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ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: The Complete 5th and 6th Season on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from Time Life, the company that continues to bring us comedy is ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: The Complete 5th and 6th Season.

The gang is back for it’s fifth season on DVD with 24 episodes of the hit comedy series from 1971-1972. This is an epic year as finally Dick Martin gets a long awaited wish when Raquel Welch makes her lovely one and only debut on the show. Such a gorgeous woman and it is so much fun to watch Dick finally have his day!

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Of course if you are going to watch Laugh-In them you better be surprised for some amazing guest stars. Not from any one genre, era or walk of life, Laugh-In reaches around it all to bring such guests from television like Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. Also comedy from the likes of Carol Channing and Henny Youngman along with entertainers of song with Bing Crosby, Petula Clark, Liza Minnelli, Doc Severinsen and the legendary Johnny Cash.

Hollywood got in the act with Tony Curtis, Gene Hackman, Rita Hayworth, Vincent Price, Debbie Reynolds and John Wayne made an appearance.

Let’s not forget the Laugh-In regulars that include Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Alan Sues, Ann Elder, Dennis Allen, Barbara Sharma, Johnny Brown, Larry Hovis, Richard Dawson, Judy Carne, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and Teresa Graves. All brought in to celebrate the 100th episode because what’s a party without a little name dropping!

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This season also includes the classic characters and situations we come to expect from Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. The famous Cocktail Party and the announcement of who would receive the Fickle Finger of Fate is fun filled only to end the show with a trip to the Joke Wall.

The characters of Edith Ann (who is only five years old mind you – and that’s the trutttthhhhhh!) as well as the loving couple of Gladys and Tyrone and Ruth Buzzi’s Hollywood Reporter give us the scoop on childhood, being a couple and the buzz around Buzzi’s Hollywood.

Let’s not forget what Laugh-In also brought to television viewers of the show, it brought comedy sure, but also digs at sports and politics and the joke was on them. This 6-disc 24 episode Fifth Season makes sure we are in on all of it.

ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: The Complete Sixth Season continues with the comedy and the stars bringing a final season to the show changing series. Now understand, this series wasn’t to go down without making sure every zing was thrown and every chance of shade uttered.

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Continuing with the previous years line up, the addition of Moosie Drier, Tod Bass, Brian Bressler, Patti Deutsch, Sara Kennedy, Jod Strunk, Willie Tyler & Lester, and Donna Jean Young join Dan, Dick, Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Richard Dawson and Gary Owens to revel in a party from Downtown Burbank!

The final season’s celebrity line up is straight out of the sky as stars line up to have their moment with Jack Benny, James Caan, William Conrad, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dom DeLuise, Angie Dickinson, Sandy Duncan, James Farentino, Robert Goulet, Jack Klugman, Rich Little, Don Rickles, Mark Spitz, John Wayne, the beloved Michael Landon and the red head who needs no introduction but we’ll do it anyway – Carol Burnett.

The show takes aim at guns, laws, adult books, morality, the circus, Thanksgiving, beautiful people, sports, commercials, the family, airlines, actors, the Summer of ’72 and the golden state of California. Surprised? Of course not – everyone is fair game for this band of adorable and beloved misfits!

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As sad as the final season may have been at the time (and no longer sad now because all six seasons are offered by Time Life), the characters that I came to absolutely adore and excited to see every week at least came to play for one last season. Including Fickle Finger of Fate, Here Comes the Judge, the Joke Wall, General Bull Right, Big Al, Ernestine and Edith Ann along with The Swizzles and Robot Theater. That’s what makes this collection so epic, I can go back and enjoy myself time and time again with the comedy I grew up on!

Time Life continues to bring never before released anywhere classic collections of television shows for fans to revisit and remember what has made television so special. Time Life has released Mama’s Family, CPO Sharkey and The Tonight Show and they now reminds of us of a time when sex and politics were up for grabs with ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.

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The amazing thing about both of these seasons is that no matter how much you watch, there is always something new to laugh about. Even more amazing are the issues Laugh-In raised in regards to women, people of color and politics that are no so far away from the same issue we deal with today. Giving their pokes and prods, this series got away with a lot more than is possible today.

Time Life has made it possible for us all to relive not only a time in our lives when humor was television king, but share with our growing families what made us all laugh in the 70’s. They may even learn that the series Laugh-In brought sayings that are still used today and for the same reasons.

That is what this series did for television, for comedy and for bringing awareness to things that are funny but also important in our lives. There’s nothing wrong with that in the slightest and Laugh-In gave me a funny bone that I’m proud to carry every day.

In the end – are you ready to celebrate laughter?

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BEING CANADIAN Educates with Humor on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from Candy Factory Film and writer/director Robert Cohen is one of the most amazing documentaries that educated me on BEING CANADIAN.

Robert Cohen is – well, Canadian! An Emmy Award winning writer and producer of such series like The Simpsons, American Dad and The Big Bang Theory, he moved from Calgary to Los Angeles becoming a comedy writer.

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It was when his friends and colleagues discover he is Canadian, that the stereotypes come out in a barrage of ‘Canada eh?’ or comments on the snow. That’s when Cohen gets the idea to go home and question being Canadian.

Jumping in a mini-van along with a few friends documenting the trip, he travels from one end of his homeland to the other. He wants to find out “What does it mean to be Canadian?” besides maple syrup and Mounties.

Now is Cohen’s chance to explore and explain the history of Canada as well as the questions “What is our national identity”, “What about Canada creates so many funny people? and “What the hell is poutine?”

Helping him to answer these questions are fellow Canadians Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short, Catherin O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Seth Rogen, Mike Meyers, Dave Foley, Cobie Smulders, Will Arnett, Howie Mandel, the band Rush, Alanis Morissette, Michael J. Fox, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, Jason Priestly, David Steinberg and William Shatner.

If you didn’t know many of these beloved actors/actresses, comedians and rockers are Canadian well now you do. It is also wonderful to hear their own ideals and beliefs about where they are from and how it shaped who they are now.

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This is a charming, funny, unexpected and wonderful documentary!

Candy Factory Films is a forward-thinking, filmmaker-friendly company dedicated to producing unique and compelling films. Candy Factory is at the forefront of a new vanguard reaching distinct audiences. With award-winning and acclaimed films across every genre, Candy Factory is committed to creating and fostering communities around independent and progressive cinema. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.candyfactoryfilms.com.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give BEING CANADIAN five tubs of popcorn out of five. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this piece but with every question Cohen asks I found myself becoming more and more fascinated by what he had to say.

He is correct in that most Americans don’t give a second thought to Canada and by the end of this documentary I felt guilty about that. I quite honestly would love to take the same trip he did to experience a country that really does have so much to offer.

Whether it is the long winding roads, changing weather, rocky shores or charming display of Canadian affection with a parade, I was enamored. The explanation of apology and the history Cohen shares – all of this is done with humor and self-deprecation that makes me want to give every corner of Canada a huge hug and then cook everyone dinner insisting they have seconds.

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Thank you Robert Cohen for have the heart to share your quest filled with kindness of strangers at a gas station, living hostility vicariously through hockey, inferiority complex, explaining the Partition of Quebec (I didn’t understand it prior to this) and how it’s possible for someone to steal thousands of gallons of Canada’s prized maple syrup!

This is the most fun I’ve had watching a documentary in the longest time. BEING CANADIAN was the Official Selection for HotDocs, Nantucket Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival and nominated Best Documentary Screenplay for Robert Cohen from the Writers Guild of America.

With Canada’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary coming in 2017, BEING CANADIAN is the best way to be informed and gives us all plenty of time to buy a gift!

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE

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Jeri Jacquin

This week from directors Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu, Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation is the next installment of ICE AGE: Collision Course.

The story begins as Scrat is once again on the hunt for the elusive spot to hide his acorn. After he falls through a crack in the ice, a space ship sends him skyrocketing out into space. Not knowing how to control the situation, he sets off a bouncing of the planets causing a meteor to head towards earth.

On Earth, Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) are going through a bit of empty nesting as daughter Peaches (KeKe Palmer) is in love with Julian (Adam Devine). Not happy at all that his little girl is getting married, he isn’t paying attention to the fact that Ellie is making every effort to bring spice back into their life.

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Diego (Denis Leary) tries to tell Manny and even Shira (Jennifer Lopez) wants the mammoths to be happy. Sid (John Leguizamo) is having issues of his own still trying to find someone to love – besides Granny (Wanda Sykes).

All that changes when a meteor shower stops a party and sends Buck (Simon Pegg) back to the surface. Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck) are thrilled to have their pal back but discovering why tempers there excitement.

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Buck explains that something is drawing the meteors to earth and according to his calculations they only have days to come up with a solution. Their decision to stop the meteor also brings Sid something he’s longed for, well sort of. That’s when the mayhem in their animal village brings about the best in friendship.

Oh, and the craziness!

Romano as Manny falls right into character as the mammoth with family issues. This time it’s worrying about losing his daughter now that she’s ready to share her life with Julian. Latifah as Ellie is trying her best to not only get her mates attention once again but find ways to keep her little girl at home.

Palmer as Peaches is just as stubborn as her mother which means the parents have to outthink their daughter if she is to stay with them. Devine as Julian is different and that’s what worries Manny.

Leguizamo as Sid is iconic and as loveable as ever. Scott and Peck as Crash and Eddie are still silly and hyper. Leary as Diego is a good friend and wants everyone to be happy. Lopez as Shira doesn’t have many lines but she’s there.

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Pegg as Buck is still smarter than the average weasel but this time he might have been a bit smart than the average human watching him. Getting inside his head in this film proves one thing; I don’t want to go there again no matter how much it made me laugh.

Other cast include: Nick Offerman as Gavin, Max Greenfield as Roger, Robert Cardone as Freaky Bobby, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Shangri Lama, Max Greenfield as Roger, Carlos Ponce as Mariachi Beaver, Melissa Rauch as Francine, Lilly Singh as Misty, Michael Strahan as Teddy, Jessie J as Brooke and Neil deGasse Tyson as Neil deBuck Weasel.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ICE AGE: Collision Course three tubs of popcorn out of five. The story is a bit outlandish (which I suppose is the point) and there are explanations that I’m sure kids won’t really understand or maybe it’s because I didn’t really understand it. Either way.

Scrat gets a more universal role to say the least and I’m a huge fan of Sid and Buck so it’s fun to see where they go in this film. Glad to see the mammoth family work out their differences and remember that being a family is compromise by everyone in the name of love.

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The comedy is cute and now that Peaches has grown up there is the storyline of parents moving on with their own lives. My question now is will the creators let the storyline ride off into the sunset because seriously if another film is made about Manny being a grandfather…

In the end – kiss your ice goodbye!

THE NICE GUYS Buddy Up for a Mystery

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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres this week from writer/director Shane Black and Warner Brothers comes a twist in crime when taken on by THE NICE GUYS.

Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a legit private investigator who is having problems with life. His young daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) keeps him in check and tries to overlook the crazy decisions and drinking. Currently March is helping an elderly woman find her daughter Misty Mountains.

Their world is abort to change when they meet Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) an under-the-radar wanna-be P.I. who gets jobs when he can. His newest job comes courtesy of Amelia (Margaret Qualley) who wants Healy to take care of someone who has been stalking her.

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That’s how March and Healy meet discovering they are actually trying to solve the same mystery. It doesn’t take long for trouble to show up with weaponry wanting them both to go away.

March and Healy are not going to take it all lying down, at least without answers to what happened to Misty, who is Amelia and why is bad guy John Boy (Matt Bomer) out for them!

It’s just another case in the 70’s!

Gosling as Holland March is endearing as a P.I. who knows what he’s doing – when he isn’t two sheets to the wind. Dealing with a young daughter with a healthy case of the smarts, March has a good heart, sort of. I actually liked Gosling’s performance but more so when his co-stars are getting the better if him.

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Crowe as Jackson Healy is a hard-ass who doesn’t want anyone to know he’s got a soft spot. Of course he has no problem beating up a bad guy or two or three or four.  It is March’s daughter Holly who brings out the best in him. It is funny watching Crowe be the straight-guy to Goslings character and I’d like to never be on his bad side.

Angourie as daughter Holly is smart, funny, opinionated and headstrong. She would have to be hanging around The Nice Guys. Holly doesn’t hold back saying exactly what needs saying, even to a father lost in a bottle. The party scene wasn’t my favorite and didn’t see the need for it as it lent nothing to the story but that’s the Mom in me talking.

Kim Bassinger as Judith Kuttner has her five minutes in the film as Amelia’s mother who also happens to be a Federal Agent. It was fun to see Bud White and Lynn Bracken (yes, that would be an L.A. CONFIDENTAL reference) together again in the name of corruption.

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Shout out to Yaya DaCosta as Tally who catches March’s’ eye. Also, I have to mention Lance Butler because this kid has comedic timing that is hilarious and I look forward to seeing more from him.

Other cast in the film include Keith David as Older Guy, Beau Knapp as Blueface, Gil Gerard as Bergen Paulsen, Daisy Tahan as Jessica, Jack Kilmer as Chet, and Murielle Telio as Misty Mountains.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE NICE GUYS three tubs of popcorn out of five. It is a nice buddy P.I. film with two actors who absolutely work well together and I enjoyed watching them bounce off one another. The problem is the two hour length of the film because it is fifteen-twenty minutes too long.

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After some time it becomes a chore to continue investing attention in to a story that is dragging out just for the sake of dragging out. I’d make the first cut at the scene with Holly at the party. The music is fun, the costuming is very familiar and the cars are awesome which give the film serious points.

In the end – they are a nice pair!

 

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS in Time for Mother’s Day

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres this week and on VOD from writer/director Paul Duddridge and Screen Media Films is what happens between MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS.

Rigby Gray (Selma Blair) is a young photographer who is in the middle of her career doing very well for herself. Rebecca (Christina Ricci) is another young woman in the middle of a family situation she could have never seen coming.

Georgina Scott (Mira Sorvino) is coming to terms with a past that is stopping her from moving forward in her life. Finally there is Gayle (Eva Amurri Martino), a woman who is supportive of her husband except when it comes to asking her mother for help.

What do these ladies have in common? Well, they all have mothers. Millie (Susan Sarandon) is trying to understand daughter Gayle but isn’t being true to herself in the process. Beth (Courtney Cox) is trying to fix the family that includes Rebecca. Nina (Sharon Stone) also has to decide how to tell her daughter of secrets that include them both.

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This is a story of love, loss, mistakes, joys and most of all forgiveness because that’s what it takes to be mothers and daughters!

I love this cast, starting with Blair as Rigby who portrays a woman who has the dream job. What she doesn’t expect is to find a little surprise that will be taking over the rest of her life. Blair is actually quite funny! Ricci as Rebecca is an angry young woman who doesn’t know where to really put her anger. Needing time to put it all together is something I can relate to absolutely.

Sorvino as Georgina is so lovely in this role. It’s difficult to come to terms with the past, especially when you wake up one morning and it wants answers. Martino as Gayle is feeling like life went on without her. I know many women will understand this character and embrace her.

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Sarandon as Millie is the character I understand the most. As a mother you want to be able to talk to your child but when its talk on egg shells, it’s the worst! I just love Sarandon’s ability to be soft and then flip the switch. Cox as Beth is the mother who reaches out and is shut down but won’t give up. Stone as Nina is a strong woman who may be afraid of secrets but it doesn’t stop her from being a Mom.

Other cast include: Elizabeth Daily as Momma Quinn, Luke Mitchell as Nelson Quinn, Paul Adelstein as Peter, Natalie Burn as Young Lydia, Gilles Marini as Bill, Liana Mendoza as Grace and Quinton Aaron as Dr. Hamilton.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is certainly the film that will bring mothers and daughters to tears. These stories cover so many emotions because they are all close to many of us.

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It is hard for husbands-boyfriends-brothers etc., often have a difficult time understanding the complex relationship of women but it’s even more so with mothers and their daughters. We try so hard not to be like the one person we are almost exactly like that we all need to embrace it and even laugh about it.

When deciding what film us gals want to see this weekend, perhaps it’s a good time to see ourselves on the big screen with MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS.

In the end – love is the one thing they can all agree on!

DEMOLITION Wrecks Beautifully

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Jeri Jacquin

Smashing into theatres this Friday from director Jean-Marc Vallee and Fox Searchlight Pictures comes the swing of a mallet and lots of DEMOLITION.

Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a man detached from his life. Living on a rinse and repeat schedule, he gets up, helps father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) make more money in investment banking, and barely listen to wife Julia (Heather Lind).

When a car crash takes Julia away, Davis takes issue with a vending machine that withheld a bag of paid for M&M’s. Thus begins Davis’ letters to the vending company expressing his displeasure in the whole situation and while writing, the content becomes more personal. The letters reach the vendors customer service person Karen (Naomi Watts) who becomes emotional over the letters.

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Karen calls Davis informing him that the letters have been received and from that a friendship begins. Karen opens up about her life, relationship and son Chris (Judah Lewis). Every emotion Davis is feeling is finding a different and destructive way out. The only person who isn’t pleased with the behaviors Davis has been exhibiting is Phil.

Sometimes you must take things apart before it all comes together!

Gyllenhaal gives the role of Davis such a big emotional disconnect from the very beginning as a man going through the motions of life and talking the easy way of things. Watching Gyllenhaal embrace it all was seriously refreshing – from dancing crazy in public to speaking the truth about everything. This character does what we all wish we had the ‘craziness within’ to do. He also embraces the truth of Davis which includes the ugly and the unacknowledged parts of one’s life. A brilliant and beautiful performance that I will be thinking about for quite some time.

Watts as Karen is a woman who still doesn’t know what she wants for herself. Settling in her own relationships, the new friendship with Davis is comforting and doesn’t require the added pressure of sex. That doesn’t mean that being a mother is easy as son Chris is making sure that every mistakes she makes is blown up with the added guilt as a cherry on top.

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Lewis portrays young son Chris who is going through just as much pressure, confusion, and frustration as the adults. Trying to find his place in the madness, Lewis gives this character such depth, the right amount of freedom to explore, and sheer smarts. It is easy to see while Davis/Gyllenhaal truly enjoyed spending time with him.

Cooper as Phil is a grieving father who had issues with Davis for some time. When trying to put together something that would give his life meaning but also learns that secrets can not be hidden for long. Cooper has the amazing ability to mesh anger and sadness together and making his roles memorable.

Other cast include: C.J. Wilson as Carl, Polly Draper as Margot, Wass Stevens as Jimmy, Blaire Brooks as Amy, Ben Cole as Steven, Brendan Dooling as Todd, James Colby as John and Alfredo Narcisco as Michael.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give DEMOLITION five tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again Gyllenhaal turns in a performance that was one swing after another. This is a film mixed with shock and awe, giggles and jaw drops, and moments of reflection – not just of the characters but of anyone watching the film.

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Yes, this is a film that I’m not going to give away much because I enjoyed discovering it for myself and now I want everyone else to do the same. The film is all Gyllenhaal’s ability to bring out every range of human emotion and even lack of emotion at times. When life unravels there are only so many ways to handle that and the character of Davis takes up every lane of an emotional freeway driving like a madman toward a brick wall and I willingly sat in the passenger seat!

The interaction of Gyllenhaal and young actor Judah Lewis is stunning. There scenes together are direct, no b.s. allowed and a mixture of who is the adult and who is the child! Trust me when I say at one point I think they are both nuts! It is such an enjoyable relationship to watch because of the dimension it adds to an already great story.

In the end – life, some disassembly required!

ARCHER: The Complete Season Six Brings More Laughs Than Should Be Allowed!

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from FX and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comes yet another hilarious season of ARCHER: The Complete Season Six.

The world’s most handsome and hilarious agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) is in the jungles of Borneo looking for a plane that has crashed carrying information he needs. Instead he finds Sato Kentaro who is still on the island and still thinks a war is going on. Back home Cheryl (Judy Greer) and Pam (Amber Nash) are revamping the office for Malory (Jessica Walter) but their idea of revamping leaves alot to be desired.

Now Archer and Lana (Aisha Tyler) are being sent to Buenos Aires to meet up with Agent Conway Stern (Coby Bell). Immediately after meeting he and Archer have a throw down, the agent tells them he is looking for computer files that have operative’s identities. Do they trust Conway? Well, that’s the question isn’t it.

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Jumping around the world again, Lana, Archer and Ray are in the Alps to find an assassin but Archer forgot the dossier so they actually don’t know who it is but knows it is one of the Axis powers nation leaders. When they begin to drop like flies, leave it to Archer to be thrilled to have a chance to pull out his gun and fire at someone – anyone!

Pam isn’t happy as her sister Edie (Allison Tolman) doesn’t ask her to be a maid of honor. Going to the wedding anyway, she takes Archer as her plus one. The two are spotted by Barry Dylan who kidnaps Pam but Barry messed with the wrong family! If that isn’t stress enough, Malory calls a early morning office meeting but everyone gets stuck in the elevator – this isn’t going to be pretty!

Then Lana takes off leaving A.J. with Archer and she isn’t gone five minutes before Slater shows up with an agent named Farouk (Kumail Nanjiani) who also happens to have a bullet hole in him. This isn’t exactly the kind of babysitting Lana had in mind I’m sure. When Archer discovers Lana was testing him, Archer heads off to Vegas on a drinking spree and ends up on a no-travel list. Now he has to call Cheryl for her family’s jet and instead of coming home the end up in Area 51.

Lana finally take A.J. to meet her parents with Archer in tow. Instead of a nice family visit, Lana and Archer end up on a family mission when her father’s research is stolen. Now they are all on an adventure to San Francisco to get it all back. There is a moment of romance once again as Archer and Lana give it a go much to the unhappiness of the office staff. Now, their new mission is to do what ever is necessary to stop the nausea!

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So Archer and Lana take off for Wales for a little ‘we’ time but aren’t having fun long when they help Welsh separatists. I mean isn’t that what happens when we all try to get a little romantic time? Of course their next adventure is an attempt to save the life the scientist who created miniaturization by going inside his body to find a blood clot that is killing him. All in the days work of a special agent.

Finally, when that inner bodily voyage goes crazy, the group is blacklisted by the CIA – but then what would you expect to happen? These are the best of the best of the best – in screwing up!

Benjamin as Sterling Archer has the most amazing vocal timing and there is no one, and I mean NO one that could ever take his place. From the very first season I have been in awe of this actor’s ability to deliver a line with such perfection. I have to admit though that ever time I hear Benjamin’s voice I see Archer. I think I might have a little animated-character-crush thing happening but its all worth it. Benjamin continues to amaze me season after season and I do so hope there will be many, many more.

Tyler as Lana is equally perfect in her animated role. She is smart, sassy, takes no crap from Archer (well, most of the time), has an answer for everything and cares more for her colleagues than she will ever admit to. Adoring Tyler takes absolutely no effort what so ever! Walter as Malory is the Mother we all hear in our heads whether we want to or not. It is easy to see where Archer gets his personality traits! Walter is stunningly hilarious.

Greer at Cheryl continues to make my jaw drop, probably not as much as Nash who plays Pam – oh wait, I think they are about even. The things that come out of their mouths can have me stop in my tracks to laugh. They each are unpredictable and that’s what I adore about them both.

Other cast include: Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis, Lucky Yates as Doctor Krieger, Carlos Alazraqui as Mario Savino, Tom Kane as Hans Hessler, Rina Hoshino as Michiko Ishikawa, Rob Huebel as Patrick Crash McCaren, Allison Tolman, Matthew Rhys as Lloyd Llewellyn, Justin Edwards as Bardsley, Jason Hughes as Dafydd, Gary Cole as Special Agent Hawley, Carrie Brownstein as Dr. Sklodowska, Ona Grauer as Katya Kasanova, Ron Leibman as Ron Cadillac and Christian Slater as Slater.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is amazing to once again bring just what fans want for their home library. Continually bringing new entertainment content for everyone’s media library, their format includes DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. To discover more of what they have to offer please visit www.foxconnect.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ARCHER: The Complete Season Six five tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course I would give it a perfect score because this is perfectly delicious comedy that has me laughing so hard I hurt. I have loved ARCHER from the very first episode and to have it going into its seventh season is just amazing and I couldn’t be happier.

The Bluray includes the special features of Conan & Archer Battle Russian Mobsters, Stay-J and Cooking with Milton. There is 272 minutes of side splitting inappropriate laughter and every moment of it is more fun than should even be allowed. There are 13 episodes that include: The Holdout, Three to Tango, The Archer Sanction, Edie’s Wedding, Vision Quest, Sitting, Nellis, The Kanes, Pocket Listing, Reignition Sequence, Achub Y Morfilod, Drastic Voyage: Part 1, and Drastic Voyage: Part II.

ARCHER has been on the air since 2009 created by Adam Reed and it became clear from minute one that this is an adult ‘cartoon’. ARCHER skyrocketed bringing legions of humor-hungry adults just like me who wanted a little something more that pushes the jaw-dropping envelope. FX has always taken shows that are on the cutting edge of thrill, action, storytelling and comedy – ARCHER mashes them all up and keeps us coming back for more. ARCHER’s seventh 13-episode season begins this week and I, for one, can’t wait to see where the gang is going to take me!

In the end – this sexy spy gives us all something to laugh about!

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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Jeri Jacquin

Bringing back all things Greek this week from director Kirk Jones, writer Nia Vardalos and Universal Pictures is the return of everyone’s favorite Portokalos family with MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2.

Seventeen years has passed as Toula (Nia Vardalos) and husband Ian Miller (John Corbett) met and married. Now, their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) is feeling the heat of having a Greek mother, oh and a huge Greek family. She wants to get as far away from her family as possible to attend college which is causing Toula and Ian to stress hard core. Grandpa just wants her to find a nice Greek boy and settle down.

Grandpa Gus (Michael Constantine) has other problems when he decides to make it official that he is a descendant of Alexander the Great by looking online. Filling out the paperwork he discovers that the marriage certificate to Maria (Lainie Kazan) was never signed by the priest. Oh yes, you absolutely know that this is disaster.

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To the family this is a chance to have another very big fat Greek wedding and all become involved from son Nick (Louis Mandylor) who is now married with his own children, Nikki (Gia Carides) who is running the beauty shop, Angelo (Joey Fatone), Uncle Panos (Mark Margolis) and Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin).

Toula also has it brought to her attention that her own marriage needs a little lifting. With Paris leaving the nest, she realizes it may be time to reconnect with hubby to re-discover their life and give romance a little boost again.

This is the family who isn’t going to do anything any other way – but Greek!

Vardalos as Toula re-captures the role without missing a beat. Reverting back to the insecure Toula of seventeen years ago, this character is back to looking a little haggard and becoming exactly like her mother.

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Spending more time with being the perfect Mom and working back at the restaurant, I pretty much hoped she would snap out of it quickly. Of course had she done it there wouldn’t have been much of a film right? Vardalos is sweet and delivers her lines with snap and personally I think she just wanted to kiss Corbin again!

Speaking of Corbin as Ian, he is now the principal of the school where his daughter attends so he is also always a step away from her. Being understanding with Toula and her Mom issues, he finally brings it to his wife’s attention that it may be time to remember why they got together in the first place. Corbin doesn’t reinvent the character but instead embraces it and goes along with the Greek of it all.

Constantine as Grandpa is still hilarious. It is even funnier that his grandsons have taken over the tradition of finding the Greek root of words. When they are finished and say “there you go”, you hear Constantine say softly “there you go” and it is just endearing. Kazan as Marie is still in the mix with the family but when she hears that the priest forgot to sign the marriage certificate, she sees it as an opportunity to have a beautiful wedding but she’s going to make Gus work for it!

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Kampouris as Paris is a teenager embarrassed by the over-love of her family. She is grouchy, snappy, a little bitchy and that’s what I would expect – I’m just not a big fan of it. Toward the end the calmer Paris comes into play and I can handle that. The story isn’t totally focused on her but what is fits the family’s reactions with the right amount of comedy.

I love Toula’s brother because he is the mixture of sweet and funny without even realizing he is. Fatone is also there to lend his comedy and cuteness. Uncle Panos just goes along with whatever the family wants and I think that’s how he manages to keep from going crazy.

The winner, of course, is Aunt Voula! Martin as Voula is adorable, hilarious, informative in her own explanation of things, insightful, and in this film the sane one of the bunch. I wish she was my Aunt just so I could hear her speak daily about life, love and more about her own love life!

Other cast include: Ian Gomez as Mike, Jayne Eastwood as Mrs. White, Bruce Gray as Rodney Miller, Fiona Reid as Harriet Miller, Rob Riggle as Northwestern Rep, Rita Wilson as Anna and John Stamos as George.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 four tubs of popcorn out of five. Mainly the score is because there is no other family like this one. They are based on total love for one another and even though they might screw up in the funniest of ways, it is done with the idea of what is best for all. Yes, they can be over bearing; yes they are loud and yes they are strong willed but let’s face it – they are Greek!

I am equally as thrilled that the cast all came together to make this happen again, even the actors playing Ian Miller’s parents. The film wouldn’t have the same familiarity to it without each and every person bringing their character back to audiences who will feel as if time hasn’t really passes.

In the end – people may change but these Greeks don’t!

ZOOTOPIA Brings On the Cuteness!

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Jeri Jacquin

This Friday from directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush and Walt Disney Pictures is the story of believing in the city of ZOOTOPIA.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny who wants to break out of the bunny farm. Her dream has always been to become a law enforcement officer. Going to the academy, Judy becomes the first bunny officer and can’t wait to protect and serve. The problem immediately is Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) who decides that Judy would be better at meter maiding than solving crimes.

The biggest crime in Zootopia is the disappearance of many of its citizens and people want action from Mayor Lionheart (JK Simmons). Judy wants to be part of it all so keeps her eyes and ears open. On her rounds she meets Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fox who is living up to the reputation of being sly. When Judy realizes she’s been had by Nick she isn’t pleased.

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That’s when Mrs. Otterton comes to the station imploring the Chief to help find her husband. In a bit of fast talking, Judy is given a few days to discover new information. The smart bunny turns to Nick who seems to know his way around town and the people in it. Judy also enlists the help of Assistant Mayor Bellwether (Jenny Slate) to track Mr. Otters last known whereabouts.

Judy and Nick become involved in a case that takes them to dangerous places but nothing will stop them from discovering who is responsible!

Goodwin as Judy portrays a delightful bunny that has big dreams. Even with her parent’s supports, everyone is concerned that she might be jumping into something big. Of course they are right but Judy is a strong and independently minded bunny who doesn’t mind proving herself.

Bateman as Nick is an awesome choice. There are lines Nick delivers that could only have been done by Bateman. Nick is living the fox stereotype but learns that there are choices everyone makes – live how everyone expects or live to be the best of yourself.

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Elba as Bogo underestimates his new bunny rookie and that is his first mistake. I like his characters grumpiness for some reason, its funny! I have to throw in a big giggle for LaMarche who plays Mr Big. The whole idea of his character is hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Simmons as Mayor Lionheart is under the gun to find the missing citizens. I love anything Simmons does so you won’t get a bad thing out of me. Slate as Bellwether is the assistant who doesn’t get much credit for her hard work, especially when the King of the beasts is your boss. She is excited that Judy is on the force!

Other cast include: Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Otterton, Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, Tommy Chong as Yax, Raymond S. Persi as Flash, Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Big, and Shakira as Gazelle.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ZOOTOPIA three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Disney has once again brought delightful characters and put them with amazing animation. I do have to say that the scene with Flash the Sloth is going to put adults into a huge giggle fit and might not make to many people happy at the DMV. It’s that kind of humor that brings parents to watch films with their kids.

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Keep your eye out for Mr. Big because I certainly couldn’t get enough of that scene. The adults loved the name Duke Weaselton and FROZEN fans will get the joke. Shakira as Gazelle doesn’t get a lot of screen time but she manages to end the film in her own musical way.

The storyline has nice twists and turns and it was pretty cool. Disney brings together every animal you can think of and show how it is possible for everyone to live together. There is diversity in Zootopia and even when a few of the animals are called ‘predators’ and things go wrong, everyone comes together to set things right.

In the end – welcome to the urban jungle!

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