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She Branded Him With Lipstick [30 Nov 2016|08:23pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | okay ]

I've posted a review of A Lady Takes a Chance over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/152705.html

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I Think I Found Monty Python's Distant Cousin... [27 Nov 2016|07:09pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | calm ]

I've posted a review of the movie Hellzapoppin' over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/152405.html

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[27 Nov 2016|12:25am]

darkphoenixrisn
Into the Forest (2015)

This rather good Canadian film, based on Jean Hegland's novel, is a feminist story about two sisters (Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood) trying to survive in a remote house in the Pacific Northwest after the seemingly permanent collapse of the power grid and the death of their father. Page and Wood deliver strong performances, and have good chemistry. Director Patricia Rozema captures the drama of the situation, with the occasional foray into sheer emotional terror, and focuses on the characters as they learn to survive in a new world when the old one seems lost forever. Recommended.
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"ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) Image Gallery [24 Nov 2016|07:44pm]

seldonp38



"ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) Image Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from the 1953 Western, "ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO". Directed by John Sturges, the movie starred William Holden, Eleanor Parker and John Forsythe.
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"LIFE WITH FATHER" (1947) Review [24 Nov 2016|02:04pm]

lmoore66
LifeWithFatherColorMovie


"LIFE WITH FATHER" (1947) Review

I wrote a REVIEW of "LIFE WITH FATHER", the 1947 adaptation of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crose's 1939 play, which is an adaptation of Clarence Day's 1935 novel. Directed by Michael Curtiz, the movie starred William Powell and Irene Dunne.
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Give Thanks that this isn't YOUR family. [23 Nov 2016|08:39pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | full ]

I've posted a review of Home For the Holidays over at my journal.



Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/152291.html

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"FROST/NIXON" (2008) Review [23 Nov 2016|06:20pm]

seldonp38



"FROST/NIXON" (2008) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "FROST/NIXON", the 2008 adaptation of Peter Morgan's 2006 stage play. Directed by Ron Howard, the movie starred Frank Langella and Michael Sheen.
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Planet Hulk & Dr Strange [24 Nov 2016|12:45am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Two more Marvel Hero movies:

PLANET HULK:
This is an animated movie that adapts one of the better Mervel graphic novels I have read in recent years. Basically, the other Marvel heroes get properly arsed off picking up the pieces for their incresingly destructive hero-pal and ship him off into space to a quiet, uninhabited but life sustaining planet (so both he and the rest of planet Earth can get some rest from each other). Something goes wrong en-route and The Hulk gets dumped on an alternate inhabited world. Here his super-powers aren't all that remarkable and he is forced into gladiator style combat in order to survive. More than this the Hulk has to find another side of himself to unite his potential allies and overthrow the rotten system which rules this particular world.
The original graphic novel was brilliant. It did something which hadn't been seen in a Hulk comic for years - a fresh environment for some original story telling with The Hulk as a central character. We has seen mindless hulk, hulk with full Bruce Banner mind, Hulk that can change to and from human at will, hulk as mindless angry force of nature and all points in between. This story shows us a different side of the character in a world where he is more vulnerable than he has been in years, maybe ever. The film stays pretty faithful to the original material (from what I remember) but having already read the book the film didnt quite have the drama or impact that the comic had for me. I cannot tell if that is because of simple repitition or whether the story loses something in translation. It remains fairly entertaining regardless. It seems a shame that this story is unlikely to see a live action version any time soon.
The aspect of the story which does not really get enough attention in this film is the fact the The Hulk's hero-pals blasted him off into space without his consent. This is a bit of a moral grey area which gets partially gets explored in another Marvel graphic novel called World War Hulk. This is nother story unlikely to ever get made as a live action but I wouldnt mind seeing it in animated form if it is made to the same standards as Planet Hulk - but I still wouldnt expect it to be better than the comic.


DR STRANGE:
It's taken me a while to get around to writing this - it seems like ages since I saw the film. The general impression is that I liked the film and was not at all disappointed by any aspect of it. Marvel seem to have a talent for making decent movies out of characters that I didn't especially enjoy when I was a comic book reader. Thor, Iron Man and Captain America were characters I never really enjoyed in comic form (include Dr Strange in that list) but these have been some of the better films. Oddly, Spiderman, Daredevil and X-men were among my favourite comics but these films have been much more hit and miss.
Back to Dr Strange. The effects are great, there is some good action, a pleasantly unexpected level of humour, some decent performances and plenty of good stuff. The most negative thing I can say is that there is a little bit of the usual lag you get with an origin story - the character and how that whole world needs to be set up for the non-comic book reading audience - but even this is handled fairly well and there is a hell of lot to establish. This brings me on to my favourite point about the film. Any Marvel film now is not only a film in its own right but is also an addition to a pretty well established comic book/cinematic universe. Dr Strange works well as its own movie but doesnt just add some new characters to the movie - it adds wholly new aspects to that world: magic, other dimensions and all sorts. This is not an insignificant thing and I like it a lot. They also manage to tie this new world into the old one with minor reference to the Iron Partriot/War Machine from the last Captain America movie and a more significant mention of the 'Infinity Stones'. (The post credit sequence also includes Thor!).
I liked Dr Strange a lot but more than that I like the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe is playing out.

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Love, Loss, and Line Readings [20 Nov 2016|06:28pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | bouncy ]

I've posted a review of the Lana Turner remake of Imitation of Life over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/151942.html

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Pick a Story and Stick With It! [19 Nov 2016|11:01pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | full ]

I've posted a review of the 1934 Imitation of Life over at my journal, with its remake to follow on Sunday.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/151613.html

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[18 Nov 2016|02:55pm]

darkphoenixrisn

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

With an original screenplay by J.K. Rowling herself and direction by David Yates (who directed four Harry Potter films), this film is fantastic fun that lives up to the Harry Potter legacy.

Set in the Harry Potter universe, but in New York City of 1926, the film gives us new characters and a different view of the wizarding world. It’s funny, magical, and entertaining.

Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a wizard tracking and collecting rare magical beasts, but some are inadvertently released on a trip to New York City. As he tries to recapture them, he’s drawn into something larger occurring in the wizarding world.

Redmayne is a thoroughly engaging lead as the eccentric young wizard. He is so perfect for the role. The way he plays it makes me wish he could play the lead role on Doctor Who (ironically, former Doctor Who star Matt Smith was considered for this role).

He’s joined by a sparkling cast that includes Katherine Waterston (daughter of actor Sam) as Tina, an American former Auror; Alison Sudol as Tina’s mind-reading sister Queenie; Dan Fogler as Muggle Jacob Kowalski, who gets caught up in the adventure; Ezra Miller as Credence, the adopted son of a Muggle anti-wizardry campaigner (played by Samantha Morton); Colin Farrell as high-ranking Auror Percival Graves, who seemingly has his own agenda; Ron Perlman as a goblin gangster; and Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

Filmed in Liverpool and in an English studio, it brings period New York City convincingly to life. Veteran cinematographer Philippe Rousselot does a fantastic job of lighting the sets. The visual effects are top shelf.

I adored it. If you liked the Harry Potter films, you’ll like this one, too.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/

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Wet Hot Homicidal Summer [16 Nov 2016|10:42pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | tired ]

I've posted a review of In the Heat of the Night over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/151380.html

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Subs of our Lives [12 Nov 2016|03:26pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | numb ]

I've posted a review of We Dive at Dawn over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/151274.html

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[11 Nov 2016|04:18pm]

darkphoenixrisn

Arrival(2016)

Intelligent, optimistic science fiction from director Denis Villeneuve (who's doing the Blade Runnersequel), based on an award-winning story by Ted Chiang. It's an impressive effort at a serious sf film, rather than the action film-style sf that's Hollywood's specialty. There's a single explosion. Somewhere, Michael Bay is rocking back and forth in horror at an sf film with only one explosion.

The focus of the film is on a linguist (Amy Adams) and a physicist (Jeremy Renner) trying to communicate with Lovecraftian-looking aliens at the behest of a US military officer (Forest Whitaker). Adams anchors the film emotionally with her terrific performance. Renner successfully plays against his current action star type. Whitaker is his usual rock solid self.

Villeneuve's visualization of the story is striking and on a more intimate scale, with much of the film's key moments occurring in small spaces. His treatment of the story has some Kubrickian touches, but with a warmer approach. In some respects, it has some conventional elements, but in many others, it bucks the trends of Hollywood sf. The Blade Runnersequel is in excellent hands.

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's atmospheric score is another strength of the film.

I was on the edge of my seat toward the end, which doesn't happen very often.

I strongly recommend this film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543164/

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Money obviously can't buy good planning skills [09 Nov 2016|08:05pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | hungry ]

I've posted a review of The Richest Girl in the World over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/150933.html

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"BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE" (2016) Photo Gallery [07 Nov 2016|08:36pm]

lmoore66
Batman-V-Superman-Dawn-of-Justice


"BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE" (2016) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from "BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE", the recent sequel to the 2013 movie, "MAN OF STEEL". Directed by Zack Snyder, the movie stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as Bruce Wayne aka Batman and Clark Kent aka Superman.
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Not Made For the Tourist Group [06 Nov 2016|06:09pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | blank ]

I've posted a review of Do Not Forget Me Istanbul over at my journal.



Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/150689.html

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[03 Nov 2016|05:53pm]

darkphoenixrisn

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back(2016)

Entertaining sequel, with Tom Cruise turning in another good performance, and showing again that he's a more than credible action hero. It's not quite as good as the first film in the series, because it lacks Werner Herzog as a villain and it's more predictable, but it still satisfies. Cobie Smulders complements Cruise well,  and both have good chemistry with Danika Yarosh as a teen they protect. The cast also has Patrick Heusinger as a mysterious assassin and Aldis Hodge as a military police investigator.

http://imdb.com/title/tt3393786/

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Come to think of it, why does "Home on the Range" never mention cows? [02 Nov 2016|07:57pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | hungry ]

I've posted a review of The Rare Breed over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/150292.html

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And Please, Call Me Allison [30 Oct 2016|11:55pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | okay ]

I've posted a review of Airplane! over at my journal to close out Airplane Disaster Month.



Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/149765.html

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