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Wintry Cold, Blossoming Spring ***1/2, 28 October 2014
9/10

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This is certainly not one of your run in the mill love triangle involving Walter Pidgeon, Deborah Kerr and Angela Lansbury. There is so much more involved in this 1947 film.

Too many deaths occur in this film; although, I guess they have their reason for this.

Pidgeon, as the upright British man, who married Lansbury on the rebound. She has a rather cold veneer here in the film and it suits her well. She tests to see if Pidgeon is still smitten with Kerr, but that's not what it's all about.

Pidgeon takes in a young Janet Leigh to his home when she finds herself pregnant and with a father who throws her out. Thinking that the child is Pidgeon, Lansbury flees and when Leigh finds out that the baby's father has been killed in the war, she kills herself.

The truth is about to come out just when Pidgeon suffers a coronary. The film also deals with Pidgeon's liberal leanings and the book firm's conservative owners attempt to get rid of him for violating what is called the moral part of his contract.

6.6 Too Much Going On ***, 26 October 2014
8/10

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You had too many stories and sub-plots entangled in this episode. The court case with the quirky red-headed lawyer, who shows that she can really be a woman, Cary violating his parole, Diane and Alicia trying to evict Canning and his crew. Imagine Diane calling on senile stricken attorney Howard to come to her rescue?

If this isn't enough, we have Alicia trying to find a solution to her atheism. Having Sen. Charles Schumer of NY explain his membership in a Brooklyn synagogue just shows what politicians will bring up to please the electorate.

You know who Alicia's "new" office was once inhabited by and the scene where she walks in is quite memorable.

Was there any honest people left? Warden's Ransom **1/2, 26 October 2014
6/10

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A very incredible film here dealing with a female warden's efforts to restore order when a series killer, from a very wealthy family, comes to her prison and offers $50 million to anyone who can spring him.

It's as if all hell breaks loose after this statement is made. Decent, honest hard working people turn dishonest and try to help this lunatic. This prison really becomes a cuckoo's nest. Everyone, but everyone is turning against her; she is left with a decent person who has been denied parole. The warden's daughter is taken from her by this character.

Even though the ending is a good one, wait until you see what's waiting for this killer. Can anyone really uphold the law here?

5.5 ****, 25 October 2014
10/10

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This episode again proves how modern technology can get you into trouble.

As far as I'm concerned, the woman who played Mrs. Wilson, the social studies teacher, stole the episode acting wise. As liberal as they come, she seems to have a vendetta against the Regan's and even Erin has a few choice words about her after she leaves the room with her daughter following a conference.

The episode mainly concerns itself with Jamie being selected for killing after he intervenes when a thug beats up a woman friend who subsequently dies from her injuries.

Grandpa Len Cariou doesn't realize he is being taped and he says some pretty embarrassing, but probably truthful things about how he would run the department if he were still commissioner.

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5.5 Coincidentally Yours ***, 25 October 2014
8/10

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How appropriate when Steve goes to the cemetery to visit his dad's grave, he finds a young woman there who is paying her respects due to the fact that after her father was murdered, the elder McGarrett went out of his way to help her further, but was not able to solve her father's death.

Of course, Steve reopens this as a cold case. While I realize that we have much great technology today than previously, some of the things done now could have been done years before.

Danno is missing in this episode and you know it.

Jerry appears to be getting much more than he bargained for by the end of the episode. Apparently, he was right about the bookstore owner.

Assault Hurts **1/2, 25 October 2014
6/10

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Forever predictable film where high school jocks go wild after a game and gang rape a high school cheerleader who had just broken up with her boyfriend.

The girl was very much drunk when the crime was committed so who in heaven's name is going to believe her?

The girl's widowed father seems to be sedate during this whole affair until there is definite proof of what has occurred.

I know that we have technology and blogs to show what is occurring, and yet more and more of these tapes keep appearing throughout the film.

Film proves that guys can't get whatever they want and that coincidentally the high school coach's sister is investigating the case and will not give her brother any slack for essentially claiming that young guys shall be young guys.

My Foolish Heart without Death ***1/2, 25 October 2014
9/10

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The typical movie but nicely about a woman who takes her unmarried sister's child as her own when the latter becomes pregnant after a one night fling with a soldier. Of course, the letter he sent her to explain that his leave had been canceled goes astray.

Nancy Coleman as the unmarried lady and Margaret Lindsay, as the sister, play their roles to the hilt. We have guilt, promises broken and an adorable little boy.

The atmosphere of the film is a good one as it begins at Mardi Gras time in New Orleans.

When I first saw the film and what was taking place, I thought I was headed to the tear-jerker, "My Foolish Heart." Yes, the sisters may have been foolish in what they decided to do, but don't we do things as a sacrifice to children? The story ends on that note.

Monument Men-Is this Film Really A Work of Art? ***, 22 October 2014
8/10

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The film is good in the sense that we are reminded that we fought World War 11 for the maintenance of our cultural values in society.

George Clooney gave a so-so performance. He spoke as if he were just mouthing his words plainly. It is only when he takes a captured Nazi criminal to task regarding the latter's anti-Semitic views that he is somewhat more powerful.

In her own way, Cate Blanchett steals the film as a French woman working at the Germany ministry during France's occupation knowing full well what is going on with Nazi Germany looting art treasures for themselves. While it appears that she is a collaborator, she is supplying information to her brother, who is killed, while he is working for the resistance.

Clooney, Bill Murray and John Goodman were just too old to be cast in their respective parts.

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6.5 ***, 19 October 2014
8/10

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I guess that all episodes can't be great ones and 6.5 proves that. The quirky red-head lawyer is back and she is as weird as ever. She seems to be forever distracted as she argues a case against Alicia involving sexual harassment at the work place.

The episode mainly deals with the hacking of the computers at Alicia's law firm and that the crew decides to pay the ransom to avoid exposure and having clients leave. Wait a minute. They're not above the law no matter what the circumstances reveal.

Kalinda really lets it out in this episode regarding her heterosexuality. She is all over the place with Cary as well as her female lover.

Endorsements are important but the idea of not letting that guy, who is in the State's office, not endorse Alicia until Peter does was pretty ridiculous. Chris Noth has his moments here in the role of a combative husband.

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Presumed Very Good-Presumed Dead in Paradise ****, 19 October 2014
10/10

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What made this movie so good was the diabolical plot hatched by the step-mother to kill her step-daughter so that she could take control of the ten million dollars left to the girl by her father. Interestingly, the evil step-mother enlists the aid of another girl around the intended victim's age to pass as the step-daughter. She even hires a guy to act as a tour guide for the intended victim by drowning her.

It is great how the girl is not believed by local authorities when the actual drowning doesn't occur. Coincidentally, but needed in the plot, is that a young man who knew the victim when they were both children is able to come to her aid.


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