’80 FOR BRADY
(Four Seniors and the GOAT)
There he was. On the large screen and a smaller one. The seats were filled at the first showing of “’80 For Brady.”
Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, four excellent “mature” actors, were somehow convinced to play four silly senior citizens in this dumb movie.
The women are off to the Super Bowl to see their hero. Gronkowski gets in his pal’s movie playing Gronkowski.
There are shots of the game and the ladies schmoozing in the locker room, but most of the movie has them dealing with ticket problems and ending up with good seats. The writers even throw in some poignancy with the “humor.” And watch for those “guest stars.”
If you rush out of the theatre, you’ll miss Brady’s reference to retirement.
The incredible truth is that this movie is going to make a lot of money.
KNOCK AT THE CABIN
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M. Knight Shyamalan made one great movie – his first. The rest, including his latest, “Knock at the Cabin,” have been too inconsistent and erratic.
He starts with an interesting premise: If you have a chance to save the world from Armageddon by killing one of your family members, would you do it? And whom would you choose?
It’s sort of like the old Lifeboat question: If you had to kill one person on a lifeboat in order to survive, who gets thrown overboard, or worse, eaten.
Four people knock on the door of a gay couple and their adopted young daughter and present their proposition. They must decide which one of them they will kill, and kill them. Otherwise, one of the four will be killed.
The leader of the group (Dave Bautista) is polite but terrifying – creating a somber, scary mood.
The gay couple loves each other and their child and cannot participate in the unthinkable decision.
When mass destruction takes place on their TV, they begin to question the reality of the situation. They also question whether they were chosen because of their sexuality.
Shyamalan pads the movie with flashbacks that break the tension and adds hard-to-watch violence that could have been suggested rather than graphically shown.
The characters of the two men are pushed to the limit as the movie heads toward a disappointing ending.
It still will give you much to think about, as Shyamalan likes to do.
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(WW II Movie)
This Norwegian movie is about the German’s attacking neutral Norway in 1940 to obtain their iron ore and ship it from their port to use in World War II.
The story revolves around Gunnar, a young man who is fighting for Norway and his small town of Narvik.
He blows up a bridge and is captured by the Germans.
Gunnar’s wife works for the Germans as a translator and assists the Germans by providing valuable information in order to save their dying son.
What happens to them and their small town is a tragedy.
PAMELA, A LOVE STORY
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(Pamala Anderson Tells Her Story)
She is 55 years old now, still going strong after an incredible life that included posing nude for Playboy, starring in “Baywatch,” marrying a half dozen times (or more?), surviving domestic abuse, raising big bucks for charity, raising three kids, and, most recently, starring as Roxie in “Chicago” on Broadway.
Pamela tells her story unashamed and unabashed, showing a multitude of tapes that she has kept in her attic over the years.
Her wildest years were spent with Tommy Lee, drummer for Mötley Crüe. Her life hit a low point when sex tapes with Tommy were allegedly stolen from her home and released on the internet.
Anderson tells it like it is, showing many tapes of her talk show appearances where she was ridiculed beyond belief and just laughed it off.
Pamela Anderson is a survivor. You may question her integrity, her choices and her morality, but you have to wonder at how she is still out there doing her thing.
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