Gilmore girls season 2 dvd review

Recipient of a single nomination for an Emmy and a Golden Globe in its initial five seasons, Gilmore Girls is much more successful among members of the television viewing public than among critics. The result of a joint partnership between The WB Network and television industry executives, Gilmore Girls – the first script from the Family Friendly Forum to become a regular series – showcases a mother-daughter relationship and the chronicles the personal world in which they live. Set in the non-existent town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the show makes use of many of the same sets used by an earlier Warner Brothers hit series The Dukes Of Hazzard…

Gilmore Girls takes place in a small Norman Rockwell-esque township in Connecticut where a diverse range of eccentric characters and personalities live out their lives. In Stars Hollow, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) raises her daughter and best friend, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel), hoping to give Rory a better life than she has so far enjoyed. Learning from the mistakes of her youth, Lorelai decides to keep and raise her newborn baby while still very young herself (in fact, as the series begins, Rory is the same age as when Lorelai had her), and she’s insistent that Rory make better choices for her own life. As Rory prepares for college, Lorelai notes many of her own character traits present in her daughter, and it worries her… Overall, Gilmore Girls is a dramatic series focusing on love, friendship, and life choices shared by a mother and her daughter in present day America…

The Gilmore Girls (Season 2) DVD features a number of touching episodes including the season premiere “Sadie, Sadie” in which Lorelai accepts Max’s marriage proposal and tells everyone except her parents the good news. In the meantime, Rory brings Dean to her grandparent’s house to celebrate Rory’s academic success at Chilton, only to have Richard castigate Dean for his lack of ambition. Meanwhile, Emily is heartbroken when she learns of her daughter’s wedding from Sookie instead of Lorelai… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include “The Ins and Outs of Inns” in which Lorelai and Sookie decide to follow their dream to buy and run an inn (but encounter complications in finding the right property), and “There’s the Rub” in which Emily and Lorelai bond while taking a weekend spa…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Gilmore Girls (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 22 (Sadie, Sadie) Air Date: 10-09-2001

Episode 23 (Hammers and Veils) Air Date: 10-09-2001

Episode 24 (Red Light on the Wedding Night) Air Date: 10-16-2001

Episode 25 (The Road Trip to Harvard) Air Date: 10-23-2001

Episode 26 (Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy) Air Date: 10-30-2001

Episode 27 (Presenting Lorelai Gilmore) Air Date: 11-06-2001

Episode 28 (Like Mother, Like Daughter) Air Date: 11-13-2001

Episode 29 (The Ins and Outs of Inns) Air Date: 11-20-2001

Episode 30 (Run Away, Little Boy) Air Date: 11-27-2001

Episode 31 (The Bracebridge Dinner) Air Date: 12-11-2001

Episode 32 (Secrets and Loans) Air Date: 01-22-2002

Episode 33 (Richard in Stars Hollow) Air Date: 01-29-2002

Episode 34 (A-Tisket, A-Tasket) Air Date: 02-05-2002

Episode 35 (It Should’ve Been Lorelai) Air Date: 02-12-2002

Episode 36 (Lost and Found) Air Date: 02-26-2002

Episode 37 (There’s the Rub) Air Date: 04-09-2002

Episode 38 (Dead Uncles and Vegetables) Air Date: 04-16-2002

Episode 39 (Back in the Saddle Again) Air Date: 04-23-2002

Episode 40 (Teach Me Tonight) Air Date: 04-30-2002

Episode 41 (Help Wanted) Air Date: 05-07-2002

Episode 42 (Lorelai’s Graduation Day) Air Date: 05-14-2002

Episode 43 (I Can’t Get Started) Air Date: 05-21-2002

Munich dvd review

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Munich is undoubtedly director Steven Spielberg’s best work since Band of Brothers (2001). At 2 hours and 44 minutes, the film moves along at a surprisingly quick pace. Spielberg makes adequate use of the time, providing added depth to the characters and illustrating the changes each undertakes in the course of his mission.

Writers Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, the latter of whom is best known for Forrest Gump (1994), team well together in producing a splendid screenplay. The characters are well-rounded and the dialogue well-constructed. Instead of aiming for zinging one-liners or melodramatic sound-bites, Kushner and Roth craft the film’s dialogue to mark the pace of the of story, illustrate character motivations, and make subtle but not overblown commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Overall, it makes for an enjoyable and worthwhile movie experience.

Munich chronicles the historical events of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in which a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September storms the Olympic Village. While the entire world watches, 11 of the terrorists evade capture after murdering 12 Israeli hostages. Torn between calls for peace and vengeance, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) orders Mossad to form a secret unit of assassins to hunt down and eliminate the perpetrators.

Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) is tasked with heading a team of five individuals composed of himself and four others known only as Steve (Daniel Craig), Carl (Ciaram Hinds), Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), and Hans (Hanns Zischler). Each man is chosen for the unique skill set he brings to the table, and the group is left to its own devices when it comes to locating and killing the 11 terrorists who are scattered throughout Continental Europe. Methodically, they carry out the mission. But as they eliminate their enemies one-by-one, each man must grapple with the transformative influence such a job has on his perception of life, family, and country.

Munich is a superb film which performs well in exploring the common theme of black versus white and the gray areas in between. Given the wide range of differing accents, it’s sometimes difficult to understand the characters, but this becomes a strength because it heightens viewer senses and breathes life into the story. Much like The Passion Of The Christ, the use of subtitles and various accents doesn’t detract from the film, but instead helps transform it in a production seemingly more worthy of serious attention than an alternative cartoon-like, James Bond rendition. As such, Munich doesn’t spell things out for the audience like a typical Hollywood blockbuster. No dates or geographical locations appear onscreen, and character dialogue doesn’t insult the viewer by recounting historical events. To better understand what’s happening, it helps to know the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Overall, Munich is a solid film. It does an excellent job of portraying the conflicts between Arab/Israeli and Muslim/Jew without rationalizing or portraying either side as totally good or totally evil. Instead, the two sides are seen as fellow human beings, each longing for essentially the same human desires for peace, love of family, and identity with a homeland. Unfortunately, these desires are attainable only in the context of the other side’s defeat.

Mad about you dvd review

Nominated for 45 Emmys, and winner of 16 during its eight-year run on NBC, Mad About You became an instant smash hit among TV viewers, in large part due to its Seinfeldian portrayals of married life in the big city. Sporting a catchy piano-laden theme song, the series showcased the unique comic talents of co-creator and co-star Paul Reiser, who sought to produce a show telling the true story of married life (he would later publish the bestselling book Couplehood, a compilation of various anecdotes on relationships)…

Mad About You follows the lives of newlywed couple Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt), two urban professionals sharing an apartment in New York City. Although they are head-over-heals in love, the two appear to be near total opposites. Paul, a documentary filmmaker, is extremely meticulous, cautious, and careful. Jamie, on the other hand, is a public relations expert with more of a free-spirit outlook on life. With a number of friends and family always in the picture - Jamie's sister Lisa (Anne Ramsay), Paul's cousin Ira (John Pankow), and friends Mark (Richard Kind) and Fran (Leila Kenzle) - Paul and Jamie are constantly bombarded with job-related stress, the strange antics of their friends, and the discovery each others' individual quirks and habits. And it's a recipe that translates into great sitcom entertainment…

The Mad About You DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Romantic Improvisations" in which, following a mere five months of marriage, Jamie informs Paul that their sex life in not quite what it used to be. To rectify the situation, Paul comes home early from work intent on planning a romantic evening, but everything unravels when the two discover that both of them thought the other one had cancelled their scheduled dinner plans with friends… Other notable episodes include "Out of the Past" in which Paul invites Jamie to a personal reunion with his ex-girlfriend, and "Token Friend" in which Paul avoids the subway when he discovers a former friend from film school is now a token clerk at the local station…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Mad About You (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Romantic Improvisations) Air Date: 09-23-1992

Episode 2 (Sofa's Choice) Air Date: 09-30-1992

Episode 3 (Sunday Times) Air Date: 10-07-1992

Episode 4 (Out of the Past) Air Date: 10-14-1992

Episode 5 (Paul in the Family) Air Date: 10-21-1992

Episode 6 (I'm Just So Happy For You) Air Date: 10-28-1992

Episode 7 (Token Friend) Air Date: 11-04-1992

Episode 8 (The Apartment) Air Date: 11-11-1992

Episode 9 (Riding Backwards) Air Date: 11-18-1992

Episode 10 (Neighbors from Hell) Air Date: 12-09-1992

Episode 11 (Met Someone) Air Date: 12-16-1992

Episode 12 (Maid About You) Air Date: 01-06-1993

Episode 13 (Togetherness) Air Date: 01-13-1993

Episode 14 (Weekend Getaway) Air Date: 01-27-1993

Episode 15 (The Wedding Affair) Air Date: 02-06-1993

Episode 16 (Love Among the Tiles) Air Date: 02-13-1993

Episode 17 (The Billionaire) Air Date: 02-20-1993

Episode 18 (The Man Who Said Hello) Air Date: 02-27-1993

Episode 19 (Swept Away) Air Date: 05-01-1993

Episode 20 (The Spy Who Loved Me) Air Date: 05-08-1993

Episode 21 (The Painter) Air Date: 05-15-1993

Episode 22 (Happy Anniversary) Air Date: 05-22-1993

The shield dvd review

Nominated for 4 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes, including Best Television Series - Drama, The Shield is one of the top police dramas of the past decade. The brainchild of creator Shawn Ryan, writer for such hit shows as Nash Bridges (1996) and Angel (1999), The Shield made history in 2003 by becoming the first basic cable series to win a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series (in the past, only non-ad supported shows such as The Sopranos and Sex And The City have done so well). The hour-long drama boasts a strong, well-rounded cast who, along with the writers/producers, have managed to make The Shield the longest running series on the FX Network…

The Shield centers around an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where the lines between right and wrong are often blurred. An ongoing power struggle between a group of corrupt, yet effective, cops and their new boss, Capt. David Aceveda (Benito Martinez), remains the focal point of the show. Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis, of The Commish) heads up an elite unit known as the Strike Team. An effective leader who bends the rules when they fit his aims, Mackey often butts heads with the by-the-book Aceveda who weighs his own political ambitions against the cost of bringing down Mackey and his associates. Veteran Det. Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder, of ER) knows the ropes, admires Mackey, but also knows how to play sides of the game. For the 2005 season, Glenn Close - star of such films as The Natural (1984), Fatal Attraction (1987), and Air Force One (1997) - joined the cast as Capt. Monica Rawling. Together, this celebrated cast maintains an internal tension among themselves while carrying out a unified fight against the criminal element - a fight that keeps the streets of L. A. safe…

The Shield DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the season premiere in which the Strike Team has tightened its stranglehold over the precinct. Capt. Aceveda tries to crack down on the corruption in his force by recruiting an insider (Det. Terry Crowley) to help take down Vic Mackey, but the operation only results in the Crowley's death. In the interim, Det. Wyms and her partner Det. "Dutch" Wagenbach (Jay Karnes) investigate the murder of a woman only to discover that her missing daughter was sold off to a child molester by her drug addict father… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Dawg Days" in which Mackey attempts to establish a cease-fire between two rival gangs whose ongoing feud threatens the peace, and "Dragonchasers" in which Mackey tries to help a crack addict quit so she can maintain custody of her son while Dutch tracks down a serial killer…

Below is a list of episodes included on The Shield (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 03-12-2002

Episode 2 (Our Gang) Air Date: 03-19-2002

Episode 3 (The Spread) Air Date: 03-26-2002

Episode 4 (Dawg Days) Air Date: 04-02-2002

Episode 5 (Blowback) Air Date: 04-09-2002

Episode 6 (Cherrypoppers) Air Date: 04-16-2002

Episode 7 (Pay in Pain) Air Date: 04-23-2002

Episode 8 (Cupid & Psycho) Air Date: 04-30-2002

Episode 9 (Throwaway) Air Date: 05-07-2002

Episode 10 (Dragon Chasers) Air Date: 05-14-2002

Episode 11 (Carnivores) Air Date: 05-21-2002

Episode 12 (Two Days of Blood) Air Date: 05-28-2003

Episode 13 (Circles) Air Date: 06-04-2003

Law and order season 2 dvd review

The recipient of more than 52 Emmy nominations since its inception in 1990, Law & Order is one of the more popular television shows of the modern era. Boasting a four additional Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Dramatic Series, Law & Order is more than a traditional TV show, it's quite possibly television's most lucrative franchise ever, spawning popular spin-offs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), and Law & Order: Trial By Jury (2005 - now cancelled). Filmed in New York City, the show was created Dick Wolf, a vetern TV writer for such successful series as Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice…

The Law & Order (Season 2) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere "Confession" in which Det. Logan goes too far in interrogating the man suspected of Max Greevey's murder. En route to obtaining a confession, Logan endangers the prosecution's case… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Misconception" in which the mugging of a pregnant woman leads to murder charges when she loses the baby, and "Vengeance" in which the parents of a murder victim attempt to overturn the conviction of her killer so that he can face charges in another state where the death penalty is still enforced…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Law & Order (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 23 (Confession) Air Date: 09-17-1991

Episode 24 (The Wages of Love) Air Date: 09-24-1991

Episode 25 (Aria) Air Date: 10-01-1991

Episode 26 (Asylum) Air Date: 10-08-1991

Episode 27 (God Bless the Child) Air Date: 10-22-1991

Episode 28 (Misconception) Air Date: 10-29-1991

Episode 29 (In Memory Of) Air Date: 11-05-1991

Episode 30 (Out of Control) Air Date: 11-12-1991

Episode 31 (Renunciation) Air Date: 11-19-1991

Episode 32 (Heaven) Air Date: 11-26-1991

Episode 33 (His Hour Upon the Stage) Air Date: 12-10-1991

Episode 34 (Star Struck) Air Date: 01-07-1992

Episode 35 (Severance) Air Date: 01-14-1992

Episode 36 (Blood is Thicker…) Air Date: 02-04-1992

Episode 37 (Trust) Air Date: 02-11-1992

Episode 38 (Vengeance) Air Date: 02-18-1992

Episode 39 (Sisters of Mercy) Air Date: 03-03-1992

Episode 40 (Cradle to Grave) Air Date: 03-31-1992

Episode 41 (The Fertile Fields) Air Date: 04-07-1992

Episode 42 (Intolerance) Air Date: 04-14-1992

Episode 43 (Silence) Air Date: 04-28-1992

Episode 44 (The Working Stiff) Air Date: 05-14-1992

The dick van dyke show dvd review

In the Fall of 1961, CBS first aired The Dick Van Dyke Show, one of funniest sitcoms in television history. Similar to I Love Lucy, but featuring more docile and less eccentric characters, the show became a mainstay in the top 10 Nielsen ratings for its first four seasons. When the show's ratings slipped in the fifth season, the network cancelled the show. But in the four decades since, The Dick Van Dyke Show has continued to entertain its fans and their children (and their children's children) via syndicated re-runs…

The Dick Van Dyke Show is centered around the life of Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), a family man living in suburban New York. As the head writer for the fictional "Alan Brady Show," he works with co-writers Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie). Rob's work life is always interesting given Buddy's constant wisecracks, Sally's never-ending search for a husband, and the trio's unified harassment of Alan Brady's brother-in-law, Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon). At home, Rob's loving yet overly-nervous wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) stays at home with the couple's son Ritchie (Larry Mathews). Surrounded by all these unique characters, Rob is always embroiled in someone's scheme, fantasy, or shenanigan…

The Dick Van Dyke Show DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "The Sick Boy and the Sitter" in which Rob convinces Laura to go to a party at Alan Brady's house, despite the fact that their five-year-old son Ritchie is sick. The two get a babysitter, but Laura's maternal instincts don't disappear… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Jealousy" in which Laura grows jealous of Rob's work relationship with a beautiful TV star, and "Where Did I Come From?" in which Ritchie asks Laura and Rob about his origins, and they struggle to come up with the right answer…

Below is a list of episodes included on The Dick Van Dyke Show (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (The Sick Boy and the Sitter) Air Date: 10-03-1961

Episode 2 (The Blonde-Haired Brunette) Air Date: 10-10-1961

Episode 3 (Sally and the Lab Technician) Air Date: 10-17-1961

Episode 4 (Washington vs. the Bunny) Air Date: 10-24-1961

Episode 5 (Oh We Met the Night That We Danced) Air Date: 10-31-1961

Episode 6 (Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo.) Air Date: 11-06-1961

Episode 7 (Jealousy!) Air Date: 11-07-1961

Episode 8 (To Tell or Not to Tell) Air Date: 11-14-1961

Episode 9 (The Unwelcome Houseguest) Air Date: 11-21-1961

Episode 10 (The Meershatz Pipe) Air Date: 11-28-1961

Episode 11 (Forty-Four Tickets) Air Date: 12-05-1961

Episode 12 (Empress Carlotta's Necklace) Air Date: 12-12-1961

Episode 13 (Sally is a Girl) Air Date: 12-19-1961

Episode 14 (Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?) Air Date: 12-26-1961

Episode 15 (Where Did I Come From?) Air Date: 01-03-1962

Episode 16 (The Curious Thing About Women) Air Date: 01-10-1962

Episode 17 (Punch Thy Neighbor) Air Date: 01-17-1962

Episode 18 (Who Owes Who What?) Air Date: 01-24-1962

Episode 19 (The Talented Neighborhood) Air Date: 01-31-1962

Episode 20 (A Word a Day) Air Date: 02-07-1962

Episode 21 (The Boarder Incident) Air Date: 02-14-1962

Episode 22 (Father of the Week) Air Date: 02-21-1962

Episode 23 (The Twizzle) Air Date: 02-28-1962

Episode 24 (One Angry Man) Air Date: 03-07-1962

Episode 25 (Where You Been, Fassbinder?) Air Date: 03-14-1962

Episode 26 (I Am My Brother's Keeper) Air Date: 03-21-1962

Episode 27 (The Sleeping Brother) Air Date: 03-28-1962

Episode 28 (The Bad Old Days) Air Date: 04-04-1962

Episode 29 (Sol and the Sponsor) Air Date: 04-11-1962

Episode 30 (The Return of Happy Spangler) Air Date: 04-18-1962

Everybody loves raymond season 3 dvd review

Initially broadcast in the Fall of 1996, Everybody Loves Raymond became an instant ratings boon its parent network, remaining a constant in the Nielsen Top 15 for its nine season run. Following the life of sportswriter Ray Barone (Ray Romano), audiences watch in hilarity as Ray and his wife attempt to deal with each other as well as Ray's neurotic and dysfunctional family which includes Ray's brother and his parents who live across the street...

The Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 3) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere in which Ray and Debra's house gets quarantined after they spray for termites. Moving into Frank and Marie's house along with the kids, they decide to give Ray's parents a dose of their own medicine, but quickly learn that it's near impossible to turn the tables on their annoying relatives… Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Getting Even" in which Debra vows revenge on Ray for embarrassing her, prompting Ray to drive himself crazy in anticipation of her retaliation, and "Moving Out" in which Robert attempts to move out of his parents house and into a garage apartment only to realize that the couple he's now living with are clones of the very parents he sought to escape…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 3) DVD:

Episode 48 (The Invasion) Air Date: 09-21-1998

Episode 49 (Driving Frank) Air Date: 09-28-1998

Episode 50 (The Sitter) Air Date: 10-05-1998

Episode 51 (Getting Even) Air Date: 10-12-1998

Episode 52 (The Visit) Air Date: 10-19-1998

Episode 53 (Halloween Candy) Air Date: 10-26-1998

Episode 54 (Moving Out) Air Date: 11-02-1998

Episode 55 (The Article) Air Date: 11-09-1998

Episode 56 (The Lone Barone) Air Date: 11-16-1998

Episode 57 (No Fat) Air Date: 11-23-1998

Episode 58 (The Apartment) Air Date: 12-07-1998

Episode 59 (The Toaster) Air Date: 12-14-1998

Episode 60 (Ping Pong) Air Date: 01-11-1999

Episode 61 (Pants on Fire) Air Date: 01-18-1999

Episode 62 (Robert's Date) Air Date: 02-01-1999

Episode 63 (Frank's Tribute) Air Date: 02-08-1999

Episode 64 (Cruising with Marie) Air Date: 02-15-1999

Episode 65 (Ray Home Alone) Air Date: 02-22-1999

Episode 66 (Big Shots) Air Date: 03-01-1999

Episode 67 (Move Over) Air Date: 03-15-1999

Episode 68 (The Getaway) Air Date: 04-05-1999

Episode 69 (Working Girl) Air Date: 04-26-1999

Episode 70 (Be Nice) Air Date: 05-03-1999

Episode 71 (Dancing with Debra) Air Date: 05-10-1999

Episode 72 (Robert Moves Back) Air Date: 05-17-1999

Episode 73 (How They Met) Air Date: 05-24-1999

Sex and the city season 2 dvd review

Based on Candace Bushnell's best-selling book, Sex And The City became one of the most successful and widely lauded original HBO series ever. Premiering in the summer of 1998, it follows the lives of female friends in their late-20s/early-30s who live and work in New York City. With a clever wit, the show's plot focuses on the varying love relationships and lifestyle problems encountered by each woman in the clique. With an talented and beautiful cast, the show developed an almost borderline fanatic following…

The Sex And The City (Season 2) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in which Carrie, having broken up with Mr. Big, starts dating a member of the New York Yankees. However, when they run into Mr. Big, she realizes she's not really over him. Meanwhile, Miranda is tired of her friends talking about nothing but men, and Samantha thinks she's found the man of her dreams - at least until she gets him in bed… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Four Women and a Funeral" in which Carrie's reflections on the shortness of life following friend's death lead to a reunion with Mr. Big, and "The Man, The Myth, The Viagra" in which Carrie urges Mr. Big to get to know her friends better and Samantha dates a wealthy man in his seventies…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Sex And The City (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 13 (Take Me Out to the Ballgame) Air Date: 06-06-1999

Episode 14 (The Awful Truth) Air Date: 06-13-1999

Episode 15 (The Freak Show) Air Date: 06-20-1999

Episode 16 (They Shoot Single People, Don't They?) Air Date: 06-27-1999

Episode 17 (Four Women and a Funeral) Air Date: 07-04-1999

Episode 18 (The Cheating Curve) Air Date: 07-11-1999

Episode 19 (The Chicken Dance) Air Date: 07-18-1999

Episode 20 (The Man, the Myth, the Viagra) Air Date: 07-25-1999

Episode 21 (Old Dogs, New Dicks) Air Date: 08-01-1999

Episode 22 (The Caste System) Air Date: 08-08-1999

Episode 23 (Evolution) Air Date: 08-15-1999

Episode 24 (La Douleur Exquise!) Air Date: 08-22-1999

Episode 25 (Games People Play) Air Date: 08-29-1999

Episode 26 (The F*ck Buddy) Air Date: 09-05-1999

Episode 27 (Shortcomings) Air Date: 09-12-1999

Episode 28 (Was It Good For You?) Air Date: 09-19-1999

Episode 29 (Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women) Air Date: 09-26-1999

Episode 30 (Ex and the City) Air Date: 10-03-1999

Northern exposure season 3 dvd review

Nominated for a numerous of Emmys and other critical awards, Northern Exposure is part-drama, part-comedy, a show successfully built on the tried and true premise of a "fish out of water". During its short five-season run, the show's rapier like wit and originality earned it a place among some of the best television shows of its era…

Northern Exposure follows the life of recent medical school graduate Joel Fleishman (Rob Morrow) who is informed that he must work in a small town in Alaska in order to fulfill the requirements of his medical school loan. Making matters worse, he's the only doctor in the small town which is filled with eccentric characters from every walk of life. The wealthy entrepreneur Maurice Minnifield owns the town (named Cicely), and he's determined to transform it into an ideal vacation paradise. Other memorable characters include pilot Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner), radio deejay Chris Stevens (John Corbett), filmmaker Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows), and husband/wife restaurant owners Holling (John Cullum) and Shelly Vincoeur (Cynthia Geary)...

The Northern Exposure (Season 3) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "The Bumpy Road to Love" in which Maggie learns of Rick's extensive past of lovers when a statue is commemorated in his honor. Meanwhile, a disagreement hinders Maurice's pursuit of Officer Semanski and Joel is kidnapped by a reclusive mountain man and his hypochondriac wife… Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Jules et Joel" in which Joel gets injured, prompting a visit from his twin brother Jules, and "Things Become Extinct" in which Joel experiences feelings of isolation as he searches for other Jews living in Alaska…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Northern Exposure (Season 3) DVD:

Episode 16 (The Bumpy Road to Love) Air Date: 09-23-1991

Episode 17 (Only You) Air Date: 09-30-1991

Episode 18 (Oy Wilderness) Air Date: 10-07-1991

Episode 19 (Animals 'R' Us) Air Date: 10-14-1991

Episode 20 (Jules et Joel) Air Date: 10-28-1991

Episode 21 (The Body in Question) Air Date: 11-04-1991

Episode 22 (Roots) Air Date: 11-11-1991

Episode 23 (A-Hunting We Will Go) Air Date: 11-18-1991

Episode 24 (Get Real) Air Date: 12-09-1991

Episode 25 (Seoul Mates) Air Date: 12-16-1991

Episode 26 (Dateline: Cicely) Air Date: 01-06-1992

Episode 27 (Our Tribe) Air Date: 01-13-1992

Episode 28 (Things Become Extinct) Air Date: 01-20-1992

Episode 29 (Burning Down the House) Air Date: 02-03-1992

Episode 30 (Democracy in America) Air Date: 02-24-1992

Episode 31 (Three Amigos) Air Date: 03-02-1992

Episode 32 (Lost and Found) Air Date: 03-09-1992

Episode 33 (My Mother, My Sister) Air Date: 03-16-1992

Episode 34 (Wake Up Call) Air Date: 03-23-1992

Episode 35 (The Final Frontier) Air Date: 04-27-1992

Episode 36 (It Happened in Juneau) Air Date: 05-04-1992

Episode 37 (Our Wedding) Air Date: 05-11-1992

Episode 38 (Cicely) Air Date: 05-18-1992

Casablanca dvd review

One of the greatest, and certainly one of the most quoted, films in cinema history, Casablanca contains all the essential elements of a Hollywood blockbuster: adventure, romance, intrigue, suspense, and of course, evil Nazi bad guys (if you doubt this last one as an essential element, then reference the success of the Indiana Jones films). With a director (Michael Curtiz) and cast second to none, Casablanca makes a strong case for consideration as the best movie ever made. And although I loath clichйs, it is true that they just don’t make ‘em like this one anymore…

Casablanca unfolds in a place called Rick’s, a popular watering hole in Vichey-controlled Morocco on the outskirts of Nazi dominated Europe. An important travel hub, Casablanca plays host to numerous colorful characters with any number of varying agendas. Arms dealers, spies, and revolutionaries walk side-by-side through streets littered with pickpockets. But at Rick’s, everyone seems to enjoy themselves. Owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) seems content with his life of serving customers and making money, at least until the day she walks in, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), the love of Rick’s life.

Less than two years earlier, as the Nazis moved into Paris, Rick and Ilsa fell in love. But in the act of fleeing the Nazi advance, Ilsa sent Rick a note at the train station informing him that she could not go with him. She offered no explanation. Now, she was appearing in his establishment with her husband, fugitive and Nazi resistance leader Victor Laszlo.

As the hours pass, and the Nazis desperately search for Laszlo in an attempt to cut off his escape, Rick learns the truth about Ilsa and her reason for leaving. For the moment, Laszlo’s fate is in his hands. Since his days in Paris, Rick’s made a habit of being practical, both in his business life and in his personal life… But will Rick use his influence and connections to help himself or Victor Laszlo? Will his idealism prevail over his hardened pragmatism? The Third Reich is closing in, and Rick must make a decision regarding Ilsa and Laszlo before time runs out…

The recipient of widespread critical acclaim in the more than six decades since its release, Casablanca is one of the few films deemed as a “cinema classic” that actually lives up to the mega-hype surrounding it. The set design, costumes, and direction are absolutely flawless. The dialogue is superb. Bogart and Bergman are perfect as the lovers torn apart, and Claude Rains is unforgettable as Captain Renault. If you have an aversion to pre-1980 movies or some other strange reason for missing out on this one, then I highly encourage you to watch Casablanca. You won’t regret it.

Dallas season 4 dvd review

Nominated for 15 Golden Globes and 18 Emmys in its 13-season run, Dallas is one of the most memorable prime time dramatic series in television history. Initially airing in Spring 1978 as a mini-series, the show had all the elements necessary for a blockbuster soap opera: sex, suspense, wealth, opulence, fast cars, big houses, and of course, great villians. Probably the most famous villian of the era was J. R. Ewing, but it's difficult to call him the villian when most viewers simultaneously rooted him on. With elaborate business dealings and family feuds abundant, Dallas spend most of the 1980s as either the number one or number two rated show on TV...

The Dallas (Season 4) DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the season premiere “No More Mister Nice Guy” in which the shooting of J. R. forces Bobby to temporarily take over Ewing Oil while his older brother recovers. The promotion slowly changes Bobby into the vindictive brother he always loathed. Meanwhile, Sue Ellen wonders if she shot J. R. herself while mired in the foggy haze of a drinking binge… Other notable episodes include “Start the Revolution with Me” in which J. R. attempts to orchestrate a counter-revolution in order to regain the Ewing’s Asian oil wells that were nationalized shortly before his shooting, and the season finale “Ewing-Gate” in which J. R.’s underhanded dealings in the Asian oil deals threaten to bring down all of Ewing Oil…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Dallas (Season 4) DVD:

Episode 55 (No More Mister Nice Guy: Part 1) Air Date: 11-07-1980

Episode 56 (No More Mister Nice Guy: Part 2) Air Date: 11-09-1980

Episode 57 (Nightmare) Air Date: 11-14-1980

Episode 58 (Who Done It?) Air Date: 11-21-1980

Episode 59 (Taste of Success) Air Date: 11-28-1980

Episode 60 (The Venezuelan Connection) Air Date: 12-05-1980

Episode 61 (The Fourth Son) Air Date: 12-12-1980

Episode 62 (Trouble at Ewing 23) Air Date: 12-19-1980

Episode 63 (The Prodigal Mother) Air Date: 01-02-1981

Episode 64 (Executive Wife) Air Date: 01-09-1981

Episode 65 (End of the Road: Part 1) Air Date: 01-16-1981

Episode 66 (End of the Road: Part 2) Air Date: 01-23-1981

Episode 67 (Making of a President) Air Date: 01-30-1981

Episode 68 (Start the Revolution with Me) Air Date: 02-06-1981

Episode 69 (The Quest) Air Date: 02-13-1981

Episode 70 (Lover, Come Back) Air Date: 02-20-1981

Episode 71 (The New Mrs. Ewing) Air Date: 02-27-1981

Episode 72 (Mark of Cain) Air Date: 03-13-1981

Episode 73 (The Gathering Storm) Air Date: 03-27-1981

Episode 74 (Ewing vs. Ewing) Air Date: 04-03-1981

Episode 75 (New Beginnings) Air Date: 04-10-1981

Episode 76 (Full Circle) Air Date: 04-17-1981

Episode 77 (Ewing-Gate) Air Date: 05-01-1981

In living color dvd review

Nominated for 17 Emmys in its short four-year stint, In Living Color is widely considered the best skit comedy show since SNL. Created by the multitalented star Keenen Ivory Wayans (the eldest child from a large and talented family), the 30-minute TV show became an instant hit for emerging big network competitor FOX in the spring of 1990. Showcasing the talents of the Wayans family (especially blockbuster talent Damon Wayans), along with initial cast members David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, Kim Coles, T'keyah "Crystal" Keymah, Kelly Coffield, and Jim Carrey (who would use the show as a springboard to smash hit movie career that would begin with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994), In Living Color quickly achieved the status of TV cult icon…

Along with clever, cutting-edge writing, In Living Color featured a plethora of talented cast members who would move on to enormously successful Hollywood careers. The show's dance troop, The Fly Girls, hired an ambitious dancer named Jennifer Lopez for the show's final season, and Season 2 of the show involved the hire of Oscar Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (of Collateral and Ray). For its final season, In Living Color also featured notable appearances by comedian Chris Rock. Along the way, the series would create a number of legendary recurring characters such as Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans), Fire Marshall Bill (Jim Carrey), and Men on Film (Damon Wayans & David Alan Grier)…

The In Living Color DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere in which the show begins with a skit entitled "Love Connection". Jim Carrey stars as Chuck Woolery, trying to bring together star-crossed lovers Mike Tyson (Keenen Ivory Wayans) and Robin Givens (Kim Coles). This first episode also features the first appearance of the popular characters from the skit "Men on Film". Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Introducing… Homey D. Clown" in which the world first meets an ex-con turned clown who refuses to engage in any clown-like acts, and "Anton in the People's Court" which features the skits "M. C. Hammer Video" and "Ted Turner's Very Colorized Classics - The Kid"…

Below is a list of episodes included on the In Living Color (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 04-15-1990

Episode 2 (The Wrath of Farrakhan) Air Date: 04-21-1990

Episode 3 (Lean on Me Beautiful) Air Date: 04-28-1990

Episode 4 (Transitions) Air Date: 05-05-1990

Episode 5 (A Date with Grace Jones) Air Date: 05-12-1990

Episode 6 (Jheri's Kids) Air Date: 05-19-1990

Episode 7 (Don King - The Early Years) Air Date: 05-27-1990

Episode 8 (Endangered Species) Air Date: 06-03-1990

Episode 9 (Introducing… Homey D. Clown) Air Date: 06-17-1990

Episode 10 (Vera DeMilo) Air Date: 06-24-1990

Episode 11 (Anton in the People's Court) Air Date: 07-15-1990

Episode 12 (Conspiracy) Air Date: 09-02-1990

Episode 13 (Homey D Clown Returns) Air Date: 09-09-1990

The sopranos dvd review

Along with Sex And The City, the HBO original series The Sopranos took the world by storm in the late-1990s with its cutting edge drama and acerbic wit. A cross between The Godfather and the traditional nuclear sitcom family, the show provided a unique experience for a niche audience that quickly developed into a barrage of dedicated fans. Nominated for countless Emmy's, and winner of at least four in every one of its seasons except Season 2 (in which it carried home one), The Sopranos has cemented itself as one of the elite shows in television history…

Golden Globe performer James Gandolfini plays the title role of Tony Soprano, a middle-aged father of two, loving husband, and successful businessman. But contrary to a typical sitcom, Tony finds himself irritated by his kids Anthony and Meadow (Robert Iler and Jamie Lynn Sigler), he cheats on his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), and the business organization responsible for his success is the mafia (of which he is the local boss). All the confusion in Tony's life leads to massive amounts of stress, prompting him to regularly visit a therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) - one of the few outsiders he trusts. Following a classic prime time soap opera format, quite similar to the hit TV show Dallas, The Sopranos provides audiences with a glimpse into the life and times of a mafia boss, where we find out that being a mob kingpin isn't the glamour life often portrayed in the movies…

The Sopranos DVD offers a number of dramatic episodes including the self-titled series premiere in which the groundwork for the show is set when Tony Soprano visits a therapist in hopes of ending his panic attacks (sounds similar to the plot for Analyze This!). In his initial session with the beautiful Dr. Melfi, Tony confides in her the stressful aspects of his extraordinary life - a demanding job, an unhappy wife, and rebellious kids (among other problems)… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "College" in which Tony takes his daughter on a college orientation trip to Maine where he encounters a former (and current) enemy, and "A Hit is a Hit" in which Tony strikes out when he attempts to make friends outside of his close-knit circle…

Below is a list of episodes included on The Sopranos (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (The Sopranos) Air Date: 01-10-1999

Episode 2 (46 Long) Air Date: 01-17-1999

Episode 3 (Denial, Anger, Acceptance) Air Date: 01-24-1999

Episode 4 (Meadowlands) Air Date: 01-31-1999

Episode 5 (College) Air Date: 02-07-1999

Episode 6 (Pax Soprana) Air Date: 02-14-1999

Episode 7 (Down Neck) Air Date: 02-21-1999

Episode 8 (The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti) Air Date: 02-28-1999

Episode 9 (Boca) Air Date: 03-07-1999

Episode 10 (A Hit is a Hit) Air Date: 03-14-1999

Episode 11 (Nobody Knows Anything) Air Date: 03-21-1999

Episode 12 (Isabella) Air Date: 03-28-1999

Episode 13 (I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano) Air Date: 04-04-1999

Monk dvd review

One of the more clever television creations of the new millennium, Monk combines the high-grade suspense of a traditional TV drama with the quirky humor of a big screen comedy. Originally developed for ABC, the show became an instant prime-time lynchpin for the USA network, proving itself one of the more successful shows on cable TV…

In Monk, Tony Shalhoub stars in the title role of Adrian Monk, a former San Francisco detective placed on psychiatric leave. A true legend in the community, Monk solves unsolvable crimes via his towering intellect, photographic memory, and meticulous observations. But the one case that alludes Monk is the 1997 murder of his wife Trudy, which forever altered Monk's capacity to perform his job. Suffering from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and a number of odd phobias, Monk requires a personal assistant, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), for even his most basic daily activities. Yet Monk remains a police consultant on difficult cases, and he hopes to persuade Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) to give him his old job back. But Stottlemeyer and colleague Lt. Randall Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), harbor doubts about Monk's mental faculties. As Monk solves cases though, those doubts dissipate and Stottlemeyer and Disher learn to appreciate Monk's special talents - despite his inability to cope with the day-to-day activities of a normal detective… Nevertheless, he remains a de facto investigator as he and Sharona aid the San Francisco police department in solving numerous high profile cases…

The Monk DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Mr. Monk and the Candidate" in which the audience first learns the background of Adrian Monk, a modern day Sherlock Holmes beset by mental problems. After Monk solves a mysterious murder simply by looking at the crime scene, Capt. Stottlemeyer enlists him to help in the investigation of a failed assassination attempt of mayoral candidate Warren St. Claire…Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" in which Monk investigates the death of a billionaire shot while trying to mug a police officer, and "Mr. Monk and the Earthquake" in which Monk investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman (which occurred during an earthquake) while suffering verbal difficulties as a result of the earthquake's numerous aftershocks…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Monk (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 1) Air Date: 07-12-2002

Episode 2 (Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 2) Air Date: 07-12-2002

Episode 3 (Mr. Monk and the Psychic) Air Date: 07-19-2002

Episode 4 (Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale) Air Date: 07-26-2002

Episode 5 (Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival) Air Date: 08-02-2002

Episode 6 (Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum) Air Date: 08-09-2002

Episode 7 (Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger) Air Date: 08-16-2002

Episode 8 (Mr. Monk and the Other Woman) Air Date: 08-23-2002

Episode 9 (Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man) Air Date: 09-13-2002

Episode 10 (Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation) Air Date: 09-20-2002

Episode 11 (Mr. Monk and the Earthquake) Air Date: 10-04-2002

Episode 12 (Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger) Air Date: 10-11-2002

Episode 13 (Mr. Monk and the Airplane) Air Date: 10-18-2002

The king of queens dvd review

A spin-off of the popular TV series Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens first hit the airwaves in the Fall of 1998. The show follows the life of Doug Heffernan (played by comedian Kevin James), a package delivery man for IPS (far different from UPS for you litigious-minded readers out there), and the show utilizes much of the same marital and relationship humor found in Ray Romano's blockbuster sitcom. With seven successful seasons under its belt, and even more yet to come, King of Queens is a hilarious comedy series well worth one's time and attention…

King of Queens revolves around the life of Doug Heffernan, a hard-working, sports-loving parcel delivery man living in Queens, New York. In his thirties, and married to a lovely woman named Carrie (Leah Remini - who played Carla's daughter on the hit show Cheers), Doug spends most of his non-working hours basking in the glow of his state-of-the-art 70-inch TV with two buddies who share his fanatical love of sports, Spence (Patton Oswalt) and Deacon (Victor Williams). But Doug's personal paradise suffers a devastating blow when Carrie's widowed father Arthur (Jerry Stiller of Seinfeld fame) moves in with the couple. Doug's TV fantasy room is converted into an in-law suite, and after several failed relocation attempts, the TV is pushed into the garage… Now Doug and Carrie must learn to share their palace with an eccentric, and oftentimes annoying, father/father-in-law with a penchant for messing up the couple's well-grounded routine…

The King of Queens DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere in which the audience learns the background of Doug Heffernan and his family. Doug's long rein as the most envied man in his social circle is brought to an end when his father-in-law moves in and takes the TV room for his bedroom. Meanwhile, Carrie's sister, in the midst of her own personal crisis, takes over Doug's bathroom… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Paternal Affairs" in which Arthur, much to the chagrin of his son-in-law, sets out to "woo" Doug's Aunt Shelia, and "Crappy Birthday" in which Carrie, apprehensive about her age as she turns thirty, asks Doug to ignore her birthday…

Below is a list of episodes included on the King of Queens (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 09-21-1998

Episode 2 (Fat City) Air Date: 09-28-1998

Episode 3 (Cello, Goodbye) Air Date: 10-05-1998

Episode 4 (Richie's Song) Air Date: 10-12-1998

Episode 5 (Paternal Affairs) Air Date: 10-19-1998

Episode 6 (Head First) Air Date: 10-26-1998

Episode 7 (The Rock) Air Date: 11-02-1998

Episode 8 (Educating Doug) Air Date: 11-09-1998

Episode 9 (Road Rayge) Air Date: 11-16-1998

Episode 10 (Supermarket Story) Air Date: 11-23-1998

Episode 11 (Noel Cowards) Air Date: 12-14-1998

Episode 12 (Fixer Upper) Air Date: 12-21-1998

Episode 13 (Best Man) Air Date: 01-11-1999

Episode 14 (Dog Days) Air Date: 01-18-1999

Episode 15 (Crappy Birthday) Air Date: 02-01-1999

Episode 16 (S'Ain't Valentine's) Air Date: 02-08-1999

Episode 17 (Court Date) Air Date: 02-15-1999

Episode 18 (White Collar) Air Date: 02-22-1999

Episode 19 (Rayny Day) Air Date: 03-01-1999

Episode 20 (Train Wreck) Air Date: 03-15-1999

Episode 21 (Hungry Man) Air Date: 04-05-1999

Episode 22 (Time Share) Air Date: 04-26-1999

Episode 23 (Where's Poppa?) Air Date: 05-03-1999

Episode 24 (Art House) Air Date: 05-10-1999

Episode 25 (Maybe Baby) Air Date: 05-17-1999

The simpsons season 3 dvd review

In the late-1980s, a one-minute segment on The Tracy Ullman Show (since long forgotten, except in trivia questions) morphed into its own series. That series was The Simpsons, and it became an anchor for the then-burgeoning FOX network. With a wildly original cast of oddball characters, The Simpsons instantly struck a chord with audiences, becoming the longest running prime time show among all genres, not just the animation genre. Loved by audiences from age 2 to 102, the show is not only hilarious, but in all likelihood, one of the best satires of modern day American life.

The Simpsons (Season 3) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere in which Homer’s co-workers have him committed after they mistake him for a mental patient. While in the New Bedlam Home for the Emotionally Interesting, Homer meets a tall, stocky white man who claims to be Michael Jackson. The Simpsons befriend the man who eventually admits to being bricklayer Leon Kompowsky... Other notable episodes include “When Flanders Failed” in which Ned Flanders opens a store at the local mall called the “Leftorium” (catering only to left-handed customers) and “Lisa’s Pony” in which Lisa’s overwhelming desire to have her own Pony nearly drives Homer to an early death as he works 24-hours-a-day to afford the expensive pet…

Below is a list of episodes included on The Simpsons (Season 3) DVD:

Episode 36 (Stark Raving Dad) Air Date: 09-19-1991

Episode 37 (Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington) Air Date: 09-26-1991

Episode 38 (When Flanders Failed) Air Date: 10-03-1991

Episode 39 (Bart the Murderer) Air Date: 10-10-1991

Episode 40 (Homer Defined) Air Date: 10-17-1991

Episode 41 (Like Father, Like Clown) Air Date: 10-24-1991

Episode 42 (Treehouse of Horror 2) Air Date: 10-31-1991

Episode 43 (Lisa’s Pony) Air Date: 11-07-1991

Episode 44 (Saturdays of Thunder) Air Date: 11-14-1991

Episode 45 (Flaming Moe’s) Air Date: 11-21-1991

Episode 46 (Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk) Air Date: 12-05-1991

Episode 47 (I Married Marge) Air Date: 12-26-1991

Episode 48 (Radio Bart) Air Date: 01-09-1992

Episode 49 (Lisa the Greek) Air Date: 01-23-1992

Episode 50 (Homer Alone) Air Date: 02-06-1992

Episode 51 (Bart the Lover) Air Date: 02-13-1992

Episode 52 (Homer at the Bat) Air Date: 02-20-1992

Episode 53 (Separate Vocations) Air Date: 02-27-1992

Episode 54 (Dog of Death) Air Date: 03-12-1992

Episode 55 (Colonel Homer) Air Date: 03-26-1992

Episode 56 (Black Widower) Air Date: 04-09-1992

Episode 57 (The Otto Show) Air Date: 04-23-1992

Episode 58 (Bart’s Friend Falls in Love) Air Date: 05-07-1992

Episode 59 (Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes?) Air Date: 08-27-1992

Dawn of the dead is a bloody good time

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Tagline: “When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”

I’d like to start this review by committing horror movie blasphemy. Ready? Here goes. George Romero’s original three Dead movies are overrated (I’m not even going to comment on the train wreck which is Land of the Dead). While entertaining, they are also low-budget flicks with average acting and pacing about as slow as the shambling zombies depicted therein. Hardly the holy trinity which they’ve been made out to be.

And let’s not forget the much-lauded social criticism. Racism? Rampant consumerism? It’s all handled with the subtlety of a hammer to the back of the head. Listen, if I want social commentary in a movie, I’ll watch Gandhi or Norma Rae. When I sit down for a zombie movie, I want non-stop action and buckets of gore. Period. Anything else is just a bloody cherry on top of my horror sundae. It’s for these reasons (and others, which I’ll detail later) that I find the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead to be more satisfying than the original.

Adapted by James Gunn (Scooby Doo) from the original 1978 George A. Romero screenplay, Dawn of the Dead opens by allowing us to get briefly acquainted with the movie’s central protagonist, a pretty young nurse named Ana (Sarah Polley). But her safe suburban lifestyle is short lived, and a mysterious epidemic ensures that Ana is fleeing from ravenous zombies before the movie even hits the ten minute mark. She soon meets Kenneth (Ving Rhames), a tough-as-nails cop, and moments later they come across

Michael (Jake Weber), a soft-spoken but natural leader, Andre (Mekhi Phifer), a man with a questionable past, and Luda (Inna Korobkina), Andre’s pregnant girlfriend.

They take refuge in a sprawling shopping mall, but quickly run afoul of the

less-than-hospitable security guards C. J. (Michael Kelly), Bart (Michael Barry), and Terry (Kevin Zegers). More characters are added later, notably Steve (Ty Burrell), a smart-ass yuppie, and Andy (Bruce Bohne), the owner of a nearby gun shop. As the horrible infection spreads across the globe, and the situation becomes increasingly desperate, the characters come to realize that no help is coming from the outside. If they are to survive, they must take matters into their own hands. Luckily for us, that involves chainsaws,

armor-reinforced parking shuttles, and propane tanks rigged into makeshift bombs.

The action comes fast and furious throughout, and director Zack Snyder (helming his first feature film) does a nice job of pacing and getting us right into the thick of things. He does tend to overuse the slow-motion effect whenever there’s an explosion or cartridge ejected from a gun, but this can be forgiven because (a) it’s his freshman effort, and (b) it doesn’t really take away from this particular story. We’re also treated to some solid camera work, editing which maintains a fast pace but doesn’t confuse the viewer, and

excellent special effects with plenty of brains and blood to go around.

The soundtrack also plays a pivotal part in the film, adding an extra dimension to several key scenes. From Johnny Cash’s “When the Man Comes Around” during the opening credits sequence (which, by the way, is better than many full-length zombie movies), to “People Who Died” by The Jim Carroll Band and a lounge version of “Down With the Sickness” by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, it’s beyond me why the studio chose not to release this soundtrack.

The acting is very strong for a film of this genre, and Jake Weber and Sarah Polley are particularly impressive in the roles of Michael and Ana. They both manage to bring a quiet sincerity to their roles, something not easily accomplished in a movie dominated by flesh-hungry ghouls and belching shotguns. The cast is much larger than the original, but each character is given a few moments to shine and let the audience identify with them.

True, nobody is fleshed out to the extent of, say, George C. Scott’s Patton or Denzel’s Malcolm X, but what do you expect from a horror movie? This isn’t Biography, folks.

Fans of the original Dawn will be happy to see cameos by Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, and “Sex Machine” Tom Savini. There are several other nods to the original movie scattered throughout, and one gets the sense that the filmmakers had a great affection for their predecessor. But make no mistake, this movie stands on its own with a different cast of characters, different climax, and completely different ending. Comparisons between the two are inevitable, but ultimately unfair to both pictures. It’s like comparing the original Atari to the Xbox. Both are a blast, but one is simply hopelessly outdated when held up to modern standards.

It should also be noted that the movie continues through the end credits, so don’t run off as soon as the lights start to come up. If you do, you’ll probably leave the theater with a much different idea of what happened than those who stayed behind.

Dawn of the Dead updates a classic and improves upon it along the way. The action is faster, the zombies are faster, and the overall product just looks better. It’s a zombie movie for the modern generation and well worth the price of admission.

The sopranos season 5 dvd review

The Sopranos centers around the life of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a middle-aged father of two, husband, and successful businessman. But unlike most sitcom families, Tony is constantly irritated by his children, Meadow and Anthony (Jamie Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler). Furthermore, he regularly cheats on his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), and to top it off, he’s the head of a mafia crime organization. The constant confusion and stress in Tony’s life pushes him to seek out a therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), so he can unload his problems. Following a the outline of a traditional prime time soap opera, The Sopranos shies away from the glorification of the mobster lifestyle and paints a picture of a world not much different than that of the average middle-class family…

The Sopranos (Season 5) DVD offers a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere “Two Tonys” in which Tony makes a play for Dr. Melfi following his recent separation from Carmela, but Carmela calls on Tony for help in fending off a bear that keeps returning to their house. Meanwhile, Christopher gets in an argument with Paulie when he realizes he’s always stuck paying for dinner… Other notable episodes from Season 5 include “All Happy Families…” in which Tony and Carmela fight over A. J.’s behavior while Carmela becomes interested in A. J.’s school guidance counselor, and “Marco Polo” in which Tony and Carmela reunite (at least for one evening) after she invites Tony to her father’s birthday party…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Sopranos (Season 5) DVD:

Episode 53 (Two Tonys) Air Date: 03-07-2004

Episode 54 (Rat Pack) Air Date: 03-14-2004

Episode 55 (Where’s Johnny?) Air Date: 03-21-2004

Episode 56 (All Happy Families…) Air Date: 03-28-2004

Episode 57 (Irregular Around the Margins) Air Date: 04-04-2004

Episode 58 (Sentimental Education) Air Date: 04-11-2004

Episode 59 (In Camelot) Air Date: 04-18-2004

Episode 60 (Marco Polo) Air Date: 04-25-2004

Episode 61 (Unidentified Black Male) Air Date: 05-02-2004

Episode 62 (Cold Cuts) Air Date: 05-09-2004

Episode 63 (The Test Dream) Air Date: 05-16-2004

Episode 64 (Long Term Parking) Air Date: 05-23-2004

Episode 65 (All Due Respect) Air Date: 06-06-2004

Touched by an angel dvd review

Nominated for 3 Golden Globes and 12 Emmys, including two by Della Reese for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Touched By An Angel built a sizeable and loyal audience with its upbeat themes and inspirational storylines. The brainchild of John Masius, creator of Providence (1999) and writer for such hit series as St. Elsewhere (1982) and LA Law (1986), Touched By An Angel follows in the footsteps of Michael Landon's successful series Highway To Heaven, which chronicled the exploits of a single angel who wandered across the United States providing support for lost souls in need of aid. Touched By An Angel is quite similar, but the series uses multiple angels to achieve its purpose. Like Highway To Heaven the series utilizes a contemporary setting and modern problems, allowing the show reach a broad audience who enjoy its themes of love, hope, and redemption…

Touched By An Angel follows the exploits of several angels sent to Earth as "caseworkers" so as to bring God's message of love, peace, and hope to the distressed people of the world. When the series begins, Monica (Roma Downey) is a novice caseworker still in training (having just been promoted from "search & rescue"). Assisting Monica, and a caseworker in her own right, is Tess (Della Reese) who lends the wisdom of her many years of experience in dealing with the problems afflicting humanity at large. Together, these two angels interact with people on Earth, easing the burden of each soul with which they come into contact. In later seasons, Monica and Tess would be joined by Andrew (John Dye), the Angel of Death who also fills in as a caseworker to help lighten the load, and in the final two seasons (2001-2003), Gloria (Valerie Bertinelli) would join the trio as a regular recurring angel character… Overall, Touched By An Angel filled a desperately unmet need along the TV programming landscape. With much of today's programming fixated on sex, violence, and "reality," the hour-long CBS drama provided deeply probing family-oriented content which always left its viewers with a positive and upbeat feeling…

The Touched By An Angel DVD features a number of touching episodes including the series premiere "The Southbound Bus" in which Monica is prepared for her first case since being promoted from angel "search and rescue". While on the southbound bus, she befriends a young boy named David who tells her the story of his sister and mother's death in a car accident. But when Monica is hired as David's nanny, she soon learns the truth. David's mother is still alive, and Monica's assignment is to reunite her with her family… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Cassie's Choice" in which Monica and Tess help a teenager deal with the birth of her child and the decision of whether or not to give her baby up for adoption, and "There, But for the Grace of God" in which Monica is stripped of her angelic powers in order to learn a lesson of her own while on a case working with several homeless individuals…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Touched By An Angel (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (The Southbound Bus) Air Date: 09-21-1994

Episode 2 (Show Me the Way Home) Air Date: 09-28-1994

Episode 3 (Tough Love) Air Date: 10-12-1994

Episode 4 (Fallen Angela) Air Date: 10-19-1994

Episode 5 (Cassie's Choice) Air Date: 10-26-1994

Episode 6 (The Heart of the Matter) Air Date: 11-02-1994

Episode 7 (An Unexpected Snow) Air Date: 12-07-1994

Episode 8 (Snow) Air Date: 12-14-1994

Episode 9 (Fear Not!) Air Date: 12-25-1994

Episode 10 (There, But for the Grace of God) Air Date: 02-25-1995

Episode 11 (The Hero) Air Date: 03-04-1995

The a-team season 2 dvd review

One of a plethora of blockbuster regular series inextricably linked to the 1980s decade, The A-Team is an action series with an unending number of bombs, bazookas, and machine guns, where inexplicably no one ever dies! Code for "Alpha Team," The A-Team is a Vietnam War-era special ops commando unit wrongfully accused of robbing a bank in Hanoi. The four man team of Hannibal, "Face", B. A., and Murdock, escape from a maximum security prison and survive underground by doing good deeds for those in need of their solider skills. With the federal government hot on its trail, The A-Team hides out in the general area of Los Angeles County…

The A-Team (Season 2) DVD features a number of action-packed episodes including the season premiere "Diamonds 'N' Dust" in which The A-Team is hired to transport explosives to a diamond mine in Zimbabwe after the owner of the mine is murdered in his attempt to deliver them himself… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "The Taxicab Wars" in which a small, family-run taxicab company hires The A-Team to help them ward off the strong-arm tactics of a ruthless competitor, and "The White Ballot" in which Face's attempt to run against a corrupt sheriff tips off the government in regard to the whereabouts of The A-Team…

Below is a list of episodes included on The A-Team (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 15 (Diamonds 'N' Dust) Air Date: 09-20-1983

Episode 16 (Recipe for Heavy Bread) Air Date: 09-27-1983

Episode 17 (The Only Church in Town) Air Date: 10-11-1983

Episode 18 (Bad Time on the Border) Air Date: 10-18-1983

Episode 19 (When You Comin' Back, Range Rider? Part 1) Air Date: 10-25-1983

Episode 20 (When You Comin' Back, Range Rider? Part 2) Air Date: 10-25-1983

Episode 21 (The Taxicab Wars) Air Date: 11-01-1983

Episode 22 (Labor Pains) Air Date: 11-08-1983

Episode 23 (There's Always a Catch) Air Date: 11-15-1983

Episode 24 (Water, Water Everywhere) Air Date: 11-22-1983

Episode 25 (Steel) Air Date: 11-29-1983

Episode 26 (The White Ballot) Air Date: 12-06-1983

Episode 27 (The Maltese Cow) Air Date: 12-13-1983

Episode 28 (In Plane Sight) Air Date: 01-03-1984

Episode 29 (The Battle of Bel-Air) Air Date: 01-10-1984

Episode 30 (Say It With Bullets) Air Date: 01-17-1984

Episode 31 (Pure-Dee Poison) Air Date: 01-31-1984

Episode 32 (It's a Desert Out There) Air Date: 02-07-1984

Episode 33 (Chopping Spree) Air Date: 02-14-1984

Episode 34 (Harder Than It Looks) Air Date: 02-21-1984

Episode 35 (Deadly Maneuvers) Air Date: 02-28-1984

Episode 36 (Semi-Friendly Persuasion) Air Date: 05-08-1984

Episode 37 (Curtain Call) Air Date: 05-15-1984

Braveheart dvd review

Long before The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson directed another cinematic masterpiece, Braveheart. Filmed against the backdrop of majestic mountains and rolling meadows, it tells the historically-based (yet not entirely accurate) story of William Wallace, a common man’s warrior who led the Scottish people in rebellion against King Edward I, also known as “Longshanks”. Written by Randall Wallace, an American tourist fascinated with a Scottish statue of his namesake, the script collected dust in Hollywood for over a decade before Gibson made the brilliant decision to put it on the big screen. Just like The Passion, it’s a decision he would not regret…

Set in the 11th Century, Braveheart catalogues the struggle of Scottish serfs who labor under the brutal oppression of English occupation forces. Amidst these terrible conditions, William Wallace (Mel Gibson) falls in love with Murron MacClannough (Catherine McCormack). Insistent on not sharing his wife (a proclamation by the king gives local rulers “first-night rights” to new brides) Wallace secretly marries Murron. Nevertheless, an English knight assaults her, sparking a fight with Wallace. Fleeing the village, Wallace believes Murron has escaped and will soon meet him at a secret rendezvous point. But Murron is captured and executed by the king’s emissaries.

Angered by his wife’s murder, Wallace instigates a local rebellion, slaughtering all the king’s loyalists in his village. As his rebellion grows, a distraught Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan) dispatches his fabled Northern Army to destroy it. But the heroic Wallace delivers a stirring speech to rouse his men, while deploying an ingenious battlefield trick to defeat the king’s cavalry.

With the power and legend of Wallace growing day by day, Longshanks relies on his daughter-in-law, Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau) to broker a truce. But Isabelle’s power is limited, and Wallace realizes his people can only win freedom if backed by the Scottish nobles. Their appointed leader is Robert the Bruce (Angus MacFadyen) who vacillates between his own idealistic views and his father’s pessimistic pragmatism. Will the nobles join with Wallace? Will the Scots win their freedom? Only history tells us the answer…

With elaborate costumes, vivid battle scenes, and a noble hero as its focal point, Braveheart is more than your typical run-of-the-mill action movie. Part history, part Hollywood heroism – its timeless idealism strikes a cord with every viewer. In fact, the movie itself led to a revival in nationalistic pride that fueled the successful Scottish independence movement of the 1990s. It’s a testament to the strength and character of the real life William Wallace. A thousand years later, his enduring legacy continues to transform the European landscape, and Mel Gibson captures the noble warrior’s passion with an awe-inspiring Academy Award-winning masterpiece…

The princess bride dvd review

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, The Princess Bride should've been awarded the designation of best comedy of the year. Having built a large cult following since its 1987 release, The Princess Bride continues to entertain whole new generations of fans. Its enduring tale and timeless humor are certain to cement its place among the hallowed halls of the movie classic elites. The Princess Bride is one of the few movies that every person absolutely should see - if you miss it, then you'll miss out on an entire world of fun…

When a kindly old grandfather (Peter Falk) reads a story to his grandson (Fred Savage), his grandson is in for the story of a lifetime… The Princess Bride follows the story of the beautiful maiden, Buttercup (Robin Wright), who falls in love with a poor stable boy named Westley (Cary Elwes). But the two are torn apart when Westley is captured by a band of pirates, and Buttercup is kidnapped by the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) who intends to make her his wife.

But when the Dread Pirate Roberts (who just might be Westley) arrives on the scene, he's intent on rescuing Buttercup from the clutches of the evil prince. To do so, he must overcome a series of obstacles, and he must take on the skills and strength of a master swordsman, Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a massive giant, Fezzik (Andre the Giant). When the two men find out that the Dread Pirate Roberts is more than a match for their combined skills, they join him in his noble effort to rescue the princess bride, Buttercup. But Prince Humperdinck and his evil henchman (including a six-fingered man who may have killed Inigo Montoya's father) stand in their way…

The Princess Bride plays host to a number of hilarious scenes, but among the best is a sword fight which takes place between Westley and Inigo Montoya atop a large cliff. The two men trash talk to each other in rested voices while a well-choreographed fencing match takes place. It simply needs to be seen in order to enjoy the level of hilarity. In addition, the late Andre the Giant shows off his abilities as a likeable and loveable big guy with a big heart. All the various characters and their conflicts are drawn together with an original score featuring organ music that highlights the climax of each struggle. It fits nicely with the overall fantasy theme and makes The Princess Bride a better film from every perspective…

Non-stop fun and laughter from beginning to end, The Princess Bride is one of the most memorable movies you'll ever see. It's easy to become involved in the plight of the lead characters, and the exotic Middle-Age fairy tale locale makes for an always interesting setting. The Princess Bride is the perfect family movie for parents to enjoy along with their children. It's one of those rare films that's more than able to walk the thin line between adult and child humor. Because of its brilliant screenplay and unrivaled comic value, The Princess Bride is a definite must-see film…

The sopranos season 2 dvd review

In the late 1990’s a new HBO original series took America by storm. The Sopranos redefined the cable drama series genre with its unique look into the family life of a New Jersey mafia kingpin. Recipient of numerous Emmy nominations in the years since, The Sopranos has built a loyal following among television viewers and critics alike.

The Sopranos focuses on the life of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a middle-aged father of two and the successful head of an organized crime family. He’s joined by his two kids Anthony and Meadow (Robert Iler and Jamie Lynn Sigler) and his wife Carmela (Edie Falco). Burdened by the stress of his job and family life, Tony often visits psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), one of the few people outside the family that he can trust. Following a traditional soap opera template, The Sopranos provides fans with alternative view of the mafia lifestyle, one that’s not all the glory and craziness of The Godfather and Goodfellas, but more like middle-class America…

The Sopranos (Season 2) DVD offers a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere “Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist’s Office” in which Tony firmly establishes himself as the leader of the New Jersey area while Dr. Melfi starts seeing a therapist of her own in order to deal with the guilt she feels for refusing to treat Tony professionally. Meanwhile, Christopher’s criminal enterprises in the “boiler room” bring thug violence into a professional workplace… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include “Commendatori” in which Tony takes a business trip to Italy with Christopher and Paulie, and “Full Leather Jacket” in which Carmela uses the power of her status as Tony’s wife to get a friend to write a letter of recommendation for Meadow…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Sopranos (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 14 (Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist’s Office) Air Date: 01-16-2000

Episode 15 (Do Not Resuscitate) Air Date: 01-23-2000

Episode 16 (Toodle-F***ing-Oo) Air Date: 01-30-2000

Episode 17 (Commendatori) Air Date: 02-06-2000

Episode 18 (Big Girls Don’t Cry) Air Date: 02-13-2000

Episode 19 (The Happy Wanderer) Air Date: 02-20-2000

Episode 20 (D-Girl) Air Date: 02-27-2000

Episode 21 (Full Leather Jacket) Air Date: 03-05-2000

Episode 22 (From Where to Eternity) Air Date: 03-12-2000

Episode 23 (Bust Out) Air Date: 03-19-2000

Episode 24 (House Arrest) Air Date: 03-26-2000

Episode 25 (Knight in White Satin Armor) Air Date: 04-02-2000

Episode 26 (Funhouse) Air Date: 04-09-2000

The golden girls dvd review

Making its debut in the fall of 1985, The Golden Girls quickly established itself as a fixture of Saturday night prime time television. Following the lives of four older women living together as roommates in Miami, the show displayed a raw wit and a biting humor. The women live in the house of Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), a Southern belle who loves men of every kind and has dated every eligible bachelor in the Miami area. Her roommates are former high school teacher Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) and St. Olaff housewife and widower Rose Nylund (Betty White). Rose loves to tell stories about her former hometown, much to the chagrin of the other girls. The three are joined by Dorothy’s mother, the firebrand Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), a spunky Italian immigrant who always speaks her mind. In her early 80’s, Sophia may walk at a measured pace, but the velocity of her sarcasm only increases with age.

Overall, this is a charming situation comedy with likeable characters who have certainly developed their own unique identities. Although some of the same aspects of the show tend to be used over and over again (such as the St. Olaff stories and Dorothy’s reaction to them), The Golden Girls never seems to grow tiresome. With powerful performances from each of the cast members, viewers will find that Sophia steals the show…

The Golden Girls DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere “The Engagement” in which Sophia Petrillo moves in with her daughter Dorothy and her two roommates, Blanche and Rose, after a fire destroys her retirement home, Shady Pines. Meanwhile, Rose develops a bad feeling when Blanche’s boyfriend Harry proposes... Other notable episodes include “The Competition” in which Dorothy and Blanche enter into a heated bowling competition with Rose and Sophia, and “The Operation” in which Dorothy is forced to undergo surgery on her foot. Feeling scared and sorry for herself, she develops a new outlook on life after her encounter with an inspirational hospital roommate…

Below is a list of episodes included on The Golden Girls (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (The Engagement) Air Date: 09-14-1985

Episode 2 (Guess Who’s Coming To The Wedding?) Air Date: 09-21-1985

Episode 3 (Rose The Prude) Air Date: 09-28-1985

Episode 4 (Transplant) Air Date: 10-05-1985

Episode 5 (The Triangle) Air Date: 10-19-1985

Episode 6 (On Golden Girls) Air Date: 10-26-1985

Episode 7 (The Competition) Air Date: 11-02-1985

Episode 8 (Break-In) Air Date: 11-09-1985

Episode 9 (Blanche And The Younger Man) Air Date: 11-16-1985

Episode 10 (Heart Attack): Air Date: 11-23-1985

Episode 11 (The Return Of Dorothy’s Ex) Air Date: 11-30-1985

Episode 12 (The Custody Battle) Air Date: 12-07-1985

Episode 13 (A Little Romance) Air Date: 12-14-1985

Episode 14 (That Was No Lady) Air Date: 12-21-1985

Episode 15 (In A Bed Of Rose’s) Air Date: 01-11-1986

Episode 16 (The Truth Will Out) Air Date: 01-18-1986

Episode 17 (Nice And Easy) Air Date: 02-01-1986

Episode 18 (The Operation) Air Date: 02-08-1986

Episode 19 (Second Motherhood) Air Date: 02-15-1986

Episode 20 (Adult Education) Air Date: 02-22-1986

Episode 21 (Flu Attack) Air Date: 03-01-1986

Episode 22 (Job Hunting) Air Date: 03-08-1986

Episode 23 (Blind Ambitions) Air Date: 03-29-1986

Episode 24 (Big Daddy) Air Date: 05-03-1986

Episode 25 (The Way We Met) Air Date: 05-10-1986

Will grace season 3 dvd review

Will & Grace premiered in late 1998 to widespread commercial success. Debra Messing plays the role of Grace Adler, a heterosexual interior designer who shares an apartment with her gay best friend Will (Eric McCormack). Friends since college, Will is a successful lawyer and Grace's closet confidant. Having dated Will before he came out of the closet, Will and Grace maintain a more intimate relationship than most casual friends, and Grace often expresses her wish that Will were not gay. The numerous comic sequences involving the two are supplimented by Will's flamboyantly gay friend Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) and Grace's sassy, eccentric assistant Karen Walker (Megan Mullally)…

The Will & Grace (Season 3) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "New Will City" in which Will returns home following a three month trip to the Virgin Islands only to learn that Grace and Jack have created a close bond of their own. Grace struggles with her decision between Josh and Ben, while Karen attempts to smuggle pearls into the US only to get busted (pinning the rap on Rosario)… Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Love Plus One" in which Grace seriously considers a mйnage-a-trois with her ex-boyfriend when Will and Karen make fun of her, and "Crazy In Love" in which Will tries to impress his new sportscaster friend by taking up athletic challenges, but he needs Grace to give him pointers…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Will & Grace (Season 3) DVD:

Episode 47 (New Will City) Air Date: 10-12-2000

Episode 48 (Fear and Clothing) Air Date: 10-19-2000

Episode 49 (Husbands and Trophy Wives) Air Date: 10-19-2000

Episode 50 (Girl Trouble) Air Date: 10-26-2000

Episode 51 (Grace 0, Jack 2000) Air Date: 11-02-2000

Episode 52 (Love Plus One) Air Date: 11-09-2000

Episode 53 (Gypsies, Tramps and Weed) Air Date: 11-16-2000

Episode 54 (Lows in the Mid-Eighties: Part 1) Air Date: 11-23-2000

Episode 55 (Lows in the Mid-Eighties: Part 2) Air Date: 11-23-2000

Episode 56 (Three's a Crowd, Six is a Freak Show) Air Date: 05-07-2000

Episode 57 (Coffee and Commitment) Air Date: 05-07-2001

Episode 58 (Swimming Pools… Movie Stars) Air Date: 02-26-2001

Episode 59 (Crazy in Love) Air Date: 03-19-2001

Episode 60 (Brothers, A Love Story) Air Date: 03-26-2001

Episode 61 (My Uncle the Car) Air Date: 04-02-2001

Episode 62 (Cheaters: Part 1) Air Date: 04-09-2001

Episode 63 (Cheaters: Part 2) Air Date: 04-16-2001

Episode 64 (Mad Dogs and Average Men) Air Date: 04-23-2001

Episode 65 (Poker? I Don't Even Like Her) Air Date: 04-30-2001

Episode 66 (An Old-Fashioned Piano Party) Air Date: 05-07-2001

Episode 67 (The Young and The Tactless) Air Date: 05-07-2001

Episode 68 (Alice Doesn't Lisp Here Anymore) Air Date: 02-26-2001

Episode 69 (Last of the Really Odd Lovers) Air Date: 03-19-2001

Episode 70 (Sons and Lovers: Part 1) Air Date: 03-26-2001

Episode 71 (Sons and Lovers: Part 2) Air Date: 04-02-2001

March of the penguins dvd review

One of the more surprising films of 2005, and perhaps the most intriguing, was March Of The Penguins, a full-length feature film documentary cut from the same mold as a PBS National Geographic special. Directed by Luc Jacquet, the film had its origins in France, but the narrative theme is neither French, nor English, or for that matter, reflective of any nation’s cultural influence. Instead, March Of The Penguins is a truly rare cinematic masterpiece that transcends borders, language, and culture. Its brilliant portrayal of the Emperor penguin in his natural habitat offers universal appeal to audiences everywhere by reinforcing the themes of love, companionship, life, and the struggle to overcome the hardships of an oftentimes cruel and unforgiving world.

The US version of March Of The Penguins is narrated by Morgan Freeman, a stellar choice for the role as his precise, yet folksy, voice serves to underscore the magnitude and the magic of the annual journey endured by these fascinating animals. The visuals of the film are powerful in their own right, but I doubt the movie would’ve enjoyed the massive commercial success it did without the strength of Freeman’s performance. In the opening scenes, Freeman introduces us to the Emperor penguin and its icy homeland of Antarctica. As winter approaches, penguins from all over the continent make an instinctive annual voyage across rugged and inhospitable terrain in search of the ancient Emperor penguin mating ground.

Along the way, audiences learn every particular detail of the arduous task that awaits the Emperor penguins. With thousands gathered together, each must find a mate. Once the relationship has been consummated, a single egg is the product of their pairing. But the egg is fragile, subject to easy fracture and the hazardous conditions of extremely low temperatures. As such, the male penguin must protect the egg while the female returns to the ocean in search of food for herself and her yet to be born offspring. In the interim, high winds, driving snow, and freezing elements pound away at the swarm of male penguins as they desperately protect their respective eggs. Amazingly, the herd instinctively protects itself from the relentless cold by rotating those on the outside into the middle and vice versa, so that the burden of the cold weather is shared equally by all.

Once winter subsides and the females return, the newly hatched baby penguins face the additional threat of predators. The males must make their own journey to the ocean, and the budding toddler penguins must be initiated into the ways of their world, all so the process can take full-circle and start all over again next year…

One of the highest grossing theatrical documentaries ever released, March Of The Penguins is an utterly fascinating film. In contrast to the usual mind-numbing action-packed blockbusters produced by Hollywood (and demanded by those of us in the viewing public), March Of The Penguins is both educational and entertaining. You’ll find yourself perched on the edge of your seat in anticipation as these rugged creatures engage with the harshest elements of nature. You’ll root for the heroes and boo the villains, but despite the absence of a contrived Hollywood plot, you’ll find yourself truly captivated by this charming film – the story of struggle, the story of triumph, the story of life… March of the Penguins.

The simpsons season 6 dvd review

One of the best television shows of its era, or any era, The Simpsons redefined the genre of prime time animation. The blockbuster series filled with eccentric personalities from the town Springfield helped propel the rising FOX network from second-tier to the elite status enjoyed by CBS, NBC, and ABC. Its success opened the door for numerous animated series that followed a similar path, including The Family Guy (1999) and King Of The Hill (1997). With some of the best writers in the business, The Simpsons has maintained its consistency as one of the funniest shows on television. And that’s quite an accomplishment given the level its excellence it takes to manufacture so many episodes over such a long period of time…

The Simpsons (Season 6) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Bart of Darkness” in which the Simpson family is enduring the sweltering summer heat without the aid of air conditioning. When Bart and Lisa beg Homer for a pool, he gives in, and all the kids in the neighborhood raid the Simpson’s backyard. While jumping into the pool from his tree house, Bart breaks his leg. Alone in his room, he thinks he sees Ned Flanders commit a murder… Other notable episodes from Season 6 include “Lisa on Ice” in which Lisa’s perfect transcript is threatened by a possible failing grade in gym, and “Lisa’s Wedding” in which Lisa imagines her wedding in the year 2010. At first, her suitor seems perfect, but his reluctance to accept her socially inept family ruins the engagement…

Below is a list of episodes included on The Simpsons (Season 6) DVD:

Episode 104 (Bart of Darkness) Air Date: 09-04-1994

Episode 105 (Lisa’s Rival) Air Date: 09-11-1994

Episode 106 (Another Simpson Clip Show) Air Date: 09-25-1994

Episode 107 (Itchy & Scratchyland) Air Date: 10-02-1994

Episode 108 (Sideshow Bob Roberts) Air Date: 10-09-1994

Episode 109 (Tree House of Horror V) Air Date: 10-30-1994

Episode 110 (Bart’s Girlfriend) Air Date: 11-06-1994

Episode 111 (Lisa on Ice) Air Date: 11-13-1994

Episode 112 (Homer Badman) Air Date: 11-27-1994

Episode 113 (Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy) Air Date: 12-04-1994

Episode 114 (Fear of Flying) Air Date: 12-18-1994

Episode 115 (Homer the Great) Air Date: 01-08-1995

Episode 116 (And Maggie Makes Three) Air Date: 01-22-1995

Episode 117 (Bart’s Comet) Air Date: 02-05-1995

Episode 118 (Homie the Clown) Air Date: 02-12-1995

Episode 119 (Bart vs. Australia) Air Date: 02-19-1995

Episode 120 (Homer vs. Patty and Selma) Air Date: 02-26-1995

Episode 121 (A Star is Burns) Air Date: 03-05-1995

Episode 122 (Lisa’s Wedding) Air Date: 03-19-1995

Episode 123 (Two Dozen and One Greyhounds) Air Date: 04-09-1995

Episode 124 (The PTA Disbands) Air Date: 04-16-1995

Episode 125 (Round Springfield) Air Date: 04-30-1995

Episode 126 (Springfield Connection) Air Date: 05-07-1995

Episode 127 (Lemon of Troy) Air Date: 05-14-1995

Episode 128 (Who Shot Mr. Burns?: Part 1) Air Date: 05-21-1995

Green acres dvd review

A spin-off of the CBS program Petticoat Junction (1963), Green Acres surpassed its predecessor in audience popularity - spending four of its six seasons as a Top 20 Nielsen-rated program. Its family-friendly humor puts Green Acres in the same nostalgic category as shows like The Andy Griffith Show, back when TV sitcoms were all about humor and not as serious as they would later become with the introduction of 1970s stalwarts MASH and All In The Family. The brainchild of creator Jay Sommers, writer for shows such as The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet and Petticoat Junction (where Green Acres characters Sam, Doris, Fred, and Arnold make their first appearances), Green Acres' unique brand of comedy lives on through a successful and ongoing syndication run, and its catchy theme song even captured the pop culture for a second time when Old Navy incorporated it into one of their trademark clothing commercials…

Green Acres centers around the life of a wealthy Manhattan attorney, Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert), and his elite socialite wife Lisa (Eva Gabor). When Oliver gets a hankering to live out his childhood dream of operating a farm, conman Eustace Haney (Pat Buttram) offers him the deal of a lifetime. Only the deal of a lifetime turns out to be a 160-acre dump in the fictional town of Hooterville. Nevertheless, Oliver sets out to turn the farm into a rural gem, while Lisa is reluctant to leave her life of privilege in New York. Hired hand Eb Dawson (Tom Lester) helps out the Douglas family, and Sam Drucker (Frank Cady), a carryover from Petticoat Junction, runs the local general store. But the true life of the show emanates from neighbors Fred (Hank Patterson) and Doris Ziffel (Fran Ryan) and their adopted son - a prized pig named Arnold who displays many human-like traits. In time, Lisa learns to love the people of Hooterville, trying her best to bring sophistication to the backwoods region (and while still making use of her Manhattan wardrobe)…

The Green Acres DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere "Oliver Buys a Farm" in which New York attorney Oliver Douglas decides to live out his dream of living on a farm. So, without telling his wife, he quits the law firm of Felton, O'Connell, Clay, Blakely, Harmon, Dillion & Pasteur (whew!) in favor of a rundown tract of land in rural Hooterville. When his wife Lisa sees the farm, she goes ballistic… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "You Can't Plug in a 2 with a 6" in which Oliver must continually remind Lisa never to use an appliance(s) that will push the generator over a 7 on the power scale, and "Lisa Bakes a Cake" in which Lisa decides to bake a cake and ends up with a twenty pound cake…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Green Acres (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Oliver Buys a Farm) Air Date: 09-15-1965

Episode 2 (Lisa's First Day on the Farm) Air Date: 09-22-1965

Episode 3 (The Decorator) Air Date: 09-29-1965

Episode 4 (The Best Laid Plans) Air Date: 10-06-1965

Episode 5 (My Husband, the Rooster Renter) Air Date: 10-13-1965

Episode 6 (Furniture, Furniture, Who's Got the Furniture?) Air Date: 10-20-1965

Episode 7 (Neighborliness) Air Date: 10-27-1965

Episode 8 (Lisa the Helpmate) Air Date: 11-03-1965

Episode 9 (You Can't Plug in a 2 with a 6) Air Date: 11-10-1965

Episode 10 (Don't Call Us, We'll Call You) Air Date: 11-17-1965

Episode 11 (Parity Begins at Home) Air Date: 11-24-1965

Episode 12 (Lisa Has a Calf) Air Date: 12-08-1965

Episode 13 (The Wedding Anniversary) Air Date: 12-15-1965

Episode 14 (What Happened in Scranton?) Air Date: 12-22-1965

Episode 15 (How to Enlarge a Bedroom) Air Date: 12-29-1965

Episode 16 (Give Me Land, Lots of Land) Air Date: 01-05-1966

Episode 17 (I Didn't Raise My Husband to a Fireman) Air Date: 01-19-1966

Episode 18 (Lisa Bakes a Cake) Air Date: 01-26-1966

Episode 19 (Sprained Ankle, Country Style) Air Date: 02-02-1966

Episode 20 (The Price of Apples) Air Date: 02-09-1966

Episode 21 (What's in a Name?) Air Date: 02-16-1966

Episode 22 (The Day of Decision) Air Date: 02-23-1966

Episode 23 (A Pig in a Poke) Air Date: 03-09-1966

Episode 24 (The Deputy) Air Date: 03-16-1966

Episode 25 (Double Drick) Air Date: 03-23-1966

Episode 26 (The Ballad of Molly Turgis) Air Date: 04-06-1966

Episode 27 (Never Look a Gift Tractor in the Mouth) Air Date: 04-27-1966

Episode 28 (Send a Boy to College) Air Date: 05-04-1966

Episode 29 (Horse? What Horse?) Air Date: 05-11-1966

Episode 30 (The Rains Came) Air Date: 05-18-1966

Episode 31 (Culture) Air Date: 05-25-1966

Episode 32 (Uncle Ollie) Air Date: 06-01-1966

The west wing dvd review

Premiering in September 1999, the original NBC series The West Wing built an instant cult following with its seemingly realistic weekly excursions into the inner sanctums of the White House. The series became such a hit that some pollsters claimed that certain people actually believed Jed Bartlet was the real president (although, if true, this is more of a negative reflection on the intelligence of the electorate, and not necessarily an indication of West Wing's realism). But regardless, the truth of the matter is that West Wing definitely strikes a chord with certain audiences, providing entertaining brew of action, suspense, and drama on a weekly basis…

Seasoned Hollywood actor Martin Sheen plays the lead role of President Jed Bartlet. The day-to-day affairs of Bartlet's administration are run by a number of individuals who surround him, among them are: Claudia "C. J." Cregg (Allison Janney), Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), Leo McGarry (John Spencer), and Charlie Young (Dule Hill). The West Wing follows these dedicated staffers as they work extended hours behind-the-scenes to help keep the White House running smoothly. Along the way, the stress of the job and the characters' personal lives make for an interesting glimpse into what many believe is an accurate portrayal of a real-life White House administration…

The West Wing DVD offers a number of dramatic episodes including the series premiere in which we meet each of the recurring characters for the first time. The White House has their daily routine interrupted when President Bartlet falls off his bike, and Sam realizes the girl he picked in a bar the previous evening was a high-priced prostitute. Meanwhile, several members of the administration become embroiled in an ongoing feud with the "religious right," prompting President Bartlet to personally condemn a group of fundamentalists known as "The Lambs of God"… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "The Crackpots and These Women" in which administration staffers spend their day listening to a number of crackpot, single-issue groups lobbying for federal favors, and "Take This Sabbath Day" in which President Bartlet grapples with the decision to commute the death sentence of a convicted killer following a Supreme Court ruling upholding his sentence…

Below is a list of episodes included on The West Wing (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 09-22-1999

Episode 2 (Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc) Air Date: 09-29-1999

Episode 3 (A Proportional Response) Air Date: 10-06-1999

Episode 4 (Five Votes Down) Air Date: 10-13-1999

Episode 5 (The Crackpots and These Women) Air Date: 10-20-1999

Episode 6 (Mr. Willis of Ohio) Air Date: 11-03-1999

Episode 7 (The State Dinner) Air Date: 11-10-1999

Episode 8 (Enemies) Air Date: 11-17-1999

Episode 9 (The Short List) Air Date: 11-24-1999

Episode 10 (In Excelsis Deo) Air Date: 12-15-1999

Episode 11 (Lord John Marbury) Air Date: 01-05-2000

Episode 12 (He Shall, from Time to Time) Air Date: 01-12-2000

Episode 13 (Take Out the Trash Day) Air Date: 01-26-2000

Episode 14 (Take This Sabbath Day) Air Date: 02-09-2000

Episode 15 (Celestial Navigation) Air Date: 02-16-2000

Episode 16 (20 Hours in L. A.) Air Date: 02-23-2000

Episode 17 (The White House Pro-Am) Air Date: 03-22-2000

Episode 18 (Six Meetings Before Lunch) Air Date: 04-05-2000

Episode 19 (Let Bartlet Be Bartlet) Air Date: 04-26-2000

Episode 20 (Mandatory Minimums) Air Date: 05-03-2000

Episode 21 (Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics) Air Date: 05-10-2000

Episode 22 (What Kind of Day Has It Been?) Air Date: 05-17-2000

Gilmore girls dvd review

Nominated for 1 Emmy and 1 Golden Globe in its first five seasons, Gilmore Girls has experienced much greater success among TV viewers than among industry critics. In fact, the show is the first script supported by the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund to go on and become a regular television series. Part of an initiative between The WB Network - maker of such hits as Dawson's Creek (1998), Felicity (1998), Angel (1999), and Smallville (2001) - and fellow industry executives, this push for more family-oriented programming resulted in a series showcasing a unique mother-daughter bond and the various people they encounter on their life voyage of discovery. Set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, Gilmore Girls utilizes many of the same sets as the hit series The Dukes Of Hazzard (1979) - another successful Warner Brothers production from years past…

Gilmore Girls is set in a small idyllic community in Connecticut filled with a wide range of diverse characters and eccentric personalities. Against this backdrop, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) attempts to raise her daughter and best friend, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel), to carve out a better life for herself. Having made a number of youthful mistakes, Lorelai made the decision to raise her daughter by herself at a young age (the same age as Rory when the series begins), and she's bound and determined to make sure that Rory makes better decisions for herself. As Rory prepares to go off to college, she displays many of the same likes and dislikes as her mother - especially when it comes to the opposite sex, and that's what worries Lorelai the most… A borderline soap opera, Gilmore Girls is more of a serial drama that focuses on the love, friendship, and shared growth of a mother and daughter as they live out their dreams in modern day America…

The Gilmore Girls DVD features a number of touching episodes including the series premiere in which Rory is accepted to a very prestigious prep school named Chilton. But Lorelai struggles to come up with the tuition money necessary to send her, so she contacts her estranged parents for a loan. They agree to provide Rory with the tuition if Lorelai will agree to have a family dinner with them every Friday. Meanwhile, Rory has developed a crush on a recent transfer student, making her apprehensive about attending Chilton. When Lorelai finds out that a boy is the source of Rory's uncertainty, the two get in a fight with Lorelai fearing that Rory will follow in her own path of bad decisions. However, after the family dinner with Lorelai's parents, Rory realizes the sacrifice her mother has made in asking for the loan, and the two make up… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Forgiveness and Stuff" in which a feuding Rory and Lorelai settle their differences just in time for Christmas, and "The Third Lorelai" in which Emily opposes her mother-in-law's offer to set up a trust fund for Rory because she's afraid it will mean an end to her contact with her granddaughter…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Gilmore Girls (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 10-05-2000

Episode 2 (The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton) Air Date: 10-12-2000

Episode 3 (Kill Me Now) Air Date: 10-19-2000

Episode 4 (The Deer Hunters) Air Date: 10-26-2000

Episode 5 (Cinnamon's Wake) Air Date: 11-02-2000

Episode 6 (Rory's Birthday Parties) Air Date: 11-09-2000

Episode 7 (Kiss and Tell) Air Date: 11-16-2000

Episode 8 (Love and War and Snow) Air Date: 12-14-2000

Episode 9 (Rory's Dance) Air Date: 12-20-2000

Episode 10 (Forgiveness and Stuff) Air Date: 12-21-2000

Episode 11 (Paris is Burning) Air Date: 01-11-2001

Episode 12 (Double Date) Air Date: 01-18-2001

Episode 13 (Concert Interruptus) Air Date: 02-15-2001

Episode 14 (That Damn Donna Reed) Air Date: 02-22-2001

Episode 15 (Christopher Returns) Air Date: 03-01-2001

Episode 16 (Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers) Air Date: 03-08-2001

Episode 17 (The Breakup, Part 2) Air Date: 03-15-2001

Episode 18 (The Third Lorelai) Air Date: 03-22-2001

Episode 19 (Emily in Wonderland) Air Date: 04-26-2001

Episode 20 (P. S. I Lo…) Air Date: 05-03-2001

Episode 21 (Love, Daisies, and Troubadours) Air Date: 05-10-2001

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