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D-Tox is one of the worst Stallone movies. In fact, it seems to be a TV/Cable movie more than one that was released at theatres.
Let´s go to what bothered me about it,
1) D-Tox plot script is horreondous. 2/3 ideas (really cliched ones) make this film. The cross between two types of films (slasher + action thriller) does not go well.
2) Great actors but... what can I say about it? Kristofferson, Patrick, Berenger, Vance, etc to name some of them. All of them spoiled all over the film. Few acting (that is not a bad premise to a film of this characteristics) but as the action is also no good... could be a better thing to enchance dialogues and some acting of the named actors.
3) If you make a slasher movie, try to make it violent. If you make a slasher movie, try to make it suspenseful. D-tox lacks both. Its not violent (could be much more gorier) nor suspensful. All deaths are pretty obvious and you wont jump off the seat anytime during the 90 minutes.
4) Direction is awful. Dont understand why a director with a big budget did this. I understand that a lot of money went to the cast, but please...
This movie with another director could be much better. No style at all.
Rate it with a 3 out of 10.
Nueve reinas (2000)
Great Bielinsky work.
This is another movie that shows the resurrection of Argentina film industry. Is clearly one of the best Argentina movies in the past years. Its very interest how the director shows Buenos Aires, not only in a decadent way as much of our films does (which is not a critic to them), and over everything, it´s original comparing to the what we have seen recently. Fabian Bielinsky has a different and interesting style of filming.
Ricardo Darin is excellent, the best of the film. Gaston Pauls made an interesting portrait of its character, and the secondary cast made the plot run smooth. A great story with a surprising ending (it reminds me of the "Usual suspects" one). Although this movie seems to have a lot of US independant filmography characteristics, it has an obvious Argentinian touch that make it a top movie.
I don´t agree with TomyGrau opinion. I think that Argentina cinematography is excellent, for an obvious reason, when you have a low budget to make a movie (with few efforts from the state, not knowing if it will be released in theatres, or will ever see the money invested again) you have to make something different and original to succed. They do not copy classics.
Lots of Argentina movies were original and they succed. Examples in the last 5 years, "Pizza Birra Faso", "Mundo Grua" or "9 Reinas", None of them have a message. They just tell a story or are a description of our reality. There are very few Tango-like examples around by now.
Best 2000 Argentina movie with "Felicidades" & "76-89-03".
Rate this movie with a 7.5 out of 10.
Arlington Road (1999)
Good movie with an excellent ending.
This is good movie. No more than that. A nice entertainment.
The acting is really excellent, more specifically the Tim Robbins character, although Jeff Bridges & Joan Cusack are great too. I have to say also that what were also amazing were the action sequences... very realistic in contrast with most of the modern action-thriller movies. The blood component is quite efficient here. Another thing to remark is the twisted ending it has... not a chance someone could guess it 5 minutes before it happens.
But the movie has one important flaw. In my opinion, the movie gets too long... there is a lack of action in the first 45 minutes that makes them sort of tedious, the film could be 15 minutes shorter. The other thing I did not like is the Jeff Bridges´s girlfriend character...
As I said, overall is a good movie, no more than that.
I rate this movie with a 6 out of 10.
El manosanta está cargado (1987)
How could anyone rate this movie !!!
One of the best Argentine comedians of all time (if not the best) stars this picture, mighty ALBERTO OLMEDO who died in 1989.
This is his top alone movie (not counting the ones that made with JORGE PORCEL); it´s about a common man that is tired of being treated as stupid, and start treating the other people like that, saying that he is a Brazilian "manosanta" (person that cures people´s problems).
You cannot ask anything else for this type of comedy. The jokes are simple and effective. Lots of women barely nude. Some bad acting that contributes to the hilarious plot. The movie is so improvised that in some "dramatic" scenes you can see the actors laughing. And features a legion of excellent Argentine comedians (including Javier Portales, el "facha" Martel, Divina Gloria, etc)
What else could you ask for??? Just watch it and get your own conclusions.
I rate this movie with a 7 out of 10.-
La casa 3 (1988)
Great movie for what I expected !!!
I expected a very bad b-class italian horror movie, and it is, but is enjoyable. It´s well filmed & the actors are acceptable. Music is very good, just listen to that demoniac sound that is heard from the basement (not joking, one of the best horror sounds ever heard by me). There are also some good deaths (the first two & one in the middle), the others are average. Plot is bad, but you cannot expect more. What I did not understand are the stupid reasons for entering again and again the Ghosthouse (example: a girl wants to take a shower) when those kids know that there is a killer or somewhat (I won´t tell what). Scenery is good, so the other places of the shots. Summarizing, I watched the film till the end, that hardly happen when I see this type of movies and are bad.
I could recommend it if you are a horror-movie fan, or if there is anything to watch...
Rate this movie with a 5.5 out of 10 .-
Les zinzins de l'espace (1997)
Although I´m 20 years old and I really don´t like to watch cartoons, this one amazes me. I watch it every day. I really don´t understand why I like it, because when I was a child I preferd the "classic" cartoons such as He-man, Tom & Jerry & Mazinger... I can also say that I hate similar cartoons like ren & stimpy, but I find space goofs very intelligent, some chapters are too interesting and funny. Even my father laughed at some jokes!. It obviously has some bad chapters, but in general lines its a very good cartoon. What I hate about it is the two headed space creature... Recommended for everyone who wants to get disconnected for 30 minutes from this world & get relaxed...
Rate it with a 7 out of 10.-
Analyze This (1999)
Good, but not that much...
This is an interesting movie, but is not so funny as it could be. It´s a newer & better version of "National Lampoon's The Don's Analyst" but this one is done well.
I liked the story though it could be funnier. I only laughed three times in the movie. Billy Cristal is better than other roles that he played in other films, but he do always the same characters. De Niro seems to have done the role so easily that some times his character look unreal (even thought he was a gangster in lots of films). Lisa Kudrow is lifeless as always; but there´s the excellent Joe Viterelli playing his part as the fat gangster.
The movie is well done, is efective but it only deserves a "good" rating, because is not innovative as it could be. I expected more about it, knowing that director Ramis made some funny films such as "As Good As It Gets" & "Airheads".
I rate this movie with a 5.5 out of 10 .-
Too Stupid for a normal person.
This movie shows me where is the US cinematography going, down ! An example of how money can be wasted in poor films. It features some of the dumbest scenes I´ve ever saw and all those stupid scenes make this movie that didn´t make me laugh not 1 time (and it´s supposed to be a comedy!).
A little question for everyone, In USA, are all the teenagers like are in the film? I really don´t want to think so because I rather smash my head to a wall than staying near those 2 girls that are supposed to be popular. And those teenagers are repeated from other movies such as "clueless" & "can´t hardly wait". I really nostalgic about a college movie such as the great "Porky´s" saga.
What can I say about the movie? It´s bad acted, it´s lack of a solid conflict (my 6 year old cousin can write a better plot than it), it´s not funny, has no realistic scenes, I really hated it. Nor one in my family could finished watching the movie, and I can say that they insulted me for the bad taste I had renting it (I really didn´t know what the film was about). I would not recommend it for anyone, even for all those who don´t want to think when watching a film.
I rate this movie with a 2.5 out of 10.
Watch anything but this movie!
I thought that I was never going to find a horror movie as bad as "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre", but this film compete with it.
I´m not a person that get asleep when watching a movie, but I did it 15 minutes after the Trance started. I woke up, and started to watching it agian. Why did I deserve that? All the movie was a torture, I have to use fast forward to watch it complete.
I can´t stand why one of my favourites actors of all time (MR. WALKEN) could done this thing. I have to think that he made the director a favor, or he was really in the need of money, because film after film he is doing, he is ruining himself; and so fast...
What about the movie? it´s not scary, stupid plot, characters are awful (but I really liked the one played by Jared Harris), effects are very poor, lack of deaths & blood, etc; in three words, it has anything. And I mean it. Can´t stand how a director can make a film like this.
Anyway, When I got more disappointed was when I saw in the video cover, that the film was presented by "Stephen King", I think he could never present this crap, no? (I rented it in Argentina). I not recommend it in a million years.
I rate this movie with a 2 out of 10. (As I say in my "Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" review, there will be always a worse movies, thats why it don´t deserves a 1 out of 10)
I have to confess. I saw other Hitchcock´s movies but not the Psycho (1960) one, even though I´m a big movie fan. I read all the reviews about the remake of the classic, and they were very dissapointing, but I rent the movie for curiosity (it´s a little difficult to find Psycho/the original in a regular video store in Argentina). I really like it, it´s an excellent story (plot) and the actors involved in the film do their jobs very well. The only thing that I may criticize is that the movie could be faster (I know that the first psycho wasn´t and part of the spirit of the film is based on that) according today´s ones.Anyway, I would definetely rent the original if available.
I rate Psycho remake with a 6 out of 10 .-