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GRADUATE OF ERASMUS HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Designated Survivor: Backfire (2017)
While the episode was a very good one, isn't President Kirkman practicing hypocrisy when he talks about transparency during his address to the nation, when he knows full well there is much more going on in the investigation regarding the murder of the Vice President?
Virginia Madsen shows that she is quite a shrew and a force that has to be reckoned with. Leaking of sensitive information by Aaron to her was outrageous but gives even more of a flavor to the never-ending plot.
Aaron has been ordered by the president to take a week off and come back invigorated. Will this leave be extended? Who did Aaron meet up with after leaving the White House?
The agent who lost his son was terrific in the episode. His portrayal of a devastated parent was riveting as you felt the emotion with him all the way.
Mommy, I Didn't Do It (2017)
Excellent film about a lawyer-mother defending her daughter on charges that the latter killed her teacher.
Both the mother and daughter looked like sisters rather than mother-daughter, but that doesn't matter as the film was terrific.
Mother comes up a hard-nosed police officer well played by Jameel White and a system that seems to declare her daughter's guilt without even going through the exercise of a trial.
The craggy voiced female judge did seem to be sympathetic.
You would have thought that the mother of the accused best friend as well as the prosecuting attorney both had something to hide. Both are marvelous in their portrayals.
What is making this series so good is that every minute everyone seems to be under suspicion.
Looks like President Kirkman will be choosing a new vice president immediately as wait until you see what happens to the recently installed vice president.
Agent Welles knows plenty and suspicion is now shifting more to Aaron, chief of staff. Even the woman who works in the White House cannot reveal what is going on.
Virginia Madsen is always playing the determined representative here. She wants to be kept abreast of everything which is occurring and the lady apparently means business. Am wondering if Kirkman will inevitably choose her as his new vice president. She is a woman who would make history and in an era of conciliation, we might see her succession as a gesture of such conciliation as she is from the opposing party.
You would swear that the beginning of the film is really the end, but it is only the beginning!
With villain Nicolas Cage comatose after shooting agent John Travolta's young son on a merry-go-round, the action really begins when Travolta goes through a face change to look like Cage so that he can infiltrate Cage's group to find out where the terrorist Cage has planted a bomb to go off in Los Angeles.
Cage awakens and kills everyone associated with the surgery before he undergoes the same operation to look like Travolta.
The film unwinds to show the ramifications of the surgery with Cage,as Travolta, going to the latter's wife, a physician, played by Joan Allen who is up to her ears in bewilderment as she senses something is terribly wrong. Cage, as Travolta, dislodges the bomb only to become a hero, but eventually fed up with taking orders from his superior, he kills the latter.
The special effects are marvelous and there is plenty of excitement down to the last moment. A Hollywood ending if ever there were.
The Wrong Student (2017)
Two girls, both of whom lost their parents under tragic circumstances meet and the fun begins.
One girl moves to California from New York to start life anew. Both the aunt and the other girl, not her niece, fall for the soccer coach and since the other girl is quite a psychotic, the real fun begins.
Naturally, there is another boy who knows too much so he is killed off quickly and the killer unsuccessfully tries to frame the other girl. Then there is the matter of the head coach who sees her flirting with the coach and for her efforts,is made to suffer an allergic reaction. She becomes comatose and for the rest of the movie, she is totally unheard or briefly spoken about.
Forgotten Evil (2017)
Films dealing with amnesia are usually good ones and this one is no exception to the rule.
Tied up in a sack and dumped into the ocean, a woman survives but doesn't remember her name or past. The dedicated nurse at the hospital takes her in and she receives hypnotic care in an attempt to get her to remember.
While her memory doesn't come back, life seems to be looking up. She now has a boyfriend and a job. All at once, this all changes as she loses her job and her boyfriend begins to act differently. We all know where this is heading to as the hypnosis doctor is murdered and we reach a point where we don't know if the guy claiming to be her brother really is or the boyfriend actually is.
A Deadly Affair (2017)
Interesting but familiar plot with 2 couples whose spouses are cheating with the other.
When one is found murdered, attention immediately shifts to his school librarian wife. She gets help from a female lawyer friend whose husband had once made advances to her.
We have the suspicious sister-in-law, but a very understanding mother-in-law.
Am sure that the plot is given away at the school board meeting when the teacher whose husband was killed is placed on forced administrative leave.
The most delightful musical with a very funny story-line despite the fact that S.Z. Sakall doesn't fracture the English language that much other than mispronouncing Philadelphia and saying from finish to start. Jack Carson, enjoyable here as always, is less subdued when it comes to comical farce.
A maestro with a heart, Sakall, wants to close down the night club next door to his home. His prim and proper daughter, Martha Vickers, wants more of life and invariably she meets up with Dennis Morgan. Morgan and Carson again prove that they were absolutely terrific together.
There are some wonderful dancing numbers along with the songs, particularly the opening of various loves on letter-named streets.
Donald Woods as Vickers' manager and Florence Bates, wife to Sakall, add to the fun with their stuffiness, though Bates yields at the end. Enjoyable fanfare.
Blue Bloods: Shadow of a Doubt (2017)
Gregory Jbara, as Garrett Moore, is really given an opportunity to act in this episode and he comes through with a wonderful performance when he is accused by Frank of ethics violations. That plus separating from his wife gave Jbara some red meat to turn in a very solid performance. Frank tells him to come clean or resign.
Ethics seems to be the key theme in the episode. Erin is faced with testifying for a man she helped put away for 10 years for murder, when new evidence exonerates him from the crime committed. Problem is that the man is totally off the wall and even goes so far to threaten Erin.
Danny is still on Jamie to move up the ladder to detective on the force, but the latter remains adamant that he is content to what he is doing on the streets daily. Danny can use this argument again when Jamie finds there is something funny that a police officer did not respond right away when the victim was the guy's wife. A twist ending regarding who the real killer was is surprising, but in a love triangle, you can almost expect anything.
Designated Survivor: Warriors (2017)
Excellent return to a show that had been on hiatus for too long.
President Kirkman takes a bullet in an assassination attempt and while undergoing surgery, the 25th amendment is invoked leading to the temporary succession of the vice president, who by now is a major culprit in the situation.
Almost at once, the acting president does what seems contrary to everyone; including, the opening of the stock market after Asian markets have fallen precipitously.
Agent Welles is literally shell-shocked as she hesitates to reveal what she has learned about the vice president despite the fact that a long term jail sentence may be looming for her.
An exciting, fast-paced episode.