Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword of Vengeance, a review by Antares
Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) 73/100 - The first in the six film Lone Wolf & Cub film series is a mixed bag of entertainment. Directed by Kenji Misumi and produced by Shintarô Katsu (star of the Zatoichi film series), it stars Katsu's older brother Tomisaburô Wakayama as a disgraced royal retainer samurai named Ogami Itto, whose sole duty to the daimyo is as chief executioner. His wife and servants are brutally murdered by a rogue clan of samurai, who then place a temple monument bearing the daimyo's family crest in a temple that Itto has built adjacent to his home. The monument symbolizes Itto's desire that the daimyo will meet a tragic fate and Itto is ordered to commit seppuku, along with his toddler son, to atone for his crime of treason. But instead of honoring his daimyo's wishes, he sets out, with his son, to avenge his wife's death and destroy those who have dishonored him. It's a pretty good storyline for a film, but to keep the viewer interested, it all has to be told in rather a quick amount of time. And it is here where the film suffers a bit. It moves back and forth from present time to an exposition laden past, and with the plethora of characters associated with the story, it can be a tad confusing. Plus, being made at the time it was, a bit of pinku exploitation is also thrown into the mix, before it arrives at the blood spurting, action climax at the end of the film. Misumi directed the first three films in this series, and now that he's set the table with this first film, I feel confident that the banquet to follow, will be sumptuous.
Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is
(From Antares' Short Summations on April 8th, 2014)
Shadow of a Doubt, a review by Tom
Title: Shadow of a Doubt
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Length: 103 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono, German: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
When Uncle Charlie comes to visit his relatives in the sleepy town of Santa Rosa, the foundation is laid for one of his most engaging and suspenseful excursions. Joseph Cotton stars as the charming Uncle Charlie, a beguiling killer who travels from Philadelphia to California just one step ahead of the law.
But soon his unknowing niece and namesake, "Young Charlie" (Teresa Wright), begins to suspect her uncle of being the Merry Widow murderer, and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse begins. As his niece draws closer to the truth, the psychopathic killer has no choice but to plot the death of his favourite relative in one of Hitchcock's most riveting psychological thrillers.
My Thoughts:It was great performance of how Little Charlie gradually turns from admiring uncle Charlie to suspect him and then fearing him. The weak point in the cast was the little girl Ann.
(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on May 31st, 2009)
The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena
What's the show about?
Dr. House leads a team of diagnosticians who have specialized in rare and/or extraordinary cases. House himself is a misanthropic cripple who doesn't like to handle the patients personally, basically because "everybody lies". He bounces ideas off his team and together they find the disease but not always fast enough to actually save the patient.
A young kindergarten teacher is brought to the hospital because she has lost the ability to speak and five different doctors have made five different diagnoses based on the same evidence. House's friend Dr. Wilson tricks House into accepting this patient and he and his team try to diagnose her illness. And the hospital boss Dr. Cuddy forces House to do clinic hours, too.
It's not lupus. Whatever it is, it's never lupus. The case of the week follows a fairly regular pattern. Patient comes in, something makes it interesting for House, they treat, they mistreat, they treat again, they nearly kill the patient and then something totally unrelated to the case gives House the solution. Case closed, patient (maybe still) alive. For me that's not the reason to watch this show. For me it's about House himself and his friend Wilson and Cuddy and his three doctors and how they interact and what they do besides treating the patient. And even though the case always follows the same pattern, the position of the players (even House's) is constantly changing and will change again when the show goes into its sixth season this fall.
(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on September 1st, 2009)