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Action movie with a message

Posted : 13 years, 4 months ago on 7 November 2006 06:05 (A review of V for Vendetta)

'People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.'

That quote stayed with me long after seeing this movie. Although the original story was against a future totalarian Thatcher british government, it can easily be applied to any right-wing government that starts to restrict freedom, put up curfews, limit free speech, and even go extreme measures such as creating your own terror 'accident' and blaming it on scapegoats just so you can be that much closer to complete government control.

It is also clear in the movie that they are linking the current Bush administration, and even goes as far as suggesting the nation's biggest terrorist attack was actually an inside job. Though 9/11 is not in the storyline, you get the idea what the writers were trying to suggest. The movie also blurs the line that defines a 'terrorist' and a 'freedom fighter'. No matter what your thoughts are on the current 'war on terror', this movie will show you what true freedom means, and why people have a right to fight back to take control of the ever-increasing military right-wing governments of the world.

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Intense, suspensful, edge-of-seat action

Posted : 13 years, 4 months ago on 7 November 2006 05:43 (A review of The Bourne Supremacy)

These days, everyone uses (and over-uses) the wildly moving camera angles, and this movie has PLENTY of that (warning to any epileptics out there) but this movie is one of the few that deserve this intense camera work. This movie starts off with a major shock which gets Jason Bourne out of hiding and into revenge mode. It also explores more about Jason's past, and his guilt at what he used to be.

An action movie with a believable plot, instense suspense from beginning to end, awesome car chase scenes, shocking moments, and even a bit of drama near the end when he tries to tackle with his guilt. You can't ask for a more perfect action flick.

James Bond is dead. Long live the new spy action hero, Jason Bourne.

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Globalization Documentary

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 31 October 2006 05:16 (A review of Life and Debt (2001))

This documentary exposes what globalization has done to the economy of Jamaica. A real eye opener. I think of this film everytime I see bananas on sale for $29 cents a pound, as one part of the film explains how the massive corporations like Dole go out of their way to wipe out local banana farmer and just shift all operations to nations that dont have labor laws. Also, it shows how McDonalds opens franchises in all the tourist spots, yet refuses to buy local beef and produce, even threatening lawsuits if government tries to block import of US beef into Jamaica. It explores sweat shop conditions in large manufacturing areas, and how corporations just squash and simply move out if any sort of labor laws are attempted. And it also focuses on why Jamaica went into massive debt, and why they are now 'slaves' to whatever the World Bank dicates to them, in regards to their internal economic policies.

Next time you're out vacationing in Jamaica, thinking you're supporting their economy, take a visit to the slums of Kingston to see what your nation's corporations have done to the local population and industries.

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It left me speechless...

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 31 October 2006 05:05 (A review of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003))

Wow... Ok, quick summary. These filmmakers were making a documentary on Hugo Chavez and his new populist government in Venezuela, when during filming, the attempted overthrow of Chavez took place, led by media elite in Venezuela, Oil tycoons, and CIA. So unknowingly, this now became a documentary not just about Chavez, but also about the overthrow of a government, and subsequent media cover-up, and then a few days later, the people revolted and helped by the military guards, Chavez was returned to power.

Anyone who has typical views of Chavez as a dictator and how he's a commie and a terrorist supporter needs to view this documentary. There are no 'opinions' given, its just a straight plain documentary, with interviews from all sorts of people, from President Chavez, down to the people in the slums, and the rich elite in the upper class parts of venezuela. And come to your own conclusion as to the events that happpened during the attempted overthrow of Chavez, and once it happens again (and believe me, it will), you will be better informed on the REAL reasons behind it, and what a true democracy looks like.

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A Perfect Psychotic Thriller

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 30 October 2006 03:47 (A review of The Machinist)

Trevor is an industrial machinist, but he's disturbed. He has a severe case of insomnia, and hasn't slept in a year. His only comfort is the pretty waitress he chats with at the airport diner, and a prostitute he visits regularly. One day, a shady bald cowboy named Ivan starts working at the factory, and things turn for the worst. Is Ivan playing head games on him? Is he messing around with his prostitute? Is he turning all his co-workers against him?

From the very beginning scene, this movie is continously throwing clues at you, and with any luck, will keep you guessing all the way to the end. What is real and what isn't. Will the waitress he likes help him overcome his paranoia, or will Ivan start messing with her life too?

And I don't agree with the other comment; This movie's plot is unique. Sure, the plot of 'someone going crazy' HAS been done many times before, but that's like saying 'world war 2 plot' have been done before. 'Someone going crazy' is a very broad category. But I feel no other movie has ever explored the power of GUILT so well, and what it can do to the mind of the guilty.

And I certainly wouldnt let the fact that Bale looks disgusting be a MINUS against the film. It's one of its strongest points. Bale went from 183lbs to 120lbs for this movie. He wanted to go to 100lbs, but director stopped him at 120 out of fear for Bale's health. His 63lbs loss for a movie is a record, and shows just how commited this talented actor is. He became one of my favorite actors after this film. He changed so much in this film that you cannot even recognize him.

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A unique masterpiece

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 27 October 2006 11:34 (A review of A Clockwork Orange)

The moment I heard the first lines of the film, I was hooked:

Alex: There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.

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Brilliant indie comedy

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 25 October 2006 11:35 (A review of The Delicate Art of Parking)

This canadian comedy is great, so if you happen to see this obscure film in your local video store, I do suggest you rent it.

A couple of the actors are from the hit tv show 'Corner Gas', also Canadian-made.

This comedy is made to look like a documentary that follows several parking cops around Vancouver, as they deal with stress of their job, how they deal with problem customers, and how they feel when their jobs are being replaced by automated parking meters.

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Underrated Comedy

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 24 October 2006 08:37 (A review of I Spy (2002))

I Spy got poor reviews, didn't do that well in the theaters, gets a low IMDB rating, yet I can't help but love this comedy. The pairing of Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson is excellent. Owen Wilson is great as always, but Eddie Murphy stole this film. To me, this reminded me of his early Beverly Hills Cop days, as well as Bowfinger.

There were so many memorable lines, the story is far-fetched but its a spy comedy so its excusable, and the lead woman, Famke Jansenn ~~ drool ~~ I mean, do I need to say anything else about that goddess?

If you're looking for a good pointless comedy to sit down and watch, eat popcorn, and bust your gut in many laughs, give this movie a go. My favorite part was when Owen was trying to use his low-tech gadgets to track and listen in on a bad guy's car.

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One of best movies you never saw

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 24 October 2006 02:30 (A review of Buffalo Soldiers)

9/11 buried this movie's release. The story revolves around post-cold war US Army Base in Germany, and with no enemies, the soldiers are bored. Crime, drugs and corruption are rampant thru the base. Meth labs are run from barracks, missiles are stolen and sold to Arab dealers in town.

It was filmed before 9/11, and understandably the studios did not want to release a movie that shows the US Army is such a negative light, so the release was buried, and it pretty much went straight to DVD. But if you're looking for a great movie, superb plot, and excellent acting, look no further and check this flick out.

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Typical Hollywood Trash

Posted : 13 years, 5 months ago on 24 October 2006 01:48 (A review of War of the Worlds)

Hollywood Blockbusters like this are main reason why I find myself looking more for independent releases. This movie had so much potential because it had an excellent book to back it as well as Spielberg, but two things ruined it: Tom Cruise, and major plot holes.

-Why did camcorder still work after electo-magnetic blast took out everything else?
-How come only Tom Cruise's mechanic (and entire army) are only people that knew how to fix cars after the electro-magnetic blast?
-Why do people run in straight lines down the road when being chased by alien spider-bots?
-How come a crashed airliner managed to take out the entire neighborhood, but the holy minivan didnt even get a scratch?
-The world is ending, everyone you know is dead, so why is everyone walking calmly in large groups to unknown destination without panic?
-Tom Cruise is the only one in a large US crowd with a gun? come on.

Then my brain really started hurting, so i just couldnt comprehend the rest, or even TRY to explain it. red stuff everywhere? then some typical army rah-rah stuff, then something about a pedophile, then humans being harvested, then you have the cheezy ending of re-uniting loves ones (i guess Boston didnt get attacked since everyone was still at home) and to wrap up the invasion story-line, something about birds killing the aliens.

Ah well, at least they didnt upload a virus via USB port of an Apple laptop, like they did in Independence Day. LOL.

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