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Friday, August 18, 2017

'He's with Me' DVD: Gaycom Exploring Dynamics of Homo/Hetero Friendship with Platonic Benefits


The tla releasing August 1, 2017 S1-S2 DVD set of the streaming-service dekko series "He's with Me" provides an entertaining context for exploring the aspects of a friendship between a gay man and a straight dude. Breeder boy Ted and literally drama queen Martin are not so much an odd couple as they are an unlikely friendship.

The Indie Series Awards wins and nominations for "He" reflect the quality of the acting and the writing in this tale about modern yuppie life in New York City, The larger theme is the inverse relationship between approaching 40 and the ease with which you can make friends. The lessons regarding both is that there is a direct relationship between being a beggar and not having the luxury of being a chooser.

The following YouTube clip of an S1 promo. includes a good primer on the concept of the series and highlights the slight Woody Allen angsty New Yorkers element of the episodes.


The writing and directing team of Jason Cici (who also plays Ted) and Sebastian La Cuse get right down to the action with having Ted experience his typical pee shyness while in a bathroom at the wedding of his cop friend Eddie to designer/boutique owner Val. "Cranky Critic" Martin, who is the fag to the hag of Val, soon rushes in with a crisis that typically is of his own making. The pair finding a few similarities opens the door to the ensuing bromance.

The desperation that leads to the desperate measure of the "mixed" friendship of our leads is that marketing executive Ted is the new boy in town, the challenging personality of Martin hinders his ability to maintain friendships, and Val wants to shift the focus of her social life to her new husband.

An early storyline regarding plans to go to a Yankees game is one of the cutest and most insightful in the first season. The figurative dancing around the subject that occurs when Ted and Martin discover that the other shares his interest in baseball and that Ted likely can get tickets is relatable to the early days of any friendship. Neither person wants to either be too assertive or to risk rejection. The element of wanting to avoid seeming like a greedy bastard regarding the prospect of a valued freebie adds another universal aspect.

Nervousness regarding the "date" extends beyond Ted worrying whether Martin may try to get to first base or even further with him. Neither man knows what to wear and have related etiquette concerns. Eddie gets the best line on this topic by stating that getting Martin sexual with a straight man requires a great deal of Jameson and a tube of Astroglide.

The trip to Yankee Stadium going awry initially provides an opportunity to show that the wry sarcasm of a gay man can go over the head of his straight buddy. This leads to amusing efforts to make a "Plan B." That outing (pun intended) helps our boys bond.

Additional insight comes regarding the tolerant within limits father of Ted essentially crashing a dinner party that Martin is hosting. The angst of this middle-aged man regarding the possibility that his son may have switched teams is understandable; his discomfort around Martin simply is hilarious.

The award for strongest sitcom cliche goes to a storyline in which ubiquitous Martin stooge Benny locks his idol and aggressive-aggressive Eddie in a room until those adversaries hug it out. Cici returns to "Three's Company" territory in having a hungover despondent Martin wake up to find Benny in his apartment.

S1 ends on an intriguing cliffhanger that seems less dramatic than a typical season-ending twist.

In typical sitcom style, S2 begins where the aforementioned season-ending surprise leaves off. Cici further follows this tried-and-true practice by quickly resolving the wacky situation in a manner that sets the stage for a season-long S2 story arc.

On a larger level, S2 moves beyond the S1 hook of a gay/straight friendship to tales of the city. Martin and Ted become collaborators, Val and Eddie become "parents" and have slightly premature midlife crises. For his part, Benny experiences a metamorphosis that comes with difficult growing pains.

The big sitcom cliche this season is an outing in which tough guy Eddie delivers an almost episode-long soliloquy while at a therapist. This session leads to behavior that puzzles Val.

Cici further goes back to the silver age of television in bringing in a sassy black orphan. Anyone who has watched any '70s or '80s sitcom can predict on Val first mentioning this lad that he is going to end up living with her.

Ted gets the third-act cascading life crisis this time around. This begins with his mother (Debra Jo Rupp of "That '70s Show") picking the worst time and place to reveal a longstanding dark family secret. This devastating news leads to another revelation that makes our straight boy wonder if he can trust anyone in his life.

All of this leads to a season (and series ?) finale that ties things up in a manner that makes one wonder why Cici and LaCuse do not start from there and then go back to the wedding night. It further validates the live-stage vibe of the series.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "He's" (or anyone looking for a new friend) is encouraged to email me; you alternatively can connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.









Thursday, August 17, 2017

'The Monster Project' Theatrical/VOD: Wry Edgy Real Creature 'Scooby-Doo'


Epic Pictures lives up to its name regarding the August 18, 2017 theatrical/VOD release of the tongue-in-cheek/poop in pants film "The Monster Project." This edgy live-action take on the evolution of the nearly 50 year-old "Scooby-Doo" franchise has a host/producer of low-budget online horror productions seeking to step up his game by finding real monsters to interview for the titular web series.

The following YouTube clip of the Epic trailer for "Mosnster" highlights the great mix of horror, humor. and homage in the film.


Dreamy former soap hunk Justin Bruening shines as roguish Devon, who is very effective at getting his crew (most of which with whom he has a history) to do his bidding. Declining ratings for his indie creature flicks and a mishap while filming his latest project with cameraman/bud Jamal prompts moving ahead with the next stage of these productions.

Devon begins with placing an online ad that seeks actual creatures of the night to contact him regarding appearing on film. A skinwalker, a girl possessed by a demon, and a vampire answer the call in aptly creepy manners.

Devon simultaneously recruits bitter ex-girlfriend Karen to serve as director and recovering addict/ex-con/Born Again Bryan as a boom operator. Once assembling this band, Devon brings them to the spooky run-down isolated house that he rents to interview his first trio of subjects. Scheduling this for the night of a lunar eclipse nicely coincides with "Monster" premiering a few days before a real solar eclipse.

Eerie home owner Richard and his largely comatose wheelchair-bound wife Martha contribute a great deal to the scary vibe of the dark house that is long overdue for renovations. This portion of the film further provides context for a terrific joke regarding the nature of this handheld camera project about searching for bona fide creatures of the night.

It is very appropriate that the interview with the vampire arguably is the best of the lot. Goth girl Shayla is highly entertaining and makes it incredibly clear that she likes Bryan's type.

Possessed girl Shiori does a nice job expressing her literal inner demon; it seems that her dark passenger is a vital part of her personality.

The Native American skinwalker (once referred to as an Indian werewolf) also seems adequately menacing; filming him in silhouette while he describes the initiation process that obtaining the ability to transform into animals amps up the creep factor.

"Monster" goes new old school when the interviewees revert to their primal selves and terrorize our crew, who desperately try to find a way out of the house. The very dark surroundings facilitate the sudden attacks and corresponding panic.

The final confrontation provides some of the best twists of any horror film; a grand scheme is revealed, and there will be blood.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "Monster" is encouraged to email me; you alternatively can connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.






Wednesday, August 16, 2017

'Smufs: The Lost Village' Blu-ray: Indigo Girls Power



The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment July 11, 2017 Blu-ray release of the fully-animated 2017 theatrical film "Smurfs: The Lost Village" provides a chance to see the latest addition to the current "Smurfs" franchise that includes the (Unreal TV reviewed) "Smurfs 2" and the (also covered) "Legend of Smurfy Hollow." "Village" greatly expands on the lore of these films and the Smurfs in general by initially revolving around sole girl in an otherwise all-male society Smurfette (Disney Channel star Demi Lovato).

The deep rich animation of the well-known Smurf home turf alone is enough reason to buy "Village" in Blu-ray; Sony going full "Avatar" and beyond when venturing into the wilds of the Smurfverse make folks who do not select Blu-ray total Smurfs. The "Avatar" vibe extends to our blue buddies taking flight courtesy of tamed winged creatures.

Although this one definitely is for the girls to the extent that it evokes very strong thoughts of a brownie meeting or the cool girls table in a middle school cafeteria, it has enough Smurfy humor and general entertainment to appeal to all.

As the following YouTube clip of a theatrical trailer for "Village" shows, the film does include another tween boy humor to entertain the little dudes out there.


"Village" starts with basic Smurf lore regarding the members of the Blue Man Group having names that reflect their personality and/or vocation. This soon turns to the existential crisis of Smurfette, whose name and role in the community reflect that she is not much more than the sole pretty face in the burg.

Intelligent and condescending Brainy Smurf (Danny Pudi of "Community"), uncoordinated Clumsy Smurf (Jack McBrayer of "30 Rock"), and macho macho Hefty Smurf (Joe Manganiello) are the primary Smurfs this time around.

The main action begins with Smurfette literally going off the reservation; this exploration equally literally provides an intriguing glimpse of what lies beyond her rather limited world. Essentially literal daddy of all Smurfs Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin) hands Smurfette and the aforementioned boys their Smurfs on a platter on their return from the forbidden zone. He also literally sends them to their rooms without their suppers.

An undeterred Smurfette earns the name Rebel Smurf in soon sneaking back out to learn more about her cousins literally beyond the wall; the boys soon follow.

Our band of explorers soon finding themselves the guests of evil wizard/Smurf nemesis Gargamel (Rainn Wilson of "The Office") and his sidekick cat Azrael (voice-over god Frank Welker) puts this big bad on the hunt for the titular hidden valley.

Adventures along the way include white-water rafting and an encounter with Smurf-eating plants. We also get the requisite scene in which the Smurfs show their nobility in rescuing Gargamel from a probable demise.

A fun ongoing theme in this portion of the film revolves around the brain v. brawn conflict that Brainy and Hefty represent. A hilarious example of this is Hefty showing Brainy the best use for a scout manual regarding starting a campfire.

Smurfette and the boys eventually find the Edenlike "Lost Village" that is reminiscent of Paradise Island of "Wonder Woman" lore. It is an entirely male-free matriarchy that celebrates beautifully drawn nature and other good things and is free  of serious conflict.

The Nazi/snake that our core group inadvertently introduces to this previous Utopia is Gargamel; this intrusion leads to a mission that shows the value of peace, love, and understanding.

Needless to say, all live Smurfily ever after to Smurf another day.

The plethora of extras center around crafts projects. They will teach you how to "Smurfify Your Nails" and draw your favorite Smurf. You further can enjoy a dance Along and enjoy a "I'm A Lady" music video by Meghan Trainor. These are only the French tip of the iceberg.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

'Kept Boy' DVD: Gay-themed Tale of Fighting for Your Man/Meal Ticket


Breaking Glass Pictures once more breaks new ground regarding the August 8, 2017 DVD release of the 2017 comedy "Kept Boy;" this one nicely shows that a traditional or alternative trophy spouse is not always in it just for (or even primarily) the money.

The titular himbo is 30 year-old former swimsuit model whose brief career posing in banana hammocks abruptly ends on meeting celebrity interior designer/realty show host Farleigh Knock. Knock quickly rescues Farleigh from the drudgery of prancing around almost naked on gorgeous beaches in front of drooling fans.

We meet this couple as Dennis reaches his expiration date of 30. He is having fun, fun, fun 'til his increasingly stressed sugar daddy takes his Porsche away. This portion of the film has the best line in "Boy." Farleigh states in response to Dennis asserting an ability to get a job that this tarnishing golden boy is only qualified to swill champagne and work out at the gym. Adding that Dennis lately is doing much more of the former and much less of the latter escalates the remark from amusing to hilarious.

This threat drives Dennis to seek Long Island iced tea and sympathy from straight-boy Lonnie, who is the May to December former A-List celebrity reporter Deidre, and partially kept straight-girl Paulette. The cliche of Paulette is that she is the "other woman" of a married Congressman. The gatherings of this trio can be considered meetings of The First Mistresses Club.

Farleigh experiencing serious threats to his fame and his related fortune are only two specifics challenges regarding the efforts of Dennis to step up his game before he ends up living on the street corner that he will be required to work. The latest pool boy (who enjoys swimming naked) Jasper may be the new model who replaces Dennis.

The campaign of Jasper to keep his man/meal ticket includes a hilarious variation of a gay and straight porn cliche. A pizza boy comes ready to deliver in an effort for Dennis to show Farleigh that he is worth keeping around.

The hilarity and the related drama escalate on Dennis whisking Farleigh off of an increasingly disastrous trip to Cartagena that involves more than Colombian pearl necklaces. Farleigh already is reacting badly to literally and figuratively being taken out of his comfort zone when he learns of a career-threatening incident back home. Jasper showing up at precisely the wrong time at exactly the wrong time further fouls the moods of man and boy alike.

The Colombia scenes add depth both regarding showing the extent to which Jasper is a hustler and the life traumas that make him this and as to Dennis discovering the extent to which he is hopelessly devoted to Farleigh.

This vacation drama culminates in a gaycom scheme that involves Dennis taking one for the team to demonstrate his love for Farleigh. The extent to which this is a sacrifice is slightly ambiguous.

The nice part of this effort is that Dennis and Farleigh obtain a better understanding of how they feel about each other; this coming too late is sad.

Greater understanding and acceptance wrap up this interesting tale with the related lessons that continuing to show love is important and that a relationship that largely is based on person being younger and cuter always runs the risk of someone even more youthful and attractive coming along.

The plethora of extras include an entertaining Q&A session at the MiFo LGBT Film Festival premiere of "Boy," cast-and-crew interviews, a "making-of" feature, and deleted scenes.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "Boy" is encouraged to email me; you alternatively can connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

'Fate' VOD: Love's Labour Lost in Time


Indie flick company Self-Destruct Films proves that intelligent life exists on the small screen regarding the August 15, 2017 VOD release of the scifi drama  "Fate." This movie is notable both for making time travel seem possible and for explaining the underlying science in a manner that a person of average intelligence can understand it.

Grad student Connor Hughes, who can be considered the 21st century version of physics whiz kid Quinn Mallory of the '90s scifi series "Sliders," seemingly has a good life at the beginning of "Fate." He is engaged to beautiful and caring elementary school teacher April, lives in a townhouse that is much nicer than the homes that most of us inhabit in our 20s, and is on the verge of inventing a safe means of time travel.

The only rift in Conril is that April is increasingly jealous regarding Connor having Lady Science as a mistress. April subsequently having cause to believe that she has a flesh-and-blood rival triggers tragic events just as Connor has a milestone Eureka moment.

The several quantum leaps that Connor makes to try to put right what once went wrong propel the subsequent action. One spoiler is that our hero not falling in the trap of not learning from history does not spare him from repeating it. This pattern provides the basis for the title of "Fate" in that it seems that it is the destiny of April to have her life take the same course regardless of any efforts to change it.

"Fate" further has the standard element of the menacing feds. In this case, it is a group whose oversight of the research includes determining whether to keep grant money flowing.

The other twist is that an increasingly relevant limit on the ability to go back in time exerts additional pressure on Connor to succeed each time that he tries to save April. This leads to an awesome approach that creates drama and suspense to the final minutes of the movie. A related note is that the truly surprising conclusion is not revealed until the end of the closing credits.

The art of the film is combining the elements of time-travel movies in a new and entertaining manner. The butterfly effect plays a large role; we also get the effort to save a soulmate and the related angst regarding having to decide when to effectively pull the plug.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "Fate" is encouraged either to email me or to connect on Twitter via @tvdvguy.



Friday, August 11, 2017

'The 100' S4 Blu-ray: Serious Fall-Out From Return to Earth

This analysis of the Warner Archive July 18, 2017 Blu-ray release of the 2017 fourth season of the CW teendram "The 100" follows up on a recent marathon of reviews on S1-3 of this series. The S1 review includes the lore of this show about former space-station young offenders returning to earth; the S3 review discusses the events that lead to S4.

S4 is stronger than S3 in that it seems to scale back on "Game of Thrones" style drama related to the former space inhabitants (who are known as Skaikru for his purpose) and the 12 tribes of "Grounders," who are humans who did not allow a little thing like an apocalypse make them abandon earth when the ancestors of Skaikru scampered off almost a century ago. The shifting alliances, betrayals of those agreements, ambushes, assassinations, and titular "civilized" teens going native is hard to follow at times.

This aspect of "100" epicly takes center stage in a "Hunger Games" style battle royale in which first prize is life and second prize is angonizing death. Grounder wannabe/lover of bad boys Octavia represents Skaikru.

S4 opens in the wake of many members of the core group returning to reality after abruptly being yanked from an idyllic state of consciousness. One of the most harsh truths that these folks and their peers face is that the impending fallout from already failed nuclear reactors makes fatal radiation exposure imminent.

The urgency of either finding a means of becoming impervious to the radiation or finding shelter that is both sturdy enough to shield people from that harmful substance and large enough to house everyone who requires that protection drives most of the S4 action. This further creates a regularly requiring need to decide more who must die so that others may have a chance of living, rather than making a tough choice related to avoiding any death at all.

On a fundamental level, having our re-pioneers face certain death from radiation poisoning gets to the core (pun intended) concept of "100." That threat is what drives humans to live in space in the first place. An early (and repeating) story arc regrading determining which 100 people to save further ties into the primary theme of this series.

Once more, teen group leader Clarke is at the center of the struggle to survive (without even any thoughts of thriving) as she attempts to keep her people sedate and to stop the grounders from attacking. One (not so abstract) aspect of this is a sense of "who died and made you queen." Facing selecting a lab rat for a possibly fatal experiment, having word of the aforementioned list leak, and having to adopt a literal bunker mentality are only a few of the challenges that are just another day at the office for this Katniss of the 100verse.

For his part, former government head Thelonious Jaha (Isiah Washington) goes from an S3 obsession with a virtual Utopia to indirectly seeking salvation via a doomsday cult. He, like his peers, further finds himself experiencing distressing deja vu.

Formerly adorkable Jasper continues his emo journey by becoming the leader of a group that chooses to party hearty for a few days and leave a not-so-pretty corpse than to merely survive. He further once more goes full Monty; this time in a hilarious shower scene that also features his repeatedly on-again-off-again pal who shares the name of this slang expression.

The multiple build-ups to the season finale further outshine the S3 (and S2) season-ending events. Knowing that not everyone can be saved brings out the best in some and the not-so-best in others; it further shows that the good deeds of a few do not go unpunished for the masses.

Meanwhile, a small group of far-out space nuts get ready to leave the world that they used to know without any plan of how to return; Raven is there to help them along.

The final scenes take a significant leap ahead in time in a manner that should have new and old fans alike counting down to the early 2018 S5 premiere. Both seeing how things in this new present (which allows the cast to literally act its age) play out and see the events that lead up to them.

The plethora of extras include a feature on the aforementioned Jasper that shows that actor Devon Bostick is just as goofily charming as his character. We further get the standard and always entertaining Comic-Con Panel for the season, equally enjoyable Gag Reel and Unaired Scenes, and a plethora of making-of documentaries.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "100" is strongly encouraged to email me; you also can connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.








Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Demon Seed' Blu-ray Futuristic Tale of Artificial Intelligence Insemination


Warner Archive once again shows its love of far-out futuristic '70s scifi with the March 2017 Blu-ray release of the 1977 Julie Christie film "Demon Seed" based on the Dean Koontz novel of the same name. This tale of a '70s housewife being a scifi sexual assault victim makes a good companion to the (Unreal TV reviewed) Archive DVD release of the 1974 Barbara Eden film "The Stranger Within" in which the baby daddy is a brother from another planet.

The following YouTube clip of the theatrical trailer for "Demon" shows the good marriage between '70s scifi and the creepiness of Koontz novels.


Christie plays Susan Harris, whose husband Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) is a scientist. The claim-to-fame of Alex is Proteus 4.0, which is a highly advanced A.I. that Fritz uses as the basis for turning his home into a state-of-the-art smart house. The subsequent terror sets the standard for the automated homes running amok films and shows to follow.

The real action commences on Proteus trapping and fully isolating Susan in the house; he then explains that his need to evolve in ways that include better understanding humans requires fathering a child. This process included inserting the titular baby batter into Susan.

The "sticks' that Proteus employs to coerce Susan to cooperate include turning the house against her and putting innocents who come along at great peril. A scene that weaponizes the door bell creates vicarious pleasure regarding those of who who have Jehovah's Witnesses continue showing up several times after being politely asked to not do so.

The actual artificial intelligence insemination is one of the most entertaining scenes in "Demon;" it comes complete with a laser light show and surely would have included Susan smoking an E Cigarette if made in 2017. This encounter of the cyber kind further leaves no doubt that once you go binary, you never go back.

Discovering whether the weird science experiment succeeds and whether Proetan name their offspring Chip requires watching the film. One thing for sure is that viewers will look at their Amazon Echo in a different light after seeing the film.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "Demon" is encouraged either to email me or to connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.







'The Hudsucker Proxy' Blu-ray: The Coen Brothers Take Stock of Manipulating Financial Markets


The Warner Archive Blu-ray release of the deliciously dark and cynical Coen Brothers 1994 comedy "The Hudsucker Proxy" provides many great reminders of the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ages of Hollywood that predate the current Talc Age. Les Freres Coen make this hilarious homage to the social-conscience comedies of the '30s and '40s that is set in the '50s in the '90s. The jaded guys, tough dames, snappy patter, and spinning newspapers show that the Coens respect their Golden Age elders.

The increasingly common aside for reviews of Archive titles this time is that the Coens also learn from Silver Age of Television god Garry Marshall; that "Happy Days" creator is spot-on in realizing that a television show made in the '70s but set in the '50s and '60s never looks dated.

"Hudsucker" opens with the related events of Hudsucker Industries Founder and CEO Waring Hudsucker abruptly and dramatically retiring and Indiana rube Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) arriving in the Big Apple with the ink still figuratively wet on his diploma from a Muncie business college.

The job search of Barnes on arriving in New York is more reminiscent of the Depression, rather than the more prosperous '50s. Barnes landing a job in the frantic and highly bureaucratic "Brazil" like mailroom at Hudsucker is a dream come true for cigar-chomping robber baron Hudsucker executive Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman).

The grand scheme of Mussburger relates to the departure of Waring inspiring a campaign to have the value of Hudsucker stock plummet in order for Mussburger and his fellow directors to buy low and sell (or hold) high. The noble but naive Barnes arriving facilitates executing the portion of the plan that calls for purposefully making an incompetent boob the company president.

Of course, the big idea of Barnes that the board thinks cannot succeed is a massive hit. This both shows how to succeed in business without really trying and answers the question of whether success spoils Norville Barnes.

The requisite dame is fast (and tough) talking lady reporter Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh). She (in pure '30s screwball comedy style) initially plays Barnes for a sap, has a few changes of heart, and ultimately gets a combination of her man and the real story.

The combination of actual and Hollywood magic at the end of "Hudsucker" awesomely completes the experience of seeing and hearing this highly stylized and Coenesquely scored film in Blu-ray. Seeing that someone is looking out for the good-hearted saps out there and that justice of the poetic and other forms still exist will make you feel better than you have at the conclusion of any film for many years.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "Hudsucker" is strongly encouraged either to email me or to connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.








Wednesday, August 9, 2017

NH Seacoast Green Bean Restaurants Bring California Vibe to East Coast


The groovy San Francisco area vibe regarding every aspect of the The Green Bean cafes (Bean) reflect the tenure of Exeter, New Hampshire native Lori Whitney in the Silicon Valley city of Mount View. She opened the first Bean there and (to the great benefit of NH seacoast residents) transplanted the Bean when she returned to Exeter in the ‘90s. In this case, Thomas Wolfe was incredibly wrong regarding being able to successfully come home again.
Whitney states that the origin of the Bean name is a genuine inspiration from above. She shared that “I said out loud ‘I need a name;’ it [The Green Bean] trickled out the sky into my head.”
The New Hampshire locations have the bonus of Whitney’s California transplant husband Jeff Turner, who is a prior tenant advocate regarding housing-based discrimination, joining the business. Turner jokes that “we went into business together and then went into therapy together.”
Turner seriously describes the roles of  him and Whitney as “she’s vision, I’m execution.” He adds that he handles contract negotiations and similar business-related aspects of their company.
The first NH location (which is getting a baby sibling in September 2017) is celebrating a china (i.e., 20th) anniversary in Exeter.  Opening a second location at the former Pease Air Force base took 8 years; a (Green Dean?) location at a Portsmouth community college a few years later is "cool, cool, cool, cool."
A highlight of an early August 2017 stay at the fantabulous (Unreal TV reveiwed) Wentworth by the Sea Hotel was taking the five-minute walk to the seasonal Bean location in its sixth season at the New Castle, NH marina. 
The dog-friendly nature of this restaurant deserves mention before discussing this great meal. Whitney states that dogs are very welcome at the Wentworth location and that many people bring their dogs when they eat in the courtyard of her current Exeter location. 
Every Bean serves breakfast and lunch; the Pease and Community Campus restaurants are open Monday through Friday, and the Exeter and the Wentworth locations are open seven days a week. The Wentworth location additionally serves the lunch menu, which includes what Whitney accurately described as “fabulous” burgers, in the evening on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The Wentworth location is further distinguishable as the Turner and Hooch location because it sells Red Hook and Pete’s Organic beers. Whitney shares that she has Red Hook because that company “donates a lot to charity events.”
My only beef (pun intended) is that Whitney, ala Trader Joe’s, removed an absolutely favorite item from the menu. Her roast beef with Boursin is last-meal worthy tasty, but Whitney stated that there is not enough demand for roast beef to justify keeping it on the menu.
The August (pun intended) feast began with nachos with the "works" that include generous amounts of everything for which one could hope and barbecue pork sliders that a love of southern food puts slightly ahead of the nachos in terms of favorites. The lean meat, tasty sauce with just enough zest, and the whole thing being perfectly proportioned and staying together make it as good anything eaten in several states south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
The below "flashback" provides context for getting a bacon cheddar burger with barbecue sauce for my entree. The five-star restaurant quality ingredients, getting all three ingredients in every bite, and the perfect cooking transformed this chain-restaurant staple into an incredible treat. Not being able to finish it due to the aforementioned appetizers and wanting to save room for the chipwich (which I refused to share) with ginormous homemade chocolate chip cookies was distressing because no valid excuse exists for wasting food this good. 
The promised context for selecting a burger from the menu that required a choice much tougher than any decision that Sop[hie ever faced was that Whitney immediately picked up during the visit that featured the (now sadistically discontinued) roast beef sandwich that I would not accept her statement that her burgers were “fabulous” without trying one. 
The quality of the other food, Whitney sharing that getting ground chuck that a Kittery Maine meat shop ground fresh each day, and Whitney adding that the burgers contained a “secret ingredient” created optimism regarding her claim of awesomeness. Whitney just smiled when I referred to Sweeney Todd in response to her "secret ingredient" comment.
The "doggy bag" cheddar and (homemade) chipotle mayo burger was incredible. Despite being refrigerated for a few hours before being nuked for dinner, the burger lacked an iota of congealed fat. It also was one of the best burgers that I have ever had despite the punishment of being cooled and zapped.
The chipotle mayo was an ideal blend of those tastes, and I allowed the coincidence of John Belushi’s disgusting cafeteria scene in “Animal House” coming on while eating to justify using my hamburger bun to mop up the little bit of the mayo that dripped out. I had enough willpower to resist licking my plate clean.
The Bean’s desserts are just as good (but even more addictive) than the sandwiches and burgers. The chocolate chip cookies, which I believe also include a “secret ingredient,” are truly the best ever. Whitney was kind enough to send me home with a beyond generous stash of these cookies during the recent visit. 
Turner perfectly sums all of the above in describing the Bean’s philosophy as “we try to make everything fresh and wonderful.” In my humble opinion, they far exceed that goal.
Anyone with questions or comments regarding the Bean (or who want to join a campaign to reintroduce the roast beef sandwich) is strongly encouraged either to email me or to connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy. If you visit, tell them that Matt sent you.

'Americathon' DVD: That '70s Dystopia Comedy



Warner Archive showing that it is ahead of its time regarding the January 2011 DVD release of the 1978 satire film "Americathon" is amusing considering that Archive largely exists to celebrate the glorious past of Hollywood (and Burbank).

The broad concept of this film is that celebrity New Age California dude president Chet Roosevelt (John Ritter) is in over his head when one-percenter Sam Birdwater gives the United States 30 days to avoid a foreclosure on the ginormous national debt that our energy (and hope) depleted country owes him. The new deal that Roosevelt and his advisors concoct is to hold the titular month-long telethon to raise the necessary funds.

The following YouTube clip of the theatrical trailer for "Americathon" highlights the '70slicious comedy of the film and includes the hilarious and rockin' Beach Boys theme.


Much of "Americathon" consists of openly subversive and edgy skits that are the latest rage of the late '70s thanks to television series such as "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV" and films such as "Kentucky Fried Movie." These begin with the opening exposition that explains how a fictional energy crisis during the Carter years that is much worse than the actual one leads to current desperate times 20 years later. The White House being a California condo that is open to very inclusive tours is one of many examples of this.

Our narrator is anxious television producer Eric McMerkin (Peter Reigert currently of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), who is charged with pulling off the miracle of having a private corporation literally owning the federal government. The obstacles that McMerkin faces include White House aide Vincent Vanderhoff (Fred Willard) actively sabotaging the event on behalf of a group that is based on arguably the most unlikely friendship of all.

Then "Carol Burnett Show" and Mel Brooks satires star Harvery Korman steals the show as drug-manic former Hollywood royalty and current sitcom star Monty Rushmore, who is chosen to emcee the show.

Korman particularly takes center stage in a scene from his television series "Both Father and Mother" in which he plays a single parent who is a transvestite. Aside from being a perfect send-up of trite '70s comedies (such as "Three's Company" starring Ritter), having Korman prance around in full makeup and just about to don his wig is an awesome reminder of the days that people had a sense of humor about such things and took them in context; Milton Berle made a fortune realizing the humor related to a man in a dress.

This notable aspect of "Americathon" requires a slight diversion to mention an Unreal TV review of the recent documentary "That's Not Funny." That article noting that American comedy has gone from f**k 'em if they can't take a joke to f**ked if you tell 'em a joke provides an excellent sense of that film.

Other '70s celeb skits have singer/actor Meatloaf as a daredevil and New Wave icon Elvis Costello as a London street performer.

The mayhem builds to a spectacularly chaotic crescendo that awesomely validates the philosophy of "it it bleeds, it leads" of American television news. This leads to the always popular "where are they now" segments of many films.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'S.W.A.T. Under Siege' BD/DVD/VOD: '24' Meets '70s Cop Shows


The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment August 1, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD/VOD releases of the 2017 cop drama "S.W.A.T. Under Siege" fill the need for a non-stop thrill-a-minute summer film. Folks from the '70s will remember the adventures of the titular Special Weapons and Tactics team from the '70s cop show. their kids have the prior four 21st century feature-films as a primary point of reference.

The following YouTube clip of the Sony trailer for "Siege" verifies that the film provides plenty of action and adventure.




"Siege" awesomely borrows from the law-enforcement drama television series "24" in mostly presenting its suspenseful tale in condensed real time. This is after opening scenes in which hunky team commander Travis Hall (Sam Jaeger of "Parenthood") is pursuing an unseen bad guy, who remains off camera while ambushing our hero. As seems to be so in EVERY Hollywood movie these days, the action then shifts to the commencement of the events that lead to the action at the beginning of the film.

The relevant incidents begin with Hall being roused from his marital bed early on July 4th to go to work. He is called in because DEA agents require the help of his team related to a raid in response to a hot tip regarding a large drug shipment.

This next leads to effectively meeting the band as they gather, are briefed, suit up, and engage in pre-battle banter as they ride in their armored vehicle to the site of the imminent conflict.

The militaryesque video-game style battle begins soon on our team arriving on the scene; not everyone on both sides making it back further sets the stage for the action to come.

The spoils of the drug war that our hero bring back include a mysterious prisoner known only as Scorpion (Michael Jai White of "Spawn.") Another guest of the mayor cracking his head open to avoid spilling his guts is an early indication that Scorpion is an even bigger collar than the circumstances surrounding his capture indicate. This ultimate sacrifice additionally adds credibility to the claim of Scorpion that the folks who are responsible for his presence at the scene of the raid are coming for him.

These developments fully warrant a soundtrack of a very loud ominously ticking clock as Hall fully channels Jack Bauer of "24." This begins with Hall partially going rogue in terms of wanting to transport Scorpion away from the facility before the figurative deluge of a highly unpleasant substance commences. That failed effort leads to Hall and his prisoner returning to the relative safety of S.W.A.T. headquarters just ahead of the titular standoff that makes the Alamo look like a sit-in. 

Plan B going awry only worsens things and leads to more video game style action as gun battles erupt in hallways and other areas of the headquarters. Just as in "24," having an unknown mole greatly erodes the home field advantage of the good guys.

This all leads back to the opening scenes; the events that build from that action provides the type of 11th hour twists that make films like this exciting. Another nice surprise is that everything going south for the team does not "coincidentally" coincide with that day being the last on the job for a veteran team member. No one who works with Hall is too old for the "stuff" that goers down, and no audience member should be of such an advanced (or tender) age that he or she does not thoroughly enjoy the latest adventure in this 40-plus year old franchise.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' BD: Who Is Killing the Great Mob Bosses of Gotham


Giving the Warner Archive July 25, 2017 Blu-ray release of the 1993 animated theatrical film "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" a portion of its due requires an extended review. The condensed version for the short-attention span readers who are used to 140-word news reports and six-second videos borrows a catchphrase from another unsung cult classic. Trust me, I know what I'm doing. Buy the fucking Blu-ray!

The numerous awesome aspects of "Mask" warrant starting from the general and narrowing in on specifics about this feature-film quality story that highlights the evolution, angst, and conflicting emotions that makes the highly damaged Bruce Wayne such a compelling and complex character.

"Mask" fulfills the pure purpose of a Blu-ray; to provide a (in this case spectacularly) enhanced version of a previously not widely available quality film or television series. The only criticism regarding this is that Archive deserves a tap (rather than a slap) on the wrist for not including any extras about this stylish and literally orchestrated film.

Warner Prime deserves credit for deciding that releasing "Mask" theatrically in an age that included direct-to-VHS movies was a chance its gotta take against all odds of the film breaking box-office records. The better news is that look at "Mask" nearly 24 years later verifies that the suits knew Jack back then.

The errors that contributed to "Mask" not having much of an opportunity to succeed back in the day included having incredibly limited marketing that neglected to spread the word that the wholly original "Mask" was not a re-release of episodes of the television series "Batman: The Animated Series" (by Batgod Bruce Timm) that spawned (pun intended) it. Further, releasing underdog (pun intended) "Mask" on Christmas Day 1993 pitted it against films that included "Schindler's List," "Philadelphia," and "The Pelican Brief."

"Mask" additionally suffered from coming out in a pre-widespread-web era in which that Al Gore invention was mostly being used for its intended purpose of sharing the fruits of scientific research. Word-of-mouth largely was limited to that means of spreading the news about the latest and the coolest out there.

Millennials must remember as well that it was not quite hip-to-be-square in the early '90s. San Diego Comic Con was much more limited in scope and popularity; further, having a "My Other Car is the Batmobile" bumper sticker was not entirely off the risky scale that plastering a pink triangle or a rainbow flag on the rear window of your car represented.

Society-at-large had not greatly embraced fanboy or gay culture at that point. That was one reason that many gay folks turned to fellow outcast fantasy aficionados for a sense of community. They too did not let being considered "queer" deter them from being themselves.

The following YouTube clip of the "Mask" theatrical trailer highlights both the above and the following aspects of this "must-own" release.


Readers who are still here now get the reward of learning specifics about "Mask." It is richly and vibrantly drawn with apt sharp angles. Further, the deep rich orchestration is appropriate for the operatic themes of the film (and evokes great thoughts of the quality music of the Looney Tunes theatrical shorts). As mentioned above, this production is ideal for a Blu-ray release.

The high concept of the film is that the titular grim reaper style specter with the literally chilling voice is hunting down and eliminating mob bosses on the Gotham home turf of our hero. The Rodney Dangerfield aspect of Batman (and Marvel counterpart Spider-Man) is that he is not getting any respect. The rank-and-file members of the Gotham Police Department believe that the Dark Knight is the murdering vigilante, and they are dead-set (pun intended) on shooting first and not bothering to ask questions later because dead men tell no tales.

The simultaneous big event in the life of Batman/Bruce Wayne is that the one who got away comes back. Former coed/heiress/main bat squeeze Andrea Beaumont literally jets into Gotham after the requisite decade-long absence. One of several flashbacks in "Mask" shows how this pair initially meets cute when Wayne comes across Beaumont speaking to the grave of her mother.

Related scenes have a pre-bat Wayne talking to the grave of his parents. A truly Messianic moment has a happyish Wayne begging his deceased mother and father for permission to end his suffering by abandoning his pledge to avenge their deaths.

Uber-veteran Batvoice god Kevin Conroy does his usual superb job bringing this character to life; having equally prolific (and talented) "China Beach" vet/Lois Lane voicer Dana Delany is a slightly odd but highly successful choice.

Also-still-going-strong Joker voice actor (and current Jokeresque Trump impersonator) Mark Hamill once again steals every scene in which he conveys the utter madness of his character. He joins the action out of a survival instinct related to knowing that he in on the animated version of The List of Adrian Messenger. This aspect of his origin story is one of numerous highlights of "Mask."

These current events converge to keep Wayne on the typical edge of sanity that his limited human contact keeps him from fully going over to the dark side. His To-Do List includes coming to terms with saving the bad guys, capturing his competition who does not follow his capture-and-release to the police philosophy, avoid having the GPD gun him down while he is out doing their job, and seeing if he and Andrea can make it work the second time around.

The aforementioned flashbacks chronicle both the course of the Brucea courtship and the evolution of Wayne from grieving son to Dark Knight. (Many other critics note that "Mask" is one of the few Batfilms to show the period leading up to Wayne becoming Batman.) These scenes further provide present-day Wayne with clues related to the mystery of who is killing the great mob bosses of Gotham.

The past and the present fully merge in the climatic scene between the primary ensemble. This further avoids the Hollywood ending that typically eludes Batman.

It is no mystery that this Blu-ray is highly recommended. The flashback of this review is imploring readers to buy the fucking Blu-ray!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

'The Country Doctor' DVD: Calls de Chez

The Icarus Films July 25, 2017 DVD release of the 2016 French dramedy "The Country Doctor" (nee "Irreplaceable") once again shows that that purveyor of the best documentaries out there always has a good reason for cases such as this in which it strays into fiction territory. The cred. of "Doctor" includes writer/director Thomas Lilti being a former physician.

The following YouTube clip of the trailer for "Doctor" perfectly highlights the common themes of heart and humor regarding tales of medical professionals tending to rural folk.


The titular small community general physician Jean-Pierre is beloved among his rural patients because he treats them well in both senses of the word and prescribes his treatments accordingly. In this sense, he is a pure holistic medical provider. Circumstances beyond the control of Jean-Pierre prompt colleague Nores to send former nurse/newly graduated doctor Nathalie to Jean-Pierre for general training to eventually to assume full care of the practice of her mentor.

Literally neither person nor fowl take to the new girl doctor in town. For his part, Jean-Pierre demonstrates a mix of compassion and sadism in how he helps his new co-worker adjust to her new normal. An amusing example of this involves a snipe hunt that apparently is more clearly a ruse to the audience than to Nathalie.

Much of the "dram" relates to Jean-Pierre and Nathalie vigorously disagreeing regarding the best means for treating a chronically ill 92 year-old patient. Jean-Pierre strongly advocates allowing the man to remain at home for reasons that become clearer later in the film, and Nathalie argues just as aggressively that the man requires hospitalization.

Deeper insight comes regarding Jean-Pierre validating the theory that doctors make the worst patients. He is not especially co-operative with his physician and does not take full advantage of his resources.

The above elements make "Doctor" a good prescription for folks looking for entertainment that simultaneously does not insult their intelligence or require a medical degree.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

'The Originals' S3 P2 BD: Crucial Issues at Stake






This review of the second half of  S3 episodes in the Warner Archive complete series S3 BD set of the CW teendram "The Originals" follows up on the recent post on S3 Part 1 episodes. These musings further wrap up a series of summer 2017 reviews of S1-S3 of the series ahead of the Archive complete S4 series BD review on August 29, 2017.

A brief recap of S3 P1 developments is that the return of "its complicated" faces from the distant past Lucien, Tristan, and Aurora complicate the 21st century New Orleans lives of the titular first-in-time Mikaelson vampire clan. Related drama comes in the form of a prophecy predicting deaths at the hands of friend, foe, and family. Topping this off is centuries-old bloodlust and other yearning for revenge by 100s of creatures of the night.

Even more so than is typical for CW shows of its ilk, the "Originals" S3 episodes that begin in early 2016 after a roughly two-month break are much more of a separate season than a continuation of the  preceding S3 ones.

S3 P2 picks up right after the S3 P1 cliffhanger that resolves the series-long "will they or won't they" plot involving 1,000 year-old Mikaelson family head Klaus and roughly 30 year-old human Cami. The pair apparently "has" but an unconscious Cami now has a very nasty neck wound; this suggests that Klaus is not a gentle lover.

The reality is that Cami is the victim of a love triangle that involves psychotic vampire Aurora; the aforementioned wound leads to Cami facing the choice of allowing herself to die or becoming one of the undead. This turn-of-events leads to Klaus getting revenge against Aurora, but anyone with even a passing familiarity with "Originals" knows that that resolution is not necessarily permanent.

Meanwhile, Lucien is doing his best to work black magic that is designed to give him an edge of the Mikaelson siblings. A related effort is a scheme to facilitate removing this family from the top of the vampire food chain.

These episodes also are notable for the series returning to its origins in a couple of ways. The hands-down best humor of the series comes via the core group discussing the aforementioned prophecy when Klaus strolls in announcing the arrival of an old friend. This visitor is from "Originals" parent program "The Vampire Diaries" and evokes thoughts of Chrissie from "Three's Company" visiting "The Ropers" to give her former landlord a disco lesson.

A road trip to the birthplace of V Nation soon follows with all the angst and bloodshed that are "Originals" trademarks. It is equally typical that this project requires the right mix of blood "type" and witch mojo to succeed.

The final S3 episodes further provide an especially strong vibe that the season finale may be the last episode of the series. Two relatively innocent "cats" seem to have exhausted the nine lives awarded to most regulars, the arguably most loyal ally of the central clan considers a literal backstabbing to be the knife that breaks the spine of that particular camel, Klaus receives his strongest ever proof of the meaning of the "Lear" quote regarding disloyal children and sharp serpents' teeth, and the writers end the season on a note that easily could be the final nail in the coffin for this series.

Archive enhances the awesomeness that is "Originals" S3 with a plethora of BD extras that include the always entertaining Comic-Con panel on the season, a feature on star Charles Michael Davis, and the compelling unaired scenes and amusing gag reel.





Wednesday, August 2, 2017

'Apparition Hill' DVD: Fascinating Documentary on Ordinary Americans

Stella Mar Films goes beyond making an thought-provoking documentary available; it illustrates the unrealized potential for reality television regarding the July 2, 2017 DVD release of the 2016 movie "Apparition Hill." The concept of this festivals-winning film is that Stella Mar solicits video entries for a contest for a trip to the village of Medjugore in Bosnia-Herzegovina that is famous for the reported miracle of sightings of the Virgin Mary.

This is another case of the press materials for a film doing as well (or better) as your not-so-humble reviewer at describing the movie. Stella Mar shares that the winners of the aforementioned contest include "Alex, a college student and aspiring musician; Christopher, battling drug addiction; Ellie, brimming with faith; Robert, a Ugandan seminarian studying Rome." The proverbial "and the rest" come along.

The clips of the aforementioned entries evoke thoughts of the submissions for "American Idol" with the exception that these have genuine substance for a substantial purpose. Ones that stand out are the widower raising several kids by himself, the cop whose job prompts introspection, and the aforementioned drug user.

A very brief recap  history of the Medjugorje sightings begins with local children reporting seeing the Virgin Mary and having her speak to them in 1981. Since then, thousands of people report the same phenomenon, making the site a popular destination for people of faith, skeptics, and folks in between. The group in "Apparition" represent all factions of that population.

Much of the film focuses on the "boys," who hang out and joke together. They discuss their faith (or lack thereof) in an awesomely low-key manner of the non-zealot. A variation of a weeping statue particularly fascinates them.

Producer/director Sean Bloomfield and his crew do a good job conveying the beauty of the site, the faith of the pilgrims, and the bliss on the faces of those who obtain the vision that prompts their trip. The clips of poorly produced bible films add unintentional humor.

Aside from a "cast" of ordinary people who do not not force their views on others and who are receptive to opposing positions, the best thing about "Appparition" is that it gets viewers (such as your-not-so-humble agnostic reviewer) thinking about their own faith.

The exceptional special features begins with a disc full of bonus videos, "where are they now" features on the cast and crew, and a "behind-the-scenes" features.  The true star of the special features is a booklet that discusses the history of the site, behind-the-scenes tales of the "Apparition" group, and personal stories of the crew.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

'Inseparables' DVD: Based on True Story of Unlikely Friendship Between Quadriplegic and Brash Caregiver


The Omnibus Entertainment division of New York-based foreign film god Film Movement releasing the 2016 Argentinian dramedy "Inseparables" on DVD on August 1, 2017 shows exceptional timing. This "ripped-from-the-headlines" story about the strong bond that develops between wealthy quadriplegic Felipe and his brash working-class ex-con caregiver Tito comes out the same day that Movement prime is releasing (the Unreal TV reviewed) "amnesia," about a 25 year-old techno DJ bonding with his 70 year-old downstairs neighbor.

Another notable aspect of "Inseparables" is that it is based on the mega-successful 2011 French dramedy "The Intouchables." That one takes a slightly different take on the disabled rich guy deeply connecting with the "slumdog" who is hired to care for him. Of course, "Driving Miss Daisy" is the mother of both films.

The only criticism of "Inseparables" indirectly comes courtesy of film critic Leonard Maltin. Maltin is not shy about expressing his dislike of what is considered a mostly ubiquitous modern film technique of beginning a film in the future and quickly shifting the action to the prior period that leads up to the opening sequence. The observations of Maltin include that this once innovative narrative tool is now very mainstream.

The Maltin digression relates to the first several minutes of "Inseparables" in which Tito is recklessly driving a Mercedes roadster with a happy Felipe in the passenger seat. The action soon changes to an unhappy Felipe interviewing caregiver candidates while then-gardener Tito is outside arguing with the head gardener.

The following YouTube clip of the Movement trailer for "Inseparables" nicely highlights the feel-good humor of the film.


In believable fashion, the highly intuitive Felipe sees great potential in Tito; this leads the former hiring a reluctant hot-blooded excitable boy to provide all manner of disgusting (but necessary) services. Some of these duties require wearing rubber gloves.

Great humor relates to the proud and strong-willed Tito initially displaying strong (but futile) resistance regarding several aspects of his job. We also see him not be so great at carrying Felipe and hilariously mixing up personal care products. The look on the face of Felipe regarding misuse of foot cream is hilarious.

These early scenes also establish the challenging home life of Tito in a manner that shows the sensitive interior of this macho man.

Much of "Inseparables" focuses on the assertive efforts of Tito to get his employer fully back in the game after his paralyzing accident and the devastating end of his marriage. This includes an amusing take on the cliched montage involving one character trying on numerous outfits while another one offers non-verbal feedback.

A modern "Mary Poppins" element exists regarding the relationship between Tito and the teen daughter of Felipe; things start with her barging into his room without knocking because she effectively owns the place. The power dynamic shifts when he comes across her in a vulnerable moment. The manner is which Tito handles this teen trauma is priceless.

The "slob" v. "snob" aspect of the film fully comes through in a scene in which Tito shakes up a stuffy party.

The interaction with the filthy rich and somewhat famous also introduces Tito to the art world in a potentially lucrative manner. The awesomeness of this is is that it reinforces the common view of modern art.

The worlds of the two leads dramatically colliding near the end of the film requires that Felipe evaluate his mentor role. He shows his typically good instincts in making the right decision.

The audience then returns back to the future in the form of going to the opening scene of "Inseparables." This leads to an adventure that provides both characters terrific closure.

The twist on the always popular "where are they now" segments at the end has the audience leave with a sense of being happy about taking the time to get to know these two guys. It further enhances the sense of hope of finding the right person at the right time when we are in a period of crisis.

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