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Cop Land (Widescreen)
Cop Land (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Sylvester Stallone
Offered by Videophile549
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe A Great Stallone Flick Once A Decade ..., Dec 9 2002
This review is from: Cop Land (Widescreen) (DVD)
Sylvester Stallone returned to 'acting' in this stellar outing detailing big city corruption bleeding onto the 'burbs in COP LAND, a terrific ensemble piece backed up by such thespian heavyweights as Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. Rumor has it that Stallone put on a good forty pounds to play a small town Jersey cop trying to get out from under the weight of gangsterized police work, only to endure several personal risks along the way. A great little film that, in the hands of other talent, would've fallen flat. Look for great supporting roles for Annabel Sciorri (sp?) and Jeannine Garafalo (sp?).
If Stallone only hits one out of the park once every ten years, I can live with that.

The American President
The American President
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't Get My Vote, Dec 8 2002
This review is from: The American President (DVD)
Michael Douglas plays a largely smug President (think "Bill Clinton") and Annette Benning plays his wiley, intellectually-equal sparing mate (think "Hilary Clinton") in life and love as a journalist assigned to the White House Press Corps in THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (forget all about Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, and the other women).
I suppose I would rate the film higher if either of their performances in such a contrived romance were marginally believable, but, sadly, I've always thought this film was one large Hollywood misfire aimed at showing how evil Republicans are and how righteous Democrats are, which Rob Reiner basically confirmed in the press tour. If the story had, instead, focused on the budding love of the principals and then given them true credibility (Benning gives in WAY too fast as a journalist and professional, and Douglas struts around making decisions that impact millions of people both positively and negatively as if he had spoken to the burning bush instead of Moses), I probably would've enjoyed the picture more.
Outside of Douglas's grandstanding speech at the end (which is given excessive and unnecessary dead weight by a seemingly Earth-shaken Richard Dreyfuss as a 'mean and nasty' Republican senator), there are very few memorable moments here. The love affair happens too fast and involves too little consequence (other than humorous ones), and it's all neat, tidy, and acceptable as far as the pollsters would have the American people think.
The secondary players here end up doing a far better job than the principals as they're not suckered into the obvious politicking of the film. Had Rob Reiner not been so much in love with Bill Clinton or had he decided on using a better role model as President, again it may've all ended up getting a second term (think "sequel").

Another Stakeout (Widescreen)
Another Stakeout (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Richard Dreyfuss
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
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1.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER Stakeout?, Dec 7 2002
ANOTHER STAKEOUT demonstrates the worst kind of Hollywood pandering: "Aw, come on! You liked the first one! Why not see the second?"
Thank goodness no one's come up with the ideas ONE MORE STAKEOUT, STILL STAKING OUT, or HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A STAKEOUT?
Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez shared some buddy screen magic (not much, but some) in the first visit, but this time around it's complete Dullsville. Emilio's mustache has never looked more glued on, and the make-up job was possibly an inside allegory for this thin plot that doesn't stretch the bounds of creativity set forth by the first installment.
You'll be more entertained signing the house up for a second mortgage.

Alien 3 (Bilingual)
Alien 3 (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
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Price: CDN$ 27.56
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, Maybe It's Not the Best ..., Dec 7 2002
This review is from: Alien 3 (Bilingual) (DVD)
... the ALIEN 3 has been bashed for many years for being simply that; an inferior follow-up to two great first installments in the saga. Certainly, everyone can concede that it would be extraordinarily difficult to match up to the sheer scare power of ALIEN or ALIENS, and ALIEN 3 deserves a second look on its own merits.
That said, this outing finds Lt. Ripley crash-landing onto a prison world, where she faces a cadre of lustful killers who -- in an odd twist of fate -- are already too late: a seed has been planted inside her, and it's her worst nightmare come true. Ellen Ripley carries an infant alien, the next generation of horror, and thus ensues the race against time to battle both a full-size predator on the loose, the one germinating inside our heroine, and the evil forces of the company who've learned that there's still an alien out there for them to the world of business.
In one tidy little package, ALIEN 3 is a well-paced allegory for all that Ripley has feared. Standing alone, it's a nice little film -- not a great one -- that probably has been stripped by fandom of its ability to be just that: one nice little scare. Being part of a trilogy (well, until the next installment anyway) where the first two parts equal a sum far greater than ALIEN 3 could match, its swallowed up like prey.

Bachelor Party (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Bachelor Party (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and 50% Less Raunchy ... To A Point, Nov. 29 2002
Not quite as raunchy as a movie of this topic could've been, BACHELOR PARTY has equal parts 'raunch' and 'trash' as it does 'feel-good' laughs ... and that's largely due to the charm of its star, a young erstwhile Tom Hanks long before he was a media darling and an Oscar contender.
In as unlikely a scenario as has ever been filmed, Hanks -- a school bus driver -- has snagged a voluptuous heiress to be his winning bride, but not before Hanks' rowdy friends carry through on their plans to throw -- you guessed it -- a bachelor party, hence the name of the film. Enter the obligatory hookers, horse jokes, and a nerdy ex-boyfriend, and the laughs begin.
Sure, it might be predictable, and, yes, it might be dated, but BACHELOR PARTY still has some classic yucks worthy of a cult film. Definitely worth the view.

Airheads (Widescreen)
Airheads (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Brendan Fraser
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not An Academy Awards Dished Out Here, Nov. 28 2002
This review is from: Airheads (Widescreen) (DVD)
A largely forgettable movie (and deservedly so), AIRHEADS coulda been a contender. It had some box office draws before they were relative heavyweights (Adam Sandler, Brendon Fraser, and Steve Buscemi). It had a great comic premise surrounding a wannabe rock band taking over a radio station for the sole purpose of airing their demo tape. It even had some nice little performances from the supporting characters. How did a little film with such potential end up so uneven?
Two words: didn't gel.
The greater comic moments are brushed aside in a quick moving tale that, ultimately, ends up being about nothing more than jilted love ... but isn't that the driving force behind all wannabe heavy metal bands?
Maybe that's why I don't enjoy heavy metal.

Psi Spies
Psi Spies
by Jim Marrs
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Meaty As Marrs Other Work, But ..., Nov. 28 2002
This review is from: Psi Spies (Paperback)
Jim Marrs is a cottage industry when it comes to conspiracy writings.
He has dealt with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He has explored the behind-the-scenes histories and tinkerings of secret societies in their collective bid to control the fate of the planet. He has even given one fine comprehensive examination to the entire UFO phenomenon that will probably go unmatched in the history of UFO books.
In PSI SPIES, he deals with exposing the United States government's covert use of psychic powers (largely remote viewing) in the exploration of handling foreign affairs. While it's not a truly great book (I thought it lacked some of the depth of his other tomes, and that's largely due to the scraps of true facts and research available on the subject), it is still one fine piece of investigative journalism.
It's an important read if for no other reason for the reader to understand -- through the eyes of one of the book's principals -- to what extend a government is willing to reach ... and then attempt everything possible to cover it up in the end.
Incidentally, the book probably would've been far more in depth had the US Government not gone to attempting to keep it unpublished. Marrs has a way of tilting the scales in the direction of truth, so much so that he disturbs those secretly in power, and his books do rattle you to the bones in several places.
A must-read for conspiracy fans. A must-read for fans of the occult, in fact. And, a must-read for any person seriously interested in knowing the tentacles which clandestine operations try to grasp control of our very lives.

Adventures in Babysitting (Bilingual)
Adventures in Babysitting (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Elisabeth Shue
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2.0 out of 5 stars One Ridiculous Night Out ... For Kids Only, Nov. 28 2002
This often-overrated schtick has one redeeming value: the gratuitous pleasure of seeing a young, immaculate-skinned Elisabeth Shue long before she was a gritty, Oscar-contending actress. She stars as Chris, who agrees to a night of babysitting after being dumped by her (obviously braindead) boyfriend. However, circumstances evolve that require Chris to rescue a good friend from the big city of Chicago (given screen life here as a character in the flick) ... and the comedy begins!
Gangs, thugs, and truckers abound in this silly little film, really only intended for viewers who enjoy silly little films.

Baby Boom (Widescreen)
Baby Boom (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Diane Keaton
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Price: CDN$ 71.41
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dated 'Chick Flick', Nov. 27 2002
This review is from: Baby Boom (Widescreen) (DVD)
BABY BOOM roared onto the scene with the lovely Diane Keaton in the title role as a Manhattan executive who suddenly inherits a baby girl ... and loses all sense of maternal instinct. A droll film, poorly paced and predictably acted, BABY BOOM appears terribly dated and uninteresting. Far better comedy films have been made about this subject, and it's a shame that Ms. Keaton's gifts were wasted in this baby fodder.

The Abyss (Special Edition)
The Abyss (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Ed Harris
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 33.98
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3.0 out of 5 stars Abyssmal?, Nov. 27 2002
This review is from: The Abyss (Special Edition) (DVD)
Walking out of the theatre upon first viewing James Cameron's mini-epic, I remember thinking what a wretched payoff to such a sensation build-up. On subsequent viewings -- and with the help of some restored footage ACTUALLY MAKING SENSE OF THE ENDING -- THE ABYSS is a far better film than I remember.
Ed Harris plays a remarkable man caught in a remarkable situation, and the ensemble cast are standbys from most of the Cameron pics for the timeframe. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in particular, has never been lovelier, and the frustration her character feels at loving a man who makes her so incensed is an emotion only a true adult can identify with.
Without a doubt, every viewer can appreciate the truth: Jim Cameron had to make this film before he could go on to make the titanic THE TITANIC. So, viewing THE ABYSS as a stepping stone to a greater end, certainly helps put a new perspective on this film.
Great special effects, excellent pacing, and superb editing, THE ABYSS still feels like a meal only half-prepared to me but one I wouldn't walk away from the table from. A little more meat on them bones would've made this a film for the ages.

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