Profile for Eat The Rich Books > Reviews


Eat The Rich Books' Profile

Customer Reviews: 130
Top Reviewer Ranking: 16,224,376
Helpful Votes: 1048

Community Features
Review Discussion Boards
Top Reviewers

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Eat The Rich Books RSS Feed (Austin, TX)

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-13
DVD ~ Matt Damon
Offered by Titanic Media Company
Price: $14.99
256 used & new from $0.01

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easier to go to Vegas and see the real thing., April 27, 2000
This review is from: Rounders (DVD)
Movies about gamblers have always had incredible problems with authenticity. Although not the fodder of the `GAFF SQUAD', card playing situations like those encountered in the brilliant "Cincinnati Kid" would never happen in real life circumstances. And those that really do happen are too subtle to be appreciated by the masses via the big screen.
Real-life card players of any merit rarely have an option of law school (as the Matt Damon character does), and they don't have Gretchen Mol waiting at home for them, either. Of course authenticity is not necessarily a requirement for a good film.
John Dahl does his best here with a weak script, a distant premise, and what is obviously a hastily thrown together star-vehicle for the hotter than hot Matt Damon.
John Malkovich is brilliant as KGB, the Russian card parlor manager, and Damon's nemesis. Ed Norton does little with what little role he has as Damon's always in more trouble than he's worth, accomplice. If you look quickly you'll catch Melina Kanaredes.
A partially redemptive arc does little more for this assembly of ill-fitting pieces than provide an opportunity for `The End'.
Maybe fun for those on the outside looking `in' to the world card players, other than that, pass.

Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
DVD ~ Mia Farrow
Price: $5.00
151 used & new from $0.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Stands the test of time��, April 27, 2000
This review is from: Rosemary's Baby (DVD)
Strangely, I'd never seen Rosemary's Baby until recently. On reflection, I can imagine that at the time of its initial release it was viewed as scandalous, outrageous, horrific.
I'll admit it doesn't compete on the same plain as the high-tech CIG assisted horror films of today for out and out blood and guts, but I don't think that was ever its intent.
This movie is haunting, unnerving, subtle, and seductive.
Roman Polanski wasn't just playing the kazoo here. Every shot is styled, timed, and positioned meticulously, and beautifully to craft an ingenious adaptation of the Ira Levin novel. It's not without Polanski's own subtle touches. I love the `aren't you Victoria Vetri, the actress?" question Rosemary (Mia Farrow) asks the `real' Victoria Vetri (playing a bit part in the film's opening sequence).
Ypu may recognize Samantha Steven's father, Maurice (Maurice Evans) as `Hutch'.Ruth Gordon is a scene stealer as the nosy neighbor, and John Cassavettes' shines in a very subdued and strong performance as Rosemary's husband, Guy, a man with a hidden agenda.
A masterful piece of work, today, or tomorrow.

DVD ~ Robert De Niro
Price: $9.93
366 used & new from $0.01

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea gone bad., April 27, 2000
This review is from: Ronin (DVD)
What makes RONIN fail? As an action film, it has plenty of action. Too many characters? Maybe. I found it very hard to focus, like I was always asking the person next to me `what was that?' or, `who is he again?'.
Those sort of digressions make me wonder about the story. I could neither stay with it, God forbid ahead of it, as we've been conditioned in most films today of this genre. There have been wonderful, simple heist films (The Italian Job) and complicated ones (Heat), but Ronin is neither, just messy.
What might have been a wonderful, fast-paced car chase is destroyed by too many close ups of a very scared Robert Deniro in the chase car. A needless appearance of Katarina Witt verifies that `sold out for no good reason' feeling.
The characterizations are all too predictable, Natasha McElhone and Jonathan Pryce are weak in key roles. Stellan Skarsgard is superb, however. Jean Reno and Michel Lonsdale, as always, are excellent.
Poor story, poor direction, poor film.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 12, 2014 10:35 AM PDT

Romeo Is Bleeding [VHS]
Romeo Is Bleeding [VHS]
Offered by captain-ziggy
Price: $18.75
42 used & new from $0.01

6 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missteps, every step of the way., April 27, 2000
This review is from: Romeo Is Bleeding [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Open to the present, the story, to be told in reflection, jazz in the background, narration in the foreground. These days, this is the sort of composition left to late-night cable erotic thrillers. The HVAC man in suburbia, with a good wife, and family at home, he meets the rich, much younger wife on the job in the hills...
Sadly the filmmakers won't stay down where they belong with this uninventive jive. They dress it up with a name brand cast (Gary Oldman, Lena Olin), and cut back just enough on the explicit sex to let you know this is not exploitation. Still in doubt? Toss in Juliette Lewis, salt-peter in human form. They think this is a main stream movie, a little legerdemain over an unsuspecting and gullible audience, a clever approach to psuedo-noir, a psychological thriller.
Missing a key element? Throw in lots of off-color language and yelling to replace lack of story, or lack clever dialogue, or lack of plot. Seems I've seen this somewhere before, `Roadhouse'? Are you listening Hillary?
Could you turn up that jazz a bit?
This is not Pleasantville, or even Cop's strictly Amateur City.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 12, 2012 7:07 AM PDT

Riff Raff [VHS]
Riff Raff [VHS]
9 used & new from $8.45

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough in the trenches., April 27, 2000
This review is from: Riff Raff [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In some ways I felt as though I'd died and gone to heaven the first time I saw Riff Raff, an out and out honest look at working class men of varied, and sometimes dubious, backgrounds connected through their work on a construction sight in London.
The cast of characters defines the term `mixed bag'. I couldn't help but think of a half dozen or so Archie Bunkers on the job site, each one with their own set of priorities, talking about the most important thing in the world, to no one but himself. It all brings a smile to my face.
Our closest look is at Stevie (Robert Carlyle of "The Full Monty"), a former petty thief, who works with a crew converting condos for the nouveau riche, while he's forced to break into an abandoned building just to find a place to squat.
Director Ken Loach expertly focuses on the lower class in Britain (witness his brilliant 1999 feature-"My Name is Joe") where the honesty laced with humor of his viewpoint tends to provide humanity to an otherwise ignored sect. To shine a bit of light on an otherwise dismal existence as it may.
Loach's characters are never overly redemptive: they don't hit the lottery; aren't left millions by a dead aunt; or marry a rich suitor. And the ending here is a bit short, trite. But they usually come through the film a little stronger having weathered their travails, feeling a little better about themselves. I dare say we come through feeling a little better about ourselves as well.

Rich in Love [VHS]
Rich in Love [VHS]
Offered by Bloomin' Good
Price: $12.49
27 used & new from $1.00

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meandering Southern tale touches the heart., April 27, 2000
This review is from: Rich in Love [VHS] (VHS Tape)
As her family begins to unravel, young Lucille Odom (Kathryn Erbe) enburdens herself with the job of holding the whole deal together, including a casual father (Albert Finney) and a wild older sister (Suzi Amis).
Erbe, a Chicagoan who does far too much work on stage and too little on film (What About Bob?), is wonderful, Finney, brilliant. The story does tend to wander, and each of the new characters that crosses our path (including Piper Laurie and Alfre Woodard) tend to show us as many weaknesses as strengths. Such is the honesty of the tale.
The Southern (Charleston?) setting is wonderfully comfortable-we ride the visual images as much as the heartfelt characters. The whole thing has a Hallmark Hall of Fame feeling---with not the perfunctory payoff in the end
I like this film very much.

Richard III
Richard III
DVD ~ Ian McKellen
Offered by cds_dvds_guaranteed
Price: $74.90
34 used & new from $17.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful contemporary turn of a classic piece of literatur, April 27, 2000
This review is from: Richard III (DVD)
When I see how wonderful this Richard III is, it immediately makes me question what in the world has Kenneth Branagh been doing all these years? Certainly nothing as imaginative, as provocative as this.
Deprived of Shakespeare as a child, I have been forced to catch up piece meal through film. Al Pacino's "Looking for Richard" gives attention to Richard III, from a far different perspective, but both that film and this agree that it has all the key elements of great drama: evil ambition, betrayal, rivalry.
The casting is tremendous with Ian McKellen (from his own stage play) and Kristen Scott-Thomas in the leads-thankfully there is no Kenneth Branagh to be found. And is this guy Jim Broadbent any good, or what? For my money he steals every scene he plays in "Little Voice", he's subtly brilliant here in a lesser role. Only Annette Benning seems a little overmatched in her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, but that's hardly surprising.
The accessibility of the current version, the setting in 1930's Fascist Europe, gives the story a vibrancy that is present from the first frame to the last.
Challenging, fun, and educative-far more than most films deliver. I highly recommend.

The Replacement Killers
The Replacement Killers
DVD ~ Yun-Fat Chow
Price: $8.17
393 used & new from $0.01

0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All style, no substance., April 25, 2000
This review is from: The Replacement Killers (DVD)
The success of director Michael Bay, and to a lesser degree Simon West means everyone wants a hot young hip music vid director to helm there next $50million action picture.
Uber-producing team Bernie Brillstein and Brad Grey, who's recent successes include the action spectaculars "Just Shoot Me", "Newsradio", and "The Larry Sanders Show" get into the action ballgame a day late and a dollar short with discard vid director Antoine Fuquay, a man with a history of spending money faster than Oprah can make it.
The film looks good, lots of camera tricks, plenty of hip production design. Like a 90 minute music vid, with no music, no commercials, no VJ breaks-nothing to break up the never ending monotony. Never ending monotony may be redundant, but it's oh so appropriate.
The story is so weak, the script, so bad that you hardly realize that Yun-fat Chow still hasn't learned a whole lot of English. `English is my first language" Mira Sorvino lays so many accents on at one time her English is only barely decipherable as well.
Buy this film at the vid store when it goes on sale for 99 cents, then use the cassette to tape your favorite show over the Replacement Killers. You'll get good value that way.

Racing With the Moon [VHS]
Racing With the Moon [VHS]
Offered by tincanpally
Price: $12.49
19 used & new from $0.61

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive story, of life�s change, of stolen youth., April 25, 2000
I've always viewed Richard Benjamin as a sensitive, honest filmmaker. Sure, he's made some less-than-great films, but his directorial debut, "My Favorite Year" may be about the funniest film ever made.
Racing with the Moon--the boy, his friend, and the girl--a small town in the Midwest in 1942 and a few weeks before the young men are to be inducted in the service. Their lives will be changed unequivocally, and they will no longer be boys. This is all the time they have left to enjoy the freedom, the carefree wonderment that is youth.
Steven Kloves first produced script (later The Fabulous Baker Boys) is right on target with smart roles for three young stars. Sean Penn had Taps, and Fast Times behind him, and was his career was flourishing, Nick Cage had done Valley Girl, and Birdy, but would languish for ten more years, before achieving stardom, and Elizabeth McGovern, who's wonderful as Caddie Winger, is still waiting her just recognition.
Benjamin was born and raised in New York City, but his age is appropriate to our main characters. I'm sure he smiled, over and over as he recalled his own youth. His heart is in Racing with the Moon, and its worth your time, to go back for a moment, and enjoy those times.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 16, 2008 12:09 PM PDT

The Producers [VHS]
The Producers [VHS]
Offered by wrepler
Price: $2.00
60 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny yesterday, funny today, will still be funny 20 years f, April 25, 2000
This review is from: The Producers [VHS] (VHS Tape)
For all the times I've seen The Producers, I never tire of it. And I'm continually haunted by one question: who is funnier? Dick Shawn? Or Kenneth Mars?
Shawn, as LSD, the star in the Bialystock/Bloom production of "Springtime for Hitler" is outrageous, broader even than his wonderful turn in `It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'. Mars, who many will remember as W.D. `Bud' Prize on "Fernwood Tonight", is spectacular as Nazi pigeon ranger cum playwright, Franz Liebkind.
The Producers never misses an opportunity to stack gag upon gag--physical, musical, intellectual-no holds barred. At 88 minutes the film falls flat at about 65, but at that point you're so full of good humor it really doesn't matter anyway.
Kudos to Andreas Voutsinas, and Christopher Hewett, both hilarious in smaller roles.
If you haven't seen this film, see it today. If you have, see it again, it doesn't lose a thing the second (or third) time around.

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-13