THE COLOUR OF MAGIC is the second of Sky's two-part miniseries adaptations of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, following on from THE HOGFATHER. This one goes right back to the beginning and features David Jason playing Rincewind the Wizard and Sean Astin as Twoflower the tourist. It's an all-star ensemble piece, packed to the rafters with magical effects with the aid of a copious CGI budget, but the truth is that there's something missing here.And it's the lack of magic which comes as a real surprise. There's a sense of everybody going through the motions rather than anyone really shining, and the script is perfunctory at best. The humorous one-liners come regularly but somehow they're blunter than they were on the page, and at times I felt like I was watching an amateur dramatics adaptation. Jason and Astin are okay as the leads, but upstaged by supporting players like Tim Curry and David Bradley. Despite the wealth of material I also felt that the three-hour running time was just too long leaving this to drag more than a little.
I haven't read any of the DiscWorld books, and I know you are going to say i should. For a TV series, I found it surprisingly enjoyable. It looks beautiful, but I do agree that most of it lacks magic. The special effects, while overblown in places, aren't actually that bad, considering the track records of slapdash effects in TV series. Try the Chronicles of Narnia, very good, and faithful to the books, but the effects tend to let them down. As for the performances, what can i say Very good indeed! David Jason, Britain's funniest living actor, gives a very funny performance of Rincewind, considering he wanted to do that role for years, though he may have been duller than what Pratchett intended. Sean Astin, of Lord of the Rings fame, is also a nice contrast to Jason's Rincewind. It's true that some of the humour is forced, but the chemistry between the two men compensate. Tim Curry was an inspired choice for Trymon, and he did a superb job, showing off his versatility, bringing back fond memories of his performances in films like Legend, the Three Musketeers and It. He wasn't too frightening, or campy, just in between.Christopher Lee was great as Death, great lines.(\"that's when they'll be taking my mask off\" and \"I think I've had another near-Rincewind experience\")The script had its downsides but was overall very funny. It is evident that the adaptation is unfaithful to the books, because I felt it could have done a little more with the ending, which was rather disappointing. Overall, an uneven but enjoyable adaptation of Terry Prachett, who actually liked the changes for once. Try telling Stephen King that! 7.5/10 Bethany Cox
It is the old story of a boy and a girl in love who are forbidden to love each other because they come from two different worlds who hate each other. Yes, it's \"Romeo and Juliet\", it's \"West Side Story\" and I even would go so far to say that there'S a little bit Rose and Jack in it but never before has this story been told in such a charming way. Here, it's a story within the story. An American businessman comes to Ireland in order to check the location and prepare everything for his American company who wants to build a golf territory in Western Ireland. At his second day of Arrival, the businessman by chance saves the life of a Leperchaun which means that the Leperchaun is devoted to him for the rest of his life. Through this incident the businessman gets to know another, magical parallel world that exists in the real human world. The parallel world has mainly two groups of human-like beings in it, the Leperchauns and the Fairys. The Leperchauns are lazy, always playing tricks on somebody and always in trouble. The Fairys on the other hand, are royal, prissy and always trying to make the world beautiful - they are responsible for the appearance of flowers and trees, e.g. for the perfect shape of the leaves and so on. Now, the son of the Leperchaun whose life the businessman saved, Mickey, falls for Jessica, a fairy and the daughter of the Fairy king. Of course this leads to trouble and you can guess how the story will go on, but it's still a pleasure to watch.The movie is a feast of colours, nature and music, always with a bit magic in the air. Besides, the cast is brilliant. We've got Colm Meany as the Leperchaun dad, Daniel Betts as his charming son Mickey, Caroline Carver as Princess Jessica and - watch out - Whoopie Goldberg as the Big Banshee, a goddesslike creature observing all that goes on in the magical work. The movie might not be a big piece of cinema, but is really charming and a pleasure to see. It is crowned by a great music score and the title song \"Fly away\" performed by Emma Townsend.
I thought this movie was excellent. The acting, casting, script, direction, special effects and music were flawless. A warm-hearted visit to the land of Irish folk tradition and mythology, with adventure, romance and surprises at every turn.The script and screenplay were so well done that it is the best movie I have seen this year. The movie shows us just how good of a dramatic actor Randy Quaid is. Whoopi Goldberg is on-screen for maybe four minutes altogether, and cudos to the director John Henderson for understanding that her intensity works best in small doses. Colm Meaney was brilliant as Seamus (King of the Kerry Leprechauns).Roger Daltry was surprisingly good and did an inspired job as a somewhat receding and inept King of the Fairies. His acting job was particularly good in view of the fact that most of his fans remember him as leader of the dramatic and brash group The Who^.Daniel Betts (as Mickey Muldoon ) and Caroline Carver as Princess Jessica are one of the most attractive couples I have ever seen on screen. Zoe Wanamaker was great (as always) as Seamus' wife, Mary. Orla Brady plays a powerful woman, and it is heart-warming to see her fall in love with Jack (Randy Quaid).I could have easily issued nine stars to The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns. If some of the second and third battle scenes had been substituted with or altered (softened) by scenes of Irish magical spells confounding both sides, I would have. Certainly, Mickey and Jessica could have taught Jack and Kathleen these rituals and joined forces with the humans to thwart the aggression.The love scene underneath the barren tree was beautiful. My review would be incomplete if I did not mention the vivid characters played by Tony Curran (as Sean Divine) and Frank Finlay (as General Bulstrode). Obviously, everybody from hair and wardrobe on up was at the top of their game in this movie. A film with a great amount of kindness and imagination that missed a beat only during the later battles.Also, it has a great ending. I am grateful to all involved for this movie, and it is going into my permanent collection. (It's been over a year since I've added a film to it).
In London, Jane Harrison (Edwige Fenech) lives with her boyfriend Richard Steele (George Hilton), who is a pharmaceutical salesman that frequently needs to travel. Jane has two serious traumas, the first when her mother was murdered when she was a child and recently when she was pregnant and lost her baby in a car crash. Presently Jane is a frigid woman that has nightmare disorder with a man with blue eyes and a dagger and frequent daydreams. Richard gives vitamins to cure her. Her sister Barbara Harrison (Susan Scott) wants to schedule a medical consultation with her chief, the psychiatrist Dr. Burton (George Rigaud). When Jane meets her neighbor Mary Weil (Marina Malfatti), she convinces Jane to go to a cult where her fears would disappear. But now she believes the blue-eyed man and the cult worshippers are hunting her down.\"Tutti i colori del buio\", a.k.a. \"All the Colors of the Dark\", is a dated film of horror and giallo genres. The screenplay is a complete mess and the cult is based on \"Rosemary's Baby\" (1968) and the use of hallucinogen and free-love movement typical from the 70s in a psychedelic environment. My vote is five.Title (Brazil): \"Todas as Cores da Escuridão\" (\"All the Colors of the Darkness\")
Sergio Martino is an Italian director who can usually be relied upon to churn out a decent B-movie and DAY OF THE MANIAC is typical of his work: it's an offbeat, slightly bizarre entry into a genre that bears obvious influences from previous, better films but nevertheless provides a fun viewing experience for the undemanding fan. DAY OF THE MANIAC is a giallo film with all the usual trappings of that genre: beautiful women being stalked by weird strangers, menaced by swishing blades, pleading their sanity to their unsympathetic partners, and voicing their concerns to doctors and psychoanalysts. On top of that, the film is a variation of ROSEMARY'S BABY, as the heroine joins a Satanic cult and begins to suspect that those around her are not who they seem.The cast is headlined by Edwige Fenech, possibly the prettiest and most rewarding of all giallo heroines. Here, she's at the top of her game, projecting a fragile beauty and only overacting on occasion. Fenech is let down a little by a staid George Hilton, who always seems to be wooden whatever the film he appears in; as her husband, he makes little more impact than a lump of wood. Far better is Ivan Rassimov; although his appearance is limited to only a few sequences, Martino makes superb use of his imposing presence and he really seems to be having a ball with his turn here. Julian Ugarte also deserves mention as the suave leader of the black magic cult and on top of that there are some interesting bit parts from the likes of model Susan Scott and Italian film regular Luciano Pigozzi.DAY OF THE MANIAC becomes quite delirious in places, leaving the viewer just as confused as the heroine to what on earth is going on. There's a noticeable lack of gore by genre standards but Martino makes sure he puts the requisite nudity into the production (why have the heroine cloth