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Supergirl, a review by Dragonfire


Supergirl



Strength, flight, invincibility, heat vision, an unswerving sense of justice: they're all family traits. Kara, 'Superman''s cousin, also survived the cataclysm that destroyed their homeworld of 'Krypton'. And when she comes to Earth, she's 'Supergirl'!

Creative forces behind 'Superman The Movie' take another page from DC Comics lore with this fun-and effects-packed adventure about the 'Girl of Steel'. Helen Slater plays the title role, posing as Midvale prep-schooler 'Linda Lee', battling a sorceress (Faye Dunaway) for control of an alien power orb and enjoying an unexpected dating ritual called kissing. Peter O'Toole and Mia Farrow add more starpower to the ultrapowered excitement. All you in Midvale and beyond, have no fear: 'Supergirl' is here!

My Thoughts

I really enjoy movies about superheroes and ones based on comic books.  I seem to be...compelled to see them all and eventually but them all, even when I think the movie isn't that great.  So far I have resisted the temptation where Catwoman is concerned.  Anyway, that is why basically why I picked up Supergirl, though I did wait until I found it cheap.

Since I haven't read any of the comic books featuring Kara/Supergirl, I have no clue what, if anything, is pulled from them.  I'm thinking the plot is original for the movie but I could be wrong.  I think it had potential, but it went no where.  The connection between Kara/Supergirl and Kal-El/Superman is established early in the movie, though I do wonder how Kara and the other people in Argo City knew so much about Kal-El and what he was doing on Earth.  Maybe I missed something, but I felt like a little more explanation would have helped to clear things up a bit.  I also have questions about when and how Argo City, where Kara is living at the beginning of the movie, is established.  There is background information, I just feel it isn't quite enough, especially for people who aren't familiar with the characters from the comic books.

It is established that Kara knows about Kal-El being on Earth and that he is Superman somehow.  That leads me to believe that she knows that he has powers on Earth and should suspect that she would have some there too.  Yet after she arrives on Earth, she is shown discovering her powers and she seems ...surprised that she can fly.  She just has her Supergirl outfit one when she arrives as well, and throughout the movie, she can just switch into it without spinning or anything.  I know that is minor, but it bugs me.  Her disguise, as Linda Lee is a bit better since her hair color also changes. 

The plot is rather weak overall and there is no mystery.  Kara leaves Argo City to find something called the Omegahedron, a powerful orb that provides all the energy for Argo City.  The orb ends up being found by Selena, a woman who considers herself a witch, very early in the movie, so there is no mystery to where the orb is.  Things end up being very predictable overall and I don't think there are surprises.  More of the Phantom Zone is shown, which is interesting, but that doesn't make up for the weak plot.  The characters are fine without any of them reallying being that interesting overall. 

Overall, the movie isn't that great, though it isn't as bad as some other movies based on superheroes, like Catwoman.



I did post a review on Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.

Supergirl


(From Supergirl on May 27th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Miracle, a review by addicted2dvd


     Miracle (2004/United States)

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Gavin O'Connor
Writing:Eric Guggenheim (Writer)
Length:136 min.
Video:Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles:Bahasa, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Other

Stars:
Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks
Patricia Clarkson as Patti Brooks
Noah Emmerich as Craig Patrick
Sean McCann as Walter Bush
Kenneth Welsh as Doc Nagobads

Plot:
The studio that brought you The Rookie and Remember The Titans presents a new reason to stand up and cheer: Miracle is here on Disney Blu-ray! Now the action-packed true story that united a nation is more exhilarating and suspenseful than ever in heart-racing high definition!

Kurt Russell stars as Herb Brooks, the dynamic and determined coach of the 1980 United States Olympic ice hockey team. Brooks had an impossible dream: to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets at their own game. Starting with a handpicked group of undisciplined kids, Brooks inspired them to play like they'd never played before, and transformed them into a team that believed they could achieve the unachievable. Feel the burn as you rocket across the ice accompanied by the thunderous roar of the crowd. Live the dream as you experience one of the greatest triumphs in sports history in the razor-sharp clarity and crystal-clear sound of Blu-ray™ High Definition.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
  • D-BOX


My Thoughts:

This one is well worth the time put in to watch it. It is a good and inspirational film. A true underdog story.

Rating:


(From July Movie Marathon: Based on a True Story on July 10th, 2017)

Member's TV Reviews

Farscape Marathon, a review by DJ Doena


Season 1


Disc 1

Premiere
Synopsis: John Crichton is a scientist and an astronaut and he wants to prove that one can use Earth's gravitational pull to accelerate a spaceship. But something goes wrong and his tiny ship "Farscape-1" is sucked into a wormhole and John gets stranded ... somewhere. He's thrown directly into a fight between a Peacekeeper command carrier and a prisoner transport ship: Moya, a Leviathan, a living ship. Aboard Moya he meets the hynerian Dominar Rygel XVI, former ruler over 600 billion people, the delvian priest Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan and the luxan warrior Ka D'Argo. Unfortunately for him he looks like a Sebacean - a Peacekeeper. And he gets imprisoned with another Peacekeeper: Peacekeeper Special Command officer Aeryn Sun.

My Opinion: Just like John we are simply thrown into the story and have to figure out what's going on. I liked the idea of "translator microbes at the brain stem" for the translation issues. The problem wasn't forgotten and yet easily solved. I also liked all the "Muppets" (most animatronics were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop): Rygel, Pilot (Pilot is the pilot of Moya, living in a symbiotic relationship with her) the aliens on the first planet John visited. I also liked that Aeryn didn't simply switch sides "just because" but was forced to run.

Disc 2

I, E. T.
Synopsis: John has still a hard time getting accustomed to this whole new universe when they find a homing device deep in Moya's guts that has been activated recently. To remove it would be too painful for Moya and so they have to land on a planet and sink the ship into a swamp to dampen the signal. They have to find a way to anesthetize the entire ship in order to remove that device. And suddenly Crichton finds himself in front of people who have never seen an alien before.

My Opinion: With this episode Crichton's tradition of making cultural references has begun. In this case it was Dagobah and Yoda. And it was funny to see John (who has just learned that Humans aren't alone in the universe) explain to a woman that her race isn't alone in the universe and that he can fully understand how she feels right now.

Disc 3

Exodus from Genesis
Synopsis: Some sort of space bug has entered Moya and is crawling through the walls. They begin to disturb Moya's operations and they are somehow turning the heat up. John is able to capture and kill one and Zhaan dissects it. But soon after copies of the crew members begin appear and start to attack the real crew. And Aeryn's condition worsens because Sebaceans can't stand heat and their body functions begin to break down. As if this wasn't enough a Peacekeeper Marauder closes in and tries to re-take the ship.

My Opinion: This episode introduces another common theme of the show: That not everything is as it appears to be and that such misunderstandings can have fatal consequences. I thought it was a great idea of John's that he tried to convince that Peacekeeper that Humans can multiply by thousands in no time (nobody knows Humans after all) and that Crais (the command carrier commander) should stay out of his way. ;D

(From Farscape Marathon on March 14th, 2009)