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The third season of The Simpsons is so great that I didn’t even bother eliminating any episodes and instead, I just fit them into categories ranging from “All Time Classics,” “Good Examples of Season 3″ and “Just a Good Ol’ Fashioned Simpsons Episode!”. Let’s dive in!
When I reviewed the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining, I gushed on and on about the atmosphere, performances and sets and saved my harsher criticism for the story points. I thought that with a teleplay by and executive producer credit for Stephen King, my story concerns would be alleviated… So as not to bury the lead, let me say right now that ALL SUCH HOPE IS MISBEGOTTEN. Sure, this version makes a little more sense, but it still provides more questions than answers. Spoilers after the jump! Read the rest of this entry
Please take a moment to check out The Magic Bears of the Land of Infinite Dreams! This is a new show by Dan Conrad from All Things Random and it is, in a word, fantastic. Loose Canon Bear from episode 3 is especially awesome. The show is parody, yet fresh – it could easily be covered with profanity, but it’s not. The art style if fun and vibrant and the episodes are nice and tight. Check it out!
This was a tough list to make as the second season of The Simpsons doesn’t really have any bad episodes. I decided that the best thing to do was just hunker down and pick my favorites; the ones that have really stuck with me over time. So, in no particular order, here are my favorites episodes from The Simpsons, season two style.
This… this… Vampire Academy… what? The only thing more unbelievable than the fact that this show exists is the fact that it’s called Vampire Academy. Talk about not burying the lead, huh? Why not just call it, Harry Potter, But With Vampires! This is the stupidest, most ridiculous, laziest flaming pile of feces that I’ve ever heard of. This idea makes Percy Jackson look original and classy. This is the very worst the vampire craze could ever get and surely a sign that nearly every vampire possibility can be exploited. I assume they’ll get even more lazy the next time and just go straight up Vampires in Space, Like, You Know, Star Wars – But With Vampires.
I’d swear I’ve seen a “my parents are magic” movie before, but I can’t seem to remember when. However, Merry In-Laws has Cheers alumni George Wendt and Shelly Long, so I thought this could have potential.
When it comes to Christmas Albums, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas is at the top of the heap. And, since, it’s a soundtrack, the album includes the signature song from the Peanuts specials, that being "Linus and Lucy." And here’s where we run into an issue. Read the rest of this entry
“We don’t know what’s happening here, either.”
A lot of these made for TV Christmas movies are ripoffs of other movies and Holiday Spin is no exception, except that I’ve never seen a ripoff of Save the Last Dance before. Read the rest of this entry
“Look, mommy! I’m making Santa Monsters!”
Holiday Switch isn’t as “Peggy Sue Got Married” as Comfort and Joy is, but it’s in the same ballpark: it’s another, “What if I had this life?” sort of stories with an actress from 80s TV. This time, we get Charles in Charge’s Nicole Eggert, who was very popular amongst the boys in my sixth grade class. Read the rest of this entry
Former The Facts of Life all-star Nancy McKeon (she was Jo) is the lead in Comfort and Joy, a made for TV Christmas movie that has two major problems: Read the rest of this entry
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Oh Hai, Family Guy Team!
I’ve been tough on you and Seth MacFarlane before. Hey, that’s criticism, right? And it’s not that I never enjoyed Family Guy – I thought the first three seasons had some borderline classic episodes, particularly “Mr. Saturday Knight” and “Kiss Saves Santa.” Of course, they weren’t all gold – there was episodes like “Screwed the Pooch,” which lifted most of its first act and other parts of the episode directly from The Simpsons episode “Two Dozen & One Greyhounds.” The show was cancelled, came back, was cancelled again, and then, after strong DVD sales, it was time for another go round. Starting with Season 4, I felt the show had lost its way, but now… I’d say that this is the end. And maybe, just maybe, Seth MacFarlane agrees – or is finally forcing it.
I briefly mentioned the comedy Peep Show during my 8 Great Shows Streaming on Netflix post during May of 2012, and I talked about Robert Webb and David Mitchell when I reviewed their movie Magicians, but today, I want to bring the sketch comedy show That Mitchell and Webb Look to your attention, because it is awesome.
The new quick film "Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short" shows every incarnation of Superman I can think of except one: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
- The original, from Action Comics #1
- The first animated series
- The first live action series
- The more sci-fi era of Superman
- The more campy era of Superman
- The 70s/80s
- The Atari game
- Superman: The Movie
- Superman Animated Series form the late 90s
- Superman comics from the 90s, the death of Superman, the Reign of the Supermen, the return of Superman…
- New 52 Superman
- and Man of Steel Superman
But they couldn’t squeeze ol’ Dean Cain in there for some reason, despite the fact that it ran for 4 seasons and 87 episodes. It’s not like I’m crying foul over the omission of Superman Returns or something – Lois & Clark was a legitimate show on a major network for four years!
Have to wonder who Dean Cain pissed off… or maybe it was just an oversight.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love me some TNG. I’ve written about my favorite episodes from specific seasons, the episodes I found the most memorable, but today is something different. Today, I’ll be talking about the episode that just… bwah! I shudder at the prospect. Today, let’s look at the most disturbing episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation: “Violations” from season 5. Read the rest of this entry