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Nothing in Common, a review by Rich

Title: Nothing in Common

Genres:Comedy, Drama

Plot:Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason and Eva Marie Saint are unforgettable in the story of a young, ambitious executive whose life is surprisingly affected by the break-up of his parents' marriage. Co-starring Sela Ward, Bess Armstrong and Hector Elizondo.
Because of his talent, charm and wisecracking sense of humor, David Basner (Hanks) is a self-made man on the fast track. He loves his job, his bank account is healthy, and women find him irresistible. Then his father Max (Gleason, in his final film performance) calls to give David the news that he and David's mother Lorraine (Saint) are calling it quits after 35 years. Now, besides the pressures of his own busy life, David has the new responsibilities of taking care of his crotchety dad and emotionally supporting his mother. Through these experiences, David gains a new understanding and appreciation of his parents, with whom he thought he had nothing in common.
Below average comedy that feels like a cheaply made tv sitcom despite the big name stars. Hanks is below par, but it is an over indulgent self-apprecaiting performance by Gleason that really turned me off to the movie.
The plot is undercooked, the scenes disjointed, and the film feels incredibly dated from its mid-eighties debut. Eva Marie Saint does her best with a weak script, but overall I felt director Garry Marshall missed the mark on this, but I did like his following huge hits like Pretty Women, Beaches and Overboard.
My Rating

(From Riches Random Reviews on January 24th, 2010)

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Paranormal Activity, a review by samuelrichardscott

Paranormal Activity (2007) United Kingdom Blu-ray - Rental

Katie (Katie Featherson) and Micah (Micah Sloat) are a twenty-something couple who've just moved into a new home in San Diego, California. Katie has an interest in the paranormal and believes that malevolent spirits have been following her since childhood, though Micah is not so easily convinced. However, after several nights of loud noises and strange happenings, Micah starts to agree with Katie that some sort of ghost may have followed them to the new home. After a paranormal researcher tells the couple he can't help them, Micah decides to take control of the situation and sets up a battery of video cameras so if a spirit manifests itself, he can capture its behavior on tape. Once the surveillance cameras are in place, Katie and Micah bring in an Ouija board in an effort to talk to the spirits, a move that deeply offends the ghosts. Paranormal Activity was the first feature film from writer and director Oren Peli.

My Thoughts:
Despite a microbudget of just $15000, Paranormal Activity was one of the biggest hits at cinemas of 2009. Unfortunately as this was my first viewing I was unable to avoid the hype that the movie generated which usually makes me expect more than I get. This is no different. The movie builds up the suspense and the tension phenomenally, in fact it does it so well, that when the time comes for a scare you feel completely annoyed as you get nothing but a large sound effect or Katie being pulled away. The acting and direction is very good as far as debuts go and it'll be good to see what Oren Peli brings us in the future but I just can't help but feel that I was overcome with the hype when it came to actual scares, despite enjoying the tension building segments. I have heard mixed feelings about the ending on the theatrical version (which is what I watched) and I'm undecided as to whether I liked it or not at this time. Despite the things I didn't like though, I think this was a great achievement considering the budget and certainly think it will be worthy of an eventual buy. 3.5/5

(From Never Ending Movie Marathon (short reviews) on May 29th, 2010)

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The Flash Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

The Flash Marathon

Image: When Tina wants information... you better give it to her!

Episode 19 - Done With Mirrors
Meet Professor Zoom, eccentric creator of The Flash. Barry poses as the bogus scientist while attempting to unravel a criminal scheme aimed at selling stolen Star Labs inventions on the black market.

Guest Stars:
David Cassidy as Sam Scudder
Signy Coleman as Stasia Masters
Vito D'Ambrosio as Bellows
Biff Manard as Murphy
Carolyn Seymour as Jocelyn Weller

My Thoughts:
This is an ok episode... but was never one of my favorites. I found I just didn't care much about the main storyline. But it still has some entertaining moments.

My Rating:

(From The Flash Marathon on April 26th, 2010)