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There's no question that Carrie Fisher had a hard time of it after Star Wars. Her life was a parade of bad decisions and drug /alcohol abuse. Fisher's form of healing, and how she got her career going again, was to transform her parade into a parable, being humorously honest about it all in a series of books and a popular film adaptation ("Postcards From the Edge") as well. It's no wonder in this age of extreme Star Wars nostalgia, she's finally started addressing more specifically those halcyon geek years. While her one-woman show "Wishful Drinking", based on her 2008 memoir, takes an overview look at her whole life, tracing the various infidelities in her family using visual aids, the better part of the second half specifically shows the effect The Force had on her. It's the kind of funny you can enjoy with your Mom. Well, my Mom, anyway. She's pretty cool. Spill.com makes no Mom guarantees.
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SUPERNATURAL - SEASON 6 (Blu-Ray and DVD)
I'm done being embarassed for liking this show so much. You hear me Cat? I will no longer apologize. I shouldn't have to. Creator Eric Kripke put together an engaging 'occult hunters' show that after six seasons still manages to be largely successful at its mish-mash of influences brand (certainly "Buffy" and "The X-Files") that ends up being much more than the sum of its parts. Hell, after Season Five (and after Hell, literally), Kripke left the show, putting it into the hands of Executive Producer Sera Gamble, who has proven to be more than capable of keeping things up to snuff. Following the stories of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles respectively), the first five seasons had them chasing the demon who killed their mother and Sam's fiancee (amongst many more along the way) and eventually, the Devil himself. So season six asks...now what? It's not spoiling much for you to tell you that Sam, cast into the pit of fire along with the Devil at the end of five, manages an escape, but the question is...how? He doesn't know, doesn't remember, and something is clearly wrong with him...something missing. Worse yet, the war in Heaven is escalating; their Angel pal Castiel (Misha Collins) is too besieged to be of much help to them, and neither is their ally from the other side, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) who's up to some sort of new plan for hellish domination of his own. Man, soon they'll only have God left to fight. (watches season seven).... never mind.
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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (Blu-Ray)
Hard to believe Truman Capote wrote this AND "In Cold Blood". Director Blake Edwards probably helped to make this 1961 Oscar Winning romantic comedy more humorously whimsical, although I'd guess we also have him to blame for the upstairs neighbor, played as a wildly offensive asian stereotype by Mickey Rooney. But I can put my blinders on for that since the rest of this Audrey Hepburn vehicle is one of the most charming and classic films of its genre ever made. The most beautiful woman in Hollywood history (that's right, I said it) plays Holly Golightly, a self-centered brat of a girl who most men would fall all over for. A friendship with a new tenant who's not so easily led by her wiles (George Peppard) leads to revelations about Holly's less than socialite past, puts her off her game, and eventually, into Peppard's beefy arms. All that bubbly extroversion and, on her off days, pouting, only hid a naive, sweet, and scared young girl. This new HD version, on top of being a STUNNING transfer, adds to previous DVD extras a series of new ones, including a look at Rooney's controversial role.
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Disney's parade onto Blu-Ray of their classic era animated films continues with their fourth theatrical animated release, 1941's flying elephant parable, "Dumbo". Barely over an hour, it was made almost entirely to fill the the financial hole left by the ambitiously expensive previous venture, "Fantasia", but it still holds up as a classic in it's own right in the long and storied history of their animation studio. Briefly, Dumbo's an elephant (duh) with preposterously big ears, so he gets laughed at by all the other animals, which drives his mother insane and he ends up as a sad clown in the circus. After an extreme bender (complete with a hallucinatory musical sequence with dancing pink elephants), he and his best friend (a mouse) decide he can fly, and lo...he can. I can't make this stuff up. I might have to design a drinking game specifically to go with this movie. I can't believe someone hasn't already. As expected, it looks and sounds as good as its ever going to, thanks to Disney's top notch restoration department, and comes with a slew of new HD extras added into the previous DVD's features, one of them being a new PIP track hosted by Pixar mainstay Pete Docter.
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