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Sundays and Cybele, a review by Antares


Sundays and Cybele (1962) - 4.5/5 - Yesterday I was watching a cheaply made Italian film called Amazons of Rome. Badly dubbed, and pretty badly scripted, the only reason I watched it was to see a young Sylvia Sims in action. But another actress caught my eye, Nicole Courcel, who I had never seen before. So after the film ended I did a little research on her, and stumbled upon this film. I was surprised to find out that this won the Best Foreign Film for 1962 at the Academy Awards, as I had never heard of it before. I found it in almost pristine condition over at YouTube, and I was completely amazed at what a beautifully crafted film this turned out to be. I had only seen Hardy Krüger in a few films, most notably 1957's The One That Got Away. He gives a reserved, but powerful performance as a mentally wounded fighter pilot named Pierre, who is traumatized over killing a child with his plane during an attack on an Indo-China (Vietnam) village. He now suffers from amnesia and can remember nothing about himself and his past. One Sunday, at the local train station, he witnesses a father and daughter having a slight altercation. The father is taking the girl to a convent, to be raised by the nuns and the girl doesn't want to go. The girl, played marvelously by Patricia Gozzi, knows that she is being abandoned and will never see her father again. She asks him if he will visit her on Sundays, but the father hastily hands her off to the the nuns, and heads quickly back to the train station. In his haste, he tries to leave a small folder, containing a letter for the girl, explaining his actions, but the folder is found by Pierre who takes it home with him.

The following Sunday, he goes to the convent to give the girl the folder, but seeing how sad she is that her father has not returned, decides to impersonate her father and the two trek off to a local park and spend the day together. From here on out, the two form a bond of trust and friendship, that others throughout the rest of the film will not understand. All the while I was watching this, my mind kept thinking about another film from 1962 that also dealt with a relationship between a man and a young girl, Lolita. But while that story was more smarmy and lecherous in its nature, Sundays and Cybele takes it down a different path. Both Pierre and Cybele are fractured souls, both in need of the tonic that their friendship and love brings. Sure, looking at this film today, can be a little unsettling at times, especially when Cybele talks about marrying Pierre, but when taken in the context of how it is made, the film works most beautifully. I highly recommend you seek this film out over at YouTube, and watch one of the forgotten gems of the 60's and the French New Wave.

(From Antares' Short Summations on June 21st, 2012)

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Galaxy Quest, a review by Tom




Title: Galaxy Quest
Year: 1999
Director: Dean Parisot
Rating: PG
Length: 102 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Other: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Tim Allen
Sigourney Weaver
Alan Rickman
Tony Shalhoub
Sam Rockwell

Plot:
For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector – "Commander Peter Quincy Taggart" (TIM ALLEN), "Lt. Tawny Madison" (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) and "Dr. Lazarus" (ALAN RICKMAN) – set off on thrilling and often dangerous missions in space...and then their series was canceled!

Now, twenty years later, aliens under attack have mistaken the Galaxy Quest television transmissions for "historical documents" and beamed up the crew of has-been actors to save the universe. With no script, no director and no clue, the actors must turn in the perfomances of their lives in this hilarious adventure Jeffrey Lyons (NBC-TV) calls "The funniest, wittiest comedy of the year."

Awards:
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000NominatedFavorite Actor - ComedyTim Allen
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000NominatedFavorite Actress - ComedySigourney Weaver
Casting Society of America Awards2000NominatedBest Casting for Feature Film – ComedyDebra Zane
Hugo Award2000WonDramatic Presentation
Saturn1999WonBest ActorTim Allen
Saturn1999NominatedBest ActressSigourney Weaver
Saturn1999NominatedBest CostumesAlbert Wolsky
Saturn1999NominatedBest DirectorDean Parisot
Saturn1999NominatedBest MakeupStan Winston, Hallie D'Amore, Ve Neill
Saturn1999NominatedBest MusicDavid Newman
Saturn1999NominatedBest Performance by a Younger ActorJustin Long
Saturn1999NominatedBest Science Fiction Film
Saturn1999NominatedBest Special EffectsStan Winston, Bill George, Kim Bromley, Robert Stadd
Saturn1999NominatedBest Supporting ActorAlan Rickman
Teen Choice Awards2000NominatedFilm - Choice Comedy


Extras:
Closed Captioned
Deleted Scenes
Featurettes
Production Notes
Scene Access
Thermian Language Audio Track
Trailers

My Thoughts:
This is a great sci-fi comedy parodying Star Trek and its fandom in a loving way. I loved this movie since I first saw it in the cinema. It was one of the first Region 1 DVDs I have bought since the German DVD was delayed at the time and I couldn't wait to see it again.
Tim Allen is a great Shatner parody. Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars' Keith Mars) will always be Mathesar for me. Tony Shalhoub, besides his role as "Monk", I always remember as Tech Sgt. Kwan.
I recognized another familiar face this time around: Dwight Schrute from "The Office" is one of the Thermians in the beginning of the movie.

Rating:

(From Tom's Alphabet Marathon Reviews on July 4th, 2010)

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Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd



Challenge of the Super Friends
Ep: Wanted: The Super Friends
Back at the HALL OF JUSTICE, legendary super heroes SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN, BATMAN and ROBIN unite to protect the world from evil - and this 2-disc set of 16 Season One cartoons starts the action from their very first showdown! With their superpowers combined, these guardians of humanity match wits and might against the criminal LEGION OF DOOM until justice is served...with a one-liner to go! This supreme set also includes exclusive commentaries and top-secret bonus content! Be a hero: join the SUPER FRIENDS from the first hit to the final blow in this retro favorite!

My Thoughts:
Now... this brings back some memories for me. I used to love anything and everything Super Friends when I was a kid. And I really enjoyed watching it today... for pure nostalgic reasons and the fact that I still do enjoy most everything Superhero related. In the pilot episode The Legion of Doom created a device to make The Super Friends commit crimes in their sleep.

My Rating:

(From Pete's Pilots on November 16th, 2009)