REVIEW: 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN – SEASON 2

 

MAIN CAST

John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of The Apes)
Kristen Johnston (ugly Betty)
French Stewart (Mom)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises)
Jane Curtin (The Heat)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Elmarie Wendel (Rumpelstiltskin)
Simbi Khali (Plump Fiction)
Wayne Knight (Jurassic Park)
Ian Lithgow (Rice Girl)
David DeLuise (Stargate SG.1)
Chris Hogan (Grounded For Life)
Danielle Nicolet (The Flash 2014)
Dennis Rodman (Blunt Movie)
George Takei (Star Trek)
John D’Aquino (Seaquest)
Ileen Getz (That 70s Show)
Jennifer Rhodes (Heathers)
Harry Morgan (M*A*S*H)
John Aylward (The Crazies)
Dan Gilvezan (Transformers)
Brenda Strong (Supergirl)
Shay Aster (Ernest Scared Stupid)
Laraine Newman  (Wall-e)
Danny Strong (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series)
Tom Towles (The Devil’s Rejects)
Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck)
Jan Hooks (The Simpsons)
Dick Martin (Two Guys and A Girl)
George Hertzberg (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)
Curtis Andersen (Sabrina: The Teenage Witch)
Philip Baker Hall (Bruce Almighty)
Michael Milhoan (That 70s Show)
Richard McGonagle (500 Days of Summer)
Jim Pirri (Lois & Clark)
Nicki Aycox (Roadkill 2)
Ron West (Anger Management)
Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Nancy Lenehan (Two Guys and a Girl)
Henry Woronicz (When The Cradle Falls)
Mark Hamill (Star Wars)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)

3rd Rock From the Sun is one of the richest and hilarious television comedies to air. The series first aired in 1996 and lasted for a total of six seasons. The show molds science fiction into a sitcom and the results are a blast. A team of aliens from Mars take on human form in Rutherford, Ohio and integrate themselves into the local populace. Their goal is to learn everything they can about humans in a couple of days. Of course, it turns out humans are much more complex than expected and the team of aliens decide to stay a while longer. The strongest aspect of this show is its cast. They are remarkable together. Within minutes of any episode, it is apparent how well they interact and play off of each other. The show’s writing is also top notch and delivers one great joke after another. For more details about this series and its cast, please refer to my review of the first season.I had a lot of fun watching season one and I’m wasn’t really surprised I had an even better time with season two. All of the actors and actresses give stunning performances. The season two writing is clever, witty, and most importantly, funny. I think Lithgow says it best in the interview featurette included as an extra with this set. He makes a couple of comments regarding just how good the show was and his evidence is the cast, the writing, and the unique and very absurd situations they were allowed to get away with. And the truth is that Lithgow was right on every level. 3rd Rock From the Sun is one hell of a funny show and this second season speaks wonders.The second season picks up where the first season ended. In “See Dick Run – Part I”, the season one finale, Dick was replaced by Evil Dick after the Big Giant Head decided he was failing his duties as high commander. The second season concludes the story with “See Dick Continue to Run – Part II” and “See Dick Continue to Run, Continued – Part III”. In this three part episode Lithgow gives a stellar performance playing both his normal character and an evil diabolic version of himself. There are also some stunning performances with Lithgow and Stewart doing physical comedy. These episodes set a great tone for the rest of the season.The episode “World’s Greatest Dick” is perhaps the funniest this season has to offer. Sally goes into a gay bar and meets a really great guy named Glenn. Unfortunately, he thinks Sally is a man. Of course it takes her the entire episode to realize what’s going on in his mind. What makes this funny is not that it takes the common stereotypical gay guy, but rather that Sally as an alien doesn’t understand the stereotype. She just thinks Glenn is the perfect guy. “Proud Dick” is another episode that will leave you chuckling. As we’ve come to know the high commander, he’s a bit of an egotist. In this episode Mary gets a better parking space and Dick is furious he didn’t get it. So he goes to the university president and quits his job over the matter. Dick ends up working at a fast food joint. What makes this a funny episode is simply how Dick carries himself and the way the other cast members respond to his situation. Another fun part about this episode is getting to see Harry in a different light. He hits his head and undergoes amnesia. After spending some time with the family, he begins to believe the world is being taken over by aliens.3rd-Rock-from-the-SunThe two holiday episodes, “Gobble, Gobble, Dick, Dick” and “Jolly Old St. Dick”, which respectively cover Thanksgiving and Christmas are also worth noting. The Solomon family having arrived on Earth in January, they haven’t experienced America’s two biggest holidays. Their inexperience makes both of these episodes a riot. In the Thanksgiving episode, Sally rushes home after going to the grocery store on Thanksgiving. Now think about the last minute crowds at the grocery, grabbing up turkeys, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and just about everything imaginable. So naturally when Sally runs into these crowds, she thinks something bad is on the horizon, like the end of the world. Of course the Solomon’s find out what is really going on and trying to keep their human facade going, invite Mary, Mrs. Dubcek and her daughter over for an authentic Thanksgiving dinner. The Christmas episode is also full of laughs. They all learn what the Christmas spirit is all about, which includes the truth about old Saint Nick. I’m not sure if there is anything quite as funny as a grown man, err… Harry, learning that Santa isn’t real.The remaining season episodes are a blast. Our friend Wayne Knight best known for his role as Newman in Seinfeld appears in his reoccurring role as Don Orville, the cop who make san odd match for the beautiful Sally. He shows up in a number of episodes and the ridiculous and overzealous way he handles his character makes him a perfect match for the rest of the cast. This season also has a couple of big names as guests. In “Hotel Dick”, the Solomon’s go to a science-fiction movie about killer aliens and fear the general public has the wrong idea about them. In order to get the good word out, they go to a science fiction convention, where George Takei from Star Trek: The Original Series guest stars. In “Fifteen Minutes of Dick”, Sally punches out Star Wars’ Mark Hamill and becomes a local celebrity in Rutherford. The amount of attention she receives leaves Dick jealous beyond belief. In both episodes Hamill and Takei are portrayed in “I’m a washed up actor striving for attention” and damn it’s funny.Some other fun things that happen in this season include Sally coming to terms with being a virgin, Harry is pushed into running for city council, Dick learns what being a sports fanatic is like, Dick takes a sensitivity class, Dick tries to replace Nina with Harry, Harry gets a girlfriend, Tommy falls for glee club teacher, Sally finds out what it’s like to be a mother, Mary and Dick take the next step in their relationship, and plenty more. Overall this season promises to deliver even funnier and racier content than the first season. I repeatedly found myself laughing hysterical until it hurt and then rewinding the last scene to laugh just as hard again. Season two of 3rd Rock From the Sun is a must buy.What can I say? 3rd Rock From the Sun makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. The first season got off to a great start and this second season continues with episodes that are hilarious, riveting, amusing, ridiculous, and just a lot of fun. The characters are all handled extremely well in how they interact with each other, deliver dialogue, and use body language to the fullest. This season should make you laugh, cry, and leave you wanting more. Highly recommended.

 

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REVIEW: JEEPERS CREEPERS 2

CAST

Nicki Aycox (Roadkill 2)
Justin Long (Waiting)
Jonathan Breck (Dreamland)
Garikayi Mutambirwa (Clockstoppers)
Ray Wise (Robocop)
Diane Delano (The Wicker Man)
Bob Papenbrook (Power Rangers)
Josh Hammond (The Brotherhood)

On its twenty-second day of feeding, the Creeper, disguised as a scarecrow, abducts young Billy Taggart in front of his father Jack and elder brother Jack Jr. The next day, a school bus carrying a high school basketball team and cheerleaders suffers a blowout, after one of the wheels is hit by a hand-crafted shuriken (throwing star) made out of bone. Cheerleader Minxie has a vision of Billy and Darry Jenner, the Creeper’s victim from the first film, who attempt to warn her about the Creeper, before he blows out another tire, disabling the bus. With the party stranded, the Creeper abducts the coaches and the bus driver. When he returns he singles out several of the students, including: Dante, Jake, Scotty, Bucky, and Double D. Minxie has another vision in which Darry explains that every twenty-third spring, for twenty-three days, the creature emerges from hibernation to eat humans.After hearing several police reports, the Taggarts go hunting for the Creeper and make radio contact with the school bus. The Creeper attacks Bucky but Rhonda impales him through the head with a javeline. He then kills Dante, and uses his severed head as a replacement for its own. The students leave the bus, but when the Creeper returns, they are chased into a field, where the Creeper kills Jake and takes Scotty. After the Creeper attacks Bucky on the bus again, Taggart shoots it with a home-made harpoon; but the Creeper manages to escape and flips the truck. Izzy, Rhonda, and Double D attempt to escape in a truck and are chased by the Creeper, causing the vehicle to crash. Despite missing an arm and leg, the Creeper continues to pursue Double D until Taggart arrives and shoots it in the head with the harpoon. Taggart repeatedly stabs the Creeper in the chest but the creature goes into a hibernation state before it can die. Twenty-three years later, a group of teenagers drive to Taggart’s farm, where the Creeper is a sideshow attraction, and see Taggart watching it with the harpoon at his side. When they ask him if he is waiting for something, Taggart looks up at the Creeper and says, “About three more days, give or take a day or two.”Victor Salva makes great use of the ‘surprise element’. All the characters in Jeepers Creepers are equally meaningless so you never really know who will get killed next. Even the most popular jock, the most innocent child or the cutest girl can die at any time and this results in an exiting drop-out race of which you don’t want to miss a second. The film is not as gory as you might think and the stress is more laid on tension. Salva and his crew use the remote location to the fullest and the film contains eerie shots of wide cornfields and roads with no chance for shelter. The cast of young and inexperienced kids do a fairly good job. The only familiar face in Jeepers Creepers 2 is Ray Wise (from the cult series ‘Twin Peaks’). This film will never be a classic but at least its entertaining horror without much pretension.

REVIEW: ROADKILL 2

CAST

Nicki Aycox (Jeepers Creepers II)
Nick Zano (Mom)
Laura Jordan (Pure)
Kyle Schmid (Arrow)
Mark Gibbon (Robin Hood Beyond Sherwood)
Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel)

72dc5-joy-ride-2-nicki-aycox-kyle-schmid-nick-zano-laura-HThe film begins at a truck stop in an unspecified rural location. It is night time in the midst of a heavy rainstorm, and a hooker gets into a large, black Peterbilt and offers her “services” to the trucker inside. The trucker is revealed to be Rusty Nail (Mark Gibbon) when he recites his phrase “I like the rain. Keeps everybody inside and washes everything clean.” He asks the hooker to go out into the rain to get wet. When she is unnerved by this strange behavior and states she is leaving, Rusty Nail locks the doors and tells her to leave through the open window. He then shuts the window halfway as she is clambering out, trapping her with half her body hanging outside the truck. Rusty Nail then drives off, decapitating the hooker as he drives alongside a trailer attached to a truck. Meanwhile, Melissa and her fiancé Bobby (Nicki Aycox and Nick Zano), a young engaged couple in their early twenties, are on a cross country road trip in a 1983 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon. They are heading across the Southwestern United States to Las Vegas, where they plan on getting married. Joining them for the ride is Melissa’s sister Kayla (Laura Jordan), who along the way picks up her online boyfriend Nik (Kyle Schmid), a punk. When their car breaks down in the desert, the four find a seemingly abandoned house along a side road. In the barn, they find a silver 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle in working order with a full tank of gas. Melissa and Bobby are initially reluctant to take the car, as it amounts to thieving, but due to Kayla and Nik’s persistence, they relent. However, Melissa leaves a note in the house with her contact details for whomever may own the house and/or car.The next day, Melissa receives a phone call from the person who owned the car they stole. He then calls Melissa “Goldilocks” (she is blonde), revealing that he can see her. He also tells her, “I believe you have something of mine, ’cause I now have something of yours,” soon after Bobby disappears from a diner restroom. The others find a CB radio in their car, with which Rusty Nail talks to them. He orders them to destroy their cellphones and follow his orders if Bobby is to survive, and he has some quite nasty psychological mind games that create a bridge for gory, life-and-death situations. The group continues to follow Rusty Nail, who promises them that they will be all reunited soon, after Rusty requests for Kayla’s middle finger, a reference to when Kayla flipped off the driver of a truck who turned out to be Rusty. The group cuts a finger from a corpse and reach the wrong trucker because Rusty already knew that they had broken the rules. Rusty cuts one finger off Bobby and puts it in the glove compartment of the vehicle, which is eventually discovered by the group.Rusty later instructs Melissa to “strip down to her underwear” in front of his truck; it turns out not to be him, but some other trucker named Kenny Chesney whom Rusty Nail had instructed to be there. Rusty Nail soon pulls up at a bar in Utah, and Bobby tries to escape. He gains the attention of the barman, who has gone outside to smoke, but Rusty Nail catches him and uses a chainsaw-chain to cut off the barman’s jaw. He then commands Nik to walk through a party dressed as a female and to buy crystal meth. Nik refuses to do this, and Melissa takes a knife to his throat, whereupon Nik cries, confessing that he is scared and his tattoos are fake. Nik walks up to the party in the clothes that were seen on the hooker earlier, only for Rusty to kidnap Nik and drive off. Melissa and Kayla chase them, and in the ensuing car chase, Rusty manages to ram their car several times, overturning it. Kayla’s leg is pinned, and she is killed when Rusty rams again, causing the car to explode.Rusty takes Bobby and Nik back to his home and has them play a sadistic game of “Craps” with dice. In this game, whatever one person rolls makes the other person suffer. Bobby’s kneecap is struck by a hammer and his nipple branded by the letter R. Once Bobby rolls a double one snake eyes, Rusty kills Nik by stabbing him with a steel bar through the top of his head. Melissa breaks into a police station and steals a motor bike, racing off to find Bobby. Rusty Nail hangs Bobby by his neck in the back of his truck. Melissa parks the police motorcycle by the side of the truck, distracting Rusty and allowing her to overpower the killer with a few well-placed hits to the back with a shovel. She drives away in his truck, accidentally disconnecting the cabin from the rest of the truck and leaving Bobby behind, but Rusty manages to grab on to the side of the truck and climb on the roof. Melissa drives until the sun comes up and ends up plowing into a gas tank, causing the truck to catch fire. Melissa jumps from the truck as Rusty takes control, but it’s too late, and he drives off the side of a cliff, the truck exploding on impact. Bobby escapes from the trailer and meets back up with Melissa, their ordeal finally over.Later, in the middle of nowhere, a girl is stuck on the side of the road because her car has broken down. A big red Peterbilt truck with a trailer attached drives past her, only to stop and back up after she makes a nasty comment. She explains what’s happened and asks for a ride. As the truck door opens, it is revealed that the driver has a badly burnt right arm. The girl climbs in and a familiar voice says “You’ll catch your death out there,” revealing that the driver is Rusty Nail, who survived the explosion. He drives away with the girl.
MV5BMTg1ODc2NTUxNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDk5MTk4NA@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1400,1000_AL_The movie had a strong plot, and a good ending, especially if you’re a fan of Duel. At the end of the day. A great sequel to a good horror.

 

REVIEW: PERFECT STRANGER

CAST

Halle Berry (Catwoman)
Bruce Willis (Red)
Giovanni Ribisi (Ted)
Richard Portnow (Hitchcock)
Gary Dourdan (CSI)
Florencia Lozano (One Life To Live)
Nicki Aycox (Jeepers Creepers II)
Gerry Becker (Spider-Man)

Under the pen name David Shane, reporter Rowena Price (Halle Berry) and researcher Miles Haley (Giovanni Ribisi) are investigating conservative Republican senator Stephen Sachs, who has been having secret sexual encounters with his male interns, despite his publicly antigay agenda. The story is shut down, however, when the source clams up and Rowena’s editor, a supporter of the senator, puts a stop to the story. The editor also insists she take a vacation and will not take no for an answer. While walking home, Rowena meets her childhood friend, Grace Clayton (Nicki Aycox), who seeks her help in taking down Harrison Hill (Willis), a wealthy advertising executive. Grace gives Rowena her e-mails as proof of their extramarital affair, which Hill recently ended.A few days later, Grace is found dead, drowned and poisoned with belladonna, leading Rowena to suspect Harrison. Grace was revealed to be in her first trimester of pregnancy. With Miles’ help, Rowena goes undercover, under the alias of Katherine Pogue, as a temporary worker at his company, H2A at 7 World Trade Center. While setting up gift bags for a Victoria’s Secret collection launch, she meets fellow worker Gina. Gina gives her information about the questionable lifestyles of the senior management of H2A. Hill is revealed to be rich because of his wife, Mia Reinhart-Hill. If she divorced him, he would be penniless, revealing the reason why he keeps his affairs with female workers secret. Rowena flirts with Hill both online and in real life (not realizing the online Hill is actually Miles), but is warned to stay away by Hill’s lesbian PA, Josie. When Hill catches her snooping, believing her to be a corporate spy, he fires her.At Miles’s apartment, Rowena discovers a shrine to her and explicit pictures of Miles and Grace. Miles arrives home and Rowena confronts him; he defends himself by providing evidence that Hill had access to belladonna for poisoning. She goes to the police, who arrest Harrison for the murder of Grace. After Hill’s conviction, Miles visits Rowena. He then tells her that he knows she is the real killer and has been using this investigation to frame Hill. Rowena flashes back to a memory of her father attempting to molest her, and her mother subsequently bludgeoning him to death with a fireplace poker. A younger Grace watches from her window as they bury his body. Grace has been blackmailing Rowena with this knowledge. Miles describes in detail how she had plotted the murder to end Grace’s blackmail and pinned the murder on Hill. Miles asks how she intends to keep him quiet, implying she might sleep with him, since he has long lusted after her. However, Rowena stabs him to death and ransacks the kitchen. She then calls the police, claiming to have been attacked by Miles and that he might have been the real murderer. The film ends with a man looking out of a neighboring window, presumably having witnessed what really happened.Perfect Stranger has a good story, with a surprising twist; the lead cast has the names of Halle Berry, Bruce Willis and Giovanni Ribisi; unfortunately, the screenplay does not work well since it does not create an empathy of the viewer with the characters, which have dirty secrets. In the end, this film is a good and forgettable entertainment.

REVIEW: SLAP HER SHE’S FRENCH

CAST

Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly)
Jane McGregor (American Venus)
Trent Ford (Shark bait)
Alexandra Adi (Jawbreaker)
Nicki Aycox (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Jesse James (Blow)
Julie White (Transformers)
Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls)
Haley Ramm (Red State)

High school student Starla Grady is the popular head cheerleader and pageant queen of the small town of Splendora, Texas. She hosts a French foreign exchange student, an orphan named Genevieve Le Plouff. After winning the affections of Starla’s parents, friends, and boyfriend, Genevieve soon begins to take over Starla’s life. When Starla is forced to quit the cheerleading squad after getting some bad grades in French, Genevieve moves in to take her place, and then the roles are reversed. Soon, Genevieve is the popular head cheerleader, and Starla is the unpopular student. Soon Genevieve takes Starla’s place in the News Anchor Competition, and, framed by Genevieve, Starla is arrested for possessing a knife and getting high on mushrooms. But then Starla learns that Genevieve was, in fact, a former elementary school classmate, whom Starla had embarrassed so much that she felt compelled to move to France and has come back in disguise to get revenge on Starla.With her charade exposed, Genevieve leaves town in disgrace and Starla reclaims her status in school and town although she never achieved her ambition of becoming a reporter nor getting a college scholarship, she now feels that she’s a changed woman. However, the final scene shows Genevieve, now demonstrating her true Texan origins, stealing Starla’s ID card/drivers license and returning to France and she is welcomed to her new adoptive French family upon her arrival in Paris, play acting as Starla… and strongly implying that she’ll start the process of building a new life for herself by trickery, deception, and manipulation all over again.There are some terrific comedy sequences, like the “porno” cheerleading and the catfight at the Barn Dance, but what really works for this film is the side-splitting one-liners.

 

REVIEW: SIGNIFICANT OTHERS (1998)

MAIN CAST

Scott Bairstow (The Postman)
Eion Bailey (Ray Donovan)
Michael Weatherly (Dark Angel)
Jennifer Garner (Alias)
Elizabeth Mitchell (V)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Gigi Rice (The Man)
Jennifer Salvidge (Evolution)
Channon Roe (Boogie Nights)
Kenneth Kimmins (Lois & Clark)
Nicki Aycox (Jeepers Creepers 2)
John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise)

significant-others-jennifer-garner-elizabeth-mitchell-scott-bairstow-eion-bailey-michael-weatherly-dvdbash-wordpress03I originally watched this series when it debuted in ’98 because I adored Scott Bairstow. Only 3 episodes were aired I had forgotten all about it until it was released on dvd.

significant-others-jennifer-garner-elizabeth-mitchell-scott-bairstow-eion-bailey-michael-weatherly-dvdbash-wordpress01When I initially watched the show I found the way that the three lead characters (played by Scott Bairstow, Jennifer Garner & Eion Bailey) interacting in a love triangle, to be sweet & adorable. I was a teenager at that time. Now, rewatching it has more resonance, because it’s also about the characters’ journey to find themselves. Campbell Chasin (Eion Bailey) is still looking to carve out a name for himself in a family where everyone else is expected to go into the family business, just like his brother Ben Chasin (Dark Angel’s Michael Weatherly) has. family-guy-christmas-santa-choke-peter-s15e09-how-the-griffin-stole-christmas-simpsons-son-of-zornBen is also applauded by his parents, because he is getting married. He seems to have it all together, until we see him with regret at a missed female fling opportunity right after his wedding. Campbell decides that he can make a killing selling children’s videos & tries to get either of his friends to go in on it with him. He’s also upset, because he discovers that Nell Glennon (Jennifer Garner), one of his best friend’s & ex, is now hooking up with his other best friend, Henry Calloway (Scott Bairstow). Nell is an excellent worker who is so afraid of getting stuck in one track for the rest of her life that she actually quits her job after getting promoted. Her major issue is committing to anything. Henry fancies himself a serious writer. However, he has to pay the bills & does so by writing soft core porn. His boss is the slightly older Charlotte (Gigi Rice) whom he lusts after. The first 3 episodes had me intrigued. This set includes all 6 episodes (the other 3 of which were unaired) It’s a short and sweet series but it does introduce us to Jennifer Garner who a few years later would go onto do Alias.