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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Thriller, July 28, 2000
Hollow Man, first of all, has one of the coolest hollywood summer film premises ever. Just what would you do if you knew nobody could see you, and would never get caught? This is what the film delves into, but this time, Sebastian Cole (Kevin Bacon) is a little naughty. After him and his crew of scientests discover a drug, therfore making them invisible. With this, he realizes anything he does, he will not be punished for. At first, his deeds are simple peeping tom acts. Sneaking into womens bedroom. But then, rage starts to surface, and he targets those that he worked with, stalking them. This is a great visual feast. The speacial effects are top notch, and the fact that most the time, you cannot see Cole, it adds to the suspense amazingly. Your not going to this film for any award winning storytelling, or amazing acting. This movie accomplishes what it sets out to do, and thats scare the audience, and give them a visual display. And it does this wonderfully, a great movie.


The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption
DVD ~ Tim Robbins
Offered by Solo Enterprises
Price: $10.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Buddy Picture, July 19, 2000
This review is from: The Shawshank Redemption (DVD)
Everyonce in a while, a movie comes along that changes the way you look at filmaking. For the Horror genre it was Psycho, for Action, Aliens and for Drama, it is the Shawshank Redemption. These films change the way we look at movies. They raise the bar for how a film should be made. The film queitly crept into theaters in 1994, and was overshadowed because of the lack of blockbuster stars in the picture. But that didnt keep it from gaining 7 academy award nominations. The film focuses on Andrew Dufresne (played to perfection by Tim Robbins) as a convicted murder sent to prison for the murder of his wife and her lover, a crime he did not commit. The film takes no prisoners in delving into the hardcore realities of prison life. At first, Andy has trouble fitting in, often resulting in him being violated by other prison memebers and guards. But one day, he meets "Red" (Morgan Freeman) who changes the way he looks at life. Red has the ability to access things for people, and through this, the story progresses. Morgan Freeman also does the naration along the way, which is worth the price of the dvd by itself. The film could have easily been a disturbing and hardcore look at prison life, and at times it is. But, the main focus is hope, and thats what makes it so great. As you watch, the movie starts to grow on you. No longer does this prison look to be such a bad place. The film grows on you. Everytime you veiw it, something new is picked up which makes it that much more enjoyable. The music and direction of the film is remarkable. The enemies of the movie, the warden and guard memebers, all have there own distinct personalities. In every way, this movie is a classic. It has friendship, hardship, hope and a true message. If you buy one dvd, not for the extras, but for an endearing story youll come back to and enjoy everytime, make this the one you buy.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to standards, July 8, 2000
The Patriot, the new Revolutionary War film from Mel Gibson, delivers on many levels. First, the story is good enough. We can feel somewhat for the charcters being that they mordernized the story so that we nowdays can identify with them. The movie certainly doesnt lack good acting either. Mel Gibson is good as the loving father, but many may skip the movie thinking of it as a Braveheart 2, which fared badly in theaters. (75 million gross) And australian actor Heath Ledger is great as young Mel's patriotic son, Gabriel. Now to the bad. First and formost. The director. Roland Emerich, responsible for the horrid Independce Day and Godzilla is taking the helm. When you have a past record like that, its amazing that he was signed. Obviously, the producers wanted to attack the movie in a more action oreinted manner. Second, the plot and historical inaccuries could probably fill a encyclopedia. Note one scene, where cannonballs are being shot off by the british. Odd how every cannonball blows up on the ground, EXCEPT the ones that are near the soliders, which roll and decapitate those near them. Hmmmmm. And the film focuses WAY to much on the action and fighting. A good war film, will develop the charcters, and THEN pick them off, so that the emotion you have is more intense, not the other way around. Had they not opted to kill off a main charcter every 15 minutes and developed their attitudes and personalities more, this would be a better film. And as for Mel being shy of war. We never quite understand WHY hes fighting again! Sure, some stuff happened to him, but even through the war hes try to instill in others not to take your rage out in violence, yet thats the only reason hes fighting. If you want a blown out of proportion war movie, with much unessecary violence and length, youve got your best picture of the year here. But if you want good directing and plot, look elsewhere.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Summer Film, July 6, 2000
The Perfect Storm is an excellant motion picture. Coming from award winning director Wolfgang Petersen, who knows a thing or two about both the sea (Das Boot) and action (Airforce One)he delivers an excellant film. The story revolves around swoardfish captain Billy Tye (George Clooney) and the rest of his crew. (notabley John C. Reily and Mark Wahlberg) The film is VERY loosely based on the novel by Sebastian Junger. The movie delves into the sacrifices fisherman have to make to bring home the big catch, and the things they have to leave behind to get it. George Clooney and the rest of the cast are played to perfection. I couldn't think of a greater ensamble to play the roles. The speacial effects are also out of this world, made by Industrial Light and Magic. (ie Star Wars and The Mummy) Though there is a lack of major charcter development, due to the fact that the storm is the big draw to this film, audiences would leave dissapointed if they had spent 2 hours developing these charcters, and 15 minutes of the storm. Thats my only complaint with the film. Wolfgang follows the facts of what happened to these men in 1991, and is the perfect director for the film. The musical score, though sappy, is also good, done by Titanic famous James Horner. For a fun ride and good story, check out this movie.


Deus Ex - PC
Deus Ex - PC
Offered by RarePCGames
Price: $29.95
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Of The Year!, June 24, 2000
This review is from: Deus Ex - PC (CD-ROM)
After years of production and hype, Deus Ex is finally here. Is it good? Oh yes! The gameplay is out of this world! Never before have I been so engrossed in a gaming world that seems to change all around me. At the start of the game, you get to chose an area to focus on. This could be a firearms expert, computer whiz a sneak etc. Each way can help you and get you through the game. Example- Your breaking into a lab to find the drug you need to prove that aliens exist. Its guarded by 4 men. Do you A- Shoot the guards and run in. B- Sneak through the ventilation shafts to get in. Or C- Crack into the system, tell the guards to get off duty, and open the door. These are all options for every mission, except there are over 10 each! The game is extremely long, not done yet, and has a story of espionage and conspiracies. The graphics look nice, and the other options will keep you playing for a long time. All in all, front runner with The Sims for game of the year.


Jurassic Park: The Collection (Jurassic Park / The Lost World) (Widescreen)
Jurassic Park: The Collection (Jurassic Park / The Lost World) (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Sam Neill
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Collection!, June 21, 2000
Jurrasic Park and The Lost World, are two of the most successful movies of all time, and the DVD's are amazing as well. I personaly enjoyed The Lost World DVD better than the original. The new one featured deleted scenes, some of which were seen when FOX played the movie last year. Each DVD comes with a 1 hour + making of feature. In this, the producers, stars and director (speilberg) discuss the making of each film. It also goes into detail about the amazing speacial effects, never before seen until these films. Every detail about the filming is answered in this set. My only complaint as of now is that in the copy i recieved, a commentary was lacking. Aspiring filmakers could really benefit from Mr. Speilbergs incite on the direction and production of these history making films. The picture is flawless, and the sound rattles the earth. If youve veiwed those VHS tapes hundreds of times, and are looking to show off your DVD players power, pick this set up when it comes avilable in October, and you will not be dissapointed.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Titanic, June 20, 2000
Titan A.E. has a lot of to live up to. Recent Disney films, though very cliched, have followed a very straight forward, good conquers all storyline. As a result, these have grossed up and beyond the 100 million mark. So, coming up with a new idea is indeed very risky, especially when you spend 90 million dollars on it, like the makers of Titan A.E. did. The film takes place in the 31st century, the earth has been blown up by an alien race, and humans are now restricted to doing slave work in space and are dying of at a rapid pace. A drifter named Cal, whose father was lead designer of "the titan project", a craft which has the ability to reproduce earth as we know it. Cal (voiced by Matt Damon) soon finds out his destiny and goes on a quest to find the ship. The storyline is a mix of Star Wars and the recent flop Battlefield Earth. Its a shame the movie used cliches of both films, and could never develop the charcters into a group the people would care about. There are certain twists in the movie, but nothing that actually throws you. The animation is probably the only real reason to see this movie. The mix of CGI backgrounds and animation make the movie look outstanding. The developers had the unfortunate privilage of coming off the horrid Battlefield Earth and Dinosaur. If the story was a little more grounded, and the charcters were a little more developed, this could have been a blockbuster film. Unless you are looking for great animation, but shallow plot, stay away from this film.


Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings - PC
Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings - PC
Offered by pcgames-replay
Price: $17.94
100 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Best RTS Game Ever!, June 20, 2000
The first Age of Empires was a critical and consumer success, gaining rave reviews and selling over 2 million copies. The first was a success because of the blend of strategy action and historical charcters. The sequel, The Age of Kings, expands on this winning formula, and in doing so, creates the best real time strategy game avaliable on the market. The game focuses on 13 major empires, such as the Persians, Vikings and Japanese. As head of one of these 13 kingdoms, you must defeat your enemies to gain rulership over all the land. This is very fun, being that each race is varried and has different strengths and weaknesses. It is also fun, because each one has a different look to them, the Japanese buildings look much different than the Vikings. The real fun of the game starts when you play the preset historical scenerios. You take control of such historical figures as Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan and William Wallace (ie Braveheart). These are all historically accurate and can help you learn a great deal about the time period. There also is an excellant multiplayer game, featuring the usual deathmatch games, as well as a regicide game, which gives each team a king, and the first one to destory each others king. All of these features add up to the best RTS game on the market for the money. The guide for the game, is also a great value, it retails at 20 dollars and gives you all you would need to know about the game, without spoiling it. All and all, this is the best game you can buy, and you will enjoy it for a long, long time.


Licensed To Ill
Licensed To Ill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazes Me To This Day, June 18, 2000
This review is from: Licensed To Ill (Audio CD)
Its hard to believe. This CD is 14 years old, and is still my favorite album ever. The Beastie Boys truly deserve all the recognition they get for their music, and this amazing cd. The biggest hit on the cd, "fight for your right", is not typical beastie. Usually the rap overcomes the beats, but for this, its more guitar bashing and them just slowly singing along. This became the most popular Beastie song ever. Yet, even then, they didnt succum to the power of the all mighty dollar, and crafting all songs on the next cd just like it. (i.e. Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth) Every song on this CD deserves to be a single. My personal favorites are "rhymin and stealin" and "paul revere". The CD has everything to fit your mood, rebelion (fight for your right), love (girls), and just plain fun (brass monkey). This is the CD the made the beastie boys huge, and it continues, even to this day, to be the best CD they have ever made, and my favorite CD of all time. Do yourself a favor, this CD has something for everyone, not just rap fans, and pick this CD up.


Psycho (Collector's Edition)
Psycho (Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam and John McIntire Anthony Perkins
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $24.96
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Finest Film, June 18, 2000
This review is from: Psycho (Collector's Edition) (DVD)
Its amazing how still to this day, a movie made 40 years ago can continue to still scare you every time you view it. But thats exactly what Psycho does. The film never has a dull moment, and all its infamous scenes are just as startling as they were back in 1960. The story revolves around Marion Crane, searching to leave the big city, and live the american dream, she steals 40,000 dollars and travels to the outskirts of California. Along the way, she starts going a little paranoid after her boss sees her leaving the city, and she is chased by a local police officer. Overwhelmed by these feelings and the weather, she stops at the Bates Motel. The hotel, run by young Norman (Anthony Perkins in his finest role) has 12 open rooms. From here, the story starts to pick up. If you have never seen any scenes from Psycho, than the suprise you have will be amazing. There are plenty of plot twists and edge-of-your-seat moments. Hitchcocks directing is a high note. Just look at the scene between Marion and Norman in his parlor. The dialoug is great, directing is great and the acting is great. A all around great movie, and Hitchcocks best.


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