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Posted 5/8/24

Warwick Showcase


THE FALL GUY * * * (Romcom With Stunts Galore)

Ryan Gosling stars as movie stunt man, Colt Seavers, the title character who takes the falls for movie star Tom …

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* * *
(Romcom With Stunts Galore)

Ryan Gosling stars as movie stunt man, Colt Seavers, the title character who takes the falls for movie star Tom Ryder until he breaks his back on a daring stunt.

Although he had something going with camerawoman Jody (Emily Blunt), he disappears for months, working as a valet at a Mexican restaurant.

Called back to action, he finds that Jody has been promoted to direct a major sci-fi movie and is led to believe that she wants him to do the stunts.

Not so. She is upset that he left without even saying goodbye.

More problems. The movie star has vanished, Colt is sent looking for him, only to find himself in the middle of some nasty business, which results in him using his stuntman talents to take care of some tough bad guys.

The story is kind of stupid but is a vehicle for some pretty good stunts involving car chases, pyrotechnics, and helicopters.

Meanwhile, Colt is performing his stunts for the film while trying to win back Jody.

If you can accept the story line, you are in for some pretty good action shots.

If only they had shown more of how the stunts were captured by the cameras.




* * ½ 
(Comic Satire)

Being a huge Seinfeld fan, I couldn’t wait for “Unfrosted,” written, directed and starring Jerry Seinfeld.

After sitting through the hour and a half satire on the making and marketing of Kellog’s Pop Tarts, I must admit- It is one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen.

And yet I laughed out loud several times!

Seinfeld stars as Bob Cabana, Head of Development for the cereal brand, who is working on a secret new product. The plans are stolen by Post and the battle of Battle Creek, Michigan begins.

It is the early sixties and cereal is the rage, along with silly putty, sea monkeys and milk.

When the milk industry discovers that Kellog’s is working on a heatable food pastry they fight back. The sugar barons in South America and Russia get involved. The cereal mascots rebel.

Kellogg’s hires a bunch of famous tests pilots, the companies battle, and guess who wins.

There are dozens of bad jokes—groaners—lots of corny references and silly stuff, but hey, that’s Seinfeld’s mind working overtime.

The cast is filled with familiar actors and comedians, including Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, Hugh Grant, Peter Dinklage and Jim Gaffigan.


* * ½

We missed this one at the Showcase. It only lasted a couple of weeks. After watching it on Netflix, we know why.

Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney play Ben and Bea, two young moderns who meet at a coffee shop, spend the night together, and go their separate ways.

She sneaks out in the morning, overhears Ben badmouth her, and hates him for it.

They meet again months later when their sisters are getting married in Australia and all the families are invited, along with both of their exes that their parents are trying to reunite them with.

Got that so far?

Their aversion to each other continues until they figure out what their parents are up to, so they form a bond to convince them that they are a couple.

All this results in some dumb, forced comedy.

Do they end up together?

What do you think!


* * *
(Canadian Documentary)

This documentary uses actual police footage to follow their investigation of the home invasion and murder of Jennifer Pan’s parents.

We watch the interrogation of the 24-year-old pianist as her story slowly changes, more people become involved and clever police work uncovers the truth.

When all the lies are sorted out, the truth is shocking.


* * * ½
(British TV series)

This five-part British TV series is fiction but gives a real-life perspective on what it is like to run a posh restaurant.

The behind-the-scenes look at the rivalries, tension, mistakes and near disasters are very realistic.

At times it leans toward being a soap opera, but if you want to learn what goes on behind the scenes, you’ll find it fascinating.


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