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One of the best examples of spin-offs going wrong
For anyone who enjoyed "Soap" and for all its wonderful characters there were high hopes and great anticipation for this spin-off in 1979. Spinoffs were the norm back in the 70's and so "Benson" was sure to be a guaranteed hit. But it was one big letdown when it premiered.
One could say the cast was terrible, which it was. But one could say also that the character of Benson wasn't strong enough like Rhoda or Maude Findley to stand on their own. Heck, even Gilligan or Bobby Brady could have done well as a spin off. But on "Benson" Benson just wasn't funny.
On "Soap" the character of Benson was a butler to a middle class family who sometimes refused to serve even a plate of scrambled eggs or had a funny one liner to his rich, crazy employers. All these characteristics disappeared once he became the central character of his own show. The cast of characters he was surrounded by on "Benson" were wishy washy and therefore incapable of giving Benson any kind of opportunity to give some funny lines. The show was a disaster and you never heard anyone rave about it at the water cooler.
Yes, it lasted for seven seasons but so did "Wings," "Who's The Boss," and other simpleminded TV garbage. But have you noticed that "Benson" hasn't been seen in syndication for decades? Television series like "I Love Lucy" and "The Brady Bunch" are still on the air today because they're shows people still want to see. They never get old. Watch one episode of "Benson" and you wonder where people's brains went.
Intensely moving episode
I must have seen every episode of "Family Affair" at least five times, both during it's original run and early syndication, when CBS used to air it as part of their weekday morning CBS lineup around '70 and '71. As the same age as the children on the show, and just as innocent, this particular episode with Eve Plumb, obviously went above my head. I thought the poor girl was simply ill; I didn't know she was "terminally ill." Some forty-five years later, and as an adult viewer, I see what this episode is truly about, and I was so incredibly moved.
I am surprised this particular episode of "Family Affair" isn't talked about more often. It is truly a classic.
The Love Boat (1977)
What a horrible show
Yes, that's right. Horrible. And so predictable, too! It seemed like a good idea at first. Stars you love, stars you hate, all sailing on a boat with Gavin McLeod as Captain, fresh off the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Some interesting characters around Stubing, like the bartender and the cute cruise director. But after a few episodes every episode became the same old formula.
Stars would board ship, everyone greets each other, music comes in, confetti flows, ship honks horn, ship sails, Charo can't find her room, picture of ship goes sailing by, stories begin to unravel, Toni Tennille wheels by in a wheelchair, picture of ship going in the opposite direction pops up, Barry Nelson with a beaver on his head walks by smiling, another picture of the ship sailing shows us they're on a "real" ship, Pearl Bailey laughs heartily, stories get wrapped up, picture of ship sailing into port comes on, passengers disembark, music plays, tune in the following week and it's the same thing only with Don Adams, Diana Canova, and Charlie Callas! Horrible! And it lasted ten seasons? Eye yi yi.
The show has never been popular in syndication. A true testament to how much people want to see this forgotten series. It goes to show you that anything can get on television.
At Sea Ashore (1936)
Always great to see Patsy Kelly
I don't care anything about Thelma Todd being present or not as others have stated in their reviews. Or if this was up to the standards of a Hal Roach short. Patsy Kelly is quite the star and anything she's in is worth watching to me.
All those who have made their negative remarks are simply sharing their opinion which isn't much. Because of this short I am now familiar with Lyda Roberti, Joe Twerp and I was happy to see Robert Emmett O'Connor.
I thought the scene where Kelly is twirled around was pretty funny and well done.
Looking forward to seeing more Patsy Kelly!
The Lovely Bones (2009)
I ended up giving this movie a ten as it was just brilliant! Early on I had seen the promos for it and knew I would like a film like this. But I had no idea it would turn out to be this good.
I briefly read and skimmed over some of the reviews, and the negative remarks made me decide to write my own review and express why this movie is so brilliant.
First of all, I am half a century old and I grew up during the time frame this film takes place in. The early 70s couldn't have been reconstructed any more perfectly. Everything from the clothes to the people strolling in the mall took me right back to 1973. They couldn't have done a better job.
Second, the young actress who played Suzie was perfect for the role. She has a beautiful spirit about her that makes you embrace her. She's so likable that that you care about her character and what happens to her.
If the picture didn't send you as much as it did me, it's probably because you're not familiar or aware of what so many people believe happens after you die. The belief that after your body dies, you exist in a new dimension. The summary from the IMDb about a girl watching herself from heaven isn't exactly correct. She's not in heaven. She's merely in what many believe is a state of being, between earth and heaven, sometimes often often referred to as "earth-bound" as the movie depicts. Over ten years ago before I became familiar with such beliefs a film like this wouldn't have matter to me as much. But because I am aware of what many people believe happens to us after death, this was captured perfectly in this film. The filmmakers couldn't have done it any better.
If I had any problems with this film at all it's that what a lousy actor Mark Wahlberg can really be. An actor is supposed to convince us that what he's doing is real and I just couldn't buy anything emoting from this man. Most every scene he was in I had to forget my criticism and just see what the character of the father was supposed to be feeling.
I've never been much a fan of Susan Sarandon but she was just great as the grandmother. She had that 70s look down perfectly with that Jacqueline Susann's hairdo.
Also, although his character was evil, Stanley Tucci was another reason for making this film so wonderful. He's hard not to like despite his vile character.
I simply thought the film was wonderful and I really got something out of it. Definitely one of the best films to come around in a long time. Beautifully filmed. Nothing looked too fake or computerized in my opinion. Bravo!
A new favorite!
I am giving this Disney film a ten. I've seen this film at least three times before. I saw it during it's original release almost forty years ago, then again in 1978 when it was aired on network TV, and then another time a few years later. I recently saw it again after at least 25 years and I remember how much my family laughed their heads off as Bob Crane screamed his head off while water skiing. I am much older now, a dad myself and a responsible adult just like the parents in the film. The gang Wendy hangs out with -- all from the beginning of her childhood -- are all good kids despite the comments a lot of the adults make. My perspective on the film has changed since I first saw it as a child. That's why it now receives a "ten" from me. It was one of the best movies I've got engrossed in the past year and I didn't want it to end.
The wedding at the end of the film is still the most beautiful wedding ceremony ever filmed in a movie. It's easy to brush off a Disney film like this. I do it often with so many of the others that came out during my time. But this movie has a lot going on in it including the main song "These Are The Best Times."
I don't know if this has been remade yet but it could be remade again. Maybe they could make a new version with Kurt Russell in the father role looking after let's say his granddaughter. What a great starring vehicle for Kurt and Goldie.
This is definitely a new favorite for me.
Flipper: Countdown for Flipper (1964)
A rating of "10"
I didn't take this episode as seriously as the previous reviewer did. Sure, I saw the obvious flaws in the writing. But if you love the three main characters as much as I do (Porter Ricks and the boys) then you don't pay much attention to such flaws and just enjoy the sheer pleasure of twenty-five wonderful minutes. There are many episodes of "Flipper" that I am enjoying immensely, some stories such as this one that could have been utilized for full feature films. Of course, the aforementioned flaws would need to be corrected but on the whole they would succeed. I am sorry there aren't more full feature films of "Flipper" that feature Brian Kelly and the two boys.
Cops Is Tops (1955)
I am not a big Popeye fan but happened to catch this while channel surfing today. What caught my attention was seeing Olive Oyl taking on a job a policewoman, something I didn't think was accepted back in the 1930s. However, I see now by coming to the Internet Movie Data Base that this short was produced in 1955. So now I understand. Still, it was great to see Olive doing police work. Popeye kept tabs on her by following every move she made so she wouldn't get hurt. I never saw Bruto in this episode but did hear his voice, or so I thought. This was a good cartoon and perhaps I'll tune in more to the Popeye hour on Boomerang. This particular cartoon, though, is a must see.
We got a winner here!
This new HBO series has turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It's hard not to relate to a guy who lost everything in a day and age when so many people are going through similar situations. I've been there myself and I understand a lot of his frustrations. To see him cash in on his best "asset" has proved to be very, very interesting. Would we do the same if we were in his predicament? Well, you gotta eat and pay the bills. The writing is excellent. Also, Anne Heche can consider herself very lucky to have gotten this gig. She, too, is pleasant in her role as the ex-wife and it has made me forget all her past scandals, something I didn't think could be possible. Nice, too, to see Thomas Jane in what appears to be a hit for HBO.
I am thoroughly looking forward to episode #3.
We'll Get By (1975)
Original and funny!
It's been well over 35 years since this was on television. So, my once treasured memories of it have started to fade already. But it was such a great show to a young teenager like me at the time that I watched it every time it was on once I discovered it.
I remember that the show was struggling because CBS didn't have a regular time slot for it. One minute it was on Friday night, the next it would air on Tuesday with back to back episodes. Then it disappeared all together and then those dreaded words came my way: CANCELED.
I do hope someday that the entire series will be released on DVD like "Lotsa Luck" and "Good Morning, World!" which have also been forgotten, yet issued on DVD.