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CRANKY SEZ: Add another story to our "What? Again?!" file: A neighbor of ours tapped into a NYC street lamp to steal electricity. (They) put a piece of cardboard over the wire and didn't bother to tape the board down on the sidewalk. It is night time when Yours Cranky, on a cane, hits the cardboard and everything goes flying. The last thing a man with neck and spinal damage needs is to fall down on a concrete sidewalk in the middle of the night. It cost us a day of screenings, though we have a stack of DVD screeners to keep us working. Again, still gonna do the best we can. That means paragraphs of descriptions with our advice whether to see it or not tagged on. It just has to be.

Those that have followed this site for the last year or so have been privy to my descriptions of how the disabilities in my leg came about [from a neck broken three times roughly twenty-five years ago.]   My right leg is now disabled enough that normal walking can no longer be taken for granted. That plus the unfortunate fact that we can't sit for two hours a day, four days a week kind of gets in the way of doing this job.  We're doing what we can but, essentially, we've got to be down for a bit. We can't manage even one film a day in a four day, four movies released week. Disabilities suck. Once we deal with this, we'll be back with everything you expect. We're currently attending (as best we can) the major weekly releases, and what are called "Academy Screenings," Those are all the films seeking end of year awards nominations. These screenings also include some of the films we missed during the summer because of our medical problems. Slowly but surely, we will get this site up to speed.

NEW!! The Peanuts Movie and Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpapers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens character posters. Click the links.

[LAST] WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: No surprise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 pulled in a whopping $101.0 millions. We have always had problems getting to see these films and we only looked away 'cuz we didn't see Part One. Last week's topper Spectre ($14.6 millions/ $153.7 millions) plummeted. There's no other word. The Peanuts Movie ($12.8 millions/ $98.9 millions) dropped Second to Third with newbies The Night Before ($10.1 millions) and The Secret in their Eyes ($6.6 millions) completing the Top Five. THE REST OF THE BEST: Love the Coopers ($3.9 millions/ $14.9 millions) drops from Third; The Martian ($3.7 millions/ $213.0 millions) drops from Fourth; end-of-year contender Spotlight ($3.6 millions/ $5.9 millions) rises Twelfth to Eighth; The 33 ($2.3 millions/ $9.9 millions) drops Fifth to Ninth and Bridge of Spies ($1.9 millions/ $65.2 millions) Seventh to Tenth

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Victor Frankenstein

James McAvoy stars as Victor Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe as his Igor. It's a 50/50 pairing in a new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic that tosses in a couple of surprises for those who grew up on the Boris Karloff as monster movie versions. We enjoyed and recommend this version.


Creed stars Michael B. Jordan as the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, the greatest fighter in the movie world of Rocky Balboa. That means Sylvester Stallone appears as a restaurateur badgered into training the young man. The story is good. The boxing sequences don't come close to the excitement of the earlier films . . . but they are brutal as heck, so be prepared. ($5.50 on our scale)

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl (ltd) stars Eddie Redmayne as the first transsexual, back in 1926. With the support of his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), the Man becomes a Dress-Up woman and then is surgically altered. This is all a very adult (literate) material in a film that should get nominations, The film offers up a story that draws adult viewers in, especially those looking for a film that can be discussed afterwards. Recommended (wide on Dec. 4)

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur comes from Pixar. That's all you need to know. Download wallpapers here. As with the earlier Inside/ Out, Cranky's medical crap was really bad. I'm an animation fiend so you know it was bad for me to miss it. We're trying again (Friday night)

In related news (and even worse), my first career was in radio network rock 'n' roll so, you now know . . .


How bad are Cranky's disabilities? Janis is the one doc that I would have paid someone to drag me to (if I had someone to pay) but there was no way to get to or sit up for the one screening we could have gotten to. Major (positive) critical props have been flying about this film and we are so behind we will never catch up in time.

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 completes the trilogy told in four parts. We didn't get to see Part One and, simply, that this film will crush the weekend without any critical comments is simply a d'uh comment.


Spotlight documents how the Boston Globe newspaper uncovered the scandalous behavior of Roman Catholic priests molesting young boys. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel Adams and Liev Schreiber star. Already making many lists as one of the best of the year. Bad weather and Cranky's spinal cord damage (yadda yadda) got in the way of all offered critics screenings.

Seret in Their Eyes

Secret in Their Eyes won Oscar as a foreign language film in 2009. This English language remake stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. It is too complicated to explain succinctly and too disappointing a sit to recommend. Stay away.


Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan in a performance worth of statues in a Film that is about as perfect as a coming-of-age slash romance movie can be. What begins as a seemingly dreaded "chick flick" soon proves it has depth beyond anything else released so far this year. One of the Best of the Year. Cranky's movie review


The 33 are Chilean miners buried when their mine shaft collapses. The entire world watched the rescue effort. Antonio Banderas is outstanding as the top-dog miner who keeps his crew alive. Don't think twice about the story. This is a great film. See it.

national lampoon

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon. (ltd) Yeah, the entire story is in the title. If you remember the magazine, you'll have a great time. If not, you'll be surprised at how much fun a documentary can be. Cranky's movie review


Carol (ltd) stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Major critical props are flying for both stars. We couldn't sit up to see it on Saturday and will play catch up at Oscar wannabe screenings.

night before

The Night Before stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie. What I wrote about not being able to sit up applies. I really could have used a comedy but, well, I couldn't sit up.


Legend stars Tom Hardy in a double role as London based gangsters, one thug and the other out loud and proud gay. Critics are mixed on the film but give many thumbs up to Hardy's double performance.

love the coopers

Four generations come together to celebrate the holidays in Love the Coopers. Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton and many more star. Lousy NY weather aggravated our spinal injuries. Critics savaged the film.

The Peanuts Movie would make the late Charles Schulz smile. Snoopy gets a pal in his ongoing battles with the Red Baron; The Little Red Haired girl gets a name and, for those that grew up with the comic strip, the movie is like the return of an old friend. If you have kids that don't know the joy of Peanuts, take them. Then download posters or download desktop images by clicking the links.


Spectre stars Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in the conclusion (or at least an addendum) to Bond 23, Skyfall. All the pieces required of a Bond-flick are present -- beautiful women and sex; the tricked out car and car chase; elaborate fist fighting; incredible cinematography of exotic locations -- but there is nothing that resembles a story for well past the first hour of the film because this film is Skyfall Continued or Concluded. Simply, if you haven't seen or don't remember Skyfall, stay away from your local movie theater until you have. Or be like us -- we've seen perhaps 600 films since Skyfall (meaning we remember nothing of it) and were stupefyingly bored by Spectre.

Black Mass

Black Mass stars Johnny Depp as an Irish mobster in Boston, who snitches on the actions of the Italian mob to an FBI agent named John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The winner? One Irish mob boss. The losers? Lots of men with bullets in them. Depp's performance should get a nomination. The film's story holds together but we didn't get pulled in and interested in the story. Wait to rent.

by the sea

By the Sea (ltd) stars Brad Pitt alongside director Angelina Jolie. Only shown once for us grunts. We rsvp'd an hour too late and that one screening was closed out.

Anyone notice that the film vanished almost immediately?


In the 1950s this country went nutzoid in its fear of Communism. Trumbo tells the story of how the government came down hard on the most successful screenwriter of the day, one Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), for his membership in the Communist Party. Medical crap got in our way to see the film and now we've got eighty more to see in less than thirty days. We'd say we dropped the ball if we could have moved well enough to even play with the ball. (It's a lousy metaphor but it's the only excuse we've got.)


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