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Gun Code (1940)
7/10
Another very good McCoy western.
14 November 2019
Oddly, the plot of "Gun Code" sounds much like the plot of a gangster picture of the era! In this case, a gang is offering 'protection' from townsfolk...and if they don't pay, bad things happen to them in this western town..such as when they kill the newspaper editor and the parson. So, it's up to our beloved action hero, Marshall Tim Hammong (Tim McCoy), to save the day and make things safe for the people.

Tim McCoy was NOT one of the pretty cowboys of the era and he never sang. Instead, he was a real-life Colonel who lived in the west, spoke Indian languages and was a crack shot who performed on stage. Because he was, in many ways, 'the real McCoy', I find his movies far better than most B-westerns of the day.

Here in "Gun Code", McCoy is much more pugnacious than normal...and gets in fight after fight with members of the Protection Association. It fits the plot...so I am not complaining. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the identity of the leader of the baddies is pretty obvious. Still, it is an entertaining and well mad cheap B-movie....and one worth seeing.

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By the way, at one point Tim refers to the actions of the Protective Association as 'blackmail'. This is not the correct term, as blackmailers use negative facts against someone to get their money. Instead, what they are doing is extortion....where you threaten violence unless someone pays you.
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2/10
Pretty awful.
14 November 2019
In the 1920s, three men starred in a series of short films in which they were billed either as "The Three Fatties" or "Ton of Fun"....neither of which are exactly enlightened terms. Yes, the trio were very fat...morbidly obese...and, sadly, most of their films I have seen aren't all that funny.

In this one, the trio steal a letter informing someone else that they had been accepted to the police academy. Instead, they go and make a mess of things at motorcycle officer training school. At first, they are mistaken to be friends of the governor...later, when it's discovered they aren't, they drive the training officer out of his mind.

Very few laughs...and many of which were cruel fat jokes. They really don't make 'em like they used to...and in this case, that's just fine with me!
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4/10
And I thought it was ridiculous when Oliver Hardy starred in "Great Guns"!
14 November 2019
Back in 1941, Laurel & Hardy made a war film, "Great Guns". A huge problem with the picture was Oliver Hardy....who was 49 years-old AND about 300+ pounds....making his serving in the Army utterly ridiculous. Well, imagine my surprise when I saw the short "The Heavy Parade"...in which THREE 300+ men (and one of which appeared MUCH bigger) starred in this military comedy!

The film begins just before the US enters WWI. When war is declared, the trio known as 'The Three Fatties' joins---and one of them can barely move he's so overweight. Most of the rest of the film consists of the trio avoiding being shot or blown up or being captured by a very frisky old French lady....none of which is all that funny.

Considering it's supposed to be a comedy, you'd think it would be funnier. Still, I've seen worse...even from these guys.
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Tailoring (1925)
2/10
Pretty much no plot...nor any laughs.
14 November 2019
An odd comedy team of the 1920s were 'The Three Fattys'...also called 'A Ton of Fun'. Obviously, the notion of laughing at three morbidly obese (and mostly unfunny) men is kind of gross when you think about it today.

While few of the team's films are worth recommending, "Tailoring" might just be among the worst of the worst...of at least their films that still exist today. The biggest problem is that there really is no plot and things just randomly appear in the picture for no reason. For example, there's a guy in a gorilla suit. Why? I have no idea...plut this IS in the city...and not an African one! Other such confusing nonsense is having a guy sit on a bear trap and a 'cannibal king' dropping by. Why? God only knows. Hardly a laugh....no...no laughs and a very sad and disappointing film.
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Standing Pat (1928)
6/10
Only a few laughs here or there...which is still better than most of these folks' films!
14 November 2019
In the 1920s, three morbidly obese men starred in a series of short films. They were billed as either 'Ton of Fun' or 'The Three Fattys'....either way, these weren't exactly politically correct shorts. In fact, they also were mostly unfunny. "Standing Pat" is a bit better than most, as at least it offers a few laughs here and there.

When the film begins, two of the trio are selling miracle cleaning products on the street corner. And, if a perspective client doesn't buy, they arrange for the third to drive by an splash mud all over them! It's a bit funny...as if how this cleaning solution works, as it burns away the dirt!

Oddly, the cleaning products business is owned by a guy who also runs an antique AND piano store...an odd combination. He asks these three idiots to deliver a piano...with pretty much expected results.

I am no huge fan of "Standing Pat" but at least it has energy and tries to be funny. Worth seeing...though hardly a must-see.
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Old Tin Sides (1927)
5/10
Mildy enjoyable...nothing more.
14 November 2019
"Old Tin Sides" is a film by a trio of men known as "A Ton of Fun" or "The Three Fattys"....not exactly the most enlightened of names! Each weighs in at over 300 pounds and the quality of their shots seem very uneven. A few are excellent but a few are not--relying on the men's girth for all the laughs...which are few and far between.

There isn't a lot of story in this one. The three are employees at a general store and through the course of their day, they keep breaking things. None of it is hilarious and the big laugh-getter was a leaking beer barrel. Again...not especially funny or clever.
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Back Fire (1926)
4/10
It could sure use a bit more plot and a lot more laughs.
13 November 2019
This comedy short features a very politically incorrect trio, The Three Fatties (also called 'A Ton of Fun'). Of course this is a cruel gimmick...but is the film any fun and worth seeing? And, are the three guys even funny?

When the story begins, the trio arrive at work. Soon after, the boss' daughter arrives to invite her boyfriend to a weird party where the guests all dress up like kids. Accidentally, the lady's pet monkey gives invitations to the three. When they show up, the house is trashed and soon the boss, Mr. Grouch, arrives hom.

The film's big laugh is that the guys are obese....not exactly funny and because it's THE joke, you're bound to be left wondering if this is even a comedy. Not a terrible film but one that certainly is far from a must-see...and rather far from being a comedy.
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5/10
Well acted but not a film I particularly enjoyed.
12 November 2019
It seems odd that so many films made during the Depression were about rich, pretty and sophisticated people. After all, with 20% of the population out of work and wages incredibly low, you'd think the patrons in the theaters would grow sick and tired of these fancy stories. But, despite this, the major studios made tons of films involving the lives of the rich and successful. Perhaps it was all escapism....with the average folks looking at what life COULD be like if.

In the case of "The Rich Are Always With Us", the film not only is about these rich folks but has a very healthy dose of Pre-Code sensibilities as well. What I mean is that before July, 1934, the studios often made movies with incredibly adult themes. Adultery, abortions, insanity, homosexuality and many topics which became taboo with the new Production Code had been pretty common in the years leading up to 1934. For example, the film actually uses the word 'sex'--very unusual even in the Pre-Code era....and it also treats marriage in a rather cavalier manner...one not allowed in films only two years later.

Caroline is an incredibly rich woman who is married to Greg. Despite this, she hangs out a lot with her male friend, Julian (George Brent) and Greg hangs around with Allison. The difference is that Caroline and Julian see it all as harmless flirtation...but Greg and Allison are actually lovers. When Caroline discovers this, she is incredibly understanding (too much so!) and encourages the pair to marry...and she's soon off to France to get a divorce and get Greg out of her system. Following the divorce, Julian arrives in France and asks Caroline to marry him...though she hesitates and he leaves. He's not about to beg her and is going to get on with his life. He ends up spending much of his time with another lady on the rebound (Bette Davis). And as for Caroline, it's difficult to say WHAT she wants. She ends up persuing Julian...but also starts spending time with Greg! What's to become of this...especially when Greg's new (and incredibly jealous) wife gets involved?!

As you watch the movie, it's very likely you'll feel like the characters are all being too polite and sophisticated. Normally, you'd expect divorcing people to hate each other or harbor SOME ill feelings....but not during most of this film. Caroline later DOES show some feelings....and keeps them to herself. After all, it wouldn't be polite to get angry!

So it this any good? Well, although it's hard to connect with and care about these people, the acting and direction were very good. Also, the ending is pretty limp....and really seemed a bit contrived. Overall, just an okay time-passer....and it should have been much better.
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3/10
A bit of a downer...and I can see why it lost money at the box office.
12 November 2019
"Holiday for Sinners" is a film that lost money when it was released. After watching it, I can certainly understand why. Now it's NOT because it's a bad movie...but it's incredibly grim and unpleasant.

The story is set in New Orleans and it's about three different people reaching important crossroads in their lives. Dr. Kent (Gig Young) is a burnt out doctor who is sick of working with the down and out masses and longs to leave to do research. He's somehow friends with Joe (Keenan Wynn), a down and out boxer who is bling, an alcoholic and punch drunk. And, Father Carducci (Richard Anderson) is suffering from a crisis of faith and it considering leaving the church. How do their stories all intersect, see the film...or don't.

The biggest plus about the movie is that it is actually filmed in New Orleans. Other than that and some decent acting, there isn't a lot to love about this one, as I said it's quite grim. There's even a scene with two bodies lying in the street. They've been shot and it's actually amazingly vivid and depressing. And, by the time the final credits roll, you really feel like drowning yourself in your tub! Inexplicably depressing and seemingly pointless.
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Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Go: Part II (2017)
Season 1, Episode 11
8/10
The Federation and Romulans...pals?!
11 November 2019
Warning: Spoilers
This is the final episode in an excellent fan series, "Star Trek Continues". It continues the adventures of the original Enterprise with new actors playing the various characters. Fortunately, they perfectly recreated the Enterprise and the look and costumes were spot on and quite impressive.

In the last episode, a group of Espers (folks with super high ESP ratings) have tricked Kirk into doing their evil bidding. Now as the second episode begins, they are at the edge of galactic space...and are facing a determined group of nasties bent on evil. Can the crew manage to possibly overcome a group of god-like beings or is the Enterprise destined for oblivion?

Something unique to "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is also used in this episode. The Enterprise splits into two ships....just like the later Enterprise did on occasion. Purists might say 'they never could do this in the original'...but I say that they never mentioned it at all, so why not?!

While this is a very good episode, I actually preferred the first part of the show. This is because the Enterprise and Romulan ship had beaten the Espers early in the episode....but Spock made an uncharacteristic (and foolish) choice when in command of one section of the Enterprise....so uncharacteristic that it really made no sense. I hate it when characters act or react in ways that violate the very essence of who they are. Enjoyable...but flawed. And, it did end well...leaving off about where "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" began.
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Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Go: Part I (2017)
Season 1, Episode 10
9/10
Oh, no....Espers!!
11 November 2019
A few years ago, a group of dedicated fans created "Star Trek Continues"....a fan series with amazingly good special effects, costumes and sets. This two-part episode is the last (so far) of these new shows.

"To Boldly Go: Part 1" is an episode based on the second "Star Trek" pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before". If you remember, in this early show, two members of the crew develop god-like powers after the Enterprise comes in contact with some strange anomaly. Now, it turns out that there are MORE Espers....more folks with glowy eyes and tremendous powers!

When the show begins, the Enterprise is sent to investigate a research facility. When they arrive, they meet a glowy-eyed Esper and she informs them that the rest of them had been kidnapped by Romulans...and the Enterprise soon goes into the Neutral Zone looking for these kidnapped folks. Once there, they are met by the same commander from "The Enterprise Incident". This commander is a dead ringer for the original (Joanna Linville). Together she and the Enterprise seek out the answers to what happened with these 'gods'.

Many of the episodes of "Star Trek Continues" are based on or pay homage to the original shows....and in this case two are referenced. Fans will no doubt love this...and it certainly helps if you've seen these original episodes. Regardless, it is a very interesting episode....well worth seeing and quite clever.
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Star Trek Continues: What Ships Are For (2017)
Season 1, Episode 9
9/10
The Enterprise visits a...believe it or not...colorless world.
11 November 2019
When the usual three beam down on a world they notice something weird...it's all monochromatic! It seems that some sort of radiation in this world causes the eyes to not be able to see color! Additionally, something about this radiation also is killing the people off slowly. Can the Enterprise get to the root of the problem and solve it? And, what unusual discovery do they make about 20% of the people of this world?

The folks making this series had a few casting coups. Some well-known actors such as Erin Gray ("Buck Rogers") were guest stars...and in this one, John de Lancie ('Q' from "Star Trek: the Next Generation" and other Trek shows) and June Lockhart's daughter, Anne ("Battlestar Galactica") guest star.

Like many episodes of the original series, this one deals with contemporary issues...and I'll say no more about it, as I don't want to ruin the suspense. Regardless, it's a very fascinating episode...among the very best of the new shows. Very well written and it does make you think.
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8/10
Are two Kirks better than one?!
11 November 2019
A few years ago, some insanely die-hard fans made some amazing follow-up episodes from the original series. Of course, they needed new actors to play the parts but the folks did a great job in recreating the look of the original series--creating an identical ship and nearly identical uniforms. Some of the episodes are great...some are enjoyable but weak. Considering all the trouble they went to, I can forgive some weaknesses here and there.

In the original series ("The Enemy Within"), a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two people. In "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Will Riker is split into two identical people. So, having two Kirks in "Still Treads the Shadow" is certainly NOT without precidence!

When the Enterprise approaches a derelict Federation ship, the find that the Defiant (the same ship seen in "The Tholian Web") has a single and most unusual crewmember....an elderly Captain Kirk who survived over 200 years by going into cryogenic suspension. Now there are two Kirks...one of which is VERY old and decrepit. Maybe it has something to do with a nearby black hole. What's next?

This was one of the better episodes of the series so far. Although the entire episode was set aboard both ships and not on some interesting planet, it kept my interest throughout and had a really good and emotional ending. Well worth seeing.

By the way, in a small throw-away line, Sulu comments that he's great at surfing because he's from San Francisco. Has anyone from this show actually tried surfing there.....as they'd freeze their butts off in the very cold water.
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Star Trek Continues: Embracing the Winds (2016)
Season 1, Episode 7
7/10
Captain Kirk...the feminist...and a Kobayashi Maru-type ending.
11 November 2019
While some might think that this installment of "Star Trek Continues" is a bit preachy and indicative of our times, it must be remembered that the original show did NOT shy away from cultural issues such as racism. So, the fact that this is a strongly feminist episode seems appropriate considering the pedigree.

When the show begins, Kirk and Spock are meeting with Commodore Gray (Erin Gray of "Buck Rogers" fame). It seems that there was an accident with the life support system on the Hood*....and the entire crew is dead. Because of that they need a new crew and commander...and she wants Spock for that job. However, a woman who also seems very qualified objects and demands a hearing--saying that although women are in Star Fleet, command of a Constitution-class ship has always eluded them. Kirk, surprisingly, seems very sympathetic...even a feminist. Not QUITE the same Kirk of the original series fame, huh?

While this episode DID still feel a bit preachy, it was enjoyable and had a good point to make. While you see female commanders often in series such as "Star Trek the Next Generation" and "Star Trek Voyager", in the original series universe, you did rarely see women in charge.

The ending was interesting, as many ways it reminded me of the Kobayashi Maru scenario in which Kirk somehow avoids making a forced choice...and in this case, a miracle happened to save him once again from having to make the choice between Spock and the lady Commander. Worth seeing.

*If you care, the HMS Hood was a very famous British cruiser sunk by the German battleship Bismarck during WWII...and nearly every crew member perished in the incident. Of the more than 1300 crew members, only three managed to escape.
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6/10
An amazing fan-made series....just not one of the more amazing episodes.
11 November 2019
I recently began watching "Star Trek Continues"...which is odd, as I should have started watching it much sooner considering I am a Trekkie. Yes, I dress up in costumes and attend conventions and Trek cruises! So, it's not surprising that I've enjoyed the shows. However, I did not love "Come Not Between the Dragons"--mostly because it felt too familiar and it was a bit too 'touchy-feely' for my tastes.

A strange creature (somewhat like the Horta) has come crashing through the hull of the Enterprise. Despite causing some damage, the creature seems friendly enough. Oddly, however, soon weird space waves hit the ship--and each time they occur, folks on the Enterprise get really angry and attack the creature. Only once they are equipped with neutralizers can the humans stand to be near the creature. What's causing this weird response....and what should they do with the creature?

If you combined "Free Willy" and "Star Trek"...well, this is much like this episode. It's not one of the more enjoyable episodes....I would have preferred more action and, perhaps, an alien enemy like the Klingons. A bit too 'nice' for my tastes.
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Skin Deep (1989)
7/10
Not as much of a comedy as you might be expecting...and probably the best acting John Ritter ever did.
11 November 2019
John Ritter plays Zach, a writer with writer's block who also is a womanizer, a drunk and a selfish jerk. When the story begins, Zach's destroying yet another marriage by cheating on his spouse. The story consists of watching Zach screw up his life again and again.

Despite being written and directed by Blake Edwards, this film is NOT a comedy...though some reviewers inexplicably thought it was hilarious. It has a few mildly funny moments (such as the cock fight and, although very sick, the bit involving Harry) but I don't think Edwards intended it as a comedy but a portrait of an incredibly screwed up man....and on that level the film does work. You dislike and possibly hate Zach...but you also can't help but think that Edwards and Ritter did a fine job of making a realistic self-destructive man. In some ways, it reminded me of one of Edwards' earliest successes..."Days of Wine and Roses". And, on that level, the film worked well for me. Overall, while very unpleasant to watch at times, a very well made picture.



One thing to note. If you do watch the film, don't be surprised with all the nudity. It isn't surprising based on the material....but I thought you should know.
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Star Trek Continues: Divided We Stand (2015)
Season 1, Episode 5
5/10
What you'd expect when two fan groups collide!
11 November 2019
There is a huge (and very nice) fandom for Star Trek. There also are tons of historical re-enactors who often recreate the US Civil War (I even met some of them from the UK). So, if you've ever wondered what you'd get if you combined the two fandoms....well that would be the fan film "United We Stand".

Some sort of alien virus has invaded the ship's computer. When they are trying to isolate and eliminate it, there's an explosion and Kirk and McCoy wake up in the US Civil War. McCoy is a Confederate and Kirk is a Union man....and it's the day before the incredibly bloody Battle of Antietam.

It was nice to see the series off the ship and in the real world. Often the best episodes of the various Trek shows were best when not confined to the ship alone. On the other hand....the episode itself didn't particularly impress me...mostly because it didn't seem to make a lot of sense.
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Star Trek Continues: The White Iris (2015)
Season 1, Episode 4
4/10
Kirk's brain gets a bit scrambled...and the series takes a bit of a tumble.
11 November 2019
I am a big Star Trek fan...big enough to have gone to conventions and even the Trek cruise. So, it's not surprising that I have been watching episodes of the series "Star Trek Continues"--further adventures of the original Enterprise and its crew.

Unlike some Trekkies who think EVERY Trek show and movie is perfect (there are, believe it or not, many fans who LOVE "Star Trek V"...I kid you not), I am willing to try to be objective and say when I disliked something in the Trek universe. "The White Iris" is a very weak episode....and it's sad, since the previous episodes were terrific (particularly episode #3). In fact, it's the weakest of the four episodes I've so far watched.

As Kirk and the landing party are on the surface of a planet going through negotiates for them joining the Federation, Kirk is bashed over the head by one of the locals! It seems he was no fan of the treaty...or perhaps he just thought Kirk was a jerk. Regardless, the blow is nearly fatal and after McCoy saves Kirk's life, Kirk begins seeing ghosts...loved ones he lost over the years....and folks the Captain blames himself for losing.

This episode is very touchy feely. It also includes a lot of time in the holodeck--something I never particularly loved about "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episodes. If you like Kirk getting in touch with his feelings, then you'll probably love "The White Iris"....I just thought it was a major step back for the series.
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Star Trek Continues: Fairest of Them All (2014)
Season 1, Episode 3
9/10
Nothing quite as much fun as a space mutiny!
11 November 2019
This is the third episode of a high quality fan series about the ongoing adventures of the original crew of the Enterprise. Episode one was pretty good...episode two was much, much better. So what about this third one? Is it worth your time?

The episode begins with a word-for-word recreation of the final portion of "Mirror, Mirror" where the good Kirk lectures evil Spock about how the Terran Empire is destined to die. The episode then picks up with the beaming back of the evil landing party to the evil Enterprise--and evil Kirk is ready and willing to carry out his original order to wipe out the planet below! Nice guy, huh?

Because this is a Mirror Universe episode as told by the Terrans, the introduction is a militaristic one....a nice touch. What follows is an insurrection that breaks out on the mirror Enterprise--with either Spock, Kirk or perhaps some other taking control of the ship.

This episode marks a couple cast change among the core members of the ship. While the Scotty from episodes 1 and 2 was excellent, James Doohan's son, Chris, takes over and sounds even more like the original Mr. Scott. Dr. McCoy is also a different actor...though I hardly noticed much difference between the two.

So is it any good? Absolutely, as I always wondered what happened aboard the evil Enterprise following "Mirror, Mirror"...and the writing was good, as the show seemed quite logical and well thought out regarding the space mutiny. Overall, well worth seeing and an episode that is a must-see for any Trekkie.
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Star Trek Continues: Lolani (2014)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
Kirk and crew fail!
11 November 2019
I am a big Trek fan...and yes, that means I attend conventions and Trek cruises! So the fact that I'd watch a high quality fan film like "Lolani" is not surprising. My reaction to this second episode is wow...and it's a huge improvement over episode one of "Star Trek Continues". Much of it is due to the fact that episode one was built upon one of the weaker characters in the original Star Trek series. Another reason is that it really was a good episode...with a dandy and touching finale.

When the episode begins, the Enterprise comes upon a ship derelict in space. It seems that the Telarites aboard are dead and the only being left alive is their 'property'...an Orion slave girl named Lolani. Not surprising for an Orion, the men aboard Enterprise are quite smitten with her....but Kirk is level headed enough to investigate what exactly happened. It turns out that Lolani did kill them...but it was because she was being brutalized and she didn't want to be raped. More importantly...she also wanted her freedom. This is a serious problem, however, as the Federation has a non-intervention policy....and although slavery is disgusting, they cannot risk interstellar war AND they cannot just ignore the prime directive.

The ending is great...but I won't say more about it as it would spoil the show. Suffice to say that it is NOT a feel-good show....and I am okay with that. Very well written, as it left be feeling emotionally spent by the time the show was over...signs of a much better than average program. So, even with some occasionally less than stellar acting, it's very much worth seeing.

By the way, if you do watch, look for Erin Gray (of "Buck Rogers" fame) as the Commodore and Lou Ferigno as the Orion slaver.
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Star Trek Continues: Pilgrim of Eternity (2013)
Season 1, Episode 1
6/10
Far from perfect...but still pretty amazing to watch.AS x
10 November 2019
I am a huge Star Trek fan--so much so that I've gone to Trek conventions and cruises. So, it's not at all surprising that I'd watch "Star Trek Continues"...a very high quality fan film set in the universe of the original Trek series. However, although I liked it and really appreciated the production values of the first episode, "Pilgrim of Eternity", I also need to be honest and not just give it a 10 like some fans.

The folks making this first film really got a coup here when they obtained the services of Michael Forest--a guest star from the original series. Now Forest is in his mid-80s and seeing him again was very nice. In the original series, he starred in one of the weaker shows--"Who Mourns for Adonais?". Here he returns as the same character....the Greek god Apollo. This is odd since at the end of that original show he vanished into thin air--seemingly dying.

When the show begins, the ship comes upon some weird space thingie. Soon two folks beam aboard the Enterprise--one of which dies very quickly and the other is Apollo. This time, however, he's obviously a changed demi-god, as he's old and a big pathetic. But based on their previous encounter, Kirk prudently makes him stay in sick bay--and without his god-like powers and feeling old and decrepit, Apollo willingly complies. Now what do you do with a problem like Apollo?

The show did a great job in some ways replicating the look of the original shows. The uniforms, sets, original series music and fonts...all make you forget that the actors in many cases seem far from the originals (especially Spock). Overall, quite entertaining and fans of the original should enjoy it. I do understand why they used Forest...he was available and it was nice to see him. It's just that his original show was a weak one and this new episode didn't make me forget that. It did, however, encourage me to watch more...which I am actually doing now as I type this.
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3/10
Ain't head injuries funny?!
10 November 2019
The story begins with a cow (which looks nearly identical to Disney's Clarabelle the Cow) calling for movers. It's because her house is on the edge of a cliff and is about ready to fall into the water. Unfortunately, she makes the mistake of calling Porky's Moving Service, as Porky's assistant is punch-drunk...a condition where a guy's taken so many blows to the head boxing that he just isn't right in the head. With this assistant, every time he hears a bell he thinks he's back in the ring and begins punching wildly. Aren't head injuries funny?!

To say I disliked the cartoon and the assistant is an understatement. The assistant only says "Okay, Boss" and he says it again and again and again. That combined with the brain injuries make it tough to laugh at this one. Perhaps it's just me....
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9/10
The boss seems pretty reasonable to me.
10 November 2019
When the story begins, Porky's dad is about to lose the farm to evil Mr. Viper--a Snidely Whiplash sort of villain. Porky wants to help and goes to the city to become a milk delivery man. But his boss warns..."If you break ONE bottle, you're fired!". Sounds like a reasonable guy, huh?! Not surprisingly, his horse gets away from him and, of course, bottles are broken. Is there any other way for Porky to make good?

For 1936, this is a very good Looney Tunes flick...and having Tex Avery directing it helped, as he tended to avoid singing and cutesy stuff...stuff most folks did not enjoy in other Looney Tunes shorts.
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9/10
If you can't beat 'em, kill 'em!
10 November 2019
In "Porky's Poultry Plant", farmer Porky has a big problem...the hawks are killing off many of his chickens. So, he does what anyone would do in this situation....they buy an airplane and attack the hawks in their own turf!

This is a cartoon with lots of action and a VERY dark but enjoyable ending. Compared to many other Porky cartoons of the era, this one has more laughs and is more enjoyable. And, like other early Porky Pig cartoons, he looks nothing like the more trim and less homely 1940s and later versions of the character.

By the way, if anyone cares, the airplane Porky flies looks highly reminiscent of a Gee Bee Racer--a stubby but very fast plane built for racing in the 1930s.
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7/10
A reworking of "Jack and the Beanstalk"
10 November 2019
"Porky the Rain-Maker" is a short obviously inspired by the classic tale "Jack and the Beanstalk"...though the story has a lot of original content as well. When the story begins, Porky and his dad are concerned because there is a drought and the farm animals are suffering. So, Dad gives Porky money to go to buy feed for the critters...but instead he buys pills which control the weather. Dad is unimpressed and throws the pills away...and the animals eat them with expected results.

This is a cute short and I have no idea if you ever see Porky's dad again. The sight gags about the drought are clever and the film enjoyable. However, you DO wonder...why would they make FOG and CYCLONE pills in the first place?
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