I’m no parent, but I can appreciate the desire to rear one’s child (or children) to grow up to be a responsible member of any society. I’ve often imagined how a parent even goes about starting a youngster out in life – what books to have them read, what stories they can listen to, and how I could best contribute to their education – and, for those formative … more
It’s me again lunchers! I hope you didn’t think I’d forgotten about you. Of course, father time gets in the way of things… or perhaps has a way of putting everything perfectly into its place. Either way, today’s lunch post will be a little bit different but a little bit of the same. With time comes change and the ability for growth. And just like the pending season finale … more
"You can't judge a book by it's cover" never held more true then the DVD cover for Bob's Burgers. A wacky family runs burger shop with awkward kids with the tally complete with dumb son, puberty entering older daughter and crazy younger daughter. At least the dad isn't fat and stupid or this show would be a talking burger character short of another Seth MacFarlane … more
RabidChihuahua posted a Quick Tip about Seinfeld.
For many, many years, I never really understood the gargantuan hype surrounding Seinfeld. I don't think it's a terrible show, but I find most of the show to be lukewarm in its humor. With that said, there were occasional moments of hilarity, such as this. On a sidenote, Jason Alexander may be most famous as … more
I’ve no doubt that the appearance of Jack the Ripper on the streets of Whitechapel deliberately played a hand in the development of forensic sciences. Plenty has been written about that topic alone – by probably hundreds of authors – and it’s a legitimate estimation of how police inspectors had to come to grips with emerging disciplines in order to … more
I love monster movies. Always have. I probably always will. As a critic, I tend to give them a bit of a pass when it comes to being hard on them, and that’s because I have such a soft spot for them in my heart and mind. There’s something noble about exploring the highs and lows of ‘the creature’; usually, it’s ‘a creature’ … more
Documentaries have a long history of playing fast and loose with data, but facts and figures don’t lie; and that’s what’s mostly brilliant about the History Channel’s latest review of all things World War II, titled “WWII From Space.” To their credit, this A&E Television Networks production relies heavily on the presentation of the grim, … more
If you know anything about the politics of the great ‘Windy City’ of Chicago, then you know at the very least how corrupt a local administration can be. Now, don’t blame the current politicians necessarily: any review of history would show you that they’re just as much pawns to the system created years before, though none are quick to institute anything resembling … more
What fun these two films are. Hulk VS Thor starts out with Odin going into a deep sleep once a year at which time the forces of evil descend upon Asgard to try to destroy it. Every year, however, their efforts are thwarted by Thor, God of Thunder, whose power is just too much for the forces of evil. Loki however decides to use the Incredible Hulk against Thor by separating Bruce Banner's conciseness … more
Disappointed. With a story with such promise, it annoyed me to no end they decided to go the episodic rout instead of the ongoing narrative rout. Not to mention the teenage angst/romance annoys me to … more
This has been considered a classic in the whole MST3K series, and rightfully so. Manos: The Hands of Fate is quite possibly THE embodiment of cinematic ineptitude, and it's so all-around laughable that you wonder how such an atrocious thing even came into existence. I'm so glad the crew of Mystery Science Theater 3000 exhumed this cinematic abomination in the early 90's … more
You have to give a hand to HBO for having the guts to take on such a lofty and risky project. Even for a company as successful and well thought of as them, Game of Thrones was no sure thing. Though based on a much loved series, A Song of Ice and Fire by Gorge RR Martin, adapting it to the small screen was an enormous risk. Since Lord of the Rings there hasn’t been a … more
I'd like to make a little disclaimer before going on. I've never been a sci fi (sorry, SyFy) geek, not in the least bit. Oh, I've enjoyed my fair share of it, from Star Trek to Star Wars, and I've enjoyed it a lot, but I've never been a geek or nerd for either show. Oh sure, the original Star Wars series was amazing, and still a favorite of mine, and Star Trek has some great films too (The Final Frontier, … more
I admittedly liked The Flintstones when I was a little kid, but it's another one of those childhood cartoons that loses its appeal really fast as an adult. Watching it now, it's tolerable background noise at best, and rather unfunny junk at worst. Give me a classic Tex Avery or Looney Tunes cartoon instead.
Here's another cartoon from my youth that thankfully retains a lot of its humorous punch. Garfield and Friends was such a delight to watch, especially for the fact that Garfield was such a lazy, selfish prick that loved annoying Odie and John. It's a shame that I didn't get the DVD sets of the show when they were still in print.
Mr. Bean is certainly a highlight in early 90's British comedy. While Mr. Bean can be compared to Pee Wee Herman in that they're both "children trapped in men's bodies," I like Mr. Bean a lot more because he's made to feel much more believable in his sheer clumsiness and anti-social behavior, while Pee Wee seemed to be made more "likeable." … more
Anime is a genre that gets a lot of flak from mainstream audiences, most of who've have either never seen an anime all the way through or have been exposed to only a certain kind, namely the more children oriented Dragon Ball Z/Nurito type (no disrespect to fans intended) or the pervert Hienti/tentacle rape variety. Stereotypes for anime and the main stream misconception of what it offers TV and movie … more
I should start this review by disclaiming a remarkable fact: I purchased the complete series of Star Trek Enterprise a few years back without ever having watched a single episode of the show during its broadcast run. I say this not because I seek your respect, admiration or pity (though were you to insist on either of the first two, I suppose I wouldn't complain) but rather to illustrate a simple … more
While not quite as bad as The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, the Super Mario Bros. Super Show was really lame. The live-action segments with Captain Lou Albano and Danny Wells as Mario and Luigi were mildly amusing at times, but it's too clear that with the cartoon segments, there wasn't much effort put into anything. I like to use cartoons such as this to … more