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I have watched "Born Rich" several times, and I found it well done, and
very informative. I am from a "middle-class" background, having been
raised in the Washington, DC suburb of Fairfax, Virginia. I was not
exposed to either extreme wealth or poverty. My parents divorced when I
was nine, and I went into foster homes. My father died when I was 17,
so I never had "excess" money. I had food every day, and a place to
sleep, so I consider myself fortunate. This said, I find it hard to
understand spending $600 on a purse. I don't have a problem spending
money on nice things (I have had Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and I
want to get another, when I can figure out how to pay for it now), it
is the mentality of spending a lot of money just "because" it is a lot
of money that I don't understand. The character of Karen on "Will &
Grace" comes to mind.
I found Jamie Johnson very likable, and I'd like to talk to him sometime. He intrigued me, and I'd like to know what he has been doing since he made "Born Rich".
Wow, where do I start. I was stoked to find the DVD at Tower on Kapi'olani
the other day. You see, I moved here in 1992 from Virginia, to have to
back in 1993 for another heart surgery. My 'heart" was left in Hawai'i,
though. This film was made in 1998, and was not released in Virginia, so I
missed it in theaters. I returned to Paradise in 2000. I kept hearing
this great film and how it put "North Shore" to shame, etc. They are two
different films, different islands, different decades, and I love them
Both show off the spectacular beauty that is The Aloha State. I have been
the Big Island several times, and plan to go back next month. I have also
been to Maui, Kauai, and Molokai. Each is unique, but also uniquely
I thought all of the acting was as close to excellent as I've seen in any other film. This film had my whole range of emotions going. I was at times excited, scared, angry, furious, thrilled, sad, and in tears more than once (I'm a 43 year-old guy, who has seen more of the world than I'd like to, let's leave it at that) If you don't shed a tear at the end of this movie, you need a pulse check.
The entire pastoral staff at my church (Hope Chapel South Shore, here in Waikiki) surfs, and I am buying them each copies of this movie. Come visit us at the Waikiki Community Center. I'll be the "haole" running the sound board at 10:30!
This series is currently (July, 2002) running on the Discovery "Wings" channel, on digital cable. I find it very interesting, and I wonder how a U.S. produced version would fare. I expect there wouldn't be enough action for the "Cops" jaded U.S. action audience.
After 2 heart surgeries, my first thought when I saw the big "STAR WARS" logo and heard the music, was that I didn't think I'd live to see this movie. I drank in every scene, finally getting backstory on Luke's uncle and aunt and Boba Fett. We see Anakin's first turn toward the Dark side of the Force. I still think Jar Jar had too many lines (5 or 6!), but that is a very minor criticism. George Lucas, the doctors say I won't live much longer (I'm only 43), but I am going to make it to 2005 to see Episode III! Thanks for keeping the Star Wars dream (and me) alive!
I agree with several other reviews concerning portraying locals as thugs
thieves, and that this isn't an Oscar quality movie. However, it was this
movie that first showed me how beautiful O'ahu is. I ended up moving here
from Virginia in 1992. The scenery was (and is) breathtaking, and watching
the surfing was (and is) fantastic. As a haole, I got an education from the
movie which kept me from making the mistakes Rick Kane made when he first
got to Hawai'i.
If you live on O'ahu, or are visiting, and you find yourself in Waikiki on a Sunday when the waves are flat, come visit me at Hope Chapel-South Shore (at the Waikiki Community Center) - The entire pastoral staff surfs, along with most of the congregation. It is wonderful to hear God's word taught with surf illustrations.
For whatever reason, I really like prison "reality" shows like "Oz" and what was known in the U.S. as "Prisoner: Cell Block H", and known in its' Australia home as simply "Prisoner". "The Big House" seems to be another great Aussie export. It is running in the U.S. on the Sundance Channel. It seems to be very well done, and I enjoyed the episode I saw. I will add this to my "hard time" list of shows to watch regularly. Good work!
Quite a few movies were made into television sitcoms. In my opinion, there are only two that were better than the movies - M*A*S*H, and The Odd Couple. In the case of The Odd Couple, it could be because I like Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as actors better than I do Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, respectively. I am not aware of any network currently re-running TOC (as of December 2001), and I really miss it.
I have watched this movie about ten times now, and I notice something new and funny each time. I thought every character was well-played. Of course you have to suspend reality somewhat, but what horror/ reanimation movie doesn't require that. This movie is much more a comedy than a horror flick. The delivery of some lines is priceless Frank:"I can get a brain from my dad's lab!" Tuttle:"Oh, how convenient!" Perhaps this movie is better watched after a few beers - anyhow, it is my favorite in its' genre.
I was a manager for AT&T, fast-tracked for middle-management, and a volunteer fireman/EMT in my spare time. Then my genetic heart disease reared its ugly head, and everything changed. I am now disabled, and unable to work. What if I had known about this heart problem before I started with AT&T or the fire department? I am positive I would have had a vastly different, much lower paying job, and probably no medical or disability benefits. Fortunately, I have great benefits. However, if genetic testing had been done by my employer, they would have seen this, and probably not hired or promoted me. That is life now. Gattaca shows the probable future outcome of current genetic testing. Let us be very careful of the road we are now traveling down.
After seeing dozens of movies like "First Time Felon" "Oz" and "The Corner", I was thrilled to see a show that portrays black people as something other than drug dealers and victims of gun violence. As a white guy living in Honolulu, I don't have much contact with the black community. The media gives a slanted view of every subculture, so I know there are people who don't live in South Central. I wish there were a more balanced view, but that doesn't sell movies. Off of my soapbox now, I thought the production values were excellent, and I look forward to seeing future episodes.
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