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Little Night Music [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Little Night Music [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £13.31

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably bad, 31 Aug. 2013
This movie is so awful, it's torture to watch. I can see how it would have been charming on Broadway, but everything went wrong when they brought it to the big screen, starting with the cast: Elizabeth Taylor stars as an aging actress in turn-of-the-century Austria. She invites one of her paramours (and his family) for an elegant weekend in the country, and her other lover (and his wife) come, too.

Liz looks silly in too much black eye make-up and her little-girl voice butchers the only memorable song, "Send In the Clowns. Len Cariou has a very good voice, but his face is blank and dull and there's no chemistry with Taylor. Diana Rigg is elegant as always and blows everyone else out of the water.

It's supposed to be a too-too funny sex and morality play with music but none of the characters are likable or sympathetic; I didn't care who ended up with whom, I just wanted it to end. The songs seemed out of place with the silly plot, and the opening and closing device of staging it as a play made me dislike it immediately.

Movie - Raintree County (2Dvd) - DVD
Movie - Raintree County (2Dvd) - DVD
Offered by Software 4U
Price: £13.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Love, war, and a legendary tree, 1 Aug. 2013
The story opens in 1859, in rural Indiana, as John and Nell (Montgomery
Clift, Eva Marie Saint) are graduating from school. Though they've been
in love for years, John is bewitched by the beautiful newcomer, Susanna
(Elizabeth Taylor), a high-strung and unstable young woman.

This 1957 film is an obvious attempt to match the grandeur of "Gone
With the Wind" and it fails miserably. It's poorly written; by trying
to include battle scenes, romance, mental illness, slavery, and good
ol' country life, it lacks focus and purpose. Taylor shrieks and wails
in her faux-Southern drawl and generally overacts the whole time,
although she does wear some spectacular gowns. Saint and Clift are a
boring couple and I didn't care about them at all. Rod Taylor and Lee
Marvin steal the show - what there is of it - with bravura

(The infamous English subtitles are annoying but hilarious, certainly written by a non-native English speaker. For example: 'Valedictorian' became 'violated Victoria.")

Millions [DVD] [2004]
Millions [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Alexander Nathan Etel
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars "I thought it was from God...", 21 July 2013
This review is from: Millions [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
As the story opens, we meet brothers Damian and Anthony, who have just lost their mother. The family moves to a new house to begin life without her, and Damian finds a big bag full of cash. This sounds like a dream come true, but in two weeks' time, England will switch to Euros and the Pound will be worthless. The boys have to come up with creative ways to spend the money (before a very scary man finds it and them).

This is a sweet and uplifting movie and I enjoyed it a lot. Damian and Anthony are likable and real, cute without being cutesy. Danny Boyle directed the 2004 film and gave it a just the right amount of heart with a clever script. Damian is an innocent, religious little boy who often "sees" and talks to various saints; these scenes are witty and not disrespectful.

This is a warm film the whole family will enjoy and it made me wonder what I would do with a bagful of cash.

Random Harvest [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Random Harvest [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ronald Coleman
Price: £9.53

4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, Smithy!", 18 July 2013
Ronald Colman stars as John Smith, a shell-shocked WW1 soldier who suffers from complete amnesia. He is befriended by a kindly singer (Greer Garson) and they fall in love. Inevitably, he regains his former memory and their lives change forever.

Ronald Colman's dramatic voice and charismatic charm are irresistible in this movie and Greer Garson is incredibly beautiful and sympathetic; it's just a pleasure to watch them on the screen. The story is sweet and romantic and rich with characters. The movie received seven Oscar nominations in 1943. I did think the second half moved a bit slowly, but it comes to a satisfying conclusion. Recommended.

Quartet [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Quartet [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "There is nothing beautiful.", 13 July 2013
The story opens in Paris, in the 1920s, where a wealthy, loveless couple (Maggie Smith, Alan Bates) goes from party to party and is still bored. He is disgusted with his older wife and she, in an effort to keep him happy, has a habit of procuring young women to live with them for his benefit.

The acting by Smith and Bates (and Isabelle Adjani and Anthony Higgins, as the innocent young couple) is flawless, but the story is sordid, sad, and utterly depressing. It ends on a hopeless note, leaving me sorry I watched it. The glittery, jazzy, Parisian scene is convincing with beautiful sets and costumes, but they couldn't relieve the ugliness of it all.

This Merchant-Ivory movie was made in 1981, and is unrelated to this year's, "Quartet," which also stars Maggie Smith. Recommended if you like character-driven movies and don't mind an overwhelmingly sad theme.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 27 Jun. 2013
The new Platinum toothbrush has a sleek design and a larger, more steady base. You can choose between the Clean or White (why not both?!) or Gum Care modes and three intensity levels. It really makes my teeth feel clean. The battery charge lasts for three weeks, which is great. The package includes a nice travel box.

I deducted one star because of the smaller-than-standard-size brush head. I like the larger size better. Still, I love this brush and recommend it.

Quartet [DVD]
Quartet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 23 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Quartet [DVD] (DVD)
The story opens in a British retirement home for opera singers and musicians. Here we meet the genial, still active residents who are happily rehearsing for an upcoming gala. A new guest is moving in today, and there are mixed feelings when it turns out to be a famous diva (and unfaithful ex of one of the residents).

This is a lovely, sweet - but not too sweet - comedy staring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Collins and directed by Dustin Hoffman. The cast is uniformly excellent (although Courtenay looks too young to be paired with Smith). The setting, a beautiful manor house in the countryside, is exquisite. The story deals with life and death, frailty, love, and hate and does so gently and honestly.

Recommended for those who enjoy classical music and quiet, character-driven movies.

Hyde Park on Hudson [DVD]
Hyde Park on Hudson [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Murray
Price: £2.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsequential, 8 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Hyde Park on Hudson [DVD] (DVD)
It's 1939, and while FDR is preparing to host the King and Queen of England at his New York home, he makes time for a new mistress.

Bill Murray does a good job underplaying FDR, making him very cheerful and down-to-earth, while also a very bad husband. Laura Linney plays Daisy, the mistress, and is dishwater-dull and completely without appeal, but FDR, apparently, liked her a lot. The royals are portrayed as dimwitted snobs who take great offense at having to attend a picnic and eat hot dogs. Nothing much happens and then it's over.

The tone of the movie is unremittingly low-key and I waited, in vain, for something interesting to happen. Although the King was there to enlist American support for WWII, the focus is on the dreary, mousy, and quite clueless mistress. It's inconsequential and only mildly entertaining.

by Gene Tierney
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating autobiography, 21 May 2013
This review is from: Self-Portrait (Hardcover)
Gene Tierney's memoir is an absolutely riveting book, detailing personal and public highs and lows, and I found it impossible to put down.

The beautiful star of, "Laura," "Leave Her to Heaven," and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," grew up in affluence, became an actress in her teens, married twice, suffered great tragedy as a mother, and spent years fighting debilitating mental illness.

There is a lot of information about her famous movies and equally-famous lovers. The treatments she endured in sanitariums erased much of her memory, hence, the book is co-authored by a ghost writer. Still, it's a fast-paced, well-written story that her fans will surely enjoy.

Reflections in a Golden Eye (Korean NTSC import)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (Korean NTSC import)
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Taylor

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly and freaky, 19 May 2013
There's big trouble at a southern Army base: The colonel (Marlon Brando) is a closeted wacko married to a beautiful but cruel woman (Elizabeth Taylor); she's having an affair with his best friend (Brian Keith) while a mysterious, horse-loving, enlisted man is a freaky prowler.

This story of endless domestic turmoil is in the style of Tennessee Williams' work, but the script is confusing, shallow, and pointless with no likable characters to root for. Taylor's shrill, girlish voice is grating as is Brando's drawl which is so bad I needed subtitles. Brian Keith and Julie Harris, as his wife, are good but he's dull and she's spaced-out and dependent on a weird houseboy. The movie was originally filmed entirely in a dark, golden color which got old, fast. Also, the story is set in the 40s, but some of Taylor's wardrobe, make-up, and hairdos are right out of the sixties and her post-Cleopatra-look.

This is an incredibly disjointed and slow-moving film that meanders around some pretty dysfunctional people without ever addressing their shortcomings straight on. Taylor and Brando's acting can only be described as hammy and I was more confused than entertained.

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