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Firestarter 2: Rekindled, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: Firestarter 2: Rekindled
Director: Robert Iscove
Length: 168 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Skye McCole Bartusiak
John Dennis Johnston
In 1984, Stephen King's Firestarter became a horror film hit, with its frightening tale of a young couple whose involvement in a secret government drug experiment produced a dangerously gifted child. Sociopathic agent John Rainbird was instrumental in the "'Lot 6" testing and earned the young girl's trust for his own ends. He then murdered her parents. Enraged, she unleashed her pyrokinetic powers, engulfing Railbird in flames – and left him for dead.
The child is now a woman. Charlene "Charlie'' McGee (Marguerite Moreau) has spent the past 10 years on the run from the unscrupulous government agents who created her. Now she's through running and has decided to reclaim her life.
A showdown is inevitable, and Charlie's only chance for survival lies in a turncoat government agent and a half-mad professor named Richardson (Dennis Hopper).
This is actually a TV Miniseries that originally aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (I must say I still hate the new name of Sy-Fy!). I am sure it would have been a nightmare to pull off... especially for the Sci-Fi Channel... but I always thought it would have been cool to have Drew Barrymore reprise her role as Charlie in this miniseries. It is a good miniseries... though I do prefer the original movie. Even if it never was one of my favorites. I did like Malcolm McDowell in this one. And Marguerite Moreau does a fine job as well. She is an actress I am not really familiar with... but I enjoyed watching her in this.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Sunday Mini-Marathon: Celebrity Birthdays - June 13th on June 13th, 2010)
Valkyrie, a review by dfmorgan
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson
Overview: "Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career" (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk) in this action-packed film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men. Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolf HItler, this thrilling adventure re-enacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever seen. Co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard, Valkyrie delivers gripping suspense and pulse-pounding excitement from start to finish!
Watched: 21st Mar 2010
My Thoughts: A very good film. I was aware of the events that this film covered with the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler towards the end of WWII, not fully conversant though just aware. I thought that in general the cast played their roles well and didn't really have any problems with them except for Bill Nighy, whenever I see him all I can see is Billy Mack and the song "Christmas Is All Around" from Love Actually even though I have many other films featuring Bill Nighy. I did wonder how close to the events that this film would go but I see from other reviews and features that they generally stayed close to what actually happened.
My Rating: A 4 from me here [mr]4[/mr]
(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on March 21st, 2010)
Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd
Joan of Arcadia
Joan of Arcadia, the Emmy®-nominated, People’s Choice Award-winning series, stars Amber Tamblyn as Joan Girardi. An average 16-year-old, Joan is going through the growing pains typical of any teenager. But after she and her family (Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch) relocate to Arcadia, her life gets especially interesting when God starts paying her visits.
Joan Girardi (Amber Tamblyn) is sent on a mission to get a job - by a cute boy who claims to be God. Meanwhile, Joan's dad Will Girardi (Joe Mantegna), the new chief of police, struggles to solve the case of a serial killer.
This is a series I never missed when it originally aired. It is a good Fantasy/Drama series. This pilot episode does a good job at introducing everyone. And it has a good storyline. After watching this episode I feel like I could watch the entire run (2 seasons) again. But I will hold off on that. Besides... just the idea of doing it reminds me of how it was canceled after the second season... when the second season ended on a cliffhanger! How I hate that!
My Rating: [mr]4[/mr]
(From Pete's Pilots on February 22nd, 2010)