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Easy Living, a review by Antares


Easy Living (1937) 72/100 - This is one of those films that's been getting a lot of discussion lately as a lost gem of the screwball comedy era. But to be honest, you would think that a screenplay written by Preston Sturges, the Shakespeare of screwball, would be a gut busting ride, but for a few glitches, never finds it's course to classic comedy. It's as if someone at Paramount was given a set of blueprints for how to make a screwball comedy and everyone except Jean Arthur and Luis Alberni was manufacturing their roles to specification. Edward Arnold and Ray Milland spend the first 45 minutes of the film yelling their lines as if high volume made the lines funnier...well... it doesn't. It just makes the proceedings seem a bit amateurish. The film only really gets its footing once Jean Arthur takes up residence at Mr. Louis Louis' swanky hotel. The scenes with her and Alberni are priceless and for my money, Alberni steals almost every scene he's in. That isn't to say that Jean Arthur doesn't carry her weight, quite the contrary, she just radiates in this role. I've never seen her look more beautiful in a film and her performance proves that she was the queen of screwball comedy. It's too bad the first 45 minutes aren't as funny as the last 45 minutes, because this could have been a contender for top screwball comedy of all time. But alas, it's really only worth watching for the reasons I stated.

What the color coding means...

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is


(From Antares' Short Summations on October 18th, 2012)

Member's Reviews

Zoom: Academy for Superheroes, a review by Dragonfire


Zoom: Academy for Superheroes



Buckle up and prepare for a ride that's out of this world! When Earth is threatened with imminent destruction, an out-of-shape, out-of-work and over-the-hill former superhero is called back into action to save the day.

That hero is Jack Sheppard a.k.a "Captain Zoom" (Tim Allen). The problem is he's lost all his powers. And now, it's up to General Larraby (Rip Torn) and Dr. Grant (Chevy Chase) to coax him into taking one more mission: train a ragtag bunch of kids with amazing superpowers of their own. With help from the brainy Marsha Holloway (Courteney Cox), they'll learn to work as a team and harness their powers to battle an evil menace who's determined to make one seriously huge mess of life as we know it.

My Thoughts

I first saw this one in the theater when it first came out.  The movie is a bit silly at times and predictable, but I think it works well as an entertaining movie.  It is just fun and enjoyable to watch.  I like the idea of characters learning to be superheroes.  Having a superhero who lost his power be involved helps to make things more interesting as well.  I also liked how some other established, well known superheroes are mentioned at one point.  Much of the movie is focused on the attempts at training the kids.  Those scenes get a bit silly at times, but they are entertaining and some of them add humor to what is going on.  There is a decent amount of humor to what is going on.  Some of the humor is more gross or crude, but it mostly works for the movie. 

The character work well and are likable.  Jack/Zoom does act a bit like a jerk in a few scenes, but that doesn't last long.  It is understandable why he isn't that thrilled to be back at the facility after he went through years before.  The kids are interesting without being annoying.  Cindy is really cute.  I did really like Chevy Chase as Dr. Grant, a sort of bumbling scientist who tries to help with the training and developing things for the kids to use.  The cast works really well together.  Courteney Cox is pretty funny, even doing some physical type comedy.

Overall I really enjoy this movie and am glad that I have the DVD.



I did post a review on Epinions after seeing the movie in the theater.

Zoom: Academy for Superheroes



(From Zoom: Academy for Superheroes on June 8th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom


15. Phases (1998-01-27)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), Rob Des Hotel (Writer), Dean Batali (Writer)
Director: Bruce Seth Green
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Seth Green (Oz), Camila Griggs (Gym Teacher), Jack Conley (Cain), Larry Bagby III (Larry), Megahn Perry (Theresa), Keith Campbell (Werewolf)

I always liked the idea of Oz being a werewolf. Although the werewolf looks quite cheap in this episode.

Rating:

(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on February 15th, 2009)