REVIEW: I, TONYA

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CAST

Margot Robbie (Focus)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Sebastian Stan (Captain Ameirca: The Winter Soldier)
Mckenna Grace (Independence Day: Resurgence)
Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex)
Caitlin Carver (Paper Towns)
Bojana Novakovic (Beyond Skyline)
Paul Walter Hauser (Super Troopers 2)
Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man)
Jason Davis (The Accountant)
Miles Mussenden (Cloak & Dagger)

Sebastian Stan and Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (2017)In 1970s Portland, Oregon, three-year-old Tonya Harding is compelled to ice skate by her abusive mother, LaVona. As Tonya grows up, LaVona takes her out of school to focus on her skating career, and she trains extensively under coach Diane Rawlinson. Tonya quickly becomes one of the best figure skaters in the United States, but is unable to move beyond her “white trash” reputation, homemade costumes and unconventional choice of performance music. At 15, Tonya begins dating 18-year-old Jeff Gillooly despite her mother’s disapproval. Tonya marries Jeff in order to move out of her mother’s home, but soon Jeff begins physically abusing her as well. LaVona scorns Tonya for putting up with it, but Tonya blames LaVona for raising her in an abusive environment.Allison Janney in I, Tonya (2017)Meanwhile, Tonya takes on a new coach and becomes the first female figure skater to complete two triple axel jumps in one competition. However, Tonya fails to stick her landings and comes in fourth place at the Olympics. Defeated, she returns to Portland and takes a job as a waitress, but her first coach Diane Rawlinson convinces her to train for the 1994 Winter Olympics. Tonya visits her estranged mother who chastises her for seeking kindness, claiming that she made her a champion, knowing she’d hate her for it.Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (2017)After Tonya’s confidence is shaken by an anonymous death threat prior to a performance, Jeff realizes he can do the same to Tonya’s main rival Nancy Kerrigan. However, Jeff’s delusional friend Shawn Eckhardt, seeking notoriety and prestige, hires two inept crooks to attack Kerrigan after a practice session in Detroit. Kerrigan’s knee is badly injured by Shane Stant, and both men involved are soon arrested. Eckhardt’sbragging around town quickly leads the FBI to him.He points the finger at Jeff, who is horrified to learn that Eckhardt gave orders beyond sending death threats via letters. Tonya qualifies for the Olympic team amid the allegations that she was involved in Kerrigan’s attack. Realizing that she will be found guilty by the association, she goes to the FBI and tells them what Jeff and Shawn did, who then show her written testimony to Jeff during the interview, and he races to her house to attack her. Tonya leaves him for good and he implicates her to the authorities, claiming she knew about the attack.MV5BYTE2NDY2MjItY2ZjMi00ZGRmLTljZWUtOGZkZTE0NDY3ZmU5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjUxMjc1OTM@._V1_Back in Portland, Tonya finds herself in a media circus. LaVona visits Tonya and offers her kind words; she finally tells her she is proud of her and that she is on her side. However, when LaVona asks if Tonya knew anything about the attack, Tonya realizes she is wearing a recording device and ejects her from her home. Jeff, Eckhardt and Stant are all sentenced, with Tonya’s trial postponed until after the Olympics. After a failed attempt at the triple axel, despite being given extensive wait time to fix her broken skate lace, Tonya comes in eighth place and Kerrigan wins the silver medal. Tonya avoids jail but is given three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $100,000 fine. She is also forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and is banned from competitive figure skating for life. Heartbroken, she begs the judge to give her jail time rather than take away the one thing she knows how to do; the judge declines. Jeff acknowledges that he ruined Tonya’s career, changes his name and remarries. Tonya embraces her notoriety and becomes a boxer, while becoming a nurturing mother to a son.MV5BMmI5YzQzNWMtM2M1My00M2RkLWIwM2UtZTJjOGZhZTEwZmE3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjUwNzk3NDc@._V1_A great movie that grabs you from its opening scene and will have you entranced throughout.

REVIEW: BAD EDUCATION (2019)

Allison Janney and Hugh Jackman in Bad Education (2019)

Starring

Hugh Jackman (Logan)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Ray Romano (Ice Age)
Geraldine Viswanathan (The Package)
Alex Wolff (Jumanji: The Next Level)
Kayli Carter (Mrs. America)
Rafael Casal (Blindspotting)
Stephen Spinella (Virtuosity)
Annaleigh Ashford (Late Night)
Hari Dhillon (Billions)
Jimmy Tatro (Super Troopers 2)
Pat Healy (The Post)
Jeremy Shamos (The Rebound)
Kathrine Narducci (The Irishman)

Trust in our national institutions may be at an all-time low, but it’s not like there haven’t been plenty of events over the years to make us wary enough to demand attention and oversight. This story of the 2002 Nassau County Schools scandal is a prime example. This is director Corey Finley’s follow up to his clever and twisted THOROUGHBREDS (2018), and the script is from writer Mike Makowski, who was a student in the district when the scandal hit.Screen-Shot-2020-02-21-at-1.32.41-PMHugh Jackman plays Dr. Frank Tassone, the District Superintendent of Schools, while Oscar winner Allison Janney (I, TONYA) is Pam Gluckin, the Assistant Superintendent. Both are excellent, but Mr. Jackman delivers what might be his best ever performance. His Tassone is uber-charming, and clearly wants the best for the schools and students. We do notice some oddities about him. He seems to be overly concerned about his physical attractiveness – perfect business suits, facelifts, not a hair out of place, and big smiles to show the world he has it all under control. In contrast, if Ms. Janney’s Pam had a mustache, she would certainly twirl it as the story’s most obvious villain.Pooka-10The film opens by informing us that the district has been evaluated as doing excellent in terms of student test scores, student admissions to prestigious schools, raising property values in the area, and with financial success that leads to a new construction project – one that appears to be more of an ego project than substantive for education. Ray Romano plays the President of the School Board, and we get glimpses of life at the school, and the challenges faced by the administrators. As with many things, if all is well, few questions are asked.IJFWY4However, stuff hits the fan when a reporter for the school paper starts doing some basic research. Rachel (Geraldine Viswanathan, BLOCKERS) is writing a “fluff” piece on a new high dollar capital improvement project at the school, when she stumbles on irregularities in billing. It turns out Ms. Gluckin has been embezzling for years. When the discrepancies first come to light, the conversations with the school board and administrators is downright fascinating. The crime is obvious, but by going public, who does it help and who does it hurt? These people don’t want the kids to lose opportunities. They don’t want their property values to drop. And they don’t want the bad publicity that comes with being unaware fraud had been ongoing under their watch.

ITD_IJFWY_SEW_21292ROnce Ms. Gluckin’s scheme has been exposed, Jackman really kicks it into gear for Tassone. Any additional details would spoil the fun, but it becomes clear that he’s a master manipulator. Corrupt people have a way of convincing themselves their actions are justified, given the good work they do. You know the drill – underappreciated and underpaid. Solid support work comes from David Bhargava as Rachel’s father, who is also going through his own professional crisis. Alex Wolff is the editor of the school paper, and he faces his own moral dilemma in a scene where he knows the right thing to do will actually cause harm to his college opportunity. Finally, Rafael Casal stars as Kyle, a bartender/dancer and former student of Tassone, as they are reunited in Las Vegas.maxresdefaultDirector Finley and cinematographer Lyle Vincent (THROUGHBREDS, A GIRL WHO WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT) shoot in harsh light, never allowing the truth to hide behind soft filters. These are complex people with real lives and real families and real friends, all doing good things for the students. Watching a compromise of morals or a twisting of ethics is always a bit uncomfortable, but the film shows just how easy we can overlook the obvious. The film features brisk pacing with some dark humor in moments that least deserve humor. The trailer is a bit misleading, as the comedy is quite dark in nature. A low-key approach to filmmaking provides none of the over-the-top dramatic flair we expect. Instead it’s social commentary and a psychological study of pathological liars and manipulators … in positions that bring public trust.

REVIEW: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019)

Starring

Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)
Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde)
Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass)
Finn Wolfhard (It)
Nick Kroll (Get Him To The Greek)
Bette Midler (THe Women)
Snoop Dogg (Scary Movie 5)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Elsie Fisher (Despicable Me)
Tituss Burgess (Smurfs: The Lost Village)
Pom Klementieff (Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2)
Martin Short (Mars Attacks)
Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone)
Aimee Garcia (Robocop)

Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz in The Addams Family (2019)Gomez and Morticia Addams are chased away with the rest of the Addams clan during their wedding ceremony by an angry mob that disapproves of their macabre nature. Grandmama buys Uncle Fester time to evacuate Gomez, Morticia, and Thing. Gomez and Morticia decide to move from New York to New Jersey, a place “no one would be caught dead in.” There, Gomez, Morticia, and Thing find their “perfect” home in an abandoned asylum on a hill. They meet Lurch, an escaped mental patient whom they hit when Thing was distracted driving the car, and immediately recruit him as their butler.The Addams Family (2019)Thirteen years later, the Addams family continue to live their gloomy lives in isolation from the outside world. Gomez prepares his son Pugsley for his upcoming Mazurka, a rite of passage that every Addams family member takes. Morticia struggles to keep their daughter, Wednesday, from wanting to experience the world outside of the mansion after a balloon and confetti appear on their property, as the fog surrounding it begins to lift.The Addams Family (2019)Elsewhere, reality TV host Margaux Needler, who is building a perfect planned community called “Assimilation” so her show will have a successful season finale, discovers the Addams family’s household and becomes determined to rid the town of it when the family refuses to change. Wednesday then meets Margaux’s neglected daughter Parker and convinces Morticia to let her attend junior high school. Pugsley struggles with the complicated traditions and pressure of his Mazurka, even with the guidance of Gomez and Uncle Fester. Grandmama arrives at the house for the event.The Addams Family (2019)At school, Wednesday defends Parker and her twin friends Layla and Kayla from the school bully named Bethany and befriends them after she resurrects some dead frogs and commands them to attack Bethany. Later on, the two discuss their frustrations and change their dressing habits – Parker becomes more gothic and Wednesday dresses more colorfully – to the shock of both of their mothers. After an argument with Morticia, Wednesday decides to run away in secret and stay with Parker for a while, which Pugsley inadvertently tells Morticia.The Addams Family (2019)Wednesday and Parker discover a secret room under Parker’s house revealing that Margaux has planted hidden cameras in every house she designed in town and has been spreading rumors about the Addams family through social media, claiming that they are freaks. Margaux catches the two and locks them in the attic, but Wednesday breaks them out. Margaux rallies an angry mob to attack the mansion just as Cousin Itt and the entire Addams clan arrive for Pugsley’s Mazurka. Even Grandmama’s sister Sloom will be attending to judge the event.The Addams Family (2019)During the Mazurka, Pugsley fails miserably in front of the whole family, but Gomez reassures him that he is an Addams nonetheless. The mob arrives flinging boulders, severely damaging the mansion and trapping the family inside. Pugsley uses his love of bombs and destruction to defend his family and manages to destroy the mob’s trebuchet. Wednesday and Parker join in and help everyone out of the wreckage safely with help of the living tree Ichabod.The Addams Family (2019)As Margaux tries to take control once more, her treachery is revealed to the people. They see that the Addams are not monsters, but a family, and Wednesday states that everyone is weird in their own unique way. Margaux’s agent, Glenn, carries a message from the network stating that her show is now cancelled because Parker was live streaming the whole thing with her phone. As Fester comes up with a compromise to Margaux, Assimilation’s civilians realize the error of their ways. After they work together to rebuild the mansion, the Addams family and Assimilation’s civilians live in peace. Margaux becomes Fester’s business partner, selling homes to the other members of the Addams clan. Pugsley completes his Mazurka. The film ends with an animated recreation of the intro of the 1964 TV show.Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac in The Addams Family (2019)I went is skeptical that they were going to take a beloved IP like the Adams Family and reboot it into something modern and new. I was pleasantly surprised! It is an absolute joy to watch. Each Adams has the same style and characteristics we know and love, and they were executed seamlessly in this 2019 adaptation. Demented, funny and beautifully disturbing. Combined with a well executed storyline, this is one you can’t miss!

REVIEW: SPY

CAST

Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters)
Jude Law (A.I.)
Rose Byrne (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Jason Staham (Fast & Furious 7)
Miranda Hart (Miranda)
Jessica Chaffin (The Heat)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Morena Baccarin (Gotham)
Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine)
Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man)
Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of The Dead)
Ben Falcone (Tammy)
50 Cent (Southpaw)
Paul Feig (Sabrina: TTW)
Richard Brake (3 From Hell)

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a desk-bound CIA analyst guiding her partner Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) on a mission to Varna from a CIA office in the Washington, D.C. area. Fine kills Tihomir Boyanov after he sneezes without first finding a suitcase nuke whose location is known only to Boyanov. Meanwhile, the agency learns that Boyanov’s daughter Rayna (Rose Byrne) might know the location of her father’s device, so they send Fine to infiltrate her home. However, Rayna shoots Fine dead while Susan watches online. Rayna knows the identities of all the agency’s top agents, including Fine and Rick Ford (Jason Statham). Susan, who is unknown to Rayna, volunteers to become a field agent, and her boss, Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney), agrees. Ford quits in disgust over Susan being chosen for the assignment.
Susan is sent to Paris to spy on Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale). Later that night, Ford appears in the hotel Susan is staying at and insists that she will ruin the mission due to being an inexperienced field agent. The next morning, Susan sees an assassin working for De Luca, and one of his contacts, exchanging Ford’s bag for one with a bomb inside it. Susan warns Ford, then catches up to the assassin, but he is killed when they fight. Susan follows De Luca to Rome, where she meets her contact Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz), a suave Italian informant who makes inappropriate advances towards her. Susan meets Rayna in a casino, prevents Rayna’s assassination, and becomes part of her inner circle. When they fly in her private plane to Budapest, the steward kills the bodyguard and pilots and tries to kill Rayna, but Susan subdues him and lands the plane in Budapest.
Rayna believes Susan to be a CIA spy, but Susan convinces Rayna that her father hired her to be Rayna’s bodyguard. In Budapest, the two encounter Susan’s best friend Nancy B. Artingstall (Miranda Hart), who is sent by Crocker to provide back-up. After being shot at in the street, Susan orders Nancy to get Rayna to safety while she pursues the shooter’s vehicle. The shooter turns out to be CIA double agent Karen Walker (Morena Baccarin), who sold Rayna the names of the agents. As she is about to shoot Susan, Walker is killed by an unknown sniper. Later that night, Susan and Nancy accompany Rayna to a party. The contact is De Luca’s associate, Lia (Nargis Fakhri). Nancy creates a diversion so Susan can fight Lia, who is a skilled assassin. Just as Susan is about to arrest Lia, she is fatally stabbed in the chest by an unknown assailant, who turns out to be Bradley Fine. Susan is captured and is told that Fine faked his death so he could become Rayna’s lover.
Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy in Spy (2015)
After Susan is imprisoned with Aldo in a bunker, Fine appears and reveals to Susan that the real reason he faked his death was to gain intelligence on the device’s location, which could only happen if he gained Rayna’s trust. Fine also reveals that he was the one who assassinated Karen. Susan and Aldo escape after subduing two bodyguards. Eventually, Susan accompanies Rayna and Fine at De Luca’s mansion while posing as a double agent. Chechen terrorist Solsa Dudaev (Richard Brake) and his men arrive to purchase the device for a suitcase full of diamonds. Rayna then reveals the location of the device. However, De Luca, now in possession of the device and doubting that Dudaev can safely smuggle it into the United States, kills him and his men and keeps the diamonds. De Luca intends to sell the device to someone who can transport it to New York City within a week. As De Luca is about to kill Rayna, Ford appears and distracts him, allowing Susan to save Rayna’s life again.
Melissa McCarthy and Nargis Fakhri in Spy (2015)
De Luca escapes with the device and diamonds on his helicopter, with Susan and Ford clinging to the landing gear. Ford loses his grip, causing him to falls into the lake ocean, leaving Susan to confront De Luca in the helicopter alone. After Nancy and Aldo arrive in a helicopter and help Susan kill De Luca, Crocker shows up to recover the device. Rayna is arrested, but it is implied that she has come to like Susan as a friend. After Aldo reveals to Susan that his real name is Albert and he is an MI6 agent, he invites her to dinner should they ever cross paths in London, which Susan accepts. Susan declines a similar offer from Fine and instead opts for a girls’ night out with Nancy. The next morning, Susan is shown screaming after waking up amidst empty champagne bottles, realizing that she has slept with Ford.
I thought Spy would be just another parody of the James Bond-type of movies, cheap and cringy. But I was wrong! This is a highly entertaining and intelligent film. The leading lady Melissa McCarthy excels in this clever action-comedy galore. The ensemble of actors, the script, director’s work all makes for a great film.

REVIEW: THE REWRITE

Starring

Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)
Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man: Far From Home)
Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Allison Janney (Mom)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Chris Elliott (Scary Movie 2)
Aja Naomi King (The Upside)
Karen Pittman (The Bourne Legacy)
Caroline Aaron (21 Jump Street)
Olivia Luccardi (It Follows)
Maggie Geha (Gotham)
Annie Q. (Breathe In)

Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite (2014)Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) is a divorced, washed-up screenwriter whose only successful work was Paradise Misplaced, which won the Best Screenplay Award fifteen years ago. Desperate and low on funds after a prolonged period of unsuccessful pitching, he reluctantly takes up a job teaching screenwriting at Binghamton University in upstate New York.Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite (2014)Things do not go well for Keith in the beginning; he unintentionally insults fellow professor Mary Weldon (Allison Janney) with his awkward sense of humor; he strikes up a brief relationship with student Karen Gabney (Bella Heathcote) which turns sour quickly. Keith also does not believe in the concept of teaching and is uninterested in his job, as exemplified by his selecting students for his class based on appearance and dismissing them for a month.Marisa Tomei and Steven Kaplan in The Rewrite (2014)After being overtly contested by a resentful Karen about his competence, Keith starts to devote more time and effort to coaching his students and helping them discover their passion and improve their writing; he especially finds great potential in Clem Ronson (Steven Kaplan), a sickly and socially awkward nerd, whose script quickly garners the interest of Keith’s agent, Elle. Keith also forms a bond with mature student Holly Carpenter (Marisa Tomei), a single mother of two who is in a steady but dull relationship. The two of them often disagree on their perspectives on life, where Keith believes that nothing will salvage his stagnant career or mend his relationship with his estranged son Alex, whereas Holly maintains an optimistic outlook on life and believes that with effort, talents can be developed and problems can be solved. Despite their differences, Keith finds enlightenment in Holly’s advice and makes the first move in contacting Alex.Hugh Grant in The Rewrite (2014)However, Keith’s situation worsens when his outline for Paradise Misplaced II gets rejected and he faces expulsion from the school after his short-lived relationship with Karen is exposed. In deep despair, Keith gets into an argument with Holly and decides to leave the school. As a last parting gesture, he accompanies Clem to Manhattan to meet with some Hollywood film producers. Halfway through the meeting, Keith realizes how he has impacted his students and, leaving a newly empowered Clem to resume the meeting by himself, he heads back to Binghamton to save his job — which he manages to do with a heartfelt conversation with Professor Weldon. In a revelation of his renewed perspective, Keith expresses admiration for Holly’s perseverance in life and confesses his love for her. He also declines Elle’s invitation to return to Hollywood, as he has decided to stay in Binghamton to teach and write a screenplay based on his experience there; and he tells Elle not to call during class hours. Keith is welcomed back by his students and reconciles with Karen. The film ends with Keith’s phone flashing with a voicemail from Alex.Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in The Rewrite (2014)The movie is light but good hearted and Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei et all make it very worth watching.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – Higgledy-Piggledy and a Cat Show

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Higgledy-Piggledy and a Cat Show

MAIN CAST

Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Mimi Kennedy (The Five Year Engagement)
Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)
William Fichtner (The Dark Knight)
Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From The Sun)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory)

 

Bonnie invites her troubled AA sponsee Patty to spend Christmas with her and Christy. While the combination of Patty’s sad family status and Christy’s stories of Bonnie’s holiday mayhem and neglect drive Bonnie into a horrified, tearful reflection on her past self, she is able to pull herself out of it and do good work in the present. Elsewhere, Jill annoyingly obsesses over a picture Andy sent from his visit to Minnesota. Later, the group decides to join Wendy for some therapeutic caroling.MOMWhen I thought of Christmas episode and seeing all the promo pics on Instagram, I was hoping it would be full of mom-and-daughter moments while keeping it hilarious as usual, but no, instead of that Patty, a guest character, comes. This is episode is fun and and filled with heartfelt drama to get you ready for the festive season.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – Foot Powder and the Barrelworks Pirates

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MAIN CAST

Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Mimi Kennedy (The Five Year Engagement)
Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)
William Fichtner (The Dark Knight)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From The Sun)

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Are Bonnie and Adam ever actually going to get married? That’s a pressing question by the conclusion of this episode. When they first got engaged, it was with the understanding that Bonnie could drag it out for as long as possible. She didn’t have to settle on a date until she was more comfortable with it all. However, she has actively been planning the wedding this season. She has been making commitments for it. The audience also had the understanding that this season was building to that event. And now, Bonnie decides to postpone it once more because they need to invest the money into Adam’s bar. The business isn’t going as well as Adam had hoped. He’s not drawing in a crowd. He’s losing money every month. He didn’t know that it would be this difficult. He feels defeated. He sees this as potentially the dumbest thing he has ever done. That’s insane. But Bonnie is also supportive of him throughout this endeavor. She just asks him to be honest about it with her.UntitledAll of this is only discovered because Christy has to borrow some cookie sheets from Adam’s apartment and learns that he has been renting it out. It’s not a secret that she can keep either. This season has shown her gaining confidence because of law school. She has built many opportunities for herself. But she is still intimidated by her mother and is more than open with information as soon as she starts asking the right questions. As such, this never has the potential to build up into some secret that is being kept from Bonnie. Adam and Christy first think that it’s right to do so. It’s a part of the holiday traditions for the family. But it’s much more meaningful for Bonnie to continue to invest in her fiancé. She wants him to succeed. She reassures him that he won’t lose her if he fails at everything else. She knows how to survive with nothing. She has do so many times before. She won’t let that be the reason to break off this engagement. She will love him no matter what. That’s a profound statement for her to make considering just how crazy she can still be a lot of the time. When she shows her heart though, it can really be meaningful. That continues to be an overwhelming theme of this season too. She supports Adam with the bar and she is fighting to give Tammy a better life outside of prison. Right now, there is a serious threat that her parole will be revoked. She has to find a job that comes with documentation. Otherwise, she will be thrown back into jail to complete the rest of her original sentence. That’s the expectation from her now. It doesn’t matter that she’s been a handy presence for many of the characters at this moment in their lives. She has thrived as a repairwoman. She has helped Bonnie, Adam and Marjorie. As such, it always seemed likely that she would find some kind of legal employment in that particular field. But it also allows the show to have its grand moment of all of the women from the program stand up on Tammy’s behavior to show her new parole officer that she has the determination to make this an actual business. It will prove that she is a responsible and contributing member of society.

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25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – An Epi-Pen and a Security Cat

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MAIN CAST

Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (Spy)
Mimi Kennedy (No Ordinary Family)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)

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An Epi-Pen and a Security Cat

 

GUEST CAST

Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Mary Pat Gleason (The Crucible)

UntitledThe episode begins at a meeting, where Christy reflects on how her life has changed in the last five years, Marjorie thanks the ladies for helping her through the last few weeks, and Bonnie showing off her engagement ring. There are some jokes in this scene, but unfortunately most could be seen coming a mile away. When Bonnie and Christy get home, they discover that their apartment has been robbed. The stolen items include Christy’s laptop, which had her term paper on it. Christy puts up cameras in the apartment, and it’s funny when she observes what Bonnie is doing when home alone. Wendy discovers that Christy’s laptop is being sold online, so the women arrange to meet the person selling it. The woman are surprised when they arrive at the apartment of Mary, another woman from their meeting. In their surprise, they start singing Christmas carols, which was enjoyable. They discover that her grandson lives with her, which leads to a great line from Bonnie: “On Law & Order this is where we would share a knowing look.” Mary is defensive at first, but later discovers that her grandson has been stealing from women at the meeting.CBS_MOM_502_IMAGE_CIAN_thumb_MasterAfter she stops showing up at meetings, Christy and Bonnie go to her apartment. Christy delivers what I think this the funniest line from the episode when she announces herself but not Bonnie when knocking on the door: “Let’s let you be a delightful surprise.” What follows is a sincere scene between Christy, Bonnie, and Mary where they have a meeting of their own. I really appreciated how the show handled this story, and it did a great job of capturing the show’s tone. In the final scene, Bonnie tracks down the person that she stole from years ago and makes ammends, but hilariously tries to negotiate down the amount of a check she offers to write.89id9c9k1l2s The story that this episode told did a great job of capturing one of Mom’s messages, and it did a great job of incorporating Christmas into it.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MOM – HORNY-GOGGLES AND A CATERED INTERVENTION


MAIN CAST
Anna Faris (Scary Movie)
Allison Janney (Spy)
Blake Garrett Rosenthal (New Girl)
Matt Jones (Home)
Mimi Kennedy (No Ordinary Family)
Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl)
Beth Hall (Mad Men)

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GUEST CAST
Octavia Spencer (Insurgent)
Sara Rue (Popular)
Lamont Thompson (Mike & Molly)
Christy and Bonnie try to be supportive when Regina (recurring guest star OCTAVIA SPENCER) tells them she doesn’t think she’s an alcoholic. Also, Wendy tries to convince the women to attend a sober holiday dance.
A great Christmas episode that’s hilarious in places whilst showing the problems of alcoholism especially round Christmas. The show has always been good at going from comedy to drama very easily and its nice to end on a funny moment with the dance.

REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – SEASON 26-28

CAST

Dan Castellaneta (Super 8)
Julie Kavner  (Dr. Dolittle)
Yeardley Smith (Dead Like Me)
Nancy Cartwright (Kim Possible)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)
Pamela Hayden (Recess)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)
Russi Taylor (Babe)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
Sarah Silverman (School of Rock)
Maurice LaMarche (Futurama)
Jackie Mason (Caddyshack II)
David Hyde Pierce (Hellboy)
John Ratzenberger (Toy Story)
Jane Fonda (Barbarella)
John DiMaggio (Adventure Time)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)
Katey Sagal (Married With Children)
Lauren Tom (Bad Santa)
Frank Welker (Transformers)
Billy West (Doug)
Maggie Roswell (Pretty In Pink)
Willem Dafoe (American Psycho)
Will Forte (The Cleveland Show)
Stacy Keach (Two and a Half Men)
Eion Musk (The Big Bang Theory)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Christopher Lloyd (Piranha 2D)
Richard Branson (Superman Returns)
Yaya DaCosta (Tron Legacy)
Jon Lovitz (Big)
R. Lee Ermey (Seven)
Cat Deeley  (Deadbeat)
Glenn Close (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones)
Albert Brooks (Drive)
Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds)
Johnny Mathis  (Lizzie)
Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Lena Dunham  (Girls)
Edward James Olmos (The Green Hornet)
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
Stephen Merchant (Logan)
Kaitlin Olson (The Heat)
Sofia Vergara (Machete Kills)
Natalie Maines  (Grand Champion)
Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters)
Michael York (Logans Run)
George Takei (Star Trek)
Jay Leno (Family Guy)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Ben Schwartz (Sonic The Hedgehog)
Michael Chiklis (Gotham)
Dana Gould (Gex)
Natasha Lyonne (American Pie)
Charles Barkley (Thunderstruck)
Common (Wanted)
Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures)
Keegan-Michael Key (The Lego Movie Movie)
RZA (Californication)
Snoop Dogg (Pitch Perfect 2)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Patton Oswalt (Dollhouse)
Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls)
Michael Sheen (Passengers)
Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory)
Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street)
Jason Alexander (Shallow Hal)
Stan Lee (Avengers Assemble)
Jennifer Saunders (Coraline)
Valerie Harper (Rhoda)

592024-338Two and a half decades on, the show’s status as a comedy classic remains untarnished, which is testament to the genius of its creator.

SEASON 26 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

26.1) CLOWN IN THE DUMPS

After being offended by a comedy cable channel roast of him, Krusty goes to his father for advice, only to have him die before he can say whether or not he found his son funny, causing Krusty to decide to retire. Meanwhile, fear of losing her own father causes Lisa to try to protect Homer from getting hurt in any way.26.2) THE WRECK OF THE RELATIONSHIP

Homer is tired of Bart not respecting him, so he attempts to parent Bart, by forcing him to eat broccoli. This goes nowhere, so Marge signs them up for the Relation Ship to solve their problems. Meanwhile, while Homer’s away, Marge takes over his Fantasy Football league. On board the Relation Ship, Homer does not enjoy sea life while Bart excels at sailing and becomes mid shipman, much to Homer’s dismay. Homer continues to disrespect his son’s new ship role until he eventually eats a piece of broccoli.26.3) SUPER FRANCHISE ME

After her sandwiches become popular at Springfield Elementary, Marge opens a sandwich store. It becomes a huge success, until the same franchise opens another store right across the street.26.5) OPPOSITES-A-FRACK

When Mr. Burns starts a fracking operation, Lisa brings National Assemblywoman Maxine Lombard to put a stop to it, only to have Burns and Lombard fall in love.26.6) SIMPSORAMA

In a crossover with Futurama, when a time capsule containing a sandwich with Bart’s germs in it, Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot, and radioactive ooze causes a catastrophe in the future, the Planet Express crew comes to present-day Springfield to stop the Simpsons from creating the mess in the first place.26.10) THE MAN WHO CAME TO BE DINNER

The Simpson family attend a trip to an amusement park named Dizneeland, where they go on a ride called “Rocket to Your Doom” and accidentally end up on Rigel 7, the home planet of Kang and Kodos.26.11) BART’S NEW FRIEND

Homer goes to a hypnotist and ends up believing he is ten years old. However, when the hypnotist is arrested, Homer becomes stuck in his new age, so he bonds with Bart and refuses entry back into the responsibilities of adulthood.26.12) THE MUSK WHO FELL TO EARTH

Elon Musk arrives in Springfield, where he and Homer become fast friends, but Musk soon incurs the wrath of Mr. Burns when his ideas become over-the-top, prompting Homer to try to end their friendship.26.14) MY FARE LADY

Marge becomes a chauffeur after she grows tired of chauffeuring her own kids around. Meanwhile, Moe becomes the Nuclear Power Plant’s janitor.26.15) THE PRINCESS GUIDE

A Nigerian princess named Kemi comes to Springfield, as her father intends to work out a uranium deal with Mr. Burns, and Homer is chosen to protect her. Moe, having recently lost his money to a Nigerian prince, believes Kemi must be related to the scammer, but soon starts falling for her.26.17) WAITING FOR DUFFMAN

When Duffman undergoes hip replacement surgery following an injury during a parade and retires, Duff Beer’s owner Howard K. Duff VII sets up a reality show presented by Cat Deeley in order to find his replacement. The competition is fierce until only Homer Simpson and one other competitor remained.64026.18) PEEPING MOM

Returning home with Maggie from errands, Marge discovers that a part of Springfield is now totally destroyed. As Chief Wiggum announces that Bart could be the culprit, Bart says that he was not involved at all in the incident. This prompts Marge to follow him everywhere until he confesses. Meanwhile, Homer meets Flanders’s dog named Baz.26.20) LET’S GO FLY A COOT

Bart begins using an E-cigarette to impress Milhouse’s cousin Annika. Meanwhile, the rest of the family learn about Grampa’s days in the U.S. Air Force.26.21) BULL-E

When Bart is bullied after a school dance, Marge gets the city to adopt a tough anti-bullying law that gets Homer arrested when Rod and Todd claim that he’s bullying Ned, but is Ned willing to turn the other cheek this time?HRHTRHRTHRTIt’s hilarious, comedy, funny, and one of my all time favourite T.V showS .. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition. Modern Simpsons episodes are often both overstuffed and under-imagined, resulting in two indifferent, inadequately realized stories. Even though the show has dropped in creativity and in the joke department, it’s still worthy.960

SEASON 27 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

27.1) EVERY MAN’S DREAM

Homer and Marge go through a trial separation, during which Homer dates a pharmacist.27.3) PUFFLESS

Jacqueline decides to reveal the truth: her husband died because of lung cancer, but didn’t say so before because back then, people were reluctant to admit it. This revelation shocks Patty and Selma, who decide to quit smoking once and for all and burn all their cigarettes, which unfortunately causes Jacqueline’s house to burn down. However, Selma’s relapse causes an angry Patty to move in with Marge and Homer. Meanwhile, when Maggie makes some new animal friends, she must go on a rescue mission when one of them is taken by Cletus.27.6) FRIEND WITH BENEFIT

Lisa becomes friends with a rich girl named Harper, whose father becomes friends with Homer, but Lisa becomes concerned that Harper is a little too entitled.27.7) LISA WITH AN ‘S

Homer loses $5,000 that he doesn’t have in a poker bet, and is forced to loan Lisa out to Broadway star Laney Fontaine to pay back his debt. Marge and Homer later realize they’ve made a terrible mistake and must go to New York to retrieve Lisa.27.8) PATHS OF GLORY

Lisa tries to better the reputation of Springfield’s first female inventor by searching an asylum for her first invention. While in the asylum, she and Bart find a sociopath’s notebook, causing Bart to take the notebook home and pretend to be the sociopath that wrote it.27.10) THE GIRL CODE

When Homer loses his job due to Marge’s social media post, he begins working as a dishwasher at a Greek restaurant. Meanwhile, Lisa creates an app that can predict the effect any post on social media will have.27.11) TEENAGE MUTANT MILK-CAUSED HURDLES

Bart experiences early puberty after drinking a milk substitute filled with bad hormones, and ends up competing with Skinner for the affections of his new teacher, Mrs. Berrera.27.14) GAL OF CONSTANT SORROW

Bart and Lisa take in a homeless woman to live with them, where they discover that she is a talented folk singer. Meanwhile, Homer accidentally traps the cat in the walls of the house.27.16) THE MARGE-IAN CHRONICLES

Lisa signs up for the Mars One Space Colony, and Marge comes along to try and talk her out of it.27.17) THE BURNS CAGE

After Smithers is crushed by Mr. Burns’ lack of affection towards him, other characters attempt to find a boyfriend for him. Meanwhile, Milhouse competes against a new boy for the lead role in a school production of Casablanca, so he can act alongside his own unrequited love, Lisa.27.20) TO COURIER WITH LOVE

The Simpson family goes on a trip to Paris, and Homer becomes the courier of a secret briefcase.27.21) SIMPROVISED

After messing up a speech at work, Homer tries improv comedy. Meanwhile, Marge helps rebuild Bart’s treehouse. For the last three minutes of the episode, Homer does a live Q&A for fans on the East/West Coast.27.22) ORANGE IS THE NEW YELLOW

Marge gets arrested after Bart goes to the park unsupervised, which leaves Homer struggling to manage the household.

The-Simpsons-S28-PosterI absolutely love this show. It’s one of my all-time favourite TV shows. Ever. It’s so funny, and it keeps getting better and better. There is a reason why it has been going for as long as it has been.

SEASON 28 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

28.1) MONTY BURNS’ FLEEING CIRCUS

Mr. Burns puts on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl in exchange for rebuilding the town, after it’s burned to the ground. However, when the event brings back bad memories for the old man who bombed when he first performed there 100 years ago, Burns tries to muster up the courage to perform again in an effort to redeem himself.28.2) FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Homer finds a new friend in a woman who acts just like him, while Mr. Burns’ search for a clan to play his virtual-reality family leads him to hire Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, since Burns intends to play the father.28.5) TRUST BUT CLARIFY

Bart and Lisa investigate Krusty’s new “Krustaceans” candy, while Homer asks Marge to help him dress for a promotion at the nuclear plant and Kent Brockman deals with the changing media world.28.7) HAVANA WILD WEEKEND

The Simpsons go to Cuba to get Grampa cheap medical care, since the retirement home and the V.A. hospital can’t solve his health issues.28.8) DAD BEHAVIOR

Homer discovers a new app that makes his life easier, and Grampa learns he’s going to be a father again.28.11) PORK AND BURNS

Marge is inspired by a Japanese book on minimalism to adapt to a new way of living, so the Simpsons have to part with items that no longer bring them joy, which includes Homer finding a new home for the family pig, Plopper.28.12/13) THE GREAT PHATSBY PARTS 1 & 2

Mr. Burns plots revenge against the music mogul who conned him with help from the mogul’s ex-wife, rapper Jazzy James, Homer, and Bart.28.14) FATZCARRALDO

When all the fast food restaurants in Springfield become healthy, Homer is forced to turn to chili dogs for comfort. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to save the school radio station.28.16) KAMP KRUSTLER

Bart and Lisa return from Kamp Krusty, both traumatized. Meanwhile, Homer becomes a more productive worker.28.18) A FATHER’S WATCH

Marge goes to parenting experts for advice when she thinks that Bart is on the road to failure. Following their advice, Homer opens a trophy store.28.19) CAPER CHASE

Mr. Burns opens a for-profit university, with Homer as one of its professors.28.20) LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBART

Bart spends time with Principal Skinner’s mother, Agnes. Meanwhile, Homer and Lisa get addicted to Peekimon Get.28.22) DOGTOWN

After a legal issue, dogs become more important than humans, after which they start to take over the town.656UEven in the later seasons The Simpsons showed it still has staying power