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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
movie to brainwash children, 23 June 2016

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This is a creepy, anti-science propaganda movie produced by Bob Jones University.

A young boy finds a dinosaur bone and decides to enter it into his school's science fair. He states that the Bible is his "final authority" and decides that evolution is false and God created dinosaurs.

I was on pins and needles waiting for how he came to this scientific conclusion. The answer: no humans were around when life began so nobody could possibly know for sure what theory is correct.

Christian films are best left to the Drama genre where they can emotionally manipulate people but do not attack science. The fact that this type of film is aimed at children is reprehensible.

Ice Cold Water (2012) (V)
music video, 24 October 2013

Even though IMDb claims that music videos are not accepted as films, they decided that this music video deserves special treatment. I am not sure why.

Evidently, ice cold water keeps them hydrated. That's not much of a plot.

You get to see plenty of slow-motion scenes of guys running around with super soakers. Heavy stuff.

This site doesn't like short reviews but there isn't much to say about a 2 minute hip-hop video.

Nope. Still not enough lines. Let's see, what else is there to discuss? Perhaps I missed the subtle genius of combining profanity and ski masks. Maybe it says something powerful about man's inability to face the tribulations of modern life without hiding behind something.

Not sure what the other reviewers watched., 27 February 2013

The first "review" is actually filled with so many lies that I think they may have watched a different documentary and confused it with this one because virtually everything they say is false. In fact, the film makers go out of their way to talk to SEVERAL people in favor of medical marijuana who provide a very compelling argument as to why it should be legal. In no way does is it come across as "government propaganda" that demonizes users/growers and make marijuana out to be an overtly evil drug. The second "review" doesn't even discuss the documentary and is nothing more than a political rant.

I actually watched this CNBC special and found it to be a good primer but too short and superficial to properly cover the controversy in-depth. The first half of the doc discusses attempts by law enforcement to shut down grow houses in the Florida suburbs and also shows a site in the Nevada desert where armed Mexican nationals were growing pot and were surprised by some biologists who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It ultimately focuses on medical marijuana and the case of Charles Lynch (owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Morro Bay, CA) and the tricky legal problems arising from state laws being at odds with federal laws regarding the sales of marijuana. 4/10

6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Amiable time-passer., 9 March 2012

Ronnie Kimball is a child prodigy when it comes to playing the violin. He enjoys it but his relatives and agent want to overwork him and exploit his talents while making a hefty percentage of his earnings. Also, his aunts don't want him swimming or playing football with his friends because he might get hurt. Frustrated by this, Ronnie takes off on his own for a bit and ends up on a 'dangerous holiday'.

Ronald Sinclair is one of the most happy-go-lucky kids I've ever seen in a film. He always has a welcoming smile and doesn't seem to let anything bother him, even when he gets mixed up with a gang of criminals. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams does a nice turn playing Duke, the "bad guy" with a soft spot.

All in all, "Dangerous Holiday" is nothing more than a trifle. However, at 58 minutes, this film rolls along quickly and provides a pleasant diversion for about an hour.

9 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
Heaven help us all., 17 November 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Some Christian films are simply films which are family-friendly and keep the moralizing to a minimum while still promoting their values. Then you have those sorts of films which bash you over the head with their overtly religious pablum. Sadly, "The River Within" is one of the latter.

**SPOILER ALERT** As usual, the one main character who is non-religious is an immoral heathen. He impregnated his girlfriend and then hightailed it out of there. Luckily, he has a really good Christian friend to help him see the light. Soon he is being prayed for and is informed that his life will turn around with the help of God. Next thing you know, he insists on being baptized, proposes marriage to his girlfriend and follows his dream of acting. His life is a bed of roses once he allows God into his heart. **END SPOILER**

Unfortunately, this film is almost impossible for a secular person to enjoy. I have actually seen Christian movies that entertained me on a certain level. Those, however, did not spend their time preaching about their supposed moral superiority. This is more along the lines of Christian propaganda than an actual movie with a concrete plot. If you are secular/agnostic/atheist… don't say I didn't warn you! :)

9 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Philip and Godfrey tell us how great they are!, 9 April 2007

Let me start out by saying I didn't think "Powaaqatsi" was anywhere near as good as "Koyaanisqatsi". The message was nothing new and both the visuals and music were far, far below the standards of the first film. With that said, the last thing I needed to hear was Mr. Glass and Mr. Reggio endlessly ramble on about what a masterpiece they created.

The short running time of "Impact Of Progress" is mostly spent as follows: Philip talks about how great Godfrey is. Godfrey talks about how great Philip is. Philip talks about how great Philip is. Godfrey talks about how great Godfrey is. I can't stand these self-congratulatory mini-docs that have the sole purpose of inflating egos.

Only watch this if you want to see a couple of snobs throw around words such as "autodidactic" and "recontextualizing" to show how clearly superior they are. Good luck.

4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
It was definitely the '80s., 12 July 2006

There sure were an overabundance of films like this in the 1980's. I suppose you might classify it as a "sex comedy". It's quite tame by American standards for the genre but there was both female and male flesh on display and also an attempt at some humor so...I dunno.

A young American man goes to visit his cousin in Austria. For some reason, everyone speaks English. I'll be honest, the film makers do something I absolutely despise. They dub the entire movie after it's been filmed. It looks and sounds horrible. Anyway, the American is in lust with his cousin's stepsister but there's a problem. The cousin is in also in lust with his stepsister. The American is wishy washy throughout the entire film and has all the charisma found in your average styrofoam cup. The female lead is your typical long-haired blonde with no acting talent beyond standing around looking bored.

There is some tennis playing, sporadic bouts of sex, pointless dinner conversations and bicycle riding. The "action" found in the film consists entirely of one scene where someone falls through a ceiling. Thrilling! Throw in an obnoxiously awful 1980's song that plays repeatedly throughout the film and it adds up to an hour and a half of life being wasted away. 2/10

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Mildly charming French love triangle., 19 November 2005

Alice (Miou-Miou), a surgeon's assistant, leaves her husband and infant son behind in Paris. Out in the countryside she falls in love with Vincent and has two children with him. She never gets a divorce from her first husband Phillippe and never marries her new lover.

Of course, we all know where this is heading. Eventually the two men find out about each other and some soul-searching and craziness ensues. What it lacks in originality is partially made up for with very likable characters and quality acting.

Simon (Rachid Ferrache), Alice's 10-year-old son, is a genius and he is given the best lines and situations in "My Other Husband". His resourcefulness and political views(!) are hilarious to say the least. However, the uneven script really lets the viewer down toward the latter parts of the film. Without giving anything away, the makers of the film ended up taking the easy way out rather than resolving this love triangle in a satisfactory manner.

"My Other Husband" has a certain charm to it and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a quality French romantic comedy. It's just that the story arc follows the exact line you expect it to and, when coupled with the disappointing ending, the film doesn't make much of an impression. 5/10

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
And the winner of Most Dramatic Performance goes to..., 19 October 2005

It's very difficult to understand and/or appreciate a short such as this one when its taken out of context. A man is shown placing a casket on the ground and then another man is placed with his back against a nearby wall. He is given his last rites and then summarily shot by a firing squad.

What makes the whole thing rather surreal is that the guy clutches his chest with one hand and quite dramatically lurches his other hand outward. It's like one of those truly awful death scenes that is still parodied to this day. It ruins any chance of generating anything but a snicker from the viewing audience.

7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
A somewhat interesting re-enactment., 19 October 2005

Of course, it would've been dangerous and extremely difficult to film actual events during the Spanish-American War. So the Edison Manufacturing Company did the next best thing by re-enacting an event for this short.

Even though it wasn't "real", I can only imagine how disturbing it would have been back in 1898 to see people being lined up and killed. Due to its gritty, documentary-like feel, it is still somewhat unsettling to view even today. This short has been preserved by the Library of Congress and I viewed it as one of the unadvertised bonus shorts found in the DVD boxed set of "The Movies Begin - A Treasury of Early Cinema, 1894-1913".

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