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Fargo, a review by Rogmeister

Fargo (1996)
Produced, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Music by Carter Burwell
Director of Photography: Roger A. Deakens
Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare

DVD Special Features
"Minnesota Nice"--All-new documentary
Interview with the Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand
Audio commentary by Roger Deakens
Trivia Track
Original Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot and other features

At the beginning of this movie is a notice that this movie was based on true events but that they have changed the names to protect the innocent.  Don't believe it...the movie plot is a total fabrication.  The film deals with an auto dealer, Jerry Landergaard (William H. Macy) who is so deep in dept that he concocts a bizarre have his wife kidnapped and to then have her rich father pay the ransom.  He did not, however, count on the dogged policework of pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson.  Quirky is a word often used to describe the films of the Coens...some might prefer the word bizarre...but their films are defiitely different.  Personally, I love this film...if it had been shot anywhere else, I probably wouldn't care so much for it...but it was shot in Fargo, North Dakota (and other nearby locations) using authentic accents and that gives it a humorous charm despite the violent acts also seen in the film.  I think you should check it out.  When this film first came out, critic Gene Siskel said "You won't see a better film this year" and this film also made the list of films in the book "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die".  So see it...

(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 21st, 2009)

Member's Reviews

976-EVIL, a review by addicted2dvd

Title: 976-EVIL
Movie Count: 14
TV Ep Count: 3
Other Count: 0
Time Started: 5:45am
Plot:My Thoughts:
This is one I never seen before. But found it on sale and picked it up for a couple reasons. First of all it is directed by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger). And then it stars Stephen Geoffreys who I really enjoyed as "Evil Ed" in Fright Night. And I found him very entertaining in that. The movie really is just an average '80s horror film.  No more then mildly entertaining. But the last half hour of the movie did show some slight improvement... which made my score of it go up a half a point. But even with the improvement it was still no more then average. Then there is the fact that the DVD itself left some to be desired. For one thing it is full framed. But I don't know if this was a direct to video movie or if it was released in the theaters. If direct to video and being a movie from the '80s full framed could be right. Then there is the fact that the only extras you get is 2 trailers... neither of which is for this movie. This is a movie I can see watching now and then... but not very often.

My Rating:
Out of a possible 5:

(From My Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon: 2008 on October 4th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

Birthday Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6
Older and Far Away
When Dawn feels that nobody wants to spend time with her, she makes a wish in front of a Vengeance demon (posing as school counselor) that everyone would stay with her. During Buffy's birthday party, Dawn's penchant for shoplifting is discovered while the gang tries to figure out why nobody is able to leave the house.

My Thoughts:
This is the last "Buffy's Birthday" episode of the series. And a very good one at that. I always enjoyed every minute of this episode the several times I have watched it. There is something that seems familiar about the woman that plays the Vengeance Demon... other then here on Buffy. I do know she was on Buffy several times.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Birthday Marathon on May 28th, 2009)