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The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, a review by Danae Cassandra



The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
Year of Release: 2003
Directed By: Craig R. Baxley
Starring: Lisa Brenner, Steven Brand, Kate Burton, Tsidii Leloka
Genre: Horror

Overview:
A prequel to the hit Stephen King's Rose Red, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer unveils a story of the twisted marriage of a matriarch to a promiscuous early 20th-Century industrialist and the haunted beginnings of an enormous Seattle mansion that has come to life.

Passages of the diary track a series of deadly encounters surrounding the Rose Red estate that transform Ellen from the innocent and submissive wife into a woman possessed by the dark forces inhabiting her home.

My Thoughts:
For a prequel to a movie that doesn't answer many of the viewer's questions, this movie only leaves you with more.  Nothing is offered up about the nature of the house, it's mysterious disappearances and hauntings.  while that works in "Rose Red" it distinctly does not work for a prequel about the house and its ghosts.  Vague mentions are made of 'cursed ground' and we learn that the house was moved over from Europe, but that's it.  The film is quite handsome in it's sets and costumes, and has a nice atmosphere to it, but there's no suspense.  Instead it's really the story of a philanderer, his marriage, and the wife who must suffer him.  Ellen comes off much too innocent and victimized here - she needed much more depth, as did her friend Sukeena and their relationship.  About average for a film, recommended only if you really, really liked "Rose Red."

Bechdel Test: Pass, barely

Overall: 2.5/5

(From Within My (Mom's) Lifetime Marathon on May 30th, 2015)

Member's Reviews

Godzilla, a review by Tom




Title: Godzilla
Year: 1998
Director: Roland Emmerich
Rating: PG
Length: 133 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Surround , English: Dolby Digital 5.1 , Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo , German: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Commentary, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish

Stars:
Matthew Broderick
Jean Reno
Maria Pitillo
Hank Azaria
Kevin Dunn

Plot:
In the steamy jungles of the South Pacific, an enormous creature is created by nuclear fallout. Lost for decades, the power and the fury of the world's largest monster are about to be unleashed. He's the most spectacular creature in the cinematic history, with a foot the size of a bus, a body as tall as London's Big Ben and the strength and agility the likes of which the world has never seen. The creators of 'Independence Day' are proud to unleash the ultimate in monster movies, 'Godzilla', starring Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and Hank Azaria. It's true what they say SIZE DOES MATTER

Extras:
Commentary
Featurettes
Music Videos
Photo Gallery
Production Notes
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
I do not know why this movie has such a bad rep. It is a fine movie about a monster trashing New York City. Well done special effects and audio effects.
I think it is funny how the American army destroys more of New York than the creature does :laugh: and they need the help of the French to save the day (maybe a reason it is not liked by American audiences ;) )

I think a big reason for the poor reviews about this movie is, that it was too much hyped beforehand (as a matter of fact I did not watch this movie in the theater because of this). Another reason may be, that the cinema goers had enough about this kind of movie, because it was yet another movie about a big dinosaur -like creature after already two Jurassic Parks.

A nice cast of well-known actors (at least to some) is also present: Jean Reno, Matthew Broderick. Three Simpsons cast members (Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria and Nancy Cartwright).

The only thing which didn't quite fit is the "nest" of mini-Godzillas. The scene in the Madison Square Garden feels like a rehash of Jurassic Park.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 19th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Finales marathon, a review by Tom


     Columbo: Seasons Six and Seven (1976/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Universal Studios Home Entertainment (United States)
Length:635 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:
Subtitles:


Plot:Columbo
Season 7.05 Make Me a Perfect Murder 28.02.1978
Writer: Robert Blees (Writer), Richard Levinson (Created By), William Link (Created By)
Director: James Frawley
Cast: Peter Falk (Columbo), Trish Van Devere (Kay Freestone), Laurence Luckinbill (Mark McAndrews), James McEachin (Walter Mearhead), Ron Rifkin (Luther), Lainie Kazan (Valerie Kirk), Bruce Kirby (TV Repairman), Kip Gilman (Jonathan), Patrick O'Neal (Frank Flanagan), Milt Kogan (Dubbing Chief), Dee Timberlake (Madge), Don Eitner (Pete Cockrum), Morgan Upton (Ames), Joe Warfield (Al Staley), George Skaff (The Producer), Jerome Guardino (Sgt. Burke), Susan Krebs (Wendy), H. B. Haggerty (Masseur), Buck Young (Guard), James Frawley (Roark), Socorro Swan (Nancy)

A great Columbo episode. One of my favorites. I chose to watch this episode for this marathon, because it was the last episode, when Columbo was still a TV series. What followed were TV movies. And as I have seen the last TV movie not long ago, I wanted to go further back in the series.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Finales marathon on April 14th, 2013)