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Sealab 2021: Season 1
Sealab 2021: Season 1
DVD ~ Various
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest cartoons you're not watching, July 12 2004
This review is from: Sealab 2021: Season 1 (DVD)
If you stay awake long enough to catch Adult Swim on Cartoon Network Sunday nights (starts around 10:30 p.m. CST, my old time zone- now I'm on the east coast, and everything starts an hour later), check out "Sealab 2021". It's a spoof off the old 1972 cartoon "Sealab 2020", except that the original '72 crew has been replaced by a bunch of lunatics who probably shouldn't be allowed out of doors. Perhaps that's why they've been confined to an underwater lab where they can't hurt anybody (well, almost anybody). We loyal fans have long awaited Adult Swim gems to come on DVD, and with "Sealab 2021", you get the following eppys:
*I, ROBOT- News of a monkey whose brain has been implanted in a robot prompts the crew to have a long-winded "discussion" about the fate of their own brains.
*HAPPYCAKE- Captain Murphy is devestated to find his beloved Happy Cake Oven is missing, and orders the crew, along with a Jacques Cousteau-like narrator, to search the waters for it. Meanwhile, a giant squid endangers the life of the crew; or as the narrator sees it, "uses it's tentacles to cradle me like a Mother's arms".
*RADIO FREE SEALAB- Captain Murphy is bored and decides to use the lab's emergency radio beacon for a pirate radio station, starring as "Howling Mad" Murphy.
*CHICKMATE- Debbie questions the male crewmembers to see who will make the best Father for the baby she wants immediately, and Stormy almost learns a valuable lesson in race relations.
*LOST IN TIME- Bizarre episode in which Stormy and Dr. Quinn are mysteriously transported 15 minutes back in time to save Sealab from an explosion- even though the same explosion happens again, starting the vicious cycle all over again.
*PREDATOR- There's an invisible yet shimmery ghoul aboard Sealab that has the crew cowering in the corners. It's up to Dr. Quinn (with Dolphin Boy as bait) to capture the fiend.
*LITTLE ORPHAN ANGRY- Griffin, a terminally ill orphan, comes aboard Sealab to live out his dream. But Griffin's heart is not as pure as everyone thinks. Meanwhile, Capt. Murphy morphs into a germ-a-phobe freak as he fears a Bubonic Plague outbreak.
*WAKING QUINN- The eppy is a bit hard to follow- Stormy wants to show Dr. Quinn his new hairdryer while Quinn is in the water- yes, Dr. Quinn is electrocuted and bizarre happenings are afoot.
*ALL THAT JAZZ- In one of the funniest episodes, Capt. Murphy gets trapped underneath the BeBop Cola machine. Unfortunately for him, everyone else is at a concert. A year transpires before he is found, and in that time he loses all his teeth and becomes addicted to scorpion venom.
*MURPHY MURPH AND THE FENG SHUI BUNCH- This is my all-time fave eppy. Capt. Muprhy is dissatisfied with the disharmoy of the Sealab decor. He hires an extortionate Feng Shui "master" to redecorate everything- but "Master Loo" is a con artist who convinces the crew to buy his crap oragami and persuades Murphy to spend $50,000 on a solid gold toilet. Ofcourse, only Dr. Quinn sees through him.
*IN THE CLOSET- Capt. Murphy gets everyone stlocked in a closet, and tempers begin to flare.
*STIMUTACS- The ver witty Sparks has come up with a new drug that everyone wants,but the side effects are grotesque- and additctive.
*SWIMMING IN OBLIVION- A compliation of past episodes dominates this season finaale, including the informercials for the "Debbie Gone Wild!" DVD's.
Some of Sealab's best episodes were in it's first season, and thankfully they're all here.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark humor at its best, July 10 2004
Sedaris' new book is not his usual fiction, but a collection of memoirs from his life. Although, they're bizarre, unreal, and sometimes hilarious enough to give fiction a run for its money.
In "Dress Your Family...", Sedaris recounts his mother and father's habit of never sleeping in their beds (always in chairs or on the sofa)or at the usual bedtimes, referring to it as being raised "by a pair of housecats". When North Carolina has been hit with an unusal amount of snow, school is closed for a week. David's mother is fed up to the back teeth with having the kids in the house all the time, so on the 5th day, she locks them out of the house, opens a bottle of red and turns on the tube. The kids (David and his legion of sisters, including Amy Sedaris, an actress known for her Comedy Central show "Strangers With Candy")all convince the youngest girl to lay in the road and wait for a car. If Tiffany is injured (or worse, dead), Mom will feel REALLY bad about locking them out of the house. The book is filled with these kinds of odd, and sometimes just plain sad, memories. Mom obviously suffers from alcoholism on some level, and Dad is a penny pinching weevil ('"Who's up for something sweet?", he'd ask, and we'd pile into the car, passing the Tastee Freeze and driving to the grocery store, where he'd buy a block if pus-colored ice milk reduced for quick sale' he writes.) People who have a hard time with Sedaris' memoirs mostly seem disturbed with his candid telling of his experiences growing up gay, having fights with his boyfriend Hugh (whom the book is dedicated to), and a parculiar incident involving a weirdo Sedaris was hired by to clean his apartment, but ended up forcing him to take a blood sugar test and displaying his gay porn collection (you're not alone- that disturbed Sedaris too).
David's humor is in full swing, though, rolling his eyes at the love story between Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes in "The End of the Affair". Hugh loved it, he didn't: "I asked if he always cried during comedies, and he accused me of being grossly insensitive, a charge I'm trying to plea-bargain down to simply obnoxious". In the story "Us and Them", David talks about how his childhood neighbors "didn't believe" in TV, so the Tomkey's kids, in David's opinion, were severely uninformed about current topics and shows. They showed up for Trick-or-Treating the day after Halloween ("asking for candy on Halloween was called trick-or-treating, but asking for candy on November 1st was begging", he says), one of the kids in a homemade mouse costume with an extension cord for a tail. In "Monie Changes Everything", David introduces us to his Great-Aunt Monie, a rich woman whom they desperately wanted to be remembered by once she snuffed it (to this day, David's mom will not disclose the considerable sum Monie left her). All in all, Sedaris is hot-hot-hot as usual, and it's obvious that his bizarre upbringing fueled his sense of humor. For those expecting another light-hearted Sedaris novel, this book may not be your cup of tea. But I urge you to read it anyway. Hilarious and sometimes heart wrenching from start to finish.

Welcome To Mooseport (Bilingual)
Welcome To Mooseport (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Gene Hackman
Offered by Imagine This Music
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ray will never be more than Ray, July 5 2004
I've aways laughed at Romano's stand-up, loved his little guest appearance on "Dr. Katz", and his portrayl of the wise cracking mammoth Manny in "Ice Age". What do these all have in common? Ray Romano is always Ray Romano, no matter what role he adopts. It's the same reason I don't watch "Everybody Loves Raymond" (that and the fact that he and his TV wife always fight and bascially seem miserable with each other). But I digress...
WTM is the story of ex-president Monroe Cole (Hackman) who becomes the first guy to divorce his wife while still in the White House. She's taken him for everything except their summer home in Mooseport, Connecticut. When Cole decides to fly to Mooseport for a little R&R, he finds out that the town's Mayor has died. Cole gets the wacky idea to run for Mayor of Mooseport after his ex(Christine Baranski) calls to tell him she wants him to sell the Mooseport home. If he's elected mayor, the Mooseport home becomes the mayoral home, and she can't get that, right?
Problems arise when Romano's character handyman Handy Harrison (something less predictable would have been nice)decides to run for mayor after seeing Cole hit on his girlfriend Sally(Maura Tierney), who's frustration of no marraige proposal after a 6-year courtship has driven her away. The mayoral race quickly becomes a schoolboy fight for Sally's affections. Who will win?
Who cares? I totally lost interest in this movie and ended up turning it off before it ended. It was not funny at all, with the exception of a few chuckles (and I'm being generous at calling them chuckles). I'm so glad I didn't spend eight bucks at the theater to see this. I was so bored with this non-funny movie that I didn't even bother checking out the extras, so I can't tell you about them. What I can tell you is, watch "Everybody Loves Raymond", and you'll pretty much be watching "Welcome to Mooseport".

Vicar Of Dibley
Vicar Of Dibley
by Richard Curtis
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars No, no,no,no,no......YES!, July 4 2004
This review is from: Vicar Of Dibley (Paperback)
Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) is a female vicar who's been dispatched to the small town of Dibley, since their old vicar suddenly and without warning snuffs it. The town is not altogether thrilled to see her, as they were expecting "a bloke; beard, Bible, and bad breath". Instead, they got "a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom". Gerry not only eases her way into their affections, she changes their lives in her own hilarious way. This original Britcom has an accompanying book complete with scripts from almost every episode. It also has loads of funny extras; from Jim Trott's "pen pal" letters to a young French girl ("my girlfriends and I are sending you our unwashed panties so you can check them for tiny listening devices", she writes. "It must be so exciting to work for British Intelligence!"), clippings from the Dibley news, a map of the exciting attractions at the Dibley fete, pictures from Alice Tinker's primary school class, and an exerpt from Letitia Cropley's much anticipated cookbook. Great fun!

Saving Grace (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Saving Grace (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ Brenda Blethyn
Offered by DealsAreUs
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pass the dutchie, Grace, July 2 2004
I loved Brenda Blethyn so much in "Secrets and Lies" that picking up "Saving Grace" was a no-brainer for me. Grace Trevethyn (Blethyn) is devestated by her husband's sudden suicide, but even more astonished at what apparently brought it on- he mortgaged everything they own and the bank is ready to foreclose. As Grace brainstorms how to get the dosh to keep her home, her gardner and loyal friend Matthew ("Drew Carey"s Craig Ferguson), whose girlfriend is unexpectedly pregnant, offers Grace a solution that will solve their prospective money woes: use Grace's horticulture know-how and ample greenhouse to nurse and multiply his marijuana plant to sell to a dealer. The humor sometimes slips into Benny Hill mode as Matthew and his doctor friend Martin (played by "British Men Behaving Badly"'s Martin Clunes, who is also the voice of the children's cartoon "Kipper")help Grace fend off the bank and the cops, not to mention the stodgy residents who all know what Grace is up to, but don't discuss it. One of the films funniest moments comes when two old ladies (one of whom is played by Emma Thompson's Mum Phyllida Law) stumble upon Grace's stash and think it's tea. They brew up a cuppa and get seriously stoned. Then, the film takes a more ridiculous approach as Grace and her husband's mistress enter a seedy London club to find a dealer to sell the stuff to. Still, this little ripple isn't enough to bring "Saving Grace" down to 4 stars for me. All around jolly good fun!

The Vicar of Dibley: The Divine Collection
The Vicar of Dibley: The Divine Collection
DVD ~ Dawn French
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 297.80
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless you for watching!, July 2 2004
"Vicar of Dibley" is one of my all-time fave Britcoms, mainly because it stars Dawn French (other half of famous comedic duo French & Saunders of "Absolutely Fabulous" fame). French stars as Geraldine Granger, a female vicar sent to the quiet town of Dibley to replace the ancient vicar whose just snuffed it. As David Horton, town councillor and resident crabpot says, "I think it would be hard to find [an older replacement] without actually recruiting a member of the Rolling Stones". Instead of a "bloke with a Bible, beard and bad breath", they get Gerry, "a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom". Gerry has to fight at first to convince the residents of Dibley that she is the right person for the job, vowing that there won't be "pantyhose drying on the vestry".

Each Dibley resident is unique and hilarious in their own way; Letitia Cropely, whose "experimental cooking" frightens everybody ("that Cropley woman really is the Queen of Cordon BLEH!", Gerry exclaims); Frank Pickles and his anal retentive perfectionism wins him the title of "Most Boring Man in Britain" in the Times; Owen Newitt and his bowel troubles ("I've spent so much time [in the bathroom] I'm thinking of sending out change of address cards."); Hugo Horton, son of the above mentioned David Horton and all around sweet simpleton. Hugo has a crush on Alice Tinker, the church verger who is "as thick as two short planks glued together with stupid glue" according to David, who is appalled by Hugo's infatuation with her. And, of course, there's Jim Trott, who's "No, no, no, no..." everytime he begins a sentence grates on everyone's nerves.
Gerry guides her new parishioners in the ways of life and love, manages to secure Kylie Minogue to open the Dibley fete, finds love herself with David's errant prodigal brother Simon, dresses up as the Easter bunny to keep a Dibley tradition alive, and becomes deeply entrenched in this town she was so unwelcome in at the start. The show has a few cameos from Kylie Minogue, London ballerina Darcy Bussell, and Sean Bean (Boramir in "Lord of the Rings"). Fall in love with Gerry Granger- woman vicar, sex kitten, and chocoholic (Crunchie bars are her fave- mine too!). There are very few extras, but is offered is a treat. A look at the UK's 1999 Comic Relief sketches "Red Nose Day" and "Ballykissangel", plus interviews with the actual vicars of Dibley. A collection worthy of your hard earned money. Bless you for watching!

Rock My World [Import]
Rock My World [Import]
DVD ~ Peter O'Toole
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ouch, June 24 2004
This review is from: Rock My World [Import] (DVD)
I gave this movie 2 stars only because Joan Plowright ("Enchanted April", "I Love You to Death") and Martin Clunes ("Shakespeare in Love", "Saving Grace" and the voice of Kipper) are in it. Otherwise, this script bit, plain and simple. In "Rock My World" (orginally titled "Global Heresy")Plowright and Peter O'Toole play Lord and Lady Foxley, who have run short of dosh and need to pump some fundage into their mansion. They decide to rent out the mansion to an American rock band that wants some seclusion to work on their next album. Seems their bass player disappeared on the edge of a waterfront, his ragged clothes strewn about, and no one knows where he is. So they hire a new bass player (Silverstone) who infuses the band with different tones and ideas. Since the Foxley's cook and butler have failed to show, they assume the postions in the form of "Margaret" and "Benson", waiting on the kids hand and foot. Cultures and generations collide at first, but both learn to appreciate and respect the other (awww!). Everything is going smoothly, until the formerly "lost" bass player surfaces, admitting that his "disapperance" was all a publicity stunt.
This movie could have been okay (obvious plot aside) were it not for the horrible script and the high school-like performance of it's actors. Lochlyn Munro, who has done pretty well in such flicks as "Unforgiven" and "The Keeper" delivers his lines in such an inexperienced manner, one would think this was his debut movie. As for Silverstone, she just can't seem to catch a break. It seems her ultimate character was Cher in "Clueless", because every movie I've seen her in since convinces me that she's just not a very good actress. I also have a problem watching these youngsters encourage the older folks to pop a little white "Vitamin E" tab, their hip, funky slang for Ecstasy. Teenagers who down E for the first time can die from the stuff, and most people in their 70's suffer from high blood pressure, heart problems, and other stroke-inducing maladies. Yet, the Foxley's can pop some E tabs and only come out the other end with a night of hot sex? Lord Foxley asks the departing band at the end, "Where might one buy some of those vitamin E pills?". Nice. Sir Peter O'Toole is advocating drug use on film. So much for all those public service announcements. But I digress...drug scenes aside, this movie is not worth your money. If you happen to catch it on cable, so be it. Don't say I didn't warn you.

The Soul Sessions
The Soul Sessions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air, June 23 2004
This review is from: The Soul Sessions (Audio CD)
How refreshing is it to see a 16 year old singer who isn't a studio creation? These days, it seems we've spawned a generation of musical artists that just...aren't. In walks Joss Stone, a teenager from England with a voice like Maysa and a look that reminds us of a cross between Janis Joplin and Edie Brickell. "Fell In Love With a Boy" has a deep, funky taste, while "Super Duper Love" is still funky, but more upbeat. A lot of her music has pretty much the same beat, but all is forgiven when you hear Joss's soulful powerhouse voice. This girl is so fabulous, her debut album has guest appearances by the legendary Betty Wright ("Cleanup Woman", "Tonight Is the Night"), Angie Stone, and Latimore ("You Can Count On Me", "I'm an Old Dog"). Give her a listen.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Extended Edition) (4 Discs)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Extended Edition) (4 Discs)
DVD ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by Mr Sparkle
Price: CDN$ 67.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, June 21 2004
Even if you already have "Two Towers" on DVD, do yourself a favor and find someone who has the platinum series to borrow. All the extras are always an added bonus, but it's the 43 extra minutes of originally cut scenes/footage that you won't want to miss- scenes that could easily be omitted without skipping a beat, but add so much more to your understanding of the characters and their relationships with one another. (e.g.- right after Faramir captures Sam and Frodo, he has a flashback to the last time he saw his brother Boromir (the lovely Sean Bean). This gives us added insight to just how close they were despite the obvious sibling rivalry that was in place. Also, we see Denethor dispatch Boromir to Rivendale to meet with Elrond, suspecting that Elrond knows the whereabouts of the ring. Although, my only complaint there is Denethor's hair is whiter pre-Boromir's death than afterwards in ROTK. What- do they have Greecian Formula in Gondor??) More background information is given on Eowyn and the loss of her parents, and the fact that Aragorn is actually 87 years old. Hmmm- not something you would have picked up on or understood in the orginal theatrical release (unless you've read the novels, of course). Loads of interviews with cast and crew, composer Howard Shore, the building of Middle Earth, etc. Worth every penny, even if you already own the orginal release.

The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet: The Lifelong Solution to Yo-Yo Dieting
The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet: The Lifelong Solution to Yo-Yo Dieting
by Dr. Rachael F. Heller
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good eating program for those sensitive to carbs, June 20 2004
Carbs aren't the enemy, it's just the TYPE of carbs you eat that can shoot your glycemic index way up, causing a huge insulin rush. Once your body becomes used to those high amounts of insulin, the "excess" gets stored just like excess calories do- in the form of fat. Dr.'s Heller help us to understand that there are good carb choices and bad carb choices. For example, most fruits and vegetables are good carbs, while bread, rice, corn, bananas, table and other forms of sugar, sweets, etc are all bad forms of carbs. Carb Addicts is simply about making good choices. The "reward meal" allows you one meal a day where you can eat some bad carbs, provided you eat a small side salad first, and eat equal portions of protein and good carbs along with the bad. You can go back for more "bad" carbs as long as you also take more and equal amounts of protein and good carbs. Eventually, you insulins levels even out, and you lose the cravings for the "bad" carbs. The book gives you the list of foods to eat and foods to avoid, plus a few recipes to help you create low-carb meals. Also included is a test to find out how sensitive you are to carbs.

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