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The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
A Fun Classic
Next to "El Dorado", this is my favorite western. It is fun from start to finish. Best friends in real life play best friends on the Texas panhandle. Jimmy Stewart (John) and Henry Ford (Harley) have been "riding together" for 10 years when John receives a letter from a lawyer in Cheyenne.
With John and Harley being drifters, it has taken the letter two years to catch up to them. John is told his older brother DJ has died and left him a thriving business in Wyoming; The Cheyenne Social Club. Always wanting to be a "Man of Property", John packs up and heads to Cheyenne with Harley in tow (even though neither man knows exactly why Harley feels the need to tag along everywhere John goes).
Both John and Harley are salt-of-the-earth people. Harley has a passion for pecans and John cannot wait to claim his inheritance and become a Republican. The wagon wheel comes off when John realizes the Cheyenne Social Club is actually an high end, upscale brothel. The ladies who live in the equisitly furnished house are the cream of the crop, expecting nothing but the best from themselves and their clientelle. When John pops into the picture, the ladies fancy him a hero although John has plans to turn the house into a legitimate business.
The casting and directing of this film is perfectly done. Shirley Jones is the Madam of the house and all the ladies cast give prostitutes a fine name. Gene Kelly (yes that Gene Kelly) directs this enjoyably light fare with a smooth touch.
Why this was not made into a series of movies, I'll never know. There could have been 2 sequels based on the strength of the cast's chemistry alone. If an attempt to remake this wonderful film is ever undertaken, it's success or failure will rely on the casting. Like "Fun with Dick and Jane" and "Bewitched", the wrong combination of actors can kill a great storyline.
This is a 9 out of 10 stars. It must be viewed the first time over a dinner of steak and beer with a room full of friends and the sweet smell of perfume in the air.
Beanstalk Bunny (1955)
Comedy at its best
This is a classic. As a child of the 1 1/2 hour "Bugs Bunny / Road-Runner Show" on Saturday mornings, I grew up with this humor and it has served me well. Even as a young adult studying law, students would mumble the line "He's Jack." when called upon by bewildered professors.
Moments to savor:
*the expression on Bugs' face as his head cranes back into his pillow when Daffy screams at him while in bed on the beanstalk.
*the entire scene with Bugs and Daffy under glass.
*the final chase and Bugs' ingenious solution to Elmer.
*"I'll guess I'll have to open up with a pair of Jacks."
*"You could've stood up for your rights, you know? You milksop!"
Baby Looney Tunes (2002)
A great introduction
I was born in the good times - the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show ran from 9:00AM until 10:30AM every Saturday morning. Life was good.
Now, all I've got is some brat named Caliou and other assorted Disney characters to offer my 3 year old. Thanks to Baby Looney Tunes, I can introduce her to the characters I love so much. Since she got into Baby Looney Tunes (which wasn't hard), she loves to watch the true animated shorts with me.
Bottom line: Taken on its own, it's pretty bad. In the Looney Universe, it's a great introduction to all our favorites.
The Master of Disguise (2002)
Dear God, it's awful
This is the most lame, unfunny, difficult to understand movie I have ever seen. I actually contemplated buying the DVD just so I could smash it against the wall. Don't just walk but run away from this nightmare of a movie. Dana Carvey is much too funny to have actually conceived this brain-dead idea. I'm hoping his next venture will be better; however, in comparison to this bomb - a movie about animal cruelty would be funnier than the Master of Disaster.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Some of Disney's Best Work Along With GMD
One fact is certain, Disney has Mickey's fingers on the pulse of society. Occasionally after a few child adoring epics such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King, Disney will create a hilariously quirky feature or featured character for those of us who love to laugh. Timone & Pumba ignite the screen during the somber moments in LK, Robin Williams' Genie steals the light from Aladdin's lamp and then comes Stitch.
Disney trudged through the mud in the late 1970's and early 1980's until the masterful and completely underrated Great Mouse Detective. The grand comedic timing and talented cast allowed the Mouse to expand his horizons. Lilo & Stitch is the benefactor of that expansion.
Stitch is known as "Experiment 626" on his home planet and is sent into exile. Through some bungling, he arrives on Earth where he disguises his crude body to look somewhat like a canine. The lonely and obtuse orphaned girl Lilo adopts him and true mayhem ensues.
The relationships are portrayed beautifully from the big sister/little sister angle to the transformation of Stitch from monster to family member. The jokes are hysterical albeit mature, the character development is superb and the animation breathtaking.
This isn't Bambi. If you want Dumbo, rent it. If you want Disney meets a G-Rated Monty Python/Original Saturday Night Live Cast, this is your movie. For more enjoyment, the Great Mouse Detective is highly recommended as well.
Three Cheers for Kelly
I've watched and attended numerous episodes of "Live" and I think it is better than ever now. Personally, I found Kathie Lee Gifford annoying and I am thrilled with the breath of fresh air that Kelly Ripa brings to the morning. Her rapport with Regis is fantastic to watch and their dynamic is unique. When I can't watch "Live" live, I tape it and start my evening with the talk show pair that have no peer.
The Jerk (1979)
The funniest movie ever made!
Steve Martin at his best. The Reiners at their best. This movie is the father of modern comedies. Without this movie, Tommy Boy - Something about Mary - Even the Blues Brothers wouldn't have been made. A true classic. Hitchhike down to buy it!
The Star Wars version of "KISS meets the Phantom of the Park"
Yes, this is horrible - but it is a must see. It is fun to watch because you have a chance to watch all these wonderful characters and actors in the midst of the "Star Wars" frenzy we all grew up in. It's great nostalgia if nothing else. Just be sure to mute it when Carrie Fisher sings!