Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a review by Tom
Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim
Alison Pill as Kim Pine
Mark Webber as Stephen Stills
Johnny Simmons as Young Neil
Ellen Wong as Knives Chau
Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams - literally. But, there's one catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)...he has to meet and defeat her seven evil exes!
From genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) comes the amazing story of one romantic slacker's fight to POWER-UP with love - before it really is GAME OVER!
My Thoughts:I finally saw this much-hyped movie. I have to admit, that it has great special effects and fun editing. But like the comic, I really couldn't get into it. I have read the first volume of the comic and didn't have the urge to continue buying and reading it. Maybe someday I will.
The movie feels like if you enjoy the comic, you will enjoy this adaption.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on April 19th, 2011)
Liberty! The American Revolution, a review by Antares
Liberty! The American Revolution (1997) 89/100 - Of the four documentaries I watched, this was definitely the cream of the crop. Made by PBS, it took a more creative approach to telling the history involved. Instead of doing phony re-enactments of battles, it used an array of what were at the time, unknown actors, dressed them in the clothes and fashions of the day and had them speak into the camera as if they were being interviewed at the time of the events they described. I was surprised to see Philip Seymour Hoffman, Colm Feore, and Donna Murphy absorb themselves into their characters with ease. It made for an easy involvement in the historical storytelling unfolding before my eyes. What also set it apart from the other three documentaries was the depth and scope of events which led to the war in the preceding decade before the shots fired at Lexington. This is the documentary to seek out if you're interested at all with the subject matter at hand.
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 December 12th, 2013)
Farscape Marathon, a review by DJ Doena
Synopsis: John Crichton is a scientist and an astronaut and he wants to prove that one can use Earth's gravitational pull to accelerate a spaceship. But something goes wrong and his tiny ship "Farscape-1" is sucked into a wormhole and John gets stranded ... somewhere. He's thrown directly into a fight between a Peacekeeper command carrier and a prisoner transport ship: Moya, a Leviathan, a living ship. Aboard Moya he meets the hynerian Dominar Rygel XVI, former ruler over 600 billion people, the delvian priest Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan and the luxan warrior Ka D'Argo. Unfortunately for him he looks like a Sebacean - a Peacekeeper. And he gets imprisoned with another Peacekeeper: Peacekeeper Special Command officer Aeryn Sun.
My Opinion: Just like John we are simply thrown into the story and have to figure out what's going on. I liked the idea of "translator microbes at the brain stem" for the translation issues. The problem wasn't forgotten and yet easily solved. I also liked all the "Muppets" (most animatronics were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop): Rygel, Pilot (Pilot is the pilot of Moya, living in a symbiotic relationship with her) the aliens on the first planet John visited. I also liked that Aeryn didn't simply switch sides "just because" but was forced to run.
I, E. T.
Synopsis: John has still a hard time getting accustomed to this whole new universe when they find a homing device deep in Moya's guts that has been activated recently. To remove it would be too painful for Moya and so they have to land on a planet and sink the ship into a swamp to dampen the signal. They have to find a way to anesthetize the entire ship in order to remove that device. And suddenly Crichton finds himself in front of people who have never seen an alien before.
My Opinion: With this episode Crichton's tradition of making cultural references has begun. In this case it was Dagobah and Yoda. And it was funny to see John (who has just learned that Humans aren't alone in the universe) explain to a woman that her race isn't alone in the universe and that he can fully understand how she feels right now.
Exodus from Genesis
Synopsis: Some sort of space bug has entered Moya and is crawling through the walls. They begin to disturb Moya's operations and they are somehow turning the heat up. John is able to capture and kill one and Zhaan dissects it. But soon after copies of the crew members begin appear and start to attack the real crew. And Aeryn's condition worsens because Sebaceans can't stand heat and their body functions begin to break down. As if this wasn't enough a Peacekeeper Marauder closes in and tries to re-take the ship.
My Opinion: This episode introduces another common theme of the show: That not everything is as it appears to be and that such misunderstandings can have fatal consequences. I thought it was a great idea of John's that he tried to convince that Peacekeeper that Humans can multiply by thousands in no time (nobody knows Humans after all) and that Crais (the command carrier commander) should stay out of his way.
(From Farscape Marathon on March 14th, 2009)