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Never Fails to Make Me Cry
No matter how many times I see this episode, it never fails to make me tear up and cry.
Charles Durning was perfect in the role of Ernie Yost. He portrayed just the right amount of guts, honor, and pride along with love, nostalgia, and sincerity. He truly wanted to do the right thing and he was very determined to do what he thought was the right thing: Semper Fi.
Somehow, his dance with Kate, the exhumation, along with the ending, always bring me to tears. All of the regulars, along with Alicia Coppola, and Lloyd Kino did a fantastic job during this episode.
It is easily the most memorable episode of the entire series for me and my favorite.
Leverage: The Rashomon Job (2010)
One of My Favorite Leverage Episodes
This is one of my favorite episode of the entire series. I have always enjoyed episodes or movies that show various scenes from the different participant's point of view. The Rashomon Job is no exception. The writers do an excellent job of showing the theft of a rare dagger through each of our hero's eyes.
At first, we only are allowed glimpses of the story as seen by the individual characters. We see only what the story-teller saw. As each character's story is told, more of the storyline gets filled in. Only at the very end, do we get to see the whole plot puzzle and find out exactly what happened to the dagger.
One of the fun elements of this episode, is that we get to see our main characters interact with each other before they became the team that we know and love. This leads to what I think is one of the funniest bits of the entire series: Sophie's changing accent. We get to hear her accent from the viewpoint of the other characters how she sounds according to them. We get to hear everything from cockney, to gibberish, to "dwarf from 'Lord of the Rings' " depending on whose story we are hearing.
Add in one of my favorite character actors, John Billingsley, and this is a great episode for this series. It is just a really fun episode to watch.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)
Definitely Gaining Momentum
I have to admit that I was less than thrilled with this show's beginning. I didn't think the characters were well defined and the plot seemed very lackluster.
I did continue to watch, though, and I am glad that I did.
Each week, the characters are developing and the chemistry between the actors is getting better. The writing and the quick witted dialog are classic Joss. It just took some time to work out the kinks.
The story lines are getting tighter as the show goes on. Also, as each character develops, there are questions raised that keep me coming back each week for answers.
I'm glad that I stuck with this show and gave it a chance. It is turning out to be a great ensemble action show that I hope will last a long time.
Boston Legal: Son of the Defender (2007)
One of the Best Episodes of the Series
This episode is one of my favorite episodes of the series.
As others have mentioned, the story is a sequel of sorts of a totally unrelated show, "The Defenders" from 1957. The flashback scenes were very well done and well placed in the episode. They gave a perfect opportunity to William Shatner to show off his acting ability. Through the flashbacks, reactionary shots and subsequent dialog we were able to witness a little more depth to the character of Denny Crane. For once, he got to admit that even though he won this case AGAIN, and is still undefeated, sometimes his winning comes at a cost.
The scene following the verdict is amazingly well done. Denny could have left... SHOULD have left... but he stayed long enough to use his skills and the compassion he rarely shows in order to save the day.
Chalk another win up for Denny Crane
Sunday School Musical (2008)
Just What I Needed
This movie was perfect to show to my "tweens" Sunday school class. It isn't always easy finding real life movies where teenagers talk about church and faith. Don't get me wrong, Veggie Tales are great for younger kids and even fun for teens once in a while. As a Sunday School teacher, though, I like to show movies that show people talking about faith and not just shows with asparagus talking about God (sorry Junior!) No, it isn't a high budget production but it does get the spiritual message across. The class loved the dancing and singing and, even though the acting won't win any Oscars anytime soon, they didn't seem to notice or care. They just tapped and snapped along with the music.
The film does itself a huge disservice with the title and the box cover picture that they chose. They opened themselves up to an automatic comparison to a high budget "tween" classic. Unfortunately, in that comparison, "Sunday School Musical" will not fare well. Standing on its own, however, it is a fun, meaningful movie with a good message: by believing and working together good things can happen.
I guess it all depends what you were expecting. For me, this film was just what I needed.
The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)
My One Complaint: Where's the pug?
Where's the pug? Being a pug owner, when I saw the pug on the box cover I HAD to buy the movie. Imagine my disappointment when there is no pug in the show at all.
Oh, well. After getting over that, I really did enjoy the movie. Sure, it was a little predictable but it was charming enough to overlook that point. The dogs are cute, though I did wish that we could have seen a little more of them. The kids were cute and did a good job with their parts. I did enjoy watching the coach try to get the Christmas pageant together.
All in all, it's a fun, fluff family movie and it was an enjoyable way to pass some time
I LOVE This Show
This is ALMOST your basic cop show but A LOT better, in my opinion. The main character is an FBI agent. The "hook" of this show is that Detective Epps brings his brother Charlie, a math professor in to help solve the cases. Charlie uses all sorts of math equations, statistics and probabilities to help Don solve the case.
What makes the show special for me, is the "personal life" stuff of the brothers. We see a lot of Don's and Charlie's dad and that is what makes the difference for me - it is those family scenes really make the show for me.
The cast in this show is EXCELLENT, in my opinion. Rob Morrow, from "Northern Exposure" plays Don and Judd Hirsch ("Taxi") plays the father. Peter MacNichol is also a professor at the university and drops in to add insight and humor to the situations.... HE is my favorite. Just a GREAT character WONDERFULLY played. David Krumholtz plays Charlie (only known to me because of "The Santa Clause 1 & 2")... the "kid" who was always WAY too smart.. the family never really knew how to handle him, it seems. The brothers have had problems in the past... they grew apart and lost touch, but now, working together has brought them back a little closer.
It is terrific to see Judd Hirsch back on TV. I think that he is doing an excellent job of playing the father of two adult sons. He meddles JUST enough to prove that he is a good father, but not overly so that you don't think the "kids" are real adults making their own decisions.
It's nice to see that we see the brothers going back and forth about being right.... They are both competent people - So often in the family shows, you see one brother overcompensating or always overshadowing the other. This show proves that each is very good at what he does.. AND each recognizes that the other brother is very good as well.
A great show all around.
This Movie May Not Be For You
I have to say that I was displeased by this movie.
Due to the things that happened in it, I now have trouble watching the show again. So many scenes that I watched originally that were full of hope and good expectations THEN, I really can't stand watching now that I know none of them will ever come true. Without the movie, I could believe that the characters all lived "happily ever after" somehow. Now I know that isn't the case and I honestly wish that I hadn't gone to see it. Such a waste of what could/should have been.
This is all just my own opinion and ties in with what makes a good movie in my own mind. THIS was not one of them. I just can't get over a few events and those few moments...seconds really... just ruined everything for me.
If you are a fan of happy endings, this movie ISN'T for you.
The Elegant Universe (2003)
I found it VERY interesting
My local PBS station WHYY Philadelphia recently showed "The Elegant Universe." After three hours of watching it, besides having my brain hurt, I learned all about wormholes, quantum mechanics and parallel realities and alternate universes.
The last hour of the show was about "String Theory" Physics, a semi-new branch of physics which makes many of the the ideas of science fiction not only possible, but PROBABLE. With the "String Theory" it sounds like wormholes, alternate realities and alternate timelines ARE possible and it could just be a matter of time until we get the knowledge to use them.
Although it may not have given new information to someone familiar with the topic, I found the show VERY interesting and informative. It was very understandable to anyone who is just being introduced to this subject.
I love this show!
This is one of the few TV shows, recently, that has really caught my attention. It is a hard show to classify, it seems to be a little bit of everything all tied together: Action, mystery, drama, scifi, and a little humor thrown in.
What really sets this show apart from many others is the amount of time they take to develop the characters. Each week, as well as the "current action" that is happening on the island, the episode focuses on a different character showing that character's life leading up to the reason they were on the plane.
So far this has proved to be a great series, well worth tuning into each week.