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Last Summer, a review by Jimmy

Title : Last Summer (1969)

It was a summer of shared friendship... and lost innocence.

My Impression
I've bought this one without knowing anything about it, in fact my reason was that it's one of the first important movie role of Barbara Hershey. You know already that this movie is in my top ten list and this is certainly one of the best three movie I've seen in my life. Of course this movie is the best blind buy I've ever made. The story deal with the relation between 3 New York friends during their summer vacation and a new shy girl from Cleveland who joins the trio. Written like that it looks like a boring Walt Disney familly movie, but you know that if it would be the case this movie would have nothing to do on my list. The film is completly centered around the 4 teenagers (the adult are non entity in this movie, except for a little exception) and how the teenagers are cruel and manipulative with each others (we tend to forgot that fact, but we were like that too at this time). I can't say a lot about what happen in the movie because all the actions explain the end. A very great performance by the 4 young actors : Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, Bruce Davison and Catherine Burns (she was nominated for an Oscar). This is really important since bad acting would have harmed strongly the movie.

Now I go on a rant : I find inconceivable that this movie is not available on DVD. It was nominated for an Oscar in 1970, 3 big stars are in it and Evan Hunter had written the novel. I just can't understand why MGM refuse to release it on DVD, when they continue to release unimportant crappy movies. It will be the 40 years birthday of the movie release next years, so maybe there are some hope for a special edition in 2009.

If you find this one buy it immediatly, try to get the original X rated version and not the R rated cut version it's really important for understanding the end.   
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(From My Alphabet Marathon Review on November 12th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

It Happened One Night, a review by Antares

It Happened One Night

Year: 1934
Film Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Romance, Classic, Comedy
Length: 105 Min.

Frank Capra (1897)

Robert Riskin (1897)...Screenplay
Samuel Hopkins Adams (1871)...Short Story

Frank Capra (1897)

Joseph Walker (1892)

Howard Jackson (1900)...Composer

Clark Gable (1901) as Peter
Claudette Colbert (1903) as Ellie
Walter Connolly (1887) as Andrews
Roscoe Karns (1891) as Shapeley
Jameson Thomas (1888) as Westley
Alan Hale (1892) as Danker
Arthur Hoyt (1873) as Zeke
Blanche Friderici (1878) as Zeke's Wife

       The first, and in my opinion, the best ‘road’ picture ever made. Director Frank Capra was just embarking on a string of successful features that would dominate the Academy Awards for the next 6 years. Capra had honed his skills in the silent era, most prominently as the producer and director of Harry Langdon’s best comedies. After a professional falling out with the temperamental vaudevillian, he pursued his own directorial interests and by 1934 had fashioned a budding resume of reputable films. It Happened One Night would be his first true success and would bring Capra the clout needed to make films that showcased his artistic vision.

       Films about headstrong women were all the rage in the Depression era thirties and Capra would take the idea of a spoiled and naïve heiress who takes to the road in protest of her father’s denial of betrothal to a jet-setting playboy, and pair her with a street savvy news reporter who protects and eventually falls in love with her. Claudette Colbert stars as Ellie Andrews, the independent-minded ingénue who casts herself to the winds of fate by boarding a bus to New York City, in hopes of eloping with her fiancé. Like a little lamb lost in the woods, she experiences the harsh realities of life that until this time, her father had protected her from.  Unknown to her at this time is that her knight in shining armor is seated right beside her, and although they are at odds with each other in the beginning, their relationship will blossom into an everlasting one.

       Peter Warne (Clark Gable) has just been fired from his newspaper job, although in his eyes he has resigned. As he boards the same bus back to New York, he realizes that a little bit of treasure has fallen into his lap. Ellie’s father has offered a handsome reward for any information as to the whereabouts of his daughter and Peter agrees to ‘help’ her make it to New York unabated. Over the course of the journey, his hard-boiled veneer softens and he decides to really help her make it back to her fiancé, even though he has since fallen in love with Ellie. Their comedic mishaps and misfortunes along the way set the stage for the finale in the Big Apple, as both are forced to contend with the fact they both love each other.

        Gable, who was on loan-out from MGM, did not want to make this film. He felt the screenplay was weak and that the film would not be successful. How wrong he was! Not only did it win an Academy Award for Best Picture, but It Happened One Night also took home statues for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor. Although nominated many times in succeeding years, this would be the only time Mr. Gable would win in his thirty-plus year career.

        One interesting bit of trivia, Friz Freleng, the animation director at Warner Bros., based the character of Bugs Bunny on Gables wise-cracking, carrot chomping Peter Warne.

Ratings Criterion
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.

(From It Happened One Night (1934) on December 8th, 2009)

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Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom

Ah! My Goddess: Season 1
Kosuke Fujishima's unforgettable story of every hapless college boy's dream comes to life! Keiichi Morisato is an engineering student, top driver of his campus racing club, and not very lucky with the ladies. While calling for take-out food one evening, a wrong number puts him in contact with the "Goddess Hotline." One misplaced wish later, Keiichi find himself blessed with Belldandy, the perfect girlfriend and a goddess in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, she doesn't have any idea how to act in the human world, and her presence quickly gets Keiichi kicked out of the dorms. Fortunately for Keiichi, his troubles have just begin!

My thoughts:
Finally I have seen the complete first season of this series (24 episodes + 2 OVAs). I had seen the first few episodes a while ago on YouTube after I had watched the old OVA from 1993 and the Ah My Goddess movie. Then I thought it looked interesting but didn't think it could hold up for a complete 26 episode season. Boy was I wrong. This is a great series, which got better and better with each episode! And the 2 bonus episodes were a great conclusion to this season after the Lord of Terror story arc. I came to love the humor of the series "Adventures of Mini-Goddess" with the meddling of Urd and Skuld which was also true for this series. As a matter of fact, this season has me put again in the mood for anime series (which the last few months was not the case). Probably some of my next reviews will focus on those.
Currently I am rewatching the old OVA and I noticed something which I didn't know before: In the second episode there is a little cameo of Gan-chan  :laugh:
For those of you knowing this new series: Is it true, that Gan-chan will appear (maybe in the second season). In the Wikipedia article he is listed as appearing in this series with the same voice actor as in Mini-Goddess. I loved his character in Mini-Goddess. But I couldn't find any evidence at all on the net about this. First I thought it was supposed to be the spirit who transformed himself into a rat early in this first season, but it is a different voice actor.

I was couragous and switched to the English dub for a few minutes to see how it is. But I must say: Horrible! Especially Belldandy is totally off. I will continue to stick to the original audio tracks.


(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 28th, 2007)