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Green Lantern: First Flight, a review by addicted2comics

Title: Green Lantern: First Flight: 2-Disc Special Edition
Year: 2009
Director: Lauren Montgomery
Rating: PG-13
Length: 77 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English

Christopher Meloni
Victor Garber
Tricia Helfer
Michael Madsen
John Larroquette
Kurtwood Smith

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guardians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training, unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he'll control. It's a battle of might and willpower as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro to save the Green Lantern Corps. Voiced by a stellar cast including Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer and Michael Madsen, this DC Universe original animated adventure bursts with action-packed shakedowns, showdowns and spectacular visuals as Green Lantern uses his powers and imagination to make the impossible real!

Bonus Trailers
Duck Dodgers "The Green Loontern"; Bruce Timm's Top Picks

My Thoughts:

Ok, anyone who knows me, (heck, anyone who sees my username!) would know that I love my fix on superheroes. That being said, you can expect my rating to be a little biased.

One thing I never understood about Hal's origin is that he saw an alien dying after he was levetated I don't know how many miles by forces he didn't know about, and he didn't seem freaked out! Show of hands, how many of you would be freaking?? Still, in the simulator he risked being tapioca, so I guess he's just not that type of guy. lol

I have to give credit for the people that came up with this, or at least layed it out for the movie. When it comes to movies taking place in space, I"m always reluctant. Those weird names and devices, long, complicated plots......a lot of times I feel so lost 20 minutes in. Not with this movie. It's clear, I had no problem understanding it, and leave it to Hal to add some humor to a Sci-Fi Superhero Adventure movie!!!

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Doing the ABC's Movie Style!! on July 18th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Animal Kingdom, a review by Critter

Animal Kingdom

Director: David Michôd
Writer: David Michôd

Plot: Tells the story of seventeen year-old J (Josh) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Guy Pearce – Leckie
Ben Mendelsohn – Andrew ‘Pope’ Cody
Joel Edgerton - Barry Brown
James Frecheville - Joshua 'J' Cody
Luke Ford - Darren Cody
Jacki Weaver - Janine Cody
Laura Wheelwright - Nicky Henry

My Thoughts
I really had no desire to see this film when I first heard of it as it is essentially a crime drama, something which I would not consider a genre I am overly interested in. I do like hearing when Australian films do well overseas however, as not many do, I and I heard that this film won the Jury Award at the Sundance film festival. After hearing this I thought I would give it a go and was certainly not disappointed. In fact, Animal Kingdom is simply the most powerful film I have seen in the cinema this year.

For someone who is usually not taken with this type of genre, I found myself hooked, literally from the genius opening seconds of the film. I had chills several times throughout this film, usually from just how superbly well crafted it was. Every single shot had meaning, and the editing and use of sound and music was basically enough to give me chills alone. The music especially reminded me of how Tarantino uses music in a lot of his films, either bold, loud and in your face so you can’t escape it, or just not there at all.

The story was outright the most compelling (if entirely fictional) that I have seen come out of Melbourne’s drug and crime scene, and over here we have TV shows made about it. The characters were crafted perfectly. In particular Jacki Weaver who portrayed the crime families somewhat clan leader was absolutely chilling as Janine Cody. Sometimes she seemed like a kind-hearted and caring older woman, and the next scene she could have you on the edge of your seat in almost fear. Because of this I found her to be the most disturbing character of the film.

This is a film that could have been boring, even with the finely crafted use of music, the perfect editing and camera use, basically if the story didn’t work it would have been just another straight gang tale from the Melbourne underground. This story however was something else, to say I was on the edge of my seat a couple of times is an understatement, as an audience we never knew what any of these characters were going to do next. Not even our lead protagonist ‘J’ who we come to almost trust to do the right thing throughout the film, even he can suddenly shock us and just go in the complete opposite direction. There is a strong feeling that no one can escape this world, no matter what you do, there is no possible way out. While the film does come to some form of conclusion it leaves many questions floating around, and a few ends untied which leaves us questioning the fate of these characters.

I’m not sure how many Australian films are shown overseas but if you do happen to see that this is showing anywhere near you I recommend to go and see it, as fast as you can. I believe that most of you here at least will not be disappointed; some of you may even be surprised, just as I was.

 Rating: 5/5

Animal Kingdom Trailer

(From Animal Kingdom (2010) on June 8th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

HawthoRNe: Season 1 Ep. 1: Pilot, a review by addicted2dvd

HawthoRNe: Season 1 Ep. 1

Christina, a strong and caring hospital nursing director and single mother, negotiates the monumental challenges of her job while raising a smart, willful teenager.

Notable Guest Stars:
DB Woodside (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24) as David

My Thoughts:
This is a very good start to the series. It does a good job at introducing all the characters. The medical cases worked on in this episode is only average... but they did have to set up the entire series with this one so understandable.

My Rating:

(From HawthoRNe Episode Reviews on June 21st, 2013)