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Frances, a review by Eric


Summary: Jessica Lange delivers the performance of her career as Frances Farmer, the notorious 1930's movie star whose impassioned opinions and outspoken behavior created scandal throughout the industry. But when she was betrayed by the studio system and committed to an insane asylum by her domineering mother, Frances descended into a madness that revealed the most horrific abuses of mental illness and exposed the cruelest consequences of Hollywood fame.

Kim Stanley and Sam Shepherd co-star in this tragic true story that shocked the world. FRANCES is now presented in a stunning new transfer from original film materials and is packed with startling new bonus features exclusive to this edition.

My Thoughts: This is the typical story of a woman who was born in a time where she couldn't settle for what society allowed her to be.  Truly beautiful, intelligent, opiniated and strong minded, she became an actress in a Hollywood who wanted nothing else from women than be beautiful and do as they were told.  Unfortunately for her, Frances was not of that type and she lived a life full of frustrations and deceptions.  Child of a controlling mother, probably schizophrenic, who wanted to live through her daughter the life that she never had, the only place where Frances could ever seek refuge ended up to be the most damaging to her.  Unable to control her emotions, she often had outbursts of rage which got her labeled as mentally sick and institutionalized.  After receiving monstrous treatments that were common in her time she had a lobotomy and was released from the institution.  She worked in television and died in 1970.

That is a very good movie, for me it was one of those blind buys that turn out to be such a nice choice.  Jessica Lange and Kim Stanley both give extremely good performances.  Some of their scenes together are shockingly good.  I really really liked that movie and very strongly recommend it.

My Score: 10/10, I want use my regular scoring system because this movie is worth much more than just a stupid smiley with a thumb up ;) (But that comment is worth a stupid smiley with an eye closed).

A featurette on the DVD shows pictures of Frances Farmer, the film doesn't when painting her a very beautiful woman, see for yourself.

(From Eric's DVD watching. on June 2nd, 2008)

Member's Reviews

M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen, a review by addicted2dvd

     M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director:Alan Alda
Writing:Alan Alda (Writer), Burt Metcalfe (Writer), John Rappaport (Writer), Dan Wilcox (Writer), Thad Mumford (Writer), Elias Davis (Writer), David Pollock (Writer), Karen Hall (Writer)
Length:120 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono, French: Dolby Digital: Mono

Alan Alda as Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell as Capt. B.J. Hunnicut
Harry Morgan as Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit as Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers as Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
Jamie Farr as Cpl./Sgt. Maxwell 'Max' Q. Klinger

  • Scene Access
  • Featurettes
  • Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
While this is really a series finale... it is also a TV Movie. As it runs for 2 hours on DVD. I would guess with the commercials it ran probably 3 hours when it first aired. This is, in my opinion, one of the best series finales made. An great end to an excellent series. Watching this finale movie makes me almost want to watch the entire series again. So much fun watching it again. You got to love it when a series is ended in the right way... and what better way then a  nice long movie to say goodbye.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched Discs on August 9th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Charmed Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Disc 5:

16. Saving Private Leo
When two ghosts seeking revenge on Leo kill Piper, Phoebe and Paige face the horror of losing another sister.

My Thoughts:
Excellent episode! Is one of my favorites. In this episode we learn a lot about Leo's past. Which I found really interesting.

17. Bite Me
Trying to unseat Cole as ruler of the Underworld, a vampire queen turns Paige into a bloodsucker and urges her to feed on Phoebe and Piper.

My Thoughts:
Another excellent episode. I love pretty much anything to do with vampires... so this is another of my favorite episodes. And lets face it... Paige made one hot looking vampire!

18. We're Off To See The Wizard
Piper and Paige help a wizard stop the coronation of a new Source, unaware that Cole is the Underworld head and Phoebe is his Evil Queen.

My Thoughts:
This one I didn't think to much of. Everyone finds out about Cole in this episode... and Phoebe being pregnant with his child gives in to her own evil urges. As I said many times I do not like Cole. Plus I never cared for the Wizard (thought it was ridiculous how he was done) in this episode... so between the 2 of them this episode pretty much sucked for me.

19. Long Live The Queen
When Phoebe helps her sisters save an innocent, she and Cole face a bloody coup unless she proves her dark allegiance by killing Piper and Paige.

My Thoughts:
Going into this one today... I could have sworn this was one of the ones I didn't care for. But I was wrong. This was a really good... strong episode. I really enjoyed every minute of it. Phoebe really had a fight within herself in this episode. And even though I know we haven't seen the end of him... I definitely enjoyed seeing Cole get blown up.

(From Charmed Marathon on June 29th, 2008)