“The Old Man”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: June 22nd, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming, TV | No Comments »

It seems that thirty years ago, CIA agent Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) went rogue on an operation in Afghanistan.

His superior Harold Harper (John Lithgow), now with the FBI, got drawn into the situation.

It did not go well, or so we learn. But has been swept under the carpet.

Now it’s back, and Chase is being hunted down for termination with extreme prejudice. Why we do not exactly know, at least after two episodes.

Harper is again in the middle of things.

So goes this intriguing new mini-series, “The Old Man,” available on FX and Hulu.

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“Slow Horses”: Review Podcast

Posted: May 13th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

There are times when a singular aspect of a movie or TV series makes it all worthwhile.

Even though this six-part Apple TV+ series about MI5 spy agency is most engaging and watchable, the performance of Gary Oldman takes it to another level.

He’s the head of Slough House, where, for one reason or another, the agency has parked agents who have messed up or the powers in charge just want out of HQ.

Oldman’s character is a drunk.

He smokes too many cigarettes.

He is flatulent.

He constantly denigrates those who work with him.

But he’s a most astute operative, and I, for one, couldn’t get enough of him. It’s a master class in acting.

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“Severance”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: April 19th, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

There are oh so many folks who wish they couldn’t think about work when they are out in real life.

And others, who become so immersed at the office or factory, they can’t conjure their after work existence.

So, what if that happened, you know, literally?

When at work, you have no knowledge whatsoever of life outside. And vice versa. Though you are aware such separate existences exist within you.

That is the underlying premise of “Severance,” an Apple TV+ series that’s completed S1, with another on the way sometime in the future.

To be a worker bee at the mysterious, cultish Lumon Corporation, you must get that severed chip implanted.

Weirdness happens.

This is a chilling, but truly compelling streaming series.

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“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: March 17th, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

I love little diversions.

Something I can watch in less than a half hour.

Something that entertains.

Funny helps.

Illuminating adds value.

Top o’ that heap: The Jerry Seinfeld joint: “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

It’s not always comics he has a cup and nosh with.

As you can see from the photo, he also did one with the president. They couldn’t drive off the White House property.

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“Inventing Anna”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: March 3rd, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

Oh how I adore a zesty scam tale.

Especially when it really happened.

So, I took a deep dive into the Netflix mini-series, “Inventing Anna.”

Which is about the fascinating scam perpetrated by a twentysomehing Russian woman, who move to NYC, passing herself off as a German heiress.

Her alleged plan was to build some sort of art foundation/ chi chi private club/ hotel complex in an iconic NYC building.

A lot of people fell prey to Anna Sorokin’s manipulations. Such that she ended up convicted of several counts of fraud, and ended up in prison.

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“Clickbait”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: January 21st, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming, TV | No Comments »

CLICKBAIT (L to R) ZOE KAZAN as PIA BREWER and BETTY GABRIEL as SOPHIE BREWER in episode 108 of CLICKBAIT Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

There I went. Getting sucked in again to a streaming series on Netflix.

It’s past bedtime. I know, but, OK, one more.

It’s way way way past bedtime. Really, Chuck, just one more then I’ll hit the hay.

“Clickbait” is an eight part series on Netflix. Which I powerwatched in less than 48 hours.

Not that it’s the greatest thing since “The Wire.” But, because I have the time. And it’s more than reasonably compelling and well done, somewhat uniquely.

A well liked physical therapist for a volleyball team doesn’t show up for work.

Then a video of him being held captive lands on the interweb. He’s holding a sign that says, “At 5 Million Views I Die.”

A frantic search for the fellow, and his captors ensues.

Of course, the video goes viral, soon surpassing that number.

Eight episodes, more than a few McGuffins later, and we find out what happened to him, if anything — This is a no spoiler zone — and who is responsible.

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“Street Gang How We Got to Sesame Street”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: December 17th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

There are not many television shows as iconic, long lasting, and, frankly, important as “Sesame Street.”

Actually none that I can think of off the top of my head.

It was seriously revolutionary for its time. And since.

The merger of education and entertainment for adolescents. The alphabet. Numbers. Words. Plus the importance of accepting everybody as they are. Including oneself.

This HBO documentary reveals the origins and personalities that turned this treasure into an American staple.

Since I was in my 20s when the they show started, and didn’t have any kids, it was but peripheral for me. But, even with that, its importance resonated.

I saw “Street Gang How We Got to Sesame Street” on HBO. Which means it’s also available to stream on HBO Max, and On Demand, etc. Plus it can be streamed a few other places.

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“The Shrink Next Door”: TV Review/ Podcast

Posted: November 16th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

I was drawn into this eight part Apple TV+ mini-series by the three principal actors.

Will Ferrell. Kathryn Hahn. Paul Rudd.

Favorites all.

But, warning, this is not a comedy.

It is, truth be told, based on a real life situation. In which a NYC psychiatrist, under the cover of therapy, took over a patient’s business and personal life. Including his home.

What do I think of this series?

Thought you’d never ask.

The answer is to be discovered in my podcast below:

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“Hacks”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: October 5th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

I’m a man of serious likes and dislikes. And strong, not easily swayed opinions about same.

So, when I noticed that another TV series slithered away with a couple comedy Emmys that might have gone to my beloved “Ted Lasso,” I had to take notice.

HBO Max’s “Hacks” focuses on an aging comedian of long standing residency at a hotel/ casino in Vegas. To freshen her material, prolong her career, she hires a twentysomething, out of work writer.

Jean Smart is the former. Hannah Einbinder, the latter.

Both have anger issues. They don’t become besties. From such tension, dark humor springs forth.

The series is worthy.

For significantly more detail, listen to my podcast below. (Ignore my mention that it’s set in Hollywood. I had a brain fart. It’s Las Vegas.)

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“Scenes From A Marriage”: TV Review Podcast

Posted: September 28th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | 1 Comment »

I never particularly liked Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From A Marriage,” which hit America in the mid 1970s.

OK, that’s a lie.

I loathed it. Considered it the most boring thing I’d ever seen.

That grisly memory notwithstanding, I was intrigued by HBO’s limited series remake.

It stars Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac.

What’s my take on the TV redux?

Ah, here’s the rub. You have to listen to my podcast below to find out.

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Only Murders in the Building: TV Review/ Podcast

Posted: September 9th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | 1 Comment »

So Steve Martin’s, Martin Short’s and Selena Gomez’s characters live in one of those hotsy totsy NYC co-ops. Upper East Side, Upper West Side, uh, not sure.

Anyway, they’re not very friendly to each other, hardly know each other.

Then, a fellow resident dies. Police rule it a suicide.

In the aftermath, the trio learn of their shared affinity for a crime podcast.

They believe the death to be a murder. So, amateur sleuths, together now they investigate on their own.

Then, start their own podcast.

That’s the set up to this new Hulu streaming series. It’s four episodes in. New ones drop on Tuesdays.

My take.

This is where you’ll need to listen to my podcast review. The link is just below.

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“Ted Lasso S2”: TV Review Podcast

Posted: August 23rd, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, TV | No Comments »

Like many, I totally fell for Season 1 of the incredibly endearing Apple TV+ series, “Ted Lasso.”

Loved the characters. Loved the situations. Loved the cornpone wisdom of Jason Sudeikis’ fish out of water midwesterner, who finds himself coaching an English soccer club.

So sweet it was, I frankly wasn’t sure it could hold together for another go round.

Well, the second season is now unfolding on a weekly basis. Five episodes in, and your inveterate critic remains smitten. Maybe even more than ever.

In a world run amuck, it’s an entertaining, delightful, appealing respite.

It just makes me smile, and feel good inside. What a blessing that is.

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