Bolt, a review by Dragonfire
Bolt - no picture for this one. I'm using it as my O entry.
Bolt is a cute dog that appears in a television show. In the, he has all sorts of cool super powers that he uses to save Penny, his person. Bolt doesn't know he is on a tv show though and thinks he really has powers and that everything that happened was real. When an episode ended with a cliff hanger with Penny in danger, Bolt thought she really was in danger and he was determined to save her. While trying to find her, he ended up being shipped to New York City and he had to try to find his way back to Hollywood with the help of Mittens the cat and Rhino the hamster.
This was a really cute, well done animated movie. I don't know for sure, but I think this might be the first one to be developed after John Lassiter - of Pixar - was put in charge of all animation at Disney after Eisner finally got the boot. Lassiter served as a producer on this one. I think his influence made the movie stronger and certain elements did have much more impact. Yes the story was predictable, but it was still very entertaining. There was a lot of humor, especially once Bolt started to accept certain things and Mittens was teaching him how to beg or even just to play. The movie did have a few more emotional scenes as well that did work very well with what was going on. The animation was very well done, though not quite as good as what Pixar has been doing. The voices all fit the characters very well, especially John Travolta as Bolt. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and I'm sure I'll add the DVD to my collection eventually.
Now I have to get a longer review done to post at Epinions..the holiday has me a little behind.
(From My November Alphabet Marathon on November 28th, 2008)
Twelve Monkeys, a review by Antares
Twelve Monkeys (1995) 4/5 - I'm ashamed to say that I haven't seen too many of Terry Gilliam's films, even though I'm a huge Monty Python fan. I think my problem lies with the fact that I know I'm going to have to invest myself completely with the storyline because of Gilliam's cerebral screenplays and his attention to detail. Last night there was nothing on television and I couldn't think of a DVD in my collection that piqued my interest, so I started surfing the channels and fell upon this film. I started to get that uneasy feeling that I usually get when I'm undecided about sinking my teeth into a complex film, as I felt I wasn't in the right frame of mind, but after about 15 minutes, I was hooked. Usually films about time travel don't sit well with me because you can usually find holes in the screenplay to make the time travel aspect inconceivable as written. But Gilliam's storyline is completely plausible and has enough twists to keep it compelling throughout. Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe are both excellent in their roles, but Brad Pitt steals the show every time he's on screen. I read on IMDB that Gilliam took away Pitt's cigarettes to get a more manic delivery from him, and this obviously worked to a tee. I think now that I'm finally going to seek out Gilliam's other films, if they're half as good as this was, I'll be happy.
(From Antares' Short Summations on January 9th, 2012)
Tom's Glee Marathon, a review by Tom
Season 1.05 The Rodes Not Taken
Writer: Ryan Murphy (Created By), Brad Falchuk (Created By), Ian Brennan (Created By), Ian Brennan (Writer)
Director: John Scott
Cast: Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury), Kevin McHale (Arty Abrams), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Mark Salling (Noah "Puck" Puckerman), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), Kristin Chenoweth (April Rhodes), Stephen Tobolowsky (Sandy Ryerson), Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins), Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang), Dijon Talton (Matt Rutherford), Jayson Blair (Chris), Susan Leslie (Sandra), Josh Sussman (Jacob Ben Israel), Larry Udy (Barry the Bartender)
The best episode up to this point. It guest stars Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes, who I know from Pushing Daisies. She has quite a few songs here. Before this I didn't know that she is also a Broadway star. She starred in Wicked, together with Idina Menzel (who will also have a recurring role later in this season).
Will Schuester and Emma Pillsbury (the school's guidance counselor) have some really great scenes in this episode.
Believe it or not, Finn has to tell Will Schuester how to do his job.
Quite a few which I enjoyed. Like Will and April's "Alone" is quite good. I also liked her performance of "Last Name" she did with the rest of the Glee club.
Also a great moment is the Glee club's performance of Queen's "Somebody to Love". I especially love Emma's reaction when she sees that Rachel has rejoined the Glee club. They had a falling out the previous episode. The weak part of this song is of course Finn, who almost ruins the song for me.
(From Tom's Glee Marathon on August 16th, 2012)