Was I Entertained? http://www.notinhalloffame.com Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:44:01 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Review: The Mule (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/12085-review-the-mule-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/12085-review-the-mule-2018 Review: The Mule (2018)
Cast: Clint Eastwood                          Earl Stone Alison Eastwood                       Iris Dianne Wiest                            Mary Taissa Farmiga                          Ginny Laurence Fishburne                   Special Agent in Charge Bradley Cooper                         Agent Colin Bates Michael Pena                            Agent Trevino It has been a few weeks since my last blog and review of television and film. This was primarily due to a visit to “La Belle Province” to visit my wife’s family. For those readers who are not Canadian, and don’t know what place I mean, I am referring to the province of Quebec. So with that in mind, I wanted to select a movie for this weekend’s entertainment that I was sure that I was going to enjoy. So I made a trip to the shelf that holds all the unwatched Blu-Ray’s and selected “The Mule” with Clint Eastwood. This film has a few things going for it right out of the gate, first, it stars Clint Eastwood! He is one of my absolute favourite actors! Second, it is based on a true story, this always appeals to me, as for those few that actually read all my reviews, I am very sick of Hollywood’s penchant for remaking films, rebooting or copying ideas. So anything that is “real” will always get my attention. Finally, it is also directed by Clint Eastwood, not only is he a fantastic actor, I rarely see a film directed by Clint that I do not like. So with this holy trinity of ideals in place, we put in the film so that we could be entertained. So what is this film about? “The Mule” is about Earl Stone (Eastwood), an elderly man who loved his flowers and horticulture business above all else, and that included his family. This was demonstrated by him forgetting his daughter’s wedding and other important family events. However, his love of flowers, and the old way of running a floral business could not compete with technology. This resulted him losing everything within a few years, his home, his business, his daughter and wife. Once the bank took over his home and business, with nowhere else to go, he arrives at his granddaughter’s engagement party with all of his possessions in his old beat-up pickup. This is much to his ex-wife’s (Wiest) and daughter’s chagrin (Allison Eastwood), as they really don’t want anything to do with him. Making impossible promises to his granddaughter on how he will pay for the booze for the wedding (well he doesn’t have a…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:37:19 +0000
Review: Glass (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/12040-review-glass-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/12040-review-glass-2019 Review: Glass (2019)
Cast: James McAvoy              Patricia/Dennis/Hedwig/The Beast/Barry/Heinrich/Jade/Ian/Mary Reynolds/Norma/Jalin/Kat/B.T./Kevin Wendell Crumb/Mr. Pritchard/Felida/Luke/Goddard/Samuel/Polly/The Horde Bruce Willis                  David Dunn Samuel L. Jackson         Elijah Price/Mr. Glass Anya Taylor-Joy             Casey Cooke Sarah Paulson               Dr. Ellie Staple Spencer Treat Clark       Joseph Dunn Charlayne Woodard      Mrs. Price Friday was upon us and it was time for another film from my stack of un-watched blu-rays. For this week, I was looking forward to the last film in the M. Night Shyamalan trilogy, Glass. Not long ago, I  posted a review on the movie Split:  (undefined review-split-2016)  the 2nd film of the trilogy. While, it has been said, that Glass is actually a sequel too Unbreakable (2000),  to me it is actually just a series of films to be enjoyed together. Like Split, my wife and I thoroughly  enjoyed the film, especially the action provided by the main characters. If you haven’t guessed by now, Glass is the culmination and ultimate finale for M. Night Shyamalan’s principle heroes and anti-heroes if you will. This film stars Bruce Willis (as David Dunn) reprising his role from Unbreakable. Joining Willis from Unbreakable, there is Samuel L. Jackson (as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass) and from Split, we have James McAvoy, expertly portraying a multitude of characters collectively referred to as “The Horde”. They are supported by several characters from the previous films, i.e. Casey (Taylor-Joy), Joseph (Clark) and Mrs. Price (Woodard), and a new character in Dr. Ellie Staple (Paulson).  What is this finale about, you ask? Well, in this latest M. Night Shyamalan’s feature, we rediscover David Dunn (Willis), running a small security company with his son Joseph (Clark). David (Willis) is continuing his vigilante exploits looking for ne’er do wells and saving them from their ultimate demise. Meanwhile we find Elijah Price (Jackson) locked in a mental institution, looking pretty much catatonic. Like all roles that Jackson undertakes, he even manages to make a catatonic individual seem intense and scary. For the last of three main characters, “The Horde” (McAvoy) has imprisoned 4 cheerleaders in an old factory/warehouse.  As the kidnapping of the cheerleaders is all over the news, Dunn (Willis) decides to go on a patrol with the assistance of his son Joseph (Clark). After Dunn (Willis) and Hedwig (McAvoy) briefly touch each other while walking, Dunn (Willis) and son deduce where the cheerleaders may be hidden, and Dunn (Willis) subsequently goes to investigate. Naturally this leads to a confrontation between Dunn (Willis) and The Beast et al (McAvoy). The…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 03 Sep 2020 18:57:08 +0000
Review: Robin Hood (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11987-review-robin-hood-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11987-review-robin-hood-2018 Review: Robin Hood (2018)
Cast: Taron Egerton                                       Robin of Loxley Jamie Foxx                                            Yahya/John Ben Mendelsohn                                   Sheriff of Nottingham Eve Hewson                                          Marian Jamie Dornan                                        Will Tillman Tim Minchin                                         Friar Tuck Paul Anderson                                      Guy of Gisbourne F. Murray Abraham                               Cardinal Continuing with the weekends theme of Hollywood remakes/re-imaginings, I put Robin Hood into the old Blu Ray player for Saturday nights viewing. I have enjoyed the tale of Robin Hood and his band since I was a child. My father had given me a series of books when I was quite young that had all the classics, Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Sawyer, King Arthur, Three Musketeers, Robinson Crusoe and of course Robin Hood to name but a few. I loved those books and later in life enjoyed the films that were created as a result of these classics. So with these memories in place, I was looking forward to the latest version of the film. But before delving into this latest rendition of Robin Hood, lets take quick recap of other films that were made about Robin Hood over the years.  For decades I have watched many iterations of the film with varying opinions on their quality. In my opinion, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is still one of the best films telling the tale. I saw it for the first time when I was quite young, and while it may be a bit campy by todays standards, it had bright colours, humour and paid the proper amount of homage to the original tale. This early version of this classic is always worth watching, even if it does not match todays style of cinematography or special effects. The next version of Robin Hood I remember watching was “Robin and Marian (1976)”, a tale of an aged Robin Hood and Marian. The cast was stellar for the day, Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn in the leading roles (Robin and Marian respectively) with Robert Shaw, Richard Harris, Denholm Elliot and Ian Holm rounding out the cast. This was a fair film, and I thought well done for the day. Especially as it was taking a new slant on the tale, and talking about the heroes when they were past their prime. But, I probably liked it more due to the fact Connery was just off his stint as James Bond and could really do no wrong at that time.  (Ok, please forget Zardoz, that was just pure crap!). But it was still a very watchable…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 25 Aug 2020 16:14:07 +0000
Review: Papillion (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11985-review-papillion-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11985-review-papillion-2017 Review: Papillion (2017)
Cast: Charlie Hunnam                        Henri Charriere (Papillon) Rami Malek                              Louis Dega Well, it has been a few weeks since I have written a review as we were away visiting family. In that light, I decided to write two reviews from this weekends viewing. I elected to try a themed weekend by hitting remakes of movies that I had loved when I was younger. This is really easy these days as remakes (or re-imagining as they seem to call it) is all Hollywood does these days. Lack of originality permeates the industry of late…anyways, for Friday night I chose Papillon.  The original Papillon (1973) starred Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Zerbe. The original was amazing! I watched it sometime in the mid 70’s with my father and just loved the film. So much so, that we managed to find the paperback and read it as well. The book was also a fantastic piece of literature and I still remember reading it, some 40 years later. Steve McQueen (Papillon), was a force of nature in Hollywood at the time could not make a bad film! This film was right up there with “The Great Escape”, “Bullitt” and “The Magnificent Seven”, all phenomenal films and now considered classics. Hoffman also another fantastic actor did an amazing job as Dega. They could act, they had chemistry and they evoked emotions from the audience. With that in mind, I put in the latest version of Papillon (2017) into the blu-ray player and hunkered down to watch this remake. Now, going into this film, I was not expecting greatness. Let’s be honest, it is not often that Hollywood can remake a classic and have it better than the original. As a matter of fact, I am having a hard time trying to think of a remake that was better. True Grit, did a fair job as well as the new franchise of “Planet of the Apes” (I am not talking the one with Wahlberg) Batman reboots were 50/50, as was Spiderman and Star Trek. But other attempts tend to fail miserably (i.e. Ben Hur, Amityville Horror, Around the world in 80 days and Arthur to name but a few).  The new version of Papillon stars Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek (Papillon and Dega respectively) in the key roles of the film. Hunnam, know primarily of “Sons of Anarchy” is a fair actor with a spotty record for films.…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Mon, 24 Aug 2020 16:05:12 +0000
Review: The Old Guard (2020) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11761-review-the-old-guard-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11761-review-the-old-guard-2020 Review: The Old Guard (2020)
Cast: Charlize Theron                         Andy Kiki Layne                                 Nile Matthias Schoenaerts               Booker Marwan Kenzari                        Joe Luca Marinelli                           Nicky Chiwetel Ejiofor                        Copely Harry Melling                            Merrick Van Veronica Ngo                     Quynh Well, after Friday nights dismal film that I reviewed last (The Predator), we decided to go back to NETFLIX and try something that people have been talking about for the last few weeks. One of NETFLIX’s more recent additions is “The Old Guard” starring Charlize Theron. Theron is an amazing actress with a prolific resume and accolades from numerous academy’s and award shows. For the most part, we have loved pretty much most of her films, yes there was the odd dud (Aeon Flux), but her movies are entertaining and action packed, especially the more recent ones (Atomic Blonde, Mad Max: Fury Road). With that in mind, we cued up NETFLIX, opened our wine and hunkered down to watch her next flick. “The Old Guard” is based from a series of Graphic novels, and it tells the tale of a small group of immortals who have been affecting history for thousands of years. These immortals, born of mortal parents discover at some time during their life that they cannot be killed. As they are gifted with immortality, they feel it is their mission to protect mankind and basically save the world on a continual basis. These immortals are initially linked together by dreams and once they find each other, those dreams stop. Well, stop until a new immortal is created. The Old Guard starts with this intrepid team of immortal mercenaries being gunned down, and a narration provided by Andy (Therron) explaining that they are all immortals (sort of) and that they only have so many lives in them and after a time, they might actually die for real. Well, as this is the start of the film, it is not yet time, they arise, wipe out all the people who tried to take them out, then the story really begins.  After their resurrection and the action packed revenge sequence on the so-called ambushers, the team of immortals go into hiding in a safe house that has been theirs for decades. It is at that time they come to the realization that there is a new immortal being born if you will. Nile (Layne) a US Marine deployed to Afghanistan is killed by a Taliban, only to come back to life again soon after. The team all dreams of her at the…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:27:12 +0000
Review: The Predator (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11748-review-the-predator-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11748-review-the-predator-2018 Review: The Predator (2018)
Cast: Boyd Holbrook                          Quinn McKenna Trevante Rhodes                       Nebraska Williams Jacob Tremblay                         Rory McKenna Keegan-Michael Key                  Coyle Olivia Munn                              Casey Brackett Sterling K. Brown                      Traeger Thomas Jane                             Baxley Alfie Allen                                 Lynch Yvonne Strahovski                     Emily Aaah, another Friday night, another movie. Instead of NETFLIX or Amazon Prime, we went back to the pile of unwatched movies sitting in my home office. For this week’s selection, we put in “The Predator” from 2018. This is a tentative “sequel” to some of the other Predator films in the past. Now, the original Predator from 1987 was a cult classic. I distinctly remember watching the original in a theatre in Fargo North Dakota in ’87 while I was traveling cross country to my new posting on the west coast. The original was epic, with Schwarzenegger, Weathers, Duke, Ventura and Landham. They were huge personalities with bulging biceps to match. The film, while thin on plot was heavy on the action and the one liners…for example who can forget Ventura (Blain), when told he was bleeding, shrugging it off and saying, “I ain’t got time to bleed” before letting loose with his mini-gun. Or even better, when Dutch (Schwarzenegger) rips off the Predator’s mask and says, “you are one ugly Motherfucker!” These lines are ones that are quoted by others continually in pop-culture conversations. In my opinion, Predator was near the apex of Schwarzenegger’s best films, (to include Terminator (1 & 2), Commando, Running Man and True Lies) … after those, his films went downhill. Weathers, still on the glow from his role as Apollo Creed in Rocky was still on a career high, provided the balance to Schwarzenegger, and did help with the plot (a bit), or what we could call the plot for the original. The original spawned a weak sequel and then merged the two universes with Aliens to provide a bevy of other b-rate sci-fi films. Now, lets take a look at the latest venture into the Predator universe. Now, while this version stars a pretty good cast, they are unfortunately misused and left to fend for themselves, hopefully to find better roles in the future to help save their careers.  What is this latest piece of fecal matter about? Well, the film starts out with two spaceships in battle, one of them escapes into a wormhole (I think) and ends up over Earth. Crashing into the jungles of Mexico, this new Predator is hunted down and eventually captured. The original…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:42:39 +0000
Review: Greyhound (2020) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11675-review-greyhound-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11675-review-greyhound-2020 Review: Greyhound (2020)
Cast: Tom Hanks                   Captain Krause Elisabeth Shue              Evelyn Stephen Graham           Charlie Cole (XO) After seeing several reviews on this film and recommendations from numerous friends, we decided to stream the film Greyhound. Usually, for a film like this, I would prefer to buy it as I know this is the genre, actor and exactly the type of film that I will watch numerous times. Mind you, if I purchased it, the time between purchase and initial viewing would be at least a year as it has to work through the stack of unwatched films that I already have.  Greyhound is a film about the North Atlantic resupply convoys of WW2, while not a “true story” if you will, as it is based on a novel “The Good Shepherd” and it has enough composite facts to make it realistic. In this film, one of the most prolific actors of our time, and a personal favourite, Tom Hanks (Captain Krause) is given command of a Destroyer (Call sign Greyhound), other escorts as well as a fleet of merchant ships for his first North Atlantic crossing. Taking place in early 1942, this crossing takes place shortly after the US has entered the war, Captain Krause (Hanks) must make take his command across the Atlantic ocean to bring much needed supplies to England in support of the war effort. Not only do they have to combat the ocean and the elements, they must also battle the fearsome U-Boats that are patrolling the ocean in search of easy prey.  To further complicate matters for Krause (Hanks), there is a portion of the North Atlantic that there is no possibility of air support, this area is the sweet spot for the German Wolf Packs to attack these convoys, as it makes their detection that much more difficult. The tension builds in this film once the convoy enters this zone of no air protection. In short order, a German wolf pack finds the convoy and starts picking off the merchant ships one at a time. For the next few days, the convoy is under constant attack from the U-Boats, while the escort ships continually try to protect their precious charges. This is while the North Atlantic continues to pummel them with rough seas, and cold that is so deep it freezes exposed equipment in short order. Given his baptism of fire, Captain Krause (Hanks) manages to get his fleet across…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 28 Jul 2020 19:31:20 +0000
Review: Stateless (2020) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11655-review-stateless-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11655-review-stateless-2020 Review: Stateless (2020)
Cast: Yvonne Strahovski                     Sofie Werner Jai Courtney                              Cam Sandford Asher Keddie                            Clare Kowitz Fayssal Bazzi                             Ameer Dominic West                           Gordon Masters Cate Blanchett                          Pat Masters When we finished watching “You” on NETFLIX, we searched for another program to replace it. My wife was searching for something new and innovative and came across “Stateless”. She zoned in on this program for a few reasons, during the winter we got hooked on an Australian program on NETFLIX starring Asher Keddie. This program was called “Offspring” where Keddie was the main character, a Pediatrician who got involved in everyone’s life, and it seemed that every child she delivered was related to her in some way or form. It was very amusing, and we got to like her as an actress. So that was the first indication that we were going to watch Stateless next. Additionally, we looked at the main cast and found that several of the other characters were also played by actors/actresses that we have liked. The principal character, Sofie Werner was played by Yvonne Strahovski. Strahovski came to our attention in the series Chuck, we loved that show, especially the first 3 seasons. She was new and fresh and her chemistry with Zachary Levi was phenomenal! To round out the cast of Stateless, there is Cate Blanchet, Dominic West and Jai Courtney, and several other supporting cast that we had become familiar with on “Offspring”.    To give further impetus for giving this show a try was the fact that it was based on actual events. Whenever possible, we try to find “real” movies instead of the tripe that Hollywood seems to be putting out lately. Which means it is either a remake, a sequel/prequel or just a blatant rip-off of some one else’s idea. With respect too Stateless, it is inspired by the story of Cornelia Rau, who was illegally interned in a detention centre run by the Australian Immigration department. While there are some aspects of the show that tell Rau’s story, there is a lot of artistic licence in it as well.  In the case of the limited series, Stateless tells the tale of 4 principal characters whose lives get intertwined at the Barton Detention Centre in Australia. These characters are: Sofie Werner (Strahovski), a flight attendant who is mentally-ill and is trying to escape the clutches of a twisted cult and their megalomaniacal leaders, Gordon and Pat Masters (West and Blanchett respectively).   Cam Sandford…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:01:39 +0000
Review: You (2018-19) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11651-review-you-2018-19 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11651-review-you-2018-19 Review: You (2018-19)
Cast: Penn Badgley                Joe Goldberg Ambry Childers             Candace Stone Victoria Pedretti            Love Quin Elizabeth Lail                 Guinevere Beck Luca Padovan                Paco Jenna Ortega                Ellie James Scully                  Forty Quin Carmela Zumbado         Delilah Alves Shay Mitchell                Peach Salinger John Stamos                 Dr. Nicky Over the last few weeks, my wife and I have been watching “You” on NETFLIX. This series was recommended to us by a very good friend who knew our taste in television and movies. As always, they were bang on with their recommendations. “You” is an intriguing and refreshing show that has a cast of actors/actresses that are for the most part relatively new to us. To date there are two seasons that we have watched and NETFLIX has stated that season 3 should be arriving sometime in 2021, of course this is dependant on COVID and its further implications/hindrances to the film and television industry. What is “You” about you ask? Well it is the tale of an insanely obsessive young man, who will fall in love at the drop of a hat. Once in love, he obsesses, fantasizes, and completely envelopes her with his devotion. Once captured if you will, he will do anything, and I mean anything to protect this lady and demonstrate his love and support for her. The flaw in his plans is that often, his actions will have disastrous results for others, and even at times himself. An important part of these story arc is that his obsessions run so deep, that his love sometimes ends in death...hmmm…do not marriage vows state, “till death do you part”? Anyways, in short, almost like the tag line for the series: Boy finds girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy obsesses over kill, boy protects girl, boy destroys girl.  The two seasons while separate, have enough tendrils between the two to link them. In season 1, we find Joe Goldberg (Badgley) a lonely and almost pathetic book store manager. Joe spots a girl from across the store, Guinevere Beck (Lail) and immediately falls in love with her. Using open source and social media investigation skills that would make an NSA or CIA analyst envy, Joe (Badgley) finds out everything about Beck (Lail) that is out there. This show clearly demonstrates the younger generations penchant for social media, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc, and how much of people lives are out there for all to see. He commences to stalk Beck, and puts himself in a situation…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:41:35 +0000
Review: Venom (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11587-review-venom-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11587-review-venom-2018 Review: Venom (2018)
Cast: Tom Hardy                                Eddie Brock/Venom Michelle Williams                      Anne Weying Riz Ahmed                                Carlton Drake/Riot Jenny Slate                               Dr. Dora Skirth
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:23:50 +0000
Review: The Darkest Minds (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11581-review-the-darkest-minds-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11581-review-the-darkest-minds-2018 Review: The Darkest Minds (2018)
Cast: Amandla Stenberg                    Ruby Daly Mandy Moore                           Cate Harris Dickinson                        Liam Stewart Patrick Gibson                           Clancy Gray Skylan Brooks                           Chubs Miya Cech                                Zu Gwendoline Christie                  Lady Jane Wade Williams                          The Captain
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:14:36 +0000
Review: The Equalizer 2 (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11568-review-the-equalizer-2-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11568-review-the-equalizer-2-2018 Review: The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Cast: Denzell Washington                  Robert McCall Pedro Pascal                             Dave York Ashton Sanders                         Miles Whittaker Orson Bean                               Sam Rubinstein Bill Pullman                              Brian Plummer Melissa Leo                               Susan Plummer  For this week’s selection, I decided to go the route of sequels, and after perusing my stack of unwatched films I selected “The Equalizer 2” as my next choice. Ok, for those few people who read this blog on a regular basis, it is not selected, it was just the next one in the pile. But I have digressed, The Equalizer 2 is the long awaited sequel to 2014s “The Equalizer”. Apparently called the “Sequalizer” by the cast when filming, this action picture stars Denzel Washington returning to the character of Robert McCall. Of note, according to the extra’s on the disc, this is the first time that Denzel Washington has reprised a character in his career of 50 plus films. Needless to say, we are huge fans of Denzel, loved the first movie, and were really looking forward to watching this one. So, after pouring another glass of wine for me, ice water for my wife, we put in the movie for a night’s entertainment.  What can I say about EQ2? Well, first, while it is an action film and stars one of the best actors of the generation, and, in my opinion, it is sadly not as good as the original. The original film was dark, action packed and almost visceral in its portrayal of Robert McCall, the retired CIA assassin who was just trying to rebuild his life while grieving for his late wife. In the first film, his moral responsibility to help people is his driving force for action and the tension builds and the action is non-stop. As you can tell, I just loved the first film in the franchise, however in this film, it appears like there are too many threads in the canvass, and you can get lost in unravelling them all. Yes, it has action, a few one liners, and a thin plot, but it does not deliver as much as it’s predecessor did.  What is the storyline you ask? EQ2 starts off on a train in Turkey and McCall (Washington) is dressed as an Iman. While entering the bar car, looking for some hot water for his tea, he spies his target, along with bodyguards. His target on this mission is a miscreant who kidnapped his own daughter from the mother for…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:43:37 +0000
Review: Split (2016) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11561-review-split-2016 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11561-review-split-2016 Review: Split (2016)
Cast: James McAvoy              Dennis/Jade/Patricia/Hedwig/The Beast/Kevin Crumb/Orwell/Barry Anya Taylor-Joy             Casey Cooke Betty Buckley                Dr. Karen Fletcher Haley Lu Richardson      Claire Benoit Jessica Sula                   Marcia We were quite busy this weekend, so we did not get a chance to watch our weekend film till Sunday Night. In this edition of “Were we Entertained”, we take a look at the 2016 movie “Split”. This film, written & directed by M. Night Shymalan is a welcome return to quality film-making after several of his duds. I have enjoyed Shymalan’s films a great deal in the past, i.e. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs were all great films in my opinion. But he also made some serious dud’s i.e. The Village, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, all films with great potential but lacked the requisite spark to entertain you and make you think about the film. “Split” was a return to great film-making.  Not expecting a lot from this film when I picked it up, (Due to the previous movies mentioned), I had heard that this was actually a sort of sequel to “Unbreakable”, and a must watch if you were going to pursue the third film “Glass”, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was this film well directed, written and acted, it kept us glued to the screen. I will try and give a synopsis with out giving out too many of the plot points or surprises away.  The film commences at birthday party for a rather spoiled teenager at a restaurant/mall. The party is over, and she (with 2 friends) and her father are lugging a vast number of gifts and leftovers back to the car. As these kids are pretty much selfish and don’t really help the father, he is left to load the trunk with her spoils, while they proceed to wait in the car. However, the father becomes incapacitated, and a stranger (McAvoy) enters the car. Once inside he sprays the girls with a mist which knocks them all out.  They wake to find themselves in a cell and discover that they are being held prisoner by the same stranger (McAvoy). This stranger appears to have multiple personalities and memories and each personality displays various character traits, clothes and mannerisms to delineate them. All personalities threaten them with the arrival of the “Beast” who will kill them all horribly before moving on. However, it becomes clear that really only 3 personalities are…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 24 Jun 2020 07:29:36 +0000
Review: Upload (2020) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11526-review-upload-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11526-review-upload-2020 Review: Upload (2020)
Cast: Robbie Amell                            Nathan Brown Andy Allo                                  Nora Antony Zainab Johnson                         Aleesha Kevin Bigley                              Luke Allegra Edwards                        Ingrid Kannerman For this week’s entertainment, we decided to binge watch a new show that is on Amazon Prime. “Upload” is a new Amazon original starring Robbie Amell, Andy Allo and Allegra Edwards. It is a new and refreshing concept on the afterlife, with just enough social messages to keep it relevant to today’s society. Not only is this show a little stimulating and new, it has already been renewed for a second season, just one week after it’s initial release on Amazon Prime. So what is “Upload” about? It is the near future, and a technology has been developed that will allow your memories, personality, thoughts and dreams to be uploaded into a giant server just prior to your death. In this new version of “heaven” a person can live a new and full life while they are waiting for a new technology “Download” to be developed thus allowing people to be reborn in a new body with all the soul of the original, basically creating immortality. The series starts off lightly, with our intrepid hero, Nathan Brown (Amell) deciding to drive his autonomous car manually, however the car has other ideas and takes over. Needless to say, in short order the car’s Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) fails and it runs headlong into a massive truck, thus severely injuring Nathan (Amell). Once at the hospital, his fiancée, Ingrid (Edwards) implores the staff to have him uploaded into one of the upper class, post death, virtual worlds. Once uploaded, he awakes and finds himself in a nice suite, that resembles one of the posh resorts in upstate New York. He is surrounded by the avatar’s of other well to do people and starts to make friends. (In this world, I guess you really can take it with you when you die!). Nathan (Amell) soon discovers that everything that he wants to do costs money, not his, but that of his fiancée (Edwards) who is financing his death. These costs are in the form of in-app purchases, the first time I saw that happen I could not stop laughing as this what the real world is these days. Nothing is free, and everything costs money! In that light, Nathan (Amell) must keep his fiancée happy (Edwards) so that she keeps him funded and his electronic avatar alive. His Angel, (or…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 17 Jun 2020 17:28:14 +0000
Review: Space Force (2020) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11514-review-space-force-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11514-review-space-force-2020 Review: Space Force (2020)
Cast: Steve Carell                              General Mark R. Naird John Malkovich                         Dr. Adrian Mallory Ben Schwartz                            F. Tony Scarapiducci Diana Silvers                             Erin Naird Tawny Newsome                       Captain Angela Ali Jimmy O. Yang                          Dr. Chan Kaifang Don Lake                                  Brigadier General Brad Gregory Lisa Kudrow                              Maggie Naird Noah Emmerich                        General Kick Grabaston Over the last few weeks, my wife and I have watched the full premier season of Space Force on NETFLIX. Space Force, NETFLIX’s newest original comedy is about the creation and early days of the current American administration’s latest military arm or command if you will.  This little time-waster stars the comedic genius of Steve Carell and John Malkovich in the title role as the Commanding General and Chief Scientist of the newly minted Space Force. Steve Carell is General Mark R. Naird, long under the thumb of the current Chief of the Air Force, General Kick Grabaston (Noah Emmerich) is finally given his own branch of the Armed Forces, Space Force. He takes over this new command, much to his dismay, as he was desperately hoping to command the Air Force itself. In creating the new element of America’s fighting might, General Naird (Carell) must battle an inept administration, political sycophants, jealous colleagues on the Joint Chiefs, a staff that is either too stupid, too smart, too incompetent or just spies for a foreign power. On top of that, he has a failing marriage and must raise a rebellious teen age daughter.Not exactly a recipe for success for a professional or personal life.  For it’s premier season, the story arc consists of General Naird with the assistance of Dr. Mallory standing up the Space Force itself. Naird’s (Carrel) mission, besides standing up the force is to put “American Boots on the Moon!” Naturally, when Naird (Carell) makes his speech during the inauguration of the command, his explanation of “American boots on the Moon” has his own unique spin to it, that I am sure everyone will enjoy. From the creation of the Force, to the finale of landing on the Moon, Space Force is a light hearted romp. It is not always hilarious, though there are some scenes that are literally laugh out loud. It is amusing, sometimes very silly, and may not be for everyone. If you enjoy “The Office” or Steve Carell as an actor himself, you will enjoy this series. I also found that if you follow current politics in the United States, that there a number of…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:03:58 +0000
Review: First Man (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11510-review-first-man-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11510-review-first-man-2018 Review: First Man (2018)
Cast: Ryan Gosling                             Neil Armstrong Claire Foy                                 Janet Armstrong Jason Clarke                              Ed White Kyle Chandler                           Deke Slayton Corey Stoll                                Buzz Aldrin Ciaran Hinds                             Bob Gilruth Pablo Schreiber                         James Lovell Shea Whigham                          Gus Grissom Lukas Haas                                Mike Collins After having a busy week looking for a new vehicle, we finally got a chance to put in a movie on Saturday night. For this week’s selection, or ok, next in the pile… is “First Man”. This film is a biopic of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. “First Man” has a solid cast and tells the extraordinary journey of mankind’s foray into space, which culminated in the fantastic achievement of landing on the Moon. Ryan Gosling plays the title character (Neil Armstrong) and is supported by a great cast of actors/actresses.  Does “First Man” live up to the hype and billing as advertised? Yes, and no. My wife and I always enjoy films that are based on a true story, person, and/or event. Primarily, as we have found that Hollywood is continually churning out variations of the same plot all the time, and if it is a true story. We kinda know how it is going to end beforehand. We just want to see how the film will depict it, and if it was worthwhile to spend the 20 bucks for the ticket, or blu-ray. “First Man” while a good movie, about a historic event, is not a great movie if you know what I mean. The cinematography was excellent in the launch/space/flight scenes and at times almost took your breath away. The Director (Damien Chazelle) expertly interspersed file footage with film footage to make you feel like you were watching it for the first time! The scenery, props, costumes etc were first rate. Being a child of the 60’s I remember many of the items fondly and it brought me a back to a simpler time, where my only responsibility was to pick up the toys (If I got around to it) and make sure I finished my dinner. However, I have just digressed, the props and supporting materials were excellent and fit the scenes and era. I looked for some out of place technology while watching and could not find any. (Not saying that there wasn’t any in the film, just that if there was, I did not see it). However, I did find the characters to be wooden and unemotional for most part and lacked chemistry…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:01:14 +0000
Review: Peppermint (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11494-review-peppermint-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11494-review-peppermint-2018 Review: Peppermint (2018)
Cast: Jennifer Garner                         Riley North John Gallagher Jr                       Det. Stan Carmichael John Ortiz                                 Det. Moises Beltran Juan Pablo Raba                        Diego Garcia Annie Ilonzeh                            FBI Agent Lisa Inman Jeff Hephner                             Chris North Cailey Fleming                          Carly North Well, here we are again with a review for the Notinhalloffame.com website, blog section, “Was I entertained”. Even though, it is the end of May and spring is supposed to be here, back home in Canada, we had a cold snap over the weekend so it was time again to try a few different shows. After perusing NETFLIX for a bit and watching another episode of Wentworth (Great show), we decided to put in a film. So, after looking at the stack of unwatched Blu-Ray’s, I grabbed Peppermint (2018) to be the next movie to watch.  Peppermint stars Jennifer Garner and is Directed by the same director (Pierre Morel) who also was involved with the movie “Taken”. After watching Peppermint, this was really no surprise as the style, dialogue, etc was pretty much the same. Peppermint is a standard revenge flick. It adheres to the formula of likeminded films (i.e. Death Wish, Kill Bill) with no surprises, extremely predictable, and plot holes large enough to drive a Mack Truck through. However, it was still good enough to keep us entertained throughout the film. Peppermint starts off with a pitched battle in a car between Riley (Garner) and some thug. After getting wounded, she gets the upper hand and manages to dispatch this miscreant and leave the car and corpse behind. The next scene starts 5 years earlier where we find out that she is a young mother with a small child, about 10 years old. Rilery (Garner) and her husband are trying to make ends meet, as all young families do. She works in a bank, and he in garage. However, as tight as the money is they still want to have what’s best for their child. In that light, Chris (Hephner) is approached by a colleague at the garage to be a driver in a planned robbery against the local gang, which is led by Garcia (Raba). After a change of heart, Chris tells his colleague no, and goes out with his wife and child to celebrate the daughter’s birthday. This is especially important as a local PTA villainess has destroyed Carly’s (Fleming) birthday party as a revenge tactic for encroaching on her daughter’s turf for selling cookies at the local…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:49:24 +0000
Review: Proud Mary (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11482-review-proud-mary-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11482-review-proud-mary-2018 Review: Proud Mary (2018)
Cast: Taraji P. Henson                                    Mary Billy Brown                                           Tom Jahi Di’Allo Winston                              Danny Neal McDonough                                  Walter Xander Berkeley                                    Uncle Rade Serbedzija                                    Luka Danny Glover                                        Benny After a long chat with the “Chairman” (aka my brother) of the “Notinhalloffame.com” website, he said that he liked my contributions so much so that he vowed to give me a 50 percent increase in my salary. Well since he doesn’t give me anything for these, this vow was like a promise from a politician…full of excrement! Good thing he lives in the Caribbean and I am still in Canada! But anyways, I do enjoy this, and it gives me something to do in retirement. In that light, we can discuss this week’s foray in into Movieland. Of late, most of my reviews have not been of great or even mediocre films, sadly this week is no change. I really want to see a good movie, but unfortunately, some of the movies in the stack of unwatched films just don’t make the grade, or any grade for that matter.  We started on Friday with the “Longest Week”, starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde. Unfortunately, or should I say fortunately for me, I stopped the film after 15 minutes as it was just too painful to watch. This is sad as I was looking forward to watching it as I like Bateman’s films for the most part, and am really enjoying his character in “Ozark”. But, that film, was just like my brother’s promise of a raise….” Just didn’t deliver!” We then tried something on Amazon Prime, and that was a comedy special by Steve Trevino, totally awesome, and highly recommend it. However, it was not suitable to write a review on a guy telling jokes, no matter how good they are.  Then came Saturday night, and the next movie in the pile was ‘Proud Mary” starring Tariji P. Henson in the title role. I have come to like Henson in the series “Person of Interest” and the co-stars, Neal Mcdonough, Xander Berkeley, Rade Serbedzija and Danny Glover are all very well known entities, and have played varying roles in movies that I really like. So, with that in mind, I was really looking forward to watching it.  However, like my brothers promises of a raise, it was disappointing ! What is Proud Mary about? Well, it started promising with the 1970’s Black exploitation movie vibe that used to be so entertaining. The initial music was…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 26 May 2020 17:47:44 +0000
Review: The Meg (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11462-review-the-meg-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11462-review-the-meg-2018 Review: The Meg (2018)
Cast: Jason Statham              Jonas Taylor Bingbing Li                    Suyin Rainn Wilson                Morris Cliff Curtis                     Mac Winston Chao               Zhang Shuya Sophia Cai           Meiying Ruby Rose                    Jaxx Page Kennedy               DJ Robert Taylor                Heller Olafur Darri Olaffson     The Wall Jessica Mcnamee          Lori Masi Oka                      Toshi As we are all still locked down and there are limited choices of activity for us all due to the epidemic, my unwatched movie collection is starting to dwindle down. After having a dinner from a local take-out establishment (we do have to support local business’s at this time) I grabbed the next movie in the pile. This week, it happened to be “The Meg”. I had seen bits and pieces of this movie a few years ago when returning from a conference in Europe, but as with all trans-Atlantic flights you never really get to appreciate a film, or even watch it completely due to the many interruptions. Anyways, with a full belly, full glass of wine in hand, I put “The Meg” in the blu-ray player for this weekends entertainment.  What is “The Meg” about you ask? Well “The Meg” is a quasi action/horror/sci-fi/comedy film that rips-off or pays homage to (depending on your perspective) several movies in Hollywood history. In essence this film is a Shark flick, with a hint of Jaws (plus sequels), The Abyss, Leviathan, Deep Rising and Piranha. I saw elements of each film in this action/comedy/horror/sci-fi romp starring Jason Statham. Before I start outlining the good/bad of the film, I will give a bit of a plot summary. The film opens with a submarine that is disabled on the ocean floor and a rescue team and mini-submersible are on site trying to save everyone. The rescue team is led by a stone-faced Jason Statham, who instead of fighting a number of bad guys is now fighting the elements. During the rescue, we see a submarine that is taking on water and a hull that is crumpled up in sections (The Abyss?). This tension is further heightened (?) when the sub is shaken around a bit and a portion of the hull commences to be crushed in a way that resembles a large bite…hmm dramatic foreshadowing perhaps? Jonah (Statham) can’t save them all, so he releases the docking clamp and surfaces with only a portion of the crew, leaving a number to die to an unknown fate.  However, it appears that Jonah (Statham) is the only one who believes it is a sea creature and the…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 20 May 2020 15:12:53 +0000
Review: Skyscraper (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11452-review-skyscraper-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11452-review-skyscraper-2018 Review: Skyscraper (2018)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson                       Will Sawyer Neve Campbell                         Sarah Sawyer Chin Han                                   Zhao Long Ji Roland Moller                           Kores Botha Noah Taylor                              Mr Pierce Byron Mann                              Inspector Wu Pablo Schreiber                         Ben Mckenna Roberts                      Georgia Sawyer Noah Cottrell                            Henry Sawyer Hannah Quinlivan                     Xia As the world and our nation is still under “quarantine” due to the COVID virus, we still look to films and tv’s for a chance to escape. For this week, we selected the blu-ray “Skyscraper” as our means of escape from the doldrums of confined life. Skyscraper stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Neve Campbell in the principal roles. This is the 3rdfilm that I have reviewed with “The Rock” as the lead, not that his films are the best in the industry, just that he makes a lot of films, and they are entertaining in almost every case. After watching the film, Skyscraper is probably on the lower end of the “The Rock” entertainment spectrum. It has loads of action, fantastic special effects, but a cast of characters that lacks chemistry and a plot with more holes and gaps then a brick of swiss cheese.  Speaking of the plot, what is Skyscraper about? In this film, The Rock is Will Sawyer, a Veteran and former Hostage Rescue team member who is now employed as a security consultant. His job is not really defined at this point (or really throughout the film). Is he a risk assessor, Rent-a-cop security, or in charge of a burgeoning security firm? It was kind of hard to pin down. However, his career choice is a result of a hostage negotiation/rescue gone wrong, where he and the team were either killed or wounded. In Sawyer’s case (Johnson), he lost a leg. As a Risk assessor or security specialist for his own company, his close friend and former team-mate Ben (Schreiber) sets him up with this lucrative job. In that light, Sawyer and family travel to Hong Kong to provide a security assessment of the tallest building in the world, and I think hired on as head of security (not really defined here). The Pearl, as the skyscraper is called, dwarfs anything else on the planet for it’s design, height and opulence.  Will (Johnson), his wife Sarah (Campbell) and children Georgia and Henry are also the first occupants of this monstrosity.  Will (Johnson) gives the Pearl a passing grade, the owner Long Ji (Han) is very happy and presents Will with a tablet that is keyed to…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 13 May 2020 16:28:09 +0000
Review: Death Wish (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11434-review-death-wish-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11434-review-death-wish-2017 Review: Death Wish (2017)
Cast: Bruce Willis                              Paul Kersey Vincent D’Onofrio                     Frank Kersey Elisabeth Shue                          Lucy Kersey Camila Morrone                        Jordan Kersey Dean Norris                              Detective Kevin Raines Kimberly Elise                           Detective Leonore Jackson Beau Knapp                              Knox For this week, I decided to try a re-make from a classic that I watched in my childhood. In 1974, Charles Bronson was coming into his own as an action star, and the movie Death Wish was the vehicle that he used to achieve it. In a nut-shell, Death Wish tells a story of revenge. In the original, Charles Bronson, a successful architect has his life destroyed when a bunch of robbers break into his apartment, kill his wife and rape his daughter. In his grief, Kersey (Bronson) becomes a one-man vigilante squad and wreaks havoc on the underworld of New York, desperately seeking vengeance for the crimes that had befallen his family. Death Wish (1974) was a great movie for the day, it established Bronson as an action star and marketable in Hollywood films of the time. Sure, he had a few other successes as the lead prior to Death Wish, Mr. Majestyk and the Mechanic to name a few. However, he was seen more in ensemble movies (The Great Escape, Magnificent 7, The Dirty Dozen) as an added bonus to these action movies, where others had to carry the weight of the film. Death Wish started a franchise for Bronson that spanned 5 films and 2 decades.  As Death Wish (1974) was a classic, I can see where Hollywood would like to try and re-invigorate the franchise, especially as it seems that is all Hollywood can do at this time, revive ideas and scripts, dust them off and try to modernize them for a new generation. Death Wish (2018) is another example of the latest Hollywood fad of re-imagining classics.  The plot is almost identical to the original except it is now in Chicago vs New York, and Kersey (Willis) is an Emergency Room Surgeon vs architect. Other than those minor differences, the general idea and plot line is extremely similar. Kersey and his family (to include his brother, a new character compared to the original) go out for a family dinner. The Valet, hears a discussion that the family will all be out together the following week for Paul’s (Willis) Birthday and takes a photo of the on-board GPS family address when returning the car. Naturally, the valet is a bad guy, he gives…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 05 May 2020 11:47:54 +0000
Review: A Quiet Place (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11332-review-review-a-quiet-place-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11332-review-review-a-quiet-place-2018 Review: A Quiet Place (2018)
Cast: Emily Blunt                               Evelyn Abbott John Krasinski                           Lee Abbott Millicent Simmonds                  Regan Abbott Noah Jupe                                Marcus Abbott For this week’s review, we decided to try a horror film. Ok, it was not a decision, it was just the next movie in the pile. Actually, “A Quiet Place” is not just horror, it is a little bit Sci-Fi and drama all rolled up into the same film. Overall we enjoyed the film, we were entertained and even in the most intense sequences we only jumped a little bit. Luckily not enough to spill any wine or snacks! Even though we enjoyed this film, there were several blatant plot holes or story inconsistencies that were hard to take, but if you overlook them, the story works out just fine.  So what is “A Quiet Place” about you say? Well, it is the near future and our family of hero’s are living in a post apocalyptic world. The film opens in a small town where you are introduced to the Abbott family. They are in typical “post apocalypse” clothes, with the striking difference that they are all barefoot. Rummaging in a pharmacy, it is clearly evident that they are trying to keep all sounds to a minimum, however the reason is not apparent yet. Everyone is using sign language to communicate, and we can see the hearing aid device on Regan (Simmonds) to help us understand why. After getting the required medicine, they make their way out of the store, unbeknownst to his parents, the youngest is carrying a toy Space Shuttle in hand. This toy was discovered in the store by the young fellow who just wanted to play with it, however, due to the fact that it made noise, his father, Lee (Krasinski) removed the batteries from it and set it down. However, as they were leaving the store, Regan (Simmonds) gave him the toy behind her father’s back, but did not see her brother grab the batteries. This proved to be his undoing as they made their way home, barefoot, walking on a sand path. On the way home, the little guy puts the batteries back in the toy, sparks it up, lights and sirens scream out from the toy, and then the little boy becomes lunch for an alien who is attracted to the sound. Meanwhile, the rest of the family looks on in horror, unable to scream/speak etc. as they too would…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 21 Apr 2020 08:36:28 +0000
Review: Rambo: Last Blood (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11325-review-rambo-last-blood-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11325-review-rambo-last-blood-2019 Review: Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
Cast: Sylvester Stallone                      John Rambo Paz Vega                                   Carmen Sergio Peris-Mencheta              Hugo Martinez Oscar Jaenada                           Victor Martinez Yvette Monreal                         Gabrielle So Saturday night arrived, and instead of reaching into my stack of unwatched blu-ray movies, we decided to find something on one of the streaming services that we subscribe to. We started with Amazon Prime (their search engines are just as crappy as Netflix by the way), and I started scanning through what was new on Prime. Well lo and behold, I came across Rambo: Last Blood. I remember last year when it had a short stint in the theatres, and was surprised that it was already on the streaming services. Hell, I had not even seen it for sale on Amazon yet, so I was pleasantly surprised. Now, I loved First Blood, it was a fantastic film that set the tone for action movies of the era and really set Stallone’s career on the action trajectory after the fan base he created in the Rocky series. Not only was it a great movie, it was also a great book by David Morrell.  The original that started it all, had John Rambo (Stallone) a highly decorated Special Forces Vietnam Veteran come to small town USA to visit one of his Army buddies. Ushered out of town by the local Sherriff Teasel (Brian Dennehy) who took umbrage to Rambo (Stallone), with his long hair etc. This action set the scene for all of Rambo’s rage and frustration to be unleashed on the Sherriff and the unsuspecting town. Needless to say, Rambo was victorious over the Sherriff, he escaped and started a series of films in the Rambo universe (First Blood 2, Rambo 3, Rambo and now finally Rambo: Last Blood).  However, this review is not about previous Rambo movies, it is to discuss the latest one in the Stallone Franchise. Rambo: Last Blood has to be one of the worst pieces of fecal matter that Stallone has ever produced, and this is being generous. I watched the whole film, desperately looking for something to redeem it and make me like it. Unfortunately, I could not find any redeeming feature in this film, except maybe the gratuitous violence that was present in the action sequences.  Before I really start bashing this film, a small overview of the plot. It is 11 years after his last film and he is now living in Arizona on the family homestead with…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:32:05 +0000
Review: Tag (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11302-review-tag-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11302-review-tag-2019 Review: Tag (2019)
Cast: Ed Helms                      Hogan “Hoagie” Malloy Jon Hamm                    Bob Callahan Annabelle Wallis           Rebecca Crosby Jake Johnson                Randy “Chilli” Cilliano Isla Fisher                     Anna Malloy Hannibal Buress                        Kevin Sable Jeremy Renner              Jerry Pierce Leslie Bibb                    Susan Rollins Rashida Jones               Cheryl Deakins As mentioned previously in reviews, Friday and Saturday are the nights that we watch movies instead of the various series and programs that proliferate cable and streaming services. With COVID news dominating the television lately, we wanted to watch something that was silly and entertaining. A movie that would be fun enough to make us laugh and not think about the plot, characters, or “how did they do that”, just a film that we could laugh and enjoy. I looked through the stack of unwatched films, and saw TAG! I figured that this movie would fit the bill. What is TAG about? This comedy is loosely based on a true story of a bunch of men who had been playing the same game of TAG for 30 years. You would think that such a poor idea would not be well suited for a film, but alas, you would be wrong. This film centres on a group of middle age “adolescent” men who have been playing the same game of TAG for decades. For one month every year, the last person who was “IT” must search out his friends to TAG them. Nothing is sacred, and no plan is too lame for these men as they pursue each other. However, they have one mutual goal, that is to Tag Jerry Peirce (Renner). Jerry’s (Renner) claim to fame is that he has never been tagged in the history of their game. Jerry (Renner) is elusive, faster, agile, and more strategic than any of the other players, and has also taken great pride in the fact that he has never been IT!  To give the outline of the film, as well as an outline can be given in a film like this; Hoagie (Helms), opens the film as he plans a surprise Tag on his friend Bob Callahan (Hamm) at his company. Callahan (Hamm) is the CEO of his own company and is in the process of getting interviewed for a major magazine by Rebecca Crosby (Wallis), when a janitor enters the conference room and the mayhem begins. The janitor is Hoagie (Helms) and the game of Tag starts again for another season. In short order they gather the rest of the crew…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 16 Apr 2020 10:56:58 +0000
Review: 12 Strong (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11295-review-12-strong-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11295-review-12-strong-2018 Review: 12 Strong (2018)
Cast: Chris Hemsworth                                  Capt Mitch Nelson Michael Shannon                                  Hal Spencer Michael Pena                                        Sam Diller Navid Negahban                                   Gen. Dostum Trevante Rhodes                                   Ben Milo Geoff Stults                                          Sean Coffers Rob Riggle                                            Lt Col Bowers William Fichtner                                    Colonel Mulholland As with many others at this time, we have increased our consumption of television as a result of staying home. However, in our home, we have reserved movies for the weekend. Even when every day feels like a weekend lately. For this Friday’s feature we selected 12 Strong (2018). Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the first military incursion into Afghanistan after the attack on the twin towers on 9/11. What also intrigued me about this film was the fact that I had really enjoyed the book, Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. My wife and I both enjoy movies that are based on fact, so in that light, we were both looking forward to this film. 12 Strong is about Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595 which was selected as the first Special Forces Unit to deploy into Afghanistan at the outset of the Greater War On Terror (GWOT). Once deployed into theatre, Capt Mitch Nelson and his 12-man A-Team must hook up with General Dostum and provide whatever assistance they can in these very early days. Not only does this team have to combat the Taliban, they also have to overcome cultural/language differences, long supply lines, and weather, but they also have to accomplish their mission before winter sets in and all activities would be curtailed. Their prime mission is to assist General Dostum’s forces in the capture of Mazar-i-Sharif. The liberation of Mazar-i-Sharif from the Taliban was the lynch-pin for the demise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and was an extremely important and strategic mission. The assistance provided by ODA 595 would primarily centre on the direction of air support and strikes on Taliban targets.  As this film is of real events, it is not really giving any spoilers when it is stated that this support provided in the early days were integral to the demise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Now, let us talk about the film’s main actors, their portrayal, and the scenery and cinematography.  Chris Hemsworth as Captain Mitch Nelson: The central figure in this film, Hemsworth did an admirable job portraying a Special Forces Officer. Not only can he look the part, but his attitude in getting the job done was portrayed in a…
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:18:24 +0000
Review: The Highwaymen (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11283-review-the-highwaymen-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11283-review-the-highwaymen-2019 Review: The Highwaymen (2019)
Cast: Kevin Costner                           Frank Hamer Woody Harrelson                      Maney Gault Kathy Bates                              Ma Ferguson John Carroll Lynch                     Lee Simmons
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:57:40 +0000
Review: No Escape (2015) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11245-review-no-escape-2015 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11245-review-no-escape-2015 Review: No Escape (2015)
Cast: Owen Wilson                            Jack Dwyer Lake Bell                                   Annie Dwyer Pierce Brosnan                          Hammond
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:34:40 +0000
Review: The 15:17 to Paris (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11209-review-the-15-17-to-paris-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11209-review-the-15-17-to-paris-2018 Review: The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
Cast: Alek Skarlatos               Alek Anthony Sadler             Anthony Spencer Stone              Spencer Judy Greer                    Joyce Jenna Fischer                Heidi Thomas Lennon            Principal Michael Akers
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:22:05 +0000
Review: Home Again (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11205-review-home-again-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11205-review-home-again-2017 Review: Home Again (2017)
Cast: Reese Witherspoon                               Alice Micheal Sheen                                      Austen Candice Bergen                                     Lillian Pico Alexander                                      Harry Jon Rudnitsky                                       George Nat Wolff                                              Teddy Lola Flanery                                          Isabel Eden Grace Redfield                              Rosie Lake Bell                                               Zoey Dolly Wells                                           Tracy
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 18 Mar 2020 10:41:04 +0000
Review: The Two Popes (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11195-review-the-two-popes-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11195-review-the-two-popes-2019 Review: The Two Popes (2019)
Cast: Anthony Hopkins          Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict Jonathan Pryce             Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio/Pope Francis 
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Fri, 13 Mar 2020 03:23:35 +0000
Review: Fahrenheit 451 (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11106-review-fahrenheit-451-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11106-review-fahrenheit-451-2018 Review: Fahrenheit 451 (2018)
Cast: Michael B. Jordan                     Guy Montag Michael Shannon                      Capt Beatty Sofia Boutella                           Clarisse McClellan
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Mon, 02 Mar 2020 13:38:23 +0000
Review: Joker (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11081-review-joker-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/11081-review-joker-2019 Review: Joker (2019)
Main Cast Joaquin Phoenix                        Arthur Fleck/Joker Robert De Niro                          Murray Franklin Zazie Beetz                               Sophie Dumond Frances Conroy                         Penny Fleck Brett Cullen                              Thomas Wayne Shea Whigham                          Detective Burke Bill Camp                                  Detective Garrity
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Sun, 23 Feb 2020 10:42:04 +0000
Review: Dracula (2020) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10942-review-dracula-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10942-review-dracula-2020 Review: Dracula (2020)
Cast: Claes Bang                                Dracula Dolly Wells                               Sister Agatha/Zoe Helsing Morfydd Clark                           Mina John Heffernan                         Jonathan Harker
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Sat, 08 Feb 2020 08:33:27 +0000
Review: Messiah (2020) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10874-review-messiah-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10874-review-messiah-2020 Review: Messiah (2020)
Cast: Michelle Monaghan                  Eva Geller Mehdi Dehbi                             Al-Masih John Ortiz                                 Felix Tomer Sisley                             Aviram Dahan Melinda Hamilton                     Anna Iguero Stefania Owen                          Rebecca Iguero Sayyid El Alami                          Jibril Medina Fares Landoulsi                         Samir Philip Baker Hall                        Kelman Katz
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Mon, 03 Feb 2020 11:53:41 +0000
Review: Red Sparrow (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10838-review-red-sparrow-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10838-review-red-sparrow-2018 Review: Red Sparrow (2018)
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence                     Dominika Egorova Joel Edgerton                            Nate Nash Matthias Schoenaerts               Vanya Egorova Mary Louise Parker                   Stephanie Boucher Ciaran Hinds                             Zakharov Jeremy Irons                             General Korchnoi
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:52:34 +0000
Review: The Irishman (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10828-review-the-irishman-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10828-review-the-irishman-2019 Review: The Irishman (2019)
Cast: Robert De Niro             Frank Sheeran Al Pacino                     Jimmy Hoffa Joe Pesci                     Russell Bufalino Harvey Keitel               Angelo Bruno Ray Romano                Bill Bufalino Bobby Cannavale        Skinny Razor Anna Paquin                Older Peggy Sheeran Stephen Graham         Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:40:37 +0000
Review: Rampage (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10821-review-rampage-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10821-review-rampage-2018 Review: Rampage (2018)
Cast: Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson                  Davis Okoye Naomie Harris                                         Dr. Kate Caldwell Malin Akerman                                        Claire Wyden Jeffery Dean Morgan                               Harvey Russell Jake Lacy                                                Brett Wyden Jason Liles                                              George (The Gorilla)
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 15 Jan 2020 04:03:37 +0000
Review: Hostiles (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10806-review-hostiles-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10806-review-hostiles-2017 Review: Hostiles (2017)
Cast: Christian Bale                Captain Joseph J. Blocker Rosamund Pike             Rosalee Quaid Rory Cochrane              Master Sgt Thomas Metz Stephen Lang                Colonel Abraham Biggs Wes Studi                       Chief Yellow Hawk Jesse Plemons               Lt Rudy Kidder Adam Beach                 Black Hawk Ben Foster                    Philip Wills
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:39:50 +0000
Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10800-review-thor-ragnarok-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10800-review-thor-ragnarok-2017 Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Cast:  Chris Hemsworth                     Thor Tom Hiddleston                        Loki Cate Blanchett                          Hela Idris Elba                                  Heimdall Jeff Goldblum                           Grandmaster Tessa Thompson                       Valkyrie Karl Urban                                Skurge Mark Ruffalo                             Bruce Banner/Hulk Anthony Hopkins                      Odin Benedict Cumberbatch              Doctor Strange Taika Waititi                             Korg (Voice)
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 01 Jan 2020 09:27:53 +0000
Review: Hangman (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10787-review-hangman-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10787-review-hangman-2017 Review: Hangman (2017)
Cast: Al Pacino                      Ray Archer Karl Urban                    Detective Will Ruiney Brittany Snow               Christi Davies Joe Anderson                Hangman           Sarah Shahi                   Captain Watson
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Fri, 27 Dec 2019 05:13:01 +0000
Review: The Circle (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10780-review-the-circle-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10780-review-the-circle-2017 Review: The Circle (2017)
Cast: Tom Hanks                   Bailey Emma Watson              Mae Bill Paxton                    Vinnie Karen Gillan                  Annie Patton Oswalt               Stenton
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 19 Dec 2019 01:12:49 +0000
Review: Knives Out (2019) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10774-review-knives-out-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10774-review-knives-out-2019 Review: Knives Out (2019)
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis                        Lynda Drysdale Don Johnson                             Richard Drysdale Christopher Plummer                Harlan Thrombey Michael Shannon                      Walt Thrombey Katherine Langford                   Meg Thrombey Jaeden Martell                          Jacob Thrombey Riki Lindhome                           Donna Thrombey Danial Craig                              Benoit Blanc Chris Evans                               Ransom Drysdale Ana De Armas                           Marta Cabrera Toni Collette                             Joni Thrombey This week was a little change from the norm; instead of putting in one of the blu-rays that I had bought over the years and still had not watched, we decided to go to the movies. This was primarily due to the fact that we had some free passes! Now, as I have mentioned previously, my wife and I are retired, so we are on a “fixed income” so when we get free passes, we hoard them until such a time that we find something worthwhile to watch on the big screen at the Cineplex!
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:31:23 +0000
Review: The Commuter (2018) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10761-review-the-commuter-2018 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10761-review-the-commuter-2018 Review: The Commuter (2018)
Cast: Liam Neeson                 Michael MacCauley Vera Farmiga                Joanna Patrick Wilson                Alex Murphy Jonathan Banks             Walt Sam Neill                       Captain Hawthorne Elizabeth McGovern      Karen MacCauley
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Wed, 04 Dec 2019 13:32:19 +0000
Review: Criminal (2016) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10624-review-criminal-2016 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10624-review-criminal-2016 Review: Criminal (2016)
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones          Dr. Franks Ryan Reynolds              Bill Pope Gal Gadot                     Jill Pope Gary Oldman                Quaker Wells Kevin Costner                Jerico Stewart Michael Pitt                  Jan Strook (aka The Dutchman)
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Fri, 22 Nov 2019 05:19:04 +0000
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10471-three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10471-three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri-2017 Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Cast: Woody Harrelson            Chief Willoughby Frances McDormand     Mildred Sam Rockwell                Dixon
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 07 Nov 2019 04:13:18 +0000
Review – Last Flag Flying (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10290-review-last-flag-flying-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10290-review-last-flag-flying-2017 Review – Last Flag Flying (2017)
Review: Last Flag Flying (2017) Cast: Bryan Cranston              Sal Nealon Laurence Fishburne       Reverend Richard Mueller Steve Carell                    Larry “Doc” Shepherd
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:28:32 +0000
Review – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10280-review-jumanji-welcome-to-the-jungle-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10280-review-jumanji-welcome-to-the-jungle-2017 Review – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Review of: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Main Cast Spencer      Dwayne Johnson/Alex Wolff Fridge         Kevin Hart/Ser”Darius Blain Bethany      Jack Black/Madison Iseman Martha        Karen Gillan/Morgan Turner Nigel           Rhys Darby Van Pelt      Bobby Cannavale Alex            Nick Jonas
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:34:38 +0000
Review – Flatliners (2017) http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10277-review-flatliners-2017 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/was-i-entertained/10277-review-flatliners-2017 Review – Flatliners (2017)
Well, my little brother aka “The Chairman” has been after me for years to contribute to his website (NotinHalloffame.com). As I am not really a sports aficionado, I always felt that I did not have a view or opinion to place in this forum. However, after many, and I mean many years of persistence and continued demonstrations that this is not only for those fans of various sports and music, but also a home for many disparate reviews, commentaries and discussions, I have relented and decided to provide a contribution. 
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[email protected] (Hans Buchner) Was I Entertained? Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:08:51 +0000