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Bonanza: Mr. Henry Comstock (1959)
May be the absolute worst episode
There may be weaker episodes of Bonanza but I am not aware of them. Even the ones about the leprechauns or the rabbits were miles better. I started watching Bonanza as a kid when it first came to TV and have always been a fan and had always had some degree of puzzlement why Pernel Roberts left the show,. But if there are more episodes as poor as this one, I finally understand why he left.
This episode is very jarring. All the talk about fat women, Adam shoots an Indian in the hand and he acts like it doesn't even hurt. One of the Cartwright sons shoots a canteen on a horse, water starts pouring out but the bullet magically stops after it penetrates the front side and doesn't hurt the horse. Bad episode that has a very weak story line.Will not waste anymore of my time by describing that.
Funny Farm (1988)
Not so funny farm
Well I thought I had seen Chevy Chase's worst film until I saw this. This is BY FAR his worst movie. My all time favorite is Vacation with Christmas Vacation and European Vacation tied for second. I didn't especially like Vegas Vacation but even that seems like a classic compared to this garbage. Not crazy about the Fletch movies but they are better than this. I know Roger Ebert gave this dull movie 3 and 1/2 stars but I wonder if we were watching the same movie.
My least favorite before this was Three Amigos but that is better than Funny Farm. Caddy Shack was a good movie but Chase's role was trounced by Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray. Chase almost ruined that movie if you ask me, and he was the weakest comedian of the 4. When Chase is too laid back like in Caddysahck and Funny Farm, he is not funny.
Talk about milking a character to death. The Saturday Night Live persona Chase created would only stretch so far. I would rather watch paint dry than ever watch this dud of a movie again.
Always Kickin' (1939)
Our 4 year old granddaughter loves it!
We recently purchased a Bugs Bunny DVD from Wal-Mart for $1.00. To our surprise the DVD had only one or two of the episodes listed on the cover. Well it was only a dollar so what the heck - right? We put it in and it had a lot of strange never-been-seen-before cartoons(at least by us). It had an old Popeye too. One of the cartoons was one with Hunky and Spunky titled "Always Kicking". I had never heard of Hunky and Spunky but after investigating I find that this is one of seven cartoons made from 1939 until 1941. Well our granddaughter just LOVES it! It is about a mother and daughter or father and son donkeys. In this episode Spunky is practicing kicking a mattress while Hunky watches and then shows him how to do it right. Later a giant vulture grabs a little bird friend of Spunky's and flies with it to her nest. Spunky then uses his newly learned expertise to kick the daylights out of the mean old vulture and save the little bird. His mother(or father) is so proud of him and so are the other little birds who were tormented by the vulture. A very cute cartoon and we are so glad we ACCIDENTALLY found it.
Wild West Tech (2003)
A great show
I really like this show. Right now I am recording every episode. They are showing some new shows and some of the old shows on the History Channel. I have not decided which host I like better. Keith Carradine did the old shows (12 in all, I think) and his brother David now does the hosting. I think he took over after the 12th show in 2004. Each show is on a specific subject about the old west and has titles like "Outlaw Tech", "Execution Tech", "Revenge Tech", "Brothel Tech" and "Freakshow Tech". They have "actors" doing little re-enactments and some are kind of bloody. I especially like the guests who give little insights and are dressed in full cowboy fare. The show is very informative and funny. The show is not only about cowboys in the old west but about many things like gold mining, trains, disasters, prostitution, and freak shows. The last show about freak shows showed how some freaks were "real" and some were out and out cons. One part on that show had me in stitches. They had a freak sideshow and in the back had a "Man Eating Chicken". Well guess what? After you paid your 2 bits to see it you went through a curtain and saw a man sitting at a table eating chicken. Get it? HA ha ha ha. The spectators wanted to beat the con artists up but they talked the spectators into telling their friends and getting them to come see the Man Eating Chicken. They were thrilled to feel like a part of the con. Another show about executions showed a man being hanged who was dropped too far and it snapped his head completely off. Ouch. Catch this when you can. It's great.
Airport 1975 (1974)
Not as bad as most people think and Karen Black is not BUG EYED
If they had never done the 1980 comedy "Airplane" then I"m sure the comments I have read for "Airport 75" would not be half as bad. I think most people who see this after viewing Airplane can not do anything but think about Airplane. Just like the comedian on Jay Leno who does President Bush. All I can picture while watching President Bush now (Especially after Hurricane Katrina) is that darned comedian. Airport 75 is the same way for most people. I do have to admit that the movie has some strange characterization and dialogue at the beginning with all the veteran actors but HEY, that only adds to the interest for me. Airport 75 is not near as ridiculous as the original Airport. I mean come on, Dean Martin as the pilot. I kept waiting for his alcoholic ass to pull a bottle of Seagrams from under his seat. Also, I'm sick of hearing everyone on here focus on Karen Black's eyes, one reviewer even said she was bug-eyed. Bug-Eyed???? She is neither bug-eyed nor cross- eyed. She has very deep set, cat-like eyes that to me are very sexy in a strange, unsettling sort of way. I really don't think it is her eye make-up either because I have seen her in other movies where she is much younger and wears less make-up. Her eyes still have that kind of evil, unsettling look. Anyway, to me this movie is great fun and I think all the main stars (George K., Charlton H., and Karen B.) all do best what they have always done best- SELL, SELL, SELL their parts. By the way, the AMC version they are showing now is so cut up and is not even widescreen. You are missing a lot of the scenes and dialogue(they even cut out anyone saying "Damn It"), as well as lot of the picture is gone due to full screen cropping. Rent the 2:35 widescreen version or buy it as I did, forget about Airplane, remember that movies are only for entertainment, and watch it again. By the way, I also absolutely love Airplane and am eagerly awaiting the new "Don't call me Shirly" edition.
That ain't the way we used to do it
Two teams square off to race their drag cars for a 3 out of 5 race for pink slips. The winner is awarded the loser's car. I caught this show the other night and had to make a few comments. I used to drag race in the late 60's early 70's on the street and the strip. First it is supposed to have a 50's setting yet the cars I saw had many modern tricks like nitrous, modern big slicks, and tricked out suspensions. However, they used the old flag man start instead of a Christmas tree. But the main thing for me was that it seemed the drivers and the mechanics didn't have a clue. I mean the mechanics were using adjustable wrenches to do everything. Being an old time mechanic an adjustable wrench was a last resort and was almost considered a joke wrench. Not a combination wrench or ratchet in sight. Ha,ha. They did not have one single complete race because one or the other car broke on every race.Also the drivers and crew were doing more arguing than racing it seemed like. I guess this show is good for rookie and wannabe drag racers. It was a big joke to me and probably is more so to the modern serious drag racer. Caught another show tonight and have one comment. The guys watching for the winner at the other end evidently are blind. They almost always make a mistake as to how many car lengths the winner won by. Tonight you could plainly see(camera is to the side at the end) the guy win by at least 4 car lengths or more and the guy said he won by 2. They are always doing this. Oh well. But it does seem the crews have gotten a little more savvy lately although they still argue a lot.
My wife discovered this show and then got me hooked on it. I think that it came on around noon every day. We watched it almost every day and she would tape it when we couldn't be there to watch it. She absolutely loved it and got hooked on collecting some things herself such as Barbie dolls. Next thing I knew i was going through my childhood toys to see if I had anything of value. I saw some toys on there I had as a child that were now worth a fair amount of change and regretted I no longer had them. I also remember the super collectors segment when John Burke would go to someone's house or business and see very large collections. I have a few minutes of it on a tape somewhere and will set out to find it. I know that since it was on a now defunct TV station that it is probably gone forever. Oh well. It was good while it lasted.
Hogan's Heroes (1965)
What a horrible show
I watched Hogan"s Heroes when it was first run on TV(1965-71) and I hated it. Later I attributed this to being too young and just not "getting it" so I tried it again and again every 5 or 10 years later. Well the older I get the more I despise this drivel. How can it be funny . The premise is a German PRISON CAMP!! Yea those Nazi SOBs were a real barrel of laughs, I tell you. If German prison camps were really this much fun we would have lost the war because all of our soldiers would have surrendered just to get themselves locked away in one of those prison camps. Why fight and risk getting killed when you could surrender and have a ball in prison. Like one reviewer said , it is a wonder that someone didn't try to make a comedy about the "fun" we had in the German death camps. Well aside from the ridiculous premise the show was still not funny at all. Don't get me wrong, I love good comedy as much as the next person but TV guide WAS right about this piece of junk. If I had to star in this albatross, I probably would have gone insane just like that sicko Bob Crane did. And finally, why did Crane wear his hat cocked back on his head like that? I don't see how it stayed on unless it was pinned or glued . In the military you are supposed to wear the uniform with pride and dignity, even in prison. I guess Crane thought he was too cool to wear his hat properly. He looked like an idiot.