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Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live & Die in Starlight, a review by Tom

     Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live & Die in Starlight (2002/United States)
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Warner Home Video (United States)
Director:Michael Vejar
Writing:J. Michael Straczynski (Original Characters By), J. Michael Straczynski (Writer)
Length:86 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Dylan Neal as David Martell
Andreas Katsulas as Citizen G'Kar
Alex Zahara as Dulann
Myriam Sirois as Sarah Cantrell
Dean Marshall as Malcolm Bridges

THE RANGERS, an order of warrior-priests, have wandered the darkness between the stars for over a thousand years, protecting a hundred worlds from invasion and destruction. But now a new alien threat appears on the event horizon of the Interstellar Alliance, a force more ancient and powerful than anything previously encountered. The only obstacle in the way of this new race: a single broken-down Ranger ship, under the command of David Martel (Dylan Neal), whose sole orders were to escort Ambassador G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas) to an interstellar conference. Alone, barely armed, they must defeat an enemy unlike anything they have seen before.

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My Thoughts:
Another Babylon 5 TV pilot movie. I still remember being excited about the possibility of a new Babylon 5 series. Sadly it got no chance for this because of a football game which was on at the same time as this pilot which hurt the ratings.
This movie showed promise and I could very well imagine a TV series on this. There was only one thing which did bother me: The virtual fighting chamber thingie. But I very much think that this would have been the first thing dropped if the series would have been picked up.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on March 27th, 2011)

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127 Hours, a review by Danae Cassandra

127 Hours
Year of Release: 2010
Directed By: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco
Genre: Drama, Adventure

FROM ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE* (Slumdog Millionaire) comes the powerfully uplifting true story of one man's struggle to survive against mountainous odds.

Aron Ralston (James Franco) has a passion for all things outdoors. But when a falling boulder traps him in a remote Utah canyon, a thrill-seeker's adventure becomes the challenge of a lifetime. Over the next five days, Ralston embarks on a remarkable personal journey in which he relies on the memories of family and friends — as well as his own courage and ingenuity — to turn adversity into triumph!

My Thoughts:
This is a great film - and made so by the extraordinary performance by James Franco.  It's his film; no other character is anything other than minor.  He must carry the whole film on his shoulders and he does so easily.  He truly portrays the intensity of the situation, the increasing desperation, thirst, exhaustion, despair - and ultimately determination and hope.  You really must see the film, if for no other reason than Franco's performance. 

The rest of the film is very well done.  There is a meticulous interest in the small details of Ralson's claustrophobic situation, beautiful cinematography of the countryside he takes his fateful hike in, creative use of the camera that both gives the film movement and emphasizes the immobility.  Just about perfect in every way, a great adventure film, a triumph of the spirit.  Highly recommended.

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 4.75/5

(From 127 Hours on February 20th, 2014)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Corner Gas: Season One (2003/Canada)
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Length:290 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Consider this your deed to the laughter-rich plains of Dog River, Saskatchewan. Thanks to a cast of way less than thousands you'll find more hilarity in this little box than a pick-up truck full of jerry cans.

Dreamt up by prairie son Brent Butt, he stars as Brent Leroy, the town's number one and only gas jockey. He and the rest of the Dog River locals get up to a whole lot of nothing in the middle of nowehre actually. And that's where it all happens. At Corner Gas, Canada's number one roadside attraction.

Corner Gas
1.01 Ruby Reborn
Writer: Brent Butt (Created By), Brent Butt (Writer), Mark Farrell (Writer)
Director: David Storey
Cast: Brent Butt (Brent Leroy), Gabrielle Miller (Lacey Burrows), Fred Ewanuick (Hank Yarbo), Eric Peterson (Oscar Leroy), Janet Wright (Emma Leroy), Lorne Cardinal (Davis Quinton), Tara Spencer-Nairn (Karen Pelly), Nancy Robertson (Wanda Dollard), Mark Farrell (Man), Andrea Runge (Waitress)

This is a series I enjoyed throughout. The first episode has already the characters established very well. They already have found their stride here.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on April 1st, 2011)