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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
(1998)

Audio Commentary Review
I've never written a formal review for this film, but the gist of it is that while I rarely skip it during this time of year, I've never cared for it much. There are things I like and things I don't, but it all boils down to how much I loathe the mask(s).

Anyway, I popped the Blu-ray in for background noise today and realized I'd yet to've listened to the audio commentary with Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Miner and Sean Clark. I've heard better commentaries but this one was pretty good. I had no idea Jamie was responsible for getting the ball rolling on this project as much as she did, going as far as to have lunch with Debra Hill and John Carpenter to discuss potential ideas.

I'd give the commentary a solid 7/10. Definitely worth listening to for any fan of the franchise.

Keoma
(1976)

Wow!
Incredibly gripping and beautiful Spaghetti Western. Highly recommended to fans of the genre.

Untold: Crime and Penalties
(2021)

Average.
A mafia documentary disguised as a sports documentary. Glorifies gang/crime culture a little too much for my taste.

Nixon
(1995)

Gargantuan; epic.
An absolute epic insight into Richard Nixon's life. This cast was STACKED to the rafters, full of actors I adore, and they all did stellar performances. Fantastic all around, though admittedly at times somewhat difficult to keep up with. Highly recommended for anyone interested on the subject. You'll learn a lot.

Untold: Breaking Point
(2021)

Good sports doc.
I'm not a big tennis fan but this was still very enjoyable as someone who knows next to nothing about the sport and its players. Netflix's Untold series is really filling the 30 for 30 void for me since I have no way to watch it anymore. I just wish these episodes were grouped together for easier access -- I really don't understand the decision to split them up. What is this, a scavenger hunt?

Cliffhanger
(1993)

UNDERRATED EARLY 90's ACTION AFFAIR!
This flick is underrated as all get-out. The story here isn't going to blow you away, but the action sequences and beautiful cinematography sure will. I loved the snowy, mountainous and lush landscapes. They made for the perfect backdrop to this thrill ride.

There's even a kill in this film involving stalactites that felt like it belonged in a Friday the 13th flick! Man, I had a great time with this one. If you're looking for a new-to-you snowy flick to watch this winter, you can't go wrong with this pulpy action affair.

Highly recommended!

Space Cowboys
(2000)

Fun!
It's no masterpiece by any stretch, but it's still a great movie. Seeing Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Clint Eastwood together is such a treat.

Road to Perdition
(2002)

9/10!
This early 1930s crime/drama/adventure flick packs a serious emotional punch. Amazing acting, story and cinematography all around. Loved it.

The Best of Enemies
(2019)

Amazing!
Absolute phenomenal true story made into an equally phenomenal film. This one takes place practically in my backyard!

The Wrestler
(2008)

Amazing.
An absolute must-watch for both wrestling fans and folks who enjoy a good character study. Brutally honest writing and fantastic performances all around.

Toy Soldiers
(1991)

Fun Action-Thriller.
Enjoyable little action-thriller which takes place on the campus of a boarding school. With a pretty basic plot, this film makes for an easy viewing experience for anyone in the mood for something that won't require them to pay too close attention.

Studio 54
(2018)

8/10
Fantastic documentary. A must-watch for people interested in the 1970's disco club scene.

9/11: One Day in America
(2021)

The Definitive 9/11 Documentary.
Easily the best documentary to showcase what it was like on the ground and inside the towers that day. So many other documentaries pad their program with the same information about the hijackers we've heard a million times over, but this series puts you on the ground via camera footage taken that day, with narration from the survivors who were actually there.

There's so much footage here you've undoubtedly never seen before. It's heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and utterly terrifying... But it's also history, and it's important that we never forget what happened on that day.

This is the definitive 9/11 documentary.

A Fish Called Wanda
(1988)

It's OK.
It was okay. I didn't find it particularly funny and the story wasn't all that engaging. I did enjoy the characters, though, and I'd say that's easily the best part of this film.

Breakdown
(1997)

GREAT THRILLER -- 8/10!
Pretty incredible thriller. Suspense is through the roof during the first half, and the latter 1/4th is chock full of wild action sequences. I'd say this one's underrated.

American Horror Story: Final Girl
(2019)
Episode 9, Season 9

Wow!
Probably my new favorite season... The perfect amount of emotion and cheesiness, rich character development, and engaging storytelling. Sometimes these seasons will feel as if they suffer from Writer's Rambling, and on a couple of occasions I felt it was present in this season itself, but this is undoubtedly one of the tightest of the bunch. Loved it.

Yu yu hakusho: Oitsumerareta Kuwabara! Otoko no chikai
(1992)
Episode 3, Season 1

8/10
Great character development for Kuwabara -- glad to get an inside look at his integrity!

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed
(2021)

Unreal...
Incredible documentary. I would watch Bob Ross all the time when I was a young man, and eventually as an adult I'd tune in at night to help me fall asleep. He was so soft-spoken and kind, you couldn't help but be pulled into his show and comforted.

Though delving into interesting people's lives occasionally becomes quite the obsession for me (I love reading and watching biographies), I'd somehow never looked into Ross's life. All I knew for years and years was that he was an ex-military man who somehow ended up painting on television. I never felt like I needed to know more. We all have our trials and tribulations through life, absolutely, but Ross radiated this palpable sense of peace. It was even infectious. I think a lot of us just naively assumed that this guy's life was perfect; he had a true passion for something, and excelled in its field to a near-envious degree.

You'll feel just about every emotional reaction under the sun when watching this. You'll revel in his success and generosity, cry when things go wrong, and become furious when the "Betrayal & Greed" from the title make themselves known.

I hope the Kowalski's get their comeuppance one day. And I'm glad Steve, Bob's son, was able to find peace in the canvas.

Yu yu hakusho: Reikai no Koenma! Fukkatsu e no Shiren
(1992)
Episode 2, Season 1

7/10
Yusuke continues on his post-life journey and we learn more about these side characters. Equally enjoyable as the first episode.

Yu yu hakusho: Shindara Odoroita!
(1992)
Episode 1, Season 1

Good first episode.
This show definitely seems interesting. Cool concept, interesting characters and dynamics, nice art style. Looking forward to watching more episodes.

The Stuff
(1985)

I LOVED IT! -- 8/10!
This pulpy, comedic, The-Blob-meets-Invasion-of-the-Body-Snatchers goop-fest is an all around treat. It never bothers to take itself seriously and I love it for that. Great actors all around, especially Michael Moriarty. Paul Sorvino (of Goodfellas fame) was just about the last guy I expected to show up but he enveloped his role of a right-wing, off-the-grid prepper really well with plenty of ridiculous humor.

Sitting at a 5.9 on IMDb, I'd say this one's rated a little too low. If you like 80's horror, you'd be nuts to skip over this one... The effects are a lot of fun, and while some of the acting comes off as choppy, I wouldn't ask for my pulpy stories to be presented any other way.

I highly recommend it!

Repo Man
(1984)

LOVED IT!
Man, this movie is such a blast. I went in knowing nothing, expecting a generic action film based off the cover of the VHS, and I was real happy to be wrong. Punks, hard-ass repo men, aliens, TV evangelists and even an interesting take on John Wayne. I loved it.

One Punch Man: Wanpanman: Saikyô no otoko
(2015)
Episode 1, Season 1

Interesting first episode.
I'm not really an anime person but my friend asked me to give this one a shot. I will say that it looks pretty interesting. The main character is quirky and unique. The enemies are doubly unique and I enjoyed seeing their designs -- I hope there will be more of that in future episodes.

Gotta say, though... I sure would hate to live in this city! The action sequences were all well-done (to me, anyway; someone who doesn't typically watch this kind of thing).

I will continue with this show in the hopes of enjoying it.

The Waltons
(1972)

A truly wonderful, wholesome show.
Ten years ago, I was working in private home healthcare for an elderly woman in her nineties. Every day at three o'clock, she would sit down and watch an episode of this show, which also happened to be what time my breaktime rolled around. I was enthralled with television shows like Breaking Bad and Lost at the time and my initial thought of this wholesome countryside yarn about a large family doing their best to get by was... Well, I just assumed it wouldn't be my cup of tea. But every time I'd sit down with my snack on her afghan-encased sofa, I found myself getting drawn more and more into the show, until one day she insisted I use the entire hour as a break so we could enjoy the episodes together. Her daughter, my boss, wasn't exactly keen on the idea of me being paid to literally watch television for an hour instead of taking a customary twenty-minute break, but her insistence persevered. She was old and lonely and told her daughter that having a guest to watch television with was worth the eight bucks. I worked there for about two and a half years, watching an episode of The Waltons with her everyday up until the day before her passing.

I still tune in once in a blue moon if I happen to catch a rerun, but it's never quite the same. This show opened my mind and broadened my viewing horizons and I couldn't be more thankful. Wild, out of sight action-dramas can be great, and so can terrifying horror flicks, but there's nothing wrong with enjoying something tethered to strong family values. You can learn a lot from this show. Yes, you. Everyone. Give it a chance.

The Legend of Cocaine Island
(2018)

Pretty good!
A wild spin on the typical cocaine documentary, that's for sure. Great production value and highly entertaining.

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