End of the Spear, a review by Rich
Through the jungle in Ecuador...
"End of the Spear" is the remarkable journey of a savage Amazon tribesman who becomes family to the son of a North American man he kills. Mincayani (Louie Leonardo) is a Waodani warrior who leads the raid that kills Steve Saint's father and four other missionaries. Through a suspenseful series of events Steve Saint (Chase Ellison) is able to visit Mincayani's tribe. Steve tries to learn which warriors killed his father, but has to leave with his question unanswered. Steve returns to the Waodani as an adult (Chad Allen). Together Mincayani and Steve confront the true meaning of the life and death of Steve's father, and the other men who were killed.
Wow, a wonderful surprise, a thoroughly enjoyable film that kept me riveted to the end, and will entice all. The film is shot from the natives perspective which provides an understanding of why they speared the missionaries, and distances itself enough from religion to keep the film entertaining. Keep watching through the credits to see clips from the actual survivors. 7/10
(From Around the World in 80 DVD's on March 17th, 2008)
Grumpier Old Men , a review by Dragonfire
Grumpier Old Men
The more things change, the more they hilariously stay the same in Wabasha, Minnesota. The uncatchable fish named Catfish Hunter grows fatter. The wisecracks, zingers and putdowns pile up like freshly raked leaves. And Grumpy Old Men become grumpier in this delightful sequel.
Grabbing fishing rods and picking up where they left off, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reel in another winner as Grumpier Old Men. Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak and Burgess Meredith also return to reprise their roles. And Sophia Loren is the newcomer whose plan to turn the town’s beloved bait shop into a ristorante sends the guys into a tizzy.
This movie is really entertaining, though it isn't as good as the first one. The returning characters are still entertaining and likable overall, though a few of them aren't in as much of this movie.
I'm not sure how much time is supposed to have passed since the end of the first movie. John and Arial are settled into marriage, Melanie and Jacob are planning a wedding with interference from their fathers and John and Max are actually getting along fairly well. They still sort of bicker, but it isn't as bad as it was. They are both horrified at the idea of the bait shop being turned into a restaurant, so they work together to sabotage things. Max and Maria really don't seem to like each other much at all, but they end up starting to date. More problems crop up, including one that causes the men to return to their feud. The plot is entertaining even though it isn't that complicated. Much of what happens is predictable, but that doesn't keep things from being entertaining.
The movie is very funny, especially with some of the things that John and Max do once they start feuding again. Some of what happens with Maria is also funny. I do think the humor works well in the movie, though I think the first movie was funnier. There is more fishing in the movie, though since this one is set in warmer weather, it at least isn't ice fishing. Only a few of the characters are actually seen fishing, unlike in the first movie when a lot of characters were at least shown where the ice fishing was going on. There is a minor subplot going on dealing with a huge fish that John and Max have been trying to catch for years.
The relationships are important again. John and Max's friendship becomes strained again, as do a few other relationships. There is a developing relationship between Max and Maria that is entertaining. Melanie and Jacob also have some relationship issues to deal with. That does cause a bit of complication to what is going on.
The characters are still very entertaining and likable. John and Max are wonderfully entertaining. The cast is really good. I haven't seen a lot of movies with Sophia Loren, but I think this is pretty much the only comedy I've seen her in. I think she does well with the humor.
There really aren't any extras on the DVD, which is a bit disappointing. I really like this one and think it is definitely worth watching even though it isn't as good as the first movie.
I did get a review posted on Epinions.
Grumpier Old Men
(From Grumpier Old men on September 19th, 2010)
Grey's Anatomy Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Season 4 Disc 2:
5. Haunt You Every Day
It's Halloween at Seattle Grace and the day is chock-full of surprises for the doctors. Alex has a surprise visit from a former patient; Meredith thinks her mother's ashes are haunting her; Cristina is snubbed by a top surgeon; and everyone is shocked when Callie reveals George and Izzie's relationship to the public.
Woohoo! A Grey's Anatomy Halloween episode! And I loved every minute of it! The medical stories were great... the personal stories were wonderfully done. It really seemed like the episode flew by as I was glued to the screen the entire time.
6. Kung Fu Fighting
With his marriage once again falling apart, Chief Webber invites the male surgeons out on a "gentleman's evening." Meanwhile, Cristina and Izzie compete for the same surgeries, mainly to impress the doctor performing them; Meredith treats the survivor of a skydiving accident; and two finalists competing in a promotional competition are treated by the doctors.
This is a good episode... though not a good as the previous one. The medical stories were interesting if not somewhat silly. The stories on their personal lives did continue... but wasn't as in your face as they usually are. Which was good. I like the story with George and Izzie... and once again Alex is the jerk wee have grown to know the past 3 and a half years.
7. Physical Attraction...Chemical Reaction
George and Izzie's relationship is tested, as is Derek and Meredith's when Derek wants more than a physical relationship with her. Meanwhile, Mark falls for a surgeon and Callie's position as Chief Resident is put on the line when she gives too many duties to Bailey.
An ok episode... didn't care much for where the personal lives storylines are going at this point. And the medical storylines were only ok. They even dropped one of the medical storylines and never got back to it to know where it ended up.
8. Forever Young
The ER is thrown into a state of chaos following a school bus accident. Meanwhile, Bailey treats her high school crush; Derek goes on a date; and Thatcher comes to Seattle Grace in search of Meredith.
This is a good episode. I really liked the medical story in this one. Though I didn't care much for the private lives storyline this time. Izzie and George really need to get their stuff together.
(From Grey's Anatomy Marathon on February 6th, 2010)