Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, a review by addicted2dvd
Mimi Rogers as Katherine McCormick
Bruce Davison as John McCormick
Jesse Bradford as Angus McCormick
Tom Bower as John Gale
Joel Palmer as Silas McCormick
Set against the backdrop of the Canadian wilderness, this heartwarming adventure about a young boy and his dog is perfect entertainment for the whole family.
When their boat capsizes in turbulent waters off the Pacific Northwest, John McCormick's (Bruce Davidson) 14-year-old son Angus (Jesse Bradford), and newly adopted Golden Lab are swept ashore. As his terrified mother (Mimi Rogers) and father never give up hope that he will be found alive, Angus and his faithful friend struggle to survive in the rugged wilds. In the process they forge a special bond that neither time nor distance can break in this special story of love, loyalty and perseverance.
This one is a good story that I enjoyed quite a bit. Sure I found it to be a bit on the predictable side... but they still made it work. I liked that they portrayed the kid as smart and knew how to take care of himself out in the wilderness. But at the same time making Yellow essential to the story. Definitely worth the time put in to watch.
(From May Marathon - Animals on May 3rd, 2016)
[.REC], a review by Jon
4 out of 5
A young reporter and her cameraman accompany the Spanish fire service to a routine call. Before they know it they are trapped in an apartment block by the authorities who refuse to let them out until an unspecified health scare has been neutralised.
Yet another home movie. What is it with filmmakers today? Are tripods too damn expensive? Released around the same time as Cloverfield and Diary of The Dead, and featuring a well-worn situation, originality was never going to be this movies strong point. But strong points it does have, comparing favourably with the other "authentic" handheld movies this year and The Blair Witch, probably to blame for the idea in the first place. In fact this is possibly the best horror movie released since The Descent.
The story is very basic, with only a handful of characters. The latter at least is unusual for a zombie movie, but in an enclosed space, it's more effective and apart from two, all the infected victims are characters we've been introduced to so it has more punch. The tension is heightened by the shadows of the people outside playing on the windows showing civilisation and safety is in spitting distance.
It's a credit to Rec, Diary and Cloverfield that all of them have been able to use the same basic idea without treading on each others toes and finding some hook: Diary, the least entertaining, had the most ambition with multi-source post-edited material and a bonkers cameraman; Cloverfield stretched the conceit to breaking point but had the nice idea of including bits of the previous recordings form a happier time; but Rec perhaps uses it to best effect, reducing it to a simple P.O.V. from Pablo the cameraman, making for a terrifying tour of a haunted house. It'll be a while before I peak in any lofts! None of them ever used the trick from Planet Terror though, which I loved (damaged film means a good portion of the story is missing).
You might assume that the DTS sound is limited because it's supposed to be an in-camera recording, but it's used very well. As the infected grab at the mike and muffle the sound; or you hear a scream from behind and Pablo spins around to look, the scream runs through your room. Visually there's plenty of jumps and shadows to explore. The light on the camera and night vision are used brilliantly.
The last act reveals some substance, with a play on the regular viral infection now including The Vatican dealing with a case of possession. So plenty of sequel bait! That's unusual for me. Two films in this marathon have left me salivating for a follow-up. At least that's happening here for definite, plus a remake already for those allergic to sub-titles. Do yourself a favour and try this first. At the very least, they aren't going to find a heroine anywhere near as cute as the wonderful Manuela Velasco. The bouncy little pig-tailed minx is far more attractive than Bruce Willis in the dirty vest look!
There are very few, if any, films that have actually scared me properly, especially in recent years. That's why I say it's the best since The Descent. They still don't have the power to make me sleep with the light on, but still, no films between those two have had me on the edge of my seat, jumping like a loon as much as this!
(From October Marathon: Horror! on October 13th, 2008)
Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom
03. Witch (1997-03-17)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), Dana Reston (Writer)
Director: Stephen Cragg
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy), Robin Riker (Catherine), Jim Doughan (Mr. Pole), Nicole Prescott (Lishanne), Amanda Wilmshurst (Senior Cheerleader), William Monaghan (Dr. Gregory)
This belongs to my least favorite episodes of the first season. Though I liked the resolution to the story.
Also I would have liked to see Amy more often. Sadly she came not back often and when she did, she was there to be a bad influence on Willow in later seasons.
04. Teacher's Pet (1997-03-24)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), David Greenwalt (Writer)
Director: Bruce Seth Green
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), David Boreanaz (Angel), Ken Lerner (Principal Flutie), Musetta Vander (Miss Natalie French), Jackson Price (Blaine), Jean Speegle Howard (Real Miss French), William Monaghan (Dr. Gregory), Jack Knight (Homeless Guy), Michael Ross Verona (Teacher), Karim Oliver (Bud #1)
Probably my least favorite episode of all. Stupid story with no real coherence. No funny jokes which could save the episode.
How did Buffy come to the conclusion that Ms. French is an insect? "Oh, I saw her turning her head 180 degrees. She must be an insect!", "I looked a little into insect books. Of what I have read, she must be a Praying Mantis! Those clothes she's wearing is the final proof for this!"
How convenient that there is a strange vampire around who can sense Ms. French from outside her house. But why did he run up to her the first time around and only when she looked at him, he went running?
The final shot they're hinting that a She-Mantis could be back for another time. Boy am I glad that they never followed up on this!
(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on November 23rd, 2008)