Jesse James, a review by Rogmeister
Jesse James (1939) 105m
Directed by Henry King
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Cast: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Randolph Scott, Nancy Kelly, Henry Hull, Brian Donlevy, Donald Meek, John Carradine
This is one of the earlier film treatments (possibly the first?) on the life of famed outlaw Jesse James and his brother Frank. Jesse is played here by Tyrone Power with his brother Frank played by Henry Fonda. Randolph Scott plays a lawman sympathetic to Jesse named Will Wright (I imagine this character is a fictional one). In this version, the darstardly no-good villains that are the railroad turn Jesse into an outlaw by taking his land and killing his mother by tossing a bomb into his home, planning on getting him but killing his mother instead, the only one inside at the time (Jesse's mom is played by Jane Darwell). This is a typical Hollywood romanticized version of the James saga with not a lot of credibility to it but it is entertaining. The film is shot in Technicolor but the close-ups of Jesse and Frank make them look soft and angelic, not quite the image you expect of noted killers and robbers. For that matter, we don't really see that many of the James' gang's robberies...we basically see one train robbery and one failed bank job though we do get a collage of scenes at one point that do give you the idea there was a lot more to it. This film proved to be immensely popular and a sequel was released about a year later. Of course, Jesse couldn't return to life so it was about his brother...Henry Fonda starred in The Return of Frank. James.
(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 23rd, 2009)
Elektra, a review by Rich
Shrouded by mystery. Tainted by tragedy. Trained to kill. Then left for dead. But for Elektra (Jennifer Garner - Alias, TV Series) death was just the beginning. Now she is back with a vengeance.
Despite low expectations this film was not that bad at all. Basic comic book stuff really, special powered hero, OTT hollywood violence, bad guys and gals with evil special weapons etc. Not quite Daredevil, and certainly not up in the realms of spiderman and batman, but fairly entertaining fare. Nearly worth watching just to view Jennifer Garner in her red outfit.
(From November Alphabet Marathon - Discussion/Review Thread on November 23rd, 2008)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
Pretty Little Liars
Season 1.01 Pilot
Writer: Sara Shepard (Original Material By), I. Marlene King (Writer)
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Cast: Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Holly Marie Combs (Ella Montgomery), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Bianca Lawson (Maya St. Germain), Laura Leighton (Ashley Marin), Chad Lowe (Byron Montgomery), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Nia Peeples (Pam Fields), Julian Morris (Wren Kingston), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), Torrey Devitto (Melissa Hastings), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis), Tammin Sursok (Jenna Marshall), Amanda Schul (Meredith Sorenson), Bryce Johnson (Darren Wilden), Carlo Marks (Ian Thomas), Anne Marie DeLouise (Mrs. Di Laurentis), Cody Allen Christian (Mike Montgomery), James Neate (Toby Marshall), Stephen Park (Dept. Store Clerk), William "Big Sleeps" Stewart (Dept. Store Security), Dale Wolfe (Reporter), Sophie Lui (News Reporter), Michael Bean (Minister)
I wanted to check out this series for a while, but it always was too expensive. But recently I had the luck to get the first season in a short-time offer on amazon.co.uk for £11
I enjoyed this first episode and I will continue watching it. But it isn't yet something which I am dying to continue. But this is only after the first episode, so it is still hard to tell.
From the cast I only knew a few beforehand. Of course Holly Marie Combs I knew from Charmed. Lucy Hale I knew as the sister in the Bionic Woman remake. And from a Cinderella movie. And I know Bianca Lawson as Kendra from Buffy. Although it is stretching it a little for her playing a teenager. She is still beautiful but she is already over 30 and next to the other cast it is noticable.
Of course the main reason I was curious about the series is, that it is very well liked in the lesbian community for having a strong lesbian main character. I have to admit my first impression of her is, that she looks very much like Santana from Glee. Which isn't bad, of course
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on February 2nd, 2013)