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Evolution: What About God? (2002)
DVD and episode uncertainty - May contain spoilers
Something is seriously amiss here. And not just with this particular episode -but the collective information with regards to the entire series as well - which consist of 7 episodes total.
According to the box cover, this PBS series SHOULD be 8 hours total. Yet, here I sit completely befuddled because I only have 4.8 hours of material contained on the complete 4 disc set that I received via Netflix! Even Netflix has the total runtime of 420 minutes listed for the 7 episodes - and that totals 7 hours - not 8.
Runtimes are listed on IMDb for only a few of the episodes and they are 1 hour in length. The first episode - "Darwin's dangerous idea" does not have a runtime listed for it here on IMDb. This episode runs for approximately 2 hours and is the only episode on disc 1.
According to IMDb, most episodes run for 1 hour each but nothing listed for the runtime of the episodes "Great transformations", and "Darwin's dangerous idea".
I cannot seem to figure out what is missing here. How is it possible that I have all 4 discs from Netflix - but only 4.8 hours of material? Did they scale this information down? Re-edit the final discs? According to one review on this particular episode, there are instances of people citing things that happened but I haven't seen them - yet the title of the disc says "The minds big bang" PLUS "what about god".
Any input would be appreciated.
The Kids Are Alright (1979)
Great movie.... but a note on John Entwistle
Great documentary on one of the great bands of my era. However, I can see a die-hard fan making a statement that is a little "over" stated. John Entwistle, for his time, was indeed a great bassist. A "virtuoso"?......I don't think so. "One of the greatest bass players that ever lived"? I doubt that too. For his time, JE WAS a great bassist. I would never presume to take anything away from him. Virtuoso? Hmmmmm...... Jeff Berlin, Jaco Pastorius, John Patitucci, Gary Grainger, Marcus Miller, Victor Bailey, Jonas Helbourg and Jeff Andrews... just to mention a few. I've missed quite a bit but I don't have the room to mention all the truly great bassists that have mastered the instrument.....notwithstanding the chopsmeisters Stanley Clarke and Victor L. Wooten.
Rock bassists have been growing consistently better over the years but I can't leave without mentioning Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Flea, Paul McCartny and of course, John Entwistle.
If anyone reads this and can honestly say that JE is in the same class as the above mentioned players, I urge them to listen to "Pump it" from Jeff Berlin (specifically "Joe Frazier-round two" and "Bach") and Jaco's first solo album with "Come on come over" on it. It will change your whole perspective on things. I promise!
Excellent suspense thriller!
No, this is not an academy award winner but it will DEFINITELY keep you on the edge of your seat....... which is more than I can say for a LOT of "suspense thrillers". Yeah, it's even got some bad acting and some corny parts. Audra Lindley (Mrs. Roper - Three's company) did a great job. Check her out in the "Office" scene!
The ending, although somewhat predictable, is STILL major-league scary!
What makes this movie frightening, at least for me, anyway, is that cults like this really do exist!
If you're a horror movie buff, you owe it to yourself to check this one out when it comes to cable every so often! It's not on VHS or DVD. I'm hoping it's released sooner or later!
Night of the Demons (1988)
ATTENTION -- SPOILERS CONTAINED WITHIN.
I saw this movie while sitting up late one night. I couldn't get back to sleep. Some say this movie has "Comic relief" in it. I don't remember any. I remember being terrified from beginning 'til end. The make-up and effects are FANTASTIC! The acting leaves a bit to be desired but hey, it's a HORROR MOVIE!
There are many frightening moments in this flick but the one that comes to mind is where scream queen, Linnea Quigley is possessed and sitting alone in a room. No facial make-up or demon-like quality artificially added.....just her inserting a tube of lipstick into her nipple and having it completely disappear as she sat and smiled. TALK ABOUT CHILLS!
If you're a horror movie fan you owe it to yourself to check this out. I can't even find it being broadcast on any of the cable stations during this time of the year! What a shame!
Road to Perdition (2002)
A Good movie
This is an incredibly well acted film. A little slow at times despite truly great performances by Hanks, Law, Newman, and everyone else involved. There are definitely better gangster movies around but this one is definitely worth a look. Depending on what it's up against, it may be nominated for some "Best Actor" awards and maybe even a "set design" award as well. I really don't believe that this will even be nominated for the "Best Picture" category but one never knows.
One Hour Photo (2002)
The ONLY thing that kept me interested in this film was Robin Williams' performance. Other than that, this is really ONE BAD MOVIE! Glitches galore, not to mention they arrested him for taking pictures and putting them up on his wall.....entered his home without a search warrant, and a host of other really stupid ideas. The last time I checked, taking pictures was not illegal and certainly no reason to call a "Threat management" team in. This movie was really lousy! I'm very surprised that Robin lent his talents to such a glitch filled script!
The Ring (2002)
Who said this movie was scarier than the "Exorcist"?!?!
Ok.....some of you kiddies who have seen this movie are probably not going to like this but "The Ring" doesn't hold a CANDLE to "The Exorcist". We're not even talking the same sport here, let alone the same ballpark. After all the hype and all the stories going around that this movie is as scary as or scarier than the "Exorcist, I decided to let my daughter go out an buy it since I'm a BIG horror/Sci-fi fan. I popped in the DVD and we were on our way. The first scene, poorly acted, by two teenagers was the first omen that I was NOT going to like this movie. I don't mind "campy" or "corny" horror movies provided that they're not hailed as "the horror movie event of the century" or "The scariest movie ever made".
In any event, After the opening scene, I decided to give it a chance before leaving the room. Well, I'll tell ya what......when she opened that door with the water leaking out from under it to reveal the TV playing that water well in black and white and the camera RUSHED at her face.....I nearly poopied in my pants!!! (LOL).
"Ok" , I thought...."you got my attention!!" That was ONE of the three, maybe four scary scenes throughout the entire movie. Enter Naomi Watts.......Where did this girl/woman get her license to act!??!?!........In a cracker jack box!??!!? MY GOD, MAN.....she was absolutely horrible! SO bad, in fact, that she ruined the entire movie in my opinion. Ok.....so there's more bad acting. I figure, what the heck, let me finish it because I really have to see what everyone is talking about. And besides, that opening scene was really something.
She watches the tape and blah blah blah.....she tries to figure out what's going on with the death of her niece and more blah blah blah......Then there's a horse that escapes from his container on a ferry boat and jumps in the water and more blah blah blah.....THEN, she finds Brian Cox, who by the way, played in "Manhunter" aka "Red Dragon", the first Hannibal Lecter. He's a GREAT actor and it was a pleasure to watch him. He's no Anthony Hopkins, mind you, but still a great actor.
Anyway, moving right along here.......Instead of telling you what happens and giving away scenes, I'll just tell you that, overall, this is a VERY decent thriller despite the horrible acting and slow scenes inbetween the scary ones. The moments in this movie that are scary, are TRULY HORRIFYING. I'll give 'em that one! There's a scene near the mid-end where her ex is watching the TV and Samara starts to emerge from the well. OH MY GOD! That's All I'm going to say! If THAT doesn't raise the hair off your skin, nothing will!
It's just a shame that this movie wasn't done a little better. It COULD have easily been as scary as the Exorcist but the poor acting and holes in the plot prevented it. Again, the foundation is there for a brilliant thriller/horror movie but it just didn't make the grade. I'll give it 7 out of 10 for the really creepy scenes that were truly horrifying. I just get upset when you have all the makings of a GREAT movie and then poor acting and holes in the plot ruin it. And as always, I hope I haven't offended anyone. The younger crowd my absolutely LOVE this movie as my daughter did.
Panic Room (2002)
What was David Fincher thinking?!
And this movie comes from a man who directed "Se7en", "Fight Club", "Aliens" and "The Game"!?!??!!? I can't see HOW he got sucked into this poorly written movie. I'll say that it had it's moments of suspense and a few good scenes of "Cat and mouse" but overall, the "Cell phone" scene was just SOOO rediculous, as was the scene where she lost it under the bed. Jodie Foster is a GREAT actress but not even SHE can save this one.
Maybe he needs to work with actors that really suck in order to make a great movie!?!?!?! I just don't get it! "Se7en" and "Fight Club" were AWESOME movies. I mean AWESOME....despite the fact that Brad Pitt (arguably, one of the worst actors of our time) has been cast in TWO of his movies.
So HOW.......HOW could he work with an ALL brilliant cast and make such a garbage flick!?!? Jodie Foster, Forrest Whittaker, Dwight Yokams talents often shine in his obscured parts......I don't understand it. I really don't.
I'm willing to bet that if David Fincher put together an "All-Star" cast of Americas "WORST" actors, he'd make another hit! (LOL). Kathy Ireland, Anna Nicole Smith, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Lee Horley, and Richard Lynch. Throw in ONE truly great actor/actress to make them all shine....someone like Kevin Spacey or Willem DeFoe or Gene Hackman. The setting and theme: A Food Network cooking show host is being stalked by someone who's brother was killed by following a recipe for Fried pumpkin ravioli. BAMMM! There ya have it. A great recipe for a GREAT movie! (ROTFLMAO)
The Dark Backward (1991)
This movie is SOOOO bad, that it's GREAT!
Marty malt! He's a maniac! Judd Nelson was HYSTERICAL in this. And as Sykkboy stated.......it's something that I'm careful to who I show. One of my friends hated it so much that he threated to beat me if I ever pop it in the VCR while he's over again. Another friend said that he lost 2 hours of his life that he will never get back again and felt remorse for it. I cried laughing thru most of the entire movie. I guess I must be somewhat deranged.....but I'll tell ya what, if you've got a taste for the EXTREMELY WEIRD.....then this is the flick for you. I give it a 10 for being so damn "OUT THERE!"........Right up there with "Naked Lunch".
The Deer Hunter (1978)
I don't see what the fuss was about.
Well, this is one of the movies that I missed when I was growing up. Probably because I was so into Sci-Fi and Horror that this just didn't seem appealing to me at all. About 13 years after it's release, I rented it and fell asleep during it. I never got a chance to see it all the way thru. I had to have the tape back before I had a chance to finish it. I recently purchased it on DVD because of what little I remembered of it years ago and because I fell asleep during its first viewing. I just watched it on DVD..... and again, I almost fell asleep. DiNiro was great, as usual and so was Streep. I would never say this movie "sucked" or was bad but I have to say, it seemed SO slow to me. I mean, an hour of footage at the wedding was just too much. I really don't see what the fuss was all about. Maybe if I had viewed it during the year of its release, I may think differently about it now. But that's just my 2 cents worth. I hope I haven't offended anyone.