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Still Walking, a review by Antares


Still Walking (2008) 85/100 - This was such a simple little film, but so hauntingly touching that although I'm filled with varying emotions, I'm kind of at a loss for how to describe just how this story moved me. It reminded me of Ozu's Tokyo Story, but with elements of Redford's Ordinary People mixed in to give the characters a bit more depth. At first, I felt as distant as Ryo did towards his father, as I had a similar relationship with my father. His mother comes across as a caring and doting mother, once again, just like mine. But then Kore-eda threw a curve at me, by having the mother's pain at the loss of her eldest son, take on the form of a cruel yearly ritual of guilt against the boy whose life the son saved. I didn't expect this and it changed my whole outlook on her. So much, that by the end of the film, I felt sorry for the father and only derision for the mother. It must be terribly gut-wrenching to lose a child you gave birth to, but to annually torment an innocent person because they survived and your good Samaritan child is gone, is evil. In the end, I could understand why Ryo only wanted to visit them just once a year.

This was my first film by Hirozaku Kore-eda and I now can't wait to dive into the rest of his oeuvre. If they are half as good as this film was, it will be a happy viewing experience.

What the color coding means...

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is


(From Antares' Short Summations on March 5th, 2014)

Member's Reviews

The Centerfold Girls, a review by Jimmy


MOVIE / DVD INFO:


Title: The Centerfold Girls (1974)

Genre: Crime
Director: John Peyser
Rating: Unrated
Length: 1h33
Video: Widescreen
Audio: English
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Andrew Prine
Tiffany Bolling
Jaime Lyn Bauer   
Jennifer Ashley
Francine York

Plot:
My Thoughts:
When you like the same movie genre than me you need a lot of patience, by exemple I wait for the release of The Farmer since 3 years, Bonnie's Kids since 2 years and this one since april last year (like The Roommates). All this always create big expectations, this isn't always a good thing and often you get the "that's it!" reaction. Evidently when I finally get one of these long awaited film I watch it the same day and it jump over the waiting stake of dvd.

In this film we already know who is the killer, no suspense here, this is a religious right nut. Who attack the centerfolds of a man magazine because he wants to help them since they have sin... Evidently like all those loony religious people he is just sexually repressed (it's my humble oppinion here). You can be sure that he will kill, in fact right at the beginning we see him buried a dead corpse (Miss January). Even if the film had no real suspense (since you can easilly guess what will happen) it had a great dark scary sleazy vibes in it. The fact that the killer is played by Andrew Prine help a lot since he was a big name in the drive in movies and he continue to work a lot, so the name ring maybe a bell for some of you. Sure the cast if full of beautifull girls to play the centerfolds : Jaime Lyn Bauer (Days of Our Lives), Jennifer Ashley (Nightmare Circus), Kitty Carl (tv figuration role), Ruthy Ross (Playmate of the Month June 1973) and Tiffany Bolling (Bonnie's Kids). You get a lot of character actors in small role (Aldo Ray, Mike Mazurki, Paula Shaw, Ray Danton and Jeremy Slate). But theres more; Tallie Cochrane, Connie Strickland and Anneka Di Lorenzo are in this too. What this isn't enough? You sure are a tough crowd to please... OK this is the first movie of Janus Blythe (The Hills Have Eyes, the original not the crappy remake :P). Do I really need to say that this movie had a great cast :laugh:

Another particularity of this film is the fact that it is an "anthology" in three parts. Each of them consist has the attack of one centerfold (or a group of centerfolds) by the crazy religious guy. All the parts are really well construct and all the girls pass through hell before their demise... Not as bloody as it sounds, the film lies on a scary mood (ok it had a little blood too). The last one is my favorite, but it's kind of natural since this is the Tiffany Bolling portion.

A real good drive in movie that had meet all my expectations.

Strong recommandation! A real winner!   :clap: 

Rating :

(From The little known movie review depot on April 30th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Glee Marathon, a review by Tom


     Glee: Season Two (2010/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Length:940 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:English


Plot:
Bring home the complete second season of TV's most exhilarating series! Despite their loss at Regionals, the kids in New Directions are more motivated than ever. And whether it's Will doing a sexy tango with a substitute teacher, Sue joing the Glee Club or everyone catching Bieber fever, the excitement at William McKinley High School is keeping everyone on their toes. With more incredible musical numbers, hugely popular guest stars like John Stamos, Carol Burnett and Kristen Chenoweth, and lots of behind-the-scenes special features, Glee Season 2 hits all the right notes.



Glee
Season 2.01 Audition
Writer: Ryan Murphy (Created By), Brad Falchuk (Created By), Ian Brennan (Created By), Ian Brennan (Writer)
Director: Brad Falchuk
Cast: Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Mark Salling (Noah "Puck" Puckerman), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), Cheyenne Jackson (Dustin Goolsby), Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins), Dot Jones (Shannon Beiste), Charice (Sunshine Corazon), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang), Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans), Josh Sussman (Jacob Ben Israel), Dustin Ingram (Pizza Guy), James Earl (Azimio), Max Adler (Karofsky), Lauren Potter (Becky Jackson)

A good start into a new season.
This is also the beginning of the traditional recap of the previous season where Glee pokes a little fun at itself. They mention some stuff in character which the audiences where complaining about the season before. Like Will's rapping and song choices. There also some new characters. I think Shanon Beiste, the new football coach, is a great addition.

Finn-competent:
Finn gets kicked from the football team and now tries out for the cheerleading team, because he needs something to keep him in the popular crowd. Besides that he cannot dance to save his life, he is bracking about his (non-existing) leadership skills.

Tina-Watch:
Over the summer, Tina broke up with Artie and is dating Mike now. This dooms here character to being Mike's girlfriend instead of a character of her own. And Mike is only a secondary character who only had a few lines in the first season.

Notable songs:
I enjoyed the songs in this episode. I liked "Telephone", sung by Rachel and Sunshine (an exchange student), best:


Rating:

(From Tom's Glee Marathon on September 30th, 2012)