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with Elizabeth Vargas

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Show is pure popcorn viewing !

KRDO-TV (channel 13) is a television station in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, affiliated with ABC.

Crimes from across the country that have been captured by ordinary people on their smartphones; stories of victims, witnesses, law enforcement and the videographers themselves.
Buckle up as Ms. Vargas, Emmy and Peabody award winning journalist, takes us on a dramatic and unpredictable ride, viewing raw, live footage of actual crimes as they unfold.

Her interviews detailing the chaotic events and harrowing stories of victims, witnesses, law enforcement and the videographers themselves are riveting.

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The movie The Menu is one that you won't want to miss as it will leave your jaw dropped and your mind racing. Since I bought Firestick, I watch movies every evening and I don't know why I didn't do that earlier. This website www.firesticktricks.com/best-apps-for-jailbroken-firestick.html provides a lot of cool tips and guides that's why it would be easy to install any app on your streaming device with this info.

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I ordered can't find it in 3D :( Good thing I saw it in the theater .Its a good one. HDR: HDR10 should be solid!

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)
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3D computer animated comedy adventure film
It may seem like Puss in Boots: The Last Wish pointless ridiculous film on the surface ..... but there is a lot to like about this animated DreamWorks film; the movie delivers on several levels making it worth your time seeking out . I am praising the overall aesthetic.

The animation is more advanced, the movie looked like it was a fairy tale painting. Takes advantage of modern CG technologies paired with more traditional 2D techniques. In the opening, the film uses more hand-drawn techniques like your yesteryear cartoons . And as it progresses the technique harnessed new advancements in CG technology to reintroduce this fairy tale world in new and refreshing way.....It is quite the spectacle to witness and in 3D to boot !!! Not the Same Old CG. In the animation, they actually took off motion blur so that it frames stutters . I have actually never seen animation technique like this before ! Really made this fantastical hybrid.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Mashed up a Spaghetti Western with a fairy tale, so you get those beautiful Western compositions and staging opportunities, but then you get these fantastical locations born out of your imagination.
Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burnt through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

And the movie is all brought to life with a cast full of Oscar nominated and winning actors; It makes all the sense in the world when you've got an entire universe populated by iconic fairy tale characters like Goldilocks (Florence Pugh), the Three Bears (Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, and Samson Kayo), the Big Bad Wolf (Wagner Moura), Little Jack Horner (John Mulaney), and even Puss himself (Antonio Banderas).
This is a "must-see" for all. There are so many takeaways. This movie kept me wanting more. It was great to see all the fairy tale characters in play wanting something they already possessed, needing to appreciate the moment--learning to be mindful of what we already have around us everyday. It's equal parts exciting and hilarious as well as earnest.Puss in Boots: The Last Wish mixes stunning animation with a poignant, surprisingly mature story . 8/10

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Filmed in Native 3D . Tintin of one of the best 3D films ever produced . And stunning in 2D as well.
Tintin should go down as one of the first of the modern 3D films that does it right. It is a delight to see Spielberg play with the possibilities of the 3D animation - impossible camera movements, fabulous scene transitions and also an amazing long take - in this dazzling semi-noir adventure that invests more in the action than in its characters but is still a lot of fun.

Here's a great 3D trailer in anaglyph for anyone at home with the red & green paper glasses...

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2018 ‧ Horror/Psychological thriller ‧ 1h 38m
4K UHD + Blu-ray + Slipcover Steven Soderbergh OOP.

Steven Soderbergh's second return from retirement seeks to 'change the game' and prove that you do not apparently need a proper Hollywood camera or fancy lighting to make a film, just an iPhone, a decent script, a competent cast and crew . For Soderbergh, it was all about the iPhone's size --- specifically the ability to get the shot he wants in tight quarters. In “Unsane” when space got particularly tight, he would just tape the iPhone to the wall to get the frame he wanted. t's a very interesting filming technique conveying a stalker vibe to it. It's a wonderfully frustrating, rewardingly claustrophobic experience with very good pacing ! Obviously it wasn't captured entirely handheld and the footage underwent some level of post-production software tweaking, but it's essentially just a camera phone movie at its center. And watching the movie, it makes sense. With so many tight perspective shots and cockeyed angles where a bulkier camera might not fit !

Surprisingly effective psychological thriller stars Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini,(how is that for a name) a woman who moves 900 miles away from her home town of Boston to escape an obsessed stalker. While consulting a psychiatrist, Sawyer gets herself inadvertently committed to a mental clinic, the same clinic where her stalker may or may not be employed at.

I saw 'Unsane' twice in the theatre and own the 4k Blu-ray . I am a Clair Foy super fan due to her period piece work in 'The Crown' and Little Dorrit .
It blew my mind to see Clair Foy drop the 'F' bomb and her totally crazed acting in 'Unsane' unlike anything I have seen from her in the past . Clair Foy did an amazing acting performance showing her acting 'chops' there is just enough haziness to make you wonder if she is, or isn't, sane. 8/10


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In Cold Blood (1967)
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Head back to Old Hollywood with classic movies curated by TCM, now available on HBO Max.

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Director:Richard Brooks
Writers:Truman Capote (based on the book by), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
Stars:Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

Truman Capote's best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake (Our Gang aka. The Little Rascals) and Scott Wilson (The Great Gatsby) give authentic, gritty performances as Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a film-making master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad L. Hall (American Beauty), and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones.

Child actor Mickey Gubitosi a.k.a Robert Blake

Then known as "Mickey Gubitosi", Blake began his acting career as Toto in the MGM movie Bridal Suite (1939), starring Annabella and Robert Young. Blake then began appearing in MGM's Our Gang short subjects (a.k.a. The Little Rascals) under his real name, replacing Eugene "Porky" Lee. He appeared in 40 of the shorts between 1939 and 1944, eventually becoming the series' final lead character. Blake's parents also made appearances in the series as extras. In Our Gang, Blake's character, Mickey, was often called upon to cry, for which he was criticized for being unconvincing. He was also criticized for being obnoxious and whiny. In 1942, he acquired the stage name "Bobby Blake" and his character in the series was renamed "Mickey Blake." In 1944, MGM discontinued Our Gang, releasing the final short in the series, Dancing Romeo. In 1995, Blake was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for his role in Our Gang


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Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn are two of greatest performers of all time. Bogart has proved his success with such roles as Rick Blaine in Casablanca and Samuel Spade in The Maltese Falcon. Hepburn has shown us her talents with The Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby. Did they ever happen to make a movie together? Yes, they did. Was it any good? You bet your ***!

The African Queen is a rousing tale of adventure and romance with two unlikely companions. Bogie plays a steamboat captain who agrees to take Robert Morley's sister, The Great Kate, back to civilization during the onset of World War I. In the process, they must fight for survival along treacherous waters.

The gin-guzzling riverboat captain is a great counter to the strait-laced missionary and the two stars make this a ride to remember. Besides the performances, the script probably shines the most. James Agee and John Huston, who also directed, have a great knack for writing crisp and smooth interplay between the two leads.

There aren't very many supporting roles in this movie, but Robert Morley makes the best of his small performance. He's actually quite memorable and he hearkens back to supporting players of older Bogart movies like Sidney Greenstreet.

Both leads received well deserved Oscar nominations and Humphrey Bogart finally won his big award. That should tell you that I'm not the only one who thought this movie was excellent. If you like stirring action with great chemistry from the stars, then you'll love The African Queen. A film that can be watched again and again for its lighthearted characters, abundant humor, and magical chemistry.

This is from my review viewing of the 70th Anniversary outing to the Movie theater summer of 2021

This was a sleeper hit for me personally ! I neglected to see this Bogie film for years as it did not interest me.....So I thought . Boy was I mistaken . I was not expecting to have much of a reaction to this particular performance, but was surprised to have liked it as much as I did. I doubt that Bogie came into this picture gunning for an Academy Award, the performance doesn't take itself very seriously. However ,Bogie was especially impressive because it was quite a departure for him. We know Bogie can do stern preeminent motion picture “tough guy” with a touch of vulnerability . And after watching him brood and grimace his way through the likes of Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, it almost comes as a shock to witness Bogie so naturally comedic here.He is truly funny. Who'd a thunk? I suppose I shouldn't be surprised though because of his work in films like the Barefoot Contessa or Bogies performance in “In a Lonely Place”. Was Humphrey Bogart’s performance in the African Queen (where he won the Oscar for best Actor) his best work? It's all subjective of course. It’s certainly his most-honored work. Katharine Hepburn also matched Bogie line for line ,step-for-step. The Great Kate was tremendous. Either way The African Queen is a rollicking odd-ball adventure and I am so glad I went to see it multiple times :)

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Little Caesar (1931)
Little Caesar is a 1931 American pre-Code crime film

Can you name the notorious mobster that the title character is modeled on in Little Caesar (1930)? If your answer is Al Capone, you are correct. In a performance that became a prototype for all future movie gangster portrayals, Edward G. Robinson captured the essence of a ruthless killer like Capone with his portrayal of Cesare Enrico Bandello.
The first "talkie" gangster movie to capture the public's imagination, Mervyn LeRoy's Little Caesar started a cycle of crime-related movies that Warner Bros. Rode across the ensuing decade and right into World War II.

The violence in Little Caesar may seem tame by today's standards -- although seeing a proper print of the movie, such as the TCM print does restore some of that impact -- but it was shocking at the time, and proved riveting and even seductive, especially because it was tied to a very charismatic performance by Robinson. Between his portrayal and the sounds of pistols and Thompson sub machine guns, the movie was a sensory revelation and liberalized the violence that had been suggested purely by visuals in such silent gangster classics.
As for the actual filming of Little Caesar, Edward G. Robinson's aversion to the sound of gunfire was obvious from the beginning. According to LeRoy, "Every time he squeezed the trigger, he would screw up his eyes. Take after take, he would do the same thing. In the end, we had to tape up his eyelids to make sure it wouldn't show." Offscreen, Robinson was just the opposite of the vicious thugs he played onscreen. He was a kind and gracious gentleman and had a great appreciation for the fine arts - particularly painting, which he took up as a hobby. Although Little Caesar is considered one of Robinson's most memorable performances, it was overlooked by the Academy Awards committee that year (the film only received one Oscar nomination for Best Writing Adaptation) and forever typecast Robinson in this type of role .

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Little Caesar is a 1931 American pre-Code crime film distributed by Warner Brothers, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Glenda Farrell, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The film tells the story of a hoodlum who ascends the ranks of organized crime until he reaches its upper echelons. The storyline was adapted from the novel of the same name by William R. Burnett. Little Caesar was Robinson's breakthrough role and immediately made him a major film star. The film is often listed as one of the first full-fledged gangster films and continues to be well received by critics.

In 2000, Little Caesar was included in the annual selection of 25 motion pictures added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and recommended for preservation.The Library of Congress maintains a print.

"Style A" theatrical release poster of the 1931 American film Little Caesar.

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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Son of Kong / Mighty Joe Young / The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms / Them! Warner Bros. | 1933-1954 | 4 Movies | 337 min | Not rated | Oct 27, 2015

I was rooting for the monster....

Oh boy do I love The work of Ray Harryhausen When it comes to motion picture special effects comprised of stop-motion. A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. Lovable "B" sci-fi film that overcomes its slight story with wonderful stop-motion special effects . This film is definitively a classic. I was rooting for the monster.

This movie actually was one of the main inspirations for Godzilla, along with King Kong both have a giant dinosaur awoken by nuclear testing that attacks a major city and can only be defeated by some scientific solution. The movie begins in the arctic circle where nuclear bomb tests are being performed. These tests backfire however as it awakens the Rhedosaurus, the monster of the movie. It attacks various locations near the U.S but doesn't surface until it reaches Manhattan. The military takes action, and they are able to force the Rhedosaurus to retreat for now. But the monster is just as dangerous when it's not here. It's blood actually contains a deadly germ that spreads everywhere which kills a bunch of people. The military conclude they cannot try and blow up the monster or it will spread and kill some more people. It is decided to use a radioactive isotope and fire it into the monster's open wound. Which works, killing the Rhedosaurus once and for all. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms was a great movie. If you are a kaiju fan and haven't seen this yet, you need to. the stop-motion effects were great, Ray Harryhausen did a fantastic job. One of Ray Harryhausens best.

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The Miracle Woman (1931)​
DVD Hoping for remaster to Blu-ray​

One of the best performances by Barbara Stanwyck. Highly recommended for classic movie fans and Barbara Stanwyck's fans.

Director: Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers: Jo Swerling (screenplay and dialogue), John Meehan (based upon the play "Bless You Sister" by)

Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy

After Florence Fallon's father dies unappreciated in the church where he preached for many years, she becomes embittered and loses faith. She teams up with Horsby, a con man, and performs fake miracles for profit. But the love and trust of a blind man restores her faith in God and her fellow man.

This timeless and endearing piece of pre code gold will melt even the most cynical of hearts. Barbara Stanwyck's performance is excellent. This is a must for not only Barbara Stanwyck fans, but for just about anyone who's in the mood for a good movie. If you're not a fan of black and white films, you will be after watching The Miracle Woman. Superb. An early outing for Capra does the usual twist and turn on morality with the clear cut villain and the hero's, but always with the bigger crowd hanging in the balance. Superb and incisive early Capra film.


In a pure "pre-code" moment, we see Sister Fallon's chauffeur, Lou, give Horsby "the finger" (out of Horsby's sight) immediately after Horsby warns him about what he must do to keep his job. This scene surely would have been nixed by the Hays Office had the movie been made after 1934. :) 10/10

Beautiful! Barbara Stanwyck -she had so many different looks.... and they were all gorgeous!


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4K Ultra HD + Blu-rayCriterion | 1945 | 111 min | Not rated | Mar 07, 2023 (2 Days)
Ralf Potts wrote an excellent review of this UHD disc here: Mildred Pierce: The Criterion Collection Ultra HD...

This movie is Joan's vehicle and she is absolutely tremendous, dedicated to her craft.

For those enthusiast who appreciate monochrome "glorious black and white" golden age of Hollywood film fans !
I own this on Blu-ray some how this UHD HDR slipped under my radar. I have gone down the Joan Crawford "rabbit hole" so I am seriously thinking of adding this version to my collection . Here are a few more ideas for your Joan Crawford watch list ! If you have never seen The Women (1939) or Grand Hotel (1932) those are really great films to seek out !
I don't care what the general populace thinks... Joan was lovely and talented

  • 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Conversation with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito
  • Excerpt from a 1970 episode of The David Frost Show featuring actor Joan Crawford
  • Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, a 2002 feature-length documentary
  • Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2006, presented by filmmaker Marc Huestis and conducted by film historian Eddie Muller
  • Segment from a 1969 episode of the Today show featuring Mildred Pierce novelist James M. Cain
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

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Gremlins (1984)
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'Don't expose him to bright light.
Don't ever get him wet.
And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight."

Zach Galligan and Mushroom and Gizmo in Gremlins (1984)

Billy (Zach Galligan) inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.He then learns that breaking the rules makes the Mogwai turn evil. Billy, Gizmo, and Billy's girlfriend Kate (Phoebe Cates) quickly learn that they must save the town from a hoard of mischievous monsters.

Director: Joe Dante
Writer: Chris Columbus
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain, Judge Reinhold
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This is an excellent film and should be a staple of any 1980's time capsule. Gremlins still retains its splendid appeal with sadistic humor, dazzling animal-tronic effects and a critique of consumer culture that feel fresh and relevant today. Come on, man! It's Gremlins by Stephen Spielberg! Of course it's a 10/10. Gremlins is a minor classic.

🎃 October 31 days of Halloween viewing 🎃
1. Becky (2020) F.T.V. 9/10
2. Cat People (1982) F.T.V. 8/10
3. The Lodge (2019) F.T.V 9/10
4. Gretel & Hansel (2020) F.T.V. 7/10
5.Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987) 9/10
6. Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989) 8/10
7. The City of the Dead (1960) 8.5/10
8. The Grudge (2020) F.T.V. 6/10
9. Phase IV (1974) F.T.V. 8/10
10. The Hunt (2020) F.T.V. 9/10
11. The Blood on Satans Claw (1971) F.T.V 8/10
12. The Entity (1981) F.T.V. 9/10
13. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) 8/10
14. fear dot Com (2002) F.T.V. 8/10
15. The Turning (2020) F.T.V. 7/10
16. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956) F.T.V 8/10
17. Proxy (2013) F.T.V. 9/10
18. The Bad Seed (1956) F.T.V. 7/10
19. Laviathan (1989) 9/10
20. The Abyss (1989) 8/10
21. DeepStar Six (1989) 8/10
22. Deep Rising (1998) 8/10
23. The Uninvited (1944) 8/10
24. Snatchers (2019) F.T.V. 7/10
25. Gremlins (1984) 10/10
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