The Witches

Original North American release poster

Do you want a relaxing an amusing evening of snickers and laughs. Try out The Witches (written by Roald Dahl- the movie).

It is a magical tale -somewhat seasonally Halloween- of a coven of witches that want to remove children from the world by turning every child into a mouse.

Simple fun. No other strings attached.

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Little Big Man

Little Big Man (played by Dustin Hoffman) is based on true accounts in the history of the United States of America. There was a Native American named Little Big Man who lived through many of the historical happenings in the story.

 As a very old Native American, Little Big Man was interviewed several times about his life. He was known (assumed factually) as the only survivor on the American soldiers side of the Battle of Little Big Horn.

The accounts portrayed in the movie as loosely based on historical events. The events DID happen, however the remembrance of the many details can be shaded because of faulty memories, opinionated perspectives and the purpose of developing a movie storyline.

I had never seen this movie before. Many of the events caused me to ponder ‘human beings’ and their proclivities of success in life.

Don’t let the fact that it is a dated movie fool you. It was worth the watch.

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The Neighborhood


The Neighborhood

(On CBS)

The Neighborhood takes two families, a white Midwestern family and an African-American family, and creates a pseudo-neighborhood relationship sitcom.

It is a great way at showing the differences in the way these two families experience and see the world WITHOUT the preaching.

The White Midwestern Family

  • Dave Johnson: the perfect neighbor- so perfect, you want to kill him! A conflict mediator.
  • Gemma: an elementary school principal at a progressive (virtually all-white) school
  • Grover: the innocent- sometimes too-all-knowing son in elementary school

The African-American Family

  • Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer): owner of an auto repair shop
  • Tina Butler: once dreamed of being a singer, now works in the auto repair shop with her husband
  • Malcolm Butler: the oldest don, once a baseball star- but was injured. Now seeking a purpose.
  • Marty Butler: the younger son. A computer space scientist. A nerd!

Funny… Sometimes a little off-color (just as life happens to be)… and often very thought provoking.

Worth a watch… or two!

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Jack Reacher & Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher & Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

The first of March was a great time for a weekend movie marathon.

Even if it was only two movies in this marathon, it was a welcomed great-away.


Jack Reacher

Five people are shot from a parking garage in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Enough clues are collected at the crime scene that the shooter is easily identified and arrested. His only request: Get Jack Reacher.

Reacher is not his friend, as everyone involved in the investigation assumes. Reacher had arrested James Barr for crimes committed while serving in the military.

While in police custody, Barr is beaten and is hospitalized- a coma.

A local defense attorney (who happens to be the District Attorney’s daughter) is defending Barr from the death penalty. It is a foregone conclusion that Barr is guilty of the assassinations.

Soon, ‘the facts’ become muddled… not because they are not conclusive, but maybe they are too conclusive.

A great watch!


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher (a former Army Military Police officer) gives a call to meet an acquaintance at his former headquarters- Major Susan Turner.

Upon arrival, Reacher finds that Major Susan Turner has been arrested for espionage. She is being held as a military terrorist.

Contacting Turner’s attorney, Colonel Moorcroft, Reacher discovers facts that seem to clearly point more to a military cover-up than to Turner’s espionage. Two of Turner’s underlings, in Afghanistan, were murdered. Major Susan Turner was arrested immediately … without ever seeing the military follow-up paperwork she had initiated.

As like the former Reacher movie… Things get worse before they get better.

Another great watch!

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The Long Song (TV Series)


The Long Song (TV Series)

The Long Song is a three-part BBC television series based on the true story of Jude, a freed slave from the plantations in early-nineteenth-century colonial Jamaica.

If you want a firm foundation on British rule and sugar plantation life…. It is a great watch!

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A DC Comics Movie

The ‘queen’ of Atlantis runs away from her underwater world seeking freedom.

She washes ashore near a lighthouse in Maine. Thomas Curry, the keeper of the lighthouse, rescues her.

Atlanna, the runaway queen, falls for the lighthouse keeper and they have a boy, Arthur.

Soon, because of mortal’s pollution travesties, the underwater beings seek to free themselves from their hidden existence and retake the world.

A ‘chick-flick’ with sea monsters?

A fun watch. Probably won’t watch it again.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (My Two Favorite Characters)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (My Two Favorite Characters)

What better way to end and begin a New Year than relaxing and enjoying a StarWars marathon.

This time, as I watched these classics, I began noticing the wide array of character personalities that George Lucas created for his acclaimed series.

I thought you might enjoy a few of my StarWar-deian academic endeavors…

My two favorite characters from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are Maz Kanata and Zorii Bliss.

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Facts about Maz Kanata You My (or May Not) Know.

  1. Talk about being able to think about the good-old-days, Maz Kanata was born over one thousand years ago.
  2. Even though she was very short in stature (a little over four-foot-tall), she is often thought of as huge personality- ‘the pirate queen’- for her ability to maneuver and be successful in the criminal world.
  3. With her multi-century-aged orange-tinted face, Maz Kanata stood out in a crowd because of her laughter and vivacious smile. (Quite different from ‘fellow pirates’.)
  4. She often handmade her own clothing. These garments usually enjoyed much color. Her short stature and colorful garments were offset by here large corrective goggles she had to wear for her vision.
  5. Maz Kanata is very receptive to the Force. She could sense the power of the Force inside individuals and could even sense the Force’s presence when a new being arrived at here castles.
  6. She was a collector of galactic treasures and antiques. She would store these treasures in alarmed vaults. Maz Kanata had so many treasured-vaults that she had to facilitate their whereabouts and maintenance by keeping a Smuggler’s Guide.
  7. Maz Kanata was a painter, a poet, and a lover of music. She welcomed many artist/musicians into her fortified dwellings.
  8. To become a ‘resident’ in Maz Kanata’s homes, every person had to obey her rules: All are welcome. No fighting. War and politics were off-limits in her sanctuary.
  9. She often spoke of Chewbacca as ‘her boyfriend’.

FYI: Thanks you Wookieepedia for your assistance in honing my knowledge of the many beings from Star Wars.


Facts about Zorii Bliss You My (or May Not) Know.

  1. Zorii Bliss was a human.
  2. Her native planet was Kijimi, an extremely cold planet.
  3. Zorii Bliss was the leader of the Spice Runner of Kijimi. This group of thieves was often neutral in the galactic wars. They barters with all sides in battles.
  4. Zorii Bliss weapons of choice were a pair of E-851 blaster pistols.
  5. Zorii Bliss and Poe Dameron were often at odds on their views of one’s responsibilities to the galaxy.
  6. I saw Zorii Bliss as knowing right-from-wrong, but being guided by a very what’s-in-it-for-me conscience and cynical, but realistic, world view.

FYI: Thanks you Wookieepedia for your assistance in honing my knowledge of the many beings from Star Wars.

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A Marvel Comics Movie

Brock, a city journalist, gains superpowers because he becomes ‘bonded’ to a cannibalistic space alien (Venom).

The movie script is somewhat aligned with the Marvel Comics villain.

I enjoyed this movie FAR MORE than I thought I would.

I highly recommend it!!!

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SILK is a BBC series about the life of barristers- both their personal crises and their life in the courtrooms.

Martha Costello, probably the central character, has ambitions to become Queen’s Counsel. A copartner in her law firm, Clive Reader shares this goal.

The senior clerk of their chambers (law firm) is Billy Lamb. He is the collector and arbitrator of law cases for the chambers. Billy is a go-and-get-them person. He will do whatever it takes to make his lawyers successful- even if that means shadowing the legal boundaries.

I found this to be a fun and entertaining series. It provided much insight into the courts of England.

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The Chestertown Spy


McLintock is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time!!!!

Be warned… it is not 21st century politically correct, but the fun of old school was awesome!

Cattle barn, timber enthusiast, and mining entrepreneur George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) lives on a huge ranch.

G.W. has been separated from his socialite wife, Katherine, for over two years.

Their daughter Rebecca (whom G.W. calls “Becky”) is completing her college degree.

McLintock hires an attractive widow woman, Louise Warren, as his cook and housekeeper. Dev, Mrs. Warren’s son, is also employed on the ranch.

This is a knee-slappin’ gut-buster fun movie.

If you haven’t seen it. You need to,

If you have seen it before, it’s time to see it again!

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