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Summer Wars, a review by dfmorgan

Summer Wars

Part of

Summer Wars / The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Year: 2009
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
Overview: Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of histime hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual world of OZ to destroy the real world, literally. As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new family set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit in this "near-perfect blend of social satire and science fiction". AinItCoolNews

Watched: 2nd Apr. 2011
My Thoughts: A lovely enjoyable romp. A bright and colourful update to the premise of Wargames. This time a malevolent AI is loose in the cyber-world of OZ and because practically everything in the world is run through OZ accounts the whole world is in danger.

My Rating: A thouroughly enjoyable 4

ETA: Part of

(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on April 3rd, 2011)

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Roy Colt & Winchester Jack, a review by Achim


Title: Roy Colt e Winchester Jack
Year: 1970
Director: Mario Bava
Rating: NR
Length: 85 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: Italian: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English

Brett Halsey
Charles Southwood
Marilù Tolo
Teodoro Corrà
Guido Lollobrigida

In perhaps the most atypical film of his career, director Maria Bava combines elements of THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID for one of the first tongue-in-cheek comedies of the 'Spaghetti Western' genre. Brett Halsey (FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT), Charles Southwood (FISTFUL OF LEAD) and Marilù Tolo (DJANGO, KILL!) star in a tale of two good-natured outlaws, one wily Native American prostitute, and a fortune in gold that triggers the greed of ruthless gunmen, dyspeptic clergymen, and even a Sergio Leone look-alike. Teodoro Corrà (5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON) co-stars in this little-seen charmer blending rousing action and bawdy humor with inventive visuals that remain undeniably Bava.

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My Thoughts:
This is something different, a spaghetti western as a comedy. Unfortunately that's where (my) problem begins, as I have never really enjoyed Italian comedies all that much. The first half was quite funny and the jokes, while silly and partly almost slapstick very enjoyable. But after the intermission (yes, this 85 minutes movie has an intermission point half way through!) it couldn't keep up with itself and fell apart, at least watching from where I was sitting. The comedy is far and between during this stretch of the film and I was quickly beginning to look at the clock to see how much longer I had.

The story, if predictable, was entertaining. A pair of bandits split at the beginning of the movie, with one of them pursuing an honest career. Ultimately they end up going after a gold treasure, from different sides of the law with a third gangster, the Reverend, in between. Of course there is a love interest to make things interesting. As appropriate for such film, there is a sufficient amount of twists and turns.

(From Mario Bava marathon on July 7th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

"Due South" marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

The Man Who Knew Too Little
This one is basically just an average episode. I have seen several better but then again I have seen a few that were worse. The guy they were transporting back to Canada looked familiar to me... but after looking him up he wasn't anyone I am familiar with. Just had one of those faces I guess.

My Rating:

(From "Due South" marathon on July 15th, 2009)