When Marnie Was There
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…
2.) Special Features
When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking.Box office gross: $0.4 million.
Released by Studio Ghibli.
1.) "When Marnie Was There" is rumored to be the last film work by the famed japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli after animator Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement. This studio is world renowned for their beautiful hand drawn animations and attention to detail not to mention killer plot lines that act as both heartwarming and ideological. I had been previously blown away by "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" and though that it might have been Studio Ghibli's greatest work, but then came this movie. "When Marnie Was There" instantly blew me away with its premise and will continue the legacy of Ghibli movies that are masterpieces.
The story centers around a young girl who had a pretty rough upbringing and has a hard time identifying with people who spends her summer with some friends of her family. One day she stumbles upon this large house and instantly becomes attracted to it to then find out that a girl named Marnie is living there. The story kicks of from there and without spoilers, let me just say that it is magnificent. The story unravels so well throughout the film with an aura of mysticism and some deep emotional themes that are just heart wrenching. Though it is a kids movie, the film does well to explore dark themes that go through ones life without being too adult but at the same time being both significant to young and adult audiences alike.
2.) Just finished, along with Jeff H., watching "When Marnie Was There" released by Studio Ghibli.
Based on the children's novel written by Joan G. Robinson, "When Marnie Was There" is the lushly lyrical story of Anna, a young orphan who lives with her adoptive parents, who feel isolated and alone because she can not form emotional connections with those around her due to the fact that she doesn't feel like a normal person due to her asthma. She is also a very gifted artist.
When an asthma attack forces her into bed; her adoptive mother and her doctor decide that it would be better for her to spend a few months in the country where the clean air would do her a world of good.
So Anna's "auntie" - what she calls her adoptive mother - makes arrangements with her relatives who live in the country, and soon Anna is on a train to meet her cousins.
3.) Once there, Anna is enchanted by the sight of the old abandoned Marsh house. As she draws it, she notices a light in a second story window. Intrigued, Anna bravely decides to cross the marsh when the tide is low and investigates. What she finds is a deserted house, with decades of dust. She falls asleep and would be stranded at the Marsh house if it wasn't for being rescued by a silent boatman who befriends her.
A few days pass and she returns to the shore to find a rowboat waiting for her. Hesitant, because she really doesn't know how to row, Anna begins to row for the old Marsh house, where she finds Marnie waiting for her.
The Flash Season 1
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
CSI investigator Barry Allen is endearingly book-smart, somewhat awkward late and – as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry – the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster, however – and not everyone is using their new power for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and the close friends who know his secret race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another that come at you like lightning in this fantastic set.
2.) Special Features
The Fastest Man Alive! · Creating the Blur · Audio Commentary · "Behind The Story The Trickster Returns" · The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test · DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow · The Flash Factor! · Gag Reel · Deleted Scenes
|Danielle Panabaker||Region 1|
1.) Apparently the CW, in conjunction with Warner Bros. television studios, totally gets DC comics because after completely owning the character Green Arrow, they've gone and created a series about another iconic hero from that universe (i.e. The Flash), that's both true to the source-material and possessing all the sophistication of the big-screen.
So, let's see: superhero origin story... check, crossover scene with "Arrow"... check, foreshadowing for future Central City villains... check, great casting all-around... check, lots of eye-candy FX and exciting action... CHECK!!! Those of us who were able to watch episode 8 from Arrow Season 2 already knew who was gonna play Barry Allen, but actor Grant Gustin seems to have already become the part with just a cameo and a single pilot; and then there's Jesse L. Martin playing Detective Joe West, the guy that basically raised Barry and is also his mentor and biggest supporter at C.C.P.D. (where the latter works in forensic investigation), who, along with Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, adds a level of drama (and let's face it... maturity) the show may have otherwise lacked. Fans of the DC universe will also recognize a name that has recently become almost legendary in the comic world, i.e. Geoff Johns, who is not only a writer for this series but also a producer for the show thus ensuring it will be a definite source for unmitigated, super-heroic, television magic.
2.) When I heard “The Flash” was getting a TV series on the CW I had my doubts. Friends told me DC Comics was doing an excellent job with Arrow, but I never got around to watching it. I went into “The Flash” with cautious optimism. What I saw far exceeded my expectations!
CW clearly isn’t working on a budget comparable to some of the other big hits, but for the resources they have I feel “The Flash” goes above and beyond bringing this fantastical concept of the Fastest Man Alive to the small screen. Episodes are (for the most part) well produced. There's some awkward scenes and performances in the first two or three episodes (that may cause an unintentional laugh), but once you feel the cast and showrunners hitting their stride the show really speeds past those initial missteps.
3.) Naturally, the fights between Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his superhuman arch enemies are one of the series' primary draws , but The Flash never stoops to relying on a "villain of the week" formula. The overarching narrative about Barry mastering his powers and discovering the identity of “The Man in the Yellow Suit” who killed his mother and resulted in the wrongful incarceration of his father, and Barry's personal relationship with friends and peers effectively bridges episodes and kept me yearning for more
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella's father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and -- armed with a pumpkin and a few mice -- changes Cinderella's life forever.Rated PG for mild thematic elements.
Box office gross: $201.0 million.
Released by Disney.
2.) Special Features
|Genres||Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Kids & Family|
|Starring||Cate Blanchett, Lily James|
|Supporting actors||Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgård, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Jana Perez, Alex Macqueen, Tom Edden, Gareth Mason, Paul Hunter, Eloise Webb, Joshua McGuire, Matthew Steer|
|Studio||Walt Disney Pictures|
|MPAA rating||PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)|
|Captions and subtitles||English Details|
|Purchase rights||Stream instantly Details|
|Format||Amazon Video (streaming online video)|
1.) Kenneth Branagh's latest adaptation of the classic fairy tale is a sweeping, lavish and beautiful production. Unlike so many of the fairy tale themed movies of the last few years, this version of "Cinderella" is a straightforward, traditional retelling. It takes itself seriously. It's also a breath of fresh air for that very reason. Instead of fluffing the story with unnecessary forced plot lines,complicated back stories, villians that are are just misunderstood (boring)... Branagh's "Cinderella" is the story everyone knows, and it is told exceptionally well. This is a superb film for families and people of all ages. I can't imagine any boy, girl, man or woman NOT finding something enchanting about it.
Lily James is perfect as Cinderella, bringing a sweetness and innocence to the character that is at once sympathetic, and yet always bold and determined. Cate Blanchett is equally wonderful as Lady Tremaine, every bit as mean and vile as a Disney villain should be, while clearly hiding some pain of her own . I don't even know where to begin with the production and costume design...it is breathtaking. Someone in some department will likely be taking home an Oscar next year. The soundtrack by Patrick Doyle is very beautiful, as well. It is difficult not to get at least a few butterflies when the music swells and Cinderella's dress turns to a ravishing gown.
I have to say, I didn't expect this to be as good as it is. I really didn't. I've found most of Disney's work these last few years to be extremely underwhelming (including Frozen and Into the Woods). This changes everything! I think it's important to note that the film never gives the impression that Cinderella just needed a prince to be happy. It's made clear that what she needed was to be allowed to .
2.) Cinderella has always been my favorite fairy tale. I saw this film in the movie theater.
I have to admit I enjoyed it more watching on the DVD.
Lily James is absolutely lovely as our heroine. I can see why so many people questioned the size of Lily James's waist in the ball gown. Lily has beautiful chemistry with Richard Madden as our prince. He is handsome, charming, etc . . . and they meet beforehand in the woods foreshadowing the reveal of the ball.
Derek Jacobi is loving as the king and Helena Bonham Carter is the most fun as the ditzy fairy godmother.
The stepsisters are malicious but in a half baked way and didn't make much of an impression.
The most intense and focused character is Cate Blanchett as the stepmother. In the commercials for the film, I thought she was an unusual choice. I guess I have not seen enough movies with her as the evil character.
3.) WOW, this film is just STUNNING! I loved it. It's STILL a great Cinderella story but on steroids! The cinematography is OUTSTANDING and all the actors are FABULOUS, especially Kate Blanchett, who plays wicked so spectacularly and Lily James is fantastic as Cinderella AND Helena Bonham Carter is UNBELIEVABLE as the Fairy Godmother, and so funny too! She is HILARIOUS!!! It's the same beautiful story, but just done so much more beautifully. I LOVE this latest version. I HIGHLY recommend this film. You WON'T be sorry!
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
2.) Special Features-
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Life is a simple story that has been told many times before, most notably by Ridley Scott in the 1979 film Alien. A group of diverse astronauts discover an alien life form, which eventually becomes a threat to their lives.
Life starts out as an intriguing enough plot, a crew is assigned to intercept a damaged satellite that contains soil samples from Mars. Once these samples are retrieved, the on board scientist begins to discover what becomes the films protagonist, an intelligent life form with a brutal determination to survive.
Unfortunately Life fails to make use of a great cast and a fairly fresh take on the classic alien versus man concept. To make a long story short, the Direction is poor. You never really connect with any of the characters, therefore the order in which they are inevitably dispatched not only makes little sense, but doesn't affect the viewer on any emotional level. The suspense is forced, the twists although not particularly predictable are underwhelming and the ending lacks closure.
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.
Released by Fox
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray]
Star Wars Complete Saga includes Episodes I-VI, Star Wars Documentaries, deleted extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more
Experience the spectacular adventure of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" in a way only Blu-ray can deliver. This incredible collection unites all six movies in stunning high definition with the purest digital sound in the galaxy. With more that 40 hours of thrilling special features including three bonus discs, you can journey deep into the "Star Wars" universe. Feel the Force of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray!.
Audio Commentary for each move with George Lucas and Crew; Never-before-released audio Commentary for each movie from archival interviews with Cast and Crew; 45 deleted Scenes; Cast & Crew interviews; Props, maquette and Costume Turnaround; Matte painting and Concept art; "The Making Of 'Star Wars'" 1977; "The Empire Strikes Back" SPFX 1980; "Classic Creatures: 'Return Of The Jedi' "1983; Anatomy Of A Dewback, 1997; Star Warriors, 2007; "Star Wars Tech" 2007; A Conversation With The Masters: "The Empire Strikes Back" 30 years later 2010; 90 minutes Of "Star Wars" Spoofs.
Languages: English, French and Spanish; Subtitles: English SDH (Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired), French and Spanish.
** Audio Commentary for Each Movie with George Lucas and Crew
** Audio Commentary for Each Movie from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
** 45 Deleted/Extended Scenes
** Cast & Crew Interviews
** Props, Maquette and Costume Turnarounds
** Matte Paintings and Concept Art
** Documentaries and Featurettes
** PLUS More Than 90 Minutes of Star Wars Spoofs!
Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Directors: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
Contact Person: Mr.