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The Punisher (2004), a review by addicted2dvd


     The Punisher (2004/United States)

Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director:Jonathan Hensleigh
Writing:Jonathan Hensleigh (Writer)
Length:123 min.
Rating:R
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: DTS: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:English, Spanish

Stars:
Russell Andrews as Jimmy Weeks
Omar Avila as Joe Toro
James Carpinello as Bobby Saint/John Saint
Mark Collie as Harry Heck
Russ Comegys as Tattooed Mike
Antoni Corone as T.J.

Plot:
The Punisher walks through the world we all know, a world darkened by war, crime, cruelty and injustice. He has no superpowers to battle the evil he sees – only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experience and, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society's villains.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Music Videos
  • Closed Captioned


My Thoughts:
This is the first time I ever seen this movie. And I must say... I enjoyed every minute of it. Very good story... loaded with action... and even has a chuckle or two (thinking the fight with that huge Russian here). I never read any of the comics... so don't know how the movie compares to them. But if this movie is pretty close to the comics I wouldn't mind reading a few. I highly recommend this one if you never seen it.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Alphabet Marathon: The Unwatched Version on September 25th, 2011)

Member's Reviews

Harvey, a review by Antares


Harvey





Year: 1950
Film Studio: Universal International
Genre: Comedy, Classic
Length: 104 Min.

Director
Henry Koster (1905)

Writing
Mary Chase (1907)...Play
Mary Chase (1907)...Screenplay
Oscar Brodney (1907)...Screenplay

Producer
John Beck (1909)

Cinematographer
William H. Daniels (1901)

Music
Frank Skinner (1897)...Composer

Stars
James Stewart (1908) as Elwood P. Dowd
Josephine Hull (1886) as Veta Louise Simmons
Peggy Dow (1928) as Miss Kelly - Nurse
Charles Drake (1917) as Dr. Sanderson
Cecil Kellaway (1893) as Dr. Chumley
Victoria Horne (1911) as Myrtle Mae Simmons
Jesse White (1917) as Wilson - sanitarium orderly
William H. Lynn (1888) as Judge Gaffney

Review
Elwood P. Dowd: “Years ago my mother used to say to me, "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant."
Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me”.

       And so I have. I’ve started my review with this quote from the film Harvey, because it best describes the feeling you get from watching it. A sublime sense of pleasantness, that is oh so lacking in most of the films today. What also separates it from the vast majority of the cookie cutter type films and actors, who star in them today, is the ensemble cast surrounding Jimmy Stewart. Stewart may have been the lead actor, but it is Josephine Hull who steals the show. Every moment she is onscreen is a pure joy to behold. Her mannerisms, reactions and speech inflections help to create a sense of not only hilarity, but whimsy and pathos. For once, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences got it right, when it bestowed upon her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible performance. Peggy Dow, Cecil Kellaway and Jesse White round out the stellar troupe of character actors, each visually unique and essential to the subtle comedic timing of the film.
   
Elwood P. Dowd: Well, anyway, I was walking down along the street and I heard this voice saying, "Good evening, Mr. Dowd." Well, I turned around and here was this big six-foot rabbit leaning up against a lamp-post. Well, I thought nothing of that because when you've lived in a town as long as I've lived in this one, you get used to the fact that everybody knows your name. And naturally I went over to chat with him. Well, we talked for awhile and then I said to him, I said, "You have the advantage on me. You know my name and I don't know yours." And, and right back at me he said, "What name do you like?" Well, I didn't even have to think twice about that. Harvey's always been my favorite name. So I said to him, I said, "Harvey." And, uh, this is the interesting thing about the whole thing: He said, "What a coincidence. My name happens to be Harvey."

       Elwood P. Dowd is an oddity; not only to his sister and niece, but to everyone that he meets. You see, Elwood has a mysterious friend, a six foot, three and a half inch tall friend named Harvey. Now this wouldn’t seem strange to most people, but you see, Harvey is only visible to Elwood, and did I mention he’s a white rabbit? You’re probably thinking that Elwood isn’t playing with a full deck. That’s what his sister Veta and her daughter Myrtle Mae think. And to that end, after suffering the embarrassment of Elwood’s and Harvey’s intrusion into a social event for Myrtle Mae, have decided to have Elwood committed to the Chumley Rest Home. And in the beginning, you too, will believe that Elwood’s choo-choo is off the track. He meanders through life in a most nonchalant way. The hustle & bustle of everday life hardly puts a dent into his day’s proceedings. He’s a contented man, who only sees the good in every person he meets or the positive in any situation that arises. Oh, and before I forget to tell you, Elwood likes to drink, and he spends most of his day at local taverns.
   
       The first third of the film dwells upon Veta’s attempt to get him situated at the Chumley home. When she relates to Dr. Sanderson (Charles Drake) at the sanitarium, the trauma she has endured with Elwood’s imaginary accomplice, he mistakenly diagnoses her as the one in need of medical treatment, and has her admitted instead of Elwood. When he finally meets Elwood, he is taken by the calming influence of his subdued nature, and lets him leave the grounds. When the mistake is revealed to him, a frantic search is conducted, not only on the grounds, but in all of Elwood’s favorite hangouts in town. While Mr. Chumley (Cecil Kellaway), who is now afraid that Veta is going to sue him for false internment, is searching for Elwood along with the sanitarium’s heavy-handed orderly Wilson (Jesse White), Sanderson releases Veta.

Elwood P. Dowd: Harvey and I sit in the bars... have a drink or two... play the juke box. And soon the faces of all the other people they turn toward mine and they smile. And they're saying, "We don't know your name, mister, but you're a very nice fella." Harvey and I warm ourselves in all these golden moments. We've entered as strangers - soon we have friends. And they come over... and they sit with us... and they drink with us... and they talk to us. They tell about the big terrible things they've done and the big wonderful things they'll do. Their hopes, and their regrets, and their loves, and their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. And then I introduce them to Harvey... and he's bigger and grander than anything they offer me. And when they leave, they leave impressed. The same people seldom come back; but that's envy, my dear. There's a little bit of envy in the best of us.

       Throughout the rest of the film, the charming, somnambular nature of Elwood’s personality subdues anyone who tries to ensnare him. As they realize that he is a peaceful, contented man, who could not and would not hurt himself, or anyone for that matter, a longing for the kind of detached life he lives, settles in to each person. And when the outside chance of Harvey’s existence becomes a possibility at the end of the film, the viewer too becomes a little envious, and eternally hopeful that he is not an illusion. For if Harvey can bring such joy to those he touches, maybe the rat race we all participate in, in our lives, will diminish into a peaceful bunny hop. See this film, it's a tonic for the soul.


Review Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

(From Harvey (1950) on June 11th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season, a review by addicted2dvd


     Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season (2009/United States)
Trailer |IMDb |Wikipedia |
As the Apocalypse grows closer, threatening to turn Earth into a battlefield soaked with human blood, Sam, Dean and Castiel struggle against daunting odds. New foes arise, including the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Old friends depart, consumed by the fearsome wrath of Hell. Through it all, the Winchesters are targeted by demons and angels alike, who warn that each brother has a special and terrible role to play in the coming devastation. This harrowing 6-disc, 22-Episode Season Five follows Sam and Dean on their most terrifying journey yet, one that may lead them to the only ally strong enough to defeat the Devil: God.

Episodes:
1. Sympathy for the Devil
2. Good God, Y'all
3. Free to Be You and Me
4. The End
5. Fallen Idols
6. I Believe the Children are Our Future
7. The Curious Case of Dean Winchester
8. Changing Channels
9. The Real Ghostbusters
10. Abandon All Hope
11. Sam, Interrupted
12. Swap Meat
13. The Song Remains the Same
14. My Bloody Valentine
15. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
16. Dark Side of the Moon
17. 99 Problems
18. Point of No Return
19. Hammer of the Gods
20. The Devil You Know
21. Two Minutes to Midnight
22. Swan Song

Stars:
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester
Misha Collins as Castiel
Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • Ghostfacers: The Web Series


My Thoughts:
I just finished season 5 of Supernatural. Over all I enjoyed it quite a bit. Though I have to admit the whole angels storyline did start to get old to me. But then I have always preferred the "monster of the week" type episodes over the season long arcs. But that is something that usually tends to be true... no matter the series I am watching. I got a kick out of the episode Changing Channels where the brothers are put into a fantasy world which they are characters to different television series. Fictional television series... but ones that are very similar to real ones. Despite the whole angel storyline... this series remains one of my favorite current series. It is a series I highly recommend.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Addicted2dvd's Random TV Series Watched on July 11th, 2012)