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Hook, a review by addicted2dvd



Title: Hook
Year: 1991
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: PG
Length: 142 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Dustin Hoffman
Robin Williams
Julia Roberts
Bob Hoskins
Maggie Smith
Caroline Goodall

Plot:Extras:
Scene Access
Feature Trailers
Bonus Trailers
Production Notes
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
This is a movie I know I have seen before... but it has been many years. Probably in the '90s when it was first released on VHS. So basically the only thing I remembered about it was it had Robin Williams as a grown up Peter Pan and that I enjoyed it at the time. The first thing I thought before watching this movie... while setting up this review was this is a long movie! 2 hours and 22 minutes long? Wow! At that length I sure hope this movie holds up well for me.

As you can see from the cover I bought this one as a 2 disc set along with the movie The Indian in the Cupboard. A movie I am not sure if I ever seen. I really remember nothing about it. So I basically bought this one for Hook. If by any chance I don't care for either of them... at least I got this set cheap at only $5.99!

After watching the movie I have to admit... this one is nothing more then a huge production full of mindless fun. But I did enjoy every moment of it still. Even the slower moments of the movie was done in a fun way. I thought everyone in it done a great job. This movie alone was well worth the price I paid for the set. I was concerned about the length of this movie... but it was so fun that the time flew by so fast I didn't even notice how long it is. And if that is not the sign of good entertainment... I don't know what is. If you never seen this movie I definitely recommend it. But don't go into it expecting more then what it is. Nothing more then great imagery and mindless fun. Expect anything more then that then chances are you will be disappointed.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on February 5th, 2011)

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Unknown, a review by DJ Doena




(german title: Unknown Identity)

Actors:
Liam Neeson
January Jones (Mad Men)
Bruno Ganz (Der Untergang / Downfall)
Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds)
Frank Langella (Masters of the Universe, Dave)

Plot:
Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) and his wife (Jones) arrive in Berlin to attend a bio-tech conference. He has to return to the airport because he left a briefcase there and his cab has a crash. When he wakes up in the hospital four days later he's not Dr. Harris anymore. Someone else is Dr. Harris and even his wife doesn't recognize him anymore. What the hell is going on?

My opinion:
I watched this in the theatre (german dubbing) yesterday. I liked that the whole picture took place in my hometown (Berlin) and that it actually was Berlin (and not just a canadian stand-in ;)). I found it amusing that in the dubbed version the only person speaking with an accent was Gina (Kruger) - a german actress. ;)

When I first saw the character played by Bruno Ganz (I never saw Downfall and didn't recognize him) I immediately said "I bet he was with the Stasi" (former east-german secret service) and I was proven right that very minute. What I also liked about this character was that he pointed out that the whole plot didn't make much sense - until the reveal.

The Germans were a bit "too german" sometimes, like when Dr. Harris had to ID himself just to get into the conference room, even though he was on the guest list. The same thing with the cheap hotel just to keep him from getting a place to sleep. And the nurse: "Gretchen Erfurt". Seriously?

When I saw Langella I also instantly knew that he was the baddie. Except for Superman Returns (Perry White) I can't remember him not playing a baddie (He was Skeletor AND Nixon!!!).

The plot reveal had his ups and downs, for example
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The other big plot holes I noticed where these:
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I found Jones' character in general rather useless, which is kind of the same way I feel about her Mad Men character Betty Draper.

Everything considered it was an OK movie which I will watch on DVD again, mainly to watch it in english and check how they did the whole english/german mix.

And for us Germans: The doctor is Stockinger from Kommisar Rex. ;)

(From Unknown on April 2nd, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

"Stargate SG-1" Marathon, a review by DJ Doena


First I thought about a re-run of Smallville but I have watched this in the middle of last year and it's been a while since I've watched Stargate SG-1.

In order to watch Stargate SG-1, one has to watch Stargate first.

Stargate


Kurt Russell ... Col. Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil
James Spader ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Alexis Cruz ... Skaara
Viveca Lindfors ... Catherine
Mili Avital ... Sha'uri
John Diehl ... Lieutenant Kawalsky
Leon Rippy ... General W.O. West
Erick Avari ... Kasuf
French Stewart ... Lieutenant Ferretti
Jaye Davidson ... Ra

Synopsis: Dr. Jackson is not very renowned in the scientific community. But he is convinced that the great pyramids weren't build during the fourth dynasty 5,000 years ago. He believes that they are much older. A digging back in 1928 confirms his suspicions: buried in the sands of Egypt under a great cover stone with unknown symbols - not hieroglyphs - the Door to Heaven Stargate was found. The Stargate is an ancient device to open an intergalactic connection to the planet Abydos. Dr. Jackson and Colonel Jack O'Neill (and a group of soldiers) go there. O'Neill's job is to evaluate the danger of the situation they are facing.

My Opinion: Unfortunately I haven't seen this movie in the theatres (I went to Star Trek: Generations instead). The idea that alien cultures have been to Earth and have had an influence isn't new, but it was interestingly presented. I also liked that the Abydosians really spoke abydosian (a variant of ancient egyptian) and not just english. The fights were very well choreographed, too, I didn't have the feeling that the weapons of the humans were a match to the ones of Ra's.

To adopt the story for the series they had to make some adjustments (this contains spoilers in regard to the pilot of the series):
  • In the movie, Ra is portrayed as the last of his kind, in the series he is one System Lord amongst many - although the most powerful one
  • In the movie, Ra is no Goa'uld, his alien body looks totally different
  • In the movie, Abydos is in another galaxy, in the series it's the planet closest to Earth
  • In the movie, the Stargate is a point-to-point connection to Abydos, in the series it's one in a great network of Stargates
  • Ra's Jaffa (who aren't called Jaffa in the movie) don't have an abdomen pouch in which they carry a Goa'uld larva (the term Goa'uld is also an invention of the series)

Additionally one has to activate one's "suspension of disbelief" even more than in the movie, because:
  • On most planets the people speak english, no explanation is given (Universal Translator in Star Trek, Translator Microbes in Farscape)
  • Most planets look like canadian forrests
  • On some planets are earth-like cultures that developed only after the gate was buried
  • We never see normal Goa'ulds, they are either rulers or at least scientists, but the huge number of Gua'uld larvae in the Jaffa have to result in a much larger Goa'uld population

Now we can get started ...



(From "Stargate SG-1" Marathon on February 29th, 2008)