True Grit, a review by dfmorgan
Director: Henry Hathaway
Cast: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby
Overview: JOHN WAYNE earned the 1969 "Best Actor" Academy Award® for this larger-than-life performance as the drunken, uncouth and totally fearless one-eyes U.S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn.
The cantankerous Rooster is hired by a headstrong young girl (KIM DARBY) to find the man who murdered her father and fled with the family savings. When Cogburn's employer insists on accompanying the old gunfighter, sparks fly. And the situation goes from troubled to disastrous when an inexperienced Texas Ranger (GLEN CAMPBELL) joins the party. Laughter and tears punctuate the wild action in this extraordinary Western which also features performances by ROBERT DUVALL, JEREMY SLATE and STROTHER MARTIN.
Watched: 17th Jun 2011
My Thoughts: First time viewing for this film and I found it to be very enjoyable.
My Rating: A very enjoyable 4
(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on June 23rd, 2011)
Cold Mountain, a review by addicted2dvd
Jude Law as Inman
Nicole Kidman as Ada Monroe
Renée Zellweger as Ruby Thewes
Eileen Atkins as Maddy
Brendan Gleeson as Stobrod Thewes
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Reverend Veasey
Nicole Kidman (Academy Award® winner – Best Actress, The Hours, 2002) stars with Academy Award® winner Renée Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, Cold Mountain, 2003) and Academy Award® nominee Jude Law (Best Actor, Cold Mountain). At the dawn of the Civil War, the men of Cold Mountain, North Carolina, rush to join the Confederate army. Ada (Kidman) has vowed to wait for Inman (Law), but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive. At war's end, hearts will be dashed, dreams fulfilled and the strength of the human spirit tested...but not broken! Directed by Academy Award® winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, 1996).
My Thoughts:I have been told by more then one person this is a good movie. So even though it is a bit long for my taste... I was looking forward to checking it out. While I did find it to be a rather long movie... it is a good one. I enjoyed it quite a bit. They combined the war storyline and love story together very well. Everyone in it did a great job. Though I would have liked to seen Donald Sutherland in it a little longer then what he was. I have always liked him as well. If you never seen this movie before... it is one I would definitely recommend. A very good movie that is beautifully filmed. I think if you give it a chance you will enjoy it as well.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Nicole Kidman Birthday Mini-Thon on June 21st, 2011)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
He's righteous. He's heroic. He's The Cape.
Vince Faraday (David Lyons, E.R.) is an honest cop on a corrupt police force. When he's framed for murder and presumed dead, he finds that he must go into hiding - leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, Life on Mars), and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, Flash Forward). Determined to battle the criminals who now control his hometown, Vince takes the law into his own hands and becomes The Cape-his son's favorite comic book superhero. Featuring an incredible supporting cast, including James Frain (The Tudors), Keith David (Death at a Funeral), Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Dorian Missick (The Manchurian Candidate), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Vinnie Jones (Snatch), it's the action-packed series that has critics raving, "'The Cape' is cloaked in awesome." (OK! Magazine)
Writer: Tom Wheeler (Created By), Tom Wheeler (Writer)
Director: Simon West
Cast: David Lyons (Vince Faraday/The Cape), Keith David (Max Malini), Summer Glau (Jamie Fleming/Orwell), James Frain (Peter Fleming/Chess), Jennifer Ferrin (Dana Thompson-Faraday), Ryan Wynott (Trip Faraday), Dorian Missick (Marty Voyt), Vinnie Jones (Dominic Raoul/Scales), Martin Klebba (Rollo), Izabella Miko (Raia), Anil Kumar (Ruvi), Eros Biox), Eric Pierpont), Jo Nell Kennedy), Bryan Friday (Brooks), Dennis Keiffer (Jenner), Fernando Chien (ARK Trooper), Judi Barton (Party Guest), Wendy Burch (News Anchor #1), Eddie Diaz (Officer #1), J. Teddy Garces (Scales Thug #1), Nathan Axtell (Scales Thug #2), Peter Murnik (Officer #2)
Two reasons I bought this: It is a superhero series. And Summer Glau is in the main cast.
I took a chance on this series even if it was cancelled after only ten episodes. The first episode was nice to watch, although a little corny at times. I hope Summer Glau's part will be bigger in the other episodes than here. And I hope her purpose isn't constraint to be being the Oracle (from "Birds of Prey") kind of person stuck in front of a computer screen. She has shown here in one scene that she can kick a little ass. Hopefully this is used more.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on August 18th, 2011)