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Mahô shôjo Lalabelle (1980)
Not as good at 30 as it was at 5
This series is now available in bootleg DVD's in Mexico City. It's the Mexican dub which was broadcast on Channel 5 around 1985; where they get it from is a mystery... maybe someone taped all the episodes on BETA or VHS more than twenty years ago, for an unknown reason. a fan, or someone who thought that someday it would become a business opportunity? Last year I bought discs 1 and 12, the beginning and the end, and the episodes do have a decent video and audio quality (considering it's a TV broadcast from the 80's). As for the show itself, well, it doesn't live up to my childhood memories. MOst episodes are filler, with Lalabelle fighting Biscus and his silly plans, with obvious moral messages thrown in by the grandfather. Even the final episode is not as exciting as I remembered it, with both Lalabelle and Biscus finishing all the magic in their suitcases and becoming 'normal' humans. I guess it's always good to revisit the things that entertained you when you were growing up, but it's a shame that some of them don't live up to the memories...
Dawson's Creek (1998)
a redeeming closure
Though season 6 was painful and absurd, the last five episodes brought back all the emotions and energy that made the series so great. No more yuppie Pacey, no more Eddie angst, no more scattered characters.
The strength of the show was its cast, the dynamics between the six main characters. When they sent them off to college, divided they fell. But when they returned to Capeside, so did the magic.
Just one question, how come The Creek is supposed to follow Dawson's life realistically and closely, if the love triangle was established during its first season? We know that, when Dawson's Creek started, there was no triangle involving Pacey (there was one with Jen, though). That didn't happen, and wasn't even hinted, until season three!
I think reducing the entire Dawson's Creek series to a love triangle is underestimating it, it didn't start like that...
Van Wilder (2002)
There's not much to say about this movie, so I won't. All the "funny" parts were on the trailer (and they weren't so funny anyway). Did we really need to be punished with Van Wilder?
Sorority Boys is a masterpiece of comedy, compared to this.
Ice Age (2002)
Love the sloth
I'm just wondering, why do people seem to think that computer animation started last year with Shrek and Monsters Inc., talking about them as the beginning and the end of the genre (especially Shrek)? It's probably because "adults" read Shrek reviews saying it was so smart they would enjoy it too. I guess must of these people have never seen the true masterpieces of computer animation...
What about TOY STORY 1 & 2, real classics that are funny, heart-warming, intelligent? That should be your standard when it comes to animation, not Shrek!!
Now, about ICE AGE... it definitely works on the most basic levels of emotions and values like friendship, loyalty, sacrifice, etc... And that's OK, no complications but a strong emotional foundation. John Leguizamo is excellent as Sid, the sloth. It's funnier than I expected, too bad they only showed the slapstick in the trailers.
Technically, some scenes are amazing (the sliding sequence), but it's true that characters such as the humans are a disappointment. Or maybe they were never looking for photo-realism a la Final Fantasy.
Give a chance to Ice Age, and never say no to an animated movie thinking "it's for kids" (except when it's produced by Nickelodeon).
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
Its worst sin is being boring
I had been looking for this video for a long time and finally found many copies at THE BASEMENT LIBRARY (corner of George & Goulburn streets, Sydney) for just 6.95 AUD (3.50 US).
The movie itself is disappointingly boring. I didn't expect much from it, but nothing seemed to happen! It just went on forever!
I guess they chose these particular kids since they were the easiest to bring to life. Still, I hated Ali Gator. The FX were crappy, but i guess the budget was very limited. The worst make up is visible in their hands.
Tangerine was a surprise, because this girl works on Mexican soap operas now.
The Ugly People Centre was such a dumb idea. It gets worse when Santa Claus is a prisoner because he is "too fat" and Gandhi for being "too thin". Is that supposed to be social criticism? For me,it was just stupid.
I'm sorry, but this is just not entertaining enough to be a cult classic. And I really loved the stickers, and still keep my collection (but only have like 150 of them, the rest were destroyed by my mother!)
Not an award winner, but I've seen far worse.
OK, people, get real. This is just a forgettable and not very original drama, but NOT one of the worst movies ever. It's definitely not worse than COYOTE UGLY (now that was depressing, and the worst part is that it made millions at the box office), THE BODYGUARD or SPICE WORLD.
I really didn't enjoy it, and I must say I'm not a Mariah fan. I just feel she's been unfairly bashed, she's not a good actress but as I stated above, she's no worse than Piper Perabo (take a look at Rocky & Bullwinkle). It just seems like the right moment to attack Mariah, having a nervous breakdown, a not-so-successful album and a flop movie (which by the way came out just one week after the September 11th attacks, not a good time for the world or the box office).
Glitter is a predictable feel-good movie, an unrealistic story of a rising star and the problems that fame brings along. It doesn't have a soul. That's all it is.
Legally Blonde (2001)
It will probably be classified as a girlie movie,or a teenager comedy, but as Elle would so eloquently say, I OBJECT!
Legally blonde is a brilliant criticism of stereotypes. There are so many cultural references and intelligent lines... it was never boring or not funny.
Reese Witherspoon, absolutely charming.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Bruce Willis sure has a special sense
I really wanted to see this movie since I first saw the trailer. I didn't know what to expect, it could be a drama, a thriller, an action or horror movie. But I don't want to make "The Sixth Sense" fit into a film genre. I just can say it's an amazing, smart, touching movie. It'll give you some scary sequences, huge surprises and great acting from Bruce Willis and the boy who portrays Cole.
The first part is a little slow. But you need to establish the characters' psychology and the way they're going to interact. Once you get through the introduction, you'll see a great development of a very simple story (you already know the basic plot from the trailer). Even if you think it'll be a predictable movie, you have to give it a try. Let it get inside you, feel Cole's fear and Malcolm's need to help this kid who thinks he's a freak.
I won't say anything about the ending, only that it's an unexpected twist that gives the movie a nostalgic and emotional mood.
This is not an independent movie. It had a large budget and it features my favorite Hollywood actor, Bruce Willis (if you've only seen him in the Die Hard series - it was awful - you should try "12 monkeys", "Pulp fiction", "The fifth element", "The bonfire of the vanities" and so many great movies Willis has made). It's an example of Hollywood at it's best: smart, well done, great actors, big bucks. But most of all, it's a movie with a soul.
Don't miss it.
No words for Jodie's performance.
There are no words to express how Contact makes me feel.
When I first saw this movie, I thought it would be a predictable moral fable. But it became one of my all time favorites.
Contact is not a story about alien invaders. It's true that it features amazing special FXs. But most of alll, it's a story that touches your soul and makes you think about faith and science. This comment may contain some spoilers, so be warned. It's a complex portrait of contemporary society, our obsesions, our fears.
If you start thinking what would happen to us if we got a sign from an alien life form, it wouldn't be very different from Contact.
The fear of facing the unknown, the need of holding to old traditions and religion (in a fundamentalist way), it would all be confusing and controversial. The destruction of the first machine is breathtaking, it's like you lose all your faith in mankind. How can governments and people be so stupid and intolerant? If we can't trust ourselves, how could we ever trust an extraterrestrial intelligence?
Jodie Foster should have got the Academy Award for her performance.
She became Ellie Arroway, her despair, her amusement, it was all real.
When she tries to convince an skeptic audience that her experience was real, she made me cry.
Would you believe Dr. Arroway's story? Would you have faith in her words? I believe in them. I believe, as Ellie said, that if we're alone in the universe, it would be a waste of space.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Blair Witch comes out of the forest and takes over the world
Watching this movie is being part of a cultural phenomenom. The marketing created so much expectation that you just can't miss this great film. Making people think it was a real story was the best campaign they could have created.
You already know what it's about: 3 kids get lost in the woods while shooting a documentary on the Blair Witch legend. And you know that since the budget was so limited, you can't expect to see a computer animated witch.
But the film does deliver an eerie atmosphere. You can easily relate to this characters, just by remembering when you've been in the woods, or heard strange noises coming from the dark. And if you add the story of a haunting, you can feel the despair and fear of this three people.
Many people have criticized the camera work, saying it's confusing and dark. And that's exactly what it's supposed to be. You're looking at the work of Heather, Josh and Mike, not a professional Discovery Channel documentary.
The most important thing here is the psychological development of the characters. The way they react to the situation, the way they confront each other and start losing their sanity. The acting was amazing, specially when Heather asks for forgiveness.
What would I change? Maybe the sound effects should be clearer, specially the first night they get haunted. It was hard to recognize the noises they were talking about. And maybe we should have seen a light, a mist, a glowing figure in the distance. Not an eye popping special effect, just a little touch of visual terror.
But you can't miss The Blair Witch Project. Whether you like it or not, I'm sure we'll still be talking about it in the years to come. It'll be a trendsetter.