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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Year One - Issues #404-#407, September 11, 2005
After watching the movie, I finally went out and got issues #404-#407, the issues in which this movie is supposedly based. After reading the comic, there is nothing in the movie that was drawn from this 'Year One' storyline, other than the premise that it shows Batman in the starting years. These issues do not account for Bruce Wayne's 7 year absence, do not refer to any training, does not mention Rha Al Ghul, and spends half the time centered on a young lieutenant Gordon who has just arrived in Gotham.

To review this movie, I wanted to know how true it was to the comic book. And having read the Year One storyline, I still do not know. Having said that, this is probably the best Batman movie made. It establishes a more serious, darker insight into the character. More true to the modern era of Batman, not the kiddie stuff we grew up with in the 70s. It was interesting to see Batman's training, and the rationale as to why a man would want to become a bat.

Cristian Bale is great, and I'm glad to hear he has signed up to do more movies. Katie Holmes had a smaller role than I expected, and this is the first time I've seen Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow), who plays a great villian. If you've seen any of the previous Batman movies and like it, then you have to go see this one!


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caught the 9:30 Red Eye, August 22, 2005
A very short and simple film. No surprises here. No complex plot, no twists, no deep character development. What you see is what you get. And what you get is an okay way to spend $10.

Lisa, a hotel receptionist, is confronted by her seatmate on an airplane to change the room of a high profile businessman/politician (so that he can be assinated) or her father will be killed.

Cillian Murphy makes a great villian, as he did in Batman begins. Rachael McAdams looks different from her role in Mean Girls. The cast is the best part of this movie.


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Winning the Lottery, August 14, 2005
Suppose you found out that you are a clone. Then suppose you found out that the person who had you created needs your help. And giving your help means that you have to give up your life. Remember that the whole reason you even exist is because of that person who now needs your help. What would YOU do? I find it suprising how many people would say they choose to live. Even if that means another person dies. That's the premise for this movie.

Ewen McGregor is starting to appear in way too many films. There's something called over-exposure. Scarlett Johansson is a star. An average film, nothing spectacular, mildly entertaining. I noticed a lot of corporate advertising in the movie, Puma, CK, Coke, etc., watch for it.


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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you Believe?, August 14, 2005
The problem with knowing that a movie has a surprise ending is that you end up focussed on trying to guess what that ending is to demonstrate to yourself how smart you are.

Luckily for me I didn't know much about this movie before going to see it. I expected a horror film but ended up getting a suspense thriller, with an ending that I didn't expect.

The film is a little creepy, not much horror. Good acting and very interesting. Worth seeing.


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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blade, December 22, 2004
One of the worst films I've seen in awhile. Surprising for me to say because I am a quite a comic and action movie fan. But I didn't find anything special about this film. The story was a little far fetched, awakening Dracula to fight Blade and use his superior DNA to determine the key to daywalking. I guess this is the way for the movie to tie into the Tomb of Dracula comics in which Blade appears.

Things I didn't like about this film: Whistler dies too quickly. The poor comedy/humour scenes of Hannibal King, a former vampire who adds too much silly comedy relief to what is supposed to be an action film. Scenes that have no bearing in the story (eg. warehouse blood processing facilty).

There's nothing in this film which we haven't already seen in Blade 2. The previous films in this series are much better.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loveable Bridget, December 22, 2004
I would say the first Bridget Jones movie surprised audiences with its loveable characters and humour. The sequel continues where the first movie left off with Bridget now together with her boyfriend Marc Darcy. Hugh Grant is of course back as Daniel Cleaver adding complications to Bridget's life.

Although this movie is probably not as good as the Bridget Jones Diary, it is still a great movie. Many funny situations like when Bridget finds herself in jail, trades her bra for some cigarettes and rehearses 'Like a Virgin' with the other inmates.

Renee Zellwegar with her British accent is great as this loveable character and fans will not be disappointed.


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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Alexander the Mediocre, December 22, 2004
A very average film. A little hard to follow with all the narration done by Anthony Hopkins in telling the story of Alexander and his quest to conquer the known world. Alexander 'the great' who amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen. The story begins with Alexander as a boy to his passage through India and back again.

The film makes hints of Alexander's bisexuality but doesn't go any farther than subtle suggestions. The action scenes are average with a less inspiring speeches than what we've seen recently in Troy and King Arthur. Colin Farrell looked a bit odd with his dark eyebrows and bleached hair. Angelina Jolie however was cast perfectly and did a magnificient job.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Four!, November 25, 2004
Another great film by Disney/Pixar! To be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed by the previews. Seemed to me to be an attempt by Disney/Pixar to cash in on all the superhero hype surrounding recent films such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, etc. But this movie surprised me. It was highly entertaining!

The beginning of the movie has a short animated film typical of Pixar films. This one is about a lamb who gets sheared every year but manages to keep his chin up with the advice of a Jack-A-Roo! Fun. There is also the new Star Wars Episode III trailer at the beginning. 'Rise Lord Vader'. Cool. Only thing missing was the Elektra preview which had been rumoured to be there.

The Incredibles is strikingly similar to Marvel's Fantastic Four. Strength, elasticity, invisibility, with only the human torch missing, but replaced with a super speedy Dash. The animation is great! The characters are great! The story is great! I particularly liked the costume designer Edna Mode with her style and lecturing about why capes are not good. The ending is funny with Dash finally allowed by his parents to participate in school sports and he gets caught up in the excitement by his cheering family that he forgets he needs to hold back and then slows down to purposely finish in 2nd place!

So many great moments in this film and likeable characters, you'll be disappointed that the movie has to end! Don't miss this one!


The Flintstones - The Complete Second Season
The Flintstones - The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Various
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138 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YABBA-DABBA-DOO!, November 19, 2004
Episode Guide:

29. The Hit Song Writers: Taking their cue from _There's Loot in Lyrics_, Fred and Barney try to pen a hit song. They get a helping hand from Hoagy Carmichael.

30. Droop Along Flintstone: The Flintstones and the Rubbles agree to take care of Cousin Tumbleweed's ranch, and unwittingly stumble into the filming of a Western.

31. The Missing Bus: Fred becomes a school bus driver on the Bedrock-to-Red-Rock route.

32. Alvin Brickrock Presents: Fred suspects that his neighbor has killed his wife.

33. Fred Flintstone Woos Again: The Flintstones return to Rock Mountain Inn to renew their vows, but discover that their original marriage ceremony wasn't legal.

34. The Rock Quarry Story: Movie star Rock Quarry attempts to lead a normal life as Gus Schultz, but Wilma and Betty recognize him.

35. The Soft Touchables: Fred and Barney's private eye business backfires when they become stooges of Boss Rockhead.

36. Flintstone of Prinstone: Fred attends Prinstone U and must balance studying and football practice along with his job at the quarry.

37. The Little White Lie: When Fred wins money in a poker game and claims he just found it, Wilma makes him run an ad in the paper to find the owner.

38. Social Climbers: The Flintstones and the Rubbles attend an ambassador's ball.

39. The Beauty Contest: Fred and Barney are named judges of the Water Buffalo Lodge's beauty contest--a fact they must keep from their wives.

40. The Masquerade Ball: Fred tries to win favor with his boss at a costume party, but doesn't know that the costumes have been switched.

41. The Picnic: Fred dumps Barney as Lodge field day partner in favor of trophy-rich Joe Rockhead.

42. The House Guest: Barney and Betty stay with the Flintstones for a week while the Rubbles' plumbing is being fixed, and Barney's behavior begins to drive Fred crazy.

43. The X-Ray Story: Wilma and the Rubbles try to keep Fred awake for 72 hours after Dino's X-ray (showing a case of dinopeptitis) is mistaken for Fred's.

44. The Gambler: "Betting Freddy's" gambling obsession returns, and the Flintstone home is soon devoid of furniture. Arnold's boys club, however, looks great.

45. A Star is Almost Born: Wilma is discovered by a TV producer and Fred becomes her manager.

46. The Entertainer: Fred woos a female client, Greta Gravel, for Mr. Slate while Wilma is out of town, but Wilma returns early and ends up at the same club as Fred and Greta--who turns out to be Wilma's old friend.

47. Wilma's Vanishing Money: Fred spends Wilma's secret stash on a bowling ball. When he learns that this is what she was planning to use the money for in the first place, he hires a burglar to put the money back again.

48. Fuedin' and Fussin': Fred insults Barney and then refuses to apologize.

49. Impractical Joker: Barney gets revenge on prankster Fred by pretending to run a basement counterfeiting operation.

50. Operation Barney: Feigning illness so he and Fred can go to a ball game, Barney finds himself in the hospital and scheduled for an operation.

51. The Happy Household: Wilma lands a job as star of "The Happy Housewife Show," which leaves Fred feeling like "The Neglected Husband."

52. Fred Strikes Out: After failing a considerate-spouse quiz and missing their anniversary, Fred tries to placate Wilma over a romantic drive-in date and bowl in the championship tournament at the same time.

53. This is Your Lifesaver: Fred rescues the apparently suicidal J. Montague Gypsum, and pays the price as Monty takes over his home.

54. Trouble-In-Law: Fred introduces his mother-in-law to rich rancher Melville J. Muchrocks, then tries to thwart the budding romance when it appears Muchrocks may be a con man.

55. The Mailman Cometh: Angry at being passed over for a raise, Fred sends an insulting letter to Mr. Slate--then finds out he has gotten his raise after all, and tries to retrieve the letter before his boss sees it.

56. The Rock Vegas Story: Fred accepts an invitation for himself, Wilma and the Rubbles to vacation at Sherman Cobblehead's Golden Cactus Hotel in Rock Vegas. But when he loses all their money gambling he refuses to accept Sherman's charity, insisting that they work for their keep.

57. Divided We Sail: The Flintstones and Rubbles share a game show prize, a houseboat that Fred and Barney christen the _Nau-Sea_.

58. Kleptomaniac Caper: A misunderstanding regarding Fred's old clothes leads to the conclusion that Barney is a kleptomaniac.

59. Latin Lover: Wilma encourages Fred to adopt Roberto Rockelini's romantic manner (and moustache), but his apparent effect on women proves too much for Wilma to bear.

60. Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Fred becomes umpire for the little-league baseball game between coach Barney's Bedrock Giants and the Grittsburg Pyrites, but his calls produce unsportsmanlike behavior in the Giants' fathers.
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A Cinderella Story (Widescreen Edition)
A Cinderella Story (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Hilary Duff
Offered by SOUTHWEST MEDIA
Price: $6.51
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Hilary Duff, What More Do You Need?, November 6, 2004
Hilary Duff is the biggest thing to hit younger audiences since Lizzie McGuire.... Oh wait....

This is a pleasant retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a modern day spin. Sam Montgomery (Hilary Duff) is Cinderella who meets her Prince Charming (Austin) through internet emailing and phone text messaging. They meet in person for the first time at their high school halloween costume party, with Cinderella wearing a mask. While making her midnight exit, Sam loses her cell phone. Of course Prince Charming doesn't realize that Cinderella is 'Diner girl' and sets out to find her. A nice pleasant film and a great way to spend an evening.

The dvd also includes the music video 'Our Lips Are Sealed' with sister Hailey Duff, and special features where the cast makes comments about the movie as they watch it.


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