Thursday, March 31, 2011

edTunes: Shake Your Love

This is my all-time favorite song which also happens to be from my all-time favorite singer. In my high school years, while the rest of the school was into The Cure, Guns and Roses, Depeche Mode or Metallica little ol' me was off on my own listening to Debbie Gibson. My first real celebrity crush. This song never fails to cheer me up!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ready To Go Surfing Again

I loves me some Blue Crush, the 2002 movie about female surfers. I also loves me some crappy made-for-DVD sequels to movies I love. So, I'm all in for this upcoming flick... Agee!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Antique Autos Part 2: Mrs. White's Parakeet

Last week we showed you some Herbie cars from the film Herbie Rides Again, on display at the Antique Auto Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA. Today we want to take a look another special car which is part of the museum's collection. What you're looking at here is a 1977 Cadillac Seville once owned by television superstar Mrs. Betty White. This car was a gift from her husband Allen Ludden, and was custom painted in her favorite color Sea-Mist Green. Betty had lovingly nicknamed the car "Parakeet" before donating it to the Human Society in 2002 for a charity auction. From the auction, it lived with a private owner until it found it's way to the AACA Museum in 2009. Along with the car, the museum also has on display several items commemorating Betty White's awesome career in showbiz.
The car was also used in a two-part episode of Mama's Family. Impressed?




Betty White's Cadillac is a permanent exhibit at the Antique Auto Museum.

Friday, March 25, 2011

15 Minutes, I Say 15 Minutes Son

The fine folks at Geico Insurance have produced some fine commercials. What do they, put out like 8 new commercials a week, or something like that? It's always cool when they bring a classic animated character into the mix. Check out Looney Tunes star Foghorn Leghorn getting into the act. This spot features some really nice animation too!


Since we're talking about Geico, let me also run one of my favorite commercials in a long time. The timing in this spot is so dead on! There's also a :15 second version of this commercial and it totally ruins the pace. Both the actors in this spot are so good.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Launch of edTunes: The Gambler

Believe it or not, I put alot of thought into this blog. I've been wanting to start a new department spotlighting music but I was having trouble deciding what song I should kick off with. Finally I came to the conclusion that it really didn't matter, just get the darn thing started so today we present our newest feature: edTunes. (See, it's kind of like iTunes, but I replaced the letter I with my name.) This new feature will spotlight music from a couple of different angles. We will have music from favorite artists of mine, songs that I want to spotlight or that I just might have in my head and we'll take a look at some odd and rare clips. Sometimes it will be the video that we're looking at, other times it will just really be the song we want to pay attention to. Either way, most of the clips will be from YouTube so there will always be something to look at. Maybe I'll figure out how to put iTunes links on here so you can load up your iPod with great songs like mine!

First up, is one of my all-time favorite songs The Gambler, by rotisserie chicken guru The Gamber himself - Kenny Rogers. I loves me some Kenny Rogers. I've had the fortune to see him perform live twice and it's always a treat. The man knows how to entertain a crowd without breaking a sweat! The performance we're going to take a look at today is from a 1979 fourth season episode of The Muppet Show.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Week In Movies - Did I Mention Herbie is Awesome

Waiting For "Superman" (2010) I watch alot of documentaries so I can confidently say that I didn't think this movie was all it was hyped up to be. Sure, the problem with this country's public school system is horrible and something that everybody should be concerned about. But as a movie, this film played more like an extended news report than a feature film. It bounces all around from topic to topic and never really offers any solutions or suggestions on how to fix our problems. Every once and a while, one of these documentary films breaks into the mainstream film market and it's usually something to sit up and pay attention to, but this one felt like it was more the issue that was getting all the attention instead of the actual film product. It did win the National Board of Review Best Documentary prize, but it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe. Perhaps the biggest problem with me and this film is that I have children in the failing United States public school system, so there wasn't much this film opened my eyes to. Rated PG - there's a few casually dropped "hell" and "damn" as well as some smoking.


The Virginity Hit (2010) Here's an example of a film trying to do something different but then not having any actual material to back up the idea. Instead of making another run of the mill, generic teenage sex comedy - the filmmakers here decided to film their tale as if it were all shot by the kids in the story. It's American Pie for the YouTube generation, except unlike American Pie: it's not funny. There is virtually no point to this movie about a group of guys who set off on a quest to get their buddy's V-card punched and videotape the whole experience. There's not much to laugh at in this picture and you just can't get by the fact that the cast was obviously picked for their resemblance to the dudes from Superbad. Just a horrible excuse for a sex comedy with too much going on and none of it being funny. Rated R for language, sexual situations, drugs and nudity.


Chloe (2009) Last week we watched Julianne Moore in a gay marriage having a straight affair. This week we watched Julianne Moore in a straight marriage have a lesbian affair. I have to say, as far as affairs go I preferred the later. But as far as movies, this wasn't so hot. Moore suspects her husband, Liam Neeson, of being unfaithful so she hires a hooker, played by Little Red Riding Hood herself Amanda Seyfried, to attempt to seduce her husband to see if he's get it in him. The affair between husband and hooker goes a little too far and Julianne Moore gets caught up in the heat of the moment. A little too much actually as she also finds herself in bed with the prostitute. It was actually a pretty decent film, but it's just got that little missing something-or-other that makes it feel like a direct-to-DVD movie instead of a full fledged feature film. It's in heavy rotation in all the Redboxes, so that about sums it all up. We watched it on Netflix streaming. Rated R for very heavy sexual themes including situations and language. There is also a bit o' violence too.

Herbie Rides Again (1974) To prepare myself for meeting Herbie face to bumper at the Antique Auto Museum this past weekend, I popped in my copy of the second of the five Herbie movies. I don't know if I could say I have a favorite of the Herbie films, but this is a real solid entry as Herbie helps an old lady save her home from an evil land developer. (As you know, I have a soft spot in my heart for cinematic evil land developers.) Hollywood legend Helen Hayes, whose onscreen career goes back to 1917) stared in this hit movie. It was her first comedic role and she grabbed a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Actress thanks to it. And that's no small task when you are sharing your screen time with Herbie. What is also interesting is that Mrs. Hayes chose this as her next role after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her previous role in Airport. If you haven't seen a Herbie movie in a while, or if your kids aren't familiar with him, you should pop on in for a solid night of family entertainment. Rated G.

Zapped! (1982) The comedy powerhouse duo of Scott Baio and Willie Aames started here in this comedic spin on Stephen King's Carrie. I was 9 years old when this movie came out, yet somehow it feels like it's always been on my radar. I've always wanted to see it, but it's just been one of those films I've never caught up with. The poster/box art promises Baio with super abilities to make girls skirts fly up. What a great premise to base 90 minutes of entertainment on! Unfortunately, there's not one single skirt flipping scene in the entire movie. In fact, Baio's character doesn't use his telekinetic powers for much of anything. There's some really good moments and one-liners in this hit teenage comedy, but overall it's kind of a dud. The principal of the school is played by Robert Mandan who you might remember as Chester Tate on Soap, but to me he'll always be Jack Tripper's father-in-law on Three's A Crowd. (I love that show!) Mandan provides some great moments in a subplot involving the principal using a dating service. Overall, don't promise me a movie with the plot of making girls skirts fly up and then don't deliver! Rated R for language, sex and nudity. There is also some drug use.


Weekend With The Babysitter (1970) I've been into some drive-in classics lately, reading about them and tracking some of them down on DVD. This one keeps coming up as a minor classic, it's actually a follow-up to The Babysitter from a year earlier. The first half starts off pretty interesting but then it just drags on for the second half. Candy, the babysitter, shows up for the evening just as Mrs. Carlton is getting ready to take her son to her mother's house for the weekend. It turns out Candy has her dates mixed up! Candy ends up sticking around to hang out with Mr. Carlton. They discuss his work, they go to a bar and then they get high in the back of a van. (Vans were like entertainment centers in the 70's.) The next day, Candy and Mr. Carlton spend an ungodly amount of time riding motor cross bikes. Then they have sex. On the third day, they go and save his wife who is now held captive on a boat by some drug lords. All in a weekend's work for The Babysitter! Rated R for language, violence, sex & nudity and it's the 70's so there's drugs too.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Antique Autos Part 1: Herbie

Easily one of my favorite film franchises of all-time is the Herbie The Love Bug series of films from Disney. I've seen plenty of Herbie cars in my travels, mostly cars used in the newer 2005 movie or the Disney On Ice production from the 80's. But to see a real honest to goodness Herbie used in one of the original movies is a real treat. So, when I learned that the REAL HERBIE was going to be in my neck of the woods I got pretty excited.

This past weekend I dragged my kids up to the Antique Auto Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA to see two authentic Herbie The Love Bugs used in the filming of the 1974 sequel Herbie Rides Again. The original movie, The Love Bug, was the highest grossing movie of 1969 and apparently stayed the top box office grosser of all time until a little film with some spaceships, robots and lightsabers showed up in 1977.

The AACA Museum has two Herbie cars on loan from the William E. Swigart, Jr Automobile Museum in Huntingdon, PA. They are on display until April 24, 2011. The first Herbie is in beautiful condition:



The original Herbie was a pearl white 1963 Volkswagen (VW) Model 117 Deluxe 2-door sedan equipped with a sunroof.


Also on display is this beat up Herbie:

The beat up interior





Poor Herbie, he's been through a lot.

And for extra nerdy fun, here's the registration for Herbie:

This is a sign that was used when Herbie made public appearances back in the day. Since the original four theatrical films, there has also been a TV movie in 1997 and a 5th theatrical production, Herbie Fully Loaded in 2005.
Herbie is awesome!
Check back later in the week with some pictures of another neat car on display at the AACA Museum.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Fantastic Trailer

Last week I mentioned the smutty classic Hardbodies, another film in the genre of "Let's Go To The Beach And Engage In Empty Sexual Relations." It's a fun little film and it still holds up in it's own silly little way. I want you to watch the original theatrical trailer for this movie. While I do enjoy the film, this trailer is so much better than the movie. If I had seen this trailer in the theatre (especially when I was 11, when the movie came out) I would have went absolutely bonkers for it. Hardbodies in no way lives up to the wacky zaniness that this promotional piece suggests. If you've seen the film and then the trailer, it's almost as if Columbia Pictures was straight up telling you they were putting out the stupidest, crappiest movie they've ever made.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Proper Smurfing

A few weeks ago I ended up watching the premier of Matthew Perry's new show, Mr. Sunshine. Normally, I wouldn't have had any interest in the program but the previews kept showing a shot of somebody punching somebody in a Smurf theme park costume. Well, if you're going to take the time to work a Smurf into your show than the least I can do is watch it. Well, the first episode didn't have a Smurf and I was felt pretty used after sitting through the show. After the case of "bait and Smurf" I never watched the show again. Thanks to the internets, I found out that the Smurfs finally did make their appearance. On the show, Perry's character runs a giant events arena and Smurfs On Ice was booked. Here's a clip from the show, even though it features Allison Janney smacking Papa Smurf's blue rump - it's alot more respectful to the Smurfs property than a certain live action film we discussed earlier this week.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Week in Movies - Best Picture #3 For Me!

The Kids Are All Right (2010) It's not often that I see multiple Best Picture nominees in one year, but here's my third from the past year. This lesbian themed drama is all about the cast featuring Annette Bening in her Oscar winning performance along with the wonderful Julianne Moore, who I've been a fan of since her turn on 30 Rock. The cast also features Mark Ruffalo and Mia Wasikowska - who played Alice in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland last year. The story is both dramatic, romantic and funny with Bening and Moore as a couple with two kids. When the kids locate their biological father, the family of four becomes a family of five and many complications arise. The ending is not as tight as I'm used to in a flick, but overall it's a fun journey. This Oscar winning film is rated R for language, themes, nudity and graphic sexual situations.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) My kids had never seen this classic comedy so it was about time we fixed that. It's amazing in just 23 years certain things that were ok in a family film now seem a bit inappropriate. There's alot of liquor to be had in Roger Rabbit's world. There's talk of booze, there's lots of people drinking it and abusing it. It just kind of sticks out like a sore thumb because I don't think much alcohol would be permitted in a PG rated movie today. There is also a fair bit of profanity for a movie about cartoon characters, but it's all still a fun movie. Kids today are even phased by the blending of animation and live action but back in the day when this movie was released it blew us all out of the water. It wasn't the first time cartoons and humans have appeared on screen together, but it never looked like this before. I still don't fully understand the story here, but it's just fun to watch Roger Rabbit run around the place, bouncing off of walls and just being plain silly! The film starts off with a fully animated Roger Rabbit short. I remember sitting in the theatre when I was 14 years old and laughing myself silly at that cartoon. My kids enjoyed it just the same, howling with laughter in the opening moments of the film. This material holds up!

Hardbodies (1984) For fans of the T & A flicks of the 80's, this is a minor classic. With above average production values and actors who can actually act, Hardbodies was even released by a real movie studio - Columbia Pictures. The story, as if it were important, involves three middle aged guys renting a beach house and hoping to score with hot chicks. When they prove to be rusty in their pick up techniques, they make a deal with a local kid who shows them the ropes on how to impress the ladies of the beach circa 1984. This is one of those late night classics that aired on HBO quite often in my youth. The video cassette of this flick is also one of the all-time top renters, which is why I included a picture of the old VHS box. It's available nowadays on a two movie DVD with the inferior sequel, Hardbodies 2. You can also catch this on Netflix, where it's been recently added to their Watch Instantly lineup. As you could guess it's rated R for nudity, language, sexual situations and even a heaping dose of drug use. They just don't make `em like this anymore!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Original Kings Of Catchphrase Comedy

Saturday Night Live this past weekend was on fire! Here's one of the stand out sketches:


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Unsmurfy

First, let's take a look at the new trailer for the upcoming live action Smurfs movie - then we'll discuss...



Here's my beefs:
1) Sending the smurfs to modern day New York City isn't a totally terrible idea (it certainly isn't an original idea) but that's a plot that should be saved for a #3 sequel. You don't jump right out of the gate with the old "sent to the real world" plot. They did it with Fat Albert, Bulwinkle and at least a few others and it just doesn't work. Star Trek did it well, but they waited until their 4th film before they sent the crew to modern day San Francisco. The Smurfs in New York is just not a terribly great way to start off a potential movie franchise.

2) Was there really not enough Smurfs to pick from that the new filmmakers had to create a new Smurf? You may have noticed in the trailer a Smurf wearing a kilt and sporting a Scottish accent. That would be the new Gutsy Smurf. Sure. That's necessary.

3) Don't sexualize Smurfette. I know everyone has always made jokes about one Smurf girl and 98 male Smurfs, but seeing Smurfette's dress blow up like and the other Smurfs ogling her is just kinda gross.

4) The new Smurfs are ugly! The original Smurf designs created by Peyo, a Belgian comics artist, 50 some years ago are masterpieces of simple cartoon character artwork. These new 3D Smurfs are, again, kinda gross. They are not cute at all.

Still, as Smurfs are deeply ingrained in my being - I'm looking forward to seeing this movie and judge first hand what they've done with the property. My 7 year old has already suggested that after we see the new movie we come home and watch the older animated film The Smurfs and the Magic Flute to see how a real Smurf movie is made. That's a Smurfy idea!

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog Preview

Here's a clip from the new animated adaptation of
The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog by Mo Willems.



The cartoon is a short that is initially made available for classroom use only and will eventually find it's way to the retail market. The first book in the series, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus, also has a cartoon to go along with it and it was released on DVD (although I've never seen it in a store!) My kids have it and they love it. It's available on DVD.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Week In Movies - March Comes In Like A Lizard

Rango (2011) An odd animated tale with Johnny Depp as a lizard who gets wrapped up in the troubles of a small western town. Rango ends up becoming the sheriff of Dirt, and helps the town folk restore their lost water supply. It's kind of a neat idea to do an animated western, and this movie does look neat but it's too odd and strange in the beginning to really get into. By the second half, things start to get rolling but 107 minutes the whole affair is a little too long to hold kids attentions. There are lots of jokes aimed at adults and as my son noted, most of the verbal humor went over the kids heads. If you enjoy animated features it's worth checking out as some point. Rated PG for violence and mild profanity.

The Other Guys (2010) What starts out as a pretty smart parody of the action genre, eventually just becomes the standard run of the mill police picture. Will Ferrell and Marky Mark are mismatched partners who stumble upon the biggest case of their careers. Michael Keaton shows up as the department's chief, and he's really good. It makes you wish Keaton was still headlining vehicles of his own. There's a bunch of other familiar faces that pop up along the way and it's nice to see Ferrell play a somewhat normal guy instead of an over-the-top SNL character which he's done effectively in the past but just a bit too often. Theatrically the film was rated PG-13, the DVD features both the theatrical cut and an unrated version. I watched the unrated version and didn't see anything that went beyond a PG-13. It's all the usual swearing, violence and sexual innuendo.

Grown Ups (2010) This Adam Sandler comedy from last summer has absolutely no plot. I don't just mean a flimsy excuse for a plot, I'm talking about no attempt at a story what-so-ever. But you know what, every movie doesn't need a story. This is just some good simple fun as five buddies get back together after 30 years to pay their last respects to their high school basketball coach. All the business with the coach is wrapped up in the first 15 minutes of the movie and the rest of the picture is just the great cast of Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade just cracking on each other and having a good time. It's exactly the kind of time you'd love to spend with a handful of old buddies of yours. Rated PG-13 for dirty words and dirty jokes.

imps* (The Immoral Minority Picture Show) (1983/2009) Now, this is saying alot coming from me...but this has to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I was excited to dig up another sketch movie from the past but this one was a real stinker. The sense of humor in this thing is so lame, what passes for a joke wouldn't even make a 7 year old laugh. The title suggests that this movie is a take-off on the Moral Majority, with content supposedly so offensive it will offend everyone. It never really gets raunchy it also never really gets funny. There's a parade of familiar faces in it but none of them are given anything to do. The skits build and build to a punchline that never pays off...if there even is a punchline at the end of the skit. This flick is so terrible it was apparently completed in 1983 but NEVER saw the light of day until a DVD release in 2009. The world wasn't missing anything all those years. Rated R for language, attempted crude humor, sexual situations and nudity.

The Pom Pom Girls (1976) We spent last weekend at the beach and there happened to be a Cheerleader competition in town. The whole resort town was crawling with cheerleaders aged 4 to 18. In honor of our time with the cheerleaders I thought I'd catch up on a couple of my favorite cheerleader movies. I hadn't seen The Pom Pom Girls in a long time and it was fun to revisit it. This is one of those low budget, drive-in classics that the old USA Network used to run on weekend nights on USA Up All Night. This one was in heavy rotation and I saw it many times in my high school years. According to my internet research, this R rated high school flick was a big box office performer and was later reissued in a slightly trimmed PG version. My copy appears to be the PG version as it's not as steamy as the poster suggests. It also doesn't really have anything to do with cheerleading or the Pom Pom girls. It's about two dudes and three gals that just hang out during their last year of high school. They make-out in vans, they drink, they have food fights and they steal a fire engine in broad daylight...you know, typical high school stuff! It's actually a fairly innocent look at a time gone by when life was much more simpler. The PG rated version has some swearing and fairly heavy sexual situations but there is no nudity. From what I can tell, the R rated cut had a couple of locker room scenes with topless cheerleaders. Still fun in the watered down PG rated version.

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Woody Allen's latest film takes all the familiar characters, situations and film making techniques of all his other movies and gently mixes them up for a light but pleasant look at finding true love and dealing with relationships that have run their course. Woody's newest cliche' that he seems to be employing alot recently is a narrator who keeps the film popping along at a nice pace. Woody's not on screen in this one, but Anthony Hopkins does a nice job playing the "Woody" role. I'm not good enough a writer to try and sum up the events in this film. Rated R for language.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hey Kids Look! A Charlie Sheen Post

After catching up with the whole Charlie Sheen story on Dateline NBC Friday night, I see why the country is talking about him and paying attention to him. He's a nut job! He's putting on a show for the public, but it's a darn entertaining show because he appears to be out of his freakin' gourd! And my thing is...who does he think he really is? He did a handful of good/popular movies in the 80's and somewhat into the 90's but other than that his body of work is made up of mostly direct to DVD movies over the past decade or so. And his show, Two and a Half Men, is only the most popular situation comedy on television because it's really the only old fashioned traditional sitcom on right now that plays to the lowest common denominator. I guarantee that show could go on for another couple of years without him! Anywho...I thought I'd take this opportunity to share with you my opinion of the five best films Mr. Sheen has done. Nope, I never saw Wall Street or Platoon...I didn't even see The Three Musketeers. In fact, the only time I've seen Two and a Half Men was on a plane! But I do love these movies...


Scary Movie 3 (2003) Scary Movie 2 was possibly one of the worst follow-ups in comedy history. That movie is terrible. But what a comeback with the third instalment where they got Airplane! director David Zucker on board and brought this franchise to new heights. Charlie Sheen spoofs the Mel Gibson role from Signs and it's a pretty darn funny movie. Sheen's ex-wife Denise Richards is also in the cast along with Queen Latifah, series regular Anna Faris, Leslie Nielsen and George Carlin in one of his last on screen performances.

The Chase (1994) This is a really fun movie where Chuck holds up a gas station and then takes Kristy Swanson as his hostage. Most of the film is a chase, hence the title, and it all is sort of reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson car chase that happened not to long before this flick came out. The highlight of this action comedy is a love scene between Sheen and Swanson, not necessarily because it's sexy or anything like that but because for 2 or 3 minutes the front seat of the getaway car apparently stretches out to the size of a hotel room. Also, they have sex going down the highway at 104 MPH?!?


Major League II (1994) Ok, this movie is actually not very good...in fact it's awful. But it's on my list simply because I was an extra in this limp comedy. Somewhere near the one hour mark, look in the stands behind 3rd base and you can see me and a bunch of my buddies from college. You won't really see me unless you have me standing next to your TV with a pointer and my hand on the freeze button, but I'm definitely in there! What a fun evening it was, sitting around watching a baseball game without a baseball being used. (I guess the balls were CG'ed in later.)

Hot Shots! (1991)/Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) These two films are comedy masterpieces brought to us by another Airplane! director, Jim Abrahams. The first film is a hilarious send up of Top Gun, the second sets it's sights more on the Rambo films. In each, Charlie Sheen plays Topper Harley along with Lloyd Bridges and Valeria Golino. There are plenty of brilliant sight gags, witty word play and cameos galore. Several other films are spoofed along the way including a classic Lady and the Tramp homage in the second film. Both these films did big business at the box office and are required viewing in the Ed South School of Movie Comedy.

Men At Work (1990) A quirky dark comedy with Sheen and his brother Emilio Estevez as trash men who stumble upon a dead body while doing their job. I believe this film popularized the classic "golf clap" bit. It's been a while since I've seen this one, but I remember enjoying quite a bit when I saw it in the theatre and watched it several times on home video.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

My Week In Movies - Roly Poly Fish Heads

Piranha (2010) Anyone who is interested in seeing this movie should not be disappointed. This 3-D adventure from last summer is wall-to-wall gore and nudity and it's all done in the name of fun. I'm not one for gory pictures, but Piranha is so much fun. It doesn't take itself seriously and it's hard to really buy into the over the top gore. One of my favorite actresses, Elizabeth Shue, is on hand as the local police officer who must save her Spring Break crazy town from the tiny little jaws of prehistoric mutant fish. Trust me, you haven't seen this much blood and boobies since a double feature at an 8th grade sleepover. This movie is filled with reasons for it's R rating: strong language, graphic nudity, sexual situations, gory horror violence, and recreational drug use.

Ernest Goes To Camp (1987) My kids and I have been watching the Ernest TV series which I finally picked up on DVD and they are loving it. They wanted to see more of ol' Ernie Baby so we popped in the first of Ernest's nine feature length films. It's a great summer movie that really captures the spirit of summer camp and it serves as a great vehicle for the Ernest character. Ernest is a handyman at a camp where he dreams of one day being a full fledged counselor. His dreams finally come true when he's put in charge of a group of misfit kids from a local detention center. There's a food fight, Ernest gets hit with alot of different things and tons of bits from Ernest's famous commercials are worked into the story. Before it's all over, the camp goes head to head with an evil land developer. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love evil land developers! As with all the Ernest movies, it's rated PG - this time for some violence. Good fun for the whole family.

Lady and the Tramp (1955) There's not much to say about this Disney classic except that it's easily in the top ten of Disney's greatest animated achievements. My kids love dogs and dog movies so it really was a crime that they hadn't seen this one yet. They loved it! It's rated G, although there is some discussion of canine promiscuity.

February Movie Count: 14
Best New Viewing: Splendor in the Grass
Best Rewatch: Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
Worst Movie: The Filthiest Show in Town
2011 Movie Count: 34
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