The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

Movie Released: 1962 | DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002

 

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)Produced in the 1960s on a $ 64,000 budget, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962) belongs to the typical “it’s so bad — it’s good” category and makes this black-and-white science fiction, horror movie a cult classic. The story line is predictable and anyone that has read the book Frankenstein or seen the movie knows this isn’t going to end well — at least not for some of the participants. If you are fine with spoilers then continue reading.

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The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

DVD Release Date: December 24, 2002

 

DVD_The_Adventures_of_Pluto_NashPluto Nash (Eddie Murphy) is a retired smuggler turned night club owner in the moon-based colony, Little America. When a mysterious gangster named Rex Crater destroys and takes Pluto’s nightclub, he is determined to get it back with a little help from his friends.

 

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00A7E3TCK” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Adventures of Pluto Nash[/easyazon_link] is absurd. The story is silly, unfocused and full of nonsensical turns engineered for cheap laughs. In other words, it is exactly what one should expect from a comedy starring Eddie Murphy. What makes it, for this viewer, the movie that I best enjoyed from this lead actor is the other-worldliness of the setting and story. There’s almost a magic to the ridiculousness of the humor. Everyone likes a mindless movie from time to time and [easyazon_link identifier=”B00A7E3TCK” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Adventures of Pluto Nash[/easyazon_link] certainly fits that “better if you don’t think about it” bill. Don’t think there’s a market for this type of film? My husband’s favorite movie is “Howard the Duck.” Every movie and every book has an audience.

 

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The Martian (2016)

DVD Release Date: January 12, 2016

 

DVD_MartianThe crew of the Ares III is forced by a dust storm to evacuate from Mars. In the rush to leave, Astronaut Mark Watley is hit by debris and his suit isn’t showing signs of life, so his fellow astronauts presume him dead and leave him stranded on Mars. Watley must do what he can to survive until the next mission arrives. Earth Control receives satellite photos showing that Watley has survived which they decide to suppress. Will Watley make his way home against the odds?

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1968)

Release Date: January 24, 1968 | DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001

 

DVD_Dr_StrangeloveA United States Air Force General orders a nuclear attack aimed at the Soviet Union. The movie follows the President and Joint Chiefs of Staff as they struggle to stop the attack and the B-52 Bomber as it travels to deliver the devastating hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

Released: April 1, 1983 | DVD Release Date: December 24, 2002

 

DVD_The_Meaning_of_Life[easyazon_link identifier=”B000A2UBNE” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]The Meaning of Life[/easyazon_link] is a 1983 musical sketch comedy that chronicles phases of life in seven parts. There is a bonus “middle of the film” segment in which viewers are invited to play “find the fish.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Absolutely Anything (2015)

DVD Release Date: August 14, 2015

 

DVD_Absolutely_AnythingThe Intergalactic Council of Superior Beings receives a communique from Earth. They, as is their custom, chose a random earthling to give the power to do absolutely anything. If the human uses the power for good, humanity is saved. If he or she uses the power for evil, humanity will be destroyed. Chosen is Neil Clarke, a secondary school teacher who is an aspiring writer. What will Neil do with the ability to do absolutely anything?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)

Movie Released: December 9, 2007 | DVD Release Date:October 7, 2008

 

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Trudie (Melissa Joan Hart) is having a rough holiday season. She’s struggling financially and her boyfriend dumps her just before she heads home for the holidays. Feeling the pressure to please her parents (Timothy Bottoms and Markie Post), she kidnaps David (Mario Lopez) and convinces him to play along with her plan and pose as her boyfriend Nick. Can Trudie hold it together long enough to satisfy her parents?

 

 

 

 

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Movie Released: December 1, 1989 | DVD Released: September 30, 2008

 

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Clark Griswold has a dream of surprising his family with a backyard pool. The only impediment to making the dream a reality is that his bonus has yet to arrive. While they wait, Clark and crew enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with cherished family and surprise visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elf (2003)

Movie Released: November 7, 2003 | DVD Releasd: October 24, 2006

 

DVD_ElfA child slipped into Santa’s sack one Christmas Eve and was taken to the North Pole where he was adopted by an older elf (Bob Newhart). When he finds out that he is human, the elf decides to go on a quest to New York City to find his biological father, a hard-hearted Children’s publisher. Will everything work out as Buddy expects?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Doctor Who 2014 Christmas Special: The Last Christmas

DVD Release Date: February 17, 2015

 

DVD_Doctor_Who_Last_Christmas The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenny Coleman) must help scientists plagued by crab-like creatures at a North Pole Scientific Station with the help of Santa (Nick Frost) and his elves.

Readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of Doctor Who as well as the comedic characters normally played by Nick Frost. In [easyazon_link identifier=”B00QHND1BO” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Doctor Who: Last Christmas[/easyazon_link] the actor takes a darker interpretation of an iconic character.

 

 

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