REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 11

Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Riki Lindhome (The Muppets)
Laurie Metcalf (3rd Rock From The Sun)
George Wyner (Spaceballs)
Stephen Hawking (Futurama)
Regina King (Watchmen)
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Bob Newhart (Elf)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Brian Posehn (New Girl)
Swati Kapila (Bloomers)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Weddign Party)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Walton Goggins (Ant-Man and The Wasp)
Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls)
Michelle Arthur (The Number 23
Peter MacNicol (Ghostbusters II)
Lauren Lapkus (The Wrong Missy)
Joshua Malina (A Few Good Men)
Jerry O’Connell (Sliders)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Mark Hamill (Star Wars)
Teller (Sabrina: TTW)
Courtney Henggeler (Mom)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)

Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette are all back for one of television’s funniest and most successful shows – The Big Bang Theory. Once again I’m here to remind you that I’m not just making that hogwash up either. It’s time to let the facts talk for themselves. In its eleventh season, The Big Bang Theory garnered an audience of nearly 19 million Weekly Viewers, solidifying its spot as one of the top sitcoms, and broadcast programs in general, across all demographics. Boom! How’s that for fact checking (thank you to our source the Nielsen National TV View). Thus you can now reasonably deduce that The Big Bang Theory continues to entertain and excite viewers and critics all over the world. Since it’s now September, fans will be able to re-live every laugh and enjoy The Big Bang Theory.

Kevin Sussman, Kunal Nayyar, and Swati Kapila in The Big Bang Theory (2007)The hit CBS sitcom stars series favorites Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch and Kevin Sussman are all back this eleventh season.. In Season 10 we saw guest star appearances from Katey Sagal, Jack McBrayer and Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris. Big guest stars this season include Walton Goggins, Bill Gates, Teller, Kathy Bates, Mark Hamill and more. Those alone are some pretty heavy hitters, don’t you agree? The latter was really appreciative to be part of this show. Returning regulars like Stephen Hawking, Will Wheaton, Bob Newhart, Laurie Metcalf, Christine Baranski and others we all know and love revisit throughout this season from time-to-time too. And yes, there is a tribute episode to the late, great Mr. Hawking, the show’s most beloved guest star.Melissa Rauch in The Big Bang Theory (2007)With Leonard and Penny having officially tied the knot this season is all about Sheldon and Amy doing the very much the same. Quite honestly that topic is a little exhausting as the bulk of the episodes are about that subject. Nonetheless though those classic Big Bang Theory zingers thrown at you that will make your side and insides hurt in a good way through the power of laughter. The onscreen chemistry and charisma is still all there. We also find Raj still desperately looking for love while at the same time finding a new career in the cosmos. Then there’s the expanding family of Howard and Bernadette’s with one of my favorites still very much in the mix, Stuart. Howard has a son! Lucky man!Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)So as you can see all the major attractions of the show are very much still in play, but I do have to admit that the show is running out of steam a bit. It’s obviously not the same 4-guy nerdy, geek sitcom anymore. The show is very much about maturity and growth. It’s now all about the family and as we left off in Young Sheldon last year…the kids too. Rest assured though there are still those classic Big Bang Theory zingers thrown at you that will make your side and insides hurt in a good way through the power of laughter. The Big Bang Theory continues to provide the laughs throughout the eleventh season here, but sadly it’s all over after season 12.

 

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 1

 

MAIN CAST

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (The Muppets)
Kaley Cuoco (Killer Movie)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)

Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons in Pilot (2007)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Brian Patrick Wade (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Vernee Watson-Johnson (Home By Spring)
Sara Gilbert (Roseanne)
Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Mark Harelik (Jurassic Park III)
Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: TTW)
Brian George (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Alice Amter (A Man Apart)
Brooke D’Orsay (Two and a Half Men)
James Hong (Blade Runner)
Sarayu Rao (Blockers)
DJ Qualls (Road Trip)
Rachel Cannon (Fresh Off The Boat)
Erin Allin O’Reilly (Dumb and Dumber To)
Andrew W. Walker (Sabrina: TTW)
Courtney Henggeler (Mom)

Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons in Pilot (2007)As the series opens, into this world in walks Penny (Kaley Cuoco). She’s literally the beautiful girl next door since she moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon. She’s an aspiring actress, which naturally means she’s making a living as a waitress. Most of the guys immediately develop crushes on her, but it’s Leonard who is the most serious about her.And despite how little they have in common, the five main characters form a friendship.Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)But first, Penny has to deal with Sheldon and Leonard cleaning up her place for her while she slept. Sheldon gets fired for telling his new boss exactly what he thinks of him. Leonard and Sheldon stop speaking to each other after Leonard decides to present a paper they both authored. Sheldon tries to tell a sufficiently complex lie to Penny. And Penny must take care of a sick Sheldon. If there is any standout character that makes this show hilarious, it’s Sheldon. The guy may be brilliant when it comes to his job, but he is a complete idiot when it comes to interacting with anyone. His reaction to things, or lack of reaction, makes for some of the best jokes in the show.Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)The acting on the show is universally great. The main actors are great as breathing life into their characters and really rounding them out. Yes, even Simon Helberg is good as Howard. Special praise must go to Kunal Nayyar whose Raj is too terrified to talk to women. His facial expressions alone are priceless. But the undisputable star of the show is Jim Parsons. He makes anti-social Sheldon completely believable and funny without resorting to too many stereotypes. He was born for this role pure and simple.Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Due to the writer’s strike of the fall of 2007, there were only 17 episode in the first season. All of them are here on three discs in widescreen and stereo sound. They look and sound great. There is one 17 minute behind the scenes type featurette that talks about the creation of the show and the characters.

REVIEW: INTO THE DARK – PILGRIM

Pilgrim (2019)

Starring

Reign Edwards (Snowfall)
Kerr Smith (Final Destination)
Courtney Henggeler (Mom)
Elyse Levesque (Ready or Not)

Babylon-5-Thirdspace-Loony-LytaI quite enjoyed this piece. I am one of those grumpy anti-Thanksgiving people, and it isn’t just based on celebrating that time the Natives Americans saved European settlers who turned around and slaughtered them. We are taught in elementary school that the pilgrims came here to find religious freedom, and then it isn’t really touched on again once we are old enough to understand the harsher aspects of our history.Howling0403The pilgrims were Puritans. They believed in extreme austerity and supposed moral purity as defined by the most intense parts of the Old Testament, generally disregarding the teachings of love and forgiveness embraced by other Christians. They felt it was their duty to impose their version of the religion on everyone around them. They weren’t seeking freedom for themselves, but wanted to get away from the freedom allowed to their peers back home. There were too few of them to force everyone around them into their strict lifestyle, so they felt they had to escape so that they could create a new home in order to control their community to the cruel and extreme degree they believed was right. To live in peace away from people who didn’t appreciate being judged and threatened, who offended the Puritans by not choosing to live as if suffering were a virtue.MV5BMTc1NzYzMTU1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTYxODIwMjE@._V1_SX1480_CR0,0,1480,999_AL_In this episode, the pilgrims come in with an invite with an unhappy past from which they are trying to escape. The people welcome them with no idea what to expect, assuming that they will follow the standard decency of their own culture. The pilgrims were not satisfied with the society they left, and want to practice their cruel and extreme lifestyle. They are polite at first, taking shelter in the homes of the modern natives (in this sense, Americans who are typical of the current culture, not a particular race). They attempt to sway each person to their own beliefs, and when their efforts fail, they force it upon their hosts. It is easily the most accurate portrayal I have ever seen of the attitudes of those “freedom seeking” settlers, and the comparison to the way it originally happened is apt.hulu_Into_the_Dark_Pilgrim_reviewI actually found the women of the family to be multi-dimensional, with good and bad aspects that the viewer can empathize with by the end if they wait to judge. The kid is sweet and cute, and brings out the best in the other characters. With typical American family bickering in the beginning, it is a relief that both love him and do their best by him.Screen-Shot-2019-10-20-at-9.14.04-AMAs a horror movie, it isn’t particularly scary and some of the gimmicks feel kind of forced, especially the ending. It’s like they took a thriller and switched to gorefest at the climax. Both ends are decent, but the tonal shift is a little off-putting. But as commentary on the truth behind a part of our history we take for granted, I absolutely loved it.

REVIEW: BONES – SEASON 11

Starring

Emily Deschanel (Boogeyman)
David Boreanaz (Angel)
Michaela Conlin (Yellowstone)
Tamara Taylor (Lost)
T. J. Thyne (Ghost World)
John Boyd (Argo)

David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and Sunnie Pelant in Bones (2005)
Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Patricia Belcher (Jeepers Creepers)
Pej Vahdat (Shameless)
Roger Cross (Continuum)
Dilshad Vadsaria (The Oath)
Kim Raver (24)
Michael Grant Terry (Grimm)
Gil Darnell (Redirected)
Betty White (The Golden Girls)
Brian Klugman (Cloverfield)
Paul Johansson (Van Helsing)
Erin Cahill (Power Rangers Time Force)
Tom Lenk (Buffy: TVS)
Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow)
Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow)
Sean Patrick Thomas (Ringer)
Malcolm David Kelley (Lost)
Brenda Strong (Supergirl)
Nicholas Gonzalez (The Flash)
Callard Harris (The Originals)
Rachel Melvin (Sleepy Hollow)
Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie)
Carla Gallo (Superbad)
Ignacio Serricchio (Lost In Space)
Sarah Lafleur (Ugly Betty)
Michael Reilly Burke (The Collector)
Eddie Shin (That 80s Show)
Patrick Cox (2 Broke Girls)
Skyler Vallo (The To Do List)
Sara Rue (American Housewife)
Courtney Henggeler (Mom)
Joel David Moore (Avatar)
Lilli Birdsell (Doom PAtrol)
Cyd Strittmatter (Gone Girl)
Eugene Byrd (Arrow)
Jim Beaver (Breaking Bad)
Laura Spencer (The Big Bang Theory)
Alyssa Diaz (Shark Night)
Michael Gaston (The Leftovers)
Nishi Munshi (The Originals)
Jack McGee (The Fighter)
Lou Ferrigno Jr. (How I Met Your Mother)
Brooke Lyons (2 Broke Girls)
John Shea (Mutant X)
Jim Pirri (Lois & Clark)
Tom Wisdom (300)
Sebastian Roché (Odyssey 5)
Nicole Bilderback (Good Girls)
Gilles Marini (2 Broke Girls)
Tim Guinee (Iron Man)
Eric Millegan (Phobic)
Ryan O’Neal (Love Story)
Lisa Arturo (Cattle Call)

Kim Raver and John Boyd in Bones (2005)At the end of season 10, Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) both decided to quit their jobs at the Jeffersonian and the FBI respectively. Now, six months later, their daughter Christine (Sunnie Pelant) has a little baby brother, and Booth is training new FBI recruits for a living. They seem to be happy in their new situation, and today seems like no other when Booth takes off to work. Meanwhile at the Jeffersonian, Cam (Tamara Taylor), Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) are called out to a crime scene, where they find a body in a burnt car. The team fear the worst when they find out that the gun that was found with the victim belongs to Booth. Also the initial examination of the bones makes it appear that he is the victim. Dr. Brennan decides to come to the Jeffersonian herself, as the situation is driving her crazy, and she eventually finds out that the remains aren’t Booth’s, but his brother’s, Jared. The question remains where Booth is, and how his brother ended up dead.David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)Eventually, everything turns back to normal by episode three, and Bones and Booth are back at their old jobs, just like they used to be. Murders keep on happening, and Booth and Aubrey (John Boyd) work closely together with the team of the Jeffersonian to bring the killers to justice. While the season focuses foremost on the cases themselves, there are some developments in the personal lives of the characters as well.David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and Betty White in Bones (2005)Each episode has a good flow to it, where many suspects are considered along the way, and the outcome is often unpredictable. The format remains the same as in the previous seasons, namely a focus on the cases, where reexamining the bones over and over will eventually prove to be vital in finding the murderer.David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)While the flow of the individual cases is quite enjoyable, the personal story of the characters gets to the background quite a lot. Every now and then you will find out more about Cam’s love life, Angela and Hodgins’ marriage or Aubrey’s new crush, but nothing major steps out until halfway the season. There have been no major changes to the cast since last season, and it’s safe to say that the current team of actors all did well.David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and Jay Thomas in Bones (2005)Bones has been one of my all time favourite series and season 11 is no exception! with a great cliffhanger leaving you hanging for Season 12 (the final season) .

REVIEW: MELISSA & JOEY – SEASON 1-4

 

MAIN CAST

Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina: TTW)
Joey Lawrence (Blossom)
Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The Awakening)
Nick Robinson (Jurassic World)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Lucy DeVito (Girls)
Elizabeth Ho (Fifty Shades of Black)
Megan Hilty (Shrek The Third)
Rachel G. Fox (Dream House)
Scott Michael Foster (The Pact 2)
Samantha Logan (13 Reasons Why)
Chris Brochu (The Vampire Diaries)
Christopher Rich (Boston Legal)
Anya Monzikova Iron Man 2)
Joel McKinnon Miller (Super 8)
Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings)
Gregg Sulkin (Runaways)
Cody Linley (Sharknado 5)
Rita Rudner (The Wrong Guys)
Trevor Donovan (Savages)
Justin Hartley (Smallville)
Sterling Knight (17 Again)
Sadie Calvano (Mom)
Jada Facer (Henry Danger)
Brooke Burke (The Wraith)
Matthew Lawrence (Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad)
Kevin Fonteyne (Sun Records)
Hayley Erin (General Hospital)
Greer Grammer (The Middle)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves ryamond)
Ian Reed Kesler (Birds of Prey)
George Wyner (Spaceballs)
Beth Broderick (Sabrina: TTW)
Andrew Lawrence (Bean)
Meaghan Martin (Mean Girls 2)
Vivia A. Fox (Independence Day)
Leslie Grossman (The Neighbours)
John Ratzenberger (Cheers)
Debi Mazar (Batman Forever)
Jaime Pressly (Mom)
John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory)
David Lascher (Sabrina: TTW)
Don Stark (That 70s Show)
John Ducey (Bones)
Alimi Ballard (Dark Angel)
Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie)
Marla Sokoloff (Fuller House)
Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell)
Yvette Nicole Brown (Community)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Sean O’Bryan (London Has Fallen)
Krista Allen (The Final Destination)
Elisa Donovan (Sabrina: TTW)
David Starzyk (Veronica Mars)
Danny Woodburn (Bones)
Jessica Barth (Ted)
Nakia Burrise (Power Rangers Zeo)
Ted McGinley (No Good Nick)
Julia Duffy (Dumb and Dumberer)
Vernee Watson (The Big Bang Theory)
Hal Ozsan (Jessica Jones)
Ted McGinley (No Good Nick)
Justin Prentice (13 Reasons Why)
Courtney Henggeler (Mom)
Thomas F. Wilson (Back To The Future)
Blake Jenner (What/If)
Barry Livingston (Argo)
Dilshad Vadsaria (Bones)
Shawn Christian (Birds of Prey TV)
Jackie Hoffman (Birdman)
Suzy Nakamura (Dr.Ken)
Patrick Cavanaugh (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Keesha Sharp (Lethal Weapon TV)
Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sisters)
Karan Soni (Deadpool)
Valerie Harper (Shiver)
George Stults (7th Heaven)

Mel Burke is having trouble with her niece, Lennox. As she tries to juggle being a councillor and a guardian, she gets a little overwhelmed. Her assistant, Rhonda, suggests she get a nanny. Mel is hesitant to do so until she finds out Lennox wrote a poem about her principal, Miss Lunt (Vernee Watson), that wasn’t so nice. Mel relents and decides to hire a nanny. Before leaving for a meeting, Joseph “Joe” Longo knocks on her door. He apologizes for an outburst and asks if she can get him a job. Mel realizes he was the head of her brother-in-law’s company. (It is mentioned that her brother-in-law ran off leaving the company in disarray and it is implied that he ran off with the millions Joe made for him and left his wife to take the blame. The result is her being in federal prison and the reason for the children having to stay with Mel.) She explains that there is a hiring freeze downtown so she can’t get him a job. Joe then offers to be her new nanny. Joe takes Ryder to school so Mel won’t miss her meeting. Mel comes home later to take Lennox to school so she can apologize to Miss Lunt. If she doesn’t apologize, Lennox cannot go back to school. Mel finds that Ryder is still at home and Lennox is gone. After leaving, Joe sees an online posting from Lennox and realizes she is on the roof. He convinces her to go eat her “big bowl of stink” instead of letting Mel eat it for her. Mel comes back impressed until she finds out Joe paid Lennox fifty dollars to go to the school and apologize to the principal. They later decide to give him a try being the nanny.This show has a bit if everything. Witty humour. Not so witty humour. Moments of nostalgia for those of us who loved Melissa Joan hart in Sabrina and Clarissa explains it all. But this show also has moments of real emotion that stop you in your tracks for a second and keep you gripped to the underlying story lines. Each character has their own quirks and as you get to know them you really begin to appreciate the level of detail the writers have gone to in order to keep the characters alive and interesting.

REVIEW: FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

CAST
Justin Timberlake (The Social Network)
Mila Kunis (American Psycho 2)
Patricia Clarkson (Lars and The Real Girl)
Jenna Elfman (ED:TV)
Bryan Greenberg (Bride Wars)
Richard Jenkins (The Cabin In The Woods)
Woody Harrelson (Zombieland)
Masi Oka (Heroes)
Emma Stone (Easy A)
Adam Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Tiya Sircar (17 Again)
Rashida Jones (The Social Network)
Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother)
Courtney Henggeler (Mom)
Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) is an executive recruiter for a leading job agency in New York City, and Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) works as an art director for a small internet company in Los Angeles. Jamie has the task of trying to recruit Dylan to interview for a job with GQ and begin working in New York City. Dylan comes to New York and after interviewing for the position learns from Jamie that he has been given an offer to work for GQ. At first Dylan is hesitant to accept the job and move from Los Angeles to New York. But after a fun night exploring the city with Jamie, Dylan agrees to accept the position. The following day, Jamie presents Dylan with the contract to sign so she can land her commission for recruiting him. Not knowing anyone else in the city, he and Jamie quickly develop a strong platonic friendship. One night, they get on the topic of sex and relationships. They come to the conclusion that sex should not come with so many emotional attachments. As they both feel the need for a physical connection, they agree to have sex without emotion or commitment. After several trysts together, Jamie comes to the realization that this is not really what she wants and she would like to start dating again. She tells Dylan that they need to stop.
Jamie meets Parker (Bryan Greenberg), an oncologist, and they begin dating. After five dates, they consummate their relationship, only to break up the next morning. Trying to be sympathetic and to console her, Dylan suggests she travels with him to California over the Fourth of July weekend, while he visits his family. Initially hesitant, Jamie agrees after much persistence from Dylan. They fly to Los Angeles, where Jamie meets his sister Annie (Jenna Elfman), nephew Sammy (Nolan Gould), and father (Richard Jenkins), who suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. While in California, they begin to develop strong emotional romantic feelings for each other, and share a passionate kiss, which leads to a night of close intimacy unlike any other they had shared before. However, the next day, Jamie overhears a conversation between Annie and Dylan, where Dylan admits to having no real feelings for Jamie. Hurt, she flies back to New York. A few days later, Dylan returns to New York, trying to reconcile his friendship with Jamie and find out why she has been ignoring him. He finally finds Jamie, and she informs him she overheard everything he said and has no interest in maintaining any kind of a friendship with him.
Soon after this, Jamie discovers that Dylan may be leaving the GQ position for another job before the year elapses on his contract, which would affect her commission. She confronts Dylan about this, which leads to another argument. Both begin to do some soul searching trying to come to terms with their feelings about their relationship. Jamie spends time with her mother, Lorna (Patricia Clarkson), while Dylan discusses it with Annie over the phone. His sister informs him that their father will be flying to Newark and he needs to be picked up at the airport. While at the airport, his father, in a moment of Alzheimer’s-induced confusion, incorrectly recognizes a passer-by as a woman from his past. Dylan asks him about the woman, and his father, upon regaining his lucidity, says that she was a woman he met in the Navy, that she was the love of his life, and he regrets decisions he made in his youth to let her go. He tells Dylan not to do the same thing, and to go after the woman he loves, if there is any chance of saving the relationship.
Dylan realizes how he really feels about Jamie after talking with his father, and decides to go after her. He calls Jamie’s mother to set up an excuse to get Jamie to go to Grand Central Station thinking she will be picking up her mother. He arranges to have a flash mob dance to “Closing Time” set up to surprise Jamie at the station. When the moment comes, he catches up with Jamie and tells her how he really feels. Surprised and happy by this turn of events, Jamie tells him to kiss her. After sharing a passionate kiss, Dylan suggests it is time they go on their first real date. They go across the street to the Pershing Square café and although they attempt to keep the date casual and relaxed, the film ends with them in a sensual embrace and passionate kiss.
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Enjoyable film. Good acting by main actors especially Mila Kunis.