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6/10
Incredibly stupid and crude...but also, at times, pretty funny.
23 August 2019
"Dumb and Dumber" is a film that was fabulously successful. Although it cost $17,000,000, it ended up grossing $247,000,000!! Talk about a huge payoff for the Farrelly Brothers!

The story is about Lloyd and Harold (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels)--two complete idiots who are roommates. When a passenger in Lloyd's limo leaves a briefcase behind, he vows to return it to her. There are two huge problems with this. First, this occurred in Rhode Island and she now is in Aspen! Second, although Lloyd thought she left it by accident, it was ransom money...and now he and Harold have it and mobsters are after them!

Much of the humor was stupid--the sort of stuff middle school kids would love. However, I must admit that although much of the humor was awful, sometime is still made me laugh. Plus, the film ended well. So, I do recommend it BUT must point out that it is NOT for anyone wanting cleverness. Nope...crude humor, bad jokes and embarrassing moments...that's what you'll find and you, too, might laugh a bit like I did.

By the way, for the love of God, do NOT watch the sequel "Dumb and Dumberer". None of the original writers, directors or actors are in it and it is a total bomb....and currently is on IMDB's notorious Bottom 100 list.
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Brooklyn Bridge: The Gift (1992)
Season 1, Episode 12
8/10
The teacher episode.
22 August 2019
Nathaniel loves his teacher, Miss McCullough. However, when he learns that she's moving away, he cannot handle it and begins to act up at school. At the same time, the lovable idiot, Benny, has forged a note to his teacher, Mr. Greer. In the obviously fake letter, it says that his parents won't be there for Teacher Night....but Benny is just afraid for his folks to realize that he's an idiot who is going to fail the class. But is this true? And, will Nathaniel resort to a life of crime since his beloved teacher is no more?

This is a sweet episode focusing on two characters who are seldom the main focus of the show. Well written and touching.
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7/10
A little bit of cheating....and Jackie Robinson
22 August 2019
During a family get together, it becomes apparent that Uncle Willy has been chasing other women...and his wife is, naturally, broken up over this. At the same time, the boys are upset at a rumor that their beloved Jackie Robinson has been traded from Brooklyn to the New York Giants.

I should point out that although Robinson was traded, he never played for the Giants but retired instead. The show never mentioned this and you might assume he was a Giant.

So is this any good? Yep...perhaps not among the better episodes but still enjoyable and well made.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Get a Job (1991)
Season 1, Episode 10
6/10
The first less than stellar episode of the series.
22 August 2019
Sid, the not so friendly neighborhood shopkeeper, engages Alan and his dopey friends to work for him as busboys. However, he pays them next to nothing....and, not surprisingly, he gets next to nothing out of the boys. In desperation, he phones Alan's father and asks him to help out as well.

This is just an okay episode. While it's supposed to be about the value of hard work, it's clouded by Sid being a cheap jerk....making the moral a bit fuzzy and confusing. Just an okay episode...with little to recommend it over any other.
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Columbo: Lovely But Lethal (1973)
Season 3, Episode 1
6/10
A not especially nice lady....and a relatively weak episode
22 August 2019
Viveca Scott (Vera Miles) is the leader of a failing cosmetics giant. To keep her company afloat, she is willing to do pretty much anything...including murder! After bashing a chemist over the head with a microscope, she's not finished with her villainy....and it's up to Columbo to stop her.

The show had some interesting actors, such as Vincent Price and Martin Sheen. And, I like the way that the cosmetics industry is portrayed....cut-throat and vicious. But what I did NOT like was the show's finale, as Columbo clearly did NOT have enough evidence to arrest, let alone convict, the killer. It really left the viewer annoyed...which is a shame as it was an otherwise good installment.
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2/10
I only saw this in order to see as many of IMDB's Bottom 100 as possible....and it IS annoying!
22 August 2019
I have a weird obsession....to see all of IMDB's Bottom 100---the one hundred lowest rated major release films of all time. Unfortunately, I'll probably never complete the list, as a couple of the remaining films are Turkish and one is German...and it's highly unlikely they'll bother captioning films hated this much by the audiences. For me, "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" is the 95th film I've seen...a dubious accomplishment, I know.

The original "Dumb and Dumber" was a silly but mildly enjoyable film (I just rewatched it). And, the studio came up with a brilliant idea....since they couldn't get Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey for a sequel (or, more likely they didn't want to PAY them for a sequel), they made a prequel with unknown actors playing the leads. The fans were NOT amused.

The story begins long before "Dumb and Dumber" and near the very beginning, Harry and Lloyd* bump into each other for the first time. Soon they are buddies and soon the pair are assigned to the school's new fake special needs class. This is because the evil principal (Eugene Levy....who is just too good for films like this) wants to create a fake special needs class to get additional funding...which he can embezzle. Instead of a real classroom, it's in a shed and the lunch lady is in charge....and soon Harry and Lloyd sign up several other students for the class. Will the Principal be able to get away with this case of fraud?

So is any of this funny? Not especially. Mostly it's annoying and occasionally offensive (such as how they deal with mental disabilities as well as the MANY sexist jokes). This isn't too surprising since it is on the list AND the original folks who made the film had nothing to do with this project. However, it's not among the very worst films I've seen and I think it made the list mostly because compared to the original film it was an unfunny abomination.

*FYI, the actors appear to be about 25...a bit old for high school. But a lot of the 'students' in the movie appear to be quite old as well.
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Invitation (1952)
6/10
Not bad...just kind of awkward and strange.
21 August 2019
The plot to "Invitation" is very odd to say the least and it's really a one of a kind picture. A woman (Dorothy McGuire) has learned a couple important things that folks she loved failed to mention to her: doctors expect her to be dead within a year due to her heart condition and thta her husband was paid by her father to marry her! How is the husband (Van Johnson) going to deal with all this?!

The plot was weird, confusing and hard to believe. I did, however, love Johnson't monologue with his wife late in the film...it was very sweet. A money-losing picture that isn't as bad as you might assume.
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7/10
A nice tribute to the concert.
20 August 2019
I noticed that this same film appears to be listed twice...once for "The American Experience" and once as a stand alone film. No biggie...just noticed that.

The documentary is all about Woodstock...the famous rock concert that occurred in upstate New York back in 1969. The film consists with interviews with folks--mostly the people who organized it as well as patrons. None of the musicians appearing there were interviewed and, oddly, the context for the concert is a bit thin. For example, while Woodstock was a very peaceful and happy environment, shortly thereafter at Altamonte, the Rolling Stones outdoor concert turned ugly and violent. Still, it was interesting to watch and is worth seeing.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Saturday (1991)
Season 1, Episode 9
8/10
A day that will long be remembered.
20 August 2019
The episode takes place on a Saturday. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will be a fun one. Mom and Grandma are going to the laundry and the guys are supposed to guy buy underwear and socks....and Alan and Nathaniel are NOT amused. Fortunately, the adults forget to do their tasks and instead Mom and Grandma go to movies and the guys go to Coney Island. Can they keep this a secret?

This is a cute episode. It is NOT deep at all....but a nice and enjoyable one. Well written, cute and quite nice to watch.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Old Fools (1991)
Season 1, Episode 8
9/10
Very touching.
19 August 2019
"Old Fools" is an unusual episode because for once, Grandpa Berger is a bit of a jerk. Normally, he's very sweet...and the person everyone would love to have as a grandfather.

The story begins during Berger's poker night with his old friends. Apart from Grandpa, little Nathaniel loves poker night....as he loves the men's stories. However, on one of the nights, Grandpa and his old partner get into a fight. It's not about anything important....but it reveals that there were some unresolved issues between them. Sadly, his old friend walks out and both men refuse to talk to each other. Can old wounds be patched up and set aside?

I liked but didn't love most of the show. But the final meeting between Grandpa and his friend is amazing...very touching, very sweet and I found myself on the verge of tears. Well done...one of the better episodes.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Dinner at Six (1991)
Season 1, Episode 7
7/10
What would you do if your parents leave you home alone?
19 August 2019
The boys' parents and grandparents are going away for a couple days. This makes Alan the man of the house and he has to look after his little brother. Soon, Alan's friends come to him with an odd idea....to throw a dinner party for some girls. In other words, they want to be sophisticated adults and have a party just like 'big folks'. So, they dress up and make a dinner consisting of TV dinners and Chef Boy-R-Dee and have the girls to the apartment. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as they hoped. See the show to see why.

This is a decent but unremarkable episode of "Brooklyn Bridge". In other words, it's very watchable and well made but also easy to skip. Pretty ordinary for anotherwise extraordinary show.
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Brooklyn Bridge: War of the Worlds (1991)
Season 1, Episode 6
9/10
Like oil and water...
19 August 2019
Katie and Alan would love to date. But there are some problems. First, they are awfully young. Second, and more importantly, Katie is an Irish Catholic and the Silvers are Jewish. So, to try to smooth out these differences, Alan suggests that the two families have a dinner together. Unfortunately, the evening turns out to be a disaster...and the differences between them are accentuated. Is there any saving the evening or working out what unites them?

This was a very awkward show to watch...and deliberately so. Watching the families in such an awkward situation is funny...but in a very dry way. Fortunately, it was also very sweet and enjoyable. Well worth seeing.
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Brooklyn Bridge: What I Did for Love (1991)
Season 1, Episode 5
7/10
Shady goings on in the Silver/Berger households.
19 August 2019
"What I Did for Love" is not one of the better episodes of "Brooklyn Bridge"...mostly because its message is pretty obvious and a bit heavy-handed.

Alan's girlfriend, Katie, is disappointed that her science project didn't work out like she'd hoped. She tried raising snails in varying environments but they all seem happy and alive...which should NOT be the case. At the same time, George wants to surprise his wife with tickets to a concert....and he goes to pretty extreme lengths to get the tickets.

Overall, this is an expisode that is all about how dumb guys can be when they try to make women happy WITHOUT thinking about it and the consequences. As I said above, the message is a bit too obvious. Still worth watching...just not among the better ones.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Sylvia's Condition (1991)
Season 1, Episode 4
8/10
"She wasn't being satisfied sexually...."
19 August 2019
A Jewish holiday is upon them and so family is coming for dinner. However, when Aunt Sylvia (Carol Kane) arrives, it's obvious she's NOT a typical 50s housewife. She is clearly a free spirit...sort of a beatnik who loves beat poetry and wants more out of life. So, when she announces that she's getting a divorce, it's not a huge surprise....but Sophie has a very hard time accepting it. In her world NO ONE gets a divorce and being happy isn't a major concern. How is all this going to play out for the Bergers?

This is NOT a fun or funny episode. This is NOT a complaint...many wonderful episodes from the series focused more on characters and life problems. However, it does have some powerful moments....especially when Grandpa makes his speech at the dinner table. Well worth seeing.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Boys of Summer (1991)
Season 1, Episode 3
9/10
Packed with wisdom and goodness.
19 August 2019
Alan has been given an amazing opportunity--he's going to be on television! The show picks some of the best ball players in Brooklyn and they get to do warm ups with Pee Wee Reese before a Dodgers game...and his family is really excited. Alan ends up doing very well...one other kid ends up doing even better. How does he handle this and how is Dad able to use his wisdom to make this a nice learning opportunity?

This episode is one of the bit reasons I loved "Brooklyn Bridge"...its decency. The show was full of wisdom and heart and you see it in spades here. Well worth seeing.
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Columbo: Double Shock (1973)
Season 2, Episode 8
8/10
What do you do if you have twins and you suspect one of them is the killer?
19 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
"Double Shock" poses a serious problem for Columbo. It seems that a rich old man (Paul Stewart) is planning on marrying a sexy young lady (Julie Newmar). But he doesn't realize that his nephew or nephews don't want him to marry, as the new wife will inherit all his wealth. So, just before he marries there is an 'accident' when someone tosses an electric mixer into his bathrub! But the problem is BOTH nephews (Martin Landau in both roles) are suspects....and Clumbo needs to learn which one is responsible.

The identical twin connundrum is an interesting twist....and it makes for a very good episode. Well worth watching. It's also worth watching to see someone who hates Columbo with the intensity of a dozen burning suns...simply because he's sloppy!
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Columbo: The Most Dangerous Match (1973)
Season 2, Episode 7
8/10
Only a big jerk would kill someone over a chess game!
18 August 2019
Emmett Clayton (Laurence Harvey) is the world champion chess player. However, when he earned this title, the previous champion, Dudek, was retired. Now Dudek has come out of retirement to see if he can beat the great Clayton. However, when Clayton realizes Dudek IS better, he decides to kill the man in order to preserve his precious ego as well as his reputation.

Someone watching this show today might not understand the context for the show. Just a year before, there was a huge match between Bobby Fischer and the Soviet champion, Boris Spassky. During this match as well as before it even began, Fischer's extremely neurotic behavior made newspaper headlines all over the world. His antics were so bad, many Americans were rooting for Spassky! Clearly the match and odd behaviors in "Columbo" are highly reminiscent of this well-publicized match...though, of course, no one tried to murder Spassky...and Fischer actually won.

Laurence Harvey was excellent here as the highly strung and neurotic champion. This didn't surprise me at all, as Harvey was AMAZING at playing scum-bags and did so in many movies. Sadly, this handsome and talented man died shortly after this episode...and he was only 45 years old.

Overall, this is a fascinating and well written episode. Well worth seeing and full of great twists and turns. Very well done.
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Columbo: A Stitch in Crime (1973)
Season 2, Episode 6
9/10
I think this doctor took the Hypocritical Oath, not the Hippocratic one!
18 August 2019
Dr. Mayfield (Leonard Nimoy) is a very good surgeon and researcher....though as a human being he leaves a lot to be desired. Following surgery on his boss at the hospital, he gets in an argument with his operating room nurse. Moments later, when she's in the garage, he bludgeons her to death! But this isn't just an isolated incident...and soon this doctor is out to kill again....and possibly again!

"A Stitch in Crime" is a very interesting story...one that took a bit of research and imagination to create. I appreciate this and how unique the plot is. Add to that some very nice performances and you've got a very watchable program!
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Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star (1973)
Season 2, Episode 5
8/10
A rare chance to see AND hear Edith Head.
18 August 2019
I know that many of you won't care about this, but in this episode of "Columbo" you have a cameo by Edith Head...the 8x Oscar winning fashion designer. There just aren't that many opportunities to see and hear Ms. Head. For old movie fans, this is reason enough to see the show. Add to that Anne Baxter, Mel Ferrer and Kevin McCarthy and you've got a pretty incredible cast in this show!

Nora Chandler (Baxter) is a super-famous aging actress. She also happens to be a dandy murderer! Early on in the show, she blows up her assistant and it appears that she meant to blow up someone else instead. But killing folks is like eating potato chips to Chandler, as soon she tries another killing and it turns out killing is something she's pretty good at doing! Columbo eventually figures it all out...and you realize HE is the better actor!

This is a neat behind the scenes episode where you get to see how films are made. Add to that the cast and a few interesting twists and you have the recipe for a better than average installment in the series.

By the way, this is a very, very minor quibble. On TV and in movies, cars blow up MUCH faster and easier than in real life. The exploding gas tank happened way too quickly to be realistic....but again, it's a very minor problem.
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Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1972)
Season 2, Episode 4
3/10
Columbo in London...and investigating a murder?!
18 August 2019
There really is no logical reason for placing this episode in London. After all, Lieutenant Columbo is a Los Angeles detective and he has no authority in Britain. But here it is...an episode set in the Old Country.

The cast for this one is very interesting. British actors Wilfred Hyde-White, Honor Blackman, Bernard Fox and John Williams are on hand to give the show a Britishy feel (though is was filmed almost entirely in the States). Additionally, the excellent actor Richard Basehart is there playing a Brit...and reasonably so.

The show begins with a couple in their dressing room at the theatre. An old enemy of theirs shows up and attacks Roger...and his wife responds by throwing something at the intruder. Surprisingly, the mug that hits him kills him. Oddly, they don't report it to the police, as the death was clearly accidental. But instead they try to hide their actions and it's up to Columbo to sort it all out for the London police.

The show simply makes no sense whatsoever. First, Columbo has no jurisdiction there. Perhaps if someone had paid him to work as a private detective it might have made some sense. Second, I can't believe Scotland Yard would let him work on the case...especially alone most of the time. It just doesn't make sense. And, finally, their actions late in the show (involving the butler) REALLY made no sense!

So, if you ignore the stupidity of the setting, is it any good? Well, yes and no...but mostly no. Why? Because the crime might not have even been a crime at all....and only became one when the pair hid the death. And, as such the pair probably would have been given little in the way of jail time. Overall, a sad, sad episode.
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Columbo: The Most Crucial Game (1972)
Season 2, Episode 3
8/10
Robert Culp's character seems incredibly on-edge and tense...
18 August 2019
An unusual feature of the show "Columbo" is that they recycled actors rather frequently. For example, in season one, Ray Milland (without hair) and Robert Culp were featured. Now, in season two, both are back--Milland (with his wig) and Culp. In fact, Robert Culp would make two additional appearances on the show...a testament to the loyalty the producers showed to many of their guest stars.

Paul Hanlon (Culp) is the high-strung manager of a pro football team. The owner (Dean Stockwell) is a drunk playboy...with little interest in the team or his other business interests. Apparently, this or something else rubbed Hanlon wrong, as he killed the owner and made it look like he died in his swimming pool by accident. But to do this, he dressed up like an ice cream man and did the vile deed during one of the team's games. Is this plan fool-proof or will he end up being caught because his plan wasn't quite so perfect.

In addition to Stockwell and Culp, this was a rather star-studded episode. Additionally, James Gregory, Valerie Harper and Dean Jagger appeared in the show. Together, they are all excellent...and it helped that the script was intelligently written and interesting.

By the way, I am no lawyer but I wondered about something. Someone in the show was involved in doing illegal wiretaps. Later, Columbo was listening to recordings of these illegal taps. Is that legal? It seems if they were illegal that the police cannot use them in any way...but I certainly am no expert.
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7/10
Sort of like "Jane Eyre"...but with a twist.
17 August 2019
Helen (Irene Dunne) is a waitress and Philip (Charles Boyer) is one of her customers. Soon, he seems infatuated with her and follows her about town...which is a tad creepy, actually. Eventually they fall in love but he has a secret...and she soon learns that he is married and his wife is mentally ill. What's next? Well, it's NOT a remake of "Jane Eyre", so although it's similar, there is a big twist!

The acting is the best part of this film. Dunne and Boyer were magnificent in "Love Affair" and here they are also excellent. However, the script, though interesting, is a tad disappointing...see it and you'll likely see what I mean. Still, it is interesting and worth your time.
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6/10
The story itself is interesting...the singing is unnecessary.
17 August 2019
Without all the unnecessary singing, I'd score this on a 7 or possibly an 8...as I really did enjoy the plot. But the singing was a distraction...and what's worse is that it wasn't very good. I love Irene Dunne as an actress but as a singer...well, she was a fine actress.

The story is an unusual one because it's about the nation's first oil wells which were created in Western Pennsylvania in 1859. It begins just before this and a medicine show arrives in town. After a freak fire breaks out and leaves the show stranded, some of the locals take in the medicine show folk. One of them is Sally (Irene Dunne) and soon she is in love with the son of the old lady who took her into her home. As for Peter (Randolph Scott), he looks like a perfect catch for Sally...but little does she know that he's about to strike oil and the oil business would dominate their marrage and sour it as well.

In many ways, this reminded me of the later MGM film "Boom Town", as it's also about the oil business as well as its negative impact on a new marriage. Both are worth seeing, but I'd prefer "Boom Town" simply because it lacks the pointless songs of "High, Wide and Handsome"....none of which are memorable and just seem unnecessary.

Overall, worth seeing IF you don't mind the songs. The finale is pretty neat and the acting quite good.
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7/10
Fans will love it...others will be confused and might possibly have their heads explode.
17 August 2019
After an absence of about 15 years, "Invader Zim" is back as a special on Netflix. Interestingly, this Nickelodeon show returned to Netflix just a few days after another, "Rocko's Modern Life". Of the two, I prefered the Rocko special but they both are well worth seeing...particularly if you are a fan. As for Zim if you are NOT a fan or if you haven't seen it before, then this is something you might want to skip.

In the show, Zim has been missing for many years. During all this time, the obsessive Dib has been spying on Zim's house...waiting and hoping to see him again. Suddenly, Zim appears and Dib is pretty much powerless to do anything, as he's become a disgusting blob who hasn't slept nor showered nor left his computer chair since who knows when. But, after a montage, Dib is back to his old self and just in time to try to twart Zim's latest plan...one that involves fake dad, pudding and Mini-Moose.

I have watched all the "Invader Zim" cartoons, so this one did not make my head explode. However, this is a distinct possibility and the new show is incredibly weird...even compared to the old show. Fans of the series will adore it and shower it with 10s, non-fans will just be confused and I think a reasonable overall score is 7.
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Brooklyn Bridge: Death in Brooklyn (1991)
Season 1, Episode 2
7/10
Alan isn't too keen on going to a funeral....go figure!
17 August 2019
When this episode begins, Alan is excited that he's collected 50 ice cream wrappers--and that means he gets two free tickets to the upcoming Dodgers game. He plans on taking his girlfriend, though this plan is upset when he learns that his great uncle Ira has died and Alan is expected to be there for the funeral. It seems BOTH are at the same time and his grandmother really looks forward to him coming...though Alan didn't even know the guy. What is he to do?

This is a very ordinary episode of "Brooklyn Bridge"--certainly not one of the more memorable or exciting ones. But considering the super high quality of the show, this still means "Death in Brooklyn" is well worth seeing.
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