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The Fly, a review by Tom


     The Fly (1986/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:David Cronenberg
Writing:George Langelaan (Original Material By), Charles Edward Pogue (Screenwriter), David Cronenberg (Screenwriter)
Length:96 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish: Dolby Digital 1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, Spanish

Stars:
Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle
Geena Davis as Veronica Quaife
John Getz as Stathis Borans
Joy Boushel as Tawny
Les Carlson as Dr. Cheevers

Plot:
A chilling contemporary remake of an all-time horror classic has now been transformed into the ultimate Collector's Edition DVD. Reborn with hours of in-depth, never-before-seen extras, this all-new 2-disc set takes terror to a whole new level!

Jeff Goldblum stars as an overly ambitious scientist who accidentally merges with a housefly while conducting a bizarre teleporting experiment. Now his journalist girlfriend (Geena Davis) suddenly finds herself caring for a hideous creature whose insect half gradually begins to take over.

Awards:
Won:
Academy Award (1986)  Best Makeup (Chris Walas, Stephan Dupuis)
Saturn (1986)  Best Actor (Jeff Goldblum)
Saturn (1986)  Best Horror Film
Saturn (1986)  Best Makeup (Chris Walas)
Nominated:
AFI (1986)  100 Years... 100 Passions (2002)
AFI (1986)  100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001)
BAFTA (1987)  Achievement In Special Effects (Chris Walas, Jon Berg, Louis Craig, Hoyt Yeatman)
BAFTA (1987)  Make-Up Artist (Chris Walas, Stephan Dupuis)
Hugo Award (1987)  Dramatic Presentation
Saturn (1986)  Best Actress (Geena Davis)
Saturn (1986)  Best Director (David Cronenberg)
Saturn (1986)  Best Music (Howard Shore)

Extras:
  • Closed Captioned
  • Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Original Short Story and Screenplay
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scene Access
  • Test Footage
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
A very entertaining movie with a great performance by Jeff Goldblum. I never saw the original, but what I have seen of it, it seems to be rather ridiculous. Not the case here.

Rating:

(From Tom's Horror Marathon 2012 on October 22nd, 2012)

Member's Reviews

Arachnophobia, a review by addicted2dvd



Arachnophobia
Hollywood Pictures and Amblin Entertainment deliver an electrifying big-screen rollercoaster ride of a movie! Everyone is afraid of something…for Dr. Ross Jennings, his phobia is downright embarrassing. But when he moves his family to a small town, the one thing that bugs him most is now harming the townspeople at an alarming rate. For this unlikely hero, overcoming a childhood fear of spiders might just save the community, but it may already be too late! Directed by Frank Marshall (Executive Producer – Back To The Future, Producer – Raiders Of The Lost Ark) and also starring John Goodman, this critically acclaimed, breathtaking hit entertains with its terrific mix of thrills, chills and laughter!

My Thoughts:
This is an enjoyable movie... but one I can only watch but so often... because of my own bad case of arachnophobia. Watching this movie (or any involving spiders) makes my skin crawl.  This movie has a couple faces I am familiar with. First we see Julian Sands... who I know from the first couple Warlock movies. Then for comic relief we have John Goodman who was Dan on Roseanne. I wouldn't say this is the best horror movie I ever seen... probably not even the best movie about spiders. But I do enjoy it... I would say it is an above average movie.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5



(From Weekend Movie Marathon 1/2 - 1/4 on January 3rd, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season marathon, a review by Achim


13. Earthlings  Welcome Here
At a conference on UFOs, Sarah gets a clue that puts her on the trail of the three dots.  Riley has second thoughts about her mission.

My comments:
Wow, that was awkward. While most of the plot didn't really interest me that much (mainly that part with the UFOs...) it was still all put together very well. Then there is the two other story threads which are also very interesting and the story comes out on top in the end.

I mean, come on, Sarah follows a lead where she found three UFOs on the cover of a flyer, looking similar to her dots? In general I don't mind the idea that stands behind that (people found "future technology" and since they can't know that they assume it's alien), just they way it's introduced into the show didn't meet my approval (:laugh:). Once that was over with there was one more obvious plot twist to deal with but the rest was fine.

Much more interesting to me was how they introduced Riley's back story (including "her" agenda) with a bang. No more hiding, no more guesses or hints. Kaboom, here is what it is, deal with it. :laugh: :thumbup: That was intercut with interactions between John, Riley and Cameron which re-introduced the theme of jealousy.

Finally there is Ellison who, after initial hesitation, agrees to teach morals and ethics to John Henry. Well, technically we never see him agree, but we see him play chess with the artificial intelligence and discuss related topics.
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(only because the, IMO misguided, use of the UFO theme)

(From Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season marathon on February 14th, 2010)