National Lampoon's European Vacation, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: National Lampoon's European Vacation
Director: Amy Heckerling
Length: 94 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono, French: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
The first time the Griswalds took a trip – in National Lampoon's Vacation – moviegoers everywhere went along for the ride…and went bonkers! Now they're into even zanier sightseeing in National Lampoon's European Vacation, directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High).
Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo return as Clark and Ellen, winners of a European tour on which their teenagers Rusty (Jason Lively) and Audrey (Dana Hill) join them. Deluxe accomodations…aren't. Clark tries left-sided English driving, leaving Stonehenge unhinged. In Bavaria a slap-dancing polka turns into a slaphappy free-for-all. It's holiday road havoc for the Griswalds – and your high road to hilarity!
This one is pretty good... but I definitely like the first one better. But if you like the first one... this one is definitely worth having in your collection as well. I think part of the problem was I didn't like the kids as much in this one. Especially the girl... whining about her boyfriend through-out the whole movie. That definitely took away from the movie for me. This series of movies changes the actors that play the kids with every movie. This one could very well have my least favorite of the kids... as I found both of them a bit on the annoying side.
Out of a Possible 5
(From What Movies I Been Watching on November 28th, 2010)
The Town , a review by Dragonfire
I'm going to start off by saying I'm very much aware of how much some people dislike Ben Affleck and think he is a horrible, talentless actor. While I do agree that he's made some ...questionable movie choices, I don't think he is that horrible of an actor. He did make a lot of movies in a short time and then his personal life went crazy and he was tabloid fodder while involved in Jennifer Lopez. That didn't help what people thought of him either. But he has changed. After he and Lopez broke up, he's managed to pretty much avoid the tabloids. He has been more selective with his projects and he's turned up in some good acting. He was really good in Hollywoodland, a more understated role. He also directed an amazing movie in Gone Baby Gone, a movie I still think is one of the best of 2007. I know people were skeptical about him directing, but as far as I'm concerned, he showed real talent with that movie. With his new movie, The Town, he shows it wasn't just a fluke. He's a very talented director and if he keeps making movies like these two, he'll win an Oscar for directing some day. The Town is definitely one of the best movies of the year and it deserves to be seen.
The story, focused on a group of bank robbers living in Charlestown, a neighborhood of Boston, isn't the most original, but it is still highly entertaining. It is handled really well to make an engaging and complex movie. Doug and his crew rob armored cars and banks without leaving behind any evidence for the police and FBI. James, or Gem as he's sometimes called, is more violent and unpredictable, which is why they end up taking a hostage at one point. Things get more complicated when Doug begins a relationship with Claire and then decides that he wants out.
While some of what happens in the movie is predictable, there are several surprises that keep things from being predictable overall. Several things happen that I didn't expect. Those unexpected things work very well for what is going on. A few of the robberies that Doug and his crew pull off are shown. The first one is shown at the very beginning of the movie. The way they pull off the robbery is a bit different and helps to keep things interesting. The men wear masks that completely cover their faces. One time they wear skeleton masks and later they wear really creepy looking nun masks. There is something really freaky looking about those nun masks.
The action scenes are very well done and include one of the more impressive car chases that I've seen in a while. There are fights and shootings as well and people do get hurt. A few characters do get rather brutal at times, though there really isn't tons of violence in the movie. It just happens every so often in spurts.
The main characters are criminals. They, especially Doug, are complex and interesting and they manage to be likable at times. James is harder to like, but I did start feeling compassion for him at one point. The motivations for those characters is believable. Ben Affleck does a really good job with Doug. I think he's more talented than he's been given credit for. He also is one of the screenwriters for the movie. Jeremy Renner also does a really good job as James. Those two really have the most to do and their characters have a complicated relationship. All the acting is really well done. Blake Lively turns up in a few scenes as James's druggie sister. It isn't a ...pretty part, but she is really good in it.
The Town is a wonderfully well done crime thriller that definitely deserves to be seen. I think this one really makes it clear that Affleck has talent.
I did get a review posted on Epinions.
By the way, anyone who hasn't seen Gone Baby Gone yet really should watch it. It isn't a happy or even pleasant movie to watch, but it is very well done.
(From The Town on September 23rd, 2010)
Dark Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Season 1: Disc 4
Normal is kidnapped by a gang of art thieves and the Jam Pony folks realize they have been tricked into transporting stolen paintings.
This episode... this one I would say is more of a fun episode then anything else. Max goes out of her element to go to a wedding with Logan... plus if that isn't enough... she has to save Normal when he accidentally switches the contents of 2 packages. Since Max has to temporarily leave the wedding to save Normal... we get to see her in action... while wearing a fancy evening dress.
The "transgenic" Reds catch up with Max when her lost pager reveals her whereabouts to them. The Reds are former death row convicts seeking to combine their technology with Max's genetic material.
Another episode I liked a lot... Max has a showdown with the "Reds" in this episode.... and risks her life with one of the implants.
The Kidz are Aiight
Re-captured by Lydecker after his helicopter crash, Zack is tortured in an effort to get him to reveal the whereabouts of the other X5 escapees.
This one was a really good episode... I enjoyed it a lot! When Zach is tricked into revealing where some of the other escapees are... he and Max has to do some quick thinking. We also get to meet another of Max's sisters in this episode.
Max discovers Logan is dealing with a back-alley medical clinic doctor who has agreed to perform experimental therapies to keep him out of his wheelchair, who Max realizes is also a former Manticore scientist.
This is another good episode... and shows just how much Max hates Manticore... as well as how far she will go for any of her brothers or sisters... whether they escaped with her or not.
(From Dark Angel Marathon on September 6th, 2007)