Hill Street Blues (1983) – Life in the Minors, and Eugene’s Comedy Empire Strikes Back

While Coffey (Ed Marinaro) faces an investigation into the cause of death of the PCP-addled perp that died in a cell, Belker (Bruce Weitz) goes undercover as a blind panhandler before getting some devasting personal news. Life in the Minors was written by Michael Wagner, David Milch, and Karen Hall from a story by Steven…

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – Kimberly Pierce

It’s been a while since I’d settled in to watch this. In fact, I hadn’t seen it since its original release onto home video, back when I was jockeying a till for a video store that no longer exists. And while it may not have been cast, or even produced the same way today as…

The Equalizer (1987) – Hand and Glove, and Re-Entry

Scott (William Zabka) is back for the penultimate episode of The Equalizer season two, and after a brief interaction he and his father, Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) have with a con artist, the pair find themselves involved in a case that may be all in the mind of a young, wheelchair-bound woman, or perhaps she’s…

The Expanse (2018) – Dandelion Sky, and Fallen World

Things are escalating quickly as Holden (Steven Strait) and The Investigator/Miller (Thomas Jane) arrive on the central node at the heart of the bubble that is the Slow Zone. Written by Georgia Lee, Dandelion Sky first aired on 13 June, 2018. He’s not the only one on his way there, however. It seems a Martian…

The Equalizer (1987) – Coal Black Soul, and First Light

Apparently, neither the writers nor McCall (Edward Woodward) learned everything from last week’s episode, which featured an affair of the heart. Robert McCall has found himself in a new romance. He’s seeing Dr. Stephanie Davis (Patricia Kalember), a woman he saved from a peeping tom. The crux of the episode, Coal Black Soul, which was…

The Unbearable Weight of Immense Talent (2022) – Tom Gormican

Nicholas Cage plays a hyper version of himself, Nick Cage, in Tom Gormican’s hugely entertaining and laugh-filed action-comedy, The Unbearable Weight of Immense Talent. Nick Cage is haunted by a version of himself that pushes him to be a movie star, not a constantly working actor. His daughter, Addy (Lily Mo Sheen), wants to be…

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson transposes his quirky family dramas and characters, and that wonderful eye for details into an undersea adventure that pays homage to, and pokes fun at, the ocean adventure films that rose to popularity with the works of Jacques Cousteau. Bill Murray stars as the titular Steve Zissou, a Cousteau wannabe who, aboard his…

The Full Monty (1997) – Peter Cattaneo

I remember the first time I saw The Full Monty and how much I laughed and got emotionally involved with the film. I haven’t watched it in the better part of two decades so I was quite happy to sit down and watch it again. Robert Carlyle stars alongside Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Steve Huison,…

The Equalizer (1987) – Solo, and A Place to Stay

McCall (Edward Woodward) squares off against a dirty cop, Cole (Kevin Spacey), who is pursuing a woman, Sarah (Lindsay Crouse) for the murder of his partner in Solo, things become increasingly complicated when McCall becomes romantically involved with her. Written by Carleton Eastlake, Solo first debuted on 18 February, 1987. Sarah approaches McCall after he…