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Rio Conchos, a review by Antares


Rio Conchos (1964) 72/100 - Made in the same year that Sergio Leone would turn the western genre on its ear, this is a dark, yet potently active western from journeyman director, Gordon Douglas. Starring Richard Boone, in a rare lead billing performance, Stuart Whitman and Jim Brown, in his first screen appearance, Rio Conchos reminded me a lot of The Guns of Navarone by the time it ended. There's a good deal of action, suspense and a good twist in the middle that I didn't see coming. The only reason I don't rate this higher is that when Edmond O'Brien is finally found, he goes into hyperdrive with his scenery chewing. Up until that point in the film, this was on par with some of the better westerns of the previous decades. And although the ending is rather abrupt, setting aside O'Brien's performance, I'd definitely recommend this film to anyone who loves a good horse opera.

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is


(From Antares' Short Summations on March 5th, 2015)

Member's Reviews

Roman Holiday, a review by KinkyCyborg


Roman Holiday



Title:Roman Holiday
Year: 1953
Director: William Wyler
Rating: NR
Length: 118 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono, French: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Gregory Peck
Audrey Hepburn
Eddie Albert
Hartley Power
Harcourt Williams

Plot:
Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards®, and Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar® for her portrayal of a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love. Eddie Albert contributes to the fun as Peck's carefree cameraman pal. Stylishly directed by William Wyler, this romantic comedy ranks as one of the most enjoyable films of all times.

Extras:
Scene Access
Feature Trailers
Featurettes
Gallery
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:

Likable but predictable story of a Royal princess (of an unknown country that is never mentioned!) who, tired of her sheltered life, runs away to experience everyday normal mundane things as if they were all wonders to behold. The beautiful Audrey Hepburn plays this wild spirit with both parts elegance and fun. While on her sabbatical, she runs into Gregory Peck, a journalist with a small American news agency who quickly deduces who she is but doesn't let on he knows. Instead he decides to show her the wonders of Rome while secretly getting the scoop on her flight from the hierarchy.

It was a cute movie and you'll find no bigger fan of Audrey Hepburn than me but I'm not sure why it received as many accolades as it did and a Best Actress Oscar for Hepburn. Perhaps this story was told for the first time back in 1953 and I've just seen too many more current renditions of that theme. Regardless, the movie was good but did not leave any profound impressions upon me.

Peck, who always seemed to play goody-two-shoes type characters seemed initially to be a deceitful scoundrel in the early goings but predictably he does the right thing at the end to extend his moral virtues.

A good finale which I thought was going to be a fairy tale ending turned out to be a bittersweet parting of ways.

A solid golden oldie!!

KC

Rating:

(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2011 on October 1st, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Glee Marathon, a review by Tom


Glee
Season 2.04 Duets
Writer: Ryan Murphy (Created By), Brad Falchuk (Created By), Ian Brennan (Created By), Ian Brennan (Writer)
Director: Eric Stoltz
Cast: Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Mark Salling (Noah "Puck" Puckerman), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang), Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans), James Earl (Azimio), Max Adler (Karofsky), Jean Sincere (Ancient Librarian), Jonathan Wolf (Random Guy)

A good episode which I always enjoyed.

Brittana:
This episode marks the official storyline about the Brittany/Santana relationship. They can be seen making out (very harmless). Santana gets scared when a remark by Brittany puts their hooking up in a relationship territory and rejects Brittany. Brittany starts going out with Artie. Initially to get Santana jealous.

Notable music:
I like the Sam & Quinn duet "Lucky" the best.


Tina & Mike's "Sing!" is also really interesting:


Santana & Mercedes's "River Deep, Mountain High" is also good:


Rating:

(From Tom's Glee Marathon on November 28th, 2012)