REVIEW: STEPHEN KING’S IT (1990)

CAST

Tim Curry (Legend)
Harry Anderson (The Escape Artist)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Dennis Christopher (Fade To Black)
Richard Masur (The Burning Bed)
Annette O’ Toole (Smallville)
Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps)
Tim Reid (That 70s Show)
John Ritter (Bad Santa)
Richard Thomas (The Waltons)
Jonathan Brandis (Seaquest)
Michael Cole (Chuka)
Olivia Hussey (Black Christmas)
Garry Chalk (Arrow)
Venus Terzo (Arrow)
Frank C. Turner (Alone In The Dark)
Chelan Simmons (Final Destination 3)
Steve Makaj (Stargate SG.1)
William B. Davis (The X-Files)
Jay Brazeau (Bates Motel)
Megan Leitch (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Laura Harris (Dead Like Me)

In Derry, Maine, 1960, a young boy named George “Georgie” Denbrough is lured to a storm drain by a strange, yet seemingly kind, man dressed in a clown costume named Pennywise. After a brief conversation, Pennywise reveals his malevolent nature and murders Georgie. Georgie’s older brother Bill is taunted by Pennywise as well. He and six other outcast children, who form a group called the Losers Club, discover they are all being tormented by the ambiguous clown. The rest of the group consists of the overweight but smart Ben Hanscom, asthmatic Eddie Kaspbrak who lives with his overprotective mother, Beverly Marsh who lives with her alcoholic father, comical Richie Tozier, Jewish boy scout Stan Uris, and African-American student Mike Hanlon. In turn, all of them are bullied by the psychotic Henry Bowers and his gang.

The Losers soon theorize that Pennywise is not a human being, he is instead an otherworldly creature that surfaces every thirty years in Derry to murder children and therefore they dub him “It”. To avenge Georgie and others killed by It, the Losers venture into the sewers where the clown lurks. They are followed by Henry and his friends Victor Criss and Belch Huggins, who threaten Stan, only for It to kill Victor and Belch, but spares the terrified Henry, whose hair turns white. It, as Pennywise, catches up to the Losers and grabs Stan, bragging that he is immortal and eats children. Guessing It’s powers are based around imagination, the Losers fight back using the same power, melting Pennywise’s face with imaginary battery acid and Beverly smashes a hole in his head using a silver projectile. Pennywise escapes wounded, and the seven make a promise to return and kill him should It resurface. Henry is arrested and institutionalized when he confesses to murdering his friends and the children It killed.

Thirty years later, in 1990, Pennywise returns and begins murdering children in Derry. Mike, a librarian still living in Derry, summons his six friends back to Derry to fulfil their vow. Bill has become a horror novelist married to actress Audra Phillips, Ben is an architect, Beverly is a fashion designer but in an unhappy relationship, Richie is a late night TV comedian, Eddie runs a limousine service but still lives with his mother, and Stan is a real estate broker. While five of them agree to come, Stan commits suicide in his bath tub and writes “It” on the wall in blood. The remaining six are individually scared by Pennywise, before reuniting for dinner, though Pennywise frightens them there too. They soon learn of Stan’s suicide shortly after.

Elsewhere, an older Henry is visited and befriended by Pennywise who sends him to Derry to kill the Losers. Audra also arrives in town following Bill but falls victim to It’s paralyzing “deadlights” and falls into a catatonic state. Henry wounds Mike, but is killed by his own knife during a scuffle with the other Losers. With Mike hospitalised, the five remaining Losers decide to destroy It for good. They confront It, who now appears as a monstrous spider. Eddie is killed by It, but Beverly mortally wounds It with her slingshot, and the Losers tear the spider apart. They remove the comatose Audra and Eddie’s body from the sewers, burying him in Derry’s cemetery.
The Losers go their separate ways, free from It’s torment forever. Richie is cast in a film, Beverly and Ben get married and are expecting their first child, and Mike recovers. Bill manages to coax Audra out of her catatonia by going on a ride on his childhood bicycle, which had once freed a young Stan from his fear. With It gone, the Losers can move on with their lives and leave Derry behind.Tim Curry is amazing as Pennywise, bringing a truly terrifying dimension to the evil clown. There are incredible performances from the child stars, all of whom are engaging and. The adult versions of the children are also excellent, particularly Tim Reid, Richard Thomas and, of course, the late, great John Ritter.  It’s worth mentioning that the DVD of “Stephen King’s It” contains an excellent commentary by the actors mentioned and the director, Tommy Lee Wallace (who also directed “Halloween 3:Season Of The Witch”). It is full of great trivia and anecdotes and John Ritter’s charisma and genuine love of the project shines through. So if you’re a fan of great horror and don’t mind developing a fear of clowns, then I highly recommend this under-rated gem of a movie!

REVIEW: FAMILY GUY – DVD SEASON 19

MAIN CAST

Seth MacFarlane (Ted)
Alex Borstein (Catwoman)
Seth Green (Without a Paddle)
Mila Kunis (Oz The Great and Powerful)
Lori Alan (Inside Out)
Mike Henry (The Cleveland Show)
Patrick Warburton (Get Smart)
Jennifer Tilly (Cult of Chucky)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Ralph Garman (Ted)
Sanaa Lathan (Blade)
Rachael MacFarlane (American Dad)
Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Lucas Grabeel (Smallville)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead)
Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin)
Mae Whitman (The Duff)
Gary Cole (Fam)
Denis Leary (Rescue Me)
Kimberly Brooks (Steven Universe)
Scott Grimes (The Orville)
H. Jon Benjamin (Wet Hot American Summer)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Niecy Nash (Scream Queens)
Mandy Moore (Saved!)
Phil LaMarr (Supergirl)
Chris Parnell (Anchorman)
Sarah Paulson (Glass)
Judy Greer (Ant-Man)
Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings)
Sam Elliott (The Ranch)
Martha MacIsaac (Superbad)
Christina Milian (Pulse)
Emily Osment (Mom)
Julie Hagerty (Airplane)
Tara Lipinski (Kidding)
Ross Marquand (Avengers Infinity War)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Wendy Schaal (American Dad)
Christina Pickles (Masters of The Universe)

Family Guy (1999)

This season is really season 17. The episodes this season are as follows.

Family Guy (1999)

MARRIED WITH CANCER

Brian falls in love with a woman named Jess Schlotz (Casey Wilson), who reveals she has cancer. He decides to take her hand in marriage and quickly comes to regret his choice when they find out her cancer has regressed after this discovery was made by Dr. Gravitas.

Family Guy (1999)

DEAD DOG WALKING

Brian’s marriage to Jess doesn’t go as planned, so at Peter’s suggestion, he lets himself go, leading Jess to make a surprising decision.
Family Guy (1999)

PAL STEWIE

Stewie befriends a boy his age; Peter and Lois attend a seminar on self-empowerment.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE QUAHOG

Stewie invents a shrinking machine that shrinks him and Brian down to microscopic size.
Family Guy (1999)

REGARDING CARTER

Carter gives Lois a surprising birthday present that leads to an unfortunate accident, leaving him dependent on the Griffins’ care.

STAND BY MEG

Stewie vows to make Meg’s life better after she saves him from choking; Chris is sent to a vocational school.

Family Guy (1999)

THE GRIFFIN WINTER GAMES

Meg takes the family by surprise when she makes the US Winter Olympics team.
Family Guy (1999)

CON HEIRESS

Stewie and Brian compete for the inheritance of a wealthy, older heiress; Peter and Chris battle for Mr. Herbert’s affection.
Family Guy (1999)

PAWTUCKET PETE

When the Pawtucket Brewery’s new bosses want to change the company’s mascot, Peter and Brian go head-to-head to become the new face.
Family Guy (1999)

HEFTY SHADES OF GREY

Tom Tucker teaches Peter how to report fake news; Brian and Stewie help Chris improve his love life.
Family Guy (1999)

TRUMP GUY

The Griffins move to the White House where Peter is hired as the new Press Secretary.

Family Guy (1999)

BRI, ROBOT

Brian worries about his legacy, so Stewie makes him a robot duplicate as a living biography; Peter starts working at a massage parlor.
Seth MacFarlane and Patrick Warburton in Family Guy (1999)

TRANS-FAT

Peter learns an important lesson when he’s mistakenly identified as transgender.
Family Guy (1999)

FAMILY GUY LITE

Peter goes on a health kick; When Lois starts writing a romantic fantasy novel, Brian and Stewie investigate who she might have a crush on.
Seth MacFarlane and Mandy Moore in Family Guy (1999)

NO GIGGITY, NO DOUBT

Quagmire discovers a long-lost daughter and makes a serious effort to embrace parenting.
Seth Green, Alex Borstein, and Seth MacFarlane in Family Guy (1999)

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE BOOTH

The Griffins provide DVD commentary on a recent episode and reveal never-before-told drama between Peter and Lois.
Seth MacFarlane in Family Guy (1999)

ISLAND ADVENTURE

Stewie and Brian travel to Garbage Island to retrieve his tricycle after Peter throws it out; Lois tries to help Quagmire court a middle-aged woman.
Family Guy (1999)

THROW IT AWAY

Lois challenges the other Griffins to throw out anything that no longer gives them joy, only to take the decluttering to a surprising extreme.
Family Guy (1999)

GIRL, INTERNETTED

Meg becomes famous on the internet for her unhealthy eating; Brian and Stewie enjoy a new ride while Brian’s car gets fixed.
Seth MacFarlane in Family Guy (1999)

ADAM WEST HIGH

Brian runs for Mayor after successfully renaming James Woods High after the late Adam West, only for Quagmire to campaign against him.
Seth MacFarlane in Family Guy (1999)
Celebrate laughter, lunacy and all that jazz with this outrageous collection of 20 Family Guy episodes. It’s a freakin’ hilarious complete season,

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: KRAMPUS

CAST
Adam Scott (The Aviator)
Emjay Anthony (Chef)
Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense)
David Koechner (Anchorman)
Stefania LaVie Owen (The Carrie Diaries)
Krista Stadler (Soraya)
Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half men)
Allison Tolman (The Gift)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
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On December 22, a suburban family gets together to celebrate the holidays—Tom (Adam Scott) and Sarah (Toni Collette), their children Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen) and Max (Emjay Anthony); Sarah’s sister Linda (Allison Tolman), Linda’s husband Howard (David Koechner), their children Stevie (Lolo Owen), Jordan (Queenie Samuel), Howie Jr. (Maverick Flack), and their baby daughter; Sarah and Linda’s aunt Dorothy (Conchata Ferrell); and Tom’s Austrian mother, who is affectionately referred to as “Omi” (Krista Stadler).
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Max wants to continue the family’s Christmas traditions, but tensions between various members of the family keep everyone from having a good time and the family lose their Christmas Spirit. Shortly afterwards a severe blizzard appears and cuts out power in the entire town. Beth, worried about her boyfriend, decides to go visit him in the storm. Upon reaching his house, she spots a strange being who then chases her. She hides under a stalled delivery truck, where she is attacked by an unseen monster. After a period of apparently being alone with no power, Tom and Howard go out seeking for Beth by going to her boyfriend’s house and find it in devastation, with the chimney split open as well as large, goat-like hoof prints on the floor. Fearing what they do not yet understand the family board up the doors and windows, promising Sarah they will look for the missing Beth when morning comes. Howard promises to stay up to keep watch during the night, but he falls asleep. As the fire in the fireplace dies, a hook is lured down the chimney, which drags Howie Jr. up and away. Omi reveals to the family what is happening—they are being tormented by Krampus, an ancient demonic spirit that punishes those who are bad at Christmas, referring to him as the “shadow of Saint Nicholas”. Omi admits that when she was young, her family’s poverty caused her to lose her love of the holidays, which summoned Krampus and resulted in her parents, and town being dragged into hell. She alone was spared by the demon, who left behind a bauble with his name inscribed and her life as a reminder of what happens when one loses their Christmas spirit.
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In the attic, a bag of presents suddenly begins shaking. The family run to the attic and witness a large, snake-like jack-in-the-box monster devour Jordan. The others are attacked by a group of monstrous toys, but fend them off and regroup downstairs. They are soon again attacked by Krampus’s elves, who abduct Dorothy, Howard, and the baby before leaving. The remaining family decide to make a run for a snow plow in the street. Omi stays behind to confront Krampus and buy time for the others. Krampus opens his bag of toys and she is attacked. As the rest of the group run for the plow, the family is carried off one by one until only Max is left. Krampus then appears before Max and gives him a bauble with his name on it, wrapped in a piece of his shredded Santa letter, before leaving. Max confronts and pleads with Krampus to give his family back and take him instead. Krampus seems to consider his request before picking Max up and holding him over a pit into the underworld. Max apologizes to the demon for losing his Christmas spirit but Krampus drops the screaming Max into the pit.
Max suddenly awakens in his bed on Christmas morning. He looks out his window and sees that the neighborhood has returned to normal, and finds his family downstairs opening presents. Believing that the entire experience had been a dream he opens a present and discovers the Krampus bauble. The family falls silent and the camera zooms out to reveal that their house is seen inside a snow globe on a shelf in the Krampus’ lair, along with others.
The film works very well in a number of ways. There is a nice balance between the comedic elements, the in-laws “from Hell”, (with Conchata Ferrell as Aunt Dorothy, doing a nice turn), and some genuinely quite tense moments (for example, when Tom and Howard go out in the blizzard to look for Beth – the significance of the ginger bread man pinned to the fridge with two knives only becoming clear later!). In addition I thought the “Jack in the Box” was genuinely quite creepy. The cloven-hoofed Krampus himself, as the “shadow of St. Nicholas” is rarely seen close up until the end, but is well done. What I also liked about the film was that it did not all dissolve in the final act into the usual too sweet and sugary ooze of most Christmas films “with a message”. It stayed true all the way through to the end.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – THE FINAL PAGE – PART 1 & 2

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MAIN CAST

Josh Radnor (Mercy Street)
Jason Segel (The Muppets)
Cobie Smulders (Agents of SHIELD)
Neil Patrick Harris (Starship Troopers)
Alyson Hannigan (Date Movie)
Bob Saget (Full House)

GUEST CAST

Ellen D. Williams (Bskets)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Peter Gallagher (Ameircan Beauty)
Alexis Denisof (Angel)
Marshall Manesh (The Brink)

PART 1

Ted’s new building is set to open and he invites his favorite architecture professor, Vinick, from his college days to the grand opening. The group says that Ted has put the professor in his “pit”, in that he has obsessed over him and hasn’t let him go since college. This is further confirmed when the professor declines the invite. Ted takes the group to Wesleyan, intending to unleash his wrath on Vinick. After hearing one of his inspiring lectures, Ted craves Vinick’s approval and shows him a sketch of the GNB building. Vinick is unimpressed and Ted brings a 3crD model, but Vinick views the attempt as pathetic. Ted realizes he has to move on.

Marshall and Lily explain they are in someone else’s pit. Daryl, a friend from college, became obsessed with the two, causing them to feel uncomfortable. They run into Daryl at Wesleyan, having formed a company selling hacky sacks named after the three of them. He invites them to his house; Marshall and Lily fear they will be killed, but find that Daryl’s company has become successful, and they unknowingly reject his offer to give them $100,000, claiming it was partly their idea. Daryl seems to accept that they don’t want any part of his life.

Marshall calls “Jinx” on Barney when they utter the same phrase simultaneously. Future Ted explains the group takes the game very seriously; Barney had previously broken the jinx out of mockery, but later had been hit by a bus, causing everyone to follow the rules whenever they’re jinxed. The group relishes Barney’s silence. Robin has someone in her pit, Patrice, and plans to fire her for getting together with the man she loves. She moves on and lets Patrice stay. Barney tricks Ted into saying his name by showing him a wedding ring, breaking the jinx. Barney explains that he’s serious and makes Ted promise not to tell anyone he plans to propose to Patrice.

PART 2

Ted’s new building is opening that night, but he is distracted by his promise to Barney; he winds up asking Robin to be his date to the gala when he loses the nerve to tell her. When Ted meets up with Robin, he tells her. Robin claims to be fine with Barney’s plans, she admits that she has still loved him for a long time, but cannot keep chasing after Barney if he will never feel the same way about her. Finally letting go of his pursuit of her, Ted takes Robin to the WWN building where Barney intends to propose to Patrice. Marshall and Lily are excited to have their first evening away from baby Marvin, thanks to her father Mickey taking care of him. Marshall hears about Barney and the two end up missing Marvin. They decide they are more content spending the night back home with him.

When Robin heads to the roof of the building, she sees no sign of Patrice. Instead she finds a page from Barney’s Playbook, titled “The Robin”. Barney had a long plan to get back together with Robin, which started with proclaiming his love for Robin and intentionally getting shot down. He went to Patrice for help and pretended to date her so that Robin would realize her feelings for him. When Barney arrives, Robin feels that she can’t trust Barney because of how he manipulated her to get to this moment. He still proclaims his love for her and proposes; Robin accepts, and they embrace and kiss. At the gala, a GNB executive proposes a toast to Ted. While Robin, Barney, Marshall, and Lily are shown happily in their respective couplings, Ted stares out from the GNB building alone.

The second Part is one of the best episodes of the season, and a lovely ending. A great final Christmas on HIMYM.

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: FAMILY GUY – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 4

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING

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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)
Patrick Warburton (Scream 3)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Gary Cole (Fam)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Rachael MacFarlane (Ted 2)

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25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – AMENDS

CAST
Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones)
Nicholas Brendon (Children of the Corn 3)
Alyson Hannigan (Date Movie)
Charisma Carpenter (Scream Queens)
David Boreanaz (Bones)
Seth Green (Austin Powers)
Anthony Stewart Head (Ghost Rider 2)
GUEST CAST
Kristine Sutherland (The Following)
Saverio Guerra (Bad Boys)
Edward Edwards (Robocop)
Corneila Hayes O’Herlihy (Tears of The Sun)
Robia LaMorte (Spawn)
Eliza Dushku (Tru Calling)
It is Christmas in Sunnydale and Angel is haunted with dreams of the people he murdered over the years as Angelus. When Buffy starts getting dragged into his memory-nightmares, experiencing Angel’s dreams also, they realize something unnatural is happening. Visions of his past victims, including Jenny Calendar, appear to him and try to get him to kill Buffy, saying that he will be released from the pain if he does so. Angel cannot bring himself to do this, so instead he opts to kill himself by standing on a hill and waiting for the sun to come up. Meanwhile Oz tells Willow that he is willing to give their relationship another chance while Cordelia is not as forgiving and resumes her previously hostile ways towards the Scooby gang.
Buffy and Giles figure out that the First Evil has been driving Angel insane. Buffy finds the Bringers and pummels them. After the First appears to her, informing her that she cannot possibly fight it, and that Angel is about to be destroyed by the dawn’s light, she runs to his mansion to stop him. Oz goes to Willow’s house to watch videos only to find her dressed up and playing Barry White’s music, intending to sleep with him. Oz appreciates the gesture, but explains to Willow that he wants their first time to be special rather than just a way for her to try to make things up to him.
Buffy finds Angel atop the hill behind the mansion, awaiting sunrise. However, the heatwave from which Sunnydale has been suffering abruptly ends and the first flakes of snow start to fall. With the weather report saying the sun should not be expected to be seen at all that day, Buffy and Angel take a walk through the town.
A lovely Christmas episode for Buffy and the only one they made. It also introduced us to the First Evil which would show up 3 years later In Season 7. This episode shows just how much Buffy still cares for Angel and what better to show it than to do it in a Christmas Episode.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: FAMILY GUY – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 3

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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)
Patrick Warburton (Scream 3)

Don’t Be a Dickens at Christmas

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)

JTYUJYTJTYJTYJTYAs Peter looks forward to enjoying the holidays at home, he finds that Lois expects him to participate in a number of other activities including vising a homeless shelter and spending Christmas with her parents. When he complains, she decides to leave him at home alone and takes the kids with her. While watching a Patrick Swayze film, he falls asleep and awakens to find Swayze as his guide in order to help him find his Christmas spirit. They visit his past where he spent a happy Christmas with his mom and peek in on several of the citizens of Quahog celebrating Christmas in the present. But in Peter’s future, he finds he has died and is forced to exist only as an aged Brian’s dog farts. He rushes to the Pewterschmidts to be with the family, but joins Patrick in a final dance to close out the episode.TYUTYUYUTYUAnother great festive Family Guy, strange in places but very entertaining, a must for the holidays.