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Frankenweenie
Frankenweenie
DVD ~ Martin Short
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3.0 out of 5 stars He's Alive! Tim Burton Is Alive!, January 8, 2013
This review is from: Frankenweenie (DVD)
For the past few years, many have wondered if Tim Burton had lost his mojo. Critics and fans alike did not take warmly to his last few releases (although general audiences ate up 'Alice In Wonderland'). I am a die hard Tim Burton fan, and I agree that his recent output was just not good enough. When I first heard and then saw the trailer for 'Frankenweenie', I started to feel positive again. Could it be that Burton has found his way again? Does the movie deliver on classic Tim Burton? Read on....

'Frankenweenie' follows the tale of young Victor Frankenstein. He makes homes movies, has a taste for science and, most obviously, loves his dog, Sparky. Victor is crushed when Sparky is taken from him following an accident. Thanks to science class and his teacher, Victor gets the idea on how to bring his beloved Sparky back to life. Once he succeeds, and his secret is revealed to a few fellow students, the town is overrun with horrendous versions of animals brought back to life in a monster mash showdown.

Based on Burton's 1984 live action short of the same name, the movie expands on that story and creates new characters, situations, and action to reach feature film length. The result is a loving and enjoyable homage to classic monster movies, made even more complete and authentic with the film being in glorious black and white. Obviously, "Frankenstein" is the key influence here, but with the generic looking suburb the movie takes place in, it also feels a bit like Burton's own "Edward Scissorhands" (it doesn't hurt that two 'Edward' actors, Winona Ryder and Conchatta Ferrell, supply voices here). Beyond just being a monster movie, the film is about a boy and his dog and, despite the macabe subject matter, is very much a warm hearted movie. Something you don't see too much of anymore. I dare anyone not to be moved by this, or even maybe feel teary eyed at moments. I know I was!

Supplying the voices here are a number of Tim Burton regulars: Martin Short (Mars Attacks!), Catherine 'O' Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow). Even though Christopher Lee, who has featured in numerous Burton films doesn't voice here, he does make an appearance thanks to TV footage.

While "Frankenweenie" may not reach the incredible highs of classic Burton, It's the best offering he has given us in years. That being said, one still comes away with the feeling that he and his fellow filmmakers didn't take it as far as they very well could have. The homages to monster movies and characters (love the kid who sounds like Peter Lorre) are great, and the movie is a brilliantly done piece of work. It's soft viewing for the youngsters, and entertaining for adults and fans of Burton. It's fun, it's nostalgic, it's warm hearted. It's been a long time since Burton has delivered a film this good. It's definitely a step back on the right track for Tim Burton.


Making the Grade
Making the Grade
DVD ~ Judd Nelson
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passing Marks, January 8, 2013
This review is from: Making the Grade (DVD)
When we first got a VCR in the mid 80s or so, I distinctly remember that 'Making The Grade' was among some of the first movies we ever rented for this newfangled invention. A momentous occasion firmly etched into my memory. So, the movie has that built in nostalgia going for it. However, having just seen the movie for the first time in 2 decades or more, I was happy to discover that it is more than just pure nostalgia (although it is that), but a thoroughly enjoyable, charming comedy.

Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) is a rich, spoiled, privileged young man. He would much rather lay about and party than anything else. But when his father orders him to attend Hoover Academy, Palmer has other ideas. He hires street kid Eddie Keaton (Judd Nelson) to take his place at the academy, while he goes to Europe. Eddie gets $10,000 dollars to make sure that Palmer graduates. This is a perfect situation for Eddie. He gets money and a hiding place from the Dice Man (Andrew "Dice" Clay), who's looking to collect. In the process, Eddie falls in love and rocks the campus.

The 80s comedy youth movie was powerful in the 80s. Not to mention a lot of fun. The decade was full of them. "Making The Grade" may not re-invent the wheel or have some different, fresh approach to the 80s youth/school comedies, but it is a delightful and insanely watchable movie. A nice addition to the genre. Coming just before his big breakthrough hits in "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire", Judd Nelson is very charming and appealing and you can easily see his star power in the making. His entrance to the academy is cool and memorable. Other familiar faces in the movie include Gordon Jump ("WKRP In Cincinnati") and Dan Schneider ("Head Of The Class" and "Better Off Dead"). The movie has many memorable and quotable lines and scenes that I instantly remembered but could never remember what movie to fit it with. It's a competent and solid movie that has laughs, memorable dialogue, fun lead characters, and a fine cast. Different identities, wooing the beautiful girl, and facing up to the truth is not a new storyline. 'Making The Grade' makes it feel like it doesn't matter because it's just fun. It's well written, solidly directed, and you like most of the characters. Why Dana Olsen, who plays Palmer Woodrow, didn't appear in more 80s fare, I will never know. He did, however, go on to write the 1989 Tom Hanks film, "The Burbs".

It's not some sophmoric fun filled with T&A. It's not "Porky's". Sadly, when it does come to this movie, it is hardly remembered or mentioned when it comes to 80s youth comedies. It's horribly overlooked and just not appreciated enough and that needs to change. For anyone interested in these types of movies from the 80s, I highly recommend it. It's one of those lost movies of it's time that deserves more recognition amongst those other more famous young 80s movies.
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Skyfall
Skyfall
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Does It Better, November 16, 2012
This review is from: Skyfall (DVD)
Okay, so the title to my review is expected and stale, but that certainly doesn't describe the 23rd installment in the James Bond series. 50 years on, our secret service spy has never been more thrilling and interesting. It's the perfect film for such a monumental anniversary.

Without getting too spoilery, "Skyfall" has Bond resurrecting himself after a slam bang pre-credits sequence that finds 007's life up in the air. He reports back to duty when someone has attacked MI6. It seems someone has a top secret list that exposes the identities of agents out in the field, and it's someone who hits close to home with M (the amazing Dame Judi Dench).

Like many people my age, my introduction to Bond was Roger Moore. That's who I grew up with at first, but got to see Connery on TV and video. Connery was the best (and I have a soft spot for Pierce Brosnan as well), but it took me a while to warm up to Daniel Craig. 'Casino Royale' was a fine film and 'Quantum Of Solace' was a disaster. 'Skyfall' is Craig's third Bond film, but it's the first where it feels like he is finally a Bond that I can warm up to and put him right alongside the others. It's a movie that breaks the mold with 007, but also retains the classic elements of the franchise. It's also those classic moments that had the audience I saw with applauding the most. One only has to watch M's scene defending herself before the Prime Minister and her department to understand why we still need Bond and his services. The classics never go out of style.

I cannot stress enough how amazing the movie looks. Cinematograpger Roger Deakins has created the best looking Bond I have ever seen. If an Oscar isn't coming his way for this, then something is very wrong. In fact, the movie is Oscar-worthy in other areas. The music by Thomas Newman is phenomenal. The original stuff fits right in with the series while giving hints of the classic 007 theme here and there before really blaring it in a classic scene. Adele's theme song is one of the best ever. It's a ready made classic and Shirley Bassey-sounding that plays out over one of the best and more impressive opening credits ever. You also have a stellar cast. Javier Bardem as Silva is one of the most memorable villains in a Bond film in decades, possibly ever. He is unsettling. He goes from humorous to downright creepy in a blink of the eye. Truly a memorable presence. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Albert Finney are also new to the game. We finally get a new Q as well, in the guide of a young computer geek played by Ben Wishaw. However, this is Judi Dench's turn as THE Bond girl of the film. She has more of a part than ever before and she owns this film. It makes one wish they had used her more in her other 6 007 films. And Daniel Craig. He is finally James Bond in this one. Definitely his best. He makes Bond human and vulnerable like never before.

"Skyfall" explores more about Bond's past than we have ever seen in a 007 movie. It does a good job of new revelations in a new age, but also keeps those classic hallmarks that we have all come to know and love in the series. You can't have Bond without them. "Skyfall" is exceptionally directed by Sam Mednes, who delivers not only one of the best Bond films, but one of the best action films I have seen in years. The stunts are magnificent, the action is breathtaking, the cinematography is beautiful, the music is amazing. "Skyfall" is Bond at his best.


Hole
Hole
DVD ~ Chris Massoglia
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3.0 out of 5 stars Joe Dante's "Hole" Doesn't Stink, October 14, 2012
This review is from: Hole (DVD)
I have been wanting to see this movie for the longest time. It's a shame that it sat on the shelf for as long as it did before finally getting a release. Hopefully, we will never have to wait too long for Joe Dante to give us another film.

"The Hole" is about a family who move into a new house in a nice suburban neighborhood. Single mother and two sons. As the kids adjust to their new surroundings, and oldest brother Dane keeps his eye on the cute girl next door, they discover a weird hole that seemingly goes nowhere in their basement. As soon as they open it, weird things begin to happen. The hole reads them and soon these three's deepest fears begin to come to life and they must figure out a way to stop it once and for all.

It's been way too long since Joe Dante has blessed us with a movie. While "The Hole" may not win any major awards, it is a thoroughly entertaining and interesting film that finds Dante in familiar territory. In the 80s, Dante and other filmmakers were terrific at bringing scares and spooks to family friendly kid entertainment that everyone of all ages could enjoy. That's what we get here. "The Hole" is old school scares wrapped up in a new movie. It may not be crazily original, but it works, and with Dante's knowing eye behind the camera, you can't take your eyes off it. It's mostly a light affair, but it does have some striking images and scenes peppered thoughtout, but it does take somewhat of a dark turn towards the end when Dane's fear is realized. The cast is adequate, if nothing spectacular. Dante regulars Dick Miller (in a no dialogue cameo) and Bruce Dern also appear. What, no Robert Picardo? Teri Polo, as the mother, is mostly wasted in the typical working mom role who doesn't know what's going on.

"The Hole" may seem like a longer, bigger budgeted episode of The Hub network's "The Haunting Hour", but there is enough here to warrant a watch for anybody. I grew up on the stuff Dante and others made in the 80s, so this was maybe more to me than it will be for others, because it's a kind of movie that they used to make that, sadly, don't make too much of anymore. No, "The Hole" isn't anything fantastic, but it's an easily watchable, entertaining movie from a talented guy who's made a number of fun movies ("Gremlins", "The Burbs", "The Howling", "Innerspace", "Piranha", and the criminally underrated "Matinee"). It's a decent movie to show to the little ones for a light scare, but the parents may find it watchable themselves if they grew up at the time Dante and others were kings.
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Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
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2.0 out of 5 stars These Fangs Need To Be Sharper, October 13, 2012
This review is from: Dark Shadows (DVD)
Let me start right off the bat by saying that I am a die hard fan of Tim Burton. I will see anything and everything the man does. I think he's a genius. However, even geniuses can have those moments where they aren't knocking it out of the park. 'Dark Shadows' is one of those moments. It has all the right ingredients, but isn't fully stirred to a wonderful brew.

Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is turned into a vampire, cursed by the witch Angelique (Eva Green), and buried. Centuries later, Barnabas is dug up in 1972. Upon returning to his home, Collinwood, he meets the latest Collins family descendants, headed by Michelle Pfeiffer. Barnabas then sets out to return his family, home, and family business to it's former glory, but witch Angelique once again raises her head to cause problems.

I never saw the original 'Dark Shadows' TV series or movies, so there is nothing I can say about that and I can't compare. Tim Burton is certainly brilliant when it comes to style and flare, but his recent output has all been just that - style and flare. That's 'Dark Shadows'. It also doesn't help any that the movie has the same cold detachment that his previous movie, "Alice In Wonderland", suffered from. Burton has no problem putting together a stellar cast who seem to want to rise to the occassion, but the movie doesn't rise to their level. Depp is fantastic, of course, with a great, classic look. He sparkles in his scenes. The supporting cast of Pfeiffer, Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, and Christopher Lee, all do their best, but they are in a movie that mostly slumps along not realizing the dazzling people it has to work with. Style-wise, the movie is wonderful, of course. It has some great cinematography, production design, and striking visuals. Sometimes, in some movies, that's enough. But it's not here. Burton can do better.

'Dark Shadows' isn't a bad movie by any means. It's certainly watchable, and even enjoyable and entertaining in parts, but it doesn't feel like all the parts are there. That the filmmakers settled for middle of the road. The potential is there in abundance, but no one took too much interest. The final climax is rousing, to be sure, but it felt too quick and not exploited to the the crazy, over the topness that it could of been. A "Death Becomes Her" sort of thing, especially with the character of Angelique. That's the feeling throughout the whole movie. That feeling of 'What could of been'.

In the end, 'Dark Shadows' is a mixed bag and a lost opportunity. I used to like seeing Tim Burton do his spin of well known, existing properties, but enough is enough. I am really eager for Tim to go back and do something original. Give us the next 'Beetlejuice', the next 'Edward Scissorhands'. Hopefully, the recent "Frankenweenie" returns Tim to his former glory. But this one? It's basically a "Well, it looked good" kind of a movie.


The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises
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5.0 out of 5 stars There Are Just No Words...., July 21, 2012
This review is from: The Dark Knight Rises (DVD)
Back in 2005, when I first heard of this new reinvention of Batman courtesy of Christopher Nolan, I didn't know what to think. I had not known of Nolan's previous work, and just didn't know if this new take on the superhero legend would do it for me. Now, 7 years and 3 movies later, I can safely say that, oh yeah, it worked! And now, here we are at the end of Nolan's trilogy, which will no doubt go down as one of the greatest film trilogies of all time.

I won't go into too great of detail, as it's stuff to discover as you watch, but these are the basics. "The Dark Knight Rises" takes place eight years after the events of 'The Dark Knight'. Batman no longer exists as we learned he took the fall for the murder of Harvey Dent at the end of the last movie. Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) is the only one to know the truth. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse and getting a Howard Hughes reputation among the citizens of Gotham City. But when a new evil strikes the city in the form of the hulking, mask wearing Bane (Tom Hardy, who sounds like an evil Sean Connery), and the sneaky cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) also appears on the scene, Bruce is pushed back into action and Batman returns to save his beloved city from utter destruction.

Obviously, there is a lot more to it and a lot more to say, but part of the fun is watching this movie unfold with your own two eyes. Actually, it's hard to put into words what I think of this movie. It's really one of those "just go see it for yourself right now!" kind of movies. Timely and relevant, TDKR is a superhero movie that will be talked about decades from now. I don't know if I loved it more than TDK, but I loved it just as much. No one will ever be able to touch Heath Ledger's Joker, but the epicness of this movie is just unmatched. Director Christopher Nolan is a man with fierce talent. He films a Batman movie like no other. The movie is just large and epic in scope. Thankfully, Nolan also uses real, practical in camera effects and stunts when so many others would do everything in CGI. CGI probably is in use here, but it's completely seamless, and Nolan's use of doing practical effects is something more should get back to doing.

Then there is the cast. This is the movie's strongest point. All of the returning regulars give the best performances of the entire trilogy, and that's saying something. We've known this Bruce Wayne for a few years and movies now, and you feel for him. You feel his pain, his sadness, etc. It's testament to Bale's acting and interpretation of the character. Michael Caine as Alfred has never been better. In fact, there will be a moment or two where he might have you in tears. Anne Hathaway holds her ground as well. She's confident in the role and has a way with delivering a humorous line. Her costume may not be as memorable as Michelle Pfeiffer, but she just may give Pfeiffer competition as the sexiest Catwoman ever. Tom Hardy as Bane is a hulking presence. I am not overly familiar with the character, but he is absolutely chilling. Hearing his Sean Connery meets Darth Vader voice come out of nowhere actually sends chills down your spine.

Honestly, there is so much to say about TDKR, and so much more praise I can lay on it. But as I mentioned before, it's a movie that is best left to experience and see for oneself. Throwing in a few words here isn't really going to do it justice. The movie is just an amazing piece of work in what has been a phenomenal string of movies. Everything and everyone is top notch and in the finest form possible. TDKR is thrilling, chilling, emotional, epic and you just aren't quite sure how it's going to end. It's one of the best superhero movies ever.


American Reunion (Unrated)
American Reunion (Unrated)
DVD ~ Jason Biggs
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Can Go Home Again, July 21, 2012
This review is from: American Reunion (Unrated) (DVD)
After an endless number of god awful direct to Dvd sequels that really had nothing to do with the original storyline (with the exception of Eugene Levy), Universal finally got with it and decided to do what the fans have wanted since 2003. A true sequel featuring the people we grew to know and love like Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and all the rest. It was 9 years in the making, but the wait was worth it.

Coming 9 years after "American Wedding", we catch up with the gang from East Great Falls. Someone made a mistake and missed the 10 year high school reunion, so they are having a 13 year reunion (although one wonders why not wait an extra two for the 15th?). The original gang all decide to return and attend the reunion, letting everyone in on what has gone on with their lives since we last saw them. Jim and Michelle (Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan) are still married and now have a small son. Stifler is, well, Stifler. No need to go into what everyone is up to, since that is part of the fun of watching the movie. Once everyone meets up again, it appears that old habits die hard, as more uproarious and dirty shenanigans and awkward situations arise in classic American Pie fashion.

"American Reunion" does not miss a beat with the classic forumula that has come before in the first three films. It may be two different writers (Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg), but it feels like they were the writers of the first three. This movie is a warm trip back to nostalgiaville and doesn't pretend to be anything else but a movie trying to recapture the feel and tone of years past. Thank god. I wouldn't want it any other way. All the hallmarks we've come to expect (raunchy opening, bare breasts, bodily fluids, etc.) are here in full force, and they are as hilarious as ever. The cast is in fine form and all come back to their characters as if no time has passed. Naturally, Seann William Scott is the stand out as Stifler. He is still the same guy, which will probably never change, but does find himself in an era where he does face that some things are different. Eugene Levy also has a bigger part in this one and it is hysterical with what they have given him to do in this one. It is also great to see those who were missing from 'American Wedding'. That was a fine sequel, but with a number of characters missing, there was just a feeling of incompleteness. This movie corrects that. Plus, they all look great. Some not having even changed a whole lot since we last saw them.

Some people claim that we don't need another 'Pie' movie. Well, we don't need most of what we get. Why not just have fun and be entertained with characters and situations we like and enjoy? "American Reunion" is a movie that seems to be completely written and designed to be comfort food for fans who miss a certain era in time and in the movies that just isn't there anymore in these modern times. I won't remember most movies nowadays, but I will always remember the 'Pie' movies, and I will remember this one. What's also great is that the first three, especially the first one, were movies that had a heart. This movie also brings that back, but you feel it even more because you know these characters. You grew up with them over the years. It has a built in connection that actually makes you feel for these people and what happens that most one off films nowadays can't even begin to have.

In the end, "American Reunion" is a movie that feels like the good ones we used to see back in the day. It leaves you feeling all warm and nostalgic like you yourself had just gone to a reunion. It's hysterical, heartfelt, raunchy, wild, and even a little touching. I, for one, would be most excited if there was another adventure with Stifler and the gang.


Killer Party
Killer Party
DVD ~ Martin Hewitt
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are You A Goat?, June 10, 2012
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As a little kid growing up during the slasher boom of the 80s, I was exposed to a lot of movies, even though I was not of age. Gotta love my dad for letting me see them! As an adult, I have wanted to track down the ones I remember and want to get, or those other films that just slipped by me back in the day. "Killer Party" was certainly one of the movies I remember seeing on Tv when I was little. Back in a time when something like this would be shown regularly on HBO or something like that. Sadly, the movie was rather obscure and didn't get a DVD release until recently. I had not seen this movie since the 80s. So, after all these years, has the movie held up to my expectations? First thing's first....

"Killer Party" opens like no other horror/slasher movie ever. It's a good 9 minutes before the actual movie begins. The opening 9 minutes pull the rug out from under the viewer not once, but twice! These two opening segments did a fun job of jumping on the cliches of the time. Gotcha scares, drive-ins, and hair rock music videos routinely seen on MTV. It is an absolute blast. The actual movie tells the tale of three young women pledging to a sorority on campus. They have to go through the usual pledge/hazing shenanigans. Unfortunately, a party is to be held in an abandoned frat house, where a pledge was accidentally killed years before. It appears this pledge does not rest in peace, and the partygoers are about to find out the hard way.

Not only is the beginning of the movie all over the place, so is the different tones the rest of the movie goes through. What seems like a standard, killer in mask slasher movie, then delves into becoming something along the supernatural genre. No bother. It's fun from the start. "Killer Party" is a horror movie with a sense of humor. Not only the humor that is in the movie in itself, but the fact that the film knows what kind of movie it is, and has fun with it. The movie just has a sense of fun all around it. Great locations, 80s notalgia in your face, and just enough eerie atmosphere here and there. It does slow down in some spots, but it isn't a concern. However, for a slasher/horror movie, the death scenes are relatively tame, and not all of them do we see for long or, in some cases, at all. No matter. The movie was written as a fun horror movie, and that's what we get. A horror movie with humor, standard slasher conventions, a taste of the supernatural, a dash of college hazing hi-jinks, and it's own music video! "Killer Party" really does seem to be the "Everything and the kitchen sink" horror movie.

I was thrilled that Warner Bros. decided to give this movie a release on DVD. I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. It may not be a classic to everyone, but it is a good time.
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Fuzzbucket
Fuzzbucket
DVD ~ Chris Hebert
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Opening The Vault!, June 10, 2012
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For years, I have wanted Disney to start releasing on DVD the shows and movies that I remember seeing and growing up on in the 80s when "The Disney Sunday Movie", or whichever title it was going by, was on TV. I was extremely excited when I discovered that Disney had indeed opened the vault and were releasing wonderful titles on the 'Disney Generation Collection' line. How great! Maybe we will finally get more of the shows/movies/specials we have been waiting for.

"Fuzzbucket" is a charming and whimsical tale that, even though we have seen it's kind before and probably will know exactly who it goes, doesn't fail to be charming, watchable, and takes you back to a more fun and innocent time. 12 year old Michael Gerber is starting middle school. Everyone thinks that his invisible friend, Fuzzbucket, is just Michael acting out over starting MS. How wrong they are. Fuzzbucket is real. Once he becomes visible, we see that he sort of looks like a mixture of Alf and a rat. Fuzzbucket had turned invisible because he was away from his home after midnight, which gives it a sort of "Gremlins" like take with it's after midnight rule. Fuzzbucket must return back home before midnight, or this time, the invisibility will be permanent.

Written and directed by the great Mick Garris, and produced by John Landis, "Fuzzbucket" is a simple tale in a time when that was enough. The simple pleasures of this show, as well as the others shown on Disney, are refreshing and most welcoming in an age where everything has to be high concept, high maintenance, and battling each other out to be the hippest and edgiest. There are also some familiar faces here - Joe Regalbuto(Murphy Brown), John Vernon (Animal House, Dirty Harry), as well as actresses you remember seeing growing up like Fran Ryan and Robyn Lively. One of my favorite parts of this DVD is how it also includes the original "Disney Sunday Movie" opening and Michael Eisner's intro the show, alongside Mickey Mouse himself. I am so glad that was included. It brought back a lot of memories.

There really isn't much else to say. "Fuzzbucket" is cute and charming, and will surely bring back a wave of nostalgia of a time when something like this was shown regularly on network television. Now, if this 'Disney Generation Collection' continues, maybe we can finally get Mr.Boogedy/Bride Of Boogedy, Brand New Life with Barbara Eden, Not Quite Normal with Alan Thicke, and so many others, out on DVD. Thanks, Disney. It means a lot that you have started to do this.
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MDNA
MDNA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Material Girl's Best Since '89!, March 27, 2012
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Madonna's "MDNA" is easily the most accessible album she has made in years, even more so than 2008's "Hard Candy". Personally, I think this CD is more fun and entertaining and catchy than anything she put out in the 90s or 2000s.

The CD starts off with "Girl Gone Wild", the second single to be released off the disc. It's not the greatest thing she's done and is far from the best on the CD. It's serviceable enough and should fit well in the dance clubs. "Gang Bang" is a very catchy song with a very sing a long worthy chorus. And no, it is not about what you think it is by the title. "I'm Addicted" is light and catchy, but mostly disposable dance pop. So far, it's easy listening, but nothing great. But now it turns. "Turn Up The Radio" is a fun and catchy tune with shades of old school pop. The first single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'", has been criticized for being weak and not a great lead single. On it's own, it is a great and instantly catchy pop song that sounds like a hit single. I can do without Nicki Minaj though. We all can. "Superstar" has a great drum beat intro and a sweetly sung and catchy chorus. This song definitely sounds like it could be a single on the radio. It should be. Two of my top favorite tracks are up next. "I Don't Give A" is one of the top highlights of the entire CD. It's insanely catchy and it builds to an epic finish with what sounds like a church choir in an empty room. Amazing! "I'm A Sinner" has shades of Madonna's 1999 hit, "Beautiful Stranger". This is no surprise as she made both songs with William Orbit. 'Sinner' is even better. The CD ends with another pleasant song called "Love Spent", and the only softer, ballad-y songs with "Masterpiece" and "Falling Free". The only two songs on the CD that don't do anything for me.

As for the deluxe version of this release, it is worth it just for "B-Day Song" alone. "Beautiful Killer" and "Best Friend" don't do it for me, and the party rock remix of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" isn't essential. "I F***** Up" is the only other worthy track on disc 2's extra set of songs. A song that only Madonna could do. But, for me, the standout in the deluxe edition is "B-Day Song". It's light and airy and harmless, but it has a great 1960s girl group sound to it that it's just fun. It wouldn't sound too out of place next to "True Blue". Sure to put a smile on your face. Sometimes that's all you need.

All in all, I find "MDNA" is to be an exceptional release from Madonna. Besides most of the hit singles, I have not been a huge fan of the albums she has put out in the last two decades. A lot of the time, the singles released from the albums were the only tracks I liked. "MDNA" is a release meant to have fun and for the material girl to be MADONNA. She can still sound like she's still 23. "MDNA" is a blast. While many of the younger acts today seem to be trying hard to be cool and get on the radio, "MDNA" makes it all seem so effortless.


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