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The Italian Job (Widescreen) (2003)
The Italian Job (Widescreen) (2003)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Job- "It's Over When I Say It's Over", Nov. 8 2003
The Italian Job, is a clever and sophisticated caper. Nice cars, nice actors, nice settings, pretty much everything you'd like and want to see in a good movie. Mark Wahlberg stars as the main character, Charlie Croker, a pro at what he does: stealing. He's an excellent thief, and the main planner for a crew of theives including, Mos Def, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Edward Norton and Donald Sutherland. The opening of the film starts in Venice with a smart heist in process. When the thieves have gotten what they wanted: 35 million dollars in gold bars, one the theievs (Edward Norton) double-crosses them and makes it off with the gold and kills Sutherland's character in the process. Wahlberg soon recruits Charlize Theron (Sutherland's daugther) to help get revenge for their mentor and her father and to try and get possession of the gold back.
The film's premise is simple but cleverly done. I for one never knew being thief could require so much dedication and devotion. The main highlight of this film is the climax: the car chase involving those beloved mini-coopers. I don't think this film had the best car chase considering there were other films with a lot better chases including T3:Rise of the Machines, Bad Boys II and The Matrix Reloaded. Though it is pretty good and worthwhile. I luckily got to see this on the big screen and it actually is worth it. The DVD has some good features, including a lot of behind-the-scene featurettes.
The Italian Job is rated PG-13 for Violence and Some Language.
The violence includes bloodless gunplay and some fistfights. The language is occasional but not too strong. See it!

The Italian Job (Widescreen) (2003)
The Italian Job (Widescreen) (2003)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Job- "It's Over When I Say It's Over", Nov. 8 2003
The Italian Job, is a clever and sophisticated caper. Nice cars, nice actors, nice settings, pretty much everything you'd like and want to see in a good movie. Mark Wahlberg stars as the main character, Charlie Croker, a pro at what he does: stealing. He's an excellent thief, and the main planner for a crew of theives including, Mos Def, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Edward Norton and Donald Sutherland. The opening of the film starts in Venice with a smart heist in process. When the thieves have gotten what they wanted: 35 million dollars in gold bars, one the theievs (Edward Norton) goes bad and makes it off with the gold and kills Sutherland's character in the process.
Wahlberg soon recruits Charlize Theron (Sutherland's daugther) to help get revenge for their mentor and her father and to try and get possession of the gold back.
The film's premise is simple but cleverly done. I for one never knew being thief could require so much dedication and devotion. The main highlight of this film is the climax is the car chase involving those beloved mini-coopers. I don't think this film had the best car chase considering there were other films with a lot better chases including T3:Rise of the Machines, Bad Boys II and The Matrix Reloaded. Though it is pretty good and worthwhile. I luckily got to see this on the big screen and it actually is worth it. The DVD has some good features, including a lot of behind-the-scene featurettes.
The Italian Job is rated PG-13 for Violence and Some Language.
The violence includes bloodless gunplay and some fistfights. The language is occasional but not too strong. See it!

8 Mile (Widescreen)
8 Mile (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Eminem
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4.0 out of 5 stars 8 Mile-Eminem Wins by A Mile, Nov. 1 2003
This review is from: 8 Mile (Widescreen) (DVD)
8 Mile, a new film from Curtis Hanson and starring Eminem was actually quite good. I saw this film nearly a year ago, in theatres during its opening weekend and I must say, I wasn't displeased. Though Emimen never will be someone I admire, I must say that he does have talent and that he can, ok hear me out on this, ACT!
The premise of 8 Mile is nothing incomprehensible, essentially Eminem plays Jimmy Rabbit, a guy from Detroit who has nothing going for him, but wants to be a rapper. He has some good pals, including David Porter aka "Future" played nicely by Mekhi Pfiefer. Rabbit lives in a trailor with his dissoluted mother played by Kim Basinger, they're relationship seems to be volatile and unsteady. Gorgeous Brittany Murphy plays Alex, Emimen's love interest. The film is nicely directed by Curtis Hanson also featuring a good screenplay from Scott Silver. Hanson who made other great films including "Wonder Boys" and the excellent "L.A. Confidential," makes another wonderful film here.
The true, exciting parts of this film are without question the rap battles, which are masterfully done. Though I was sort of anticipating a nomination for the song "Lose Yourself", I didn't expect it to actually win. I also thought that film might receive other nods, but oh well. All in all, 8 Mile features a good cast.
Some things which I'm still uncertain about is how accurate is this movie in accordance to the real life of Emimen?I'm sure some of it is, but how much? The sex scene between Murphy and Emimen's characters seemed gratuitous, it didn't seem like there was any chemistry between them and the scene didn't seem to have any special meaning or purpose. It was also a tad long, or so it seemed, but not specifically hardcore or graphic, as demonstarted in one scene inMonster' Ball.
8 Mile is rated R for Strong Language, Sexuality, Some Violence and Drug Use. The language well, sure that's obvious to expect and is the main reason for the "R" rating. It's fairly strong, and is also included in rap lyrics besides dialogue. The sexual content includes three fairly explicit sexual situations including the Murphy/Eminem sex scene. No nudity, which they could've thrown in there cause it wouldn't have hurt or lessened the rating, and surprisingly there isn't any in the "Uncensored" edition on the DVD. The violence isn't all particularly graphic or brutal, mainly some fistfights and a non-lethal shooting. There is also some marijuana smoking. All in all, a fine movie, worth owning on Video or DVD.

Scarface (2-Disc Anniversary Edition) (Widescreen)
Scarface (2-Disc Anniversary Edition) (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Al Pacino
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarface- Hardcore, Creative and Yet Interesting, Oct. 4 2003
Scarface, the 1983 action-drama starring Al Pacino as a Cuban refugee is one hell of a movie. Though dealing with much controversy, Brian DePalma makes a striking movie here. Al Pacino plays Tony Montana, a druglord who is involved in the business and gets involved in a deadly trap and soon becomes a target. The plot is isn't incomprehensible nor it is disposable. It's an intitially intriguing film at the look of the drug business and how it can cause so much havoc and ruin a man's life. Based on the old 1932 film made by Howard Hawks, there is a huge difference between them. Scarface also features nice supporting roles from Michelle Pfeiffer, George Bauer, Robert Loggia as well as a few others.
Director Brian DePalma depicts much realism with quite a bit of over-the-top violence, including a chain saw scene (only blood is shown), a hanging from a helicopter but mainly fatal and bloody gunplay as well as excessive profanity, to be more specific the use of one particular word starting with an "f." Though the film has an "R" rating, at first it was rated "X." You may not realize it, but much devotion and hard work was put into making this film. Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay, easy to say why it was controversial now.
The new DVD edition features some nice behind-the-scenes footage, mainly 3 documenataries on the acting, creating and rebirth of the film. All featuring interviews with cast and crew. Though if you viewed the film recently, it may not seem as over-the-top now as it did back in 1983. Scarface is worth owning on Video or DVD. Note: Not a film for young audiences.

Die Another Day (Widescreen Special Edition) [2 Discs] [Import]
Die Another Day (Widescreen Special Edition) [2 Discs] [Import]
DVD ~ Pierce Brosnan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Die Another Day- So you'll live to die another day., Sept. 21 2003
Die Another Day, the 20th Bond installment is for the most part entertaining. The best Bond film yet, well I'm not sure. Featuring a great cast including Halle Berry, Rick Yune, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Judi Dench and John Cleese as well as Diretor Lee Tamahori (Along Came A Spider, The Edge).
Pierce Brosnan reprises his role as the secret agent James Bond 007, which he still aces. Bond is trouble when he learns he's been betrayed, soon he embarks on a craz North Korean (Rick Yune) who has an accomplice, our villan Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens). Graves has a sophisticated weapon, a laser satellite and wants complete dominance over the world. The movie's plot isn't totally original or intelligent but it still works. Bond is on the trail with an assitant, our new, gorgeous Bond girl Halle Berry playing an NSA agent named Jinx. The film features a few remarkable sets and locations including a set consisting of ice. The gadgets aren't too amazing, mainly the car, the Aston Martin Vanquish with a unique invisibility mechanism. Gadget guru John Cleese and Judi Dench as "M" sparkle.
Die Another Day is rated PG-13 for Action Violence and Sexuality. The film is abundant in terms of violence, including gunplay, swordplay, a hovercraft and car chase and fistfights. There is also a decent amount of sexual innuendo, and non-explicit sexual situations but rather steamy and erotic. Worth seeing, I saw it in theatres and was glad I did and now own it on DVD. DVD has a lot of features and is a two-disc set. Purchase or atleast rent.

Malibu's Most Wanted (Widescreen)
Malibu's Most Wanted (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jamie Kennedy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Malibu's Most Wanted- Simply A Good Time, Sept. 21 2003
Malibu's Most Wanted was for the most part silly and rather dumb but it was hilarious and for that I give it 4 stars, the one star deducted is for the amount reasonable silliness in this film.
Jamie Kennedy plays B-Rad, a white kid who thinks he's a rapper and is not whtie. He thinks he's slick, cool and gifted, yet he's horrific when it comes to rapping with his bad rhyming and pathetic lyrics. His father, a candidate running for governor of California doesn't want his son to ruin his campaign and so he requests his campaign manager (Blair Underwood) to hire two actors (hilarious Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson) to scare the black out of his son and simply make him white. Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson try to be two ganster-like characters from the hood who are trying to make B-Rad realize that he can obviously never be black or be a rapper. Regina King plays Anderson's counsin Shondra and soons becomes the love interest of B-Rad, which could set a bit of distraction. The premise of this movie does sound rather unintelligent and is the least bit clever but it's an amiable farce loaded with laughs. Director John Whitesell can coax out laughs here. The main charaters behind the immense laughter here are Diggs and Anderson, who pulled off there characters well and did look a bit convincing in their roles. Kennedy alongside has his laughs as well.
Malibu's Most Wanted is rated PG-13 for Sexual Humor, Language and Violence. The language is rather excessive with the frequent use of a certain b-word. There is a sufficient amount of sexual innuendo, not explicit though. The violence is infrequent and understated, mainly some bloodless gunplay and brief fistfights. Worth owning, or atleast renting. DVD includes deleted scenes, trailer and commentaries.

Confidence [Import]
Confidence [Import]
DVD ~ Edward Burns
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confidence-It's not about the money. It's about the money., Sept. 21 2003
This review is from: Confidence [Import] (DVD)
Confidence, a new con-caper from director James Foley and featuring an all-star cast is clever, funny and sophisticated. Edward Burns plays Jake Vig the handsome con man, the leader of so-called "professionals." Pulling off a con for these guys is a sinch or so it seems when Burn's men by accident steal money from the wrong guy, Winston King played by masterful Dustin Hoffman. Vig has two options, die or pull off the slickest and biggest con of his career. In the new pack he brings along a sexy con artist, Lily played by beautiful Rachel Weisz and his returning crew featuring Paul Giamatti, Brian Van Holt and Luis Guzman. Though Burns is in on some trouble because a Special Agent is on his tail played by Andy Garcia looking rather old with his beard.
Though Confidence has a great, intricate plot that perplexes, the film features many colorful characters, different in a unique way which makes the film even more watchable and interesting. The film is filmed in flashbacks in the sense that Burn's character is being held at gunpoint, which can be irritating at times. Though viewing this film is well worth the money, infact I bought it without seeing it and I enjoyed it very much. I wish I saw this one in theatres but oh well I'm glad I got to see it right away when it was released on Video and DVD.
Confidence is rated R for Language, Violence and Sexuality/Nudity. The language can be rather strong and excessive at times, the violence is understated, which includes some gunplay (usually bloody) and fistfights. The sexuality isn't explicit but it does contain reasonably strong sexual innuendo and partial nudity. I highly recommened this one.

Rush Hour 2 (Widescreen) [Import]
Rush Hour 2 (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Jackie Chan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rush Hour 2- Get Ready for A Second Rush, Sept. 7 2003
Rush Hour 2 is just as good as the original and perhaps better. Jackie Chan does some pretty amazing and innovative work here with his creative and deadly stunts. Tucker is always hilarious, making every other line make you laugh. Director Brett Ratner and writer Jeff Nathason make a good sequel, this one for the most part is a lot funnier, in terms of action/ violence though it seemed equal though.
The plot of this one is pretty predictable but the film never manages to be boring. Essentially, Tucker and Chan think their stay in Hong Kong will be a rural vacation turns out a bomb which detonates at the American Embassy has killed two American agents. Chan makes a reluctant Tucker investigate with him. From here this becomes a funny, worthwhile buddy picture.
Though the jokes seemed to be a bit over-the-top in contrast to the origianl they still made you laugh. The jokes were for the most part racist, if that bothers you then this one might not be a good pick for you.
Rush Hour 2 has stunning locations from Hong Kong to L.A. to Las Vegas. A nice cast includes Roselyn Sanchez, John Lone, Zhang Ziyi (from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Harris Yulin. It's more than inevitable from the ending that there'll be a Rush Hour 3 and who could possibly not want there to be one.
Rush Hour 2 is rated PG-13 for Action, Violence, Language and Some Sexual Material. The violence includes mainly martial art fights, some bloodless gunplay(less that in the original) and at certain points excessive language, some of which is strong for the "PG-13" rating.
For the most part this is one great buddy comedy, I luckily had the privilege of viewing in theatres and was glad I did for it was well worth it. I now own it on DVD and am pleased to have it part of my collection. Buy it or atleast rent it.

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