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F/X2 (1991)
6/10
"Home Alone: Adult Kevin"
25 February 2020
I can't help but think that the success of "Home Alone" contributed to the creation of "F/X2." "F/X2" was an adult version of "Home Alone." The special effects were fewer while the booby traps were more. It was OK I just couldn't help but think I was watching "Home Alone 6: Kevin Has a Job."
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The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)
6/10
Doing It Her Way
25 February 2020
In the early 20th century there weren't many avenues of success for Black people in America. Josephine Baker found that out early and made a break for it. She was going to do things her way no matter what. That was both good and bad. It helped her rise to the heights she rose to and it also caused her to fall as hard as she fell. When she wasn't appreciated in the U.S. for her talents, she took them overseas to France and became a sensation. France was far more progressive and tolerant than the U.S. and weren't threatened by a Black woman's talents.

Not many people go out on top in sports and entertainment and Ms. Baker was no exception. Fortunately, she wasn't undone by drugs and alcohol like so many. If anything, her biggest impedance was her own stubbornness and good ol' American racism.
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Backdraft (1991)
7/10
A Different Kind of Action Film
25 February 2020
There are certain movie-isms I don't like: things like assuming the bad guy is dead, rain during funerals, and love scenes---particularly in action movies. I don't like PDA as a rule. I'm conservative that way. Get a room. Keep that stuff private it's not for public consumption. My guess is that Hollywood does it for a certain demographic, and I'd say the female demographic. As if the only way to get them to sit through an action movie is if there is a love interest in it. That's why we get love scenes (or sex scenes rather) in movies like Terminator and others of that ilk. It's like the pretty woman was put in the movie to either be saved or be screwed.

"Backdraft" likewise couldn't help but fall victim to the same tropes. Don't get me wrong, the movie was good even if they threw in the two pretty faces in William Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh to give us an absurd sex scene on top of a firetruck. Like a couple of horny teenagers without their own digs they found the first place they could strip down and hump.

"Backdraft" is an action mystery with an ode to firefighters. Maybe the best ode to firefighters. With top notched actors like Russell and De Niro it could only be slightly marred by Baldwin's lifeless performance. The special effects, pyrotechnics, and camera shots were bar none. The fires seemed to have a life of their own. It was quite awesome how they were made even more vicious and predatory than they already are. It was a different kind of mystery and a different kind of action that I hadn't seen before. "Towering Inferno" was close but still nothing like this. No wonder it got its own ride at Universal Studios.
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6/10
In for a penny, in for a pound
25 February 2020
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Sometimes in life you get to a point where there is no turning back. The point of no return is hardly, if ever, a good thing. Thelma and Louise got to a point of no return. They'd gotten so deep into the ugly situation they were in that they almost had not choice but to just keep going forward.

To understand Thelma and Louise is to understand "Thelma & Louise" the movie. Thelma (Geena Davis) was a much maligned housewife married to Darryl (Christopher McDonald). She has been mentally and emotionally stunted by her relationship with Darryl. The relationship is more akin to father and daughter than husband and wife. Louise (Susan Sarandon) is the opposite of Thelma. She is single, tough, and largely independent.

After Louise kills a man that attempts to rape Thelma they go on the lam. Louise seems all too informed about the fact that the shooting will not be considered self-defense. Thelma's luck with men wouldn't get any better. She hooks up with a hitchhiker named J.D. (Brad Pitt) who ends up stealing all of their money.

It becomes readily apparent that Thelma is almost childlike in her ignorance and/or innocence. Not a full 24 hours after her she had a one-night-stand with a man who robs her and she also divulges their plans to escape to Mexico. It's clear that Thelma's greatest sin wasn't her infidelity but her simple nature. As long as she was married she could afford to be simple, but once she was out in the world her simpleness--or more derogatorily--her simple-mindedness was a trait she could ill-afford.

Whereas ostensibly this was an empowering movie about fighting back and taking control, it was also a disturbing movie signaling that should a woman fight back things will spiral out of control.
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9/10
Generational Enjoyment
24 February 2020
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is a classic. A test of a classic is if it maintains its relevance and/or excellence over time. In other words, it's not dated. I just watched it with my daughter who is roughly the same age I was when I first watched it over 30 years ago and the two of us enjoyed it equally. Although I felt like I failed as a father when she didn't recognize Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, and the other Looney Tunes characters.

I remember first seeing it and being amazed that there could be such a crossover with cartoons and live people. There was "Mary Poppins" and maybe some others, but WFRR was even more innovative. It was funny, creative, and had a brilliant plot. I'm sure my daughter can watch this movie in 30 years with her own kids and they would enjoy it just the same.
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1/10
Operation Arrogance
24 February 2020
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This movie was horrible.

Two Navy pilots figure that they can make a real impact on the Vietnam War if they strike Hanoi, a target off limits for political reasons. Disobeying clear and direct orders they go into restricted air space and blow up a lot of SAM's (surface to air missiles) all with patriotic music in the background. This act is an impetus for North Vietnam to step away from peace talks. As a counter move, or out of sheer spite, our most glorious president ever, Richard M. Nixon, ordered that all Vietnamese heavy artillery targets be struck.

You see, these rogue pilots caused the war to finally go into full throttle. Their moralistic disobedience was a direct cause of all restrictions being lifted on the U.S. pilots that were itching to blow some crap up. Even the two rogue pilots were pardoned as a nod to the validity of their actions.

My goodness this movie was disgusting. The worst Vietnam War movie I've ever seen. This was nothing but some jingoistic military propaganda. "Woo haa! We're #1. U-S-A. Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out," pom pom BS. I guess the 90's is when Hollywood turned the Vietnam War into some glorious heroic war with righteous U.S. soldiers doing all kinds of brave miraculous stuff even in opposition of their commanding officers.

Our two hero boys were so good and so selfless that even when they were grounded they hopped in their jet to go save their commanding officer and help blow up stuff. So what if they were grounded; they would continue to defy orders to be the heroes they were meant to be.

Their CO was played by Danny Glover who was nothing but a raspy voiced cliche and an R. Lee Ermey wannabe. He spit out one bad line after another such as, "You don't have permission to die," and other military horse crap like that.

The "heroes," Virgil Cole (Willem Defoe) and Grafton (Brad Johnson), were two raging soldier boys that were willing to risk their lives and, at least, their careers for what was "right." They believed they could really end the war. No more bombing soft targets for them, they alone with just one jet, no navigation, and a jammed radar, were going to bomb the Viet Cong nerve center and change the course of the war. It was as stupid as it was arrogant. I only hoped that there would be a some form of rectification or a lessons learned from their action. The lessons learned: you too can disobey orders, invade heavily fortified enemy territory, blow up crucial targets all by yourself and change the course of history. Operation Infinite Self-Righteousness.
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1/10
Barely saw the "Little Lady"
23 February 2020
This wasn't "Three Men and a Little Lady," it was "Three Men and an English Lady." It was insufferable, unfunny, and boring. The whole movie--or at least until I turned it off which was a little more than halfway--was about Silvia's issues (read love life). Honestly, a sequel was a bad idea. The whole concept wasn't sustainable: three bachelors, a single woman, and a child. That sounds like a bad sitcom. Turned out to just be a bad movie.
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Rocky V (1990)
3/10
Should've Stopped at Four
23 February 2020
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Adrian (Talia Shire) was everywhere in this movie playing mother hen. My word, Rocky could barely have a conversation without Adrian popping up to make sure hubby doesn't get hurt. She was worried and upset that he may continue boxing, then she was upset that he was training. I don't think she was happy once the entire movie. She had a perpetual look of concern like Rocky was on the edge of death.

The portrayal is that Rocky was an absentee father and took Tommy Gunn, played by real life boxer Tommy Morrison, as a son. Or you can just say that his son was fragile. I prefer the latter narrative. If I crumbled everytime my dad was working or taking care of something instead of listening to my story I'd still be in pieces. And if I ever talked to my dad the way Bobby talked to his dad I'd be in pieces still and six feet under.

"Rocky" was a lot better when Rocky's struggles were with himself and his opponent. Now he has a fragile and ungrateful son and a Worry Wanda as a wife, who's even more worried than she was in movies past. I guess when you get five installments into a franchise ideas get stale because the plot was asinine and the climax was a joke.

You mean to tell me that immediately after a title fight the champ along with his rich promoter and a camera crew are all going to drive to the streets of Philly to challenge Rocky to a fight? And sure enough Rocky gets pulled into a street brawl when Tommy punched Paulie (Burt Young). And, to top it all off, somehow the filming is a live broadcast that Adrian sees so she can run down there to watch Rocky. Honestly, if Rocky was even a little smart he would've accepted a fight in the ring to get paid for getting punched in the face.

As sleazy and underhanded as the promoter George Duke (Richard Gant) was, he was right about making money. I don't even blame Tommy for signing with Duke in a sense. Boxers, like all athletes, have a limited shelf life and they have to get paid as much as possible during their short career. Like Isaiah Thomas said about playing in the NBA, "We play for championships and to make as much money as we can," and I don't blame them.

The movie was accurate on one point... well two. George W. Duke (Richard Gant) resembled the sleazy Don King. And secondly, Tommy Morrison was a bum. He was a flash in the pan that never accomplished anything in the ring. Now he's never accomplished anything on screen either.
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7/10
Carrie Keeping it Real
23 February 2020
"Postcards from the Edge" is as real as it gets. It is based upon the life of Carrie Fisher, so it can get no realer. Fantastic performances all around. I'm typically not moved by the "traumatic" lives of celebrities unless they died traumatically, but somehow this movie reeled me in. It wasn't all that moving to me, but I did find it entertaining.
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7/10
Now I'm Conflicted
23 February 2020
A few years ago I read the book "The Von Bulow Affair" by William Wright. He certainly didn't share Alan Dershowitz's belief in Claus Von Bulow's innocence. In fact, his book points very much towards Von Bulow's guilt. "Reversal of Fortune" is based upon Alan Dershowitz's book of the same title. He was the defense attorney Claus Von Bulow (Jeremy Irons) hired after he was convicted of two counts of attempted murder.

"Reversal of Fortune" picks up with Claus Von Bulow hiring Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to defend him on appeal. The movie goes into the full scale and in-depth work Dershowitz and his students engage in to defend Von Bulow. Interestingly enough, William Wright believes he hired Dershowitz, not because he was innocent, but because Dershowitz was the preeminent attorney in finding legal loopholes to get his clients off.

"Reversal of Fortune" is engaging even for the legal novice. It's brimming with legal arguments and strategy. And even though it is a story primarily from Dershowitz's and Von Bulow's perspective Von Bulow doesn't come off as guilt free. Though I didn't finish the movie fully believing in Von Bulow's innocence, I'm certainly not as convinced of his guilt as I was before.
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Cadence (1990)
7/10
Good, Not Memorable
22 February 2020
Franklin Bean (Charlie Sheen) gets sentenced to the stockade for striking an MP. He only has to do 90 days but he's the only white guy in a stockade with five Black men who have considerably longer sentences. "Cadence" is about Franklin's ability to get along with his stockade-mates while surviving Master Sergeant McKinney's bullying and dealing with his father's death.

The movie was pretty good, but nothing special. It's a drama with some dramatic moments. Naturally, there was some racial tension being that this was 1965, but I've seen a lot worse. This movie was tame compared to many others. The performances nor the script really leapt out at me. There was nothing about this movie that made it stand out amongst the crowd. It was a good movie and all, but barely memorable.
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After the Shock (1990 TV Movie)
5/10
Loma Prieta and Its Survivors Deserved a Better Movie
22 February 2020
I remember the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. To that point in my life I'd never seen so much devastation. The city I was in wasn't impacted as much as Oakland and San Francisco, but even cities that weren't directly affected were indirectly affected.

"After the Shock" does give certain people some due recognition. I'm sure they all deserve it and then some. Sadly, the movie was terribly boring. "After the Shock" is a blend of actual footage and dramatic reenactment. Sure, it gives the film more authenticity, but that doesn't make for good viewing. There had to be a more creative way of showing the work, sacrifice, cooperation, and patience of both rescuers and rescued. I think they would've been better off running actual footage and having interviews with various survivors and rescue workers.

I hate to be so critical because I'm happy that the disaster as well as those impacted by the disaster were shown to the world. At the same time I think an event such as the one we had here in the Bay Area deserves a better movie.
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Quick Change (1990)
5/10
Bang Fizzle
22 February 2020
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"Quick Change" was a quick start then it waned. I think they served the main course at the beginning and ended with their appetizers.

"Quick Change" started with a brilliant bank robbery pulled off by Grimm (Bill Murray), Phyllis (Geena Davis), and Loomis (Randy Quaid). From that point on it was all downhill. It devolved into this comedy of errors involving missed freeway signs, their car being wrecked, a bad cab ride, and more. Very little of it was funny and they painfully dragged on the "I-need-to-tell-you-something" bit when it was obvious to everyone with an IQ above 50 that Phyllis had to tell Grimm she was pregnant. It was like, "Spit it out already!"

The movie is based upon the book titled by Jay Cronley. The story itself is good and I can imagine it working better on paper than it did on film. Maybe it was the three main characters and a lack of chemistry between them or maybe it was the screenplay, but I found the movie tedious after the first twenty minutes.
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Arachnophobia (1990)
7/10
Burn it Down!!
22 February 2020
I'm telling you right now, if my house was infested with spiders like Dr. Ross Jennings's house was, I'm burning the house down and moving to the next state. If I don't have arachnophobia then I have the next closest thing.

Boy this movie gave me the willies. This scientist accidentally brought back a new ultra-venomous species of spider from Venezuela. It settled in the town of Canaima, California, mated with a common house spider, and made smaller potent versions. These were some super-aggressive spiders that were trying to commit genocide. They were attacking humans unprovoked. It was a scary scene.

Jeff Daniels was a master at capturing the abject fear an arachnophobe would have facing a spider. He was panic stricken at the sight of even a web. And I felt his fear 100%. Burn it down Dr. Jennings! Burn down your house, the houses around you, the whole town if you have to. I know Californians are sensitive to fire these days, but I'm sure we can make an exception for killer arachnids.
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8/10
I Don't Even Like NASCAR!
22 February 2020
"Days of Thunder" must be good because I don't even like stock car racing and this movie made it interesting and exciting. I can't lie, the primal roar of those beefy engines just speaks to me. It's like a lost language that I instinctively respond to without knowing why.

Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) was a hotshot driver from California who wowed people enough to get himself onto the NASCAR circuit as a rookie driver. His crew chief and carmaker, Harry (Robert Duvall), was the wise and wily NASCAR veteran. Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) was the owner. Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman) was the love interest.

Still not enough names?

Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker) was the friend. Russ Wheeler (Cary Elwes) was the competition. Big John (Fred Dalton) was the commissioner of NASCAR. Buck Brotherton (John C. Riley in his first NASCAR movie) was a crew member. That should be enough names for you.

I was into the movie from the first scene, and the second scene cemented my interest. I wanted to see what this California kid could do on the track. The whole movie was cruising along pretty well though it hit a small pothole at one point. The movie certainly could've done without the self-righteous and very flawed diatribe from Dr. Girlfriend. "Control is an illusion," she yelled as the concerned and fearful girlfriend who didn't want her beau to get back behind the wheel. Where did she get that fortune cookie nonsense from?

It's a sports movie. There is no decent sports movie except there is an obstacle for the athlete to overcome. Sometimes the obstacle is external, sometimes it's internal. The bigger the obstacle the bigger the triumph. With every good sports movie there is also a human-interest story within it and sometimes even a love story. I can always use more human interest and less love story, but what are you gonna do?
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The Ambulance (1990)
7/10
Don't Have Diabetes in New York
21 February 2020
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I'm sure many guys out there have ardently pursued a strange woman in hopes of getting a date with her. I'm sure many guys who are really persistent may have even hounded a woman for several blocks hoping that she would recognize the persistence and give in. I don't know how many guys have pursued a girl, the girl falls ill, he goes to the hospital she was supposedly checked into, finds she's not there, then starts an investigation. That's what Joshua (Eric Roberts) did.

Joshua was a comic book artist for Marvel Comics no less. And yes, Stan Lee did appear in the movie with more lines and screen time than he ever had in any of his Marvel movies. When Joshua was heavily laying his rap on a woman named Cheryl (Janine Turner) she collapsed. Almost as soon as she collapsed an older ambulance that looked like the Ecto-1 showed up to cart her away. That would be amazing in any city, it is miraculous in New York City.

When Joshua couldn't find her in any hospital he wouldn't leave the matter alone. He begins his own search which almost cost him his life. It seems many other diabetics, such as Cheryl, were being picked up all over the city never to be seen again. Much like the Michael Douglas movie "Coma," these patients were being sold off for research.

Eric Roberts as Joshua fit like a glove. He has the innate ability to be a nuisance and a pest. He played a nuisance role to a tee in "The Pope of Greenwich Village" and "Runaway Train." His character in this movie required him to be a constant pest just bugging any and everybody about this girl Cheryl and the old ambulance. And like those other movies he just grows on you. At first, I'm saying, "God, this guy is annoying." And eventually I'm saying, "This guy is alright." He was an alright guy in a good movie.
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6/10
Good, Not Better
21 February 2020
New York has enough problems without gremlins mucking things up. That was what NYC was looking at when the lovable Gizmo was pretty much kidnapped by some geneticists in downtown New York. By pure coincidence (read: writers design) Gizmo ended up being housed in the same building Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) worked in. It was only a matter of time before Gizmo would get wet and his evil spawns would eat after midnight (otherwise there'd be no movie).

BTW: what is the cutoff time in which they can eat? I mean, they can't eat after midnight, but at what time can they eat: 1 a.m., 2 a.m., sunup?

"Gremlins 2: The New Batch" was about having fun, they even broke the fourth wall. I admit, it was funnier than its predecessor though it wasn't better. Good, not better.
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Dick Tracy (1990)
6/10
Vibrant but Hollow
21 February 2020
I don't want to say that this movie was a waste of talent because it could be the talent that made it even watchable. I liked the cast, the set, the vibrancy of the colors, and even the music, but with all that I was only mildly fond of "Dick Tracy." I think the story wasn't quite captivating enough and Madonna, besides being the pretty face, added nothing to the movie. It was almost like she was there for Dick Tracy to be caught in a love triangle. "Dick Tracy" gets high marks for all the glamor and glitz, but low marks for actual substance.
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8/10
Dove Right In
21 February 2020
I know "Das Boot" is supposed to be a classic movie about a German submarine, but I rank "The Hunt for Red October" above it.

This movie was a Tom Clancy creation and one of the many missions of Jack Ryan. This time Jack Ryan was played by Alec Baldwin. He surmised, correctly, that the Red October, a Russian super-sub, was defecting to America. This was a huge supposition on his part because if he was wrong and the sub's captain, Marko Ramius (Sean Connery), had malicious intentions, he could launch a hundred missiles at America right from their coast.

Movies like this one are great. It was a high stakes game of hide-and-seek with the technical and governmental jargon to add credibility. The cast also was a hit: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Tim Curry, and Courtney B. Vance are all very competent actors. There were any distracting side stories either to fill time and bore the audience. THFRO dove right into the thick of things and didn't emerge from it until it was all over.
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7/10
Appropriately Toned Down
21 February 2020
Eight years after Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) was released into the custody of Inspector Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) for 48 hours, he's finally being released from prison. Jack needs his assistance again in order to track down The Iceman.

The racial barbs were toned down for "Another 48 Hrs." It seems Hollywood grew a conscience or grew more sensitive in eight years. Eddie Murphy was still Eddie Murphy: loud, profane, brash, and funny. Nick Nolte... well, I can't think of a single movie in which I liked Nick Nolte. The raspy smokers voice and the disheveled look are not appealing. Go down the line: "48 Hrs.", "Another 48 Hrs.", "Down and Out in Beverly Hills", "Q & A", and who knows what else. In all of those movies he had the same overall look and not too different of a persona.

I liked "Another 48 Hrs." as a follow up. They did try to get too clever with the plot, but it didn't interfere with the movie too much. They did one sequel and one sequel was enough.
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Cadillac Man (1990)
7/10
Every Dog has its Day
20 February 2020
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Joey (Robin Williams) was a pure bred S.O.B. He was 100% canine. His first words had to have been "Woof woof!"

To start, he was a car salesman. Car salesmen are just above lawyers and politicians on the slimy profession scale. He tried to sale a car during a stalled funeral procession.

In addition to his profession, he was juggling two girlfriends (one of them was married) and he had an ex-wife. He lied to all of them. You knew he was lying if his lips were moving.

At least one thing in his life was going to change. He was bound to lose his job if he didn't sell twelve vehicles in a day. Even for fast-talking Joe that was going to be a tall task. His car hustling day was interrupted by a jealous husband coming to the dealership with an AK-47 holding everyone hostage.

This was probably the worst character I've seen Williams play on the ethical meter. He did an excellent job at it and he was funny, but that didn't mean you were going to like him. I still enjoyed the movie. Joey, in all his lying and philandering, still had some humanity. It turns out he wasn't all dog. He genuinely wanted everyone in that hostage situation to be safe, including the hostage-taker. There was no reason for Joey to stick his neck out for anyone in that dealership, yet he did. It doesn't rectify what he did to the women in his life, but it was a small bit of improvement and perhaps a small step on the road to redemption.
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7/10
Doc Falls in Love
20 February 2020
"Back to the Future Part III" is the conclusion of a top ten trilogy. Truthfully, not many trilogies are even good---I don't even know if I can list ten good trilogies. But if I could BTTF would be in that top ten.

In part one we got a taste of 1955. In part two the majority of the time was spent in 2015. Part three is in 1885. Marty McFly (MJ Fox) goes back to 1885 in order to save Doc's life. When things go wrong with the Delorean that creates problems and of course Marty will have to contend with another version of Biff. Things are further complicated when Doc (Christopher Lloyd) falls in love with Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen). It's more action and adventure in a different era for Marty and Doc.

The lure and mystique that the first BTTF had is dulled being that this is the third installment, but it's still and adequate movie. I'll tell you one thing: For Doc to care so much about it he sure does trample all over the space-time continuum. In for a penny, in for a pound I guess.
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8/10
Delightful Gorefest
20 February 2020
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The plan was quite brilliant if you think about it. Have some psychopathic killers take over a funhouse with a bloody theme and use it as your home base to kill with impunity.

A woman known as the Stitchface Killer broke out several infamous depraved killers from an institution for the criminally insane. From there they went to a funhouse that was thematically set up to mimic their gruesome murders in order to kill unwitting entrants into the funhouse. Once the funhouse opened for business it was on. The killers were like kids in a candystore.

There was the leader Manuel "Manny the Prophet/Mental Manny" Dyer (Jere Burns). He was a Jim Jones type character able to encourage scores of people to burn themselves to death.

There was Jeffrey "Animal the Cannibal" Ramses (E.E. Bell). He was a chef that was serving customers to customers.

There was Bradford "Dr. Suave" Young (Sebastian Siegel). He was a dentist that did more than remove teeth.

There was Walter "The Taxidermist" Harris (Clint Howard). His specialty was splicing bodies together.

There was Rocco the Clown (Mars Crain). This gargantuan dude had to be "retired" as a pro wrestler after "accidentally" killing too many opponents in the ring. He reminded me of a Black version of Cane from "See No Evil."

Last but not least was Dollface (Candice De Visser). She was the "Stitchface Killer." Yes, she would stitch orifices of the face closed as well as use a sharp blade to cut people to ribbons.

Oh yeah, it was a killer time at the funhouse with people getting murdered in a myriad ways. The horror came to a halt when the local sheriff and her deputy arrived. They had the help of three very regular attendees, which I thought was a bit lame considering that any sane minded person would've escaped with their lives. And for a moment I thought they were going real cliché when two of the attendees were a couple that shared their first kiss. I thought they were going to survive the whole bit and go on to be this happy couple. Well, they fooled me. The guy got his back broken by the giant killer clown while he was celebrating his survival. Furthermore, Dollface escaped Hannibal Lechter style and killed the girl too. Yeah, "Funhouse Massacre" kills cliches too.
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Who Killed Malcolm X? (2019–2020)
10/10
Justice For Malcolm
20 February 2020
This documentary is deeply personal to me which is why I was very apprehensive about watching it. In this day and age in which people are trying to create a name for themselves by doing these posthumous documentaries revealing embarrassing or damning things that are largely uncorroborated, I didn't care to see Malcolm X be a victim of the same slanderous type of work. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the documentary "Who Killed Malcolm X" stuck very rigidly to the issue of who killed Malcolm X without trying to find some hidden flaws in Malcolm that could be exposed for public consumption.

My parents were part of the NOI and I consider Malcolm X a personal hero. He was killed over a decade before I was born, but I still gravitated to his words. His assassination, like many other assassinations, has always been a cloudy issue and everyone had their opinion. This documentary by Netflix in which Abdurrahman Muhammad is the biggest piece due to his diligent research is the best work I've ever seen or heard dealing with who truly killed Malcolm X. Abdurrahman dedicated the majority of his life to unearthing evidence pointing to the real killers. For those who have little to no knowledge of Malcolm's life and death, this documentary will provide many eye-opening details. And even for those who have moderate to heavy knowledge of Malcolm's life and death, this documentary will still provide some bombshells.

I appreciate this documentary because even though Malcolm has been dead for 55 years TOMORROW, the truth should still be known.
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Q & A (1990)
7/10
Easy Questions, Difficult Answers
19 February 2020
This will be an open and shut case he said. Detective Mike Brennan (Nick Nolte) is a good cop he said. Well why in the world am I trudging through waist deep muck to get to this "good cop?"

Al Reilly (Timothy Hutton) was on his very first case as an Assistant DA in New York and his first case was anything but open and shut. He was to do a quick Q & A of the accused and the witnesses, present it to the grand jury, the grand jury would dismiss it, and everyone would go on living their lives. The Q & A with Brennan was very quick and easy. He had all the answers, and as he told it he should've been awarded a medal of honor. The truth of the matter was far different. He was dirty and he was a killer.

I'm not spoiling anything by informing you that Brennan was dirty, he shot a guy in cold blood the very first scene. Reilly, at the behest of the chief of homicide Kevin Quinn (Patrick O'Neal), was tasked with doing an investigation of the shooting. The movie was in whether or not Reilly would find out the truth, and if he did find out the truth what he would do with it.

The primary colors of this painting were those of a rogue cop thinking he was above the law. The secondary colors and highlights were about racism and bigotry within the police department and without the police department. New York may be a multicultural place, but that's not to say they all live harmoniously together. There are overt acts of racism and the subtle acts, such as a glance or a look. Sidney Lumet attempts to capture all of that in this film based upon the book "Q & A" by Edwin Torres. It is a jarring movie rife with cruel insults and characterizations all carefully placed to illustrate a point. It's a challenging, interesting, and controversial work Lumet chose to put on film, but he was never one to shy away from challenges.
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