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Trust In The Lord
One day,Chris has a plan to obtain what he wants. In this episode known as "Joseph and the Pharaoh's Dream", we get to see Superbook bring Chris,Joy and Gizmo back during the time of Joseph,the son of Jacob. In it,we see how Joseph's brothers sold him as a slave in Egypt and how he rose from being a prisoner unto becoming the governor of Egypt after he was able to predict the Pharaoh's dream.Added to that,we also get to see how Joseph got re-united with his long-lost brothers and how he got re-united with his father Jacob as well as his younger brother,Benjamin.
It was a good episode as we get to see how God truly works in mysterious ways and how His plans can be truly both interesting and surprising as shown in the life of Joseph. This allowed Chris to have more faith and trust in the Lord.
Superbook: The Road to Damascus (2012)
Conversion With The Help Of God
In "The Road to Damascus",we get to see Superbook bring back Chris,Joy and Gizmo during the time when Saul got converted from being a persecutor of Christians into becoming a disciple of God. This basically happens when he was blinded by the light and God spoke to him as the Lord led him into the road of Damascus.
This episode started when Chris and Joy met someone who felt that would no longer change his ways. Nevertheless, it was proven that anyone can be converted with the help of God.
Superbook: The Last Supper (2013)
Chris Learns From The Example Of Jesus
In "The Last Supper", we get to see Chris getting swell-headed as his band was invited for an audition for a show known as "World's Best Band". This prompted Superbook to take Chris,Joy and Gizmo back to Jerusalem when Jesus and the apostles during the last supper.
During that visit, Chris learned how humble Jesus was by serving other. This was clearly shown on the events of the last supper. After getting back in time,it made Chris a better person and a major shift in attitude.
No question that everyone can easily be influenced by Jesus especially with the attitude he has shown towards others and his service to the people. Just like Chris,the viewer must take on the example he has shown to live a better life.
Superbook: The First Christmas (2012)
A Better Appreciation Of Christmas
When Chris was asked by the Quantum household to do the Christmas decorations,he has little regard for it and stated that "it is just another decoration" to Joy.But Superbook comes into the picture and brought Chris,Joy, and Gizmo back in time when the first Christmas happened.
The events of the first Christmas unfold into the eyes of Chris,Joy and Gizmo from the moment Joseph and Mary on their way to Bethlehem for the census; the birth of Jesus;and the First Family's escape from Bethlehem after King Herod ordered the murder of all children below two years old.
Upon coming back,Chris later realized the true meaning of Christmas and had better appreciation for it.
Superbook: Roar! (2013)
Chris Stands Up For Doing The Right Thing
In "Roar", Superbook takes Chris,Joy and Gizmo back to the time of Daniel and King Darius. In it,they witness how Daniel stood up for what is right and how courageous he was in defending his faith to the one true God. They all get to see the events unfold especially when Daniel showed no fear when he was placed in a den full of lions. It was also seen how God protected Daniel when the lions did no harm against him.
This was a good episode on how one can attain courage especially when Chris when he stood up for doing the right thing. Added to that,we also witness that God will not abandon His people so one should have no fear.
Greatest Bible Story
The episode known as "Exodus:Let My People Go" tells the story of how Superbook brought Chris,Joy, and Gizmo back in time after they asked the question as to which is the greatest Bible story ever told.
In it,they were taken back during the time of Moses wherein the Israelites asked freedom from the Egyptian Pharaoh and how God manifested his supreme power in support of His chosen people,the Israelites.
The episode was good enough as the CGI and animation effects definitely has shown the effects of how God is powerful indeed.But just as I have previously mentioned in my previous reviews, the episode was not good enough to allow the viewers to show how one could not go wrong with the Lord nor the lesson that nothing is impossible with the Lord. In short,it was all about animation and not the lesson that should be imparted to the young viewer.
Superbook: Jacob and Esau (2013)
In this episode known as "Jacob and Esau", we get to see Chris,Joy and Gizmo being taken by Superbook during the time of Isaac when he was at his old age and he had his sons named Esau and Jacob. We get to see how Isaac's sons compete against each other for various things until Jacob was able to manipulate Esau to give the former his birthright.
The episode was a good one as we get to see how Jacob was able to steal Esau's birthright and how he got to wrestle with God and how his name was changed into Israel. Added to that,we also get to see the interesting jealousy that brewed between Isaac's sons and how it affected their relationship with each other and eventually their life.
Superbook: The Test! (2013)
In the second episode known as "The Test!",we get to see Chris,Joy, and Gizmo taken by Superbook back during the time of Abraham. In it,they get to witness how Abraham got tested by God particularly by asking him to offer his son as a sacrifice in order to see whether he will be willing to give everything to the Lord at all cost.
Just like what I have stated in the review of the new Superbook series,the problem with the new series remains. That is that the new series may have better animation but it definitely lacks heart and substance compared to the old series shown back in the 80's. As with this episode, the animation takes center stage and not the lessons that the viewers should learn from Abraham. That lesson of having strong and whole-hearted faith to the Lord has taken back stage.
Batman: The Bookworm Turns (1966)
Commissioner Gordon Dies???
In this episode known as "The Bookworm Turns",we get to see that the Commissioner Gorden was murdered that lured Batman into response.But apparently,it was all a hoax to make Batman capture one of the villain's - Bookworm - henchman. Later,another false information was given but the Dynamic Duo does not fall into it.We later get to see another villain performed by Francine York called Lydia Limpit,who apparently has a charming red suit that is too much for the Boy Wonder - Robin.
The Bookworm is considered a nerd and nerds rarely make an interesting villain.But this is not the case as he is able to use brainy tactics to lure Batman numerous times for false information. It also helps with the performance of Roddy McDowall. And most of all,the false information of Commissioner Gordon dying provides a lot of fun.
Oliver's Story (1978)
An Unnecessary Sequel Of A Classic Romance
"Love Story" was definitely a classic movie about the romance between Barrett Oliver and Jennifer Cavalleri. It definitely touched millions of hearts not only in the United States but around the world until this review is being written. Unknowingly,a sequel was released eight years later which is known as "Oliver's Story"
The movie stars Ryan O'Neal and Candice Bergen. In this sequel,we get to see Barrett who is missing the presence of Jenny after the latter has passed away. Then,we get to see him meet Marcie.As the tag of the movie goes,"It takes someone special to forget someone special". The End.
The sequel was obviously unnecessary.Aside from the fact that it was done 8 years later after the classic romance was released which I felt it was too late, we get to see less interesting couple in Barrett and Marcie. And the lead stars - Ryan O'Neal and Candice Bergen - brings nothing more to make it interesting at all.Bergen was obviously wooden and far from charming unlike Ali McGraw.
This film was a disaster.That is why it remains unknown and unpopular unlike "The Love Story" which remains popular until today as this review is being written.
Making Love (1982)
Homosexuality Affects An Idyllic Marriage
Kate Jackson,Michael Ontkean, and Harry Hamlin stars in this film directed by Arthur Hiller entitled,"Making Love".
The movie tells the story of how an idyllic marriage of an up-and-coming producer Claire and a young doctor Zack got affected when an openly gay Bart came into the picture.Added to that,it also tells on how Zack tried to deal with his homosexuality as far as his marriage and the public's perception of him is concerned. In the process,a love triangle was developed between Claire,Zack, and Bart.
This is basically considered by some reviewers as a landmark film when it was released back in the 80's. It definitely portrays that heterosexual relationship and homosexual relationship are two distinct types of normal relationship as it does not consider that latter as something abnormal. Unfortunately,these are the only things that the movie did succeed especially during a time when homosexuality was frowned upon as it was not accepted as a way of life.
The movie was basically hollow on several points.Among them is the reasons on why Claire and Zack has an idyllic marriage.Basically,it only points out to the career success that both have achieved. In fact,it was presented that Zack himself is cheating over his wife by going to gay bars and picking up male prostitutes. The other point is Bart being openly gay but never wanting to be in a fully committed homosexual relationship.In the end,it tried to present a homosexual relationship but did not go all the way in doing so.
Overall,the movie had potential but it lacked a good and interesting story.
The Secret Scripture (2016)
Redgrave And Mara's Performances Is Enough Reason To Watch This Film
Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara together with Eric Bana,Theo James and Jack Reynor star in this film known as "The Secret Scripture". This movie directed by Jim Sheridan is an adaptation from the book of the same title by Sebastian Barry.
Rose McNulty has been a resident of a mental institution for 40 years. A doctor talks to him to decide whether she would be transferred to the new mental institution where all the patients have been relocated or she would be sent home instead. The old Rose - portrayed by Redgrave - is obviously getting addled due to old age.As she tells her story,there are flashbacks happening with her life as a young Rose - portrayed by Mara - during World War II.
This was a good movie despite the fact that it was predictable.Added to that,the viewer is provided the theme of hope particularly in Rose's case. The viewer also gets to learn about Irish history.Finally,we also get to see great performances from both Redgrave and Mara.That alone is enough to see this film
An American Affair (2008)
A Single Focus Needed In The Story
Gretchen Mol,whom I have seen in movies such as "Rounders" and the awful "Forever Mine",stars in this film entitled,"An American Affair".James Rebhorn, Noah Wyle, Perrey Reeves, Mark Pellegrino, and Cameron Bright as Adam Stafford co-stars.
The movie tells coming-of-age story of a teen-age Catholic student in Adam Stafford and his mysterious neighbor Catherine during the assassination of President John F.Kennedy in 1963. Unexpectedly,we get to learn more about Catherine like her affair with the womanizing late US President;her involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); her diary which contains interesting details that Adam has stolen;her contribution to Adam's growth; and her friendship with Adam.
No question that Gretchen Mol provides another great performance.Too bad that the film can be confusing in its genre as it does not know what it wants to be whether it could be a teen-age film, a political thriller,a historical fiction, or the 60's. Added to that,it should have worked on a single focus of the story so that all the themes that were tackled would have co-related with one another instead of presenting various themes to the viewer.
Penny Serenade (1941)
Cary Grant's First Oscar Nomination In This Melodrama
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star in this melodramatic film directed by George Stevens entitled,"Penny Serenade".
It tells the story of Julie and Roger from the moment they got married,their experience of having children, the joy and sadness of their marriage,the trials of their marriage,divorce, adoption,miscarriage, and many others. This was obviously a highly sentimental that will bring tears and laughter to the viewer.
The movie is obviously a reflection of its era being a pre-war movie.With regards to performances,this is Cary Grant's first Oscar nomination for his role as Roger.
Anyone who enjoys melodramas would surely love this.
Batman: The Pharaoh's in a Rut (1966)
King Tut And Nefertiti
Once again, the Dynamic Duo goes again the new villain in the person of King Tut - that both - Batman and Robin - have met in the previous episode entitled "The Curse of Tut" in this episode known as "Pharaoh's In A Rut".
It involves wherein Bruce Wayne makes a plan to get kidnapped again by King Tut and Neferiti to lead him in the ancient Egypt pebble torture before stealing the batmobile just like in the previous episode.
This was basically similar from the previous episode entitled,"The Curse of Tut". Too bad that it was not as great as it nor was there any improvement at all. Added to that,there was less time for Nefertiti unlike in the previous episode.
Overall,it was not as good as the previous episode as there was no improvement shown at all despite the presence of the same villains.
Love Affair (1994)
Go For The Better Version
Warren Beatty and his real-life wife Annette Bening star in this remake of the 1939 classic of the same title,"Love Affair" and tries to become another good remake of the 1957 version,"An Affair To Remember". If you are familiar with these films,then you probably have an idea of what the screenplay will be all about. Apparently, the screenplay was redone by Robert Towne together with Beatty.It was also the final appearance of actress,Katharine Hepburn.
The film directed by Glenn Gordon Caron basically tries to make an update of the story at modern times during its release in 1994. Now,instead of having painter playboys such Michel Marnet or Nicky Ferrante,we have a former football player in Mike Gambril who also happens to be a playboy and who paints in his spare time. He travels on a jet plane wherein he meets Terry McKay(as always Terry McKay),who happens to be a nightclub singer.After a bad weather made them transfer to a boat for a cruise coming from a jet plane,they get to know each other. As expected they fall for each other despite being engaged with other people.Nevertheless,they made a promise that they are to meet each other after six months at the top of the Empire State Building.Then something happens. If you have familiar with movies mentioned above,you definitely know what that is.
The movie was definitely far from a good one. Instead of getting nominated for Oscars like the two films,it got nominated for Razzies. Added to that, we see nothing new in it in terms of the themes and the story except for a few minor changes to update it to modern times. We also see sub-par performances from Beatty and Bening as well as lack of chemistry on their part despite being married to one another.Finally,the movie was also too slow for its own good that one would get bored with it. No wonder it became a box office flop and numerous critics thrashed it.
Batman: The Curse of Tut (1966)
Bruce Wayne Gets Kidnapped
In the episode known as "The Curse of Tut", we get to see the first appearance of a new villain in King Tut. Apparently, King Tut is a history professor. he got injured in a student riot and woke up thinking of himself as the reincarnated emperor Tut of an ancient place called Thebes. In it,he drops a fake Sphinx into the Central Park of Gotham City to announce his resurrection. He then kidnaps millionaire Bruce Wayne. This definitely created some problems especially for Batman.
We are treated to a comedic villain in King Tut. Actor Victor Buono provides comic relief in his portrayal. And it is also entertaining that the villain surrounds himself with beautiful women. Having actress Ziva Rodann as Nefertiti is a delight. This was a great comedic episode especially the sword fighting scene that it contains.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
A Good Remake Of The 1939 Classic
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr stars in this remake of the 1939 movie called "Love Affair" entitled, "An Affair to Remember'. It was released in 1957 that was based on the original screenplay by Delmer Daves and Donald Ogden Stewart together with director Leo McCarey,who also did the direction of the original 1939 film.
The story is about Nicky Ferrante and Terry McKay who meet and fall for each other at a shipping cruise from Europe to New York.To add tension to the story,both are engaged with each other. Upon landing from the ship,they made a promise to meet each other after six months at the Empire State Building.But will they be able to keep their promise to each other? If you knew what happened to the "Love Affair", you also know what will happen in the remake being made scene for scene as well as the dialogues.
No question that the original 1939 film was a classic and a superior film. Nevertheless,the 1957 remake was obviously more well-known considering that Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr were popular movie stars in film history. Obviously,the performances of Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer are better than Grant and Kerr considering that the movie has too much style and melodrama from their conversations,dialogues, and the events of the story. Added to that,the pacing can be slow at times that one would feel bored.
But romantic movie fans would surely love this film despite the things that it presents.
Love Affair (1939)
A Great Classic
Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer together with Maria Ouspenskaya stars in this 1939 film,"Love Affair". It was directed by Leo McCarey,who later remade the film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr entitled,"An Affair To Remember" in 1957.Apparently,another version of the screenplay by Delmer Daves,Donald Ogden Stewart, and S.N. Behrman was made in 1994 starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening entitled,"Love Affair".
It tells a story of a painter and a former nightclub singer who meets at a cruise from Europe to New York. Both fall in love with one another and upon landing to their destination,both decided to meet each other in six months at the Empire State Building. Will they keep up to their promise?It was evident that something went wrong. But will one of them understand?
This is definitely a great 1930's classic. It was evident that it was nominated for 5 Oscars. The nominations include the stars - Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer - as they were great in their performances as Michel Marnet and Terry McKay respectively.Credit should also be given to supporting actress Maria Ouspenskaya as well. Added to that,the movie does not overextend it melodramatic scenes. That includes the final scene wherein Michel and Terry meet once again and learned why their promised meeting wasn't fulfilled. Some may say that it was underwhelming. But I felt that it was a good way to see two lover act normally rather than try to go for emotional manipulation to pluck tears from the viewer.
Batman: Batman Sets the Pace (1966)
Batman Would Be A Party Of A Criminal Act
In this episode known as "Batman Sets The Pace",we once again meet Cesar Romero portray Joke.
In it,we get to see the Dynamic Duo - Batman and Robin - get trapped in Joker's gas trap and they try to track the new lair where Joker stays. While they were successful in capturing henchmen, Joker was able to escape with the Maharajah,who becomes his prisoner. A ransom was asked to paid with the special condition that Batman has to countersign which would make him a party to a criminal act and that would shatter his image as an anti-crime superhero.
The plot is interesting especially with Joker's method of making Batman a party of the criminal act. Too bad that there isn't much of Joker in the second half of the episode. As I have stated before, Romero provides a lot of interest in the TV series.
Deep Throat Deserves A Better Film
Liam Neeson stars in the title role about America's most famous whistle blower in "Mark Felt:The Man Who Brought Down the White House". He co-stars with Diane Lane, Josh Lucas, and Tony Goldwyn in this film that tells the story about Felt from his participation in the Watergate Scandal that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon as President of the United States. He was famously identified as "Deep Throat" by the Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.
The film overall was a good one. Neeson provided a great performance as Felt. Other members of the cast particularly Lane deserves credit as well. Too bad that the film basically becomes just a companion piece to other films about the Watergate scandal such as more superior 1976 film,"All The President's Men". Added to that,the viewer must also have good knowledge about Watergate to deeply appreciate this film. Most of the screenplay involves talking and conversation about the scandal. Without a lot of knowledge, this film would be confusing to the viewer. Just as the famous line stated by Felt on this film,"Confusion is control" in the sense that one would not know what is truly going on in the film and the impact of Felt's whistle blowing. Without a lot of knowledge about the Watergate, the viewer will be disappointed with it. In that regard,I feel that America's most famous whistle blower deserves a better film wherein the events of the Watergate scandal has been fully explained particularly for viewers who have limited knowledge about it.
But overall,I still consider this a good but not a great film especially for viewers who have knowledge about Watergate.
Batman: The Joker Trumps an Ace (1966)
Romero Makes A Difference
A hole was stolen fro a golf course.A hairpin was also stolen from the rich matrons in it. Apparently,it was made for the Dynamic Duo - Batman and Robin - to respond. They apparently found out that it was the work of who else? The Joker.
But the Dynamic Duo are led to a trap leading to the golf-playing Maharajah. Now,the Dynamic Duo particularly Batman has to find a way in order to lead him to the correct villain and there is no help around them.
Although the plots have become repetitive, the appearance of Romero provided entertainment as he is definitely up for the role of Joker. He is definitely enjoying himself and his presence is making a difference in the show.
Wet and Wild Summer! (1992)
Another Movie By Christopher Atkins
Well,I saw another movie by Christopher Atkins after he co-starred with Brooke Shields in "The Blue Lagoon". This time,he is once again on a movie with a beach setting in "Wet and Wild Summer!". He co-stars with Elliot Gould.
The movie tells a story of a son of a real estate developer who poses as a lifeguard to scout an Australian beach that they would like to purchase. Aside from that,we also get to see a love story when the son falls in love with a female lifeguard.
The movie was both ludicrous and boring storywise. It only boasts of topless,shirtless, and butt-showing actors and actresses on the beach. Added to that,the jokes are stupid and totally unfunny. Even a 1/10 rating is considered high for this movie.
Batman: Give 'Em the Axe (1966)
Riddler Is Back For More Trouble
In "Give 'Em the Axe", Riddler goes back to wreck havoc at Gotham City.He once again provides a trap to both the Dynamic Duo - Batman and Robin - who managed to escape from the shiny belt buckle. Apparently,the Riddler provides a riddle to the Commissioner on where is going to go next. It was all pointed to the Incan Mummy where the priceless Incan treasure is kept. The Dynamic Duo tries to stop the Riddler once again but trouble once again meets them after Robin is taken prisoner.
The show was entertaining enough with Frank Gorshin portraying Riddler. Although there are questionable elements that the show has that are emphasized in this episode,it seems that all those are covered up by Gorshin's performance alone.
Batman: The Ring of Wax (1966)
Riddler Is Back
In the episode "The Ring of Wax", the wax figure of Batman is surprisingly switched with the figure of Riddler. It is evident that the Riddler is back and he has a plan to steal a book from the library that uses a wax that can eat any material whenever it is subjected to heat. Apparently,the book tells the location of where the hidden treasure is located. And in addition to that,he is able to surprise the Dynamic Duo - Batman and Robin - and plans to subject them into a boiling wax.
Well,the episode is basically a rehash of some of the previous episodes particularly when elements such as the location of the hidden treasure and the Dynamic Duo finds themselves in trouble once again. But nevertheless,the only difference here is that Riddler is now the villain involved.As always, Frank Gorshin provides a great performance as Riddler.