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The Paradine Case, a review by Dragonfire

The Paradine Case

My Thoughts

This movie had potential with the main idea of the plot - a lawyer, or barrister, is defending a beautiful somewhat mysterious woman accused of poisoning her husband and falls for her.  Unfortunately, the movie fails to meet the potential, and it ends up being rather dull and not suspenseful in any way.

Maddalena's husband is already dead when the movie begins and she is arrested within the first few minutes.  At that point, very little is shared about the death of her husband.  It doesn't take that long for more to be shared about it.  Most of the movie is focused on Anthony - the attorney - working on the case and developing feelings for his client.  They aren't shown together that much, so it doesn't make much sense for him to have fallen for her, especially since he is happily married when he takes the case.  Several scenes don't really add much to what is going on and seem more pointless than anything.  I'm guessing that they were supposed to be suspenseful.  The big revelation late in the movie is probably supposed to be shocking, but it isn't.  Maybe it was more shocking when the movie first came out.  Once the trial actually starts, a lot of it is shown.  During those scenes, Hitchcock did do something different by using four different camera aimed at different characters.  The footage was then put together during the editing.

None of the cast really stands out to me.  No one was bad, but no one was great either.  Ethyl Barrymore was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar and she is barely in the movie.  The few times she is on screen, her character is made out to be a bit loopy.  Maddalena had potential to be a really interesting character, but it isn't fully explored.

This is the last movie that Hitchcock made with Selznick.  I have learned about the trouble the two men had working together and there was more of it with this movie as well.  Selznick even wrote the screenplay because he decided the adaptation that was done wasn't good enough.  New pages were sent to the set every day.  He also insisted on all kinds of reshoots that caused the filming to take longer and go way over budget.  The final amount spent was almost as much as spent on Gone With the Wind.  Hitchcock's cut of the movie was almost three hours long.  Selznick then decided to edit the movie himself and cut it down a lot.  I think the fact that Selznick did the editing is at least part of why the movie doesn't work.

The story had the potential to be interesting, but it just didn't work out that way.  The movie ends up being rather dull with no suspense. It is a very different sort of Hitchcock movie in my opinion.  Fans of Hitchcock might find something to like about the movie, but they really aren't missing anything by not watching the movie either.

I did get a review posted on Epinions.

The Paradine Case

(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on June 15th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Night of the Demons (1988), a review by Jimmy


Title: Night of the Demons (1988)

Genre: Horror
Director: Kevin Tenney
Rating: NR
Length: 1h30
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English
Subtitles: None

Allison Barron
Amelia Kinkade
Linnea Quigley
Alvin Alexis
Billy Gallo

It's Halloween night and Angela is throwing a party, but this is no ordinary spook bash. Everybody's headed to Hull House, a deserted funeral home with a shocking secret in its past and something evil alive in its basement. Now the guests are becoming possessed, and this party's treats include tongue ripping, eyeball gouging, gratuitous nudity, bloody dismemberment and more. Welcome to the blowout where all Hell is breaking loose: You're invited to NIGHT OF THE DEMONS!

My Thoughts:
The plot said it all, so don't expect to be surprise... not that it is a bad thing. In fact it's a pretty good eighties special effects showcase who doesn't felt long at all. We got a good karma hit at the end and the script sure didn't played the stereotypical survivors at the end (at least for one of them).

Not sure if someone who wasn't there in the eighties would like that film, but I was there so I love it :P

Rating :

(From Jimmy's - 2013 Ooctober Horror Marathon on October 4th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Angel Marathon, a review by DJ Doena

Disc 4

You're Welcome
Synopsis: Cordelia finally awakens from her coma and instantly warns Angel because she had a vision. When Lindsey learns of this he takes up his role as "Doyle" again and tries to convince Spike that Cordy is evil. Then he tries to use a secret ewapon against Angel.

My Opinion: Cordy is dead. :( It was very nice to see her again but now it's final. But I have to say, I didn't miss her as much as I had expected, Spike is a very good replacement.

Still I want to make another remark. When I write these reviews, I read some background info (production notes, etc.) in parallel. I've read that originally it was planned that Sarah Michelle would make a guest appearance instead of Charisma. But Sarah declined and she was absent from the show for the entire season. Some say she wanted to put some distance between her and her role. That's a situation I don't comprehend. Who would know SMG if it weren't for "Buffy"? I know that certain images can stick for a lifetime (Leonard Nimoy - "I am not Spock") but I think that it is a bit ungrateful when you sever all strings.
But Charisma was a wonderful replacement and it remains the question if it would have worked as well with Sarah.

Why We Fight
Synopsis: A vampire threatens Angel's friends. Angel sired him when he already had a soul but it was under extraordinary circumstances during the second world war.. Angel remembers what happened back then.

My Opinion: Spike does has a thing with leather jackets. The episode was ok but the question of why Angel fights was answered neither in the past nor the present.

Smile Time
Synopsis: Several children fall into a stasis after they have been watching a breakfast children's show. Angel investigates in the TV studio but he returns changed.

My Opinion: This episode is based upon an idea that would have fit perfectly into "Farscape". And since I love "Farscape" I loved this episode. The Angel puppet was great.

A Hole in the World
Synopsis: Somthing escapes from a sarcophagus from Fred's laboratory and it takes Fred as a host. If they can't get it out again, Fred will die. The gang tries everything to prevent exactly this.

My Opinion: The show comes to an end and Joss starts to kill off the characters. First Cordy, now Fred. And he doesn't seem to like relationships. He often tears them apart in a cruel way (Buffy-Angel, Willow-Tara, Xander-Anya, Angel-Cordy) and now Fred-Wesley. Let's see what happens with Illyria now.

(From Angel Marathon on February 27th, 2008)