Lonesome Dove, a review by addicted2dvd
Hailed as a masterpiece by critics and audiences alike, 'Lonesome Dove' brings to life all the magnificent drama and romance of the West. Winner of seven Emmy Awards, and one of the highest rated miniseries in television history, this exciting re-creation of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel captured the American pioneer spirit with its sweeping story and inspired performances.
Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and Anjelica Huston star in the tale of two former Texas Rangers who leave the South Texas town of Lonesome Dove on an epic 2500-mile cattle drive to the lush ranch country of Montana.
Already a collectible classic, 'Lonesome Dove' is an authentic piece of the American West and a saga that will be treasured for generations.
This is actually a TV Miniseries... but I normally count them in with my movies since when you sit straight through them it is more like watching a long movie then it is a series. This is a movie that a good friend of mine just recently gave me when he upgraded to a newer version. Now I am the first to admit that Westerns is not my typical genre of choice... and this one being 6 hours does worry me a bit. But there is a lot of Westerns out there that I enjoy... and this is supposed to be a very good one... so I went into it looking forward to checking it out... but not having my hopes up.
This is definitely a good movie... a very good movie. I enjoyed every minute of it. It took me most the day to get through it what with it being so long and having to do my usual household chores... but it was worth the entire 6 hours that it lasted. The characters are interesting... I easily got into the story... and there is several great actors that do a wonderful job. I will definitely be seeing about getting the other 2 of the series. I just hope they are as good as this one is.
Out of A Possible 5:
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched DVDs on September 28th, 2008)
The Eye, a review by Hal
Title: The Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition
Director: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Length: 97 Min.
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD High Resolution: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Other: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Sydney Wells is blind and has been so since a childhood tragedy. After undergoing surgery to restore her sight she learns to see again. But soon after, unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Not knowing if they are an aftermath of surgery, her mind adjusting to sight, her imagination, or something horrifyingly real, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.
TheaterVision: English descriptive audio.
My Thoughts:More of a thriller than a horror movie, it was still entertaining with a few "scary" moments. The plot was somewhat predictable, even including the final resolution, but the journey kept it interesting and of course Jessica is certainly easy on the eyes.
(From Hal's 2010 Horror Marathon Reviews on October 2nd, 2010)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season marathon, a review by goodguy
2x02 Automatic for the People
Synopsis: See Achim's post.
I liked the episode much better this time around. Part of it probably is simply being in the right or wrong mood, part of it is knowing how certain things will play out.
For example, I wasn't too keen about the introduction of Riley in this episode, because there already was a mystery girl in S1 and nothing came out of it. Now, I could appreciate her more and really liked the scenes between John and her. BTW, I noticed that the story outline concerning Riley is almost literally spilled out by someone else:
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Cameron: Things have changed, John.
John: What things?
Cameron: You can't be trusted anymore.
John: Me? *I* can't be trusted anymore?
Cameron: You risked your life to fix me. That was a very dangerous thing to do. That could upset people.
John (looking back at Sarah and Derek): They'll have to deal with it.
Cameron: Not them.
The entire plot of the dying guy busting in to deliver a message from the future, and the subsequent infiltration of the power plant made me roll my eyes so much, I missed the finer points of the episode. And than they ended the episode with a shot of our heroes staring at bloody (!) messages on a wall, outlining the future missions of the week. That really threw me off.
I still think the entire thing is somewhat ridiculous and the vague biblical allusion barely saves it. But it doesn't bother me so much any longer. And the supposedly suspenseful scenes of Sarah sneaking around in the power plant still drag, but in reality that's only a small part of the episode and I'm now actually thankful that they don't bore me with too much details about how they managed to get in.
As Achim rightly noted, the episode is much more about the character issues than the action, although some of these issues are a bit murky at this point, especially when it comes to John.
I can't agree about Glau phoning it in, though. Obviously something is different with Cameron, and she conveys that quite well. I especially liked her final scene with Sarah, the repeated (and perfectly reasonable) "I don't know" to Sarah questions culminating in the "Am I?" punch line.
(From Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season marathon on January 29th, 2010)