Blood Work, a review by addicted2dvd
FBI profiler Terry McCaleb almost always gets to the heart of a case. This time, that heart beats inside him. He's a cardiac patient who received a murder victim's heart. And the donor's sister asks him to make good on his second chance by finding the killer. That's just the first of many twists in a smart, gritty suspense thriller that's "vintage Eastwood: swift, surprising and very, very exciting" (Jim Svedja, KNX/CBS Radio).
Clint Eastwood produces, directs and stars in this edgy acclaimed mystery based on Michael Connelly's novel and scripted by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential). With a superb cast brought to a hard boil playing characters to quicken your pulse and hold you spellbound, Blood Work works exceptionally well.
I felt like a good suspense/thriller... when I spotted this one in my list I knew it had to be the one to watch since the only thing I remember about it is that I enjoyed it the first time I seen it. I watched it once when I got the DVD back in 2003. It was one of the movies I got for $5.00 when the video store I worked for at the time closed down. I am glad I decided to watch it again. It is a very good movie. I thought Clint Eastwood was great in it. Jeff Daniels was pretty good as well. But what I really liked about this one is the story itself.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Anything Goes on June 19th, 2009)
Big, a review by DJ Doena
Tom Hanks ... Josh Baskin
Elizabeth Perkins ... Susan
Robert Loggia ... MacMillan
John Heard ... Paul
Jared Rushton ... Billy
David Moscow ... Young Josh
Synopsis: Josh is a 13 year old boy who loves to hang out with his best friend Billy. But he's also starting to get interested in girls and when he's humiliated in front of the girl he likes he just wishes to be big on a Zoltar magic machine. And his wish is granted. When he wakes up, he's an adult who has to flee from his own house. Billy helps him to find a room and a job in New York City. Then they start to search for the Zoltar again. But life as an adult isn't as terrible as it seemed in the beginning.
My Opinion: It's a nice comedy flick which I enjoyed very much. Tom Hanks is a great actor who can play like an innocent child as well as his more serious roles, like The Green Mile or Saving Private Ryan. And Elizabeth Perkins was great, too. They were a great it-wasn't-supposed-to-be couple and I especially liked the scenes where she tried to hit on him and he reacted like a 13 year old.
There still one thing I can't get out of my head. I am aware that there are more movies out there like this (e.g. 13 Going on 30 from 2004). And even though I have seen the extended edition now I still have the following image in my head: After Josh had become a kid again he goes to school again and sits in his place when a new red-headed school girl comes into class and gets seated behind him. He turns around and she smiles to him.
I don't know from which movie I got that scene but I always associate it with Big.
(From DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009 on May 21st, 2009)
NCIS Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
NCIS: Season 4: Disc 2
5. DEAD AND UNBURIED
A missing Marine's body is found in a vacant home after he was deployed to Iraq but never showed up for duty.
This is a good episode. I liked the story quite a bit. Thought it was hilarious both McGee and Tony just stood there watching/ttaping the catfight. And I have to say I liked how Abbey saw art in that one picture McGee took that looked like a corpse sitting there in front of a TV like he just sat there and watched TV till he died.
6. WITCH HUNT
On Halloween night a Marine is attacked in his home and his daughter is kidnapped. Meanwhile, McGee and Tony are rendered speechless by Abby's Halloween costume.
Anyone that knows me... knows I loved this episode. I love anything to do with Halloween and Horror. Not only does this one have a good story... it has some pretty cool costumes. I especially loved our Goth forensic scientist Abbey dressed up as Marylin Monroe.
An explosion on a military golf course kills a Marine colonel and the NCIS team must work with the Army Criminal Investigative Unit to find the killer. Romance is in the air for both Gibbs and Tony.
This episode has a really good story. I really felt for the teent that was there when the colonel got caught in that explosion... and the effect it had on him. I thought it was a good scene between the teen and Tony.
8. ONCE A HERO
A former decorated Marine falls to his death at a hotel in Washington, D.C. The NCIS team works to clear the veteran's name after they discover suspicious activity surrounding his death.
I really felt this one was more of an average episode. I mean it was enjoyable... but nothing special about it. Felt more like a filler story to me then anything else.
(From NCIS Marathon on December 22nd, 2009)