The Shootist, a review by Rogmeister
The Shootist (1976) 100m
Directed by Don Seigel
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Harry Morgan, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sheree North, Richard Lenz, John Carradine
Gunfighter John Bernard Books comes to Carson City, Nevada in 1901 to see a doctor. It turns out he has cancer and has a short time to live. How he deals with it, and those around him and their reactions to him, form the crux of this story.
This was, of course, the final film for John Wayne in a long career that spanned nearly 50 years during which time he appeared in over 150 films. Ironically, his character in this film was dying of cancer and that was how John Wayne himself died only a few years after this film was released. Unlike many of Duke's films, this was not really a typical western shoot-em-up, but a character study and not exactly fast-moving...but it is a fine film nonetheless. It does have some fine action in it in spots, including an exciting final shootout in a fancy saloon towards the end of the picture (for you trivia buffs, Hugh O'Brian is the final character to be shot by John Wayne on film). A first-rate cast, excellent direction and photography and a fine Elmer Bernstein score all contribute to make John Wayne's last film a first-rate entertainment.
DVD extras include the original theatrical trailer and a fine behind-the-scenes featurette including interviews with the producers and with screenwriter Miles Hood Swarthout (son of novelist Glendon Swarthout whose book was the basis for this film). I believe Hugh O'Brian was the one cast member included in the interviews.
(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 22nd, 2009)
Clambake, a review by GSyren
(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on June 30th, 2014)
The 2013 Pilot Review, a review by DJ Doena
Sean Saves the World
Sean Saves the World @ IMDb
Sean Saves the World @ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Sean (Sean Hayes, Will & Grace) is a gay single dad. His ex-wife just moved away and left his 14-year old daughter with him. He's trying to be the best dad he can be but his job is also very demanding since he's gotten a very weird new box.
My Opinion: Laugh track sitcom that is mildly amusing. The home parts do mostly work though I'm beginning to wonder when the last time was we've seen a normal mom of an adult character on any show. What doesn't work is the work parts because the new boss is just absurd and not in a good way.
(From The 2013 Pilot Review on October 10th, 2013)