How Green was My Valley, a review by Rich
Over the valleys with my penulltimate film, on course to complete the marathon
Title: How Green Was My Valley
Plot:Winner of five Academy Awards, this inspiring, yet heart-breaking "Hollywood milestone" (Halliwell's Film Guide) from producer Darryl F. Zanuck and director John Ford is "a perfection of screen art" and "one of the finest" pictures ever made (Variety).
Sixty-year-old Huw Morgan looks back on his life as a boy (RODDY McDOWALL) in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of the closely know Morgans, and his devoted parents (DONALD CRISP, SARA ALLGOOD), while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time.
MAUREEN O'HARA and WALTER PIDGEON co-star in this acclaimed screen classic, the story of one family's dreams, struggles and triumphs.
The disappearance of childhood innocence, life in a small town, humour, sadness, despair, joy, Ford manages to give you everything in this film. The black and white filming was a masterstroke, cleverly portraying the typically drab Welsh mining villages of the time. Accents are appalling, and the film has dated somewhat now, but certainly worth a watch purely for cinematic historical reasons. Remember - this beat Citizen Kane for the Oscar!
(From Around the World in 80 DVD's on March 18th, 2008)
Ratatouille, a review by addicted2dvd
Director: Brad Bird
Length: 111 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital EX: 5.1 (Matrixed 6.1), English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
From the creators of Cars and The Incredibles comes a breakthrough comedy with something for everyone. With delightful new characters, experience Paris from an all-new perspective. It's "terrific moviemaking!" raves Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight.
In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
Ratatouille is a treat you'll want to enjoy again and again.
Animated Shorts "Your Friend The Rat" & "Lifted"
This time I watched on of Brittany's DVDs with her. And this one not only looks great... but it also is a fun story. Beyond that it is hard for me to find words to explain what I think of this one. Sure there is a lot here that is far beyond belief... but hey it is an animated movie. And one I do think is geared more towards the kids then adults. Though I do believe adults will enjoy it as well.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched DVDs on June 20th, 2010)
The X-Files Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
The X-Files: Season 1
Original Air Date: February 4, 1994
After a FBI Agent and a bank robber are both shot during a bank heist, the FBI agent takes on the persona of the late bank robber.
Christopher Allport as Agent Jack Willis
Cec Verrell as Lula Philips
Jackson Davies as Agent Bruskin
Jason Schombing as Dupre
Callum Keith Rennie as Tommy
A good... interesting story. A little on the slow side... but that works for this one.
(From The X-Files Marathon on April 8th, 2010)