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Manchester by the Sea (2016)
So bad, I couldn't finish it.
I love movies. I love movies about regular people. I enjoy movies that take place around New England, because that's where I am from and where I live. - So while this movie contains elements I would generally love (regular people, New England, etc) I couldn't get through this garbage. - It was so bad I actually stopped watching before the final 15 minutes. And you might be saying "well you didn't give the movie a fair shot because so-and-so happened at the end and made it all worth it" - and you might be right. I generally go on the message boards here on IMDb to learn about stuff like that. But since they're gone, and these reviews contain "no spoilers", I'll never know. - This movie was bad. Nothing good happens. It's depressing and full of sad-sack characters. Lots of cursing, which I don't mind, and I know it's very New-England-y, but come on - it's really too much. It tries way too hard. I almost never give up on a movie. I love movies - I'll watch anything. This was just plain terrible.
Mad About You (1992)
My favorite TV Show of ALL TIME
I'm a middle-aged straight white single man who has always loved this show. I used to be a hopeless romantic, and I used to watch this show hoping that someday my life would turn out like this show. I wanted to meet that special someone in some quirky way, have actual friends who were also couples. Have dinners and go places and talk about inconsequential things like where to place a couch. - Well that never happened. But at least I still have the show! - I watched this show when it aired. I joined the internet message board for this show back when the internet was invented (go ahead - try to find it - it still exists!). I bought the VHS copies. I bought the book (What's your Mad About You IQ?). I bought the DVDs. I bought more DVDs on eBay. I got the complete series on DVD last year. I'm a fan. I'm a huge fan. I'm a fan from the way back. - This show was amazing. The actors, the cadence of the speaking parts, the dog, the sets, the plots, the drama, the lack of drama, the guest stars, all of it just still resonates with me and is a part of me to this day. Oh - and the HEART. This show had heart in spades. - Did you know there's an excellent Podcast about this show? It's called "Mad About Mad About You" and I highly recommend it! Seriously go check it out now wherever you kids these days do podcast things. Thank me later. - If you've never seen the show, you are doing yourself an incredible disservice. It is hands-down my absolute favorite TV show of all time!
My favorite film.
Goodfellas is my favorite movie. Out of all movies I've ever seen, I've re-watched this one the most. I just love it. The characters, the acting, the scenes, the lines, the music, the food! Every time I watch this movie it makes me wanna make pasta and red sauce - and grill up some peppers and onions! - I saw this movie long before I knew or cared who Scorsese was. I'm not a huge fan of his films - some I like more than others - but this one, this one really sticks. I can re-watch it and never get bored. So many favorite scenes. So watchable. And the music - some of my favorite scenes are done with such attention to incorporating the music and music queues - it's incredible! - I've since read the book(s) - which I highly recommend. - This is more of a gushing diatribe than a movie review; let me break it down. This movie was made before CGI overtook your screen. It's a very real-feeling true story of a boy who grew up and became heavily involved with the mob. It's the story of Henry Hill. It's well made, it's well told, Ray Liotta is utterly amazing here, and if you have not seen it, I urge you to do so. It's amazing!
Chasing Niagara (2015)
Let me save you some time...
They don't do it. Yes it's called "Chasing Niagara", but they don't actually go over Niagara Falls. They chicken out at the end. There, I saved you an hour and 20 minutes. You're welcome. I'm giving it an extra star because it was shot well and the scenery looked beautiful. Rich people traveling the world having a helicopter take hi-def shots while you kayak - rough life! I don't recommend this movie; There's really no point to it. Again, the scenery is beautiful and shot well. It's neat to learn a little about what they do. But I have no sympathy for people with money wasting time getting an adrenaline high while a helicopter films their attempts in 1080P hi-def.