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Gone with the Wind, a review by goodguy


   Gone with the Wind (1939)
Written by: Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Starring: Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland
DVD: R1-US Warner (2004)

My rating:

Cover Blurb: David O. Selznick's production of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winner 'Gone with the Wind' is "the pinnacle of Hollywood moviemaking," Leonard Maltin of 'Entertainment Tonight' said. And in Maltin's view, "it looks better than it has in years." This sweeping Civil War-era romance won an impressive 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and its immortal characters Scarlett (Vivien Leigh), Rhett (Clark Gable), Ashley (Leslie Howard), Melanie (Olivia de Havilland), Mammy (Hattie McDaniel) and Prissy (Butterfly McQueen) populate an epic story of enduring appeal across generations. Judged by many to be the greatest movie of all time, 'Gone with the Wind' now comes home in its best video edition ever!

For the most part, this is an obnoxious sentimental melodrama, which heaps misery upon misery upon its heroine in almost comic (albeit probably inadvertently) proportions. But it has its moments, especially in the early parts, as I found confirmed upon rewatching. Yes, I seem to like insufferable characters, but, really, isn't Scarlett the only sane one among all those fools happily talking about war? At least she has a certain spark and seems alive. Now that Melanie on the other hand...

As far as the cinematography goes, the silhouette shots against the horizon (or that burning warehouse) still hold up, but otherwise it isn't too remarkable, although often pretty to look at. Certainly not the "greatest movie of all time" and I hope Maltin's "pinnacle" quote is taken out of context.


(From goodguy's Watch Log on July 7th, 2010)

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Children of the Corn (2009), a review by addicted2dvd


     Children of the Corn (2009/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Anchor Bay Entertainment (United States)
Director:Donald P. Borchers
Writing:Stephen King (1947) (Story By)
Length:92 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:English: Dolby TrueHD: 5.1
Subtitles:None

Stars:
Robert Gerdisch as Preacher Boy
Jordan Schmidt as Bloody Knife Boy
David Anders as Burt
Kandyse McClure as Vicky
Remington Jennings as Joseph / Ahaz

Plot:
From Donald P. Borchers comes the resurrection of the most unholy shocker of all: It's 1975 and a young married couple - Vietnam vet Burt (David Anders of "Alias" and "Heroes") and preacher's daughter Vicki (Kandyse McClure of "Battlestar Galactica") - are driving cross-country straight into the heartland of Hell. Here in Gatlin, Nebraska, the town's bloodthirsty children - led by the boy preacher Isaac and his teen enforcer Malachai - have slaughtered all adults by command of He Who Walks Behind The Rows. Now two new Outlanders have arrived...and The Time Of Sacrifice is at hand. Preston Bailey (The Crazies and "Dexter") and Daniel Newman co-star in this brutal and chilling re-imagining of Stephen King's infamous tale, featuring graphic footage not seen in the television broadcast.



Extras:
  • None


My Thoughts:

I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable remake. It is one that was done by the SyFy Channel. So it is a TV Movie... though as they have done with other of their films this has extra scenes giving us a little more gore as well as a little nudity in the blu-ray release. In this one Preston Bailey plays Issac. If you are a Dexter fan that name may sound familiar... he played Cody... Rita's son.

They changed enough in this one to make it worth watching without it feeling too rehashed... but left enough of it the same to show homage to the original. I was sorry to see that in this one we didin't see the kids taken over the town like in the original. In this one when the couple arrives the town has already been taken over... actually showed that it was taken over quite a while before.

Over-all this film is worth the time put in to watch it. While I would say I prefer the orginal... I can see myself watching this one again as well.

Rating:


(From Monday Monster Mini-thon on April 6th, 2015)

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Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom


VOY 3.04 The Swarm
Writer: Mike Sussman (Writer)
Director: Alexander Singer
Cast: Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Commander Chakotay), Roxann Dawson (Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres), Jennifer Lien (Kes), Robert Duncan McNeill (Lieutenant Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Lieutenant Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim), Carol Davis (Giuseppina Pentangeli), Steven Houska (Chardis), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice (voice))

My next theme: The pairing of Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres (known in the fandom as "P/T"). This is my favorite canon Star Trek couple. I like how they slowly build it up in season 3 with few scenes thrown in in a couple of episodes. Sadly they neglected this pairing during season 5 and 6 but luckily made again some nice episodes in season 7. I will not watch every episode where those two share on-screen time, but will make a selection of episodes of which I remember they had some nice scenes between them.

One story in this episode is about the consequence of the Emergency Medical Hologram running longer than it is supposed to. The doctor's matrix is degrading. We get the chance to see the guy who has programmed him (Dr. Zimmerman) who looks exactly like the doctor. It's the good part about this episode. Robert Picardo is great playing the doctor having dementia. And he is also fun as Dr. Zimmerman.
With the other part, although nicely executed, I have a problem with: Who does Janeway think she is? The alien they encounter make it obvious, that they do no tolerate trespassers. But because it would take Voyager 15 months to go around they space (I assume they did consider 3D space ;) ), she decides to risk the ship and go through their space. Also it seems a little strange, that going around that space would take 15 months, but going through it would only take 3 days.

P/T moment: In the beginning of the episode, Paris asks B'Elanna about her love life. And it also marks the first time (as far as I remember), that he hits on her.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on September 27th, 2009)