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Mamma Mia!: The Movie, a review by Danae Cassandra

Mamma Mia!
Year of Release: 2008
Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Musical

Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is. Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming Mamma Mia! The MovieMy Thoughts:
This is sweet, frothy fun.  It's a bit campy and goofy, but it makes it work.  I'm still not convinced Amanda Seyfried can act, but the ensemble cast masks that.  Christine Baranski's character is basically the chick she played in Cybil.  Some of the singing is not that great; a number of these actors sound like regular people singing.  But it's no worse than some other musicals I can think of.  The setting is gorgeous and the film moves quickly from one number to the next quickly.  It doesn't seem like a two-hour film to me.  Not great cinema by any stretch, but a really enjoyable film.  

Unlike some other folks I don't need the resolution to some questions, as I'm happy with the decision that having the answer doesn't matter.

Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Fail

Overall: 3/5

(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 7th, 2016)

Member's Reviews

Evita, a review by Rich

struggle through hungary...

Title: Evita


Plot:In her Golden Glove winning role (Best Actress 1996-Comedy or Musical) MADONNA shines as Eva Peron, wife of Presiden Juan Peron, whose desperate ambition to climb to the top saw her trade her only asset for one shot at power and fame.

Co-starring Antonia Banderas (Shrek 2) and featuring the Academy Award winning original song "You Must Love Me", EVITA is the epic true story of the charismatic, yet controversial, devoted yet ruthless, deprived yet triumphant woman who inspired the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice smash hit Broadway musical.
Also features the hits "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", "Buenos Aires" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall".
>My Review:
Yawwnnnnn. musical on film. Saw the stage version and it was excellent. On a dvd it loses everything
My Rating

(From Around the World in 80 DVD's on January 18th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     I''s/I''s Pure: 2 Complete Series (2005/Japan)

VIZ Media (United States)
Length:240 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Iori Hazuki is a beautiful high schooler with ambitions of becoming an actress. Ichitaka Seto is an indecisive sort with a crush on Iori from afar. Itsuki Akiba is Ichitaka's cute childhood friend who has returned from abroad. Put all three "I"s together and you have a tale of love, comedy, and dreams...

I"s Pure
The course of true love never did run smooth, and hapless Ichitaka has a ton of obstacles to overcome to win the heart of his classmate and budding actress Iori: pranks and misunderstandings, stalkers, and romantic intervention, but most of all staying true to one's feelings. Are the two "I"s destined to find happiness together, or does fate have other ideas?

1.01 Another Summer Story, Part 1

I own the manga series of this (after colleague recommended it to me as I enjoyed the author's previous work: "Video Girl Ai"), but I still haven't read it all. I didn't get quite into it. I bought this animer also a few years ago, but I never watched it. I wanted to wait until after I finished the manga.
For this marathon I watched now the first episode from the first series. The first series consists of two episode and its story is not taken from the manga.
When I started to watch it, I thought what a horrible dub it is. I am not used to having anime such horrible voice acting. Until I realized that I forgot to switch to the original Japanese track and had still the English track on. English anime dubs are always horrible in my experience.
This first episode was okay. Nice animation. But like with the manga, I didn't quite get into it.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 3rd, 2012)