Staff DVD Review

The Heiress (DVD)
Paramount 1949

Based on the 1947 Broadway stage play by the same name, which in turn, was based on the 1880 Henry James novel “Washington Square.” The movie, set in 1849 New York, follows Catherine Slooper, (Olivia De Havilland) daughter of a prominent New York City surgeon, (Ralph Richardson) who blames his daughter for the death of his wife; who died in childbirth. Catherine, a plain, overly shy, awkward young woman is pursued and courted by Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), a near-do well forutne hunter, who jilts her on the very evening they were to elope, when he learnes her father is planning to dis-inherit her.

Years later, he unexpectedly returns and this time she turns the tables on him, which dooms her to a life of comfortable yet lonely spinsterhood. Her wealth was a motivinating factor but, did Morris actually have legitimate feelings for Catherine? Watch the movie and you decide!

Henry James used a contemporary, real life scandal on which he based his novel.

 

– Rei B

Staff DVD Review

 

An excellent movie, that will hold your attention from start to finish! This movie is about the legendary rock band Queen and its gifted singer Freddie Mercury. A definite to put on your “to watch” list. It will leave you wanting to know more about this eclectic and creative band!


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Staff Review – DVD


Captain Marvel is Marvel’s first feature film to have a female superhero as a lead – and it’s about time. I did have some issues with it, like the predictable villain and no, I wouldn’t put it in my ‘Top 5 Marvel Movies’ list (even though Captain Marvel is possibly my favorite female Marvel hero) but it was entertaining. It was funny and heartwarming. There was just a little something missing. Despite that, Brie Larson was the perfect choice to play Carol Danvers and brilliantly brings Captain Marvel to the big screen.

This origin story feels like a coming of age film, where Carol discovers who she is and what she’s capable of (spoiler: it’s a lot). As arguably one of the most powerful superheroes she can accomplish a lot once she embraces her powers and everything that makes her uniquely her. I also love how she is unapologetically herself, whether it’s being an amazing female pilot or an uber powerful superhero. She doesn’t apologize for being stronger, smarter, or more passionate than anyone else – and that’s a great message to take to heart. No one asks the male superheroes to do so, so why should Captain Marvel? There were a lot of elements of feminism in the storyline, which I appreciated.

The supporting characters were the ones that shone for me in this film. We got to see Nick Fury’s origin story, Phil Coulson as a new agent, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s development from a terrestrial organization to one that realizes there is more out there. Monica Rambeau, Carol’s fellow pilot, and her daughter Maria were the heart of this movie and stole so many scenes. I loved the relationship that Carol had with them and it felt real. And of course, we can’t forget Goose (Chewie in the comics), the orange tabby cat with a secret or two that steals Fury’s heart.

Overall, I cannot wait to see where Carol travels next and how her story intersects with Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., the Rambeau’s, and the other Marvel superheroes in the future. I think she has a bright future ahead of her. 

-Kyera S.