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!
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.
(From 25 Days of Christmas on December 24th, 2008)
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
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!
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
2015 Horror Movie Count: 11
(From Horror/Halloween Marathon 2015 on October 21st, 2015)
Psych: The Complete Second Season, a review by addicted2dvd
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
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.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Addicted2dvd's Random TV Series Watched on December 31st, 2011)