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One of the best LAVERNE & SHIRLEY episodes
The two part episode THE BARDWELL CAPER is one of the best LAVERNE & SHIRLEY episodes. This episode is from Season 6 when the girls were living in California. I agree with most people that the seasons of the show where Laverne and Shirley lived in Milwaukee were better than the California episodes. Thats all the more reason why this episode stands out. It really does remind you of the earlier days where Laverne and Shirley found themselves in zany situations doing a lot of physical Laverne and Ethel type physical comedy.
Laverne and Shirley have been working at BARDWELLS Department Store for three months. They have not received the usual pay raise most employees get at the three month mark. Shirley writes the boss a polite letter asking about a possible raise. Laverne intercepts the letter and writes nasty crude insults at the boss in it. The letter is sent. And don't you know , moments later the boss calls them to his office to announce not only is he giving them a raise, hes giving them a HIGHER raise than he usually gives
The girls panic over the letter which is now sitting on the bosses desk waiting to be opened. Laverne decides that she, Shirley and Carmine will sneak into the store MISSION IMPOSSIBLE style and get the letter back.
A neat twist is because this is a two part episode we get to see two different versions of the caper. In the Part 1 "and this is how we'll do it" version, we see how the plan would go in Lavernes mind. Everything going perfectly. In the second part we get to see how the actual heist GOES. And of course it does not go well, which leads to many laughs.
The one thing I want to point out that kept this from being a "perfect" episode for me is that even though Laverne, Shirley and Carmine are in top form in this episode they have asked Lenny and Squiggy (who are dressed as trees) to be Look Outs for them. And every so often they break from the action going on in the store to show us Lenny and Squiggy outside having VERY un-funny banter back and forth. Lenny and Squiggy usually WERE funny, which makes the fact they Aren't funny here all the more obvious.
This stands out as a high point for Laverne and Shirley fans, and not long after this the show started having problems with cast members storming off set and such. So its nice to see one last great ep before the show dwindles downhill. It reminds us of the great chemistry Marshall and Williams had, Its a shame they couldn't work together peacefully the whole run of the show.
One Of The Funniest ODD COUPLE Episodes
In my opinion Its All Over Now, Baby Bird is the best ODD COUPLE episode. Its very funny and everyone is in top form. Felix is upset his pet bird is dead. Oscar cant fake sadness , as he hated the bird and believes the bird hates him (because it bit him the day he met it). The problem arises of what to do with the birds 'remains'. Oscar wants to throw it in the garbage. Felix wants to give it a proper burial.They end up at a pet funeral home where the pet funeral director trys to nickel and dime them extra costs. Oscar just wants to bury the bird as cheaply as possible. The bird has a funeral service Oscar, Felix, their girlfriends The Pigeon Sisters and the birds vet attend and even THAT ends up having a funny turn of events. THE ODD COUPLE program was an American Classic with great writing and great performances from its actors and actresses. In my opinion they just don't make shows like this anymore. Most of the episodes were funny and some were stand out hilarious. In my opinion this episode is one of the hilarious ones. This isn't just one of my favorite ODD COUPLE episodes, it is also one of my favorite TV episodes of all time.
Splatter University (1984)
A very funny 80s B movie slasher
I will watch just about any horror movie from the 70s or 80s. They don't make em like they used to. In my humble opinion the 80s was the best time period for horror movies because even the BAD ones were pretty "watchable" and on some level "enjoyable". If you like so-bad-its-good movies and black comedies then I can recommend SPLATTER UNIVERSITY.I watched it last night (dead sober) and laughed my ass off. As a Horror movie? Not so hot. As a COMEDY? Very fun! Plot: An escaped mental patient has taken up at a college and is offing the wanton women on campus. Okay, so its not an original horror concept. Not trying to reinvent the wheel here! If it ain't broken, don't fix it. The thing that separates this movie from its ilk is that pretty much ALL the characters but one or two are scum and you'll probably wanna see them die. In fact, you'll be sad most of the OVERLY obnoxious characters get to live! Some of the things that make this movie funny (for me , at least) are * Its so cheesy: including cheesy music, and cheesy fashion and wayyy cheesy Bad 80s Hair(check out the redheaded metal chick with the Bad 80s Perm that makes her look like she has three hairdos on one head) * Bawdy horny teens who drink beer with the six pack ring still attached to it dangling other full cans of beer . They also talk about wanting to bang other members of the opposite sex RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS! One guy howls like a wolf and thrusts his hips at just about every girl in the school -he even starts joking around with the GUYS when the girls aren't around! * The cartoon FLINTSTONES sound effect that cars make when they pull out in a hurry * The two chicks who walk around the campus (always in the same clothes) who are dead ringers for Cherie Currie and Joan Jett from THE RUNWAYS (REALLY. They deserve their own spin-off movie!) * Characters from a tight group of friends DYING and nobody, not even their friends or boyfriends, noticing! * The scene involving a dead body, a dumpster and a six pack of ginger ale.
* Red Herring Killers aplenty * Priests who are getting more action then all the students! * Someone dies on the crapper. After writing bathroom graffiti. WHILE TAKING A DUMP.
* A quirky landlady who tells you about the people who were murdered in your apartment five minutes after you move in. She also wonders WHY you wanna move when half the people at the university you work at have been iced.
* The reactions people make when they find dead bodies * A disco-licious dance party scene with close ups of girls jean-covered butts and sweater-covered tops (Sorry, Fellas, if you want T & A you better rent PIECES) * A GREAT Crotch Kicking scene (towards the end)* The last person you expect to die ...DIES! * A funny closing scene and a hilarious final line.
So what are you waiting for?! Get a case of beer and some rowdy friends and rent this puppy tonight! Guy 1: My girlfriend wont go to that Drive-In ( someone got murdered in last night) anymore.
Guy 2 : Are you gonna find another Drive-In? Guy 1: No. Another GIRLFRIEND. I like the movies they play!
True Jackson, VP (2008)
Very poor kids show apes late RAVEN
Take a moment here to look at all the glowing ten star reviews for this show on this page. Now click on the reviewers to see their OTHER reviews. Notice anything? Yeah, I did too. All these people who love love love TRUE JACKSON VP haven't written any other reviews for any other TV shows or movies or ....anything. Hmmmm...I think I smell "plants"! I watched this show with my daughter because usually we enjoy those NICKELODEON and Disney CHANNEL shows. Lord knows I have sat through everything from SUITE LIFE, HANNAH MONTANA, LIFE WITH DEREK, UNFABULOUS, NED'S DECLASIFID SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE, THATS SO RAVEN ...and I have sat through them with a smile on my face and a giggle in my throat. I actually find myself ENJOYING a lot of these shows. And then comes TRUE JACKSON.
I have seen KeKe Palmer in movies like AKEELAH AND THE BEE and JUMP IN and I recognize talent and I genuinely LIKE her (I even sort of like her singing!) but THIS? THIS is the best show they could come up with for her???? Do you remember the latter day episodes of THATS SO RAVEN where Raven worked for the difficult fashion designer and had a nemesis at work who hated her? Yeah....well TRUE JACKSON works in a similar place. With similar people. And has a best girl friend and best guy friend who show up for hijinks...sort of like "Chelsea" and "Eddie" from RAVEN. In fact, all that's missing is for True to have a chubby rascally little brother named "Corey!" The few times I have watched this show I have felt like I was watching THATS SO RAVEN...CONTINUED. All thats different is True has no psychic abilities. Maybe next time I throw my remote at the TV screen it will hit her in the head and she'll start having visions. We can only hope! Terribe writing, weak gags, unlikable characters, stupid story lines.....need I go on? Better luck next time, KeKe!
My Favorite New Show...And I'm 36 Years Old!
I am a 36 year old mom who watches a lot of cartoons and kid shows (My 9 year old thinks herself Lord And Master Of The Remote). Luckily I like cartoons anyway but nothing could have prepared me for the head-over-heels way I have fallen in love with CHOWDER! Since this is a new show there isn't much I can tell you: The characters are all really weird looking (What IS Chowder anyway? A cat??? A bunny?????) and one character Schnitzel only speaks using one word: "Radda" (I don't know why this joke never worked for me with CoCo on FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS but every time Schintzel says "Radda Radda Radda!" I just fall out of my chair laughing.(For me Schnitzel is the break-through "star" of the show) Most of the story lines so far revolve around food, as Chowder is sort of an apprentice chef. And the jokes are all over the map from goofy to fart jokes to stuff I think is aimed more at the grown up audience. It feels like someone put some stuff from those old BULLWINKLE cartoons, a splash of SPONGEBOB and a tiny bit of FUTURAMA into a blender. This show has that certain type of humor that works for both kids AND grownups.
The other day my daughter was at a friend's house and I was watching CHOWDER and my husband came in and asked me why I was watching cartoons. I made him watch it and I felt totally embarrassed as I proceeded to laugh so hard that I actually cried! He didn't feel as strongly as I did about it, but he DID agree it was a "pretty good show".
I'm glad to come on here and see that I am not the only person older than 12 who enjoys this hilarious, bright,witty new show!
On A Scale Of 1 - 10 I give CHOWDER 9 Raddas!
Give The People What They Want; - Nude Horseshack!
I really have to ask myself what I expected from a movie that has Ron Pallilio from Welcome Back Kotter as the male lead sex symbol. Not much, I guess and that's exactly what I got! Not much! When I popped the DVD of Hellgate on I realized less than five minutes into it that I had seen this movie over ten years ago. You don't forget acting this bad! So the movie starts with three friends waiting for their fourth friend Matt (Horseshack!) to show up at their vacation spot. They while away the time telling ghost stories. One girl deadpans the tale of The Legend Of Hellgate, which is apparently the next town over. In a flashback we see an attempted rape gone bad that happened in Hellgate in the '50s. A bunch of no-good-nick bikers are at the malt shop and they decide to grab the big cheese mayor of Hellgate's daughter Josie and drive away with her. None of the town folk try to stop them. They drive Josie to a secluded area and rip her skirt off and Josie runs around in black underwear, bobby socks and sneakers looking like she should be doing an 80s aerobics video. (I swear they hired Abigail Wolcott to play "Josie" because she had nice legs...She even "strikes poses" while being carried away and raped! ) Well, her father - who is a dead ringer for Gomez Addams- comes to rescue her and in the process Josie gets iced.
Later on a guy in a mine finds a strange crystal that has the power to reanimate dead things. Here is where the cheesy special effects ("done by the people who did the effects in Hellraiser and Hellbound " the box trumpets!) debut as we see a very fake looking bat, a very fake looking fish and a very fake looking turtle spring back to murderous mutant life. (The turtle scene is actually pretty funny). Josie's papa goes to Josie's shrine (even her headstone has breast implants!) and reserrects Josie so she can lure people to the ghost town for him to kill. Why? I don't know why! Josie picks up Horseshack on the side of the road and seduces him. The seduction scene is a laugh riot! the music is insane! And I had never realized what a bad actor Horseshack is until I saw this: Even his sex scenes are unconvincing! And he's a pretty small guy. When he's lying in bed with Josie naked he's so small compared to her that he looks like a doll! Hahaha! Matt meets up with his friends and drags THEM to Hellgate . Why? I don't know. But they go. And of course they run afoul some zombie ghost town people who chase them around and try to kill them. Josie falls in love with Matt for reasons unknown and Matt's girlfriend is not amused.
Will Matt stay with the living dead girl or go home with his plain Jane girlfriend? Or will the zombies and John Astin's doppelganger kill him? Hellgate is a terrible film all the way around with bad acting, bad script, bad special effects, etc. but there was something FUNNY about it that kept me watching so if you like bad movies like I do you might actually find some entertainment in watching HELLGATE. I will watch it again one day just to watch Josie strike strange Vogue-like poses, a dead turtle bite someones face off and to see Horseshack in the raw again. Comic gold all three!
Speaking of bad movies, if you are lucky you will get the two disc set that not only has Hellgate but also has The Pit. The Pit is even funnier than Hellgate, a real laugh riot! So check that one out! Peace!
The Little Rascals (1955)
Timeless Classics....As Much Fun To Watch Today As They Were As A Child
When I was a kid in the '70s (B.C.= Before Cable) they used to play THE LITTLE RASCALS on TV after school. Me and my friends (Really- everyone in my class practically!) watched it. We didn't care if it was a show made in the '30s (I'm referring to what I like to call "The Spanky Years", as there are in fact OUR GANG shorts even older- so old that they aren't even "talkies!" Just "silent movies" accompanied with music and subtitles!) We didn't care that it was black and white. We didn't care that our folks -or even grandparents- had watched it. We didn't care that it showed an old fashioned simpler time we couldn't relate to. All we knew was that it featured an appealing bunch of kids and that it was funny as Hell! I remember always carrying a special torch in my heart for the show all through my teen years and early adulthood. I honestly believed that the show had in some way "shaped me" and made me a better person.
Now that I'm a grown up in my thirties -and a parent- I wondered if I had built the show up in my mind as being something bigger and better than what it actually was. I told my daughter about the show and she would say "Oh really?" without even looking at me, playing with her video game, listening to a CD and watching TV all at the same time.
I decided to fish around to see if The Rascals were out on DVD yet and was pleased to find they were.
With great anticipation I put the DVD on and then warned my daughter that this was gonna be sort of "old time" and that if she didn't dig it I would totally understand.
To my (pleasant) surprise we both totally loved it! Now she BEGS me to play the DVDs! There is some ageless,timeless quality to the show. "Kids Is Kids" is the way I imagine The Rascals would put it. There is something so totally appealing about seeing the world through the eyes of the child. Hal Roach knew it. I know it. Now my daughter knows it.
A weird thing about watching THE LITTLE RASCALS now is that there are characters we all know that have been tattooed on our brains: Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Porky, Darla, Stymie. Then there are lesser known characters (I remember as a little girl having a huge crush on Scotty! Now my daughter does!) like Scotty, Wheezer, Dorothy, Dickie, Wally, Uh-Huh ....within moments of seeing their faces again I remembered them again! It was like running into old friends I hadn't seen in years! There is no reason why this show shouldn't be playing on cable regularly. It is such a happy, funny, uplifting show. I recommend that anyone who remembers enjoying it as a kid get some of the DVDs for their children. You might be surprised to find out they love it just as much as you did/do.
Corneil et Bernie (2003)
Good but needs some more episodes in rotation
I came on here to write a review for CORNEIL AND BERNIE. I am surprised to say that a lot of the reviewers have already stated the important facts about the show and beat me to it! The show is about a teenager who is a dog walker for a rich childless couple who treat their dog like their baby. For some reason the dog, Corneil, decides that instead of letting his owners know he can talk he is going to let the dog walker Bernie in on the secret. The dog is very intelligent and the dog walker is pretty dopey so a lot of times the dog comes up with a brilliant scheme and the dog walker, Bernie puts the plan into motion. My seven year old daughter looooves this show because she's a big dog lover. It seems every time it starts she dances and sings the song (Okay, I admit it: so do I!) and she laughs all through the show and then when it ends she almost always turns to me and says "I wish our dog could talk". The one complaint I have about CORNEIL AND BERNIE is they always play the same few episodes. My daughter and I are getting curious just how many episodes were made so far because we keep seeing the same five episodes all the time (Bernie with a broken leg at the dance, the cook who is robber, the pram episode, the twin dog episode and the alien episode).
The Ghosts of Angela Webb (2005)
Bottom Of The Barrel Cheapie
This straight to video cheap flick is based on a true story. I don't doubt it. Doesn't mean it's particularly interesting (unless you are one of the main characters who actually lived though this experience). A young woman named Angela buys a great, big old country home really really cheap. Well, as we all know from watching Horror movies, when you buy a big house cheap it usually means it's haunted in some way, shape or form. In fact, the second the house is being handed over to Angela the wise guy kid who lived in the house up to now takes a moment to "introduce" Angela to one of the ghosts! Nice guy, huh? Angela gets in touch with a psychic and a paranormal expert and tells them that her house is haunted and invites them to come over and see the ghosts for themselves. They come to a party and sure enough there are ghosts walking around, sitting on the couch, hanging in the garage and trying to seduce people in the bathroom. A few friends sleep over the night of the party, see the ghosts and vow never to come back in the house again. (Check out the girl who deadpans "I'm so scared. I'm so scared." totally emotionless. If she was so scared why didn't she get up, turn the knob and leave?!) The ghosts don't really do anything menacing aside from show up (And there is no blurriness or aura about them. They look just like regular people). They steal celery from the kitchen, move chairs around a la POLTERGEIST and one bisexual female ghost seduces Angela, who, get this, doesn't seem to mind! This scene plays like the kind of soft-core porn you see on the SPICE channel. (Ummm...not that I'd KNOW! Hahaha). The actresses aren't your typical porn stars though. They should hit the beach and the gym more. When Angela'ss NOT making love to the dead she gets mad at them and stands alone in a room screaming "Why won't you leave?! This is MY house! Get out!" They don't leave. I couldn't help but think of all the times I've heard psychic Sylvia Brown on TV saying that if you have a ghost in your house you should calmly rationalize with the ghost and say "Look, you're dead. It's time to cross over to the other side. In other words, get out!" According to Sylvia Brown, as long as your not hostile and nasty about it, they'll leave! This movie looks like it cost about $50 to make. It has a really cheap feel, and bad acting. I could have made this movie with 5 friends and a camcorder.
Oh, you beautiful Dahl!
First up, I want to start this review by saying that I am a mom who really enjoys Horror movies. I think that is why movies based on the works of Roald Dahl appeal to me: Instead of being overly cutsey they have a "dark side". I had seen MATILDA a few times with my nieces when they were little girls and it was one of our favorites, mainly because it has appeal for kids AND adults. Now that my daughter just turned 7 I decided it was time to show her MATILDA. My daughter is easily scared, so when The trunchbull showed up on screen she let out a little gasp and I thought "Ooops....she's gonna make me turn it off". But ya know what? Everything in Dahl movies is so over-the-top that you cant really be too scared. The life and adventures of Matilda are so surreal (A teacher throws a little girl over a fence after swinging her by her pigtails....that's actually scary and flat out funny at the same time!) that you cant help but find them goofy rather than appalling. Our hero is a brilliant little girl named Mathilda, born into a family that doesn't appreciate her. Her mom, Dad and older brother are couch potatos who live for watching wrestling and game shows while eating TV dinners in their living room. Matilda would much rather read a book. She taught herself to read and write as an infant and has been into taking home books from the library as of late. She also wants to go to school. Her father doesn't want her to go to school because he's a used car salesman and needs her to stay home and sign for packages: Packages that are stolen car parts. One day he meets the evil Trunchbull, the sadistic headmistress at the town grammar school, and he enrolls Matilda in school. The school is full of terrified kids who are tormented by Trunchbull. Luckily, their teacher is Miss Honey, an aptly named sweetheart of a woman. Miss Honey is the one beacon of light in Matilda's world. Her family is negligent and they belittle her. Trunchbull is ugly inside and out and freakin' scary. It's a good thing Matilda is such a resilient little girl. Things get better for her when she finds out that she has telekinetic powers (Making MATILDA sort of a kiddie version of CARRIE!) and starts using them to get even with her family and principal.