Millennium Actress, a review by Tom
Title: Sennen Joyu (Millennium Actress)
Director: Satoshi Kon
Length: 83 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: Japanese: Dolby Digital Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: DTS 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1
Millennium Actress has the stylistic sophistication of Perfect Blue with the empathy, warmth and truth of Spirited Away.
A gorgeous, theatrical animation from the maker of anime classic Perfect Blue and last year's adorable Tokyo Godfathers. MILLENNIUM ACTRESS begins as a TV crew track down 70-something screen goddess Chiyoko Fujiwara. Chiyoko begins to tell her life story, at which point she literally steps into the past, dragging the confused crew into her memories - one moment they're discussing dramatic art, the next dodging bullets in the midst of a movie as the boundaries between film, memory, fact and fiction become a breathless blur. Chiyoko's history is depicted as a series of screen roles in which she appears as a feudal princess one moment, a lonely astronaut the next, endlessly chasing a lost love across the millennium. This stunning plunge through the centuries is testament not just to the pleasures but also the great strengths of animation: the many ages of screen goddess Chiyoko are achieved not with dubious CGI but artfully drawn. Playing with subjective and objective realities and richly textured with swooningly beautiful imagery, the film is a mental and visual anime feast.
My Thoughts:I bought this, because I stumbled across this when browsing amazon.co.uk. It sounded interesting and it was cheap.
The animation is beautiful, the story is an interesting blend of reality and fiction. While the title-giving actress tells about her past, the interviewers are sucked into her world by having her movie roles and her real life search for a lost love mixed together into the surreal.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on May 1st, 2009)
The Naked Street, a review by Antares
The Naked Street (1955) 71/100 - Three of the stars in this film were actors that I've never really cared much for, Anthony Quinn, Farley Granger and Peter Graves. But for the most part, they do a really good job with a storyline, which on the surface, seems pretty trite. But as the story progresses, it kind of wakes up out of hibernation and turns into a good little drama. Probably the only weak spot is the narration done by Graves, which sounds whiny at times, and other times, kind of nerdy. That aside, this is the best I've ever seen Farley Granger act in a film. His chemistry with Anne Bancroft is legit and when he's framed, both in the story and by the camera, the pain and anger in his demeanor looks genuine. Pity he wasn't as good as he is here, in the rest of the films I've watched him in. And it's always pleasant to watch anything with Anne Bancroft in it. She's never mentioned when lists are compiled of the sexiest actresses, but something about her is spellbinding.
Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is
(From Antares' Short Summations on November 13th, 2014)
Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom
Corner Gas: Season 4
Gas, Corner Gas. Season Four is comedy that will have you die laughing, with plenty of clever cameos, retro references and all your favourite characters,
Nineteen new episodes classified top secret. Well, not really, they're for anybody who buys a copy of this full season on DVD. 'Corner Gas' continues to save the world one secret weapon at a time, with plenty of exotic spies and evil villains and ... okay, it doesn't have any of that. It's the hilarious crossroads of Dog River, Saskatchewan as you know and love it. It's where pop culture meets crop culture and the bad guys are, well, as funny as the good guys. Whether spring, summer, fall or winter (... okay, it's pretty much never winter, nobody needs to experience that) it's always funny season on 'Corner Gas'.
This series shows, that also our Canadian friends can make great comedy series with a lot of fun characters. Hank for example: In this season we learn, that he only wears his cap constantly, because he had a bad hair day for his entire life
And Oscar, the father of the main character: This series wouldn't be half as funny if it wouldn't be for him
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I must admit they got me there with the ending. I never suspected it the entire episode. They had me because I expected a season cliffhanger.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 30th, 2007)