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The Judge - Movie

The Judge “Family Courtroom Drama”

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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.”

Great American Beer Fest 2014

Great American Beer Fest 2014

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We visit the Great American Beer Festival in Denver to check out the festivities and talk with a few of the awesome brewers!

Love is Strange - Movie

Love is Strange “Downer Movie”

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Love is Strange - Movie PosterLOVE IS STRANGE stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as two gay men who have been living together for years and have been partners for even longer than that, and it is about what happens to them after they can finally get officially married.

The movie begins with the wedding ceremony for Ben and George, which is held outdoors in New York City and attended by their families and friends.

At the reception afterwards, held in the roomy apartment that Ben and George own together, Kate, played by Marisa Tomei, who is married to Elliot, Ban’s nephew, makes a toast and says, “May this marriage last forever and beyond.”

Well, unfortunately, their official marriage causes problems for Ben and George, because George, who teaches music at a Catholic school, loses his job, and their loss of income forces them to sell their apartment and move out.

So, while they are looking for another apartment, Ben moves in with Elliot and Kate, where he sleeps on the bottom bunk in the bedroom of their teenage son, Joey, which causes privacy problems with Joey and his friend Vlad.

George moves in with two policemen friends of theirs, who are also gay, and he sleeps on the couch in their living room.

Now, Kate is a novelist who works at home, Ben likes to talk, and he doesn’t realize at first that his talking to Kate is interrupting her concentration and getting on her nerves.

As Ben tells George, “Sometimes when you live with people, you know them better than you care to.”

Ben is a painter, but when Kate suggests that he do some painting to keep him busy, he tells her that he can’t work if someone else is around, because he can’t concentrate.

George is also having difficulties with his new living arrangement sleeping on the couch, because the policemen have a lot of parties and a lot of friends over for activities that don’t interest George at all.

Now, you might get the impression that this sounds like a pretty depressing movie, and you would be right.

Even though other incidents break up the main complication of Ben and George looking for a new place to live, and even though something lucky happens for them, it gets even more depressing.

LOVE IS STRANGE is a downer movie.

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

About Time

“About Time” Repetitive and Tedious to a Fault

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“Repetitive and Tedious to a Fault”

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About Time is the latest schmaltzy romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis, who also wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love, Actually.

About Time

This one, however, adds the notion of time travel to the already tedious concept of “meet cute” in romantic comedies.

That is correct. If the hero has the ability to go back in time, then he can fix whatever he did wrong when he first met the perfect girl for him.

Tim is our hero, and on his 21st birthday, his father, played by Bill Nighy, takes Tim aside and tells him, “The men in this family have always had the ability to travel in time.”

However, they can only go back in time, not forward, and how to do it is the easy bit.

They just go into a dark place, clinch their fists, think of when they want to go to, and when they step out of the dark place, they are there.

I mean “then.”

So, Tim tries it, and, sure enough, it works, although he isn’t able to achieve the result he wanted with the first girl he believed was the perfect girl for him.

Then Tim is off to London to begin his career as a lawyer and to keep searching for the perfect girl.

Tim also has trouble fixing the opening night of a play written by the relative he is staying with, and we have to watch everything leading up to both attempts.

Then Tim meets Mary, an American girl working in London, who is played by Rachel McAdams.

Unfortunately, when they meet, Tim is with his best friend, and they meet Mary and her friend in a club that is completely dark, which has nothing to do with Tim’s ability to travel in time, but the audience has to sit and watch a black screen while the actors talk.

Well, needless to say, things don’t go the way Tim wanted them to this time, either, and the audience has to watch each time Tim tries to correct the situation.

Tim’s time travel in this movie isn’t limited to Tim’s attempt to find the perfect girl, either. Oh, no. Not by a long shot.

About Time takes too long to get started and too long to end, and it is repetitive and tedious to a fault.

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

Enough Said

“Enough Said” Title Says It Best

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“Title Says It Best”

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Enough Said is a romantic comedy that is the very definition of quirky, which is a synonym of idiosyncratic, which means eccentric or peculiar of constitution or temperament and also an individualizing characteristic or quality.

Enough Said

In other words, it is hard to define.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Eva, a divorced masseuse who carries her massage table in the trunk of her car to her clients’ homes, and we see three of those clients throughout the movie as a running gag, or should that be a driving gag, or should that be a massaging gag.

Eva has been divorced 10 years, and she has a teenage daughter, Ellen, who is going away to college in the fall.

Eva’s best friend is Sarah, played by Toni Collette, and at the beginning of the movie Eva goes to a party with Sarah and her husband, at which Eva says to Sarah, “There’s not one man at this party that I’m attracted to.”

However, Eva does meet a man at the party, Albert, played by James Gandolfini, who has been divorced for four years and who also has a teenage daughter who is going off to college in the fall.

Eva also meets a woman at the party, Marianne, who is a poet and who becomes a new client for Eva.

Well, Albert likes Eva enough that he calls her and asks her out to dinner, and Eva likes Albert enough that she accepts.

Now, maybe this is how first dates are conducted in California, but at the end of the date when Albert drives Eva home, he doesn’t even get out of the car and walk her up to her front door, shaking hands with her in the front seat.

At any rate, Eva tells Sarah that she thought it was a very good date, and now she finds Albert kind of sexy, enough so that they continue dating and doing more than shaking hands.

Much more.

Meanwhile, Eva’s new client, Marianne, enjoys being with Eva so much that she wants to become friends with Eva, saying that she doesn’t have many close friends whom she can talk to, which mostly consists of bad-mouthing her ex-husband.

Well, you can see where this going, can’t you, especially when you learn that Marianne also has a daughter going away to college.

Enough Said.

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

Fruitvale Station

“Fruitvale Station” All Story and No Movie

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“All Story, No Movie”

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Fruitvale Station is based on a true story about a tragedy that occurred in 2009 in the San Francisco Bay area.

Fruitvale Station

The title is the name of the station on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, or BART, where the event took place.

In fact, the movie opens with actual footage from the event, and then it goes into a couple of flashbacks in an attempt to fill out the story and show why it was such a tragedy.

The first flashback goes to the morning of New Year’s Eve, and we meet Oscar Julius Grant III, a young man 22 years old who is in bed with his girlfriend Sophina.

Oscar tells Sophina, “All I want is you and T, forever.”

“T” is their daughter, Tatiana, who is four years old.

December 31 is also the birthday of Oscar’s mother, Wanda, played by Octavia Spencer.  So, Oscar calls Wanda and makes arrangements for Wanda’s birthday party that evening, which will be attended by family and friends, and we watch Oscar throughout the day taking care of the arrangements.

He goes to the supermarket where his brother works to get the food and where Oscar also helps out a customer arrange a fish fry she is hosting by having her talk to Oscar’s grandmother, who gives the customer advice.

Oscar also talks to his sister, Chantay, and promises to let her have $300 so Chantay can pay her rent that month, even though from what we have seem so far, we wonder if Oscar even has that amount of money to give to Chantay.

Then we go into another flashback to a year earlier when Oscar is in prison on drug-related charges, and his mother comes to visit him.  Oscar gets into an argument with another prisoner, and it upsets his mother so much that she says that she won’t visit him anymore.

This flashback gives more background on Oscar and introduces a character who will play a part in the event that is the story that makes up the movie.

Then we are back to the events of the day on New Year’s Eve, and we see more of Oscar’s day leading up to the tragedy, which is preceded by going into San Francisco to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Fruitvale Station is all story and no movie.

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

Before Midnight

“Before Midnight” What All Films Should Be

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“What All Films Should Be”

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Before Midnight is the third in the series of films that began with the 1995 Before Sunrise and continued with the 2004 Before Sunset.

Before Midnight

All of them were directed by Richard Linklater and star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

First of all, it is refreshing that none of the films in this trilogy has a number in its title.

Second of all, you don’t need to have seen the first two films in order to enjoy and understand this one, although seeing them in order would certainly heighten the enjoyment and refresh your memory about what is discussed in this one.

And third of all, don’t be put off by a description of this excellent film that like the first two it consists mostly of the two lead characters talking. The subjects they talk about are fascinating, they are relevant to the relationship of all couples, and at some point they become surprisingly heartbreaking.

And I don’t mean when Celine tells Jesse, “You never stop ogling girls” or when she says “I’m stuck with an American teenager.”

Yes, Jesse is American, Celine is French, and they met 18 years earlier on a train when they began talking and Jesse convinced Celine to get off with him in Vienna and share his last night in Europe.

Jesse wrote a successful novel based on that accidental encounter, and nine years later they met again in Paris when he was on a book tour, and again they spent a romantic night together even though Jesse was married and Celine had a boyfriend.

And now it is again nine years later, Celine and Jesse are not only together, but they also have twin girls, and they have all just spent six weeks on vacation in Greece with close Greek friends.

This time the extensive dialogue is broken up into four distinct parts.

The first part is when Jesse and Celine are driving back from dropping off his son at the airport, and they discuss Jesse’s son and Celine’s concerns about taking a new job in Paris.

The second part is a long discussion over lunch with their friends, and they discuss sex in the future, gender differences, and family appearances.

And the third and fourth parts are Celine and Jesse talking about their future.

Before Midnight is what films should all be.

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

The Heat

“The Heat” Good Enough to Reheat

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“Good Enough to Reheat”

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The Heat is another comedy about buddy cops, but the difference in this case is that the two buddy cops are both women.

The Heat

In fact, I have read that this is the only film this summer in which the two stars are women, and yet it is definitely not a chick flick.

Sandra Bullock stars as Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent who is slim, prim, and grim, so much so, in fact, that none of her fellow agents like to work with her.

Melissa McCarthy stars as Shannon Mullins, a Boston police detective who is rude, crude, and lewd, and whose unorthodox methods make her very successful.

After Shannon captures one criminal, she tells him, “It’s not about luck, Pal. It’s not about luck.”

Now, Sarah’s boss is going to be moving up and out, and Sarah wants to be promoted and to take over his job.  So, she is transferred temporarily to Boston to find and capture a drug lord, and if she is successful, her boss tells her that they will talk about the promotion.

Well, Sarah is forced to partner with Shannon on the case, even though neither of them wants to, but again Sarah’s boss tell her that she has to show that she can work with Shannon before they will talk about her promotion.

Shannon tells Sarah that Shannon is intuitive and says what she feels, especially when they go undercover into a nightclub and they change Sarah’s appearance to make her more attractive in order to get close to a criminal that they are after.

Shannon also isn’t afraid to use Russian Roulette in order to get a suspect to talk during an interrogation.

Naturally, there will be times for Sarah and Shannon to go out socializing together, and naturally they will all be funny.

Shannon also has occasion to take Sarah home to meet Shannon’s family, which is interesting because the family doesn’t like Shannon for what she did to her brother, but ultimately funny in the discussion between “narc” and “na’c.”

You can imagine that Sarah and Shannon are successful in catching the drug lord, and you can also imagine that a sequel to this very funny film might already be in the works.

The Heat is good enough to see again, especially if the second time is Part II.

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

O'Meara Ford - 100 Anniversary Celebration

O’Meara Ford – 100 Anniversary Celebration

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We go back to O’meara Ford in Northglenn for their 100th Anniversary Celebration and talk with their famous spokesperson Bonnie and she introduces us to Brian O’meara and his family and learn about the long history of the O’Meara Ford Center in Colorado and Denver. Lots of fun at this event including Face Painting, Jumpy Castles, Rock Climbing, Photos, Petting Zoo, Animal Riding, even Fishing, Stilt Walkers and Unicycling, with special music by Buckstein.

Mud

“Mud” Just Another Mysterious Stranger Movie

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“Another Mysterious Stranger”

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Mud stars Matthew McConaughey, he has received praise for his performance in this film, but once again he does what he seems to do in all of his films, and that is to take his shirt off.

Mud

The story takes place in Arkansas along the Arkansas River near the Mississippi River, and it is basically another in a long line of movies about coming of age.

It begins in the middle of the night when a boy named Ellis, who is 14 years old, sneaks out of his parents’ houseboat and meets his best friend, Neckbone, where they take a boat out onto the river and motor downstream to the Mississippi, where they beach their boat on the shore of an island.

They walk inland for a while, come to a tall tree, and one of them says, “There it is.”

“It” is a boat in pretty good condition stuck high up in the tree from some previous time when flood conditions caused it to get stuck up there.

Although they claim the boat as theirs, they soon discover that someone is living in the boat, and he shows up telling them that the boat is his, because he is living in it.

The man tells them to call him Mud, says that he grew up around there, and he will trade them the boat for food.

Mud is waiting for someone, a woman named Juniper, and when she shows up, they will leave and the boys can have the boat.

Back home, Ellis’s mother tells him to be home that evening by 7, so they can have a sit-down dinner and talk.

Then while he is in town, Ellis sees an older boy picking on a girl Ellis knows named May Pearl, and Ellis punches the boy to get him to stop.

Ellis and Neckbone also see a pretty woman in town they had never seen before, who turns out to be Juniper, played by Reese Witherspoon.

Later, Ellis learns that his parents want to separate, his mother wants to move back into town, and they will lose the houseboat.

And this is all just the beginning of the story, which has too many parallels and is not original.

Mud is just another movie about a mysterious stranger who shows up and changes the lives of others.

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

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