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From Paris with Love
From Paris with Love
DVD ~ John Travolta
Price: $3.74
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FROM PARIS WITH FUN, June 20, 2010
This review is from: From Paris with Love (DVD)
From Paris With Love is the type of movie that is useless to fault an implausible story, outrageous action and gunplay and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Jonathan Rhys Davies plays the aide to the U.S. ambassador in Paris and a low-level spy who is looking for more action in the field and when he finds himself teamed with John Travolta as a half-crazy, take no prisoners agent, he finds all the action he is looking for and more. At first the movie seems to be about drug trafficking but settles down to a terrorist plot to blow up a peace conference at the U.S. embassy in Paris.

The identity of the suicide bomber would be a spoiler but it shows Rhys Davies new-found respect to do the right thing even if it involves personal loss.

But overall the picture is one of those funny/action movies and i had a good time, even the in-joke of Travolta calling his Big Mac a royale with cheese. A wink to Quentin Tarentino and Travoltas classic line in Pulp Fiction.
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The Wolfman
The Wolfman
DVD ~ Anthony Hopkins
Price: $8.99
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FATHER GNAWS BEST, June 19, 2010
This review is from: The Wolfman (DVD)
Only by coincidence I watched The Wolfman on Father's Day,the movie that sends Fatherhood back to the Stone Age and although the movie has bursts of violence and gore, it is also surprisingly slow and tedious. The movie, handsomely mounted with atmospheric lighting and camera work, finds Benecio Del Toro, playing an actor returning home upon learning his older brother has been killed and mutilated by an unknown entity. Upon arriving at the family manse he finds his father played by Anthony Hopkins curiously unaffected by his son's death. Also on the scene is Emily Blunt as the murdered son's fiance and again the brother is forgotten as she transfers her affections to Del Toro. It is she who reads gypsy lore that a werewolf can only be killed by a silver bullet delivered by someone who love him. And she proves she loves him.

However the movie ends with a recent victim of a werewolf hickey not yet turned.

As an actor there is something about Benicio Del Toro I can't explain why that I find oddly fascinating. Maybe it's his unique acting style-"Sleep-walking". Right off the top of my head I can't recall any other actor in cinema history who looks badly in need of a good night's sleep. Maybe NYTOL would help. And it doesn't help matters much that his CGI alter-ego, the werewolf is prettier. But still there's the fascination.

All in all, The Wolfman is okay but if you like your horror movies with a little more oomph and a lot more horror,if you pass on The Wolfman you won't lose any sleep, the same sleep Benecio badly needs.
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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GHASTLY, GOD-AWFUL AND THOSE ARE THE KINDEST WORDS...., June 15, 2010
....I can say about this sad, slapped together, make a quick buck tour starring Ann-Margret. Speaking of slapped all involved deserve a slap and Ann-Margret deserves a couple of slaps for signing on to this. Don't get me wrong, I love Ann-Margret(even had a secret crush on her in her Bye Bye Birdie days) but at 20 singing in a breathy, sex-kittenish baby voice-to some it might sound sexy--at 60+ using that same singing style-it sounds like asthma.

This review is really useless since it is now unavailable but if someone is ever crazy enough to re-release it. You Have been warned.

The original cast album is still the best and if you are a bit masochistic, I guess you could try The Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton lame version.
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The Addams Family
The Addams Family
Price: $9.24
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROBBING GRAVES, June 14, 2010
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This review is from: The Addams Family (Audio CD)
Reading the story synopsis in the booklet I was surprised how shamelessly "The Addams Family" robs from other shows as easily as they rob graves. (Not a complaint-just an observation)

Member of strange family to wed member of conservative family. Dinner party arranged for families to meet. Confusion ensues.
"La Cage Aux Folles" anyone? The major difference being if "La Cage.." had cobwebs, they would be sequinned.

Dancing, singing "dead" ancestors. Didn't I see that in "Young Frankenstein" recently?

Nathan Lane, dressed and looking more like Nathan Detroit from "Guys and Dolls"

With all the talent involved they could have come up with a completely twisted original ala Charles Addams but never-the-less the songs are fun with their ghoulishly, twisted lyrics.

The songs will never be classics but I really enjoyed Morticia's song and dance routine with the living dead "Death Is Just Around The Corner" Even Uncle Fester has a nice little song, "The Moon And Me". Other pleasing numbers were "Morticia" "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love" "Full Disclosure" and the finale "Move Toward The Darkness" with it's unusual pronunciation of the word toward. This song also features the butler Lurch not only talking but singing for the first time ever, and he sings just as you would expect. I think it would have been funnier if they had him sing unexpectedly in a rich, baritone voice.

The final lines, Gomez asks Morticia "Are you unhappy my darling?' and she replies "Oh yes, Yes, completely. These lines were from Charles Addams himself. Finally-we Have The Addams Family. Snap! Snap!

P.S. The title of my review is a tribute in the fashion of Charles Addams.


Timber Falls
Timber Falls
DVD ~ Josh Randall
Offered by Sparks DVD Sales
Price: $9.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FEEDING BULLETS TO THE FISH, June 13, 2010
This review is from: Timber Falls (DVD)
Slasher flicks. You either love 'em or hate them. I am on the fence with this one. On one side is razor wire and on the other side is quicksand. So you see my predicement. Most victims in slasher movies are commonly one sandwich short of a picnic. The couple in this movie also forgot the potato salad.

City dwellers Mike and Cheryl decide to hike in the rural hills of West Virginia. Unbeknownst to them, them thar hills is crawling with Bible-thumping lunatics, card-carrying rednecks, a drooling mutant and an unkempt, greasy haired woman dragging a child's wagon behind her. Mike and Cheryl even ask for directions from this person who looks like she has a permanent table at "Uncle Jimmy Bob's Fried Possum Shack."

They follow her directions(oh-oh) and as soon as they find a clearing they decide to have an impropmtu session of afternoon delight. Coitus is interruptus by a trio of card carrying rednecks who menace the couple, then extort 50 dollars from them.

Now comes the scene where I lost further vested interest for the welfare of the couple.

Remember-they have just been scared silly by rednecks. Well Cheryl is horrified to learn that Mike is carrying a loaded revolver. They compromise--she tells him he can keep the gun but to toss the bullets. He throws the rounds into the lake, the fish get fed and we're left with a movie starring Dumb and dumber.

I watched the movie until the end well aware that here was a couple too stupid to live but to be slowly tortured. The balance of the film involves-named fetus's in mason jars, mutilations, forced copulation, chopped fingers, a gory whipping, a drooling mutant's attempt at sex, impalements, shotgun blasts, cut throats, a moonshine molotov cocktail.

The last scene is one of those "surprise" scenes but like the couple it doesn't make sense. Although it is revealed that Cheryl is aleady 8 weeks pregnant before the torture scenes-it is now one year later and Mike and Cheryl have survived their weekend hiking trip and now are doting parents of a baby boy. They leave the room and suddenly a baby hand reaches up from the crib holding a miniature scythe. Give me a break! LOL
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Fold Over Finger Splint Large
Fold Over Finger Splint Large
Offered by Cosmetic Solutions
Price: $9.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE SAVER, June 13, 2010
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I recently sprained my finger locking back the slide on my Glock(fortunately it wasn't my trigger finger). i tried both heat and ice but it didn't work-the price was right for this splint so I wore it on my sprained finger for a couple of nights and it worked. Now I keep this splint in the case with my Glock....just in case....
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Judge Judy - 2 Pack
Judge Judy - 2 Pack
DVD ~ Judy Sheindlin
2 used & new from $155.00

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TONGUE DIPPED IN ACID, June 13, 2010
This review is from: Judge Judy - 2 Pack (DVD)
The tongue belongs to Judge Judy, the pint-sized Queen Bee of the Judge shows where she cheerfully presides hurling barbed insults at the litigants before her. Where else can you watch a jurist perched behind her bench, wearing a black robe with a white-laced collar and red wig(she's grey off camera)litigating small claim cases, where her kindest words for both plaintiff and defendant are "moron" and the ever popular "idiot". She's my kind of gal, I know a lot of morons and idiots but I hold my tongue and just admire the way she tosses around such adjectives with unbridled glee.

Sometimes you start to feel bad for the poor creatures who appear before her, but any cash judgements she awards are paid by the production company, so that softens the abuse somewhat.

Judge Judy has hinted she may soon hang up her robe and that would be a shame, because the older she gets the meaner and crankier she will get and just imagine the tongue lashings she will administer then.

If I had a small claim case I would happily appear before Judge Judy and bare the shredding, as long as at the end of the day I am pocketing a check for 5 grand. I'd suffer the acid-dipped tongue but cash the check. Case closed.
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Death Wish
Death Wish
DVD ~ Charles Bronson
Offered by Tax Free Rarities
Price: $14.99
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DIRTY SOCKFUL OF QUARTERS, June 8, 2010
This review is from: Death Wish (DVD)
When Charles Bronson's wife and daughter are attacked brutally by a gang of thugs-the wife is murdered and the daughter loses her mind, he trolls the bowels of Central Parks tunnels and underpasses seeking slime-balls armed with only a dirty sockful of quarters until a sympathetic Arizona business man makes a gift to Bronson of a gun. Then Bronson uses his quarters at the laundromat and starts blowing the punks away.
Naturally the cops are miffed when the scum of NYC is being offed by a "vigilante" and they are left with nothing to do but drink coffee, escort little old ladies across the street and play poker at the precinct. Bronson is eventually found out but without admitting anything he is none-the-less escorted out of town and when he arrives at his new killing ground, the last scene points to Death Wish number, 2,3,4 5 which lacked the punch of the original. But I have to admit one scene in number 2 I remember-Bronsons catatonic daughter once more meets up with a murderous gang of thugs and to escape she jumps out a window and impales herself on a picket fence. Cool.

Death Wish was kinda controversial when it was first released but the audiences lapped it up and so did I.

On a personal note, since I conceal carry, I am hardly a vigilante and I wouldn't go looking for trouble but if trouble came to me, let's just say I would be alive and trouble would have no need of Mr Bronson's dirty sock and his only accessorie quite possibly would be--a toe tag.

This review is dedicated to the preeminent JCVD reviewer.
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Nine
Nine
DVD ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
Offered by Sunday River
Price: $5.10
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 9-7=2, May 30, 2010
This review is from: Nine (DVD)
"Nine" was the broadway musical adaptation of Federico Fellini's "8 1/2" and was brilliantly directed by Tommy Tune. The show was notorious for not being audience friendly but the movie is audience hostile. Admittedly "Nine" is almost impossible to translate to the screen but so was "Chicago" and several years ago, Rob Marshall razzle-dazzled the world and "Chicago" even took home the Oscar for best picture. This time with "Nine" Mr Marshall not only trips, he stumbles and lurches and falls hard on his derrierre. What he has done is combine the black and white photography of the original movie with elements of the broadway musical and it doesn't work. Tommy Tune achieved the combination by having the entire set, even the floor set in white tile, while the actors were dressed in black. They couldn't do this for the movie, granted but the constant switching from black and white to color to black and white was annoying--also annoying was dropping 90% of the musical numbers and throwing in a couple of new songs that weren't very good.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Guido is played as a drowsy-eyed, slouching, chain-smoking and charm-free womanizer you wonder why all these gorgeous women are throwing themselves at him. And speaking of smoking the ENTIRE CAST chain-smokes to a point where it's beyond ridiculous. I didn't check but it would seem a tobacco company must be one of the producers.

Penelope Cruz has a good time performing "A Call From The Vatican" but believe it or not, had the number been performed as in the broadway show the movie would have had to be rated R.

The best in the movie is Fergie and her "Be Italian" number is teriffic, and for this moment Mr Marshall gets off his derriere and stirs up some magic. This number also combines black and white with color but here it is used to its best advatage. The scenes of young Guido and his class-mates chasing Fergie through the sand to the surf, filmed in black and white is close to the same scene in Fellini's original, albeit without the singing and tambourines.

The two star rating is for Fergie but the movie is slow, boring and an endless advertisement for cigarettes.
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Born
Born
DVD ~ Alison Brie
Price: $9.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars STILLBORN, May 29, 2010
This review is from: Born (DVD)
Satan gets busy again and impregnates a young virgin. This time he uses a surrogate and the impregnator is a demon torturer from the 13th level of hell and the preg-nee is his human virgin sister Mary. Incest. Good, wholesome family fun. And the mother-to-be is named Mary. Hmmmmm.....coincidence?

What does the movie have?

Kane Hodder without his Jason hockey mask as the demon.
Severed heads.
Human hearts eaten demurely off a china plate.
Denise Crosby playing her specialty, a hysterical, demented broad.
A pasty-faced rubbery red-lipped albino named Ivan.
Twin chicks who appear dressed in slinky gowns the first half of the movie.
The same chicks naked the second half of the movie.
A assassin priest who walks around with a semi-automatic and silencer in his hollowed-out bible.
A pregnant belly trap-door to visit a hand-puppet demon child.
Actors sticking their heads through floor-boards to pretend their heads are severed.
Satan in high heels.

What does the movie lack?

A story that makes sense.
Good actors.

To sum it up-the movie is not even worthy of a night of MST3K, but I'm glad I watched it. Sometimes watching a stupid movie may even save your soul.....NOT.
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