Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (27 of 34)
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Just another movie buff with opinions. I try to be fair, but I have my pet peeves, mostly hype on the one hand and pretense on the other.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 387,792 - Total Helpful Votes: 27 of 34
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Harry Bosch, July 18 2004
An absolutely terrific first novel in the superb Hironymous Bosch series, introduces us to Michael Connelly's enigmatic and troubled LA detective. Harry Bosch lives for his job, and the cost to his personal life and relationships is troubling.
When we meet Harry, he has already been, in essence, demoted by being kicked off of the elite Robbery/Homicide squad and stuck in Homicide in the Hollywood division. But Harry is a pure detective, and will work every case with the same single-minded tenacity that gets results while alienating him from his fellows and irritating his bosses.
A throw-away death of a junkie found in a drainage pipe would have gone unnoticed if anyone but Harry… Read more
L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais
L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Joe Pike?, July 18 2004
A friend's daughter is missing and Joe Pike asks his friend Elvis Cole to help him find her. Along the way we discover that the missing girl and Joe Pike had once been an item and that is just the beginning of what author Robert Crais reveals about the enigmatic, silent partner to his gregarious wise-ass hero, Elvis Cole.
It was time in the series to do something more than another fast-paced, wise-crack laden, plot-driven Cole/Pike adventure. Not that the novel is slow and humorless, but here Crais has decided to round out Joe Pike, giving him more background and history to explain some of his mystery. It's a cracking good story at that.
Adding depth to his characters will only… Read more
The Last Samurai (Widescreen) (2 Discs) <b>DVD</b> ~ Tom Cruise
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars PC Samurais, July 6 2004
I wrote a couple of lengthy reviews of this film, criticizing the romanticizing of the Bushido code and other aspects of this film. For reasons unknown to me, Amazon declined to publish them. So I will be brief:
This is a film for all those (and judging by my reading of Amazon reviews: they are legion) who loathe America and love a romanticized and fictitious culture peopled with wise and far nobler folks than we crass capitalists. It is a false, pernicious, and short-sighted view of the world, history and the achievements and failings of human beings everywhere. But it has a vast and gullible audience that eats it up. So, indulge yourselves once more.
Every culture and all… Read more