The Tourist, a review by Dragonfire
I went to see The Tourist recently. I was interested in seeing it after seeing the trailers. I did really enjoy the movie, though it is a little different from what I expected.
The plot is interesting, dealing with a tourist, Frank, who gets pulled into an odd and dangerous situation because of Elise, a beautiful, mysterious woman. There is a bit of action and some minor violence. Things do get off to a slightly slower start, but the pace does pick up. I have read that some people think the movie is too slow, but I didn't feel that way. A few complications do pop up and I think there is enough going on to keep things interesting and entertaining. There is a little bit of humor in a few scenes, but I don't think the movie is a comedy. There are a few surprises to what happens that work well.
The characters are interesting and I do like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in their parts.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and think it is worth checking out.
I did get a review posted on Epinions.
(From The Tourist on January 4th, 2011)
Déjà Vu, a review by Tom
MOVIE / DVD INFO:
Title: Déjà Vu
Director: Tony Scott
Length: 126 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 , French: Dolby Digital 5.1 , Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 , Commentary: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: Commentary, English, French, Spanish
Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington (Best Actor, 'Training Day', 2001) joins forces with blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer and mega-hit director Tony Scott for 'Déjà Vu' - the powerful, fast-paced action-thriller with a spectacular mind-bending twist. Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin (Washington) gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help prevent crime. But can it help Carlin change the past? Hold on to your seat for an explosive and intriguing thrill ride you'll want to experience again and again.
I do not really know what to think of this movie. Usually I am quite willing to accept quite a lot suspension of disbelieve when dealing with time-travel stories. But with this movie I cannot be this lenient (probably because it takes itself too seriously). None of this movie's time-travel devices could work. I expect a time-travel movie to set a certain set of rules regarding its time-traveling and then follow them. But I do not have the feeling that in this movie this has been done. They set up the possibility, that changing the past will lead to different future (different to the existing). Spoilers follow: The major flaw in my opinion is, that while traveling back in time and preventing the disaster, he again leaves behind all those hints for his future self to find. But by changing the time, the future will not happen and this is not necessary anymore. A whole new timeline has already started at the point he traveled back in time.
This whole leaving yourself hints behind cannot work in the frame of this story. I feel they mixing up these two timelines too much.
As I said, usually I am not that bothered about time-travel paradoxes (I even like stories which are using the cause-and-effect reversal argument). But here they are screwing it up too much.
(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on April 14th, 2008)
Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom
Bring home the complete second season of TV's most exhilarating series! Despite their loss at Regionals, the kids in New Directions are more motivated than ever. And whether it's Will doing a sexy tango with a substitute teacher, Sue joing the Glee Club or everyone catching Bieber fever, the excitement at William McKinley High School is keeping everyone on their toes. With more incredible musical numbers, hugely popular guest stars like John Stamos, Carol Burnett and Kristen Chenoweth, and lots of behind-the-scenes special features, Glee Season 2 hits all the right notes.
My Thoughts:Originally I had planned to do a Glee marathon, when the third season is released on Blu-ray in September. But I had the urge to watch an episode now. So I thought I'd make a slow marathon with an episode or so per week until September. But as soon as I started to watch it, I couldn't help myself and watched again the first two seasons. I have to admit, that I enjoyed it even more the second time around. Especially the early episodes of the first season, which I enjoyed a lot more than when I first saw them.
Glee is a show which has its flaws, but I still can't help but having fun watching it. Big part of that is the music numbers. When done well, they are integrated really great into the storyline. Sadly that is not always the case, but it is so for the most time in these first two seasons.
Also in this second season my favorite background characters from the first season have bigger roles now. Santana and Brittany. In the first season they were only supporting characters but in my opinion they were scene stealers even early on the series. They parts got bigger towards the end of the first season and are now part of the main cast.
The first season had Neil Patrick Harris as its biggest guest star, I guess. This time around this honor goes to Gwyneth Paltrow. She showed up in a few episodes and had some great song numbers.
As you can see in my ratings, I enjoyed the Rocky Horror Show tribute episode. But still I am a little pissed about them changing some of the lyrics because they were too raunchy for them. Especially jarring is it in "Touch-a Touch-a Touch me".
(From Tom's Random Reviews on May 1st, 2012)