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10/10
Stunning Tom Hanks Performance
19 November 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a superb film and one of the most wonderful movie going experiences of my life. Mr. Tom Hanks gives what is nothing less than the performance of a lifetime. Simply incredible. Subtly and with artistry and sensitivity Mr. Hanks becomes Fred Rogers and it's as if the actor himself disappears. Beautifully written and wonderfully directed, this is a motion picture that will live in the hearts of audiences for generations to come. Tom Hanks will rip your heart out and return it to you filled with love and understanding. This is an historic acting accomplishment in a film that will become an instant classic.
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Switched for Christmas (2017 TV Movie)
10/10
Simply Marvelous Candace Cameron Bure
16 November 2019
Ms. Candace Cameron Bure gives what is nothing less than the performance of a lifetime as twin sisters in the truly wonderful Christmas film. Her humanity, charm, and beauty are evident but it is her talent as an actress that makes this Christmas celebration something very special indeed. Over the years, her holiday films have been gifts to viewers and she herself has come to symbolize the spirit and love of the Christmas season. Treat yourself and your family to a remarkable Candace Cameron Bure performance in this stunning reminder of what Christmas is really about.
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9/10
Powerful True Story of Mountain "justice" and danger of Tyranny.
25 October 2019
A superb film and important cautionary tale about mob justice and the danger of ignorance in a rural community. Josephine Hutchinson gives a powerful performance as the victim of a male dominated society that does not truly recognize her as an equal or even as a human being. Treated as a slave and abused by a sociopathic father, she is defended by a New York lawyer played by George Brent with sensitivity and skill. The character of the hill society is blown wide open as this tremendous story unfolds and the viewer will make inevitable comparisons to the current authoritarian regime in Washington in the year 2019. A profound message to our own generation that the sins of the past are being repeated unless Americans fight for the rule of law and not let a demagogic sociopath in the Oval Office destroy those who disagree with him. This is an example of Hollywood films of the 1930s tackling important issues with courage and intelligence. Issues confronted in this film include the vital need for education, an honest law enforcement and judiciary, respect for women as equal citizens, and a proper system of medical care. Most significant is how essential the rule of law is to a free and just society, an issue that touches all our lives and the future of our children today.
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Journey Back to Christmas (2016 TV Movie)
10/10
A Candace Cameron Bure Christmas Star
23 October 2019
Candace Cameron Bure gives what is nothing less than the performance of a lifetime in this deeply moving television presentation. A supporting cast of very talented actors certainly add to the power of this piece and director Mel Damski does a superb job but in the end it is indeed Bure who supplies the depth, meaning, and magic. It is a simply lovely, sensitive, thoughtful, and very memorable bit of acting that brings life to what might otherwise be a mundane movie. While the spirit of Christmas is captured beautifully it is Candace Cameron Bure who centers the proceedings and brings a warmth and humanity that would otherwise have been missing. A truly touching holiday feast that is more than worth viewing whenever it might be served due to one tremendous young actress.
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Cuck (2019)
10/10
Superb Expose and A Very Powerful Film
4 October 2019
Few movies are as relevant, current and vital as this one. The danger to our society is too serious to ignore this topic. With a script that blows its subject wide open for all to see, this is an unforgettable film. The acting is first rate and the direction nothing less than stunning. The manner in which this motion picture tackles a horrendous subject and makes clear to the public what must be made known. Do not miss this film!
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10/10
Powerful Science Fiction
4 July 2019
Gifted director W.D. Hogan does an absolutely beautiful job of helming this incredible film and turns in what is nothing less than a powerful cautionary tale of the value of teamwork during an alien invasion. He works from an imaginative and insightful script by Sydney Roper and Rudy Thauberger that certainly delivers thrills but also an important message. The special effects by Scott Mckay are at times stunning and will leave the viewer wondering how exactly they could possibly do that. All this is given a fantastic assist with pulse pounding score by Michael Neilson and it's music you won't soon forget. Standout performances are given by Andrea Brooks, Emily Holmes, and Ryan Merriman. They give a depth to their characters and one could easily feel their fear and determination. Ms. Holmes is particularly effective and she gives what is possibly the performance of a lifetime. Veteran actor Tom Everett Scott is masterful in his role as President of the United States, portraying convincingly a man under siege and overwhelmed at times by his responsibility to humanity. This is a film that accomplishes what others so often have tried and it does it on a minimal budget. Creativity, imagination, and insight into the human condition make this a truly fine science fiction film by also something much, much more. You will not watch Independence Daysaster and remain unchanged by the experience.
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The Island (1980)
1/10
Bad. Just Awful.
23 June 2019
When I saw this movie in the theater upon its first release, I couldn't walk out because I was frozen in horror at what was on the screen before me. Michael Caine is a superb actor but this is one of the pieces of trash he admits he made simply for the money. Terribly written to the point of ludicrousness, acted amateurishly and scenery chewingly awful, with directing that defies description. No expense was spared to create a piece of true cinema garbage historic in its dreadfulness. There are simply no words adequate to warn future viewers of the stunning catastrophe that is The Island.
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sick (2004)
Season 5, Episode 19
10/10
Superb Television
5 May 2019
In an extraordinary episode of SVU, Ms. Cindy Williams gives what is nothing less than the performance of a lifetime. This is an actress on fire and this is acting that cries out to be seen. The Emmy's are once again negligent for not recognizing Williams' work and this example of her incredible talent. Not often enough has this superb actress been given an opportunity to show her skills and this is truly a fine showcase for her. It easily ranks as one of the most powerful performances ever to grace SVU and the other cast members were clearly in awe of what they were seeing. This is an episode of the series that should go into the time capsule and be highlighted when it's rebroadcast so this outstanding moment of exquisite acting be shared by audiences perpetually.
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The Rat Patrol: The Gun Runner Raid (1966)
Season 1, Episode 12
9/10
Powerful Rat Patrol Episode
2 March 2019
Under the skillful direction of the gifted Tom Gries, Steve Franken gives one of his finest performances as an American gun runner who has betrayed his country for cash. The dialog is crisp and the theme of loyalty to one's country is superbly examined. There is a sharp tension as the Rat Patrol regulars confront the turncoat and try to redeem his soul. Franken is excellent in his role and gives the traitor a humanity and depth and makes him a complex, interesting character. An unusual Rat Patrol that grapples with important themes and offers Steve Franken an opportunity to demonstrate his outstanding talent as a dramatic actor. Splendid support is offered by Fay Spain as the conflicted woman immersed in moral torture as she struggles with her relationship with a man who has betrayed his country.
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Day of Reckoning (I) (2016)
10/10
A Haunting Vision of a Hell Earth
20 February 2019
Day of Reckoning is a powerful film which is nothing less than science fiction at its most cinematically electric. Gifted director Joel Novoa (God's Slave) brings his horrific vision to incredible realization as he works from a brilliant screenplay by Gregory Gieras (Dark Island.) There are unforgettably haunting vistas of desolation captured magically by cinematographer Petr Cikhart with a skill unique to film. The suspense and horror is high intensity with a cast of exciting young people bringing to life characters who are very real and vivid in their humanity. Jackson Hurst (The Mist) is memorable and Heather McComb even surpasses her fantastic work in The Event. Jay Jay Warren (Beverly Hills Christmas) is wonderful as usual but it is Hana Hayes in the role of Maddy who gives one of the most powerful performance within this outstanding ensemble cast. The acting, direction, screenplay, and cinematography all come together to create a motion picture depicting an apocalyptic hell from which the audience can not escape. A superb film that no fan of science fiction will want to miss and one it will be impossible to forget.
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Gunsmoke: Arizona Midnight (1973)
Season 18, Episode 15
9/10
Hilarious Gunsmoke Episode
15 February 2019
The comedic episodes of Gunsmoke are always a delight but this is an especially wonderful one. The always funny Billy Curtis gives one of his best performances and plays off Ken Curtis perfectly, their give and take being one of the highlights of the show. The knack for comedy of this superb cast of actors is always amazing and leaves one wishing more of these lighter offerings were made. It's certain that this is one Gunsmoke that will leave you laughing and perhaps with a bit of a tear in your eye.
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Trackdown: Chinese Cowboy (1958)
Season 2, Episode 3
9/10
A Superb Episode and its Message Much Needed Today
2 February 2019
A very powerful episode of Trackdown distinguished by a beautiful performance by Keye Luke. This story confronts prejudice and deranged hatred in society against immigrants with a dramatic impact that is unflinching. The message is not a hit over the head but clear and one that needs to be delivered, especially in today's xenophobic time of ignorance and irrational fear. Trackdown seems unique in its prophetic ability to address the Trump age in which we now live and the current regime that perpetuates values this series so often condemns in no uncertain terms. This episode is superbly done and Keye Luke gives one of his finest performances along the always excellent Robert Culp.
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Gunsmoke: The Lost (1971)
Season 17, Episode 1
10/10
A Magnificent Performance by Ms. Laurie Prange
2 February 2019
Gifted actress Laurie Prange gives a beautiful, deeply moving performance as a young feral girl who is brought to civilization from the badlands by Miss Kitty. The work of both Ms. Prange and Amanda Blake is extraordinary but it is Laurie Prange who proves beyond any doubt what a truly fine actress she is. This is some of her most memorable work and she is indeed unforgettable as she gives what is almost a performance of lifetime. If not for the many magnificent roles she brought to life, this would be the epitome of her career. Ms. Prange has always been superb and over the years has left her mark as an acclaimed actress. You will not experience her stunning portrayal here and not have your heart touched and your soul uplifted.
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Gunsmoke: Circus Trick (1965)
Season 10, Episode 20
9/10
A Deeply Moving Gunsmoke
1 February 2019
Walter Burke gives what may well be the performance of a lifetime in this deeply moving Gunsmoke. As Harry Elko, a small time circus owner and bank robber, Burke has seldom been better nor his talents so wonderfully utilized. The closing scene where he delivers a beautifully written statement of regret is one of the most emotional moments ever captured on television. His face communicates more than a thousand words when he expresses the pain and failure he feels as he looks back at his life. A memorable Gunsmoke episode and a wonderful showcase for Mr. Walter Burke.
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Walker, Texas Ranger: Wedding Bells: Part 2 (2000)
Season 8, Episode 25
10/10
A Powerful and Deeply Moving Walker
25 January 2019
This magnificent two part Walker is one of the finest of the series. Beautifully written and directed with spectacular special effects and stunning action sequences. On top of that, this episode includes one of the most deeply moving weddings ever filmed. Not many viewers will be able to hold back their tears and may even sob openly when Walker and Alex are united as one. Emotions run high and there is no debating the power of this entire sequence. Tom Bosley is superb as the down home minister and there is no surpassing the exquisite work of Mr. Rod Taylor as the father of the bride. Pulse bounding excitement and a very human story, this is a truly overwhelmingly uplifting entry and a production worthy of a first run theater presentation. The soul shattering climax will drain you with its suspense and incredible cinematic grandeur. This is Walker Texas Ranger at the apex of its artistry and a television experience you will never forget.
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Walker, Texas Ranger: Rise to the Occasion (1999)
Season 8, Episode 10
10/10
Superb Episode
16 January 2019
A very special and remarkably powerful episode of Walker which addresses the gang crisis and the choices our youth must make regarding their very lives. Beautifully written and superbly directed, this is Walker, Texas Ranger at its very finest. Danny Trejo give what is nothing less than the performance of a lifetime as an old gang member who cares about the kids throwing away their lives. His speech at the end is deeply moving and wonderfully delivered. Nia Peeples is also a stand-out and is fantastic in a musical outing that really highlights her wonderful singing talent. Overall, one of the most unforgettable episodes of this program ever produced.
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Gunsmoke: Lyle's Kid (1968)
Season 14, Episode 1
9/10
A Very Powerful Episode With an Unforgettable Morgan Woodward Performance.
1 January 2019
While this episode is well written and directed, the performances of Robert Pine and Morgan Woodward make it something very, very special. Pine has never been better and truly shines in his role. However, Morgan Woodward gives what is nothing less than the performance of a lifetime. One can feel his obsessive hatred, his soul burning passionate lust for revenge, and his overwhelming rage. The depth of emotion he shows seems to come from his very being and the ultimately explosive fracture of his psyche is unlike anything the actor has ever had the opportunity to show. His range is amazing and Woodward creates a character who is real to us and from whom we cannot look away. This is a performance for the ages and some of the finest acting in the history of episodic television. You will never forget Morgan Woodward's incredibly breathtaking work in this tremendous Gunsmoke.
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Gunsmoke: Kate Heller (1963)
Season 9, Episode 1
10/10
A Stunning Performance by Mabel Albertson as Kate Heller
3 December 2018
One of the standout episodes of the series with Miss Mabel Albertson giving what is nothing less than the performance of a lifetime. Beautifully written by Kate Hite, this is a powerful presentation and one in which Albertson truly shines. The climax is absolutely soul shattering and among the most dramatically emotional ever filmed for television. Miss Albertson plays it with a sensitivity and an incredible insight you will never forget. The character of Kate Heller is heartbreaking but quietly strong, a survivor of the psychological brutality of loneliness in the old west and the violence that was part of existence. Mabel Albertson gives the character everything she has within her, brings her to life, and makes her one of the most unforgettable personalities to ever appear on Gunsmoke or any other television series in history.
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Gunsmoke: Phoebe Strunk (1962)
Season 8, Episode 9
1/10
Obscene, Sadistic Trash
21 October 2018
Watching this episode of Gunsmoke in reruns recently, I was reminded of why I stopped watching the show. Too often, the show is just downright sick and sadistic. It's not a pleasant experience to watch psychopath after psychopath, and in this case a family of them, rampage through the countryside savagely murdering innocent people. There is no point to this other than presenting a violent and bleak drama portraying monstrous killings. There are far too many episodes of Gunsmoke like this one and they overshadow the rich character studies that could make the show and its actors shine. This one is an obscenity.
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The Purge (2018– )
2/10
Basically, Don't Bother
4 October 2018
Poor writing, bad acting, and not a single character you can care about sink this television entry in the Purge franchise. Besides being downright boring and lacking in imagination and creativity, the characters are all dispensable. We never have an emotional connection with any of them and they are just unlikable. There are some creepy aspects to the proceedings but nothing in this commercial infused mess is ever engaging. The moral issues are approached in a ham-fisted kind of way and the whole thing is pretty simple minded. This last episode was a complete fiasco and utter nonsense. The Purge television presentation qualifies as an utter waste of time.
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First Man (2018)
10/10
Incredibly Moving, Visually Stunning, and Simply Breathtaking.
5 September 2018
I was fortunate to see this fantastic movie at a small film festival in Oregon and it was a wonderful cinematic experience. A Visually stunning story of one of the great achievements of humanity. The science is fascinating and the effort behind that science is paid a wonderful tribute. The journey to the moon is as much a spiritual one as a human achievement. The men who made that trip are portrayed in all their humanness and incredible dedication. This is indeed a patriotic film and despite some controversy regarding not depicting the planting of the flag on the moon, flags are everywhere in the movie and the flag is certainly shown at the landing site. There is no doubt this was an American accomplishment and that is clearly celebrated. The inexplicable controversy about the U.S. flag is one of those contrived internet stinks from fringe elements who have never seen the film. It would be a tragedy to allow such nonsense to savage a film that is so inspiring and emotionally satisfying. This is a spectacular, exciting, stunning film and it should be seen by everyone as a reminder of the beauty of what happened in July, 1969.
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1/10
Amateurish and Ham-handed
31 August 2018
Poorly written and clumsily directed film that insists on bludgeoning the audience with it supposed MESSAGE. The acting is amateurish and the cast seems to be made up of school friends of the director. On top of that the film is far too long and a 30 minute short is padded to feature length. The biggest mistake this director makes is letting his ego blind him as he bores the audience.
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Without Honor (1949)
10/10
Superb Film With a Standout Dane Clark Performance.
28 August 2018
Warning: Spoilers
Shatteringly powerful drama distinguished by exquisite direction, a superb script, and outstanding performances from an esteemed cast. The tension is overwhelming as the film reaches one of the most explosive climaxes in motion picture history. Daring, groundbreaking, and heart crushing, emotions build like a tsunami and ultimately strike with the impact of a flaming comet. The final scene featuring Dane Clark in the performance of a lifetime will leave you stunned and spiritually drained.
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ER: Time of Death (2004)
Season 11, Episode 6
10/10
A Superb ER Episode and One of the Most Powerful and Unforgettable Hours of Television Ever Filmed
11 July 2018
Ray Liotta gives nothing less than the performance of a lifetime in this powerful and moving episode of ER. A uniquely done and beautifully produced presentation with an excellent script and stunning direction. The acting is uniformly superb but it is Liotta who stands out, deservedly winning an Emmy for as guest performer. This is one of the finest hours of television ever filmed and certainly one that the viewer will never forget thanks largely to the overwhelmingly haunting and profoundly touching work of Ray Liotta.
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Hitler Lives (1945)
10/10
Powerful Condemnation and Warning
18 May 2018
An extraordinarily powerful and deeply moving condemnation of Nazism and the threat it still represented among the German population following WWII. Beautifully directed by Don Siegal and featuring a stunning script by Theordore Geisel, this short film delivers a profound message in our own time. It is a sharp warning indeed to our own republic as it endures leadership that is pure demagoguery, authoritarianism, and dishonesty. The Germans bought the Big Lie Hitler was selling and now, an incredible number of Americans are doing the same. This film is a must see and should be shown in every theater and on television nightly for the next few years.
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