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Zatoichi's Vengeance, a review by Antares


Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966) 78/100 - As I was watching this film, I started to wonder if Shintarô Katsu was beginning to think his Zatoichi character was being idolized by children, but for the wrong reason. When you look at the previous twelve films, Ichi kills on average, about twenty to thirty men over the course of a film's length. It wouldn't be any different with this film, but at least the storyline has Ichi pondering, thanks to meeting a blind monk who points out his violent nature to him, the possible influence he has on a young child. In some ways, this blind monk is reminiscent of the chamberlain's wife in Kurosawa's Tsubaki Sanjûrô, who points out to the ronin samurai that he is an unsheathed sword, dripping in blood. Her wisdom is that the most powerful sword, is the one that is never wielded, but remains in its scabbard. The monk tries to get Ichi to see his reckless disregard for human life and Ichi tries to make himself appear cowardly in front of the young boy. At first it works, but then the villagers are set upon by a yakuza boss, and Ichi goes back into blind badass mode. There's a lot of soul searching in this one, and it works. It makes this entry in the series, one of the most interesting so far, and a good lead in to the next film, Zatoichi's Pilgrimage. Which was written by Kaneto Shindô, and follows the same philosophical storyline.

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 21st, 2014)

Member's Reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, a review by Tom


     Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010/United Kingdom)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Warner Home Video (United Kingdom)
Director:David Yates
Writing:Steve Kloves (Screenwriter), J.K. Rowling (Original Material By)
Length:146 min.
Video:Widescreen 2.40
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Catalonian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:Arabic, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
     

Stars:
Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley
Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Plot:
Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's power - the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, the three must rely on one another more than ever...but Dark Forces threaten to tear them apart.

Awards:
Won:
MTV Movie Awards (2011)  Best Villain (Tom Felton)
National Movie Awards (2011)  Best Fantasy Film
Nominated:
Academy Award (2010)  Best Art Direction (Stuart Craig, Stephanie McMillan)
Academy Award (2010)  Best Visual Effects (Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz, Nicolas Aithadi)
MTV Movie Awards (2011)  Best Female Performance (Emma Watson)
MTV Movie Awards (2011)  Best Fight (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Rod Hunt, Arden Bajraktaraj)
MTV Movie Awards (2011)  Best Kiss (Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe)
MTV Movie Awards (2011)  Best Male Performance (Daniel Radcliffe)
MTV Movie Awards (2011)  Best Movie
National Movie Awards (2011)  Best Performance of the Year (Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson)

Extras:
  • BD-Live
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Maximum Movie Mode
  • Scene Access


My Thoughts:
This movie had a great start. Dragged a little in the middle. And was good again towards the end. I still doubt that the finale will blow me away, but so far it was an interesting watch. Nice to see Dobby again. And the CGI of him was very well done in this movie. Contrary to the big snake in this movie which really looked fake.

Rating:

(From Tom's Harry Potter Movie Marathon on March 12th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom




Title: Red Dwarf II
Year: 1988
Director:
Rating: 12
Length: 174 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English

Plot:
Three million years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf. Its crew: Dave Lister, the last human being alive; Arnold Rimmer, a hologram of his dead bunkmate; and a creature who evolved from the ship's cat.

Extras:
Collectors Booklet
Commentary
Deleted Scenes
DVD-ROM Content
Featurettes
Interviews
Music Cues
Music Videos
Outtakes
Photo Gallery
Scene Access
Talking Book Chapters
Trailers

My Thoughts:
I didn't enjoy the second series as much as the first one. But that is not to say, that it was bad. It is still one of the best sci-fi comedies ever.
In this series we first meet Kryten, although played by a different actor than later on. The best episodes are Queeg, where Holly plays an elaborate joke on the crew, and Parallel Universe where the crew meets alternate female versions of themselves.

#EpisodeRating
01Kryten
02Better Than Life
03Thanks for the Memory
04Stasis Leak
05Queeg
06Parallel Universe


(From Tom's Random Reviews on October 18th, 2009)