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The Crow (Collector's Series)
The Crow (Collector's Series)
DVD ~ Brandon Lee
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 61.85
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crow- A Comic Book Treasure Brought to Life, June 28 2004
The Crow is based on the dark comic series by James O'Barr. The film was directed by Alex Proyas who later made Dark City and the upcoming feature I, Robot, which is due out July 16, 2004. The Crow is a stunning film, its visuals are dazzling. This film of course is always remembered for the sad and unfortunate death of Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee had emerged and stunned us with this great performance and if he had lived he could have had a promising and grand career as an action star.
Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, a rock musician who is brutally murdered along with his fiancee. A year later he comes back to life by the powers of a crow and the crow guides him as he seeks revenge for those who took away his life. The movie does turn simply into a revenge flick, but it is a quite stunning one. This film features some great action sequences and Lee as I stated earlier gives a great performance. The film was released in 1994 and spawned two sequels, neither were as good as the original, infact the third went straight to video. Due to Lee's unfortunate death, the filmmakers were able to finish the film using digital technology by what they had filmed of Lee's performance so the film could be released. Proyas released the film to honor and in tribute of his death, some where upset by this but others think it was good of him. This is a great film and I'm pleased to say it is a part of my DVD collection.
The Crow is rated R for A Great Amount of Strong Violence, Language, Drug Use and Some Sexuality. The violence is pretty intense and some might be offended or upset by it, after it one can expect that considering this is a dark and gritty film. The violence includes the use of guns, knives, swords as well as fisticuffs. There's also use of profanity, most of which is strong, and some drug use. Overall a great movie and one which should be seen.

Enemy at the Gates (Widescreen)
Enemy at the Gates (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jude Law
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enemy at the Gates- A fine war film, despite some flaws, Feb. 14 2004
Enemy at the Gates is a fine war film, despite a few critical flaws which could've made a bit better. Director Jean-Jacques Annuad creates an elaborate and perfect atmosphere for this film, which takes place during World War II. The film is based on a unique true story.
It's 1942, World War II rages on, the fate of the world is being decided in a city on the Volga River, Stalingrad. Jude Law plays Vasseli Zeitsev, a very skilled Russian sniper. Jospeh Fiennes plays his friend, and is a Russian journalist who writes stories of Vasseli's victories and makes him more known to the public. Ed Harris plays Major Konig, a German sniper who is sent to kill Vasseli and save Hilter from more humiliation. Rachel Weisz plays the love interest of Law's character, for there's also a little love story involved in this war epic. The film works better as a suspense thriller than a war film, but it indeed is great for its intensity. Of course Saving Private Ryan remains the best or one of the best war films still and probably will continue to be.
Enemy at the Gates performed decently at the box-office for some critics really did bash it. They said there more than enough inaccuracies especially with the accents, which I have to say is true, the Russians have British accents, while the Germans or atleast Ed Harris's character has an Ameerican accent.
Enemy at the Gates is rated R for Strong Graphic War Violence and Some Sexuality. The violence is reasonably bloody, after all it's a war film and deals with sharpshooters.
The violence includes battle sequences and substantial gun violence, most of which is bloody. There is hardly any profanity. As for the sexual content, there's an explict sex scence which was really quite gratuitous and some other sexual innuendo. No nudity.
Gates is good, but it still seems to be lacking and it certainly could've had some improvements to make it a great deal better.

The Matrix (Widescreen) [Import]
The Matrix (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
Offered by gamerudy
Price: CDN$ 6.45
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix- An Astonishing Piece of Science Fiction, Feb. 14 2004
The Matrix, an amazing and unique sci-fi thriller from the Wachowski brothers stunned the world. It had a unique concept, in addition to remarkable and fresh visual and special efffects.
Now the premise of this film is probably the hardest to explain,
for it surely is intricate and complicated. The film takes place sometime in the distant future, Reeves plays Thomas Anderson, a man who is searching for an answer to a certain question: What is the matrix? Laurence Fishburne who is perfectly cast, plays Morpheus, a leader of a bunch of rebels searching for "the one." Carrie-Anne Moss plays Trinity, a part of Morpheus's group and cause. In this film there are many references to the bible, which you can easily figure from the names of characters. All in all, confusing as you can tell.
The Matrix was a sleeper hit of 1999, and soon became a box-office smash and global phenomenan. The film intruced a fascination effect called Bullet-time, which was later copied in numerous movies, for example Charlie's Angels. The action in this movie was innovative and inventive, and certainly appealing, from amazing kung-fu fights to intense shootouts.
Though in comparison to the sequels, the origianly remains the best. Of course in terms of action, the sequels definetly win especially Reloaded which featured the amazing "burly brawl" and "freeway chase sequence." Revolutions also featured the amazing battle in Zion, which was groundbreaking in digital animation. The sequels are a worth addition to the trilogy though and are definetly worth owning too, by the way Revolutions comes out on April 6, 2004.
The Matrix is rated R for Sci-fi Violence and Brief Language. The violence includes a lot of gunplay, including the amazing Lobby shootout sequence. Some of which is bloody. The Matrix is suitable for kids 14 and up probably, for the violence isn't over the top. cheoreographed by Yuen Wo Ping, who later did work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The language is mild and not particularly strong. There is also mild sexual innuendo. The Matrix, infact as I stated earlier the entire trilogy is worth owning espeically on DVD, if you haven't seen any see one of them today, and obviously start with The Matrix, the one which started it all. Now available on Video and DVD.

Reservoir Dogs (Special Edition) [Import]
Reservoir Dogs (Special Edition) [Import]
DVD ~ Harvey Keitel
Offered by vidco
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reservoir Dogs- A Fine Debut from Tarantino, Feb. 1 2004
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs is an American ganster classic. It's clever and well written, nicely acted and intense and even a bit funny at times. The film's cast includes an ensemble of fine actors including: Michael Madsen as Mr. Blonde, Harvey Keitel as Mr. White, Tim Roth as Mr. Orange and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Pink along with a small role from Tarantino himself.
In 1992, Tarantino stunned many with this fine acheivement in filmmaking, working from his own screenplay. Madsen, Keital, Roth, Buscemi, and Tarantino play gansters all working together in an elaborate heist. Suddenly, the cops are already in place and a bloody ambush takes place, and it seems that there is a set-up in play. One of the gansters among them is more deceptive than he seems and the intensity is at its highest.
As well as know this is a Quentin Tarantion film so it's most obviously violent. Reservoir Dogs is rated R for Strong Violence and Language. The violence includes bloody gunplay, fisticuffs and grisly scenes of torture, including the infamous "ear" scene. Michael Madsen is perfect as a psychopath, he's malicious, brutal and even in some cases funny.
Tarantino soon went on the road to stardom making bigger movies,
including the amazing Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and the Kill Bill films, Vol. 2 is due out April 16, 2004 by the way. If you want to see an excellent debut from a great director, see Reservoir Dogs. There are few directors like Tarantino, that's why you should see this movie, cause this is one hell of a movie.

Saving Private Ryan (Special Limited Edition)
Saving Private Ryan (Special Limited Edition)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
Price: CDN$ 10.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Ryan- One of Spielberg's Best, Jan. 27 2004
Saving Private Ryan is the best, if not one of the best war films ever made. It certainly is realistic and intense enough to be. Tom Hanks delivers a fine performance as the captain of an army unit. Director Steven Spielberg creates the film which some say he was born to make.
Ryan, starts out with the D-Day Invasion, which is filmed so realistically and is truly one of the best battle sequences ever filmed. That scenes alone earns the film the "R" rating. Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller, a captain in search of a private who he must find and bring back home after his 3 brothers are killed in action. The film features an ensemble cast of great actors, from Tom Sizemore to Edwards Burns, to Matt Damon, to Vin Diesel, to Barry Pepper to Giovanni Ribisi and Adam Goldberg. For being a 1998 release and then being re-released in February of 1999, this film does feature excellent battle sequences which are very realistic and well done for being a 1998 release.
It's easy to see why this film won 5 Academy Awards at the Academy Awards in March of 1999. It won the award for Best Director, which it truly deserved. There have been other great war movies including Black Hawk Down, Platoon and We Were Soldiers but none as good as Saving Private Ryan.
Saving Private Ryan is rated R for Intense Prolonged Realistically Graphic Sequences of War Violence, and for Language. The violence as I've stated earlier is extremely graphic, specifically the opening battle sequence of D-Day. The violence includes guns, others explosives and explosions and knives. The language is reasonable and not too strong or pervasive. Spielberg's direction is assured and powerful in crafting this masterful war epic. The acting is superb and the script is sharp. Definetly worth owning on Video or DVD. I hope they re-released in theatres again, because it's that good.

Mission: Impossible II (Widescreen) [Import]
Mission: Impossible II (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 7.92
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Impossible 2: Mission Accomplished, Jan. 25 2004
M:I-2 was a fine action film, of course it was made by John Woo so it was sure to offer solid action thrills. Woo as always crafts superb action sequences which are intense and suspenseful. The film featured an excellent motorcyle chase which was near the end, probably one of the best bike chases next to Woo's other film "Paycheck" which featured another great
bike chase. The one thing that sets this film apart from the first is the action, sure the plot for the first was probably better and the first probably made more sense, but this movie should be a satisfying one just for the action.
As for the plot well it's decent. Essentially a deadly virus called chimera is unleashed and is extremely lethal. He must stop an evil renegade agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott)from unleashing this terror upon the world. He must recruit Ambrose's ex-lover Nyal Hall (Thandie Newton)to assist him on the case in order to lure Ambrose into a trap and stop the virus chimera from spread on to the world. Sure the plot may not be that compelling or so it sounds, but like I said you don't have to worry about that especially if you're an die-hard action fan. Also the always amazing Anthony Hopkins comes in as Hunt's boss and advisor.
Tom Cruise gives a certain edge to role of Ethan Hunt and he sure does play it well. I must say I do prefer this installment over the first Mission Impossible, is it the action or the action? Who knows?
M:I-2 is rated PG-13 for Intense Sequences of Violent Action
and Some Sensuality. The violence includes gunplay, fistfights and explosions. The sexual content is mild, mainly some innuendo nothing explicit or graphic really. No profanity.
Ethan Hunt in a way is an American version of James Bond, he's got the girl, the gadgets (nowhere near as sophisticated or cool as Bond's though) and the ride. If you like John Woo, I highly recommend this one, definetly for the action, the breathtaking bike chase to an intense climactic fight between Cruise and Scott. Worth owning on Video or DVD.

Face/Off (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Face/Off (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ John Travolta
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 8.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars Face/Off- Action Galore!, Jan. 25 2004
Face/Off, the best American film by John Woo in my opinion is amazing. It has one of a kind action sequences which are simply stunning and great, especially for being released in summer of 1997. A success at the box-office and I'd say the best action flick of the decade next to Die Hard. John Woo is a very talented action director and he uses his talents here immensely and that's why the film works.
As for the premise, well it's just about proposterous, the idea of futuristic sugery is somewhat clever though. The story of switching identites through futuristic surgery is original I must say and is a bit catchy enough. John Travota plays Agent Sean Archer, early in the film after his son is killed by his archrival, Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) a deadly terrorist he's out to catch him. He soon does in an intense hanger shootout. Unfortunately for Archer a bomb is somewhere in Los Angeles and in order to obtain information he must become Troy, because Troy's brother Pollux has been caught and is a prison facility.
They soon switch identities and the intensity begins. Soon the film becomes more suspenseful when Cage's character wake's up from his coma to learn his face has been switched, he soon assumes the identity of Travolta, and the real Archer learns that the psychopath is living with his family. From here we get more breath-taking and innovative action sequences including more shootouts and a great boat chase finale. Explosions, gunfire and fistfights round out the fun! John Woo crafts a great action film, better than Broken Arrow and Hard Target, I'd say. And also probably better than M:I-2, even though it had its moments. And definetly better than Woo's latest Paycheck, which was mainly good for the action sequences especially the bike chase. All in all Woo's work is amazing and I hope to see more and hopefully better work from him in the future.
Face/Off is rated R for Intense Sequences of Strong Violence and for Strong Language. The violence includes intense shootouts which can be deafening, which are usually bloody, as well as some fistfights and a few other bloody images. The language is fairly strong and consistent, but not overly used and not to the point where I could call it obscene.
The DVD unfortunately has one main feature, which is the Theatrical Trailer, which is a good trailer I should point out.
Overall a great movie and worth owning on Video or DVD, preferably DVD for the excellent sound and picture.

Winning London (Sous-titres français)
Winning London (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Mary-kate Olsen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winning London- A Decent MK & A Film, Jan. 17 2004
Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen are simply two of the hottest rising stars. Well actually they're no rising stars, they've practically been stars since they were adolescents on a funny sitcom called Full House. They're career started off to a huge success. They soon made movies, tv shows, and apparrel of all sorts.
Winning London, which was relased in 2001, was another typical Mary-Kate and Ashley film. I have to say for its nice locations, it's worth a look. But the movie's plot is pretty formulaic and similiar to all their other movies, which can be a bit boring as well disappointing. So you wonder why I honored this movie with 4 stars, I just can't get it out my head to be honest. Ever since they showed it on the MK & A marathon on ABC Family on New Year's Eve of 2003, I became upssesed with it. Infact, I thought of buying on DVD, I still haven't yet. There's just something about the movie with is so attractive, I suppose it's Mary-Kate and Ashley, I just like the film and the setting too.
The plot, I don't even know why I'll bother is simple as anything. Mark Kate and Ashley play Chloe and Riley, not like on their show So Little Time, which is the opposite. They're participating in a United Nations game/contest. They are the winners of the preliminary competition and are asked if they'd like to compete in the real competition in London. Of course they agree and are sent to London, where they meet cute guys who they hang out it. Jesse Spencer plays Mary-Kate's love interest James. Oddly enough Jesse Spencer is Australian and is being portrayed as British. There are a few sterotypes and/or flaws in this movie. What movie doesn't have flaws?
The film is rated G for General Audiences. It contains nothing extreme obviously. Mild sexual innuendo, mainly some kissing. No profanity obviously. A fine pick for all ages.
All in all entertaining, and am looking forward to Mark-Kate and Ashley big screen debut, New York Minute due to be released in May. See Winning London, I suggest renting it first.

Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import]
Alien - The Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) [Import]
DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 45.80
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alien- A Sci-Fi Classic, Jan. 3 2004
Alien is one of the great sci-fi/horror films ever made. Hitting theatres back in 1979, it created a true and new type of science-fiction. I was fortunate to see the re-released in October of 2003 in theatres, and it is a great opportunity, one which shouldn't be missed. Alien a film which made Director Ridley Scott, and actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm as well as others into stars.
The film takes place in space, where a group of explorers have embarked upon a true, fascinating discovery. Huge eggs, which cannot be explained. What they are, where'd they came from, how's they evolved? What they discover soon becomes the ultimate horror. A killing machine, stalking and taunting its victim one by one. The film offers quite a few scary and chilling moments. Director Ridley Scott, who has made many critically acclaimed movies (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, Hannibal, and the recent Matchstick Men) makes one of the best films of our generation.
Alien: The Director's Cut, does feature new footage, about several minutes. Alien came out on Halloween (10-31-03), and it would make sense as to why. A great film, especially to view on the big screen if you haven't yet.
Alien is rated R for Science Fiction Violence/Gore and Language. The film has one fairly bloody sequence as well as alien attacks. The profanity is moderate. All in all, an entertaining movie worth seeing. Own the DVD or Video.

Gigli (Bilingual) [Import]
Gigli (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by vidco
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gigli- Whoa! (Not in a Good Way), Dec 29 2003
This review is from: Gigli (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)
Gigli, the highly unsuccessful film of 2003 has been called so many horrible things, there is no need for me to list them. I honestly had some hope for this film when I saw trailers for it, because I never pictured it to be this bad. Also the film had a fine director, Martin Brest who made such critically acclaimed films as Scent of a Woman and Midnight Run along with Beverly Hills Cop. Ben Affleck amazingly gave a watchable performance as Larry Gigli, a mobster. Jennifer Lopez plays Ricki, Larry's love interest who turns out to be a lesbian. The plot of this film could actually be called original but it just isn't a bit appealling. It was also very boring and not at all entertaining.
Gigli rated R for Pervasive Language, Sexual Content and Brief Strong Violence. The film contains non-stop profanity, infact according to People magazine, the f-word is used 75 times. The sexuality is reasonable, mainly one semi-explict sexual situation and sexual innuendo but no nudity. The violence includes a point-blank shooting and a cut off thumb.
Not at all worth seeing, I sadly saw it in theatres in addition to 3 other people. I wonder what will become of Martin Brest's reputation as a film director, it looks like he should make a movie based on a bestseller instead of writing something from the top of his head or maybe he should've casted other actors besides Ben & Jen. In a way I feel bad for him but I feel more disappointed in myself having lost a precious 2 hours of my life. Definetly winner of worst film of 2003 or at least a solid nominee. Funny this is there were other films in 2003 which did worst then Gigli and no one even noticied them. These films include, Marci X, which only made $900,000. Grind which made $2.6 million. The Order also performed at the box-office taking in about $4.3 million. Other flops included, My Boss's Daugther, Dumb & Dumberer & Duplex. So all in all there have been films that have been much worse then Gigli. Gigli taking in only $3.8 million and costing an astounding $54 million to make which will be remembered as one of the worse films ever made. Is it possible the duplicate the success of Gigli, who knows? All I can say is let's just pray for Ben & Jen in their next film together caller Jersey Girl, which is written & directed by Kevin Smith. So it should actually deliver some laughs, but well we'll just have to wait until February.

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