The City of the Dead, a review by Danae Cassandra
City of the Dead
Year of Release: 1960
Directed By: John Moxey
Starring: Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Patricia Jessel, Tom Naylor, Betta St. John
College student Nan Barlow is researching the history of witchcraft. Taunted by her brother and fiancé, who have voiced their concern over her silly notions, Nan arms herself with resolve and drives into the small New England village of Whitewood. She is glad that at least she as able to count on the support of her professor. A bit anxious but consumed with curiosity, she will soon embark on the journey of her life!
This was a great piece of 60's British horror. Really gothic and creepy, with fantastic atmosphere. Yes, you can tell it's made on a soundstage, but the blackness around the town and the thick fog make Whitewood seem like it exists in another realm. Christopher Lee is in his usual form - charismatic with an aura of menace beneath a classy exterior. The script is good too, especially since you think you know where the film is going and then it hits you with an unexpected twist in the middle. Highly recommended if you enjoy older horror films, or are a fan of Lee's. He's not here as much as I'd like, but he's superb in his scenes.
Watched For: Hoop-tober 3.0, Horror/Halloween Challenge 2016
Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Pass
Horror/Halloween Challenge Films: 5/52
(From Horror/Halloween 2016 Challenge on October 5th, 2016)
Dragonheart, a review by DJ Doena
Dennis Quaid ... Bowen
David Thewlis ... King Einon
Pete Postlethwaite ... Gilbert of Glockenspur
Dina Meyer ... Kara
Jason Isaacs ... Lord Felton
Brian Thompson ... Brok
Synopsis: When the young prince Einon is dying, his mother persuades a dragon to give him half his heart. Although Einon has been taught about the old ways both by his mother and his sword teacher Bowen he becomes as ruthless as his father was. Bowen blames the dragon and becomes a dragon slayer. But then he meets Draco, the last of his kind. Then they take the fight to Einon because Draco has also a score to settle with him.
My Opinion: Sean Connery has done a marvellous job in voicing Draco (although the german voice of Mario Adorf isn't that bad either) and Dennis Quaid is a great knight of the old ways. I enjoyed it very much and often forgot that Draco is "just an animation". Funny thing is, this was the first time I ever saw David Thewlis and when he was cast as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter I was sceptical (because he was a bad guy here) but it worked very well (the fact that I don't like the third Harry Potter movie that much aside).
(From The "What I watch when I don't watch TV shows" thread on June 20th, 2008)
Tom's TV Finales marathon, a review by Tom
It's the cozy little Boston bar where everybody knows your name ... raise a glass to Cheers ™- the Emmy® Award-winning smash-hit television series that kept the laughs uncorked for 11 seasons. In Cheers™: The Final Season, it's finally last call, as the milestone comedy ends its historic run with Sam (Ted Danson) rebuilding the bar after Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) sets it on fire. Meanwhile, Norm (George Wendt) gets audited, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) gets promoted, and Lillith leaves Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) in order to live in a biosphere. And as Woody (Woody Harrelson) runs for city council and Carla (Rhea Perlman) sees her daughter get married, Sam invites Diane Chambers back to Boston, then pretends he's married to Rebecca! The uproarious sitcom goes out with a bang, with a 28-episode set. A toast to Cheers ™... and many happy returns!
Season 11.25 One For The Road (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Writer: Glen Charles (Created By), Les Charles (Created By), James Burrows (Created By), Glen Charles (Writer), Les Charles (Writer)
Director: James Burrows
Cast: Ted Danson (Sam Malone), Kirstie Alley (Rebecca Howe), Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortelli), John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin), Woody Harrelson (Woody Boyd), Kelsey Grammer (Dr. Frasier Crane), George Wendt (Norm Peterson), Tim Cunningham (Tim), Steve Giannelli (Steve), Alan Koss (Alan), Shelley Long (Diane Chambers), Kim Alexis (Herself), Mike Ditka (Himself), Anthony Heald (Kevin), Jackie Swanson (Kelly Boyd), Paul Willson (Paul)
A great last episode. It brings a good closure to the series and its characters.
(From Tom's TV Finales marathon on April 13th, 2013)