Friday, January 16, 2015

Frozen Breakfast - A Cereal Review

I'm a firm believer that every G and PG rated movie should have their own breakfast cereal. I'd go so far as to say we've even been robbed of Hunger Games Flakes and Guardians of the Galaxy O's too but there certainly is no good reason why it's taken the fine folks at Kellogg's over a year to come out with a breakfast cereal based on the mega hit movie Frozen. But in this day and age of minimal grocery store tie-in's, I shouldn't complain when they finally get some good old fashioned Disney cereal on my breakfast table!
The cereal is simply described on the box as "Sweetened Cereal with Marshmallows." Back in the day, you'd have to come up with how the shape of the cereal related to the franchise it was based on. Ninja nets or Donkey Kong barrels were some good eatin' back then. Now, they don't find the need to come up with anything as long as the colors of the marshmallows follow the scheme of all the other merchandising. The marshmallows however, have been identified as Snow and Ice Crystal Marshmallows. So we got that going for us. The shape of the cereal pieces is a generic square, the exact same mold used for Kellogg's new Jif Peanut Butter cereal. They must really be getting their money out of the new Kellogg's Square Cereal Machine!

 
Frozen cereal tastes about as average as any other quick cash grab cereal would. Not quite as tasty as Lucky Charms, but pretty similar. The squares have a little bit of a sweetened varnish that keeps them from getting soggy and gives the little squares a nice flavor. The mini marshmallows are standard fare and will remind you of all the mashmallow based cereals you had as a kid.

Of course there is no prize inside the box, but what is really a let down is that the box has a cover image on both sides. There are no Frozen Fun Facts or a maze or nothing on the back of the box, and having something to read at breakfast time is a must! The box is a self-proclaimed Collector's Edition, it is shinny which is kind of cool...but at least a maze helping Olaf find his carrot nose or something would have liven up the clip art filled box.

Bottom line: My two year old daughter was beyond overjoyed when I took the box out of the grocery bag and she danced around the kitchen hugging it and singing "Let It Go" for 20 minutes - and I suppose that's what it really is all about...and not something to please a 41 year old guy obsessed with cereal based on movies.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Another Pointless List of Every Movie I Watched Last Year - 2014 Edition

Man, I watched a lot of Super Hero movies this year!
Edited 2/5/2015: Per request by a reader, I have added the date of each screening and took it one step further and also added the venue or source for each film. DVDs from Netflix are labeled Netflix DVD, while Netflix is used for films streamed through their service. Simply DVD is used for films from my own personal library.

So here we go with the complete list of every movie I watched in 2014:

  1.  Saving Mr. Banks (2013) 1/2 Frank Gettysburg 10
  2. High Noon (1952) 1/6 Netflix
  3. We're The Millers (2013) 1/9 Netflix DVD
  4. Fantastic Four (2005) 1/10 DVD
  5. The Way Way Back (2013) 1/12 Netflix DVD
  6. Lovelace (2013) 1/13 Netflix
  7. Mel (1998) 1/14 DVD
  8. Critters 2 (1988) 1/16 DVD
  9. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 1/16 DVD
  10. The Lone Ranger (2013) 1/18 Netflix DVD
  11. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) 1/19 DVD
  12. Turbo (2013) 1/19 Netflix DVD
  13. The Great Muppet Caper (1981) 1/21 DVD
  14. Loving Annabelle (2006) 1/21 Netflix
  15. Meet The Spartans (2008) 1/22 DVD
  16. Blue Jasmine (2013) 1/23 Netflix DVD
  17. Daredevil (2003) 1/24 DVD
  18. The Starving Games (2013) 1/26 Redbox DVD
  19. Secretary (2002) 1/27 Netflix DVD
  20. Don Jon (2013) 1/30 Netflix DVD
  21. Doctor Strange (2007) 1/31 Netflix
  22. In A World... (2013) 2/3 Netflix DVD
  23. A.C.O.D. (2013) 2/3 Netflix DVD
  24. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) 2/6 Netflix DVD
  25. The Lego Movie (2014) 2/11 R/C Hanover Movies
  26. Flowers in the Attic (2014) 2/11 Lifetime
  27. The Rescuers (1977) 2/13 DVD
  28. The Rescuers Down Under (1990) 2/14 DVD
  29. Enough Said (2013) 2/18 Netflix DVD
  30. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation (2014) 1/20 The Majestic Theater, Gettysburg
  31. Iron Man &  Hulk: Heroes United (2013) 2/21 Netflix
  32. Austenland (2013) 2/23 Netflix DVD
  33. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) 2/24 Netflix DVD
  34. Caddyshack (1980) 2/27 DVD
  35. Ass Backwards (2013) 3/3 Netflix DVD
  36. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) 3/4 Netflix DVD
  37. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011) 3/6 M-Go
  38. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) 3/10 R/C Hanover Movies
  39. Sleeping Beauty (1959) 3/14 DVD
  40. Frozen (2013) 3/18 DVD
  41. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) 3/26 R/C Hanover Movies
  42. Escapade in Florence (1962) 4/10 DVD
  43. Condorman (1981) 4/11 DVD
  44. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) 4/15 DVD
  45. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 4/17 R/C Hanover Movies
  46. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) 4/18 DVD
  47. Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953) 4/21 VHS
  48. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014) 4/25 Netflix DVD
  49. Honey, I Blew Up The Kid (1992) 5/3 DVD
  50. Rescue From Gilliagan's Island (1978) 5/5 Netflix DVD
  51. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) 5/7 R/C Hanover Movies
  52. Josie and the Pussycats (2001) 5/9 DVD
  53. Iron Man 2 (2010) 5/10 DVD
  54. She's All That (1999) 5/12 Netflix
  55. Godzilla (2014) 5/15 R/C Hanover Movies
  56. Captain America (1979) 5/20 DVD
  57. Iron Man 3 (2013) 5/30 DVD
  58. C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979) 5/31 DVD
  59. The Flintstones (1994) 5/31 DVD
  60. Bananas (1971) 6/2 DVD
  61. Escape From Tomorrow (2013) 6/5 Netflix
  62. X-Men (2000) 6/12 DVD
  63. Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014) 6/12 Netflix DVD
  64. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) 6/20 Netflix DVD
  65. Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) 6/21 Netflix
  66. Ernest Goes To Camp (1987) 6/26 DVD
  67. All's Faire in Love (2009) 6/27 Netflix
  68. Planes (2013) 6/30 DVD
  69. Good Burger (1997) 7/3 Netflix
  70. I Know That Voice (2013) 7/3 Amazon Prime
  71. The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) 7/5 DVD
  72. RoboCop (2014) 7/9 Netflix DVD
  73. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) 7/14 DVD
  74. Ernest & Celestine (2012) 7/17 Netflix DVD
  75. Smokey and the Bandit (1977) 7/19 DVD
  76. Summer Rental (1985) 7/26 DVD
  77. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) 7/30 DVD
  78. Yogi Bear (2010) 7/31 DVD
  79. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 7/31 R/C Hanover Movies
  80. Captain Ron (1992) 8/1 DVD
  81. Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) 8/10 YouTube
  82. It Felt Like Love (2013) 8/11 Netflix
  83. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 8/13 R/C Hanover Movies
  84. Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) 8/14 Frank Gettysburg 10
  85. Fierce Creatures (1997) 8/15 DVD
  86. Cross My Heart (1987) 8/18 DVD
  87. Heaven Is For Real (2014) 8/24 Netflix DVD
  88. Angel (1984) 8/25 DVD
  89. Ping Pong Summer (2014) 8/27 Netflix DVD
  90. Back to School (1986) 8/29 DVD
  91. Every Other Day Is Halloween (2009) 8/30 Amazon Prime
  92. They Came Together (2014) 9/1 Netflix DVD
  93. The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story (2014) 9/3 Lifetime
  94. Trust Me (2013) 9/4 Netflix DVD
  95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) 9/5 DVD
  96. UHF (1989) 9/6 DVD
  97. Up The Creek (1984) 9/7 MGM HD
  98. Divergent (2014) 9/10 Netflix DVD
  99. Waiting For Guffman (1996) 9/11 HD Net Movies
  100. Bears (2014) 9/12 Netflix DVD
  101. The Other Woman (2014) 9/17 Netflix DVD
  102. Dumbo (1941) 9/21 DVD (outdoor screening)
  103. Non-Stop (2014) 9/25 Netflix DVD
  104. Stay Tuned (1992) 9/28 Netflix DVD
  105. Quick Change (1990) 9/29 HBO
  106. Fed Up (2014) 10/1 Netflix DVD
  107. Space Station 76 (2014) 10/5 Redbox
  108. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) 10/26 R/C Hanover Movies
  109. Hocus Pocus (1993) 10/27 Lifetime
  110. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) 10/29 DVD
  111. Sex Tape (2014) 11/5 Netflix DVD
  112. Her (2013) 11/6 Netflix DVD
  113. Jitterbugs (1943) 11/8 Netflix DVD
  114. A Cookie Cutter Christmas (2014) 11/10 Hallmark Channel
  115. Big Hero 6 (2014) 11/14 R/C Hanover Movies
  116. Snow Bride (2013) 11/24 Hallmark Channel
  117. Video Games: The Movie (2014) 11/25 Netflix
  118. Ducktales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) 11/28 DVD
  119. Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014) 11/30 Lifetime
  120. Farewell Mr. Kringle (2010) 12/2 Hallmark Channel
  121. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) 12/3 R/C Hanover Movies
  122. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) 12/4 DVD
  123. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) 12/7 Netflix DVD
  124. Jingle Bell Rocks! (2013) 12/16 Amazon Instant
  125. A Very Brady Christmas (1988) 12/18 ABC Family On Demand
  126. Jingle All The Way 2 (2014) 12/21 USA
  127. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) 12/23 DVD
  128. Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas (2011) 12/24 DVD
  129. Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas (2004) 12/28 DVD
  130. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) 12/28 DVD
  131. It's A Wonderful Life (1946) 12/28 DVD
  132. The Road to Christmas (2006) 12/31 Lifetime

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

10 Favorite Films From 2014

It just wouldn't be a blog without some sort of year-end review of the best movies in 2014. Since I don't see anywhere near a sampling of all the movies to come out in a year, I always do a list of the 10 best movies that I saw for the first time in the past year. This year's list is exclusively made up of titles released in the last year or so. I only saw 132 movies this past year, in contrast to the previous years 200+ counts, and I relied on alot of old favorites throughout the year. Plus, as I've mentioned last year - having a baby in the house cuts down significantly on movie watching time!


Saving Mr.Banks (2013; dir. John Lee Hancock)
Of course a movie featuring Walt Disney as a character is going to make this list of best films of the year. Tom Hanks brings my idol to life opposite Emma Thompson as PL Travers, the author of Mary Poppins. It was neat to see a number of people who I've spent my life reading about portrayed in dramatic fashion by an all-star cast. The film is actually more about PL Travers than Walt Disney, but it's still a charming tear-jerker of film.

Non-Stop (2014; dir. Jaume Collet-Serra)
A super tight thriller with Liam Neeson as an air marshal being framed for a terrorist attack that is about to happen on the plane he is on. There's so many quick little shots in this superb movie that throw you off the trail of who's behind the crime that it becomes an exhilarating ride from most of the film's run time. They also employ quite a few neat techniques to make texting an interesting thing to watch in a movie. This is Liam Neeson's best action film since the fantastic first Taken picture.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014; dir. James Gunn)
This is a popcorn blockbuster done to absolute perfection. Everyone in the cast is fantastic, the action is top-notch, the story easy to follow, and even the somewhat familiar space opera settings seem fresh this time around. What stood out the most for me with this movie, was the relentless sense of humor running throughout the entire flick. Even straight-up comedies have trouble keeping the entire movie funny, and this Marvel blockbuster was just painfully funny all the way through. I loved it! Easily the funniest of the Marvel films, and also the most accessible to those who haven't followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014; dirs. Anthony & Joe Russo)
One of the coolest events of the past movie year was how much this Captain America sequel tied in with Marvel's Agents of SHIELD TV show. Although I would have liked to have seen more characters from the small screen crossover to the big screen, it was still a hoot to have this big budget action/thriller wrapped up with one of my favorite television shows. The action sequences here are top notch and the storyline relevant to today's headlines. This was a real tense, action-packed film that also had a great sense of humor throughout.

Don Jon (2013; dir. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
A funny and delightfully vulgar romantic comedy with a great cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson.

 
 
The Lego Movie (2014; dirs. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)
As you've probably heard by now, there is no reason a movie based on building block toys should be so darn good. Yet, pretty much everyone agrees that The Lego Movie was one of the most fantastic movies of the past year. The movies manages to take us to a place we've never been, and give us a really good story mixed with hilarious humor from beginning to end. Unlike other toy based movies, it's only later when you are walking through the isles of Wal-Mart do you realize how much product they were selling us.

 Dallas Buyers Club (2013; dir. Jean-Marc Vallee)
Simply put, this is one of the only Oscar-contender kind of flicks I watched this past year and it was really good. Matthew McConaughey is fantastic as real life Ron Woodroof, a guy who contracts AIDS and helps other AIDS patients get the medicine they need. Jennifer Garner is also in this, she's always very good and Jared Leto is superb in this as well. I had no idea who Leto was before watching this, but he won the Oscar for best supporting actor - so you know he's good. McConaughey was also awarded an Oscar for her performance here.

Muppets Most Wanted (2014; dir. James Bobin)
The Muppet's 8th big screen outing was my favorite movie of the past year! It's not at the top of my list just because it's a Muppets movie, it's because 24 years after the death of Jim Henson - they finally nailed a Muppets production in the exact style of the old Muppet movies and shows. Gone are the literary adaptions or reunion attempts of the past four movies and instead is a zany, music filled crime caper that's big on laughs and little on plot development. There's at least a dozen superstar cameos, a soundtrack filled with goofy toe-tapping tunes, and the zany and irreverent sense of humor that made the Muppets a household name back in the 70's. Muppets Most Wanted is easily the best Muppets production since the passing of Jim Henson in 1990, and even though their last film, The Muppets (2011),  has it's loyal fans...as a life long Muppets aficionado I declare this film ten times better!


They Came Together (2014; dir David Wain)
True parody is dead. Over the last 10 years of so, parody has been watered down to just pointing something out or making a pop culture reference and leaving it at that. Then along comes They Came Together, which not only pokes fun of every contrivance of the modern romantic comedy, it also offers up zany puns, visual gags and hilarious set pieces to boot. Hands down the funniest movie of the year, this under-the-radar comedy is destined to find it's fans one day.



Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014; dir. Tim Hill)
I saved this one for last because I know it's inclusion pretty much negates my entire list but hear me out...This was a funny movie! Now, honestly the 10th spot on my list should have gone to We're The Millers or Enough Said or even High Noon but I wanted to include Grumpy Cat because when was the last time a TV movie (on Lifetime no less) tried to be silly and zany AND actually pull it off?! The Christmas TV movie has become a genre which is here to stay. There are literally dozens of new Xmas made for TV movies each year now. Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever attempts to skewer those flicks with this silly caper about a mall robbery and a young girl who befriends Grumpy Cat and tries to save the day. I had zero interest in Grumpy Cat before this movie, but my kids and I laughed out loud several times at the feline festivities. (Also, it was directed by the same guy who did Muppets From Space!) This will definitely be required holiday viewing next Christmas time in our household!


What were some of your favorite film discoveries of 2014?



Friday, September 12, 2014

Two Awesome New Holiday DVDs

I love holiday episodes of TV series which makes me particularly excited for two upcoming DVD releases from the fine folks at Mill Creek Entertainment. First off, let me say how much I adore Mill Creek Entertainment. Besides Disney, they have got to be my favorite company putting out home video material today. They constantly have imaginative and unique titles on their slate, always at a very low beyond-reasonable price.

Holiday episode collections have become quite popular in the last couple of years, mostly with Christmas episodes but Mill Creek is getting ahead of the game with a fantastic looking collection of Halloween themed episodes of 13 different sit-coms. TV's Spookiest Halloween Episodes collects trick-or-treat fun filled episodes of a wide variety of sit-coms and offers them up in one neat package. What I'm really digging about this collection is the wide range of years this collection represents from early 60's (Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie) to late 90's (Mad About You, NewsRadio.) What's also impressive is the range of popularity of the series represented. Some obscure goodies like Square Pegs and Ned and Stacey are tucked in there along with The Cosby Show and Roseanne. To me, this collection is just about perfect. I'm not sure I ever need to watch an episode of That 70's Show, but all the others I can't wait to dig into, especially The Jeffersons, Square Pegs and The Facts of Life. This is just a solid collection I can't wait to add to my library.

Then we've got Mill Creek's Christmas edition of Holiday themed episodes with TV's Merriest Episodes. I already have an enormous collection of Christmas TV episodes on tape and DVD and I'm really looking forward to making this disc part of the yearly viewing traditions.  Again, there is a great variety as far as ages of the shows although this one is a little more heavy on the mid 80's to mid 90's. The collections two vintage episodes: Bewitched and The Flying Nun are the same episodes that appeared in Shout Factory's (also excellent) 1989 collection Merry Sitcom! But it does feature The Ellen Show, which was a great one season CBS sitcom that aired between Ellen's popular ABC sitcom and her huge hit talk show.

TV's Spookiest Halloween Episodes is released Sept. 16, 2014 and TV's Merriest Episodes is available October 14, 2004. Both have an MSRP of $9.98.

If Holiday episodes are you thing, there are also two new collections of The Dick Van Dyke Show out from Image Entertainment. Halloween Episodes Collection is available now and contains 4 episodes while Classic Christmas comes out October 7 with two episodes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All The Movies I Saw in 2013 - A List For No Good Reason At All

A few years ago, for no good reason at all, I started keeping a log of every movie that I watched. Mostly it was done on this blog, but then I stopped doing movie write-ups but still kept the log going on my phone. 2013 has come and gone and I'm still sitting here with the big list of movies that I watched, and I figured I might as well post the list. In 2012 I saw 236 movies, which was up 33 movies from the year before. In 2013 I was able to see 212 movies. That's down a few from the previous year but two major life changes occurred last year. We had a baby in April, and while an infant is considerate enough to sleep in your lap for 90 minute stretches, there's also that precious need for sleep in the early months of parenting an infant. I also discovered hour long dramatic series in 2013. While I have prided myself on never watching any thing other than comedy on television, the past tv season saw me getting swept up into the likes of The Blacklist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Fargo and Orphan Black. So many movie nights were "lost" to binging on quality television,  but it's all good. Anywho...here's the list:
  1. A Bug's Life (1989)
  2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  3. Cars 2 (2010)
  4. Dark Shadows (2012)
  5. This Means War (2012)
  6. Cleanflix (2009)
  7. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  8. Only The Lonely (1991)
  9. Frankenweenie (2012)
  10. Die Hard 2 (1990)
  11. Compliance (2012)
  12. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
  13. Mulan (1998)
  14. Ernest Rides Again (1993)
  15. Iron Man (2008)
  16. Ted (2012)
  17. A Haunted House (2013)
  18. Rock of Ages (2012)
  19. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
  20. Deal of the Century (1983)
  21. Joyful Noise (2012)
  22. Pitch Perfect (2012)
  23. 9 to 5 (1980)
  24. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
  25. Walking The Halls (2012)
  26. Hey There, It's Yogi Bear (1964)
  27. The Avengers (2012)
  28. To Rome With Love (2012)
  29. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  30. Movie 43 (2013)
  31. 17 Girls (2011)
  32. The Invisible War (2012)
  33. The AristoCats (1970)
  34. Groundhog Day (1993)
  35. The Dukes of Hazard: Carnival of Thrills (1980)
  36. Flight (2012)
  37. Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 - Animation (2013)
  38. Xanadu (1980)
  39. National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995)
  40. History of the World: Part I (1981)
  41. Sleeper (1973)
  42. Race The Sun (1996)
  43. Small Time Crooks (2000)
  44. Repossessed (1989)
  45. Here Comes The Boom (2012)
  46. Escape From Planet Earth (2013)
  47. Taken 2 (2012)
  48. Mardi Gras Spring Break (2011)
  49. Two of a Kind (1983)
  50. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
  51. The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones (1987)
  52. So Undercover (2012)
  53. House at the End of the Street (2012)
  54. The Hollywood Knights (1980)
  55. Project X (2012)
  56. The Babymakers (2012)
  57. Police Academy (1984)
  58. The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure (2012)
  59. Mortuary Academy (1988)
  60. Hot Stuff (1979)
  61. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  62. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
  63. The Nude Bomb (1980)
  64. For A Good Time, Call... (2012)
  65. Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)
  66. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  67. Batman Begins (2005)
  68. Clue (1985)
  69. Paul Williams is Still Alive (2011)
  70. Drive-In (1976)
  71. Skyfall (2012)
  72. Private Resort (1985)
  73. Cool Runnings (1993)
  74. Darby O' Gill and the Little People (1959)
  75. Au Pair Girls (1972)
  76. The Sessions (2012)
  77. Robot and Frank (2012)
  78. The Pill (2011)
  79. Argo (2012)
  80. Roller Town (2012)
  81. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail (2009)
  82. To The Artic 3D (2012)
  83. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
  84. Fun Size (2012)
  85. Bachelorette (2012)
  86. Nobody's Perfect (1989)
  87. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
  88. Scooby Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon (2013)
  89. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
  90. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  91. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
  92. Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Apart (2012)
  93. Hitchcock (2012)
  94. Scary Movie V (2013)
  95. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
  96. Wallace & Gromitt: The Curse of the Ware-Rabbit (2003)
  97. This is 40 (2012)
  98. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
  99. The Meteor Man (1993)
  100. Chicken Run (2000)
  101. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
  102. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  103. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  104. Foodfight! (2012)
  105. Wild Wheels (1992)
  106. The Guilt Trip (2012)
  107. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  108. Blown Away (1993)
  109. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  110. Safe Haven (2013)
  111. Parental Guidance (2012)
  112. National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
  113. Man of Steel (2013)
  114. The Three Stooges (2012)
  115. Attack of the 50ft. Cheerleader (2012)
  116. All In: The Poker Movie (2012)
  117. The Wrong Guys (1988)
  118. LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
  119. The Noose Hangs High (1948)
  120. Pinocchio (1940)
  121. Freaky Friday (2003)
  122. Mean Girls (2004)
  123. Monsters University (2013)
  124. Arctic Tale (2007)
  125. Porky's (1982)
  126. Spaceship (1983)
  127. Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)
  128. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
  129. Wings of Life (2011)
  130. Winnie The Pooh (2011)
  131. Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
  132. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  133. Teen Beach Movie (2013)
  134. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
  135. Superman Unbound (2013)
  136. Wiener Dog Nationals (2013)
  137. Smurfs 2 (2013)
  138. Planes (20123)
  139. Behind the Candelabra (2013)
  140. Summer Rental (1985)
  141. Spring Breakers (2013)
  142. House Party: Tonight's The Night (2013)
  143. Admission (2013)
  144. Tom & Jerry's Giant Adventure (2013)
  145. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
  146. 21 & Over (2013)
  147. Identity Thief (2013)
  148. Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2012)
  149. 42 (2013)
  150. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
  151. Piranha (1978)
  152. Lay The Favorite (2012)
  153. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  154. I Yabba Dabba Do! (1993)
  155. The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (2004)
  156. Gidget Gets Married (1972)
  157. The Smurfs (2011)
  158. Annie (1982)
  159. Disney's Teacher's Pet (2004)
  160. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
  161. A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
  162. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)
  163. Epic (2013)
  164. Top Cat The Movie (2011)
  165. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  166. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
  167. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  168. InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)
  169. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
  170. This Is The End (2013)
  171. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  172. Mickey's House of Villains (2001)
  173. The Call (2013)
  174. The Kings of Summer (2013)
  175. Monsters University (2013)
  176. Thor (2011)
  177. X-Men (2000)
  178. Blackfish (2013)
  179. Pepples (2013)
  180. The Bling Ring (2013)
  181. Expecting Mary (2010)
  182. The Avengers (2012)
  183. Ultimate Avengers (2006)
  184. Jedi Junkies (2010)
  185. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  186. Pete's Christmas (2013)
  187. I'll Be Home For Christmas (1998)
  188. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
  189. The Road to Christmas (2006)
  190. Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)
  191. The Heat (2013)
  192. Holiday Switch (2007)
  193. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  194. The Hunger Games (2012)
  195. Battle of the Bulbs (2010)
  196. Frozen (2013)
  197. Bad Santa (2003)
  198. Ernest Saves Christmas (1989)
  199. The Santa Clause (1994)
  200. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)
  201. Farmageddon (2011)
  202. The Hangover Part III (2013)
  203. Christmas in Conway (2013)
  204. Gremlins (1984)
  205. On the 2nd Day of Christmas (2007)
  206. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  207. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
  208. Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas (2011)
  209. Strange Brew (1983)
  210. The To Do List (2013)
  211. Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films (2003)
  212. Iron Man (2008)

Friday, September 05, 2014

Look What's Gonna Be On The TV

The new Fall TV Season is just around the corner. Here's what looks interesting to me:

Mulaney  Sundays at 9:30 on FOX First up we have a very traditional sitcom with a great cast. John Mulaney is a pretty funny guy. I'm familiar with him from Best Week Ever, he's made a few appearances on SNL and he's pretty good on Kroll Show. Here he plays a comedian, living in New York...if that sounds familiar, look at his apartment - it also looks like Seinfeld's apartment. The supporting cast includes the great Nasim Pedrad, defecting from SNL to fill the Elaine roll. Comedy legend and one of my very favorite personalities, Martin Short is also on board. It's a multi-camera sitcom, of which I'm a huge fan of the dying art form.



Gotham Mondays at 8:00pm on FOX Premieres September 22. Last year was the year of the Hour Long Drama for me. I've almost never watched any hour long shows until last year when I got engrossed in five different series! This new Batman-less Batman show sounds interesting. It follows the lives of all the Batman characters before they became the characters we know from the comic books and movies. My appreciation for comic book projects in growing, and this new drama feels like it's going to feed my hunger.

Marry Me  Tuesdays at 9:00pm on NBC Premieres October 14. If you've spoken to me in the past three years, then you've probably heard me go on and on about the show Happy Endings, which was in my opinion the best written show on television in a long time! Well, it was cancelled after three glorious seasons but the creator of that show in back with Marry Me, which feels like it will be very similar - it even has Happy Endings' cast member Casey Wilson as the lead!


Selfie Tuesdays at 8:00pm on ABC This looks like a train wreck, but I will watch.

The Flash Tuesdays at 8:00pm on The CW Finally, we have another superhero show - this one looks like it will be fun. I really wished I had got into The CW's Arrow series, so here's another chance for me to jump on from the beginning.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

1984-a-thon: Angel

Today we are taking part in the 1984-a-thon, a celebration of the finest year in cinema: 1984! You can check out a ton of other reviews for just about every movie from 1984 over at Forgotten Films. Thanks to Todd who runs that fine film website for letting us take part in the festivities!

1984 brought us Ghostbusters, Gremlins, breakdancing and Steve Guttenberg as a leading man. It also gave us one of the finest films in the Dead Hooker genre, "Angel."

Molly is a pretty high school girl attending a private academy somewhere in Los Angeles. She looks like she might be pushing her late 20's but she has pigtails so she must be 15.  During her school hours she puts up with homework, tests, gym class and the school jock who wants to date her - but he's a jerk! Then at night, Molly puts on her black leather mini-skirt, red high heels and a ton of makeup (the standard hooker uniform) and hits Hollywood Boulevard as Angel the hooker.

It sounds rough but Hollywood Blvd circa 1984 must have been such a fun place. Angel has a whole group of friends she hangs out with on the strip. There's Yo-Yo, the Charlie Chaplin impersonator; Kit Carson, the ex-movie cowboy, and Mae, a transvestite who's as quick with a one-liner as she is with whatever else transvestites are quick with. Angel also has a group of equally attractive girlfriends who are also hookers. We don't get to know the other girls too well because it turns out there's a crazy hooker killer on the loose and he's killing hookers!

The fact that there's a crazy hooker killer killing hookers in the hooker's town is enough to make hookers and their cowboy friend yell at the cops and tell them they ain't doing their job. However, a guy killing hookers isn't enough to make hookers stop going into dark alleys and seedy motels with complete strangers. I mean, a girl's gotta make money, right!? One by one, Angel's lady friends are getting picked off...and the cops seem to think all these prostitute murders just somehow might be connected.

The guy killing hookers has got quite a backstory, or at least we assume he does. He's got newspaper clippings taped up all over a wall in his hotel room. Good newspaper clippings are never taped to the wall, it's always the clippings that piece together a crazy person's slow decent into madness. Even though we can't make out a word on those newspaper articles, we know this guy is a real sicko. He does things like shirtless sit-ups on a slanted board, eating an egg by poking a tiny hole in it with a huge knife and sucking out the innards, cutting his own hair and worse of all...he puts his boots up on the seat in front of him at the porno theater!


As you may have guessed by now, this movie is more about prostitute murders than it is about the  wacky or scandalous hi-jinks of a high school teenager turning tricks on the side. The high school side of Molly's life doesn't come into play until an hour into the film. Her secret life is found out when some boys from school spot her on a street corner, throw her into their car and try and gang rape her. (Boys will be boys.) By the time the school nerd offers her $22 bucks for a date, Angel has had enough of high school, being a prostitute and having her friends killed by the town prostitute killer.

As Angel's world comes crashing down around her, she eventually gets pushed to the limit. She buys a gun from a KFC employee who passes her the gun in the bottom of her two piece leg and thy combo meal. Angel takes to the street looking for the infamous hooker killer. When she catches up with him, an anti-climatic and confusing foot chase ensues for what seems like 12 minutes.

"Angel" isn't a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it has enough going for it to make it work somehow. After all, the movie did win Best Feature at the 1984 San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival! The performances are fun. The adorable Donna Wilkes (Jaws 2) is perfect as Molly/Angel.  Dick Shawn (who once played Jack Tripper's father on Three's Company) steals the show as Angel's sidekick Mae the Transvestite. Veteran character actor John Diehl is super creepy as the guy killing all the hookers. Rory Calhoun looks like he's having a blast playing the aging cowboy movie star and he must have because he's the only one that reprises his role in the sequel. Only Cliff Gorman as Lt. Andrews looks like he's pretty bored with the whole affair.

With a tag line like "High School Honor Student By Day, Hollywood Hooker By Night" you'd expect a pretty steamy flick, but this drive-in classic doesn't offer much more than some gratuitous locker room nudity. We never see any of the girls turn a single trick and even the violence is kept to a minimum.

In the end, "Angel" is a silly and brainless offering that's one part comedy, one part exploitation film, and one part crime drama. It was profitable enough to have a sequel the following year, "Avenging Angel" and two more down the pike: 1988's "Angel III: The Final Chapter" and "Angel 4: Undercover" in 1994.

You can find "Angel" digitally through Amazon Instant Video as a rental or purchase, the DVD is also available for purchase through Amazon or rental from Netflix DVD.  



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