Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, a review by Danae Cassandra
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Year of Release: 1977
Directed By: Jim Henson
Starring: Jerry Nelson, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Musical, Television
In Frogtown Hollow, live Emmet and Ma Otter: a family with little money, but lots of love. With Christmas coming, they want very much to buy each other a store-bought gift – but are barely scraping by doing odd jobs. When a local talent contest offers a special prize, Emmet must make a sacrifice to join his Jug-Band for the competition. Will the Jug-Band prevail or will fierce competition from the Riverbottom Gang steal the show – and the prize?
This a deceptively sweet Christmas special. It's about a widowed mother otter and her only son risking everything to win enough money to buy the other a Christmas present. Paul Williams puts together some good 70's folk/bluegrass inspired songs. The Muppets are cute and memorable, and even the minor characters have a surprising amount of personality.
It's also surprisingly dark, and though things turn out well for the Otters, it so easily couldn't have. After all, Alice and Emmet have destroyed their ability to earn a livelihood in the hope of a monetary show of love for the other. For me that impracticability mars an otherwise wonderful little special.
Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Fail
(From Christmas 2016 on December 16th, 2016)
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, a review by addicted2dvd
Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead
Jennifer Garner as Jenny Perotti
Michael Douglas as Uncle Wayne
Breckin Meyer as Paul
Lacey Chabert as Sandra
Robert Forster as Sergeant Volkom
Connor Mead is the kind of guy who dumps three girlfriends. At the same time. By teleconferance. So when he attends his brother's wedding he has a single goal: score with the only bridesmaid he somehow missed. But the ghost of his departed Uncle Wayne – who taught him to love 'em and leave 'em – has another goal in mind: restore Connor's lost faith in true love, a tough assignment requiring the services of many, many Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas and director Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Just Like Heaven) uncork a romantic romp as bubbly as wedding-toast champagne. It's the perfect comedy for anyone who believes in laughs and love. Or needs to.
My Thoughts:I first saw this movie on HBO On-Demand and I really didn't care too much for it at the time. Giving it a rating of only 2.5 out of 5. But I must say... I enjoyed it more this time then I did the first time. I think I was a little hard on it the first time around. Sure... it isn't the best Romantic Comedy I ever seen... but I still enjoyed it more then I apparently did the first time. I really enjoyed Jennifer Garner in this movie. But then I have liked her since I first seen her on Alias. I liked the idea of making it basically a rip-off of A Christmas Carol. The first time I watched this one I really didn't care for who they picked for the ghosts. But they seemed to grow on me this time... as I thought they were just fine now. I am wondering if my mood was a little off the first time I watched this. With all that said... the movie could be funnier. And I wasn't all that impressed with Matthew McConaughey. But I am glad I have it in my collection now.
Out of a Possible 5
(From TV Stars in the Movies: On-Going Mega Marathon on September 19th, 2011)
Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews, a review by Tom
Eric Stoltz as Howard Thomas
Catherine Bell as Emily Patterson
Lou Diamond Phillips as Meeno Paloma
Bruce Davison as Stan Lathem
Michael Rodgers as Bruce Geller
Billionaire Eric Benireall (Sam Neill) is losing his cargo ships and their crews at a frightening pace - and he wants answers. His bemused, hand-picked team of a subject-specific experts include: sceptical tabloid journalist Howard Thomas (Eric Stoltz), ocean resource engineer Emily Patterson (Catherine Bell), scientist/adventurer Bruce Geller (Michael Rodgers), and psychic Stan Latham (Bruce Davison). Recruited with the promise of unlimited funding for their research and the chance for once-in-a-lifetime riches, the team sets out to solve this most daunting of puzzles.
My Thoughts:A three-part miniseries about a group of people investigating the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle. The story plays with time-travel and alternate reality. I enjoyed this series. I liked the first part the most, but also the ending was nice.
(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on April 13th, 2013)