Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, a review by Tom
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft
Jon Voight as Lord Croft
Iain Glen as Powell
Noah Taylor as Bryce
Daniel Craig as Alex
LARA CROFT, the world's most famous video-game heroine bursts onto the big screen in "... the most stylish and entertaining action-adventure movie in years!"*
Exploring lost empires, finding priceless treasures, punishing villians in mortal combat... it's all in a day's work for adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie). But a secret from her father's (Jon Voight) past is about to lead Lara to her greatest challenge: The Triangle of Light, a legendary artifact with the power to alter space and time. Lara must find the Triangle before it falls into the clutches of the Illuminati, a secret society bent on world domination. To stop the Illuminati, Lara will have to survive a cross-continental chase filled with unimaginable danger. But for the Tomb Raider, danger is the name of the game.
With eye-popping action and electrifying thrills, "Jolie doesn't just impersonate computer game heroine Lara - she 'IS' Lara"**
*Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV, **Neil Roberts, The Sun
My Thoughts:I only ever played the first Tomb Raider came for a few minutes. Never saw the others. I think they captured the video game world fairly well. Lara Croft seems like she just jumped out of a video game. If you want an over-the-top brainless action movie, this one isn't so bad. I enjoyed it.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 3rd, 2011)
Cats & Dogs, a review by Tom
Title: Cats & Dogs
Director: Lawrence Guterman
Length: 84 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
They're cunning. They're stealthy. They're waging a top-secret ultra-high-tech struggle for global domination right under our noses. They're...Cats & Dogs!
Witness this epic 'tail' of what happens when an eccentric professor (Jeff Goldblum) makes a discovery that could tip the age-old balance of pet power. Now, an inexperienced young beagle pup named Lou (voiced by Tobey Maguire) is about to begin the ultimate mission im-paws-ible: to save humanity from a total cat-tastrophe! Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jon Lovitz, Charlton Heston and Sean Hayes.
My Thoughts:Purely some mindless fun. The battle between cats and dogs is secretly fought with high-tech weaponry. It's a nice idea to make the usual bad guys the good guys in this movie (the dogs).
(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 1st, 2009)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
Led by an amazing performance by Emmy®-nominated actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under), Dexter is one of the most critically acclaimed, must-see television shows of the year! Like no other crime drama you've seen before, this horrifying and intoxicating DVD includes all 12 riveting Season One episodes and a host of delightfully twisted special features.
1.01 Dexter (2006-10-01)
Writer: James Manos, Jr. (Screenwriter), Jeff Lindsay (Original Material By)
Director: Michael Cuesta
Cast: Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan), Julie Benz (Rita Bennett), Jennifer Carpenter (Debra Morgan), Erik King (Sgt. Doakes), Lauren Velez (Lt. Maria La Guerta), David Zayas (Angel Batista), James Remar (Harry Morgan), C. S. Lee (Vincent Masuka), Jim Abele (Mike Donovan), Margo Martindale (Camilla), Dominic Janes (Young Dexter), Christina Robinson (Astor), Daniel Goldman (Cody), Patrick Michael Buckley (Officer Oliver), Ethan Smith (Jaworski), Susie Taylor (Detective Sue), Marc MaCaulay (Detective), Devon Graye (Teenage Dexter), Justin Kane (Officer Simon), Neeona Neel (Jane Saunders), Jeanne Tidwell (Mrs. Donovan), Roy Rutland (Desk Sergeant)
This is a good series. But just not something which really clicked for me. I never had the urge to watch the next episode and if I wouldn't have watched it together with my brother, I am not sure if I would have finished watching it. I never bothered to pick up further seasons.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on April 3rd, 2011)