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Movie Review: Freaky (2020)

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Synopsis:  As though her Thursday hadn't been bad enough, bullied teenager Millie is attacked by a serial killer known as The Butcher following a high school pep rally. She survives the attack, however the enchanted dagger he used causes her to switch bodies with him and she has just 24 hours to switch back before the change becomes permanent.  Who's in it? The movie stars Kathryn Newton , Vince Vaughn , Celeste O'Connor , Misha Osherovich and Emily Holder . Review: I saw the trailer for this movie a few months ago and was somewhat intrigued by what looked to be a unique take on the whole switched bodies concept that has otherwise been done to death. I ended up getting the film on DVD through Netflix and, after watching it last night, have added it to my list of favorites. This is a film that, if it had been done even slightly different, could have been unwatchable. However, the writers did a great job of mixing in comedy while staying true to the slasher movie genre. In o

Movie Review: The Cheap Detective (1978)

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Synopsis : As World War II breaks out in Europe, San Francisco private detective Lou Peckinpaugh finds himself accused of his partner's murder. In addition to trying to clear his name, he is hired to track down a valuable diamond necklace. Who's in it? The movie stars Peter Falk , Ann-Margret , Eileen Brennan , Dom DeLuise and Madeline Kahn. Review: I was scrolling through movies on YouTube TV the other day and came across this film. Since it sounded intriguing, I added it to my list and found time to watch it yesterday evening. Overall, I have to say the movie, which is a spoof of classic films like Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon , was entertaining. I think the thing that really got my attention when watching this movie was the surprisingly long list of recognizable actors and actresses. Some of them, like Falk, Brennan and Kahn were in more prominent roles but even the minor characters had some familiar faces, such as David Ogden Stiers , Phil Silvers and Abe Vigoda

Movie Review: The Duff (2015)

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Synopsis:  High school senior Bianca Piper learns she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) of her social group and, determined to both shake the label and gain the confidence to ask her crush out on a date, she convinces her popular neighbor, Wesley Rush, to assist her in exchange for helping him pass science. However, thanks to a school bully, their efforts wind up making her even less popular. Who's in it? The movie stars Mae Whitman , Robbie Amell , Bella Thorne , Skylar Samuels , Bianca A. Santos , Allison Janney and Ken Jeong . Review: I ended up getting this movie on DVD through Netflix after my wife saw a trailer for it and said she wanted to watch it. We ended up finally seeing the film earlier tonight. I am always a bit skeptical when it comes to romantic comedies. This is because many of them tend to be extremely hypocritical by sharing a message about the importance of women being happy with who they are but, at the same time, telling them their life isn't going

Book Review: The Boomerang Clue by Agatha Christie (1934)

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Synopsis: While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones finds a stranger at the bottom of a cliff. It is too late to save the man's life but Bobby is with him when he mutters his last words, "why didn't they ask Evans?" The death is ruled accidental but when someone tries to poison Bobby, his friend Lady Frances Derwent, suspects the deceased man was pushed and the pair decide to investigate. Review: It had been a while since I took the time to read an Agatha Christie mystery so, while I was at the library last week, I picked up this book. I wasn't really sure what to expect from it but it turned out to be one of my favorites. I think the thing that intrigued me about this book was the way it seemed to have multiple storylines that may or may not be related to each other. Bobby and "Frankie" came across multiple possible suspects ranging from a man who was left alone with the body to a doctor that may or may not be planning to kill his wife but,

Movie Review: The Atomic Submarine (1959)

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Synopsis: A specially-modified naval submarine is sent to the North Pole to investigate a series of ship disappearances. They ultimately discover a flying saucer. Who's in it? The movie stars Arthur Franz , Tom Conway , Brett Halsey , Dick Foran and Paul Dubov . Review: I ended up picking out this movie to watch early this morning mostly becaue it had a shorter runtime but also because I enjoyed the last submarine movie I watched . Unfortunately, while this sounded good in the description, I wasn't as big of a fan of this film as I thought I would be. My biggest problem with this movie was there was an awful lot of talking for a film that sounded like it would have a lot of action. In fact, I was beginning to wonder if they would ever do anything exciting at all. It didn't help that the movie, at times, seemed like it was more of a military propaganda film than anything else, especially when the ship's commander (Franz) was arguing with a pacifist scientist (Halsey)

Movie Review: Shake, Rattle and Rock (1956)

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Synopsis: Disc jockey Garry Nelson has successfully used rock music to reduce juvenile delinquency in his town. Despite this, his television show is at risk of being canceled because of a militant group of concerned citizens that object to the songs he plays. His only hope is to defend rock and roll in a publically-broadcasted trial. Who's in it? The movie stars Mike Connors , Sterling Holloway , Lisa Gaye , Margaret Dumont and Fats Domino. Review: I decided to change things up yesterday morning and, instead of selecting a murder mystery, looked for something a bit different. This film sounded interesting and I wound up watching it. To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much from this movie. From the description, it sounded like it was a film that would mostly showcase some of the stars from the time period. And, I wasn't completely wrong, a good chunk of this movie featured performers like Fats Domino and Big Joe Turner. The overall movie, however, turned out to be bett

Book Review: The Pirate Queen by Susan Ronald (2007)

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Synopsis : When Elizabeth Tudor was named queen of England in 1558, her kingdom was on the verge of financial ruin and her life was under constant threat from those who did not want to see her in power. This non-fiction book tells the story of how she used private merchant vessels and pirates to rebuild the kingdom and turn it into an empire. Review: I was in the mood to read something educational and, now that our library has re-opened following a COVID-related shut down, I took the time to visit the non-fiction section. This book looked somewhat interesting, so I decided to give it a try. Overall, I have to say I was happy with that decision. The book, as advertised, does go into detail about Elizabeth's dealings with the likes of Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. However, as I read the book, I found I was less interested in them than I was Elizabeth herself and, in particular, how she used an amazing amount of cunning to keep the wolves from getting in the door. The aut