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Daniel Boone
(1964)

One of my favorite 1960s shows
I love the combination of action, family values, and humor in this series. There used to be a website to honor it, manned by fans of the show, but it doesn't seem to be active anymore. I'd love it if someone would resurrect it, now that the show's on DVD, so we can all watch and discuss it again.

Petrocelli
(1974)

"Petrocelli" book in the works
I, too, loved this TV series when it originally aired and am now rewatching every episode on the DVD set that was released last year. My publisher asked me to write a book about "Petrocelli," and I'm happy to oblige. I'd love to have your help, though. Please tell me the episodes you liked best, your favorite characters, and/or how the series impacted your life. Since I can't give you my e-mail address here, the managers of this website would probably be fine with your posting these opinions about the series here, in the review section of IMDb. Thanks much.

Petrocelli
(1974)

"Petrocelli" book in the works
I, too, loved this TV series when it originally aired and am now rewatching every episode on the DVD set that was released last year. My publisher asked me to write a book about "Petrocelli," and I'm happy to oblige. I'd love to have your help, though. Please tell me the episodes you liked best, your favorite characters, and/or how the series impacted your life. Since I can't give you my e-mail address here, the managers of this website would probably be fine with your posting these opinions about the series here, in the review section of IMDb. Thanks much.

Look Who's Talking Too
(1990)

They've Got a Double Hitter!
It's very rare that a sequel will be as good as the original, but they achieved that in "Look Who's Talking Too." Congratulations on a job well done! Michael Travolta and Kirstie Alley were excellent choices for James and Mollie. The casting was good, the music brought back happy memories (I watched it 14 years after it was made), and the story line was fun. Because Mollie's feelings and the ups and downs of raising children were depicted so well, I suspected the story was written by a woman. Sure enough, Amy Heckerling both wrote and directed it. Bravo, Amy! You know? I bet babies and toddlers really DO think many of those things. Now I'm eager to watch the third movie in this trilogy.

What Women Want
(2000)

Had me laughing out loud
This was the most fun I've had movie-watching in at least a year. It had me laughing, talking to the characters (mainly "Oh, no!" and "Watch out!"), and eager to see what would happen next. I guess it's true that women are difficult for men to understand because what we're are thinking often contradicts what we're saying. What DO women want? The casting was wonderful, the acting was superb, and the direction was perfect. I heard that Tim Allan had been considered for the lead role. He would've been a great choice, but so was Mel Gibson. Bravo to one and all! Now how about doing a similar movie with a woman hearing men's thoughts, hmmmm? Just as Shirley Temple helped distract grateful Americans from the Great Depression, we need more comedies like this to distract us from equally-distressing things.

God's Not Dead
(2014)

Compelling
On our way into the theater to see this movie, I noticed all the people leaving were smiling. The word "excellent" was in their conversations. Once I watched the film, I understood why: This is the best movie I've seen in a very long time. Well written, well cast, well directed, just excellent all around. All the actors played their parts with utter conviction, and both sides of the debate stated their arguments intelligently. I've seen this movie twice now and, both times, the audience broke out in spontaneous applause at the end. (No, neither I, nor anyone I know, led the applause.) I hope films like this will become the norm, rather than the exception. Our nation so needs spiritual nourishment these days.

Son of God
(2014)

At last!
Watching this movie was an awesome experience. The Bible passages I've been reading and hearing all my life were right there in front of me, being acted out with the ultimate realism. My emotions ran the gamut from happy to devastated to compassionate to joyous. The casting was excellent, as was the acting. The location was perfect. It must've been difficult to choose which Bible passages to include and which ones not to; for if all the writings in the Bible about Jesus were included, it would've been a very, very long movie. Instead, it was just right. They made intelligent choices. I love it when Hollywood brings out movies like this.

The Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville
(1963)
Episode 14, Season 4

Just the opposite of what I expected
I just love the work these wonderful actors did in this episode. Even though the "bald wig" on Mr. Feathersmith is obvious, his fine acting ability helps us to forget that and, instead, get wrapped up in the story. One thing trips me up, though: One would've thought that, when Miss Devlin was listing all of Mr. Feathersmith's greedy shortcomings, she would be cheering him on, saying "Good going! Keep up the bad work!" Instead, she was disgusted with him. In the end, it seems she saved his soul because he was then a humble janitor, rather than a ruthless tycoon. That doesn't seem like something a devil would do. Consequently, the story's ending kind of sends mixed signals.

Monk
(2002)

Beautifully plotted
I only recently discovered this show and have been watching it on Netflix. At first, I missed Sharona and wished she'd come back. Adrian needed her, after all. But then Natalee began taking care of him, and doing a wonderful job of it. I'm glad Adrian made the adjustment as the rest of us did. The show is addictive. I'm watching the 8th season now, and I know I'll be sad when the last episode is over. Apparently, everyone involved in the show must've known this would be its final season because I see that ongoing issues are being resolved now, one by one. It was satisfying to see Adrian and Herald bury the hatchet and become friends. Captain Stottlemeyer lost his wife thru divorce, but I'm very glad to see that love has come back into his life now. In the episode I saw today, Sharona is back and, this time, leaves Adrian with a warm hug that's returned in kind, hinting that he's beginning to open himself up to positive feelings now. It appears that the remaining episodes will be very satisfying to watch.

Adventures in Babysitting
(1987)

A Memorable Night For Us All
What a suspense-filled movie this is! I saw it for the first time tonight and found myself laughing out loud at some parts, and agonizing for the kids at other parts. My compliments to the writer. What an imagination that talented person has! Did you notice that each one of them - the babysitter and 3 kids - became a hero at some point during the movie? And the name "Thor" popped into my mind, too, when that gorgeous man came into view. "Who is he?" I wondered, because he looked so familiar. It wasn't until he smiled that I recognized him as Vincent D'Onofrio. Beverly D'Angelo lookalike Elizabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogen, and Anthony Rapp were also terrific. I'll have to watch it again to get the name of the character (and, thus, actor) who was the car thief. He, too, looked very familiar, like a long, lost friend, and did a wonderful job. Great movie and excellent casting.

Music and Lyrics
(2007)

It grows on you!
The first time I saw this, I enjoyed the comedy, but had a hard time believing that love could develop between a man and woman of different generations. After seeing it a second time, though, I caught many of the details that I had missed the first time and it made more sense. That, of course, heightened my enjoyment even more. Now the premise doesn't seem all that far fetched, after all. Hugh's and Drew's fine singing voices were a pleasant surprise, too. I advise everyone to see this movie at least twice. You'll probably find yourself singing the spotlighted songs for many days afterward. Excellent writing, directing, and acting.

Quincy M.E.: A Test for Living
(1978)
Episode 3, Season 4

Entertaining and educational
As the mother of an autistic son, I found this episode to be wonderful. It not only provided a suspenseful story line, but it also educated us about autism in general and its effects on the family. Guest star Lloyd Nolan might have been saying the lines that were written for him, but they must've come directly from his heart as well because, in real life, he, too, had an autistic son. He could speak from experience about the turmoil that results. In the days of Quincy, it took a determined advocate to get our children the help they needed; and this episode had two of them. In today's self-absorbed world, we need more TV like this. Bravo, Quincy!

Michael Shayne: Private Detective
(1940)

What a refreshing change!
When I began researching Lloyd Nolan in preparation for writing his biography, I had seen him in only two roles -- as the crusty doctor in the TV series JULIA, and as the compassionate policeman in the 1940s movie A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. Then I got a DVD of some of his Michael Shayne movies and was blown away by the first one, MICHAEL SHAYNE: PRIVATE DETECTIVE. It was so refreshing to see Lloyd as a young man and playing such a lighthearted character! Since then, I've watched videos of much of his work, and he's totally believable no matter what kind of character he's playing. I think this movie will always be my favorite, though.

The United States Steel Hour: Bang the Drum Slowly
(1956)
Episode 2, Season 4

First rate, all the way
The first time I watched this kinescope, I cried during the poignant ending. Not only did Paul Newman deliver a wonderful performance, but Albert Salmi, who so often in the future would be cast as a dastardly bad guy, portrayed Bruce Pierson as such a heart-tuggingly sweet character that I just couldn't believe that was the same man. That he could be so completely convincing as either extreme is a mark of a very talented actor. The supporting players were quite good, too. I'd rank this excellent telecast equal to the classic "Marty", starring Rod Steiger. There was an intensity to these live TV broadcasts that you don't see in the movies that were made later of them. Live TV, I was sorry to see you go.

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