32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 15: The Story (Album) of The Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion exterior

True enough…we’ve posted this next bit before…but it wasn’t embedded and it was eight years ago. And not even for Halloween. So I would say it’s fair game again. I’m talking about the Edward Haber and Citizen Kafka bit entitled “Abbott and Costello Meet the Antichrist.” Which fills me with joy, so it should for you as well.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:02+00:00 October 14th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #88: Big Huge Warning

It’s the podcast that wears a William Shatner mask inside out…and nothing else. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that will ride your bumper all the way to your exit…not because it’s being rude, but because it can’t read your bumper sticker. (Of course, you don’t have a bumper sticker.) This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Bink's Hobo

Agenda:

  • The end of the world!
  • Alcohol and the ensuring discussion
  • Kingsized!
  • Halloween III Live!
  • Luke Perry, cig borrower
  • Leigh’s “friends”
  • Leigh’s Luc Besson
  • Widgett, slut
  • Drawing a hobo
  • Rox’s Halloween Zine
  • Hobo artist interview!
  • Deporting Leigh
  • Amazing Stories
  • Halloween viewing
  • Watching Rocky Horror
  • Janelle Monae’s message for Tuffley
  • King vs. Barker vs. Craven
  • Ron Howard
  • A rambling review of modern horror
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By | 2017-09-24T22:46:46+00:00 October 29th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Angels & Demons (2009) – 27 Second Review

Angels and Demons movie poster

Written by: Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp, based on the novel by Dan Brown
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Pierfrancisco Favino

Review: Well, they fixed the hair. And that’s good. But they did well with the rest of it as well, and that’s unexpected. Instead of an overhyped dissapointment, this one seems to be the unholy union of National Treasure with the first movie. Which occured in a meat grinder. That was on fire.

Also, Anti-Matter! Yay!

Time: 13 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T23:01:48+00:00 June 27th, 2009|27 Seconds, Reviews|1 Comment

Happy Days: The Complete First Season (1974) – DVD Review

Happy Days: The Complete First Season DVD

Film:
DVD:

Created by Garry Marshall
Starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams, Don Most, Gavan O’Herlihy, and Randolph Roberts

Features:

  • All sixteen first season episodes

Released by: Paramount Home Video
Rating: NR (suitable for all ages)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Rent it, but be ready to buy the special edition. Let’s just hope there is one.

Richie Cunningham (Howard) is just trying to survive high school. Luckily, he’s got a great (albeit very nuclear) family in Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham (Bosley and Ross, respectively), sister Jonie (Moran) and older brother Chuck (O’Herlihy and later replaced by Roberts). He’s also got some great friends in Potsie (Williams) and Ralph (Most). Perhaps most importantly, he’s got a guru/mentor/sexual therapist/social motivator in high-school dropout Fonzie (Winkler). Every week, Richie is faced with a new high school challenge to overcome; typically it deals with girls–how to get them and what to do with them once you do get them.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:44:00+00:00 June 28th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

Apollo 13 (1995) – DVD Review

Apollo 13 DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: William Broyles Jr. & Al Reinert, based on the book Lost Moon by Jeffrey Kluger & Jim Lovell
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise

Features:

  • Both the theatrical and IMAX versions of the film are included
  • Running audio commentary with director Howard
  • Running audio commentary with astronaut Jim Lovell & his wife, Marilyn
  • Making-of docu: “Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13”
  • Docu: “Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond”
  • From Dateline NBC: “Lucky 13: The Astronauts’ Story”

Released by: Universal
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:59:21+00:00 April 1st, 2005|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete First Season (1960) – DVD Review

The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete First Season DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Created by: Sheldon Leonard
Starring: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier, Howard McNear

Features:

  • All thirty-two first season episodes

Released by: Paramount
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Avoid it before it brainwashes you.

America has an irrational nostalgia for the small town, seeing it a bucolic oasis from the forces of modernity, intellectualism, and diversity. Mostly this myth is carried by middle aged white men who are afraid their wives will cavort with eighteen year old hormonally supercharged sex machines, their sons will turn into white wine swilling communist homosexuals, and their daughters will have out of wedlock babies with black men. Many people still hold on to this fantasy with a lover’s embrace even though most of their residents ran to the big city to escape narrow-mindedness and abject poverty. Believing that the small town is the only bastion for true American values and morals, these townships remain hotbeds for intolerance, corruption, and hypocrisy. Now this viral meme is being carried by the Republican Party, but during the 1960, the carrier was of all places, CBS. With other shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres, The Andy Griffith Show managed to infect millions of Baby Boomers with the illusion of the quaint Southern county town. Don’t believe me? Think it’s a television classic? Think I’m a paranoid liberal? HA! Read on and all will become clear.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:59:31+00:00 January 12th, 2005|DVD, Reviews|3 Comments

A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Movie Review

A Beautiful Mind movie poster

Written by: Akiva Goldsman, based on the book by Sylvia Nasar
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg

My Advice: Wait for Cable.

John Nash (Crowe) is a guy with ambition. Where his classmates, in his opinion at least, seem to keep coasting along and not making any breakthroughs in their respective fields–he wants to do something innovative in his chosen profession of mathematics. Trouble is, he’s not the most orthodox of mathematicians–or students. With only his roomate (Bettany) at Princeton to keep him relatively sane, he has to find that new idea–but with genius comes a terrible, terrible price.

This is a very puzzling movie, for it seems to fail to engage on any level–and I’ve been trying for a day or so now to figure out exactly where the blame lies. It certainly doesn’t fall on Crowe, who is doing such a bang-up job that at no point did I think, “Hey, it’s that guy from Gladiator!” He is one of my favorite chameleons out there, so no, we don’t want to smack him.

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By | 2011-11-08T09:03:47+00:00 December 29th, 2001|Reviews|0 Comments