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Clambake, a review by GSyren


TitleClambake (Disc ID: 6B9C-892B-2F44-538F)
DirectorArthur H. Nadel
ActorsElvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby, Gary Merrill
Produced1967 in United States
Runtime99 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesFrench, Spanish
OverviewElvis Presley sizzles as a lovelorn million-'heir' in this riveting and romantic rock 'n' roll romp. Vying for the attentions of the lovely Shelley Fabares ('Coach'), Elvis finds himself caught up in a rivalry with playboy Bill Bixby ('The Incredible Hulk') "against a tuneful background of comedy, romance, and speedboat racing" ('Film Daily')! Clambake is "pleasing escape entertainment" ('Boxoffice') and the wildest party to hit the beach since they invented the beach ball!

It's a hip version of 'The Prince and the Pauper' as Elvis relinquishes his oil-baron's fortune and trades identities with a penniless water ski instructor (Will Hutchins) to learn about life from the bottom up. Suddenly short on money but long on determination, he repairs a radically designed powerboat in order to win the regatta and the affection of a girl who's determined to marry rich!
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(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on June 30th, 2014)

Member's Reviews

Labyrinth, a review by Danae Cassandra




Labyrinth
Year of Release: 1986
Directed By: Jim Henson
Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Brian Henson, Ron Mueck, David Shaughnessy
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Overview:
Journey into the fantastical world of Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and a cast of incredible creatures created by Jim Henson. Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), a teenager with an active imagination, summons the Goblins from her favorite book, "Labyrinth", to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into the world of the fairy tale to rescue him from the wicked Goblin King (Bowie)! Guarding his castle is the labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers. To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah will have to outwit the King by befriending the very Goblins who protect him, in hopes that their loyalty isn't just another illusion in a place where nothing is as it seems!

My Thoughts:
This is an old childhood favorite.  Of course, unlike some friends of mine, I was never rooting for Sarah.  I am Jareth's fan all the way.

I had such a massive crush on him when I was younger.

There's a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in this film for me.  It was such a favorite of mine as a child, and it takes me back to the good parts of my childhood.  And nostalgia always lets you view things through glasses tinted rose.

I don't know that I would love it so much if I came to it first today.  It's a lot of fun, sure, and the puppetry is fantastic.  David Bowie is a sexy and elegant as ever.  But I've never liked Sarah's character, and I still don't.  I also didn't particularly like Connelly's portrayal, which is something I wouldn't have consciously thought about back then.  

At the same time, I still think it's a lovely fantasy story, a lovely adventure, and a fun film ... even if I would like to see more of Jareth and less of Sarah.  A good time, recommended for kids 6 and up (there are a few parts that could be a bit dark for the wee set), or anyone with a taste for fantasy or 80's nostalgia.  

With regard to medium, while the colors are very clear on the blu, a couple of scenes were super obvious for being effects based and green-screened - most especially and most glaringly the scene with the red creatures that take off their heads.  Whatever process they did to clean this up for blu made that scene look very artificial in a way that I don't remember it looking before.

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 4/5

(From Within My (Mom's) Lifetime Marathon on January 29th, 2015)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Sports Night: The Complete Series (1998/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Buena Vista Home Entertainment (United States)
Length:1065 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English


Plot:
Sports Night, a three-time Emmy Award-winning series, turned avid audiences on their ears and eyes for two captivating seasons. Electricfying performances from a stellar ensemble cast that included Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Josh Charles (Dead Poets Society) and Felicity Huffman (Magnolia) propelled this innovative "dramedy" to high critical praise.

Now with this first-time-ever DVD collection, you can experience all the behind-the-scenes bedlam of a nightly cable sports new show that proves the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat aren't always in front of the camera - and aren't always about sports!


Sports Night
1.01 Pilot
Writer: Aaron Sorkin (Writer)
Director: Thomas Schlamme
Cast: Josh Charles (Dan Rydell), Peter Krause (Casey McCall), Felicity Huffman (Dana Whitaker), Joshua Malina (Jeremy Goodwin), Sabrina Lloyd (Natalie Hurley), Robert Guillaume (Isaac Jaffe), Kayla Blake (Kim), Robert Mailhouse (J.J.), Greg Baker (Elliott), Timothy Davis-Reed (Chris), Bernard Hocke (Dave), Ron Ostrow (Will), Nina Jane Barry (Claire)

A nice fast paced comedy series. I first came attention to it, because it star Sabrina Lloyd. She did this series just after she left Sliders.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on July 9th, 2012)