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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a review by RossRoy

Well, first movie watched for 2011 is

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Game on! Scott Pilgrim just met the girl of his dreams.....literally. But in order for them to date, he must defeat her seven evil exes – a rogues' gallery – including an infamous skateboarder, a vegan rock star and fearsome identical twins! From the genre-smashing director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead comes "a true original" (Entertainment Weekly) powered up by wit, action and groundbreaking visuals that you will want to watch again as soon as it's over!

Man I don't know if I'm just getting old or if maybe I wasn't in the right mood but.. this movie was so loud! Not only volume wise. It was like a full on assault on the senses.

At the beginning, I loved it. From the 8-bit Universal logo and music, to the comic book/gaming look. The fights are great and completely over the top, in a good way. The humour the action it's all good.

But clocking in at 2 hours, with not a single moment of rest? It becomes an unstoppable locomotive of overly loud sounds, overly bright images. I feel it's way overdone.

This movie would've been absolutely perfect... if I was still in my late teens / early 20s. Now? There was a time during the movie i was hoping to get the need to pee just so I could pause it for few a minutes to take a breath..


(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on January 2nd, 2011)

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Phantom of the Opera, a review by GSyren

TitlePhantom of the Opera (4-048317-448111)
DirectorDwight Little
ActorsRobert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Alex Hyde-White, Bill Nighy, Stephanie Lawrence
Produced1989 in United States
Runtime93 minutes
AudioGerman DTS-HD Master Audio 2-Channel Stereo, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2-Channel Stereo
My thoughtsThis is the slasher version of The Phantom. It deviates from the book in several ways, in names, in locations and in story details. There is a somewhat confusing frame story that is set in present day New York, but the main story is set in London rather than in Paris. As for the mask, it seems to be a mix of inspirations from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and House of Wax (1953). Disappointingly missing from the story is the falling chandelier. Apparently the producer couldn't afford it.

Robert Englund is good as the Phantom, but a little too creepy for my taste. Jill Schoelen as Christine is nice to look at, but not very memorable.

To me, this looks more like a slasher story than a regular telling of the Phantom. Your appreciation of it is most likely dependant on how much you like slasher films. Me, not so much. Personally I have a soft spot for the Hammer version with Herbert Lom. And, of course, the silent classic with Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin. So for me, this one is OK, but not more than that.
My rating

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on January 25th, 2014)

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Tom's TV Finales marathon, a review by Tom

     The Comeback: The Complete Only Season (2005/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(United States)
Length:376 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

For fallen star Valerie Cherish - former B-list sitcom actress desperate to revive her career - no proce is too high to pay for clinging to the television spotlight. Valerie agrees to be the subject of an intrusive reality television show, with cameras following her every move as she lands the part of "Aunt Sassy" in a tedious new sitcom, Room and Bored.

Lisa Kudrow stars in this uncomfortably funny and insightfully biting comedy series from writer Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City).
In the spirit of reality television, there seems to be no end to the humiliating circumstances Valerie Cherish will endure, all in the name of fame.

The Comeback
Season 1.13 Valerie Does Another Classic Leno
Writer: Michael Patrick King (Writer)
Director: Michael Patrick King
Cast: Lisa Kudrow (Valerie Cherish), Malin Akerman (Juna), Robert Bagnell (Tom Peterman), Lance Barber (Paulie G), Robert Michael Morris (Mickey), Laura Silverman (Jane), Damian Young (Mark Berman), Lillian Hurst, Kellan Lutz (Chris), Vanessa Marano (Franchesca), Jason Olive (Jesse), Kimberly Kevon Williams (Shayne), Anna Belknap, Dan Bucatinsky (Billy), Bill Escudier, Bayne Gibby (Gigi), Nathan Lee Graham, Marc Grapey, Marilu Henner (Herself), Willa Holland (Kalla), Michael Kopelow, Misi Lecube, Ted Michaels, Patrick O'Connor, Colby Paul, Jon Sklaroff, Brady Smith, Robert Tevis, Tom Virtue, Jay Leno (Himself)

As a conclusion to this series it works well. Overall I am not a big fan of this series. But as a parody of celebrity reality television shows it is well made.


(From Tom's TV Finales marathon on April 14th, 2013)