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This is the story masterfully told about the Man known as the hardest
working man in show business, and be was.that and.so much more.
As someone who didn't always "get" James Brown, I became a believer later in my life, and after this magnificent biopic . Agreed, it gets a tad confusing with the way it jumps back and forth, but it works like a soulful mosaic that weaves a tale that is truly the story of f the American dream. A black child who came into the world almost unwanted and jailed for a pretty crime with hard time still managed to rise above it all and became a music and entertainment legend
Not all is sweetness and light with the person of James Brown, but then no one is. Regardless of all the rough edges and the sometimes coldness and ruthlessness of the Man, there is no denying the power of the legend.
Other reviews called this cliché' but they are wrong. This is the way a great biopic is done. One said that breaking the fourth wall works against it, but again, not so. The very subtlety of a glance here and there packs power. Unlike The Jersey Boys, it never looks like a play on film or ever amateurish.
The performances of Chadwick Bozeman and all the others shows what truly great acting is. The hard work makes it all seem seamless. I could point out individual performers in this cinematic masterpiece, but I don't think I could type that long so I hope not to lessen the contributions of any of the other exceptional acting talents here.
Both Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis show exactly why they are always Oscar worthy.
I just loved it, and am now a bigger James Brown fan then ever before.
I must lastly say that I am glad that Boston was given (correctly) the credit for being the city in an historic moment following the assassination of. Dr. Martin Luther King when the Godfather of Soul quelled what could have been a race riot. Other films credited other cities and that was taking artistic license too far for me.
Also, credit must be given to Dan Ackroyd and Mick Jagger for their participation in this great tribute.
Not a perfect film, but a total joy!
This is the only Quantum Leap episode I absolutely hated. Keep in mind
that I'm from Massachusetts, and someone who not only followed the
history of the Kennedy family but a part of it. On four different
occasions, I met Ted Kennedy, even worked on his presidential campaign
and etc members of his family. In addition to that, I have been
educating myself for years about the Kennedy assassination, and I know
that Mr. Bellasario wrote this in answer to the movie JFK which has
more facts than this one does.
The whole cartoonish picture of Lee Harvey Oswald is ridiculous and it is even likely that Oswald wasn't even in the Texas School Book Depository when the shots were fired.
But this is not about a history lesson or even rehashing that horrible day. This is just substandard writing and acting and direction for this series. It's best to pretend it never happened.
I felt that it was a waste of my time as it further backs up the Warren Commission's grim fairy tale of a lone assassin.
And the fact that Oswald was killed before the full truth could be told.says volumes here.
OMG, I love this movie. In the first place, Peter Falk is in it and
that makes any movie at least good. Second, there is Tyne Daly... same
thing. Two absolutely natural actors who bring up the real estate
wherever they are But what really impressed me was Freddie Prinze Jr.
He played a character so despicable, I wanted to spit at the screen
Anne hope he'd feel it. (I didn't) The only real Boston accent was from
Steve Sweeney who after all is a Boston based comic as well as an
actor. I lived around those accents so I'm sort of an expert.
The simple story is that Falk is an Irish guy who really is decent but has to make his way in a less than honorable profession. Now he is saddled with a tough punk (Prinze) There's slightly less cursing than a Scorcese flick but not more than a Tarrantino, but this doesn't hurt the story. It makes it just real enough.
Add a couple of Sopranos cast members and it's even more real. Lauren Holly and Timothy Hutton (doing a great Boston accent) as a couple with their own problems. A husband who's a drunk who would steal his wife's check to gamble and a woman who has to deal with him because she loves him, and he's l she's got.
Once again, Frank Vince.t plays his.usual tough guy character who saddled Falk with the punk in the first place.
Not a perfect movie, but a true slice of the underbelly of Boston life and with a "wow" finish.
I can't believe it had problems finding a distributor. There's magic here.
Christine is asked by Inspector Knelman (Michael Fairman) to put
together a dinner for Lt. Samuels but the Lieutenant is more concerned
about paperwork and the 14th Precinct winning an long overdue award.
But he us totally in the dark. The highlight of this episode is some
great slapstick between the two principals whipping up some cannoli
allegedly Samuels' favorite dessert. The punchline is worth the weight
and Daly and La Gless make it all believable somehow, a true testament
to their talents as first rate actors AND comedians. I loved this one.
Can you tell?
There are.some other.highlights as the 14th crew are.lined up for some cheap entertainment as a talent show. A can't miss moment.
I saw this episode whole watching the shows in chronological order and was given a refresher course on the 70s when you could lose your job for being gay especially if you were a cop. While there are other things going on in the episode, the fact that a cop MAY have been outed could get him a "conduct unbecoming" charge and cost him his job. That term is one used regularly in.the military for a variety of reasons to get someone a less than honorable discharge. The main plot concerns a cache of illegal "Saturday night specials" sold around the city. One of my favorite things about watching these types of shows from the period is spotting. All the great character actors and there are no shortage of them here. The acting is as good as you would expect from this cast and they do not disappoint. It's just frustrating that to he characters, being gay was almost a crime in itself. A topic that is still timely.today, and this show is famous for that.
Gabe Kaplan was great at stand-up and a heck of a nice guy, but an
actor he wasn't. Frank Ferrante nailed it with his interpretation of
Groucho even doing perfect work in the physical aspects of the role so
I don't know what is wrong with the reviewer.who said otherwise. While
Kaplan knew Groycho in his later years, he wasn't able to pull off the
younger or middle aged Groucho as Ferrannte did splendidly. Added.to
this were the make-up changes on stage making the stage presentation
all the more exciting.
Abrahmson.didn't look like Chico or Harpo, but he more than made up for it with his comic timing. I just wish he worked more on his Italian dialect. He.even played piano like Chico. It was also better to see both characters on stage unlike the Kaplan version.
I loved the work of the actress Marguerite Lowell who played several roles even doing a magnificent job on Margaret Dumont as well as Thelma Todd.
The set design was letter perfect and as much a star of the show as we're.the actors. Much more realistic than the sparse set on the : NO special.
I would recommend this highly... THEN watch the Gabe Kaplan version.
I just watched a VHS of this play from HBO after watching Groucho:A
Life In Revue starring Frank Ferrante.and BOTH have their pluses and
minuses.For one thing, as one reviewer said on target, Gabe Kaplan is
not a very.good actor, but in the scenes as the older Groucho, Kaplan
is actually better than Ferrante in both voice and manner. Michael
Tucci is perfectly cast as Chico. Unfortunately, Harpo is reduced to a
horn offstage.and a harp with no harpist. The set on this HBO show is
not as well dressed as the Ferrante set either.
Another thing that drove me a little nuts was how Kaplan get going back and forth on the pronunciation of Chico' s name often incorrectly pronouncing it Cheek-oh instead of Chick-oh!
The actress Connie Danese plays several roles and is quite good except as Margaret Dumont. The actress in the Ferrante production does better here.as well.
I like the way Ferrante captured many more of Groucho' s persona in terms of physical actions many times recreating perfectly all the usual trademarks from the classic Marx Brother movies. Kaplan does none of these save for the stooped Groucho walk. Just watching Frank Ferrante make the make-up changes on stage in front of your eyes is a delight as well as a revelation. Plus the actor playing Chico in that production, while not having as much a resemblance as did Michael Gucci,but he did all the business both Chico and Harpo did in character.
Overall, the HBO Kaplan version is somewhat inferior to the Ferrante presentation.
Both are worth viewing, but I recommend seeing the Ferrante DVD first.
I was fortunate to have been given a copy of this film before its
release so I knew the story beforehand. Like the two films that
preceded it, the story is based on real events and people. In this
case, the Vatican and the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I. At this
point, Michael Corleone is striving for a clean life in business as a
philanthropist but it seems that they pull him back in. Eli Wallach is
a.competing Godfather who Connie wants to deal with personally, Michael
suddenly gas a half brother with his own violent agenda who is the
collegiate son of Sonny Corleone and just as hotheaded. On top of this,
he has it in for Joey Zaza, played expertly by Joe Montegna.
Unfortunately, Sofia Coppola is absolutely amateurish and dull as
The problems in this movie really.get in the way towards the end which.seems to go on forever. But, as I have mentioned, Eli Wallach (whom we just lost at 98) and Joe Mantegna make it all worth the price of admission. That, and a stunningly heartbreaking end scene are the high points of this epic.
Al Pacino actually gives a measured performance as well. So to those who say this film "sucked" your less than objective criticism is what sucks.
I remember being very excited as a kid when I saw the promos for this
first on. There even was a contest where some lucky boy or girl would
be a featured player in the production which immediately made me
fantasize about being the living, breathing embodiment of Jerry
Mahoney. I was a huge fan of Paul Winchell and his figures (I always
hated calling them dummies) Not to mention I ALWAYS LOVED the Stooges
I must admit, I was a tad disappointed with seeing just clips of the zany trio but still thrilled to see lots of Winchell, Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. And the way the editors made it seem as though Winchell and Mahoney became victims of a pie throwing along with the Stooges was an extra cool plus.
One reviewer didn't seem to get that Paul Winchell did a children's show, but that wasn't always the case. In order to survive, he created a children's format and it was a huge success. Still the editing was amazing, not sloppy as one reviewer wrote. Now I DID like the Marquis Chimps in those days, but I could have done without them here. Still, the voice of the great June Foray was a welcome treat.
It is a shame I never got to meet my idol Paul Winchell, but I at least got to know ventriloquist Jerry Layne whom he mentored in the art. Anyway, this is a great time capsule as I see it and while I never lived in New York as a kid, so Officer Joe Bolton was not a big thing for me. Not too many years later, Boston legend Ed McConnell known to kids here in the Boston area as Major Mudd appeared in the Stooge feature The Outlaws Us Coming as a Curly like Bat Masterson.
This was in no way a classic, but a very entertaining walk down memory lane for kids like me.who chose to never completely grow up.
Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Boris Karloff and a cartoonist
and animator as well'When I saw.the names of Harvey Kurtzman AS ND Jack
Davis I knew I'm was in for a treat and was not disappointed. . You
see, Harvey Kurtzman is co-creator of Mad in its comic book days and
Jack Davis was one of their best artists. So when you look at the
exceptional character design, you are looking at their work It is just
as much fun as reading a Mad Magazine with its off-the-wall humor.
Great fun and even my teenage son liked it which is AMAZING! My only
complaint was the bizarre casting of Phylis Diller'
Fun for kids, classic horror fans and Boris Karloff.
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