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The Good Wife: The Line (2014)
Outstanding 6.1 ****
What a way to begin a season with such a wonderful episode. Cary gets some taste of the criminal justice system when he is arrested for allegedly telling someone in the gang how to evade arrest on drug charges. Since he is unable to raise bail, it appears that he will stay in jail. Even his wealthy father offers a pittance.
Diane is about to jump ship and join Alicia in her firm. She immediately is the defense lawyer for Cary when Alicia is denied this opportunity.
Alan Cummings is fabulous here as he tries to get Alicia to run for State Attorney General. Is the incumbent so angry about this that he is taking it out on Cary when he successfully asks the judge to question where the bail money is coming from?
Notice how Chris Noth appears much older in his role as governor?
The Eddie Cantor Story (1953)
Aline MacMahon proved that you didn't have to be Jewish to nail such a role in the film. As Grandma Esther, she was quite good with a wonderful inflection and accent for a Jewish woman with wisdom to match.
As for Keefe Braselle, he did well in the part but was constantly rolling those eyes to everyone. It was as if he were being forced into his part and you get the impression that he doesn't take on the Cantor persona. Marilyn Erskine, as Ida, looked as much Jewish as the pope's sister.
Film deals with a young Cantor left with no parents and living with an aged grandmother who made it big in show business, but was an habitual worker which would lead to health problems. Film showed that Cantor could have gone the wrong way in life had it not been for a youth organization.
The music numbers were marvelously staged.
Veronica Mars (2014)
Out of Space Veronica Mars **
She left town to pursue a law degree and is on the verge of taking the bar exam and landing a position at prestigious firm but our heroine goes back to California to investigate when her ex- boyfriend is accused of murder.
All of a sudden, we have to reevaluate a suicide that occurred 9 years before. Her father had been town sheriff and was forced out of his position. The story might have been a lot better had it concentrated on the corruption of the guy who followed him into office. Instead, this is only glossed over.
A fight breaks out at a high school class reunion. Even a teacher who was a student then gets into the action. Ridiculous.
How our young investigator comes up with the solution to all this including the supposed suicide is amazing. Too amazing.
The Juggler (1953)
A Juggled Life-The Juggler ***1/2
Stanley Kramer always made successful films dealing with social issues and this 1953 film is no exception to that rule.
As a Holocaust survivor who lost his wife and children, Hans Muller (Douglas) comes to Israel in 1949.
He reminded me somewhat of Rod Steiger in "The Pawnbroker," as he is unable to come to grips with what has occurred in his life and he constantly confuses his current life with what has happened to him in the past. A routine encounter with an Israeli policeman leads to near tragedy and Douglas runs away to a Kibbutz where he finds love and understanding with a woman and a young sabra who he meets along the way.
The final scene where Douglas is trapped in a one- room area is similar to that of his captivity in a concentration camp. The torture expressed on his face was reminiscent of what he would exhibit in "Lust for Life" years later.
Unforgettable: D.O.A. (2014)
I thought I was seeing the old DOA with Edmond O'Brien slowly being poisoned and attempting to find out who poisoned him before he reached his end.
In a very eerie way, Carrie is poisoned while attempting to track a killer. Al shows his love for her and Jane Curtin injects a needle containing an antidote that will hopefully work.
How many times did Al have to ask Carrie to go to the hospital and be monitored? Is she resilient? No, it's just a matter of being quite stubborn.
As the season concludes, who is this guy who suddenly appears. Is he for real? Wait until Al finds out what the guy said.
Unforgettable: Moving On (2014)
Who killed the movie star, a Romeo who married and became an activist for certain causes? Does his murder reveal that he had resorted to his cheating ways?
Naturally, we have our array our suspects and naturally they're in the clear by film's end.
We have to search for the activist ways and to see what was going on insofar as immigration and a slave trade that our idol had become aware of invariably leading to his demise. Even with a dead husband, the widow is grateful that he died for a cause and not for a bed-partner. Al shows some comic ways here in trying to talk about emulating the dead guy to Carrie.
Another over zealous fan movie is depicted here. We saw this in Kathy Bates' Oscar winning performance with James Caan in "Misery." We also saw this in the film "The Fan" with Lauren Bacall and Maureen Stapleton.
Naturally, our "fan" here is a gasoline attendant, a war veteran who has problems, severe problems emotionally. He rescues a brat of a star who basically doesn't know what she wants and brings her to his abode where he begins to terrorize her. To say that she gets what's coming to her is to put it mildly; even though tragedy ensues when her rejected boyfriend and manager try to locate her.
Does it have to take a tragedy for our heroine to come back down to earth?
Stranded in Paradise (2014)
Familiar themes of the work ethic, happiness and a trip with disasters are the major themes in this Hallmark production.
A victim of restructuring in the firm causes a dedicated professional to lose her job as the boss's son doesn't realize her importance to the firm. On her trip she keeps meeting a care-free guy who has dedicated himself to humanity. Of course, we meet the wise older woman and her hard-driven mother, the latter being like this because her husband walked out on her years before. We even see the ferocity of a hurricane hitting the land.
Of course, happiness over employment wins out in the end in this nicely done film.
Boogie Nights (1997)
When Porn turns Good on Film ***1/2
A very young Mark Wahlberg steals the show here in this 1997 film showing himself as a high school dropout at dead end jobs until he has a chance meeting with porn promoter Burt Reynolds, which sets him on a new course. His memorable fight scene with mother, Joanna Gleason, is terrific here.
The film takes a look at the porn industry with its cast of the usual drug users, as we step into the lives of a variety of people, all searching for their own identity.
Don Cheadle is very good here as the guy looking to use the industry to further his music store ambition.
Bull Durham (1988)
Bull is Durable ***
You often wonder why certain guys never make it in baseball given the fact that they have potential. We see this in the film.
Kevin Costner is absolutely wonderful as such a player. An experienced catcher, he has what it takes, but only lasted in the major leagues for a brief period. He is resigned to the Durham minor league team where he meets up with fan and announcer Susan Sarandon who acquires a great southern accent for her role.
Tim Robbins is the pitcher that Costner is assigned to work with. His appearances are memorable. Strikeouts and walks are the same high amount. Watch out when he throws, anyone there is vulnerable. That's what happens to the film-the vulnerability of the Sarandon-Costner- Robbins relationship comes into question.