Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, a review by Hal
Title: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Director: Paul Schrader
Length: 116 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.00:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
A supernatural evil comes to a post-World War II archaeologic dig in British East Africa. Or is the escalating toll of death and dread the inevitable result of human nature? Father Merrin witnessed man at his worst during the war, and it led him to abandon the priesthood. Now, supervising the excavation of a mysterious church, he must rediscover his faith to combat a foe who's cunning, unrelenting and immortal. 'Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist' is the bold, eye-filling revelation of events that thrust Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) onto a showdown course with mankind's most insidious enemy. Paul Schrader (director of 'Auto Focus', screenwriter of 'Taxi Driver') directs, bringing insight and palpable terror to the newest chapter of the famed horror series whos battleground is the human soul. The fear is here. It will shake you to your core.
My Thoughts:This is essentially the same movie as Exorcist: The Beginning, which was shot from much of the footage of this film, but was changed to make it more of a classic "horror" film. Wikipedia has a good description of the relationship between the films HERE. Dominion was completed and released after The Beginning was less than a success at the box office.
Not knowing the history when I began to watch this, I was expecting a completely different story. About 15 minutes into it, I realized this had to be a different version of the same plot.
Each version has it's merits and flaws, but overall, I think I enjoyed The Beginning a bit more. There was more going on and there were a couple of plot twists that kept it a bit more interesting. Even so, I rate them both the same.
(From Hal's 2010 Horror Marathon Reviews on October 7th, 2010)
The Last Legion, a review by dfmorgan
Director: Doug Lefler
Cast: Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai
THE END OF AN EMPIRE
THE BEGINNING OF A LEGEND
THE UNTOLD STORY OF EXCALIBUR
AD 476. The Roman Empire is crumbling and the last Emperor, Romulus, is fleeing for his life. His only safety is to be found in the hands of his bodyguard and an enigmatic Byzantine warrior. His only sanctuary lies in the far-flung western outpost of Britannia, it is a perilous trek across a continent in search of a long forgotten elite legion of Roman soldiers.
When Rome is sacked by an army of Goths, the Empire Romulus was born to rule falls, now a new myth, destined to span the centuries, is waiting to rise.
Imprisoned and desperate, Romulus's destiny unravels as he discovers a mythical sword holding an ancient prophecy.
Watched: 20th Jul 2010
My Thoughts: To be honest I was expecting a hack and slash or sword and sorcery film but in the end this turned out to be a quite enjoyable romp through Roman history at the end of the Roman empire and leading to the Arthurian legend. Everything and everyone seemed to come together and play out well.
My Rating: An enjoyable 3
(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on July 20th, 2010)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
Loving parents Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter Birney) raise their kids with open hearts and open minds. Growing up in the 1960s, Mom and Dad share a liberal point of view, and guide their family with the ideals and convictions of flower power at its best. Their offspring, however, have different ideas. Eldest son Alex P. Keaton is an over-achieving, hard-core Republican, and clashes with his parents at every turn. Mallory is a fashion-loving, boy-crazy teen struggling through high school, while little sister Jennifer is the precocious tomboy who always speaks her mind. Together, they share the moments that make them laugh, make them cry...and make them family.
1.01 Pilot (1982-09-22)
Writer: Gary David Goldberg (Writer)
Director: Asaad Kelada
Cast: Meredith Baxter Birney (Elyse), Michael Gross (Steven), Michael J. Fox (Alex), Justine Bateman (Mallory), Tina Yothers (Jennifer), Cindy Fisher (Kimberly Blanton), John Petlock (Mr. Blanton), Toni Sawyer (Mrs. Blanton), Maurice Marsac (Roger)
A good start to a series I enjoy watching, but never really got into it. The only reason I watch it is because I think Michael J. Fox is great in it.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on May 22nd, 2011)