Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Sopranos 2.03

Toodle-Fucking-Oo

Richie Aprile, an old acquaintance of Tony, gets out of prison after 10 years. He's a made man and he expects to pick up right where he left off. He harasses Beansie, one of the local business men who used to report to him, before he went to prison, but now reports to Tony. Richie turns to Tony for support but Tony won't back him up and asks him to back off of Beansie.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Atlanta 2.11

Crabs in a Barrel

This is it. The final episode of the season. I think Earn finally turned a corner in this one. He did something. He dealt with things. I wasn't expecting that.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Star Blazers 2199 1.05

The Trap on All Sides

The crew of the Yamato plan for and begin an attack on the Gamila base on Pluto. It is the source of the planet bombs that have devastated Earth. The Gamilas aren't taken by surprise. They are more than ready for the Yamato.

The Gamilas use the weapon that is used to transform asteroids into planet bombs on the Yamato. The weapon fires from a fixed location and bounces its shots off of reflective satellites. The Yamato is taken by surprise.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Sopranos 2.02

Do Not Resuscitate

Uncle Junior gets out of jail. He is required to wear a tracking device around his ankle and is under house arrest. That doesn't keep him from conducting business at his doctor's office. The feds can't bug his doctor's office. He wants Tony to make peace with his mother but Tony isn't willing to do so. He still thinks that his mother played Uncle Junior. He tells his uncle that but Junior is too proud to consider the possibility.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Future Man 1.03

A Riphole in Time

Josh quickly discovers that things have changed in 2017 and that it is his fault. Tiger and Wolf are still on the hunt for Dr. Kronish. The trio heads back to Kronish Labs. The warriors from the future are determined to kill Kronish, one way or another. Tiger wants to do it without attracting too much attention to themselves. Wolf just wants to level the building.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Cowboy Bebop 1.24

Hard Luck Woman

Faye and Ed land the ship on Earth, it was headed toward Mars. They go on a little trip. Faye is looking for a piece of her past. She's been watching the video she got from her past which was last seen in 1.18 (Speak Like a Child). There's a fountain in the video. Ed says she knows where it is.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Atlanta 2.10

FUBU

This one is set in the past. It is mostly about Earn but Alfred is in it too. Earn's mother gets him a shirt, a FUBU shirt. She bought it at Marshall's. It was on sale. He wears it proudly to school the next day.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Haters Back Off 2.03

Exposing My Impostr

Uncle Jim reveals that there is a little girl who is impersonating Miranda on YouTube. Miranda flips out and demands that they find her. Bethany cuts off their access to the internet so Miranda and Uncle Jim turn to Patrick for help.

The Mighty Quinn (1989)

Starring Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend
Directed by Carl Schenkel

Xavier Quinn (Washington) is the chief of police in a resort town in Jamaica. A wealthy man is killed at the big beachfront hotel. The prime suspect is Maubee (Townsend), a petty criminal who is also Quinn's friend. There is no real evidence to connect Maubee to the crime. The white luxury hotel owner is convinced that Maubee is responsible and the governor seems happy enough to go along and gets angry at Quinn when he tries to follow proper procedure. One of his only clues is the mention of a $10,000 bill. A couple of hired killers come to town and interfere with Quinn's investigation.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Sopranos 2.01

Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office

Uncle Junior is still in jail. He has been indicted on several counts of racketeering. Tony's mother is still in the nursing home and he doesn't want to talk to her. Pussy returns from an extended absence. He was in Puerto Rico, at a clinic for his back. He didn't tell his wife because there was another woman involved.

Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2010)

Starring Grant Morrison
Directed by Patrick Meaney

I'm not a fan of Grant Morrison. I've only read one complete work of his, All-Star Superman. I didn't hate it or love it. It was okay. It had moments that I liked but on the whole I didn't feel as if I had just read something groundbreaking or amazing. I am kind of interested in trying some of his other comic books (Animal Man, JLA, Multiversity) but I don't feel a strong urge to do so.

I watched this move is the hopes that it would open my eyes in some ways or give me a greater interest in reading some of his comics. It did not. There is a lot of Grant Morrison in this movie. By that I mean that there is a lot of Grant Morrison talking to the camera and whomever was interviewing him.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Star Blazers 2199 1.04

Gravestone on a Frozen Field

The Yamato makes a stop on Enceladus, one of the moons of Saturn. There is a distress beacon from an Earth spaceship broadcasting from Enceladus, but this is only part of the reason for going there. The Yamato's engine is damaged from the fight in the previous episode. The raw materials needed to repair it can be found in an abandoned mine on the moon.

The Gamila commander sees what the Yamato is up to and orders a ship that is near Enceladus to attack and bring back a prisoner. Once the Yamato docks the Gamilas attack. Tanks are deployed by the aliens.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Future Man 1.02

Herpe: Fully Loaded

Josh, Tiger, and Wolf locate the party where Kronish will get herpes, if they don't stop him. They make a stop at a gas station, before they get to the party. Wolf has a run-in with a biker. Tiger tries to take a woman's baby. Josh manages to pry them away from their side quests and they head to the frat house where the party is located.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cowboy Bebop 1.23

Brain Scratch

Faye has joined SCRATCH, am electronic transendence group or cult. She was very depressed about the debt collectors coming after her and seems to see the cult as a way out of her predicament, or maybe she's after a bounty. The latter seems like the more likely answer.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Foot Fist Way (2006)

Starring Danny McBride
Directed by Jody Hill

This movie was shot in the pseudo-doumentary style that is so popular these days. It is about Fred Simmons (McBride), a Tae-Kwon Do instructor in a small town in North Carolina. His marriage isn't doing so good. He's delusional about his abilities. He meets meets his idol, movie star Jeff "The Truck" Wallace. The meeting seems to do more harm than good to his life.

I didn't love this movie. I wasn't terribly impressed by it. I'm honestly not sure why I stuck with it and watched the whole thing. It was kind of like watching a train wreck. There were some laughs in it for me but probably not enough to justify watching the whole film. It will probably appeal to some people but I'm not sure that I would recommend it.

Detour (1945)

Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

Al Roberts girlfriend leaves him to move from New York City to Los Angeles. They were about to get married. She felt that she had to do it for the sake of her career as a singer. He's heartsick without her and eventually decides to hitchhike his way across the country with the hopes of reigniting their relationship.

He makes it as far as Arizona before things turn sour. He gets a ride from a guy who identifies himself as Charles Haskell. Roberts impression of Haskell is that he's a rough character. Haskell tells him some stories that help to bolster that impression. The two men get along well enough as they continue to head for Los Angeles. Haskell has offered to take him the rest of the way there.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Atlanta 2.09

North of the Border

Paper Boi goes to Pajama Jam, an out of town college event. Earn, Tracy, and Darius go with him. Earn has arranged for them to stay with Violet, a fan of Paper Boi, and her friends. Things take a weird turn at the Pajama Jam. Violet seems to think that she and Paper Boi have some mystical connection. She gets pissed when she sees him talking to some other women at the Jam. She pours a drink on him, she slaps Earn, Tracy pushes her down some stairs.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Signature Move (2017)

Starring Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez
Directed by Jennifer Reeder

Zaynab (Mirza) is a lawyer who takes wrestling lessons. Her father has passed and Parveen, her mother (Azmi), lives with her now. She meets Alma in a bar and they soon start seeing one another although Zaynab isn't comfortable about being out and open about their relationship. Alma's mother used to be a wrestler. Alma is much more open about her preference for women to her mother than Zaynab is to her mother. Parveen is still looking for a husband for her daughter.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Haters Back Off 2.02

Getting Condomsated 4 My Ad

Uncle Jim comes up with a new plan after seeing a banner ad at the bottom of one of Miranda's videos. Miranda, Uncle Jim, and Patrick go to Taco Ta-Go and demand the money that they think Miranda is owed for the ad. They get kicked out of the restaurant by the manager.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Star Blazers 2199 1.03

Escape from the Jupiter Sphere

The Yamato leaves Earth's orbit. Once it is past Mars the super powerful engine is engaged. Something goes wrong once the ship enters warp. The Yamato exits the warp near Jupiter. The engine is damaged. The ship lands on a giant chunk of rock as big as Australia, near Jupiter.

The Gamilas have a base on the huge chunk of rock and send all four of their ships assigned to the base to destroy the Yamato. The humans destroy all four ships and then use the power of the Wave Motion Engine, channeled through a weapon to blow up the chunk of rock and the Gamila base.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The 35th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

Starring Chia-Hui (Gordon) Liu
Directed by Liu Chia-Liang

San Te (Liu) runs away from his hometown after his friends are killed by the evil Manchus. He winds up at the Shaolin Monastery. He stays, becomes a monk, and spends the next several years studying Shaolin style kung fu. Eventually he returns to his hometown in the hopes of teaching others what he has learned and helping them to put down the evil Manchu rulers.

I enjoyed this movie. The version I saw was dubbed. About half of it was devoted to his time spent training at the monastery.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Daredevil 3.02

Please

Matt has a chat with Sister Maggie. She's tired of him feeling sorry for himself. She mentions that she once thought about not being a nun, when she was just starting out on the path that led her to her current life. Matt has a couple flashbacks to his youth. He's angry now (and was then) because God never answered him prayers, never spoke to him.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Future Man 1.01

Pilot

Josh Futturman is a janitor at Kronish, a bio tech firm started by Dr. Elias Kronish (Keith David). The company was started with the intent of finding a cure for Herpes. Josh likes to play video games in his spare time. He still lives at hope with his parents, Gabe (Ed Begley, Jr.) and Diane (Glenne Headley). His parents are very supportive but Josh wishes his life were different.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Cowboy Bebop 1.22

Cowboy Funk

Spike has caught up to Teddy Bomber. He is about to take the guy in for a bounty when Andy the Cowboy shows up. Andy thinks that Spike is Teddy Bomber. Teddy gets away and blows up part of the building that he was intending to destroy while Andy is chasing Spike, on horseback.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Atlanta 2.08

Woods

Alfred goes out shopping with Ciara, his kinda sorta girlfriend. She tries to talk him into getting a new manager. She also talks branding and tries to get him to change his image. He isn't buying it. He wants to keep it real. He gets angry and stomps off when she takes a picture of them together without asking him.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Daredevil 3.01

Resurrection

Matt survived the collapse of the building in The Defenders 1.08. He was taken to the orphanage where he grew up after his father was killed. There he is cared for by Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley) who remembers him from when he was a boy. She doesn't have much patience for his self pity. He tells her about his sensory abilities but he also lets her know that they don't seem to be working any more.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Haters Back Off 2.01

im gunna be an legend

Amanda is alone. Everyone has left. She struggles to feed herself. She keeps hearing a bell noise outside. It takes her a while to find out that it is Uncle Jim. He is living in his van which is parked in the driveway. He's still angry at her for firing him.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Star Blazers 2199 1.02

Toward a Sea of Stars

The Gamilas attempt to destroy the battleship that Susume Kodai found in the previous episode. He and Daisuke Shima, his co-pilot, watch as a number enemy ships do their best to damage or destroy the ancient battleship. The battleship fights back, knocking out the largest of the enemy ships. The rest are destroyed by Earth's Defense Forces. The battle is not without human casualties as is later revealed in this episode.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Star Trek: Enterprise 3.11

Carpenter Street

Captain Archer gets a visit from Daniels, whom he hasn't seen in quite some time. Daniels wants to send Archer to Detroit, Michigan 150 years into the past. The Xindi have sent three of their agents to Earth in 2004. Daniels isn't sure what they are up to but he's sure that it isn't good. Archer can take one person with him. He chooses T'Pol.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Phil Silvers Show 1.10

The Centennial

Lt. Parker, the new Special Services officer is tricked into trying to put on a pageant celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fort Baxter. Sgt Bilko puts together the pageant which reveals nothing but bad things about the officers that ran the base in the mid to late 19th century.

This wasn't so great an episode. I could see what they were attempting to do but I don't think it worked or at the very least didn't age well. I think part of my problem with it is that Bilko and company barely seem to break a sweat. I like it better when it feels like there are some real stakes.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

NewsRadio 3.16

Kids

Jimmy brings a bunch of young kids to WNYX. Each employee has to look after one of the kids while Jimmy takes their teacher out to lunch.

Someone is leaving porn in the break room. Dave tries to figure out who's doing it. When Lisa finds about the magazines she assumes they belong to Dave.

I might have laughed once. It wasn't awful but I can't say that I felt like I got my money's worth with this one.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Rick and Morty 3.10

The Rickchurian Mortydate

Rick and Morty piss off the President of the United States. Morty asks for a selfie before they go but the President is unwilling to play ball. This leads to a feud between Rick and the President. The leader of the free world isn't quite at the same level as Rick but he is also far from incompetent.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Atlanta 2.07

Champagne Papi

Van goes to a party with three of her friends (Candice, Tami, and Nadine). The party is at Drake's place in Atlanta.

Each of them have their own little arc. Van is obsessed with getting a selfie with Drake. Nadine is the one who brought them to the party but she ditches them pretty quickly for the guy who got them the invites to the party. Tami is obsessed with someone famous who already has a woman, a white woman. Nadine freaks out after eating a gummy until she meets Darius.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Star Trek: Enterprise 3.10

Similitude

Commander Tucker is injured while shutting down the engines. He goes into a coma. Dr. Phlox suggets that he could grow a clone and then harvest the needed parts from the clone. The clone will only live for 15 days. In that time it will grow from an embryo to a full-size human. When it reaches the right age they can harvest the necessary brain matter and fix Commander Tucker. That's the plan which Captain Archer reluctantly agrees to.

UFO Robo Grendizer 1.05

Love in the Evening of Glory

The Vegans attack during an air show at Sosokikahara. Kouji is in a propeller plane, demonstrating his flying skills at the time. The plane is shot out of the sky and crashes to Earth but Kouji (either miraculously or unrealistically) emerges relatively unscathed.

Danbei visits Dr. Umon's HQ. He freaks out when he sees the attack on the air show. He tries heading to Sosokikahara but knocks himself out getting on his horse.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

starring Fred Ward, Julianne Moore, David Warner, Clancy Brown
directed by Martin Campbell
produced by Gale Anne Hurd

Los Angeles, California, 1948. Phil Lovecraft (Ward) is a private investigator who lives in a world where magic is everywhere but he refuses to use it. He is hired by Amos Hacksaw (Warner) to find a missing book, the Necronomicon. Hacksaw's daughter shows an interest in Lovecraft but he still seems to be carrying a torch for Connie Stone (Moore) his ex and a lounge singer. She's with Harry Bordon (Brown) now.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Star Blazers 2199 1.01

Messenger of Iscandar

Act 1

The First Fleet of Earth fights a battle near Pluto with the Gamilas, aliens who have been attacking Earth for past 8 years. The First Fleet's weapons aren't very effective against the alien fleet. The alien fleet inflicts heavy damage on the space ships from Earth. Commander Okita, leader of the fleet, doesn't give the order to retreat until he has retrieved word that Operation M has been a success. The Amaterasu has made it to Mars with its precious cargo.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

NewsRadio 3.15

Rose Bowl

Jimmy hires Joe to represent him in court after he discovers that the movie memorabilia that he bought are all fake. This includes a sled with "Rose Bowl" written on it.

Dave takes some advice from Lisa and has the staff of WNYX do peer evaluations. Beth evaluates Lisa. Bill evaluates Catherine. Matthew evaluates Beth. Dave evaluates Bill. Lisa evaluates Dave.

Not my favorite episode but it has its moments.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Orange Is the New Black 2.13

We Have Manners. We're Polite.

This is it, the season finale. There is no backstory spotlight. The focus is entirely on the present. Just about everyone who has played a role in this season makes an appearance or two. The big story revolves around Vee and Red but there are a bunch of other little ones that also get some screen time and some resolution.

Us (2019)

starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex
written and directed by Jordan Peele

Adelaide Wilson and her family are on vacation when they get an unexpected visit from a family that looks just like them. It gets weirder, much weirder. I'm not sure that everything was fully resolved to my satisfaction but it was a wild ride. There are some twists in the tale that I wasn't expecting and that weren't spoiled by reviews I had heard. It kept me guessing and asking myself questions right up to the very end.

I thought that the direction and all of the performances were great. I like the score by Michael Abels and the other songs included in the movie. It all seemed very appropriate and added to the movie rather that distract from it.

I had little to nothing spoiled about this movie before I saw it. The first sentence of the first paragraph above is basically all I knew going in.

I will probably want to see this again at some point in the future, just to see how it holds up to repeat viewings. I feel fairly confident that it will.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Rick and Morty 3.09

The ABC's of Beth

Rick takes Beth into an imaginary world where Tommy, a childhood friend of her's, still lives. The imaginary world is not as it once was. Tommy has mated with the imaginary creatures there, which has warped everything. Beth decides that she has to set things straight but what she ultimately discovers is that she's more like her father than she wanted to admit.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Atlanta 2.06

Teddy Perkins

Darius goes to pickup a piano with multi-colored keys that someone offered him. He gets to the house and meets Teddy Perkins. Teddy is strange. The whole episode is strange. It plays like an episode of the Twilight Zone or a horror movie. Things get weirder and weirder as it progresses.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Justice League 1.12

The Savage Time

Part 1

Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and Martian Manhunter are returning to the Watchtower from a mission is space. Batman is waiting for them on the satellite headquarters when there is a flash of light and Batman and the satellite disappear.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Orange Is the New Black 2.12

It Was the Change

Hurricane or Tropical Storm Wanda causes all sorts of problems for Litchfield. The roof is leaking in places. The prisoners have to be moved from their cells in the lower levels to ones that aren't as severly impacted by the storm. Luschek, Chapman, and Nickels are tasked with fixing some of the problems. They discover that the pumps that are there to clear water out of the building don't have any fuel.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

NewsRadio 3.14

Complaint Box

The radio station's new complaint box consumes all of Dave's time. Mr. James goes on a fishing trip but stays in touch with  the office via Joe's latest invention, the Garrelli 1000. Joe's attempt to help Catherine record an audio book goes nowhere.

This one was okay. It wasn't awful but some of the jokes fell flat. It is not a favorite of mine.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Rick and Morty 3.08

Morty's Mind Blowers

Rick makes Morty revisit a bunch of memories that he previously asked Rick to erase from his mind. It turns out that there are quite a few of Morty's memories that Rick has erased. Here's a sampling of some of those memories:

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Atlanta 2.05

Barbershop

Alfred goes to get his haircut. It takes much longer than anticipated. Bibby, his barber, has too much going on. He gets interrupted in the middle of cutting Alfred's hair. He has to go home to deal with his wife or girlfriend. He talks Alfred into going with him. He tells him that he will cut his hair once they get there. Bibby cuts his son's hair but not Alfred's.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Orange Is the New Black 2.11

Take a Break from Your Values

Soso gets serious about the hunger strike. Yoga Jones has joined her. Leanne and Angie have also joined but their demands are centered around less serious things, like maple syrup. Sister Jane is a bit dismissive of their cause, at first. Eventually she comes around and joins them.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Justice League 1.11

Metamorphosis

Part One

Simon Stagg's company is in the oil business but it also isn't in great shape. He finds out that Sapphire, his adult daughter, is dating Rex Mason, one his employees. Stagg decides to kill two birds with one stone. He performs an experiment on Mason which transforms him into a freak of nature.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

NewsRadio 3.13

Led Zeppelin Boxed Set

Dave talks Matthew into standing up for himself when dealing with Bill. Matthew punches Bill and develops a whole new level of confidence. He starts bossing everyone around. It doesn't last, of course, but it is funny.

Catherine tries to teach Mr. James how to win at 3-card monte.

Fun episode. I loved how Matthew changed and then how quickly he changed back.