“Alf!??! Dan, c’mon, seriously!! Alf?!?!”

The Couch Potato Report – August 10th, 2004
This week in The Couch Potato Report, Bill is back, and so is Alf!
When I spoke about Quentin Tarantino’s film KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 back on April 17th I gave the film a very positive review.
I said that due to its action, violence and gore, it wasn’t a movie for everyone, but I liked it a lot.
I also made sure you knew that Quentin Tarantino had said that there will eventually be a KILL BILL: DIRECTOR’S CUT that will piece both VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2 together as one 3-hour plus movie.
Having said all of that back in April, we sit here today in August and KILL BILL: VOLUME 2, the second half of Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL film, is now available on video and DVD.
If you don’t know anything about Bill, or the attempt to kill him, let me recap.
In the action packed revenge film that is VOLUME 1, Uma Thurman played a pregnant bride who is left for dead on her wedding day. The man responsible for it was named Bill and thus, to get her revenge, said Bride set out to kill him.
I won’t tell you if she gets her revenge or not, and don’t let the title mislead.
To put it mildly, KILL BILL: VOLUME 2 is a great film.
In VOLUME 1 Tarantino gave us an operatic picture full of action and gore.
In VOLUME 2 he offers up his patented style of conversations and intensity, with some great action thrown in for good measure.
Seeing VOLUME 2 makes both films better, but now I really, want to see KILL BILL: DIRECTOR’S CUT!
To paraphrase what I said back in April, the KILL BILL films are not for everyone, but they sure are for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed them!
I also thoroughly enjoyed the 1980’s TV series ALF. I had the t-shirt, the comic books and even the Alf stuffed animal.
Okay, I still have my stuffed Alf doll.
Now I also have the show on DVD!
ALF – SEASON ONE features all of the episodes from the first year of this 1986 to 1990 sitcom.
What? You don’t remember ALF?
Well, ALF was the show about an arrogant, furry alien from the planet Melmac who crashed into the Tanner family’s garage. They agreed that he could live with them if he stayed hidden from the rest of planet Earth.
They named him Alf, an acronym for “Alien Life Form” and they constantly had to bail him out of trouble.
ALF is one of my Mom’s favourite television shows of all time, and one of mine as well.
And unlike the KILL BILL films, ALF is for everyone.
Except cats. Did I Mention that Alf likes to eat cats?
Well, rest assured, no cats were harmed during the peeling of this report.
KILL BILL VOLUME 2 and ALF – SEASON 1 are available now at your favourite local video store.
In TAKING LIVES Angelina Jolie is an FBI profiler who tracks a serial killer to Montreal.Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland also star and the best line in the entire film is “I should have stayed in Winnipeg.”
Martin Scorsese’s classic film GOODFELLAS finally gets a two disc DVD special edition! In addition to the film having new digital sound and picture, and the movie now existing on one side of a DVD instead of two, this package also includes a director’s commentary, a making of featurette and a look at how GOODFELLAS influenced other filmmakers.
CONNIE AND CARLA isn’t likely to ever inspire anyone. Nia Vardalos chose this as the follow-up to MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. No amount of Windex will ever clean up this mess about two women who pose as female impersonators to evade criminals. As members of the cast Toni Collette from THE SIXTH SENSE and former X-FILE-er David Duchovny get to share the blame.
And in HAPPY DAYS – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON the gang’s all here! Plus, Richie and Joanie have a brother named Chuck. Remember Chuck?
I’ll have more on those, and some other releases, in seven days.
For now, that’s this week’s COUCH POTATO REPORT.
Enjoy the movies and I’ll see you back here next week on The Couch!