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Dracula: Dead and Loving It, a review by Dragonfire

Dracula: Dead and Loving It

Mel Brooks, the unhinged movie parodist whose Blazing Saddles sent us Westward ho-ho-ho and whose Young Frankenstein electrified with mad-scientist nuts and jolts, now stokes the Bram Stoker vein with the comedy transfusion: Dracula Dead and Loving It. Leslie Nielsen plays the title role, and what's not to love?

His Count is a pratfalling evil prince of a guy who believes in long relationships. Brooks portrays vampire hunter Van Helsing who won't give a bloodsucker an even break. Stakes, garlic, mirrors and more - they're all part of vampire lore. And along with top supporting players Steven Weber, Peter MacNicol and Harvey Korman, they're all part of Brooks' tricks and shticks assuring that from dusk to dawn, the hilarity's on.

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(From Dragonfire's Halloween/Horror Marathon 2009 on November 1st, 2009)

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The Ballad of Josie, a review by GSyren

TitleThe Ballad of Josie
DirectorAndrew V. McLaglen
StarsDoris Day, Peter Graves, George Kennedy, Andy Devine, William Talman
OverviewHOLLYWOOD SWEETHEART DORIS DAY lights up the screen with her timeless sparkle in this light-hearted western.  Upon the death of her husband, feisty rancher Josie is determined to make a success of her sheep farm in smalltown Wyoming, much to the outrage of her male counterparts.  Determined to prove her equality and defend her land, she stirs up a woman's rights riots, and even a little romance along the way.
My thoughtsApparently this is a film that Doris didn't want to make, but one which her husband Martin Melcher signed her up for. Despite this, Doris does a pretty good job, but it's just not a very good script. It seems that the scriptwriters couldn't decide if they were writing a comedy or a straight western, so the result is rather a mish-mash. Their recipe is something like this: Take the standard sheep farmer vs. cattle farmer controversy. Add a good portion of womens lib. Sprinkle with some silly comedy moments. Unfortunately it doesn't come out very well. Not even Peter Graves or George Kennedy can save it from being rather bland.

And talk about unimaginative casting! They've got William Talman playing a district attorney. After being defeated time after time by Perry Mason for nine seasons, couldn't they have given mr. Talman something else for his final movie role? And how about Andy Devine as a judge? Seriously?

This is also one of the few of Doris' movies where she doesn't sign at all. Well, ok, a couple of lines over the end credits, but that doesn't count. Still Doris is the saving grace for this movie. She is the only reason I rate it 3.5 / 5.

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on May 1st, 2013)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     The Sarah Silverman Program.: Season One (2007/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(United States)
Length:132 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

In this first season of the critically acclaimed 'The Sarah Silverman Program', Sarah gets hepped up on cough syrup, takes in a homeless man and poops her pants. With her unique perspective on life and her ability to turn just about everything into a song, find out why Sarah Silverman is an American treasure. An offensive, filthy-mouthed treasure.

The Sarah Silverman Program.
1.01 Officer Jay (2007-02-01)
Writer: Sarah Silverman (Writer), Rob Schrab (Writer), Dan Sterling (Writer)
Director: Rob Schrab
Cast: Sarah Silverman (Sarah), Laura Silverman (Laura), Brian Posehn (Brian), Steve Agee (Steve), Jay Johnston (Jay), Laura Hayes (Old Woman), Kelli Dawn Hancock (Crack Whore 1), Chris Tallman (Weatherman), Rachel Germaine (Crack Whore 2), Tanjareen Martin (Crack Whore 3), Karen McClain (Large Woman), Rob Schrab (Neighbor (voice))

I have been a fan of Sarah Silverman since I first saw her in the Star Trek Voyager two-parter "Future's End".
This series may not be for anyone. Sarah Silverman's character is as politically incorrect as they can get away with.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on July 1st, 2012)