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GRADUATE OF ERASMUS HALL HIGH SCHOOL
The entire episode should have been devoted to Max's exit from the show. Paying lip-service once the main plot of the episode concluded was a disservice.
Instead, we're subjected to the killing of a policeman during a bombing in Hawaii and then the story becomes somewhat muddled involving what led up to this dastardly deed.
The episode would have been far better to devote the entire hour to Masa Oka's performance as Dr. Max Bergman through the years. There could certainly have been a compilation of scenes showing Max from previous shows.
I wonder why Masa is leaving the show in its seventh season. During the singing and dancing the Jewish phrase of Mazel Tov was extended to him. After all, he did portray Dr. Max Bergman.
The Twin (2017)
Why in the name of heaven wasn't a blood test taken to see that the complaints of the twin being held as his psychotic brother was all true? It took more than half of the film until this was done and then we see the mental hospital full of making apologies for not believing the normal brother. The head nurse there looked like she could have played Nurse Ratched in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
We're dealing with an evil twin ran his car off the road, killing his parents and girlfriend, he believed that the girl loved his brother and that the parents favored the brother.
Not only does he change places with the brother, but he goes to the home of the latter's girlfriend and her mother becomes suspicious at once when she witnesses unusual behavior. One inmate at the asylum believed that the brother had changed places in the tradition that sometimes the patients of medical institutions are more attuned than the professionals working there. This all comes with the mother, abandoned by her husband 10 years before, begins a budding relationship with her neighbor. The latter even gives a gun to our impostor for shooting practice. With it all, total mayhem is finally avoided.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Someone will have to explain to me why Mark Rylance won the best supporting Oscar award for this very good film, especially in a year where Sylvester Stallone was well favored to garner the award.
That being said, this was a very good film showing the efforts of a Brooklyn lawyer in going to Europe to secure the swap of Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, a Russian spy with Gary Francis Powers, the latter getting caught during the U-2 Spy Incident during the waning years of the Eisenhower administration.
Hanks, as the attorney, is relentless that the swap must include the economics student who was studying in East Germany at the wrong time. The film showed the break that there was between East Germany and the Soviet Union.
Money Monster (2016)
The film is still another take of money being the root of all evil and is timely due to all the fraud we have seen with investing in stocks.
A charismatic George Clooney as a stock adviser finds himself taken hostage on his television show by a young, desperate man who invested and lost heavily in a stock. Julia Roberts plays the director of the show who spends the entire picture telling Clooney how to act in order to survive.
The ending was excellent where Clooney winds up joining the young man in the exposing of the fraud perpetrated by the CEO of the company- creating chaotic conditions so that the stock can fall and then when it does, buy it back in big numbers.
A very good example of corporate greed and those money-makers whose greed imperils the rest of society.
Janet Leigh received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for the secretary who steals money only to make a wrong turn on the highway and wind up at the Bates Motel. Guests generally check in and do check out in the most ghastly manner.
This is an intense psychological thriller with Anthony Perkins stealing the show as the psychotic killer who has also assumed the identity of the mother he murdered 10 years before and her apparent cruelty sticks with him from the deeds he has done.
It does take for picture's end for Simon Oakland, as the detective, to explain what has been going on.
Vera Miles, as her sister, John Gavin, as her lover, and Martin Balsam, the detective who sets out to find her after she is missing, are all in her orbit. That shower scene shall forever be eerie.
It's just a bit too much to fathom. After a CIA person is killed in trying to thwart a diabolical plot, a total misfit, devoid of any decent behavior, anti-societal to say the least is forced by the government to undergo a brain operation where the thoughts of the dead man are transplanted into his mind in the hopes that he can complete the mission.
Kevin Costner is that man who suffers more than headaches following the surgery. Besides the surgery, which leaves his head aching, throughout the course of the film Costner, who does a very good acting job here, survives a car in the river, 3 gun-shots, numerous altercations and whatever else is thrown at him.
He takes a liking to the dead agent's family, but it's just too incredible to believe all this.
Blue Bloods: Not Fade Away (2017)
This was certainly not one of the show's best episodes. All of a sudden Sid's wife barges into Frank's office stating that Sid is not being given the respect he deserves. What's with her? Frank tries to placate her.
Jamie and Eddie are summoned in the street when 2 cops, a man and a woman argue and she slaps him. The male cop later on says that Jamie has been banging Eddie. What a crude statement to make. Of course, by episode's end, one of the two was transferring.
The best part of the episode was the parolee trying to reconcile with his now grown up boxer son and Danny working as his bodyguard and at the same time, he was trying to get to the real killer from 12 years back. Our parolee had taken the fall in that one. The ending is tragic but that should have been the dominant part of this disappointing episode.
Powder Town (1942)
Which foreign country were these spies working for? That's never discussed as we see a totally different Edmond O'Brien who was always the loud mouth in motion pictures. In this one, he portrays a meager scientist who goes to work for a research company to test his work. Go know that the company is filled with spies who just can't wait to get the formula away from him.
Victor McLaglen is one of the workers at the plant, a tough but lovable guy. June Havoc steals the scenes that she is in, loved by the McLaglen character, but loving O'Brien instead, she comes across a quick thinking moll in the film. Dorothy Lovett is the girl O'Brien falls for and she is recruited by the spies to work for them. The best part of the film is when Lovett and Havoc join forces to help our scientist against the spies.
What's Your Number? (2011)
Nasty little film with a young girl asking others to write down the number of men they have slept with and finding out that research states that her next relationship, 20, shall be her last.
The film's essential theme should have been how could I ignore the boy next door. That guy is something else with a different woman each day.
Blythe Danner is her excitable mother in a totally unrewarding part. Long divorced from her husband, he shows up at his younger daughter's garden wedding and is pretty good on the dance floor.
To me, the picture was tasteless and that you don't have to go very far in searching for love.
A very good thriller with an FBI agent on board a plane bound for Washington where she will give evidence that a senator killed a young girl during a drunken evening out with her. While on the plane, our agent learns that the woman next to her is holding her hostage so that she can destroy the incriminating evidence against the senator. To make things worse, her family has been kidnapped by the fiends and they shall do just about anything to get their way.
When it appears that the agent has gotten the upper hand on the fiend next to her, the latter changes identities and the agent winds up arrested. How she corrects the situation and goes after the guy holding her wounded husband and young son is riveting.