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Conor McGregor: Notorious

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:05:05 PST

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(image) Conor McGregor: Notorious:

McGregor is a fascinating enough figure, and as pure an example of the visualize success' method as there is. It's been said that his whole MMA modus operandi was to get in, get paid, and get out'. I'm not sure he'll hold to that ethos, but he was enough into the visualization trip to start filming this movie on his way up, rather than as a retrospective. In fact he and director Gavin Fitzgerald got so much of a jump on things that the end of the documentary unravels in quite surprising fashion.

So inasmuch as this is a documentary of McGregor's rise to fame composed in part of archival footage from his auto-documentary of his rise to fame, it's hard to take him seriously when he says "fuck fame, I'm in this game to get paid." We can however take quite seriously his prowess in the octagon, his single-minded dedication, and his ability to handle failure with grace...Read the entire review




The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:32:07 PST

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(image) Like Old Man River, The Simpsons just keeps rollin' along. Recently renewed for two more seasons of 22 episodes each, by 2019 The Simpsons will have been on the air for 30 years with 600-plus episodes, making it the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running animated series. (However, Japan's Sunday night staple Sazae-san, has it beaten by a mile: 48 seasons and around 7,500 episodes.) Like the 20-year run of Gunsmoke, which produced about as many shows, the cast of The Simpsons has remained remarkably, virtually unchanged.

Fans and critics generally agree that The Simpsons has been in steady creative decline for a number of years, since around seasons 10 or 11. Looking at Season 18 on DVD, there's certainly some evidence of that, but nearly every episode still offers at least one big belly laugh, and some of the episodes in that set are quite f...Read the entire review




Truck Stop Women

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:43:18 PST

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Doublecrossing, truck driving and a lot of flesh

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Ridiculous genre films
Likes: Old T&A flicks
Dislikes: Country music
Hates: Trucks

The Movie
With a title like Truck Stop Women, you sort of know exactly what kind of movie you're heading into, and you're certainly going to get it from future Firestarter and Class of 1984 director Mark Lester's 1974 early-career entry into the then-burgeoning genre of truck films. There's lots of trucks, lots of nude women and the plot is completely centered on a southwestern truck stop. There are a few surprises along the way though, which help raise the film above similar exploitation films.

Rose (Read the entire review




Viceroy's House

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:49:13 PST

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Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Manish Dayal, Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson
Year: 2017

I'm completely fine with Hugh Bonneville being type cast as the friendly English duke/earl/lord/viceroy/whathaveyou until further notice, because he's both perfect at it and I love to see it. As Robert Crawley in Downton Abbey he was wonderful, that show is one of my all-time favorites, and he's back for a very similar role in Viceroy's House, although with much more politics and much larger issues on the table. This film is a look at history with a PBS flare, at least at first, before it settles into a romance against a backdrop of geopolitical change. That's quite a shift, but that's basically what Downton do...Read the entire review




The White King

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:26:57 PST

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Director: Alex Helfrecht, Jorg Tittel
Starring: Lorenzo Allchurch, Agyness Deyn, Jonathan Pryce
Year: 2016

Just when I think I've seen the worst movie of the year, something unexpectedly awful jumps up to bite, reminding me that it exists and wants to be taken into consideration. I mean, The White King is no Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, but then again the former seems to be trying to be an actual movie, while the latter knew all along that it was shit. There's something to be said for honesty, although that won't raise Ian Ziering's career life support mechanism from the bottom of the cesspool that is 2017's most hideous. But it does mean that The White King has an entirely unique strike against it, one...Read the entire review




Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Second Season

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:53:58 PST

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Rebecca got Josh--now what?

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: musicals, surreal comedy
Likes: Rachel Bloom
Dislikes: girl drama
Hates: How awful Rebecca is to her friends

The Story So Far...
Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) saw her camp crush Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) on the streets of New York one day, and it was enough to prompt her to ditch her high-paying job as an attorney and fly across the country to re-settle in West Covina, California...which just so happened to be where Josh lives--with his yoga-teaching girlfriend Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz.) Rebecca set down roots in this small city--much to the chagrin of her domineering mother--getting a new job and new friends, but the real pr...Read the entire review




Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete First Season

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:57:17 PST

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Rebecca totally didn't move to West Covina for Josh

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: musicals, surreal comedy
Likes: Rachel Bloom
Dislikes: girl drama
Hates: How awful Rebecca is to her friends

The Show
Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) saw her camp crush Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) on the streets of New York one day, and it was enough to prompt her to ditch her high-paying job as an attorney and fly across the country to re-settle in West Covina, California...which just so happens to be where Josh lives--with his yoga-teaching girlfriend Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz.) Rebecca set down roots in this small city--much to the chagrin of her domineering mother--getting a new job and new friends, bu...Read the entire review




The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Harvey Korman

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 10:31:07 PST

Rent It

(image) In 10 Words or Less
An oddly unspecific tribute to the distinguished clown

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Sketch comedy, Harvey Korman
Likes: Variety shows, Carol Burnett
Dislikes: Random TV collections
Hates: The lack of old TV on TV

The Story So Far...
The Carol Burnett Show was a TV institution, running for 11 seasons in CBS in the late 60s and through most of the 70s. Featuring a small ensemble, led by Burnett, the comedy show featured sketches, musical numbers and what were essentially one-act plays, featuring a cast of regular characters and parodies of popular movies and TV shows. There have been a number of collections released on DVD over the years, and DVDTalk has Read the entire review




Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains Documentary

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:50:08 PST

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I don't know much about music these days, but what I do know is that Bad Brains are among those whose influence and legacy in music has been underrated, damn near criminally. The African American quartet of singer Paul Hudson (known as H.R., for Human Rights), his younger brother, drummer Earl, bassist Darryl Jenifer and guitarist Dr. Know (Gary Miller) started in the late 1970s and handled a variety of styles, but perhaps were known for their punk tastes most. For a group of high-energy performers of punk to be black at that time was fairly unprecedented. But they weren't just a punk group; they also played jazz, some of their music had early roots of hip hop in it, along with influences from reggae, ska and dub. Performances were already talked about for their talent and their visceral passion, and H.R. was charismatic and enigmatic, and we didn't know how much so on the latte...Read the entire review




The Streets of San Francisco - The Complete Series

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 04:46:19 PST

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(image) A Quinn Martin Production starring Karl Malden. Also starring Michael Douglas.
With Guest Stars James Gregory, Leslie Nielsen...Special Guest Star Andrew Duggan

Act I

The Streets of San Francisco (1972-77), previously available only as half-season sets, has been repackaged using the same masters, indeed the very same discs, as those releases, but at an astonishingly reduced price - currently around $50 for the entire series, versus $39 back in the day for just one of the half-season sets, or about 40 cents per episode.

As noted above, the show was the product of Quinn Martin Productions, whose other shows of the period included Cannon and Barnaby Jones, The Streets of San Francisco being the best of the three. It had two fine actors for the price of one, more attractive locations, and generally slightly better, more believable scripts. Cannon r...Read the entire review




Person to Person

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:01:47 PST

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Director: Dustin Guy Defa
Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson, Michael Cera
Year: 2017

The director of this movie has one of the coolest names in the industry, a perfect moniker for a filmmaker. And he can even go by his initials, DGD, which sounds just as awesome. Luckily, his second feature, and the first to have a real chance at being seen by national audiences, is as hip as his nombre, at least in a unique, indie way, which fits as well. Person to Person is a New York City adventure, a day in the life of various residents that reflects quite accurately, if over-dramatically, the troubles we can all get ourselves into by just living, by simply existing in a world that never delivers exactly what you would expect...Read the entire review




Channel Zero: Candle Cove

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:30:33 PST

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"Creepypasta" can be viewed as the internet's equivalent to a scary campfire story. Sometimes, an example of this online storytelling starts and ends with a single online post that functions as self-contained short fiction, perhaps generating posts in the comments section underneath that accentuate the attempted real-world presence of the piece; other times, it involved a string of participants that add to the urban legend mythology or straight-up expand upon the tale itself. One of such phenomenon involves Candle Cove (click here for the original text), a mythical 70s television show that featured pirates engaging in unsettling and...Read the entire review




From the Land of the Moon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:53:33 PST

Highly Recommended

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Director: Nicole Garcia
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemuhl
Year: 2016

It's not as hard for Brits to make the figurative journey to American cinema as it is for foreign language-speaking actors, which makes complete sense, given their literal nearness, cultural ties, and common speech. Many from other countries do grace our screens, but English speakers have the advantage, be they Australian, Irish, from anywhere in the UK, or from around the globe. So for a French native like Cotillard to have such a strong impact on Hollywood is no small feat. I first saw her in an American picture in 2003 in Big Fish, a stunning film. A few years later she'd make her move: A Good Year, Read the entire review




Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Final Chapters

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:06:43 PST

Highly Recommended

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Nickelodeon's recent adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (usually known as "TMNT 2012") has finally come to a close after five seasons; ratings declined slowly with each passing year, but stayed consistent in the home stretch. That goes for the series' overall quality as well: it's certainly not without its highs and Read the entire review




Atheist America

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:14:16 PST

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Ralf Buecheler's Atheist America (2015) is a feature-length documentary that promises "an intimate, concentrated, and entertaining insight into the culture war" between two competitors: Austin, Texas' long-running call-in TV series The Atheist Experience and its home state's dominant religious community. Guess which camp the film sides with?

For newcomers, The Atheist Experience---or AXP, as it's commonly known---fields callers from religious and non-r...Read the entire review




Family Guy Ssn 15

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:30:33 PST

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(image) Family Guy was a welcome addition to the FOX family back in 1999, but nearly 20 years on it's as divisive as television programming gets. The hardcore fans that have stuck around are fairly loyal, while others endlessly criticize its reliance on cutaway gags. But the reality is that much like modern seasons of South Park and The Simpsons, Family Guy delivers consistency in waves. Sometimes it's on point and others it's not. That's just the nature of the beast. Still, some insist on applying an all or nothing' mentality to this program, but it does have its moments, and to rob it of that is disingenuous. It's still entertaining in its 15th season, but does that alone warrant a purchase?

Once again the Griffins and friends are dealing with modern fads and lampooning pop culture at every turn. I'm all for skewering celebs and whatnot, but the writers rarely reached higher than the lowest hanging f...Read the entire review




John Bunny - Film's First King of Comedy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:10:07 PST

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When people think of silent comedians, Charlie Chaplin, or possiblyBuster Keaton, leap to mind. Before either of those star becamefamous however, John Bunny was drawing in audiences with theone-reelers he was making at Vitagraph. Now largely forgotten, evenamong silent film fans, this important actor from the early days ofcinema gets some attention in John Bunny: Film's First King ofComedy. This short (41 minutes) documentary looks at thecomedian who was billed as "the man who makes more than thepresident" and made over 150 films during his five-year career.

John Bunny came from a sea-faring family. His father and grandfatherwere both mariners and his mother advised him not to go to sea...until he was 21 years old. But breaking with tradition Bunny went tothe theater. Based in New York, John played the circuit as part of aminstrel show and took smaller roles in pl...Read the entire review




Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIX

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:08:02 PST

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It's a bitter sweet day for Mystery Science Theater fans...Shout! Factory has released the last (probably) collection ofepisodes from the original run of the show. While it's great thatthree new episodes (and a disc of bonus material... more on thatlater) are out on DVD, it's sad that there are eleven installmentsthat have never been released, and probably never will be, becauseof copyright issues. Still, these three shows from the Mike yearsare solid, and the set, rather aptly, includes the very lastepisode.

The shows included in this set are:

Experiment 601 - Girls Town:

Mike (referring to Mel Torme): He's like a youthful Jabbathe Hut!

This first episode from season six features the installation of theUmbilicus, a tube that runs from the Satellite of Love to Deep 13,and allows items to be sent between the Mads and the SoL. It'...Read the entire review




Welcome to Happiness

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:14:38 PST

Rent It

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A junior-varsity Magnolia

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Nick Offerman, Keegan Michael Key, Paget Brewster
Likes: Josh Brener, quirky films
Dislikes: Style without substance
Hates: Old accepted corporate sexism

The Movie
If you make a movie with Nick Offerman, Keegan Michael Key and Paget Brewster, there's a very good chance I will watch it. That's why you cast great, high-profile actors like this trio, even if they are filling small roles. You know what you are getting with them and what you're getting are quality performances that will raise the overall quality of the film they are in. That's the case when it comes to Oliver Thompson's feature debut, Welcome to Happiness. Bu...Read the entire review




Moka

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:25:53 PST

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Director: Frederic Mermoud
Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, Diane Rouxel
Year: 2016

The understated French drama of the year is Moka, a revenge tale without the revenge. This is a style that we see every season, the quiet, heavy, high-character, low-action, French film that critics are supposed to eat up and convince audiences that they should like too. And sometimes it works, sometimes we relate to you that a foreign film of this genre is exactly that, weighty but wonderful. Moka, I'm afraid, doesn't fall into that category. It is dramatic, yes, it is familiar, which isn't always unwelcome, but it lacks the punch needed to make up for the slow speed of its story. Basically, this film is an average ...Read the entire review




Glory (2016) aka Slava

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:57:05 PST

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(image) Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) lives quietly and simply. He has a rabbit, which he is devoted to caring for. He lives in a small one-room apartment, rarely seems to eat, and sets his watch, a gift from his father to him, by calling the operator for the time. During the day, he walks the train tracks looking for loose bolts, and tries to overlook his fellow employees siphoning gas out of train cars, to be sold illegally. One day, Tzanko finds something wholly unexpected on his route along the tracks: a bag of money, lying on the tracks. Tzanko, a man of honor, turns the money into the transit authority, which provides an opportunity for Julia Staykova (Margita Gosheva), the transit PR director, to generate not just some good special interest press for the railway company, but also political points for the local minister.

There is no reason for Julia to treat Tzanko disrespectfully, nor for Tzanko's...Read the entire review




PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:11:13 PST

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PAW Patrol continues to be one of Nick Jr.'s most popular franchises; now four seasons deep, a fifth has been ordered and merchandise is still selling like hotcakes. The Great Snow Rescue is the tenth themed collection of PAW Patrol episodes on disc; it doesn't really change anything about the show's formula or characters, and doesn't have to. Most episodes go like this: the six PAW Patrol canines (klutzy firefighter Marshall, aquatic expert Zuma, cons...Read the entire review




Porky Pig

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:14:41 PDT

DVD Talk Collector Series

(image) Growing up in suburban Detroit, I was raised on a steady diet of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. However, the package of cartoon shorts syndicated to WKBD-TV, Channel 50 in Detroit consisted mainly of middle-period "Golden Age" Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1950s. More or less these were the same cartoons that also turned up on "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour" (among other titles), airing on CBS Saturday mornings. The most famous Warner cartoons, shorts like What's Opera, Doc?, One Froggy Evening, Duck Amuck, etc. were part of these packages.

So popular were these that around the late 1970s another package of syndicated Warner Bros. cartoon shorts turned up, these from the earlier "Golden Age" era of roughly 1944-1948, but this package wasn't around very long, at least not in the Detroit market. Also, CBS for a time began airin...Read the entire review




A Very Brady Christmas

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:35:25 PDT

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Although the Brady Bunch had previously been exhumed from the cancellation graveyard with the infamous 1976-77 "Brady Bunch Hour" and short-lived "Brady Brides" in 1981, by 1988 America was nostalgic enough for the lovely lady, man named Brady and their three very lovely girls and three boys that a reunion this time would really be appreciated, and what better time to do it than Christmas? "A Very Brady Christmas" brought the group that somehow formed a family head-on into the 1980s and ended up as the year's highest-rated network broadcast, paving the way for one last attempt at a new series "The Bradys" in 1990 which still didn't go anywhere and was canned after just five episodes. This "TV movie event...Read the entire review




Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 18:12:49 PDT

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A complete series collection of Just Shoot Me! arrives onDVD for the first time much to the joy of fans. This series, whichranfor seven seasons, from 1997-2003 is a sitcom from executive producersBrad Grey(The Departed, The Sopranos), Steven Levitan (ModernFamily,Wings), and Bernie Brillstein (Ghostbusters, Alf), and it was created by Steven Levitan (Modern Family). The comedy tacklesthe workplace through the exploration of the behind-the-scenes of a fashionmagazine. It's your typical fashion magazine covering the latestfashion trends, beautytips, models, and dating advice, and the show is a comedicspin on thefashion world and the way magazines are created.

The series revolves around theeccentric employees who work for Blush fashion magazine. One suchemployee is MayaGallo (Laura San Gi...Read the entire review




Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Complete Series

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:40:15 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) The Show:

In today's installment of you are old, did you know that the then-UPN show Buffy the Vampire Slayer quietly celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Yes, it's 20 years old. Inspired by the 1992 film, the show was received with initial adoration and better than expected critical praise, and exploded into a show that helped dwarf its cinematic older sister with humor and romance sort of in the same vein as the film, but bringing larger themes and conflicts for its characters into larger light, one or two of them being notable historically. With this time marker being ticked off, it was only a matter of time before it was celebrated somehow, and it has been with the usual retrospective ephemera; some books, some occasional ensemble reunions (usually partial), and a boxed set of the show was recently released o...Read the entire review




The Best of the Carol Burnett Show

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:37:12 PDT

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How things have changed for the Carol Burnett Show on DVD- as the format gained traction, many longed for at least some of it to be released on DVD but all that came early on was a short reunion special with a paltry number of clips and a similar disc after that. A few years after that though, mail-order outfit Guthy Renker started putting out DVDs (and VHS tapes) of complete shows, then Time-Life acquired the rights and put out a staggering number of releases from single discs to mega box sets. As that company tends to do, a number of the individual discs have been included in multiple sets, ...Read the entire review




Bob Hope: Salutes the Troops

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:38:57 PDT

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Time-Life brings us another collection of Bob Hope specials where he and a number of guests visit the military overseas to brighten their time there during the days surrounding Christmas. A number of these have been released on DVD before from R2 Entertainment and Time-Life has been packaging their discs in a number of different configurations- judging from the menus on the three discs in this set they appear to have been originally made for larger sets. Hopefully I'll be able to outline the contents here for those seeking out these shows but not wanting to pick up redundant material.

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The six shows here range from 1962 to 1990, all done during the week of Christmas and shown on NBC that January as belated "Christmas Specials" but still managing to be amongst the year's h...Read the entire review




Criminal Minds: The Twelfth Season

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:46:09 PDT

Highly Recommended

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The latest of a continuing series, where my wife Nicole steps up to offer her thoughts.

By Nicole Rizzo

In 10 Words or Less
The more crimes committed, the harder the BAU works.

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Criminal dramas, Joe Mantegna, Aisha Tyler, Damon Gupton
Likes: Spencer Reid, Penelope Garcia, Jane Lynch, guest stars
Dislikes: Mr. Scratch
Hates: The question of "why" people do horrible things

The Show
My eagerness and anticipation of every new fall television season starts around mid-August when stations start giving out teasers of what to expect for our beloved prime-time shows. I wait each summer to see which shows are returning and which have gotten the boot and ...Read the entire review




Green Acres: The Complete Series

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:45:34 PDT

DVD Talk Collector Series

(image) The Dick Van Dyke Show is the best American sitcom of the 1960s, but Green Acres is by all odds the funniest. Somewhat unfortunately lumped in with CBS's other, lesser rural comedies of the time, notably The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction, from which it was spun off, Green Acres is most definitely not the show it initially appears to be.

The basic premise, wealthy New Yorkers move to a ramshackle farmhouse, was the inverse of Beverly Hillbillies, a one-joke sitcom run into the ground by the end of its first season, while also springing from the same basic concept that began with The Egg and I (1947), with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert playing essentially the same roles later essayed by Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor on Green Acres. That movie also introduced Ma & Pa Kettle and their brood, an uncultured backwoods family that...Read the entire review




Ernie Kovacs: Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:19:54 PDT

DVD Talk Collector Series

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Ernie Kovacs was a pioneer, an innovator in the realm of early TV comedy, who has morphed into a cult figure over the years. Most folks have probably missed out on Ernie's best bits, and if you have, I recommend checking out The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volumes One and Two. These lovely box sets were released by Shout! Factory roughly five years ago, and they offer a thorough survey of Ernie's varied and all-too-brief career. (He was killed in a car crash at age 42.)

Now, Shout! Factory is releasing a (nearly) complete set of Ernie's t...Read the entire review




Soul on a String

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:28:18 PDT

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Director: Yang Zhang
Starring: Quni Ciren, Kimba, Siano Dudiom Zahi
Year: 2016

Soul on a String is a Chinese/Tibetan, Western/Adventure, ancient/modern warrior's tale, and these odd combinations are the reason that the film ultimately succeeds. This feature is hard to define, it straddles many borders while paying homage to many styles, but it is made just well enough to elicit respect, when it could easily have gone down a baffling and far less appealing route. Sacred stones, lone wolves, blood oaths, desperate journeys; this movie needed every one of its 140 minutes to tell a complicated story, but the result was surprisingly solid, especially when my expectations were so very low.

The Movie

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This Is Us: Season 1

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:53:58 PDT

Highly Recommended

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I'm not a fan of schmaltzy dramas on TV (or on the big screen for that matter), so even when I heard from friends how good This is Us was, I kept thinking, "Nah, not for me." I did not see one minute of one episode when Season 1 aired on NBC, and I probably would have never watched an episode had this DVD set not become available for review. I'll be honest, I thought this might be the opportunity to knock the series down a few rungs by giving it a fair critique. Now I find myself in the position where I have to admit I was wrong to have skipped it. This is Us is great television, and even though it's intentionally manipulative, it's also fantastically entertaining.

However, as anyone who has seen this series will tell you, it's really hard to talk abo...Read the entire review




Chicago Med: Season Two

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:40:58 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) Between the first and second seasons of Chicago Med, on July 26, 2017, a pretty amazing coincidence occurred. A female nurse named Alex Wubbels at the University of Utah's hospital burn center was forcibly arrested by a short-fused police officer after she refused, per hospital policy, to (possibly illegally) draw blood from her unconscious patient. The officer was recently fired.

Ironically, almost exactly four months earlier, on a Chicago Med episode entitled "Guilty," Nurse Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) is forcibly arrested after refusing, again per hospital policy, by a short-fused officer, under similar circumstances. This uncanny bit of prescient scripting exemplifies the timeliness of Chicago Med, a series that at first looked pretty much like a retread of older hospital dramas like ER but which hit the ground running, and is fast becoming the best of executive...Read the entire review




Chicago Justice: Season One

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:40:58 PDT

Rent It

(image) For this reviewer, the jury's still out on Chicago Justice, but not with the network distributing it, NBC. Though the packaging lists this as "Season One," it's also officially "The Complete Series," NBC having cancelled it this past May, a week after airing what turned out to be its final episode. Universal selling this as "Season One" may be wishful thinking: another Dick Wolf-produced show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent began on NBC, but then moved to the USA Network for its last four seasons, so it's not impossible that program might continue somewhere else.

The show began as a backdoor pilot on a Season Three episode of Chicago PD in May 2016, then returned as a mid-season replacement in March 2017, nearly a year later, a longer-than-usual gestation period. Oddly, while all of the 2016-17 season episodes of all the Chicago franchise shows (the others being Chicago Fir...Read the entire review