The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 12 – Krusty Gets Busted

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Season 1

Episode 12 – Krusty Gets Busted

Couch Gag – This time we get the Maggie popping out and being caught again.

Plot SynopsisHomer witnesses a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart, where the culprit is a man dressed like Bart’s hero, Krusty the Clown. Does the children’s television host have a sinister second life, or is there more to the story than meets the eye?

What is going on reallyWe start by seeing the first appearance from Krusty in a main role and how his long-suffering assistant Sideshow Bob along with the first introduction to the Itchy and Scratchy show.

We learn how Homer must pick up supplies before going home only to find himself in an armed robbery by Krusty on the K-Kwik Mart. Homer being the only witness with video evidence Bart must face the truth about his hero.

With the whole town thinking he is guilty only Bart believes Krusty is innocent and the trial goes on the court finds Krusty guilty. Bart and Lisa work together to prove that Krusty could have been innocent.

Star Character

Krustykrusty

Guest Appearance

Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer)sideshow-bob

Final ThoughtsThis episode opened the door for the support characters to have their own episode with the Simpsons just being part of it, we also get the introduction of the nemesis of Bart in Sideshow Bob who will become his enemy for seasons to come. I believe this opened the door to have any character in the spotlight outside the main family.

Rating 5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 11 – The Crepes of Wrath

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Season 1

Episode 11 – The Crepes of Wrath

Couch Gag – This time we return to the Homer popping out onto the floor, we really don’t get too many big ideas yet.

Plot SynopsisAfter another of Bart’s pranks at school, Principal Skinner suggests he participate in a student exchange program. However, he is sent to France and forced to work all hours in a vineyard, with little chance of escape.

What is going on reallyWe start by seeing the mess Bart makes around the house causing Homer falling down the stairs stuck on the floor being covered in the animals of the house.

Bart forced to clean up finds himself a cherry bomb taking it to school just as principal Skinner is showing his mother around the school. This turns into a prank where Skinner returns Bart back home.

Skinner has come up with the idea of putting Bart on an exchange program to France with the Simpsons taking in an Albania child Adil. The Simpsons find themselves with what seems like a perfect child but Bart on the other side of the world finds himself being taken advantage of by his foster carers.

Adil comes off all sweet and innocent but is really an undercover spy while Bart continues to struggle with his time in France, but when he discovers the truth about what the men are up to he can expose the truth and return home.

Star Character

Bartgrapes

Final ThoughtsThis is bar far the biggest episode of the show so far having two stories in different settings going on side by side and each part both working very well make this one of the best of the season.

Rating 5/5

2017 Movie Watched List – Part 1

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 1 – 10

1.    Blue Ruin

2.    Cub

3.    Eyes Wide Shut

4.    The Possession

5.    North By Northwest

6.    Fences

7.    Bornless Ones

8.    Indecent Proposal

9.    Freezer

10. Dad’s Army

Favourite Film
Fencesfencs

The performances are easily up there with the very best of the year and of the careers of the stars. The story is also so easy to follow and feels so real through nearly every scene.

Worst Film
Dad’s Armydas

This is easily one of the best British sitcoms ever made, this film version could well be the biggest insult to British television history.

Favourite Character
Dwight – Blue Ruinmason

The story arc of this man is one of my favourites in recent year, we have a man who has been waiting for vengeance for years and when the time comes he makes sure everyone pays for what they have done.

Worst Character
Captain George Mainwaring – Dad’s Armymanering

Captain Mainwaring is easily one of the best British sitcom characters ever, but this just makes him look like a bumbling idiot trying to sleep with Miss Winters that has no control over his home guards.

Star Performance
Denzel Washington – Fencesdenzel

This could easily be one if not Denzel’s best performances of his career playing such a simple character that you just want to listen to his stories as well as seeing the struggles he finds himself in.

 

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.

Opinion Battles Round 6 – Favourite Film From 1987

Opinion Battles Round 6

Favourite Film From 1987

To celebrate my 30th birthday I have decided to challenge everyone to pick their favourite film from the year of my birth so 1987 will be the selection of films we will be looking at.

If you want to take part in the next Opinion Battles we will be looking at Favourite Performance in a Comedy Movie by a NON-Comedic Actor. If you want to take part email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 2nd of April 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Predator

Predator was one of the very first adult action movies I ever saw and while it definitely isn’t the best movie from 1987 it is easily one of the most fun movies from the year. We get Arnold Schwarzenegger facing off against an alien creature with better weapons then him in the middle of the jungle. A role Arnie was born to play, and battle we could have watched for days and you add in all the one liners we have a perfect popcorn flick that can be enjoyed by all.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze; Jennifer Grey; Lots of dancing; a great soundtrack. Dirty Dancing is one of my feel good movies. I love its iconic line and the chemistry that Johnny and Baby have. The training for the dance is awesome and between the romantic tension and drama, there’s still a lot of great moments. While its a great love story, there’s so much about friends and family and expectations, seeing more in someone than they see of themselves.

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

The Princess Bride

Wow! What a great year! I didn’t know it would be so hard to pick a favorite movie from 1987. Let’s see…  Adventures in Babysitting! Can’t Buy Me Love! Fatal Attraction! The Lost Boys! A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors! Predator! Those are all favorites of mine. But there’s still one that beats them all. There’s one that truly stands the test of time & has built up an immunity to 1987, one that is seeking revenge & demanding that you prepare to die, one that begs the question “Anybody want a peanut?”. As you wish, my answer for best 1987 movie is The Princess Bride. Is there a better film from that year?? Inconceivable!

Rob – Movie Rob

The Princess Bride

This is a movie that truly has something for everyone.

It’s a love story based in a magical far away land that has swordfights, giants, deadly creatures, assassination plots, wizards, kidnappings, revenge, miracles, lots of humorous characters, lies, deceit, true love and of course, a bit of kissing.

I recall seeing this in the theater and being drawn in by the majesty and simpleness of the story, while still being so entertaining

It’s a great fantasy based story that has so many themes in it, it truly can be enjoyed by anyone. Excellent characters and dialogue that are so memorable and quotable. Great musical score with an amazing title song.

 

Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews

Good Morning Vietnam

This is an absolutely incredible performance. It’s the antithesis of shyness! It represents the year 1987 so well. I myself was 17 watching this in a theater with a couple of my gangly friends. We knew Mork and Mindy on tv but this was a wholly different film with someone we knew we didn’t recognize. We loved him. He added so much to all of our lives. This film was only the beginning of an education from Williams.

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Full Metal Jacket

 

A killer soundtrack, a disturbing performance from Vincent D’Onofrio, an unbelievable, iconic performance from R. Lee Ermey as the drill sergeant, great battle scenes.

 

An all round awesomely enjoyable film.

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

The Princess Bride

 

My favorite movie from 1987 by far is The Princess Bride. It’s got everything you could want in a movie and it is family friendly to boot. It’s got great sword fighting, storming the castle, fighting giants and strange creatures, true love, villains and humor. The casting on all the roles is spot on and it’s a film that I think actually improves upon the book by having a more focused narrative. I love Wesley, Buttercup and Inigo Montoya. Even Peter Faulk is the quintessential grandpa. Billy Crystal is hilarious as the medicine man. I just love it! 

 

Kira – Film and Tv 101

Good Morning Vietnam

 

1987 was a good year for film, so it was tough to pick a favourite from that year. I finally settled on

Good Morning Vietnam, just like I’d imagine many other people would do. This is without a doubt

Robin Williams’ film, evident in the fact that he also stars alongside someone of Forest Whitaker’s

calibrate and just absolutely dominates the film. Williams’ fast-paced, witty dialogue is what makes

this film so great, and I for one found myself in an even grander state of awe when I discovered

that the majority of the dialogue was improvised. It is a magnificent film, and in my eyes, the best of

1987.

 

Carl Wonders – Listening to Film

The Princess Bride

 

The year 1987 was unquestionably a great one for movies, but one film from that year stands out as one of the seminal films of my childhood. It’s a movie that I cannot imagine a time when it didn’t exist, even though I was already 8 when it came out, so it would be impossible…no…INCONCEIVABLE to not choose The Princess Bride as my favorite movie of that 1987. Granted, it’s impossible for me to be objective here, but there simply isn’t a wrong step made in this film, which deftly balances comedy and action throughout and has inspired countless memes and opportunities to quote famous moments at any opportune time (seriously, who HASN’T said the Inigo Montoya monologue at some point?). It’s one of those movies where you cannot imagine anyone else playing any of the roles, from Cary Elwes as Wesley and Robin Wright as Buttercup, to minor parts like Billy Crystal’s cameo as Miracle Max and Peter Cook’s The Impressive Clergyman. And because it’s directed by Rob Reiner, there is a part for Christopher Guest, who is superb as the infamous Six-fingered Man. Even the film’s wrapper, which involves a grandfather reading the story to his sick grandson, could have come off as cheesy or unnecessary. But with Reiner’s hand and a large assist from Peter Falk (seriously, who wouldn’t want Peter Falk as their grandfather?) and a very young Fred Savage, it works perfectly. There are very few movies that I am always in the mood to watch, but The Princess Bride is near or at the top of that list, and if a child of mine or anyone else really suggests we put it some evening, my response would, of course, be “as you wish…”

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

The Princess Bride

I thought at first that I’d be torn on what 1987 film to pick, but when I realized The Princess Bride was released that year, my favorite suddenly seemed obvious. The Princess Bride is an instant classic, as timelessly charming and funny today as it was back then. The “inconceivable” number of quotable lines, the romantic destiny of true love, the hilarious antics of memorable side characters, the thrilling sword fights and fantasy trappings, and the endearing framing device of a grandfather reading a storybook to his grandson have never gotten old and never will. May it never be remade!

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

 

What a great film! One of my all time favourite comedy movies and an irresistible mix of good writing, great acting and the old John Hughes sentimentality. Ahhhh!

There’s a few films I enjoy from 1987 and I’ll be interested to see what other people come up with, but I absolutely had to go with this cracker. I don’t think I actually know anyone who dislikes it? 

J – Film & Nuance

The Last Emperor

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The Last Emperor is my favourite film of 1987 because well, frankly I haven’t seen many of the 1987 films. Having said that,it is one of the better films of the year and it won best picture if I remember correctly. It’s a complex look into the aristocracy of ancient China and its place in an ever shifting world around this archaic empire. It captures the mythos of royalty and the tragedy of a king who faces an adversary that knows no mercy: The modern world. It is a fascinating film filled with the gaudy and ostentatious colours of the throne’s past and the sweeping harshness of the real world.

 

 

 

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 10 – Homer’s Night Out

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Season 1

Episode 10 – Homer’s Night Out

Couch Gag – This time we return to the collapsing sofa.

Plot SynopsisAfter a photograph of Homer canoodling with an exotic dancer is distributed throughout Springfield, he finds himself kicked out of the house by Marge.

What is going on reallyWe get to see six months in the Simpsons household as Homer’s assistant goes from single to married and promoted above him and Bart orders a camera that makes him a spy.

With Homer going to his boss’s bachelor party the rest of the family go out for dinner, but it just so happens to all be taking place in the same location where Bart captures a photo of Homer dancing with the exotic dancer.

When the photo gets spread around town Homer becomes the centre of attention but Marge finds out and kicks him out of the house. Homer must face the truth to what he has done making it up to Marge.

Star Character

Homerhomer-night-out

Final ThoughtsThis is the second episode in a row that has dealt with marital problems between Marge and Homer, I would question the placement of this episode because the previous one Marge almost cheats on Homer and all Homer does is dance with striper. I feel this is a poor episode from what was a solid season.

Rating 1/5