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Standard Jackie Chan fare, with an incomprehensible plot, 31 December 2003

This has the usual chases and fights of a Jackie Chan movie, and Chan's rubber face gets its usual workout. But 27 minutes of the movie have been cut in the English release, and there are many subplots that are started and never explained. If you like Jackie Chan, it's okay. If you've never watched him, start with a different movie.

S1m0ne (2002)
Insider satire, Rachel Roberts is luminous, 26 August 2002

The story of a director who is frustrated with real actors, S1m0ne is his digitally-created answer. The familiar story of a successful lie that grows beyond bounds, it has a twist on the usual ending. Rachel Roberts is, indeed, the "perfect woman".

Soft Touch II (1988) (TV)
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Pretty naked girls, 9 July 2002

This has the feel of the TV Charlie's Angels, same sort of music with a male voice-over. You get to see lots of scenes with pretty naked girls, and the series is old enough that at least two haven't been silicone super-sized. But it is pretty dull waiting for them to take their clothes off and jump some guy.

The Magicians (2000) (TV)
Standard fare, looks like a TV series pilot, 21 June 2002

Okay special effects, but this is a standard good-vs-evil plot. It looks like a pilot for a TV series. This means it is rated PG, which prevents us from seeing more of the lovely Kimberley Davies, not to mention Gabrielle Fitzpatrick.

Stunning, 31 May 2002

This is my favourite kind of movie: a glimpse into another way of life with mythological overtones. An examination of good and evil, the ending blew me away. Without disclosing the end, a fairly standard plot of jealousy and revenge is transformed by a non-Western view of good and evil.

The film is gorgeous, the detail meticulous and (I assume) authentic.

5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
An inspiring movie, 31 December 2000

This movie shows the best parts of humanity: the seemingly random attraction of the protagonist to another culture, the amazing talent which allows him to absorb a completely different musical idiom merely by listening to it, the amazing warmth of the cultural hero of a small, proud country, the pride and acceptance of the Tuvan people. These all combine with the unseen presence of one of the greatest American scientists to form a unique movie.

7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
One of the most inspiring movies I've seen!, 3 October 1999

The movie revolves around the country of Tuva in Central Asia. Tuvans have an unusual style of singing, throatsinging, which produces several tones at once, sometimes very high or low. A blind American bluesman, Paul Pena, teaches himself to sing this way, and ends up going to Tuva to compete in their triennial throatsinging contest.

The description of the movie does not come close to describing it. Somehow the late Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman is involved, and his curiosity and vision drive the events. The amazing talent of Pena is shown in an unexpected context. And the culture and worth of the Tuvan people, exemplified by their national artist, Kongar-ol Ondar, is highlighted.

This documentary shows what is best about the human race, how fate draws people together, and what we have in common in spite of our obvious differences. It is one of the most inspiring movies I've seen.