Feb 25, 2008

ROAD TO VICTORY Comments

As a film festival judge, I have screened many independent movies. Recently, I watched "Road To Victory" - the story of an ex-football player who is unable to perform sexually.
It was powerful, thought-provoking and held my interest right up to the end. The subject matter does make it a tough sell with limited audience appeal, but this should open some Hollywood doors to writer/director/star Mike Reilly and his lovely co-star Julia Anderson.

Jan 4, 2008

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN-AT WORLD’S END DVD REVIEW

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
ROG’S VIEWPOINT - 4 CAMS

RATED PG-13

Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) set sail to rescue Pirate Lord Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Davy Jones’ Locker. All of the Pirate Lords, including the treacherous Capt. Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), must meet and unite to regain control of the high seas from Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) and Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). Beckett, holding Jones’ heart hostage, is in control of the Flying Dutchman. “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” is a long (almost 3 hours), but ultimately satisfying conclusion to the swashbuckling series. The loose ends are tied up and the characters’ fates are resolved with a hint of new adventures - if you stay through the end of the lengthy credits. At times, confusion reigns as the intricate plot sorts out the multiple character situations. Capt. Sparrow’s afterlife in the Locker, filled with rock crabs and a crew of Jacks, goes on way too long. But the extended spectacular final sea battle, elaborate sets, costumes and adventures add up to a visually stunning ride that captures the spirit of the popular park attraction. Director Gore Verbinski brings back the entire cast with an added treat. Keith Richards, doing a great Jack Sparrow impression, is on board briefly as Lord Capt. Teague. With a minimum of makeup, he manages to gather a little moss. The digital version was screened for the press. The presentation was flawless - bright, sharp and no film artifacts or breakage. This cinematic wave of the future is truly impressive. With a few surprises along the way, “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” is a seaworthy effort that won’t sink the franchise.
DVD Extras: A treasure trove of featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers and more.

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