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American Reunion, a review by addicted2dvd


     American Reunion (2012/United States)
Trailer |IMDb |Wikipedia |
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Director:Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Writing:Jon Hurwitz (Writer), Hayden Schlossberg (Writer), Adam Herz (Original Characters By)
Length:114 min.
Rating:Unrated
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:
Subtitles:

Stars:
Jason Biggs as Jim
Alyson Hannigan as Michelle
Chris Klein as Oz
Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin
Tara Reid as Vicky
Seann William Scott as Stifler

Plot:
Get ready for "flat-out hilarious, raunchy fun" (Box Office Magazine) as the whole American Pie gang returns to East Great Falls for the first time since their legendary senior year to turn their reunion into the most unforgettable weekend since high school. Old friends will reconnect, old flames will reignite, and everyone will rediscover just how much fun you can pack into one outrageous reunion. Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy, "the gang is back and better than ever!" (Jake Hamilton, Fox-TV)

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • Unrated & R Rated Versions


My Thoughts:
I just finished watching this one. I been wanting to check it out every since I saw the first trailer... as I have been enjoying the American Pie movies. While I still enjoyed it... this one lost a little something the others had. I don't know... just know I didn't laugh as much during this one as I did the previous movies. It isn't a bad movie... just not up to par with the rest. I did get a bit of a kick out of Alyson Hannigan's character. But then I always did like her. This is one that is definitely worth checking out... just don't expect too much.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on September 18th, 2012)

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Darby O'Gill and the Little People, a review by Antares


Darby O'Gill and the Little People





Year: 1959
Film Studio: Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, Walt Disney Productions
Genre: Family, Comedy, Classic, Fantasy
Length: 91 Min.

Director
Robert Stevenson (1905)

Writing
Lawrence Edward Watkin (1901)...Written By
H. T. Kavanagh (1876)..."Darby O'gill" Stories

Cinematographer
Winton C. Hoch (1905)

Music
Oliver Wallace (1887)...Composer

Stars
Albert Sharpe (1885) as Darby O'Gill
Janet Munro (1934) as Katie O'Gill
Sean Connery (1930) as Michael McBride
Jimmy O'Dea (1899) as King Brian
Kieron Moore (1924) as Pony Sugrue
Estelle Winwood (1882) as Sheelah Sugrue
Walter Fitzgerald (1896) as Lord Fitzpatrick
Denis O'Dea (1905) as Father Murphy

Review
       When you mention the name Walt Disney in regards to full length feature films the first thought that comes to mind are the successful animated features that were released between the 1940’s and the 1960’s. 101 Dalmatians, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Bambi are just a few of the animated film projects released by Disney to both critical and box office success, and upon which most of the fond remembrances of childhood are based. As equally important were the live action features that were being filmed at around the same time. The Absent Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog and Song of the South were also profitable at the box office, yet seemed to have faded into the background as the years have passed. Another film which has slid somewhat into obscurity is Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Released in 1959 and featuring an overabundant amount of ground-breaking special effects, the film would be one of the most triumphant successes for Walt Disney up to that point.

       Darby O’Gill (Albert Sharpe) is an elderly Irish caretaker at the summer estate of an Irish nobleman. One day the lord returns to his estate with a young man in his company. Darby will come to know that the young man, whose name is Michael McBride (Sean Connery, three years before the shaken, not stirred martini), will be his replacement and that the lord has meant for him to retire. It seems that Darby is quicker with a tale about his adventures with the King of the leprechauns than he is in swinging a scythe and the estate has fallen into disrepair. Darby understands his master’s wishes and asks that he be allowed to break the news to his daughter Katie (Janet Munro), who was born in the home that they must now vacate. The lord will return in two weeks and Darby must settle his affairs and comply with the decision made by his employer.

       That night, instead of informing his daughter of the change that will be taking place, he decides to capture the King of the leprechauns so that he can acquire three wishes. He plans to use the three wishes to help him keep his position and to provide for Katie’s future. He captures King Brian (Jimmy O’Dea) in his barn after getting the diminutive monarch drunk and holding him there until sunrise and is given the requisite three wishes. King Brian will prove to be a wily adversary for Darby as he coaxes him into squandering his first two wishes through trickery. In the end, Darby will use his final wish to help Katie recover from a fatal accident by offering to take her place in the death coach that comes for her soul. Now that really doesn’t sound like the kind of feel good ending for a Walt Disney family film and you’re right. King Brian will once again use a little crafty chicanery to help Darby, Katie and Michael all live happily ever after, but you’ll have to watch the film to find out how he does it.


Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.


(From Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) on February 12th, 2010)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     The Nanny: Season One (1993/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(Canada)
Length:515 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:French, Portuguese, Spanish


Plot:
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, and Renee Taylor star in this hilarious sitcom about the nanny with the face from Vogue and the voice from Queens. This DVD collection includes all 22 episodes from the first season of this hilarious show. Fran Drescher stars in her defining role as street-smart Fran Fine, a diva down-on-her-luck who finds herself hired for a job she never even applied for! Now, she's the nanny for a rich, sophisticated family in Manhattan, and when this blue-collar girl from the block moves in with the blue blood, widowed Broadway producer and his three children, comedy is red hot!


The Nanny
1.01 Pilot
Writer: Peter Marc Jacobson (Original Characters By), Fran Drescher (Original Characters By), Peter Marc Jacobson (Screenwriter), Robert Sternin (Screenwriter), Prudence Fraser (Screenwriter), Fran Drescher (Original Material By), Peter Marc Jacobson (Original Material By)
Director: Lee Shallat
Cast: Fran Drescher (Fran Fine), Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield), Daniel Davis (Niles), Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock), Nicholle Tom (Maggie Sheffield), Benjamin Salisbury (Brighton Sheffield), Madeline Zima (Grace Sheffield), Renée Taylor (Sylvia), Rachel Chagall (Val), Jonathan Penner (Danny Imperiali), Dee Dee Rescher (Dottie), Jimmy Marsden (Eddie), Ray Johnson (Piano Player), Curtis Hood (Investor Man)

This series was never a favorite of mine. But I did watch it when I caught it on TV. I especially liked the banter between Niles and C.C.
I only have the first season on DVD and never got past the second disc.
The pilot is a good introduction to the series. Watching it now I noticed a guy who looked awfully like a very young James Marsden. And I was right. He is credited as "Jimmy Marsden" though.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 13th, 2012)