The Cave, a review by addicted2dvd
Weekend Movie Marathon
Unwatched DVD Collection
I once again need to make room on my Unwatched DVD shelf. I swear that thing gets full too quick! Anyway... These movies I may have seen before... but not on DVD. So this weekend I ended up watching...
Deep in the Romanian forest, a team of scientists stumbles upon the ruins of a 13th-century abbey. On further inspection, they make a startling discovery - the abbey is built over the entrance to a giant underground cave system. Local biologists believe the cave could be home to an undiscovered ecosystem, so they hire a group of American cave explorers to help them investigate its depths.
Jack (Cole Hauser) and his brother Tyler (Eddie Cibrian) are thrill-seeking professional cave explorers who run a team of the top divers in the world. The crack unit, which also includes Charlie (Piper Perabo) and Buchanan (Morris Chestnut), immediately begin their exploration. But what they find deep inside the caves is not just a new eco-system, but an entirely new species altogether.
This is the first time I ever seen this movie. I picked it up when I found it cheap... and remembered that it was suggested by a friend. It is a decent enough movie... though I definitely have seen better... it is worth checking out. Naturally since the majority of this movie happens in caves the movie itself is rather dark... but not overly dark where you are questioning what is going on. It is one of those shows where you only get quick glimpses of the creatures here and there... though there is some decent views as well.One thing I didn't like is that there is no Theatrical Trailer on the disc. This was a "Blind Buy" for me... and I would have liked to check out the trailer before the movie... I always felt trailers not only give you a look at what the movie is about... but it also gets you in the mood for the movie. But as it seems to be common place anymore... the trailer was missing from this release.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched DVD Collection on April 5th, 2008)
Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story, a review by snowcat
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – 2007
Running Time: 90 Minutes / 120 Minutes Extended Cut]
Director: Jake Kasden
Stars: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer
Walk Hard echos the biopic of Johnny Cash's life Walk The Line, although the film is a parody o the whole biopic genre, featuring an original soundtrack sung by lead actor John C Reilly.
Walk Hard tells the story of Dewey Cox, a Johnny Cash-esque singer who accidentally kills his brother. After learning the guitar and performing at a school concert aged 14, the priest of his town as well as the town folk turn on Dewey saying he plays the devils music, Dewey and his 12 year old girlfriend elope. The film goes on the biograph the story of Dewey Cox from child to pensioner . We see Dewey become addicted to drugs, go to rehab, go to prison and even get double married.
In the style of a biopic film, Walk Hard starts with introducing the character we see an Older Dewey Cox standing by a wall thinking, we are transported to Dewey's past, here we discover all the trials and tribulations of being a super star, his meetings with Elvis, Buddy Holly and the Beatles and his numerous battles with drugs. I can't decide which decade of Dewey I like the most because I love them all. But hearing his “Bob Dillon” phase made me laugh a great deal. The film was produced by Judd Apatow who is also credited as a writer for the film. The film seems mature for an Apatow film and maybe that's why it failed commercially. The film looks just like any other biopic and I think some people could easily confuse it with Walk the Line.
The character of Dewey Cox is incredibly believable, seeing the performances of Reilly playing Cox live on stage is amazing you would not realise it was him. John C Reilly is one of my favourite actors, and even in his serious roles you could see the comedy breaking through but this film brings him out of his shell and shows just how good an actor he really is. Jenna Fishcher plays Darlene Madison, Cox's backup singer as June Carter was to Johnny Cash on some of his songs. Whilst Fishcer does not sing in the movie, Angela Correa providing her vocals, Fischer plays a great job of being Dewey's “bit on the side”
The cast and crew of Walk Hard recorded over 40 songs for the film, but only 33 feature in the movie. The official soundtrack release features just 15 of those whilst the Itunes extended version features 30. I love the songs in this film, they suit the style so well, Who knew John C Reilly was such a great diverse singer? He even toured as Dewey Cox singing live to promote the film. Song writer Dan Bern and Mike Viola wrote most of the films songs. The soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy and a Golden Globe with Reilly singing all of his songs and playing guitar on most.
I was completely surprised by this film, I saw the DVD in a bargain bin, I saw John C Reilly and I had to own it, the film did poorly in the box office not making its budget back, but even Roger Ebert and the Rotten Tomatoes website give it positive reviews. Poor marketing outside of the US let this film down, and even the marketing there didn't seem to make it do well. I have to admit that this is one of my favourite films of all time, Ive lost count of the amount of times I have watched it. I ask everyone to give this film a chance and don't be put off by Reilly's previous Apatow outings such as Step Brothers and Talladega Nights.
(From Emmas Alphabet Marathon Reviews on July 1st, 2010)
Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom
Title: I Dream of Jeannie: Season Five
Length: 628 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono, Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: Portuguese, Spanish
The fifth and final magical season of I DREAM OF JEANNIE is here! In the show's final season, watch as Jeannie (Barbara Eden) and her master, Tony (Larry Hagman), finally say "I Do" in one of television's most memorable weddings. This time we watch as Jeannie is crowned Queen of her own country, Dr. and Mrs. Bellows meet Jeannie as Major Nelson's fiancée, and Tony's house gets a 'mod' makeover! Making her final appearance, Jeannie's wicked twin sister tries to wreck the newlyweds' marriage, while Dr. Bellows' nephew discovers Jeannie's secret and Tony becomes the spokesman for his own canned chili. Plus Dr. Bellows finally catches Major Nelson, an astronaut with a genie! With 26 hilarious episodes featuring such guest stars as Farrah Fawcett, Jim Backus, Dick Wilson, Jackie Coogan and Dick Van Patten, the complete fifth and final season will have fans forever dreaming of Jeannie.
My Thoughts:This is the season where Tony Nelson and Jeannie finally get together. Though I remember the first season was much more raunchy than this fifth season where they are married.
One of my favorite moments in this series was, when shortly after they got engaged and Dr. Bellows was encountering Jeannie in the NASA base, that instead of searching for an excuse he introduced Jeannie as his fiancé to Dr. Bellows. The look on Jeannie's face is priceless
One of the episodes I anticipated the most when I read the synopsis of it, was the one where Dr. Bellows finds out about Jeannie being a genie. Although this episode was good, I was disappointed that it all turned out to be Tony's dream. It was the third to last episode, so it would have been appropriate to let Dr. Bellows keep this information. It would have made the last two episodes more interesing.
Sadly this series ended on an average episode. No real conclusion to the series.
I know that there are reunion movies. I have seen one or two of them a long time ago and remember being very disappointed. Especially because Larry Hagman chose to not reprise his role. Though I would seek them out again, if they become available on DVD.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 27th, 2009)