• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Web Series: Policeman vs Fireman

TITLE: Policeman vs. Fireman

YEAR: 2007-2011

GENRE: Comedy

WEBSITE: http://www.policemanvsfireman.com/

Internet-based series are gaining a lot of steam in recent years. It does not take a lot to create a series: a camera, some editing equipment, and a giant imagination is all one really needs in order to make an internet series. Getting it seen by tons of people is another animal, although series such as “Fred” and ‘Vexika” has been seen by millions thanks to YouTube and word of mouth through Facebook and Myspace. The “Policeman Vs. Fireman” internet series has been one of these success stories, as over seven million hits has been registered on YouTube for this series. “Policeman vs. Fireman” may be funny during the first couple views, but as the series drags on it relies on recycling its old jokes and ends up being stale and predictable.

“Policeman vs. Fireman” is the adventures of two sock puppets that live in the real world, and both serve the public. Perry is a police officer and a nice guy, to the point where he once helps his ex-wife move into her new home. Perry is not appreciated by the citizens of his city and struggles with his service and his lack of attention from woman. Jake is a fireman who has taken the opportunity of the heroism of post-9/11 firemen and using this by scoring with as many women as possible. Perry is jealous of Jake and his triumphs with the female persuasion, and at times the duo’s relationship is strained as a result of Jake’s constant bragging of his sexual conquests and Perry’s lack of female companionship.

These are about as simple as internet series can be: the set is almost exclusively an American flag with the two characters talking about their lives in front of the stars and stripes. The first couple episodes of “Policeman vs. Fireman” do have a humorous element as the two compare sexual escapades including Jake “pulling a train with three waitresses”. After Perry is at a loss for words Jake comes up with some silly slogan such as “give a hoot, don’t pollute” and Perry lets out a string of cuss words. This works well for the first couple one minute long episodes, but as the episodes mount the producers give out limited new ideas for their sock puppet heroes. The best episode is when Perry finally scores in a local bar, but later finds out that Jake had the same girl a few days previous. The producers do try to spice the series up here and there especially when the two do work together to confront a man in need of being arrested, but the jokes run sour fairly quickly. “Policeman vs. Fireman” is the perfect example of a one-trick pony, and that trick is fairly immature wih a lack of creativity.

One smart aspect is that the longest episode of ‘Policeman Vs. Fireman” is a whopping two minutes long, so fans will not feel like they wasted a significant amount of time in their efforts to watch this lowbrow series. One or two episodes on their own are entertaining enough, but “Policeman vs. Fireman” does not give enough creative ideas to warrant watching the entire series. Do yourself a favor and watch the first episode and the comical part 3, but leave the rest of the series alone. There are better videos on the internet to watch; come on, there has to be a dancing squirrel or a box of kittens on YouTube somewhere. There are a total of sixteen short episodes as of this writing with more in the works.

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–Mark

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