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Hawaii Five-O: Draw Me a Killer (1973)
Interesting psychological episode.
I remember seeing this amusingly creepy episode over 30 years ago on CBS Late Night, when they reran it under the alternate title "McGarrett." I thought the premise was fascinating and fresh. When someone says something the serial killer doesn't like, the look on his face is foreboding. It was haunting how seeing the villains in the comic strip foreshadowed the murders. It's nice when writers come up with off-the-beaten-path episode ideas. After all, how else can you keep a show going for so many years? The Judy Moon lookalike was a nice twist. Ironically, Dan Williams was ideal for the climactic gambit: he always did remind me of a Doonesbury character! As always, McGarrett and the Five-0 team get through it with stoic professionalism.
Airwolf: Fallen Angel (1984)
My favorite Airwolf Episode
I've never forgotten this episode! The supersonic jaunts to East Germany provide both a fast pace and some of the series' best Cold-War intrigue. Double-crossing and brainwashing are afoot when String, Caitlin and Dom jet off behind the Iron Curtain to find Archangel's whereabouts. "Fallen Angel" has its share of contrived moments, of course, but Airwolf is an hour-long series after all. Humorous bits keep things from getting too heavy, especially between Dom and Caitlin.
This episode is one of the reasons why Airwolf is still one of my favorite '80s memories. I was a bit, but only a bit, disappointed with CBS's decision to lean more towards domestic human interest episodes. Yet there was still plenty of adventure and intrigue to look forward to, until the show's untimely cancellation in 1986. Even in 2015, some of us can still watch the show and think, I gotta get me one of those!
Sad, but watchable mainly because of that
Man, this is one of the most unanimously-crucified TV movies ever! Many of the reviews make some fair enough points. That said, while it was none too subtle, this movie had me watching till the end because I kept thinking, what's gonna happen next? The extremes he goes to in the name of watching Internet porn at the expense of his real life become more and more foreboding. What it does to his relationship with his wonderful, if somewhat tight-assed, girlfriend is heartbreaking, with just a glimmer of hope. He was lucky it didn't damage their relationship more profoundly.
Part of the problem was, it was all on Justin. "Cyberseduction" carries the kind of frustration that many of the more contrived horror movies are notorious for. Most of us have likely yelled at the screen, "Don't go that way/Don't do that!" because we know someone is heading right toward the crazed slasher. Our protagonist just wasn't discreet enough due to his addiction. It's like, Close the door (more than once)! Clear the history on your girlfriend's PDA! Leave you mom's credit card alone! Haven't you ever heard of unusual activity reports?! There's plenty of FREE online porn out there! All those energy drinks will kill you if your indiscretion doesn't! The library?! Seriously?! Hellooo! Apparently the message was that Internet porn addiction makes you dumber and dumber until you can't think straight. He often doesn't, and it just makes things worse.
Can't really say much about the blatantly TV depictions of Internet porn. Most of the online models were fully clothed, and many of you thought this was a joke. What do you expect from a TV movie? If it were an FX movie, or if they've ever produced TV movies, there might have been a butt crack or two, but remember, this is Lifetime. Otherwise, many reviewers seemed to think it was a bit TOO Lifetime.
The acting has been frequently targeted too. Kelly Lynch does her best, and, let's just say that the voluptuous and pretty school slut was a solid casting choice. That at least created some sexual tension in her scenes. I always remember her last scene since I caught only the last half hour or less of this movie about 5 years ago. It showed up on Xfinity On Demand in the free movie section, and I thought the title sounded familiar. Of course, the description was the clincher.
Some reviewers have made fun of the scenes involving trying to close one porn window, only to end up inadvertently opening several more. When I was new to the Internet, I saw this enough times to be more cautious with my Internet surfing. The many reviews complaining that the writers didn't know enough about computers must have invalidated little brother Alex's lines about himself and his older brother knowing a lot about computers. Apparently, no one in the movie actually did.
Still, for a sensationalized TV movie, one could do worse. Not to trivialize the subject matter, though. In fact, those of us who found it creepy and disturbing may thank our lucky stars that not everyone who surfs Internet porn ends up this way.
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
Nostalgic, if standard
I remember occasionally watching this show with my parents back in the day. I lived in San Jose at the time, and we loved going on day trips to San Francisco. I often still was nostalgic about the Bay Area, and when I've caught this show in reruns over the years, and the San Francisco scenery brings back memories. Just being in The City has always been a high for me. It may be stressful living there, but visiting is at once exciting and relaxing.
I remember bits and pieces from the show's first-run days. I believe it was the episode "Letters From (Beyond?) The Grave," which began with a skeleton being dug up at Alcatraz. My sister was like, "Oh, my god." I believe it was another episode of the same series when the cops confronted a woman who took off all her makeup and turned out to be ugly. "She's gross!" my sister said. The woman started yelling at the mirror, "I killed you!" I think it was when I caught some reruns in the '80s that a suspect smiled and said he was at a local porno house a the time the cops said there was a crime they were investigating. They found out otherwise and just laughed at the suspect LOL.
Last Sunday I caught an episode on MeTV that was a not-bad morality tale involving a murder suspect, his employer, and the employer's son, who didn't get to spend much time with his dad. There was a lot of love among them, and the cops justly investigated. Kind of touching how all of the above characters went to bat for him.
I'll be watching some more reruns, including the pilot movie, be it on You Tube or MeTV. The chemistry between Michael Douglas and veteran actor Karl Malden was a fond memory of '70s TV.
Look for a guest appearance by a pre-Miami Vice Don Johnson as the title character of the episode "Hot Dog."
I saw this with my sister and some friends on a double feature with "Meteor." Neither movie was that good, but my sister preferred "Hurricane," other friends and I believe, because it was a love story. And that's it! I loved when one of the people I saw it with said it sucked. Roger Ebert picked it as the worst movie of 1979, which was something of a pleasant surprise for some of us LOL.
The old adage about the scenery and cinematography apply well enough here, but all I remember was a few minutes here and there. That's probably for the best. The movie was plodding and took forever...and ever..and ever...to get to anything. Then it ended! I occasionally teased my sister about it, and she blew up LOL. "I like it, you don't!" She would yell. Nuff said.
Watchable and has some pretty women
I once rented this movie years ago, and I thought it was not bad. The opening sex scene is fun. The lesbian 69 sequence is a definite highlight, featuring the two hottest women in the movie. It boasts some sexual tension among the men as well as the women. I don't know why the men were shy in that scene, but they missed out, except that they got to watch LOL.
The rest of the sex scenes aren't bad. What else can you say? Could've been a bit better, but pretty good as it is.
I'm not familiar with any other works by Jess Franco, so I'll have to research him.
This movie's downloadable.
Star Wars (1977)
Still an Unpretentious Blast!
Even at the age of 45, I love how this movie makes me feel 11 years old again. The story of a princess trying to blow up a space station's easy to follow and takes a few turns on its way to a climax that features one of the classic races against time. The ending is positively uplifting and made us want to reunite with our heroes for the next 2 films.
I don't care if this isn't a thought-provoking real-life drama or a love story. It's Star Wars, not Steel Magnolias. Some people complained just because this movie's "for kids," but some kids' movies rock. It's got humor, cool space battles, eye-filling production design, and another magnificent, rousing John Williams score that even stands on its own as a sometimes underrated musical soundtrack.
Spoiled by the pace of today's movies, many people complain today that Star Wars is too slow. Back in the day, it was considered almost a roller-coaster ride. And either way, it's a classic! George Lucas got so much mileage out of something that is admittedly silly by definition, and constructed a masterpiece of popcorn space opera. I'm sure I could say more, bu suffice it to say, May the Force be with you!!!!
Cynical View of Love and Dating is All Too Relatable
There's a part in this movie with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts where I wanted to shake his hand! LOL Nothing against her character, but all the things that go on between her, Jude law, Natalie Partman and Owen just made me feel that way. The movie takes an understandably negative view of love relationships. Natalie is even sexier than ever as a stripper in a scene some think was written by filmmakers who have never visited a strip club before. Now granted, it might have seemed too good to be true, but how presumptuous.
On the other hand, I wasn't too happy with a remark Clive made about Law's line of work. That aside, "Closer" is a watchable love story with an occasional dash of humor but mostly a somewhat depressing tone. It flopped probably because most moviegoers would prefer something less down-with-love, but it came at the right time for me. Not bad.
Hilarious, lurid, intense, BRILLIANT!
What can I say? Ryan Murphy's a genius! Nip/Tuck's one of cable TV's landmark guilty pleasures. Murphy's said that NT was meant to be a love story between two straight guys. Of course it's also about people wanting to be perfect and being gravely disappointed. And yet there's still much more to the show.
The first 2 seasons were the best, as many people agree. A bit more emphasis on psychological drama, but still a wicked sense of humor. The last 3 seasons became even more lurid, the 5th season turning into a parody of itself as the doctors moved their practice to Los Angeles.
Either way, Nip/Tuck is a landmark cable soap opera that was funny, disturbing, kinky, and so many other things. Basically a bit of everything.
As for the "moral majority" groups who talked many sponsors into pulling out of NT, this is America. It was "Soap" all over again. When that show came out in the late '70s, a lot of decency groups tried to talk people out of watching it. It annoyed my dad, who was one of the many soldiers who fought to defend the right our free speech. I felt similarly about those who boycotted NT and insulted those of us who watched it.
Star Trek (1966)
Not So Bad!
People whine about Shatner's overacting and the fact that the show was none too subtle, which only add to the charm. I don't mind that the show had social commentary in some sense either. It was entertainment, folks, at least to some of us. Lighten up! I'll never forget in high school when me and some other Trekkers talked about the show, one said, "Kickass show!" It pretty much is, even if it wasn't Shakespeare. At least for its time it had at least SOMETHING resembling scriptwriting, and was miles ahead of many other sci fi shows of the '60s, particularly the Irwin Allen show. Don't get me wrong: I'll watch those shows too to this day.
As written in the book "Harry and Wally's Favorite TV Shows," "whatever flaws Trek has, at least it soars." Capt. Kirk was the quintessential cool starshp commander, and the interaction between Bones and Spock over logic vs. emotion was one of the best relationships on TV back in the day. There was abviously much chemistry between the actors.