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Based on the best-selling John Grisham novel titled Skipping Christmas, Christmas With The Kranks resembles the book in almost every facet save for the title. Starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, Christmas With The Kranks is an instant Christmas holiday classic. Although not in the same league of Yule tide comedy gems Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story, this film ranks high on my list of holiday laughers. The supporting cast (led by perpetual funnyman Dan Aykroyd) t...

Christmas With The Kranks (DVD) Review

Christmas With The Kranks (DVD) ReviewBased on the best-selling John Grisham novel titled Skipping Christmas, Christmas With The Kranks resembles the book in almost every facet save for the title. Starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, Christmas With The Kranks is an instant Christmas holiday classic. Although not in the same league of Yule tide comedy gems Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story, this film ranks high on my list of holiday laughers. The supporting cast (led by perpetual funnyman Dan Aykroyd) turns in a superb performance, making Christmas With The Kranks an easy film to relate to and one you'll want to see many times in the years to comeWhen the college-age daughter of the Kranks joins the Peace Corps and flies to South America for Christmas, her mother battles with a case of the empty nest blues. But her father, accountant Luther Krank (Tim Allen), takes advantage of the opportunity to shake things up a bit. Tallying all the money he and his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) spend on Christmas, he determines that if they skip Christmas this year, they can afford to go on a week-long cruise instead and still pocket three thousand dollars in savings at the end of the trip.But skipping Christmas turns out to be more difficult than they thought - especially when it comes to participating in neighborhood traditions such as the mounting of the roof-bound 'Frosties' (giant snowmen all the neighbors plant on their roofs). The neighborhood struggle over the Kranks' reluctance to put up their Frosty leads to some memorable and quite funny scenes where the couple encounters Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd), the de facto leader of the neighborhood Christmas celebration. The Kranks continue to avoid all things Christmas related, and having visiting the tanning salon, they're prepared to go on their cruise Christmas Eve.But when their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) calls with the announcement that she's getting married, and more importantly, that she's on a plane bound for home - the Kranks are forced to miss their cruise and recreate all the festivities of Christmas Past for Blair and her fiance. But attempting to do a whole month's preparation in one evening proves to be a monumental task, and one filled with hilarious pitfalls and obstaclesOffering hilarious scene after hilarious scene, Christmas With The Kranks is one of the funniest comedies in years, and certainly one of the top ten Christmas comedies of all time. At no time does the humor become outlandish or utterly ridiculous as so many such films tend to do. Overall, one of the more lovable aspects of this film is its ability to relate to so many American families. In fact, you might see a bit of your own family in Christmas With The Kranks The fact that it's one of those rare holiday classics with the potential to be seen year after year makes Christmas With The Kranks a definite must-see movie

Queer As Folk (DVD) Review

Queer As Folk (DVD) Review

Nominated for 9 Craft Awards (bestowed by the Director's Guild of Canada), Queer As Folk is a groundbreaking drama series that has built itself a large cult following since its inception in 2000. Based on a British TV series of the same name, Queer As Folk is in many ways similar to HBO's Sex And The City, and it's one of the first TV dramas to be completely centered around the lives of homosexual characters, or even have prominent homosexual characters - following on the heels of groundbreaking sitcoms such as Ellen (1994) and Will & Grace (1998). The brainchild of UK-born writer and creator Russell T. Davies, Queer As Folk follows the life and times of a group of gay friends as they live out their respective lives in modern-day AmericaSet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Queer As Folk follows the exploits of a group of gay and lesbian friends who live on or around Liberty Avenue. Most of the scenes take place either in the character's homes, a local diner, or the popular gay nightclub Babylon. Lindsay Peterson (Thea Gill) and Melanie Marcus (Michelle Clunie) comprise the lone lesbian couple to star in the series, while various gay friends and neighbors such as Brian Kinney (Gale Harold), Michael Novotny-Bruckner (Hal Sparks), Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison), Ted Schmidt (Scott Lowell), Emmett Honeycutt (Peter Paige), etc. deal with each other and their own varying relationships. Composed in a drama/soap opera format, Queer As Folk centers wholly on the careers and lives (including sex, drugs, love, friendships, tragedies, etc.) of its diverse characters, maintaining a specific focus on its attempted realistic portrayal and illustration of the American homosexual lifestyle...The Queer As Folk DVD features a number of interesting episodes including the series premiere in which, following a night of entertainment at Babylon with his friends, Brian goes home with a man named Justin, but has a difficult time conveying to Justin that he doesn't want to pursue a relationship. Meanwhile, friends Lindsay and Melanie are celebrating the birth of their new baby boy, Gus Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Episode 110" in which Brian evicts Justin after he forgets to set the alarm and the place gets robbed, and "Episode 118" in which Justin learns that his parents are getting a divorce while Ted is reunited with BlakeBelow is a list of episodes included on the Queer As Folk (Season 1) DVD:Episode 1 (Episode 101) Air Date: 01-17-2003Episode 2 (Episode 102) Air Date: 01-17-2003Episode 3 (Episode 103) Air Date: 12-10-2000Episode 4 (Episode 104) Air Date: 12-17-2000Episode 5 (Episode 105) Air Date: 01-07-2001Episode 6 (Episode 106) Air Date: 01-21-2001Episode 7 (Episode 107) Air Date: 01-28-2001Episode 8 (Episode 108) Air Date: 02-04-2001Episode 9 (Episode 109) Air Date: 02-11-2001Episode 10 (Episode 110) Air Date: 02-18-2001Episode 11 (Episode 111) Air Date: 02-25-2001Episode 12 (Episode 112) Air Date: 03-04-2001Episode 13 (Episode 113) Air Date: 03-11-2001Episode 14 (Episode 114) Air Date: 03-18-2001Episode 15 (Episode 115) Air Date: 04-01-2001Episode 16 (Episode 116) Air Date: 04-08-2001Episode 17 (Episode 117) Air Date: 04-15-2001Episode 18 (Episode 118) Air Date: 04-22-2001Episode 19 (Episode 119) Air Date: 04-29-2001Episode 20 (Episode 120) Air Date: 06-10-2001Episode 21 (Episode 121) Air Date: 06-17-2001Episode 22 (Episode 122) Air Date: 06-24-2001

Elf (DVD) Review

Elf (DVD) Review

This Christmas, discover your inner elf At least, that's the tagline for Elf, one of the funniest films of 2003. Packed with a cast of Hollywood all-star talent, Elf is guaranteed to make you laugh. The touching story about an adopted elf who discovers he's really a boy is sort of a bizzaro-Pinocchio story that opened to such widespread critical acclaim that it unanimously swept zero Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards ceremony! Nevertheless, Elf is worth the price of admission. Although Christmas Vacation still holds the title as the top Christmas comedy, Elf is still a great night's entertainmentBuddy (Will Ferrell) is an oversized elf working away at the North Pole. Always wearing a smile, he dwarfs his comrades and never seems able to find his niche in the toy-making arena. Eventually, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) is forced to reveal the truth to Buddy. He's actually a human. He's not really an elf at all. The elves love buddy just the same, but Buddy feels the need to strike out on his own and try to find himself - and maybe even his family tooScouring the streets of New York City, Buddy must learn the urban rules of life. In due time, he manages to track down his biological father, a successful publishing executive named Walter (James Caan). But despite the prodding of his wife Emily (Mary Steenburgen), Walter is reluctant to start a relationship with the over-eager grown-up childIn the meantime, Buddy spends his days working at Gimbel's department store where he stars as a department store Santa's elf and a Christmas season decorator, creating a magical wonderland that thrills customers and employees alike. Striking up a relationship with fellow employee Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), Buddy's life is slowly transitioning from elf to human But will he be able to survive in the big city? Will he be able to rekindle a relationship with his father? Elf thoroughly entertains us while we find outWith a great cast of writers, Elf manages to keep the laughs rolling throughout the entirety of the film. Although lacking in some areas (it's not one of the greatest comedies of all-time), Elf is a hilarious movie in its own right. Will Ferrell turns in an amazing performance as Buddy. Like Tom Hanks in Big, he's actually believable as the innocent man-child roaming the streets of New York City. It's this farcical innocence that provides Elf with the charm necessary to keep the audience involved in the story beginning to end. Because of its laugh factor, and the surprisingly small number of decent Christmas-themed movies, Elf is a definite must-see film Check it out this Christmas!

Macgyver (Season 2) DVD Review

Macgyver (Season 2) DVD Review

Far different from the usual television action series, MacGyver premiered in Fall of 1985 to widespread audience acclaim. Fans fell in loves with an action hero who used his brain instead of his brawn to get himself out of jams, and the interesting and elaborate methods deployed by the title character made for interesting water cooler talk. These unorthodox escape plans were very similar to The A-Team, another popular 80s action series. Overall, the first several seasons of MacGyver are the bestThe MacGyver (Season 2) DVD features a number of action-packed episodes including the season premiere The Human Factor in which MacGyver and the Phoenix Foundation are called upon to test the security of a top-secret military installation. When MacGyver makes a bet with the security designer, Dr. Jill Ludlum, he successfully gains entry, but the automated system traps them both inside (with a dwindling supply of oxygen) where theyre forced to race for their lives against a ticking clock Other notable episodes from Season 2 include The Road Not Taken in which MacGyver encounters his former fiance while helping a nun, and Birth Day in which MacGyver must guard a pregnant woman from her husband, whos out to kill herBelow is a list of episodes included on the MacGyver (Season 2) DVD:Episode 23 (The Human Factor) Air Date: 09-22-1986Episode 24 (The Eraser) Air Date: 09-29-1986Episode 25 (Twice Stung) Air Date: 10-06-1986Episode 26 (The Wish Child) Air Date: 10-20-1986Episode 27 (Final Approach) Air Date: 10-27-1986Episode 28 (Jack of Lies) Air Date: 11-03-1986Episode 29 (The Road Not Taken) Air Date: 11-10-1986Episode 30 (Eagles) Air Date: 11-17-1986Episode 31 (Silent World) Air Date: 11-24-1986Episode 32 (Three for the Road) Air Date: 12-15-1986Episode 33 (Phoenix Under Siege) Air Date: 01-05-1987Episode 34 (Family Matter) Air Date: 01-12-1987Episode 35 (Soft Touch) Air Date: 01-19-1987Episode 36 (Birth Day) Air Date: 02-02-1987Episode 37 (Pirates) Air Date: 02-09-1987Episode 38 (Out in the Cold) Air Date: 02-16-1987Episode 39 (Dalton, Jack of Spies) Air Date: 02-23-1987Episode 40 (Partners) Air Date: 03-02-1987Episode 41 (Bushmaster) Air Date: 03-23-1987Episode 42 (Friends) Air Date: 04-06-1987Episode 43 (D.O.A.: MacGyver) Air Date: 04-27-1987Episode 44 (For Love or Money) Air Date: 05-04-1987

The Sopranos (Season 3) DVD Review

In the late 90s, The Sopranos, along with HBOs other original series with Sex And The City, took the entertainment world by storm with its dry wit and flavorful brand of drama. A hybrid of The Godfather and a normal, run-of-the-mill sitcom family, The Sopranos created a new experience for its audience and quickly developed a legion of loyal dedicated fans. Winner of numerous Emmys, the show follows the lives of the Soprano family headed by Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a middle-aged family man and mafia boss. Tony is joined by his two children Anthony and Meadow (Robert Iler and Jamie Lynn Sigler), his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), his therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), and a band of mafia characters too numerous to mention. Far from the glamour life often portrayed in the movies, The Sopranos is one show you wont want to missThe Sopranos (Season 3) DVD offers a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere Mr. Ruggerios Neighborhood in which the Soprano family continues their daily routine, completely unaware that the FBI is plotting an intricate scheme to bug their house. Meanwhile, Tony begins some plotting of his own when Patsy begins asking too many questions about his brothers death Other notable episodes from Season 3 include Fortunate Son in which Tony learns that his panic attacks are partly due to genetics and past events from his childhood, and He is Risen in which Tonys problems with Ralphie bubble to surface when Ralphie doesnt get the promotion he hoped forBelow is a list of episodes included on the Sopranos (Season 3) DVD:Episode 27 (Mr. Ruggerios Neighborhood) Air Date: 03-04-2001Episode 28 (Proshai, Livushka) Air Date: 03-04-2001Episode 29 (Fortunate Son) Air Date: 03-11-2001Episode 30 (Employee of the Month) Air Date: 03-18-2001Episode 31 (Another Toothpick) Air Date: 03-25-2001Episode 32 (University) Air Date: 04-01-2001Episode 33 (Second Opinion) Air Date: 04-08-2001Episode 34 (He is Risen) Air Date: 04-15-2001Episode 35 (The Telltale Moozadell) Air Date: 04-22-2001Episode 36 (To Save Us All from Satans Power) Air Date: 04-29-2001Episode 37 (Pine Barrens) Air Date: 05-06-2001Episode 38 (Amour Fou) Air Date: 05-13-2001Episode 39 (Army of One) Air Date: 05-20-2001

Frasier (Season 2) DVD Review

Much like the shows Seinfeld and Friends, Frasier, the Kelsey Grammer Cheers spin-off, dominated the NBC prime time TV lineup throughout the 1990s. Grammer stars in the title role of Dr. Frasier Crane who, recently divorced, moves back to his home city of Seattle, Washington. Landing a gig as a radio psychiatrist, Frasier reluctantly agrees to let his father Marty (John Mahoney), a Seattle cop recently shot in an attempted robbery, move into his new bachelor pad. Both Frasier and his younger brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) make a concerted effort to mend the relationship with their estranged father whose beer guzzling friends, plaid shirt wardrobe, and weathered recliner strike a dramatic contrast with the boys and their pretentious social circles. Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) acts as Frasiers live-in housekeeper and Martys personal physical therapist.The Frasier (Season 2) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including episode #40 where Sam Malone (Ted Danson) visits Frasier in Seattle. Sam fills Frasier in on what the various members of the Cheers gang are now up to. In the next to last episode of the season, Frasier and Niles (against Martins advice) purchase a restaurant they enjoyed during their youth and rename it Les Freres Heureux or The Happy Brothers. The two inevitably run the operation into the ground (on opening night, nonetheless)Below is a list of episodes included on the Frasier (Season 2) DVD:Episode 25 (Slow Tango in South Seattle) Air Date: 09-20-1994Episode 26 (The Unkindest Cut of All) Air Date: 09-27-1994Episode 27 (The Matchmaker) Air Date: 10-04-1994Episode 28 (Flour Child) Air Date: 10-11-1994Episode 29 (Dukes, We Hardly Knew You) Air Date: 10-18-1994Episode 30 (The Botched Language of Cranes) Air Date: 11-01-1994Episode 31 (The Candidate) Air Date: 11-08-1994Episode 32 (Adventures in Paradise: Part 1) Air Date: 11-15-1994Episode 33 (Adventures in Paradise: Part 2) Air Date: 11-22-1994Episode 34 (Burying a Grudge) Air Date: 11-29-1994Episode 35 (Seat of Power) Air Date: 12-13-1994Episode 36 (Roz in the Doghouse) Air Date: 01-03-1995Episode 37 (Retirement is Murder) Air Date: 01-10-1995Episode 38 (Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice) Air Date: 02-07-1995Episode 39 (You Scratch My Book) Air Date: 02-14-1995Episode 40 (The Show Where Sam Shows Up) Air Date: 02-21-1995Episode 41 (Daphnes Room) Air Date: 02-28-1995Episode 42 (The Club) Air Date: 03-21-1995Episode 43 (Someone to Watch Over Me) Air Date: 03-28-1995Episode 44 (Breaking the Ice) Air Date: 04-18-1995Episode 45 (An Affair to Forget) Air Date: 05-02-1995Episode 46 (Agents in America, Part III) Air Date: 05-09-1995Episode 47 (The Innkeepers) Air Date: 05-16-1995Episode 48 (Dark Victory) Air Date: 05-23-1995

Summary

Based on the best-selling John Grisham novel titled Skipping Christmas, Christmas With The Kranks resembles the book in almost every facet save for the title. Starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, Christmas With The Kranks is an instant Christmas holiday classic. Although not in the same league of Yule tide comedy gems Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story, this film ranks high on my list of holiday laughers. The supporting cast (led by perpetual funnyman Dan Aykroyd) t...