Flashback Friday- Television Edition- Blood Ties (2007-2008)

Sometimes, just because we enjoy a television show, does not mean that it is meant to last.

In 2007 and 2008, Lifetime channel produced Blood Ties (2007-2008), based on the books by Tanya Huff.

Detective Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) is a former cop turned private eye. Her cases are not the standard cases, they are supernatural in nature. Her unforeseen partner Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid), a 470 year old vampire who is the only acknowledged illegitimate son of Henry VIII. Meanwhile, Vicki’s former partner from her police days and ex boyfriend, Mike Celluci (Dylan Neal) is suspicious of Vicki’s motives and her ability to solve what seems to be unsolvable crimes.

Let’s be honest, this was a Lifetime show. There are certain hallmarks of programs that this channel typically airs. But, it was also fun and dark and different from the standard Lifetime program.

Do I recommend it? Why Not?


Flashback Friday- Yentl (1983)

It has been a common practice for centuries that boys receive extensive educations when girls receive education that can be described as minimal.

But that does mean that women have not dreamed and found creative ways to become educated.

In Yentl (1983),  Yentl (Barbra Streisand) is a Jewish girl who is yearning for an education. Based on the short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, titled “Yentl, The Yeshiva Boy”, Yentl will do anything for education, including cross dressing. After her widower Rabbi father who previously forbade his daughter from learning the Talmud passes way, Yentl sheds the clothes of a woman, changes her name to Anshel and pretends to be a man. The experience is educational well beyond the classroom. Yentl likes Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), while Hadass (Amy Irving) who is engaged to Avigdor likes Anshel, not knowing that Yentl is not a he.

This movie is very interesting.  While it remains true to the original story, the odd combination of traditional Jewish Eastern European storytelling with Twelfth Night twist makes it stand out.

I recommend it.

Flashback Friday- Saving Private Ryan

Since the beginning of Hollywood, war movies have become standard fare for filmmakers and audiences.

But there are only a few that are as hard hitting, educational  and remind audiences of the true nature of war like Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Private Ryan (Matt Damon) is one of four brothers fighting in World War II. His brothers have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is up to Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) to lead his team who have survived the Invasion of Normandy, to find Private Ryan and make sure that he returns home.

This is not your parent’s John Wayne era World War II movie. This movie does not spare the horrors and the damage that war creates. It is a brutal, in your face and reminds audiences of the sacrifices that our military men and women make for our freedom and safety.

I recommend it.

Flashback Friday-Clash Of The Titans (2010)

There is something about ancient myths that keep audiences and readers come back to them generation after generation. The heroes journey has always captured the imagination.

In 2010, a reboot of the classic film 1981 Clash Of The Titans was released.

Perseus (Sam Worthington) is a son of Zeus and a demi-g-d (half human and half g-d). Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) is the daughter of the King Cepheus. Her father has won a major victory against the g-ds. Hades (Ralph Fiennes) want’s his revenge. Hades demands Andromeda as a sacrifice, otherwise he will unleash the Kraken, a monster who will destroy Cepheus’s kingdom. Desperate to save his daughter and his kingdom, Cepheus turns to Perseus. Can Perseus save the day?

I have never seen the original 1981 film, so I can only speak of it’s reboot. As far as I know, the script does not stray too far from either the original film or the original tale. It’s not a bad film and like any good movie with special effects, they help to tell the story instead of overtaking it.

I recommend it.

The Mother Of All Toy Stores

Famed New York City toy store FAO Schwarz closed this week.

Opening in 1862, it bounced around different locations in Manhattan before landing at it’s newly former location, across from Central Park and the Plaza hotel in 1986.

FAO Schwarz is not just any toy store. It is a child’s fantasy and an adult’s memory of childhood. For generations, the store has been part of the must see list for tourists. It was iconic as the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty.

But all good things must come to end, and that includes FAO Schwarz.

To mourn the loss of this icon, I’m adding the scene from Big where Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia dance on the piano.

Happy Friday.

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