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Downfall, a review by RossRoy

Called "dramatic, accurate and harrowing" by the 'San Francisco Chronicle' and nominated for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Film, DOWNFALL takes you into Hitler's bunker during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors.

I quite liked this portrayal of Hitler, as it makes a lot more sense. If you look at previous portrayals, there is no way a whole nation would rally behind such a man. But here, with the way Ganz plays him, it is a way to show how a whole nation could get manipulated into Hitler's plan. 

The movie as a whole is also good. It gives a believable look at the last days of Hitlet's reign, but I do think the movie drags on at times. It is worth a watch though, if only to get the other side of the medal, so to speak.


(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on January 24th, 2010)

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Bowfinger, a review by Dragonfire

How does Bobby Bowfinger ('Steve Martin'), Hollywood's least successful director, get Kit Ramsey ('Eddie Murphy'), Hollywood's biggest star, in his ultra low-budget film? Any way he can. With an ingenious scheme and the help of Kit's eager and nerdy brother Jiff, an ambitious and sexy wannabe ('Heather Graham') and an over-the-hill diva ('Christine Baranski'), Bowfinger sets out to trick Kit Ramsey into the performance of a lifetime. Enjoy the fun with Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin - together for the first time in the hit comedy 'BOWFINGER'.

My Thoughts

I really like this movie.  I saw it in the theater when it came out and I've watched this DVD several times since I got it.  I think the whole idea for the plot is very interesting and made for an entertaining movie.  All the things that Bowfinger kept coming up with to get scenes was very funny.  I thought that Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy were really good in the movie.  This is basically the only movie that I've seen Heather Graham in where she didn't irritate me at least a little bit. 


I did post a review of this movie on Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.


(From Dragonfire: What I've Been Watching on January 5th, 2009)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Married With Children: Season One (1987/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television (United States)
Length:302 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Domestic bliss was never like this! Get ready for those outrageous Bundys in MARRIED…WITH CHILDREN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, featuring all 13 hilarious episodes from the show’s groundbreaking debut season, introducing everybody’s favorite dysfunctional household. This taboo-shattering hit series was often deemed too hot for TV, bringing a blue-collar brand of raunchy humor to America’s idyllic ‘80s TV family, where father definitely doesn’t know best!

Remastered and available on DVD for the first time ever, this collector's favorite lets you get reacquainted with this middle class clan of loveable losers - hard-working lug Al (Ed O'Neill), his couch-potato wife Peg (Katey Sagal). sexy teen daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate), hopelessly horny son Bud (David Faustino), and prudish neighbors Marcy and Steve Rhoades (Amanda Bearse, David Garrison) - as they try to get along without getting on each others nerves! For better or worse, the Bundy's may be broke, but this is one family that's rich in delightfully demented attitude, wild characters, and racy humor!

Married With Children
1.01 Pilot
Writer: Michael G. Moye (Original Characters By), Ron Leavitt (Original Characters By), Ron Leavitt (Writer), Michael G. Moye (Writer)
Director: Linda Day
Cast: Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy), Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy), David Garrison (Steve Rhoades), Amanda Bearse (Marcy Rhoades), Christina Applegate (Kelly Bundy), David Faustino (Bud Bundy), Ritch Shydner (Luke Ventura), Diana Bellamy (Customer #1), Sue Ann Gilfillan (Customer #2), Linda Dona (Tawny), Victor Di Mattia (Arnold)

I grew up watching this show. I have to admit, I am so used to the German voice of Al Bundy, I still miss it when watching it with the original audio. Interesting note (at least for me): I have seen the German voice actor of Al Bundy (Rüdiger Barr) twice on stage. He had the lead roles in productions of "Kiss Me Kate" and "My Fair Lady", which I have seen in theatre in Munich.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 9th, 2012)