Here at The Nerds Templar, we get a lot of movies sent our way to watch. Some are new, some are older. We get Blu-rays, DVDs, online screeners and everything in between. Sometimes we just don’t have time to write a 1000 words about every movie. Sometimes the movie doesn’t deserve a 1000 words. We do like to discuss the movie though and in those situations we do articles like this, Review Round-up.
Up first we have Spaceman, a biopic about former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee. It’s not a full on biopic, it’s more about his time in Canada, after the Red Sox got rid of him as did Montreal. If you aren’t familiar with Bill Lee, he was a weed smoking, hippie type with an amazing left arm that took him to the majors. He was into the counterculture and that hurt his career. He talked about smoking weed and the powers that be didn’t like that. This shows him bouncing around trying to find a big league gig after Montreal and eventually playing on a senior league team with nobodies. Josh Duhamel is pretty solid as Lee, but I wish the movie was more about his entire life especially his time with the Sox. I’m from Boston, I’m a Red Sox fan so I would have liked that. If you aren’t familiar with Lee, you’ll learn about him as a person in this. Duhamel does what he can, I just wish there was more to it. I wanted more about Lee in the majors and then later on in life. This is really just a few months of his outrageous life. Sox fans and baseball fans should definitely check it out though.
Next is She Who Must Burn. This film is clearly about abortion, but after watching it, I can’t tell if it’s pro or anti-abortion. They sell the movie with Jewel Staite’s name, but she’s barely in it. A small town health care provider has run ins with hardcore Christians who don’t like that she provides abortions. I’m not a religious man and I wanted to see all these lunatics killed instantly. The leader should have been shot by the cop over and over again. You throw stuff at someone’s house, you threaten someone in their house, you got killed as far as I’m concerned. The ending is really weird and there’s some crazy deaths in it. I wasn’t expecting the graphic parts of it because most of the movie is tame. I don’t think I liked the film and I don’t know who I would recommend it to. Don’t get tricked into thinking Staite plays a major role because she doesn’t. Movies like this get under my skin because of how nutty religious people can get. I hated all of them and can’t see how the law didn’t take them all in for trespassing and more. I just had a bad reaction to the film I guess.
Third is Hee Haw Salute. This is a 3 DVD set with some of the biggest names in country music at that time. Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Conway Twitter and more all make appearances. I reviewed a huge box set of Hee Haw before so if you can’t afford that monster set, this 3 disc set is worth picking up. It has a lot of the classic sketches you remember including a lot of recurring ones. It’s 5 hours long so it’s worth the money. The music alone is worth listening plus a lot of the skits still hold up. Even in 2016, jokes that are 30 plus years old are still funny. If you are a fan and don’t own much of the show on DVD already, this is definitely recommended for you. It’s amazing how much this show reminds me of spending time at my grandmother’s house.
Last is Dark Water. This is an Asian film about a woman separating from her husband and moving her young daughter into a new apartment. Weird things start happening and water is leaking from the ceiling. Her daughter finds a bag and wanders off all the time. The apartment complex worker don’t fix anything and the woman thinks something is going on. The father is pushing for custody because the mother appears unstable. It’s a ghost movie and I did guess where the body was. It’s not bad, but it’s predictable. The lead actress and the young girl playing her daughter are both very good, but you can tell where the film is going. I still liked it overall and it did hold my attention throughout which is saying something nowadays. If you like Asian horror/ghost films, I recommend it to you.