Phantom of the Opera, a review by addicted2dvd
Nelson Eddy as Anatole Garron
Susanna Foster as Christine DuBois
Claude Rains as Erique Claudin
Edgar Barrier as Raoul Daubert
Leo Carrillo as Signor Ferretti
This spectacular retelling of Gaston Leroux's immortal horror tale stars Claude Rains as the masked phantom of the Paris opera house – a crazed composer who schemes to make a beautiful young soprano (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera company and wreak revenge on those who stole his music. Nelson Eddy, the heroic baritone, tries to win the affections of Foster as he tracks down the disfigured "monster" who has begin murdering those who resist his mad demands. This lavish production remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.
I just could not get into this one. While it may have had a moment here and there that caught my interest I literally had to force myself to finish this film. First of all I found that opera is just not for me... no way no how! And even then most the scenes without the opera I found to be slow and boring. Oh well... they can't all be winners!
(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 24th, 2016)
Curse of the Golden Flower, a review by Rich
over the wall in China...
Set in the lavish and breathtakingly colorful world hidden from the eyes of mere mortals behind the walls of the Forbidden City, a tale of a royal family divided against itself builds to a mythic climax as lines are crossed, trust is betrayed, and family blood is spilled in the quest for redemption and revenge. Starring Chow Yun Fat of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' as the embattled Emperor and Gong Li of 'Memoirs of a Geisha' as his poisoned Empress, 'CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER' grants you entry into a dazzling and spectacular world of betrayal, vengeance and passion that will change he way you think of martial arts forever.
The appeal of watching martial arts steeped in history and gravity defying wire acts has paled somewhat for me, and although I could appreciate the wonderful choreography the films thinly veiled plot did not capture me in any way. 4/10
(From Around the World in 80 DVD's on February 23rd, 2008)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
1.01 Fratello (2003-10-08)
Writer: Yu Aida (Original Material By), Junki Takegami (Screenwriter)
Director: Morio Aasaka
Cast: English Cast), Laura Bailey (HENRIETTA (voice)), Luci Christian (RICO (voice)), Caitlin Glass (TRIELA (voice)), Alese Johnson (CLAES (voice)), John Burgheimer ( (voice)), Eric Vale ( (voice)), Phil Parsons ( (voice)), Ian Sinclair ( (voice)), Mark Stoddard ( (voice)), David Trosco ( (voice)), Mark Lancaster ( (voice)), Grant James ( (voice)), Cynthia Cranz ( (voice)), Dameon Clarke ( (voice)), Troy Baker ( (voice)), Bob Carter ( (voice)), Orion Pitts ( (voice)), Christopher R. Sabat ( (voice)), Japanese Cast), Yuuka Nanri (HENRIETTA (voice)), Kanako Mituhashi (RICO (voice)), Eri Sendai (TRIELA (voice)), Ami Koshimizu (CLAES (voice)), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Gioseffo (voice)), Mitsuru Miyamoto (Gian (voice)), Masashi Ebara (Hilscher (voice)), Norihiro Inoue (Marco (voice)), Rie Nakagawa (Ferro (voice)), Masami Iwasaki (Alfonso (voice)), Hiroshi Yanaka (Lorenzoni (voice)), Shingo Hiromori (Dr. Marge (voice)), Harii Kaneko (Boss (voice)), Makoto Tomita (Louie (voice)), Takeshi Maeda (Man A (voice)), Hirofumi Shimozaki (Man B (voice)), Yuuichi Tsuchiya (Man C (voice))
I always enjoyed this series. My favorite Gunslinger Girls are Rico and Triela. Though both have only a small role in this first episode.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on July 3rd, 2011)