Contact, a review by Blair
Tagline: If it's just us, it seems like an awful waste of space.
Runtime: 150 minutes
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Jodie Foster as Eleanor Arroway
Matthew McConaughey as Palmer Joss
Tom Skerritt as David Drumlin
William Fichtner as Kent
James Woods as Michael Kitz
John Hurt as S.R. Hadden
Angela Bassett as Rachel Constantine
Geoffrey Blake as Fisher
Jena Malone as Young Ellie
David Morse as Ted Arroway
The character of Eleanor Arroway is driven by scientific discovery, particularly in the field of astronomy. Struggling against overwhelming criticism, she hopes to prove the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. On her side -- through affection yet compassion -- is Palmer Joss, a man who holds a firm belief in God expressing it through a gentle voice. When a signal from space is picked up by Arroway, new battles between her and those with their own agendas begin, putting both science and faith through a test of truth.
This movie does an excellent job of portraying many aspects of the human condition: faith, depression, self-centeredness, determination, and bliss to name a few. While not all of the acting was too my liking, two key antagonists -- played by Tom Skerritt and James Woods -- expertly performed their parts making me wish I could jump through the screen and punch them. The musical score, while effectively adequate, was nothing too special... but it didn't need to be. The effects ranged from subtle yet interesting to realistic enough to not seem like effects at all.
The film as a whole is a true roller-coaster ride of highs, lows, and unexpected twists worthy of a viewing by anyone who has ever searched for their own answers to the question, "Are we alone in the universe?"
I end with a favorite set of lines which, to me, summaries the essence of the story. Ellie and Palmer debate their opposing views on the existence (or non-existence) of God:
Palmer: I couldn't imagine living in a world where God didn't exist.
Ellie: How do you know you're not deluding yourself? I mean, for me... I need proof.
Palmer: Proof. Did you love your father? (Her father has been deceased since she was a child)
Ellie: Yes, very much.
Palmer: Prove it.
(From Blair's topic for reviewing . . . . wait for it . . . . . MOVIES! (duh) on July 24th, 2011)
Spotlight, a review by Antares
Spotlight (2015) 88/100 - I thought I'd never utter or type these words...I've lost my love for films. I've spent a lot of money amassing a large collection of DVDs, which mostly sit in folders, unwatched. Over the last few years, I've bemoaned the fact that a majority of the films coming out of Hollywood are complete crap. A couple of nights ago, I was searching through the Redbox website, and after meandering throughout all the cinemuck, saw Spotlight. I've been pretty much out of the loop as to what's been coming out over the last year, but I knew that this had won the Oscar for Best Picture. I grew up in Massachusetts during the time frame of these atrocities and having attended Catholic schools for 12 years, thought this film might be the one that restores the fire in the dying embers of my film flame... it did. I love a good "journalist investigation" film and this has to rank up there with some of the best. After I finished the film, I went on Criticker and read some of the reviews there. I was surprised to see so many people trashing it, from what I felt, was a misunderstanding of what the film was made for. It's purpose wasn't to make a groundbreaking, technical masterpiece, nor was it made to stir up the crimes of the Catholic church. It was made to show how important a Free Press is to OUR freedom and security. We live in a world where everything is being crammed into either a 15 second sound bite or a 140 character Tweet. It's all disposable information and that's what the corporations, who have taken over our country want. If it's disposable, it's also desensitizing and an apathetic and passive populace is easy prey.
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 April 15th, 2016)
Smallville Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Season 3: Disc 4:
After Pete purposely blows a street race, the thugs that run it threaten his life, so he asks Clark to use his powers to stop them..
Good episode.... seemed to be a rip off of Fast & Furious or something like that... but it was right good. I enjoyed it.
Clark is forced to use his powers in front of Alicia, a new girl at school, but he is surprised to find out she has powers of her own.
A decent episode...though unlike many of the people I know... I never cared for Alicia... in neither of the episodes that she was in.
While his father is awaiting surgery, Clark befriends a young boy, Garrett whose brother Vince just died from liver failure. However, everyone is shocked when Vince shows up alive and seemingly well - until his liver starts failing again.
This one was a good episode. Seems like the idea of this one came from the movie John Q.... but was enjoyable all the same.
Clark receives a panicked call from Lana and hears a gunshot before the line goes dead, but when he arrives at the Talon he is stunned to discover she is alive and well.
Another good episode... One I had to put in spoilers because the synopsis doesn't talk about it and didn't want to spoil it for any one reading... Thanks for this Addition Touti!
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a phone call from the future... seemed to be yet another rip-off of a movie... Frequency anyone? I know... Frequency was a ham radio message from the past... but seems like they just changed up as they needed to for what they wanted to do.
(From Smallville Marathon on August 6th, 2007)