Man with the Screaming Brain, a review by RossRoy
Man with the Screaming Brain
What they say
Somewhere in Bulgaria, sleazy American industrialist William Cole (Bruce Campbell) is finalizing a tax scam that will earn him millions. Meanwhile, mad scientist Dr. Ivan Ivanov (Stacy Keach) and his demented henchmen Pavel (Ted Raimi of Xena) have created a drug that can connect human brains like Lincoln Logs. But when an illicit tryst with a sultry hotel maid leads to Cole's murder, Dr. Ivanov reanimates him by transplanting the half-brain of a former KGB operative into Cole's skull. Now, the capitalist and the communist must reconcile their differences to hunt down the beautiful gypsy freak who killed them both.
I bought this movie solely on the strength of Bruce Campbell being in it. I like his work in Evil Dead, and I had recently seen, and liked, Bubba Ho-Tep when I bought this. And I liked it, but I guess I just had high expectations. I was expecting it to be really funny, but it was lacking in that department. Actually, it was even all too serious at times. Although, the restaurant scene with William Cole and Yegor fighting over what to eat and drink is really funny. But once they make the pact to hunt down the gypsy girl, it becomes rather bland and it's just a man hunting a gypsy. The dual brain part doesn't really get into it.
I'm also still wondering what the heck it was with the robots and why they were even in there! I guess it's part of the twisted humour of Bruce Campbell as a writer. Though the robots do look really creepy, making them basically the scariest part of the movie!
(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on October 9th, 2008)
Land of the Lost, a review by addicted2comics
Land of the Lost
Description:On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures.
My Thoughts: It was great, very hilarious in the begining. They changed a lot of things up which is fine. It had a lot of jokes which I really wouldn't find all that funny, considering the two making jokes are adult men, so there really wouldn't be a basis of relating to it, but a lot was funny, like at one point Rick was eaten by "Grumpy" and then pooped out! For these reasons I will give it a 4 out of 5.
(From Addicted2comics(:P)'s Official Review Thread!!! on December 20th, 2009)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
What would you do if you knew tomorrow's news today? If you knew the winning lottery numbers? Could you rescue people from accidents and certain death? That's what Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) asks himself every day. A Chicago stockbroker whose marriage is on the rocks, Hobson becomes a reluctant hero when he is delivered the news a day in advance. Chuck (Fisher Stevens) is Gary's best friend and not above using Gary's knowledge for personal gain, and Marissa (Shanesia Davis) feels Gary should use his information to better people's lives. Now Gary has the chance and difficult responsibility of using this mysterious gift to help others avert tragedy and misfortune.
Writer: Patrick Q. Page (Created By), Vik Rubenfeld (Created By), Ian Abrams (Created By), Bob Brush (Screenwriter), Ian Abrams (Screenwriter), Patrick Q. Page (Story By), Vik Rubenfeld (Story By), Ian Abrams (Story By)
Director: Michael Dinner
Cast: Kyle Chandler (Gary Hobson), Shanesia Davis (Marissa Clark), Fisher Stevens (Chuck Fishman), Milo O'Shea (Sherman), Ron Dean (Det. Marion Zeke Crumb), Felicity Huffman (Det. Tagliatti), Marc Vann (Phil Pritchard), Tom Noonan (Frank Price), Michael Bacarella (Fan), Maury Cooper (Homeless Guy), James "Ike" Eichling (Shaunnessey), Neil Flynn (Cop At Newsstand), Don Forston (Exterminator), Marianne Hagan (Marcia), Tracy Letts (Marksman), Malcolm Rothman (Guard at Bank), Jeff Still (Cop at Bank), Bill Visteen (Charlie), Alan Wilder (Friendly Guy), Linda Mac Lennan (Newscaster)
I enjoyed this series. Though I think it's a wonder that it survived four seasons. The pilot was a fitting introduction.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on April 10th, 2011)