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A History of Violence, a review by DJ Doena



Viggo Mortensen    ...    Tom Stall
Maria Bello   ...    Edie Stall
Ed Harris   ...    Carl Fogarty
William Hurt   ...    Richie Cusack
Ashton Holmes   ...    Jack Stall

Synopsis: Tom Stall is a simple man. He lives in a small town and owns a small diner. He has two children and his life is quiet. But that changes one day. One day two armed robbers come into his store. He can't know this but they've left a trail of blood and killed a lot of people. Tom is willing to give them all the money but when one of them attempts to rape a women a switch turns in Tom's head and he attacks and kills the robbers. This makes him famous and suddenly he gets visits from mobsters from the east coast who think he is someone else - or are they correct?

My Opinion: This is a very interesting movie that has no hollywood-like moral agenda. It's brutal, it's explicit and it doesn't want to hide anything. The "good guy" isn't a good guy at all, but if they would have left him alone, he would have never bothered them at all. I thought everyone played their role very well, from Viggo who has at first to pretend he doesn't know anything to Maria and Ashton who have to learn that their husband/father is someone totally different. And of course Ed, but I like Ed in most of his roles. I also liked the semi open end where it isn't clear what is going to happen now.

(From DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009 on January 4th, 2009)

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Chasing Amy, a review by Tom




Title: Chasing Amy
Year: 1997
Director: Kevin Smith
Rating: R
Length: 114 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Ethan Suplee
Ben Affleck
Scott Mosier
Jason Lee
Casey Affleck

Plot:
Chasing Amy is the third installment in the "New Jersey Trilogy" from award-winning writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma). Cult comic-book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), only to be thwarted by her sexuality, the disdain of his best friend Banky (Jason Lee), and his own misgivings about himself. Filled with Smith's unique ear for dialogue and insight into relationships, Chasing Amy offers a thoughtful, funny look at how perceptions alter lives, and how obsession and self-doubt skew reality.

Extras:
Booklet
Closed Captioned
Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Scene Access
Trailers
Video Introduction

My Thoughts:
I haven't seen this movie for a while. It is still great. Probably the best Kevin Smith movie (though I enjoy watching some of his other movies more due to their geek factor :laugh:).
Nice to see Ethan Suplee here in the role of a fan. He also had a minor role in Mallrats. He will later join up with Jason Lee in "My Name Is Earl".

Rating:

(From Lesbian Movie Marathon on March 29th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Voyagers! The Complete Series (1982/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Universal Studios Home Entertainment (United States)
Length:972 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 1
Subtitles:English


Plot:
Journey back in time with all 20 episodes of Voyagers! The Complete Series. Join former pirate Phineas Bogg (Jon-Erik Hexum) and 12-year-old orphan Jeffrey Jones (Meeno Peluce) on their amazing, action-packed adventures through history, guided by the mysterious Omni device. From rescuing Cleopatra to saving the Founding Fathers and joining Robin Hood's merry men, these intrepid travelers do whatever it takes to make sure past events happen the way they're supposed to. Popping up throughout their adventures are such timeless guest stars as Ed Begley Jr., Miguel Sandoval, Shannen Doherty, Mako and more.


Voyagers!
Season 1.01 Pilot
Writer: James D. Parriott (Writer)
Director: James D. Parriott
Cast: Jon-Erik Hexum (Phineas Bogg), Meeno Peluce (Jeffrey Jones), Ed Begley, Jr. (Wilbur Wright), Donald Petrie (Orville Wright), Sondra Currie (Agnes Spence), Peter Frechette (Eddie Rickenbacker), Faye Grant (Mary), Jeanie Bradley (Aunt Elizabeth), Terrence O'Hara (Tom)

This is the first time I ever saw an episode of this series. It was a blind buy. I am not aware if this ran on German television. I enjoyed this first episode. I like time travel and this is why this series made it into my collection.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on November 14th, 2012)