REVIEW: SMALL CRIMES

CAST

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Gary Cole (Crusade)
Molly Parker (Wonderland)
Macon Blair (Green Room)
Pat Healy (Take Me)
Jacki Weaver (The Voices)
Robert Forster (Heroes)
Michael Kinney (Degrassi: The Next Generation)

Joe Denton, a corrupt ex-cop, is released from jail. Six years earlier, Denton, while on the mob’s payroll, attacked district attorney Phil Coakley, earning him the enmity of the police and the nickname “slash cop”. After finding his ex-wife has left the city with their children, he moves in with his elderly parents. Denton researches his ex-wife on the internet, eventually digging up a phone number. After briefly talking to one of his daughters, his ex-wife takes the phone and threatens to press charges if he ever contacts them again.Denton passes a bar on his way back home. Although a recovering alcoholic, he enters and orders a drink. His friend Scotty, the brother of Denton’s slain partner, greets him and offers him any help he needs. A young woman asks Denton for a ride home. Denton is surprised when she reveals herself to be Coakley’s daughter and intentionally bloodies herself. Cued by her cries for help, two men drag Denton from his car; Denton beats both men savagely. After Denton is questioned by the police, Coakley admits the evidence backs up his story and reluctantly asks if Denton wants to press charges. Denton declines, saying he wants to leave his history in the past, to the disgust of Coakley and Lieutenant Pleasant, who calls him a disgrace.Pleasant, revealed to also be corrupt, demands Denton kill mob boss Manny Vassey, who has found religion on his deathbed. Pleasant explains Vassey’s guilty conscience may lead him to confess to Coakley. Pleasant promises to help Denton renegotiate the terms of the settlement with his ex-wife if he kills Vassey. At his house, Vassey denies the rumors. As Vassey falls asleep, Denton begins to suffocate him, only to be interrupted by Charlotte Boyd, Vassey’s hospice nurse. Denton smoothly thanks her for her work and leaves the house, where he encounters Vassey’s sadistic son, Junior. Junior threatens to kill Denton, enraged that Vassey would see him while avoiding his own son.Frustrated with his suspicious behavior, Denton’s parents demand explanations. When they disbelieve his lies, Denton angrily accuses them of having no faith in his redemption. Denton encounters Boyd again at a diner, and the two soon begin dating. After Pleasant threatens him and his parents, Denton probes Boyd for a way to access Vassey. When this fails, Pleasant suggests he murder Coakley instead. Denton breaks into Coakley’s house but can not bring himself to do it. Instead, he bribes Toni, a prostitute Coakley has been seeing, into secretly recording him.After another argument with his parents, in which his father asks him to leave, an unknown assailant fires several shots into Denton’s parents’ house, wounding his mother. Denton confesses to Boyd, with whom he has grown closer, that the situation has spiraled out of control. She assures him it will work out, and, unknown to Denton, murders Vassey. At the same time, Pleasant sends Toni’s boyfriend Rooster to kill Coakley during his tryst, but Rooster instead kills Toni and is in turn killed by Coakley. After witnessing the carnage, Denton is kidnapped by Junior’s thugs. Junior reveals he has tortured and presumably killed Boyd. Denton’s protests that he was uninvolved with Vassey’s death are interrupted by the arrival of Scotty, who announces his brother’s friendship with Denton has led him to attempt a rescue.Denton and Scotty kill Junior and his thugs, but Scotty is shot. Scotty admits to being the person who shot Denton’s mother; Coakley told him that Denton was the one who killed his brother. As Scotty dies, Pleasant calls Denton and congratulates him for killing Coakley, who died in an unrelated car accident. Denton ransacks his parents’ house for dirty money they found and hid from him before kicking him out. After Denton finds the money and indicates his desire to deliver it to his children, Denton’s father says he will not allow Denton anywhere near the children, fearing Denton’s self-destructive impulses will harm them. When Denton incredulously asks what his father can do to stop him, Denton’s father stabs him. As Denton dies, he wipes the knife clean of fingerprints then adds his own.The story is really good and interesting. I was wondering all the time what’s going to happen. and the movie was able to still surprise me. If you like original and different movies you should watch this.

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REVIEW: THE RING TWO

CAST

Naomi Watts (Insurgent)
David Dorfman (The Singing Detective)
Sissy Spacek (Carrie)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)
Gary Cole (Crusade)
Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3)
Emily VanCamp (Captain America: Civil War)
Kelly Overton (True Blood)
Daveigh Chase (S.Darko)
Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men)
Michael Chieffo (Roswell)

In the coastal town of Astoria, Oregon approximately six months after the events of the first movie, and continuance from Rings, Vanessa is seen encouraging Emily by nodding vigorously when she is making her decision to go to Jake, so she may have known about the rings beforehand. Jake asks Emily to come over to his house, under the guise of studying together; however, his motives are actually centered on having her watch Samara Morgan’s cursed video tape, as his seven-day deadline is fast approaching. Emily plays the tape while Jake waits in the kitchen, but when he returns to the living room, it is revealed that she covered her eyes throughout the tape, and thus didn’t see any of it. As she failed to perpetuate the guidelines of the tape’s curse, Samara crawls out of the television and kills Jake in front of Emily.
Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son Aidan (David Dorfman) have moved from Seattle to Astoria. Rachel begins a new job at the Daily Astorian, a local newspaper, working for Max Rourke (Simon Baker). Before long, there is news of the teenager’s death in town. Rachel investigates, finding the dead boy’s face shows a twisted expression of horror just like the previous victims of Samara Morgan’s tape. Upon finding the boy’s corpse, she also has a vision of Samara grabbing her and declaring “I found you.” She goes to the police station and persuades the girl who witnessed the boy’s death to tell her where the tape is. She takes the tape deep into the woods and burns it.
Aidan has a dream in which he comes down to the T.V. room without Rachel home, and is pulled into the screen by Samara when the videotape starts. Back at home, Aidan starts to develop hypothermia, and his body is suddenly covered with bruises. At a county fair, Aidan takes pictures of himself in the bathroom mirror, with a blurred Samara standing behind him. His behavior grows increasingly odd and distant, and while Rachel and Aidan drive home from the fair, a deer attacks their car, nearly killing them. This event was apparently mysteriously foreseen by Aidan, who warned Rachel of impending danger seconds before the deer came out of nowhere. Strange occurrences within their house (including visions of Samara, a burn mark in the wall which resembles the tree from the cursed video, and seeming poltergeist activity) frighten Rachel, leading her and Aidan to flee. Rachel subsequently asks Max if he can take care of the increasingly sick Aidan at his house.
Max says that Aidan’s condition merits a trip to the hospital, but Rachel, knowing that his illness is unnatural, is adamant that traditional doctors cannot help him. When Rachel attempts to give Aidan (who suddenly develops a mysterious fear of water) a warm bath at Max’s, a series of paranormal events leads to Rachel seeing Aidan’s body replaced by Samara. Max walks in when she attempts to drown Samara, and sees her trying to drown Aidan instead. Suspicious, he insists on taking Aidan to the hospital against her wishes, stating, “You wanted my help, now you’re getting it.”
Based on the bruises on Aidan’s body, the hospital staff, particularly psychiatrist Dr. Emma Temple (Elizabeth Perkins), suspect child abuse on Rachel’s part, because Rachel reveals she suffered from postpartum depression, and won’t allow her to be near her son. Desperate for answers, Rachel flees the hospital and returns to the Morgan Ranch (which is now being sold) to dig deeper into Samara’s past. Knowing that Samara was not Richard and Anna Morgan’s biological child, she tracks down Samara’s birth mother, Evelyn (Sissy Spacek), who tried to drown Samara as an infant and has been living in a mental institution ever since. Meanwhile, Samara (in Aidan’s body) inflicts a psychic assault on Dr. Temple, forcing Dr. Temple to commit suicide so that Samara (in Aidan’s body) can escape the hospital.
Evelyn advises Rachel to “listen to your baby” when she seeks advice on how to deal with Samara. Max goes to Rachel’s house to check on her, only to find Aidan watching TV alone. He attempts to surreptitiously capture Aidan on film in order to reveal Samara, as Aidan had before Samara possessed him. Aidan/Samara notices the camera. When Rachel returns home, she finds Max’s truck parked outside and his dead body inside with the same twisted face of Samara’s other victims. Disturbed and unsure of what to do, Rachel goes inside to face her possessed son. Rachel falls asleep and dreams of Aidan telling her how to release Samara from his body. After waking, Rachel tells Aidan/Samara that he should go to sleep. Aidan responds that he never sleeps. She crushes sleeping pills in a sandwich, and after eating, Aidan falls asleep.

Rachel fills the upstairs bathtub with water and holds an unconscious Aidan underwater. Aidan suddenly wakes up, telling Rachel that he is still Aidan. Rachel then drowns Aidan and Samara’s spirit leaves his body, and Rachel is then able to revive him. However, Samara attempts to come back into the house through the TV set. Rachel grabs onto Samara as she is emerging, and is pulled into Samara’s well inside the world of the cursed video. Looking up, Rachel realizes that the well lid is always left open. Rachel begins climbing the side of the well. Halfway up, Samara emerges from the water below and also ascends in a very inhuman fashion. Rachel climbs out of the well just as Samara cries ‘”Mommy!”‘ in an inhuman voice. Rachel responds angrily that she’s not her mother and pushes the lid shut, trapping Samara in the well.
As Rachel wanders the monochromatic world of the cursed tape, she hears Aidan’s voice and walks toward it, only to come to the cliff where Anna Morgan jumped to her death. She hears Aidan calling her name below. Determined to follow Aidan’s voice, Rachel jumps off the cliff and ends up back in her living room with Aidan, where they embrace. Aidan calls Rachel ‘”Mommy”‘, and she asks him to just call her Rachel. The film ends when the camera pans out of the house, views the sky, where a crescent moon can still be seen in the distance. The shot shows the street, and the scene cuts to black with the sounds of flickering heard, and the credits roll.This film isn’t quite as good as the first movie but it is still a great sequel nontheless. Plenty of scary moments and Naomi Watts and David Dorfman are one again perfect in the lead roles. A decent followup.

 

 

 

REVIEW: I SPY (2002)

CAST

Eddie Murphy (Dr. Dolittle)
Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers)
Famke Janssen (X-Men)
Malcolm McDowell (Halloween)
Gary Cole (Santa Fe)
Phillip David Lewis (Pretty Ugly People)
Lynda Boyd (Sanctuary)
Bill Mondy (Blade: The Series)
Mike Dopud (Arrow)
Aleks Paunovic (Kindergarten Cop 2)
Crystal Lowe (Insomnia)

At the Bureau of National Security headquarters, Special Agent Alex Scott is accosted by his rival, Carlos, before being briefed on his next mission. Scott is assigned to recover a stolen fighter, the “Switchblade,” plane sold to arms dealer Arnold Gundars. Gundars is sponsoring Middleweight world boxing champion Kelly Robinson’s next match and using the event to auction the plane. The agency has contacted Robinson and assigned him to be the civilian cover for Scott’s mission. Scott and Robinson travel to Budapest, where Scott plans to penetrate Gundars’ compound during a pre-fight party.

Arriving in Budapest, Robinson is kidnapped. During the interrogation Scott bursts in, frees Robinson, and fights the kidnappers before revealing this was a test which Kelly passed by not divulging Scott’s identity. At Gundars’s party, Robinson replaces Gundars’s pen with a duplicate fitted with a tracking device before confronting his European challenger in the party’s boxing ring. Scott, posing as a member of Robinson’s entourage, uses this as a diversion to enter Gundars’ private office and hack his computer. Robinson arrives unexpectedly and trips an alarm. The two are forced to escape and manage to evade their pursuers by hiding in a sewer.

After returning to base, Robinson coaches Scott into winning Agent Rachel Wright by feeding him lines from the song “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye. Scott succeeds, but is interrupted by movement on the pen tracking device. He tracks Gundars to a bathhouse, which Scott believes is a dead end. Robinson has a hunch that the plane is hidden in the building, leading the two into a fight with Gundars’s men. Gundars speeds off in his car, with Wright in pursuit. Wright’s car explodes and Scott blames Robinson for her death. The two engage in a public confrontation that leads to Robinson’s arrest. Scott convinces the BNS that the operation can continue and tracks Gundars down again.

Robinson reaches the arena just in time for his fight. Scott finds Gundars with terrorists busy fitting the plane with a nuclear missile. Scott takes the men by surprise and forces them to surrender, before being disarmed by Agent Wright, who reveals she is a double agent. Wright tortures Scott for the Switchblade’s activation codes. Scott activates the contact lens gadget, allowing Robinson to see the dilemma as he battles his opponent in the ring. Robinson gets knocked down for the first time in his career, but recovers, defeats his opponent, and departs for the bridge. Robinson sets off a firefight which kills many of the terrorists. After Carlos lands in a parachute, Robinson infers that Carlos is also corrupt. When Carlos provokes Kelly, he knocks him out, scattering the terrorists for them to take cover. Robinson takes out the remaining terrorists, while their leader, Zhu Tam, and Gundars are both killed by Wright. After the bomb on the plane is destroyed, Robinson tells Rachel to put the gun down. Wright makes up a lie that the BNS suspected that Carlos was corrupt and says that they pretended to team up with Carlos so they can catch him and uses this to convince the others that she is innocent. The confusion leads to a fight between Scott and Carlos, allowing Wright to escape with Gundars’ briefcase. Scott and Robinson attempt to fly the Switchblade away, but it crashes into the river. While in the water, Robinson discovers the nuclear weapon. Scott realizes the mission is a success after all, and Robinson remarks that he will be recognized as a hero.

Later in Monte Carlo, Scott and Robinson track down Agent Wright and place her under arrest. Scott turns up a copy of USA Today and sees a picture of Carlos in a parade with President Bush. Robinson takes this news hard, and refuses to accompany Scott to BNS headquarters for a mission debrief. Scott tells Robinson the agency has perfected a jelly-like substance that will allow its wearer to float through the air. Robinson happily agrees to go, and Scott tells another agent to retrieve some jars of jelly and two parachutes.Overall this was kinda overlooked at the UK box office and I think it was because it was very slight and flimsy. However for gentle laughs based on good banter rather than set up jokes, this is a surprisingly fun comedy despite not sticking in your mind for longer than 15 minutes after you watch it.

REVIEW: SANTA FE


CAST

Gary Cole (Office Space)
Lolita Davidovich (Four Days)
Tina Majorino (Veronica Mars)
Sheila kelley (Matchstick Men)
Jere Burns (Bates Motel)
Richard Schiff (Man of Steel)
Pamela Reed (Kindergarten Cop)
Tony Plana (Ugly Betty)
Jacob Vargas (Luke Cage)
Anna Gunn (Sully)
Jeffrey Jones (Sleepy Hollow)

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In Santa Fe, Cole plays Paul Thomas, a Santa Fe police officer who has an obsessive interest in cults. At the start of the movie we learn that Thomas, his wife Lea (played by Sheila Kelley) and daughter Crystal (played by Tina Majorino) have escaped from a cult that became way too dangerousThomas had helped Lea and Crystal escape, but was wounded himself by gunfire as he tried to escape. A mass killing occurred at the cult and Thomas was the lone survivor. During his time in rehabilitation, his life changed. He was suspended from the police force, his wife Lea left him for a New Age Chiropractor named Dan Yates (played brilliantly by Jere Burns), and most importantly he realized he had an addiction to these cult-like organizations. Upon returning to Santa Fe, Thomas tries to get his life in order. This includes rebuilding his relationship with daughter Crystal and getting back on the police force. With some help from his City Councilwoman sister Nancy (played by Pamela Reed), Thomas is reinstated and although he is assigned to a menial desk job, he seeks to go after many of Santa Fe’s “charlatan-like” characters who he feels are cult-like figures. This hits home immediately when Dan and Lea get Crystal involved with a New Age guru named Eleanor Braddock (played by Lolita Davidovich). Immediately Thomas suspects that Eleanor is a charlatan and seeks to get her out of his daughter’s life. While trying to pry Eleanor out of Crystal’s life, he begins to get close to Eleanor and falls for her. The movie begins to unfold as Thomas struggles walking a fine line trying to determine if he really is in love with Eleanor or in love with her ideas. In particular while Thomas begins to struggle with himself – we also see Eleanor doing the same.

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REVIEW: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

CAST

Seth Rogen (50/50)
James Franco (Spring Breakers)
Danny McBride (Land of The Lost)
Kevin Corrigan (The Get Down)
Craig Robinson (This Is the End)
Gary Cole (Office Space)
Rosie Perez (The Other Guys)
Ed Begley Jr. (Veronica mars)
Nora Dunn (2 Broke Girls)
Amber Heard (Zombieland)
Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad)
Cleo King (Mike & Moly)
Bill Hader (Power Rangers)
James Remar (Gotham)
Ken Jeong (The Hangover)

In 1937, a military facility is on watch behind a two-way mirror as a soldier, smoking marijuana, begins to reveal very graphically what he hates about the army, but still remains euphoric. A high-ranking officer immediately closes the project and deems marijuana illegal. Seventy years later, Dale Denton, a 25-year-old process server and habitual marijuana smoker, makes a visit to the home of his drug dealer, Saul Silver, to buy marijuana. Saul tells him that he may already know the identity of Dale’s next customer, Ted Jones. Dale drives to Ted’s house and witnesses Ted and a police officer, Officer Carol Brazier, shoot a man to death. Dale panics and flees the area, but leaves his roach at the scene, which contains a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Ted is able to identify the strain and sends his two henchmen, Budlofsky and Matheson to a dealer, Red, who tells them that he has only sold the pot to Saul.

Dale flees to Saul’s apartment and learns that Ted is a dangerous drug lord and could trace the roach back to Saul. Dale and Saul flee into the nearby woods while Ted’s henchmen persuade Red to arrange a meeting with Saul. They accidentally fall asleep in Dale’s car and wake up to find that they missed their meeting with Red. They leave the woods and arrive at Red’s house, hoping to determine whether Ted has linked them with the Pineapple Express. Red says Ted isn’t after them but Dale realizes that he’s lying, and starts a fight that results in Red getting knocked out. They wake Red and question him until he reveals that Ted has discovered who they are and is going to kill them. Dale and Saul decide that they must leave the city.

In order to leave town, Dale and Saul sell some Pineapple Express to raise bus fare. However, a police officer named Barber sees Dale and arrests him for selling marijuana. In the back of the cruiser, Dale tries to convince Barber that Brazier is corrupt and tells her that he witnessed her and Ted murder a man. Barber recognizes Brazier and promises him that she will investigate her soon since Barber had been long suspicious of Brazier’s corruption. However, Saul leaps out in front of the police car and hijacks it thinking that Brazier is the one driving. Brazier hears a police radio call of Dale’s arrest and pursues Dale and Saul in a high-speed chase but they manage to escape. After an argument with each other about the situation they are in, Dale and Saul go their separate ways. Saul visits his grandmother in an assisted living home, but is kidnapped and held hostage in Ted’s lair beneath a barn. Dale enlists Red to help him rescue Saul but Red unexpectedly backs out at the last minute and Dale is captured. While Dale and Saul are held hostage, they reconcile with each other and make plans to escape.

Suddenly, Asian mobsters attack the barn to avenge a fellow gangster’s death at the hands of Ted and Officer Brazier (the same murder that Dale witnessed). Dale and Saul finally free themselves but are caught by Matheson. Matheson grazes Dale’s ear with a gunshot but is disarmed and shot by Saul. Dale and Saul join the fight and a brawl ensues between Dale and Ted. When Budlofsky refuses to kill Saul, Matheson emerges from the lair and shoots him in the chest, killing him. He turns around to kill Saul but Red drives through the barn and saves Saul by hitting Matheson with his car. Red is then seemingly shot to death by Brazier. One of the mobsters activate a bomb, resulting in Ted’s death, and setting fire to the barn. When Red’s car explodes, it flips over and lands on Brazier, killing her. The explosion incapacitates Saul but Dale finds him and carries him out of the burning barn. Red, wounded but still alive, also escapes and reconciles with them. Afterwards they eat breakfast at a diner and talk about their adventure before Saul’s grandmother picks them up and takes them to the hospital.

There are a lot of reasons why Pineapple Expresswon’t work for many people, and they will probably end up being the very reasons the film works for those who like it. The film’s plot is inherently silly to an extent and one must be prepared for an outright comedy and not something in the vein of Knocked Up. Pineapple Express may end up being more enjoyable for stoners and those with friends who are stoners, but it works on its own as great comedy because the humor has much more range and scope than just marijuana. One of the best comedies in years.

REVIEW: FAMILY GUY – DVD SEASON 16

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Seth MacFarlane (Flashforward)
Alex Borstein (Power Rangers Zeo)
Seth Green (IT)
Mila Kunis (Black Swan)
Mike Henry (Ted)
Jennifer Tilly (Curse of Chucky)
Patrick Warburton (Scream 3)
Adam West (60s Batman)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST (VOICES)

Rachael MacFarlane (The Batman)
Sanaa Lathan (Blade)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk vs)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride)
Ed O’Neill (The Bone Collector)
Lucas Grabeel (Smallville)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters)
Gary Cole (Chuck)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
Margaret Cho (Hurricane Bianca)
C.S. Lee (Dexter)
Chad L. Coleman (Arrow)
Christina Milian (Bring It On 5)
Martha MacIsaac (Superbad)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men)

This season is really season 14. The episodes this season are as follows.

Pilling Them Softly:


So this episode tries to tackle the issue of ADHD medication and whether or not it should be used on students who haven’t been paying attention in school. It’s pretty ambitious for the show to try and do this. On the Positive side  the episode handles the subject well and t demonstrates that some doctors would prescribe medication to the kid, even if he doesn’t need it. This can be done through not testing it and going off of what people see while the kid is at school. The sad truth is that there are parents out there that don’t ask their kid questions about what they learned in school, and it’s nice for this episode to show it


Papa Has a Rollin’ Son:


The main plot has Joe’s father coming to visit, but Joe doesn’t want that because he never told his dad that he was handicapped and his dad makes fun of handicapped people. It’s one of those situations where you can replace Joe’s father’s prejudice with anything and you can see how well this episode tackles the issue. It’s just as hard in real life as it sounds, and how this episode portrays the emotions realistically is damn impressive. The ending where Joe confesses to his father and reunites with him is very satisfying given how realistically portrayed it’s handled.

Guy, Robot:

The main plot has Stewie making a robot as a friend after Brian stole all of his jokes from Twitter for a stand up routine. While Brian did act like a dick stealing Stewie’s jokes, it’s actually neat of him to try and make it up to him by helping him stop the robots later on. The robots getting smarter leads to a joke about Asperger’s Syndrome, which I’m not really sure I get. Stewie says that the robots have Asperger’s because they are doing math on glass and invading each other’s personal space The majority of the main plot focuses on Stewie slowly being alienated by Lyle and the other robots, but I don’t like the implication that if you grow more intelligent, you see less intelligent people as beneath you. I don’t think the writers were intending to make it come off that way, but it’s still something I can’t ignore.

Peternormal Activity:


This episode is one that has a really good main plot,  I really like the idea here, being that Peter and his friends try to write their own horror movie after seeing a terrible one. So they go to a spooky asylum to write the movie, and lots of craziness happens from there. The ideas they come up with at the beginning of this plot are references to classic horror tropes, like the couple getting killed at Make Out Point, a person waking up in an empty hospital, and something that wouldn’t normally be scary being made scary. In this case, that ends up being a bar of soap, and it’s just as hilarious as it sounds.

Peter, Chris & Brian:

The episode begins with Peter being worried about his porn collection possibly being found by someone after his mother sold everything. I will admit, however, that it’s kind of dickish of him to only focus on his porn collection instead of his mother. Thankfully, that aspect isn’t focused on too much, so it doesn’t really become distracting. I love the little build up to Peter wanting to watch all his porno movies nonstop, and then through “11 minutes later”, he says that he will never watch another one of these movies ever again. That’s a pretty funny joke.


Peter’s Sister:

Peter’s sister Karen comes over for Thanksgiving, while Stewie goes a little too far as he and Brian go on a cleanse to avoid overeating.A fumy thanksgiving episode the highlight is the wrestling match at the end.

Hot Pocket-Dial:

Now this is a concept I can get behind: Quagmire’s feelings for Lois being brought to the forefront, and everybody having to deal with the consequences that can come from it. I never thought it would happen in this show, but I’m glad that the writers are finally doing something with this other than jokes. For the most part, the episode handles the concept fairly well. Everybody reacts like they really would in a situation like this, and there are some decent jokes that come from this. My favorite is the one where Peter accidentally lets everyone hear a message he said about an idea called “Fop Cop.” It’s so strange and out of nowhere that it’s damn funny.

Brokeback Swanson:


Joe becomes a quadriplegic while Brian has an affair with a married woman.  Despite some cringe-worthy jokes during this plot, it’s decently told, the characters act realistically, and the ending reveal of how Joe ended up being paralyzed is a funny twist.

A Shot in the Dark:

So this episode deals with the subject of hate crimes that have been going on in recent years. Peter ends up shooting Cleveland Jr while trying to protect the neighborhood, and he gets blamed for doing it from racism. In terms of that….it surprisingly does a good job of it!

Candy, Quahog Marshmallow:

This episode is a pretty good dramatic episode in regards to Quagmire’s story. I like the idea of him wanting to live a life in Korea with his old flame. It definitely leads to some good dramatic moments when he suggests that he’s going to stay there with her.

The Peanut Butter Kid:


After the Griffin family’s bank account begins to run dry, Peter and Lois have Stewie star in a peanut butter commercial. Peter and Lois soon start getting hooked on making Stewie a child star, which causes Brian to be concerned about their motives. A Good episode that  showcases those parents who push there kids to be famous so they can live off them.

Scammed Yankees:

Peter and Carter go to Africa to return Carter’s money he lost to a Nigerian scammer. Meanwhile, Brian tries to hook up with one of Meg’s friends after he finds out that she has a great body. Another great Brian episode.

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An App A Day:


Peter learns about phone apps and overloads his phone with them. He buys a new phone with more memory and gives his old phone to Chris, which causes a series of horrible events. Meanwhile, Stewie joins a tennis club and invites Brian to be his tennis partner.  A great episode that shows us just how addicted we all are to our apps and phones.

Underage Peter:


Thanks to dog years, Brian is the only one old enough to drink when Mayor West raises the drinking age to 50 following Peter’s latest drunken rampage, so Peter makes Brian buy his beer. There were several things that I genuinely enjoyed. Some of the jokes managed to get a chuckle out of me(aside from the confusing ones, like Thomas Edison’s cutaway), and when Peter isn’t taking advantage of Brian and coming across as unlikable, the episode does fine with the story and the moral it tries to teach.

A Lot Going On Upstairs:

The main plot of the episode reminds me somewhat of MLP’s Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep. This isn’t quite like that episode, since that dealt with a character’s depression(whether or not you think it worked depends on who you are), but the way the episode uses the dream sequences is just so incredible. Not only do the scary visuals actually have a point unlike in Seahorse Seashell Party, but it leads to some of the best and most creative animation the show has ever put out. It even manages to get some hilarious jokes, like Stewie’s perception of what the news is like. Watch that moment yourself if you want a good laugh. The main plot ends with Brian being revealed as the reason for Stewie’s nightmares, and it’s not from him being an asshole like you would think nowadays. It’s actually from Stewie not wanting Brian to be disappointed in him. That’s a feeling I think all of us can sympathize with, whether it relates to a parent, friend, or anyone, really. It’s a mature moment that is worth watching the episode alone.

The Heartbreak Dog:
Brian kisses Bonnie during her 46th birthday party and she (briefly) leaves Joe. Meanwhile, Meg starts stealing from a retirement home after the residents she volunteered to help mistreat her. The ending leaves me split down the middle. On the one hand, it’s nice that Joe is willing to listen to his wife and help her achieve her dreams that she never got to since his accident. That’s a nice, mature moment from him that bumps his likability up at least a little bit after the rest of the episode. On the other hand, it kind of feels like the episode is okay with someone’s wife cheating on them because of her lost dreams. That’s just how it came across to me.

Take a Letter:

The main plot has Lois find an old letter from Peter telling an old girlfriend that he was having doubts a week before his marrying Lois. While this plot is good for the most part, it does feel a little unfocused. The first two thirds of it focuses on Lois being worried about whether or not Gretchen and Peter were seeing each other. The last third has Gretchen go all yandere on Peter and trying to kill Lois so they can be together. The story does have many good moments.


The New Adventures of Old Tom:

This is actually a pretty good story for the show, even though it kind of feels like And It’s Joyce Kinney, except focusing on Tom Tucker. It does a decent job telling it, and even the climax where Peter gets Tom his job back is pretty satisfying. The only real problem I have with the main plot is Lois. She shows that she cares much more about how hot the new news anchor is than she is for her husband’s safety. When she does that, on top of leaving Peter at the mall to fend for himself, it kind of sours the moments when we’re supposed to care about her.

Run Chris Run:


Chris gets elected homecoming king, but Meg discovers that the cool kids only voted for him in order to prank him. Meanwhile, Peter and the gang get jealous when Cleveland starts hanging out with Jerome, so they try to get him back. A Good epiosde as the main plaot relates to me when I was at school the same thing happened to me.

Road to India:

Brian and Stewie go to India to find a tech support worker with whom Brian has fallen in love. Meanwhile, Peter becomes the center of attention when Joe invites him to bingo night. A great episode made me think of all the times I pranked the fake tech supporters.

Another great season and a must have for all Family Guy fans.

REVIEW: TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY

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CAST

Will Ferrell (Elf)
John C. Reilly (Cyrus)
Sacha Baron COhen (Borat)
Michael Clarke Duncan (Sin City)
Leslie Bibb (Iron Man)
Gary Cole (Chuck)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Amy Adams (Man of Steel)
Andy Richter (Run Ronnie Run)
David Koechner (American Dad)
Pat Hingle (Batman)
Molly Shannon (Scary Movie 4)
Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street)

Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is a man who grows up dreaming of going fast. While working on the pit crew of Dennit Racing driver, Terry Cheveaux (Adam McKay), Bobby acts as a replacement driver after Terry decides to take a break while in last place. After starting in last place in place of Cheveaux, Bobby finishes in third place. Bobby becomes the new great in the NASCAR and gains fame and fortune at Dennit Racing. While racing, he meets his future wife, Carley (Leslie Bibb).
Bobby persuades Dennit Racing to sponsor an additional team car. Bobby arranges to have his best friend, Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), on his team. While Bobby and Naughton succeed throughout competitions, their new teammate, French Formula One rival Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) is tough to beat. He outperforms them to become Dennit Racing’s latest success story. Desperate to dominate, Bobby exceeds his limitations and crashes at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which included his car rolling and flipping in the air.

While paramedics attempt to take him to the hospital, Bobby runs around on the track. Wearing only his helmet and underwear, Bobby insists he is on fire. During his recovery, Bobby believes he is paralyzed. After deliberately stabbing himself in the leg, he realizes that he is not. Now, Bobby is eager to rejoin the NASCAR circuit. Before a race at Rockingham Speedway, Bobby completed a test drive, but fear caused him to drive exceedingly slow. Bobby is fired from Dennit Racing and his pit crew now works for Girard. Jamie McMurray acts as Bobby’s replacement for the Wonder Bread car.
Desperate to remain wealthy, Carley divorces Bobby and marries Naughton. After accusing Naughton of ruining his life, Bobby ends their friendship. Ricky moves in with his mom, Lucy Bobby (Jane Lynch). Bobby’s two sons, Walker and Texas Ranger (Houston Tumlin and Grayson Russell), join him as he works as a pizza delivery man. After colliding with a shopping cart, Bobby loses his driver’s license and he is reduced to using a bicycle.While Bobby is not well, his father, Reese (Gary Cole), teaches him to drive with a live cougar in his car. After his father leaves, Bobby talks to his assistant and partner, Susan (Amy Adams), who persuades him to return to NASCAR, since it is in his nature to drive fast. After deciding to take Susan’s advice and race at the Talladega 500, Bobby and Susan become love interests. With the Talladega 500 on his mind, Bobby gathers a race car and pit crew. Before the race, Bobby makes amends with Carley, Girard and Naughton, while uniting with his pit crew chief and close friend, Lucius Washington (Michael Clarke Duncan). Bobby is forced to start in last place, after spare parts were donated to build the engine in Bobby’s new race car. At the start of the race, Bobby passes all of the drivers, except Girard. In the closing laps, Naughton uses a slingshot technique for Bobby to pass Girard.
The replacement driver of Bobby’s Wonder Bread car causes a massive wreck that causes all drivers to crash, excluding Bobby and Girard. On the final lap of the race, Bobby and Girard collide with each other and their race cars roll towards the finish line. Bobby and Girard exit their cars and run towards the finish line. In the background, “We Belong” by Pat Benatar is playing. Bobby wins the race, but he and Girard are disqualified for exiting their cars, so Naughton officially wins the Talladega 500. At the time of the first major crash, Naughton was in third place. Bobby, Naughton and Bobby’s extended family correct their differences after the Talladega 500.Talladega is more likable to its subject than a strict satire, because it firmly implants itself in the Nascar world and picks on its more absurd elements. In particular, the heavy emphasis on sponsorship in NASCAR takes a heavy beating with things like Ricky Bobby being contractually obligated to include Powerade in his grace. The ensemble of characters doesn’t produce that same energy that Anchorman had, but Talladega Nights did have some priceless bits of humor and it works just as well, perhaps even better, as a feel-good movie.