by Ralph Bailey
posted Jul 8 2014 3:00PM
Just when I thought the producers of “the View” had come to their senses by firing brainless Comedian Sherry Sheppard and equally dead above the neck Jenny McCarthy, they jump into the way, way back machine and resurrect a failed “View” cast member ... Rosie O’Donnell. The former actress and witty comic, who performed well in pictures like “A League Of their Own” and ‘The Flintstones” in which she lost significant weight to play the role and also nailed Betty Ruble’s silly little giggle, enjoyed more than her 15 minutes of fame. Her own show “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” was brief but mildly entertaining, as well.
However, O’Donnell’s own personality, which emerges from the bowels of an abusive childhood, an alcoholic , abusive father and a mother who succummbed to breast canacer when Rosie was 11, tends to be mean-spirited when angered and she tends NOT to be the most open-minded.
But such is the case with most liberals. They preach and moan and complain about others being free to new ideas and new ways of thinking and then turn around and in reality are the most stubborn, narrow-minded, myopic thinkers in the bunch.
by Michael Hopper
posted Jul 7 2014 1:45PM
Take MAD MAX, LOGAN'S RUN, THE HUNGER GAMES, A BOY AND HIS DOG... and even a good dose of THE WIZARD OF OZ... and you get SNOWPIERCER.
It's not a film for everyone. In the not-to-distant-future an environmental disaster causes the world to freeze over, and the last of humanity is stuck on a perpetual engine train that races around and around the world while a class warfare struggle ensues. Did I lose you already? LOL Yeah, I kind of had the same reaction when I got a whiff of the story.
But the writer/director, Joon-ho Boog, really made an impression on me with his 2006 monster movie, comedy THE HOST. So that, and the fact that it's getting pretty good reviews, put me in a theater seat.
Loved it. Weird, violent, funny... and some nice twists added up to me having a great time with this fairly original and surprising movie. Between this and THE EDGE OF TOMORROW, my supply of good sci-fi movies for the summer is getting full.
Solid "A" grade.
Currently playing at the Reading Cinema Valley Plaza 16
posted Jul 3 2014 1:22PM
Last Sunday was the premier of HBO's new series THE LEFTOVERS.
I really dig Tom Perrotta, the cat that wrote the book that this is based on. He's working on this series as well. Other books of his that have been made into movies include ELECTION and LITTLE CHILDREN, both of which I adore.
But THE LEFTOVERS? Holy cow, so far I am completely unimpressed. Slow, contrived, pointless and unbelievable characters, lots of photography and direction that is meant to dazzle but comes across as pretentious... it's a mess.
For those that may be scared off by the religious, "rapture" aspect of the series, that's the one thing you don't have to concern yourself with. No clear definition is given to what has happened in the story with many of the clues pointing to perhaps a un-theological explanation. But that doesn't matter because you'll be spending most of your time wondering what these people are thinking about as they walk around angry at everything and nothing and acting completely irrational while doing it.
I'm going to hang with a few more episodes because it's Tom-freaking-Perrotta... but it better show me something more than what it has so far.
posted Jul 1 2014 11:49AM
It's hot, hot, HOT
in the southern San Joaquin valley now, so stay inside and get caught up on a bunch of the new releases on Netflix. Here is a list of the new additions to their streaming service for the month of July. Happy viewing!!!
Available July 1
"12 Angry Men" (1957)
"Bad Santa" (2003)
"Basic Instinct" (1992)
"Boyz N the Hood" (1991)
"City of God" (2002)
"Dead Man Walking" (1995)
"Fever Pitch" (1997)
"Funny Face" (1957)
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989)
"Legends of the Fall" (1994)
"Primal Fear" (1996)
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991)
"The Karate Kid" (1984)
"The Karate Kid II" (1986)
"The Karate Kid III" (1989)
"The Manchurian Candidate" (2004)
"The Parent Trap" (1998)
"Under the Tuscan Sun"(2003)
"Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo" (2004)
Available July 4
Knights of Sidonia: Season 1 (2014)
Available July 6
Available July 9
"Out of the Furnace" (2013)
Available July 11
"Hemlock Grove": Season 2 (2014)
"The Battered Bastards of Baseball" (2014)
Available July 12
"Sleeping Beauty" (2014)
Available July 14
"The Master" (2012)
Available July 15
"The Last Days" (2013)
Available July 17
"Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures": Season 1
Available July 18
"Baby Daddy": Season 3
"Melissa & Joey": Season 3
Available July 19
"Hell on Wheels": Season 3
Available July 24
"Lost Girl": Season 4
Available July 26
"Christmas with the Kranks" (2004)