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12 Angry Men, a review by Danae Cassandra

12 Angry Men
Year of Release: 1957
Directed By: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E. G. Marshall, Jack Warden
Genre: Drama

12 Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet, may be the most radical courtroom drama in cinema history. A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose's teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. The result is a saga of epic proportions that plays out over a tense afternoon in one sweltering room. Lumet's electrifying snapshot of 1950s America on the verge of change is one of the great feature film debuts.

My Thoughts:
This is a powerful film and essential viewing.  Nearly sixty years have passed, and this film has lost none of its strength or relevance.  Listening to Juror #10 opining about how he knows "those people" and how dangerous they are, all I'm hearing in the back of my head are similar voices today, given audience in political campaign.

There's a lot that makes this film great:  excellent cinematography that keeps up with the mounting tensions in the room, a great script, great direction, and of course, spectacular acting, not just by Henry Fonda, but by every man in that room. 

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Everyone should see this film.  Absolutely everyone.

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 5/5

(From Within My (Mom's) Lifetime Marathon on November 23rd, 2015)

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Rockula, a review by Jimmy


Title: Rockula (1990)

Genre: Horror
Director: Luca Bercovici
Rating: NR
Length: 1h30
Video: Full Frame
Audio: English
Subtitles: None

Rockula is about a male vampire who lost his lady love centuries ago. She was killed by a pirate with a rhinestone peg leg, wielding a large ham bone. Our hero, the vampire, did nothing to save her. So he is now cursed to watch her be born again in another life, and then watch her die, strangely enough by a pirate with a rhinestone peg leg, wielding you-know-what. Now, in 1990, he has, he suspects, his last chance to try to save her instead of watching get clubbed over and over again down through the years. Oh, and he becomes a rock star in the process.

My Thoughts:

(From Jimmy's - 2013 Ooctober Horror Marathon on October 16th, 2013)

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Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Angel: Season 2

19. Belonging
Original Air Date: 5/1/2001
Angel and his crew must find a way to kill a bloodthirsty demon who has arrived in town from another dimension through a mysterious, magical portal in the karaoke bar.

Guest Stars:
Amy Acker
Jarrod Crawford
Darris Love
Brody Hutzler

My Thoughts:
This is the very first appearance of Amy Acker as Winfred "Fred" Burkle. Even if it was just for a quick moment in one of Cordelia's visions. This is also the first of a 4 episode storyline for the end of the second season. It is a good episode... I enjoyed it quite a bit.  

My Rating:

(From Angel Marathon on March 9th, 2010)