Top Gun, a review by DJ Doena
Tom Cruise ... Maverick
Kelly McGillis ... Charlie
Val Kilmer ... Ice
Anthony Edwards ... Goose
Tom Skerritt ... Viper
Michael Ironside ... Jester
Tim Robbins ... Merlin
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Sundown
James Tolkan ... Stinger
Meg Ryan ... Carole
Adrian Pasdar ... Chipper
Synopsis: Lt. "Maverick" Mitchell - a slightly maniac F-14 pilot - and his RIO Lt. "Goose" Bradshaw have been accepted into the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School - more commonly known as "Top Gun". There they will learn the finer arts of aerial dogfighting. That is, if they don't get thrown out due to Maverick's behaviour. And the competition is hard, Top Gun accepts only the best pilots to begin with.
My Opinion: This movie has incredible flying scenes even after all these years. No crappy CGI but real planes flying in real air. And a great soundtrack, too. Ironically I haven't seen that movie that often but I seem to know it by heart due to the many parodies on many scenes of that movie.
And while I recognized Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli in Heroes) at once, it took me a while to recognize Goose as Dr. Greene from ER.
Too bad, that there aren't more good airplane combat movies out there.
(From DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009 on August 14th, 2009)
Turistas, a review by addicted2dvd
Josh Duhamel as Alex
Melissa George as Pru
Olivia Wilde as Bea
Desmond Askew as Finn
Beau Garrett as Amy
Max Brown as Liam
Rising star Josh Duhamel (TV's Las Vegas) leads a group of young backpackers who find themselves stranded on a remote Brazilian beach; an exotic paradise, with warm sunshine, cool ocean breezes, and plenty of hot bodies. But, after a night of partying, the wayward turistas are drugged and robbed, and their dream vacation becomes a gruesome nightmare. Trapped and desperate, the vulnerable travelers are lured deep into the menacing jungle and beyond, where a dark and twisted fate too terrifying to imagine awaits.
My Thoughts:This DVD has both the rated and unrated versions of the movie. For this review I watched the unrated version. It is the first time I ever seen this movie. While this movie isn't bad... and I did enjoy it. It could have been much better as well. It has a decent—if not done many times before—storyline... but the execution was not as well done as I hoped. While I understand they needed to be... some of the underwater caves scenes were a little too dark as I had a hard time distinguishing one character from another. but over all it is an enjoyable movie... worth the hour and a half you put into it. It is a bit above average. So worth checking out.
Out of a Possible 5
(From TV Stars in the Movies: On-Going Mega Marathon on September 11th, 2011)
My PILOT Marathon, a review by Rich
Monarch Of The Glen
Young restaurant owner Archie MacDonald is called urgently from London back to his ailing fathers bedside in the ancestral home in Scotland, Glenbogle. He soon discovers that Hector has nothing worse than a cold and his sweet but dotty mother Molly has called him home on a pretext and has worked events so he can't easily escape back to London.
Inspired by the highland novels of Compton Mackenzie, this show follows Archie MacDonald as he finds himself thrown into the role of the new Laird of Glenbogle, his family's financially failing Scottish estate. With the help, and sometimes hinderance, of his family and faithful retainers he works to get the noble estate back on its feet.
Dull, charmless and twee melodrama/comedy that sparked no interest through it's pilot episode.
Clearly not every great series is preceded by a wonderful 1st/pilot offering, but there was nothing here in terms of characters, storyline, actors or direction that generated any level of enthusiasm to rush back and watch further offerings. I am sure it must improve as it had such a long run, but for me it is a dead duck from the get-go.
(From My PILOT Marathon on September 5th, 2009)