Veronica Mars, a review by addicted2dvd
Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars
Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls
Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars
Chris Lowell as Stosh "Piz" Piznarski
Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel
Tina Majorino as Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie
Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars get pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage and an unraveling murder mystery.
My Thoughts:I just finished watching this one (and all the extras). And I must say... as a huge fan of the TV Series...I loved enjoyed every minute of the film. While I think the movie can hold it's own as a good movie if you never seen the TV Series. But it is a must see/must own for any/all fans of the TV series. I can't think of many regulars of the series that didn't at least have a cameo here. But the downside to that is that most the characters has less screen time then you would want them to have. I don't think I really need to say this... but this is one that I highly recommend. Though (while what is there is great) I would have liked to seen a few more extras. Though I did love the hour long making of!
(From Veronica Mars on May 23rd, 2014)
The Lion King, a review by snowcat
The Lion King - 1994
Director - Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
Running Time – 97 mins
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones
The Disney films of my childhood were those of the Disney Renaissance, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and of course the Lion King. One of the most vivid memories from my child hood is my first cinema experience, it was a Sunday in 1994 me, my uncle and three cousins went to see the Lion King we sat on the front row and I remember being amazed by the giant screen that was in front of me.
Its strange how many of my memories have the Lion King in, My dad once won some money playing Bingo, he bought me a Lion King bag for school, I was around 4 or 5 at this point, I loved that bag. I remember the day we got the VHS which was also a Sunday and finally I remember my stuffed toy of Simba that I took everywhere. It's safe to say that the Lion King is my all time favourite Disney movie.
The Lion King tells story of Simba and his journey from a cub to reclaiming his place in the ‘circle of life.’ The story starts as Simba is born and presented to a gathering of animals beneath Pride Rock, as the new born prince Simba is next in line to the throne much to the dismay of his uncle Scar.
As Simba is shown around the Pride Lands his father Mufasa, who is the current king warns him never to go to the Elephant Graveyard which lies behind the pride lands. Of course as any child would a curious Simba takes his friend Nala to the Elephant Graveyard where we meet the Hyenas for the first time. Rescued by Mufasa Simba and Nala realise they should not go looking for trouble. But an angry Scar who had deliberately told Simba of the Elephant Graveyard to trick him in to being killed by the Hyenas formulates another plan this time to kill both Simba and Mufasa.
What follows is one of the saddest scenes in any film I have ever seen let alone a Disney movie. Scar tells Simba to wait in the gorge as “His father (Mufasa) has a present for him” Scar mocks Simba telling him to “work on his roar” as he leaves Simba begins to practice his roar. We then see the Hyenas who have been told to scare the wilder beast into stampeding down the gorge straight to where Simba is. Of course as Simba manages to squeeze out the tiniest roar the Hyenas trigger the stampede.
The score used over this scene is dramatic and saddening, the start of the music sounds like someone is gasping in shock, an emotion I'm sure most viewers felt at watching this scene, not only was this dramatic and unsettling but Mufasa was the first Disney character to die on screen.
So back to the scene, picture a small lion cub caught in the middle of a stampede of wilder beast, almost like a child drowning in an ocean. We see Simba desperately try to stay on a broken tree branch, but as Mufasa arrives its clear that he will not be able to hang on long. Mufasa charges at the stampede, the reaction any parent would have in seeing there child in such danger. He rescues Simba but falls back to the ground, with one last effort he leaps at the rock. He desperately asks Scar to save him, Scar grabs his paws looks him in the eye and says “long live the king” Scar then throws Mufasa to his death, we see Mufasa fall as we hear Simbas heart breaking cry.
As the smoke clears we Simba calling for his dad, we see the lifeless body of Mufasa against the same tree Simba was hanging on to earlier, it's clear to the audience Mufasa is dead. Simba runs over to him and does not believe what has happened a reaction I myself had the first time I saw this film. Through his tears Simba tells his father they must go home, he tries to wake him but no avail, eventually admitting defeat and curling up beside his paws. We now see how young and vulnerable Simba really is, compared to is father he is so small.
Scar appears discovering Simba is not dead, he plays the guilt card. Pushing samba from the denial part of the five stages of death to the guilt stage. Simba blames himself; he obeys Scar and runs away where he is chased by the Hyenas. Scar thinking both Mufasa and Simba dead returns to Pride Rock to become the new king.
So why is this scene in my Top 10? I re-watched Lion King today with the intention of really analysing that scene. I could not take my eyes of Simba his reaction seemed so real. I will break this down in to what I feel are the most heart string tugging shots.
Simbas Reaction when he sees the Stamped heading towards him, Simbas initial look of shock / horror as he believes he caused the stampede. I Previously mentioned the music, but the urgency of it makes the scene all the more dramatic, the music cuts as the stampede is not in sight (When Scar tells Mufassa what's going on.)
Mufasa look of realisation as he realises his son is in trouble, he freezes, tells Simba to hold on but eventually rushes to his rescue. We see Mufasa rush into the stampede to rescue Simba, first we see Simba ly through the air caught by Mufasa who is hit by a Wilderbeast, knocking Simba flying from his mouth. to reinforce the strength of the wilderbeast as Mufasa catches back up to Simba and jumps, a wilder beast is hit by another and flys forward towards the camera.
Simba anxiously looks on as his dad i knowhere to be seen, finally Mufasa starts to climb the rock and Simba runs to the top to great him. As Mufasa gets to the top he begs Scar to help him. Scar grabs his paws looks him fiercely in the eyes and says "Long live the King" and throws Mufasa from the rock face.
As Mufasa falls, we hear Simbas blood shattering cry, and its then that audience realises Mufasa will not survive this scene.
As the dust settles, Simba finds his dad, intially trying to wake him telling him they need to go home Simba eventually realises his dad is not going to wake up and screams for help.
Simba crawls under his fathers paw, we now see how small and vulnerable Simba really is.
Of course its at this point Scar comes over to tell Simba his side of the story. Scar's confirmation of Mufasa's death shocks Simba as he looks up to Scar who blames him “If it wern’t for you he would still be alive” Scar then asks “what would your mother think?” scaring Simba into not going home, reinforcing Simba's age and size is Scars condescending tone towards him. When Simba asks what he should do Scar's answer is to run away and never come back.
And so, why is this scene sad? As Mufasa rescues Simba from the Hyenas he tells him he is disappointed in him, he also says he will always be there to guide him. Next after Mufasa falls to his death Scar leads Simba to believe its his fault, causing Simba to run away from his problems (never solving them or dealing with his fathers death, choosing to forget it until its brought by Timon by accident) Simba talks to the stars and shouts "you said you would always be there for me" ... he goes onto say that his father isn't there because of him. Raifiki upon discovering Simba is still alive arrives to tell him his father will always be alive inside of him. "You are more than who you have become. Remember who you are, you must return and take your rightful place.”
Watching Simba see his father fall to his death is sad, his reaction is of shock and confusion, the same reaction a person would get upon watching someone die. Simba is a lion, but the anthropomorphic qualities of the character strengthen the emotions in the film.
(From Emma's Saddest Moments in Disney Marathon on January 24th, 2010)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
Pretty Little Liars
Season 1.01 Pilot
Writer: Sara Shepard (Original Material By), I. Marlene King (Writer)
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Cast: Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Holly Marie Combs (Ella Montgomery), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Bianca Lawson (Maya St. Germain), Laura Leighton (Ashley Marin), Chad Lowe (Byron Montgomery), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Nia Peeples (Pam Fields), Julian Morris (Wren Kingston), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), Torrey Devitto (Melissa Hastings), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis), Tammin Sursok (Jenna Marshall), Amanda Schul (Meredith Sorenson), Bryce Johnson (Darren Wilden), Carlo Marks (Ian Thomas), Anne Marie DeLouise (Mrs. Di Laurentis), Cody Allen Christian (Mike Montgomery), James Neate (Toby Marshall), Stephen Park (Dept. Store Clerk), William "Big Sleeps" Stewart (Dept. Store Security), Dale Wolfe (Reporter), Sophie Lui (News Reporter), Michael Bean (Minister)
I wanted to check out this series for a while, but it always was too expensive. But recently I had the luck to get the first season in a short-time offer on amazon.co.uk for £11
I enjoyed this first episode and I will continue watching it. But it isn't yet something which I am dying to continue. But this is only after the first episode, so it is still hard to tell.
From the cast I only knew a few beforehand. Of course Holly Marie Combs I knew from Charmed. Lucy Hale I knew as the sister in the Bionic Woman remake. And from a Cinderella movie. And I know Bianca Lawson as Kendra from Buffy. Although it is stretching it a little for her playing a teenager. She is still beautiful but she is already over 30 and next to the other cast it is noticable.
Of course the main reason I was curious about the series is, that it is very well liked in the lesbian community for having a strong lesbian main character. I have to admit my first impression of her is, that she looks very much like Santana from Glee. Which isn't bad, of course
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on February 2nd, 2013)