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Better than I expected, though uneven.
I have long enjoyed horror films, though I find the plot twists and atmosphere to be more enjoyable than the gore and the body counts. So I was not certain what to expect from a modern found-footage anthology. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the stories had an underlying theme of duplicity, and depicted people being betrayed by their friends or loved ones. The plot twists were decent, and there was genuine effort to develop some of these characters. I enjoyed most of the segments, but not all of them.:
*"Tape 56" is the film's frame story, and depicts a gang of hoodlums in what turns out to be a suicide mission. A rather forgettable story, featuring interchangeable characters and rather poor dialogue. There was little effort here to depict the characters as individuals, and I found none of them to be interesting.
*"Amateur Night" was a standout. A trio of male jerks pick up two young women for a gang bang, but one of their cuties turns out to be a female demon. I found most of the dialogue here to be painfully bad, but I found Lily the demon to be a memorable character. I love female predators in horror films, and Lily was an interesting mix of a menacing threat and an emotionally vulnerable woman. Great job here by her actress.
*"Second Honeymoon" starts rather slowly, following a vacationing couple in a rather dull sight-seeing tour. But the tensions in their relationship were interesting, as was their habit of never sharing a bed. The story turned out to be a decent variation of the "wolf in sheep's clothing", with the smiling wife having planned her husband's death in advance. The dialogue here was much better, and the execution was genuinely creepy.
*"Tuesday the 17th" is in large part a subversion of typical slasher tropes. A young woman leads her new friends to your typical haunted forest. But they soon realize that she has lied to them about her motivation, and she quickly starts dropping hints about her traumatic past. She is there to confront an old foe, and the "friends" are mere pawns in a lethal game. This is a villain vs. Villain battle, and the "Final Girl" is just as cruel and calculating as the serial killer. The segment has a long list of unresolved questions, but Wendy was a pretty good villain.
*"The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" features a young woman confiding her fears and problems to her long-distance boyfriend. Who turns out to be part of a conspiracy that has been gaslighting her for quite some time. The alien fetus and alien implant in this story would not be out of place in "X-Files", but the tragedy of misplaced trust and misplaced love make this an above average horror story.
*"10/31/98" is a holiday-horror tale, with four partygoers in disguise stumbling into a haunted house, an exorcism attempt, a possessed damsel in distress, and poltergeist phenomena. Much effort was evidently placed in the special effects of this segment, and I appreciated the fact that the damsel quickly started resembling the White Ladies of traditional ghost stories. But there is very little effort at exposition here, and the viewers were left guessing at the motivations of most of the characters. I enjoyed the segment, but I thought it was both too short and too fast-paced.
Oi Pontioi (1986)
Half-baked humor, mostly based on offensive stereotypes.
The film has in its cast some of the finest comic actors available, but mostly wastes them in inane jokes. The entire plot revolves on the stereotype that Pontic Greeks (an ethnic minority in Greece) are idiots, so much of the plot recycles old jokes about their supposed stupidity. Unfortunately, none of them are particularly amusing or interesting.
The film's depiction of Germany is unusually detailed and at times cynical. Unfortunately, "humor" is provided by rather stale anti-German stereotypes, with some dating back to World War II. A doctor who resembles Adolf Hitler and beats up his own patients is treated as a highlight, but physical abuse is not that funny as a subject matter.
The film has two romantic subplots: The arranged marriage of Giorikas to the ugly sister of his best friend, and the rescue romance between Kostikas and the sister of one of his enemies. Neither is particularly well-developed. Giorikas repeatedly comments about his bride's unattractive looks and general behavior, but does not oppose the wedding arrangements. Kostikas protects a pretty woman from two jerks who were harassing her, then has a couple of dates with her and the finale features his wedding day. They know next to nothing about each other, have few on-screen interactions, and Kostikas is unemployed when he proposes, but nobody finds their wedding to be a hasty decision.
The film provides a couple of memorable moments, but otherwise suffers from poor writing and undeveloped characters.
Better than I expected
The "My Littler Pony" franchise holds a special place in my heart. I loved the 1980s film and associated television series, and they were among the earliest works that sparked my interest in animation. It introduced me to some nice fantasy and (toned down) horror tropes. I also loved the 2010s television series and some of its spin-offs, in large part because of featuring a rather large and well-developed cast of characters. I was not certain what to expect from a film that attempted to introduce an entirely new cast of characters and a new setting for the franchise. I was quite pleasantly surprised. The film has a relatively small cast of major characters, and managed to explore some interesting aspects of most of them.
The positives of the film: *Sunny Starscout makes for a quite interesting protagonist. An idealist who hopes to change the world, but struggles with the loss of her father, with social isolation, and with a long string of failures in her efforts. When she goes on a heroic quest, the film displays quite a bit of her determination, her skills, her character flaws, and how she deals with the spectre of failure on her horizon. Far from a one-note character, and one I would like to see explored in additional tales.
*Izzy Moonbow is the sole unicorn among the main cast. An overly-enthusiastic artist, who seems to be the sole optimist in a settlement where everyone suffers from chronic depression. By far the cutest character in the film, but also the one most likely to make giant leaps of faith in an attempt to achieve her goals. She plays the mentor in some scenes, and the wide-eyed student in others. Fun to watch, but with more than a hint of sorrow in several of her scenes.
*Pipp Petals, a girly-girl royal princess with a side-career as a singer. In a single night, she goes from a popular idol of the crowds into a wanted fugitive, and has to adapt quickly to an unfamiliar world. A surprisingly endearing character with vanity as her main flaw, but a lack of any malice and an ability to win the favor of those around her. Not quite the diva stereotype. She doesn't often get the spotlight in the film, but shines in her moments.
*Zipp Storm, a rather tomboyish princess with a combination of physical skills and a scholar's passion for uncovering historical secrets. I think she is the worst-looking among the main cast (her colors are somewhat bland and she lacks distinctive physical features), but she comes across as an interesting and intelligent character. With the film indicating that she tends to be overlooked by everyone, including her own mother. I would like to see more of how her unfavorite status affects her.
*Sprout. The film's main antagonist. A mean-spirited deputy sheriff who turns into a demagogue and exploits a crowd's fears and shared hatred as stepping stones in a quest for political power. With his end goal being a position as a dictator and starting a war by invasion. He is not particularly bright, he lacks self-control, but he is a surprisingly realistic character who is reminiscent of many real-life demagogues. His methods are never subtle, but they tend to work for him.
The mediocre aspects of the film: *Hitch Trailblazer. The male co-protagonist of the film. His behavior and thinking processes seem to be rather contradictory throughout the film. In some scenes, he acts as a lifelong friend with undying loyalty. In others, he is an antagonist whose obsession with capturing Sunny is Javert-like, as he looses sight of any other goal or obligation. And in others he acts as the reluctant hero. I don't think the constant flip-flopping works particularly well here.
*The film has a number of supporting characters and minor antagonists, but they are not particularly unique or memorable. Among them a corrupt businesswoman, a rather manipulative queen, and a tough guy obsessed with competitive games. They are not different than similar characters in any number of films.
*The idea of fire-forged friends bonding through a difficult mission is handled well, but is rather generic for fantasy-themed works. "My Little Pony" has already used similar plots in several previous incarnations, so it is far from new territory.
The negative aspects of the film: *The outcomes of certain situations in the film are based on rather contrived coincidences. Used once, this may be overlooked, three or more times in the same film gets rather ridiculous.
*The film introduces a number of subplots which are either quickly dropped, or are left hanging by the end of the film. One main character had her home destroyed, two others are facing criminal charges, a fourth one has to resume his career with nobody there to help him, and the main villain is barely punished (other than the fact that he is distrusted by his own mother). For a "happy ending", this leaves too many open questions concerning the characters' fates.
*Sprout's plan begins to unravel when he orders his slavish soldiers to attack without provocation, and some of them refuse to obey. The scene leaves it entirely unclear whether they object to the orders, or are simply too afraid to obey them. This undermines the importance of the scene.
Il était une fois... l'homme (1978)
A show to be unforgotten for those who have seen it.
I used to watch that show back in the 1980s along with its successor "Once Upon A Time in Space". I still love the show for its combining quality entertainment with an educated look in the history of life in planet Earth from the birth of the first cell organism to the 1970s environmental concerns.
Instead of presenting a "black/evil vs white/good" depiction of human history, each featured group of cultures and states have their own motivation, ambitions, fears, prejudices and obvious similarities to both their allies and their enemies.
Several historical figures are prominently presented as exemplars of their time. Including but not limited to Alexander the Great, Gaius Julius Caesar, Muhammad, Charlemagne, Peter I "the Great" of Russia. Others make significant cameos such as Cheops, Ramses II, Moses, Samson and many others. Its a good introduction to them and places them in their historical context.
I still wonder why this show is mostly unseen in modern television schedules and unavailable in video or DVD. It is easily better than the rather formulaic "good vs evil" sagas of modern animation.
Epta thanasimes petheres (2004)
An enjoyable series with often bittersweet humor.
I enjoyed that series a lot. The series features in a humorous way the relationships between couples and the inevitable mother-in-laws. Each of the starring mother-in-laws represents a different type of woman with varied experiences and patterns of behavior. Exploring their reaction to the marriage or would-be-marriage of their son or daughter.
Several notable Greek actresses have starred in successive episodes of the series. Such as Betty Valassi, Renia Louizidou, Katiana Balanika, Chryssoula Diavati, Penelope Pitsouli and other veteran television actresses. Male actors provide supporting roles and have included many faces familiar to Greek television viewers.
CSI: Miami (2002)
Luck of subtlety hurts the series
I recently came across the first season of this series in DVD and took quite an interest in it. "CSI" has been among my favorite shows for the last couple of years. But I was a bit disappointed. I hope the feature characters got better fleshed out in later series.
The show is decent enough but seems to suffer from a luck of subtlety when handling several notable cases and suspects. Especially when compared to its parent-show "CSI".
Gil Grissom tends to be objective when handling his cases and makes it a point that investigators' personal issues should stay out of a case. In contrast to Horatio Caine who seems to take a much too personal interest in his cases. Grissom makes a point of his theories and/or conclusions being based on existing evidence. Caine seems to more often than not rely on a mere hunch.
Caine's team seems to be qualified enough but their leadership seems lacking.
Opposite Sex (2000)
The series is about the lives and relationships of three boys who go to school in an ex- all girl academy.We see the friends or enemies or even possible lovers they make and how do they get along with the 197 girls and the teachers and their family.I think its an interesting series(some laughs,some cries,some thinking etc.)
The Time Machine (2002)
Interesting but flawed
Since Herbert George Wells(1866-1946)' "The Time Machine" happens to be one of my favorite novels I was interested in this film mainly to see how the old man's great-grandson would handle his legacy.This film left me with mixed feelings.Many good points and many bad ones.
The Good:I truly enjoyed the 19th centurie scenes with Alexander and Emma.Her tragic death and Alexander's wish to change it provides our Time Traveler with serious motivation that he seemed to luck in the book.His obsession with his work is another good point.When you turn all your efforts towards one point then it is more probable that you will achieve your goals.The scenes while the machine is operating are visualy beautiful.Alexander as a "wandering fool" and his amazement at the 21st centurie achievements are well done.The Uber-Morlock was quite impressive, his seing the memories, dreams and nightmares of others seem to have left him with a lot of wisdom.His lack of emotions in a matter of survival for himself and his race is understandable.Why should he be shocked?Humanity has fed on flesh for milenia.We knowed and we don't get shocked by it.Why should he be?He actualy seems evolved rather than devolved as the other Morlocks.
The Bad:In the original novel humanity supposedly reached a golden age.The upper-class used the lower-class to achiebe its dream.A life with no worries.The upper-class lived in magnificent towers while the lower class was forced to live below the earth, in tunnels.As time went on the upper-class evolved to the Eloi living in a paradise.Childlike in appearance and in nature.Their luck of problems left them with no need to studie and eventualy all the wisdom of their founders was lost.They were left using achievements they couldn't understand and couldn't maintaine.The lower-class evolved into the Morlocks.Forgotten by the Eloi they were left to feed on each other and eventualy reached the surface and started feeding on the Eloi.Both races were devolved when the Time Traveler arrived.The only person from this time he actualy likes was Weena a young Eloi girl he saved who grew attached to him.In the novel they wander around studying the state of decline the human races had reached.
Unfortunately all this history of the two races is lost in this movie.The plot about the Moon falling was rather ridiculous and hardly explained the evolution of the two races.The Eloi of the film are much more inteligent than those in the movie but nothing interesting is truly done with them.I was hoping to see Alexander trying to teach his new roomates some of his wisdom.But nothing like this happens.Why would Alexander be interested in those two races isn't explained.Why would he pass two chances to return to his time isn't expained at all.What gives him the right to kill the Morlocks is left equaly unexplained.The "Happy" ending leaves him living in a time that shouldn't held any interest for a science-loving man.Nothing to explore or study.After his experience with time travel I don't think he would just be content left in one or the other point of the time stream.Rather unfortunate progress.
It could have been a classic if only the finale didn't resemble stupid adventure movies rather than the original novel or any other piece of fiction with an actual interest in the concept of time traveling.Alas the Wells family seems to be devolving too.
Dracula and his enemies joined the 21st century
This is quite an interesting series not because of its faithfulness to Bram Stoker's novel but because it introduces modern versions of the characters and as the novel reported Stoker's concerns for the problems of his time this one reports our concerns for our own time.Spoilers ahaid.
As in the novel Vlad Tsepes, here caling himself Count Vladimir Tsepes, decides to leave his castle and move to the west.Here his reasons are that he feels tired from Rumania's decline and the seclusion of his life during the last centurie or so.Thus he decides to move to Budapest of Hungary.He wants to raise an armie of vampires and he goes there to search for recruits since he now only has three female vampires.
There he discusses he pursuits the Carfax manor by doing some illegal business with businessman Jonathan Harker.He also wants Jonathan's help in turning his colection of paintings, jewels and his gold deposit to cash.Jonathan's friends fellow businessman Quincey Morris, specialising in money swindles, and Arthur Holmwood, a British diplomat that is in a dept and is realy in need of money offer to help.Though Jonathan and Arthur have their doubts about the deal Quincey convinces them that money is all that matters and its one true power that makes the world go around.
Along with the three are Jonathan's girlfriend Mina Murray, with strong moral values and does her best to help orphanages and hospitals, and her friend Lucy Westenra, a true sexual predator.She also introduces to the gang her new lover and Dr.Seward, much to Arthur's disappointment since he is love with her.
Dracula gets very interested in those three young men, hungry for money and power, Lucy who wants to sleep in many beds, in many cities , have new experiences and live for ever and Mina who wants to change the world and end human suffering.They all seem as fine recruits.Throughout the film Dracula tries to seduce all five of them into his own world, make them wish to become vampires.Focusing again and again on how hyprotical morality is and promising them the loss of their conciense that now bothers them.Convincing them that survival of the fittest is the proper way and even the strong can't save the weak.And referencing God's slaughters in the Bible to prove that humanity was created in his image, the image of a kiler.
There to stop him is the researcher of the occult and Seward's teacher Dr. Enrico Valenzi(instead of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing) the one who believes that Dracula can be defeated when he faces a strong will enpowered by faith.But throughout this film he raises more and more self-doubts and his will is almost broken by the end.
Its Mina, half-way through her transformation to a vampire, that manages to make Dracula trust her and kills him as he holds her in an embrace.The films end with Mina still having the vampire's mark and how that affects is remain a question.
This film offers a unic take on the legend placed in our modern world , seen as corrupt, who seems to care only about money.Dracula's true power here is the power to make others doubt their beliefs and search for securitie ... in his grasp.Should be seen by those interested in a modern and truly seductive version of the immortal Vampire.
Tha se do sto ploio (2000)
A very enjoyable series
This is one of the best greek comedy series.It contains a lot of well-developed characters ,examining their joys and sadness, dreams and hopes.Sometimes funny ,sometimes romantic and sometimes melancholic the episodes manage to be interesting.It also has nice songs in original pefrormances.It should we viewed by anyone who likes some quality comedy.
Robin and Marian (1976)
Interesting take on the Robin legend
Most people seem to be aware of the Robin Hood legend but have never been interested enough to take a deeper look in it.Most films portraying Robin are adventure-comedies.Robin usually depicted as a super-fighter, the Sheriff of Notingham as a big-bad-bully, Marian as a cheerful lady , Richard as a noble King and John as a foolish tyrant.No other film seems to be inspired by the less-than-merry legends about Robin's last days and no other dares to criticize those stereotypes.
This film uses the tale of Robin Hood's death because of the Prioress of Kirklees and has its own depiction of Richard's death but unfortunately it takes too many liberties to be realistic.I will continue with referring to this film's positive and negative points.They might be spoilers ahead.
Starting with King Richard I the Lionheart.This portrayal is closer to the easily enraged, blood-thirsty king who loved battles and didn't use to spare lifes.Richard's atrocities during the crusades are remembered in this movie and should not be forgotten.His failure to bring back most parts of his army alive is true.Richard was truly mortaly wounded by an arrow during the siege of Chalus, in Aquitaine of France while facing a disobediant subserviant noble who refused to surrender a golden treasure.Richard dying while listening to music was a nice touch since he tryly loved music throughout his life.Those are the good parts of this film's portayal of him.But his portayal as a mad man is definetely not true.Though not among the most succesful Kings of England he was a fine military leader and capable as a politician and diplomat when he tried to be.He wasn't old when he died.Born in 1157 he died on 1199 just 42 years old.He didn't spend twenty years as a Crusader King.He simply didn't have the time.He ruled England for only 10 years from 1189 till 1199 and died while still in his prime.
King John I Lackland's portrayal though brief is fairly accurate.He did spend most of his reign(1199-1216) fighting unsuccesfuly in France, being in conflict with the Pope and facing the Catholic Church.His complain for having to face his brother's legend is true.Richard's shadow was heavy on him throughout his life.Though John was a legend too.The Tudors portrayed him as a heroe for his resistance to the Pope's influence.He was quite a ladies' man too and the film doesn't forget it.Unfortunately the film portrays him as an old man.Born in 1167 he should be only 32 years old during the movie.
Robin Hood is finely portayed as a middle-aged hero, somewhat disilusioned but still obsessed with adventure and living with the memories of his youth.His respect for the Sheriff and his tenderness towards Marian are nicely done.Too bad that some scenes portray him as an almost comical character.A more dramatic take would be more suited.
Lovely Marian as the Prioress of Kirklees was at first a surprise for me.Robin's love and his murderer being the same person?But the film manages to explain it all.This romantic and melancholic portrayal of Marion is flueless.
The Sheriff of Nottingham is portrayed as a somewhat bitter and sarcastic man but true to his duties,a honorable,educated and inteligent adversarie for Robin.He knows his adversarie well and predicts John's ,Robin's and Marian's actions throughout the film.His final battle with Robin when the two aging fighters take their old conflict to the end while younger warriors just gaze is the best scene throughout the movie.The only film probably where the viewer griefs for the Sheriff.
Unfortunately thats about it.No other character comes as nothing else but a card-board one one.Aging and what pain does passing time bring was intended to be this movie's main theme but too much pointless humor and action/comic scenes spoil the movie.
It should be seen by anybody who has an interest in Robin Hood films because this is as close as you get to a serious portrayal of the character in films.For anybody who has already studied the Robin Hood legend as well as the lifes of Kings Richard I and John I it doesn't add anything new.
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
Looney Tunes at their best
This short has always been one of my favorites.It combines humor,excelent music and feelings.Seing Mr.Fudd's love, wrath and sadness in what is probably his best performance makes it very memorable.Less silly visual jokes than most Looney Tunes and making comedy out of Elmer's and Bugs' interaction with each other realy makes it even better than the oftenly over-rated "Rabbit of Seville".Nice introduction to Wagner by the way.
Hare Brush (1955)
By 1955 the old recipe of Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs Bunny was getting old.This cartoon parodies the previous shorts with Elmer believing he is a rabbit and Bugs believing he is Elmer the hunter.Watching the real Elmer humiliating the rabbit is hilarius.The psychiatrist who turned Bugs into Elmer is an interesting figure with eyes glowing and mouth grinning and would probably need a psychiatrist himself.By the way the cartoon has a twist at the end that seems to proove Elmer is not that crazy after all.See it if you want to see a nice parody or Elmer Fudd wining for a time.
Historical movies the way they should be.
Great movie in terms of historical accuracy and realistic approach of historical figures.It also serves to inform us how can a number of apparently logical and educated people decide an atrocity that has no logical purpose.In this case the extinction of over 11.000.000 people due to their origin with no interest in their beliefs,abilities,actions and potential.It is also obvious than no one among the fifteen men has been in the receiving end of pain.Excelent movie for everybody who likes to think.
This movie makes fun of all the stereotypes of the old greek drama films.It is hilarious if you have seen the original movies(which greek TV channels use again and again).And this parodies also has a detailed family tree of all main characters.It is one of the most interesting movies of the last few years in Greece.
Licence to Kill (1989)
The best film in the series with the best Bond.
I taped most Bond movies except than a few parodies.Mostly because my family enjoys watching them.Most movies of this series are mediocre with some highlights being Dr.No,On her Majesty's Secret Service(Blofeld and Tracey are shining,Bond's only worthy scene is the last),The Spy Who Loved Me and GoldenEye.But this one is the best.This Bond is human,he finaly takes things personaly and acts realistic.No cheap humor to ruin the movie.This Bond is also deadlier,more violent and quite smarter and moodier than usual.And all this having the Secret Service against him.Dalton plays like a theatrical actor.I would surely like to see more of this Bond.A Bond in nobody's service who thinks for himself instead of taking orders.Excelent movie for an adventure series.
Major insult to history and the viewers' inteligence
I thought they were making a movie about Marcus Aurelius and Commodus,two of the best emperors the Roman empire ever had.But they made a movie about a non-existent General Maximus who is a mixture of Superman and Goofy.Most characters are flat including Maximus.The only redeaming qualities are a great Commodus by Joaquin Phoenix and the battle with the Germans.Commodus was called "the first among the Gladiators" and his twelve years of relatively peaceful reign helped the empire recover from his father wars.Joahin partly saws some of his qualities.But where is his wish for concupines?Where are his interesting religious ideas?And where is his believe of superiority of himself above all others? Is this old man Marcus Aurelius,the warrior-philosopher-emperor?I don't think so.He spend his reign constantly fighting to defend and expand the empire.He never finished fighting actualy.Rome was not out of enemies.The Picts in northern Britain,the Germans in the North,the competitive Parthian Empire in the East and the restless Arab raiders in the South hardly left him any piece.And this movie claims it was all for nothing and that a republic could be better?Absolutely not? Who the hell is Grachus?Pertinax was the next emperor and he was an army officer not a man of the declined Senate. And about gladiators they were not only slaves.Many of them were free man who were searching for glory,fame and most of all money. Why does Hollywood have to ridicule history?And what a false praise to Republics.The Roman Empire survived with its original capital between 27 Bc and 476 AD and continued to survive without it.What Rebublic ever survived 503 years?This movie is a disgrace considering it's plot and it's messages.
The next step in evolution looks great.
With the exception of Batman(1989) and Batman(1992) I hadn't been able to find a movie about superheroes that is not pathetic.But X-Men sure brings hope for the genre.It focuses on mutants as the next evolution step.And works with this idea fine.The ten main characters are supposed to be fine specimens of the new species.And they sure are: 1)Erik Magnus Lehnsherr/Magneto.Magneto has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters along with Dr.Victor von Doom and En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse.They do focus on his dark experiences during World War II.This edition of him is a serious and responsible leader,fighter and an revolutionary dreamer.His phrases as "There is no land of tolerance" do have meaning behind them.And his vision is realistic for the kind of world he leaves in.His magnetic powers make him one of the most powerful mutants alive. 2)Professor Charles Francis Xavier/Professor X is also a serious leader and dreamer.He talks of peace but he prepares his species for the future.Finaly a "Xavier Dream"that makes sence.His abilitie to not only scan but control minds makes him dangerous. 3)Raven Darkholm/Mystique has never been of my favorites but her ability to morph along with fighting skills make her truly dangerous as an enemy in this one.I did like her as a Senator.I might change my mind about her if the comic book writers change her style. 4)Dr.Jean Grey.As the Professor's best student and as a Professor herself she works great.And her bpowers were in developing during this movie.I'd sure like to see them mature. 5)Victor Creed/Sabretooth.The comicbooks' version of Creed always bored me.Too savage and idiotic to be any serious threat.He can surely kill but nothing above that.But this version...A laconic warrior with a cause is great. 6)Scott Summers/Cyclops.As a calm leader and warrior he is grate.His lasers were powerful enough to destroy a station and hold Sabretooth back.I like it. 7)Mortimer Toynbee/Toad.The Toad has always been a joke as an adversarie for anybody.This klller version is a serious upgrading for him. 8)Ororo Munroe/Storm.The weather goddess works great in this movie.Desposing of Toad is way far from the pacifist she was in the comicbooks for decades.Kill for a worthy cause sounds more like this version. 9)Logan/Wolverine.The oldest and most interesting of the X-Men is rocking in this movie. 10)Marie/Rogue.Focusing on the vampiristic nature of her power was great.Explaining her white hair as Magneto's influence works.And the hint she permanently adopts some of her victim's traits is intriguing.Just in this movie she must have taken traits of Magneto and Wolverine.How she uses them should be mighty interesting. Great versions of the characters,a nice scenario,serious way of treating the situation,no confrontation of "Good"and "Evil" just different Dreams.That works fine for me.But in a movie about evolution references to God don't really work and Magneto is an atheist not religious.8/10.
House of the Damned (1996)
***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** This movie is about a Haunted House.Not truly original but they get that part right.But what about the characters,the continuity and the motivation? Will South,the star is truly not interesting at all.The only information we get about him is that he used to have affairs.That is impressive,if you are totaly unaware of society.Maura South,the owner of this fine house becomes interesting only when she becomes possesed.She is way too jealous,her husband treating another woman politely is hardly evidence they have an affair,and comes out too shallow.The daughter,Aubrey South,is just annoying.she is a ten year-old.A doll chating to her should impress her.Ten-year olds are usualy smarter than that.Nothing that happens around her seems to effect her.Is she retarded?Father Seamus seems to have studied the occult for some time but he still believes in uncontinional love.Romantic but it has nothing to do with real life or any kind of religion/mythologie. Now some details that kept me interested but where never explained.The house was built on 1863.The couple who built it burried their daughter,Colleen,alive in the celar.They perfomed black magic.The husband's hands were cut off on 1882 by an angry mob and he died during the same year.His wife suicided on 1883.Her husband put a curse in his house.One of his hands struggled a woman in the house.The family maintained ownership of the house till 1996.The house was haunted by Colleen and a number of unnamed others.If those details was explained properly it could have been a nice movie.Why did they have to burrie their own daughter?When did they do that?Why did the man placed a curse in his own house and not in his enemies.How could his wife survive him by a year if the mob was against both of them?Who was the struggled woman?The family continued to live there for a 113 years but the house goes nuts when Maura South arrives.Why?What is Colleen's part in all this? And by the way that they perfomed black magic hardly tells us anything about them and their motivation.So many plot holes ruin this movie.
Two Chips and a Miss (1952)
Chip's and Dale's only memorable short
In most of the duos shorts they face Pluto or Donald.They can hardly speak which is boring.Warner Brother's similar Goofy Gophers had some realy funny dialogs.This was not the case with the two chipmunks.But here the two are lovers and musicians in asn early anthropomorphic appearance.This short is full of life and music and the love triangle between Chip,Dale and the singer Clarice Chipmunk works.I always considered it one of Disney's best.Too bad they didn't used them aproprietly again until the TV series "Rescue Rangers".
Clown of the Jungle (1947)
Aracuan Bird's best short is just hillarius.
Donald Duck is facing Aracuan bird.Aracuan is just insane.Nothing that Donald does realy affects him.Donald's own sanity fails him.This is one of the most hilarius Donald shorts.He just crosses the short line from mad-furious to mad-insane in his own way.Watch it if you want to laugh.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Michael Caine is the best Scrooge
Since I was a child I liked seing different interpretations of this lonely,bitter and traumatised man:Ebenezer Scrooge.For years I have seen many versions of him and taped those I found goodf enough.But this interpretation is my favorite.Michael Caine plays an honorable,honest but cold and indifferent Scrooge.He plays Scrooge realistic.Some versions like 1951's "Scrooge" were pure comedy material.Here Scrooge's phrases sound believable.Including the over-used:"Christmas!Humbug!".His questioning of why should we feel any different during Christmas is one I shared since I was a child and it makes sence.The interpretation of Jacob Marley as a sinister,cynic and sadistic man,adding him a brother Robert Marley,was actualy an original and a good one at it.Scrooge's childhood is taken more seriously here than in most other films.The songs of this movie were fine.I especialy liked the one which explains Scrooge's behavior:being lonely for an entire lifetime of hard work turned him into a man who cares for nobody.He is honest but not merciful.Scrooge's simple way of life is a nice touch too.An interpretation not to be overlooked.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
Too short for its own good.
Creating a movie which blends one of Dickens most famous creations,the bitter Ebenezer Scrooge,and one of Disney's more bitter and complicated characters,Scrooge McDuck,somebody could create a masterpiece.But obviously not Disney.Every bit of experience than turned those two men from ambitious,decent children to almost amoralistic businessmen is not mentioned in this movie.It seems overly rushed on most points. Its main redeaming quality is the scenes with the Ghost of Christmas Future.Pete looks absolutely menacing and the cemetery looks haunted. Some of the casting seems quite strange.Goofy as Marley?Does Goofy strike anybody as being able to be a succesful but merciless businessman?He is too much a fool to become one.And whose idea was it to use Willy the giant as the Ghost of Christmas Present?He is a simpleton who can't act serious in any situation. More effort,better casting of characters and greater length could this into one of Disney's more memorable movies.But it is quite forgetable.
Really Scent (1959)
Pepe's best short
This is the only one of Pepe's who doesn't imitate "For Scent-imental Reasons".In this short Pepe is both needed to bring romance in the life of a lonely cat and considerate enough to try to get rid of his scent to make things easier for his partner.His partner in this case is named Fabrette and is borned with white stripes.She desperately needs Pepe.In order to fit with Pepe she even tries to obtain a skung's scent.Both lovers are willing to do anything for this relationship to work.A good idea for a romantic comedy that actualy works.
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)
Pepe's first truly great role.
Up till this point the few Pepe Le Pew movies were actualy pretty boring.In this one we are introduced to his mate Penelope Cat.Pepe has broken into a perfume shop in France and the owner has the idea to sent her in to chase him away.What an idea.Once she gets a white stripe on her buck Pepe has chosen her as mate.His efforts to persuade her to join him and her own to avoid him are ecxelent comedy material.And one his scent is removed and she finaly notices how does his body look the roles are reversed.The odd couple does belong together.Too bad most of the other Pepe movies repeated this film and made it lost his uniqueness.Because it is one of the best of the Looney Toons.