Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Well, when Jon Favreau is hosting, there's no tellin'. I recently rented Dinner for Five's first season from Netflix, and enjoyed it for the most part. It's interesting to see some of Hollywood's stars ditch their media personalities and be frank and honest for a change. The only drawback is the short timeframe most of the episodes have, tracking at about 20-25 mins. Favreau tends to dominate most of the conversations, which for non-fans can be upsetting, but I love the guy, and get a kick out of his stories. The DVD is sparse in the features department, featuring a deleted segment for every show, a few bloopers and promos, and a "light" trivia track for each episode. Considering every dinner save one lasted a few hours, I had hoped for more. The talk of Ted Demme, and how Martha Plimpton got choked up just mentioning him, was wonderful, and any time you can see guys like Dennis Leary and Michael Rappaport uncensored it's always a good thing, no to mention repeated viewings of the sexy and strangely compelling Sara Silverman, Columbo calling Vince Vaughn a hog, as well as Rod Steiger's last appearence on film. It's well worth the rent, and even a buy for those with the spare cash.


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