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Kansas Vs. Darwin

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:50:41 PDT

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Living less than 30 miles away from Dover, Pennsylvania (and having family from the area, even), I'm somewhat familiar with the concept of rural areas embroiled in national controversy. The 2004-05 Dover case for teaching intelligent design in public biology classrooms ended well, thanks to a judge's ruling that upheld separation of church and state. For obvious reasons, this Decem...Read the entire review




Absolutely Anything

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:50:41 PDT

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(image) Arriving on American DVD almost two years after an underwhelming box office performance in the UK, Absolutely Anything is a laundry list of disappointments. Not only is it a startlingly unfunny movie given the talent appearing in it (Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, and the entire surviving cast of Monty Python), but it also marks the final efforts of at least two prominent participants: director/co-writer/actor Terry Jones, who was diagnosed with dementia about a year later, and actor Robin Williams, who has a key supporting role as the voice of a dog.

Neil Clarke (Pegg) is a prototypical movie schlub, a sensitive but perpetually lazy man who claims to be toiling away at a novel but spends most of his time scraping by in his day job as a schoolteacher and pining for his gorgeous neighbor, Catherine West (Kate Beckinsale). Unbeknownst to Neil, a Galactic Council of alien creatures (voiced by John ...Read the entire review




Alone in Berlin

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:29:16 PDT

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Director: Vincent Perez
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Br hl
Year: 2016

The rise of the wonderful and incomparable Daniel Bruhl has been well-witnessed, at least among those who have been paying attention. The German/Spanish actor has been hitting more home runs than not with his film choices, or perhaps his talent level helps lift each lucky movie he appears in. Inglourious Basterds, Rush, A Most Wanted Man, Woman in Gold, Read the entire review




American Wrestler: The Wizard

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:53:02 PDT

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There have been a few films that include a metaphoric fish thrown into new, sometimes hostile waters, and on the heels of HBO's fascinating miniseries The Night Of, we now get American Wrestler: The Wizard, a similar story in its broadest strokes, based on true events.

Written by Brian Rudnick and directed by Alex Ranarivero, American Wrestler tells the story of Ali Jahani (George Kosturos), an immigrant who left Iran during the Khomeni overthrow to live in California with his uncle Hafez. Hafez is played by Ali Afshar, producer of the film and the subject on whom the movie is based. Ali grows up dealing with bullies at school and is ostracized due to the events of the day, but he decides to take up wrestling. The coach (William Fichtner, ...Read the entire review




Bones The Complete Series

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 08:59:04 PDT

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Like Castle or White Collar, Bones isanother in a long line of crime show that pair two unlikelypartners. While they don't get along at the start, over the courseof the show the two learns about each other, grow closer, and put alot of murderers behind bars. That's pretty much what happens inBones, and after a very impressive 12-season run the program hasfinished its time on the small screen and that means it's time for acompete series set. This massive 64-disc collection includes all 245episodes and some decent bonus material (unfortunately all of itpreviously released) in a nice new case. It's a decent show thatstarts off slow but builds steam as it goes along.

Based on a series of books by Kathy Reichs, the show revolves aroundDr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), a brilliant forensicanthropologist with little-to-no social skills, and Seeley Bo...Read the entire review




8 Bit Generation: Commodore Wars

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 04:45:47 PDT

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8-Bit Generation is a project called "a labor of love" by those behind it, documenting the rise of consumer computers and video games of the 70s and 80s. "The Commodore Wars" is their first documentary release, focusing on the Commodore computer company. I'm in a bit of a strange place on this subject as during that time I was a video game nut and we also had (and still do) an Apple II computer, but by 1985 I had pretty much lost interest in computers and never did much with them until the internet came along. The big video game crash lessened my interest in those as well, and even though I was one of the first in my area to get a Nintendo Entertainment System (which I didn't even expect to be successful) I never got back into them as hugely as I was before and by now current games don't even appeal to me enough to buy any of the latest game consoles. I remember Commodore's home computers being simp...Read the entire review




Ray Donovan: Season 4

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:06:21 PDT

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At the end of Season Three of Ray Donovan, following a shootout with Russian mobsters that left our antihero (played by Liev Schreiber) wounded and his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), on the run, Ray received absolution for his past sins from a Catholic priest who had taken an interest in him in a powerful season finale. Now it's time for Season Four to get underway, and Ray's going to walk the straight and narrow now, right? Think again.

Ray's descent back into his old ways begins when he begins an association with boxer Hector Campos (Ismael Cruz Cordova), which soon turns south when Ray needs to use his "fixer" skills to get Hector out of a mess that has to do with Hector's half-sister, Marisol (Lisa Bonet), and the fact that Hector has been having an on-aga...Read the entire review




Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Series

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:09:33 PDT

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Funny chaos that's as relevant as ever

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Laugh-In, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley
Likes: Goldie Hawn, Sammy Davis, Jr.
Dislikes: Formulaic comedy
Hates: Casual racism, how awful things don't just go away

The Show
A controversial president drowning in scandal, Republican leadership ignoring the poor, social unrest, civil-rights battles, racism, clashes over reproductive rights, gender inequality, international strife...boy, the late 60s were a mess, huh? Thank goodness we've come a long way over the past 50 years. I mean, if we hadn't, then revisiting Dan Rowan and Dick Martin's Laugh-In would feel incredibly relevant and frustrating, watching the ...Read the entire review




Decoy

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:22:01 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) Decoy a one-season undercover cop show from 1957-58, was unknown to this reviewer until it turned up in our unwanted screener pile. Because it starred cult actress Beverly Garland I was moderately curious to see it, only to discover that it's an unusual, even groundbreaking series of exceptional interest.

For starters, it was the first - and still among the very few - American cop show with a female protagonist. One would imagine that, Decoy coming from the 1950s, that a male co-star would have been required to do all the heavy lifting, to sweep in and save the day, but such is not the case at all.

In 1957, most television production was shifting to Hollywood, but Decoy was filmed entirely in New York City. Possibly owing to the fact that Garland was not quite a star, there are innumerable "stolen" shots of her filmed all over the city, from major landmarks to virtually unrec...Read the entire review




The High Schooler's Guide To College Parties

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:53:14 PDT

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Director: Patrick Johnson
Starring: Nate Rubin, Kris Kiley, Brina Palencia
Year: 2015

Your guess is as good as mine as to why American Pie worked when so many other coming-of-age sex comedies die a terrible death as soon as they hit the screen, some as soon as they hit the straight-to-DVD shelves. Maybe it was Eugene Levy, maybe it was the pie, who knows, but that film is now a classic, and in comparison, The High Schoolers Guide to College Parties will never be. Not only will it never become a classic, it will never be seen by more than the 200 people globally who invested their time in watching this complete waste of space and regretted every minute of it. Add this film to the long list of those who tried and...Read the entire review




World of Henry Orient

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:41:49 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Young female friendship portrayed perfectly

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: The look of classic cinema, Peter Sellers
Likes: Positive female relationships
Dislikes: Rich people
Hates: Running into old casual racism, adulterers

The Movie
George Roy Hill, who would go on to win an Oscar for The Sting, while directing a string of well-regarded films including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the iconic Slap Shot, started off his feature-film career with stage adaptations before tackling Nora Johnson's novel, The World of Henry Orient. Obviously his earlier work, including his time with "Playhouse 90" and "Kraft Theater", set him up well to tackle the mix of com...Read the entire review




Perry Mason: The Complete Series

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:35:50 PDT

Highly Recommended

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A staple of syndicated television in the half-century since it originally went off the air, Perry Mason is the kind of show that is so firmly ingrained in pop culture that it is easy to take it for granted. With its formulaic mystery-story approach, it can be considered influential upon any number of courtroom and crime shows, for better and worse, and it's hard to imagine a more iconic fictional lawyer than Raymond Burr's stoic, sly, and sometimes streetwise L.A. attorney.

The original run of Perry Mason started in 1957 and ended after nine seasons in 1966. From 2006 to 2013, CBS/Paramount reissued the show in half-season DVD box sets (DVD Talk's Stuart Galbraith IV doggedly Read the entire review




Breast Milk

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:37:31 PDT

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So before diving into Breastmilk, a couple of cards on the table; as the father of a 7 month old and in a similar situation as our own Olie Coen, I had a natural curiosity as to what the film was about, and whether it was a case of advocating the benefits of breast milk and the mammoth industry surrounding breastfeeding, but it was not like that at all, and seems to mirror a situation that our family is experiencing.

Over a three-year period, director Dana Ben-Ari checks in periodically with several families who are about to have or just had babies, and sees how they are handling breast feeding their new addition (for the unfamiliar, the recommended goal is to have a baby fed either exclusively or almost entirely on breast milk for the first six months of their lives, before supplementing wit...Read the entire review




Bubble Guppies: Super Guppies!

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:37:45 PDT

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Johnny Belt and Robert Scull's Bubble Guppies (2011-2016) was an animated series aimed at pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. This colorful production featured half a dozen brightly haired mer-kids as they swam around and taught kids about everyday occurrences and subjects like new places, animals, and neighborhood jobs. The visual design fell somewhere between "Dreamworks" and your average Wii U game: characters were simple and kid-like, easily recognizable and, if your lit...Read the entire review




Welcome to Happiness

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:31:33 PDT

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Director: Oliver Thompson
Starring: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Brendan Sexton III
Year: 2015

Filmmakers have to get their start somewhere, and Oliver Thompson chose Welcome to Happiness. He directed, wrote, produced, and created the soundtrack for this film, all of which were his first attempts at cinema. Give the guy some credit for effort and for giving his entire self to a movie he must have believed in, but that doesn't mean it all worked as planned. Actually, very little went right, from the casting to the execution, but at least he tried. Amateur filmmakers rarely stumble upon something golden, and they often need a few films in order to find their way. Chalk this bad result up to inexperience and move on; ...Read the entire review




Runaway Train

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:16:34 PDT

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The good thing about much-respected and prodigious artists is that they tend to have done a lot of work that most of their fans may not have known about. Take Kurosawa for instance. He wrote a screenplay which he intended to direct after his 1965 film Red Beard, and was intended to be his first color film before financial backing fell through. He didn't get to make a color film for five years, but the screenplay he wrote was proverbially tucked into a drawer for a while and didn't pop up for years, until it became 1985's Runaway Train.

Kurosawa's screenplay was adapted for a North American audience by several, including Edward Bunker, Mr. Blue from Reservoir Dogs. Manny (Jon Voight, Read the entire review




DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:18:38 PDT

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Young superheroes have fun and fight evil

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Animation, superheroes
Likes: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Teen Titans Go!
Dislikes: DC Comics in general, overtly moralistic cartoons, most "girl" cartoons
Hates: Harley Quinn overexposure

The Movie
With the notable exception of Patty Jenkins' recent Wonder Woman, DC's film output has long lagged behind its TV series, whether it's the small-screen live-action series that populate the CW or the many excellent animated adaptations, including the wonderfully silly Teen Titans Go!. Part of that success is a very clear view of each series' audience, focusing on adventure, laughs or drama...Read the entire review




An Art that Nature Makes

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 05:50:43 PDT

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Photographer Rosamond Purcell isn't a household name, except maybe among serious photography fans, but this documentary, highlighting the journey of her breathtaking work, should deservedly make you glad you're now in the know. Artists and those predisposed to staring at nature in all its forms will absolutely be drawn in to this excellent treatise on Purcell's work. But even if you 'don't get' art, Molly Bernstein's film will help you considerably on your way.

Bernstein catalogs Purcell's work through the development of her oeuvre, slyly revealing the artist as well. At first, Purcell might put off Joe and Jane six-pack, as she talks to a junkyard owner in Maine. After all, she's just wandering around picking up trash, which she takes home to photograph. But you can do this kind of stuff if you're eloquent. Bernstein catches perfect moments of Purcell explaining w...Read the entire review




Mortuary

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:25:50 PDT

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Director: Howard Avedis
Starring: Mary Beth McDonough, David Wysocki, Bill Paxton
Year: 1983

Director Howard Avedis dappled in sexploitation cinema in the 70s, although really, who didn't. He carried the style over into the 80s, adding murder and crime and thrills, but keeping the older women with large breasts. It it's not broke don't fix it I guess; there will always be a market for b-movies with nudity and fake blood because, for some strange reason, we will always love them. Mortuary is just another in a long history of intentionally bad films, but with a few key elements that deserve pointing out. One is that at least two stars are on display here, making it a little more interesting than some of the others in i...Read the entire review




8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:41:54 PDT

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Produced between 2010 and 2012, 8-Bit Generation's The Commodore Wars (2016) promises to deliver an inside look at the home computer explosion of the 1970s and early 1980s: one populated by the likes of Apple, Atari, Texas Instruments, and Tandy, but eventually dominated by Comm...Read the entire review




Mannix: The Complete Series

Wed, 31 May 2017 05:58:56 PDT

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(image) Except for hazy memories of my parents watching Mannix when it was new, and, of course, Lalo Schifrin's jazzy theme music, the kind of classic TV opening that, once heard, is never forgotten. Strange then to watch the series for the first time only now, despite the high pedigree of talent involved. Mannix (1967-75) was the creation of Richard Levinson and William Link, just prior to their finding much greater and more lasting success with Columbo. It was the last hurrah of Desilu Productions before Lucille Ball sold the company lock, stock, and barrel to the adjacent Paramount Pictures (via Gulf + Western) and produced as it was on the heels of Desilu's final successes, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. Mission's Bruce Geller developed the series and, initially, produced it in a less intense, more leisurely yet similar manner.

Mannix ran for an impr...Read the entire review




Breastmilk

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:20:20 PDT

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Director: Dana Ben-Ari
Year: 2014

For a natural experience that is older than modern, upright homo sapiens and is shared among countless species of mammal across the globe, breastfeeding carries a stigma around inside the borders of our society that is as nonsensical as it is undeniable. Whether it occurs at the hospital after birth, at work in a dark room, at a restaurant table, or at home lying comfortably on a bed, breastfeeding is constantly under judgement and scrutiny. Women are told how to feel about it, men are taught to look away from it, strangers become entitled to share their opinions on it, and the entire activity becomes a complicated social issue when at its core nothing could be more simple. Breastmilk is a docu...Read the entire review




Broad City: Season 3

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:56:53 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Yas, Queen. Stoners Abbi and Ilana are back at it in season 3 of the New York-set Broad City. As in the offbeat sitcom's earlier seasons, this batch of 10 episodes maintains a slacker-Seinfeld vibe of busy aimlessness while intermittently forcing its characters to confront their own selfish failings and grow up a little.

Creators and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer don't majorly shake up the "smoke weed and act self-absorbed" formula that has been such a winner up until this point. As ever, their characters' bulletproof friendship anchors a show that otherwise takes off in all directions in se...Read the entire review




Inside Amy Schumer: Season Four

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:59:13 PDT

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The likely end of another Comedy Central sketch success

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Sketch comedy
Likes: Amy Schumer, dark comedy
Dislikes: Gender politics
Hates: The twisted interpersonal relationships between women, short-run series

The Story So Far...
Before Amy Schumer became a household name thanks to her film Trainwreck, an assortment of advertising campaigns and her friendship with Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer was a raunchy stand-up comic and the star of Inside Amy Schumer, a brilliant sketch comedy series on Comedy Central that took aim at a variety of social issues, particularly those that women face. But as with many of the network's big sketch hits, when bigger...Read the entire review




Bikes vs. Cars

Fri, 12 May 2017 04:36:14 PDT

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.or A Tale of Five Cities: Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Copenhagen, Toronto and Bogota are the main focus of Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten's cross-continental look at the ever-present problems of humans' desire to get from Point A to Point B as easily and quickly as possible. Having spent the entire 1980s in the city of Davis, CA which is regarded as at least one of the world's bicycle capitals (another city claims that honor here) I've had drilled into my head for a long time the idea that cars are costly, consume too much energy and cause pollution while bicycles consume no energy at all and keep frequent riders in top physical shape. With that in mind you'd think bikes would be the preferable way to travel, but when you're lazy it seems so easy to just get in your ca...Read the entire review




Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Series

Thu, 11 May 2017 04:13:40 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) I've never been to Hawaii, alas, but if I ever did I kind of wish that, somehow, it would resemble the Hawaii of Hawaii Five-O, the 1968-1980 cop series starring Jack Lord. At the time of its cancellation it had been the longest-running police procedural show in TV history. It was innovative, unique, and at its best enormous fun. It had production values and a style that resembled big budget movies of the period, while Lord and his supporting cast, the initial line-up especially, not to mention catch phrases like "Book em, Danno" and those amazing opening titles (music by Morton Stevens and designed by Iranian-born Reza Radiyi), still the best credits sequence of any show before or since, made the series unforgettable. Audiences only familiar with the present day Hawaii Five-0 (zero instead of an "O") are really missing out.

CBS-Paramount released the original Five-O's entire r...Read the entire review




Lake Eerie

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:47:49 PDT

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Director: Chris Majors
Starring: Meredith Majors, Betsy Baker, Anne Leigh Cooper
Year: 2016

You may think you've seen painful acting before, but you have yet to meet Lake Eerie, a film that is as bizarre, awful, and unimaginative as its title. I'm not sure if my words can prepare you for such a film failure, an amateur attempt at something, I don't know what, that could not possibility have resulted in what the filmmakers were aiming for. Because, if this is the movie that they were trying to make, someone needs to take away their cameras and put them under lock and key. I can only imagine that "haunted house story with Egyptian magic thrown in for good measure" sounded like a great idea, a script was written, and a f...Read the entire review




The Migrants

Tue, 09 May 2017 04:39:31 PDT

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Director: Tom Gries
Starring: Ron Howard, Cloris Leachman, Sissy Spacek
Year: 1974

The Migrants is a film that has almost completed its slide away from our memories, becoming something of the past that very few remember and even the internet can't firmly hold captive in time. Made for television in 1974, this movie is an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams story, living in that on-stage feeling that Williams perfected, but also bringing a Steinbeck air to the screen with its focus on the traveling worker and his family's plight. Not much remains of The Migrants except a barely-seen IMDb page, perhaps one or two images on an internet search, and apparently a DVD release more than 40 years after its production. St...Read the entire review




Just About Famous

Tue, 09 May 2017 04:39:31 PDT

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Playing pretend for a living

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Documentaries
Likes: a good tribute show
Dislikes: Delusional people
Hates: Bad impersonators

The Movie
Confessions of a Superhero is a fantastic documentary about the people who dress up like caped crusaders in Hollywood in search of fame or money, exploring their lives and all the questions you'd have about those folks. There are moments where Just About Famous approaches those topics, but it's mainly satisfied with keeping its distance from the celebrity impersonators it profiles and acting as a tourist in their world, focusing on the Sunburst Convention, an annual gathering of "tribute artists" in Orlando.

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The Mysterious Airman

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:14:12 PDT

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Movie serials were a staple of movie matinees in the 30's and 40's,but they were incredibly popular in the silent era too.Unfortunately, there are few chapterplays from the 1910's and 20'sthat still exist in complete form. That's why it's so exciting thatSprocket Vault has unearthed, restored, and released a complete 10chapter serial from 1928: The Mysterious Airman. Not only isthe film of interest to historians however, but it's a funcliffhanger in its own right. The tinted picture looks amazing too,especially for a film this old that was presumed lost for decades.

Jack Baker (Walter Miller) is the owner of an aviation company andengaged to one of his pilots, Shirley Joyce (Eugenia Gilbert).Joyce's father has invented a new device, the Joyce Aerometer, whichmakes flying safe in all sorts of weather and even at night. He'sleased the gadget only to Baker and won't...Read the entire review




The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series Volumes 7-12

Tue, 02 May 2017 06:59:31 PDT

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The TonightShow StarringJohnny Carson was a long-running NBCtelevision talk show and variety program which airedfor 30 seasons from 1962-1992. The series was beloved, in part, becauseof itslegendary host. Carson is highly regarded as one of the best televisionhostsin history.

Johnny Carson hasoften been hailed as the father of modern late night television withhis use ofstand-up comedy and a format of television variety programming whichhas beenused in large part since. Though late night television has certainlyhad someupdates or tweaks over time, Carson's method of a comedy openingmonologue andintervie...Read the entire review




Hee Haw: The Collector's Edition

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:00:43 PDT

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Hee Hawbeganas a variety entertainment series on the CBS network in 1969.  Though the series received impressivetelevision ratings, CBS decided to cancel many programs at thetime-period thatreflected country programming and Hee Hawgot the axe. However, the series continued in syndication and went onto becomeone of the longest running syndicated series in history with 21additionalseasons.

There's no plot: theseries revolves solely around entertaining the audience. Hosts BuckOwens andRoy Clark lead an ensemble group of performers each week in a series ofsketchesand musical pe...Read the entire review




Death Valley Days Complete First Season

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:20:32 PDT

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The earliest television Westerns, shows from the late 1940s and early 50s, mostly were adaptations of successful, long-running theatrical B-Westerns, series starring William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry, etc. Although many of these shows originated as B-Westerns for general audiences or even specifically adults, by the time television was rolling out their audience consisted primarily of children who adored such shows.

In past reviews I've extolled the virtues of TV's earliest adult Westerns, particularly Gunsmoke (premiering in 1955) and Have Gun - Will Travel (1957), but one series predates those, a semi-adult transitional TV Western called Death Valley Days. An anthology series, it was syndicated rather than a primetime network series, but enjoyed an unusually long and successful run. It premiered in 1952 and ran a staggering 18 seasons, thr...Read the entire review




We Don't Belong Here

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:20:32 PDT

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Director: Peer Pedersen
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Catherine Keener, Annie Starke
Year: 2017

Anton Yelchin's final role comes in We Don't Belong Here, a film that doesn't feature him enough. Obviously I don't mean they should have known that this would be the end of an exciting career and so given him more screen time; his death was an unimaginable tragedy that caught every film fan with a sucker punch. He should simply have been given more to do in this movie, as he was by far the best thing about it. Director Peer Pedersen also wrote the script, and has no experience in either department, that amateur status becoming all too clear all too soon. He was unable to create a film that audiences would want to watch, he und...Read the entire review




Youth in Oregon

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:36:50 PDT

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I really didn't intentionally make Frank Langella a common thread in two of my last three standard definition DVD reviews. But the case handler in The Americans finds himself the unwanted center of attention in Youth in Oregon, a comedy-drama that is copious amounts of one genre and perhaps not enough of the other.

Written by Andrew Eisen and directed by Joel David Moore (Spiral), Langella plays Raymond, an 80-year old patriarch who lives with his daughter Kate (Christina Applegate, Bad Moms) and her family, along with his wife Estelle (Mary Kay Place, Sweet Home Alabama). He makes the decisio...Read the entire review