House on Haunted Hill (1959), a review by addicted2dvd
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Eccentric Millionaire Frederick Loren ('Vincent Price') invites you to join a very special house party: the one guest who can manage to survive an entire night in his eerie (and locked) mansion will walk away with a big wad of cash. It seems simple enough - that is until the dead begin to stalk the living and there is no place to run.
Vincent Price has been a favorite classic horror actor of mine since I started to watched the classics. I have yet to see anything with him in it that I did not enjoy... and this one is definitely not an exception. This is one of my favorite Vincent Price movies! I really enjoyed every second of it... if you never seen the original House on Haunted Hill I highly recommend it!
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Oldies but Goodies on March 29th, 2008)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a review by RossRoy
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
What they say
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thiller.
Okay... This is an oddball.
On one hand, you've got the brilliance of Tim Burton's visuals, which wonderfully and beautifully presents this dark story. You also have the acting chops of the likes of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. But then, it's a musical. And at times, I found it painfully obvious that all three lead actors are NOT singers. Don't get me wrong, they still do a good job, but they acting is so far above their singing, that there's a sort of disconnect that happens with me. The emotions and atmosphere being depicted through acting and imagery, do not come across in the singing. Which is unfortunate, because the story of Sweeney Todd, while rather simplistic (betrayed man seeks revenge), still brings in elements to keep it flowing and interesting.
You know, I find myself wondering how it would've turned out, had it been decided to make a straight horror drama out of it, instead of a dark musical.
(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on August 6th, 2008)
Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom
20. The Yoko Factor (2000-05-09)
Writer: Doug Petrie (Writer)
Director: David Grossman
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Seth Green (Oz), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Marc Blucas (Riley Finn), James Marsters (Spike), Amber Benson (Tara), Leonard Roberts (Forrest Gates), Conor O'Farrell (Colonel McNamara), George Hertzberg (Adam), Emma Caulfield (Anya), David Boreanaz (Angel), Bob Fimiani (Mr. Ward), Jade Carter (Lieutenant)
A good episode. It is a good idea that Spike tries to split the Scoobies up by creating a rift between them. Though in my opinion this happened too easily.
(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on September 19th, 2009)