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  2002.04.12  15.59
men in a boat

I lately read connie Willis' 'to say nothing of the dog'. This one is really great. I laughed my ass off. My wife became so interested that she read the book too and she also had some good laughs. Imagine persons from the future being transported into Victorian era to correct a happening that brought the stream of time awry. You'll laugh, too!

Then I reread three men in a boat to say nothing of the dog. It wasn't as hilarious as I had it in memory but is still pretty comical. Reviews for this are galore. Three young victorians decide to row up and down the Thames and some quite interesting things happen.

And my wife brought Two and a half men in a boat by Nigel Williams. A modern british author decides to repeat the famous journey and brings a friend ...and a half.


  2002.02.22  18.19
Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis

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Mood: hungry

  2002.02.14  20.32
Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des loups)

Brotherhood of the Wolf
(Le Pacte des loups)

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Mood: hungry

  2002.02.08  20.22
The Princess and the Warrior (Der Krieger Und Die Kaiserin)

The Princess and the Warrior
(Der Krieger Und Die Kaiserin)

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Mood: impressed

  2002.01.27  19.45


i'm not one who likes anything with jennifer love hewitt. but. this movie was good. could even be categorized as great. her partner-in-crime, sigourney weaver gave a great show as well. hell, let's cut to the chase - the whole cast was abso-fucking-lutely outstanding.

con-artists of the year, Hewitt and Weaver live for making phat money ... the plot was a bit bizarre in itself, but in the end ... well, you'll just hafta see it. well worth my 3 bucks to rent it. not necessarily a movie for everyone. but was fantastic for me.

still not a fan of ms. hewitt's. just the movie.

Mood: pleased

  2002.01.25  19.31
Dead Alive

Dead Alive

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Mood: amused

  2002.01.17  20.51
Bubble Boy

Bubble Boy

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  2002.01.10  17.51


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  2002.01.10  17.36
The Glass House

The Glass House

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  2002.01.10  17.26
Series 7: The Contenders

Series 7: The Contenders

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  2002.01.03  22.14
The Fast and the Feeble

The Fast and the Furious

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Mood: blah

  2001.12.24  21.58
Laurie Anderson: Life on a String

Laurie Anderson:
Life on a String

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  2001.12.20  18.24
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring

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Mood: impressed

  2001.12.13  19.07
Black House

Black House

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Mood: disappointed

  2001.12.04  05.42

Time and Tide

No tigers, no dragons... just a hell of a lot of bullets.

Action/Adventure and Art/Foreign
1 hr. 53 min.

Hong Kong, present day. A streetwise young man becomes a bodyguard to score quick cash. He soon befriends a once disillusioned mercenary determined to begin life anew with the woman he just married. Although the two men find themselves working together to foil an assassination attempt, their partnership is short-lived: gradually and through uncontrollable circumstances, they will unknowingly be propelled toward opposite sides of a deadly confrontation.
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong violence and brief drug use.

Tsui Hark has to be one of the greatest action directors around. The last hour of this movie is incredible!
The story is the traditional Hong Kong take on the buddy flick, and is nothing special. Sometimes it's a little hard to follow, but don't worry, when the shooting starts it won't matter.
The film is beautiful to look at from begining to end, and the actors all have the Hong Kong Cool thing down to a science.
Not much martial arts in this film. It's all about the bullet ballet. A few cheesy CGI fx spoil what are otherwise very tense and exciting sceens, but for the most part the fxs are top notch and well done. The movie is in Cantonese, Spanish and English and all three languages are used almost at random by some of the characters, but always to the best effect. This is a film that should be seen with subtitles.
I'm really begining to like Nicholas Tse. I've seen several of his movies and he just keeps getting better.


  2001.11.29  18.16

The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivieres Pourpres)

Art/Foreign, Thriller and Action/Adventure
1 hr. 45 min.

Veteran cop Pierre Niemans is sent to Guernon to investigate a bizarre murder near a legendary private school isolated in the Alps. And it's no ordinary murder; the killer has been very methodical, leaving twisted inexplicable clues to his motive. Complicating matters are the university administrators who are uncooperative and somewhat defiant to Niemans' questioning. Meanwhile Max Kerkerian, an impetuous young cop and former car thief, arrives at a desecrated graveyard 180 miles away. Someone has disturbed the grave of a child who died twenty years before. These two seemingly random events are about to collide as the separate investigations lead the detectives right to one another. The more experienced Niemans begrudgingly joins forces with the brash Max to track down the killer. Despite his ribbing and constant sarcastic banter, Max respects the older cop. The two crimes are assuredly linked--but how? What could the prestigious school possibly have to hide?
MPAA Rating: Not Rated.

An overly complicated plot and muddy unintelligible dialog ruin what is otherwise an interesting story idea. This movie had a lot of potential, and the cinematography is wonderful. I think a big part of the problem comes from the dubbing. Filmed in French, the movie loses alot in tranlstion. At least I hope it does because I really wanted to like this movie.


  2001.11.28  01.14

The Breed
FBI agent Steven Grant (Bokeem Woodbine) is given the very delicate assignment of tracking down a vampire who threatens to expose a secret government operative which would integrate vampires into normal society. His partner Aaron Grey, a "good" vampire, aids Grant in his search, which leads to the lair of Lucy (Bai Ling), a vampiress. The usually distrustful Grant is taken in by Lucy's charms, and he begins to wonder which side he's working for. This sexy thriller offers unique twists on the classic vampire and buddy cop genres.
MPAA Rating: R.

I've got the talent for grabing the Bad Movies that look good.
This silly vampire movie looked great in the trailer I saw. It looked great all the way through.
But it sucked rocks.
Set in some weird Orwellian future where Vampires are trying to make peaceful contact with a paranoid government. This flick made no sense. The acting, though not the worst I've seen, was lackluster at best and downright corny the rest of the time.
But it looked good.
The sets where cool, the props were cool, every thing had a very noir feeling to it. The problem with that though is that the whole movie began to look like a weird perfume ad in Cosmo.
So, if you MUST see every vampire movie ever made, see this film. Just turn down the volume and crank out some Siouxie and the Banshees and/or Bauhaus over the stereo.


  2001.11.22  17.01
Harry Potter

Last night Jennie and I went to see:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Over all I was impressed. I knew that they were going to leave out alot. (Where the hell was Peves????)
But they stayed fairly true to the story and the characters, and the casting was top notch!
Also, I don't think you need to have read the books to enjoy the movie.
I would like to say that the books are BETTER that the movie, but it was really nice to see what a game of Quidditch really looks like!

I still think it would have been better to break up the book into a TV series, so they could cover more of the stuff in the book. But the Almighty $ decided a film series would be more lucrative, and I'm sure thay are right.

If you haven't read the books, I strongly urge you to read them, they are wonderful! And see the movie! It was well wotht the cost of admition!


  2001.11.15  17.24

My pick for one of the Worst Movies Ever Made:

This movie sucked ass. I would say it was the worst movie ever made but In the Woods was worse.


  2001.11.08  18.20

I just posted this in the brand-new tv forum, but it seems to fit here as well, so here goes:

TVGuide was right on about this one! 24 is an amazing new show. It's everything it's supposed to be, and then some. If you missed it on Tuesday, check out the encore this Friday (11-9-01) at 8pm ET/PT, 7pm CT/MT on FOX.

Why do I like it? So far, the plots have been very intriguing and the acting has been solid. Mostly though, the cinematography is beyond belief. At various times, one third of the screen will be taken up with one scene, another third will be a different (although probably related) scene, and the remainder will be the second scene shot from a different viewpoint. You really have to see it to believe it.

Mood: excited

  2001.11.06  10.24

Dunno if anyone else has posted about this movie, but i thought i would.

From Hell : Didn't really pay any attention to the previews, so when my friend wanted me to go see it, i was like, "uh ... ok" she told me johnny depp was in it - and personally, that's a good enuff reason for me to see it :D i thought he did a great job in it. he plays the Inspector, who tries to found out who Jack the Ripper is ... and in the end, does.

however, heather graham *shakes head* this was a poor performance by her. i never even really liked her. sure, she was funny in Austin Powers. but this did nothing to help her. she didn't have that large of a part anyways, but i think her character could have been played by someone with a little more ... acting ability, perhaps? ah well.

of the $5 i spent on my ticket ... i'd say it was werth about $4.50 of it. it would have been an even $4, but since the seats were big, cushioned chairs, it earns my $.50



  2001.11.06  01.25

Spy Kids

Action/Adventure, Kids/Family and Comedy
1 hr. 30 min.

Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy...each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now, nine years later, after their retirement, having exchanged the adventure of espionage for parenthood, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back into action. When their former colleagues, the world's most formidable spies, start disappearing one by one, the Cortez's are forced to take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop and his evil, egg-headed sidekick, Minion. But when the unthinkable happens and they too disappear, there are only two people in the world who can rescue them...their kids. Armed with a bag of high tech gadgets and out-of-this world transportation, Carmen and Juni will bravely jet through the air, dive under the seas and crisscross the globe in a series of thrilling adventures on a mission to stop Floop, save their parents...and maybe even the world. Sometimes the biggest heroes are the smallest ones.
MPAA Rating: PG for action sequences and brief language.

This was a fun movie. It's dumb, simplistic, and suprisingly enjoyable. The stupider it gets, the more fun it becomes. This is not what I would have never guessed that Robert Rodriguez could make such a wholesome, fun family movie! And no doubt, this IS a Robert Rodriguez film from start to finnish! It has his look, feel and style from start to finnish.
I guess I shouldn't be so suprised, even Desperado had a wholsome innocence to it.
Anyway, I liked it. I kept thinking I shouldn't like it, but I did!


  2001.11.05  18.28
Your input is valued.

this is just a simple question dewlling on my mind at the moment, thats been brought up by recent thinking.. but yeah. im just curious as to how everyone else stands on this one...

Ok. so.. you're going out with this chick, mmk? and you're totally into her, and she's into you want to really fuck around with her. but.. she doesnt want to fuck around with you (she says shes not ready.). whats your reaction?

note: this can be reversed to girl wanting to mess around with the guy, and such... or.. girl/girl and guy/guy.. whatever suits your lounge. its not my buisness..

Mood: curious

  2001.10.20  19.42
Tokyo Revelation

Tokyo Revelation was one of the weirder anime movies i've seen so far. the cover suggests hentai, but it was rather mild.

the plot: an angsty teen who was picked up in school helps a big bunch of demons attempt to take over the world using a demonic software program. another student turns out to be the reincarnation of an ancient god, and thus must fight him and the demons.

if only it was as simple as that. the plot was confused, and for some reason, the climax of the movie somehow turned into the end-titles, and the rest of the movie was shown on only half the screen, which was awfully weird.

besides the confused plot, and the strange ending, i kind of enjoyed it - cool animation, lots of demons, and some amusing gay overtones.


  2001.10.16  13.30

Friedhelm Moser: Jim Knopf und die sieben Weisen

A short review on a short book.

Who does not know Michael Ende's Jim Knopf? Jim Button for the English speakers.

Jim Button is the hero of two books by Michael Ende. And those are real great books for children.

Friedhelm Moser early died author took this (at least in Germany) very famous book and explained how one could use it as a textbook for philosophy. He did a really great job. Following closely the story line he introduces the main thinkers of the history of philosophy, and hardly ever it looks like constructed.

This is a witty small book and I strongly recommend it to everybody who likes children fiction and those who like philosophy. Since it is humorous throughout I can recommend it also for those who like to share a good laugh!


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