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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #615 on: April 05, 2010, 03:26:41 PM »
Here is my review of "The Shop Around the Corner".

but until recently I didn't know there was an original version (what with the completely different name). :P

Even though they used the title as the name of the shop of Meg Ryan's character ;)
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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #616 on: April 05, 2010, 03:38:55 PM »
This is true.. but remember... I am the one that is still fairly new to the classics. So if...

1. They don't say ahead of time this is a remake
2. They don't use the same name (so I see it on sites like IMDB when I look a movie up)

there is no way for someone like me to know!  :tease:
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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #617 on: April 05, 2010, 04:53:08 PM »
2. They don't use the same name (so I see it on sites like IMDB when I look a movie up)

I usually look at the trivia link of a movie on IMDb and/or read the Wikipedia article. Through IMDb I knew for example after watching "You've Got Mail" for the first time, that it was a remake of "The Shop Around the Corner" ;)



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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #618 on: April 05, 2010, 05:04:37 PM »
do you actually read all that info for every movie you watch though?
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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #619 on: April 05, 2010, 05:12:51 PM »
do you actually read all that info for every movie you watch though?

I usually skim through the Wikipedia article (as I link to it with every one of my reviews).
I usually skip the plot summary (not needed because I just watched the movie) and read the critical reactions and trivia stuff. So it is usually not much to read.
Before I started reading the Wikipedia articles I always read the trivia page on IMDb (now I am not always doing that). I am sucker for movie trivia.



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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #620 on: April 05, 2010, 05:55:24 PM »


Title: Music and Lyrics
Year: 2007
Director: Marc Lawrence
Rating: PG-13
Length: 104 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Hugh Grant
Scott Porter
Nick Bacon
Andrew Wyatt Blakemore
Dan McMillan

Plot:
First you're hot, then you're not...and then you're Alex Fletcher. So when the sizzlingest tween queen on the charts asks the has-been '80s pop sensation to write her a song, he grabs for another chance at stardom. Problem: Alex can say it with music, but he sure can't say it with words. Enter Sophie Fisher, his beguiling if quirky plant lady, who has an unexpected green thumb for lyrics. Together, they go after songwriting success – and discover that if you want to write the perfect love song, it helps to fall in love.

With Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore at the keyboard and Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice) directing, Music and Lyrics is a witty, wacky romantic comedy that faces the music...and laughs!

Awards:
Casting Society of America Awards2007NominatedBest Feature Film Casting – ComedyIlene Starger
Teen Choice Awards2007NominatedChoice Movie - Chick Flick
Teen Choice Awards2007NominatedChoice Movie LiplockDrew Barrymore, Hugh Grant
Young Artist Awards2008NominatedBest Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actor Age Ten or YoungerJeremy Karson


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My Thoughts:
A good feel-good movie. And as I like Drew Barrymore rom-coms and also enjoy Hugh Grant's rom-coms, this was a no-brainer to get. This is the second time I have watched it, and I think this time around I enjoyed it even more than the first time. Hugh Grant is perfect as the has-been pop idol.
Drew Barrymore is as cute as she is always in romantic comedies.

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #621 on: April 08, 2010, 07:03:57 PM »


Title: America's Sweethearts
Year: 2001
Director: Joe Roth
Rating: FSK-6
Length: 99 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: German: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, German

Stars:
Julia Roberts
Billy Crystal
Catherine Zeta-Jones
John Cusack
Hank Azaria

Plot:
Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie (John Cusack) are America's Sweethearts - the country's favorite couple, on-screen and off. But when their very public romance turns into a very private breakup, only veteran press agent Lee (Billy Crystal) and Gwen's assistant Kiki (Julia Roberts) can help Gwen and Eddie show some love while they promote their last film together.

But the press junket is in a resort hotel miles from anywhere, and while Lee and Kiki frantically try to keep the media away from the real story - and keep Gwen and Eddie from revealing their secret - Kiki finds something entirely unexpected in this romantic comedy about true love, happily ever after and other Hollywood endings.

Awards:
ASCAP Awards2002WonTop Box Office FilmsJames Newton-Howard


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My Thoughts:
I haven't watched this one in a while. I remembered it as rather boring. So I was surprised that I really enjoyed it. Billy Crystal as the manager/PR guy is great. And I liked Julia Roberts as Kiki. Hank Azaria as the lisping Spanish guy is hilarious. Also fun was Seth Green in the small role of Billy Crystal's "apprentice". And what's not to like about Christopher Walken as eccentric film maker.

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #622 on: April 08, 2010, 07:09:50 PM »


Title: I, Robot
Year: 2004
Director: Alex Proyas
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 110 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: DTS 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 3, Commentary: Dolby Digital 3, Commentary: Dolby Digital 3
Subtitles: Commentary, English, German, Turkish

Stars:
Will Smith
Bridget Moynahan
Alan Tudyk
James Cromwell
Bruce Greenwood

Plot:
In 2035 A.D., robots are programmed to live in perfect harmony with humans and have become part of everyday life on Earth. When a brilliant scientist at the U.S. Robotics Corporation is found dead, Chicago Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) is called in to investigate. Aided by robot psychologist Dr. Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan), Detective Spooner uncovers the possibility that a robot may be the primary suspect in the case. But as Spooner gets closer to the truth, he gets caught up in a race for his life, when robot intelligence attempts to shut down his investigation. With time running out, a deeper threat emerges from the core of a mechanized world that challenges the very existence of mankind.

Awards:
Academy Award2004NominatedBest Visual EffectsJohn Nelson, Andrew R. Jones, Erik Nash, Joe Letteri
ASCAP Awards2005WonTop Box Office FilmsMarco Beltrami
Saturn2004NominatedBest Science Fiction Film
Saturn2004NominatedBest Special EffectsJohn Nelson, Andrew R. Jones, Erik Nash, Joe Letteri
Teen Choice Awards2004NominatedChoice Movie of the Summer
Visual Effects Society Awards2005NominatedOutstanding Created Environment in a Live Act on Motion PictureRachael Haupt, Mark Tait Lewis, Nick McKenzie, Geoff Tobin


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My Thoughts:
Essentially this could have been a real fun action popcorn movie, but I cannot get over the cheap looking special effect. There is not a moment where I couldn't forget that they were acting in front of a green screen. There were a lot of moments where the actors just didn't really match with the background (lighting etc.).
Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly) is "playing" the robot Sonny. A fun surprise to see here was Chi McBride as Will Smith's boss, who is the guy who played Emerson Cod in Pushing Daisies.

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #623 on: April 10, 2010, 11:36:38 PM »


Title: Over Her Dead Body
Year: 2008
Director: Jeff Lowell
Rating: FSK-6
Length: 91 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: German

Stars:
Eva Longoria Parker
Paul Rudd
Lake Bell
Jason Biggs
Lindsay Sloane

Plot:
Eva Longoria Parker (TV's 'Deperate Housewives') stars in this devlishly funny romantic comedy about holding onto the ones you love...even after you're gone. When Kate (Longoria Parker) is killed by an ice sculpture on her wedding day, her fiancé Henry (Paul Rudd, 'Knocked Up') gives up on romance until he falls for the beautiful psychic (Lake Bell, TV's 'Boston Legal') who's supposed to be helping him move on. But Kate's not having it, and now she's making it her heavenly duty to send their budding relationship six-feet-under.

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My Thoughts:
This was a complete blind buy. Only after buying it I looked it up on the internet which set my expectations low when I read that it only had 15% on RottenTomatoes. But I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this movie. The interactions between Ashley (the "psychic") and Kate (the ghost) were funny. Kate came back from the dead to haunt the new prospective girlfriend (Ashley) of her fiancé.
Also it was nice to see Lindsay Sloane again. And Stephen Root seems to be very busy lately. I see him in movies and on TV shows more and more often lately.

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #624 on: April 11, 2010, 10:58:48 PM »


Title: The Truman Show
Year: 1998
Director: Peter Weir
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 99 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Other: Dolby Digital 5.1, Other: Dolby Digital 3, Other: Dolby Digital 3
Subtitles: Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish

Stars:
Jim Carrey
Laura Linney
Noah Emmerich
Natascha McElhone
Holland Taylor

Plot:
Truman Burbank is a normal man, living in a normal town. He grew up to be a desk clerk for a insurance company, living an ordinary life, having an ordinary wife, an ordinary neighbour and an ordinary bud, who pops in from time to time with a sixpack. But Truman is not happy with his life. He wants to see the world. He wants to get away from his happy-happy, ever tidy, nice'n'shiny little island town at the seaside. In reality, Truman was an unwanted pregnancy. His 'father', Christof, a reckless TV-Producer whom he never met, made up the Truman Show - the greatest show on earth - a show in which life is live. So, everyone around poor Truman is an actor with a little headphone in the ear. One day, Truman accidentally bumps into a catering area backstage and gets pretty suspicious. His plan now is: Pretend to be sleeping and steal away...

Awards:
Academy Award1998NominatedBest DirectorPeter Weir
Academy Award1998NominatedBest Supporting ActorEd Harris
Academy Award1998NominatedBest Writing, Original ScreenplayAndrew Niccol
AFI1998Nominated100 Years... 100 Cheers (2006)
ASCAP Awards1999WonTop Box Office FilmsPhilip Glass, Burkhard von Dallwitz
BAFTA1998NominatedAchievement In Special Visual EffectsMichael J. McAlister, Brad Kuehn, Craig Barron, Peter Chesney
BAFTA1998NominatedActor In A Supporting RoleEd Harris
BAFTA1998NominatedCinematographyPeter Biziou
BAFTA1998NominatedFilmScott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, Adam Schroeder
BAFTA1998WonOriginal ScreenplayAndrew Niccol
BAFTA1998WonProduction DesignDennis Gassner
BAFTA1998WonThe David Lean Award For Achievement In DirectionPeter Weir
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1999NominatedFavorite Actor - DramaJim Carrey
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1999WonFavorite Supporting Actor - DramaEd Harris
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1999NominatedFavorite Supporting Actress - DramaLaura Linney
British Society of Cinematographers Awards1999NominatedBest Cinematography AwardPeter Biziou
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards1999NominatedBest Picture
Costume Designers Guild Awards1999NominatedExcellence in Costume Design for FilmMarilyn Matthews
Directors Guild of America1999NominatedOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesPeter Weir
European Film Awards1998WonScreen International Award (for a non-European film)
Golden Globe1998WonActor in a Leading Role - DramaJim Carrey
Golden Globe1998WonActor in a Supporting RoleEd Harris
Golden Globe1998NominatedDirectorPeter Weir
Golden Globe1998WonOriginal ScoreBurkhard Dallwitz, Philip Glass
Golden Globe1998NominatedPicture - DramaEdward S. Feldman, Andrew M. Niccol, Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder
Golden Globe1998NominatedScreenplayAndrew M. Niccol
Hugo Award1999WonDramatic Presentation
MTV Movie Awards1999WonBest Male PerformanceJim Carrey
MTV Movie Awards1999NominatedBest Movie
National Board of Review Awards, USA1998WonBest Supporting ActorEd Harris
Online Film Critics Society Awards1999NominatedBest DirectorPeter Weir
Online Film Critics Society Awards1999NominatedBest Film
Online Film Critics Society Awards1999WonBest Screenplay, OriginalAndrew Niccol
Online Film Critics Society Awards1999NominatedBest Supporting ActorEd Harris
Satellite Awards1999WonBest Art DirectionDennis Gassner
Saturn1998NominatedBest ActorJim Carrey
Saturn1998NominatedBest DirectorPeter Weir
Saturn1998WonBest Fantasy Film
Saturn1998NominatedBest Supporting ActorEd Harris
Saturn1998WonBest WritingAndrew Niccol
Writers Guild of America Awards1999NominatedBest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenAndrew Niccol
Young Artist Awards1999NominatedBest Family Feature – Drama


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My Thoughts:
This is my favourite Jim Carrey movie. This movie was released before there was Big Brother. At the time this seemed a little like Science Fiction, but not long after people voluntarily did go on TV shows with being filmed 24 hours a day.
It is sad to think that Truman had to go through this fake life. The most disturbing is that his best friend since he was seven is the one most responsible to hide the reality from Truman.
The ending always gets to me :bag:

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #625 on: April 11, 2010, 11:57:47 PM »
It has been years since I saw that movie... I may have to pop that one in myself!
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« Reply #626 on: April 12, 2010, 03:43:28 PM »
I always like the audience moments in The Truman Show, like the guy holding onto his shower curtain, willing Truman to survive! Wonderful stuff. :thumbup:

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #627 on: April 17, 2010, 08:04:54 PM »


Title: Outlander
Year: 2008
Director: Howard McCain
Rating: 15
Length: 115 Min.
Video: Widescreen 2.35
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Jim Caviezel
Sophia Myles
Jack Huston
John Hurt
Cliff Saunders

Plot:
As an age old battle rages amongst the stars, Kainan's ship burns brightly as it crash-lands into the Nordic coast. His space ship comes to rest in the fjords of ancient Norway and it's with dismay that Kainan (JIM CAVIEZEL) realises that he is not the only survivor, as a second passenger, the Moorwen, also emerges from the wreckage.

A hellish, fire-breathing monster, the Moorwen is intent on causing havoc and destruction to those it has perceived to have wronged it. As the Moorwen kills everything in its path, Kainan must work together with a tribe of fierce warring vikings to destroy the blood thirsty beast before it kills them all.

Awards:
Scream Awards2009NominatedBest Sci-Fi Movie


Extras:
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Photo Gallery
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My Thoughts:
I have first seen this movie at the FantasyFilmFest 2008. This is what I have written at the time:
The movie begins with a man from another planet crashlanding on the earth in 8th century Norway. There he encounters a Viking town where he becomes known as the "Outlander" (they of course think he is only from another land). Sadly he brought a dragon-like beast with his ship which is now loose. Now he has to gain the trust of the Vikings and battle the beast.
This movie is well done. Story-wise nothing new, but fun nevertheless. It is a mixture between Sci-Fi (mostly in the beginning) and Viking movie during most of the rest. And becomes a Horror movie at the end (I was a little reminded of "The Descent").

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #628 on: April 17, 2010, 08:08:58 PM »
I remember think Outlander was so random when I watched it... I had no idea where it was coming from :p I enjoyed it though

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Re: Tom's Random Reviews
« Reply #629 on: April 18, 2010, 07:40:40 PM »


Title: Weißblaue Geschichten
Year: 1983
Director:
Rating: FSK-6
Length: 965 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: German: Dolby Digital 1
Subtitles:

Stars:
Gustl Bayrhammer

Plot:
Gustl Bayrhammer - kein anderer verkörperte den immer leicht "grantelnden" aber stets herzensguten Ur-Bayern so wie er. Egal ob als Meister Eder oder als Kriminalhauptkommissar Melchior Veigl im Tatort - er war ein Publikumsliebling. "Seine" weißblauen Geschichten prägten fast ein Jahrzehnt die Abendunterhaltung im ZDF. Die beliebtesten Schauspieler gaben sich hier ein regelmäßiges Stelldichein: Hans Clarin - die unvergessene Stimme Pumuckls, Toni Berger - der ewige "Boandlkramer" aus dem Stück "Der Brandner Kaspar und das ewig' Leben", Max Griesser aus der "Polizeiinspektion 1", Maxl Graf - der kongeniale Partner von Beppo Brehm in "Die seltsamen Methoden des Franz Josef Wanninger", oder Erni Singerl, Fritz Strassner, Karl Obermayr, Lisa Fitz, Christine Neubauer, Elmar Wepper und Gerhard Lippert, um nur ein paar zu nennen. Freuen Sie sich auf Gustl Bayrhammer in vielen sympathischen Rollen, z. B. als kauziger Dorfarzt, resoluter Gemeindepfarrer, spitzbübischer Briefträger und noch viele mehr...

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My Thoughts:
"Weißblaue Geschichten" (lit. "White-and-blue stories", the colors of the Bavarian flag) is an anthology series with Bavarian slice of life stories. It has aired since 1984. The star of this series was Gustl Bayrhammer until 1993 (the year he sadly died).
This was one of the series I loved to watch. It was one of the few series I had watched with my parents instead of going to my room and watch something else.
I haven't seen it since the mid-90s and I am surprised how much I still like the episodes. This set includes 18 of the produced 22 episodes which star Gustl Bayrhammer. For unexplained reasons, four episodes are not included. Sadly one of those is an episode which did leave a lasting impression with me. At least I think it was from this series. It was an episode guest-starring G.G. Hoffmann (the German voice of Captain Kirk and early Sean Connery).

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01Der Kurpfuscher / Der Seemann / Der Kraftprotz
02Der Schlaumeier / Der Tandler / Das Gspusi
03Der Freund / Der Vater / Der Heilige / Der Retter
04Die Goldene Hochzeit / Der Glückspilz / Der Klangkörper / Der Landarzt
05Der Amerikaner / Der Erlkönig / Der Gondoliere
06Der Kohlhas / Der Gendarm / Der Schutzheilige
07Der Bazi / Der Schwan / Der Hacker / Der Dickschädel
08Der König / Der Sauhund / Die Fremde / Der Star
09Das Wunder / Der Casanova / Der Bub / Der Geschäftsmann
10Der Fremde / Das Schlitzohr / Der Lausbub / Der Künstler
11Der Rosenkavalier / Die Schraube / Die Tuba
12Bua oder Madl / Der Briefwechsel / Der Gasableser / Der Dorfbrunnen
13Klappern gehört zum Handwerk / Lüngerl und Hax'n / Ein paar Blumen hat jeder verdient
15Ein Bus nach Alicante / Herta / Bergvagabunden / Penner-Party
16Datapac 206 / Die Sterne lügen nicht / Der Madonnenschnitzer / Der Kakadu
19Die Radltour / Das Schlafmittel / Hochwürden Josef
20Die Hauspost / Das Echo vom Karfunkelsee
21Die Doppelgänger / Ferien