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Juno, a review by addicted2dvd


     Juno (2007/United States)

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director:Jason Reitman
Writing:Diablo Cody (Writer)
Length:96 min.
Rating:Rated PG-13 : Mature Thematic Material, Sexual Content and Language
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:English, Spanish

Stars:
Ellen Page as Juno MacGuff
Michael Cera as Paulie Bleeker
Jennifer Garner as Vanessa Loring
Jason Bateman as Mark Loring
Allison Janney as Bren MacGuff
J.K. Simmons as Mac MacGuff

Plot:
Don’t miss the outrageously offbeat comedy hit that has everyone talking—and laughing!

Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) is a cool, confident teenager who takes a nine-month detour into adulthood when she’s faced with an unplanned pregnancy—and sets out to find the perfect parents for her baby. With the help of her charmingly unassuming boyfriend (Michael Cera) supportive dad (J.K. Simmons) and no-nonsense stepmom (Allison Janney) Juno sets her sights on an affluent couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) longing to adopt their first child.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Videos
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • Closed Captioned
  • Inside Look
  • Screen Tests


My Thoughts:
After reading several favorable reviews I was happy to see this one in one of the boxes of free DVDs I recently got. While I did enjoy it... I was hoping for a little more then what was delivered. The movie is listed in DVD Profiler as a comedy. And while I wouldn't say this is wrong... it just wasn't the type of comedy I was expecting. It definitely isn't the laugh out loud type of comedy. More... actually I don't know what I would call it. I did however think that Ellen Page was great in this movie. While I have liked Jennifer Garner since first seeing her in Alias... I wasn't all that impressed with her in this movie. I don't know... maybe it was just the character she had to work with... but I was a bit disappointed in her this time. Over-all it is a good story that kept my interest through-out.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From The Movies from Within My Lifetime: 2012 Edition on February 23rd, 2012)

Member's Reviews

The Amityville Horror, a review by Dragonfire


The Amityville Horror



If these walls could talk...the screams would wake the dead. Based on the chilling best-seller, this "spooky study in psychological terror" (Los Angeles Times) throws open the doors to your deepest, darkest fears!

The Long Island colonial house on the river’s edge seemed perfect. Quaint, spacious and affordable, it was just what George and Kathy Lutz had been looking for. But looks can be deceiving...and their new dream home soon becomes a hellish nightmare as the walls begin to drip blood and satanic forces haunt them with sheer, unbridled evil. Now, with their lives — and their souls — in danger, the Lutzes must run as fast as they can from the home they once loved...or fall prey to its terrifying power!

Starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder and Oscar®-winner Rod Steiger*, this bone-chilling, special-effects laden thriller will hit you where you live!

*1967: Actor, In the Heat of the Night

My Thoughts

I first saw this movie years ago on television.  I had forgotten several things, but I remembered other things.  The movie works as an entertaining scary movie, though for me, not a lot of what happens is scary.  Flies swarming in a room is annoying to me, not scary, though it is unusual to happen in the winter.  There are a few scare type moments in the movie and I did jump a bit.  Even though the movie isn’t that scary overall to me, it does creep me out.  The view of the house that is shown in so many shots really creeps me out for some reason.  I think at least part of it is that the upper windows are shaped differently.  The house just has a spooky look.  The music that plays at times is very creepy sounding as well, an that got to me too.  The one view of the house and the music freaked me out more than anything else in the movie, though George did get wild looking later in the movie.  I did feel like there are some pacing issues since some scenes moved too slow.  Some of that was probably intended to build tension, but it didn’t seem to work that well for me.

I have never read the book the movie is based on, so I have no clue what has been changed.  I have read and heard enough to know that the movie is supposed to be based on real events and that there has been some controversy over the years about how much is true and how much is ..embellished for the movie.  I honestly don’t know what to believe about the events, but it does make for an entertaining movie.  The characters aren’t developed a lot, though they still manage to be interesting.  I think the cast did fine with the parts.  

Overall I enjoyed the movie.



I did get a review posted on Epinions.

The Amityville Horror

(From Dragonfire's Halloween/Horror Marathon 2009 on October 22nd, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


Angel: Season 3

20. A New World
Original Air Date: 5/6/2002
As Angel tries to track down Connor in the streets of L.A., Lilah approaches a despondent Wesley with an offer from Wolfram and Hart.

Guest Stars:
Vincent Kartheiser
Stephanie Romanov
Mark Lutz
Erika Thormahlen

My Thoughts:
While still a good episode... I didn't find this one quite as good as the previous several. While interesting... and I enjoyed the search for Connor and such. I didn't care much for the side storyline. Where Connor meets up with a junkie. And while I understand why it had to be drawn out some... I will be glad to see Wesley back in with the group. But that may take a while yet.

My Rating:

(From Angel Marathon on March 15th, 2010)
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