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Reviewed The Manchurian Candidate Movie

Nov 08, 2004 02:57 PM 1432 Views

(Updated Nov 08, 2004 02:57 PM)

The Manchurian Candidate is apsychological thriller based on the famous Richard Condon novel and previously turned into a famous 1962 Frank Sinatra/Angela Lansbury thriller. Army Major Bennett Marco (Washington), a career soldier grows suspicious about his experience in Desert Storm after Squad ...Read more

Commented on own review

Jun 18, 2004 07:14 AM

We’re given a darker instalment from Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron simply because the lights are turned down and a lot of it is set at night, nothing more. A disappointing movie that doesn’t utilise its stars (the adults), focuses to much on the substandard child actors, or broach any ...new ground, lacks subtlety, tension and charm. It’s a school production with an unlimited budget and nothing more.Read More

Commented on own review

Jun 18, 2004 07:13 AM

Other problems emanating from the script is that for what could be a psychological thriller, it has no thrills. The movie plods along as the films antagonists are either absent (Black) or aren’t scary (Dementors) and as such lacks any sort of tension whatsoever. We are meant to cower in pantom...ime fashion as we see the Dementors hovering around freezing things and nothing else. This problem is made worse by perhaps the most unforgivable quick fix solution since “Independence Day” came up with a computer virus. Once time travel, that is given little to no development in the movie, enters the equation it all becomes a matter of filling in the blanks and watching the movie play out to its only logical solution.Read More

Reviewed Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Movie

Jun 18, 2004 07:12 AM 2049 Views

(Updated Jun 18, 2004 07:12 AM)

The Harry Potter phenomenon continues to grow, and for the life of me I cannot work out why. The books somehow found widespread appeal over all manner of race, ages and both sexes despite beginning as nothing more than glorified and highly derivative children novels, and as the rule tends to go:...Read more

Commented on own review

Nov 10, 2003 04:57 PM

Point noted about detail, especially considering this is the longest review I ever written, this is mainly because I think there is a lot to address in THe Matrix, problems, strengths, themes whatever. Thanks for the feedback

Commented on Bhavna's review

Nov 10, 2003 04:27 PM

Your review was not bad, but I thought it was a little light on the details, like what exactly did you hate about the dialogue? Was there too much or was it too complicated or was it just drivel? (I have a sneaking suspicion that it has to do with the neck work you did in the Imax) A little more det...ail would stop people from claiming that you 'just didn't get it' and that's why you didn't like it. Not a bad review though.Read More

Commented on saksham's review

Nov 10, 2003 11:50 AM

There is certainly a lot pf potential in this review, but it tends to be vague, and can be very unclear in parts, particularly Karma and the parenting issue. The child was the next step in the love the two programs shared, why was this so hard to grasp? That said I agree with you about the script, t...hough your examples may not be the best, and the overbearing presence of effects, but then you reward them for this(?). I do find it interesting that you disliked the open ending of the trilogy which allows you to do exactly what you did, make up your own mind. keep writing, and good luck.Read More

Commented on own review

Nov 10, 2003 11:01 AM

Thanks alot for your comments, and other people who read my review keep them coming it's the only way I can improve. Personally I don't like it when people, especially critical ones, don't leave reasons...

Commented on ashishgala's review

Nov 09, 2003 04:27 PM

You certainly seemed a little underwhelmed by the Matrix sequels, and I know the feeling. I agree with you that once you've seen the first two you owe it to yourself to finish the series as well as the general domination of FX (perhaps in the true battle for The Matrix technology actually did win......) Nice review, I look forward to reading more of your material.Read More

Commented on own review

Nov 09, 2003 05:23 AM

Overall, as a stand alone film it is weak, clichéd, too reliant on effects and an easy miss, only just an improvement on “Reloaded”. As the end of a trilogy, you’ve committed enough time for you to go and see it, if only for closure, just don’t expect a good film to boot.... Incidentally the issue of closure is the most original part of the movie, instead of forcing a resolution on you like say a cruddy ‘Matrix within a Matrix’ situation, like it’s original or something, they leave it unrevealed, and the movie is slightly better for it. The greatest trilogy ever? You’re talking about the original “Star Wars” right? Sorry for length but man I had a lot to rant about... :PRead More

Commented on own review

Nov 09, 2003 05:22 AM

As for production values, well they’re a mixed bag, ranging from a goofy looking face representing the source (think “The Mummy” ’s sand face but only a lot worse, or CGI humans they just never work), to the huge but lack lustre Zion war, to the good but used to much (the hu...ge explosion bubble in the Smith/Neo fight) to the just plain good (Neo’s sight). What’s interesting is that the Warchowskis have broken their own rule, they always wanted to use live action stunts that were assisted by effects, now its effects that are sometimes punctuated by live action. The music is alright.Read More

Commented on own review

Nov 09, 2003 05:22 AM

The good news is that some of the stars decide its time to get paid for acting once more. Keanu Reeves makes a welcome return to the world of emotions, and even when he’s blind, and acting relies on the eyes a lot, he does superb work, and I couldn’t speak highly enough of him. Carrie An...n Moss is shocking, and not in a good way. In her big emotional scene, she butchers it horribly and actually provided some humour for the audience… Unintentional of course. She has also got less and less alluring, of course she was never beautiful but she was sexy now she seems to be more of a flesh coloured scarecrow wearing leather, not only in appearance but in personality. From now on Carrie Ann Mossing it (a stupid term invented by Matrix geeks who think she created the independent woman role) will now be associated with tacky farewells, and being stone faced. Lawrence Fishburne does absolutely nothing, he poses and looks cool which comes totally naturally to him but plays no role in the proceedings. Jada Pinkett Smith does a tough ‘grrrl’ persona, we’ve seen a million times. Lennix, as Commander Lock, is very lucky that he is PO’d all the time because I’d like to see him talk with a clench jaw (the closest thing he does to emoting) if he was happy, or sad or anything other than mad. Collin Chou is used solely for a fight, much like he was in “Reloaded”. The Indian family, except for the little girl Sati(?), do alright. All the characters you meet at Zion are irritating and it comes to a point where a machine victory mightn’t be so bad… Lambert Wilson is a cameo only, which is just as well considering he can’t hold his accent. Monica Bellucci and The Architect are as well. The Oracles has some important, but quick work to do and makes a suitable replacement for Gloria Foster. All these performances, even Keanu’s good work, pale in comparison the outstanding, nigh award winning performance of HugoRead More

Reviewed Matrix Revolutions Movie

Nov 09, 2003 05:20 AM 1560 Views

(Updated Nov 09, 2003 05:20 AM)

I was going to write a review sooner but I wasn’t sure what I felt about the third “Matrix” until now. “The Matrix Revolutions” (TMRe) is the third and final instalment of the “Ultimate Movie Trilogy”, coming from the Warchowski brothers. It follows Neo ...Read more

Commented on jessica_anne01's review

Oct 16, 2003 05:12 AM

Just wanting to clarify something, did you like Orlando Bloom because he can act, or because he is pretty? That said, it's a pretty good review

Commented on own review

Oct 14, 2003 08:04 AM

Thanks alot to all of you for writing comments. Vikas: Not Irish, but I have a little of it in me, but I am Australian through and through. I'm planning on seeing Revolutions because I think the Warchowskis are talented enough to put together a great movie, and be more than one hit wonders. Lo...woil: Yeah I noticed that almost 90% of the reviews were very positive, so I thought I'd rock the boat a little :)Read More

Commented on Cousin2's review

Oct 13, 2003 03:11 PM

Not sure but I don't think this was an actual remake of a Hudson/Day movie so much as a homage to that particular genre

Reviewed Matrix Reloaded Movie

Oct 13, 2003 02:32 PM 2284 Views

(Updated Oct 13, 2003 02:32 PM)

Perhaps the most hyped sequel of recent times, it’s hard to say because of Harry LOTR and even X2 running big campaigns, was understandably under a huge amount of pressure to deliver a smart, fun and beautiful science fiction/ action blockbuster. But was that too much to ask? Also trying a...Read more

Reviewed The Scorpion King Movie

Oct 10, 2003 07:28 AM 2130 Views

(Updated Oct 10, 2003 07:28 AM)

Being a fan of The Rock, and a big fan of the “Mummy” movies I intended to catch this derivative, and I expected it to be awful and thankfully I was pleasantly surprised. SYNOPSIS In the time before the pyramids, and before the great Pharaohs, there were tribes in the desert, a...Read more

Commented on own review

Oct 08, 2003 11:22 AM

Keep them coming www.28dayslaterthemovie.co.uk/ lookclosely_pop.html Just eliminate the space in the middle, damn comment rules. Trust me it's a lot of fun >)

Reviewed 28 Days Later Movie

Oct 07, 2003 04:07 PM 2471 Views

(Updated Oct 07, 2003 04:07 PM)

What can be said about the latest attempt to ahem resurrect zombie flicks? It’s satisfyingly scary, that’s right a zombie movie that’s scary break out the champagne! Also it's not a sequel to ''28 Days'' SYNOPSIS A powerful virus is ironically released by a band of milita...Read more

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