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The Emperorís New Groove, a review by Critter

Year: 2000

Director(s): Mark Dindal

Run Time: 75  minutes

Plot: Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

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(From Critter's Animated Film/Anime Marathon on January 2nd, 2010)

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Ju-On, a review by Danae Cassandra


Year of Release:  2003
Directed By:  Takashi Shimizu
Starring:  Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Takako Fuji, Yuya Ozeki
Rating:  R

An eerie tale of a family who is brutally killed in their own home leaving behind an evil spirit lurking in the shadows. When an unknowing homecare worker enters, the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begins, passing through all those who step foot in this dark house.

My Thoughts:
Wow.  We just watched this for the first time and I'm still processing the film.  Unlike everything else I've watched this month, there were some definite jump moments here, some places that were really startling.  I really enjoyed the film, especially how it made the viewer think and try to work out exactly what is going on.  I have the two sequels (Ju-On 2 & Ju-On: White Ghost/Black Ghost) so I may have to watch them this month as well.  Good film.  Recommended for any horror fan who doesn't mind subtitles.

Bechdel Test:  Pass

Overall:  3.5/5

(From Danae's 2012 Horror on October 16th, 2012)

Member's TV Reviews

Babylon 5: Marathon, a review by DJ Doena

Disc 6

Rising Star

Synopsis: Marcus sacrificed his own life to rescue Ivanova with the alien healing device (see "The Quality of Merci"). Sheridan has to answer for his actions against his own government. Meanwhile Garibaldi is on the search for Lise Hampton-Edgers and Delenn makes a proposal to EarthGov.

My opinion: The great storylines are over. The Firt Ones are gone. Minbar is peaceful again. Earth is free. Mars is free. Everytime I see that episode I know it's over. Yes there is another season, but it isn't the same anymore. A very good second to last episode.

The Deconstruction of Falling Stars

Synopsis: In german the episode is called "In Hundred, In Thousand Years" and that's pretty descriptive. The episode shows what will happen over the next year, in a hundred years, in five hundred years, in a thousand years, in a million years.

My opinion: As I explained earlier JMS wasn't sure whether there would be a fifth season. The final episode "Sleeping in Light" was shot with the fourth season. But then it became clear that JMS got the OK for another season and SiL was moved to the end of season 5. As a replacement this episode was shot. Most people don't like it but I always thought it to be a good episode. I really liked the university discussion, the abbey and the end of the episode.

Quote of the episode:
Last man on Earth: "This is how the world ends. Swallowed in fire, but not in darkness. You will live on. The voice of all our ancestors, the voice of our fathers and our mothers to the last generation. We created the world we think you would've wished for us. And now we leave the cradle for the last time."

Season analysis: Another great season. Second only to the third season. Both seasons togaether are one of the best pieces of Science-Fiction I've ever seen.

(From Babylon 5: Marathon on November 16th, 2007)