Alien Nation: Millennium, a review by addicted2dvd
Alien Nation: Millennium
With the twentieth century drawing to a close, a stolen Tenctonese artifact provides the key to a bizarre religious cult which promises instant spiritual fulfillment but delivers something far more sinister. When Francisco's son Buck is drawn into the deadly cult,its up to Francisco and Sikes to save him and uncover the startling truth.
Another really good movie off the TV series. I liked how they revisited one of the plots of the episodes.... with the portal box... and continued that storyline. Even though I did like this movie very much... I do think this series of movies is just starting to go downhill... as I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first two movies in the series. The release is nicely done... audio/video quality was good... and you get a nice little collection of extras for this movie as well.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: 7/11 - 7/13 on July 12th, 2008)
Three Outlaw Samurai, a review by Antares
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) 64/100 - I'm picturing the board members of Shochiku Studios sitting around a big table sometime back in 1963 and discussing the fact that Toho and Akira Kurosawa were raking in boatloads of money with their tandem hits Yojimbo and Sanjuro and how could they get in on the gravy train too. The answer would become Three Outlaw Samurai. I can hear someone throwing the idea of taking elements of the two films mentioned and adding a pinch of story from Toho's other blockbuster Seven Samurai and you're bound to have a sure fire hit. But when all is said and done, it is only a moderately interesting chanbara film, entertaining, but lacking the fun or punch of any of those other three films. So let's go through the check list...first, you have peasant farmers who need to be defended. Seven Samurai...check. Then you have an evil, corrupt magistrate who is squeezing the poor peasants dry...Sanjuro... check. A ronin with masterful swordsmanship who comes to the aid of the peasants...Yojimbo...check. But if you make the film with just those elements, it will definitely appear to be a case of cashing in while you can. So what to do...add two more samurai and you're ready to roll film. Unfortunately, the three samurai are pretty plain in personality and none of them really stands out. Tetsurô Tanba, for me, has always been Toshirô Mifune...lite. He tries to create the aura of invincibility, but never really pulls it off as well as Mifune could. Mikijirô Hira does his best to play the aloof, but cold and skilled samurai, but never reaches the depths that Tatsuya Nakadai would attain two years later in Okamoto's Sword of Doom. Finally, Isamu Nagato plays the humble samurai who closely resembles Shichiroji from Seven Samurai, not only in looks, but also in demeanor.
What the color coding means...
Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is
(From Antares' Short Summations on March 7th, 2013)
NCIS Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
NCIS: Season 3: Disc 3
Tony is accused of murder and the NCIS team must rally to clear his name.
This is an excellent episode. One of my favorites of the entire series. They really had Tony framed good... and I love who it was that was doing the framing.
While on assignment, McGee kills an undercover police officer. Shepard allows the police to run their own investigation, which pushes Gibbs' relationship with his former girlfriend to the limit.
Another good episode. This time it is McGee that is in trouble.
11. MODEL BEHAVIOR
A supermodel is murdered while filming a reality TV show, and now Gibbs and his team must separate fact from fiction.
This is a fun episode. I really got a kick out of Gibbs trying to handle the press. He is good with cases.... but definitely not good with public relations!
12. BOXED IN
Tony and Ziva disappear while investigating a shipyard for smuggled weapons and it's up to NCIS to find them.
Another one that I enjoyed. As I said before... Tony and Ziva has such good chemestry together. So them two trapped in a shipping container together for pretty much the entire episode was a lot of fun to watch. And I had to laugh at Ziva having to rush off to the ladies room once released.
(From NCIS Marathon on December 13th, 2009)