Cinderella, a review by Danae Cassandra
Year of Release: 1950
Directed By: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi
Starring: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Claire DuBrey
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Musical
Rediscover the timeless story, the memorable music and unforgettable characters - now more enchanting than ever with pristine digital picture and dazzling high definition sound! Cinderella has faith her dreams will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically transformed into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball. But when the clock strikes midnight, the spell is broken, leaving only a single glass slipper...the only key to the ultimate fairy-tale ending!
Sure it's a classic tale, but as an adult the only thing I can think is "man Cinderella is so stupid." The mice are cute, the songs are good, and the animation is excellent classic Disney. The main character is just such an idiot, and why she's been held up all these years as a model for young girls is beyond me.
Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Fail
(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 29th, 2016)
The A-Team, a review by Dragonfire
I use to watch The A-Team all the time and while some aspects of the show are silly, it is fun and entertaining overall. I've been interested in seeing the movie for a while now and I decided to go see it Friday.
Things start off showing how the four guys first end up working together. Hannibal and Face are in Mexico on a mission when B.A. gets pulled in because he just happens to be at the same place as Hannibal. Someone set it up for Hannibal to get Murdock to fly them out in a helicopter even though Murdock is in a hospital being treated for mental problems. Somehow the mission goes well, though it does start B.A. intense fear of flying. Considering what happened during that flight, it is perfectly understandable why he feels that way.
Eight years later, the team is still working together in Iraq. They are considered a very elite team. Lynch, a CIA agent, approaches Hannibal about a mission that others on the military base are warning him away from. Hannibal decides to do the mission. Things go very wrong and the team is convicted of a crime they didn't do and sent to prison. Hannibal develops a plan to get them out and clear their names.
There are two short scenes at the end of the credits that are really entertaining.
Things have been updated from the television show, having the men involved in the war in Iraq instead of Vietnam. They use more modern gadgets with some of their plans. The basic idea of the team being convicted of something they didn't do is there, though I think the crime is different from what was in the original show. I like that time is taken to show the first mission all four of them do together. That helps to define the dynamics of the group really well. The plot really isn't that complicated, even with the addition of Charissa, a former lover of Face's who is with the Department of Defense and the main person looking for them once they break out. There are a few surprises even though much of what happens is predictable. Things that happened in the show do turn up in the movie. Some of the characters say lines that they always said in the show and B.A. does say "I'm gonna kill you fool", something I believe he said frequently in the show. The them from the show is heard, as is the voice over explaining about them being wrongly convicted and how people can hire them if they can find them. The black van is in the movie, though not as much as I had thought it would be from the trailers. I really liked all the little references back to the show.
Like I expected, there is a lot of action throughout the movie, though considering all the shootings and explosions, the violence isn't that extreme or graphic. The action scenes are done very well, though in a few of them, the quick cuts make it harder to tell what is going on. Some of what happens is more extreme and unbelievable, but it helps to make the movie entertaining. A good example of this is a sequence involving a tank that has been shown in the previews. That just doesn't seem possible at all, but it makes a cool scene.
The characters are very much like I remember from the show, though I think there are small differences here and there. It has been a long time since I last saw the show, so I might be forgetting some things. Liam Neeson is wonderful as Hannibal, the leader of the team. He comes up with plans that are sometimes bizarre, but they usually work. He has his own ideas for what is right and wrong. Face is very much a ladies man, though he has no trouble using various weapons. He is very good looking, though he really doesn't seem vain or conceited. He's really likable and able to manipulate things, even when in prison. I like Bradley Cooper in the part. It probably helps that he looks really good with his shirt off.
Murdock is clearly not playing with a full deck, though he shows moments of complete sanity and he is able to pull off his part of the various plans, sometimes improvising. He is an interesting character and I always liked him on the show. Sharlto Copley does well with the part. B.A. is a tough guy who can hold his own in a fight, but he isn't always angry and looking for a fight. For some of the movie, he is actually trying to avoid any sort of fight. That is a bit different from how I remember B.A., but I think it works for the character. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson does really well with the part.
Yes some of what happens is silly and there are definite believability issues, but The A-Team is a good action movie. This is a good mindless action movie and people shouldn't expect more from it. Fans of the show may find something to like, though they may also not like some of the changes.
I did get a review posted on Epinions.
(From The A-Team on June 13th, 2010)
Tom's TV Finales marathon, a review by Tom
He's righteous. He's heroic. He's The Cape.
Vince Faraday (David Lyons, E.R.) is an honest cop on a corrupt police force. When he's framed for murder and presumed dead, he finds that he must go into hiding - leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, Life on Mars), and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, Flash Forward). Determined to battle the criminals who now control his hometown, Vince takes the law into his own hands and becomes The Cape-his son's favorite comic book superhero. Featuring an incredible supporting cast, including James Frain (The Tudors), Keith David (Death at a Funeral), Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Dorian Missick (The Manchurian Candidate), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Vinnie Jones (Snatch), it's the action-packed series that has critics raving, "'The Cape' is cloaked in awesome." (OK! Magazine)
Season 1.10 Endgame
Writer: Tom Wheeler (Created By), Christine Roum (Writer)
Director: Ernest Dickerson
Cast: David Lyons (Vince Faraday/The Cape), Keith David (Max Malini), Summer Glau (Orwell), James Frain (Peter Fleming/Chess), Jennifer Ferrin (Dana Thompson-Faraday), Ryan Wynott (Trip Faraday), Dorian Missick (Marty Voyt), Martin Klebba (Rollo), Vinnie Jones (Dominic Raoul/Scales), Mather Zickel (Travis Hall), Elise Neal, Brian Howe, John Gleeson Connolly, Yara Shahidi, Myles Lamonte, Demetrius Grosse, Wendy Burch (News Anchor), Raymond Ma (Tian Zhao), Samantha Sloyan (Blonde Reporter), Tom McCafferty (ARK Officer), Ritu Lal (Reporter #1), Voltaire Sterling (Reporter #2), Brian Ibsen (Reporter #3), Alan Deane (Shopkeeper)
A boring series and a rather boring last episode. No wonder, that it was cancelled so soon. Also this episode (even if the name suggests it) doesn't really resolve the series.
(From Tom's TV Finales marathon on April 13th, 2013)