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Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a review by Tom




Title: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Year: 1979
Director: Robert Wise
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 131 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Commentary, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish

Stars:
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
George Takei

Extras:
Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Featurettes
Photo Gallery
Scene Access
Storyboards
Trailers

My Thoughts:
Although a little on the slow side, I can appreciate the effort. For its time nice special effect, which they went on to milk to death by a slow journey through the cloud. The pacing is better in this Director's Edition than in the original cut (at least of what I remember of the original cut).
In the beginning of the movie we also got a nice, long model shot of the Enterprise. After all they flew around it for at least five minutes :laugh:
The score is great and saves the long effect shots. The theme is so good, that they used it as the opening theme of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and after hearing it now countless times, I am still not tired of it.

What I do not understand: They knew that the transporters are acting up. This is why Kirk took the shuttle. A few minutes after Kirk boarded Enterprise, they were using the transporters again and lost two people this way. How careless can you be?

Rating:

(From Tom's Star Trek Movies Marathon on January 29th, 2009)

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Ghajini, a review by Tom




Title: Ghajini
Year: 2007
Director: A.R. Murugadoss
Rating: 15
Length: 183 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Stars:
Asin Thottumkal
Aamir Khan
Pradeep Rawat
Jiah Khan
Riyaz Khan

Plot:
Ghajini is the largest grossing Hindi film of all time. It is the only Indian film to earn one billion rupees at the box office across India and it grossed 4 million US dollars overseas within a week of its release.

A film about a man with only 15 minutes of memory recall. A man who was once suave, successful and had everything a man could desire. A man who had everything he loved snatched away from him, including his identity by brutal senseless violence. A human being who is forced to become something close to inhuman. A story about his wounded, savage quest for revenge. Driven by the pain of what he once was and had...

Awards:
Filmfare Awards2009WonBest Action AwardPeter Hein
Filmfare Awards2009NominatedBest Actor AwardAamir Khan
Filmfare Awards2009NominatedBest Actress AwardAsin Thottumkal
Filmfare Awards2009NominatedBest Director AwardA. R. Murugadoss
Filmfare Awards2009WonBest Female Debut AwardAsin Thottumkal
Filmfare Awards2009NominatedBest Movie Award
Filmfare Awards2009NominatedBest Music Director AwardA. R. Rahman


Extras:
Deleted Scenes
Featurettes
Music Videos
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
The screenplay was written after the author first heard about Memento. After the screenplay was finished, he watched Memento, and he decided that his screenplay is different enough to Memento to warrant an own movie.
And he is right. Except the fact that the main protagonist has short-term memory loss because of an attack in which is fiancé was killed and he badly wounded, and the fact that he takes polaroids to remember stuff and tattoo his body, this movie takes a different take on the premise.
Like I had expected, it did not switch the scenes around like in Memento. Instead we only get flashbacks which tell the story before the accident. The present day shows us how he is going after the murder of his fiancé with a vengeance.
The flashback story is a fun romantic comedy type story of how he met his fiancé. And it shows the happenings which lead to the attack.
The present day is a much more violent movie than Memento. For some reason these two greatly different styles work very well together in this movie. Also Aamir Khan did a great job potraying both incarnations of his character.



Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on August 1st, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom


VOY 7.11. Lineage
Writer: James Kahn (Writer)
Director: Peter Lauritson
Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Juan Garcia (John Torres), Jessica Gaona (Young B'Elanna), Javier Grajeda (Carl), Paul Robert Langdon (Dean), Nicole Sarah Fellows (Elizabeth), Gilbert R. Leal (Michael), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice (voice))

The first full-blown P/T episode without any "Voyager is in danger" side-story detracting from the character-driven plot.
B'Elanna and Tom learn that they are expecting a baby. The beginning of the episode is about the reactions from the crew and of course the reaction from Tom and B'Elanna. The story then focuses on B'Elanna's fear about the child's mixed heritage. Through flashbacks we see a camping trip with her father from her childhood, and how her father left soon after because living with two Klingons was too hard on him. B'Elanna fears that the same will happen with Tom and so she wants to have the Klingon genetic trademarks removed from here baby, even going so far to reprogram the doctor to go along with it. Tom can convince her that he is nothing like her father just in time.
It is really nice to see that they can write an entire episode about this relationship, and address a fear of B'Elanna's which was mentioned throughout the series, without moving it to a B-story of a standard Voyager episode.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on October 3rd, 2009)