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When disco was all

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 30 May 2007 08:29 (A review of Can't Stop the Music)

They made this movie to usher in a new decade, with music that was about five minutes from being dead. There's a lot more irony there but it's best not to elaborate on out of good taste.
The movie is sort of about promoting the Village People group, but more about youthfull enthusiasm and ambition in people that where at least 30. Ms Perrine is v.nice and luscious and Bruce Jenner does a good job of being an ex athlete pretending to act. Steve Guttenburg is believable as the aspiring dj, perhaps a little under done. The music and performance of the VPs is as always good natured pseudo gay campy fun. This movie says 1980 full stop.

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Greek mythology disco

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 30 May 2007 08:21 (A review of Xanadu)

Olivia is possibly the most unconvincing greek goddess ever and there's about a million lines I can't use after that. She is very pretty and goddess looking though. The idea of a nightclub restaurant roller disco was a good one. I wish I had thought of it. Planet Hollwood had nice hamburgers but they where like 12 dollars. The chips where nice and the toilets where trippy but it went broke. So did this movie. I dunno it had all the elements of something. I saw this on a double bill with "Can't Stop the Music". Does that age me. I was only a kid though. The soundtrack with songs by her Olivianess and ELO was very nice and sold well I believe.

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Game over

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 29 May 2007 04:27 (A review of Joysticks)

This is a silly movie that is like a Porky's for video game arcade buffs. It has one or two ex pornstars, somebody called leif green and somebody called Jim Greenleaf as well. They have stupid names in porn movies too. This is an extremely juvenille experience. You will laugh. cry, get up half way through and go to the can, make a coffee and forget you where watching the damn thing.

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Wotchu talkin' bout

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 29 May 2007 04:10 (A review of Diff'rent Strokes)

"Everybody's got a special kind of story" as the theme tune stated. Unfortunately the young cast members had fairly sad ones. Enough has been said about the individual tragedies of Dana Plato, Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman so I won't say too much there.
Gary Coleman was an entertaining little fellow who really quite held the show together, Colin Bain's performance as a modern day daddy Warbucks kind of figure was actually played with quite a deal of sincerity despite sometimes dubious plot sometimes and special credit to both Nedra Volz and Charlotte Rae who provided some of the best moments of hilarity as the housekeepers. There where some annoying things like that Sam kid who was added later on when Arnold started maturing and losing his cutseyness (how many shows have done this when the ratings dwindle) and episodes like the one with Nancy Reagan eh..war on drugs propaganda. But also nice things like a very hot young Janet Jackson who played Willis's girfriend in a few episodes. They did get quite brave with their subject matter at times, for the time especially in a prime time g rated show. A spin-off from the show "The Facts of Life" was also not too bad.
It's good to see again. A real time capsule of middle America's sensibilities of the 70s and 80s wrapped up in a family entertainment package.

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Hilarious Train of thought

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 29 May 2007 03:32 (A review of Train to Hell)

Early noveldom of monsieur Alexei. A stirring tale of intrigue murder and stupidity. Kind of a funny and somewhat surrealist and ridiculous Orient Express with football fans. If you appreciate Alexie's off kilter brand of humour, which is admittedly something you will either love or can't stand there's not much middle ground, then you'll find this an entertaining and not overly taxing read.

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Drive you to drink

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 26 May 2007 01:16 (A review of Time Gentlemen Please)

A full on assault of a comedy in the style of Ben Elton young ones style toilet humour, unsubtle sexual references and fart gags. The story of a large bald aggressive barman with self esteem and sexual identity issues. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll vomit and run away in disgust. An extraordinary show.
Back off Brussells!

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Sometimes things are a drag

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 26 May 2007 12:44 (A review of Bosom Buddies)

I don't remember much about this show. Just it involved Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari pretending to be women. And it lasted two or three years. I don't know either

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Hits a home run

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 26 May 2007 12:36 (A review of A League of Their Own)

This film is about a women's baseball league started in world war II to stand in while the men where away fighting. The movie itself in a highly enjoyable and entertaining fare with inspiring performance from Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. Maybe one of the only films that was a box office hit with Madonna in it. She also sings the theme song. Wonderful, sensitive direction from former Laverne and Shirley star Penny Marshall

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Simply the worst. Worser than all the re

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 26 May 2007 12:16 (A review of Pink Lady & Jeff Boxed Set)

The most ill-conceived ill-planned ill-timed tv tonight show of all time. Japanese pop superstar idols Pink Lady made a pitch for the American market and hit the top 40 with "Kiss in the Dark". But then they where thrown into this ridiculous show even though they could speak very little English. Comedian Jeff Altman did his best to hold it all together but it is just an incongruent silly mess. It lasted only six episodes. Even appearances by guests like Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper could not save it. A bizarre point in tv history that you can relive over and over again thanks to this wonderful dvd. See you in the hot tub

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Green thumb to murder

Posted : 16 years, 9 months ago on 24 May 2007 08:40 (A review of Rosemary & Thyme)

I like this. Two middle aged ladies are professional gardeners and just happen to stumble upon murder mysteries and solve them with powers of deduction and horticultural knowledge. Kind of Murder She Wrote meets Burke's Backyard.
Felicity Kendall of Good Life fame, still can pull of that sophisticated cutesey thing which is pretty good at her age. Pam Ferris is a more than able and believable co-hort and they play off each other superbly. One of the more refreshing series I've seen in recent times.

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