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The African Queen, a review by Danae Cassandra




The African Queen
Year of Release: 1951
Directed By: John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn
Genre: Adventure, Romance

Overview:
Starring Academy Award® winners* HUMPHREY BOGART and KATHARINE HEPBURN, The African Queen tells the timeless tale of two mismatched strangers joining forces in a common cause – and finding love along the way. Meticulously restored from the original film elements, the story chronicles the burgeoning romance between Bogie's river rat Charlie Allnut and Hepburn's missionary Rose Sayer, as they reluctantly join forces to torpedo a German gunboat in war-torn East Africa. Directed by Academy Award® winner** JOHN HUSTON, and filmed on location in the Belgian Congo, The African Queen is arguably one of the finest films ever made – with one of the most legendary star pairings ever to appear on the screen!

My Thoughts:
What a great film!  It's a simple story, and there are only really two stars - but if you had to have two people to carry a movie, you certainly aren't going to get much better than Bogart & Hepburn.  They're both spectacular.  This is the heart and soul of the film, and they make their characters interesting and compelling.  The story, while simple, has plenty of excitement, and is a good mix of action and romance, with bits of humor sprinkled in.  The cinematography is great, for a film of this age - some of the effects, which would have been extremely good for their day, are pretty obvious today for being effects, but you do have to consider the age here.  None of the rest of it, however, would matter without the superb performances from Bogart & Hepburn.  Highly recommended, can't think of anyone I wouldn't rec this to.

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 4.5/5

(From Within My (Mom's) Lifetime Marathon on February 14th, 2015)

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West Side Story, a review by addicted2dvd


     West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition (1961/United States)
Wikipedia |IMDb |Trailer |
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Robert Wise (1914), Jerome Robbins
Writing:Ernest Lehman (Screenwriter), Arthur Laurents (Original Material By)
Length:152 min.
Video:Widescreen 2.20:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 7.1, French: DTS: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, German: DTS: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 4.0, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish

Stars:
Natalie Wood (1938) as Maria
Richard Beymer as Tony
Russ Tamblyn as Riff
Rita Moreno as Anita
George Chakiris as Bernardo

Plot:
The greatest love story ever told...in the most acclaimed musical of all time...is now on Blu-ray! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of West Side Story in sparkling high definition with pure 7.1 digital sound — along with fascinating special features created exclusively for this 50th Anniversary Edition!

Winner of ten Acadamy Awards®, including Best Picture,* this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Featuring an unforgettable score, exuberant choreography and powerful performances by Natalie Wood, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and Rita Moreno. West Side Story will forever resonate as a true cinematic masterpiece.

*1961: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Art Direction (Color), Cinemetography (Color), Costume Design (Color), Directing, Film Editing, Music Score, Sound.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Storyboard Comparisons


My Thoughts:

This one I have mixed feelings about. In the one hand I liked the story a lot. But in the other I just didn't like the style of the music and dancing which took away from the enjoyment for me.

Rating:


(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 30th, 2016)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom


12. A New Man (2000-01-25)
Writer: Jane Espenson (Writer)
Director: Michael Gershman
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Seth Green (Oz), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Robin Sachs (Ethan Rayne), Amber Benson (Tara), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Lindsay Crouse (Maggie Walsh), Elizabeth Penn Payne (Waitress), Michelle Ferrara (Mother)

I enjoyed this filler episode very much. Giles feeling sorry for himself because he is being neglected by the gang. It's also fun how Riley learns about Buffy's daily slayage quota :)

Rating:

(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on August 31st, 2009)