Black Christmas (NR) font>
Based on the 1974 cult film of the same name, this yuletide remake is the antithesis of everything that is good and pure about the Xmas season. Billy, skin tainted yellow from a liver defect, is holed up in an insane asylum after he literally made Christmas cookies out of his mom. Billy sits and broods until the 15th anniversary of the murders, which, wouldn't you know it, is tonight! Meanwhile, at the Alpha Kappa sorority house which used to be Billy's old digs the stereotypical, easy-to-kill, spoiled brats get offed one by one, in a variety of wonderfully seasonal manners. All that's missing from this gift is the bow. Black Christmas i> is the perfect antidote to all the feel-good treacle dished out that time every year. Ho ho ho! Louis Fowler
Tom Goes to the Mayor: The Complete Series (NR)
Cartoon Network/Turner Home Ent.
Fans of alternative comedy have long lamented the loss of its flagship TV series, Mr. Show. No show keeps that anarchic, bizarre humor alive better than Tim and Eric's Tom Goes to the Mayor, one of the funniest shows, animated or not, to be broadcast on TV. The plot is simple: Perpetually put-upon and forever dumbfounded everyman Tom Peters moves to Jefferton with his new, slovenly wife and her three kids. Ever the entrepreneur, Tom, each week, has a new idea to make him and his town some money. But he always needs the help of the chaotically distracted mayor. It may not sound that funny, but the inventiveness of these schemes, which never pan out, is all the sell you need. Louis Fowler
National Lampoon's Pucked (R) b>
Another lame National Lampoon movie straight to DVD, of course. And, if that weren't bad enough, it stars Jon Bon Jovi as a below-normal-intelligence douchebag who, after receiving a credit card in the mail, decides to finance his dream of owning an all-female hockey team. I can believe I just wrote that. I can't believe I just watched that. Of course, all the lowbrow humor you'd expect is here: hockey pucks to the nuts, sexy hockey girls baring their boobs, dick and fart jokes I'm sure you know the routine by now. As far as other recent NL titles go (Pledge This, Gold Diggers, Dorm Daze 2) it's not the worst, but, really, that's just like saying that it's the best case of diarrhea you've ever had. No matter what, you're in for a crappy time. Louis Fowler