mattkratz

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Greater
(2016)

Good sports film
I had never heard of Burlsworth before, but the movie looked good, so I watched it, and I am glad I did. It was an inspiring story about an inspiring player who had his life and career both cut tragically short. All the performances and stories were good, and I was glad it was a true story.

*** out of ****

Living in Peril
(1997)

Decent
This wasn't too bad a movie as Rob Lowe finds himself being tortured after an altercation in traffic. He moves to Los Angeles to take an architect job and strange things start to happen in his new apartment. There is decent suspense, characters (including an oddball tenant), performances, and a twist ending. You might like it if you are into suspense movies. It might satisfy you.

** 1/2 out of ****

Prisoners
(2013)

Excellent
I enjoyed watching this movie as Hugh Jackman's children are abducted during a thanksgiving party, and a mentally feeble man is the prime suspect. Jackman gives a terrific performance as he goes out of his mind trying to track them down. Jake Gylenhaal also gives a good turn as the detective. This movie provides a creepy atmosphere, good performances, suspense, and an ambiguous ending. I enjoyed watching it.

*** out of ****

For Life
(2020)

😎
Just started watching this show about an innocent man behind bars who becomes a lawyer but already I like it. I think both the premise and Aaron Wallace's character are intriguing, and the acting and writing and stories are first rate. I hope this show has staying power.

*** out of ****.

Black and Blue
(2019)

Good movie
You might call this a combination of Training Day and Cellular, as a rookie black female police officer accidentally records her fellow police officers committing crimes on her body cam, and she has to balance both racial and police issues throughout the movie while dealing with the conspiracy. I think this was a terrific movie with great performances in the leads and plenty of suspense.

*** out of ****

Riptide: Beat the Box
(1984)
Episode 5, Season 2

Surprising
I remember when I first saw this episode as a teenager, I found myself thinking that the episode made no sense, but when I saw it as an adult I realized it did and compared it a bit to the movie Cellular. I realized the show the bad guys were after and the conspiracy and the way the agency uses the Box's newly invented truth detector, which had been driving them crazy, to uncover it. Not bad.

Riptide: Catch of the Day
(1984)
Episode 3, Season 2

Good episode
I think this was a decent episode as no one believes a mentally challenged fisherman when he says he saw a mermaid, but the guys at the agency do and wind up solving a mystery. I love the lecture ?Nick gives a reporter about the fisherman and the twist about the "mermaids." Overall a good episode.

Frequency
(2016)

🤠
This was a good "remake" of the movie as a female cop is able to communicate with her long dead father via ham radio, and they are able to solve a murder together. You will be able to see the connections to the movie. I think the episodes were first rate, as were the characters and suspense and writing. I loved it.

*** out of ****

Schitt's Creek
(2015)

Good show
I have enjoyed watching this comic show. It helps when you have great characters and writing. I especially love Chris Elliot's character as the mayor. Everything about this show is first rate!

*** out of ****

Night Visitor
(1989)

Average
This was an ok film with obvious roots in Rear Window and The Boy who Cried Wolf. A kid with with a history of telling "stories" witnesses his next door neighbor who he thinks is a prostitute killed by his unpopular teacher. No one, especially the police, believes him. He eventually uncovers a Satanic conspiracy.

This movie wasn't great but had its moments. If you have time to kill, you might find it harmless. I liked the final showdown.

** out of ****

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hollow Pursuits
(1990)
Episode 21, Season 3

Terrific episode
I loved this episode and how it introduced Barclay, a character I can definitely relate too, as he battled holodeck addiction and find his way in the crew. Geordi eventually helped him find his place. It shows that we all need help finding our spot in the crew if we get the right assistance. I think Barclay was a great character and this was a great episode. The holodeck scenes were first rate.

*** out of ****

Friday the 13th: The Series: Faith Healer
(1988)
Episode 12, Season 1

Classic
This was a good example of how the objects work, as a fraudulent faith healer discovers a cursed glove that actually DOES heal. He then has to transfer the amplified disease to someone else or die from it while evading a peculiar debunker who is also a friend of Jack.

Everything about this episode is great, from the supporting characters to the special effects to the story. The debunker character was especially memorable.

*** out of ****

B Positive
(2020)

Decent
This lacks the freshness of other Chuck Lorre shows like The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, but it seems ok. It is basically the story of a man in need of a kidney and finally finds one in a party girl from his past. I think it could pick up steam given some time and its creator.

** out of ****

B Positive: Pilot
(2020)
Episode 1, Season 1

Ok lead in
This pilot wasn't marvelous, but it was a little funny and does provide a decent lead in to a show about a man in need of a kidney transplant and finds it in a party girl for his past. I enjoyed watching it, and hopefully the show will pick up steam. The pilot did lead somewhere, and the cast seems to work well together.

** 1/2 out of ****

Bad Boys II
(2003)

The boys are back!
This was a decent sequel as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunite to battle a drug kingpin in Miami. The original was better, but this holds its own with plenty of chases, explosions, an ok plot, and a cameo from Dan Marino. The chemistry from the two leads is still there, but the film is a bit overlong but not bad. If you liked the series, give this a try!

** 1/2 out of ****

Evil in Clear River
(1988)

Good movie
This was a good and realistic movie based on true events about a teacher teacher teaching revisionist history how the Holocaust wasn't real and the Jews were the real World War II enemies. A student's mother fights back after discovering some lectures and assignments. I think the classroom and courtroom scenes were first rate and Randy Quaid did a good job of portraying the character. This was important for anyone to see.

*** out of ****

Bad Boys
(1995)

Formulaic but good
This was a good kind of formulaic cop movie as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence made a good team. They were two cops protecting a witness and trying to make a drug bust. Exciting, funny, and engaging. I liked watching it, especially the chemistry between the two leads.

*** out of ****

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
(2014)

Decent
This was a decent extension of the classic children's book as Alexander has a bad day at school and makes a birthday wish that his family (who doesn't seem to understand what he is going through) will have bad days too. The wish comes true the next day as the entire family has a tumultuous day with bad days at work and school. I loved the drivers test scene, the job interview scene, the party scene, and the restaurant scene. I think this is a good family film with good humor.

*** out of ****

Night Court: The Next Voice You Hear...
(1986)
Episode 1, Season 4

Outstanding
This was an outstanding episode as it provides insight into Harry's background as a character and introduces the characters of Buddy and Roz.. It was hilarious too with the ventriloquists and dummies and scenes with Dan. It gives scenes of both drama and comedy.

*** out of ****

Scoob!
(2020)

Average
This was an average adaptation of the Scooby-Doo cartoons and stories, and any fan of the franchise will recognize the story and formula. I sort of liked it but was confused by the updates. I liked the Captain Caveman cameo. The story was ok at best. My recommendation is to stick with the classic cartoons, but you might like this movie.

** out of ****

Princess Protection Program
(2009)

Decent and formulaic
This is a pretty good formulaic movie from the Disney people as a princess gets placed in a witness relocation program and relocated to a teen's family in Louisiana. She has to try and fit into high school life with fairly funny results. Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato make a good team in the lead roles. My favorite scenes are the hamburger scene and the yogurt store scene. You might like this if you are a Disney fan.

** 1/2 out of ****

Office Christmas Party
(2016)

Decent holiday comedy
A branch supervisor sister closes down another branch of his company and cancels his company Christmas party. He goes ahead with it anyway to get a big account. Of course everything gets out of hand and mayhem ensues, and the sister is furious when she finds out about it.

It wasn't too bad, with some decent laughs, and the cast works well together. Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, and Olivia Munn are all good in the leads. See this if you need a good ensemble comedy and time to kill.

** 1/2 out of ****

Starman: The Return
(1986)
Episode 1, Season 1

Good episode
I liked this episode, as it served as a good lead into the series and link between the show and the movie. Starman gets a call from his long lost son from Earth, assumes the body of a photographer with a checkered past who has just been killed in a helicopter crash, finds the son, and they pursue the son's mother with a government agent in pursuit. This episode is a must see for fans of the show and the movie. Robert Hays holds his own in the role.

*** out of ****

Truth or Dare
(2017)

Average
This was similar to the other movie with the same title and had a similar theme-people playing a demonic version of Truth or Dare and something bad happens if you don't do what is said. This has some rather gruesome ways of acting them out, especially the last one, and the ending could have been better. It was ok at best. The dares were at least interesting.

** out of ****

Richard Jewell
(2019)

Terrific
I enjoyed watching this movie about the title real life character who discovered a bomb at the Atlanta Olympics and then vilified by the press because they needed a scapegoat. Everything about this film is great from the acting (especially in the lead role) to the casting to the directing. I learned a lot about the story from the movie. It is very engrossing and outstanding and a must see.

*** out of ****

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