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24: Season 5
24: Season 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love you, Agent Pierce. And Edgar Stiles, too..., Feb. 18 2013
This review is from: 24: Season 5 (DVD)
Season 5 is, without question, the most exciting, surprising, and well-written season of this exceptional series. Super-agent Jack Bauer is once again thrust into 24 hours of non-stop danger and political intrigue; this season, he deals with terrorists ready to unleash nerve gas in Los Angeles.

The body count is sky high as Jack deals with a major assassination and the painful deaths of close friends. The special effects and music are of the highest quality and there isn't a moment that doesn't demand your complete attention.

Keifer Sutherland returns as Jack and he anchors the show with his phenomenal acting. He is ably supported by Glenn Morshower (Agent Pierce), Jude Ciccolella (Mike Novick), Jean Smart (Martha Logan), and Gregory Itzin as the Most Despicable Villain Ever.

This is a fabulous season of non-stop entertainment.

Bully (The Bully Project) (Bilingual)
Bully (The Bully Project) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Various Cast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying look at children in pain, Feb. 15 2013
This shocking and painful documentary exposes the misery several middle-schoolers endure daily at the hands of their bullies. We also see bereaved parents whose children couldn't take the abuse anymore and ended their lives. It's an intense film and one that calls for action.

I sobbed throughout the film; the tormented children are so innocent and helpless. I was angry at the "Everything's fine" attitude of the school officials whose refusal to help hurts the children just as much as the bullies. My one complaint with the movie is that, while it calls for awareness and action, it's preaching to the choir; at no time are the bullies, their parents, or the neglectful school staff punished. The extras show anti-bullying rallies, but none of the actual bullies attend them. I wanted justice!

This is a very important film that will open many eyes to the pain of bullying; I'm not sure any of offenders will see it or the error of their ways, unfortunately.

Suddenly, Last Summer
Suddenly, Last Summer
DVD ~ Elizabeth Taylor
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just say it, already!, Feb. 12 2013
This review is from: Suddenly, Last Summer (DVD)
Long, slow, New Orleans-in-the-thirties talkfest filled with hystrionics and over-acting. Hepburn is excellent, playing a Southern grande dame with a decidedly New England accent, Taylor is gorgeous (complete with full makeup, tight dresses, and stilettos while incarcerated) but shreiks a lot, while Clift appears catatonic and bug-eyed throughout. McCambridge minces about with a silly, shrill drawl and looks ridiculous.

The whole point of the movie is summed up in one sentence, but it takes 113 minutes to do it.

If you like Tennessee Williams' long-winded speeches, you'll love this movie. I didn't.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Glitzy but forgettable, Jan. 31 2013
This review is from: Vip's (VHS Tape)
The London fog grounds several wealthy passengers who must spend the night in the airport. The unrelated stories involve a wife running off with her lover, a cheap movie mogul, a businessman on the brink of disaster, and an addled Duchess.

Typical of the star-studded movies of its time, this one is all style and no substance. The writing is straight out of a soap opera and Liz Taylor really wallows in the suds. Her star-power can't hide bad acting and her breathy, whiny voice and faux-British accent make the movie seem interminable. Burton is a better actor, but is still stuck with a predictable and ridiculously melodramatic storyline. The other vignettes serve no purpose except to fill the time, even though Margaret Rutherford won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as the pill-popping aristocrat.

This is a dated, cliche-ridden film filled with flowery speeches and silly characters, although it is nice to return to the days when people dressed in their finest clothes to fly.


To Rome with Love / Rome mon amour (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
To Rome with Love / Rome mon amour (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Marta Zoffoli
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably bad, Jan. 24 2013
Four unrelated vignettes involving tourists, newlyweds, and quirky locals play out in Rome. The characters are neither sympathetic, likable, interesting, nor memorable. The plots are like fantasy daydreams but still manage to be incredibly tiresome. I was so glad when the movie was over.

On the plus side, the photography is exquisite. Rome is filmed in a warm, golden light that makes it look like a fairytale city for lovers. Some very good actors get stuck with trite material and Woody Allen is still playing the same loser character he's been doing for forty years.

Terrible movie.

24: Season Four
24: Season Four
DVD ~ Keifer Sutherland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking, Jan. 23 2013
This review is from: 24: Season Four (DVD)
Jack Bauer fans will love this season, which is as every bit as good as the wonderful Season One. As this day begins, Jack is working for the DOD and happily in love when, bang! There is a kidnapping, an assassination attempt, and a couple of nuclear threats. The terrorists are keeping Agent Bauer busy and we love it.

This season of "24" brings back some great old friends (Tony, Michelle, and David Palmer) and introduces delightful new ones (Chloe, Edgar, and Bill Buchanan). There are twists and surprises at every turn and the body count is sky high; through it all, Jack keeps his cool and shows again that he can be vulnerable and still save humanity.

Kiefer Sutherland continues to wow us with his energy, intensity, and charisma. Production values rival those on feature films with split screens, extravagant special effects, and gritty locations. Season Four is addictive and fun.

24: Season 3 (Bilingual)
24: Season 3 (Bilingual)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bauer has another long day, Jan. 11 2013
This review is from: 24: Season 3 (Bilingual) (DVD)
Agent Jack Bauer must once again save the world as a fatal virus is about to be unleashed on Los Angeles. In the meantime, President Palmer's re-election is jeopardized when his ex-wife gets up to her old tricks and newlyweds Tony and Michelle face a crisis.

This season is not as well-written as the stellar Season One, with way too many domestic/soap opera-like subplots competing for screen time with the main terrorist theme. Jack is off-screen too much and often-annoying lesser characters (his dopey daughter, Kim, in particular) clutter the story. Plot holes and unrealistic story lines abound (you can't drive across LA in two minutes or fly to Santa Barbara in five and no one ever says, "My shift is over") but it's all so exciting and compelling that you just go along for the ride.

Keifer Sutherland is still superb as the super agent who can do anything. He is a talented actor and carries the show squarely on his shoulders. And the special effects, location filming, and high production values make this a great series.

Disneynature: Chimpanzee (Blu-ray Combo Pack) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Disneynature: Chimpanzee (Blu-ray Combo Pack) [Blu-ray + DVD]
DVD ~ Tim Allen
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better, Jan. 8 2013
A young chimpanzee named Oscar is raised by his loving mother, Isha, in a large, extended family. Living at the edge of their territory is an aggressive chimp tribe that wants to take over their fruit trees.

The photography is very enjoyable but Tim Allen was a poor choice for narrator with his tool references and grunting. His voice is too casual and low-brow and Morgan Freeman would have been a much better choice. The soap opera storyline was overdone. In most cases, it seemed the animals were photographed randomly and the scenes were later made to fit a contrived plot. For example, there is much drama about a big battle between the two chimp bands, but all we see is animals running quickly through the forest; there is no actual contact.

Definitely not up to Disney standards.

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2.0 out of 5 stars ZZZzzz..., Dec 30 2012
The movie examines Abraham Lincoln's (Daniel Day-Lewis) efforts to pass the 13th Amendment in the last few months of his life. It is a detailed account of his strategy and the negotiations of the members of his cabinet, especially his Secretary of State, William Seward (David Strathairn).

The story deals with the minute details involved in making slavery illegal; conversations between pompous politicians are endless and dry and I found it boring. I would have preferred a biography of Lincoln's life; this story has little action and the nonstop speechifying was tedious in the extreme. None of the dialogue sounded spontaneous; each line sounded well-rehearsed with the result that it looks like a filmed play.

Day-Lewis certainly looks the part, but his Lincoln isn't very interesting or charismatic. His soft, high voice was particularly unengaging; I was hoping for the measured gravitas of Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch. The movie was too long and a crashing bore.

24: Season 2 (Bilingual)
24: Season 2 (Bilingual)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bauer saves the day (again), Dec 30 2012
This review is from: 24: Season 2 (Bilingual) (DVD)
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returns to CTU as an impending nuclear bomb explosion threatens southern California. The President (Dennis Haysbert) must rely on Jack's help to prevent WWIII.

While the writing is not as good as Season One, this is still the best series on TV. Kiefer Sutherland is outstanding as the intrepid secret agent who overcomes all adversities with the help of computers, cell phones, and his trusty CTU pals, Tony and Michelle. David Palmer and his manipulative ex-wife are back as well, as is Jack's nemesis from last season, Nina. Rounding out the superb supporting cast are Jude Ciccolella and Glenn Morshower as Chief of State Mike Novick and Agent Pierce.

The weak link this season is the storyline involvong Jack's daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), who is surely the most annoying character on TV. She's onscreen half of the time and yet nothing she does affects the main plot; she's just a time-filler. Kim is unbelievably stupid, weak, and whiny and I want to fast forward whenever I see her.

The production values are high and the series feels like a good feature film. It's tense and exciting with several shockingly graphic torture scenes. There are occasional commentaries, deleted scenes, and some behind-the-scenes features.

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