Here’s the trailer for 88, which cases a slight stir at the Tribeca Film Festival last year.
This, to be honest, looks like the type of film that I’m going to get excited about while everyone else kind of ignores it. What can I say? I love political conspiracy movies. That said, I do have to wonder why political conspiracies always leave behind such obvious clues. It’s like they’re not even trying to keep things secret!
On April 28th, Big George Foreman will be released. As you can probably guess from the title, this is a biopic about the boxer, preacher, and grill inventor George Foreman. Foreman, it should be said, has led a very interesting life and I think it’s justifiable to wonder just how exactly they’re going to be able to fit everything into one feature-length film. Just looking at the production companies involved, it looks like the film is going to mostly focus on Foreman as a man of faith. Myself, I hope the film takes the time to acknowledge that he was one of the best guest stars to provide his voice to King of the Hill. (“Novelty grill!? The fight’s on!”)
Big George Forman is directed by George Tillman, Jr. Tillman’s directorial career has been a bit uneven but, as of right now, he should be riding high on the acclaim that greeted his 2018 film, The Hate U Give. Personally, I hope this is a good film because, from what little I know about boxing, George Foreman has an amazing story to tell.
Here’s the trailer for Guy Ritchie’s latest film, The Covenant.
In this film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a veteran who returns to Afghanistan to rescue his interpreter from the Taliban. This seems like the type of film that critics are going to hate but which will be better appreciated by audiences. Considering the number of allies that the U.S. abandoned in Afghanistan and the fact that everyone knows that the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan was hardly our greatest hour, I have a feeling that we’re going to see a lot more films like The Covenant. Just as how the 80s and the 90s were full of films about vets who returned to Vietnam to “finish the job” and rescue POWS, there’s undoubtedly going to be a lot of films about vets returning to Afghanistan and saving those who helped them from the Taliban. For many people, the movies are going to provide the second chance that we’ll never get in a real life.
The Covenant will be released on April 21st, 2023.
Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past! On Thursdays, I will be reviewing City Guys, which ran on NBC from 1997 to 2001. The entire show is currently streaming on Tubi!
Are the neat guys still smart and streetwise? Were they ever? Let’s find out!
Episode 3.11 “El-Train In The Sky With Geena”
(dir by Frank Bonner, originally aired on November 27th, 1999)
Jamal is still dating Ashley (Trina McGee), the manipulative girl with the thick Southern accent. However, Jamal is concerned when her ex-boyfriend Roger comes to visit “from the South.” After lying to Roger about Ashley having to serve detention, Jamal and Chris take Roger on a tour of New York City, one that is meant to make him hate the city so much that he’ll never want to return. At one point, they take him to — cringe! — the Twin Towers and make him walk all the way to the top, via the stairs. They tell him to think of World Trade Center as being a “Stairmaster with a gift shop on the top floor.” UGH!
Now, in all fairness, the creative team behind City Guys had no idea what would happen 20 months in the future. At the time this episode aired, the World Trade Center was a popular New York tourist attraction and it made sense that Jamal and Chris would take a visitor to see it. Still, watching this scene today is all sorts of cringey. “Why do we have to take the stairs?” Roger asks. “Because the elevators are broken,” is the reply.
Seriously, let’s just move on to the A-plot of this episode.
The students have raised $200 to buy Ms. Nobel a gift. (What is the deal with these people and their pathological obsession with their principal?) They give the money to L-Train, the class president. Unfortunately, L-Train has a new girlfriend named Geena and Geena is hooked on …. MARIJUANA! She’s so addicted that she even lights up at the movies. She’s so addicted that, when she finds out L-Train has $200 in his locker, she steals it so that she can buy more weed. She promises to pay L-Train back but the next time that L-Train sees her, she’s staring at her hand and talking about how she can’t feel her face. What exactly has she been smoking?
Anyway, L-Train is forced to buy a cheap chair for Ms. Nobel’s gift. Ms. Nobel is disappointed in him. JUST BE GRATEFUL YOUR KISS-ASS STUDENTS GOT YOU A GIFT! Anyway, Ms. Nobel encourages L-Train to give Geena a second chance and to get her in drug rehab.
Anyway, this was a dumb episode. It turns out that Roger and Ashley only dated in the 2nd grade and Geena agrees to get help. And I guess Ms. Nobel eventually gets a better chair. Steven Daniel gave a typically empathetic performance but everyone else was definitely an autopilot.
Let’s move on!
Episode 3.12 “Miraclce on 134th Street and Lexington Avenue)
(dir by Frank Bonner, originally aired on November 27th, 1999)
It’s a Christmas episode!
The gang is still working at the New York Toy Company, where Al and Jamal try to make extra money and from which Chris and Dawn are regularly delivering toys to the local community center. After discovering that Allison, one of the kids at the center, wants to meet her father for the first time, Chris and Dawn track him down and reunite the family. Ms. Nobel praised everyone for doing a good job. No one mentions anything about the fact that Chris, Jamal, Dawn, Cassidy, Al, and L-Train would rather spend their holidays with Ms. Nobel instead of their own families. Seriously, high school only lasts four years. How are these people going to survive adulthood without having Ms. Nobel around 24/7?
Usually, I like Christmas episodes but this one didn’t really work for me. I hate to say this but the performers playing Allison, her mother, and her father weren’t particularly believable in their roles. Plus, it didn’t seem to occur to anyone that maybe there was a good reason why Allison’s father no longer had any contact with his family. Instead, Dawn and Chris just took it upon themselves to tell him where Allison and her mother could be found. I mean, they could have at least done a background check.
The neat guys did not impress me this week. Hopefully, next week will be a bit better.
More importantly, the author signed their work on this cover but I can’t make out the name. Can anyone else? I always want to give credit where credit is due and it’s rare that an artist actually got to sign their work. The first letter appears to be an L.