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Goat is Retired. He does come out occasionally to help Erich and to write Christmas Reviews.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

by Goat November 25, 2014

The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a charming little short animation that was written by Dr. Seuss and narrated by the late great Boris Karloff.  The absolutely fabulous Grinch Song is not sung by Boris Karloff, but actually credited to Thurl Ravenscroft of Tony the Tiger Frosted Flakes, (they’re GREAT!!) fame. You cannot […]

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Special (1965)

by Goat November 24, 2014

Virtually everyone is familiar with the comic strip Peanuts created by the late Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), as well as the ancient animated Christmas TV special.  The main character is Charlie Brown, who lives in a bizarro world, where the landscape is bleak and snow-packed during the winter season. His peers are either cruelly ruthless […]

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Sexy Beast

by Goat November 21, 2014

  “I am just going to have to turn this opportunity down.” “No, you’re just gonna have to turn this opportunity yes!” sociopath (noun) A person who is completely unable or unwilling to behave in a way that is acceptable to society. Don Logan The movie begins innocuously enough, with retired gangster and safe cracker […]

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Birdman -or- The unexpected virtue of ignorance

by Goat November 16, 2014

Have your bladder empty and your popcorn handy before you plop your butt in your theater seat for this one.  You also will need to buckle up, as you are immediately thrust inside the labyrinth of a dark theater where the ride is relentless. Don’t plan on relaxing for a moment either, as this masterpiece […]



by Goat October 20, 2014

More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.  Also, not surprisingly, the medical cost of this obesity is staggering, as much as 147 Billion dollars a year.  I recently visited the magnificent Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and was surprised to see that the Aquarium contained hundreds and hundreds of whales. Unfortunately, […]

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The Drop

by Goat September 17, 2014

The Drop is a tight and intriguing movie starring the late, great James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy. It is not surprising that it is one of the best movies of 2014.  The movie is based on a short story about an animal rescue, but it’s essence was really about the sparsely-revealed forces that drive Bob, the quiet […]

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The Ghost Army (2013)

by Goat September 9, 2014

A documentary on the art of war and the practice of deception.  This film was dedicated to the 1100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops.  The Ghost Army is an amazing documentary that vividly shows how WWII was a complete and total effort from every corner of American and Allied creativity.  Surely, as it […]

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Piranha Sharks

by Goat September 5, 2014

  Piranha Sharks.  It has come to this. Normally I would not even be exposed to this movie, but I got a nice e-mail from Benjamin Kanes deploring the latest pile of shark shit from Asylum, in the form of one Sharknado 2.  He threw it down and said that they had done better with […]

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by Goat August 22, 2014

I know that a lot has been written about the making of Boyhood but I think that few really comprehend the almost miraculous scope of this movie’s achievements. For one thing, not only did Linklater produce a masterpiece with one brilliant child star performance, he did it with TWO, and over the amazing period of […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy

by Goat August 10, 2014

Due to my advancing age, increasing senility and just bitter disdain for any kind of comic book based film, my expectations for Guardians of the Galaxy were low.  Yes, I scanned the glowing reviews and watched the trailers, things looked very promising, a can’t miss hit of a summer blockbuster was at hand.  Even though […]