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Batman Begins, a review by addicted2dvd


     Batman Begins: Two-Disc Deluxe Edition (2005/United States)

Warner Home Video
Director:Christopher Nolan
Writing:Christopher Nolan (Screenwriter), David S. Goyer (Screenwriter), David S. Goyer (Story By), Bob Kane (Original Characters By)
Length:140 min.
Rating:Rated PG-13 : Intense Action Violence, Disturbing Images and Some Thematic Elements
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Liam Neeson as Ducard
Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane

Plot:
In BATMAN BEGINS, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan explores the origins of the legendary DARK KNIGHT. In the wake of his parents' murders, disillusioned heir BRUCE WAYNE (CHRISTIAN BALE) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. With the help of his trusted butler ALFRED (MICHAEL CAINE), detective JIM GORDON (GARY OLDMAN) and his ally LUCIUS FOX (MORGAN FREEMAN), Wayne returns to GOTHAM CITY and unleashes his alter ego: BATMAN, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high-tech weaponry to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Feature Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Production Notes
  • DVD-ROM Content
  • Closed Captioned
  • 'Tankman Begins' Spoof


My Thoughts:
I think they did a wonderful job on this movie I enjoyed every second of it. I especially enjoyed Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. I also enjoyed the Scarecrow storyline. Actually I can't think of much of anything I didn't like. It is a long movie.. clocks in at 2hrs and 19min... but you wouldn't know it while watching as time just flies by as you are watching. A great start at rebooting the series.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From June Marathon: Cast Chain on June 2nd, 2012)

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The Woman in Black, a review by Danae Cassandra




The Woman in Black
Year of Release: 2012
Directed By: James Watkins
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer
Genre: Horror, Suspense/Thriller

Overview:
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric.  But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret.  Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost... and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance.

My Thoughts:
What a great ghost story!  It has all the elements I like - loads of atmosphere, Gothic style chills, and well-developed, interesting characters with motive.  Yes, this is a traditional style ghost story - heavy on mystery and figuring out what is going on and why it is happening - but there are plenty of scares present, and the ghosts are suitably frightening and unnerving. 

I'll admit I bought it for the combination of the interesting sounding story and the presence of Daniel Radcliffe, and he didn't disappoint me.   I think he has a great future as an actor and found his performance to be very convincing.  The production designs are all wonderfully creepy, and the score contributes to the feelings of anticipation, dread and isolation. 

Well worth a watch if you like this style of ghost story. 

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 4/5

(From Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon on October 12th, 2014)

Member's TV Reviews

Angel Marathon, a review by DJ Doena


Disc 5

Shells
Synopsis: Fred is really dead and Illyria has posessed her body. There's no hope of Fred coming back - at least currently. In Angel's world death isn't as final as it seems to be. But Illyria plans to raise her army again.

My Opinion: Wesley has become very merciless even though he can't even remember some the events of the last year(s). Amy's mask and her accent are quite good - I wouldn't have recognized her. The connection between Fred/Illyria and Wesley doesn't seem to be totally broken, thus hope remains.

Underneath
Synopsis: Angel, Spike and Gunn try to rescue Lindsey from a hell dimension to get more knowledge about the coming apocalypse. But they have no idea in what kind of hell he is trapped in: he lives in suburbia.

My Opinion: Average episode. Nothing special happend, except for Gunn taking the path of the penitent.

Origin
Synopsis: An old prophecy shall become true. Connor is supposed to kill Sahjhan, the demon who sent him and Holtz into the Quor'Toth dimension. But thanks to Angel, Connor doesn't know anything about this past. Unfortunately the sorcerer who took that memory is exactly the same as the one who wants to see Sahjhan dead - and he has the power to give those memories back.

My Opinion: Loose ends get tied up. I've totally forgotten about the prophecy. But I feel sad for Wesley. Now he has not only to carry the grief of Fred's death but also the old knowledge of him kidnapping Angel's son and the new knowledge of having brought back those memories. He is evn more than Angel the tragic figure of this show.

Time Bomb
Synopsis: Illyria loses more frequently the control over her body and Angel loses more and more interest in helping the helpless but instead acts more and more like a real Wolfram & Hart employee.

My Opinion: I may be wrong, but I am quite certain that there is a plan behind Angel's actions - especially allowing that young woman to sign the contract. There are only three episodes left and I can't believe that Angel has another crisis of faith - especially since Cordelia has pulled him out of the last one. I wouldn't like that. Unless the show doesn't end with a bad surprise - in the "Buffy" comic "The Long Way Home" none of them is mentioned.

(From Angel Marathon on February 27th, 2008)