Nights in Rodanthe, a review by Hal
Title: Nights in Rodanthe
Director: George C. Wolfe
Length: 97 Min.
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Becky Ann Baker
The stars of Unfaithful rekindle their screen chemistry in this rich tale of hearts awakenings based on a bestseller by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Message In A Bottle). Richard Gere is Paul, a surgeon who long ago unwittingly traded career for family. Diane Lane is Adrienne, a devoted mother trying to move on after her husband’s infidelity and struggling with his desire to return to their marriage. At a remote inn on the Outer Banks, Paul and Adrienne expect to do some serious soul-searching. But an approaching storm forces each to turn to the other for strength, setting the stage for a life-resonating romance.
My Thoughts:Great performances by both Gere and Lane pull at the heartstrings in this romantic escapade. A fairly well-known basic plot with some interesting variations, but a pretty predictable ending. The setting on the outer banks of North Carolina is quite breathtaking and the final scene quite moving in both imagery and symbolism. I can’t say as I’ve ever seen it go from partly cloudy to full-scale hurricane in the span of ten minutes, but I guess poetic license leaves room for almost anything (and yes, I have gone through several hurricanes). Definitely a “chick flick” for those that really enjoy them. Ranks up there almost as high as An Affair To Remember!
(From Nights in Rodanthe on July 25th, 2010)
A Christmas Carol, a review by Tom
Jim Carrey as Scrooge
Steve Valentine as Funerary Undertaker
Daryl Sabara as Undertaker's Apprentice
* Sage Ryan
* Amber Gainey Meade
From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved tale - Disney's A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Complete with spirited bonus features, this exhilarating and touching Disney classic is destined to be part of your holiday tradition, adding sparkle and heart to all your Christmases yet to come.
My Thoughts:I saw this movie in the cinema in 3D. It has good use of the 3D. I think this was the first time that I saw a faithful adaption of Christmas Carol. Before this I only knew the story from the many allusions in other stories, like Scrooged.
Since then I saw the George C. Scott version, which I also enjoyed. And I have the Patrick Stewart version and the Alistair version in my unwatched pile.
As an extra on this Blu-ray, you can watch the movie with the motion capture performance instead of the animation. Amazing what the actors achieved here. Especially Jim Carrey. It may be his best performance yet.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 9th, 2011)
"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom
1.18 An Invitation to Romance (1995-04-06)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), Deborah Rennard (Writer), Paul Haggis (Writer)
Director: George Bloomfield
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), David Marciano (Detective Ray Vecchio), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Daniel Kash (Detective Louis Gardino), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Catherine Bruhier (Elaine), Jane Krakowski (Katherine Burns), Nicholas Campbell (Nigel Ellis), Joseph Ziegler (Inspector Moffat), Arthi Sambasivan (Jasmine), Frank Pellegrino (Perry), Robert Benson (Mr. Porro), Mario Romano (Vendor), Timm Zemanek (Desk Clerk), Martin Julien (Postal Employee), Eric Fink (Marriage Clerk), Beth Amos (Mrs. MacGuffin)
A fun episode. Ray posing as a mountie
This episode guest stars Jane Krakowski from 30 Rocks in the funny role of Katherine Burns.
(From "Due South" marathon on July 24th, 2009)