Monday, December 31, 2018
A face from Wonder Woman's past comes to man's world. She organizes a team of supervillains and proceeds to wreck havoc in a way that shock's her sister. In the end it falls on the women of the Justice League to save the day with a little bit of help from Queen Hippolyta of Themyscira, Diana's mother.
I found this on Amazon Prime. It is also available as a DVD. It feels like a half or partially finished project at best. It is made up of concert footage and interviews (some for radio) that were done years before this movie was released. Most of the interviews are with members of the band but a few of them are with music journalists. The project only covers through the the second album that they did as a trio, Duke. It starts with their early days and seems to cover most of their albums through 1980. The aspect ratio of the movie seems off. I'm not sure exactly why. It was distracting.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Someone is selling drugs with Bushmaster's name on them. This is similar to what was happening at the opening of the season when someone was selling drugs with Luke's name on them. Luke tails Bushmaster and finds him about to attack a production or distribution warehouse for the drugs. He helps Bushmaster to tear the place apart and fight off the Asian gangsters that are guarding the place.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Duckman is under attack. Someone is trying to kill him, with explosives. He has a hunch about who it might be but then that person gets bumped off by an explosive package. Duckman watches old home movies hoping to find a clue as to who it might be that wants him dead. The visuals of the old home movies are patterned after other cartoons: Steamboat Willie, Popeye, Yogi Bear, the Simpsons. In the end it turns out to be a case of mistaken identity. The bomber had the wrong guy. The episode ends on a sentimental note as Duckman shares a moment with Ajax, his eldest son.
Directed by Jon Favreau
Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) and company are back for the second Iron Man movie in what eventually became known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tony's solution for his heart problems is starting to fail him. Ivan Vanko (Rourke), a villain whose father was done wrong by Howard Stark (John Slattery), Tony's father, comes looking for revenge. Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. continue to try talking Tony into working with them. Col. James Rhodes (Cheadle), takes one of the suits that Tony has designed and turns it over to US Government.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Serena spends time in a sweat lodge with each of the three remaining men. Not much happens with Jasper. August strips naked and she follows suit. Owen talks to her about a horrible memory he has from his time in Iraq.
Rachel desperately tries to connect with someone after Dr. Simon questions whether she has any friends or a life outside of her job. Serena suggests that Rachel should come and work for her after the season is over. It sounds very tempting but by the end of the episode Rachel has pulled some tricks that probably sank any chance there was of Serena following through on that offer.
Sam wants his own bank account. This arises after he gets into an argument in his support group with another member of the group who teases him because he doesn't have one. Elsa thinks it is a bad idea. Doug supports it and takes Sam to the bank.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Alex and Val embark on a trip to see their mother. Laura comes with them even though she is still hung over. They travel in John's car, which he loaned to Val. Along the way things get a little weird. Laura throws up in the car. Alex puts unleaded gasoline in the car, which only takes diesel. They get stranded in a small town at least a hundred miles from home.
Alex keeps seeing a beautiful woman. He wants to commit himself to Rae but the vision of this woman drives him a little nuts. He is distracted by her when he is filling up the car. He spotted her before that in a diner where they stopped for a bite to eat. She is also staying at the motel where they are staying while they wait for John's car to get repaired. Alex runs into her at a bar and freaks out. He blames her. She sprays him with pepper spray.
Flash and Green Lantern team up to battle Gorilla Grodd. The two heroes are not the best of friends. Flash is very informal and immature. Green Lantern is very serious and disciplined. Flash is constantly angering GL with his quips. Most of the other heroes, with the exception of Superman, show up in the second part of this story but for the most part the spotlight is on Flash and Green Lantern.
Monday, December 24, 2018
directed by James Wan
I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. My hopes were not high. I was expecting a train or a shipwreck. In a sense that's what I got but there were some fun moments along the way. I even shed a tear or two at a couple pivotal moments towards the end of the movie. I thought some of the sea creatures were cool but there was a little too much exposition through monologue and dialogue to satisfy my tastes.
Aquaman (Momoa), aka Arthur, leaves the surface world, where he has spent most of his life, and travels to Atlantis to challenge Orm (Wilson), his half-brother. It was Mera (Heard) who convinced him to return to Atlantis. She fails to mention that she is engaged to Orm, who is getting ready to launch at attack on the surface world. Orm proves to be a little more difficult to defeat than Aquaman expected him to be.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
A decent episode. Things continue to build toward the inevitable end which I am fairly certain will include a showdown between Mariah and McIver. The events of this episode are mostly followup on what happened at the end of last episode, the massacre at Gwen's.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Bilko goes to Chicago to retrieve Nagy, one of his men who has gone absent without leave (AWOL). The plan is to go there and get back within 24 hours but it doesn't work out that way. Nagy's sister is getting married and Bilko winds up staying longer than he had planned
This one opens a bit slow. The opening scene felt like filler and had little to nothing to do with the rest of the episode. Once Bilko gets to Chicago it picks up and has some nice moments, including one (involving a card game) that my father used to tell me about. On the whole I don't love it but I like some of the moments including the ending.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Sam needs to write an essay for his college application. His counselor tells him that he needs to work on it. He asks Casey about it and she tells him that he needs to lie a little. He goes Elsa because in his eyes she is the biggest liar he knows. She tries to talk him out of learning how to lie. She isn't successful but he gives up on getting her help and turns to Zahid who proceeds to teach him the Pants on Fire technique of lying.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Leon agrees to host a Super Bowl party. He and Leia still aren't okay. He winds up canceling the party but after talking to Alex he agrees to move the party to his place.
Not much happens with Valerie and John, well nothing monumental. They are a couple. They spend time together in bed, later they go to the Super Bowl party. Even though they are in the episode they seem to be in cruise control or autopilot.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Quinn tries to enjoy a day away from Everlasting but Chet finds out where she is and comes after her. Fiona tries to shoo him away but she has to leave. At the same time Chet encourages Madison to create some chaos on the set.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Captain Archer decides to head the Enterprise for a mining colony. He is looking for information about the Xindi. He has heard from another ship that the Enterprise encountered that there is a Xindi working at the mine. Captain Archer and Lieutenant Reed travel to the surface and cut a bargain with the alien who runs the mine.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Danny shows at Pop's Barber Shop. He and Luke hang out and then go looking for Bushmaster. They pay a visit to Turk along the way. They find him running an underground shop selling drug paraphernalia. He tells them enough to find one of Bushmaster's grow houses, where he had his people working on growing Nightshade. They beat up his people and then burn it to the ground.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
directed by Randall Lobb
This documentary examines the development of the Masters of the Universe toy line and its associated interpretations in comic books, cartoons, and movies. About 2/3 of the movie focuses on the original line of toys, comic books, and cartoons. The focus shifts in the last half hour to focus on the Masters of the Universe movie and the efforts to bring back the toy line, cartoon, and comic books.
The movie starts by focusing on He-Man and his friends but somewhere around the midway point there is a segment about She-Ra. They talk about how and why she and her circle of characters were created and their popularity.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
The show, Everlasting that is, takes center stage for what feels like the first time this season. Serena has to go on a hometown date with one of the guys. Rachel and Quinn want her to pick Owen. She's cool with that but Owen questions her sincerity. Serena takes a moment, thinks about what happened, and then asks Owen again. This time she is more open and honest about what they've been through up to this point. This time Owen says yes and takes her home to Colorado with him.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Luke doesn't call Danny. Instead he leads the small group (Mariah, his father, Misty, and D) that just escaped the shootout at Mother's Touch to a building owned by Danny's company. The building is still under construction but mostly complete. Luke gets them in the door and then they hunker down. On second thought, maybe he did contact Danny. How else would he have known the pass code to get in the building? Hmmm...
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Sam starts to have problems in school. He gets weirded out in class and runs out. Doug wants him to try a group therapy group for autistic teens. Elsa wants him to try a new therapist. Doug takes him to the group therapy instead of the therapist that Elsa signed him up for. Doug gets kind of familiar with the mother of one of the other teens in the group therapy.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Huntress gets kicked out of the League by J'onn J'onzz after she attempts to assassinate, Mandragora, a villain who is in federal custody. Huntress, visits the Question before she leaves the Watchtower. She hopes that he can help her locate Mandragora.
Monday, December 3, 2018
Valerie runs into some obstructions on her way to opening a wine shop. John, the owner or manager of the restaurant where Laura works, tries to help out but he is also interested in Valerie. He takes a look at the space which she has started to fix up, for her shop. He points out one problem and then invites her to a social event which will include some important people in the local wine industry. Before going to the event Val gets a notice that her liquor license is being held up.
Leia finds out that she is not pregnant. She has mixed feelings. She admits to Leon that she felt relieved when she found out she wasn't. Leon has a hard time hearing that.
Carter, one of Bilko's men, talks him into buying Bell Boy, an injured race horse. Carter convinces Bilko that he knows what's wrong with Bell Boy and can fix it very easily. Bilko sees dollar signs but things don't work out exactly as planned. It takes considerably more effort than they originally anticipated to get the horse what it needs.
This one was fun. I don't think I liked it quite as much as the last one but it still gets a thumb's up from me.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Directed by Lawrence J. Cohen, Fred Freeman
Jack Gable (Candy) is a writer for a popular soap opera. He gets knocked in the head and wakes up in the world of the soap opera. He discovers that his typewriter is magical. Anything he types happens. The plot gets fairly convoluted beyond that description. I don't feel like going into all the twists and turns.
I thought some of the gags were fun. I liked the weird plot twists. The movie brought some smiles to my face but on the whole I can't see myself recommending it to most people. It is a bit of a hot mess that feels like it was slapped together either by committee or too quickly.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Paige is back from Maine. Back to where, I'm not sure. She wants to keep things casual with Sam. He's confused, at first. Zahid tries talking some sense into Sam. He thinks Sam should lean back and enjoy the ride: all the fun with none of the responsibility. Zahid has an analogy about having a dragon for a pet but it doesn't connect with Sam.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Jet answers a call from Fad, an old friend. Fad and Jet were partners when Jet was with the Inter-Solar System Police (ISSP). The last case they worked on together was the case that cost Jet his left arm. They were on the trail of an mob assassin named Udai. Jet got caught in an ambush, was badly injured, and quit the force.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Alex decides after a series of bad dates to experiment with virtual reality. He meets a woman. She seems great but in the end it appears that she was just trying to scam him. I had such high hopes for Alex after the last episode only to have them dashed on the rocks. *grumble*
Valerie says goodbye to all her clients. Some take it better than others. She recommends some of them to Leia. She spends the rest of the episode trying to decide how to set up her wine shop. She gets some professional advice but that really doesn't help her decide.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Rachel tries to keep an eye on her father. He seems normal but Dr. Simon warns her that he needs his meds or else he will start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Rachel needs to work and leaves her Dad in her trailer. He wanders off and surprises Serena by wandering into her room while she is in the shower. Rachel was trying to keep his presence on the set a secret but all of sudden everyone knows about it.
Friday, November 23, 2018
Sgt Bilko is gunning for a billet that includes a jeep. He uses a bit of trickery to convince the other Master Sergeants not to bother applying for the billet. He then discovers that a new Master Sgt has also applied for the job. The new MSgt turns out to be a woman. Bilko quickly discovers that she knows about him and his tricks. She also knows how to play those games at least as good as he does.
Directed by Joseph Lewis
Police Lieutenant Leonard Diamond (Wilde) seeks to take down Mr. Brown (Conte), the head of the local mob. Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace), Brown's girlfriend is caught in the middle. She doesn't like the way Brown treats her but she is unwilling to testify against him. Diamond doesn't have anything on Brown until Lowell attempts to commit suicide. While she is in the hospital she mumbles a name, Alicia, which Diamond overhears. The name leads him on a hunt to discover who Alicia is and what happened to her.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Doug moves out after (1) he sees the note that Casey wrote on the dry erase board in the kitchen and (2) Elsa admits what she did. He punches a hole in the wall which Elsa covers up with a Christmas sign. Elsa and Casey try to keep Sam in the dark about why his father has moved out. They tell him that it is because Doug is building a porch for his father, Doug's father.
Luke experiences a series of visions before he regains the ability to move and saves himself from drowning. He goes to find Piranha, whom he left in his father's care, only to discover that Piranha left. Bushmaster has Piranha and wants him to hand over the passwords to Mariah's accounts. Piranha says he can't do that but Bushmaster insists.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Something jogs Faye's memory and she flashes back to before she met the crew of the Bebop. She remembers how little she remembers and why. She remembers Whitney Hagas Matsumoto, a man with whom she fell in love and who broke her heart. He's dead now, or so she thinks until he shows up very much alive and with a bounty on his head.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Alex cannot get over the fact that Rae is happy with Jeff. He tries talking to Jeff. He invites him over for dinner with him and Leon. It doesn't seem to help. He tries to get Jeff to talk about his relationship with Rae. That doesn't help. Eventually Jeff gets the message and leaves. Leon leaves at the same time. Alex invites Annie, his current hookup, to come over. He wants what Rae has but with Annie but she isn't interested in that.
Valerie gets morose over the direction in which her life is headed. Seeing her dead neighbor's stuff dumped on the curb doesn't help. Talking to Rita, one of her other neighbors doesn't help either. She winds up going out with Rita and Leia.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Enterprise returns to Earth after it was attacked by a probe of uknown origin which carved a trench from Florida to Venezuela. On the way back the Enterprise has a couple encounters. The first is with the Suliban. They kidnap captain Archer. Silik takes him to see the Time Traveler. The mysterious man warns him about the Xindi, a race of beings who will be wiped out by humans, 400 years in the future. The second encounter is with Klingons, who want revenge for what Archer did to them in a recent episode, which I have not seen. The Klingons have got the upper hand until a few other Earth vessels arrive and join the fight. The Klingons are forced to retreat and run away.
Friday, November 16, 2018
directed by David Fincher
A serial killer terrorizes people in California in the 1970s.
Robert Graysmith (Gyllenhaal), a cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle, becomes obsessed with the case and eventually goes on to write a couple books about it. He puts himself and his family in danger as he investigates the killer.
David Toschi (Ruffalo) and William Armstrong (Edwards) are the police detectives tasked with finding the killer who goes by the name Zodiac. They come close but ultimately are taken off the case after it goes cold.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Years have passed since the end of season 3. This episode seems to be mostly about catching up, which isn't unusual for a season opener, and setting the scene for the final 7 episodes.
Valerie is having weird dreams. She doesn't seem to be in a relationship. She's anxious about something.
Alex has shaved his beard. He and Rae have a child now, Carrie. They are all living together but Alex and Rae are dating other people. It's a little weird. Alex can't seem to enjoy himself. Alex decides to assemble an earthquake survival kit. At the end of the episode he is angry at Rae for bringing her boyfriend home with her.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Directed by Thom Eberhardt
Reggie wakes up the night after Halley's comet returns and discovers that almost everybody in town is dead, vaporized by the comet. The ones who didn't die have been turned to zombies or eaten by the zombies. Reggie heads for home where she finds just Samantha, her sister. Sam is completely unaware of what happened until Reggie shows her.
They argue about what to do but then they hear a voice on the radio. The sisters go to the radio station. There they meet Hector, a truck driver who was passing through the area. There is no DJ at the radio station. It was just a recording. Samantha messes with the broadcasting equipment and is heard by a group of scientists in a bunker.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Luke and Piranha run from the club. The Jamaicans are hot on their trail. They evade their pursuers but the Jamaicans find them. Piranha's leg gets injured when Luke throws him from one building to another. The Jamaicans catch up to them again. Luke gets his hands on their squad leader. He tries to scare him but the man isn't afraid. Luke and Pirahna take off and hide out in an old movie theater, the Uptown.
Misty is at the police station. Mariah has been brought in after the debacle at the new health center. The heads on the poles in the health center have been identified. One was Coackroach. Misty was getting to plant evidence in his apartment when she found his headless body. She wants to interrogate Mariah but Captain Ridenhour won't let her. Misty overhears a conversation between Captain Ridenhour and Mariah and learns that they went to high school together. He even has a pet name for her.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Colt meets up with Howie at the Temple of the Rising Sun. Howie has brought Ryker with him. Ryker was shot and is in bad shape. He tells Colt that he needs to contact Agent Bradshaw of the FBI. Colt suggests that Bradshaw might be the one leaking information to Salem. Ryker insists that Bradshaw is clean and that it is Lieutenant Commander Carlson who has been working for Salem.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
The Bebop bounty hunters are on the trail of someone (or maybe a gang of someones) that are robbing the interstellar toll booths. They are not alone in searching for these bandits. They catch many of the people known to have stolen money via the toll booths but none of them have the money they stole or much information about how it was done. The criminal mastermind behind it all remains on the loose.
Friday, October 26, 2018
I have no idea what the title refers to. Maybe I should watch it again?
This is it. This is the season finale. It is not a short episode. There's a fair amount of wrestling. The women even get to wrestle some men..
Count Dooku turns to the nightsisters for a replacement for Asajj Ventress. He doesn't know that Ventress is still alive or that the nightsisters are helping her in her quest for revenge, since Dooku left her to die.
Ventress travels to the far side of Dathomir. She selects several men from the same race as Darth Maul. She tests them, killing them one by one until there are just two. They are brothers. She selects the stronger of the two. The nightsisters work their magic on him. They make him bigger and stronger. Ventress tests his loyalty and her control over him by commanding him to kill his brother, which he does.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Bilko is broke. He has to cook up a scheme to win back the money he lost to the other sergeants. He is locked out of playing poker with them until he has some cash. He rents an empty store near Fort Baxter. He doesn't fill it with anything. The other sergeants get curious. They know he is up to something. They want in on the store venture.
Bilko doesn't seem to have any plans for the store but that doesn't dissuade the other sergeants from insisting that they be able to buy their way into the store. In the end he sells each of them a third of the store, which leaves them with an empty store.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Directed by Stuart Heisler
John Raden (Dekker) returns to the town where he grew up, for his father's funeral. It is then that he discovers that his twin brother, whom he thought was dead, is still alive. Paul is alive and a bit crazy. He murders the servant who has been taking care of him and then wanders into town. Paul becomes a fugitive after he murders a woman. A mob goes looking for Paul after John posts a reward for his brother's capture, dead or alive. The mob mistakes John for Paul and almost lynches him.
Directed by Bruce Humberstone
Frankie Christopher (Mature) is accused of murdering Vicky Lynn (Landis). He was found standing over the body by Jill Lynn (Grable) her sister. NYPD Detective Ed Cornell (Laird Cregar) ignores evidence that indicates someone else murdered Vicky. He continues to investigate the case as if Frankie is the lead suspect.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Rosalie, Justine's mother, comes to town looking for her daughter. Ruth is there when Rosalie shows up. Sam doesn't want her to take Justine away but he doesn't know what to do. Ruth wants to go but Sam asks her to stick around. There is lots of shouting, most of it between Rosalie and Justine. Justine goes with Billy to the dance, in a dress. She wasn't planning on dressing up for the dance but now that her mother's there, she does. It is almost as if she is doing it just to spite her mother.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Directed by Stanley Kramer
A man is running from the police. He crashes his car. He's mortally wounded but before he dies he tells the eight people who get to him (before the police) about the stolen money he hid.
Rather than tell the police about what the dead man said they lie to the police. After they leave they each start to make a bee line for the money. They pick up a few additional people along the way. They don't realize it but the police have them all under surveillance.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Directed by David C. Wilson
Jeff Sanders (Speakman) returns to his old neighborhood in Santa Fe to visit Kim (Mako), a friend who served with Jeff's father in the Vietnam War. Kim is in the process of being shaken down by the local crime boss who wants his help in moving heroin. When Kim refuses he is executed by Tanaka, the local crime boss' enforcer.
Jeff is then tricked by Yung (Hong), the man behind Kim's murder, into targeting the wrong man. It is only with the assistance of a teenage boy (Basco) that Jeff avoids killing the wrong man and captures Yung.