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Stargate Continuum, a review by Rich

Stargate Continuum

Following SG-1 and The Ark of Truth, Stargate: Continuum is the latest chapter in this incredible series. The venerable Richard Dean Anderson returns to the fold, whilst the late Don S. Davis makes his final appearance as General George Hammond.

While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba'al, the last of the Goa'uld System Lords, Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter, Daniel and Mitchell race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. As they try to convince the authorities what's happened, hundreds of Goa'uld motherships arrive in orbit, led by Ba'al, his queen Qetesh (Vala), and his first prime, Teal'c. The remaining SG-1 members must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the Goa'uld.

I enjoyed the first Stargate film, and hoped this was a direct carry-on from that. But clearly this movie has taken a lot from the regular TV series, which I've never seen, so i was lost on most of the characters for some time. Despite some lead actors looking a bit jaded (Beau Bridges appeared plastic), this is a good film in its own right and the effects were out of the top drawer.
The time travel return to earth to change history plot has been overdone in Hollywood, right back to ST First Contact of course, and it would of been nice to see a storyline with more originality. I also did not think they used the opportunity of the shifting timeline on earth well enough.
The Ark of Truth film still stands head and shoulders above this offering, but for fans of the TV series I am sure they will love it, others like myself can appreciate it as a reasonable sci-fi flick.

(From Riches Random Reviews on March 2nd, 2009)

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The Alamo, a review by addicted2dvd

The Alamo

My Thoughts:
This is the first time I ever seen this movie. Another one that takes a while to watch. It clocks in at 2hrs and 42min. Unfortunately this one didn't go by as smoothly for me. Over half of this movie felt extremely slow. I was starting to think I would never get through it. Finally the battle came. This definitely helped the movie for me. I don't want to make this sound like I completely disliked the movie. Because I didn't. I enjoyed some of the storyline. It was just hard for me to get through such a long slow movie.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From My Western Marathon on April 15th, 2009)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Kujibiki Unbalance: The Collection (2006/Japan)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Anime Works (United States)
Length:375 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:Commentary, English

Chihiro has always had rotten luck in life. But at the prestigious Rikkyouin Academy, where everything is decided by drawn lot, or kujibiki, he finds his luck changing when he draws the lot for student council president. He and his harem of student council candidates undergo a year-long, impossible apprenticeship under the current ruling body, which happens to be led by one of Chihiro's childhood friends. The road to success is filled with zany misadventures, innocent romances, and a wild humor that is sure to please.

Each disc includes an episode of Genshiken!

Kujibiki Unbalance

Writer: Shimoku Kio (Original Material By), Michiko Yokote (Screenwriter)
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
Cast: Fujiko Takimoto (Chihiro Enomoto (voice)), Ai Nonaka (Tokino Akiyama (voice)), Ami Koshimizu (Ritsuko K Kettenkrad (voice)), Kumiko Nishihara (Renko Kamishakujii (voice)), Kazuko Kojima (Koyuki Asagiri (voice)), Yukana (Kasumi Kisaragi (voice)), Reiko Takagi (Risa Humvee (voice)), Masayo Kurata (Komaki Asagiri (voice)), Yuko Goto (Kaoruko Yamada (voice)), Yuko Sasamoto (Shinobu Enomoto (voice)), Kayo Sakata (Kujibiki Commission Chairwoman (voice)), Eri Nakao (Kujibiki Commission Member (voice)), Nobuyuki Hiyama (Harunobu Madarame (voice, uncredited)), Kaori Mizuhashi (Chika Ogiue (voice, uncredited))

Kujibiki Unbalance was originally a show-within-a-show on Genshiken. A really over-the-top one at that. Then they made a real anime out of it. Though this is more like an reimagining. Strangely, it would probably have been better, if they made a straight-forward adaption of it.
I mainly bought this this, because it includes bonus episodes for Genshiken, which bridge the first and second season of that series.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 5th, 2012)