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Mamma Mia!: The Movie, a review by Danae Cassandra

Mamma Mia!
Year of Release: 2008
Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Musical

Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is. Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming Mamma Mia! The MovieMy Thoughts:
This is sweet, frothy fun.  It's a bit campy and goofy, but it makes it work.  I'm still not convinced Amanda Seyfried can act, but the ensemble cast masks that.  Christine Baranski's character is basically the chick she played in Cybil.  Some of the singing is not that great; a number of these actors sound like regular people singing.  But it's no worse than some other musicals I can think of.  The setting is gorgeous and the film moves quickly from one number to the next quickly.  It doesn't seem like a two-hour film to me.  Not great cinema by any stretch, but a really enjoyable film.  

Unlike some other folks I don't need the resolution to some questions, as I'm happy with the decision that having the answer doesn't matter.

Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Fail

Overall: 3/5

(From July Movie Marathon: Musicals (Yes... You read right!) on July 7th, 2016)

Member's Reviews

The Thin Man, a review by goodguy

   The Thin Man (1934)
Written by: Albert Hackett & Frances Goorich, based on a novel by Dashiell Hammett
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Starring: William Powell, Mirna Loy
DVD: R1-US Warner (2002)

Cover Blurb: Nick and Nora Charles cordially invite you to bring your own alibi to 'The Thin Man', the jaunty whodunit that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing. Bantering in the boudoir, enjoying walks with beloved dog Asta or matching each other highball for highball and clue for clue, they combined screwball romance with mystery. The resulting triumph nabbed four Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and spawned five sequels. Credit W.S. "Woody" Van Dyke for recognizing that Powell and Loy were ideal together and for getting the studios okay by promising to shoot this splendid adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel in three weeks. He took 12 days. They didn't call him "One-Take Woody" for nothing.

The movie is charmingly funny whenever the two main characters interact, but quite boring when they are not. The supporting cast plays a bunch of stock characters, typical for gangster movies and murder mysteries of that time. The murder mystery itself doesn't make much sense, which would be forgivable if the movie wouldn't spend too much time on it. So I fully agree with Nick, who at one point complains that the case puts him way behind in his drinking. Ah, and the drinking. The two leads drink heavily and continously throughout the movie, and mostly the hard stuff. But it is neither the hard-boiled, "noirish" anti-hero drinking, nor some kind of social commentary, it is just a quirky mannerism of *both* Nick and Nora. One has to admire the completely carefree attitude the movie has towards it.

The DVD was re-released in 2005 as part of Warner's Complete Thin Man Collection, containing all six "Thin Man" movies (1934 - 1947).

(From May 2008 Man/Men Marathon - Discussion Thread on May 19th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

NCIS Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

NCIS: Season 2: Disc 4

After Ducky is kidnapped by a mysterious killer, Gibbs and the others race against time to save their friend and capture the killer.

My Thoughts:
An excellent episode. Whenever one of the team is in serious trouble we seem to end up with a great episode. I guess that is because the characters are so well done that you just can't help to care about them.

My Rating:

Gibbs lets McGee run a case after the N.C.I.S. team is called in to investigate the possible murder of a sailor.

My Thoughts:
Another good episode. And a familiar face in this one as well.... with Danica McKellar who played Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years.

My Rating:

A Marine "falls" off a cliff while videotaping his own death and the N.C.I.S. team must investigate.

My Thoughts:
Another one I enjoyed quite a bit. It was actually pretty funny seeing Kate hold on to her belief that men and women can just be friends... and having pretty much everyone disagreeing with you. And situations making it hard to believe.

My Rating:

A bartender wakes to find the woman next to him is not only dead, but she's not the woman he went to bed with. Now Gibbs and his team investigate the mysterious murder.

My Thoughts:
While a good episode... it is pretty standard. And the main storyline just wasn't as interesting to me as most the others.

My Rating:

(From NCIS Marathon on December 7th, 2009)