The Lake House, a review by Tom
Keanu Reeves as Alex Wyler
Sandra Bullock as Kate Forster
Christopher Plummer as Simon Wyler
Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Henry Wyler
Willeke Van Ammelrooy as Kate's Mother
Dr. Kate Forster has finally found romance. Trouble is, it's a long-distance relationship. She's in downtown Chicago. He's in a remote lakeside suburb. And there's more: She's in 2006. He's in 2004.
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock team for the first time since Speed for this heart-lifting story of a love that transcends time. It begins when Kate moves out of her visually stunning lake house and leaves a note for the next tenant, architect Alex Wyler. They begin a correspondence and soon come to realize they are meant for each other...and that, somehow, they live two years apart. Can they ever meet? What would happen if they tried? Magical and emotionally rich, The Lake House is a love story for 2004, for 2006, for all times.
My Thoughts:In my opinion one of the few cases where the remake has been executed well and does not have to hide behind the original. And now seeing it again after watching the original, I still think the ending of "The Lake House" is better. Peter, I can also recommend it to you. You are correct, Keanu Reeves is not a good drama actor and he is the weak point here acting-wise but not that bad, to avoid this movie altogether. As compensation we have Sandra Bullock :Smiley:
(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on January 26th, 2008)
The Man Who Knew Too Much, a review by addicted2dvd
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
This film, the first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much, propelled ordinary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock to superstardom and established him as the premier director of suspense-based thrillers. Unsuspecting tourists Leslie Banks and Edna Best stumble into a plot filled with international intrigue when they make acquaintances with a good natured Frenchman played by Pierre Fresnay. After being murdered, Fresnay uses his dying breath to divulge a 'secret' to Banks, involving a plot to assassinate a diplomat. Pursued by sinister agents, Banks' daughter (Nova Pilbeam) is kidnapped and held to ensure Banks tells no one of what he knows. Unable to turn to the authorities, Banks must take it upon himself to rescue his daughter and try to prevent the assassination at the same time. The film builds to a terrific climax and also features Peter Lorre in his very first English speaking role.
I thought with all the talk of Alfred Hitchcock going on here at dvdcollectorsonline.com that I would at least watch this one from my collection that I have never seen before. This is one of those cheap public domain $1.00 DVDs that you can find at many stores. I bought it 5 years ago at a local Dollar General Store. Being a public domain dollar dvd the quality is far from pristine. But it is watchable. Better then I was expecting actually. The movie itself was good... but I have seen better. There was just a few things scattered in the movie that rubbed me the wrong way. For example... beginning of the movie you see a shot fired into a window where people are dancing. All the sudden a guy just stops and stands for a few seconds... opens his jacket and you see a spot of blood over his heart and says something like "look there". Then he slowly goes down in the arms of the woman he dancing with and gives her a fairly long explanation and the key to his room to find evidence of a murder plot before he dies.If the blood spot wasn't directly over his heart I would have said fine to it all... but there is only so much suspending of believability. There is a few instances such as this... but over-all a good movie.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: 2/27 - 2/29 on February 27th, 2009)
Supernatural Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Supernatural: Season 1
EPISODE 9: Home
After 22 years, Sam and Dean return to their childhood home. Now another beautiful young mother lives there - and, if Sam's nightmares are correct, she may be threatened by the same evil that killed Mary Winchester.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester
Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester
Kristin Richardson as Jenny
Loretta Devine as Missouri Moseley
This one I enjoyed a lot. It's an obvious storyline for the show... having them go back home to where it all began. It is basically a story they had to tell. I really got a kick out of the psychic Missouri Moseley. And we finally meet Sam and Dean's father... even though they didn't know he was in town with them.
(From Supernatural Marathon on January 15th, 2010)