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Our dad is a big history buff, especially when it comes to World War II. He was a huge fan of Band of Brothers when it debuted on HBO nearly ten years ago, which is why we're giving him the entire box set as a gift this year. The 10-part miniseries, based on a true story, follows a company of airborne infantry--Easy Company--from boot camp through the end of the war.
Our parents live, eat, and breathe baseball, so when the holidays come around, we always like to give them something that celebrates our national pastime. Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns is tops on our list for items to give the folks. The 10-disc set is broken into nine innings that each examines a specific era in baseball, from the origins of baseball in the mid-1800’s, all the way up to present-day.
The fourth season of Mad Men premieres on AMC on July 25th, so that gives you a little less than a week to catch up on the first three seasons. If you haven't had a chance to find out what all the hype is about, the first season is a good place to start. Mad Men: Season 1 sets the scene for the popular series and introduces us to Don Draper, a successive ad... more
Your favorite foursome is back in Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season. This season, Ari enlists Lloyd to keep an eye on Andrew's extracurricular activities. Vince finds ways to kill time until his next film starts shooting. Turtle goes shopping for clothes with Jamie-Lynn, and Drama prepares for his character's romance on "Five Towns." The set features behind the scenes peeks with the Entourage cast and crew as they race Ferraris at the auto club... more
Though never a popular show in the ratings, The Wire has been deemed one of the best shows on television by many critics. But now you can judge it for yourself with The Wire: The Complete Series. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the series focuses on different aspects of the city and how they are all intertwined, including the illegal drug trade, the port system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the... more
Last week, we lost another talented actress, Rue McClanahan. Though her career spanned decades, she will be best remembered for her role as the sassy Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls. If you havent had the chance to check out this hilarious comedy that ran from 1985 to 1992, nows your chance with The Golden Girls: The Complete First Season. The show also stars the talented Betty White, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty. Thank... more
A revered actor, Dennis Hopper's film career spanned more than fifty years, and included roles in such movies as Rebel Without a Cause, Apocalypse Now, and, our personal favorites, Cool Hand Luke and Blue Velvet. But fans know him best as Billy in the 1969 film, Easy Rider. The movie, directed and co-written by Hopper, tells the story of two bike-riding drug dealers in search of financial and spiritual freedom.
We grew up watching Gary Coleman on Diff'rent Strokes. He was a born comedian, playing Arnold Jackson on the popular show that ran from 1978 to 1986. Even today, we hear people uttering the show's popular catchphrase, "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" In memory of Gary Coleman, we're going to settle in and watch Diff'rent Strokes: Fan Favorites. It includes some of the show's best episodes, including The Adoption, Parts 1 & 2.
True Blood is the ultimate guilty pleasure. The series has got it all: vampires, shape-shifters, and not to mention good-looking men (Alexander Skarsgad, anyone?). The third season premieres on June 13th, so you've got plenty of time to catch up on the all of the vampire drama in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Just find yourself the perfect spot on the couch, a bowl of popcorn, a blanket, and you're go to... more
Meryl Streep can do no wrong in our book. It's Complicated stars the ever-talented Meryl Streep as Jane, a divorcée who owns a successful bakery. Directed by Nancy Meyers, the movie centers around Jane and her rekindled romance with her ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin. To "complicate" things is Adam, played by Steve Martin, who has an interest in Jane and starts spending time with her, much to the dismay of her ex-husband.
Iron Man 2 comes out in theaters on May 7th, but if you still haven't seen the first movie, you still have plenty of time to check it out before Friday. Iron Man is based on the popular Marvel comic book by the same name. Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, an industrialist playboy and genius engineer who creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and to protect the world from... more
While, to us, Carey Mulligan will always be Sally Sparrow from Doctor Who, she certainly comes into her own playing a young girl that is seduced by an older man in An Education. Mulligan plays Jenny, a middle-class British schoolgirl charmed by a small-time criminal in this funny, smart, and compassionate movie. The script was adapted by Nick Hornby, whose novels High Fidelity and About a Boy have been made into movies.
Your favorite ad man is back. Jon Hamm returns as Don Draper in AMC's most talked about show. Mad Men: Season 3 sees Don Draper back to his bad boy ways. We see Betty facing a strained marriage, a pregnancy, and her father's decline in health. The third season also brings changes to Sterling Cooper as Putnam Powell Lowe starts trimming staff and restructuring the department, which causes a shake-up and brings new opportunities... more
Should zombies take over the world, we've already picked out a place to hole up and wait until help arrives. And like another popular horror comedy that we've written about here on mySimon, it involves being surrounded by copious amounts of beer and snacks (what more do you need?). For Tallahassee, a character played by Woody Harrelson in the movie Zombieland, surviving a zombie invasion involves Twinkies. We recommend you watch it to develop... more
When it comes to movies, it just doesn't get any more romantic than Casablanca. The movie came out in 1942, and it still remains a classic, even today. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star as two lovers forced to choose sides during World War II. If you're looking for a budget-friendly Valentine's Day plan, we recommend popping this movie into your DVD or Blu-ray player, grabbing a big bowl of popcorn, and snuggling under... more
You get bored at home sometimes, and your cat does too. Whenever you're away, keep Fluffy entertained with DVDfor Cats: While You Are Gone. It's a collection of calming video imagery and sounds, including birds chirping, butterflies, kittens, dancing strings, and soft nature sounds. There's even an auto-loop function to ensure that Fluffy stays calm all day and doesn't scratch and claw at your favorite sofa while you're at work.
When done right, science fiction is one of our favorite movie genres. Moon, directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son), in our humble opinion, was one of 2009's best movies. The story centers around Sam Bell (played by the under-appreciated Sam Rockwell), an employee of Lunar Industries who is sent to the moon to harvest a fusion energy source. He's finishing his third year and the solitude is starting to get to him. This... more
What do a rooster, a tiger, and Mike Tyson have in common? Well, they all star in this hilarious movie. And honestly, we can't remember the last time we laughed so hard at a movie. The Hangover centers on a group of friends who make a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to celebrate one of the friend's impending nuptials. And you can probably guess that things don't quite go as planned. Its a great movie... more
Quentin Tarantino: you either love him or hate him. We fall in the former category and have been a fan ever since Reservoir Dogs. If youre not a fan, Inglourious Basterds, his latest movie, just might change your mind. The movie is a re-imagining of World War II and centers around a group of commandos on the hunt for one hundred Nazi scalps. Brad Pitt plays one of his best roles as Aldo Raine,... more
We'll never understand the appeal of re-watching old sports games, but our husband can spend hours watching old hockey games from his youth. The ultimate present for any die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan, this NHL Greatest Games in Pittsburgh Penguins History will keep him entertained while you're out shopping the after-holiday sales. It features 10 discs that include 10 of the greatest games in the franchise's history, along with complete game broadcasts.