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The Crazies, a review by addicted2dvd


     The Crazies (2010/United States)
Trailer |IMDb |Wikipedia |
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
Director:Breck Eisner
Writing:Scott Kosar (Screenwriter), Ray Wright (Screenwriter)
Length:101 min.
Rating:Rated R : Bloody Violence and Language
Video:Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: PCM: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:English, Spanish

Stars:
Timothy Olyphant as David
Radha Mitchell as Judy
Joe Anderson as Russell
Danielle Panabaker as Becca
Christie Lynn Smith as Deardra Farnum
Brett Rickaby as Bill Farnum

Plot:Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Digital Copy
  • The Crazies Motion Comic Episodes 1 + 2


My Thoughts:
I been wanting to check this one out for a while now. I must say... I enjoyed it quite a bit. It kept my interest from the start. It has a good story and likable characters. I know this is a remake of an older film... and I have heard that it isn't really that similar... but I must admit... despite that I am curious about the original after seeing this one. If for no other reason then to see just how much it differs. This is worth checking out if you haven't yet.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Weekend Movie Marathon: The Blu-ray Experience on July 6th, 2013)

Member's Reviews

Frankenweenie, a review by Danae Cassandra




Frankenweenie
Year of Release: 2012
Directed By: Tim Burton
Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Animation

Overview:
From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat FrankenweenieFrankenweenie is alive with enchanting fun for the whole family.

My Thoughts:
First, let me say that I am unabashedly a fan of Tim Burton's work.  I've loved all of his stop motion films, and his live-action stuff is generally good too (if not as much).  I love his dark, atmospheric, gothic style.  I'm also a big fan of old, classic monster movies.  So it's almost a given that I was going to love Frankenweenie

There's a lot of homage paid to the classics - Frankenstein, obviously, but also all the old Universal films, Gamera, heck, there's even a Bambi Meets Godzilla moment.  There's some genuinely emotional moments; both mom and I teared up toward the end.  There's also an interesting take on the usual theme in horror films of science as dangerous - here it is the intent behind the science that creates danger, rather than the science itself.  Also the usual message about not being so judgmental, and a condemnation of mob mentality. 

A great film for older kids, especially ones who've seen Burton's other films, as well as adults, I can recommend this for anyone - unless they refuse to see a film where a dog dies (yes, I know that person).

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 4/5

(From Danae's 2013 Horror Marathon on October 6th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom


7.19 Empty Places
Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg (Screenwriter)
Director: James A. Contner
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), James Marsters (Spike), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Nathan Fillion (Caleb), Tom Lenk (Andrew), Iyari Limon (Kennedy), Indigo (Rona), Sarah Hagan (Amanda), Kristy Wu (Chao-Ahn), Dorian Missick (Policeman), Larry Clarke (Monk), DB Woodside (Principal Wood), Mary Wilcher (Shannon), James C. Leary (Clem), Justin Shilton (Munroe), Nathan Brooks Burgess (Duncan), David Grammer (Crazy Citizen)

A good episode where everyone starts to doubt Buffy's abilities as a leader. Funny how she defends herself by saying that she was successfully making the tough decisions for the last seven years. I remember it differently.

Rating:



7.20 Touched
Writer: Rebecca Rand Kirshner (Screenwriter)
Director: David Solomon
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), James Marsters (Spike), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Nathan Fillion (Caleb), Tom Lenk (Andrew), Iyari Limon (Kennedy), Sarah Hagan (Amanda), Harry Groener (Mayor Wilkins), DB Woodside (Principal Wood), Felicia Day (Vi), Dania Ramirez (Caridad), Lisa Ann Cabasa (Injured Girl), Lance E. Nichols (Middle-Aged Man)

Of course it turns out that Buffy was right all along. Typical. Otherwise a good episode. Fitting to see Mayor Wilkins as The First in Faith's present.

Rating:



7.21 End Of Days
Writer: Douglas Petrie (Screenwriter), Jane Espenson (Screenwriter)
Director: Marita Grabiak
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), James Marsters (Spike), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Nathan Fillion (Caleb), David Boreanaz (Angel), Tom Lenk (Andrew), Iyari Limon (Kennedy), Sarah Hagan (Amanda), Christine Healy (Guardian), Felicia Day (Vi), Dania Ramirez (Caridad), Lisa Ann Cabasa (Injured Girl)

A good episode with some nice heart-to-heart talks. And a surprise guest which was spoilt by the episode's menu.

Rating:



7.22 Chosen
Writer: Joss Whedon (Screenwriter)
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), James Marsters (Spike), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Nathan Fillion (Caleb), David Boreanaz (Angel), Tom Lenk (Andrew), Iyari Limon (Kennedy), Sarah Hagan (Amanda), Indigo (Rona), DB Woodside (Principal Wood), Felicia Day (Vi), Mary Wilcher (Shannon), Demetra Raven (Girl at Bat), Katie Gray (Indian Girl), Lisa Ann Cabasa (Injured Girl), Ally Matsumura (Japanese Girl), Kelli Wheeler (School Girl), Jenna Edwards (Trailer Girl), Julia Ling (Potential with Power #2)

A series finale I really enjoyed. Even though it's really a cop out in how they defeat this unbeatable villain. But it provided some really cool scenes (before and after).

Rating:

(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on May 22nd, 2011)