Category Archives: Reviews

‘The Secrets of Isis’: A Look back at Golden Age live-action on Saturday morning

Hey 70s Saturday morning TV fans—do you remember when the word “Isis” conjured up not some p.o.s. terrorist, but rather the knee-weakening presence of a gently-scolding Joanna Cameron, calmly gazing at you…right before you passed out in pre-teen ecstasy?

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‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’ (2014): Crappy Lifetime movie still making the rounds

Hey, who doesn’t like their Lifetime Christmas cat movies with child rape jokes thrown in?! I’m gonna take my time skinning this particular cat….

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‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’ (2006): Nominee for worst-ever Christmas movie

During this Christmas season, if you want your child to believe that the world is coming to an end from greed and indifference, and for him or her (or god forbid “ze” or “hir”) to think that Santa is an aggressive, violent, psychotic rageaholic with possible suicidal tendencies…then by all means, give them the gift of love and put 2006’s made-for-cable movie The Year Without a Santa Claus under the tree: certainly in the running for the worst Christmas movie ever made.

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‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ (1973): A fun warm-up to better Peanuts specials

In the Midwest, the chilly arrival of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas creates the perfect environment to draw the drapes and hunker down to watch some television. To TV lovers in my age bracket (the Punic Wars) who are rooting around for something nostalgic, triggered memories of annual CBS airings of Charlie Brown animated specials, such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, are inevitable.

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