The Cold Dish: The First Novel In The Longmire Mystery Series (Book Review)

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Mark: This book looked like a good one from the Barnes and Nobles and i knew it would have potential. The story unfolds with Walter Longmire, the sheriff of a small town in Wyoming.  I love Wyoming after visiting there so this made the story even better for me. Walter is hilarious to me, but also i feel sympathy for him, as he doesn’t have any family around and has been through some dark times.  He does have a good friend in Henry, a bar owner and indian in the town.   There are many other diverse characters as well as some that made you scratch your head.

Parker: I agree, the scenery depicted and the towns talked about paint a beautiful picture of the WY country side and small town life. In the beginning you are a little fuzzy on what the layout is and the ground to be covered in this book but as the story unfolds get a clear picture in your mind of setting the story is placed in. The towns and where they are at become real to you as if you were taking along with LongMire himself.

The book really didn’t catch my interest at first it was slow to start out and it really didn’t start to get interesting infill about page 120. But as the story progresses it gets more and more interesting leaving you with exciting cliff hangers at the end of every chapter.

Mark: I really like the dynamic between Vic the deputy and Walter.  She really is a firecracker she says whatever she wants and does whatever she wants. Walter really doesn’t know how to handle her and her style. As the story progressed i felt like Henry was the killer.  The story in the background is about four young men who did something mean to Melissa, an Indian back when they were in high school. Cody, George, Keller, and Jacob.  These young men play a vital part in this story throughout, so pay close attention readers.

Parker: The mystery was hard to solve but I am glad because the clues were always leading to a bigger more complex case. You can see the excitement in the characters when ever they get a new lead that re-vitalizes the cold dish. One thing I really appreciated about this book was the break of comedy it added to make the intermittent scenes fun and relaxing. Then there was all of the women that wear starving over Longmire, he basically had the whole woman population in his district of WY courting him. Remarkably he is a classy man and would never take advantage of a women, though that is hard to say about the women drooling over him.

Mark: In closing, let me just say that this book is not by any means a short read.  It took me a month.  400 pages, so not Lord of the Rings or anything that daunting. Midway through, you will become very engaged in the book and will have trouble setting it down.  It gets to be quite exhilarating and you will have to pay close attention to the details.  I did not like the first half, but the last half really was much better.  The characters are strong, and the author really puts his insights into it and you can feel him driving the narrative in the direction he wants it to go, which is quite a gift.  Put down the iPhone and read this and get lost in the story! I give this book a Six out of Ten.

Parker: Well it is my first book to read that is a series and is also a TV series. I can’t wait to see how this is going to play out on Netflix. So many firsts. ‘tears’.. This book gets a Seven out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

Rating: 7/10

Total Rating: 6.5/10

 

 

Sand Lot

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This is the first see it again review I am doing. I don’t usually watch movies a second time but I watched this one at a pool party with a projector playing the movie on a giant sheet.  First time seeing the movie in this type of environment an as a lot older I might add.

I had forgotten a lot of the little extra scenes they added in there besides the ordeal with the Babe Ruth ball and the gnarly dog. There was actually more to the movie than what I could remember as well as being longer than I thought it was.

What cracked me up most was all the little silly names and words we use to use back in those days and what people thought was offensive to use in dissing matches. The characters were a hoot in reminding me just how it use to be back in the day as I would often take on much of what they did in say in my own childhood.

Some of the things I noticed in this that I had dent noticed before was the decade it was set in. I guess you really don’t pay attention to those types of things as a kid. All the extra talk that is in the background that actually makes a lot of since but the shot is focused on something completely different. How fake and big the dog looks right up until the chase scene.

Some actors in this movie that I didn’t quite pay attention to or know about at the time where in this movie that have really made it the acting business are Marley Shelton and Denis Leary. Marley Shelton has played in many of my favorite Movies including Planet Terror and Death Proof. Denis Leary you will probably know from the series Rescue Me and The Amazing Spider – Man. I Love it when you recognize actors from old films, don’t you? 🙂

The ending of this movie is quite sad and makes me depressed to even watch it again. This is probably one of the reasons I don’t choose to watch this movie. Who wants to be left feeling empty and alone as this movie will make you feel. Any ways it was decent and it brings back memories. This movie gets a Six out of Ten. 

Rating: 6/10

The Good Place (Season One)

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The Good Place is a NBC premier that I found to watch on Hulu. At first glances seeing the cover you will get the impression of an easy going simple comedy, and that is exactly what it is. The whole Idea behind the show is actually quite clever and you would imagine that being about an after life concept that it would be pretty good. Well let’s just say my expectation were not quite matched to what I had anticipated.

Kristen Bell and Adam Scott are the only two recognizable actors that I noticed in this show. The show was made by the same crew who does Parks and Recreation, hence Adam Scott being apart of this cast. In know way does it come close to comparing to Parks and Rec though, which I had hopes for.

The show lasts typically less than 30 minutes and it is neither a documentary or sitcom. It is a show with a plot that will unfold slowly over the continued seasons. although the acting is not as good as it should be for a show like this with the cast and script doing as good of a job as your basic sitcom.

There are a lot of interesting and surprising things that happen through out most of the episodes that literally could be said to be the main chew of what makes the show survive.   The comedy is week and the potential to where this show will go with the plot it has is scarce. Most of the thrill and suspense has to do with the drama that is played out in the characters trying to find out why the good place is falling apart and how those who know why it is falling apart are going to fix it and keep the reason hidden.

There is much mystery and a thought for this show’s story to branch out to expanded bounds. The introduction of new characters would be a plus as the small circle of main players that are happening right has about met its final existence to what has currently happened. Viewers will be quite curious to see the next season of this show as the possibilities to where it can go form here are endless. Lets just hope that the second season out does the first. This show lands a hard Six out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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A remake of the 1960s movie. This is a comical musical that turns what could be a horror film into a film filled with fun songs and plenty of laughs and feelings of happiness. Still based in the 1960s of the poor streets of skid row, this movie tells the story of a botinist and a shop assistant trying to find love in one another. Of course there is the alien man eating plant that brings them together. The plant is the other half of what this play is about. With these two factors coming together we get a sweet and fun dynamic for a theater production.

This is one Musical I could not stop myself from singing along with as the songs were so catchy and lively they really contributed to making this film complete in making the watcher have good feelings. The songs where funny and added a richness of color and pizzazz to the overall picture with dashes of raunchiness and sadistic lyrics to match the overall feeling. The sound track even tells the story so well that after you have seen the movie you can listen to the sound track alone and hear the whole story as if you where watching it. I only know this because i have the sound track playing right now as I’m typing this because I though it would be fun and plus I really liked the main song and couldn’t get it out of my head.

The cast is a great pic for this film as it includes Rick Moranis, Ellen Green, Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. Ellen Green’s voice and her ability to show cleavage make her a hurrah as you watch this tall yet tiny voice of a women, Audrey the shop assistant. Rick Moranis as always plays the perfect nerd/scientist so no doubt he is going to play a great botanist. Steven Martin is the other big hitter and by my opinion plays the best role as he is absolutely hilarious. I would have had to say this is one of his best works. The other special guests stars include Bill Murray, John Candy, and Christopher Guest who have little great one sceners in this film but by far I would have to say that Bill Murray was priceless, real raw Murray.

You will find Steve Martin playing the character of Orin the Dentist and he is one of my favorite parts of the film. An evil dentist at that, that looks and talks like Elvis Precisely met John Travolta from Grease. He loves to inflict pain on his patients as well as treat his girlfriend Audrey unacceptably bad. With out Orin this movie would not be the same.

The set this movie was filmed on and the setup also really impressed me. It gave it a real live theater type feel. The three singing girls also played an important part in making this movie how great it was. The voice of the plant I believe was a great choice as well giving the plant the power it deserved but the joke that you couldn’t take it seriously. The timing of the movie was on point and the story was simple moving along at a steady pace.

There really wasn’t much to the whole thing but there didn’t have to be, the story was about the script and how it was acted upon. One thing that I really did appreciate was how they did not over do it with the musical pieces. This movie had just the right amount of singing and all the words of the songs played perfectly into the detail of the story line. The only thing truly I did not like is that the play couldn’t keep the same level of excitement in the entertainment as it happened to fade out toward the end.

The way they filmed this movie was excellent with many fun and unordinary shots giving it an unique and entertaining style. I give the director (Frank Oz) props for his work and would say it was comparable to Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a must see for all those who appreciate good movie work and a top on my list for musicals/plays . This movie gets an Eight out of Ten. 

Rating: 8/10

 

 

 

 

Casual (Season 1)

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This is a Hulu original that fits under the category of Comedy/Drama. It is really an interesting show that took me a while into the season to figure out what it was about and  that the title really speaks accurately about it. Being a pretty serious comedy serious I wasn’t sure I was going to like it that much but it held an aspect of psychology that captured my interest until I could finally start getting into it.

The show is about the three people you see in the photo above. There is the divorced mother who has not gotten over her ex husband moving on as fast as he did after the divorce. She is a psychologist/counselor that you will find out while watch has as many issues as a the clients she counsels and will often end up having her family and assistant giving her therapy. The mother has a daughter in the middle of the picture above who she basically lets do what ever she wants because of her psychological mind set. This allows them to have a close relationship witch overall is not that healthy and causes issues later down the road. After the divorce the mother and daughter move into the mothers brother’s house where he openly excepts them in. The mother and her brothers relationship is also very uncomfortably close making the three of them one interesting too casual of a family.

As you will come to figure out what this show is about is Sex! real causal Sex. you can tell when each episode starts the intro shows a list of preferences that one would choose on a dating site. Like looking for a relationship, just dating ext, and the one it lands on is casual. So the brother is only rich because he was a partner in creating this dating site called Snooger where the Brother basically has not contributed to the company since the beginning and now only uses the site to his own benefit of hooking up with what ever women he chooses. He can do this because he is a master at knowing what the perfect online dating profile looks like and what women tend to for when reading a fellows profile.

The sexual relationships between the family and the people they meet really make up the bulk of the entertainment in this show. They all end up treading on top of each others  territory being too non nonchalant with their boundaries and being the victim of bad parents. You get to meet their parents as they to eventually come into the show and you get to see all the destruction they did to their kids and there grandkid.

The show starts out real slow and continues to be slow but it is well made and the progression flows along smoothly as you start to see the different characters and their relationships come to be. Causal sort of reminds me of the show Weeds in being similar to sharing the qualities of having an unstructured family and a similar feel. Its definitely not much of a show to just jump in on on any episode having the since that you will need to watch this one from the begging if you are going to have any clue on what is happening. A lot conspires from episode to episode and this is another reason that this show is just decent enough to watch.

I have high hopes for the second season but am still debating on watching it or not because i believe that there are much better show out there to watch having found many! But it seams to be a popular pick upon Hulu watchers and should deserve the chance to even give the first season a full watch through. Like I said, after the first season I am more incline to continue watching. This show gets a Six out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

Frankenhooker (1990)

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Talk about a weird one. When I came across this film I felt like I finally found something worth watching.. well at least interesting in a weird since. The way this film was made from how it was filmed to how nutty and insane it is really put it at the top of my list of being one of the strangest more unique movies I have ever watch.

A scientist obsessed with his work spends most all his time working on his dark experiments. For his wife’s birthday the scientist invents her a birthday gift, being as dangerous as it looks unfortunately kills her in a freak accident. Torn up about his wife being slaughtered to pieces he becomes mad and begins to bring his dead wife back to life by using the body parts from dead hookers.

Most of this movie can be described as dark and horrific diminished by the addition of comedy in how absurd and ridicules the whole plot is along with the acting. I really thought that there would be more to this movie than there actually was but most of it had to do with finding out how insane the guy was, putting together his wife, as much of the movie focused on this.

There was a lot of time and detail into how he was to recreate his wife, which I thought was unique and could imagine watching this one on a spooky halloween night. The later half of the film really pick up on the comedy and by my opinion was more entertaining. Some of the best parts were watching him find out how he was going to kill the hookers and then watching his finished work have some demo errors.

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The scientist really plays an insane dude marked by his methods of coping and getting inspiration for his creation. He is as insane as he is smart in how the way he devises his plan to work out so nicely.. well for the most part.

A lot of parts of the movie do not make a lot of since and I am guessing there are a lot of mistakes in the filming as I caught a few scenes that did not quite add up. Along with that there were many things I questioned asking myself “does this even make since?” but I guess the movie was not trying to be logical.

The end of the movie was probably the best when you get to see his finished creation escape and make its way around town looking and acting absolutely hilarious. Its like he forgot to give it a brain. The Frankenhooker repeats scripts from past moments leading up to the death of the hookers and has one focus in mind, make money by being a hooker to get the next dose of drugs. Except she is basically like a zombi being robotic in movement and tweaking every five seconds. Her facial tweaks are the best, probably being the best acting in the whole movie, making me wonder how any body could make such faces.

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The end of the movie is quite funny bringing pay back from Frankenhooker onto her creator. He is probably glad to be back alive but didn’t expect to look the way he does. Lets just say he is not at all that masculine but that is what his formula called for to recreate life.

What this movie really is a combination of is bad acting, bad directing, bad filming, with a hilarious story line. Its to bad they really couldn’t have done a better job in putting this movie together but I guess it reflects the mad scientists work. I had a hard time watching this movie with how cheap the effects were but it sort of added to the comedy. It was hard to tell what era the feel of this movie gave off being between the 80s and 90s but I feel like it gave off more of an 80s vibe. This movie would fit the perfect description of a cult classic and was worth the watch even though it basically sucked. Im giving this movie a Four out of Ten.

Rating: 4/10

The Mick: Season 1

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Changing it up a bit here folks and expanding my territory. Really the reason Im doing a review over a TV show instead of the usual movie, is because well, I got to far behind on movie reviews. That is I was watching more movies than I was doing reviews and that is bad business. So I decided to take a break from movies and watch The Mick so that I could catch up on my movie reviews. Then it struck me I can also do reviews about TV shows and it won’t kill me either because they take more time to watch. The Idea is brilliant! of course its not original.. So the way I have decided to review shows it by seasons. I feel like that is this most logical way to review a TV show don’t you thing?

The Mick is a comedy starring: Kaitlin Olson as Mackenzie Murphy, AKA Micky, AKA Mick, Sofia Black-D’Elia as Sabrina Pemberton, Carla Jimenez as Alba, Thomas Barbusca as Chip Pemberton, Jack Stanton as Ben Pemberton, and Scott MacArthur as Jimmy. This is a good solid cast if you ask me, with equal play time and importance. Season 1 takes the right amount of time to develop these characters and to blend them into the unit that they become to be.

The Mick is about this very wealthy family that lives in a mansion. The parents get taken into custody for some illegal business that they were doing with their company and make the choice to leave the country. Micky, the mothers sister and kids aunt must take on the responsibility to watch after the house and the children until things get settled and the parents come back to relieve her.

The children start out in this show as proud and stuck up as ever, knowing that they have all the money in the world and can buy there way into what ever they want. Micky comes from a different back ground of being unemployed, poor, and uses street skills to get by. Micky is living it up in this new life style as she takes full advantage of her sisters house and money.

At First she has no idea what she is doing when it comes to taking care of kids, even though they are not all babies the wide age spectrum gives her a full plate to handle. Ben is the youngest of the Pemberton’s being about age 9 and who is going through some gender identity confusion. Next we have Chip being the middle child who is use to acting like a rich powerful man being able to get what ever he wants by throwing enough money its direction. The eldest is Sabrina being a very attractive young lady is as mean and proud as they come.

It is hilarious to watch the two worlds clash with Micky and Jimmy (her long lived boyfriend/buddy) introducing the Pembertons to a new way of living. At first the kids are not to fond of Micky being there and telling them what to do. They refuse to follow her direction which undoubtedly leads to fights and battles between them. Even though she has a rough start not really knowing how to handle these snobs or take care of children at all. She manages to use her manipulation, boldness, and audacity to say and do what ever is needed to get the desired outcome to pull this family together in trusting her to be leader and in helping the children with their problems that their parents neglected to be apart of.

If you have ever seen Melissa and Joey then you have gotten just a small taste of what you would experience from this show. Melissa and Joey is like candy when it comes to The Mick more being like a case of Red Bull. Basically this show is way more intense, which I loved. There is no dumb romance or sad sorrowful drama. No, its just raw real family issues accompanied by fights, teaming up against each other, winning respect, and breaking long engraved traditions.

Kaitlin Olson of course is the star of this show incase, if you didn’t get that her character name is the show title. This show is not all about her but she is the one that holds the show together and I think she does this very well. She brings the same lowlife/trashy comedy style that she had with Its Always Sunny but makes it her own. Then she has Jimmy by her side who also brings that same slob like/ lower-class style of comedy where its just funny to watch how disgraceful they can be. They are more than just that though they really bring a side of family that the Pembertons have never seen before, a loving caring real family life.

The first season was perfect in all aspects. They had the right amount of episodes, a great Pilot ,and season ending. I really can’t wait to watch the second season after it is finished. I say that because I rather benign watch my shows, that way I don’t have to wait a week for each upcoming episode to premier. By the way I think they released the first episode of the second season, just FYI. Also I probably will not give to many ratings on the lower end of the scale when it comes to TV shows just because I am not going to watch a full season if I didn’t like it, you understand. The Mick Season 1 gets a Nine out of Ten.

Rating: 9/10