Hitler: The Last Ten Days, a review by Antares
Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) 3/5 - Back when this was first made in 1973, this was considered a marvelous depiction of Hitler's last days of life in the bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery. But time and subsequent films have made this more of a curiosity and comparison piece to judge against those that followed. I love Alec Guinness, he's one of my favorite actors of all time, but aside from being made to look like a carbon copy of Adolf Hitler, his performance lacks something that I can't quite put my finger on. All throughout the film, I saw other characters that he has portrayed over his illustrious career. When Hitler is throwing a tantrum, he comes across as a manic version of Jock Sinclair from Tunes of Glory. In pensive or laid back moments, he's Henry Holland from The Lavender Hill Mob. What I'm trying to say is this, he never comes across as anything other than Alec Guinness with a toothbrush mustache. The story itself, kind of plods along and there never ever seems to be a sense of desperation as the situation above ground in Berlin worsens. To be honest, it's a bit dull. I would only recommend it as a vehicle for comparing Bruno Ganz's excellent portrayal in Der Untergang.
(From Antares' Short Summations on February 6th, 2012)
My Neighbor Totoro, a review by Danae Cassandra
Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)
Year of Release: 1988
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Lisa Michaelson, Cheryl Chase, Gregory Snegoff, Kenneth Hartman
Enter a whimsical "garden of earthly delights" (The New York Times), in this enchanting fantasy adventure that has become an international favorite of children around the world.
Deep inside a tree trunk, two children discover a fascinating new world inhabited by Totoros - amazing, charming creatures who become their friends. Some are big, some are small, but all of them are furry, lovable and ready to do wondrous, magical things...like fly over mountains and make giant trees grow in the middle of the night! Best of all, Totoros can't be seen by adults, only the children who love them.
With its imaginative characters, heartwarming story and striking animation by the award-winning Hayao Miyazaki, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is "certain to delight" (Los Angeles Times) again and again.
Totoro is a perfect film; charming, magical, nostalgic. Totoro is a movie of simple beauty, of the enchantment of childhood and the magic of nature. It's a film of patience and the unfolding of life around us. It's a film with a simple story and superb animation. It's a film about wonder, about growing up, about responsibility, about children who act like children, and the profound reality of being human. A perfect film. Sit back and enjoy.
Bechdel Test: Pass
(From My Neighbor Totoro on March 24th, 2014)
Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom
Star Trek: Voyager
Writer: Brannon Braga (Screenwriter), Joe Menosky (Screenwriter), Rick Berman (Original Material By), Brannon Braga (Original Material By), Joe Menosky (Original Material By)
Director: LeVar Burton
Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), Christine Harnos (Tessa Omond), LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice (voice))
Voyager's 100th episode. Fifteen years in the future, Harry Kim tries to fix a mistake in the past which cost the crew of Voyager their lives, by sending back a message through time.
A good time-travel story with a nice conclusion. We also get the chance to see Geordi LaForge from Next Generation as the captain of a Galaxy class starship.
(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on November 29th, 2011)