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Roy Orbison: Black & White Night, a review by GSyren

TitleRoy Orbison: Black & White Night (014381-882629)
DirectorTony Mitchell
ActorsRoy Orbison, Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, K.d. Lang
Produced1989 in United States
Runtime64 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
OverviewRoy Orbison: Black & White Night, recorded live at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, is a special one-time event documenting one of rock and roll's greatest and most unique performances. Orbison is joined by an eclectic ensemble of rock and roll superstars including Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits. Roy and fellow performers spend a scintillating hour performing many of his greatest hits.

Tracks Include:

1. Only the Lonely
2. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
3. Blue Bayou
4. The Comedians
5. Ooby Dooby
6. Leah
7. Running Scared
8. Uptown
9. In Dreams
10. Crying
11. Candyman
12. Go, Go, Go (Down The Line)
13. Mean Woman Blues
14. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
15. Claudette
16. It's Over
17. Oh, Pretty Woman
My thoughtsWhat do you have to do if you want to hold a concert and get backing from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, Steven Soles,  k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes, Cindy Bullens and Bonnie Raitt?

Well, first of all you would have to turn the clock back about a quarter of a century. Then you would have to be Roy Orbison! And oh boy, did he manage to do a concert! One of the best concerts put on film, in my opinion.

When this concert was filmed, nobody knew that Roy had less than a year to live. He passed away December 6, 1988, only 52 years old. Gone but never forgotten. I've had this DVD over 13 years and I take it out every now and then and listen to it. Now you can get it on blu-ray.
My rating

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on June 18th, 2014)

Member's Reviews

Morning Glory, a review by Dr. Hasslein

Morning Glory

Director: Roger Michell
Year: 2010
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Rated: M
Genre: Comedy

In this light hearted comedy drama Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fuller. An out of work energetic and devoted news producer who soon lands a job as executive producer of a struggling morning show called DayBreak. Determined to increases the shows ratings which are at a dismal low, she wastes no time making drastic changes to the show such as firing the egotistical and perverted male host, and replaces him with Michael Pomeroy played by Harrison Ford, a legendary veteran news journalist who was once highly respected in his field but is now a bitter and burnt out version of his former self. He is paired with co-host Colleen Peck played by Diane Keaton. With a mutual dislike for each other the two often exchange subtle insults during the shows daily broadcast. After much perseverance from the Becky, the show’s ratings finally begin to rise and the miserable Michael Pomeroy begins to find pleasure in his work once again.

My Thoughts

There isn’t much of a plot. It’s very much like he those typical sporting movies where a new coach is hired to rebuild a sports team that’s in shambles where no one gets along but they all end up best friends in the end. You know what’s going to happen from almost the very start and there are little surprises. However that still did not prevent me from enjoy this movie. It’s held together well by the leading characters and the amount of colourful humour and one liners. It is however a little too long and does drag a little in some parts. I found myself zoning out a few times throughout it.

Rachael McAdams is terrific; she’s full of energy and looks gorgeous in every scene.
Her scenes with Ford’s character are the movie’s high lights. I loved the dialogue between the two of them.   

Harrison Ford suits his role very well as the mean and bitter veteran news journalist. His character gets all the best lines and is the master of personal insults. But there was one brief moment during a scene where he is out duck hunting that came across too over the top and struck me as actually sounding very bizarre. It was just a very odd moment, and I’m probably the one person on earth who thinks this.

I really enjoyed Morning Glory, it’s a nice entertaining comedy that’s funny and witty and doesn’t take it self too seriously, a good popcorn flick.  I might have enjoyed it even more perhaps, if it weren’t for the very vocal couple sitting behind me in the cinema who both felt the need to repeat ever single punch line throughout the entire movie. And I think between them they purchases the entire snack bar.

(From Morning Glory on February 8th, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena

Burn Notice

What's the show about?
Michael Westen used to be a spy. But one day he got "burned" and was dumped in Miami. Ever since he tries to find out why he was burned and by whom. In the meantime he helps people the normal police can't or won't help. He has help, though: A trigger-happy ex-girlfriend, who used to rob banks for the IRA; another retired spy who has settled down in Miami and makes his "special lady friends" happy; and his mother!

Michael Westen was about to finalize a deal with a local crime lord to protect a certain piece of land in Africa, but when he tries to get the money wired he's informed that the deal is off because he got burned. Although they beat the crap out of him he manages to escape. The next time he regains full consciousness, he's in Miami and his "emergency contact" (his ex-girlfriend) Fiona is sitting by his bed. He tries to find out why he got burned and how his mother had fount out that he was in town. Since his credit cards won't work anymore he takes a small job to find out who stole a number of paintings from a rich man's house.

My Opinion
In the beginning it was just OK, but it got better with every episode, especially when the "burn notice" arc fully kicked in. The characters are all great, especially when Michael's mother Madeline becomes more and more involved in Michael's cases and he has to deal with her and Fi at the same time. ;D The show is very humorous but it's still an action show and people get killed all the time - but usually not by any of the good guys: Michael is a master "chess player", he usually manages to make the bad boys kill each other, thus solving the problem.

So, that's all folks, no more pilots in the pipeline...

(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on September 28th, 2009)