The Wire: HBO- 2002-2008

Film Title

The Wire

Synopsis

The Baltimore drug scene, where the chance of young black men living past 25 is slim

Director

David Simon

Cast

Dominic West
Lance Reddick
Sonja Sohn
Wendell Pierce
Idris Elba
Michael Kenneth Williams
Seth Gilliam
Jamie Hector
Felicia Pearson

I recently re-watched most of this great series that ran for 5 seasons on HBO. This series is one of the most stark and brutal shows ever presented on television. It spotlights the drug scene in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is my comprehensive review and the plot summary. “N*gg*r “Bitch” “Faggot” “Ho” “Dog” “Yo” “It’s all […]

The Lost City

Film Title

The Lost City

Synopsis

Pretty Dumb, but no, wait, pretty dumb.

Director

Aaron Nee - Adam Nee

Cast

Sandra Bullock
Channing Tatum
Daniel Radcliffe
Brad Pitt
Da'Vine Joy Randolph

“The Lost City” – Pretty, but dumb. No, wait, that’s pretty dumb. Have you ever been to a comedy show or open mic night where the comedian absolutely bombed? That’s what The Lost City is, but with a little bit of silly action and a lot of hammy acting. I’m not saying it is completely […]

Ezra’s 2022 Oscar Predictions

No, I am not trying to guarantee this will help you win your Oscar party betting pool or whatever. This is just one film cricket’s best guesses, with a little hedging of the bets in the form of a second place guess in some categories, and highly tainted by emotion in others (such as any […]

Reacher (2022)

Film Title

Reacher

Synopsis

Reacher rolls into a small Georgia town and immediately finds trouble. Big trouble.

Director

Nick Santora

Cast

Alan Richson
Willa Fitzgerald
Malcomb Goodwin
Bruce McGill
Chris Webster
Hugh Thompson
Martin Roach
Willie C. Carpenter

Reacher is an action series available from Prime Video and is based on books by Lee Child. I watched and am reviewing the first 8 episodes of Season One, which aired on Prime Video Feb. 04 2022. Reacher stars a bulked up, jacked up and totally bad-assed Alan Richtson. He is huge. Bigger than Dolph […]

Deep Water

Film Title

Deep Water

Synopsis

That’s definitely not a candy bar floating in the pool

Director

Adrian Lyne

Cast

Ben Affleck
Ana de Armas
Tracy Letts
Dash Mihok
Brendan C. Miller
Rachel Blanchard

“Deep Water” – That’s definitely not a candy bar floating in the pool. One of the first things they teach students in screenwriting class is to write a sympathetic protagonist so the audience has someone to root for. Apparently, the writers of Deep Water – Zach Helm and Sam Levinson – missed that week of […]

Not Taking The Michael

Some talented actors appear to have a bitch of a time choosing a worthwhile script. It’s almost as if a load is dumped in front of them, they close their eyes and pick one. Travolta’s a prime example, having appeared in nine thousand flicks but only a handful of classics since he first got going […]

The Verdict

Film Title

The Verdict

Synopsis

A nearly washed-up alcoholic attorney has one last shot at greatness

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Paul Newman
Charlotte Rampling
Jack Warden
James Mason
Milo O'Shea
Edward Binns
Roxanne Hart

I know that in my reviews I often need to rescue myself from the perils of redundancy. Nevertheless, I will state it again; Paul Newman is and was a superstar, a Top-5 actor of all time. A quick search reveals the ugly reality that most list-makers do not share this opinion. None of this is […]

Turning Red (2022)

Film Title

Turning Red

Synopsis

Crimson Tide (or a visit from Aunt Flo)

Director

Domee Shi

Cast

Rosalie Chiang
Sandra Oh
Ava Morse
Orion Lee
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Sherry Cola

“Turning Red” – Crimson Tide (or a visit from Aunt Flo). Turning Red is a movie I’m really torn about. You can be forgiven for not knowing what this movie is actually about if you have only seen the preview. Let me help. It’s about puberty. Specifically, a girl’s first period. What I’m torn about […]

Mitchell (1975)

Film Title

Mitchell

Synopsis

A slob of a cop tries to take down heroin dealers

Director

Andrew V. McLaglen

Cast

Jo Don Baker
Martin Balsam
John Saxon
Linda Evans
Merlin Olsen

It’s a shame Mystery Science Theater wasn’t around when this fiasco was being made. Mitchell was a theatrical flop. If it had been released with the MST3K commentary in 1976, it would have possibly been received positively and became a major hit or at least a cult hit. At least Mitchell could have gotten its […]

A Handful of 80s British Classics

“Don’t threaten me with a dead fish!” Full marks if you can recognize an indignant Withnail trying to be tough with a gruff poacher in a pub. As far as British movies go, Withnail and I gets my vote as the decade’s best alongside the perpetually bewildered Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday. Now […]