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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep and Intelligent, November 11, 2002
This review is from: Aaliyah (Audio CD)
Before her extremely untimely and tragic death last year, Aaliyah was on her way to becoming one of the biggest music and film stars that there was to offer. Her last CD titled 'Aaliyah' is full of depth and surprising intelligence. She was finally coming into her own and the music on this album is truly wonderful and inspiring. It showed that Aaliyah had developed into a mature, and inspirational young woman.
Each song on this CD is ultimately a triumph in its own right. The songs are mature and deep, and not shallow and bland like a lot of the music out there. The track "I Refuse" embodies all of these traits. After listening to this, one has to wonder just how great and huge Aaliyah would have became in the later years if she was still around to produce music.
Before her death, Aaliyah showed signs of major success. She was juggling a film and music career both at the same time and while we wish some just wouldn't do this , Jennifer Lopez for example, Aaliyah pulled this off without a hitch. If you're an Aaliyah fan, and somehow never managed to pick this up, then do so! Even if you're not a big Aaliyah fan, like myself, this album is still a very good treat.
Aaliyah dedicated this album to her deceased grandmother, and it's a shame that only a few months after the album's release, many other people were dedicating things to her. She will be missed and she won't be forgotten.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Ship Crashes, November 10, 2002
Dark Castle's last and first two attempts at feature length horror films were entertaining and provided the audience with some jaw dropping moments accompained with nice plot twists and great acting. They weren't the most stellar films around, but they did leave you mostly satisfied and not craving the last hour and a half of your time back. However, Ghost Ship fails to reach this. I left the theater in major dissapointment.
The plot is simple. A salvage crew bumps into a deserted ocean liner from the 60s floating mysteriously at sea. With the vision of dollar signs in their head, the crew decides to attempt to save this doomed ship instead of just leaving it at sea like they should. Of course, things quickly turn out not as they seem as the crew begins to see and hear rumblings of ghosts. Sounds interesting, yes? Well, it's not. It feels like the film is trying to reach a certain level of suspense, but it never gets there. It fails to build up enough suspense to keep the audience satisfied until the end.
Not all is bad with Ghost Ship though. Besides the many flaws, there are a few joyous scenes which include the very beginning, and the very end. Unfortunately, the first scene and the last 15 minutes are the only decent scenes in the entire film. And these scenes, as brilliant as they are, aren't enough to save the rest of the movie.
Dark Castle films are also notorious for revealing surprising and shocking plot twists that you aren't aware of until they're revealed. Ghost Ship does have this, but the scenes leading up to this are so bad that the shocker itself doesn't save this film from it's doom. Ghost Ship crashes on mostly all levels. I suggest waiting until this film comes to video, or going to see something entirely different.

Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions
DVD ~ Sarah Gellar
Offered by amazingwildcat
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Crafted, July 6, 2002
This review is from: Cruel Intentions (DVD)
Cruel Intentions portrays a tale of seduction, betrayal, selfishness, and love in an excellently crafted manner that will leave you breathless after the film is completely over.
One thing that should also be noted about this film, is that it also supports a top notch cast. Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is my favorite actress, plays the selfish self-absorbed Kathyrn with great grace and talent. This character is a complete opposite from her television character Buffy Summers, and Gellar manages to play it off extremely well and convincingly. Ryan Phillipe plays the sex-driven scheming Sebastian who begins to fall in love with the sweet and charming Anette, played by Reese Witherspoon, who is supposed to be the target of his bet placed with Kathyrn. Selma Blair and Joshua Jackson also co-star in this well written, superbly directed film.
The DVD contains whopping extras such as music videos, trailers, featurettes, commentaries, and deleted scenes. I highly recommend this film for anyone's DVD collection because it contains something interesting for just about everyone.

Simply Irresistible
Simply Irresistible
DVD ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Magical, July 6, 2002
This review is from: Simply Irresistible (DVD)
Simply Irresistible may not have done well in the box office, but that certainly doesn't mean that this film doesn't have any charm. Just because a movie doesn't find a proper following doesn't make it any less charming, in my opinion. Simply Irresistible is one of the best movies I've seen that hasn't had much viewership. It's fun, sweet, romantic, and just simply enjoyable all the way through.
This movie certainly boasts a top-notch cast that is led by the wonderful and amazing Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery. Amanda, played by Sarah Michelle, starts off as an awful chef but almost magically turns into a wonderful one overnight. She then begins falling in love with Tom, played by Sean Patrick, who is the owner of a popular department store.
Simply Irresistible tells a wonderful and romantic story of how scary falling in love can truly be and how wonderful it can be all at the same time. If you're in the mood for a light, romantic comedy, then I highly recommend this movie.

DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Comedy, July 5, 2002
This review is from: Heartbreakers (DVD)
Everyone has seen movies that contain con-artists and scam developing criminals, but Heartbreakers is a hilarious, hip film that depicts this in an amusing manner. The film is about a mother and daugther team working together to scam unsuspecting men for their money. Some of the scenes in this film, are absolutely hilarious and will have you laughing out loud for minutes. Heartbreakers isn't really a 'smart' funny film, it's more of a physical comedic film, meaning most of the laughs come from physical comedy such as golf clubs getting whacked against people's head, cars running into trees, people tripping and falling face flat on the floor, etc.
Jennifer Love Hewitt plays her ditzy, self-absorbed character extremely well. Throughout the course of the film, her character changes and becomes more sympathetic as she begins falling in love with a man she's supposed to be scamming. Jennifer represents this character extremely well. Sigourney Weaver, Gene Hackman, and Ray Liotta are also fantastic in this film. Most of the cast are mainly known throughout the world for their work in drama films, but they're also able to carry off this comedic film very well. The cast is absolutely amazing.
The DVD has whopping extras. Outtakes (which are extremely funny), Featurettes, trailers, deleted scenes, etc. This is definitely worth a look. Heartbreakers is a fun, hip, and hilarious comedy which is sure to have anyone with a sense of humor rolling in their seats. If you're looking for a funny film with intelligence, skip this. But, if you just want to laugh until you can't stop anymore, rent this film!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Classic, July 2, 2002
This review is from: Halloween (DVD)
In 1978, John Carpenter directed one of the most brilliant horror classics ever made. This small budget film starred one of the first performances given by the wonderful and now immensely popular Jamie Lee Curtis, and was named 'Halloween'. Over twenty years later, this film is still known as one of the best and scariest horror films ever produced.
The plot is very basic, but it manages to be very affective in what it sets out do, which is to scare and petrify its audience. It managed to do so back in 1978, and it still manages to do so today. Michael Myers, who killed his sister when he was just a child, is now older and much smater. He escapes from the mental institution in which he had been kept imprisoned for many years and returns to his small hometown of Haddonfield to wreak havoc on unsuspecting babysitters on Halloween night. The scenes are very eerie and creepy, and the chilling music score makes the movie even more terrifying.
Halloween has become a horror classic, and will remain so for an eternity. Anchor Bay produces an excellent DVD with awesome, eye popping extras. Never before has Halloween been so vividly clear with crystal clear audio. The extras contained are trailers, tv and audio spots, a photo gallery, and a special feature called 'Halloween Unmasked 2000'. This is a must own for any Michael Myers/horror fan.

Moulin Rouge (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Moulin Rouge (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Nicole Kidman
Offered by Marions Music
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best, June 29, 2002
Once in a while, a movie will come along that stays with you long after you watch it. It'll take you and send you through a thrilling emotional roller coaster ride. You become deeply attached with the characters and care about them as if they were your own family, and you remain highly anticipated of what's next all the way through. Moulin Rouge, starring the elegant and graceful Nicole Kidman along with the fresh and vibrant Ewan McGregor, highly impacted me in so many positive and surprising ways. From the trailers, this movie didn't strike me as anything worthwhile, but after renting the DVD, I loved it and decided to purchase it immediately. It was indeed one of the best purchases for a DVD that I have ever made. I was satisfied and beyond in so many ways.
The story is quite simple. Satine, played by Nicole Kidman, is a courtesan at the Moulin Rouge. She's an entertainer and an aspiring actress. Through a fortunate incident, she meets Christian, played by Ewan McGregor, who is an apsiring writer. These two immediately recognize and can't deny their feelings for one another, but things become complicated. Satine realizes that she can't allow herself to fall in love because it could deeply affect her work. Despite this, Christian manages to convince her that their love can overcome any of life's barriers. Christian's powerful quote, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return," basically sums up the whole concept of the movie. Moulin Rouge tells a story of two doomed and star-crossed lovers who find their way to one another and showcases their trials and tribulations surrounding their forbidden love. Another interesting fact about this film, is that the story is told amazingly through song.
The DVD is one of the best releases of all time, in my honest opinion. The first disc includes the feature film, along with commentary and a few other goodies. The second disc, however, contains most of the juicy extras. There are music videos, behind the scenes featurettes, trailers, multimedia galleries, etc. There are hours of enteratining extras on this DVD. It informs you of the long process of making this movie, and how everything came into its right place to produce one of the best movies of all time. If you haven't seen Moulin Rouge, I strongly request that you do so now, and if you have seen it but don't yet own the DVD, you're missing out on a fantastic treat.

A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
DVD ~ Mandy Moore
Offered by Solo Enterprises
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie That Will Be Remembered, June 29, 2002
This review is from: A Walk to Remember (DVD)
After seeing the trailers to A Walk to Remember, I have to admit, I wasn't psyched about seeing this movie. It seemed to be yet another stereotypical cardboard cut out of recent teen movies in the past few years. There are a few 'chick flicks' that I have enjoyed in the past, but they're not my favorite movies. But, because of my friends eagerness to see the movie, I gave in, and went to see it. The results were very surprising. This movie wasn't just another average 'chick flick,' it was something much more. It became one of my all-time favorite movies.
The movie is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, and tells the wonderful tale of two people who are the definite opposites of one another only to be brought together by a miracle. There is Jamie Sullivan, played brilliantly by Mandy Moore, who is a shy and meek girl who is always teased on by her peers. Her head remains strong however, because she doesn't allow the rude and immature comments penetrate and hamper her uplifting spirit. This is a true definition of a great person. I always admire someone who isn't afraid to be themselves and not be terribly afraid of what other people would think or change themselves to be something they're not. Jamie has high morals that she never allows to be jeopardized. There is also Landon, played by Shane West, whose only concern in life is not to jeopardize his reputation in other people's eyes. Both of these characters are brought together by an incident and fall amazingly in love. This tells a wonderful and amazing story of how true love can be.
Before watching this film, I doubted Mandy Moore's acting capabilities, but now I realize just how fitting she was for this role. Shane West also plays his part convincingly. The story is combined with an awesome cast to produce a remarkable and very rememberable movie.

Soul Survivors (The Killer Cut)
Soul Survivors (The Killer Cut)
DVD ~ Melissa Sagemiller
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it, June 28, 2002
I learned a valuable lesson after purchasing this movie. I am never going to buy another movie again unless I've seen it, or have gotten great recommendations from my friends. I bought Soul Survivors: The Killer Cut before I even watched it mainly because it stars Eliza Dushku, who has co-starred in my all time favorite television show, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. I was expecting this film to be released nation wide in theaters, but for some odd reason, it never was. Now I know why. It's because this movie bites!!
The movie actually has a nice plot, but it is tragically mishandeled. One night when coming home from a rave, Cassie and her friends get into a brutal car accident. Everyone but one seems to make it out alive. Or did they? Soul Survivors is a very twisted movie, and I had trouble keeping up with it through the course of the film. There's nothing wrong with a movie full of surprises and twists, but this film weakly delivers them, and they confuse the viewer more than it does surprising them.
This film is from the producers of 'I Know What You Did Last Summer,' and 'Urban Legend,' but it fails miserably at landing on the same level in quality. The only highlight of this movie is the character played by Eliza Dushku. She provides the few and far between scenes that are actually enjoyable and worthwhile.
Overall, the movie could have been improved greatly. It managed to score a pretty impressive cast, but they're shamefully misdirected. They did the best at what they were given. This movie is extremely forgettable, and hard to understand. The DVD however includes some great extras. But they're not of any use unless you actually like the film, which would be hard to believe. If you did like it though, then you'd be very happy with the extras on this DVD. The only good thing I got out of this purchase was a pretty art cover case! I tell ya, false advertising these days . . .

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Film, June 28, 2002
Everyone is familiar and adores Scooby Doo. No matter what age you are, you've at least seen several episodes of this popular cartoon. When I heard that a live action film version was being made of this popular franchise, I became excited. Better yet, when I heard news of my favorite movie star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, signing on to take part, I became even more psyched. Warner Bros. was also taking it's time with this film, which meant promising things. At least they weren't rushing for the film to be completed right away. This gave the filmmakers time to construct a good movie. And they were definitely confronted with some major challenges. Making a live action version of this immensely popular cartoon wasn't going to be easy. It needed to appeal to the legions of Scooby Doo fans who have adored the cartoon for decades, and also needed to appeal to newer moviegoers who aren't that smitten by the cartoon series. I went into the theater with high hopes, but however, in the end, I was somewhat dissapointed even though I was mainly satisfied.
First off, the character depictions were very well done. Matthew Lillard's portrayal of Shaggy was dead on, and he even got his voice to match exactly with that of the cartoon's character decades ago. Sarah Michelle Gellar was wonderful as Daphne, and Linda Cardellini as Velma was very entertaining and precise. The only cast member that I was dissapointed with was Freddie Prinze Jr.'s portrayal of Fred. He didn't seem anything like that of the cartoon character, and most of his acting seemed stale and boring. But for the most part, I couldn't have asked for a better cast to represent these pop-culture icon television characters. Scooby Doo definitely managed to boast a top-notch cast maybe with the exception of Freddie Prinze.
The plot is also entertaining. The film starts off several years ago with Mystery Inc. out to solve a mystery. At the end, however, the Scooby Gang decides to split up only to be teamed back together again several years later when all of them hear about creepy misfourtunes happening on Spooky Island. Each of them wants to solve the mystery themselves and without the help of their ex-companions. Each character gets plenty and equal amounts of showtime, so none of them are underused.
There is also a decent amount of comic relief in this movie. Shaggy and Scooby's scenes are definitely the funniest scenes in the film, and there's even a hilarious scene in which Daphne and Fred's bodies are switched. The film definitely had it's funny moments, but it also needed a little more.
In closing, Scooby Doo was good, but it left me wanting a little more than what I received. But in all fairness, Scooby Doo lived up to most of it's expectations and even spiraled past many of them. Making a live action film version of a popular television series isn't easy, and Warner Bros. managed to make an entertaining, and intelligent film which stayed true to young kids, but also gave the adults several moments to laugh at. And for those who really loved this live action version of Scooby Doo, Scooby-Doo 2 is scheduled for a 2004 release date.

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