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A Christmas Story, a review by Dragonfire




The Christmas spirit isn't served up with more observant hilarity than in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd's holiday story. In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: 'a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle'. But when gruff dad (Darren McGavin) and doting mom (Melinda Dillion) regularly respond with '"You'll shoot your eye out!"' Ralphie mounts a full-scale 'Santa-begging' campaign. He encounters a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. We 'triple-dog-dare you to unwrap' a more welcome Yultide classic!

My Thoughts

I only saw all of this movie for the first time within the last 5 years or so.  Before that, I had just seen a few bits on television.  This was the first time I've watched it without commercials..much better. :)  Anyway, I really like the movie.  It has a lot of funny scenes, like the dad fighting with the furnace and being so impressed with the tacky leg lamp..or when the neighbor's dogs invaded the house.  lol  And poor Ralphie..just wanting to get the BB gun, but everyone kept telling him he'd shoot his eye out. 

 :thumbup:


(From 25 Days of Christmas on December 24th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, a review by Danae Cassandra




An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
Year of Release: 1970
Directed By: Ken Johnson
Starring: Vincent Price
Genre: Horror

Overview:
Brace yourself for a fearsome fright fest...times four! Maestro of Mayhem Vincent Price narrates this quivering quartet of Edgar Allan Poe's most spine-tingling classics, including: "The Tell Tale Heart," "The Sphinx," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Pit and the Pendulum." Dripping with gruesome torture, live burials, monsters, madness and murder most foul, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe will chill you to your very marrow!

My Thoughts:
This short anthology film is a treat for fans of Vincent Price.  He is the sole actor here, doing four of Poe's short stories as, basically, one-man stage shows.  It's very much a showcase of Price's talent, since each story allows him to develop a different character. 

"The Tell-Tale Heart" and "A Cask of Amontillado" are both two of Poe's best known stories and the best of these four features.  One showcases Price as a raving madman, the other as cold and calculating a villain as you'll ever see.  "The Pit and the Pendulum" is good, but I don't find it as engaging as the other two, though Price plays desperate terror quite well.  I find "The Sphinx" the weakest of the lot, though still enjoyable.

This was made for television, and obviously very cheaply, but if you're a fan of Vincent Price it's well worth seeing. 

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 3.25/5

2015 Horror Movie Count: 11

(From Horror/Halloween Marathon 2015 on October 21st, 2015)

Member's TV Reviews

Psych: The Complete Second Season, a review by addicted2dvd


     Psych: The Complete Second Season (2007/United States)

Get ready for more quirky adventures with TV's freshest and most eccentric sleuth as all 16 Season Two episodes of the hit series Psych arrive on DVD! Phony police psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his skeptical best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) are back on the case in this 4-disc set. Joining them is a supernaturally talented roster of guest stars, including Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Tim Curry, Golden Globe® nominee Gina Gershon and Kevin Sorbo. Featuring two episodes directed by the legendary John Landis (National Lampoon's® Animal House, The Blues Brothers) and over 45 minutes of can't-miss bonus materials, Season Two of Psych is a must for every DVD library! Critics exclaim, "It's not only laugh-out-loud-until-soda-squirts-out-of-your-nose funny, but it's also perfectly cast" (New York Post). We predict you'll love every quick-witted moment!

EPISODES:
1. American Duos
2. Sixty Five Million Years Off
3. Psy vs. Psy
4. Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds
5. And Down the Stretch Comes Murder
6. Meat is Murder, But Murder is Also Murder
7. If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?
8. Rob-a-Bye Baby
9. Bounty Hunters!
10. Gus' Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy!
11. There's Something About Mira
12. The Old and the Restless
13. Lights, Camera ... Homicidio
14. Dis-Lodged
15. Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion
16. Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead

Stars:
James Roday as Shawn Spencer
Dulé Hill as Burton "Gus" Guster
Timothy Omundson as Detective Carlton Lassiter
Maggie Lawson as Juliet O'Hara
Kirsten Nelson as Interim Chief Karen Vick
Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • Lil' Shawn and Gus webisodes


My Thoughts:
I been enjoying this show so much that I just couldn't be bothered writing a review for each disc. So I waited until I watched the complete season. And I am still completely hooked on this series. I have now watched 2 of the 4 seasons that I got for Christmas... and just can't wait to start season 3. Why am I so hooked on this series?... I really don't know... just know that I am enjoying every moment of this fun series. Favorite episode of the season? So many good episodes it really isn't easy to say... but I guess I would have to go with Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead... which happens to be the season finale. And I think they ended the season with a nice little cliffhanger. Nothing detrimental to the storyline... but something to keep your interest for the next season.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Addicted2dvd's Random TV Series Watched on December 31st, 2011)