The Sandlot 2, a review by addicted2dvd
Max Lloyd-Jones as David Durango
James Willson as Johnnie Smalls
Samantha Burton as Hayley Goodfairer
Brett Kelly as Mac
Cole Evan Weiss as Saul
Neilen Benvegnu as Tarqell
From the director of The Sandlot comes this fun-filled sequel that proves the power of teamwork and celebrates the magic of friendship.
Ten years after the original story, the local dirt field is now "home" to a new group of neighborhood kids who get together to share laughs, show off...and play ball! But the gang faces their toughest challenge as they try to retrieve an irreplaceable model rocket that lands in Mr. Mertle's (James Earl Jones) backyard behind left field—a forbidden territory guarded by a legendary, growling, slobbering beast known as "The Great Fear."
My Thoughts:I started this movie last night... finished it very early this morning since I couldn't sleep. I went into this one knowing I never seen it before... but after enjoying the first one I went into it with somewhat high expectations. I know that is something you should never do... but I couldn't help it. It turned out to not be quite as good as the first one... but I still enjoyed it. The first movie takes place in 1962... this one ten years later in 1972. While there was still neighborhood kids playing baseball in the sandlot... there wasn't as much emphasis on baseball in this one. Matter of fact... baseball really was a rather small part of it this time around. Other then that though... it pretty much followed the storyline of the first one. Almost scene for scene! This time around one of the kid's father worked for NASA and designed the first space shuttle and one of the kids took the model of it out and launched it at the sandlot. The model of the space shuttle lands in the yard with the huge dog... and the kids must get it back before the father gets back from his business trip. Basically if you seen the first one you also seen this one. Just replace the baseball with the model of the space shuttle and the rest is basically the same. I have mixed feelings about this. I would have liked to of seen a more original storyline... but at the same time I can't deny that I enjoyed it all the same.
Out of a Possible 5
(From What Movies I Been Watching on January 27th, 2012)
Lord of Illusions, a review by addicted2dvd
Lord of Illusions
From best-selling author and celebrated director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic. With heart-stopping suspense, "masterful visual effects" (Roger Ebert, 'Chicago Sun-Times') and non-stop terror, it's a riveting journey into the shadowy corners of the human soul.
Scott Bakula ("Quantum Leap") portrays Harry D'Amour, a private detective visiting Los Angeles on a routine investigation. Harry gets more than he bargains for when he encounters Philip Swann (Kevin J. O'Connor), a performer whose amazing illusions captivate the world. But are they really illusions? Harry isn't so sure as he is thrust into a nightmare of murder, deception and terrifying assaults from the dark beyond.
Scott Bakula (Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap, Capt. Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise)
This is the first time I ever watched this movie. I finished watching it... and I still don't know what the heck was going on! A good friend of mine recommended this movie to me. And she just told me that if I wasn't paying complete attention to it... I would definitely get confused so that may be why. As I was interrupted several times in the movie. So to be fair I definitely have to give this one another shot. But from what I understand.. Clive Barker's movies can be confusing anyway. So let me just warn you... if you go to watch this movie... be sure that you can devote the whole 2 hours to the movie without any distractions.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Stars in Movies on March 15th, 2008)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season marathon, a review by goodguy
2x02 Automatic for the People
Synopsis: See Achim's post.
I liked the episode much better this time around. Part of it probably is simply being in the right or wrong mood, part of it is knowing how certain things will play out.
For example, I wasn't too keen about the introduction of Riley in this episode, because there already was a mystery girl in S1 and nothing came out of it. Now, I could appreciate her more and really liked the scenes between John and her. BTW, I noticed that the story outline concerning Riley is almost literally spilled out by someone else:
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Cameron: Things have changed, John.
John: What things?
Cameron: You can't be trusted anymore.
John: Me? *I* can't be trusted anymore?
Cameron: You risked your life to fix me. That was a very dangerous thing to do. That could upset people.
John (looking back at Sarah and Derek): They'll have to deal with it.
Cameron: Not them.
The entire plot of the dying guy busting in to deliver a message from the future, and the subsequent infiltration of the power plant made me roll my eyes so much, I missed the finer points of the episode. And than they ended the episode with a shot of our heroes staring at bloody (!) messages on a wall, outlining the future missions of the week. That really threw me off.
I still think the entire thing is somewhat ridiculous and the vague biblical allusion barely saves it. But it doesn't bother me so much any longer. And the supposedly suspenseful scenes of Sarah sneaking around in the power plant still drag, but in reality that's only a small part of the episode and I'm now actually thankful that they don't bore me with too much details about how they managed to get in.
As Achim rightly noted, the episode is much more about the character issues than the action, although some of these issues are a bit murky at this point, especially when it comes to John.
I can't agree about Glau phoning it in, though. Obviously something is different with Cameron, and she conveys that quite well. I especially liked her final scene with Sarah, the repeated (and perfectly reasonable) "I don't know" to Sarah questions culminating in the "Am I?" punch line.
(From Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season marathon on January 29th, 2010)