Diamonds are Forever, a review by Rich
Diamonds are Forever
Superspy James Bond (Sean Connery) gets tangled up in the wild world of international diamond smuggling. But hold on--the mission is not quite so simple as it seems; his chase of the jewel thieves leads him to conspirators with plans for unleashing a nuclear armageddon on an unsuspecting planet. The majority of the action takes place on the gaudy, glittering streets of Las Vegas, as Bond negotiates the grotesque terrain with his customary aplomb and fancy mechanical gadgets. As always, he manages to dally with several sexy bombshells along the way, including the wonderful Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole. Connery is as suave and entertaining as ever, taking on the menacing Charles Gray, who is trying his hand at playing Bond's archenemy, Blofeld. Look for the car chase down a narrow alley.
One of the weaker Bonds, ending up with such scenes as farcical moon buggy chases. Connery should have stayed in 007 retirement, but big bucks apparently lured him back. The car chases were badly edited, and the special effects seem to have gone backwards from earlier films.
On the positive, I thought the gay assassin team was a riot, the Vegas scenes generally worked ok, and some of the one-liners went down well.
Clumsy effort overall and disappointing
(From Riches Random Reviews on March 12th, 2009)
Speed 2: Cruise Control, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: Speed 2: Cruise Control
Director: Jan de Bont
Length: 125 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: DTS: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Hold onto your life-jacket as the rip-roaring sequel to Speed hits the high seas. Sandra Bullock reprises her star-making role as Annie Porter, a young woman expecting to enjoy a Caribbean vacation with her boyfriend (Jason Patric) on the world's most luxurious cruise liner. But their trip to paradise turns deadly when a lunatic computer genius (Willem Dafoe) takes over the boat and sets it on a course for destruction. An explosive voyage helmed by daredevil director Jan De Bont (Speed, Twister), Speed 2: Cruise Control rides the wild waves at maximum velocity.
While a decent movie... it is a bit of a letdown compared to part one. It is just missing that certain something the first one had. I do not care for the new leading man in this movie. Though Sandra Bullock is as lovely as always. And I definitely had to laugh at her taking the driving test at the beginning of the movie. It was a nice continuation from part one. Over all I am glad I have it in my collection... but I see myself watching part 1 much more then this one.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched DVDs on August 7th, 2010)
Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Angel: Season 2
9. The Trial
Original Air Date: 11/28/2000
Angel is still haunted by flashbacks of his 150-year love affair with Darla and has Gunn help track her down, but he soon discovers that he is faced with an impossible choice: watch her die from a terminal illness or use his dark powers to turn her back into a vampire and give her eternal life.
Another very good episode. I really liked the story. I of course enjoyed the flashbacks. And thought the ending was great. I also thought the test that Angel had to go through was entertaining as well.
(From Angel Marathon on March 3rd, 2010)