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Cheaper by the Dozen, a review by snowcat


Cheaper by the Dozen – 2003
Director – Shawn Levy
Running Time – 98 minutes
Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Tom Welling, Ashton Kutcher

To me having 12 children sounds like an insurance scam, long since are the times when people in the western world have needed big families to provide for them.

Cheaper by the Dozen follows Tom and Kate Baker (Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt) Tom grew up on a farm with a large family whilst Kate had a lonely childhood, the two meet in college and fall in love, shortly after they are married Kate finds she is pregnant, this child is followed by 11 more, including  two sets of twins.

So back to the present and 11 of the kids are still living at home, they all seem to be working together as a team except one small ginger boy who wears glasses, his appearance is different to the other kids and they have nicknamed him “Fed Ex” because “The Fed Ex man must have dropped him off” we shortly find out that Tom has been offered his dream job, whilst Kate's book has found a publisher. They move from there country house to a town where they don't seem to fit in. Upon arrival Kate finds she will be going on a book tour and will be leaving Tom alone with the kids, but will he be able to juggle his new job and 11 kids?

I was very surprised by this film, I watched the sequel in the cinema before I had seen this one, I didn't really enjoy it I found it boring and un-funny. But this was brilliant, a great family film with a few laughs added in, Ashton Kutcher seems to be mocking himself which was quite funny, and the interaction between the children is great. Cheaper by the Dozen is a film I will definitely watch again, and for those who haven't seen it id recommend it.

(From Emma's Film Reviews (snowcat) on November 20th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

From Dusk Till Dawn, a review by Tom


     From Dusk Till Dawn (1996/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Buena Vista Home Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Director:Robert Rodriguez
Writing:Robert Kurtzman (Story By), Quentin Tarantino (Screenwriter)
Length:104 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English

Stars:
George Clooney as Seth Gecko
Quentin Tarantino as Richard Gecko
Harvey Keitel as Jacob Fuller
Juliette Lewis as Kate Fuller
Ernest Liu as Scott Fuller

Plot:
From the creators of Pulp Fiction and Desperado comes this wild and wicked action thriller about two brothers on a desperate crime spree! Quentin Tarantino stars as a deranged convict who, along with his brother (George Clooney), kidnaps a preacher and his two kids (including Juliette Lewis - Natural Born Killers) and flees for the safety of a remote nightclub in Mexico. But once they arrive, they discover that the club is anything but a safe haven for criminals. Its bloodthirsty clientele forces the brothers to team up with their hostages in order to escape alive.

FULL TILT BOOGIE
From the girl who made coffee on the set of Pulp Fiction, comes the ground breaking feature-length documentary about the journey of the film crew making From Dusk Till Dawn. Features the cast and crew of From Dusk Till Dawn.

Awards:
Won:
MTV Movie Awards (1996)  Best Breakthrough Performance (George Clooney)
Nominated:
Golden Raspberry Awards (1996)  Worst Supporting Actor (Quentin Tarantino)
Saturn (1995)  Best Director (Robert Rodriguez)
Saturn (1995)  Best Makeup (KNB Effects Group Inc.)
Saturn (1995)  Best Supporting Actor (Harvey Keitel)
Saturn (1995)  Best Supporting Actor (Quentin Tarantino)
Saturn (1995)  Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Lewis)
Saturn (1995)  Best Writing (Quentin Tarantino)

Extras:
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Music Videos
  • Outtakes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Notes
  • Scene Access
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
I always enjoyed this movie. But it has been a long while since I last watched. I always preferred the first half of the movie over the second one though. I am not a big fan of the look of the vampires in this movie.

Rating:

(From Tom's Horror Marathon 2012 on October 3rd, 2012)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Karin: Complete Box Set (2005/Japan)
IMDb | Wikipedia

FUNimation Entertainment, Geneon Entertainment (United States)
Length:600 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English


Plot:
In the 21st century, a family of vampires settled down in Japan. They lived among humans and sucked their blood quietly and discreetly. However their daughter Karin had a secret that she could not share with anyone. She did not suck blood like the rest of the family. Instead, her blood level increases! She is a blood making vampire!


Karin
1.01 Bleeding Is Embarrassing
Writer: Yuna Kagesaki (Original Material By), Yasunori Yamada (Screenwriter)
Director: Yutaka Kurosawa, Shinichiro Kimura
Cast: Japanese Cast), Sayuri Yahagi (Karin Maaka (voice)), Katsuyuki Konishi (Kenta Usui (voice)), Yuka Inokuchi (Anju Maaka (voice)), Dai Matsumoto (Henry Marker (voice)), Emi Shinohara (Carrera Marker (voice)), Nojima Hirofumi (Boogy (voice)), Mikako Takahashi (Maki Tokitou (voice)), Sayori Ishizuka (Class Teacher (voice)), Yuko Gibu (Fukumi Naito (voice)), Takashi Kawakami (Business Man (voice)), Mari Todo (Female Student (voice)), English Cast), Chelsea Curto (Karin Maaka (voice)), Chelsea Curto (Nurse (voice)), Yahav Rom (Kenta Usui (voice)), Marian Elizabeth Spencer (Anju Maaka (voice)), Marian Elizabeth Spencer (Naito (voice)), Paul John Pistore (Henry Marker (voice)), Paul John Pistore (Boogy (voice)), Chio Su Ping (Carrera Marker (voice)), Hillary Blazer-Doyle (Maki Tokitou (voice)), Coral Tong (Teacher (voice)), Jerry Szombathy (Narrator (voice)), Jerry Szombathy (Ren Maaka (voice)), Jerry Szombathy (Boss (voice)), Meriem Bekka (Fumio Usui (voice))

Karin is teenage vampire. But not the normal kind of vampire. Instead of sucking blood, her blood increases until it is released in violent nose bleeds. Or she bites someone and transfuses this excess blood to the other person. This abnormality also makes her a day person. This all is an embarassment to the family.
The pilot episode is a good introduction. I have also read the manga this series is based. During the first half of the anime, the storyline of the manga is followed, but then with the introduction of an original character halfway through, the story deviates from the manga.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 3rd, 2012)