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Family Feud - TV Shows
Occasionally okay as time filler- principally due to a few of the survey questions/answers being interesting with broken clock regularity! However; there's one thing I've never understood in all its incarnations: why don't they let the contestants sit down when they're not doing face-off lightning rounds? It's not as though they're thinking any smarter on their feet! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 3:01 pm

Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, The - TV Shows
Where was their MOTHER?! Never a mention about (the late?) Mrs. Chan! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 2:57 pm

Dinah! - TV Shows
The show was fluff but Dinah had a cool, sophisticated Southern accent that I've heard my whole life but rarely gets heard on television. She was TV's prototype Steel Magnolia! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 2:56 pm

Food Fights - Random Topics
Both my parents told me all about having grown up during the Depression and seeing breadlines so I never got the appeal of wasting perfectly good food just to make a mess for other folks to clean up when there are starving children! That said, though, I have to admit I DO laugh out loud seeing a good old-fashioned pie fight in classic comedies-everyone from Chaplin to Laurel+Hardy to Lucy (who also got into a funny grape fight). OK, I'm being a bit of a hypocrite with that but I figure those are empty calories that would have gone to a green room. Off camera; however, there's no virtue to having these. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 2:45 pm

King Kong - Movie Series
Was there really any need to make any sequels or remakes of the classic? I don't think so. T'was beauty that killed the beast (which they had wanted 90-something Fay Wray herself to say in the last remake) but it the beast (or ape) that saved the Empire State Building via his climb which transformed what had been a gigantic white elephant moneypit that had been completed smack in the worst part of the Depression into THE famous address NYC address in the world apart from the Statue of Liberty! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 5, 2009, 7:16 am

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - TV Shows
Somewhat like "Coronation Street" in the UK, this was a soap based on working class characters- only was somewhat of a zany dark comedy . It didn't take long for it to go from being merely quirky to being a sad self-parody- and it didn't help that the main character went from being a sympathetic spacey doormat to being an annoying whiner. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 5, 2009, 7:07 am

MSNBC - Random Topics
Vampires?!That's incredibly bogus of them, SVN! Instead of the usual tartar sauce and lemon wedges, it sounds like this cable station needs to be sent some garlic cloves! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 5, 2009, 7:00 am

Woody Allen - Celebrities
In spite of his own at best questionable dealings re Mia Farrow's family,he was amongst the movie set who signed the petition protesting the recent arrest of Roman Polanski. Mr Polanski was SAME individual who pled guilty to having sex with a minor ( a girl of 13 years old- who prosecutors believe had been given a Quaalude prior to him having his way with her despite her saying no)- and who then flew out of the US to avoid prosecution then lived the high life for 30 years. NOW will others join me in boycotting BOTH their productions instead of considering them to be elite artists whose work must be worshipped without the slightest regard to the human wreckage they've reaped?! I haven't bothered to see one work of Mr. Allen's since what happened with Mia Farrow's family (and frankly don't miss them) and have NEVER seen a Polanski film made since that crime had been committed. I don't give my hardearned monies to those who I know treated children like that! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 3, 2009, 11:47 am

Star Trek TNG - TV Shows
Exploding Console, Thanks for going to the trouble for the step-by-step discourse re Tasha Yar's daughter! I know you were doing your best trying to rationalize the preposterous. Sometimes preposterous situations work in fiction if brought forth via logical steps and if the scenarios prove clever and/or funny. Unfortunately, Exploding Console, your well-intentioned discourse doesn't change my POV that the show boned via writers having needlessly dug themselves into a hole over a minor character who was not only annoying but a bore! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 30, 2009, 7:14 am

M. Night Shyamalan - Celebrities
Thanks for clearing that up for me, Mythigator! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 29, 2009, 9:45 am

Robert Duvall - Celebrities
I have to agree, Stephanie! How he was able to project a symphony of heroic angst and emotions in his few onscreen moments as the mute Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird" more eloquently than lesser actors could have done with the most verbose soliloquys is something that has to be seen to be believed- and something scholars will study for centuries! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 28, 2009, 11:35 am

Joanie Loves Chachi - TV Shows
I'd point out how it boned Day One but it would be as challenging as shooting ducks (or fish) in a barrel!Lame! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 4:24 pm

New Mission: Impossible, The - TV Shows
Why did they even bother? Not only were the new characters even more boring than the originals but they didn't even keep the one good thing(the opening theme)! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 4:17 pm

M. Night Shyamalan - Celebrities
The last one of his movies I bothered with as "Signs" and I liked how he was able to scare the audience with the unseen entities. I mean, at the theater I saw it in, I heard one guy yell 'I'm OUTTA HERE!' and actually RUN out of the theater with a friend never to return even though this was totally taking place on a movie screen. Still, I agree that water ending was a bit flawed- and I also thought it was odd that they kept referring to Mel Gibson's minister character as 'Father' even though it's well known that Catholic priests called that aren't allowed to wed or acknowledge offspring. Moreover, I thought it a bit much that Gibson's character would STILL consider Shyamalan's character a friend- despite him having fatally run over the minister's late wife! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 4:14 pm

Garfield (comic strip) - Random Topics
I guess when Garfield went from being a hidden gem curmudgeonly cat-about-town who taunted Odie and prowled the streets to a lovable pop-culture icon who almost never left Jon's house! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 3:52 pm

Rockford Files, The - TV Shows
I liked how Jim was a persistant detective in finding out the info (and it was fun to imagine what his reactions would be upon hearing his callers' messages on his then-cutting edge answering machine). Even though James Garner himself produced this, he wasn't afraid to let Jim be somewhat flawed. Occasionally, Jim would do underhanded stuff that would backfire on him- yet he remained a genuinely likable character! Before I forget, I like how Jim treated his elderly father Rocky- not as a nuisance,nor as someone with whom he a zillion unresolved issues but as an actual friend. The updated movie they did about 20 years after the last show was almost entirely forgettable but it was cool that Jim actually was STILL upset over Rocky's death despite being on the verge of old age himself (and they paid tribute to performer Noah Beery, Jr.). -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 3:45 pm

I Love Lucy - TV Shows
I have to agree with Samurai Panda about every sitcom owing something to this show! What's especially interesting is that both Lucy and Desi started their performing careers as a means to salvage their own individual families who had each been scattered to the winds due to circumstances beyond their controls and they created this show as a means to work together so they have a family together! Highlighting Lucille's ambitious dreams when she was younger and toning down Desi's excesses so that Ricky was nothing more than a flirtatious rogue- with a very strong dose of atomic chemistry between the two, nothing short of magic was created here- especially bringing in the somewhat more jaded older couple of Fred and Ethel who had long quit having ambitions to be more than battling trucemates. Oh,and in addition to the excellent scripts that created these characters who stayed believable even in the most outrageous and absurd circumstances, it didn't hurt that they untapped the potential of Lucy and Ethel (and sometimes Ricky and even Fred) to do some of the funniest physical comedy ever. (e.g. In 'Job Switching'while Lucy and Ethel on the candy line became one of television's most marvelled bits EVER, Ricky and Fred were no slouches in combatting an overflowing pot of rice and literally tripping over themselves- which bruised Desi's ribs). As Lucille Ball once put it, she wasn't funny but 'what I AM is brave'- and that's what proved comedy gold! Perhaps the most REAL moment ever on the show was when Lucy and Ricky find out she's going to have a baby after so many years of no children and the affection between the characters literally channelled the Arnazes' sincere affection for each other at that time- and elation over their family expanding. Which makes it all the more ironic that the show wasn't able to shine as brightly once Little Ricky was born because it seemed the writers didn't know what to DO with him. In the early years, aside from a few cozy moments of oohing and ahhing over him for audience approval, they usually bundled him off to elderly Mrs. Trumble so they'd have no impendiment to getting into their own comic messes (and,oddly enough, Mrs. Trumble NEVER seemed to leave her apartment except when she was taking Little Ricky to the park or zoo). Then, a mere three years after his birth, they had him in kindergarten as a boy drumming prodigy who would occasionally pipe up a quip or two but generally was well behaved and stayed out of everyone's way-except when Ricky or Lucy wanted him for a number. Perhaps, none of the writers had raised children on their own but he never seemed like a regular child. Then, too, it's somewhat become well known that while the Arnaz parents had each very much wanted to have children for a long time, they themselves didn't quite know what to do them once they arrived and were babies and children who couldn't be as easily controlled as could scripts and lighting. Lucille especially seemed to value her work over everything else including her children because it was likely the one thing she COULD control- even though she and Desi both loved their children a great deal. Alas, the demons that had haunted the Arnazes in earlier years spun out of control once they achieved success with this show and, in the end, they had to surrender the show as well as each other to survive. Neither would again achieve the acme and genious of this show. Desi's one post-Lucy attempt as an offscreen producer "The Mother-in-Law" was a virtual recycling of the Ricardos and Mertzes- and only lasted two seasons despite the pairing of movie and TV comedy legend Eve Arden with the always fun Kaye Ballard. And Lucille? Yes, she achieved unparelled business success as a woman executive running Desilu Studios and, among other things, launching "Star Trek" into orbit. And, yes, Lucille and Desi both remarried but they treated their subsequent spouses more as servants who not allowed to challenge any of their edicts rather than the near equal companions they themselves had been to each other. Moreover, Lucille seemed to become too afraid to try to break in new characters as a performer- and all subsequent attempts from Lucy Carmichael in 1962 to Lucy Barker in 1986 were fainter and fainter echoes of Lucy Ricardo- and she was rarely seen without clownish makeup and gigantic red wigs (yet dyeing her real hair beneath) even when she no longer performed. And yet, despite all this angst they'd each wreaked on the other, Desi had the most poignant summation to it all when he was on his deathbed and conveyed to Robert Stack to read his words at a tribute to Lucille he knew would take place after he was no longer in this world -and he had nothing to gain by not being honest. "P.S. 'I Love Lucy'- it NEVER was just a title!" Despite all the above behind-the-scenes stuff, NOTHING can take away the joy this show has given the world by making millions laugh for nearly six decades so,IMO, it can never really bone! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 3:24 pm

Disney - Random Topics
Yes, I know Disney's a company,etc. which can spend its resources any legal way it sees fit, but that doesn't mwan I have to LIKE every spending decision they make. OK? Besides, I seriously doubt that the single decision of joining the ranks of every other major studio in distributing shopworn copies virtually ready to be melted down to institution for longterm care patients to see would have tipped the scale to put Disney in the poorhouse. And I'm no tax expert but wouldn't that have qualified with Uncle Sam as a Charitable Deduction back then? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 25, 2009, 11:46 am

Prisoner, The - TV Shows
Ironically, I have to admit that I would have been tempted to vacation in The Village! Of course, it turns out to have been an early 20th century Welsh beach resort. Also, I liked the Rover anti-personell guards that were . ..weather balloons! LOL -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 24, 2009, 11:51 am

Disney - Random Topics
Swanpride, Boiled down to essentials,(unlike every other major studio in that time), perhaps maybe Disney decided that putting out funds for tea cup rides was a better expenditure than allowing crippled children in institutions to see grainy, overspliced films that were considered too worn for drive-ins! By the way, speaking of merchandising, at the end of World War II, Mickey Mouse watches were so prized that Soviet soldiers could buy SIX COWS on the black market for one watch! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 23, 2009, 7:01 am

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