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Summer of Fear, a review by addicted2dvd



Title: Summer of Fear (AKA: Stranger in Our House)
Year: 1978
Director: Wes Craven
Rating: PG-13
Length: 98 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Linda Blair as Rachel Bryant
Lee Purcell as Julia
Jeremy Slate as Tom Bryant
Jeff McCracken as Mike Gallagher
Jeff East as Peter Bryant

Plot:
From famed horror master Wes Craven comes a chilling thriller starring acclaimed actress Linda Blair!

When Rachel's cousin Julia comes to live with the family at the farm, unsettling things begin to occur. Casting an alluring spell over everyone she meets, Julia slowly lures everyone away from Rachel. Terrifying instances of the occult begin to take place, forcing Rachel to fight for survival against what is revealed to be a horrifying demonic presence!

Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Bonus Trailers
Production Notes
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
After watching The Exorcist with Brittany the other day... I felt like watching another movie with Linda Blair. This is actually an old TV Movie. Yes I realize there is an MPAA rating above for this movie... but it is one of those rare occasions where a TV Movie put through the MPAA for an official rating at the time of it's DVD release. Another familiar face in this movie is Fran Drescher (The Nanny) who has a small part as Rachel's friend. This is actually one of the few movies I have dealing with witchcraft... at least compared to other horror sub-genres. Being a '70s TV movie there is of course no type of gore and most of the bad things that happens occur off screen. But it is a good story with characters you care about. I enjoyed this one quite a bit... I would recommend checking it out.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Movies of the '70s Marathon on March 21st, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Advise & Consent, a review by Antares


Advise & Consent





Year: 1962
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures Corp.
Genre: Drama
Length: 138 Min.

Director
Otto Preminger (1906)

Writing
Allen Drury (1918)...Novel
Wendell Mayes (1918)...Screenplay

Producer
Otto Preminger (1906)

Cinematographer
Sam Leavitt (1904)

Music
Jerry Fielding (1922)...Composer

Stars
Henry Fonda (1905) as Robert A. Leffingwell
Charles Laughton (1899) as Senator Seabright 'Seab' Cooley
Don Murray (1929) as Senator Brigham Anderson
Walter Pidgeon (1897) as Senate Majority Leader Bob Munson
Peter Lawford (1923) as Senator Lafe Smith
Gene Tierney (1920) as Dolly Harrison
Franchot Tone (1905) as The President
Lew Ayres (1908) as Vice President Harley Hudson

Review
       This would be the first of a trio of elder statesmen roles that Henry Fonda would play in the early half of the sixties. With the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 and his call to Americans “to ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, the political drama would take center stage in Hollywood for the next few years. Advise and Consent tells the story of Robert J. Leffingwell (Fonda), the presidential nominee for the cabinet position of Secretary of State, and the travails he endures during the grueling Senate confirmation hearings.  The viewer is not only given a front seat to this process, but we see the backroom brokering and backstabbing that permeates our political system.
 
       Although Fonda was given top billing, he only appears in the first half hour of the film. The real star of this film is Charles Laughton, who plays the “esteemed Senior Senator from South Carolina”, Seab Cooley. This would be Laughton’s final role before his death in 1962 from cancer and I feel it’s one of his best performances. He plays Cooley as a wizened, old curmudgeon who knows how to get his way in the Senate, by praising, cajoling, chastising or demeaning anyone who blocks his path. Laughton’s portrayal would be the icing on the cake of a career which was rich in characters such as Seab Cooley and his screen presence would be sorely missed.

       My only complaint with the film lies with the movies musical score by Jerry Fielding. I do not know what film he was watching when he wrote this score but it definitely was not the one I watched. At times the mood of the music in the background seemed better suited for a daytime soap opera, as passages tended to remind the viewer of somber and maudlin elevator music. This one problem with the film does not detract from the viewing experience and anyone who decides to watch this film, will be rewarded with 2 hours of good solid drama.


Review Criterion
- The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
- Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
- Historically important film, considered a classic.
- An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
– A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
- Borderline viewable.
– A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
– Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
– A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
- A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.


(From Advise and Consent (1962) on May 18th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom




Title: Taxi: Season Four
Year: 1981
Director:
Rating: NR
Length: 581 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles:

Stars:
Judd Hirsch
Tony Danza
Marilu Henner
Danny DeVito
Christopher Lloyd

Plot:
Ready to roll once again with the friendly, fun-loving cabbies of the Emmy Award winning, hit sitcom Taxi? Well, then buckle up for hilarity because the gang of the Sunshine Cab Company are out to exceed the limits of comedy in this Fourth Season set! First, Jim (Christopher Llyod) might not be firing on all cylinders, but his amazing psychic abilities are....then, Elaine (Marilu Henner) blows a gasket when she catches Louie (Danny DeVito) spying on her in the garage bathroom....Tony (Tony Danza), meanwhile, appears back on the fast track to boxing fame...Bobby (Jeff Conaway) hits town with some big career news... Alex has outrageous run-ins with both his estranged father and his ex-wife....and Latka (Andy Kaufman) may actually marry Simka (Carol Kane) - If his suave alter-ego Vic Ferrari doesn't accidentally get in the way. It's 24 episodes of non-stop, high-octane hilarity in one three-disc, must-own collection!

Awards:
Golden Globe1980NominatedActor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy SeriesJudd Hirsch
Golden Globe1981NominatedActor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy SeriesJudd Hirsch
Golden Globe1982NominatedActor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy SeriesJudd Hirsch
Golden Globe1980NominatedActor in a Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieAndy Kaufman
Golden Globe1980NominatedActor in a Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieDanny DeVito
Golden Globe1981NominatedActor in a Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieDanny DeVito
Golden Globe1980NominatedActress in a Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieMarilu Henner
Golden Globe1981NominatedActress in a Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieMarilu Henner
Golden Globe1982NominatedActress in a Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieCarol Kane
Golden Globe1982NominatedActress in a Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieMarilu Henner
Golden Globe1980WonTelevision Series - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe1981NominatedTelevision Series - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe1982NominatedTelevision Series - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe1983NominatedTelevision Series - Musical or Comedy


Extras:
Closed Captioned
Scene Access

My Thoughts:
I heard about this series often, but I became really interested to watch it, after I had seen the Jim Carrey movie "Man on the Moon" for the first time.
It's main star is Judd Hirsch, who I mainly know as Jeff Goldblum's father in Independence Day. But the man who carries this series, is Danny DeVito. This role made him famous, and that deservingly so.
Also Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future) is great as the ex-Junkie Jim.
The reason I first started watching this series was, because I was curious about Andy Kaufman's role in it. You can clearly see, that both he and the rest of the cast are not really happy to have his character there. He is just there because of the studio and because of the popularity of his character with the audience. I can imagine that this was the main inspiration of Ricky Gervais' character's sitcom role in the second series of "Extras".
To have Andy Kaufman do something different than his "Foreign Man" persona, they gave his character a split personality this season. This gave him the chance to be "Vic Ferrari" in a few episodes. Strangely this character fits more into the series than Latka.

Notable guest stars in this season:
A young Tom Hanks in a small role in a flashback scene.
Max Wright (Willy Tanner from ALF)
Rhea Perlman (Carla from Cheers, she plays Danny DeVito's character's girlfriend. She is his wife in real life)
Ted Danson
Carol Kane (as Latkas girlfriend/wife. For me she will always the be the toaster-swinging Ghost of Christmas Present in Bill Murrey's Scrooged)
Bubba Smith (Hightower from Police Academy)
Jeff Conaway (Babylon 5. He was a regular the previous seasons but left the cast now. He made a few guest appearances early in the season).

#EpisodeRating
01Jim The Psycic
02Vienna Waits
03Mr. Personalities
04Jim Joins The Network
05Louie's Fling
06Like Father, Like Son
07Louie's Mom Remarries
08Fledgling
09Of Mice and Tony
10Louie Goes Too Far
11I Wanna Be Around
12Bobby Doesn't Live Here Anymore
13Nina Loves Alex
14Tony's Lady
15Simka Returns
16Jim and the Kid
17Take My Ex-Wife, Please
18The Unkindest Cut
19Tony's Comeback
20Elegant Iggy
21The Wedding of Latka and Simka
22Cooking For Two
23The Road Not Taken (Part 1)
24The Road Not Taken (Part 2)


(From Tom's Random Reviews on January 16th, 2010)