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Park It There, My Friend
When Howard buys a new car, he parks it in a space that had been given to Sheldon (even though he has no car and can't drive). When Sheldon pulls rank he and Howard tussle. Soon, their significant others join the fray. This is classic comedy in a unique setting, using the individual quirks of the regular cast.
Where Will You Be in 43
Once again, Leonard's tiresome jealousy gets to be too much. Really, Penny should get rid of him. He is maudlin and can't think positively. Of course we've met his mother. Raj and Howard notice that Sheldon leaves for 20 minutes each day and follow hm to a storeroom where he is doing something. There are a few funny lines here, particularly things Sheldon explains to Leonard.
Hard to Get Beyond Amy
I would have to agree that too much Amy is destructive to the flow of the show. She is tyrannical and a little scary. Where Sheldon is clueless, it is like a small child with limited experience. He is a brilliant savant. Will Wheaton seems to be making the best of things as Amy exerts power. We also have Howard and Bernadette dealing with his leaving his mother after their marriage. I know his persona is predicated on these experiences, but it wears a bit thin at times. Of course, eccentricity is the name of the game on this show.
Like One of Those Rented Films We Saw in High School
This is just a dull film. It has the glib, pompous narrator who talks about the history of leisure with numerous graphics behind it. The topic could be interesting; this presentation was not. At times it was hard to really see the point of it. The first couple minutes work OK but after that it just sort of drones on..
It's so nice to feel good about something sparkling and original. This series came out of the blue. Steve Martin shows his comic genius by playing a straight role and nailing it. Don't get me wrong. He is still comedic but under great restraint. I thought the multiple story telling was very creative, though it didn't always hit home. The three cast member have great chemistry. I also thought the motives driving the plot worked very well. The other people in the building were quite interesting. Good setup for the next season.
We forget that stunt double only sort of have to look like the actors they are doubling for. I think Jane Lynch could pull that off. She is a phenomenal talent, even if her acting is one note. That said, the plot thickens as the folks are bringing too much attention to themselves. That Nazi who runs the meeting should not have gotten away with that--for heaven's sake, it's New York. Whoever it is that has already made his/her point about Selena Gomez, she's not playing Ophelia in Hamlet or Mrs. Miniver. You want her emoting all over the place? She fits into the trio and is going to take a step back when with Martin and Short. I am so excited to see the season finale.
Le château de sable (1977)
I see there are people who gave this one star. Is this just out of meanness. Seldom have I seen such an original, captivating piece that involves so much choreography and creativity, using a vehicle not used before. The creatures here are from the sand and come up, do their dance, and fade back into their being. Did some expect a sophisticated plot of some kind.
There are some great bits here. First of all, Penny is taking a college American History class. Leonard wants to get involved and rewrites her paper. Raj and Howard dance to Star Wars dance tape. Sheldon is carrying on a game of Scrabble with Stephen Hawking. It's great stuff.
Howard is becoming insufferable, talking about his trip to space every minute he's with other people. He is boring them all. Finally, Sheldon lets him know this. He is really hurt but deserves it. The other focus is on Raj and Stuart's Halloween party which has some dynamite action between Leonard and Penny. The Smurfs are pretty good as well.
Back to Earth
This episode is about a series of unfortunate events that make Howard's return from space less than stellar (excuse the pun). Bernie is the only one to meet him. He gets upstaged by Howie Mandell. The rest of the gang is going about their respective businesses. Penny and Amy are wiping out Leonard and Sheldon at every game they can come up with. The Pictionary bit is the best. When Howard goes to see his mother there is quite a surprise.
And Now.......The Assistant
In this episode, Sheldon has scraped up all his old notebooks from his childhood. Since none of his friends will help review them, he hires a grad assistant. She is Alex, a very pretty brunette. She is outgoing and seems to get along best with Leonard. Penny is having trouble with this. The second plot element involves Howard's space fever. He is getting claustrophobia and the weightlessness is doing a number on him.
Jimmy the C (1977)
I Liked Those Singing Peanuts
What's to say? A claymation Jimmy Carter sings the Ray Charles song--well Ray Charles sings it. Some of it is fine--some a little obvious. Jimmy's peanut heritage comes to the fore when a backup group of them sings. It wasn't too bad.
Patel Sets the Standard
Focusing on the colors of birds in a sultan's "paradise," a simple blackbird tries to be what he is not. He steals from other birds, feathers, eggs, and so on, but he is only a rainstorm away from failure. The color here is breathtaking and the recorder music gives it such a mideastern sense. Excellent animation.
The Bead Game (1977)
Maybe I'm not cynical enough. I see some gave this low scores. The animation is beyond belief, using beads to show the history of our world and what we have become. The transformations are so precise and beautifully animated. I would say that one should not miss this.
Special Delivery (1978)
This is a convoluted story of the dominos falling when a man refuses to shovel his walkway and the mailman falls and breaks his neck. The clever series of events are fantastic when viewed in the world presented here. It shows how people can jump to conclusions when they fail investigate what is presented to them. Good animation and a neat story.
Not What I Expected
I will not issue any spoilers. The charm of this film is the situation we are presented with. It begins with people and pets so fixated on their age, they have ceased doing anything at all--even daily household things. When they advertise for a companion, a wolf named Cuthbert shows up. It's a fascinating example of what kindness can do.
Guard Dog (2004)
One of a Kind
As we see this bulldog who walks with his master, imagine all the horrors that are out there. A little girl with a jump rope that has the ability to decapitate. A squirrel and a grasshopper, all providing mortal danger. And then, when we least expect it, something quite bizarre takes place. Quite a unique little presentation.
Runaway Brain (1995)
Not Really Mickey
This is one dimensional, following a thousand other similar cartoons. You could substitute any character for Mickey and pull off the same thing. Just lots low common denominator stuff with Mickey having his brain stolen and put in a giant Pete's head.
Wonderful Story with Unique Animation
First of all, this is not the Stravinsky Pulcinella. It is Rossini and it tells the tale of a free spirit in a colorful ballet of life. A man is forced out of his bed by his humorless wife and sent on his way. He is supposed to sweep but ends up on a journey where he is on stage, meets demons, local soldiers, the depths of a volcano. It is so captivating.
Do You Love Me?
As Wolowitz floats in space, the rest of the gang continue. As the three women get together, Penny is asked if she loves Leonard. She hesitates and Amy lets Sheldon know. This means he has to keep a secret and it tears at him. Stuart takes on Howard's job with the others and Sheldon is really mean to him. Some decent interactions, mainly based on Sheldon's paranoia.
Wimpiness to the Nth Degree
The issue most in doubt is Howard and his inability to tell her that he and his new bridge will be getting their own place. His work at the space station is constantly being interrupted by the two women. Back on Earth, Raj is making a pest of himself, butting in on the couples. Leonard continues to be a big baby. In the real world Penny should be done with his whiny crap.
Off They Go!
It's launch day and Howard and Bernadette decide to get married before the launch. There is lots of byplay among the three astronauts and we visit the wedding in flashback. Howard, known as Fruit Loops, is belittle by the American and the Russian. The wedding proved to be a moving experience, even though we are a part of several pitfalls.
When Howard receives word that his NASA mission has been scratched, he is overjoyed. He can continue to talk about his bravery without having to walk the walk. But a monkey wrench enters his plans. He has to talk with Bernadette's ex-cop father which terrifies him. The second challenge is when Leonard asks Penny to marry him during sex. And Amy's efforts to get Sheldon to up his game romantically.
The significant episode element is the bachelor party for Howard. It is at a fancy room and the guests give toasts. Whenever Raj gets a couple drinks in him, he becomes the Hindu from Hell. During toasts he reveals a series of embarrassing stories about his friend. Will Wheaton records this on his phone and off to the internet. But Bernadette sees it and we're off to the races.
Tup Tup (1972)
Quite an Experience
A man wakes up in a hospital bed and embarks on a surrealistic journey where he meets one bizarre character after another. The world is a crazy mix of flaming heads and kissing frogs and no end. Is it a dream sequence? We never find out. And yet it doesn't matter. It's a feast for the eyes and ears.