Profile for L. Power > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by L. Power
Top Reviewer Ranking: 10
Helpful Votes: 1957

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Amazon Communities.

Reviews Written by
L. Power "nlp trainer" (San Francisco)
(TOP 10 REVIEWER)    (HALL OF FAME)   

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
Jurassic World
Jurassic World
DVD ~ Chriss Pratt
Price: CDN$ 21.69

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thundering at a theater near you -Theatrical release review, June 14 2015
This review is from: Jurassic World (DVD)
Jurassic World opened this weekend in the USA making more than $204 million at the box office, accounting for almost 75% of the entire domestic box office of $268 million and set a first weekend worldwide record of $511 million.

Bestselling author Michael Crichton previously created Westworld, also a theme park adventure where the theme elements go out of control, when robots malfunction and start killing the human guests.

Substitute robots for prehistoric animals, add evolution, science, moral issues such as creationism and profit, and you have a next generation story on a much bigger and grander scale, dare I say a Spielberg scale of hugeness. In some respects it's Jaws meets King Kong, and there is a little Jaws homage in there, which creates one of the most memorable of many memorable moments in the movie.

Not merely an action movie, but a story that operates on multiple levels at once, so it has the huge dinosaurs, spectacular visual effects, love interest, science being pushed to the limits where man thinks he's God and when you mess with creation itself you have the contrasting elements of greed, philanthropy, and a military even military intelligence agenda at work in the park, and whether you can actually control and override the instincts of these wild creatures.

In Jurassic world a secret project has resulted in the creation of a new hybrid, or a new monster if you will.

Bryce Dallas Howard plays a business executive at the park. Chris Pratt has I think developed brilliantly as an actor in a short space of time, and he is the person responsible for training the raptors, who are fast, dangerous and highly intelligent. They are thrown together in this adventure. Vincent d'Onofrio plays a character with a sinister agenda.There are the kids who the younger viewers can relate to, who have their own adventures.

Yet there is another secret operation at the park with a person playing with dangerous science, and apparently the scientists have not fully learned from the previous Jurassic Park, luckily for us, unluckily for the park.

I have seen all the Jurassic movies I particularly remember how much I enjoyed the thrilling visual spectacle and effects the first time and I love number 3 immensely. This one is bigger, bolder, and more spectacular. A pterodactyl raid reminds me a little of Hitchcock's The Birds, but I have to say there is a real excellence about this movie which I love and highly recommend.

Michael Crichton the creator passed away a few years ago, he also created ER the tv series, and I think he would be very proud to see what has become of his creation.

I think you will love it, and I recommend you catch it in the theater while you can. I saw it in 3D and it was spectacular.

Spy (Bilingual)
Spy (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Melissa McCarthy
Price: CDN$ 26.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bond meets Powers meets Susan Cooper., June 14 2015
This review is from: Spy (Bilingual) (DVD)
Spy opened a very impressive $29 million weekend in 3,711 theaters.

Heavily spoofing more mainstream movies such as the Bond genre or Austin Powers, Melissa McCarthy plays Susan Cooper the backroom and basement technical CIA operative who supports the suave Bond Style secret agent Bradley Fine played excellently by Jude Law, who would probably make a good actual Bond. When the mission goes awry, the CIA has to risk throwing an inexperienced operative into the field.

So Cooper is matched up with Jason Statham, who would also probably make an excellent real Bond, except he is a cynical sexist prone to greatly exaggerated hyperbole about his own abilities and accomplishments. There are many twists and turns and Rose Byrne does an excellent turn as a ruthless female villain. Nice to have a ruthless female villain for once. Rounding out the cast was the statuesque, by which I mean tall British actress Miranda Hart who also does an excellent job as a fellow backroom operative. r

There is a series of running gags throughout the movie for the succession of awful identities Cooper is given as she progresses on the mission. She might seem like she might not make a good spy, but she is a bit mad and that definitely helps. I was weirdly impressed with how good this movie was at times with not only a good cast of actors at the center but also very good production values.

We have the usual stunning backdrops we might see in Bond movies, such as a casino, (apparently all villains love to gamble), exotic locales, speedboats, a poisoned drink scene remimniscent of Casino Royale, some car chases, including an improbable scooter pursuit, and particularly the secret agent banter and trash talk interspersed throughout the movie. I have to admit I highly enjoyed this movie as I have most of Melissa McCarthy's movies particularly Heat. Instead of being a buddy movie like Heat the partnership is shared between several and I found it to be a very engaging movie. We have three main actors who would typically play the lead in a movie, so I found nothing lacking in it. And 50cent made a cameo appearance

I think most people will love it, and I hope this was helpful.

DECEIT: The Meredith Kercher Murder Mystery (A #SHAKEDOWN Title Book 1)
DECEIT: The Meredith Kercher Murder Mystery (A #SHAKEDOWN Title Book 1)
Price: CDN$ 6.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Fan fiction meets the tabloids, June 11 2015
I learned about this book from this person's promotion on Twitter.

He proposes in his tabloid fashion to profit off the Meredith Kercher tragedy by jumping on the hater bandwagon phenomenon that has grown around what has come to be known as the Amanda Knox case.

This case is now over. A book like this serves no purpose cannot change any outcome, and it's only hope is to fill the author's craving for attention and notoriety.

You will not learn anything new from this case. If you want to learn anything about this case there are plenty of books written by creditable journalists and writers, and both the principals in this case have written their own books, Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox, and Honor Bound by Rafaelle Sollecito.

Having studied this and other cases for years it became quickly apparent that a gross injustice was being perpetrated against these two. In particular there was a rush to implicate Knox as an American by a prosecutor who consulted a psychic, and believed in conspiracy theories, who postulated that this was a demonic sex cult killing, and who had an extensive record of falsely arresting and accusing others particularly in the Monster of Florence case.

I highly recommend the book Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston, where the author. a journalist underwent similar experiences to Amanda Knox and had to flee the country with his family to avoid a false prosecution in that case. Mignini was being investigated for abuse of power in that case at the time of the Kercher murder and ultimately convicted, although the conviction was vacated on a jurisdictional technicality.

Several points are worth noting:

1. Forensic evidence tells the whole story of this case. A break-in occurred at the apartment where Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and others lived. Meredith Kercher was raped and murdered in her bedroom having apparently arrived home unexpectedly and surprised a burglar Rudy Guede, who was known to those who lived in the apartment. Guede was a drug addict and troubled drifter who had been arrested several several times within the previous month. He had made entry in a similar way at another location by throwing a stone through a window and then climbing in through a window. He also brandished a knife to escape from another burglary.

2. Guede left extensive physical evidence that he was at the property, including DNA in, on and around the victim who was stabbed multiple times He defecated in the second bathroom, and his DNA was extracted from unflushed toilet paper. He then fled the country, and was tracked to Germany where a Skype telephone was recorded, and he denied that Knox and Sollecito were involved.

3. The suspect Amanda Knox was naive, and broke down under a late night interrogation, and implicated another suspect Patrick Lumumba who police had proposed as a suspect. At this point even though police were tracking Guede, he was not proposed to her as a suspect. The police caused the breakdown in part by making false claims that her boyfriend did not support her alibi. She was interviewed in a foreign language and when she asked for an attorney was told this would indicate guilt. She later recanted the accusation, and police arrested a third wrong suspect Patrick Lumumba.

4. With the charging of Knox, Sollecito, and Lumumba, the police announced the case closed. A week later based on DNA and other evidence they arrested the actual killer Guede. Lumumba was still kept in prison though police knew he was innocent, and he had an alibi, and was working the night in question. He was quietly released about a week later.

5. Mignini in a face saving exercise, under investigation for abuse of power, instead of acknowledging the embarrassing facts merely adjusted his theory to still implicate Knox and Sollecito. Even though Knox had no relationship with Guede (she had been introduced to him by the people in the downstairs apartment), Mignini proposed that both Knox and Sollecito had conspired with him to kill her in a sex game which went too far. Sollecito never actually met Guede.

6. A major problem with the investigation was that there was no physical evidence Amanda Knox was in Kercher's bedroom. So forensics returned to the crime scene 6 weeks later, and recovered a dirty bra clasp from the victim which had moved mysteriously five feet in the intervening time.
Video of the forsensics show the clasp being passed from one dirty glove to another and being dropped to the floor and photographed. A DNA sample recovered from the bra clasp was claimed to belong to Sollecito, however the sample was too small to be retested, and possible explanation included crime lab contamination using the same machine to test biological material or crime scene contamination which is supported by the crime scene video. Independent DNA experts appointed by the Court of Appeal successfully had this evidence thrown out resulting in the release of both suspects.

7. The only physical evidence linking Amanda Knox to the crime scene was a huge kitchen knife recovered from Sollecito's apartment. She apparently used this knife to make a salad, and it had her fingerprints on the handle. However it did not match the bloody knife handle imprint left at the crime scene, so it was not the murder weapon. The crime lab claimed to recover a DNA sample of Kercher from the handle, but no blood. Again the sample was too small to run a verification test. Only one knife recovered from Sollecito's apartment was actually tested.

8. Other biological evidence recovered at the crime scene including a second semen sample other than from Guede, was inexplicably never tested despite protests from the defense that this would exonerate Sollecito.

9. Prosecution claimed that the break-in was staged. A break-in reenactment video on you-tube done at the cottage shows that an athletic young man could easily climb in through this window. An analysis of the crime scene by FBI experts shows that the window was broken from the outside, as a piece of glass was embedded on the inside shutter. The prosecution theory would ask you to believe that the accused who had no criminal record would psychically intuit the exact method of break in used by Guede in other places. If one was going to stage a break in a far more likely scenario would be to break the front window, or jemmy the. front door lock which did not work properly.

10. Guede consistently altered his story to minimize his involvement including the unlikely claim that he was invited in by the victim, and had consensual sex with her, and then overheard the murder, and fled because he did not want to be blamed.

11. In March this this year the Italian Supreme Court finally acquitted Knox and Sollecito of murder. In the case of Amanda Knox the calumny charge against Lumumba was upheld, and I understand this decision is being appealed to the ECHR.

Even though all the evidence in this case points to Guede, people continue to harrass and persecute Knox, even after exoneration, while the actual killer who is reputed to be eligible for release within the next year is left alone.

A Million Ways to Die in the West [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
A Million Ways to Die in the West [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
Price: CDN$ 11.25
9 used & new from CDN$ 11.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Mutual hate leads to a far deeper connection than mutual love, May 23 2015
Although I think Seth McFarlane quite talented, I am not a follower nor am I inclined to compare this apple to the orange named Ted. I am far more a follower of Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron, and even Amanda Seyfried who make up the ensemble in this movie.

We have seen many attempts at comedy westerns before and they can be hit or miss affairs. Anyone remember Wild Wild West? Me neither. I loved Three Amigos though with its silly parody of The Magnificent Seven and Tarantino's Django Unchained.

This however is a worthy effort by MacFarlane who ably plays the main character Albert and is ably supported by Amanda Seyfried, and Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, and that great method actress Sarah Silverman who plays his prostitute girlfriend. I think she has been preparing for this role all her life.

My takeaway from this movie may be different than yours. For me, cowboys represent the ultra masculine, and Albert a humble shepherd, is masculine but not manly, and shrinks from confrontation. His girlfriend Louise, disappointed in how he shirks a fight, even though he successfully gets a nonviolent solution, this excites not her female regions, and she breaks up with him.

Pretty soon, perhaps too soon, she starts dating a mustachioed lothario played by Neil Patrick Harris, whose comedic skills are effortlessly brilliant.

Meanwhile, a beautiful stranger (Charlize Theron) with a dark past rides into town, and Albert's best friend dates a prostitute with whom sex is off the table, an interesting dichotomy which sets up some amusing scenes. Liam Neeson plays a mean gunslinger. The movie is quite funny in places, full of sight gags and running jokes. Much of the humor is unsophisticated, by the numbers scatological references for example but there are some really good bits, and some people in the audience were laughing throughout the movie. I particularly loved a shamanic dream sequence which was visually imaginative and quite funny. And one gunfight scene involving Neil Patrick Harris and a cowboy hat was quite amusing.

Our beautiful stranger helps our hero find his manhood, and you might think as a woman she might also feel the same way about the lacking masculinity, but she has had too much manhood, and needs a break, a lifestyle change with a decent man, although she does have certain skills which help Albert to man up, so for Albert there is a metamorphosis but if you're like me you sense that her dark past will create complications, because there are a million ways to die in the west, and another one can ride into town at any minute.

The audience liked this movie a lot and gave it a decent round of applause at the end. I think most people will like the movie. What I liked best perhaps was Charlize Theron's performance, she simply has a great presence, and I loved the comment about Louise's eyes.

What I liked about MacFarlane's performance was that he was true to the good nature of his character. It must have been so tempting to go on a comedic rampage, and overstep the boundaries of the character, but he managed to rein it in and craft a relatable and likable underdog that we root for. I think most people will like this movie, but it is not for everyone.

Accused - Series 1 and 2
Accused - Series 1 and 2
DVD ~ Sean Bean
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 51.50
25 used & new from CDN$ 47.93

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A body in the trunk. Somebody in the courtroom, May 23 2015
This review is from: Accused - Series 1 and 2 (DVD)
I recently streamed this series from my online rental provider, and it was available free as part of my subscription.

Jimmy McGovern, who created this series who also created the very successful series Cracker starring Robbie Coltrane about a criminal profiler with a gambling problem, an absolutely excellent series which was spun off into a less successful American series. He also wrote another series called The Street which ran for several seasons in the UK which I have not yet seen.

How it differs from your usual law and order or police procedural is we do not have a recurring cast of characters. Each episode is entirely self contained with its own cast of characters with little or no overlap. Each program starts out with someone in a holding cell at the court who is then escorted into a courtroom. What then follows is the story of how they got there and the outcome.

Often it's regular people who are not habitual criminals who get into a situation through happenstance, and the series explores a variety of themes, of people who have had to make hard choices. Sometimes the characters are portrayed in a sympathetic light, and the story may have some intriguing red herrings which will keep you guessing until the end.

What does a father do when his daughter comes home from the park in tears and has been molested by a stranger? What about a guy with financial problems who has to pay for his daughter's wedding, and finds an envelope of money sticking out under the seat of a taxi?

What about a mother on a housing estate ruled by thugs who threaten her life and her livelihood? Often the story's twists and turns come out of left field. What about a woman in a nasty custody battle who looks certain of winning except her husband's father is a policeman?

Some of these episodes feature well known actors. Andy Serkis, who you may know from King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes plays a taxi driver with a gambling addiction problem, who breaks into the house of an attractive female customer and then becomes besotted with her. I found this episode to be unbelievably creepy, and had to stop watching it at several points, but also had to see it through to the end.

The best episode I think is about the two friends who join the British Army and go to Afghanistan. One of them them is bullied. I found this one to be very real, so much so, I wondered if it was based on a real event. Really outstanding.

Another very strong episode features Sean Bean as as Tracie the Trannie. You may remember him from his many manly action roles where he often plays the bad guy. In this, he plays a really bad ugly looking transvestite, who is totally different from his English teacher by day character.

Dressed as the English teacher, a customer with whom he has developed a relationship passes him by in a mall in broad daylight without recognizing him. He follows the customer, and things happen.

There is the story of a boy who suspects that his mother's nurse poisoned her. She then moves in with his father. His suspicions may be delusional, or......

Jimmy McGovern clearly is a tremendously skilled writer who plays with our expectations and keeps us guessing, and I suspect that as with Cracker this could be developed into an American series, and like Cracker I doubt that such a series would hold a candle to the original.

I think with McGovern there is hope for the human condition, a crime may be committed to protect those one loves. In some situations if there no hope, then there is justice.

I think you will love it and I hope this was helpful.

No Title Available

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maleficent is magnificent, June 1 2014
I must admit I was looking forward to this movie with more anticipation than I have felt in a long time. What sold me was how visually stunning Angelina Jolie looked in the trailer, the essential ambiguity of the character, and that it would be an entirely different take on a classic story. With a name like Maleficent you know she's got to be bad, and when Angelina Jolie is good she's very good. When she's bad she's better.

And the movie based peripherally on the Perrault fairy-tale, fulfilled it's promise for me and develops the story of a character from the previous Disney movie. Yes I could gape at Angelina for two hours and be quite happy but I wanted more. I did not want the tale of sleeping beauty retold but I did want a great story, a great visual experience, and Disney delivered all three, and a rather complex character who is both good and bad, at times the hero, at times the victim, the destroyer and savior.

As a young girl she leads an idyllic life in a visually beautiful and not quite real world, not quite an animated world. She meets a young boy and falls in love. The boy is a thief, and ambitious, she a fairy from the wrong side of the moors, he an overreaching boy who lives close to the castle. They come from different worlds. He from a world that threatens her world. She knows all this and loves him anyway. He is her first human experience and her first love experience. Yes she has hair-horns, but she is a good girl, and she has wonderful powerful wings and can soar to the heavens, like an angel. She also has unusually large cheekbones which only add to her mystique.

An ambitious King threatens to invade her land, and she uses her magical powers to thwart them. Then something terrible happens which would destroy most people let alone a fairy, and she seeks what you know of as her revenge on an innocent baby. There is no moral equivalence between what happened and what she does which is simply awful. But then fairy tales are all about the dark side, and this is where we understand but do not agree that she uses her power for a dark purpose.

Still we have hope for her that although the girl she once was is lost, that there may be redemption for her, and that redemption may inhabit the form of an innocent onto whom she wrongly displaced the emotion of hate, but she has cast an unbreakable and fatal spell which can only be slightly changed by a good fairy. Will her character come full circle and she become good again, or will she be forever damaged. Can the tragic spell be broken? Can the broken girl be fixed?

We have an interesting character, a raven which she saves, who she transforms into a human form, which is quite interesting. Elle Fanning was fine as Sleeping Beauty, but I found myself wishing the character was more developed. She does however play a pivotal role, and undoubtedly this will raise her profile as an actress. The one thing I thought did not work very well was the comic relief provided by the fairies. Perhaps Maleficent should have cast a spell and actually made them funny, but visually the movie was a treat. I particularly liked a bit where she flew out through a window, I though it was an iconic image.

It's very clear that much care and thought has gone into the movie as visual art. The look of Maleficent is perfect, the story is great, the look of fairyland is great and I have a sneaking suspicion that with the success of this movie which did a mind boggling $70 million on its opening weekend, we will have more of a mixture of hero villain characters reflecting the full human duality flying to a theater near you.

I really enjoyed this movie and am so tempted to go back and see it in 3D. After watching reboots of Spider Man, Superman, Robocop and Xmen recently it's refreshing to see something this fresh and invigorating, and with some star power.

Whether this is suitable for children I cannot say, someone aged 8 and above would probably be fine, but some younger children could find it scary. It certainly appealed to me as an adult.

I think most people will love it, and I hope this was helpful.

The Other Woman (Bilingual)
The Other Woman (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Cameron Diaz
Price: CDN$ 5.00
10 used & new from CDN$ 3.48

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If the revenge is this bad, the love must have been good., May 24 2014
This review is from: The Other Woman (Bilingual) (DVD)
At first blush this movie appears to be a jilted wife/ mistress triangle movie which has been explored many times in the movies, and on the Lifetime Channel, or as I like to call it, the 'I hate Men' channel, so I was not overly enthused with the premise, and plunked down some money while scanning to see what movies might be starting slightly later, just in case.

Directed by Nick Cassavetes The Notebook (2004), and Alpha Dog (which he also wrote), son of actor and director John Cassavetes this movie has quite a pedigree. Screenwriter Melissa Stack has crafted a brilliant comedy.

Leslie Mann has gotten better every time I have seen her. When she starred in the Change Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, I thought she was the saving grace in a somewhat obnoxious comedy, and I thought her performance was brave, daring and endearing, and pushed boundaries.

Here her performance is off the charts brilliant, and I do not think it unreasonable to say no actress on the planet could have played the part better, and she is the single most compelling reason to see this movie.

She manages to be all things, funny, emotional, endearing, charming, sympathetic, easily matching the more experienced A list actress Cameron Diaz, comedically brilliant, and possessed of a marvellous feminity.

The Other Woman is a much better than expected comedy which worked on every level for me. Cameron Diaz plays an unmarried lawyer who has fished extensively in the dating pool, and been disappointed with her catches. Her secretary played by Nicki Minaj offers very dubious dating advice. Her new love turns out to be an already taken man, Leslie Mann his wife.

Wife and alleged mistress after initial awkwardness form an unlikely alliance to seek a witty revenge on a cheating husband. The movie produces a serious of scenes, some based on witty humor, much based on physical comedy. I found myself so wrapped up in the moment that I rarely thought ahead, and loved every moment, as did the audience around me many of whom were women. Kate Upton plays another...let's just say that this husband gets around, and this small but determined group seeks a means of justice.

I enjoyed Kate Upton. I don't know if acting is something she wishes to pursue as a career, but one had the sense of her authentic nature coming through, and she seems to be a sweet girl, who fit in easily and comfortably with her more accomplished acting colleagues.

There were a number of scenes where I had to cover my eyes, and the absurdity of the nature of revenge was absolutely delightful.

Though female energy drives the movie most men who see it will also enjoy and not simply dismiss as a 'chick flick.'
The Other woman gave me a much better than expected experience.

If you like this movie you will also probably like The First Wives Club with Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn.

I think most people will enjoy this movie and I hope this was helpful.

Life Extension FlorAssist Probiotic Liquid Vcapsules
Life Extension FlorAssist Probiotic Liquid Vcapsules

5.0 out of 5 stars As your colon goes, so goes your health, May 21 2014
I have been taking probiotics for years, although in hindsight I tend be sproradic and go through phases where I don't take them at all. I used to think the Mercola probiotics were great, though once they split the same dose into two capsules, for some reason the two capsules did not seem to be as powerful as the previous single capsule.

So I went in search of something else. A few months ago, I had a dreadful gastric event, the symptoms of which match the Noro Virus, which you can read about at the CDC website. After this I needed to replenish my digestive tract with probiotics and I bought the strongest one I could find at GNC, which worked very well, then I tried Healthy Origins but did not notice much difference. According to Dr. Oz good poop does not smell so I use that as a test of effectiveness, which leads me to Flor Assist.

What I find particularly appealing about Flor Assist is that it is double encapsulated which means it has better than a snowball's chance in hell of surviving your stomach reaching your intestines intact and work to maximum effect. I can say that though the effect is subtle, it seems to be noticeably better than Healthy Origins, and supplements from Life Extension tend to be of a good quality. I have been buying their supplements for years. It does pass the smell test, and is good for if you sometimes feel gassy or bloated.

Doctors will tell you that as your colon goes so goes your health, so it literally is vitally important to get probiotics especially as the American diet is very starchy and sugary, which means that if you eat these types of foods you are feeding the bad bacteria, rather than stimulating the good.

I definitely will be buying FlorAssist again, but my advice to you is to experiment and shop around, and find some way of noticing what differences you experience with different brands. My blood sugar readings have been high of late and my cholesterol levels, so I will be using probiotics permanently now as an essential part of my health program, so I want the very best.

I find a good way of assessing the effectiveness of probiotics is to notice what notice eg less gassiness at both ends, less bloating, considerably less smell or almost no smell at the other end. What I am hoping for now that I am testing my blood glucose levels regularly is less glucose and less cholesterol.

If you're like me the best advice I can give is to try it, and shop around until you find what works best for you. Your good health demands it. I think you will like it.

This is 40 [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (Bilingual)
This is 40 [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jason Segel
Price: CDN$ 8.99
10 used & new from CDN$ 6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A much better than expected comedy., May 21 2014
I must admit the premise of this movie did not interest me, about a couple turning 40. I turned 40 myself once, and so what.
However I did like Leslie Mann's performance in the recent release The Other Woman, loved it in fact. And I heard some good comments about this movie, and Megan Fox is in it, which means at least there is someone well worth a good gawk.

I think there is something in a Judd Apatow movie to offend everyone so you bring a guest at your peril. My somewhat conservative friends were unimpressed with the crudity and profanity of Superbad, even though they did laugh their way through it. Bit of a double standard I think.

I notice that some people were offended at the bad language in this movie, although I tend not to notice that so much. However this movie had something his other comedies seemed to lack. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann bring a certain authenticity as a married couple, they have a natural chemistry, and the conversations I found to be occasionally bantery yet realistic and natural as if drawn from real life. It's not like in Superbad or Knocked Up - insert crude joke or obnoxious comment here, although you cannot argue with the box office success of those movies.

I didn't have the belly laughs I sometimes get in a great comedy, and I won't say the humor was subtle by any means yet I did enjoy it. Leslie Mann has come into her own as an actress, and is there on merit at this point, not because she is married to the director. Likewise her two real life daughters Maude and Iris give great and quite natural performances in their roles.

As with great comic actors, they all get their 'bits' to do. I particularly liked the bits where both Paul Rudd and Leslie go off on a separate totally inappropriate vigilante rant with this 14 year old kid from their daughter's school. Really for me the best scene was the showdown in the principal's office with the boy's mother played by Melissa McCarthy taking her hilarious turn at a rant, and boy does she go dark. The best bit I thought was the outtake which rolled during the credits.

I also loved the scene where Jason Segel and Chris O' Dowd were trying to pick up on Megan Fox. I have the sense that some of these scenes developed organically with the actors going off script with their improvisations until they perfected it and retaining the best elements. This seems similar to what Larry David does in Curb Your Enthusiasm where he does not have a formal script, but gives the actors a scenario and sets them loose hoping to capture some gold within the spontaneity.

Basically the movie is about the struggles any middle aged couple might go through, and I think those who happen to be in or near that age group will relate. At times it crosses from comedy into drama. Much to my surprise I did find it quite likable, and I did quite admire Apatow's skill as a director at times particularly how some scenes were filmed, like the close up of the two guys in the pool about to follow Megan Fox, catching the facial expressions and the telepathic communication between our two love rivals. He also wrote the screenplay.

I certainly cannot guarantee you will like the movie, but I think it's definitely worth a rental at the very least, and I have some desire to buy it on Blu Ray, which seems to have some good extras which I was not able to see on the rental version.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Andrew Garfield
Price: CDN$ 24.96
12 used & new from CDN$ 13.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gwen Stacy syndrome, May 10 2014
I will always think of the original Spider Man 2 movie directed by Sam Raimi as the best, yet this one has several memorable moments, and I think delivers the most shocking and unexpected moment you are likely to see in any Spider Man movie.

Spider Man's world is mutant driven, it seems someone is always a careless slip away from becoming a mutant or being killed by one. In this case, a weird electric geek gets meets electric eels, while Spidey faces a blood donor dilemma for a friend.

Meanwhile things get complicated between Spider Man and his girlfriend, it's hard being a superhero balancing your superhero life with your romantic life, when a mutant emergency can call you away at a moment's notice. But our Spidey will always have these dilemmas. If only he did not date someone quite so intelligent, who may be able to get a scholarship to Oxford. Meanwhile, the mystery of what happened to Spidey's own parents continues to trouble him, and why were his fathers studies so dangerous that he had to disappear at a moment's notice leaving little pre Spidey to grow up without a father and troubled by abandonment issues.

If Spidey wanted to give it all up for love, would the mutants give up terrorizing New York City. Not for a New York minute. You see the difficulty, the work of a superhero never ends. Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in. Worse still is when your friends become mutants, with the added risk of suspecting or even guessing your identity, that can put you and your girlfriend Gwen in a whole stew of trouble. These are the dilemmas that occupy our web slinging friend. And what do you when your girlfriend has had enough, and tells you to sling it.

And another thing, some people think you are more of a nuisance than a public servant, unless there's a crisis, and then what. Then they know who their friend. People can be so fickle.

And when one crisis is contained another emerges which may make for an unlikely alliance.

You see Spider Man alone of all the mutants uses his new abilities for good, while others are simply insane, or have an agenda that brings them into direct confrontation with Spider Man. No one can doubt Spidey's courage or determination, but even a superhero has his limits.

I enjoyed the performances in the movie. I thought Electro was an interesting villain, and I could even see how he might defeat Spidey, but in the end what I will remember most is that falling moment which seemed to go on forever. At one point I had a slight sense of vertigo as Spidey plunged from a tall building.

If there is anything we can learn from this movie it's that love is harder than you think, it takes work, sometimes love isn't enough and that it's dangerous to think you can control a mutant.

If you liked the previous Spider Man movies I think you will like this one.

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20