Loaded Weapon 1, a review by Tom
Title: Loaded Weapon 1
Director: Gene Quintano
Length: 79 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo
Samuel L. Jackson
L.A. is a real jungle these days: the cops have just got to make sure that they're not eaten alive!
Down on mean street, USA, the cops put chalk outlines on the sidewalk before the homicide has been committed - and bad guys with more than 10 misdemeanours to their name pay their debt to society with a VISA card!
Thank heaven for ace detectives Wes Luger (Samuel L. Jackson) and Jack Colt (Emilio Estevez) who are out there pitching for the forces of law and order. Colt's a go-getter and his inner strength comes from his famous "Breakfast of Champions", a blend of chocolate syrup, Jack Daniels and Budweiser. Luger, on the other hand, has seen it all before. He's a by-the-book veteran, due to retire in four days.
But when the Wilderness Cookie Murder Case breaks, they'll need to put their heads together, especially when they come up against intellectual sociopath, Dr. Hannibal Leacher (F. Murray Abraham)!
My Thoughts:I thought this Lethal Weapon parody is a nice conclusion to this marathon. I had to wait a little to watch it, because my brother wanted to watch it with me.
Though a lot of jokes fall flat, there were enough to make me smile a few times. I haven't watched this movie for a while, so I got a few surprise cameos.
With the Bruce Willis cameo (as John McClane), I had the feeling though that this scene was originally written for Mel Gibson's Riggs. I imagined, that after the trailer got destroyed by the helicopter (similar as in the Lethal Weapon movies), that Riggs emerged from the debris to point out that they got the wrong trailer.
(From Lethal Weapon Marathon on June 27th, 2009)
Juno, a review by Jon
4 out of 5
Juno (Ellen Page) is 16 years old and pregnant. She can't bring herself to have an abortion, so she decides to continue the pregnancy for a childless couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman).
This isn't the sort of film I'd normally go for, but I've heard so much about Diablo Cody's script that I wanted to see it. I really enjoyed it for that reason. It's humble, but very sharp, unpredictable, smart and frequently funny. I don't know any 16 year-olds, let alone pregnant ones, but I think the average teenager should be pleased by this adult representation. It doesn't feel as accurate as a John Hughe's Breakfast Club, but if all teens were this well grounded, even while experimenting against better judgment, the world would be a happier place. Perhaps it's a bit of a fantasy in that respect, but a fun one at least.
Ellen Page is particularly good. She's a smart-arse and every other line is quote worthy, but while any decent actress can deliver a zinger or ten, Page also puts across the emotion and the story has a poignancy because of that. Juno, both character and film, never get too clever for their own good. The rest of the cast are all solid too, well served by characters that refuse to be conventional. And it's reassuringly positive; J.K. Simmons is great as Juno's dad anyway, but the moment he finds out about the pregnancy is fantastic. Michael Cera is great too. The overview calls him "charmingly unassuming" and I can't think of a better way to put it.
In keeping with the overall tone, the ending is realistic. It isn't a neat, happy ever after fantasy, but dependable optimism. It is a wonderful example of a very good script being brought to life by brilliant, honest acting throughout.
(From Jon's Random Reviews on August 30th, 2009)
Smallville Marathon #2, a review by DJ Doena
ZodSynopsis: By destroying Brainiac with the kryptonian knife, Clark opened the portal for Zod. Zod has taken over Lex's body and is now trying to conquer the world by removing its technology. And there's no one who can stop him, because Clark was banished to the Phantom Zone.
My Opinion: This was a great conclusion to the cliffhanger, although once again it could have lasted longer. I see the problem that if Clark would have remained longer in the Phantom Zone, Zod would have caused more havoc and probably more people would have seen him, which would be devastating for Lex. But still, two or three episodes would have been cool.
I find it funny that Aaron Ashmore is playing Jimmy Olsen, while his identical twin brother Shawn has been a recurring FotW in the early seasons, yet no one seems to see the resemblance.
SneezeSynopsis: Clark vigorously tries to repair the damage that has been caused by Zod. But even he gets exhausted at one point and his immune system was weakened due to his stay in the Phantom Zone. Clark has catched the "common" cold and now sneezes barn doors halfway across the county.
Meanhwile Lex gets abducted because some people want to find out how he has done the things he has done while he was being possessed by Zod.
My Opinion: They skipped that episode in the last season, probably because there aren't many abilities left and also probably because he has been human during a few episodes. When I first watched this episode I thought Oliver Queen would just be another adversary of Lex's, just as Victoria Hardwick or Jason Teague. How wrong I was.
BTW: When Justin Hartley (Oliver) smiles, don't you think that he has a striking resemblance to the young Ben Affleck?
WitherSynopsis: Someone - or something - is killing a young woman near a make-out-zone and her friend has mysteriously vanished. But then is found, but he dies at the hospital because a plant is growing out of his stomach. And this plant can hurt even Clark.
My Opinion: Instead of FotWs we will see beings from the Phantom Zone in this season. While I found this episode to be entertaining, I still think that Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan was the more interesting plant.
(From Smallville Marathon #2 on June 15th, 2008)