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Ugly Truth, a review by addicted2dvd


Watched On: 3/4/2013

     The Ugly Truth (2009/United States)
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director:Robert Luketic
Writing:Nicole Eastman (Story By), Nicole Eastman (Screenwriter), Karen McCullah Lutz (Screenwriter), Kirsten Smith (Screenwriter)
Length:96 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Audio Descriptive: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, French

Stars:
Katherine Heigl as Abby
Gerard Butler as Mike
Bree Turner as Joy
Eric Winter as Colin
Nick Searcy as Stuart
Jesse D. Goins as Cliff

Plot:
Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler star in this wildly funny battle of the sexes from director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde). Abby (Heigl), a successful morning show producer, is looking for a lot in a man. Mike (Butler), her obnoxious TV star, knows men only want one thing. Determined to prove that she's not romantically challenged, Abby takes Mike's advice during a promising new romance, but the unexpected results will stun everyone.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • Closed Captioned


My Thoughts:
This is one I recently got from the library... though it is one I have seen before. I believe I first caught this on cable.... but it could have been netflix. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not surprising... as I been a fan of Katherine Heigl for some time now. This is one I hope to add to my collection before too long.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on March 9th, 2013)

Member's Reviews

The Films of Budd Boetticher, a review by Antares


The Films of Budd Boetticher





       Budd Boetticher… the name probably doesn’t ring a bell… that is, unless your favorite film genre is Westerns. He was to sagebrush cinema, what Val Lewton was to horror films, a master at making cheap, but entertaining B-movies which brimmed with quality. Not unlike a shooting star, his tenure in Hollywood was brief, but brilliant. And though he started making movies in the mid-forties, it was his seven films with Randolph Scott from the fifties for which he is fondly remembered. Five of the films are gathered together in what has become known as one of the best DVD releases of 2008, The Films of Budd Boetticher, a must have for serious Western aficionado’s.

The Tall T

Year: 1957
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures, Producers-Actors Corporation
Genre: Western
Length: 77 Min.

Director
Budd Boetticher (1916)

Writing
Elmore Leonard (1925)...Story
Burt Kennedy (1922)...Screenplay

Producer
Harry Joe Brown (1890)
Randolph Scott (1898)

Cinematographer
Charles Lawton Jr. (1904)

Music
Heinz Roemheld (1901)...Composer

Stars
Randolph Scott (1898) as Pat Brennan
Richard Boone (1917) as Frank Usher
Maureen O'Sullivan (1911) as Doretta Mims
Arthur Hunnicutt (1910) as Ed Rintoon
Skip Homeier (1930) as Billy Jack
Henry Silva (1928) as Chink
John Hubbard (1914) as Willard Mims
Robert Burton (1895) as Tenvoorde

Review
       The first film in the set is the second pairing by Boetticher and Scott, a deep, rich character study called The Tall T. Scott stars as Pat Brennan, a cowhand who loses his horse in a bet and hitches a ride with a wealthy couple on a passing stagecoach. At the next way station, the group is captured by three outlaws, who decide to hold the wife for ransom. It turns out that the wife was a spinster, who had recently married a cowardly acquaintance of her father’s, who only courted her to obtain the easy life her money would bring. But now, as death stares at him cold in the face, he bargains with the outlaws to help them obtain the ransom. The leader of the gang, Usher (Richard Boone), has utter contempt for such a sniveling coward and agrees to send him for the money, but at a price. He knows that the man will not return, and will run as fast as he can, as far away as he can, so he sends one of his gang out to kill him. This leaves Brennan to find a way out of the dilemma that he and the wife are now in. But slowly, through guile and deception, he eliminates the two younger outlaws, setting the stage for the showdown with the older, but craftier Usher.

       Now, from reading this brief synopsis, it seems pretty much the standard for a western of the time. But in the hands of Boetticher, the screenplay which is based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, moves fluidly from premise and character setup, to tension building climax, all the while, showcasing cinematography that would become a trademark of all successive Boetticher films. A very good start to a wonderful set of films.

Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

Decision at Sundown

Year: 1957
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Western
Length: 77 Min.

Director
Budd Boetticher (1916)

Writing
Charles Lang (1915)...Screenplay
Vernon L. Fluharty...Story

Producer
Harry Joe Brown (1890)
Randolph Scott (1898)

Cinematographer
Burnett Guffey (1905)

Music
Heinz Roemheld (1901)...Composer

Stars
Randolph Scott (1898) as Bart Allison
John Carroll (1906) as Tate Kimbrough
Karen Steele (1931) as Lucy Summerton
Valerie French (1928) as Ruby James
Noah Beery Jr. (1913) as Sam
John Archer (1915) as Dr. John Storrow
Andrew Duggan (1923) as Sheriff Swede Hansen
James Westerfield (1913) as Otis, the Bartender

Review
       The next film in the set deviates slightly from the normal setting of a Boetticher/Scott film. Whereas most of the films take place out on the open range, Decision at Sundown is set in a small, yet bustling western town. This time, Scott’s character is a man not only seeking revenge, but his self-respect. He has come to the town of Sundown to even an old score against Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll), the man he believes killed his wife three years earlier. It is the only time in their collaboration where Scott’s character is not seen as hero, but as vengeful villain by the confused townsfolk, who rally behind Kimbrough against this stranger set on vengeance. When the true nature of Scott’s wife’s demise becomes apparent, his ‘decision’ will redeem him before the town’s populace and the audience alike.

Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

Buchanan Rides Alone

Year: 1958
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Western
Length: 79 Min.

Director
Budd Boetticher (1916)

Writing
Charles Lang (1915)...Screenplay
Jonas Ward...Novel "The Name's Buchanan"

Producer
Harry Joe Brown (1890)
Randolph Scott (1898)

Cinematographer
Lucien Ballard (1908)

Music


Stars
Randolph Scott (1898) as Tom Buchanan
Craig Stevens (1918) as Abe Carbo
Barry Kelley (1908) as Lew Agry
Tol Avery (1915) as Judge Simon Agry
Peter Whitney (1916) as Amos Agry
Manuel Rojas as Juan de la Vega
L. Q. Jones (1927) as Pecos Hill
Robert Anderson (1923) as Waldo Peck

Review
       Once again the setting is a small town, but this time the town is run by a group of corrupt brothers who turn on each other in the name of greed. Agrytown is on the border with Mexico, and from the moment that Tom Buchanan (Scott) rides in, he knows that he must keep his wits about him. Unfortunately, he helps the son of a powerful Mexican landowner who has killed the son of the town judge, Simon Agry. With the sheriff being Lew Agry, the deck is decidedly stacked against both Buchanan and the Mexican. At his trial, Buchanan is surprisingly acquitted by the judge, but all of his money is taken and he is ‘escorted’ out of town. The sheriff, who is at odds with his brother the judge, decides to have one of his deputies’ kill him outside of town limits, but Buchanan escapes. He makes his way to the young man’s family estate in Mexico to procure a ransom that will free the aristocrat’s boy, who is scheduled to be hung. The ransom now becomes the prime prize in a tug of war between the two feuding, back-stabbing brothers and leads to a very unique showdown. In the end, the brothers get what they deserved; Buchanan gets his money back and he rides off alone.

       I have to say that while the ending was a complete departure from the atypical shootouts of the time, the rest of the film just didn’t click for me. I guess it was Boetticher’s attempt at adding a little comedy to the proceedings, but it just doesn’t work. The main cast, aside from Scott, seems completely out of place in their surroundings, with the exception of Barry Kelley, who plays the sheriff. But in a set of five B-films, you can’t expect all to be treasures.

Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

Ride Lonesome

Year: 1959
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures, Ranown Pictures
Genre: Western
Length: 73 Min.

Director
Budd Boetticher (1916)

Writing
Burt Kennedy (1922)...Written By

Producer
Budd Boetticher (1916)
Harry Joe Brown (1890)

Cinematographer
Charles Lawton Jr. (1904)

Music
Heinz Roemheld (1901)...Composer

Stars
Randolph Scott (1898) as Ben Brigade
Karen Steele (1931) as Mrs. Carrie Lane
Pernell Roberts (1928) as Sam Boone
James Best (1926) as Billy John
Lee Van Cleef (1925) as Frank
James Coburn (1928) as Whit

Review
       The last two films in this wonderful set are where the cream rises to the top. Ride Lonesome and Comanche Station are brilliant examples of movie making which melds the great aspects of a film together; Screenplay, acting, cinematography and direction. Set in the wilds of Arizona, Ride Lonesome starts out as a revenge yarn, which evolves into a chase film and finishes in a climactic showdown that brings about redemption for the main character.

       Ben Brigade (Scott) is a bounty hunter who has just captured Billy John (James Best), a wanted murderer with a hefty reward on his head. His plans are to take him to Santa Cruz where the outlaw will be hanged. But Brigade must get there before Billy John’s brother Frank (Lee Van Cleef) and his gang can set him free. When they stop at a staging post, they and a couple of lesser outlaws are attacked by Apaches. They ward off the attack, but when they realize that the station manager was killed by the Indians, they decide to take the manager’s wife with them to safety in Santa Cruz. Brigade enlists the help of the two outlaws who are seeking a way to procure amnesty for their crimes. Brigade realizes that they want Billy John for themselves to help them get their pardons, but understands that he can’t make it to Santa Cruz without their help. What follows is a suspense packed chase through Apache territory, with the group staying just one jump ahead of both the marauding Indians and the vengeful gang.

Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

Comanche Station

Year: 1960
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures, Ranown Pictures
Genre: Western
Length: 73 Min.

Director
Budd Boetticher (1916)

Writing
Burt Kennedy (1922)...Written By

Producer
Budd Boetticher (1916)
Harry Joe Brown (1890)

Cinematographer
Charles Lawton Jr. (1904)

Music


Stars
Randolph Scott (1898) as Jefferson Cody
Nancy Gates (1926) as Nancy Lowe
Claude Akins (1926) as Ben Lane
Skip Homeier (1930) as Frank
Richard Rust (1938) as Dobie
Rand Brooks (1918) as Station Man
Dyke Johnson as John Lowe

Review
       The last in a great collection of films takes place again in Indian territory, but this time with the Comanches. In this final foray, Scott plays Jefferson Cody, a man who has been searching for his wife, who was kidnapped by Indians years earlier. When he learns that the Comanches are holding a white woman, he sets off to barter for her, thinking it’s his wife. When he arrives he finds out that it is not his wife, but a beautiful young woman named Nancy Lowe. He trades for her release and sets out to bring her back to her husband, wondering if her husband will take her back after having been taken by savages. On their way back, they stop to water their horses at Comanche Station, a way station out on the frontier. Suddenly they see three men on horseback being chased by Comanche warriors. Cody recognizes one of the men as Ben Lane (Claude Akins), a soldier he helped drum out of the service years earlier for suspected Indian atrocities. He now suspects that Lane is being hounded by the warriors for the very same thing. They fight off the attack and after the dust settles, Lane informs Cody of the reward being offered for the return of Mrs. Lowe. This sets the stage for a tension packed journey back to the Lowe’s homestead with Cody needing the help of his old nemesis to bring the woman home. All the while knowing that at first chance, Lane will kill him, not only to get the reward, but to settle the old score from the Army days.


Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.


(From The Films of Budd Boetticher on January 18th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Ghost Whisperer Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


Disc 3:

9. VOICES
Melinda has a horrible side effect upon meeting a spirit who communicates only via electronic devices. She assists the spirit in hopes of relieving her own ailments. Jim's mother brings an unexpected guest.

My Thoughts:
This is a good episode. I especially like the fact that this episode has a guest star in it that was a star on one of my other favorite series. It guest stars John M. Jackson (Admiral Chegwidden on JAG).

10. GHOST BRIDE
An evil spirit in a wedding gown tries to destroy the wedding of Melinda's friend Lisa. Melinda learns the spirit was supposed to marry Lisa's fiancée the day she died.

My Thoughts:
Even though this is a good episode... it is not one of my favorites. It is actually a pretty standard episode. Nothing extraordinary about it.

11. SHADOW BOXER
A recently dead woman will not pass over until her son, a boxer, reconciles with his father. Melinda helps the family comes to terms with their loss.

My Thoughts:
This is also a pretty standard episode... but I did enjoy it more then the previous one. Definitely enjoyed it.

12. UNDEAD COMIC
Melinda meets the spirit of a comic who committed suicide and guides him towards making amends with those he left behind.

My Thoughts:
This is a really good episode... I enjoyed every minute of it. But that could be because I do enjoy stand up comedy quite a bit. This one also has a guest star I am familiar with... Katey Sagal... Peg Bundy on Married with Children.

(From Ghost Whisperer Marathon on August 1st, 2008)