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Curb Your Enthusiasm Review: Start The Violin Music

This eighth season was billed as Curb Your Enthusiasm coming to New York.  They worked Larry leaving for NYC in so hilariously that I forgave the fact that it took half the season to get him here.  And while I was ready to criticize the season for not having an overarching theme to the ten-episode run,  "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox"  brought the New York era to an end in such a funny and poetic manner, that I am ready to forgive the uneven season. Back in "The Vow of Silence" Larry broke down and went to New York because he kept using NYC as an excuse to get out of a charity event.  It was such a fitting ending to the season for him to have to do the same thing in order to get out of Michael J. Fox's charity event in New York.  Only in typical Curb fashion, they threw a perfect curve ball in not sending LD back to L.A., but to Paris, where Leon bought himself a chalupa! Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/09/curb-your-enthusiasm-review-larry-vs-michael-j-fox/

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM “Larry vs Michael J Fox” Review

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM  "Larry vs Michael J Fox" Season 8 Episode 10 – One thing which  Curb Your Enthusiasm  risks on a pretty frequent basis is the ‘one joke’ premise. The same joke, different variations, is repeated again and again over the course of the episode. The joke in this episode centered around Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s. Thinking he may have annoyed Fox after sssh-ing him in order to listen to his girlfriend Elizabeth’s piano playing, Larry heads up to his apartment to clarify any misunderstanding between them. Fox makes it clear he did not shake his head at him – it was his Parkinson’s acting up. This joke is essentially played out again and again. Fox hands Larry a bottle of Coke. It sprays coke all over the place when opened. Michael J Fox apologises-it was his Parkinson’s. Larry cannot sleep because of Fox’s midnight ruckus. Fox apologises: it was his Parkinson’s. You get the idea. While this was pretty funny (especially the Coke gag), it was not enough to fill in a half hour episode of television. It seems like it was trying to be edgy or confrontational, but it was often just grating and conventional humor. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/09/12/curb-your-enthusiasm-larry-vs-michael-j-fox-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

Curb Your Enthusiasm: "Mister Softee" Review

This was just a fun episode, wasn't it? It started a bit slowly, but quickly built steam, providing plenty of great  Curb  humor.  I really dug the flashback to  Larry  as a kid and what we can only guess is the origin of Larry saying, "Pretty, pretty good." Sure, Larry may look back at the  Mister Softee  incident as a traumatic event, but before that girl's dad showed up, he  did  have a girl compliment his package, so good for you, Larry – and a catch phrase is born!  Of course poor, naked, Larry being shoved out of that truck was hysterical in its humiliating way, with those kids bellowing, "What the f**k?" and, "Put some clothes on, you four-eyed f**k!" Ah, Curb, thanks for remembering that kids saying the F word is usually comic gold.  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/119/1192340p1.html?RSSwhen2011-09-04_193000&RSSid=1192340&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM “Mister Softee” Review

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM  "Mister Softee" Season 8 Episode 8 – A devilish ghost from Larry’s past reappears and haunts him with its deceptively innocent tingaling theme which brings  fear into Larry’s heart like the a great white shark. Mister Softee the ice cream  van caused quite a bit of mayhem for Larry in this episode, and for the penultimate episode of what has been a strong season of  this zany show, it featured everything a fan could ask for and more : reverse racism, a masturbating car ride, a hilarious flashback to Larry’s days playing strip poker, his glasses as big as his face. There was an absolutely classic moment as Susie rushes out to Larry’s car, demanding a lift. Larry, knowing full well the the wobbly passenger seat is…em…prone to vibrate, tries to ward her off. But her sister’s apartment  is on fire and she gets in and the audience is treated to the most amazing array of comedic expressions of horror as Susie goes off the rails. Read More.. //www.daemonstv.com/2011/09/05/curb-your-enthusiasm-mister-softee-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Mister Softee': Bill Buckner to the rescue?

A review of tonight's fantastic  "Curb Your Enthusiasm"  coming up just as soon as Koufax gives me some kishka...  "Mister Softee" was only a few minutes longer than a normal "Curb," but it felt epic, like "Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Motion Picture." I've watched it several times since HBO sent the screener out a few months ago, and I'm convinced it's one of a handful of the show's best episodes ever.  There have been times in the series (including this season) where it's felt like Larry and the other writers tried to cram too many ideas into a single episode, but "Mister Softee" just felt richer, rather than overcrowded. It's an episode that gave Larry a semi-serious girlfriend in Ana Gasteyer's character, a new pal in Bill Buckner, a new enemy in Robert Smigel as the Steinbrenner-identifying Yari, and, of all things, a therapist in the form of Fred Melamed(*) as Dr. Arthur Thurgood. (Plus a cameo by Jerry "Hesh" Adler as the man who tries to recruit Larry for the minyan.) Read More... //www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/curb-your-enthusiasm-mister-softee-bill-buckner-to-the-rescue

Curb Your Enthusiasm Review: "Mister Softee"

The penultimate episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm's eighth season was in a word: enjoyable.  With its therapist blunders, sexual accidents, backwards civil rights activism, and heartwarming Bill Buckner moments,  " Mister Softee "  was an extremely fun half hour of television. For my money, Fred Melamed put forth some of the best comedic work of the summer in his small role as Larry's therapist here.  The subtlety he used in blatantly spilling information on his clients, while acting like he wasn't, was absolutely brilliant.  He merely mentioned it was an illustrious director Star Wars that frequented prostitutes.  That isn't obvious right? Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/09/curb-your-enthusiasm-review-mister-softee/

Curb Your Enthusiasm: "Car Periscope" Review

From Seinfeld to  Curb Your Enthusiasm ,  Larry David  has proven to be a master at creating terms for everyday events we all are familiar with. Such was the case with Curb this week, which began with  Larry  being "upstreamed" – his term (and one the woman doing it to him was well-familiar with, yelling, "Everyone upstreams!") where someone gets in front of you to hail a cab. We've all been there, right?  This episode had a lot of strong elements. I felt it lost some momentum in the second half, but that was made up for by the ending, which brought everything together into a neat bow – if that neat bow involves Larry looking like he attacks the elderly.  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/119/1191460p1.html?RSSwhen2011-08-29_170000&RSSid=1191460&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM “Car Periscope” Review

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM  "Car Periscope" Season 8 Episode  8 – In this episode Larry insults a one armed man, accuses a man with dementia  of being a vile racist, tries to run the same one armed man down with his car which has been modified with a periscope, a brilliant new invention Larry is sure will fetch millions and which becomes the very first invention he invests a substantial amount of cash in, all because the inventor in question seems to be a man of integrity because he has an ugly wife. Oh, and Wanda Sykes shows up to steal his awesome new training  coach. It’s pretty much your typical episode of  Curb Your Enthusiasm , filled with little absurdities and amusing observations and ultimately enjoyable while watching, but quite easily forgettable. It sort of slinks back into the ring with all of those other  moments where Larry insulted people; they got angry at Larry and he either went on the defensive and made them angrier or tried to back out of a bad situation-usually, without much luck. It’s a weird little formula which  Curb Your Enthusiasm  adheres to religiously. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/08/29/curb-your-enthusiasm/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

Curb Your Enthusiasm Review: "Car Periscope"

All of the one-armed man references in  "Car Periscope"  must have been from The Fugitive, because there never actually is a one-armed man in The Mask - even though Jim Carrey so memorably announced It wasn't me. It was the one-armed man! - and Wrongfully Accused featured a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed man as the villain. While playing off of The Fugitive for the one-armed man thing certainly ran its course through the 90s, enough time has passed to make it acceptable again, and Curb Your Enthusiasm did a great job of incorporating it into the rest of this week's funny episode.  The idea made for plenty of great LD sound bites, but more importantly, it created some of the best Larry and Jeff as detectives moments there has ever been. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/08/curb-your-enthusiasm-review-car-periscope/

Curb Your Enthusiasm: "The Bi-Sexual" Review

It was another strong episode of  Curb  this week, which introduced what I think is a new instant-classic Curb term – the s**t bow.  I did think the actual main storyline of the episodes –  Larry  and Rosie O'Donnell  competing over the same woman – could have used a stronger payoff. O'Donnell kind of just disappeared from the episode and should have been involved in the resolution. But so much of what was occurring throughout was great.  Leon's in New York! It was great to see  Leon  again, as he once more dispensed advice to Larry as only he can. His offhand mention that he had "eight motherf**kers up in this car" to a distressed Larry was awesome, but the funniest moment between the two was the whole back and forth Leon and Larry had about bats, balls and catcher's mitts (in reference to genetalia), which had Larry deadpan, "A woman is on earth to catch balls. An interesting theory. Too bad I don't have a daughter. I'd like to impart that knowledge to her."  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/118/1189649p1.html?RSSwhen2011-08-22_112100&RSSid=1189649&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29