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Venture Bros. Wrapup: “A Very Venture Halloween”

Venture Bros. Wrapup: “A Very Venture Halloween”

TV & Radio
Has it really been almost two years since I last wrote about a new episode of The Venture Bros.? Yup, seems so. And now here we are, with 2012 winding down, and we finally have a new episode from Jackson and Doc -- "A Very Venture Halloween." It's the first holiday-themed installment of the show since "A Very Venture Christmas" all the way back at the end of season one in 2004. Alright, enough history -- let's get into it. This episode was damn good, and sets the table quite nicely for the upcoming fifth season of the show. For awhile I thought this was going to be a typically light-hearted standalone episode, but Doc Hammer (who wrote this one) took things in a very dramatic direction toward the end. Let's get the frivolity out of the way first -- Dr. Venture and Sgt. Hatred han...
Freddy’s coming for you…again

Freddy’s coming for you…again

Movies
I wasn't too thrilled when they announced they were "re-imagining" the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and the spots I had seen so far hadn't done much to change my mind.  But I'll admit it, this latest trailer is pretty damn cool. I'm a little miffed that they're aping some of the scenes from the original movie (the claw in the bathtub among them), but that's not a huge deal.  If Michael Bay and director Samuel Bayer actually go for a straight horror movie rather than a campy remake, this could be good.  I'll even give Jackie Earle Haley a chance as Freddy Krueger, although Robert Englund pretty much owns the character.
Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies
Each of us has strong ties to movies, shows or music from our youth. All it takes is one scene or one chord to send you back to the days when life seemed simpler and shelves were higher. Growing up in New Jersey, many of these movies were seen in regular rotation on WPIX Channel 11 (before it became one of those crappy WB/UPN/CW networks). Because of this, it was years before I saw the unedited versions of these films. Having also seen most of these movies as an adult, I can verify that some have definitely aged better than others. Weird Science (1985) - Director/writer John Hughes dialed down the angst a bit, and traded it in for an abundance of cheap laughs - not that there's anything wrong with that. Michael Anthony Hall (Gary) was on a serious roll by the time this was rele...