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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
This true masterpiece is too easy to misunderstand..., 28 February 2000

First I saw this film when I was 11 or 12 years old, but I guess? at that age I simply couldn't estimate the power of this Pier Paolo Pasolini's work of art, I just watched this masterpiece as a porno film and I am ashamed to admit this. But even at that age I was shocked by the sincerity of the director. Not a long time ago, I got this movie (it was hard enough to find it in Russia, but I got it and copied it. Anyway, I watched this movie again and was shocked again but this time by it's message to spectators about inhuman and cruel nature of Fascism. The critics, who call this masterpiece 'garbage', 'violence and torture propaganda' actually need to see this film again and again. They pay attention only to physical surface of the film without thinking about this deep and significant topic. This film is not for entertainment or pleasure, it contains cruel violent and other scenes, which you won't see in any other motion picture. But Salo's images will stay with you reminding about how horrible and guiltless human being can be. I cannot imagine this film to be made in Hollywood just because this masterpiece is too frank and sincere for this "factory of dreams".

3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
This true masterpiece is too easy to misunderstand..., 28 February 2000

First I saw this film when I was 11 or 12 years old, but I guess? at that age I simply couldn't estimate the power of this Pier Paolo Pasolini's work of art, I just watched this masterpiece as a porno film and I am ashamed to admit this. But even at that age I was shocked by the sincerity of the director. Not a long time ago, I got this movie (it was hard enough to find it in Russia, but I got it and copied it. Anyway, I watched this movie again and was shocked again but this time by it's message to spectators about inhuman and cruel nature of Fascism. The critics, who call this masterpiece 'garbage', 'violence and torture propaganda' actually need to see this film again and again. They pay attention only to physical surface of the film without thinking about this deep and significant topic. This film is not for entertainment or pleasure, it contains cruel violent and other scenes, which you won't see in any other motion picture. But Salo's images will stay with you reminding about how horrible and guiltless human being can be. I cannot imagine this film to be made in Hollywood just because this masterpiece is too frank and sincere for this "factory of dreams".

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A masterpiece, 1 December 1999

This film is directed by Roman Polanski (Which certainly means, that's a work of art). This film tells us a story which happened on the board of the ship during the cruise around the Mediterranean. British couple Nigel and Fiona meet american writer Oscar (who is disabled) and his wife. Pretty soon Oscar (Peter Coyote) starts telling Nigel (Hugh Grant) stories about his wife's and his' sexual relationship... The film has a very powerful ending - it's just couldn't be better. Perfect work of leading actors, supereb directing by R.Polanski and excellent music, cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli make this film an unforgettable tragic masterpiece.

231 out of 327 people found the following review useful:
Shocking, magnificent work of art, 1 December 1999

This is the best war film about the Holocaust I have ever seen. It depicts the horrors of the Holocaust and war, the tragedy of Jewish nation, and I know, this film could be directed by a Jew, who keeps these horrible times and crimes against humanity in his heart. The tagline says "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire". And this film shows us that no human life can be replaced by another one, and that there is nothing more valuable than HUMAN LIFE. I have not seen a film of such a power in my life. Superbly directed by Steven Spielberg, magnificently photographed in black-and-white by Janusz Kaminski (one of the best directors of photography in modern Hollywood, so to say), perfect performances by Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, and, especially, John Williams' beautiful, brilliant score, brings the whole horror and tragedy, cruelty of Nazism, Holocaust and War. This is Spielberg's Triumph. Congratulations!

Bravo, Janusz Kaminski, nothing new, Mr. Spielberg!, 1 December 1999

Mr. Spielberg, I LOVED your holocaust masterpiece Schindler's List most of all modern Hollywood films. This one is just another blockbuster made just for money and fame. He (Spielberg) took the First (to mention) Representor Hollywood - Tom Hanks... Bad decision. Tom Hanks is so "positive" in Hollywood - no doubht - he and only he should play Capitain Miller - our world hero! The choice of Matt Damon was not your best idea either. All your film is just showing-off, American Dream? George Washington, silly stuff like that. But please, understand? that no one in the world (exept USA) cares about this Ryan and Washington... Awful and stupid plot combines with superb directing and as a result the script fails the whole feature. But I can say that you SHOULD watch it because of the WONDERFUL cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. Mr. Kaminski - you are the best! You're a magician!

8MM (1999)
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Thrilling, grabbing, well done motion picture, 30 November 1999

Frankly saying, when i was gonna buy this movie, i did not expect too much from it just because it happened to me to read a review of it in a magazine. But i was surprised. On the whole it is a very god movie, by the way, far better than David Fincher's "Se7en", which is just a dark and boring, predictable film. But from the very beginning, 8mm is a gripping and shocking movie (but a little bit too long), very well photographed by Robert Elswit (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle). So, Joel Schumaher and Nicholas Cage manage to create an outstanding and scary movie.

My mind is merry-go-rounding..., 12 November 1999

Well, let's be sincere: the first part of Leprechaun was rather original and interesting, the second one was funny and dull, the third one was dreadfully stupid and annoying, but this one... Well, has been directed by the same person - Brian Trenchard-Smith. And everything seems like he has fallen in love with this dwarf and doesn't want to stop - he is just about to shoot the 5th part! Mr. Brian Trenchard-Smith, I'M TIRED OF YOUR LEPRECHAUN! He doesn't have anything in common with an original one. He just dreadfully laughs all the time and performs series of cheap and grotesque make-up effects (by Gabe Bartalos, who have designed the make-up of the first Leprechaun). This part is stuffed with horrible directing, acting, cheesy special effects, especially the scenes of computer modeled-and-animated space ship, which is actually the worst visual effects sequence I have ever seen... This movie sucks so much, it is so hopeless and primitive, that I would certainly like to get my money and my time, which has been spent on a crap like this.

Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad. Too bad to be taken seriously, 23 July 1999

No doubt, the worst part of Clive Barker's Hellraiser, which was shamelessly explored 3 times already. Bad story, bad directing by "Alan Smithee", but good make-up effects by Kevin Yagher (Freddy Krueger). You know ,this story with Hellraiser actually has a lot in common with Leprechaun. Exactly like this movie, Hellraiser gets worse and worse with every part. There we do also have Leprechaun in space, and believe me, it's as bad.

26 out of 29 people found the following review useful:
Certainly the best mini-series ever created., 23 July 1999

When I first have seen these Tv-series in Russia, I didn't have an opportunity to see it from the beginning, but I was surprised. It's the best TV-film I have ever seen, and it's Kidman's best performance. KEN Cameron did a great job. So does Grame Revell's fantastic, brilliant score. It grips you so much, you are nervous, it's so WONDERFULLY and realstically acted and directed, you even forget that you're in front of your TV set. By the way, the scenes of Nicole Kidman's redemption were borrowed later by Frank Darabont in his adaptation of Stephen King's "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption". It's such a pity that this movie was not taken too seriously and it passed by too quickly, and at the same time we have ridiculous bad acted features like Titanic. By the way, I managed to buy a video with these series, and I'm so HAPPY!

Playroom (1989)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A very good and thrilling movie, 20 July 1999

Well, I really can say only good things about this movie: It's a high-quality psychological thriller with few holes in the script, good performances and director's work. I liked the idea of putting the action and characters in an old mysterious monastery in Serbia, where the tragedy have happened.


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