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Review: Riders of Justice

Markus (Mads Mikkelson) is a miltary man whose called back home when his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. Only, maybe it's not an accident at all. A Mathematician, Otto (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) switched seats with Markus' wife prior to the crash, and feels incredibly guilty, even more so when he sees Markus' daughter Mathilde (Andrea Heick Gadeberg) all alone at the hospital. He concludes that there are too many factors that lead to this not being an accident. Along with his colleagues Leinart (Lars Brygmaan) and Emmenthaler (Nicolas Bro) they bring their suspicions to Markus and what unfolds is a violent tale of revenge. Mads Mikkelson is one of my favorite working actors right now so this has been on my watch list for a while. I know he has worked with director  Anders Thomas Jensen several times, but this is the first time I've watched one of their films and now I need to search out the rest. I knew I'd like this, but I wasn't expecting to love it as much

2021 Emmy Winners

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We made it to Emmy night! Seth Rogen immediately called them out for having a roof when they promised an outdoor event, and then we were off to a show that had way too many stupid comedy bits. The funniest bits of the show were not from host Cedric The Entertainer, but were rather a few quips from presenters. From the categories below, I went 14/21 with my picks. Below are the winners (highlighted in blue) + a few thoughts. Outstanding Drama Series “The Boys”  “Bridgerton”  “The Crown”  “The Handmaid’s Tale”  “Lovecraft Country”  “The Mandalorian”  “Pose”  “This Is Us”  Everyone knew this was coming. Respect to the majority of the cast and crew sitting in a fancy bar in London in the middle of the night.  Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment” Olivia Colman, “The Crown” Emma Corrin, “The Crown” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” MJ Rodriguez, “Pose” Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country” I love Olivia, and her speech was so lovely. She talked about how pr

Thursday Movie Picks: Outlaws

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  This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves has plenty of films to choose from..Outlaws! I decided on a theme within a theme this week with everyone's favorite outlaw 1) Robin Hood - Disney's version is unapologetically my favorite because I had it on VHS growing up so I watched it over and over.  2) Robin Hood: Men In Tights - I thought this film was SO funny when I was a kid. My dad and I watched it together quite a bit, and I still find it pretty funny now. 3: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - I love how bad this is. The true gem of this film is Christian Slater delivering one of the greatest lines in cinematic history: "Fuck me, he cleared it!"

Review: Malignant

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Madison (Annabelle Wallis) suddenly has visions of murders being committed by a dark figure from her past and she is unable to intervene. Between her sister Sydney (Maddie Hasson) and two detectives Kekoa (George Young) and Regina (Michole Briana White) they try to unravel this mystery. Thank God for Twitter ads, for once. I almost ended up going to see this in theaters before Twitter reminded me it was also on HBO Max so I got to watch this at home. Now I didn't have to pay theater money to see what director James Wan abounded his Conjuring movies for.  There are parts of this movie that were definitely right up my alley. The booming soundtrack, the absolute gore-fest that happens, and the mystery itself was very engaging, but there were a few things that just held this back from being a solid horror film. It hits a lot of annoying horror tropes that I can sometimes overlook when I'm having fun. Characters never turning on the damn lights when something is going bump in the ni

Review: The Card Counter

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William (Oscar Isaac) spent a decade in prison, and during his time there he learned to count cards. Now he spends his life traveling from one casino to the next winning just enough money to stay under the radar. One day, he meets Cirk (Tye Sheridan) who brings up something from William's past, and tries to rope him into a very high stakes scheme. I have to admit, when I first saw the trailer for this film, I thought it looked awful. Promising reviews came out of Venice and my local indie theater opened it right away, so why not see this on opening night? I love Oscar Isaac after all. While this isn't as bad as the trailer made it seem, it's far from a good movie. It has all the pieces to make a compelling story, but it's very drawn out. I didn't feel like I was watching a complete film. I felt like I was watching an idea, something not fully formed and certainly no clue on how to end it.  Isaac is good, he always is. There's a lot of questions about William and

Against The Crowd Blogathon

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It's that time of year again! I'm for Wendell's annual Against The Crowd Blogathon . I'm coming at you late with an entry because I some how missed the initial posting. If you need a refresher on the rules, here they are straight from the man himself. Pick one movie “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com (or at least 7.5 on imdb.com). Tell us why you hate it. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com (or 4.0 or less on imdb.com). Tell us why you love it. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own (just include all the pertinent details), or just mention this blogathon if using an audio or visual medium. Let us know what two movies you intend on writing, vlogging, posting, or podcasting about in one of the following ways: Comment on

2021 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

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The Emmys are coming up on September 19th, and it's time for me to attempt to guess all the winners and fail miserably! Here's who I think should win, and in some cases, who should win. Outstanding Drama Series “The Boys”  “Bridgerton”  “The Crown”  “The Handmaid’s Tale”  “Lovecraft Country”  “The Mandalorian”  “Pose”  “This Is Us”  Who will and should win: The Crown It's hard to say who "should" win because there's a lot of excellent shows here, but unless the Emmys go nuts for Lovecraft Country, I see The Crown prevailing for its strongest season yet.  Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment” Olivia Colman, “The Crown” Emma Corrin, “The Crown” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” MJ Rodriguez, “Pose” Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country” Who will win: Emma Corrin Who should win: MJ Rodriguez This is hard, and I think there's a chance Colman and Corrin could cancel each other out, but I'm predicting a big turn out for The C