Scream 2, a review by samuelrichardscott
Scream 2 (1997) R2 United Kingdom
Master director Wes Craven (Scream, Wishmaster) once again teams up with Kevin Williamson (writer of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer) in this hip, fun and relentlessly scary follow-up to the hit thriller Scream! Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell - Scream, The Craft) thought she had put the shocking Woodsboro murders behind her...until crazed copycat killer begins acting out a chilling, real-life horror sequel on her college campus! As the bodies begin to pile up, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox - Scream, Ace Venture: Pet Detective, TV's Friends), deputy Dewey (David Arquette - Scream, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and other Woodsboro survivors find themselves trapped in an all-new nightmare where no one is safe - or above suspicion.
Even more terrifying and twistedly funny than the original, SCREAM 2 again defies the rules and delivers heartstopping surprises...giving you more of what made you scream in the first place!
The inevitable sequel to the fantastic first movie has survivor Sidney Prescott going to college where it appears a copycat killer is out to get her and her new friends all over again. Following what is essentially the same method, Scream 2 follows the 'genre' rules without as much parody and with a less witty, intelligent script. Don't get me wrong, the jokes are there, but haven't been added anywhere near as smoothly. Still, it moves along at a nice pace and again, has a better cast than your typical horror with Neve Campbell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Heather Graham, Jada Pinkett and the Cox's. The movie is above average and is definately worthy of a place on the shelf along with the first, but expect something that is more faithful to slasher's without the cleverness. 3.5/5
(From Never Ending Movie Marathon (short reviews) on May 25th, 2010)
Annie Hall, a review by snowcat
Annie Hall - 1977
Director - Woody Allen
Running time - 93 minutes
Stars - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
The title Annie Hall has always made me think of a bit stately home, probably due to the hall part of the title, obviously this film has nothing to do with stately homes, it follows Woody Allens character Alvy as he tries to discover where his relationship went wrong.
I can't say Ive seen Woody Allen in much, I must broaden my horizons and look in to his work, because I find him funny, I find his deadpan variety of humour genius, and as a fan of ridiculous sex comedies I find myself owning a few of his films, but not getting around to watching them.
Annie Hall starts with Alvy (Woody Allen) addressing the audience, explaining that he has broken up with Annie, he goes on to recount his past and chronicle the events of there relationship.
During the film the two make various imaginary trips to watch other past, Annie seeing Alvy's childhood and Alvy seeing Annie past relationships, The film chronicles there many arguments and reconciliations. Until finally they have “the talk” on an aeroplane and decide the future of there relationsip.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Annie Hall, I found myself wanting to watch it again as soon as it had finished, that's a rare thing for me to experience, I found that sadly some of the things said by Alvy reflected relationships in my past, and allowed me to get a better understanding of things, his quote from Groucho Marx, which in turn was from somewhere else “I wouldn't want to join a club, who would have me as a member” is true, many people feel that way about relationships, I see this film as less of a comedy and more of a character study.
Annie Hall, is a very good film one I will be returning to again. I guess this means I should watch the other Woody Allen films I own.
(From Emma's Film Reviews (snowcat) on November 2nd, 2009)
"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom
3.06 Bounty Hunter (1997-10-19)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), George F. Walker (Writer)
Director: Steve DiMarco
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), Callum Keith Rennie (Stanley "Ray" Kowalski), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Camilla Scott (Inspector Margaret Thatcher), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Tom Melissis (Detective Dewey), Ramona Milano (Francesca Vecchio), Gordon Pinsent (Fraser Sr.), Wendy Crewson (Janet Moore), Hugh Thompson (Bradley Torrance), Jared Wall (Robbie), Cecilley Carroll (Annie), Hayley Lochner (Suzanne), Dean McDermott (Constable Turnbull), Bruce McFee (Deadeye Fineberg), Cliff Saunders (Ansell Ford), Layton Morrison (Wild Bill Jackson), Paul Saunders (Harvey Lopez), Ray Alexander (Lester Rivers)
This episode is mostly about a possible romance between Fraser and the guest character, the female bounty hunter. It is not bad, but I did not really care for the storyline.
One of the great things about this season is, that we get to see Francesca more often. Also it is now to see that there is a genuine friendship between new Ray and Fraser developing.
(From "Due South" marathon on January 1st, 2010)