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  Phil Spector (the movie)
Posted by: Andrew - 06-18-2016, 02:06 PM - Forum: Movies & Television - Replies (1)

The movie begins by telling us it's fiction, not based on real events, and not an attempt to portray the actual people. I took them at their word, and sat their watching a drama unfold instead of expecting it to give me insight into the real Phil Spector.

I'm a big fan of Helen Mirren and she was terrific. Her costar is Al Pacino (as Phil Spector), and this role was perfect for him. Written by David Mamet who is great at creating intense dialog.

But I would not say it's a fantastic plot, and it sort of fizzled. But still, well worth it just to watch Mirren and Pacino deliver and finesse the characters.

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  American Odyssey
Posted by: Andrew - 05-24-2016, 04:05 AM - Forum: Movies & Television - No Replies

I'm watching this one. This word "odyssey" is perfect to describe it. Or maybe "Conspiracy Odyssey." Here's a review that describes it without giving away the plot. http://areyouscreening.com/2015/04/02/te...iew-tv-nbc

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  Catastrophe
Posted by: Andrew - 05-01-2016, 12:41 PM - Forum: Movies & Television - Replies (3)

Amazon says:

Quote:Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan write and star in this R-rated comedy about a one-week stand between a Boston ad exec and a London schoolteacher that leads to an accidental pregnancy. When Rob moves to the UK to help figure things out, cultures clash and hormones flare as these two realize they don't know the first thing about each other.

I've watched two episodes and it's going great. The two actors/writers are English and American, which seems to work out well. Some of it is crude, but the cast is able to elevate this. At least much of the time. And the rest is usually clever, with with turns in the humor that are unexpected.

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  Documentary about Roger Ebert
Posted by: Andrew - 02-09-2016, 09:18 AM - Forum: Movies & Television - Replies (1)

Life itself is a two hour documentary about Roger Ebert. It never bored me. It includes film and comments from Ebert after he lost his ability to eat, drink, and speak. It talks about his love of writing, and how it began in childhood. About the fact that he's the only film critic to win a Pulitzer prize, but also the screenwriter of the sexploitation movie called Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. It talked about his loving family, his relationship with Gene Siskel. And about his last days of life.

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  True Detective season 2
Posted by: Andrew - 01-24-2016, 10:59 AM - Forum: Movies & Television - Replies (2)

I'm sure you remember season one with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. I just watched the first DVD of season 2. I didn't expect them to equal season 1 quality but they are not even close. And its not as good as other crime shows like The Bridge. Actually The Bridge has some very interesting  characters in it. You have detectives from two different cultures, tenacious reporters, and more. Fertile ground for good writers, combined with several good actors. But not as good for me as True Detectives 1 or The Killing.

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  The Big C
Posted by: Andrew - 01-20-2016, 04:47 PM - Forum: Movies & Television - Replies (3)

Comedy TV series about a suburban mother who faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find happiness and navigate her relationships. I watched the first 5 episodes and so far so good. A lot of the humor is zingers or wacky behavior, mixed with more serious human moments. Laura Linney is impressive in the lead role.

Here's a trailer, which gives away some of it. Also, the show was a little deeper than the trailer conveys.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfcceO-U2wk

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  Mozart in the Jungle
Posted by: Andrew - 01-11-2016, 03:56 PM - Forum: Movies & Television - Replies (1)

This is another show I almost missed. I gave up on it in the first 10 minutes some time ago, but gave it another try. After two episodes I was hooked. I ended up binge-watching the rest of the first season in two days.

Not about Mozart. It's a drama/melodrama about the members of modern day symphony orchestra. It is listed as a comedy and won awards in that category. It also follows the standard comedy half-hour format. But to me it felt more like a drama about people done with some wit. And with some refreshing breaks from artist stereotypes, because the primary colorful arrogant ones also showed unusual levels of kindness.

One of the best shows I've seen in a long time. I just had to give it a chance to engage me. I watched it as part of my Prime membership on amazon.com.

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  Double Jeopardy
Posted by: Andrew - 12-04-2015, 05:54 PM - Forum: Movies & Television - No Replies

Surprisingly good. One of the better suspense movies I've seen. Ashley Judd was great. http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Double-Jeop...id=5966279

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  Jessica Jones
Posted by: Andrew - 11-26-2015, 03:55 PM - Forum: Movies & Television - No Replies

Jessica Jones is a no-nonsense life-weary private investigator who is short on patience, quick to anger, and lacking in tact. She also has super-human strength, but she is not invulnerable to injury. The series is set in a very dark way, and at first I was not sure I would keep watching it.

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones. I originally became aware of Ritter via her comedy work in Vamps and The B... in Apartment 23. She was so charming in an "up" way in those roles, that at first I didn't even recognize her in this new role (other than to think she looked familiar). She really nailed the Jessica Jones part.

As I watched the episodes, at times it got to such a disturbing place I almost stopped watching. But they never let it settle into a routine, and so I continued to be drawn in. And I like the main character.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWHUjuJ8zxE

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  Restless
Posted by: Andrew - 11-22-2015, 02:51 PM - Forum: Movies & Television - No Replies

This is one of the better movies I've seen. The story begins when a young woman learns during a visit that her mother was actually a British spy during WWII, and who now fears that her life is in danger. The story follows via flashbacks and events in the present. I'd categorize this as a drama/suspense/romance movie.

This movie has an advantage of being a two-part miniseries, which allowed for a fuller story. At times the flash backs were a bit confusing, but in the end it all made sense (sort of). Not an award winner, but much better than okay to watch.

I must confess that I rented it based on the cover art. Luckily I liked the movie too.
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Restless/70269557

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