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Two great actresses at work, 9 August 2014
9/10

The bitter Barbara Covett (Judi Dench) is a loner old teacher resentful of everyone and everything. She writes bitingly in her journal. She is fascinated with the new art teacher Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett). After she helps Sheba stop a fight, they become friends and Sheba invites her to a family lunch. She is surprised to find Sheba's husband Richard (Bill Nighy) is as old as she is. Sheba has been home taking care of her son Ben with Down's Syndrome for the last 10 years, and also has a teen Polly (Juno Temple). Sheba starts confiding in Barbara. Then she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with her student Steven Connolly (Andrew Simpson). At first, she helps to keep Sheba's confidence. She pushes Sheba to end her affair. Her beloved cat gets deadly sick. When Sheba decides to go to his son Ben's play instead of going to the vet with her for her cat's death, she decides to let out her bitterness.

There are two great thespians at work. Judi Dench is brilliant and Cate Blanchett is just as brilliant playing the weaker character. Diabolical Dench is like a spider catching the unsuspecting Blanchett in her web. Her narration is delicious. It is a sickening ride that isn't for everyone.

Boring continuation of bland franchise, 8 August 2014
3/10

In Chicago, Jake (Matthew Knight) is now in a mental institution under the care of his therapist Dr. Sullivan (Shawnee Smith). He's afraid but she doesn't believe him. He is killed in his padded cell. In Tokyo, Naoko (Emi Ikehata) intends to stop the curse of her sister Kayako (Aiko Horiuchi). The news of the killings keep following her around. Back at the Chicago apartment, Lisa (Johanna Braddy) steals her brother Max the super's keys and her boyfriend Andy (Beau Mirchoff) leads them into apartment 305. She leaves immediately. She lives with Max (Gil McKinney) and their little sister Rose. Gretchen (Marina Sirtis) is their neighbor. The killing continues. Naoko arrives to investigate the apartment building followed later by Dr. Sullivan.

The timeline mashup has stopped. That was probably the only interesting part of the sequel. This is a very straight boring continuation. It's not scary although the franchise was never scary in the first place. Toshio seems to look a little too old to play the part. A younger boy would be creepier. Horror veteran Shawnee Smith gives a good death performance but I see nothing else.

Wild fun violent ride, 8 August 2014
8/10

It's around 1930 or '31. Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) is a restless waitress when Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) tries to steal her mother's car. Instead he steals her heart. The duo set off on a crime spree. They are later joined by C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard) and then his older brother Buck Barrow (Gene Hackman) and his wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons).

This is definitely a based on a true story type of movie. There is a lot of shooting and violence especially for its time. It treats the violent duo with a touch of comedy and a good dose of fun. They are the romanticized outlaws. It leaves the gritty realism behind although they don't leave out the blood. With all the violence and action, I do wish for better choreography but it's still quite exhilarating for its era. The characters are joking around a lot. Gene Wilder has a hilarious minor role as a kidnap victim of the gang. It's a fun ride.

affecting both TV world and the real world, 8 August 2014
8/10

Crime Scene Investigators use scientific methods to investigate crimes. This follows the night CSI crew of the Las Vegas Police Department. Gil Grissom (William Petersen) is the leader of the team which includes Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan), Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), and Nick Stokes (George Eads). Captain Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) is the investigating police lead. Dr. Al Robbins (Robert David Hall) is the coroner and David Phillips (David Berman) is his assistant. Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda) and David Hodges (Wallace Langham) are a couple of the many techs over the years. Other actors have starred on the show including Ted Danson, Elisabeth Harnois, Laurence Fishburne and Elisabeth Shue.

This show turned the TV staple cop show into a new genre of its own. For good or for bad, it brought the science of investigation into the living room. It's infinitely fascinating and even has influenced the real legal world. That and its long running life means that it is one of the most influential fictional show around. On top of that, there is some good chemistry especially with the original cast. The characters are being replaced over time and that has taken a toll on the chemistry. It's a 7 as a show but its influence elevates it to a 8.

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Medical drama with mentally ill lead, 8 August 2014
7/10

Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is the top neuroscientist working at the Center for Neurological Research and Treatment. She has bipolar disorder with sexually aggressive manic episodes. Her therapist Dr. Hartramph (Vanessa Redgrave) battles to keep her on her meds. Her chef boyfriend Will Van Renseller (David Ajala) doesn't know at first. Her brother Joshua Black (David Chisum) and wife Reagan (Laura Fraser) are hiding the fact that she's actually the mother to their daughter Esme (Siobhan Williams). At work, she has a complicated attraction to her destructive co-worker Dr. Ian Bickman (Ditch Davey).

This is a crazy series about mentally ill character. It's fascinating to see some people praise it for its accuracy while others deride it as fantasy. I have no personal experience with mental illness. Some of the show is obviously overstated but I found most of the weekly procedural interesting. The personal melodrama is also very interesting especially the part with her daughter. The jazz music and her manic dancing is a bit distracting and not my taste. This is generally a well made show about a character that is slightly different from the usual fare. It had few viewers and canceled after one summer season.

The gang is back for a little bit of murder mystery, 8 August 2014
7/10

Larry (Woody Allen) and Carol Lipton (Diane Keaton) are a middle age NYC couple. Their next door neighbors are an elderly couple Paul (Jerry Adler) and Lillian House (Lynn Cohen). When Lillian ends up dead, Carol is suspicious of Paul who is a little too perky. Their divorced friend Ted (Alan Alda) helps out causing a bit of jealousy from Larry. Marcia Fox (Anjelica Huston) is a card playing novelist and editor Larry tries to set her up with Ted.

The gang is back for a little bit of a murder mystery. It has the fun chemistry of an older Woody and Diane pairing. Woody is his neurotic alter-ego. Diane's driven investigation is charming. They are still hilarious together. The pacing is a steady stream of nervous talking and I do wish that Woody breaks it up with something more intense. It does turn into more of a caper in the end. It's a fine movie for Woody fans.

Cheesy near future movie, 8 August 2014
4/10

In the near future, human cloning is banned under the 6th day law. There are cloned pets and SimPals. Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) flies extreme helicopter rides. The family pet dies on his birthday and his wife (Wendy Crewson) pushes him to get a RePet. His partner Hank Morgan (Michael Rapaport) takes over his job for a big client Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn). When he goes home, he discovers that there is a clone in his place and the dog is alive. Vincent (Terry Crews) and Talia Elsworth (Sarah Wynter) tells him that he's actually the clone. He escapes and becomes the subject of a manhunt by Robert Marshall (Michael Rooker). Drucker runs RePet and is driving to repeal the 6th day law with the help of Dr. Griffin Weir (Robert Duvall).

The futuristic stuff seems random and cheesy. The production value is slightly lower. Everything looks a bit cheesy especially the effects in the cuts. Arnold is trying to revive his action career to no avail. The comedy doesn't work. The movie is an interesting concept done badly with Arnold no longer able to pull off the everyman role. The weight of yet another Arnold action movie wears this down. It's just a shadow of other better Arnold movies.

Creepy and sexy thriller, 8 August 2014
7/10

The movie opens with twin girls playing with makeup. Only child Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) is living in a big rent control apartment in NYC with her boyfriend Sam Rawson (Steven Weber). She kicks him out for sleeping with his ex-wife. Her only friend is her upstairs gay neighbor Graham. She decides to place an ad SWF and applicant Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh) comes in catching her crying. Hedra comforts her and they become fast friends. Hedra slowly starts to infiltrate her life and copying her style. Her only client Mitchell Myerson is a creep.

This is a great creepy sexy B-thriller. It's a great example of a well made exploitation movie. There are some memorable scenes and SWF becomes ingrained into the societal lexicon. Fonda is a good sweetheart and JJL is great as the disturbed mental case.

thoroughly modern film, 8 August 2014
8/10

Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a young delinquent in Paris. He's disruptive in class. He skips school and plays hooky. He sees his mother cheating. After getting publicly hit, he decides to run away from home. He stays away for one night. He continues his delinquent ways after returning home. He steals a typewriter from his stepfather's office. However he can't unload it and tries to return it to the office. He's caught and his stepfather turns him over to the police.

This François Truffaut film was probably daring for its time. It has the feel of a modern indie. It's a grimy part of the poor Paris. It's not the bright light. If I have one complaint, it's the boy lead. He does a fine job but he doesn't stand out enough. Maybe that's part of the point. It's a meandering story of a rebellious boy falling through the cracks.

great indie that launched Soderbergh, 8 August 2014
8/10

Ann Bishop-Mullany (Andie MacDowell) is a sexually repressed neurotic in therapy. Her husband John (Peter Gallagher) is having an affair with her sister Cynthia Patrice Bishop (Laura San Giacomo). His old friend Graham Dalton (James Spader) comes by for a visit. Graham likes to videotape his interviews of women talking about sex. He videotapes Cynthia leading to everyone re-examining their relationships.

Director Steven Soderbergh delivers a talkative slow boil that bubbles up emotional chaos. The frank verbal sexuality is quite a jolt. James Spader brings his usual slightly creepy character. The four differing personalities energizes this movie. Soderbergh lingers which gives the movie a great voyeuristic feel at times. The film is mesmerizing and is never dull.


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