Ant-Man, a review by addicted2dvd
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym
Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne
Corey Stoll as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket
Bobby Cannavale as Paxton
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces the newest member of the Avengers: Marvel's Ant-Man. Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from ruthless villains! With humanity's fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. Filled with humor, awesome special effects and exclusive bonus features, this action-packed adventure takes you to new levels of pulse-pounding excitement!
While I am familiar with the character... I never seen much on Ant-Man before seeing this movie. I never read much comics and the shows I watched as a kid from the '60s - '80s never showed much of him. But I must say... I enjoyed the film very much. I liked all the cast and the character they played. It is a good origin story that is both informative and entertaining. It has plenty of action as well as a few laughs here and there. Definitely recommended.
(From March Marathon: Superhero Films on March 29th, 2016)
Lakeview Terrace, a review by KinkyCyborg
Director: Neil Labute
Length: 110 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai
Samuel L. Jackson (1948)
A young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their relationship. A stern, single father, this tightly wound LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly aggressive to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives cause the couple to fight back.
Young interracial couple moves into a house next door to a psycho, black cop who is still pissed at his wife who was fooling around with a white man at the time of her death. Bad timing or what?
Samuel L. Jackson certainly had me convinced as a hard ass cop and father who is losing his grip as he systematically terrorizes his new neighbors.
Said neighbors, played by Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington, scared shitless at first, soon get fed up and try to get back at the cop in subtle ways so as not to bring down his wrath and that of his LAPD buddies.
An interesting backdrop to the neighbor from hell scenario was the raging wildfires bearing down on their homes which is quite common for California. The cop was so determined to drive them from their home, I was curious to see if the fire would make the whole skirmish moot.
Kerry Washington was ok but would have been better without the distracting Uber Geek glasses she kept sporting throughout the movie.
(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on February 12th, 2011)
My PILOT Marathon, a review by Rich
WITHOUT A TRACE - SEASON ONE - PILOT
First aired: 9/26/2002
Missing Persons Squad have to solve the case of a 28-year-old female marketing executive who appears to have simply walked away from every thing in her life, having left everything of hers behind. She was last seen by her doorman on the night that she vanished, her apartment appears to be intact with even her purse and cell phone left behind in her apartment. Her parents and co-workers reveal that she is a hard worker, and that she is a loner and had just been dumped by a married co-worker with whom she had an affair. A security tape from her apartment building shows her walking away into the night. Jack fears that she is lost forever until a ransom note appears on her mother's email list demanding a million dollars for her safe return.
As a pilot it appeared somewhat like a grope in the dark as actors felt their way into unfamiliar character roles, but their were signs to show encouragement for future improvement & development. I had hoped for a better pilot considering this series ran for some time, I can only imagine it will improve. The characters were concise and showed initial signs of good chemistry together, although Poppy Montgomery is just not right for this show.
This initial episode lacked punch, the investigation was not particular 'huge' for a pilot, but their were encouraging signs in there for the series.
(From My PILOT Marathon on May 28th, 2008)