M*A*S*H (1977) – End Run, Hanky Panky, and Hepatitis

Harry Morgan directs the first episode this week, End Run, which was written by John D. Hess and debuted on 25 January, 1977. Morgan keeps his story threads separate, giving us some comedy with Klinger (Jamie Farr), Frank (Larry Linville) and Zale (Johnny Haymer) when Frank decides to pit the two against one another in…

Against All Odds (1984) – Taylor Hackford

Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward and James Woods star in this noir-esque film that fumbles visually, as far as I’m concerned. Everyone knows the hit song by Phil Collins that came out of this film, and honestly, when it’s used over the end credits that shows a crying and struggling to smile Ward, it’s got a…

Miami Vice (1986) – Walk-Alone, and The Good Collar

Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) gets to take a little of the limelight in the first episode up this week. Written by W.K. Scott Meyer this episode first aired on 17 October, 1986. After discovering a lead provided by Izzy (Martin Ferrero), and recovering from the death of his new paramour, Tubbs agrees to go undercover…

MASH (1970) – Robert Altman

“And then there was Korea…” Robert Altman’s classic war comedy, MASH, is the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. The movie remains very funny, and it’s anti-war commentary is just as important today. That being said, this is not the MASH I grew…

Ballers: Season 1

  Dwayne Johnson takes to the field in the new HBO series, Ballers, from creator Stephen Levinson, which was released on June 14. I dug into the series on blu-ray to have a look. My first instinct, and I stand by it, is that it’s more of a dramedy than the pitched comedy, and it…

Bend It Like Beckham (2002) – Gurinder Chadha

  The next sports recommendation  from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Raging Bull is this British family film, that isn’t very deep, but is a lot of fun, and focuses on football. And by football, I mean proper football, you know, soccer… Paminder Nagra stars, alongside Kiera…

Magnum p.i. (1982) – One More Summer and Texas Lightning

  It’s back to Hawaii for more fun with Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) and the gang. First up is One More Summer, which aired 11 February, 1982, and was written by Reuben Leder and Del Reisman. When a pro team arrives in Honolulu to train, an old friend from Thomas’ Navy football days reaches out…

The Rockford Files (1976) – The No-Cut Contract & A Portrait of Elizabeth

This week private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) is in trouble again. The first episode, written by Cannell, himself is a lot of fun. It originally aired 16 January, 1976, and features Wayne Tippit, back as Agent Shore, Becker (Joe Santos), Angel (Stuart Margolin) and Beth (Gretchen Corbett). The phone gag is all in Spanish,…

Horse Feathers (1932) – Norman Z. McLeod

  The Marx Brothers take on college football in this recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, to coincide with their selection of A Night At The Opera. Groucho comes in to Huxley U as the university’s new president, Professor Wagstaff, mainly to keep an eye on his son, Frank (Zeppo). Frank has fallen…

Point Break (1991) – Kathyrn Bigelow

The 101 Action Movies brings this adrenaline rush of a film back into my life. I honestly hadn’t seen this one in years… Keanu Reeves is rookie FBI agent, Johnny Utah, assigned to the bank robbery division in California, under the command of Ben Harp (John McGinley). He’s partnered up with a bit of a burn-out, Pappas (Gary…