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Saw III, a review by Rich




Title: Saw III

Movie Count:19 
TV Ep. Count:14 

Runtime:109
Certificate:18
Year:2006
Genres:Horror, Suspense/Thriller

Plot:In this Extreme Edition of Saw III, prepare for a truly terrifying experience from the master of cruelty. With extended scenes which have never been seen before, Saw III Extreme Edition features more gore, more shocks, more Saw. Suffering? You definitely haven't seen anything yet...
Jigsaw has disappeared. Along with his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished.
While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff Reinhart (Angus Mcfadyen) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

My Review:
Having enjoyed and marvelled at the originality of Saw 1, and been entertained by the breakneck Saw 2, this latest offering I viewed was a come-down.
There was little tension as witnessed in earlier films, the interjection of humanity was misplaced, and the gore was messy and nasty. The prémis of revenge and distress was a reasonable plot for such a film, I just wasn't convinced by the delivery, nor the performance of the gorgeous Shawnee Smith as the apprentice to Jigsaw.
There is a point when some films lose focus, this did that by what at times can only be described as more and more disgustingly violent and distressingly gory scenes, culminating in the 'chest' scene. Some sleight of hand, alluding to terrorising acts can be much scarier, but when it is slapped in your face like this the impact is unappealing.
There seems little merit in this Saw franchise going any further, but as we know there is now Saw 4 and 5 to digest at some point.

My Rating
Out of a Possible 5




(From Rich's October Horror Fest on October 18th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

There's No Business Like Show Business, a review by addicted2dvd


     There's No Business Like Show Business: The Diamond Collection (1954/)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
(United States)
Director:Walter Lang
Writing:Lamar Trotti (Original Material By), Phoebe Ephron (Screenwriter), Henry Ephron (Screenwriter)
Length:117 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.55:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:English, Spanish

Stars:
Ethel Merman as Molly Donahue
Donald O'Connor as Tim Donahue
Marilyn Monroe as Vicky Hoffman/Vicky Parker
Dan Dailey as Terence Donahue
Johnnie Ray as Steve Donahue

Plot:
Marilyn Monroe and an all-star cast are featured in Irving Berlin's tuneful depiction of the trials and triumphs of a veteran vaudeville family. The talented Donahue family has plenty of love to get them through the hard times - that is, until they cross paths with a rising starlet (Monroe) whose own ambitions may make or break them. Co-starring Ethel Merman and Donald O'Connor, this delightful classic delivers dazzling production numbers and masterful show tunes!

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Feature Trailers
  • Closed Captioned


My Thoughts:

This one... while entertining I didn't get into it as much as I would have hoped.I actually found myself drifting into sleep multiple times during the film. But to be fair... I did only get 4 hours sleep the night before. But I liked the story line and I liked the characters.... so I would recommend it.

Rating:


(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 28th, 2016)

Member's TV Reviews

The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena


Smallville



What's the show about?
Clark Kent was raised by the Kents in Smallville, Kansas. But Clark is no ordinary teenager. Clark is Kal-El, an alien from the planet Krypton. He has super-strengt, super-vision and many other special abilities. Clark was sent by his parents to Earth because Krypton was on the eve of destruction. Here on Earth he lives the official life of a farm boy and the inofficial life of the rescuer of people who need his help.

What happened before?
I am not entirely sure, but I believe that Smallville is also a re-imagination of the Superman universe.

"Pilot"
A meteor shower hits a small town in Kansas: Smallville. But with that shower a spaceship arrives and it contains a small boy that is adopted by the Kents. 12 years later. Clark Kent, Lana Lang, Chloe Sullivan and Pete Ross are freshemens on the Smallville Highschool. And Lex Luthor, son of Lionel Luthor takes over the management of the Smallville fertilizer plant. But then an accident happens where Lex nearly gets killed - if it weren't for Clark. And a man awakes from a coma in which he had laid for twelve years...

My Opinion
Great show, lots of Freak-of-the-Week episodes but it has some great storyarcs, too.

(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on January 6th, 2008)