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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Though overlong, 'Terminator 2' is a fun, action-packed thrill ride, 14 May 2005

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back. This time he's a heroic Terminator re-programmed to stop the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a more advanced cyborg (made entirely of shape-shifting liquid metal) sent to kill a teen (Edward Furlong, film debut), future leader of the human resistance. In a battle between good Terminator and bad Terminator, who will win? And can judgment day be prevented?

James Cameron is back as director and co-writer. He overloads this film with enough action, car chases, explosions and eye-popping (but expensive and Oscar-winning) special effects to satisfy any sci-fi or action fan. There's no reason to call this film boring.

Once again, Schwarzenegger is at his best as the friendly robot. Instead of killing, he maims or scares anyone who gets in his way. At one point, he shoots a guard in the leg and says "He'll live." Patrick is menacing as the T-1000 not fazed by bullets and can morph into anything or anyone he comes in contact with.

Linda Hamilton also returns as Sarah Connor. She's the teen's mom and former victim of the Terminator (from the first film). She's very convincing as a tough, caring mother, and not wimpy as she was from the first film.

Though overlong, "Terminator 2" is a fun, action-packed thrill ride.

My evaluation: *** out of ****

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
James Cameron's fast-paced, action-packed 'Terminator' delivers the goods, 19 February 2005

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a 21st century cyborg sent to L.A. to assassinate an innocent woman (Linda Hamilton), unknowingly destined to give birth to a revolutionary. A soldier from the future (Michael Biehn) is also sent in and is assigned to protect the woman and destroy the unstoppable killing machine. Who will prevail? Man or machine?

In spite of tight budget, co-writer/director James Cameron's ("Titanic") film is loaded with non-stop action, quick pacing, above-average effects. Schwarzenegger is convincing as the merciless cyborg and his memorable line ("I'll be back") still remains a classic. One of the most effective sci-fi action films in cinematic history.

My evaluation: ***½ out of ****

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
'Tis the season to be gross, 25 December 2004

Adam Sandler's animated tale has a thirty-three-year-old troublemaker (voiced by Sandler) wreaking havoc during the eight days of Hanukah. After getting in trouble with the law, he is given two choices: go to jail or perform community service, working as assistant referee for youth basketball league with the team's eccentric coach (also voiced by Sandler). He chooses the latter (whether he likes it or not) and goes out of his way to humiliate the coach at every chance he gets. Can the coach make this slacker change his ways?

Sandler caters to his fans with his crude, gross-out humor and excrement jokes. Some funny, and some plain stupid. Some of the songs are hilarious, including Sandler's revised Hanukah song. For those expecting a family-oriented holiday film can look elsewhere.

My evaluation: ** out of ****

39 out of 48 people found the following review useful:
Walter Hill's stylish 'Warriors' packs a punch, 11 September 2004

During a gang summit in the Bronx, a rival gang leader (Roger Hill) is shot and killed. A Coney Island gang is wrongfully accused of the crime and find themselves on the run from other gangs and cops as they race back to their turf. Will they make it back in one piece?

Walter Hill's ("48 Hrs.") stylish tale about gang warfare packs a punch (even by today's standards). Upon release, the film sparked controversy and was accused of encouraging gang violence. After one look, it's not brutal, graphic or unpleasant. It's an exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, non-bloody tale that sends a message with conviction. Most of the gangs portrayed are too cartoonish to be menacing, but yet they are unique in more ways than one. Credit should also be given to Andrew Laszlo's photography. A cult classic. "Can you dig it?"

My evaluation: *** out of ****.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Blossom turns in a good performance as crazed middle-aged farmer, but 'Deranged' is quite slow and uneven, 15 July 2004

A year later after his mother passes away, a crazed middle-aged farmer (Robert Blossom) digs up her body and begins to robs graves of recently deceased corpses and killing young women in order to preserve her skin and body parts.

This film is inspired by the true events of serial killer Ed Gein, alongside "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Just like the latter, this film was shot on a very low budget, giving it a gritty, documentary-like feel. Speaking of documentary, a narrator turns up from time to time to relay information of the story as it continues to unfold. Blossom turns in a good performance as the farmer-turned-killer, but the film is quite slow and uneven with most of the suspense thrown into the wind. Tom Savini is responsible for the cheap-looking special effects.

My evaluation: ** out of ****

Motel Hell (1980)
1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Preposterous horror-comedy that fails as both horror and comedy, 5 July 2004

Farmer Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) is famous for his smoked meats that he markets from his roadside motel. With the help of his obnoxious, chubby sister (Nancy Parsons), they kidnap unsuspecting travelers, bury them in their garden with their vocal cords cut (so they can't scream) and fatten them up for their famous smoked meats. "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters."

In spite of flawed acting, Calhoun and Parsons have fun as the crazed siblings. The rest of the cast fails to carry this film. Director Kevin Conway drops the ball on this preposterous horror-comedy that fails as both horror and comedy. The chainsaw-fighting finale is uninspiring and pointless. Whose idea was it for Calhoun to wear a pig's head for that scene anyway? Not funny. Wolfman Jack as a corrupt evangelist and John Ratzenberger (before TV's "Cheers") as one of the unlucky victims appears briefly.

My evaluation: * out of ****

Gacy (2003) (V)
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Despite Holton's decent performance as 'Gacy,' dull writing, directing and pacing sinks this boring film, 26 June 2004

Based on true story, this film focuses on the life of serial killer John Wayne Gacy (Mark Holton). He was a model citizen, a successful businessman, a family man and occasional clown for children at a hospital, until something motivated him to sodomize and murder thirty young boys and dispose of them in the crawlspace underneath his house.

Despite Holton's decent performance as the infamous serial killer, dull writing, directing and pacing sinks this boring film. More detail on Gacy would've helped, but instead we get obligatory shots of maggots over dead bodies. Gross! If you really want to learn about serial killers like Gacy read about it on the Internet or check out a book at the library; you'll be much better off.

My evaluation: NO STARS

9 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Hooper's mediocre 'Eaten Alive' suffers from poor script and inept pacing, but Robert Englund's offbeat performance is film's only asset, 17 June 2004

A crazed proprietor (Neville Brand) runs a motel located in the swampy Louisiana bayou where he keeps a pet crocodile in front of the place. For some reason, he murders unsuspecting guests with a scythe and feeds them to the always-hungry animal.

Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his cult hit "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is surprisingly disappointing, lacking suspense and atmosphere that worked in the last film. In addition, the film suffers from poor script, inept pacing and unconvincing characters. Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund's offbeat performance as a sex-crazed hillbilly with his opening memorable line ("My name is Buck and I'm ready to f---!") is the film's only asset, but it's not enough to overcome these faults. Marilyn Burns ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") also stars a hapless victim (again).

Also known as "Horror Hotel," "Horror Hotel Massacre," and "Death Trap."

My evaluation: *½ out of ****

Piranha (1978)
Offbeat, cheesy "Jaws" spoof/rip-off has bite, 4 June 2004

After accidentally releasing a large school of genetically altered species of piranha into a stream, the deadly fish find their way to children's summer camp and tourist resort. It's up to an insurance investigator (Heather Menzies) and a drunken recluse (Bradford Dillman) to prevent the hungry piranhas from chowing down on children and vacationers, with the help of a scientist (Kevin McCarthy) who has been breeding the piranhas in secret.

Producer Roger Corman responds to the success of Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" with this spoof/rip-off (and makes no apologies about it). While "Jaws" was frightening, this film went for scares, campy humor, cheesiness and cheap special effects. Best viewed with a few beers. Corman should be commended for boosting the careers of director Joe Dante ("Gremlins", "Looney Tunes: Back in Action") and screenwriter John Sayles ("Lone Star"). Keenan Wynn, Dick Miller, and Barbara Steele also star. Followed by "Piranha II: The Spawning" and remade in 1995. My evaluation: *** out of ****.

Kaboom! (1981) (VG)
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad bomber game, 29 May 2004

Do you think you can outlast the bomber? Yeah? Well, prove it. Armed with only three buckets of water (using the paddle controller), the object is to catch every bomb that the frowning mad bomber throws at you. If you miss one bomb, every bomb will explode and the bomber will taunt you with his grin and you will lose one bucket. For every successful wave of bombs caught, the bomber will move faster and drop more bombs. This pattern continues until you lose all three buckets, thus ending the game and putting a smile back on the bomber's face.

Upon release of this game for the Atari 2600, Atari had a hit on their hands. Aside from it being just a pattern game, this is a highly addictive and challenging video game. The graphics and sound are excellent. The facial expressions of the bomber and sounds of the lit fuses on bombs and explosions are dead on. The controls (being the paddle controller) work well with this game. Very rare for a game made for the Atari 2600.

My evaluation: 10 out of 10

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