals worldwide, but, the crucial importance to eloquent speech is emphasized ten-fold amidst England's royalty! King George VI was amongst members of British nobility, this plight made his inhibited oratory skills something that left King George VI susceptible to scorn, as well as relegated to anonymity! Gregory Rush plays Lionel Logue, King George VI 's speech therapist. King George VI was very reticent to capitulate to speech therapy because of a societal exasperation which he was burdened by. The tenacity to overcome stuttering became a lethal struggle for George VI to fully comprehend. Irascible, agitated and just simply angst ridden, George VI almost categorized the whole speech therapy rigmarole as aggregately pointless. Muddling through all of the covert aristocratic ridicule, by his cavorting plutocrats in London, became the more comfortable, yet heinous alternative. This pejorative complacency harbored a myriad of circumstantial scapegoats. Taking the high road would be to conquer the monster of adversity, something which King George VI ultimately chose to do. This movie is unbelievably powerful! The acting, the director (Tom Hooper), the cinematography, and, the adapted screenplay, are all remarkable! Based on the factual account whereby Europe was besieged by the decree of dictatorial terror from Adolf Hitler, King George VI had to rise above his speech crisis. His final decision to assert Great Britain's position against tyrannical Nazi, and Fascist rule was established with his vociferous edict to establish England's involvement in World War II. The itemized intricacies of triumph over physically impaired speech encumbrances were depicted with a stunningly succinct authenticity in this movie. King George VI and Lionel Logue stayed friends for the rest of their lives, as their kindred spirit was one which fell within the realm of dependence. The scenario of being dependent upon someone, and having someone dependent on you, became a comfortably platonic situation that cultivated a bond of candidly cogent affection for both King George VI and Lionel Logue to indelibly cherish. The movie "The King's Speech" won four Academy Awards: Best Actor- Colin Firth , Best Director- Tom Hooper, Best Screenplay, and, of course, "The King's Speech" won for Best Major Motion Picture for 2010!! All four of these awards are a reflection of how excellent this movie truly is! This website ranks "The King's Speech" the 109th best picture out of the top 250 ever made. The lofty dissertation that "The King's Speech" engages in, warrants this coveted accolade in which IMDb has made it the recipient of! The camera angles to this movie are spectacular, as they intensify the intransigent cerebral frustration that King George VI had to endure! The premise to this film, "The King's Speech" evokes an intellectual paradigm for movies which is essentially unprecedented in the Hollywood major motion picture industry!! Thorough rumination of the pertinent and germane concepts in "The King's Speech", were ideological aspects of historical reality that ascertained a brilliantly vivid mindset to the film audience. This enabled movie viewers to format a bevy of prolific and intellectual perspectives that this motion picture purveys! See this film, without fail, it is a FLAWLESSLY PERFECT TEN!! MOST ASSUREDLY! "THE KING'S SPEECH" DESERVED TO WIN THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE IN THE YEAR 2010!
Touch of Evil (1958)
58 Pages Decries That The Term, Bastardization Is A Masterpiece of Understatement!
Whenever a film attempts to break ground on the rancor of emotions which proliferate in the citadel for political graft and corruption, it literally becomes a crap shoot. Like films such as "Chinatown" and "The Killing", the laborious depiction of a fervent human intensity catches the attention of copious movie critics. Aware of the prevailing rigmarole for judging powerfully unprecedented productions, such as "Touch of Evil", (Based on the spellbinding novel by Whit Masterson, "Badge of Evil")this criteria became the determining factor which made world renown intellectual director, Orson Welles, so intrepid with regards to his directorial modus operandi! The procurement of this picture had to garner a professional gratification in order for Welles' aesthetic resolve to be auspiciously saturated! As a result, Welles became incredibly hair trigger while in the process of consummating the production of this film. The acute assessment to the revised version of "Touch of Evil" addressed the alterations of the rudimentary framework of the picture. While some modifications of Orson Welles merely suggested a pragmatic restructuring to many scenes in "Touch of Evil", Welles' overall intention was to emphasize the agitated feelings, as well as the vitriolic intransigence which were crucial to his version of this film. Orson Welles' major bone of contention with the new version of his film was that a great deal of the scenes had become too derivative. Now enters a 58 page memoir submitted by Welles which served as a scathing diatribe to the final cut of the picture. Orson Welles admonished the production companies for homogenizing the detailed upheaval with this movie, and, in so doing, the production conglomerate purported an ambiguously glamorized and stilted insanity to the direction of this film. Such a callous generalization of the apathetic and contemptuous feelings in which Orson Welles worked so painstakingly hard on to expedite properly, eventually fell prey to mundane Hollywood theatrics. It was Welles' intention that "Touch of Evil" be nurtured, not hacked out! In these 58 pages of disapproving notations in which Orson Welles comprised, he used some very poignant and caricatured expletives to evoke a confident acrimony about all of this film's dubiously resurrected agenda. Amidst the myriad of ersatz techniques which the film company implemented was that many scenes wound up seeming "inconclusive" instead of "curious"! Welles elaborates on the misuse of climax with the edited version of "Touch of Evil". The essential lamentations about detached intimacy with Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh, gave way for the film to desecrate the credible motivation with these two in their roles as husband and wife! Orson Welles expounds on the fact that the timing to the emotional isolation in this picture was undauntedly compromised as well. It was Orson Welles' vehemently innovative proclivities which spurred on a lengthy specification as to what he thought was a hindrance to this film! These perceived bastardizations are what made Orson Welles so forthright and vociferous. The creative ambitions with which a film aficionado such as Orson Welles covets and orchestrates, became a key ingredient to establishing cinematic excellence in the paramount world of Hollywood film making. Eventually, the necessary commiseration between Orson Welles and the producers later surfaced itself by way of a revised version which came out in 1998. Despite all of these ideological complications, "Touch of Evil" is a fabulous major motion picture! This movie exacts a frightful cogency regarding the protracted misery that all of the main characters in the film are afflicted with. Orson Welles carries off an intentional temerity with his role, he does this to underline exactly how utterly despicable his character is suppose to be. Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston became the targets for sabotage, and their increased awareness of the catastrophic and prevalent conditions became their personal undoing! Perrenial spawns of an upper middle class tedium as a married couple, they must now jump head on into the deadliest of snake pits and combat these circumstances with a vigilante crusade! The infuriating corruption which excoriates all of humanity through the recklessness of some pork barrel politicians was a lethal characteristic to this film which was not commonly depicted with movies back in 1958. Terrorism, bribery and collusion were mesmerizing substances for the scruple less officials who possessed a tyrannical stranglehold on the very existence of a select handful of Mexican boarder towns. The destruction that these scoundrels for the law engaged in was ameliorated with a disdainful self-righteousness! The pitfall of avaricious greed, and indignant megalomania, is so repugnant with this film, that you as the movie viewer hope and pray that there is a foreseeable after life for our world's culture to fall back on! Seemingly, tenacious perdition is the only rational alternative for the aggregate vindication of human behavior, this pertains to the abhorrent human behavior that a film like "Touch of Evil" so vividly portrays!. This website ranks "Touch of Evil: 124th out of the top 250 films ever made! The acting, the directing and the camera angles to "Touch of Evil" are all prescient trend setters in the volatile paradigm for movies. The list of actors and actresses is amazing in this picture: Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joe Calleia, Dennis Weaver, Ray Collins, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor and many others. I highly recommend this major motion picture. The music by Henry Mancini is spectacular in this movie, the Latin incorporation to this music accommodates the kind of progressive jazz which was very indicative of the 1950's. Whatever the demeanor to a film may be, the severity with regards to conveying the intended attitudes and effective spontaneity to a movie are what separate a specific motion picture from the general fray, and, establish it as an absolutely stunning and creative masterpiece. These notations were most assuredly worth Welles' effort in order for him to ascertain a charismatic enmity to the unique dynamic of the film. I wholeheartedly endorse this entirely superb production as being one of the most successfully esoteric within the realm of the movie industry!
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Concepts, Ideological Interviews, Circumstances, and Just Plain Conversations
This movie contains three of the biggest box office stars in Hollywood! Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.This triumvirate of talent contributed tremendously to the success of this motion picture. In this movie, each one of these performers manifest their feelings which they have about our involvement in Iraq! Robert Redford directs this film, and like so many of Redford's directing efforts, "Lions for Lambs" ponders the tumultuous intricacies to the prevailing circumstances which pertain to a complicated situation (In this movie's case, the Iraq War). This dynamic technique in directing enables the movie viewer to delve into a thorough rumination of the entire dilemma that this film has formatted. "River Runs Through It" (Which was directed by Redford) was a spectacular instance of where a film which spread out a bevy of cold hard facts, accommodated a subjectively emotional interpretation to the resonating outcome for all parties concerned. "Lions For Lambs" was this type of movie as well!! This film's core conundrum which was related to what the U.S. purpose was for our protracted stay in Iraq, had presented itself as a source of ambiguity for millions of Americans. This upheaval was the focal point of this film! We as the movie audience got to witness the new millennium's version of pork chop hill. While there was a definite liberal bias to the film, the intellectual angle which it purported was an effective articulation for dirges of candor about the precarious ground-rules that our nation's hegemony has subjugated the American people to! The adamant beliefs of some Republican's mindset (Such as Tom Cruise) ran the gambit from specifically limited national interests, to a sharp redefinition of his party's platform. What was germane to the film was that regrets and bad decisions made on both sides of the political spectrum had ballooned into a precarious status quo! The lethal apathy for our nation'actions regarding the war in Iraq was suffocating everybody. This mandated disarray is something all Americans have to come to grips with whether they like it or not! The conversation Robert Redford had with his exceptionally brilliant B student became a forum for lamentations about the significance of academia in our lives. Such pontifications bared a striking similarity to the movie "Paper Chase". "Lions for Lambs" was, in my opinion, a précis for poignancy that was much like the film "Good Night and Good Luck". Both of these films were succinct and concise story lines which correlated to the underlying predicaments which they were burdened with. These major conflicts of interest were intentionally not labeled as the culprits for everything. The cerebral premise to this movie was predicated on the objective aftermath of many given incidents. This film did not unnecessarily dwell on the engaging of elongated and sanctimonious diatribes of self righteous indignation concerning ideological disagreements. Rather, the characters in both these films dealt with factual occurrences which may or may not have been resolved to everyone's satisfaction. Both films elaborated on the visceral components of perseverance about the fact that a vast majority of a numerous quantity of existing complications were due to the unfortunate revelation that our nation was besieged with avoidable human errors Ultimately, the characters in both movies had to assume a flippant disposition about dealing with the end result of our nebulous decisions which were consummated on a disconcerting basis of cause and effect. Idealism took a resounding second fiddle to the implementation of military policies. "Lions For Lambs" stressed reality, and from it, emanated an acrimonious illustration of the phrase "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray!" I like the movie "Lions for Lambs" and I thought the acting was phenomenal! This movie depicts how political solutions to real problems in this country wind up being extremely inadequate! This is something which became a concept that made "Lions For Lambs" a philosophical winner in my book! I give this film five stars and I recommend to everyone that they see it!!
Men of a Certain Age (2009)
Ray Romano is the Catholic Seinfeld!
I am of Italian descent, and in Hollywood, we are the poor man'a bevy of creativity. We do have a couple of halfway decent directors, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorcesse, they aren't as good as any Jewish director, right? Such a situation may pertain to the show "Men of a Certain Age" The format is very intriguing. The premise being, "I still have plenty of sex appeal even though I am over 50, don't I? To which the person required to respond to that question, retorts "How much money do you have in your pocket?" The whole genre is set up whereby sexual ambiguity is the assassin which rattles the resolve of a couple of sedentary and assertively middle age reprobates! This rancor coerces them to retrench into a metaphorically fetal position! Now enters the fiasco of being timid and taciturn one moment, and loquacious and intrepidly lewd the next! Theatrics of this nature definitely establish a formidable state of flux for the "one a day" casual dating scene! This show jumps around, and obsesses on unofficial ground rules which only make casual dating infinitely more difficult. The episode I saw last night had Ray Romano's date receiving a cell phone call from the bar, from a friend of hers, to give the verdict on her blind date, She said the guy (Ray Romano) was "sexy". After thorough rumination of this entire scenario, I just want to say one thing; Over 50!! Sexy? Women are going to have to explain that one to me. Ray Romano wound up with a cut under his eye, it is almost as if his insecurities to mid-life crisis dating have the ability to physically bludgeon him!! I like what I saw, however,I think the dialog should be more acrimonious! Also, there should be a largess of fatalistic repercussions which rear their ugly head far more emphatically, and with it, they should contain a wealth of abominable consequences!! In the episode I saw, everything was extremely mollified! This series is funny! Scott Bakula ("Quantum Leap") and Andre Baugher, are very cohesive on this show!! Nevertheless, "Men of a Certain Age" could be funnier!! Then again, what do you expect? The director is Catholic!! How does the expression go? He's more nervous than a television stand-up comic on a Jewish holiday!!
Someone told me that they found it interesting how my present demeanor was at that given moment. She said "Your total confusion, which manifests itself by way of your befuddled verbosity, all we have to do now is to put a beige trench coat on you and you're just like Columbo" Such a description does indeed describe Columbo to a tee!! Peter Falk did a remarkable job at portraying this seemingly inept detective who engages in a very unorthodox approach to unraveling burden of proof is a needle in a haystack murder cases! Most every episode was set up the same way. Cold, calculated, murders were executed by sophisticated Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Malibu Beach moguls. These money mad misfits could utterly destroy someone very effectively just because they're a little bored!! The initial scenario was such whereby all of these wealthy and subtle socialites could devour a disoriented detective like Columbo in record time. Everything starts off with the plutocratic murder suspect (who is the special guest starring on the episode for the week) delving into the recreational hobby of spoon feeding Leutenant Columbo a largess of condescension! To them, they have already considered the issue of murdering a family member, for a macabre motive, as an accomplishment which was water under the bridge, hence, they have successfully gotten away with this heinous act! Later on in the episode, Columbo's innocuous questions begin to resemble diatribes, and these elusive sophisticates begin to sense it. While all of these wealthy Southern California monsters are labeled as "Cool as a Cucumber", Columbo's actions make them lose their professional composure just a tad!! As Columbo persists with his line of questioning later on in the episode, the audience gets a feel for what is going on. Here is where the show, "Columbo" becomes extremely intriguing!! These social register suspects do not become victims of their own vanity!! As Columbo moves in for the ultimate goal of a conviction, the emotionally detached socialites, otherwise known as the suspects, begin to understand that Columbo is really not all that obtuse and simple minded! They have discovered that Columbo actually has a little moxie, they're surprised, however, they realize that they simply have to go one on one with Columbo! It now becomes a proverbial battle of wits!! Every time, of course, there is a happy ending, so to speak, and the affluent and prominent, upper crust, Los Angeles Area elitist is convicted of murder. Ultimately it is a circumstance of may the best man win!! A bevy of pecuniary powerhouses have become out-witted by a precocious, archaically inquisitive, and rough around the edges detective!! The television show "Columbo" has got to be one of the most innovative shows ever to hit the small screen. Peter Falk does a remarkable job in this series, and the array of famous guest stars procure an articulated finesse to this show!! Critics have rated "Columbo" as one of the best shows to ever be produced, I totally concur!! I give "Columbo" five out of five stars!!
The Office (2005)
My Boss Is An Arrogant And Self Absorbed Psychopath!!
Meet Michael Scott!! He is a guy with an IQ of 9000, he has a few minutes to kill, so he masters the art of managerial finesse, this means for better or for worse!! Michael Scott is capriciously impervious to the tenets of political correctness because that is his way of breaking up the ideological monotony for a little while. He takes pleasure in the fact that he is an expert at harboring a flaunting defiance towards professional decorum! As a matter of fact, dishing out spoon fed condescension seems to be one of Michael Scott's favorite hobbies!! Michael Scott is very impressed with himself!! He is so impressed with himself, that when he sees a bunch of other people having an intriguing conversation, he assumes that they are talking about him!! He's right isn't he? Of course, he's right!! (ha ha!!) Even using only half of his mental facilities, Michael is thoroughly capable of intellectually inundating a dozen people at a time with a single sentence!! Michael can't begin to fathom how the world would revolve without his presence, and after he gets finished talking about himself, he is going to need to use a towel!! The television show "The Office" has realistically exaggerated the profile of an executive manager! Everyone who watches this show can identify with this corporate stereotype very thoroughly and completely!! (that stereotype being one which depicts a person who is an extremely conceited jerk that everybody has to listen to). The setting is very banal and unassuming, it is set in the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. All of the office workers are utterly bored, and are afflicted by their own lives, or, shall I say, lack of them!! Their proclivities include, eating really poorly, telling lousy jokes, taking their latent aggression out on everyone else, and, not talking in complete sentences These office employees exemplify the phrase "A little knowledge is worse than no knowledge at all". Their lackluster anonymity is the insidious scapegoat which has cultivated an existing purgatory for all of their quasi white collar hang ups to proliferate. They loathe Michael Scott, and the biggest problem with this is that they cannot afford to do otherwise!! When Michael Scott gets wacko, the most irksome part of this whole fiasco is that he is ramming his superior business acumen down all of the other office worker's throats!! The best characteristic to this whole show is it's identifiability with the day to day dealings of an inane, American, mecca for mediocrity office complex!! "The Office" is a covertly flippant comedy show which is very intense!! It can be intensely funny, unfortunately, there are times when it can be intensely stupid as well! Perhaps,a lot of the stupidity in this show is through masquerading a lot of stilted theatrics which are done deliberately!! Steve Carell is the best part of the show, his role as Michael Scott, the boss, is spectacular!! Without him, there really is no show, that is my opinion anyway!! "The Office" is similar to "Cheers" in that it has an introductory snippet which is not germane to the rest of the episode's plot. I have just recently started to watch "The Office" on prime time, cable, reruns, DVD packs, etc, etc, and so on, and so forth!! NBC is once again, head and shoulders above the other two major networks for effectively funny programming! "The Office" is a definite winner in the NBC Thursday night lineup!! A precariously clever aspect to "The Office" is that the series' incongruity winds up establishing a bittersweet and whimsical cohesiveness which makes the show vividly spark with a pejorative exuberance!! I will be watching "The Office" more and more often, on one channel or another, in the very near future. Basically, this is an excellent show!! Think about it this way, after watching an episode of "The Office" I do not mind it that much that I am unemployed!!
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Entertain Me With A Hair Ribbon
This film, "Woman Under The Influence" purports a very compelling illustration of mental illness. The movie depicts a blue collar family which is writhing in a very desultory state of affairs to begin with. This upheaval is compounded when it winds up culminating with the wife's debilitating cerebral condition! The aggregate domestic despondence that the Longhetti family is experiencing has thrown all of them into a tumultuous tailspin! Because Gena Rowland's mental anguish is unable to pinpoint, comprehension of the cause of such a disease became a proverbial needle in a haystack. Peter Falk plays the husband, he is rough around the edges to begin with, his patience has an agitated overtone attached to it!! The fact that his wife is stricken with a psychological handicap now manifested itself into an excruciating breaking point that he and his family were coerced into dealing with! While the wife (Gena Rowlands) seems presumably normal most of the time, she really is not, furthermore, being normal only 75% of the time will not suffice, sorry to be so fussy!! Her condition ruthlessly erodes at this family's emotional resolve, and presents itself as a heinous source of consternation for all parties involved! All of the major characters in this film were continuously elaborating on the rudimentary components of a very precarious and visceral survival. Gena Rowland's dubious plight was the virulent culprit to everyone else's anxiety, (including the children's) Her little skit, which she performed with a hair ribbon, sort of explained what type of person she was. Such a caricatured display gave you the indication that she was basically intelligent and imaginative, however, her illness had rendered her mentally irrational. As a result, the entire family became burdened with an apocalyptic living nightmare!! The director of this film, John Cassevetes, is absolutely phenomenal at portraying a number of pejorative aspects of human nature that are extremely difficult for many people to stomach. Reality has the potential to offend many movie viewers whether it intends to do so or not!! "A Woman Under The Influence" evokes such a scrutinizing display of haunting realism, that it has been the noteworthy recipient of the critically acclaimed accolade of "stunningly unique" in the cinema world. Gena Rowland's troubles did not delve into dirges of neon accented insanity, rather, they dealt with a series of illogical obsessions. These compulsions wound up pontificating an acute itemization of the type of disconcerting mental disease that she was afflicted with. Peter Falk did not want to commit his spouse to a mental institution, yet, living with her became an obstacle course from Hell!! His predicament became a choice between the devil or the deep blue sea!! This film is totally fabulous!! John Cassevetes is one of the greatest directors in the history of Hollywood!! Made right around the time of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" "A Woman Under The Influence" deals with the same dreadful similarities to unexplained mental handicaps, and their lethal complexities. The directing to this movie is outstanding! The acting is incredible! "A Woman Under The Influence" possesses an overall ideological fervor which entitles it to be amidst an onslaught of movies which are categorized as emphatically first rate!!! TEN STARS!! Definitely!!!