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Bound (Unrated)
Bound (Unrated)
DVD ~ Jennifer Tilly
Offered by Lunch money
Price: $32.99
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN EXPECTED, June 29, 2000
This review is from: Bound (Unrated) (DVD)
This was on television recently, it was a film i'd heard a little bit about, but most talk didn't get past the lesbian scenes. The fact that it was directed by the Wachowski Brothers (Matrix)persuaded me to watch it. I was expecting a low budget, experimental type movie that would use gratuitous sexual scenes to increase its appeal-the type of movie that comes back to haunt the directors, like an early porn film to a top actor. Well I hold my hands up and admit I was very wrong. This really was a great movie, it doesn't use an original formula but does use the lesbian relationship between Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon to give something a little new to the proceedings. I was expecting the relationship to be dealt with sleasily in a way that would cheapen the movie. Instead it is used in a way that challenges the male dominated Mafia and almost satirises the genre.
The script is well written and the film is coordinated perfectly by the director. The movie delivers suspense better than most which is definately helped by the convincing displays from the lead actors. This movie has the quality that will stand up on repeat viewings and is, therefore definately worth buying...but if in doubt, rent it out.


Mystery Men
Mystery Men
DVD ~ Ben Stiller
Price: $9.00
211 used & new from $0.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY'RE "TERRIBLY MYSTERIOUS", June 26, 2000
This review is from: Mystery Men (DVD)
Before you even bother to watch this film, first check that you meet the following criteria- 1)you enjoy comic fantasy type movies, 2) You like slapstick/spoof humour, 3)You are completely immature. If that sounds like you then you will find ths movie very, very funny.
The fun begins when Captain Amazing is captured by one of his arch nemisis,Casanova Frankenstein, without there #1 super hero the safety of Champion City is in peril. Up step the Shoveler, Mr Furious and the Blue Raja. Never before have such unnerving super heroes hit the streets, with their respective abilities to shovel, get angry and throw forks and spoons they see themselves as the ideal candidates to save Captain Amazing. Their adventures give many a laugh, and along the way they recruit some more team members such as a boy who can turn invisible - but only when no one is looking and the Spleen who uses flatulence to knock out his opponents.
Basically this is just a silly movie, it doesn't try or pretend to be anything else. It doesn't always quite hit the mark, sometimes falling into the trap of using already overdone cliches, but above all, it does make you laugh a lot which, i'm sure is its main priority.
Although this movie isn't a classic, it is very funny and the quality of acting and the cast list as well as the ample supply of features on the dvd make this a movie that should be in your collection. The dvd picture quality handles the dark colors of Champion City perfectly whilst the explosive sounds are exactly that. Watching Mystery Men is an exteremly enjoyable comic romp.


Bowfinger (Widescreen edition)
Bowfinger (Widescreen edition)
DVD ~ Steve Martin
Price: $5.51
239 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARTIN + MURPHY = MAYHEM !, June 16, 2000
Reviewer: tee-vee-stevie from Hull, England Alliteration has been used for centuries to provide harmony to stories, poems and slogans. So how appropriate that Eddie and Steve's surnames should both share the same first consonant, and also with that of magic, madness, majestic, mayhem and magnificent! (get the idea?). Martin 'n' Murphy give one of the best performances of their distinguished careers and work so well together. Especially Martin who has been languishing on the side lines in recent years, this is possibly his best film since his 1979 classic 'The Jerk'. The film has one of the most original plots for a comedy from the decade, and is done in exactly the style that you would expect from mixing the talents of Steve and Eddie. It has the energy and blatant humour of a Murphy film and eccentricity and thoughtfulness of a Martin movie. The result? Complete madness!
The mayhem starts when a small time, 'wannabe' film maker, Bobby Bowfinger (played by Martin) is delivered a script about aliens (by his accountant! ). Bowfinger loves it and believes it can be a great success. He attempts to persuade one of Hollywood's stars, Kit Ramsey (Murphy) to appear in the picture, but when the star turns him down the film is in great danger of becoming yet another failed project. Not having the heart to tell his crew that the film is off, Bobby decides to film the movie with Kit Ramsey in anyway...without him knowing that he is in it and the other actors and crew not knowing that he isn't! What follows is an hilarious onslaught of comedy moments that I am sure will stand the test of time and this film will be remembered as a true classic. Not just for the plot but also because of the majestic performances given by the cast. Murphy yet again plays more than the one role and brings magic to both. Heather Graham gives a performance equal to that of her recent role as Felicity Shagwell in Austin Powers and the supporting cast do exactly that, they support.
I actually find it hard to find a fault with this movie, i've seen it twice in the last two days and it still hasn't revealed any weaknesses. The dvd itself is better than average, offering a package that includes outtakes, deleted scenes and a directors commentary. The disc provides clarity in both sound and picture which makes watching Bowfinger an entirely magnificent experience. I hope you think so too.


Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
DVD ~ John Cusack
199 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars ARTISTIC, ORIGINAL AND BEAUTIFUL, June 16, 2000
This review is from: Being John Malkovich (DVD)
I went in to this film not really knowing what I was going to see, I came out not really knowing what I had seen. All I know is that this was one of the most original, artistic and maybe even one of the most beautiful films that I have ever seen. From the moment the opening credits have finished their duty, you are thrown into the surreal world of Craig Shwartz an out of work puppet master, shunned by a society who no longer appreciate his forgotten art. Money is tight and Craig is forced to find work beyond the realms of puppetry, his skilfull hands make him the perfect candidate for a postition as a filing clerk. His new work place is located on the 7 1/2 floor of a tower building. This is when surreal makes way for the outright bizarre and the movie begins to reveal its real charm.
The 7 1/2 floor is located between the 7th and 8th floor and is half the height of the other floors. A series of events (the finding of a door which leads in to John Malkovich's mind is just one of many) follow which all culminate to make wonderful entertainment which is way superior in intelligence to the normal churn of Hollwood movies. Don't get me wrong I am a great fan of all types of movies and Art House style films aren't usually my kind'a thing that is what is so surprising about this movie, it is there for everybody to enjoy. It is non conformist, I can't decide what genre this is, but maybe that is why it is so appealing. It offers something so different that everybody who sees it at least enjoys its uniqueness.
I don't want to reveal too much about the film because not knowing only makes this film better. I will say though that the cast are brilliant. John Cusack is outstanding in his role as Shwartz, and Cameron Diaz is hilarious as his wife, believe me you have never seen Diaz like this before. Catherine Keener plays Maxine, and is brilliant in the role of a vixen seductress. But the real hero here is Spike Jonze the director, he keeps the film flowing and gives it continuity which must have been a very complex task. And, oh yes I also said that the film was beautiful, this has largely to do with the use of some wonderful puppetry. It is used on various occasions to parody the emotions of Shwartz, and gives a better understanding to what the film is trying to achieve.
The Dvd presentation is somewhat dissapointing for a movie that begs so much more. Many of the extras which it promises on the dvd sleeve are no more than highlights from the film. There is however a short, but insightful, interview with the man behind the puppetry. I hope that someday a more comprehensive release such as a criterion edition will be released. But for now we simply have to make do with one of the most intriguing and involving films of our time. Enjoy


Masters of the Universe [VHS]
Masters of the Universe [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Old River Treasures
Price: $5.99
30 used & new from $0.90

4.0 out of 5 stars BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!, June 14, 2000
Cast your mind back to the early-mid eighties when He-man was every child's hero. Birthdays and christmas presents were adorned with action figures, books and various other spin-offs from the cartoon. Afternoons were filled with the excitement of watching, what to me was, the greatest show on earth. School playtimes were passed by battling your He-man with your best friends Skeletor and your dreams were filled of the magical Eternia. But it all had to end, we grew up, new cartoons such as the Ninja Turtles were favored by the new kids, Donatello and leaonardo replaced He-man, Orko and the rest of the Masters of the Univers Crew. And today, he-man is almost forgotten by the majority.
But in 1987, Warner gave us something to remeber the great man, with the theatrical release of Masters of the Universe. The film can be enjoyed by (supposed) adults like me, without the scorn of immaturity accusations that would be hailed at you if you were to reclaim your He-man collection from the attic, dust off your figures and start fighting them.
Masters of The Universe was a good attempt at bringing to life the cartoon, however it could have been better had it stayed a little closer to the original scipts. Dolph Lundgren is an inspired choice to play He-man and Frank Langella is equally suited in his role as Skeletor. However, with the exception of the Sorceress, Teela, Man of Arms and Evil Lyn, there really are few of the original characters. I was extremely dissapointed when I first saw this, that my personal favourite character, Orko (that little alien Jester thing) wasn't in it. Also He-man doesn't flit between being the normal human prince Adam and then turning into He-man as was the case in the cartoon, remember the immortal phrase "by the power of Greyskull" animated by Adam holding up his sword and then becoming He-man. I also felt that not enough effort was put into Eternia, there is little evidence of the fantastic landscapes and castles that the cartoons and books portrayed Eternia as having. The film, for the majority is set on Earth, after a key which enables time and location travel is stolen by Skeletor. A battle ensues on Earth between He-man and Skeletor and is then continued back in Skeletors lare in Eternia, where Skeletor is holding the sorceress prisoner. It is up to He-man to defeat Skeletor, the Lord of Destruction and save the sorceress.
The film may not have an Oscar winning script, but the actors do a good job (look out for Courtney Cox in an earley role). The plot is simple, but this is what you would expect and even want from such a film, after all it is based on a childrens cartoon. The movie is, despite the few minor criticisms that I made, extremely enjoyable, all eighties kids will enjoy this nostalgic trip. To me this movie will remain as one of my fondest in my video collection...the last testament to my childhood.


Masters of the Universe [VHS]
Masters of the Universe [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Old River Treasures
Price: $5.99
30 used & new from $0.90

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!, June 14, 2000
Cast your mind back to the early-mid eighties when He-man was every child's hero. Birthdays and christmas presents were adorned with action figures, books and various other spin-offs from the cartoon. Afternoons were filled with the excitement of watching, what to me was, the greatest show on earth. School playtimes were passed by battling your He-man with your best friends Skeletor and your dreams were filled of the magical Eternia. But it all had to end, we grew up, new cartoons such as the Ninja Turtles were favored by the new kids, Donatello and leaonardo replaced He-man, Orko and the rest of the Masters of the Univers Crew. And today, he-man is almost forgotten by the majority.
But in 1987, Warner gave us something to remeber the great man, with the theatrical release of Masters of the Universe. The film can be enjoyed by (supposed) adults like me, without the scorn of immaturity accusations that would be hailed at you if you were to reclaim your He-man collection from the attic, dust off your figures and start fighting them.
Masters of The Universe was a good attempt at bringing to life the cartoon, however it could have been better had it stayed a little closer to the original scipts. Dolph Lundgren is an inspired choice to play He-man and Frank Langella is equally suited in his role as Skeletor. However, with the exception of the Sorceress, Teela, Man of Arms and Evil Lyn, there really are few of the original characters. I was extremely dissapointed when I first saw this, that my personal favourite character, Orko (that little alien Jester thing) wasn't in it. Also He-man doesn't flit between being the normal human prince Adam and then turning into He-man as was the case in the cartoon, remember the immortal phrase "by the power of Greyskull" animated by Adam holding up his sword and then becoming He-man. I also felt that not enough effort was put into Eternia, there is little evidence of the fantastic landscapes and castles that the cartoons and books portrayed Eternia as having. The film, for the majority is set on Earth, after a key which enables time and location travel is stolen by Skeletor. A battle ensues on Earth between He-man and Skeletor and is then continued back in Skeletors lare in Eternia, where Skeletor is holding the sorceress prisoner. It is up to He-man to defeat Skeletor, the Lord of Destruction and save the sorceress.
The film may not have an Oscar winning script, but the actors do a good job (look out for Courtney Cox in an earley role). The plot is simple, but this is what you would expect and even want from such a film, after all it is based on a childrens cartoon. The movie is, despite the few minor criticisms that I made, extremely enjoyable, all eighties kids will enjoy this nostalgic trip. To me this movie will remain as one of my fondest in my video collection...the last testament to my childhood.


Bowfinger (Widescreen edition)
Bowfinger (Widescreen edition)
DVD ~ Steve Martin
Price: $5.51
239 used & new from $0.01

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARTIN + MURPHY = MAYHEM !, June 12, 2000
Alliteration has been used for centuries to provide harmony to stories, poems and slogans. So how appropriate that Eddie and Steve's surnames should both share the same first constonant, and also with that of magic, madness, majestic, mayhem and magnificent! (get the idea?). Martin 'n' Murphy give one of the best performances of their distinguished careers and work so well together. Especially Martin who has been languishing on the side lines in recent years, this is possibly his best film since his 1979 classic 'The Jerk'. The film has one of the most original plots for a comedy from the decade, and is done in exactly the style that you would expect from mixing the talents of Steve and Eddie. It has the energy and blatant humour of a Murphy film and eccentricity and thoughtfulness of a Martin movie. The result? Complete madness!
The mayhem starts when a small time, 'wannabe' film maker, Bobby Bowfinger (played by Martin) is delivered a script about aliens (by his accountant!!). Bowfinger loves it and believes it can be a great success. He attempts to persuade one of Hollywood's stars, Kit Ramsey (Murphy) to appear in the picture, but when the star turns him down the film is in great danger of becoming yet another failed project. Not having the heart to tell his crew that the film is off, Bobby decides to film the movie with Kit Ramsey in anyway...without him knowing that he is in it and the other actors and crew not knowing that he isn't! What follows is an hilarious onslaught of comedy moments that I am sure will stand the test of time and this film will be remembered as a true classic. Not just for the plot but also because of the majestic performances given by the cast.
Murphy yet again plays more than the one role and brings magic to both. Heather Graham gives a performance equal to that of her recent role as Felicity Shagwell in Austin Powers and the supporting cast do exactly that, they support. I actually find it hard to find a fault with this movie, i've seen it twice in the last two days and it still hasn't revealed any weaknesses. The dvd itself is better than average, offering a package that includes outtakes, deleted scenes and a directors commentary. The disc provides clarity in both sound and picture which makes watching Bowfinger an entirely magnificent experience. I hope you think so too.


Mighty Joe Young
Mighty Joe Young
DVD ~ Bill Paxton
Price: $4.99
96 used & new from $1.31

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEARLY A CLASSIC, June 9, 2000
This review is from: Mighty Joe Young (DVD)
For a movie that, to me, sounded so wrong it somehow managed to get it so right. I was expecting a King Kong "rip off" which had been given a Free Willy style plot, that would be purely for kids. The main problem I usually have with movies about Gorillas, and associated this with Mighty Joe young, is that they seem to be the one animal that effects people still haven't quite been able to perfect yet and always feel fake. In fact the only reason I watched this movie in the first place was because I was bored and my friend had left a copy at my house...oh the joys of fate!
This is an enchanting tale that will capture kids and adults alike, with its story of a giant gorilla that is taken to America to keep it "safe" away from poachers. But of course, things don't go as planned and a heart warming struggle to help Joe find safety and happiness ensues. It basically is an alternative telling of the King Kong story, but it does with grace and a charm that only Disney can provide. The beautiful Charlize Theron is perfect in her jungle woman role and works superbly alongside Bill Paxton. Although the effects still aren't perfect, they are the best gorilla effects I have seen in a movie; at least they don't make you cringe.
The sound and picture quality on the dvd are very good, but the extra features (or lack of them) lets down the film. An insight into the effects would have been good, but no, you have to make do with a poxy trailer and featurette. But don't let this put you off. And if you are the same as I was and are doubting whether you will like it, I urge you to give in. You too might be surprised.


Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy Theory
DVD ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by Solo Enterprises
Price: $7.49
281 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JOIN THE CONSPIRACY!, June 5, 2000
This review is from: Conspiracy Theory (DVD)
This was a silly, yet thoroughly enjoyable movie that had me enthralled throughout its two hours. The basic premise of the movie evolves around a taxi driver, Jerry (Gibson), who is extremely paranoid (for reasons the movie reveals), and believes that everything is a conspiracy theory. He becomes obsessed with a woman, Julia Roberts, who works in the justice department, and looks to her for support in his ideas. When Gibson is captured by the very people he fears, things start becoming complicated, you start to realise that there is more foundation to his "lunacy" and he is maybe not as crazy as you thought...or is he worse? The plot then twists and turns its way to the end, in true thriller style.
Roberts and Gibson are a fantastic combination, that really gives the movie its edge. Gibsons portrayal of Jerry is nothing short of brilliant, and there is also a strong supporting cast who give good performances. Although the movies plot is serious, the characters, Jerry in particular, are amusing and give the movie an overall light-hearted feel, in some scenes, when Gibson escapes from his captures in a wheelchair for instance, the film verges on being a black comedy, renminiscent of 'Very Bad Things' style madness. There is also a subtle love story thrown in for good measure (what Hollywood movie is complete without one?), however, its discreetness is its saviour and actually adds something to the plot without becoming "icky". If you enjoy movies such as Enemy of the state, or are just a fan of Gibson or Roberts, then this is a must see.


Cameron's Closet [VHS]
Cameron's Closet [VHS]
VHS
Offered by jtsmovies
Price: $8.75
23 used & new from $0.76

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DULL!, June 1, 2000
This review is from: Cameron's Closet [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The movie sounded promising: a script written by the man behind the Howling, and effects from the creator of Alien, E.T. and King Kong. But, dissapointingly, the effects were the only positive aspect of the movie, although these still weren't overly adventurous. As for the screenplay, I can imagine that the novel on which it was based as having an intriguing, indepth plot. However, the movies script doesn't quite capture the intelligence of this and instead just appears silly. There is some good editing, which helps to keep the movie flowing, especially in the films closing sequences. Unfortunately this is not enough to make up for the movies obvious failings.
A horror film that wants to be taken seriously must also have an atmospheric music score to help build suspense whereas, The sound track to Cameron's Closet is laughable and very tedious.
If I am to compare the film to others then I guess it lies somewhere between (and far below) Poltergiest, the Exorcist and Carrie.


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