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    America’s Next Top Model – Cycle 6

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    RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5 – Episode 1

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    Married… With Children

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    The Fifth Element
    This film holds up to multiple viewings, although I find it way too cartoonish and silly to be taken seriously as sci-fi, and star Bruce Willis has all the charisma of a wet rag. But the film is worth watching for the fabulous costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier and for the (way too short) performance by the fantastic character Diva Plavalaguna.
    Grade: B+

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    RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5 – Episode 2

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    The Fall (Series 2)
    I started watching this months ago but had to put it down because it was just too intense. I am glad I picked it up again and finished it. Both Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan are superb in this harrowing, twisted serial killer/police thriller.

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    The People’s Court

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    The Arrival (2016)
    Without doubt, Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors working today, but for me, The Arrival, one of the very best sci-fi films in years, decades even, is his only film (to date) that I truly love, more than just admire, featuring great special effects, superb cinematography, film editing and sound editing (which won an Oscar), and a memorable performance by Amy Adams. I also love the music by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose untimely death was a great loss to the art of film scoring. I also recommend The Arrival as a great double feature with Contact (1997), which explores similar themes.
    Grade: A

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    Living Single

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    Watchmen (TV mini-series, 2019)
    Anyone who has seen the first episode of this series will now be able to understand all of Trump’s “dog whistles” about Tulsa, specifically the racist history of Tulsa, to which Trump approvingly alludes to as “our heritage.” As to the series itself, I cannot say that I appreciate all the updates the series creators made to the original Watchmen graphic novel and movie, but such mixed feelings are of course what the original always engendered, so this update is admittedly true to its origins. Having not watched the entire season, I am unable to rate it, but I am in awe of how prescient (metaphorically, or zeitgeist-wise) Watchmen is. Does life imitate art?

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    Girlfriends

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    The Shining
    Stephen King is said to have disliked this movie adaptation of his novel, but for me it is the best of all movies based on his books. For one thing, Kubrick’s film satisfies dramatically and simply by ascribing to the Aristotelian (classical) unities of time, place and action. For another, Kubrick’s use of steadicam was revolutionary; the cinematography by the great John Alcott is just jaw-dropping. The editing slowly and steadily builds nerve-wracking suspense until the chilling climax, with unforgettable sets and music (including by Wendy Carlos). Lastly, Jack Nicholson delivers a legendary performance. The Shining is an enigmatic cinematic classic that holds up to repeated viewings; I like and enjoy the film more and more each time I watch it.
    Grade: A+

    Doctor Sleep
    The purpose of this movie (also based on one of King’s books) is to answer the question of what ever happened to Danny Torrance, the boy protagonist from The Shining. Doctor Sleep recycles much of the iconic imagery from The Shining, but to lesser effect, and needlessly endeavors to provide an explanation as to why Danny’s father tried to kill his family. Rose the Hat and her clan of soul-sucking child-killers make for memorable and worthy adversaries, but the ending of the movie seems unimaginatively tacked on and too cute by half.
    Grade: B

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    RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars – Season 5

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    Worst Cooks in America

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    Just Mercy

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