'Fringe' Recap - 'Black Blotter'
“Fringe” positioned tonight’s ninth episode “Black Blotter” as its final edition of “the nineteenth episode”. That’s been the slot for past episodes such as “Brown Betty”, “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide”, and “Letters of Transit”. I don’t like the idea of arbitrarily assigning a slot in each season as “the completely off-the-wall trippy installment,” since that goes against what should be the organic process of telling a long-form narrative on the small screen. But that quibble isn’t a particularly big one, especially since I tend to like when the show gets even weirder than usual. “Black Botter” wasn’t particularly strange by the show’s standards (except for the Monty Python sequence, which made ME feel like I’d just taken a whole buncha drugs), and it wasn’t up to the standards of the three episodes just mentioned. But it was a solid, if wildly inconsistent, hour of television that gave us both the best AND worst of “Fringe” in sixty minutes.
1937 | Drama | GSummary: Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with her grumpy old paternal grandfather, Adolph Kramer. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society...through her angelic ways and sheer love. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion ...Director: Allan Dwan
Cast: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley
1997 | Drama | RSummary: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holida...Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny
1940 | Comedy | NRSummary: One of the greatest and most radiant comedies from classical Hollywood features Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart in the tale of a woman whose ex-husband walks back into her life just as she’s about to marry someone else.Director: George Cukor
Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
1944 | Thriller | NRSummary: What more do you need for a film noir than a devious wife, an insurance agent who can’t stop thinking about her, and an unsuspecting husband?Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
1994 | Animation | GSummary: The tiny girl meets a fairy prince who saves her from the creatures of the woods.Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Cast: Jodi Benson, Gino Conforti, Barbara Cook, Gary Imhoff
2014 | Drama | PG-13Summary: A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman
1990 | Adventure | GSummary: A lawless poacher wants to capture a majestic and rare golden eagle, so he kidnaps the boy who knows where to find the bird. Not to worry -- the Rescue Aid Society's top agents, heroic mice Miss Bianca and Bernard, fly to Australia to save the day. Accompanying the fearless duo are bumbling albat...Director: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel
Cast: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers
1986 | Crime | RSummary: A high school kid kills his girlfriend, but when the crime is revealed to his friends, they decide not to tell the cops. Keanu Reeves has an early role in this dark and sometimes blackly comic teen tale.Director: Tim Hunter
Cast: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye
1967 | Comedy | NRSummary: Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from monster-making, and he calls together a monster party to choose his replacement, with Dracula, The Werewolf, The Creature, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde on the guest list.Director: Jules Bass
Cast: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett
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