Saturday, August 20, 2016

To whom it may concern re: Ghostbusters (2016)

 The movie was better than I thought it would be but…

Much like the doctor who is not allowed to operate on a family member or the lawyer who knows if he or she represents self then they have a fool for a client and because of my “relationship” with the movie (Been performing it as a one women show for most of my life) I cannot/will not be reviewing the new Ghostbusters movie. 

Instead I well think of it as a sequel. I didn’t like Ghostbusters 2 as much as the original either. I don’t think it was as good because once you know the Ghostbusters can save the city it’s not as surprising or good when they do it again.(The library/historical home ghost didn’t even scare me this time, now I know about special effects)

These are funny women can’t Hollywood come up with something new and better for them? Then again I was watching TCM the other day and the host was introducing a 1950s film that was a shot by shot/scene by scene same as a 1930s film so I guess they have been doing remakes/reboots for decades.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

One last Tonightly

I tried Larry Wilmore I tweeted, posted and told anyone who didn’t like The Nightly Show to give it another try but if what comedy central said was true I guess I was the one. Now to those who didn’t watch you have missed out on a heck of a show. Yes the issues Wilmore talked about were hard to hear but they were important and needed to be discussed. I actually learned much about race issues from the show and its contributors and if I am Keepin it 100 that is saying a lot for this 36 year old white girl who has always judged a person on what they are on the inside not out..

So here is to Larry Wilmore, Rory Albanese, Ricky Velez, Mike Yard, Robin Thede, Grace Parra, Franchesca Ramsey, Jordan Carlos, Holly Walker and all who worked on the show. You were awesome and loved. I will never forget The Y Files, Pardon the Integration, #HashItOut, Soul Larry and all of the other segments on the show.

You made me laugh a lot but more important unlike other late night shows you made me think and were a smart show from day one. We the viewer may have only had The Nightly Show for 20 months but it made those who watch better people.

GOOD LUCK in the future to all involved

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I was flipping through cable TV...

And came across a documentary about a movie that was never made called The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?

The year was 1997-Produced by Jon Peters, Barbra Streisand's hairdresser.The movie had a couple of different scripts (one written by Kevin Smith) based on the 1993 death of Superman, Tim Burton as director and Nicolas Cage as Superman. They already had costume fittings, concept art and an idea for a robotic companion named "K".

It is an interesting thing to watch as those involved told their tale of who they wanted Superman to be(some ideas ended up in Superman Returns and Wild Wild West, both I saw). Most of the movie sounded crazy but fun and it would have been something different. I'm not sure if it would have been a good or bad movie but from the doc. I learned a thing or two about what it takes (to be/being) a filmmaker.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The end of a Royal Pains summer (2009-2016)

The Summer in The Hampton’s has ended.

Who knew that a show about a doctor making house calls to the rich and needing would be good but Royal Pains was just that and a joy to watch each week.

Let us take same time to remember the fun times with the gang from HankMed…

There was our leader and namesake Henry “Hank” Lawson played by Mark Feuerstein. An E.R. doctor who was fired for saving a kid over a rich investor. No matter what the problem was from a broken born to a undiagnosed illness Hank was there to save the day, Even if he didn’t have the right medical tools he found a straw and a rubber band and Macgyvered the situation.
Hank didn’t do it all alone he had his brother Evan R Lawson played by Paulo Costanzo as CFO of HankMed it was his idea to bring concierge medicine to the Hamptons. He moved in with Hank and from Boris’, played by Campbell Scott (who I was lucky enough to spend a day with during  a Lake Placid film festival and reason I started watching series) guest house a “company” was born. As kids their father (Henry Winkler) left and their mother died so Hank raised his younger brother Evan. They were always there for each other, even when they fought there was nothing that could keep them apart. Eventually Evan would fall in love with and marry Paige (Brooke D’Orsay) and she too would became part of HankMed.   

But they couldn’t have done anything without PA Divya played by Reshma Shetty. She was with HankMed from day one and whenever the boys needed her she was there to help with a patient when Hank couldn’t. The true heart of the group.

And last but not least there was Jeramiah played by Ben Shenkman who may have not had the best bed side manner but was a good doctor and an even better man.    

Goodbye beach fun, parties and pool side drinks-Hello Fall.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

103 episodes of Person of Interest

It all started with a machine, a machine with more heart and a better soul then any human. Each week the machine would give its creator a number and victim or perpetrator the machine her creator, Harold played by Michael Emerson (Lost), the man in the suit, John Reese played by Jim Caviezel, NYPD Detectives Carter played by Taraji P Henson and Fusco played by Kevin Chapman along with Root played by Amy Acker and Shaw played by Sarah Shahi would be there to lead a helping hand.

Created by Jonathan Nolan, I started watching POI when it premiered in 2011 mainly because I became a fan of Caviezel after the film The Count of Monte Cristo and have seen every episode since.

Each week the machine, which was meant to be used as a device for the government to find terrorists before they stuck, used every piece of technology it had throughout the city to “send” Harold, who recruited Reese on a task to stop the threat. Without knowledge of the machine or even how Reese knew what was about to happen Carter soon followed by Fusco and stepped in to help. It was a surprise when Carter died (and became Cookie Lyons on Empire) but the full time addition of Root and Shaw made the series still worth watching, even if the story went from a weekly procedural to a serial in which another all ominent machine called Samaritan began fighting against and wanted to kill our good guys.

Although at times Person of Interest was an intense show to watch it also gave the viewer hope and good always triumphed over evil.

And while the actors were wonderful in each role it was The Machine itself that was the most important character in the show and on a personal note I have to say I came to care for “her” and was sad when Harold and Root lost (as if she died) “her” for a bit early in the last season.

So here’s to the cast, crew and guests stars of POI you had one heck of a good show and I will miss seeing Jim Caviezel each week but not as much a Bear the adorable and wonderful Belgian Malinois. Good luck to whatever comes next for all!



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Chamberlain not Hamilton

Happy Tony Awards Day! Or is it Hamilton Day?! Either way I have been listening to my Hamilton Musical cast recording for a few days now and was inspired to come up with my own "rap" while swimming for the 1st time this year. I thought it up quick (there is always more to add) and normally I wouldn’t post a 1st draft but it is a special day so…
When I was young I was all about Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton
Then in 8th grade I met a new man
Four Score and Seven Years later he came
Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg,
On top of Little Round Top was a group of men, shooting rebels as they ran towards them
In the middle of a new (Southern) revolution there he stands as commander of the 20th Maine men.
Ran out of ammunition when the yell came “Ready Bayonets”
What’s His name?
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain!
A professor from Bowdoin
Fighting for the Union in another rebellion
Fought for 4 years, Shot 6 times, once through his boot only slightly wounded
Returned to Maine a hero
Became a 4 term Governor of a state in a re-new nation
Unlike Hamilton
Retired and became an old man

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mr. Selfridge:The series 2013-2016

Just watched the series finale of Mr. Selfridge and it was a good one. It was a story about an American man who brings his family to London to build a different kind of department store. With the help of wonderful employees, some loyal friends and his family Mr. Selfridge played by Jeremy Piven (who never ceases to amaze me & is an underrated actor) made all of his dreams come true. Congrats to the cast-Ron Cook as Mr. Crabb, Tom Goodman-Hill as Mr. Grove, Amy Beth Hayes as Kitty Hawkins, Trystan Gravelle as Victor Colleano, Calum Callaghan as George Towler, Katherine Kelly as Lady Mae, Greg Austin as Gordon Selfridge, Kara Tointon as Rosalie Selfridge and those I haven't mentioned! If you didn't watch the 4 seasons then you missed something fantastic, entertaining and even educational. An amazing job by all involved! You made me hope that one day I'll get the chance to visit  and walk through the doors of the real Selfridge's.