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Retroactive, a review by Tom


     Retroactive (1997/United States)
IMDb

(United States)
Director:Louis Morneau
Writing:Michael Hamilton-Wright (Writer), Robert Strauss (Writer), Phillip Badger (Writer)
Length:91 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.85
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, French

Stars:
James Belushi as Frank
Kylie Travis as Karen
Shannon Whirry as Rayanne
Frank Whaley as Brian
Jesse Borrego as Jesse

Plot:
If you could leap back in time and change the past, would you? If you did, could you face the consequences? A young woman comes face to face with these tantalizing questions in this action-packed sci-fi thriller starring James Belushi, Kylie Travis and Frank Whaley. Exploding with breathtaking special effects and startling twists and turns, this full-throttle adventure pushes the envelope for cutting-edge excitement.

Karen Warren (Travis) is a beautiful hostage negotiator trying to escape a tragic past. But her desperate flight leads to an even greater horror when she finds herself stranded on a deserted highway and at the mercy of a violent psychopath (Belushi) who commits a brutal murder right before her eyes. But this time, Karen gets a second chance. Stumbling upon an isolated research center, Karen meets a brilliant young scientist (Whaley) and discovers a top-secret device that gives her the opportunity to stop the savage rampage 'before' it begins!

Awards:
Nominated:
Saturn (1997)  Best TV Longform

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
Decent time-loop movie. Here the characters can travel 20 minutes back in time to try to prevent a maniac (James Belushi) killing other people with at first worse outcome as before. I can recommend it when you find a good bargain. Bad thing is, that the DVD release is quite old and has non-anamorphic picture and no bonus features.

Rating:

(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on January 5th, 2008)

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WALL•E, a review by Rich


24/11

Wall-E



The highly acclaimed director of Finding Nemo and the creative storytellers behind Cars and Ratatouille transports you to a galaxy not so far away for a new cosmic comedy adventure about a determined robot named WALL-E.
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek robot name EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe.
Transport yourself to a fascinating new world with Disney Pixar's latest adventure, not even more astonishing on DVD with bonus features, including the all-new animated short film "BURN-E". WALL-E is a film your family will want to enjoy over and over again.


The Toy Story duet set the bar (IMO) for this form of feature film, and although this doesn't reach the same heights in terms of characters, storyline and appeal it isn't the worst effort. A surprisingly gloomy opening, and perhaps an ecological and environmental undertone to the film, with the absence of dialogue in long phases, but despite this certainly not a cheerless movie.
Did the viewing of 2 tin cans romancing each other melt this old cynics heart - no, but of course it wasn't made with my generation as the target audience, kids will definately love this and want the toys, pencil cases, swap cards etc etc etc.
I did enjoy the flick and still marvel at the whole Pixar concept and delivery.
 :D



(From November Alphabet Marathon - Discussion/Review Thread on November 24th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

Angel Marathon, a review by DJ Doena


Disc 3

Hero
Synopsis: A group of pure-blood demons who call themselves "The Scourge" hate all the half-demons and they try to destroy all of them because they "pollute" the demon blood. Angel & co try to help a group of refugees to escape from these demons.

My Opinion: Too bad that Doyle (Quinn) had to leave the show so early, that came a bit unexpected. On the other hand when it comes to Whedon you have to be aware that any main character could die at any time.
The parallels to the Nazis in this episode were quite obvious, although I have to say the the looks and the uniforms of the demons had a much closer resemblance to the Cromaggs from "Sliders" - but they were also characterized as similar to the Nazis.

Parting Gifts
Synopsis: While Angel and Cordelia mourn for their dead friend, Cordelia has to realize that she inherited something very special from him. Now she has the gift to get visions from the "Powers That Be" (PTB). Additionally there is a new demon hunter in town and he is after the newest client of Angel's.

My Opinion: Wesley?! That could become interesting. I presume he will give the show a humorous touch - at least that was my impression after seeing how he behaved in this episode. Let's see what they make of it.

Somnambulist
Synopsis: Angel dreams, that he is killing people again. As it soon becomes clear, this dreams become reality, but it isn't Angel who sucks the blood out of this people. But it is his fault.

My Opinion: Now that he is in the intro I am sure, Wesley (Alexis Denishof) will be a part of the show for quite some time. I also did wonder when someone from Angel's/Angelus's past would appear and I am counting on it that it will happen again. The fact that the detective now knows what Angel is should be a guarantee for some exciting events in the future.

(From Angel Marathon on February 13th, 2008)