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Train Man: Densha Otoko , a review by Tom


     Train Man: Densha Otoko (2005/Japan)
IMDb | Wikipedia

VIZ Pictures (United States)
Director:Shosuke Murakami
Writing:Hitori Nakano (Original Material By), Arisa Kaneko (Screenwriter)
Length:101 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English

Stars:Plot:
"How should I ask her out?"otaku (the Japanese term for "geek") who has never had a girlfriend in his life saves a pretty young woman on a commuter train from a lecherous molester, he seeks out his pals on a popular Internet BBS website for some dating advice, using his pseudonym Train_Man (Densha Otoko).

Deeply interested in Train_Man's first love, his BBS friends eagerly supply him with tips. Encouraged by their support, Train_Man undergoes a total makeover for his first-ever date with "Hermess." Little does he know that he is about to ignite an Internet phenomenon...

Based on true events that took place on a popular bulletin board website in Japan called "2ch," Train Man: Densha OtokoExtras:
  • Commentary
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Notes
  • Scene Access
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
A rather original love story. I enjoyed every minute of it. I think they did a great job editing the internet chats between "Train Man" and his online friends. One of the better "geek love stories".

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on July 8th, 2011)

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a review by Antares


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 95/100 - This is probably my tenth time watching this film and for some strange reason, it really had me in stitches this time. I've always loved this film, but can't understand why I never wrote a review or felt the same way about it in the past. I would give it a perfect score of 100, if it weren't for what I consider Kubrick's sophomoric attempt at humor when he came up with the names of some of the characters. I picture him and whomever he wrote the screenplay with, sitting around a table, drinking heavily and in a moment of stupor bleating out Jack T. Ripper, Burpelson Air Force Base and Bat Guano, thinking how clever he was being. It's kind of the same feeling I get when I watch a Wes Anderson written film. I know it's nitpicking, but for some reason, it has bothered me each time I've watched this movie. But that being said, it's a film I'll always sink my teeth into if it's on TCM, and definitely one of Kubrick's greatest achievements.

What the color coding means...

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 14th, 2013)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Enterprise: Season One (2001/United States)
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Paramount Home Entertainment (Germany)
Length:1107 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:Commentary, Danish, English, German, Norwegian, Swedish


Enterprise
1.01+02 Broken Bow
Cast: Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer), John Billingsley (Phlox), Jolene Blalock (T'Pol), Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed), Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather), Linda Park (Hoshi Sato), Connor Trinneer (Charles "Trip" Tucker III), John Fleck (Silik), Melinda Clarke (Sarin), Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Jr. (Klaang), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Jim Beaver (Admiral Daniel Leonard), Mark Moses (Henry Archer), Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval), Thomas Kopache (Tos), Jim Fitzpatrick (Commander Williams), James Horan (Humanoid Figure), Joseph Ruskin (Suliban Doctor), Marty Davis (Young Archer), Van Epperson (Alien Man), Ron King (Farmer), Peter Henry Schroeder (Klingon Chancellor), Matt Williamson (Klingon Council Member), Byron Thames (Crewman), Ricky Luna (Carlos), Jason Grant Smith (Crewman Fletcher), Chelsea Bond (Alien Mother), Ethan Dampf (Alien Child), Diane Klimaszewski (Dancer), Elaine Klimaszewski (Dancer), James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane (uncredited))

It took a long time, that Enterprise found its footing. Shortly before it was cancelled it became worth watching. All modern Star Trek shows only starting becoming as great as what they are remembered for beginning with their third or fourth season. For Enterprise though this was too late.
The pilot is rather weak and not really engaging.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on July 24th, 2012)