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Platoon (Widescreen) [Import]
Platoon (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Charlie Sheen
Offered by polski_film
Price: CDN$ 5.05
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars way too isolated and without emotions, July 14 2004
Oliver Stone's was a veteran of Vietnam himself and he appears late in this movie, which is unfortunate for his own sake, because if I were him, I'd want to be hiding from this movie, pretending to have nothing to do with it. The three main soldiers (Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger) hate each other from the very beginning and everyone knows before it begins that it is about the loss of innocence because war is hell, so the things that happen to the three of them are pretty predictable. In some of his better work, mainly The Doors and Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone uses a lot of effort to show the effect that the plot is having on the rest of the world. In The Doors, we see footage of Vietnam because it was transpiring at the same time. Likewise for Nixon. However, in this movie, we just see the war itself without seeing the outside world reacting to it as it unfolds. Oliver Stone does better work in the 90's.

Boondock Saints (Widescreen) [Import]
Boondock Saints (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Willem Dafoe
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 46.19
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Black Eye for Ireland's Reputation, July 2 2004
Veronica Guerin depicts the drug problems that the Irish have. Saturday Night Live depicts a bad Irish tradition of getting angry for no good reason, and the real world depicts the Irish as being a bunch of drunks. This film doesn't help the image of the Irish.
The Boondock Saints certainly isn't a normal mobster movie by any means. I like to interpret it as a satire of religion. The first 40 or so minutes of this movie are really outstanding, and then it just sort of collapses. It's not a bad movie, but I heard numerous five star reviews for it from people I've talked to, and that's going a little crazy. There are two Irish mobsters, who believe in the Catholic faith and they go around wrecking people who they feel are a detriment to society in Boston, while believing that they aren't doing anything against the morals of Catholicism. There's a homosexual FBI agent who knows what they're doing and condones it, because he believes it is only benefitting society. In the words of the film, he believes that he is giving the two mobsters a duty as god, so to speak. After a while, when the movie loses its grip, a long-haired Italian guy joins them as an accomplice. The Boondock Saints came out in 2000 and has been established as a popular cult film in this era, like St. Elmo's Fire was in the mid-1980's. It does have a lot of style, and it needed too, with mobsters that young. The only major complaint I have is the language. I hate to sound like a parent (even though I almost was going to be one not too long ago), but the constant barrage of F this and F that and F-ing gets to be annoying. But, I do like the satire of religion that is in this movie, though. I enjoy a good mocking of religion. Overall, though, the acting was pretty solid and you should like it if you take it for what it is, which is a cult film much moreso than a gangster film.

Beverly Hillbillies, The
Beverly Hillbillies, The
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty funny, June 27 2004
lemme give you an example
Jethro Bodine: Jed Clampett has all of the 3 A's. He's A-ttractive, A-vailable and A-billionaire.

The Last Samurai (Widescreen) (2 Discs)
The Last Samurai (Widescreen) (2 Discs)
DVD ~ Koyuki Kato
Price: CDN$ 7.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars I guess it may have resembled DWW somewhat, June 26 2004
I liked it. The ending wasn't bad. A lot more of the movie was spoken in English than I was expecting. The swordfights are really realistic and graphic. It's something that Jackie Chan wouldn't have even been able to handle. There was a fairly decent number of parallels with Dances with Wolves.

The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWWWWESOME, June 25 2004
This review is from: The Wedding Singer (Audio CD)
You can do no wrong with this. It's so good, they even put Adam Sandler's song from the movie in it. The movie was easily the best work of Adam Sandler (in that it actually was a respectable movie, whereas Waterboy, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore were not). His hair in the movie was like Morrison's. I'm not ashamed to say that Culture Club song is so good.

True Romance (2-Disc Special Edition) (Unrated Director's Cut) (Sous-titres français)
True Romance (2-Disc Special Edition) (Unrated Director's Cut) (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Christian Slater
Offered by MotionPicturesUnlimited
Price: CDN$ 29.99
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1.0 out of 5 stars great scott, June 23 2004
what the hell is tony scott doing??? quentin tarantino really knows how to ruin something potentially good.

Veronica Guerin
Veronica Guerin
DVD ~ Cate Blanchett
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay if you're able to tolerate the irish accents, June 22 2004
This review is from: Veronica Guerin (DVD)
The goddamned constant fake Irish accents in this movie makes it sometimes seem unwatchable. Cate Blanchett did a better job with The Missing. I never heard of the actual person Veronica Guerin. At first, I wondered if she was related to Bill Guerin. Apparantly not. The climax to this movie really brought a smile to my face. The main mobster was named Gilligan. It's sometimes predictable, like the cheesy, overdone scene that is supposed to be suspenseful where someone is on the phone chatting and there is someone at the door and it's trouble. Fallen had that too. I originally thought Joel Schumacher was a good director, but I won't say that now. The Client and A Time to Kill were good, but that was only because the books did all the work.

Mystic River (Bilingual) [Import]
Mystic River (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Sean Penn
Offered by vidco
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, June 22 2004
Mystic River opens with a few scenes with three 11 year-olds getting in trouble because of defacing public property. Some, not all, of the boys are taken into the car of a stranger that they are made to believe is a police officer. At that point of the movie, I thought it would be like 1996's Sleepers, directed by Barry Levinson. Instead, the boys grow apart. They are reunited with each other years later under bad circumstances after the 19 year-old daughter of one of them (Sean Penn) is murdered. Throughtout the course of the film, you get the sense that the three childhood friends were just that, childhood friends, not friends as adults, or at least not as closely. The average viewer probably jumps to the same conclusion, and, thankfully, there is a pretty big twist in the last half hour or so.
Clint Eastwood really needs to retire. That movie Blood Work really sucked. He's getting old. This movie isn't without its moments, but it is altogether unsatisfying. I will say that Sean Penn was cast perfectly.

Open Range (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
Open Range (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Robert Duvall
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open Range, June 18 2004
The guy who said that there are no gunshots in this film until the closing scenes is incorrect. A gunshot is fired in a bar, far before the end of the movie. The cinematography is amazing, and I really like the title. Kevin Costner is an underrated director just as much as he is an underrated actor.

Frasier: Season 1
Frasier: Season 1
DVD ~ Kelsey Grammer
Price: CDN$ 10.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, June 18 2004
This review is from: Frasier: Season 1 (DVD)
I never liked the show until right around the time when it was taken off of the air. Like I said before, there aren't many spin-off's from other series that end up being successful. A take-off of Frasier Crane from Cheers, this sitcom lasted 11 long seasons that was loaded with Emmy awards. The first season is just as funny as the final season, unlike some of the other shows that are funnier in their more recent seasons, like The Simpsons. Here are a few brief descriptions of the more notable of the 24 episodes included in these four discs.
I Hate Frasier Crane: 8/10: Frasier is irritated with Eddie's habit of constantly staring at him. Niles brings an editorial to Frasier by someone who claims to hate Frasier. They exchange verbal insults, and a fistfight is insinuated. Martin encourages Frasier to fight, instead of backing down, like he did 30 years ago.
Call Me Irresponsible: 10/10: Frasier begins to date someone that he met unethically. He talked to the woman's former boyfriend on his show and told him to break off the relationship. He is torn between ethics and being happy. The crew takes a Christmas picture on October 21.
Death Becomes Him: 10/10: Martin's doctor dies suddenly at the age of 41. He was always a health freak, and this sudden death worries Frasier, because he is the same age. The funny part is when Frasier goes to the funeral and when he hears about how healthy this man was, he questions whether he is really dead.
Oops: 9/10: Rumors fly that someone at the radio station is going to get fired. When Bulldog's name is thrown around as the potential guy getting fired, he quits his job before he is able to get fired. Of course, he wasn't ever going to be fired in the first place.
A Midwinter Night's Dream: 8/10: Niles and Daphne get stuck together alone and Frasier worries about what will happen, because Daphne isn't yet aware of Niles' crush on her.
We hear a lot about Maris, but never see her.

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