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exciting

Posted : 9 years, 11 months ago on 27 April 2008 04:16 (A review of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark)

The first and the best of the Indiana Jones trilogy, it has everything needed to justify watching it every year: the iconic but intellectual hero, the adventure and the chases, the epic spectacle, John Williams’ outstanding score, and sheer excitement throughout!


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fun fun fun

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 26 April 2008 02:55 (A review of Sydney White)

Sydney White (Bynes) is not just a typical college freshman, she's also a Kappa Phi Nu sister who, with the death of her mother, was raised by her father (Schneider), a plumber. As it soon becomes evident that she isn't KPN material, she finds a home in the Vortex, with 7 guys. With them, she will fight for what they believe in.

I can't think of any word that describes this film, other than "fun". Because that's what it is. It's not great, it's not smart or witty, it's funny but not that much, it's just plain fun.
No extraordinary acting, nothing of great significance.
Another good hour and a half of good ol' fun.


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idiotic but fun

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 26 April 2008 02:48 (A review of April Fool's Day)

April Fool's Day 2007. A tragic death takes place. One year later, the people involved get back together to find the person who allegedly has proof about who the murderer is.

The script is totally childish, and ridiculously idiotic, but at the same time, it's fun. The actors are pretty lame, still it's a whole bunch of fun.
I won't give away the end, but I can just say I kinda figured it out.
It's a mindless hour and a half, not a script that requires much thinking.
If you've got time to waste, this is just as good as anything.


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such a disappointment

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 26 April 2008 10:23 (A review of Things We Lost in the Fire)

A widow (Berry) invites her husband's friend, Jerry (Del Toro) to live with her and her two kids. Her husband's best friend (Lynch) befriends Jerry.

I fail to see what was so great in this movie, certainly not the script !

As for the acting, only Benicio del Toro and John Carroll Lynch are worth mentioning. The others definitely delivered second rate performances, especially Halle Berry.
The directing was not extraordinary. It wasn't even ordinary. It was just plain lame.
The photography was pretty awful, the characters were lost with the background, mostly in the scenes shot outside.

I was told by friends the movie was fun, and went by quickly. I don't think I've ever seen such a slow film! and time sure didn't go by fast enough.
It was so slow I started watching it at x1.5 speed with subtitles, and it still didn't pick up. This morning I finally gave it another chance by resuming it, and frankly, I fail to see the point of the movie.

Unless you have a good reason to watch this boring drama, I'd stay away from it.


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brilliant

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 22 April 2008 01:24 (A review of Stardust)

Tristan promises his loved one, Victoria, that he will bring her a fallen star to prove his love. During his quest for the fallen star, he will encounter a world different than his... and find his real true love.

I was very surprised to see such raving reviews for this film, as I hadn't expected it to be so appreciated.

Wonderful acting by everyone, but De Niro. All other performances just proved how bad De Niro's acting is, it was just beyond belief. That said, this role as a "whoopsie" was perfect for him! Really. He was so bad he was good! Finally Pfeiffer is at her best. Let's not forget Claire Danes' superb performance! Charlie Cox is truly a gem, I hope he continues to be as talented in other films as he is here. Perfect directing.

Beautiful cinematography, truly great decors and costumes.

I can't get enough of this movie, despite the fact that its story is so simple, basic, predictable, it is still such a delight from start to finish. I, like Gwenny, was transported back to a world where Good and Evil coexisted and Life itself seemed so simple. The movie proves you don't need original stories to be a great film; simple themes, as presented here, also provide enjoyable films.

I will be watching this motion picture at least once a year, it's that great.


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not what I expected

Posted : 10 years ago on 19 April 2008 11:43 (A review of Michael Clayton)

Prelude's review sums up the film's plot quite well so I won't repeat it :)

I must mention that to me, it's "just another lawyer movie". Don't get me wrong, it's a great story, but it's been done so many times, that in the end... it gets boring.

I did not find Clooney's acting to be out of this world or even extraordinary. I found it quite plain and void of feelings. Didn't feel any interest in any of the characters.

I also didn't understand why Swinton got an Oscar, she didn't give that great a performance.

I did enjoy the cinematography, the editing, Tom Wilkinson's acting, and the last scene between Clooney and Swinton.

That said, don't watch if you're tired, as the film can be slow at times.


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way too long

Posted : 10 years ago on 19 April 2008 11:33 (A review of Dinotopia)

Two half-brothers and their father in a plane, crash in the sea. The brothers survive and enter the world of Dinotopia, a world in which dinosaurs live with humans... David will try to become one of the Dinotopians, while Carl wants to go back to his world.

This is quite fun - at times - though I found the CGI was not that great; the acting isn't the best either; and the dinosaurs are... well... entertaining at best.

My problem with this tv movie is that it is way too long. Those five hours could easily have been crammed into a regular feature of two hours; there was just too many scenes that weren't needed.

Enjoyable for the family. Most kids would love this!


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refreshing

Posted : 10 years ago on 19 April 2008 11:25 (A review of Sharkwater)

This is a documentary about shark-lover Rob Stewart, who (like me) has always loved sharks. Here, he tells us the truth about sharks, for example, he states that they are not as dangerous as they are claimed to be, due to popular inaccurate beliefs. He also explains the importance of sharks in the food chain, in the ocean.
Stewart also presents the world of shark finning, off Costa Rica and the Galapagos.

This is a very refreshing documentary that will change the viewer's opinion, but fast!, on sharks and their lives.
Great images, and splendid undersea footage.


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surfing... usa!

Posted : 10 years ago on 18 April 2008 11:32 (A review of Point Break)

I think I can safely state that after 3 months of playing Speed, the movie theater in Riga must have *really* enjoyed Keanu Reeves because, right after those 3 months, the theater people decided to show Point Break for... one month. So once again, I set off to watch that film several times, and thoroughly enjoy it, despite its flaws and bad acting (need I mention Keanu??? Swayze is okay).

Good cop goes undercover in a world of surfing... and bank robberies. What's not to like ? Surfing, babes, good-looking men, action... Hot... and cool stuff!!

Another movie I watch once a year, just for the memories it brings back :)


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caution

Posted : 10 years ago on 18 April 2008 02:52 (A review of The Spiderwick Chronicles)

Definitely be cautious about taking your kids to see this film. I'm a grown-up and some scenes were quite scary to me!

A new family moves into an old house. One of the twins discovers an enchanted book which brings to life a whole new world of goblins, fairies, and other monsters.

The CGI is well done, the monsters felt very much "alive" and all are quite scary it's so well done. I myself jumped in my seat a few times !

I didn't know this was based on a book, but should have known - with the popularity of movies like The Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter, it was obvious the Spiderwick Chronicles would be adapted to the big screen. In any case, the movie made me want to read the books as I felt a lot of the action was too fast, and something was missing.

Still quite an entertaining movie for the family.


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