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Last Warrior (Full Screen) [Import]
Last Warrior (Full Screen) [Import]
DVD ~ Dolph Lundgren
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2.0 out of 5 stars Action-less action movie, June 18 2003
I've seen several of Doplh Lundgren's films. SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO had to have been one of his best, and he excelled as the cop who I nicknamed "SGT. SAMURAI". I also liked some of his other films like SWEEPERS, and Lundgren made a great bad guy in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER.
These days, he's suffered the fate of so many karate stars out there to be condemned to only direct-to-video films. He may never be in another theatrical fim again, but that doesn't mean he can't still make good films. I rented this and popped it into the DVD player, having read reviews of it on .... There, it was classified as an action;martial arts;science fiction hybrid, and that appealed to me. I rented WARRIOR hoping to see some of Lundgren's kung fu on display in an exciting action film.
And that's the problem. This movie has much less action than Lundgren fans and Lundgren himself deserve. Oh, what little action there is in this flick is pretty well staged and has Lundgren showing off his martial arts prowess, and earns this film 2 stars in my book. The story is pretty clever to. An earthquake separating California from the mainland U.S., and it is then overrun by inmates of the maximum securiy prison.
That sounds like the perfect setup for an action film, doesn't it? Of course. So why didn't the filmmakers get it right. Didn't they know that action films THAT HAVE ACTION are popular for a reason? Apparantly not. This is the kind of action film that was made in the days when guys like Davey Crockett were popular. Thank God we've gotten past that.
Lundgren's career seems to be at a crossroads now, not so much because he's stuck doing direct-to-video, but because he did this movie. I have no doubt that his other films and his next film will better more enjoyable than this, but if he does continue to make this kind of action film, where the action is running on empty, he may be demoted further from direct-to-video to released-on-video-after-sitting-on-the-studio-shelf-for-three-years.

Who Am I? (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual)
Who Am I? (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jackie Chan
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 70.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I might have amnesia, but I'm not stupid!!!", June 17 2003
Jackie Chan's most expensive Hong Kong film was even a direct-to-video movie in the states. It got released on cable tv on SEPTEMBER 11th, 1998. How 'bout that. It should've been a theatrical feature.
The movie opens with Jackie as part of a commando team capturing terrorists who are experimenting with a new kind of chemical-based explosive. But after they've succeded, the commandos superiors betray them, and crash the chopper. Only Jackie survives (he falls out into some trees before the crash), but awakens with a bad case of near total amnesia. All it seems he can remember is his martial arts training, so he's got to uncover the truth and stop the bad guys before the new bomb gets into the wrong hands.
This movie has more plot than most of Jackie's flicks (GORGEOUS, as good as it was, has no more story than a children's lullaby.) This also has MORE kung fu fighting than alot of jackie's other films, and they're all loaded with it. The acting, for the most part, is atrocious, but it doesn't distract for the movies selling-point. The blend of action and comedy, Jackie Chan style, to make a fun action;comedy;martial arts hybrid that works.
Fans will enjoy one of Jackie's many trademarks, which is the use of both his martial arts skills as well as any props are in arms reach. During one scene, Jackie has his hands tied behind his back, and he uses a chair to help him ward off his opponents. In another scene, he's had his shoes removed by one guy who wants to just step on his feet and capture him, so he gets ahold of some wooden shoes to use as weapons.
Even the final showdown on the top of a skyscraper is uncommonly impressive for a Jackie Chan movie, where he faces not one, but two opponents with the strength and speed to match his. It's a quintessential Jackie Chan action-comedy, sure to please way more than just it's target audience. In closing, I'd just like o point out the scene where Jackie gaives his gun to someone claiming to be an ally, who then puts the gun to Jackie's head and pulls the trigger. It doesn't fire, and for once, it's not because it's out of bullets.

Me, Myself & Irene (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
Me, Myself & Irene (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jim Carrey
Price: CDN$ 6.98
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3.0 out of 5 stars "What are you starin' at - - - - er?!", June 17 2003
This is one of Jim Carrey's first R-rated movies, and he has ditched his trademark gross-out humor in favor of more straight-forward sexual innuendo("sound good, candy-pants?"), comical methods of swearing("Oh,---- my ozone.") and just beating the living tar out of himself, since he is the battlefield for two seperate personalities waging war over the same body. Charlie Bailygates (Jim Carrey, of course) is the kind of guy that you can just walk all over. He's been a painfully docile and non-confrontational police officer ever since his wife left him for a vertically challanged smart-elic and left him the responsibility of raising little Jamaal, Lee Harvey, and Shonte jr.
But one day, all that changes. When Charlie is pushed too far, Hank, the personification of all of Charlie's repressed anger, erupts and the battle for the Bailygates body is on. It turns even more so when Irene (Renee Zellwegger) is on the run from her old boss, whose out to kill her. Charlie tries to protect her, but Hank gets in the way alot, and the two personalities compete for Irene's affections.
IRENE is the kind of movie that doesn't completly succeed or fail in it's attempts to cause laughter. Hank is the ironic character. He seems to have been concoted as comic relief for a comedy. I don't think this is a bad thing at all, I liked the movie. Hank may actually be the most interesting character in the movie, and the dirty tricks he pulls to get cozy with Charlie's Angel result in Charlie eventually getting tazered, thrown off a hill, and kicked in the nuts. Hank is the first alternate personality I've seen with road rage.
The funniest scene, by far, has got to be when Hank and Charlie get in to a fist-fight, with the end result being Jim Carrey smacking himself around. Then there's the scene where Hank first appears, and unleashes the proper comuppance on the people who use Charlie for a doormat, though the woman with the baby didn't desreve what she got. In all, I found it to be pretty funny. In all, how funny you find depends on whether you find an albino nick named "Milky" or "Whitey" amusing.

Dumb and Dumber (Bilingual)
Dumb and Dumber (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jim Carrey
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 91.63
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Pills are good, Pills are good.", June 16 2003
This review is from: Dumb and Dumber (Bilingual) (DVD)
This is one movie that lives up to it's title boast, that's for damn sure. The "plot" hinges on Lloyd (Jim Carrey), a seriously.... well, I guess stupid is the nicest word I can think of. He drives a limo, and one day, falls for a girl named Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly, Jim's then-wife). He's so curteous as to grab the briefcase she leaves behind in the airport, but fails to catch her plane (in one of the funniest scenes in the movie.) So he and his roommate/best friend/intellectual peer Harry decide to head to Aspen to return it to her.
But they're both oblivious to the fact that it contains millions of dollars, and was left in the airport by Mary in the ariprot as ransom for her kidnapped husband. Now the bad guys are out to get Lloyd and Harry.
This was the Farrelly Brothers first movie, and let me tell you, they show no mercy. They have Lloyd raise $25 in loose change by taping the head of a decapitated parakeet on and selling it to a blind kid. And ohhhhh, that scene in the toilet with Harry will make you wanna have a pottie.
It's kinda difficult to pinpoint which of the two "heroes" falls under the DUMBER slot. Lloyd, at one point in the road trip, heads east and detours the duo by "a sixth of the way across the country. Harry, by contrast, gets his tongue frozen to a pole when tries to lick the frost off. But these two guys just blur the line between DUMB and DUMBER. Lloyd thinks it's a good idea to swap a van for nothing more than a scooter. And Harry's skill with a gun (or lack thereof) would make the NRA shudder.
I like the movie because it delivers what it promises:stupidity and comedy in equal measures, often (in fact, always) intertwined. There's one scene where Lloyd is being shaven, and suddenly grabs his throat, and it appears his throat has beeen slit when the red liquid comes out. Or, could it be ketchup?
Movies like this aren't for everyone, but (based on the amount of money DUMB AND DUMBER made), alot of people do enjoy toilet humor. The perfect test to determine how much you migght enjoy a movie is one I invented, called the E.N.D. test, and you apply it to this movie like this:if you've EVER felt compelled to do what Lloyd does when he needs to pee but can't stop the car, if youv'e NEVER had the accident Harry has at the gas station, and if you DON'T think that the samsonite label on a briefcase refers to it's owner, then this is your movie.
As you can see, I passed the E.N.D. test with flying colors.

Dumb and Dumber (Bilingual)
Dumb and Dumber (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jim Carrey
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 91.63
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Pills are good, Pills are good.", June 16 2003
This review is from: Dumb and Dumber (Bilingual) (DVD)
This is one movie that lives up to it's title boast, that's for damn sure. The "plot" hinges on Lloyd (Jim Carrey), a seriously.... well, I guess stupid is the nicest word I can think of. He drives a limo, and one day, falls for a girl named Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly, Jim's then-wife). He's so curteous as to grab the briefcase she leaves behind in the airport, but fails to catch her plane (in one of the funniest scenes in the movie.) So he and his roommate/best friend/intellectual peer Harry decide to head to Aspen to return it to her.
But they're both oblivious to the fact that it contains millions of dollars, and was left in the airport by Mary in the ariprot as ransom for her kidnapped husband. Now the bad guys are out to get Lloyd and Harry.
This was the Farrelly Brothers first movie, and let me tell you, they show no mercy. They have Lloyd raise $25 in loose change by taping the head of a decapitated parakeet on and selling it to a blind kid. And ohhhhh, that scene in the toilet with Harry will make you wanna have a pottie.
It's kinda difficult to pinpoint which of the two "heroes" falls under the DUMBER slot. Lloyd, at one point in the road trip, heads east and detours the duo by "a sixth of the way across the country. Harry, by contrast, gets his tongue frozen to a pole when tries to lick the frost off. But these two guys just blur the line between DUMB and DUMBER. Lloyd thinks it's a good idea to swap a van for nothing more than a scooter. And Harry's skill with a gun (or lack thereof) would make the NRA shudder.
I like the movie because it delivers what it promises:stupidity and comedy in equal measures, often (in fact, always) intertwined. There's one scene where Lloyd is being shaven, and suddenly grabs his throat, and it appears his throat has beeen slit when the red liquid comes out. Or, could it be ketchup?
Movies like this aren't for everyone, but (based on the amount of money DUMB AND DUMBER made), alot of people do enjoy toilet humor. The perfect test to determine how much you migght enjoy a movie is one I invented, called the E.N.D. test, and you apply it to this movie like this:if you've EVER felt compelled to do what Lloyd does when he needs to pee but can't stop the car, if youv'e NEVER had the accident Harry has at the gas station, and if you DON'T think that the samsonite label on a briefcase refers to it's owner, then this is your movie.
As you can see, I passed the E.N.D. test with flying colors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Round One, Ding!!!, June 16 2003
They say if you go to enough movies, you'll see your own story soon enough. I won't go into detail, but this Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy is a surprisingly funny and accurate recreation of my own recent life. Adam Sandler plays David Buznik, a docile, timid sales rep. with a lack of ability to deal with confrontation. One day, while on a plane where he's sitting next to Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), who seems to have a huge problem with talking during the movie. Through a huge misinterpretation of his quiet behavior on the plane, he is (mis)diagnosed as a walking Anger-machine and is sentenced to anger management classes. Ironically, Buddy Rydell is the therapist David is stuck with. Also ironically is how much more Rydell needs anger management than David does. This movie is comedy heaven, easily Sandler's (and Nicholson's) funniest film to date. Here's the most memeorable dialouge exchange between them:
Buddy:"David, there are two kinds of angry people, explosive and implosive. Explosive people show their anger relentlessly. Implosive people are like the cashier in a super market who take their punishment day by day until they finally burst out and shoot the customers in the grocery store. David, I think your'e the cashier.
David:"No,no,no, I'm the guy back in the frozen food section dailing 911."
Boy, that Rydell is one weird guy. He's so insistant on "curing" David, he's moves in with him, and even insists sleeping in his bed. Here's some dialouge from that particualr scene:
Buddy:"You know David, in Europe, it's not considered unusual for 5 or 6 men to sleep in the same bed."
David:"That's why I'm proud to be an American."
This is a real switch for Adam Sandler. He usually plays guys who need not only to be in anger management, but to be tazered and thrown in front of a judge. Those characters never got any of those punishments, but David suffers all three in the course of this movie. In fact, after this class, he may really need anger management, since the frustration he has to deal with often causes his to have outburts at other people. One of the most hilarious scenes involves Buddy forcing David to stop his car in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge and making him sing a childish song to cope with his "anger". And a running gag involves Buddy calming Daivd and other anger managees by saying "Goosefraba, Goosefraba" over and over.
Bottom Line, I reccomend this film to everyone, especially people actually in anger management classes or those misunderstood as agressive people. It's just a Hilarious comedy. And only those who have seen Sandler's first film "Billy Madison" will get the irony of how Nicholson's name is mentioned in that film, and Sandler is now doing a movie with him. Think about it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Round One, Ding!!!, June 16 2003
They say if you go to enough movies, you'll see your own story soon enough. I won't go into detail, but this Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy is a surprisingly funny and accurate recreation of my own recent life. Adam Sandler plays David Buznik, a docile, timid sales rep. with a lack of ability to deal with confrontation. One day, while on a plane where he's sitting next to Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), who seems to have a huge problem with talking during the movie. Through a huge misinterpretation of his quiet behavior on the plane, he is (mis)diagnosed as a walking Anger-machine and is sentenced to anger management classes. Ironically, Buddy Rydell is the therapist David is stuck with. Also ironically is how much more Rydell needs anger management than David does. This movie is comedy heaven, easily Sandler's (and Nicholson's) funniest film to date. Here's the most memeorable dialouge exchange between them:
Buddy:"David, there are two kinds of angry people, explosive and implosive. Explosive people show their anger relentlessly. Implosive people are like the cashier in a super market who take their punishment day by day until they finally burst out and shoot the customers in the grocery store. David, I think your'e the cashier.
David:"No,no,no, I'm the guy back in the frozen food section dailing 911."
Boy, that Rydell is one weird guy. He's so insistant on "curing" David, he's moves in with him, and even insists sleeping in his bed. Here's some dialouge from that particualr scene:
Buddy:"You know David, in Europe, it's not considered unusual for 5 or 6 men to sleep in the same bed."
David:"That's why I'm proud to be an American."
This is a real switch for Adam Sandler. He usually plays guys who need not only to be in anger management, but to be tazered and thrown in front of a judge. Those characters never got any of those punishments, but David suffers all three in the course of this movie. In fact, after this class, he may really need anger management, since the frustration he has to deal with often causes his to have outburts at other people. One of the most hilarious scenes involves Buddy forcing David to stop his car in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge and making him sing a childish song to cope with his "anger". And a running gag involves Buddy calming Daivd and other anger managees by saying "Goosefraba, Goosefraba" over and over.
Bottom Line, I reccomend this film to everyone, especially people actually in anger management classes or those misunderstood as agressive people. It's just a Hilarious comedy. And only those who have seen Sandler's first film "Billy Madison" will get the irony of how Nicholson's name is mentioned in that film, and Sandler is now doing a movie with him. Think about it.

Fists of Fury (Widescreen)
Fists of Fury (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Bruce Lee
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 45.33
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it supposed to be this funny?, June 16 2003
This review is from: Fists of Fury (Widescreen) (DVD)
I ask you once again, Is Bruce Lee's first starring role in THE BIG BOSS (titled FISTS OF FURY for it's U.S. audience) suuposed to be this,ph Ha Ha Ha, Hil- Ha Ha Ha- Hilarious? I really don't know. This has got to be one of the cheesiest hong kong films ever, but with good old Bruce Lee around, who cares?
The fighting is cool when Bruce Lee bursts with FURY, breaking a sacred promise to his mother to avoid fights. Most of the acting is fairly mediocre, with Bruce as an exception, of course. Boy, when he starts kickin', it's awesome, and even when he's just got that look in his eye, that he knows that he's in control of the fight and no matter how badly they beat him, he will always rise to the occasion and kick some [booty].
Bruce not only displays his martial arts skills, the finesse of his ossified physique, and his abilty to act, he even shows a few of his legendary punchlines, things like cracking his knuckles simply by making a FIST, or licking the blood off and open wound and screaming before retaliating.
Of course, Bruce was a pretty good actor, but even he couldn't always deal with dialouge as bad as this. The movies most memorable line was "They stole my rice cakes and kicked me." and wasn't even throw out there by Bruce. Nope, they left and innocent child with that responsibilty. Here's another pseudo semi-descent quote from the movie:
"Why hasn't my son come back. Go to the factory and see if you can locate him."
Bruce got all the best lines, and all of those are evidence that the writers just went through the motions for the dialouge. Didn't they know that the hero in any action film should have something clever to say. Nope, they gave Bruce childish dialouge.
Of course, that's 5 times what can be said for the dubbing. Everytime a punch or kick is throw in the movie, it somehow sounds like someone's blowing with great force into a microphone. And the cinematography is on par with your average camcorder. The martial arts scenes are terrifc, nonetheless. Bruce just had that ability to take any bad film, toss in his patented Jeet Kune Do, and voila! We have an enjoyable movie.
Bottom line, to Bruce Lee fans(of whom there are many)and non-fans (of whom there are very few) alike. Watch this film. Forget the dubbing, the dialouge, and sub-standard acting, and just watch and learn from the master.

Mad Max (Special Edition) (Sous-titres français)
Mad Max (Special Edition) (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 53.41
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You and me, Max, were gonna give 'em back their heroes.", June 15 2003
MAD MAX may actually live up to that boast. This was Mel Gibson's first role in an action film, and one of his only Australian films. The movie takes place in a post-apocolptic world where the cops just basically get their [bootys] kicked by road rats, who pretty much rule the highways. "Mad Max" Rockatansky is the only cop who seems up to par against the meanies. His Do-gooding (Or Good-doing......?) upsets one gang so mush, they murder Max's best friend, wife, and child. Well, wouldn't that just [tick] you off too? Of course, so Max is on a hunt for the murderers to enact revenge. This movie had a dirt-poor low-budget, little known actors, and few chances of a sequel. Well, the film was (at the time) the most financially successful australian film ever made, catapulted Mel Gibson into stardom (he later was known for his LETHAL WEAPON films), and produced not one, but 2 sequels, one of which (MAD MAX 2, known in the U.S. as THE ROAD WARRIOR) is even better than the first. The action scenes are fantastic, but one difference between this and your average action film is the character Max, and his futuristic environment. They engage you in a way that not only can you just indentify with the character and imagine yourself as the hero, he's so universal, you can imagine anyone in his shoes, doing exactly what he's doing. A very well made action film

Dr. Dolittle (Widescreen)
Dr. Dolittle (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Eddie Murphy
Offered by polski_film
Price: CDN$ 13.70
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where's Richard Pryor when we need him?, June 15 2003
This review is from: Dr. Dolittle (Widescreen) (DVD)
eddie murphy is a comical guy, but is he really the right guy to play in something as stupid as this? Of course, who is the right guy for it? One of the questions i can't stand to think about in this movie, is how Dolittle hears the animals speak, but their lips move and nobody notices. Can't they connect the dots? Obviously not. And obviously, the filmmakers couldn't either.

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