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Supergirl (1984)
A Poor Counterpart of Superman, 22 November 2014
2/10

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Supergirl is a film that is based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name who happens to be the cousin and female counterpart of Superman.It stars Helen Slater in the title role together with Faye Dunaway,Peter O'Toole,Hart Bochner and Mia Farrow.It was directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

After Supergirl accidentally drops a ring another planet,she comes to earth and tries to recover it.In order avoid attention,she tries to act normally just like everybody else on planet Earth.She dresses up as an American high-school student. Unfortunately,a madman discovers the ring and tries to use it for evil means like taking over the planet.

Despite the special effects and talented supporting actors and actresses in the cast,Supergirl the movie is simply a disaster.The direction was flat.The dialogues are cheesy.The superhero is uninteresting as Slater is simply a poor actress.Overall,it just remains a poor counterpart to Christopher Reeve Superman movies but only parts I and II and a good counterpart of parts III and IV.

Sam's Song (1969)
It Should Have Been Left In The Cutting Room, 16 November 2014
1/10

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Sam's Song features Robert DeNiro in a small part early in his career.The story is about a filmmaker that finds himself in Long Island for a weekend where he gets together with his rich friends and later he discovers their shallowness.Added to that,there is also a man who intends to investigate the death of his brother.

Aside from seeing Robert De Niro in one of his early works,there is nothing really in this forgettable film as it was silly,stupid and very predictable.Too bad that this saw the light of day when it should been left into the cutting room during the time it was released back in the 60's.Overall,it only serves as a dirt in De Niro's list of films in his career.

Greetings (1968)
Dated Controversial Film And De Niro's First Starring Role, 16 November 2014
7/10

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Greetings is a film that stars Robert De Niro in his first major motion picture that has political and cultural themes during the 1960's when it was released such as the counterculture,the men who are trying to avoid the Vietnam War draft,attacks on the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson and the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy that may well involve conspiracy theories. Brian De Palma directs for the second time in his career.

John Rubin,portrayed by De Niro,is trying to help his best ball to flunk the military test to avoid serving in Vietnam.Also,we get to see Lloyd Clay,who happens to be a paranoid as he believes in conspiracy theories behind the killing of JFK.

The film is obviously a dated.But nevertheless, one may remember it for De Niro's first major starrer as well as one of Brian De Palma's early works. In spite of having no plot and being uneven, it was definitely lively,funny and humorous.No Americans who saw it back then would have a good time seeing this controversial movie as it makes fun about political issues during its day.

One Might Be Tempted To Skip Christmas After Viewing It, 14 November 2014
3/10

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Christmas with the Kranks is a Christmas comedy that was based on the novel by John Grisham known as Skipping Christmas.It stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.The plot is about a couple who decided to skip the Christmas celebrations for the year as their daughter isn't with them to celebrate it.However,things begin to change when they received a phone call from her and providing him the big news.Well,everyone probably already knows what's going to happen next.

This was total disaster.It was unfunny and unoriginal.No wonder it was bashed by the critics and moviegoers alike.There is nothing added to the celebration of the holidays upon watching this film.The jokes are corny and the emotions does not even generate anything positive and special at all.Despite of having a great and talented cast,they basically could not even lift its screenplay to becoming at least an average film and it did not do any justice at all to Grisham's readable non-legal thriller.What's worse,one might be even tempted to skip Christmas after seeing it.

Other Events About The von Trapp Family, 13 November 2014
7/10

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The Trapp Family in America,also known as Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika,is a German film that is a sequel of The Trapp Family,also known as Die Trapp-Familie,that tells the continuing story of the von Trapp Family singers in their quest for seeking singing engagements in the United States after the war and how the emerging rock and roll scene is making it difficult for them.Ruth Leuwerik returns in the role as Maria von Trapp together with Hans Holt and Josef Meinrad.

While it maybe considered a weaker film compared to the original due to a somewhat thin plot and lack of events in the story,it was still great to watch another film about the von Trapp family singers.We witness some untold events about them aside from what Trapp Family and The Sound Of Music narrate particularly as they become famous in the U.S. and how the managed to survive with their struggle to during the rock and roll era.Their fans and people who are familiar with them would surely enjoy it despite being release more than forty years ago.

The Original Version Of The Sound Of Music, 13 November 2014
8/10

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The Trapp Family,also known as Die Trapp-Familie, is a German film that tells the story of the von Trapp family singers based on the musical memoirs of Baroness Maria von Trapp.The German cast includes Ruth Leuwerik,Hans Holt,Maria Holst,Josef Meinrad and Friedrich Domin.

It tells the story of Maria,a young woman who gets into the consternation of the nuns in an Austrian convent.This prompted Mother Abbess to send her to become a governess for the seven children of a naval officer and widower,Captain Georg von Trapp.It later leads a romance between Maria and the captain that leads to marriage and eventually a famous group of family singers.In addition to their escape from Austria to Switzerland during World War II,the movie also includes the family seeking singing engagement in the Unites States during the 1950's.

While it may not be as popular and enduring as the Sound Of Music,I think that the movie did a better job of telling the story of the von Trapp family as it focused more on them rather than great songs that it was going to provide nor as to much it was going to entertain the audience.It may not be a timeless movie unlike the movie musical and it could be considered dated as it was released almost 50 years ago.Nevertheless, it still a wonderful film to watch.

Lacks Substance About The Making Of Superman II, 12 November 2014
6/10

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"The Making of Superman II" is a documentary about the experiences of the cast and crew during the making of Superman II.It presents interviews from Christopher Reeve,who portrayed Superman and Clark Kent,and the others like Margot Kidder,Jackie Cooper,Mark McClure and many others including director Richard Lester,who took over Richard Donner after being fired the producers - the Salkinds - in the middle of the production.

Due to change of directors,the documentary focused more on the success of the film instead of its making.It showed how fully packed the its theater was during its premiere night as well as how much money it earned during its box office.Apparently,the support for Donner was overwhelming from most of the cast like Gene Hackman,who never returned after Donner was fired; and Margot Kidder,who was left only with a cameo role in the next film,Superman III after publicly expressing her distraught over having new director.Added to that,it also avoided the controversies like deleting Marlon Brando's scenes and the changes made into the screenplay.Obviously,this documentary lacks substance with regards to its making as and failing to address the controversies behind it made it only dull and incomplete.

Learn More About The Cult Classic, 12 November 2014
10/10

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"Back To Somewhere in Time" is a documentary that is included in the special features of the newly released 20th anniversary edition DVD of the cult classic,"Somewhere In Time".It has interviews from its cast like Christopher Reeve,Jane Seymour,Christopher Plummer and the other supporting cast together with Richard Matheson,the author of the novel "Bid Time Return" where the movie was based from,the composer John Barry,the producer Stephen Deutsch, and director Jeannot Szwarc.They all recollect their experiences making this movie and the legacy it has had to its fans since its theatrical release twenty years after.

The interviews were definitely fun and entertaining as fans get to know more about the making of the movie like the casting,the locations used particularly the Grand Hotel wherein most of the story of the movie takes place,the inspiration of John Barry for its haunting musical score which apparently was taken from the death of his parents, and how the movie achieved its status as a cult classic despite of being a box office flop during its theatrical release.More information was also given into how the story came to be especially with reference of a novel that the author Richard Matheson has had after falling head over heals with a portrait of a stage actress during the 1920's in Maude Adams during his stay at a hotel in San Diego. Overall,it is one good and informative documentary for a fan of the cult classic who wants more knowledge about the film.

This Only Proves That Tom Cruise Can Carry A Film To Box Office Hit Like No Other, 11 November 2014
10/10

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After being in the business for more than thirty years,many Tom Cruise haters have been frustrated and tried to bring him down particularly his comments on Scientology.But in the end,he always prevail.Just like in his new film Edge Of Tomorrow which became both a critical and commercial success.

Edge of Tomorrow stars Cruise and Emily Blunt together with Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson.It was adapted from the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.Doug Liman was the director.

This is a science fiction film follows a setting sometime in the future. Major William Cage, a public relations officer in the military with no experience whatsoever in combat,has been deployed on a combat mission against the aliens.Despite the fact that he gets killed,the time loop when the events happen keeps on repeating with the same results.To avert the same result with him ending up dead,he teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski to defeat them.But what is fun in the movie is that each battle turns out to be different as the aliens improve as well in their combat which only leaves Cage dead in the end.The battle continues as long the the time loops keeps repeating until both defeat the enemy.

What makes this a different from the other Tom Cruise movies in the past?Well,it was an escape from his usual arrogant and extremely confident persona that people are used to seeing him in roles such as Brian Flanagan in Cocktail,Maverick in Top Gun or Cole Trickle in Days Of Thunder.In it,we see a coward and a scared Cruise character in Major Cage.And he is good at it for he delivers.Added to that,the screenplay was original and refreshing after seeing many alien films as late including Brad Pitt in World War Z who battled the zombies.The plot definitely provides a lot of intrigue to the viewer especially with regards to Cage's dilemma as it was exciting and witty added with interesting characters,great action sequences and lots of comedy.And what's even better,this film only proves that Tom Cruise will really work hard to remain on top amidst his critics and haters to please the world in whatever role he takes up and whatever movie he stars in to make a box office hit.

The Sound Of Music Is Enduring Musical All Throughout The Years, 11 November 2014
10/10

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The Sound Of Music is a musical film that was adapted on screen from the Broadway musical of the same name with the songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.It stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer as Maria and Captain Georg von Trapp respectively together with Eleanor Parker as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder who was the Captain's lady friend and a competition for Maria;Richard Haydn as Max Detweiler, a good friend of both the Baroness and the Captain; as well as Charmian Carr,Nicholas Hammond,Heather Menzies,Duane Chase,Angela Cartwright,Debbie Turner and Kym Karath as the Von Trapp children.Robert Wise directed this classic musical film.

It is about the story of the von Trapp family singers.Maria is a young woman who gets into the consternation of the nuns in an Austrian convent.This prompted Mother Abbess to send her to become a governess for the seven children of a naval officer and widower,Captain Georg von Trapp.It later leads a romance between Maria and the captain that leads to marriage.The children who happen to be talented singers also joins the Salzburg Music Festival during their honeymoon.It contains several popular songs, including "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re- Mi", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "The Lonely Goatherd", and the title song, "The Sound of Music".It concludes when the von Trapp family escapes from Austria to Switzerland before the Germans annexes the country.

It has been close to 50 years since the musical was released.Throughout all these years,it has remained popular.The songs would still provide delight to the viewers today and remains byword to many.The acting is obviously far from natural as it was clichéd and contrived as the characters were obviously are either singing or delivering their lines unnaturally instead of showing emotion which will definitely turn off many viewers and critics at present.But in the end,one watches this film not to see how talented the actors and actresses involved in it in showing real emotion but rather to hear the popular songs that have been close to our heart.The songs definitely provided a lot of joy and entertainment for they are definitely Rodgers and Hammerstein's best scores.But it is great to note how wonderful Julie Andrews was in it as Maria for she lights up the screen all throughout.She definitely can warm a lot of hearts throughout the generation when watching it.Aside from the songs,it also has everything that one wants to see in a movie like love;a love triangle between Maria,the Captain and the Baroness;children;great cinematography;great European locations;religion;comedy;war and intrigue. Overall,there is no question that this is one of the most enduring musical of all-time and it has timeless charm written over it.


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