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Practical Magic, a review by Dragonfire



Practical Magic
Fun and excitement abound in the Owens family of wily witches. One problem, though: the men the Owens women fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death.

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman sparkle in Practical Magic, adapted from Alice Hoffman's bestseller and directed by Griffin Dunne (Addicted to Love). They play Sally and Gillian Owens, sisters hexed by a centuries-old curse...and coping with a witches brew of events involving a possible love match (Aidan Quinn) for one, a zombie (Goran Visnjic) for the other and a need to resume the age-old witchcraft taught by two doting Owens aunts (Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest). Sit for a spell and enjoy!




This is another one that isn't really a horror movie or scary movie, but that I like to watch in October.  I first saw it in the theater and it was one of the first DVDs I got.  I still really enjoy the movie.  The plot isn't overly complicated, but it is fun and entertaining overall.  I like Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman and I think they worked together well as sisters in the movie.  There is supernatural type things going on since they are witches and they go and bring Jimmy back to life.  I never really did fully get why Gillian wanted to bring him back...he was trying to kill her before he died.  Unless it was just so they wouldn't possibly face being charged with murder or something.  I haven't read the book, though I did consider it before. 



I did post a longer review at Epinions several years ago if anyone wants to take a look. 

Practical Magic


(From Marie's 2013 Halloween/Horror Marathon on October 8th, 2013)

Member's Reviews

Un vie de chat, a review by Danae Cassandra




Un vie de chat (A Cat in Paris)
Year of Release:  2010
Starring: Dominique Blanc, Bernadette Lafont, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui, Oriane Zani
Directed  By:  Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Genre: Adventure, Crime

Overview:My Thoughts:
What a great little film! It's very much like an old-style heist film, with quite a bit of action, a debonair thief, a dedicated policewoman, and a vicious thug - oh, and a smart, elegant cat.

The cat is also perfectly a cat - not a talking cat, just a regular cat. He has some perfectly cat-like expressions and movement too. The part where he looks up at the nanny with one eye open, looking bored, is simply spot-on for a cat.

It's hard to say what is so charming about this film - the plot is pretty simple and straightforward, the characters are all well-done but nothing extraordinary, the designs are kind-of Picasso-esque but also very simple, there's a bit of comedy, some chases, some action - but everything comes together in a really delightful way.

The hand-drawn art is very simple, stylized, but perfectly effective. It achieves a great middle ground - not hyper-realistic where the art is trying to simulate reality (if you wanted live action, why not film in it?) and not the crude, ugly style that has seemingly come to dominate television animation these days. The film also has great color and makes good use of light and shadow. Art-wise I was most reminded of The Triplets of Bellville, since the people aren't drawn to be extremely pretty, but are more stylized - and yet, more realistic at the same time.

Not for the youngest set (the gangsters and gunplay might be a bit much) and not for the "I'm too cool for cartoons" set either (it lacks the requisite wisecracks, sarcasm and hit-you-over-the-head overt pop culture references), but perfectly enjoyable to anyone else. Highly recommended.

Bechdel Test:  Pass

Overall:  4.25/5

(From Un vie de chat (A Cat in Paris) on August 1st, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom




Title: Dawson's Creek: Season Five
Year: 2001
Director:
Rating: NR
Length: 987 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: Portuguese, Spanish

Stars:


Plot:
They've gone from adolescence to adulthood and now it's time to make their way in the world. Joey, Jen and Jack head to college in Boston, Dawson makes his way to film school in Los Angeles, and Pacey chooses to explore other opportunities instead of going to college. Dawson also finds himself facing some major changes on the home-front. Even though they're starting a new chapter in their lives, there's nothing that can break the bond between these friends.

Awards:
Teen Choice Awards2003NominatedChoice TV - Drama/Action Adventure
Teen Choice Awards2003NominatedChoice TV Actor - Drama/Action AdventureJoshua Jackson
Teen Choice Awards2003NominatedChoice TV Actress - Drama/Action AdventureKatie Holmes
Teen Choice Awards2003NominatedChoice TV SidekickMika Boorem
Teen Choice Awards2000WonTV - Choice ActorJoshua Jackson
Teen Choice Awards2001WonTV - Choice ActorJoshua Jackson
Teen Choice Awards2002NominatedTV - Choice Actor, DramaJoshua Jackson
Teen Choice Awards2000NominatedTV - Choice ActressKatie Holmes
Teen Choice Awards2001NominatedTV - Choice ActressKatie Holmes
Teen Choice Awards2002NominatedTV - Choice Actress, DramaKatie Holmes
Teen Choice Awards2000WonTV - Choice Drama
Teen Choice Awards2001NominatedTV - Choice Drama
Teen Choice Awards2002NominatedTV - Choice Drama/Action Adventure
Teen Choice Awards2002NominatedTV - Choice SidekickBusy Philipps


Extras:
Closed Captioned
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
I am still enjoying this series. I think the transition from High School to University went well in this series. In the audio commentaries for season 4 they said they were trying not to pull the same stunt as a lot of other series were doing. I.e. that there is suddenly a university in town where all main characters are going to. Though they didn't exactly do this here, they still managed to put all main characters to the same city (Boston). This started with finding a way why Jack and Jen did not go to New York as originally planned. Then Pacey showing up in Boston and finally for Dawson to quit UCLA to also be in Boston.

Now a small review on the character developments this season (spoilers ahead):

Dawson:
The beginning of this season Dawson had to deal with the sudden death of his father. Mitch (played by "The Flash" actor John Wesley Shipp) was always one of my favorite TV dads so I was a little sad to see him go.
Later on Dawson had a small relationship with Jen. It was okay to get them together for a short while. It shows that they just do not click. Then Dawson pulled a miracle (or it is strange TV timelime): He made a great movie based on a phone book sized screenplay in just a few days. He even changed the main star half-way through without a problem.

Joey:
She seems to be in her element in college. Also her love interests were fun to watch. First she almost started a relationship with her professor. And later on she tamed a resident womanizer.

Jen:
Besides her relationship with Dawson and her starting hosting a radio show, nothing much happened.

Jack:
He joined a fraternity, became an asshole, started drinking and finally pulled himself together again.

Pacey:
Starts working at a noble restaurant and becomes quite a big shot there, until he looses his job at the end of the season. Towards the end he starts a relationship with Audrey.

Audrey:
Joey's new roommate. She is one of the reasons I finally went ahead to watch this series. Because I was curious about her. She is played by Busy Phillips who was part of the cast in Freaks & Geeks. It is a fun character to watch. The friendship which develops between her and Joey is nice. Also her relationship with Pacey seems right.

#EpisodeRating
01The Bostonians
02The Lost Weekend
03Capeside Revisited
04The Long Goodbye
05Use Your Disillusion
06High Anxiety
07Text, Lies and Videotape
08Hotel New Hampshire
09Four Scary Stories
10Appetite for Destruction
11Something Wild
12Sleeping Arrangements
13Something Wilder
14Guerilla Filmmaking
15Downtown Crossing
16In a Lonely Place
17Highway to Hell
18Cigarette Burns
19100 Light Years From Home
20Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
21After Hours
22The Abby
23Swan Song


(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 19th, 2009)