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St. Vincent - Movie

St. Vincent “Big Rewards”

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“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

stvincentposterST. VINCENT is the latest film starring Bill Murray, and that is all you need to know to make you want to see it, and you will be pleased you did. Murray plays Vincent, who is the furthest thing you can imagine being a saint at the beginning of the movie.

Vincent lives in a run-down house in Brooklyn, he drinks, he gambles, and he has a so-called “friend,” who is a pregnant Russian stripper and hooker named Daka, who is played by Naomi Watts.

Well, one day some new neighbors move in next door, and things get off to a bad start when the moving truck breaks a branch off a tree in Vincent’s front yard, which falls onto Vincent’s car parked in his driveway and damages it.

The car, not the driveway.

The truck also runs over Vincent’s fence, and he wants the new neighbor to pay for that, too, although we have already seen Vincent run over the fence himself while driving his car into the driveway drunk and backwards.

The new neighbors are Maggie, a woman going through a divorce played by Melissa McCarthy in a surprisingly and thankfully toned-down performance, and her young son Oliver, who says when he is told about Vincent, “It’s gonna be a long life.”

Maggie has a new job at a hospital, and Oliver starts a new school, which happens to be Catholic, although he is not, nor are many of the kids in his class, as the teacher finds out when he introduces Oliver to the class.

The teacher, Brother Geraghty, is played by Chris O’Dowd.

On his first day at school, Oliver gets picked on by some bullies, and his clothes are stolen, and so when he gets home he is locked out of the house and goes next door to use Vincent’s phone in order to call Maggie.

When Oliver tries to explain why he wants to use Vinent’s telephone, Vincent says, “I don’t need to hear the whole story,” which Vincent will say more than once in this movie.

When Maggie gets home, she anticipates future needs to use Vincent, and so they agree that Vincent will babysit Oliver for a small wage whenever necessary.

Well, you can see where this arrangement is headed, can’t you?

ST. VINCENT pays off with big rewards.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Route 66 - Part 15 - Winslow Arizona

Route 66 – Part 15 – Winslow Arizona

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Route 66 – Part 15 – Winslow Arizona – Jann visits Winslow AZ, touring the museum and interview with Pete at Falcons.

Route 66 - Part 16 - Williams Arizona

Route 66 – Part 16 – Williams Arizona

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Route 66 – Part 16 – Williams Arizona – Jann visits Williams AZ, Interview with Terri at Route 66 Inn, and Interviews at The Red Garter Bed and Bakery.

Route 66 - Part 17 - Arizona

Route 66 – Part 17 – Arizona

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Route 66 – Part 17 – Arizona – Interview with Jack Rabbit, Twin Arrows, Winona AZ, Flagstaff, The Log Museum, and The Gertrude Frontier Motel in Truxton.

Route 66 - Part 18 - Arizona

Route 66 – Part 18 – Arizona

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Route 66 – Part 18 – Arizona – Jann continues on in Arizona and visits Buzz the Map maker and on to Kingman AZ, where he stays in the Quality Inn room where Gene Hackman once stayed.

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Route 66 – Part 19 – Truxton Arizona

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Route 66 – Part 19 – Truxton Arizona – Jann visits Truxton AZ, Interview at the Frontier Motel & Cafe.

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St. Vincent – Movie Trailer

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Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.

Route 66 - Part 20 - Kingman Arizona

Route 66 – Part 20 – Kingman Arizona

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Route 66 – Part 20 – Kingman Arizona – Jann visits Kingman AZ, Interview with Terri Holloway at the visitors center, Interview with a Route 66 historian at the Distillery in the Quality Inn and the Kingman Army Air Base.

Route 66 - Part 21 - Arizona and California

Route 66 – Part 21 – Arizona and California

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Route 66 – Part 21 – Arizona & California – In this episode Jann and camera girl Janet continue a wacky and fun week on Route 66. Albuquerque, Dog House, Grants Pass, The Continental Divide NM, Gallop NM, The Petrified Forest and The Painted Desert AZ, The Creator and its museum, Meteor City, Mr. D’s Kingman AZ, Oatman AZ, and Los Angeles.

The Judge - Movie

The Judge “Family Courtroom Drama”

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“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

The Judge - Movie PosterTHE JUDGE is a terrific film about a family and what happens to them in a courtroom during a murder trial.

Robert Downey, Jr., stars as Hank Palmer, a successful attorney in Chicago, and Robert Duvall stars as Joe Palmer, Hank’s father, who has been a judge in a small town in Indiana for 42 years.

Hank has a reputation that is not entirely favorable, and when asked why many of his clients seem to be guilty, he says, “Innocent people can’t afford me.”

Hank and Joe are estranged and barely talk to one another, and the movie begins when Hank returns to his hometown in Indiana to attend his mother’s funeral.

However, while Hank is there, Joe is involved in an automobile accident late at night with a man on a bicycle who is killed.

The evidence seems to indicate that the accident was intentional, and because Joe and the man on the bicycle had a history from a previous trial, the judge is charged with murder.

Joe hires a local attorney to defend him, who is played by Dax Shepard, but because he turns out to be both out of his league and in over his head, Hank reluctantly agrees to help out over the objections of Joe.

However, the story is not all courtroom drama; Vera Farmiga plays Hank’s high-school sweetheart, a single mom with a daughter that Hank might have had something to do with before he left town, and Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeremy Strong play Hank’s brothers, and there is something in their past, too, that enters into the story.

In addition, Hank has a wife and daughter back in Chicago who require some attention during the trial, and Joe has a secret that he is not telling anybody. Hank’s reputation isn’t helping his cause, either, especially when he is known as a bully with a big bag of tricks, and he says that his father is the most brutally difficult client he has ever had.

Now, you might believe from the publicity that the movie consists only of Hank and Joe being at each other’s throats and arguing with each other, but there are also some tender and touching scenes in the movie, as well.

THE JUDGE is a tremendous family courtroom drama that is sure to receive some Academy Award nominations.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

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