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    House of the Dead
    by Lionsgate/Fox
    Average Customer Review: 1.76 out of 5 stars
    DVD (27 January, 2004)
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    Editorial Review

    The usual slasher-movie teens charter a boat to attend a rave in Washington's San Juan islands, find zombies there, and splatter their guts all over the place. House of the Dead shows early promise when the boat captain is the dude from Das Boot (Jürgen Prochnow) and the mate is the inimitably weird Clint Howard. Alas, things devolve from there. The movie includes frequent flashes from its video game inspiration, not that we need much reminding of the obvious source. Amongst the rotten dialogue, bad acting, and gratuitous topless scenes, there's one looooong shootout sequence in the middle of the picture that should be the main attraction for fans of this kind of thing. Otherwise, it's at the level of every other slasher movie, video game or no video game, in which stupid people do stupid things to keep themselves in harm's way. --Robert Horton ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars This is to that idiot charlie v1 what ever his name is
    Listen up kid. Yeah I'm callin' you kid.
    FIRST OFF!!!!!!!!!
    You cant review for......
    You cant spell right and you keep acting like youre one cool dude. Youre probably some stupid 9 year old who doesnt have a life so you just say crap about things. OH HEY SMART ONE IF THIS MOVIE SUCKED WHY THE HELL DID YOU GIVE IT 5 STARS! I sware to god man If I ever knew who you were I would kick your ass.
    THis movie does suck though. And so does charlie. AND WHY THE HELL ARE YOU REVIEWING NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND LIKE 9 TIMES. GET A LIFE YOU #$%#$%#^^^!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars "House of the Discharge"
    There's a rave on an island which is called "The Island of the Dead." Of course you have the usual group of imbecilic, young adults who want to attend this rave. Upon arrival, no one is to be found and the party is over. Oh, poor kids. Then these zombies jump out from the trees and form buffet lines. "House of the Dead" is so dumb, it works. As an ode to 'B' movies and really cheesy awful horror movies, the action never lets up and the zombies even know martial arts. It's incredibly funny during the shootout in the cemetery. And they even threw in an immortal zombie who's looking for pretty body parts to add to his collection. Man, that artifact can move like Hammer! There's plenty of action, there's plenty of nudity for all you teenage boys, and there's plenty of quick shots ripped straight from the video game! Oh yes, Sega would be proud. DO NOT take this movie seriously because it doesn't take itself seriously.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ZERO FREAKIN STARS!! Z E R O!!! I WANT TO GIVE IT A 0!!
    I knew this slouch of a film was crap before I watched it, but I watch crap for fun. Like "Troll" and "Troll 2." Or "Frogs." Or "Darkness Falls." Or Jeepers Crappers. I even sat through (a rented) "feardotcom" and lived to tell. I've survived "It's Alive III" and "Howling III," so trust me--I know crap and this is one big, huge, steaming pile of taco-infested, stale beer laden CRAPPOLLA!

    This film lacks the following:
    -Plot
    -Character Development
    -Acting

    -Continuity
    -Actual relation to the game on which it's based
    -Competent Directing
    -Likable Characters
    -Anything remotely resembling a real Zombie film

    It DOES however have:
    -2.5 seconds of on-screen breasts
    -Clint Howard
    -Laughability (unintentional)
    -Acres and acres of needless, cliche'd, pointless, BORING bullet-time.
    -Actual shots of the VIDEO GAME spliced in as TRANSITIONS! WHY?!

    Here's an example of the "quality" dialogue you'll find in this toilet-stuffer:

    Pee-on: "So, you did all this just to be immortal? But, why?"
    Gay Zombie Leader: "To live forever!"

    And here's the actual (or as close as possible) reason-for-the-zombies-existing scene:

    Wanker looks into microscope. Sees poorly computer animated "cells" doing nothing. Wanker looks up, then quacks: "So THAT'S how it's happening. Uh, It's . . . GENIUS!"

    Oh, and the "House" of the dead? It's more like a "Shanty of the Retarded." If you watch this, don't pay to see it. And if Hollywood doesn't want people to steal their movies (aka "bootlegging"), then they shouldn't thrust crap like this down on the the unsuspecting denizens of the world. Oh, and the GIGANTIC "SEGA" logo that took up half the screen for about 10 minutes was the worst product placement I have ever seen and only served to remind us all of who was to blame for this urinary tract infection of the film world. Oh yeah, the zombies looked stupid, the action was boring, the gore was uninteresting, and the bullet-time (gag!) sucked as it usually tends to, these days. If Bin Laden had seen this film, he'd give up on trying to destroy Americans, he'd see us clearly doing it to ourselves--albiet in a slower more agonizing manner. STAY AWAY!!! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000YEE6C
    Subjects:  1. Horror   


    $24.28

    Underworld (Widescreen Edition)
    by Columbia Tristar Hom
    Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
    DVD (06 January, 2004)
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    Editorial Review

    Blade meets The Crow and The Matrix in Underworld, a hybrid thriller that rewrites the rulebook on werewolves and vampires. It's a "cuisinart" movie (blend a lot of familiar ideas and hope something interesting happens) in which immortal vampire "death dealers" wage an ancient war against "Lycans" (werewolves), who've got centuries of revenge--and some rather ambitious genetic experiments--on their lycanthropic agenda. Given his preoccupation with gloomy architecture (mostly filmed in Budapest, Hungary), frenetic mayhem and gothic costuming, it's no surprise that first-time director Len Wiseman gained experience in TV commercials and the art departments of Godzilla, Men in Black, and Independence Day. His work is all surface, no substance, filled with derivative, grand-scale action as conflicted vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale, who later became engaged to Wiseman) struggles to rescue an ill-fated human (Scott Speedman) from Lycan transformation. It's great looking all the way, and a guaranteed treat for horror buffs, who will eagerly dissect its many strengths and weaknesses. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I love "Underworld"! I saw it in the movie theater when it first came out, then bought the dvd and novelization and just recently purchased the new unrated extended cut dvd.

    The extended cut has some new added/recut scenes and, although I would've loved for it to be longer, I felt that it did add more dimension to some of the characters. Some of the new scenes include more backstory on Michael Corvin, a love scene between Kraven and Erika and an extended battle at the finale. The scene after Selene's car fell in the river has been recut and there are some minor additions that are barely noticeable (unless you've seen the theatrical cut a few times).

    The new special features are also a big plus. I enjoyed "Fang vs. Fiction" and the entertaining commentary by director Len Wiseman, Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman, to name a few.

    I have already posted a longer review on the theatrical cut dvd and it goes without saying that I enjoy this film immensely. It's simply the kind of action film that you could watch over and over again.

    Kate Beckinsale as Selene is simply mesmerizing. Who would've thought that the young British actress who started out in costume dramas/comedies like the BBC's "Emma" and "Cold Comfort Farm" could successfully transform herself into a credible action heroine. The rest of the cast is also outstanding and the story is completely engrossing.

    I would recommend this extended cut dvd to fans of "Underworld" particularly if they already do not have the original theatrical cut. I can't wait for the sequel to come out......

    4-0 out of 5 stars Underworld Wars
    A good job of stretching the envelope on Vampire stories. It may not quite be up to the action in "Blade", but it certainly has a great storyline, interesting characters, good special effects, and hot music. I can see why some compared it to Blade and Matrix, minor costume and scene similarities does not however give reason to be negative. The story of an age old battle between Vampires and Werewolves unfolds gradually in a way that grabs our interests.

    I ended up buying a used copy at Hollywood Video. I couldn't pass it up since in my humble opinion there haven't been enough decent Vampires movies in the last ten years, and this is worth seeing again and again. This may not quite stack up to the first Blade movie, but it is better than "Blade II" or John Carpenter's "Vampires" in my opinion. I think the 5 key roles were all well performed by Kate Beckinsale "Saline", Scott Speedman "Michael", Michael Sheen "Lucian", Shane Brolly "Kraven", and Bill Nighy "Viktor".
    Definitely worth seeing.

    DVD production values are excellent. Sharp picture and sound. Cool user menu graphics and interface. Includes commentaries, making of, trailer, and other extras.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Underworld
    Underworld was alot better than I thought it would be.The plot is that there has been a 1,000 year old war against the Vampires and the Lichens (Werewolfs).Now it as reached a peek!The plot is thought out and extremely understandible.Some of it was confusing but for the most part it wasn't.The characters were likeable and had you rooting for the certain character.The dialogue was okay and the setting was really cool.The gothic background was real neat.There is alot of noise and guns so if you don't like that don't see this one.I thought the bullets that they specially made was really interesting.One part I did not like was the head splitting scene it was so fake.I also enjoyed the ending necause it opened it up for a second one.Make sure to check this one out if your into vamps but not if your the average viewer. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000VAFO0
    Subjects:  1. Science Fiction   


    $23.74

    Cabin Fever - Special Edition
    by Lions Gate Home Ente
    Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
    DVD (20 January, 2004)
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    A sneaky and surprisingly smart horror flick, Cabin Fever sets up all the cliches of its particular subgenre (what might be called the "sexy young people go into the woods" horror movie, featuring hostile redneck locals, dead animals on hooks, cars that suddenly stop running, etc.) and by the end has played a clever twist on every standard element, often to darkly comic effect. What's the plot? Well, five sexy young people (Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent, and James DeBello) go to an isolated cabin where they contract a nasty bacteria that eats their flesh; this, combined with a bad-tempered dog and a party-loving police deputy (Giuseppe Andrews, giving a particularly funny performance), leads everyone into confusion and bloody chaos. Some of the ironic twists are a little obvious, but most of them effectively subvert your expectations to entertaining effect. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Crazy characters, well done! What are you complaining about?
    First of all this is a horror film-- that is, it's completely unrealistic: it's for fun. So relax and don't expect the Godfather or Casablanca. The characters are quite exaggerated: [the girl], the sensitive guy, the insensitve guy, the other not so sensitive guy, sensitive guy's distant love interest, the scary drifter, the party dude sheriff's deputy, and all the nutty townsfolk. Some of the acting isn't so great- but overall the scenes are well shot with good suspense. A creative look at horror where the bad guy isn't a killer but a disease, that starts to make the infected look like the bad guy. Not like Resident Evil or Dawn of the Dead (2004) where people become violent "zombies." But a demonstration of how tradegy can either unite or tear a group of people apart. If you liked Jeepers Creepers 2, Resident Evil, or Dawn of the Dead (as I did), then I would expect you'd like this one too. I'm waiting for Eli Roth's next film. Www.rottentomatoes.com has clips from this film that show some of the more exciting/neat scenes, as well as interviews with the director and actors. I'm glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews and watched this film. One of the criticisms is that nothing happens until the last half hour of the film. Oh so not true! Another criticism: "weak plot"... Well so what? It was fun, all the plot you need is beware of the sickness, each other, and run/fight/survive/argue!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The funniest thing ever!
    I will agree with most people. This movie was absolutely dismal! But, if you want to laugh like crazy, than you have to buy this. Nothing is more fun than sitting around and making fun of how bad something is. The pancakes scene is so hilarious you won't stop laughing for hours. It was completely randomn. I have seen many movies and many randomn things, but this scene is defintely at the top of the list
    This movie could brighten your day with all its horribleness

    1-0 out of 5 stars Usually "word of mouth" means something
    Not this time. I heard about this movie months before its arrival, and figured it had to be something special. Even the largely critical reviews didn't dissuade me, as we know the bias many mainstream critics feel towards horror films. They just didn't get it, right?

    They got it, all right. What a pile of crap. Scary? Of course not, but then I don't really expect to be scared by a movie anymore. Fun gore? Not even much of that. (Can't believe the guy who gave us "Dead Alive" suggested that this movie went over the top in any fashion.) "Rejuvenating the horror realm," as some of that advance buzz would have it? No, not even close...those who suggested that were the ones who didn't get it. This movie doesn't even fare well as a horror homage (a horrage, if you will). It's the most forgettable teen horror film on record, and should have come and gone without a trace.

    Good moments? Ok, a couple. Many scenes were so poorly conceived that they provided that cheap, Ed Wood sort of amusement. There were a few chuckles, some maybe even intentional. The character earning the most scathing reviews --the deputy who liked to party -- I actually found the most original part of the movie. He amused me. The naked teen? She was swell. If the sequel is entitled "Wacky Deputy Parties with Naked Teen," I'll be there. Otherwise, we're done. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000ZG054
    Subjects:  1. Horror   


    $24.28

    Johnny English (Widescreen Edition)
    by Universal Studios
    Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
    DVD (13 January, 2004)
    list price: $19.98 -- our price: $17.38
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    Mr. Bean meets Mr. Bond in Johnny English, a spy spoof that skewers the genre with Rowan Atkinson's trademark brand of veddy-British slapstick. It's a bit half-baked as a wannabe franchise, but Atkinson's creation of a new screen persona is just promising enough to warrant a sequel, despite critics' complaints that Austin Powers had already exhausted the spy-spoof's potential. Poppycock! Atkinson's gift for physical and, in this case, even verbal humor will surely please his devoted fans, even when a rather tepidly comedic screenplay prevents the British funnyman from reaching new heights of absurdity. As bumbling superspy Johnny English, who gains top-level MI-7 clearance after inadvertently causing a colleague's demise, Atkinson breathes life into gags that are too familiar to earn such an amusing revival. With John Malkovich as a smarmy Frenchman determined to overthrow the British monarchy, and Natalie Imbruglia as Johnny's comely comrade-in-arms, this slight but enjoyable comedy gives Atkinson plenty of opportunity to mug it up as only he can. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Bumbling 'James Bond'
    Johnny English is unashamedly a spoof on the James Bond series of movies, and hilarious with it! Movie promo "He Knows No Fear. He Knows No Danger." He Knows Nothing. Rowan Atkinson delivers a very controlled performance of a character which is a hybrid between TV's 'Mr Bean' and his Insp. Raymond Fowler in the 1995/96 BBC television series 'The Thin Blue Line'. Johnny is attached to MI5 and believes he has the suave, debonair Bond persona, even to the point of having all the Bond gadgets and driving an Astin Martin sports car. In reality he is a bumbling idiot, adept at using the wrong gadgets and making the wrong decisions. The role may have been created just for Atkinson and indeed, it is hard to imagine anyone else playing Johnny English with such finess. The obligatory love interest is provided by Natalie Imbruglia (Australian singer/actress) as Lorna Campbell, the vixen, or is she? The villain of the piece is John Malkovich as a scheming Frenchman, Pascal Sauvage, who has a penchant for the Crown Jewels and is the object of Johnny's disaster laden adventure. Ben Miller is a brilliant foil for Atkinson's comedy, at times providing his own brand of hilarity in the role of Bough, the offsider to Johnny English. This is 90 minutes of sheer fun and provided the cinema audience here with some of the best comedy in years. Predictable but a most hilarious romp.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Shaky and Stirred
    I waited for DVD to watch this one, and I'm glad. It's a mediocre film and it's much easier to enjoy a so-so movie at home than when you're paying $8 in a theater.

    Johnny English is Rowan Atkinson's spoof on spy films. Yes, it is a spoof. I've seen more than one review that lauds this as a "serious" spy movie that simply has funny moments. That's ridiculous. This is a spoof. There is nothing about this plot that is believable or the least bit surprising. Not that that's bad - just please don't think that you are about to view a serious "spy" film that has a legitimate plot, a formidable villain and a believable love interest. What it actually is, however, is a pretty funny Mr. Bean-esque romp through England. It's fun watching Atkinson bumble his way through awkward situation after awkward situation. Similar to the Pink Panther films.

    The movie's concept is that all the secret agents in England are killed by a terrorist bombing- all except for Johnny English and his sidekick Boff. The timing couldn't be worse for England, since there's a plot uncovered to steal the Crown Jewels. Enter the bad guy, Pascal played by John Malchovich. Now, I have to enter a little side comment here. Malchovich does an accent and he honestly sounds like a Frenchman with brain damage. It just doesn't work. I've probably heard worse, but seriously - it's difficult to concentrate on anything he says.

    From here we get to see Atkinson, the least suave spy ever, put in situation after situation where he screws it all up. It's almost always funny. It's when the plot tries to develop that the movie fails a little. It's very unbelievable and has a Frenchman becoming King of England. Overall, it works somewhat, since it clearly defines the movie as a joke and not to be taken seriously, which strengthens the humor in places and weakens it in others.

    Natalie Imbruglia plays the mysterious woman whom we all know is really a spy. She's beautiful, and it's worth watching just to look at her for an hour and a half.

    All in all, give it a chance. The special features are fun and the movie has laugh out loud moments (Atkinson telling the head of the secret service that they are in the "most secure place in the whole of England" just as a huge explosion rings in the background, for example). I think it has some repeat watchability. I don't know that I'd buy it. Rent it first.

    3-0 out of 5 stars My name is Bean...Mr. Bean.
    Rowan Atkinson, one of My all-time favorite comedians, perhaps better-known as Mr. Bean {series and film highly recommended!}, graces this film as a pseudo-James Bond character, typically bumbling, though remaining serious the entire time, never admitting to any of his own foul-ups, but instead seemingly blaming all incompetence upon his protoge'; someone has stolen the Queen's Jewels, so it is up to one Johnny English to solve the crime, primarily because most of the best agents have been unfortunately killed in the line of duty, so they are forced to hire the most klutz-prone amongst them, and to very amusing results. Turns out that a French criminal {who owns a most impressive Office Elevator!} with distant ties to the Royal British Family systematically eliminates those who would inherit the title should anything happen to the queen who is threatened with the taking of the life of her beloved poodle, so she signs her title away to him - and just as he is about to be crowned, Johnny English saves the day in a feat of hilarius acrobatics, engaging in many adventures along the way, inclusive of a lunatic display at a fun-eral, swinging around in his sharp spymobile on a crane, literally climbing up a "poop-shoot" to access the enemy's lair, parachuting on to a building, predictably, the wrong one, among many other instances interpolated with that distinctive Mr. Bean style, although much more talkative. Although I would have to say that probably the funniest scenes were when he was accidently struck by a muscle relaxer, to which he sloshes and slurrs about the place.

    The character is intended to be unintentionally funny, but Atkinson does best as Mr. Bean however, and this film could have just as easily been named "Bean. Mr. Bean".

    Rating: 3/5. Great for a fun night at home. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005JM20
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-comedy   


    $17.38

    Swap
    by Essex
    Average Customer Review: 1.62 out of 5 stars
    DVD (22 October, 1997)
    list price: $12.99 -- our price: $11.69
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst DVD ever produced
    Wow, where to start? Pretty much everything about this DVD is a lie. On the back the DVD says "Guaranteed Superior Quality" - HA! What a laugh! This DVD pretty much has the feel of a bootleg. The picture and sound are terrible. The picture is constantly shaking. There's no address to write to this Gemstone Entertainment. The DVD doesn't even list what the movie is rated or when it came out.

    On the back of the DVD it says "Bonus Info: Biography / Filmography / Trivia / Scene Access / Interactive Menus" - LIES! LIES! LIES! LIES! LIES! There isn't even a scene selection! The menu screen is just blank and says "Play Movie".

    Then, of course there is the extreme false advertising which tries to make it seem as if Robert De Niro is the main character who is plotting revenge for his brother's death when in fact De Niro plays the brother, who dies at the beginning of the movie!

    The cover photo has a picture of De Niro that looks like it's from the late eighties or nineties when his footage was filmed in 1969! Doesn't this qualify as false advertising? You can't put a picture from a completely different movie on the cover of a DVD!!

    Do NOT buy this DVD! No matter what you think. Even if you're a De Niro buff, like myself, it will just get you mad. This DVD is a disgrace. Gemstone Entertainment should be ashamed of themselves. In the meantime, I'm going to try and find an address for the company so I can write to them to find out exactly what this "Guaranteed Superior Quality" means.

    Gemstone Entertainment = Cheap Lying Dirty Thieves

    1-0 out of 5 stars This is just.... bad
    I am not one to waste my time by writing reviews here, but after watching "The Swap", I feel it is my duty as a fellow human being to warn you of how this movie will utterly suck the life-force out of you without mercy. By simply reading the reviews of others here, you can pretty much get an idea of what you will expect should you happen to make the decision of buying or renting it.

    However, what I would like to touch on is of how disappointed I am in the desperate attempts on behalf of the distribution / marketing company to get fellow DeNiro fans out there to actually buy this movie....

    1) "Never judge a book by its cover"... how true that is when it comes to this movie. They market the DVD cover with a somewhat recent 1990's portrait of DeNiro, when in fact, this film was obviously made in the mid-late 70's (yes, the movie was not even properly dated).
    2) DVD features??... there were none, despite what the backcover claims. Simply an introduction screen with the large words "Play Movie" as your *only* option.
    3) The movie synopsis is very, very misleading in wanting you to think that DeNiro is the main star, when in reality, his total screen time (initial scenes and flashbacks) total less than 10 or so minutes.

    So, having said that... shame on you, Gemstone Entertainment. Shame on you for your desperate attempts to mislead individuals out of their money. With shady marketing practices such as this, I would not be surprised to see your company go down the drain someday soon.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Swap
    This film is a re-edited film. There was a film called "Sam's Song," starring DeNiro and he was in the entire film. That movie a snoozer, and the director edited the DeNiro scenes from Sam's Song into "Swap."

    Find "Sam" for an example of early Bob! ... Read more

    Asin: 6304701691
    Sales Rank: 31,334
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-drama   


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    Jeepers Creepers 2
    by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Average Customer Review: 3.07 out of 5 stars
    DVD (23 December, 2003)
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    Despite the usual symptoms of sequelitis, Jeepers Creepers 2 delivers the goods for those who enjoyed the 2001 original--a group large enough to propel this sequel to a record-setting opening in August 2003. While establishing the flesh-eating "Creeper" as a new horror icon with frantic action and more elaborate special effects, writer-director Victor Salva follows the traditional formula, dispensing with plot almost altogether and focusing entirely on threat, menace, mayhem, and gore. That's likely to disappoint horror fans hoping for a more revealing exploration of the Creeper's origins (room for another sequel, perhaps?), and by trapping nondescript teens in a school bus attacked by the Creeper, Salva severely limits the movie's overall potential. Still, there's something to be said for straightforward shocks, and Jeepers Creepers 2 delivers enough of them to justify its profitable existence. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars We've moved a notch down the food-chain
    It's four days on from the events of Jeepers Creepers, a sleeper hit in 2,001, which saw Justin Long and Gina Philips's bickering brother and sister terrorised by an indestructible winged demon; and Victor Salva's anthropophagic monster is coming to the end of its 23-day killing spree. The creature, being an aerial predator itself, appears to have an affinity with birds: the raggedy-winged corvids clustering about it in the unsettling opening sequence being the first indication we have that the hatchet-faced scarecrow is not what it seems - "A lot of good they're doing", grumbles young Billy, after being bawled out by his Dad (Ray Wise) for not attaching the scarecrows properly to their posts.

    Having whisked Billy away, the Creeper next targets a coachload of football jocks and cheerleaders, whom you just KNOW are going to get munched when you hear the boys singing execrably (the demon disables their bus with a shuriken star, gruesomely fashioned from human bone). Actually, 'Creeper's' a misleading nickname; it really should be 'Flyer', since that's how it captures its prey, stooping on them like a hawk to seize them in its talons. Many viewers will be disappointed, as I was, that this sequel sheds no light on the creature's provenance (intriguingly, a third nostril that opens and closes in the bridge of its nose as it inhales its victims' aroma and a wonderful crest of spines at the back of its head that it erects whenever it's really hungry or angry suggest an extraterrestrial origin.)

    A strength of the original was that it kept the creature's identity hidden until about mid-way through. This time, however, Salva, realising that the element of surprise is gone, cleverly makes a virtue of a vice; so that the Creeper (again played by stuntman Jonathan Breck) is literally in your face, leering in at the coachload of kids while selecting its next victim (you don't want to know what it does with its tongue). Some reviewers have criticised the fact that Breck's obviously wearing a latex facial mask; but his lean, sinewy physique and abrupt movements create a genuinely creepy impression of watching something inhuman (although endowed, disturbingly, with a macabre aesthetic sensibility: evidenced by the patchwork of cadavers, stitched together in a warped take on the Sistine Chapel, from JC1; and the crude artwork - of humans fleeing unavailingly, mouths open in mute terror - carved into the handles of its knives.)

    The kids' acting is competent enough, though disappointing when contrasted with that of Justin Long (as Darry) and Gina Philips (as Trish) in the first film: it was because we'd grown to know and care for them that the original's ending, uncharacteristically downbeat for a horror flick, was genuinely shocking. (Darry re-appears, hauntingly, in spirit form, trying to warn the blonde cheerleader with psychic powers of the imminent danger posed by the Creeper). The sequel's saving grace in the acting department, however, is Ray Wise's grief-stricken farmer, hell-bent on avenging his son (he makes good use of one of the creature's discarded weapons, by the way, in the gripping finale).

    And yes, there's going to be a JC3 - unavoidably, considering that the creature sleeps for 23 years before rising to feast again for another 23-days (why 23? Well, I suppose because it's a prime number, therefore off-kilter, like everything else about the winged monster). I agree, too, with the reviewer who said that the Creeper has superb potential as a horror franchise: after all, how DO you kill a creature that can regenerate its own head within a few seconds? Ignore the negative reviews; this scared the bejeezus out of me.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Terrible sequel but decent standalone movie
    As a sequel, 'Jeepers Creepers 2' fails on most counts - long gone is the sense of stark tension and isolation, as is the menaching image of the Creeper in human form - to be replaced by a cast of forgettable teens and one very shiny demon.

    As a movie, however, 'Jeepers Creepers 2' does a fairly good job of keeping us entertained, with a few good old-fashioned schlock-shocks along the way.

    The plot goes something like this: School Bus full O' Teens is picked out by the Demon for food - as the Demon only has 23 days to feed, and must then go away for 23 years - and Teens, not content to sit and wait to become dinner, try a variety of different methods in order to survive. That's about it, save for a sub-plot about a farmer out for revenge, who eventully arrives to semi-save the day.

    The cast are totally forgettable, with the marked exception of Nicki Lynn Aycox as Minxie Hayes, a starlet, who, if her clever and emotional performance here are anything to go by, is a starlet destined for greater things. Where this film succeeds is in blending OTT Shocks with a hefty dash of comedy, but taking itself seriosuly enough so as to avoid a 'Scream'-like feel.

    The Creeper, by now a fully-fledged demon, looks something like a charred and sweaty Freddy Kruegger with Wings. His special effects, thankfully, are far better in this movie than in the prequel, and the creature comes off as visually credible. Setting this movie almost-entirely aboard a bus may have seemed like a risky venture, but director Salva proves his talent in this regard by not allowing the storyline to plod or become boring. The imagery, although sometimes crude (the Demon's knives look less like supernatural weapons and more like tourist purchases), works well, particularly in Minxie's dream sequences. A nice touch is the reintroduction of Justin Long as Darry Jenner (from the first movie) and the contrast between these dream sequences and the dark nighttime scenes that take up the vast majority of the film.

    There are one or two cameo references to the prequel like Darry Jenner's appearance, and a radio story about the Creeper's 'Church of Pain', finally discovered by humans - and the whole movie moves at a decent pace. It's not boring, and the shocks, though standard, are indeed shocking. All in all, 'Jeepers Creepers 2' may disappoint fans hoping for more of the same, but could well bring new fans to the series.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining If You Like the "Creeper" and His Sly "Humor"
    So, they made it again, the sequel to the surprise horror hit. Don't ask me if this is better than the first one, because frankly I don't know, But several things are certain about this horror about man-eating creature "Creeper" played competently by Jonathan Breck, and they are; A) the story is more coherent, or conventional: B) more humor is thrown in: and C) the monster is the best thing in the film.

    The story is aptly simple; the high school basketball players are going home in a school bus (with obligatory cheerleaders in T-shirt), but they all get stranded in the middle of the two-lane road. The cell phones are dead; there is no help around them; so this means they are in trouble, this time, a real one. And some flying creature is looking down from up above, waiting for the moment to snatch them one by one.

    In the meantime, Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," remember?) is the father with a hand-made harpoon on a pick-up truck, who is willing to hunt down the nasty creature because of the reason you see in the pretty scary opening scene. He and his son are heading to the spot where the bus is, and now, you know the rest of the story.

    Victor Salva has quirky sense of humor, I think. The non-descriptive kids trapped inside the bus become exactly "the canned food" for Creeper, who can pick up (yes, he does, with a bit of humor) the tasty ones. Don't try to think about the logics. The film knows what it is doing when Creeper pretends to be a scarecrow (see the poster), as if playing hide-and-seek.

    The film may not be scary for this reason -- very sly humors -- but to some audiences like me, it delivers tremendously. If you are horror film fans, you might detect the exact moment some 'surprising' thing would happen. Actually, the biggest surprise is that the monster got another trick or two, sometimes acting like ninja. Well, if you like that kind of surprise....

    "Jeepers Creepers 2" does not follow the 'anything goes' formula, in which the creature's identity is quite confusing (truck? winged monster?). Still, I find this sequel is as entertaining, if not scary, as the original one. ... Read more

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    My Boss's Daughter (Theatrical PG-13 Edition)
    by Dimension Home Video
    Average Customer Review: 2.57 out of 5 stars
    DVD (03 February, 2004)
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    Heartthrob Ashton Kutcher lends his mix of leading-man looks and goofball personality to the cascading disaster farce of My Boss's Daughter. Tom Stansfield (Kutcher, Just Married) thinks he's going out on a date with Lisa (Tara Reid, American Pie), the daughter of his tyrannical boss, Mr. Taylor (Terence Stamp, The Limey)--but in fact, he's unknowingly agreed to house-sit the boss's house, which is loaded with antiques, a cash-filled safe, and a depressed owl. Of course, everything goes awry, starting with the owl escaping and culminating in a drug-dealing thug being buried in the back yard while Tom drives Mr. Taylor's car through the front of the house. The supporting cast is bizarrely star-studded, including Molly Shannon, Andy Richter, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Madsen, Dave Foley, and Carmen Electra. Directed by David Zucker (Airplane!, the Naked Gun series); it must have all looked good on paper. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars My Boss's Daughter-Only Occasionally Funny
    The new Ashton Kutcher movie "My Boss's Daughter," has not much to offer but banality. It is very funny though apart from that, it totally lacks originality. It seems that Ashton Kuthcer is being associated with bad romantic comedies, just like "Just Married," but that film did have its funny moments. Though you can figure out the plot of the film from a tv spot or trailer here goes anyways:
    Kuthcer plays, Tom Stransfield works for a company. Terrance Stamp plays his boss, (his performance and presence is one the main reasons to go see this movie). Stamp's attitude and behaviour is very eccentric and he tends to be very compulsive over anything. The beautiful Tara Reid plays his daughter, Lisa, who Tom easily gets attracted to. Tom wants to impress Lisa and his boss so he house sits at his boss's house. From here, strange occurances and guests keep appearing at the house and disasterous events take place. Even a cameo from Michael Madsen (Resevoir Dogs, a much better film with Madsen). He is the other main reason to really go see this film. As for Kutcher well he does get his laughs but he's just not worthwhile in this movie. Director David Zucker who just about can turn anything into humor doesn't here. Writer David Dorfman who did write the amusing Anger Management should be more creative. Another reason is if you just like Tara Reid, but even that isn't worth viewing this. Wait till this one comes to Blockbuster or better yet cable. My Boss's Daughter is rated PG-13 for Crude and Sex-Related Humor, Drug Content and Language. Now in theatres (amazingly) considering this film opened at a stunning no. 10 in it's opening weekend with $5 million. Yet it did better than Gigli, but if you must see it, well do quickly.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
    This movie is crap! I see why it sat on the shelf for 2 years , it only had 2 or 3 funny parts/gags in the film and that's a shame since David Zucker was behind this mess. The DVD is even terrible with few extras and a soft picture. An owl named O.J. and Andy Richter were wasted.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It was ok
    It was ok not too funny. THERE IS NOT NUDITY MOMENTS of Tara Reid. I repeat NONE! So if you were hopeing like I was it ain't gonna happen. Close but no pie. Stick with google if your lookin for that.

    Crude Humor.... Do yourself a favor Buy Meet the Parents ... Read more

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    $26.99

    Down to You
    by Miramax
    Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
    DVD (11 July, 2000)
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    Al (Freddie Prinze Jr., from She's All That and I Know WhatYou Did Last Summer) and Imogen (Julia Stiles from 10 Things I Hate About You) take turns narrating the story of their college romance. Al has a celebrity chef for a father (an amusing turn from Henry Winkler) and a rising porn star for a best friend (Zak Orth). The dialogue is stale, the story flounders, and the movie can't seem to decide whether it wants to be a sweet romance or a social satire. Down to You keeps dropping into odd fantasy bits that have nothing to do with, well, much of anything. But all the stars--including Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions) and Shawn Hatosy (Outside Providence) are pleasant and well groomed (well, except for Hatosy, who bears the brunt of being the poster boy for every fad of the '90s), and the soundtrack (featuring Cibo Matto, early David Bowie, Yo La Tengo, and others) is excellent. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Most can relate to this one
    When you see Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles as the main characters you probably think its another movie about college wackiness. This isn't that type of movie, its a bit more serious and realistic. The gist of the plot is a guy and girl meet in college, end up falling in love, and throughout it all different issues such as pregnancy, cheating, etc. are disccussed. Overall its a nice romantic movie with bits of comedy here and there, and the acting was pretty decent. A definate for fans of Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Well Done
    Well, chalk another one up to expectations. After watching the positively horrible "Here on Earth" the week before, I was prepared to write-off another two hours of my life as hopelessly wasted. Not so. Very well acted, well written, and well directed film. Isaacson has to be considered the next John Huhges after this film, and Julia Stiles will steal your heart (after breaking it, unfortunately). Even Freddie Prinze, Jr, who I was prepared to hate, did a remarkable job. The film reminded me of how I felt watching Sixteen Candles for the first time. Some of the reviews criticize the use of the peripheral players in this movie, who lead unrealistic lives as porn actors and directors, tv chefs, radio dj's, professional artists, etc. However, I have to disagree. To me, these outlandish characters painted a surreal landscape for two basically well-adjusted and likeable leads to carry on a classic love tale. It is escapism at its finest, and that's why we go to the movies. So lighten up folks, sit back, and enjoy this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars SOOOOOOOO DRY
    This film was a sweet but dry love story. Fred and Julia were an okay couple but THe relationship they had in this film protrays real life relationships. Everything is all sweet in the beginnig of the relationship and it gets old. Later on someone wants to get out of it , since its getting to serious. Julia's character was real honest when she said ,she is nt ready for this type of serious relationship. Poor Fred, he was really faithful to her and he is every girls dream man. Overall the supporting cast was dull and they were no help at all to this film to make it funny. This was a romantic dramma not a comedy. I dndt laugh at all except for the lip synching by stiles and fred. Their lip synching was the best part in the film that put a smile in my face because the songs were nice. Other than that, it was an okay couldve been better flick. This film is not worth owning.Wait till it comes on tv to tape it for free. Why waste your hard earn money on something worthless.

    I sill love ya fred no matter what dry film u are in. ... Read more

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    Boys and Girls
    by Dimension Home Video
    Average Customer Review: 3.37 out of 5 stars
    DVD (05 August, 2003)
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    Behind the generic title of Boys & Girls lies a surprising enjoyable and nuanced romantic comedy. Teen heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. playsRyan, a dorky, emotionally sincere young guy who keeps crossing paths with Jennifer, played by Claire Forlani, an independent and willfully unattached young woman. Their chance meetings coincide with relationship traumas and they start to confide in each other, which leads to a more genuine friendship and, in the midst of their college years, a romance. It's a bit of a stock plot line to have their friendship threatened by sexual attraction, but Boys & Girls has just enough genuine feeling to make it compelling. Meanwhile, Jason Biggs (from American Pie) plays Ryan's roommate, a compulsive liar and would-be scam artist, who carries off some pretty funny scenes. Forlani and Prinze work together quite well. Their performances hearken back to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s, with the repressed male simultaneously attracted and horrified by a footloose dame. Some kooky moments are a little strained, but at other times the movie has a refreshing realism about human emotions. Overall, a much more engaging and entertaining flick than its ad campaign suggests. Also featuring Alyson Hannigan from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Heather Donahue from The Blair Witch Project. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not good...
    Well, I had no real expectations, but this movie just didn't do it for me. The first half blew (trying way too hard to be funny... I didn't smile once..).

    And the actors... Jason Biggs was being his usual self, Freddie Prinze Jr. was really boring (what else is new) and Claire Forlani's acting was dismal(even though I thought her performance in Meet Joe Black was quite good...)

    I have to say that the second half did have some redeeming qualities, the story did get a bit more interesting. That's why this movie got two stars instead of the one I was going to give it after the watching the first half.

    I read somewhere that this movie is supposed to be a "teen" "When Harry met Sally"? Well, if this is the case, please stick with the original...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Freddie Prinze, Jr.
    I well remember, and well liked, FP Jr.'s father, and his TV series "Chico and the Man." A while back, I saw FP, Jr. being interviewed on a talk show, and I thought he came across as so down-to-earth, charming, and cute as can be. But I was totally unfamiliar with his work as an actor.

    I finally got around to renting this movie, and thought it was very enjoyable. Similar to "When Harry Met Sally....," but of course no where nearly as great as that classic, superlative film. But still quite pleasant. Leonard Maltin, with whom I usually agree, rated this movie BOMB -- he is absolutely, unequivocally WRONG.

    However, after renting ths movie, I did rent FP, Jr.'s "She's All That," and "Head Over Heels." Maltin liked those movies better than "Boys and Girls," but again, he is WRONG -- those two were the bombs, unfortunately. In fact, despite FP, Jr.'s enjoyable screen presence, they were virtually unwatchable.

    "Boys and Girls" is a lovely movie (a bit of a weak performance by Forlani was a bit of a drawback, but the rest of the cast was very good, and so was the writing, and the direction).

    I feel certain you will enjoy the lovely "Boys and Girls."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Boys and Girls is one of the best teen movies!
    This Movie is The Best! The Best Scene is the Scene in the Nightclub to "Stop The Rock" By Apollo 440. Freddie Prinze Jr. is hot in it and Claire Forlani is keeping it real. Funny clip at the end with Jason Biggs. Buy before you rent! It Totally Rocks! ... Read more

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    $13.49

    The Four Feathers (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
    by Paramount Home Video
    Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
    DVD (18 February, 2003)
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    The seventh filming of A.E.W. Mason's classic 1902 novel, this near-epic production of The Four Feathers looks great, sounds great, and feels rather average. It would be difficult to diminish the rousing adventure of Mason's novel, and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) certainly gets more bang for his buck, with massive battle scenes and rugged, sun-baked harshness enhanced by Robert Richardson's masterful cinematography. Kapur preserves the universal appeal of the story, set in the 1880s, in which a promising soldier (Heath Ledger) resigns on the eve of battle in Britain's Sudanese campaign, is labeled a coward by his fiancée (Kate Hudson), and redeems himself by posing as a Muslim warrior to rescue his best friend Jack (Wes Bentley) from certain death in the desert. For all its heroics, however, the film seems oddly passionless; Djimon Hounsou is excellent as Ledger's desert guardian, but these young Hollywood stars lack the authenticity of Zoltan Korda's 1939 film, which remains the definitive version. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, But Flawed....
    The Four Feathers presents an interesting concept (A coward trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his comrades and loved ones), but doesn't quite manage to deliver the intended effect.

    Heath Ledger plays the aforementioned coward, who resigns his post in the British Army on the eve of his Regiment shipping out to The Sudan to quell a native uprising. Of course, his buddies brand him a coward, delivering three feathers to him (The feathers are a symbol of cowardice); The fourth feather is from his fiancee (Played by Kate Hudson). Gee, thanks Honey! After learning the hard way that nobody loves a coward, he sets off to The Sudan to try to redeem himself to his former comrades, causing more harm than good, in my opinion. (And why try to impress a woman who dumped him so brutally? Screw her!)

    The cast is good, especially Wes Bentley (As the only friend who stuck by Ledger), and Djimon Hounsou (As an African warrior who helps Ledger survive in the desert), but the movie is too long, and doesn't linger on the most interesting part: The epic Desert battle. Director Shekhar Kapur does an excellent job with the battle, though, including a few amazing overhead shots that were just stunning. James Horner contributes a rousing score that works to excellent effect, also.

    Overall, not a bad film, but I just didn't buy into the whole "Coward turns hero" ending.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Enjoyable Experience
    As we all know, this is a film that has been made countless times in the 100 years since the novel was written. However, this is a version of the story that deserved to be made. An epic of this magnitude is always aided by the stunning visuals of modern film-making techniques- and the cinematograpny here is amazing.
    The film is not perfect. It suffers from some technical flaws, including some occassional, but rather jarring, editing holes. However, the acting is largely superb, though I agree that it was difficult to see Kate Hudson as British, let alone upper-class. Heath Ledger is a fine young actor and, though his accent falters a bit at times, he is more than up to the task of playing Harry Feversham. Wes Bentley's performance was absolutely outstanding. I never doubted the authenticity of his character (or his accent) for a second. (Indeed, I had no idea that he was the same actor from "American Beauty" until I read the other reviews on this site and consequently looked it up. Even now, I find it difficult to believe).
    The script is solid, if nothing terribly original, but it is based on (and tightly follows) a rather old novel. One can find many of the cliches of the "epic" genre in the story and dialogue, but I entered the theater expecting them.
    I am a fan of epics. My favorite film of all time is "Lawrence of Arabia", and while this version of "The Four Feathers" certainly isn't going to unseat David Lean's masterpiece, it is a worthy addition to my DVD collection. It is definitely a film I don't mind watching over and over again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Four Feathers is the best!
    Four Feathers was a nice surprise-we just kind of found it on the video rental shelf and had never heard anything about it. It is clean-no swearing, no sex (one scene it is intimated, but not really shown), and the violence is not gory/bloody in the extreme. The story line is very well done and a good example of heroism at work. I highly recommend it to both men and women-you won't be sorry you saw this one! ... Read more

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    The Order
    by Fox Home Entertainme
    Average Customer Review: 2.96 out of 5 stars
    DVD (30 December, 2003)
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    Writer-director Brian Helgeland tried something different with The Order, and surely that counts for something. This brooding supernatural thriller was immediately dismissed by critics, and it's easy to see why it flopped: it's full of solemn, quasi-religious ruminations, it's murky in both visual and thematic content, and it demands the viewer's focused attention, which amounts to pissing in the shallow pool of big-studio filmmaking. And yet those qualities also give The Order some modest cult potential, as it tells the story of Alex (Heath Ledger, star of Helgeland's A Knight's Tale), a rebellious priest from an arcane fringe of Catholicism, who investigates the death of his excommunicated mentor and discovers the existence of a modern day "sin eater," capable of cleansing souls of evil, who has chosen Alex as his would-be successor. A troubled love interest (Knight's Tale costar Shannyn Sossamon) and an evil cardinal (Peter Weller) offer hope and damnation, respectively, but it's up to individual viewers to decide if The Order offers anything of lasting interest. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, dark and delightful.
    Alex (Heath Ledger) a rebellious priest from a disappearing fringe of Catholicism goes to Rome to determine the cause of the mysterious death of Dominic, his excommunicated mentor. He is accompanied in his quest by Mara (Shannyn Sossamon), a troubled love who just escaped an institution for the mentally ill and by Thomas (Mark Addy), the other living priest of his church. Together and with the help of a Cardinal (Peter Weller) and a murky and devious character named Chirac, he discovers that a Sin Eater, a person capable of absorbing someone else's sins thus granting them entry to the kingdom of Heaven over God's back, was behind the death of Dominic. When the church refuses Dominic a burial in holy ground, Alex, who is supposed to kill the Sin Eater under the Cardinal's suggestion, is instead lured by him to find the truth and understand the meaning of what he does. Then the conflict between Alex's beliefs and desires begins.

    This movie has a well-assembled cast (some returning actors from Brian Helgeland's previous movie A Knight's Tale) and great acting throughout, specially from Ledger and Weller. It has a tight-written, coherent script with wonderful character interactions, great moody music and very-well placed and never overdone special effects. The best thing this movie offers though, is a subconscious lingering question about the darkness that surrounds us, be it as sin, demons, or other supernatural beings. In this regard this movie is more suspenseful and scarier than the best of horror movies.

    Watch it, pay attention and enjoy.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Ouch. So much promise here, but it doesn't deliver.
    I love dark, atmospheric, Romantic films with a gothic flair. So when I heard the reviews of this film being so cruel when it first came out, I was thinking, "Who cares, I'll probably like it just fine."

    But unfortunately, I don't.

    The premise of the order sounds fine. A mystery being called the Sin Eater goes around absolving people of their sins, but also killing people while it does so. So the Vatican Church has to send in its tactical strike squad (sounds like it could be something out of a Dan Brown book), aka Heath Ledger playing a young priest, to go destroy this Sin Eater; after all, the Sin Eater is horning in on church business here facilitating the relationship between Jesus and man in redemption. They can't have that.

    I have always been fascinated with the idea of priests as something like holy warriors fighting the forces of darkness, be it "The Exorcist" or comic books. This film unfortunately doesn't do much with the idea.

    First, let me say that the atmosphere set is very dark and Romantic (capital R), and I was pleased with it. You have every thing you'd expect from a movie like this - solemn priests, graveyards, ancient churches, demons, ravens, candle-light, a hushed air of mysterious menace - very fine stuff. The lighting is wonderfully evocative, and the sets and the costumes are all well done in my opinion.

    But little else is good. The acting... this is just my opinion, but it feels like little effort was put into the acting. The lines are delivered perfunctorily, with competence, yet I'm not really buying into it. Which was a shame, because I did want to. Heath Ledger in particularly was a big disappointment because generally I like his work. I thought Shannyn Sossamon was very fetching (She'd make me re-think my priestly vows) in an interesting role where she plays Ledger's "love interest" so to speak, an artist who was possessed in the past and even now may very well be quite disturbed.

    The pacing of the plot is bad. The movie stumbles and lurches, and doesn't ever really pick up. When you get right down to it, the story is threadbare and doesn't have a lot to work with it. Finally, I won't give anything away, but the last third or so of the movie is pretty terrible. Even halfway through the movie I was still optimistic, but I just thought toward the end it got really boring, contrived, and even ridiculous.

    The DVD extras aren't anything to write home about. Trailers, commentary, and some deleted scenes that actually really did add nothing and deserved to be cut. The commentary at least shows the director was enthusiastic about this project, which is commendable, but overall, this movie really was a letdown.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OUT OF ORDER
    Brian Helgeland the director has given us this film, A KNIGHT'S TALE and Mel Gibson's PAYBACK. Helgeland the writer has given us MYSTIC RIVER and LA CONFIDENTIAL. Maybe he should stick to writing, as his screenplay for this movie is so shoddily written, it makes the film incoherent, dull, laughable and ultimately unsatisfying.
    Helgeland has reunited three of his stars from A KNIGHTS TALE: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy and Shannon Sossamyn. Ledger and Sossamyn have the looks to be stars; Addy has the buddy support syndrome down pretty pat.
    Now, what this film is about ultimately is a person called a "Sin Eater." This mysterious figure eats the sins of those who have been ostracized or condemned by the church, but one never knows whether this is a good or bad character. Helgeland's script also numbs this. The inclusion of the little boy and girl demons is never explained; there are some really dull sequences and the strange bar in the Vatican wholly incredible.
    Peter Weller's bald cardinal wants to be Pope is also poorly written and mediocrally performed.
    Ledger has one very effective scene that occurs with the apparent suicide of his love. It's the strongest acting moment in the film.
    Sossamyn is beautiful for sure, and plays her strange part rather well (why did she try to kill Ledger? It's never fully explained).
    Addy and Ledger's chemistry is not as effective as it was in Knight's Tale.
    In this time of troubles for the Catholic Church, a film like THE ORDER will certainly not benefit their credence in the religious community. Ledger's fall from grace likewise paints a poor portrait of the clergy.
    THE ORDER is not a horrible film, but it's not all that great either. ... Read more

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    Black Knight
    by Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
    Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars
    DVD (02 September, 2003)
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    In Black Knight, Martin Lawrence plays an amusement park employee who is magically transported back to medieval times and helps return a queen to her rightful throne (while learning some valuable lessons along the way). Despite the script's lack of logic and originality, Lawrence is an engaging performer, with a loose-limbed amiability that makes him most enjoyable company, even if he's not necessarily a better actor than most comedians. If Lawrence ever does a movie with a decent script, he might really have something; as it is we'll have to settle right now for the cheesy yet funny sight of Lawrence teaching a medieval band to play some Sly and Family Stone. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time
    When I walked into the theater I wasn't expecting much and I came out feeling the same way. I thought it would be funny, becakuse I remembered Martin Lawrence from "Blue Streak". I was wrong. There was about a total of 6 people in the whole theater.
    "Black Knight" is about a guy named Jamal that works in a small amusment park that is about to go out of business. He sees a necklace in the water of a small moat and falls in trying to get it. For whatever reason he is sent back to the middle ages. Jamal finds out that the necklace means that he is part of some rebelion group, trying to overthrow the king and return the queen to her thrown. The castle thinks that he is a messenger from a duke, that is going to marry her daughter.
    The humor in this movie was about at the level of a 4th grader. It was nasty middle ages traditions like carving a turkey with your hands and then letting the dog lick them and then serving the rest. The only good part was the end fight sequence. But that didn't make up for the first hour of boredom and stupididy.

    (Major spoiler) In the end we find out that it was all a dream, he wakes up with doctors over him. Suprise! Suprise! He sees everyone that he saw in his dream. They even bothered to set the movie up for a sequal. At the very end he falls into the same moat and ends up in an ancient Rome with someone saying realese the lions. The crowd in the backround was a badly done green screen from "Gladiator".

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable waste of celluloid
    What a mess this film is! I honestly cannot think of one positive thing to say about "Black Knight". Martin Lawrence, who can be amusing at times in other films (...), comes off here as obnoxious, crass, and desperate for laughs. The screenplay appears to have been written for the sole purpose of allowing Lawrence the maximum amount of time to act like an idiot.

    The premise of the story had potential. Young, stupid man from 21st century is transported back to medieval times and must deal with culture shock and different way of life before finding a way to get back home. A familiar premise, yes, but there could have been some funny moments, at least enough to make "Black Knight" watchable.

    However, with Lawrence at the helm, this film takes a nosedive into rude, crude, uninspired humor. As usual, Lawrence focuses on racial humor and tired sexual jokes to garner laughs (he got none from me), making "Black Knight" an unwatchable waste of celluloid.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Martin Lawrence, this is beneath you!
    Martin Lawrence is a favorite of mine, and I'd missed "Black Knight" in theaters and on DVD until a friend of mine brought it over recently for me to see.

    I still really like Martin Lawrence, he's still a favorite, but boy was this movie a mess. Martin Lawrence plays a goofy (and goof-off) employee for a Renaissance Fair-like amusement park in southern California named Jamal, who dreams of a better life when a competing attraction called Castle World prepares to open down the road. As he contemplates this possible new job, Jamal spies a glowing medallion necklace in the fake moat at work, and in reaching for it accidentally falls in ...

    When he comes out again, he's been tranported to the late 14th century, is promptly mistaken for a messenger from the Duke of Normandie, and becomes the jester -- then head of security -- while all the time plotting to get into the dress of a beautiful servant girl, whom he learns is part of a rebellion to overthrow the evil king and put the rightful queen back onto the throne.

    When Jamal comes out of the water in the 14th-century, in jeans and a football jersey and sneakers that no one questions, I knew the script suffered from lack of common sense. Martin, good as he is, can't overcome the bad writing of a film that just never crosses the line to be believable. His clothes, style of talk, and slanguage fit right in from the beginning, and the silly sitcom-style circumstances that lead to his being made head of the king's security will just make you roll your eyes, and the cast surrounding Martin Lawrence are adequate -- but still can't make up for a script that just isn't funny.

    Skip this one, and turn on some "Martin" on tv instead -- and say Good Night to this "Black Knight". ... Read more

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    Cop and a Half
    by Universal Studios
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (01 July, 1997)
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    When Burt Reynolds made his welcome comeback in Boogie Nights, he was doing his best to distance himself from the painful memory of movies like this unbearable 1993 comedy, which is almost saved by its generic good nature. Reynolds plays a seasoned cop teamed with an 8-year-old kid who dreams of someday wearing a real detective's badge. The movie takes place in Tampa, Florida, where little Devon Butler (Norman D. Golden II) witnesses a crime and is questioned by police for details. He'll tell what he knows, but only if he's allowed to be a cop for a while. The kid-hating Reynolds ends up the kid's reluctant partner. It's all done as a lark, of course, but the kid turns out to be a pretty good crime-fighter, and Reynolds comes to care for him when things get rough on their latest case. This ridiculous premise is every bit as contrived as it sounds. If you don't buy into it, Cop and a Half is about as enjoyable as a bout of influenza. If you can go with the flow, however (and that takes some effort), you may find yourself enjoying the chemistry between Reynolds and his half-pint partner. Director Henry Winkler makes it clear that it's all in the spirit of good, clean (and painfully formulaic) fun. Some will call it "cute," so let's not spoil their fun by suggesting otherwise. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Utter pig poop
    I cannot emphasize how much I hated this movie. I knew it would be bad; so why did I watch it?! Sometimes I just have to find movies that I can put on my all-time worst list. This is an abjectly painful account of a pint-sized witness to a crime, who will give the police information in exchange for partnership with Burt Reynolds as a diminutive law enforcer. T.V.'s Webster has nothing on this kid in terms of "I'm-so-annoyingly-in-your-face-that-I'm-cute" syndrome. All the way through this paralyzingly awful movie we're subjected to lower-than-low juvenile humor; the nadir being when the kid and Reynolds play "crossing swords" with their urine over a toilet. God save us.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible film.........yet why do I love it so?
    There is not one second of this film that is defensible from an artistic point of view. The story (an old grizzled cop reluctantly teams up with a precocious kid to solve a case) contains not an ounce of originality, yet there is genuine charm! Reynolds is clearly tired, frustrated, and has that look in his eye like he wants to murder his agent, but he had my attention. Why? I suppose a team of scientists working 'round the clock could never discover its strange appeal, yet I will not deny its effect. And the scene at the end when it is revealed that they share the same style of boots? Shamelessly sappy and cornball, yet I'll be damned if I didn't stand up and cheer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE TIGHTEST MOVIE EVER!
    Well there has never been a finer movie ever made! The quality of scenes like the Twinkie fight of when Devon gets his head in the toilet are simply some of the most classic ever. And Burt Reynolds? Ooh, easily his best work to date. I love the grandma and especially Reynolds lump milk and his extremly "good aim"! ... Read more

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    What's the Worst That Could Happen?
    by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars A dud
    This lackluster comedy simply fails to deliver sufficient laughs per hour to justify spending the time to watch it. Martin Lawrence, who is normally a funny guy, just isn't on his game in this flick. Danny DeVito is better, but the material doesn't give him much with which to work.

    There is a lot of talent wasted on stereotype bits that are more insulting than comical. William Fichtner's flamingly effeminate detective would only be funny to homophobes. John Leguizamo's Arab imitation is less humorous now than it might have been before September 11.

    The only really funny bit in the film is a strictly visual gag by Stephanie Clayman as the sign language interpreter. Without virtue of a solitary line of dialogue, she single handedly produces all the most hilarious moments in the film.

    This film is a dud. I rated it 3/10. Martin Lawrence fans are likely to be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, as in Ahwesome
    Martin Lawrence strikes gold in this brilliant comedy. This movie only proves the idea from three wise men (W, G, and J) have been saying for a month, that Martin Lawrence is probably in the top five funniest people to ever live. The way he dances and says the phrase, "ahhhhhhhh" is just to funny for words. Danny DeVito teaming up with Martin was also pure goodness. If anyone disaggrees with my review I just have to say grow up because it is year 2002, its about laughs not cries so its good. Peace Out and buy Black Night on DVD, April 16th 2002.

    3-0 out of 5 stars AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION IT ITSELF POSES.
    Starts out with good timing, and some decent laughable banter from Martin Lawrence. Nothing laugh out loud funny but pleasantly amusing schtick. The central premise is actually quite interesting (billionaire stealing a ring from a petty robber etc), but the film fails to take advantage of it, choosing instead to lapse into numerous plot-holes, cliches and mind-bending stupidity. There's even a gay, dog-loving detective who adds fart humor to the mix. And all this leads to a climax that takes a quantum leap of logic and rationality. Perhaps a worthy rental if you're into slapstick, but overall a skippable fare. ... Read more

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    The Glass House
    by Columbia/Tristar Studios
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
    DVD (16 March, 2004)
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    Domestic tensions turn intimately sinister in this pulpy potboiler, which develops a steely sense of menace. The trouble begins when Mr. and Mrs. Glass (Stellan Skarsgård, Diane Lane) are appointed legal guardianship of 16-year-old Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) and her 11-year-old brother (Trevor Morgan) after their parents are killed in a car accident. As trusted former neighbors, the Glasses welcome the orphans into their luxurious Malibu home, but the all-glass structure turns into a gilded cage when Mr. Glass's motivations are revealed to be anything but friendly. With plot-thickening roles for Bruce Dern and Kathy Baker, the film builds considerable suspense before tailspinning into absurdity, and veteran TV director Daniel Sackheim takes full advantage of his prismatic setting and Sobieski's burgeoning sex appeal. The rickety script by Wesley Strick (echoing his rehash of Cape Fear) eventually veers toward self-parody, at which point The Glass House qualifies as a high-gloss slasher pic. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Transparent Stone Throwing
    My three-star rating is, I think, a tad generous, but it seemed more fair than two, because this movie does have some real suspense. It seems that every young actress that starts out innocent these days must soon get corrupted (or fade into oblivion). Wasn't Leelee Sobieski so lovably sweet and innocent in DEEP IMPACT? Then her innocence acquired a put-upon edge in NEVER BEEN KISSED. Still good and likeable. But after that came the seemingly obligatory squandering of innocence. For Leelee that lurid rite of passage was exceptioally harsh and gratuitous, in a bit part disjunct from the rest of the movie in EYES WIDE SHUT. Ever since then her characters seem to have an inexorable element of sniveling brat, too potent to be completely eclipsed by heavy plot elements making her a put-upon character, whether playing a terminally ill girl in HERE ON EARTH or playing a victim of a plot most sinister in the present movie. The movie title is a double entendre; Glass is both a prominent material in the title house's construction and the name of it's residents. Mr. Glass is played by Soren Starsgaard, who, if not in danger of becoming typecast already, certainly is after this movie. He's a relative of Leelee's character and becoms her guardian after her parents die in a car crash. At first at least, Mr Glass seems a put-upon character. Early on we see him being beaten up by obviously unsavory characters, loan sharks as it turns out. How then do we want to see the movie develop from this point? Well, for me, not exactly as it in fact does develop. There may be overkill in some characterizations. And what looks like the developing plot tensions may end up so eclipsed and overwhelmed as to be forgotten. That's not exactly what I wanted. A little bit more of things being what they seemed in the right places would have made it more to my liking. But if your tastes are somewhat different and those objections matter little or none to you, you might find this a quite satisfying thriller as it builds up to a taut climax.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Despite revealing previews, "The Glass House" delivers.
    Trailers say too much about their movies these days, giving away too many secrets so that any impact the actual film will have is weakened. "The Glass House" is no exception, but while the trailer lets us in on the movie's secrets, the suspense behind them comes out unscathed. You may know what will happen, but getting there is quite a ride in this uniquely stylish teenage thriller.

    The film stars Leelee Sobieski as Ruby Baker, who lives like any typical teenager going to prep school in Los Angeles and sneaking out of her house at night. On the night of her parents' 20th wedding anniversary, she comes home to discover them killed in a car wreck, leaving her and her young brother Rhett in the care of their former next-door neighbors, Terry and Erin Glass (Stellan Skarsgard and Diane Lane). Soon after the funeral, it's off the Malibu, and the beginning of a whole new life.

    The Glass house itself is made up of much glass, inside and out, providing a creepy atmosphere where things are constantly uneasy. From the get-go, Ruby gets the feeling that she is being watched, and the fact that her new guardians continuously shower them with gifts seems more like a purchase of their trust. As the months go by, things begin to lose their luster: Terry begins to make not-so-subtle passes at Ruby, whose quest for information surrounding the death of her parents leads her to believe that her new caretakers may have played a part in the accident.

    Due to the revelations the trailer makes, the movie loses its surprise factor, something it considerably suffers from. It gives away the fact that the Glasses are out to attain the childrens' inheritance to pay off loan sharks, therefore diminishing the effect this would have had it been left a surprise. Not only that, but it gives away many plot twists, including the finale, which begins by denying the heroine the right to take part in the final confrontation, and then resurrects the villain once more so that she can.

    Still, I found much of the film to be fitfully interesting, due to the level of suspense the movie is able to achieve. Ruby's search for clues provides some very tense moments, such as a scene in which she sends an email to her parents' former legal consultant, only to discover the next day that her AOL account is closed. Was it closed by Terry, or because the account was not paid off due to her parents' death? Terry also provides her with an English report that she believes is his original work, though it turns out to be that of a published author, landing her in the hot seat at school.

    Scenes like these manage to create a sense of slight psychological fear, while resurrecting the movie from a certain downfall. The movie also hits a high note by sticking to slow-building suspense rather than cheap shocks. So many teenage thrillers latch on to the old-school tricks of bloody gore and quick jumps, but "The Glass House" manages to create an atmosphere that gets under your skin just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat for much of the story.

    The cast also brings the movie to a high point, featuring commendable performances all around. Leelee Sobieski rises above most actresses her age, instilling a bravery and strength in her character that makes her strong and believable. Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard are fitfully mysterious as the Glasses, and, in some cases, almost spine-tingling. The interaction between the cast makes a sometimes silly story easy to stomach, especially the film's final resolution.

    "The Glass House" manages to stray from the usual violent gore and gruesome bloodshed that permeates many modern teenage thrillers, and gives us a story that provides some good suspense and fine performances. The trailer is a giveaway, though, and will diminish most of the film's effect for those who like to be left in the dark. But, put that aside, and you'll find that there's more to this movie than its previews reveal.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good film, but watch out - this DVD has RCE!
    As much as I loved the film, I have to give this particular release one star because it suffers from RCE (the pathetic pseudoprotection supposed to prevent its playback outside R1 areas); to watch it, I had to switch my player's region from 0 to 1, which takes 6 key presses on my remote and is therefore time-consuming... all right, so it was not a real problem, but since RCE DVDs are universally boycotted, I feel this warning is in order. ... Read more

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    A Beautiful Mind (Widescreen Awards Edition)
    by Universal Studios
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    A Beautiful Mind manages to twist enough pathos out of John Nash's incredible life story to redeem an at-times goofy portrayal of schizophrenia. Russell Crowe tackles the role with characteristic fervor, playing the Nobel prize-winning mathematician from his days at Princeton, where he developed a groundbreaking economic theory, to his meteoric rise to the cover of Forbes magazine and an MIT professorship, and on through to his eventual dismissal due to schizophrenic delusions. Of course, it is the delusions that fascinate director Ron Howard and, predictably, go astray. Nash's other world, populated as it is by a maniacal Department of Defense agent (Ed Harris), an imagined college roommate who seems straight out of Dead Poets Society, and an orphaned girl, is so fluid and scriptlike as to make the viewer wonder if schizophrenia is really as slick as depicted. Crowe's physical intensity drags us along as he works admirably to carry the film on his considerable shoulders. No doubt the story of Nash's amazing will to recover his life without the aid of medication is a worthy one, his eventual triumph heartening. Unfortunately, Howard's flashy style is unable to convey much of it. --Fionn Meade ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A numbers game...
    "A Beautiful Mind" is a truly inspirational film... that really shouldn't work at all! Look at the subject matter: a withdrawn, socially inept mathematical genius comes up with a "Big Idea," has a nervous breakdown, wins a Nobel Prize, and lives happily ever after! (Not the usual mindless "blockbuster" fodder that fills the multiplexes!)

    Okay, so that's a rather trite summing up of the film, but the story of John Forbes Nash is an inspiration in itself, and this filmed version, as opposed to the book, which I have not as yet read, has an immediacy that grabs you and immerses you in the troubled mind of our, ultimately, likeable and sympathetic hero.

    Nash didn't have a nervous breakdown per-se, but suffered from schizophrenia for most of his adult life. Not wishing to spoil the film for you if you haven't seen it already, all I will say is that Nash saw and experienced people and situations that were pure figments of his imagination, driven by the secrecy and paranoia of a McCarthy era Reds-under-the-Bed state of mind, Nash became unable to distinguish fantasy from reality.

    Nash's moment of revelation, his epiphany, came when he almost hurt his wife and child. From that moment on he became 'self-aware' in a way that few people, I suspect, are capable of, he 'reasoned' that he was 'mad' and simply chose ignore the product of his madness, his visions and hallucinations. They remained with him, and as far as I know still do, but through shear force of will, he controlled them and integrated them into his everyday existence. They no longer had any power over him; he was, and is, in control of his life.

    His Nobel Prize came about when a later generation of economists and analysts rediscovered his "Big Idea," and he was finally given the recognition that was long overdue. Without us knowing it, Nash's theories and equations touch us all as we live in a free-market economy.

    "A Beautiful Mind" is a beautifully made film that I can't recommend highly enough. The difficult mathematical aspect of the film is handled in such a way as to make it immediately accessible to a non-Nash genius, and shouldn't put you off. Nash's life is truly inspirational, and this film should be seen by all, it shows how one man can overcome so much personal adversity, and still contribute so much to his family and friends, and ultimately to us all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars John Nash, Fact or Fiction--You Decide
    It's difficult to separate the fact from the fiction in watching this film; however, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, as directed by Ron Howard, is a compelling study of a brilliant mind gone somewhat astray. I agree that the movie is presented in a slick fashion, but I do think that it did its job in presenting us with the Cliff's Notes version of the fascinating story of John Forbes Nash, Jr.--enough to make me want to learn more about the life of this remarkable but troubled man.

    A BEAUTIFUL MIND opens at Princeton University in 1947, as John Nash (in a subtle and layered performance by the brilliant Australian actor Russell Crowe) and several of his contemporaries enter the doctoral program there. There is a great whiff of rivalry that permeates the air; although he is admired by his fellow students, John Nash feels threatened by them. This causes him to be quite off-putting at times. Unlike the others, he never goes to classes, which he feels are "a great waste" of his time. We see him writing formulas on his dormitory windows in search of a grand unified theory of...something. Even at this early stage, we can definitely see that there is something amiss about his personality. But there is more, much more, in store for this beautiful mind, as it descends slowly over the years into the realm of schizophrenia.

    Russell Crowe plays this role with as much love for Nash's flaws as well as his brilliance. His is the best portrayal of mental illness since that of Geoffrey Rush in SHINE (1997). Rush deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance; Crowe stands a good chance of doing the same this year. The vastly underrated Jennifer Connelly plays the role of John's paramour and wife Alicia, wo gradually uncovers John's web of delusion and decides to not be a passive bystander to it all. She is being deservedly nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

    All in all, A BEAUTIFUL MIND is compelling, well-written, somewhat entertaining, and extremely well-acted. However, it must be noted that this is but a surface character study of a complex and troubled individual. There is much more to learn about John Forbes Nash, Jr. Taken on its own, this is a film that is well-worth watching. I, for one, cannot wait for it to be released on DVD, where hopefully there will be a lot of extra scenes that were deleted from the initial release--this may help us grasp the character better. Then again, a trip to the local public library may be the better option. You decide for yourself.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad movie, too many historical inaccuracies
    Ron Howard's movie, "A Beautiful Mind", that showed the life of John Nash, the mathematician was a reasonable movie with good music, has passion and brings out some aspects of his life, but is too simplistic. For starts, I do not think that Russell Crowe was the right choice for that role, he is too well built for a mathematician, especially when he goes to the class in MIT. He is better suited for a muscle role.

    The movie has too many historical inaccuracies. While they show some aspects of John Nash as a the genius he was, as a cuddly, unworldly, lovable nerd - they do not show the dark side of him. In reality, he was a pretty ugly person. He has been guilty of "Jew bashing". During his 30-year immersion in paranoid schizophrenia, Sylvia Nassar says that Nash did indeed bombard Jewish colleagues (by whose brilliance he had always felt threatened) with letters addressing them as "Jewboys". When working in Rand Corporation, he was dismissed as a security risk.

    Soon afterwards, Nash had an illegitimate child, John, by a woman whom he declined to marry, supposedly on the grounds that she was beneath him socially. Supposedly, Nash's father died from the shame of it all. Shortly after John Jr's birth, Nash married one of his ex-students, the appropriately upper-crust Alicia Larde, by whom he had another son whom he also named John: John Jr 2.

    Films are generally terrible at showing how great ideas are arrived at. The part where he gets the idea of the equilibruim in the bar when seeing the girls and using group theory is ludicrous to anyone knowing even basics of game theory. In reality, this was a culmination of work done by a lot of brilliant minds like John von Neumann.

    His wife divorces him after his schizophrenia but still takes care of him. She said that he was a boarder at her home, she later remarried him when he was cured, this was also conveniently omitted in the movie. The part of how he gets cured is also oversimplified in the movie. It could have been done better. I was surprised that this movie got the best picture and best director oscars. To anyone knowing the truth behind this movie, this was laughable. ... Read more

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    Child's Play 3
    by Universal Studios
    Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Will it be 3 strikes and you're out for Chucky?
    Andy, the boy that the evil "Good Guy" has always terrorized, is a teenager now. After enrolling in a military school and beginning to experience the downsides of being the new kid in town, the last thing Andy needs is to be reminded of his horrible past (Chucky). The last thing Andy would want to hear about is Chucky, but Chucky sure is dying to hear from Andy.

    Ever since I was a kid, I've always been a major fan of the "Child's Play" movies. Unlike many people, I like the first three films in the saga. I don't really want to say it, but "Child's Play 3" isn't quite as good as the first two movies in this classic horror series, but it's certainly not far behind.

    In "Child's Play 3," there are still tons of blood baths that all have Chucky's name on them, and almost everything else about the film is well done. The acting is good enough, the special effects aren't bad, and the movie itself is suspenseful, and it never gets boring. However, as great as it is, it's just doesn't quite live up to the greatness of its two predecessors. I guess the main reason I think that, is because the killings don't seem to be as exciting and the movie itself isn't as scary as the other two.

    If you're a fan of the first two movies in the series or if you like the classic kinds of horror films in which killing sprees are the name of the game, I recommend adding "Child's Play 3" to your collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars child`s play 3 is a good scary film
    Child`s play 3 is good, but it`s kind of a weird setting.anyways you know Andy well he`s 16 years old and was sent to milatary school (kent)in the whole movie andy is called by his last name and so is every body else, a lot of people die in this movie there is a same amount of people that die in this movie as in child`s play 2, you know the old guy in part 2 in the begininng we`ll he dies in child`s play 3 anyways the first guy that dies is mr. sullivan chucky kills him by hitting withim with a gulf club accross the fore head then hitting him with a couple darts then choking him with a yo yo.The 2nd person that dies is a garbage man chucky gets thrown in the dumpster and chucky calls for help ,the man climbs inside the dumpster looking for the man (chucky)chucky sneaks out and pulls the leavers to crunch the garbage man inside the dumpster.the third person that dies is Colonel cockron, chucky hides behind a desk then pops out with a knife and just scares the man, the man (colonel cockron)dies by having a heart attack.the fourth person that dies is the barber man sargent botnic the barber puts chucky on a seat and try`s to cut chucky`s hair and then chucky grabs a very sharp comb and slashes it accross the barbers neck (adams apple)then the war goes on in the milatary school there was a blue team and an red team it was a pain ball war but chucky changed the red teams paint balls into real bullets then in the middle of the war one of the people gets shot and chucky throws a grenade and another soldier saves people and blocks the impact of the grenade blast the seventh person that dies is a cop at a carnival chucky shoots him anways chucky tries to transfer his soul into the black boy instead of andy and chucky gets his arm shot off by andy and gets shot in the chest by andy the chucky gets thrown in this giant fan nar a roller coaster ride and gets choped up ito little pieces but the sad thing is andy gets thrown in jail because they think andy killed all those people that chucky killed that`s basically it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It's time Chucky gets laid to rest!!!
    The second sequel to an ok horror film,that could have done without any sequels.The third time around Andy is older and has been inrolled in a military school.At the same time a company decides to clean up the old factory that the Good Guy dolls were made in and start making them again.Blood from the old Chucky doll gets into the new mix and Chucky is resurrected as a doll once again.After he learns Andy's wherabouts he has himself sent to the military school,but a young boy Tyler opens the package and Chucky eventially tries to takeover his body.We've seen it all before,don't even bother with this! ... Read more

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    Leatherface - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
    by New Line Home Entertainment
    Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,Fantastic,Magnificent,Terrific,Wonderful Movie!!!!
    I love all of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and think they all deserve very high ratings and I recommend you purchase all of them and watch them many times in sequence,(the more you see them the more you see which you might have missed or not understood something correctly etc especially look out for the talk about it being the FBI involvment near the end of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 that was really very interesting), but must say that this one just comes out on top as my favourite in the series of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Films. I do not like to nit pick or criticise any of them as they are all different and good in there own way and like the rest of them this movie has tons of gore, horror and violence. I would like to mention an interesting point from a previous re-viewer I read regarding him mentioning two dead characters coming back to life? we'll they were not actually dead only playing dead that's something that you learn to do in the forces or the TA, if your in some situation like they were in next to being klled then die before it happens in other words play dead!
    A woman (Kate Hodge) & man (William Butler) on their way to Los Angeles stop for gas and directions and get harassed by the service station owner. Then a hitchhicker (Viggo Mortensen) trys to help but it leads to violence and the couple flee the area. Later while being pursued by an unknown truck they swerve into the way of a Jeep driven by a Survivalist (Ken Foree).
    They have to abandon the vehilcles as they are being pursued by unknown assailants and they eventually end up trapped in the marshy forest estate of the family of cannibalistic serial killers.
    This movie is actually one of my favourite movies, the best two movies I have ever seen and like the best are this one and the original Dawn of the Dead. I think what makes me like these movies even more is because they also have one of my favourite actors in them, Ken Foree. I think Ken Foree is a brilliant actor although I really like other actors like Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Rutger Hauer, Richard Gere, Patrick Swazye etc I like Ken Foree better and would rather see him in a lot more films as many as De Niro or Clooney have been in etc. Some actors like Ken Foree and all of the others I have mentioned and many more just have that extra Charismatic something about them that makes them brilliant and any movie they appear in really good, they have a way of changing you for the better just by looking at them etc, check out Rutger Hauer's official website and maybe this will help explain what I mean. But I think Ken Foree made Leatherface The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 what it was and I don't think it would have been the same without him in it and I don't think Dawn of the Dead would have been the same without him in it either and even though I am from the UK I decided to search for and purchase all of his movies, and TV films etc and eventually managed to get them all mainly from Amazon in the UK and Amazon in the USA and all are brilliant, I like all of them especially Hangfire, and True Blood, most were in NTSC USA format though so I just purchased a Multi-Region DVD player from Amazon.co.uk which was well worth the money and you can play any DVD format on them. I recommend also the original Dawn of the Dead in DVD format. I prefer Leatherface in the DVD format as well especially the one I just bought which has the following Bonus Features:

    Choose Between the Cut or The Uncut Feature * Never Before Released in the UK * Including an Optional Directors Commentary for the Uncut Version * Final Original Ending * The Saw is Family - Documentary * Deleted Scenes

    If you like these type of horror movies then I also recommend George Clooney's From Dusk Till Dawn it is absolutely Brilliant and also one of my favourite movies one of the best I have ever seen!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The saw is family
    Since New Line released their recent re-make of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, they finally had the good sense to release Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 on an extra laden DVD. Undoubtadly the best, and sadly the monst infamous, sequel in the series, this installment finds two college students (Kate Hodge and William Butler) stranded on a Texas backroad being stalked and hacked up by Leatherface and his larger cannibalistic family. Ever since this film was released, it garnered a lot of criticism and bad press because of it's many attempts just to get an R rating. Well, here it is in all it's unrated gory glory, but for the life of me I cannot understand how the unrated version never got an R rating; I mean House of 1000 Corpses was gorier than that. The film also stars a pre-Lord of the Rings Viggo Mortensen as a member of Leatherface's family, and Dawn of the Dead's Ken Foree as a survivalist who is all that stands between the kids and the family. The DVD includes a documentary on the film, deleted scenes, and a commentary by director Jeff Burr and crew.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It`s a Sequel but also a Part Remake of the Original.
    It`s been years Serial Killer-Leatherface (R.A. Mihailoff) has been missing and he`s the most wanted killer in Texas. When two college students (Kate Hodge & William Bulter) are going to California, On that same day, when they thought, they have taken a shorter route to California. They are stalked by Leatherface and his demented family (Viggo Mortensen, Joe Under, Tom Everett, Jennifer Banko & Miriam Byrd-Nethery), which they are a family of a bizarre cannibalistic clan with blood on their hands and a feast on their mind. But the college students are being helped by a Survivalist (Ken Foree) with enough firepower to blast Leatherface and his family, if they survived the night.

    Directed by Jeff Burr (Stepfsther 2) made a entertaining, at time darkly humour Sequel/Remake of the Original film. Which this film was supervised by Kim Henkel (Co-Writer of the Original Texas), which he was a Creative Consultant for the film. It`s also the better acted in the series until the 2003 Remake. The DVD has a terrific Audio Commentary by the Director, Screenwriter:David J. Schow, Make-Up Effects Supervisor:Greg Nicotero from KNB Make-Up F/X Studio, New Line`s Film Production Executive:Mark Ordesky, Actors:R.A. Mahiloff and William Bulter. DVD Extras are Terrific, which included:Documentary on the Making of the Third Film-Deleted Scenes-Alternate Ending and Theatrical Trailer. Features also for DVD-ROM Content. DVD has an clean anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an strong Digitally Remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Expanded Surround Sound (Also in DTS 6.1 Surround Sound). Although the real treat watching this film is now seeing Cult Star:Ken Foree from Dawn of the Dead (Also in the Original and the Remake) and Viggo Montensen from the Popular-The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Also who knew by watching the Documentary that New Line`s Production Executive wanted Oscar-Winner:Peter Jackson to direct this film ! and this film was submitted at least 11 times to get an R-Rating for the Motion Picture Association of America ! DVD Features also has the R-Rated Version and the Unrated Version. Unrated Version has Four Mintues of Additional Footage, which makes the film stronger. Fans of Texas won`t be disappointed, while anothers might take a look. Written by David J. Schow (The Crow). Grade:A-. ... Read more

    Asin: B000099T3M
    Sales Rank: 2,704
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    Home Alone 2 - Lost in New York
    by Twentieth Century Fox
    Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
    DVD (16 October, 2001)
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    This somewhat unpleasant 1992 sequel to the blockbuster Home Alone revisits the first film's gimmick by stranding Macaulay Culkin's character in New York City while his family ends up somewhere else. Again, the little guy meets up with colorful people on the margins of society (including a pigeon woman played by Brenda Fricker) and again he gets into a prop-heavy battle with Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The latter sequence is even worse than the first film in terms of violence inflicted on the two villains (director Chris Columbus, who also made the first film, can't seem to emphasize the slapstick over the graphic effects of the fight). The best running joke finds a concierge (Tim Curry) at the swank hotel where Culkin is staying trying and failing to prove that the boy is on his own. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Kids will like it, but lacks the appeal of the original.
    "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" is basically a carbon copy of the original movie except set in NYC: Kevin's family loses Kevin, Kevin has a blast being on his own but this time in the big city, Kevin befriends a nice, but misunderstood elderly person, and Kevin must once again ensare the bumbling "Wet Bandits" in a house full of booby traps. Young children will probably enjoy this movie because it reuses most of the same elements that made the original so immensely popular among kids- a kid outsmarting numerous, nasty adults and a slapstick comedy finale.

    However, this sequel lacks much of the genuine warmth that made the original "Home Alone" so universally appealing. Although the sequel has essentially the same plot, its attempts to recreate the most touching scenes from the original (the parts with Roberts Blossom's "Old Man") by having Kevin befriend Brenda Fricker's baglady and the recently deceased Eddie Bracken's toystore owner come across as forced and not believeable. Those scenes are just the most glaring examples of the entire movie's "written, directed, and acted by the numbers" mentality. Also, the pratfalls and booby-traps which befall the "Wet Bandits" at film's end are much more vicious and over-the-top than those used in the orignal- being electrocuted and throwing bricks at someone's head can kill a person.

    I would recommend this movie to people whose kids can't get enough of Kevin McAllister's adventures, but I would caution them about its cartoonish violence. For everyone else, I would recommend sticking with the original because the sequel is essentially the same movie except not as fun, warm, or well made.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "HE'S BACK!"...
    Kevin McCallister is back again. This time he's not at home by himself. This time he's in New York City! This Christmas sequel is as just as good as the first one. Kevin is back in action against The Wet Bandits: Marv (Stern) and Harry (Pesci). Let's see what tricks and schemes Kevin has up his sleeve this time.

    Once again, the movie starts out at the McCallister home and his family is running around back and forth getting ready for their Christmas trip to Florida. Kevin's father Peter (Heard) accidently unplugs the alarm clock and forgets to reset it! The next morning they sleep in AGAIN! So now the family, including Kevin is running through the airport trying to make the plane. Kevin stops in the airport to change his batteries for his talkboy and starts following another man wearing the same jacket as his father. Uh oh! Kevin gets on the wrong plane! He arrives at the airport and realizes he's in New York! "YIKES! I DID IT AGAIN!"

    At first Kevin thinks of this as a good thing. He tours the city including the Twin Towers. Then he schemingly checks into the Plaza Hotel. He eats whatever he wants and watches whatever he wants. Here's the problem: THE WET BANDITS ESCAPED FROM JAIL! They fled to New York where Kevin is. When Kevin is walking the streets, Harry and Marv see him and they seek revenge. Also while Kevin is temporarily abducetd by them, Marv reveals their plans to rob Dunkin's Toy Chest at midnight on Christmas Eve becuase of the idiot he is. Now that Kevin's escapes from them he realizes he has to go back into action against them and stop the robbery. Luckily Kevin's Uncle Rob has a apartment in New York that their renovating. Since no one is home, he uses the apartment as the battle grounds. He rigs the entire house full of gadgets. It's midnight! Kevin sees Marv and Harry inside the store robbing the place. Kevin throws a brick through the window to make the alarm go off. Marv and Harry is furious. "LET'S GET HIM!"

    Back to the apartment. Kevin is taking out the Wet Bandits with his gadgets. Marv gets electricuted, a concrete bag falls on his head, falls through a floor. Harry has a bag of tools fall on his head, and his head is on fire again. See what Harry does to put out the fire. Finally the cops arrest them once again.

    Kevin's family has now arrived in New York and his mother Kate (O'Hara) goes out to look for him. Luckily she finds him at Rockefeller Center. Kevin is once again reunited with his family for Christmas. This movie is THE PERFECT SEQUEL! It picks up right where the first one left off. This is the perfect fmaily movie to watch with your kids around the holidays. Merry Christmas! Ho, Ho, Ho!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant sequel
    Ok, so Home Alone 2 is very similar to Home Alone, but that's what's so brilliant about it. I think that the this film is better than the original, mainly because of the superb addition other characters make to the movie. Tim Curry is brilliant in this.

    So yeah, if you like Home Alone, you'll love Home Alone 2. It rocks! ... Read more

    Asin: B00000K3CM
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film Family   


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    Camp Nowhere
    by Buena Vista Home Vid
    DVD (05 August, 2003)
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    Asin: B00008L3T3
    Sales Rank: 3,471
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-comedy   


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