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Platoon (Widescreen) [Import]
Platoon (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Charlie Sheen
Offered by importcds__
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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
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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
Beverly Hillbillies
VHS
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty funny, June 28 2004
This review is from: Beverly Hillbillies (VHS Tape)
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 ~ Tom Cruise
Price: CDN$ 7.49
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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)
True Romance (2-Disc Special Edition) (Unrated Director's Cut)
DVD ~ Christian Slater
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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1.0 out of 5 stars great scott, June 24 2004
what the hell is tony scott doing??? quentin tarantino really knows how to ruin something potentially good.

Mystic River Deluxe
Mystic River Deluxe
DVD ~ Sean Penn
Offered by vidco
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, June 22 2004
This review is from: Mystic River Deluxe (DVD)
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.

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.

Open Range (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
Open Range (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Robert Duvall
Price: CDN$ 5.97
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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.

Phone Booth
Phone Booth
DVD ~ Colin Farrell
Price: CDN$ 11.98
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1.0 out of 5 stars What the hell?!?!, June 18 2004
This review is from: Phone Booth (DVD)
Seriously, what is Joel Schumacher thinking? Is this really the same person that directed A Time To Kill, The Client, Falling Down, Flatliners and St. Elmo's Fire? According to the record books, it is the same person, but I don't understand how one person who has made so many good ones can make one this horrifically bad. Granted, every good director is entitled to a bad movie or two, but this is easily one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It's right down there with Minority Report. Colin Farrell has been a terrible actor from Day 1, and I was aware of that going into it, but Katie Holmes and Forest Whitaker are underrated, especially Whitaker's performance in 1994's Blown Away. The movie is too short, only 81 minutes. All you see is a guy that answers a phone and gets forced into humiliating acts, and coming clean to his wife. It's beyond stupid.

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