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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A solid, thought-provoking thriller that makes you think twice about life (contains spoilers), 14 April 2002

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Fate can be very cruel at times. That's the conflict Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck) and Doyle Gibson (Samuel L. Jackson) share in CHANGING LANES, a great psychological thriller. What began as a small accident on FDR Drive in Manhattan between the two characters escalates into a

tense battle of wits and nerves as Doyle and Gavin struggle to get

what they really want to accomplish on that very day, and how they try to mess each other up at the same time.

This movie gave me my own conflict: who to root for and sympathize

with. At first, Jackson's problems with trying to keep custody of his two children, and how much his life is in deep shambles made me want to keep my utmost feelings for. How Gavin thoughtlessly left

Doyle in the middle of the FDR with his wrecked car left me the

first impression that Gavin is nothing but a self-processed hotshot that disregards the little guy. But, as the movie continues, Gavin starts to develop a conscience, that probably ruining another man's future won't make things any better. So, my considerations for Gavin ultimately changed.

The movie does an expert job representing what both central character thinks, in each of their respective scenes. Jackson is typical great, playing, despite Doyle's uncontrollable fits of rage (you can't really blame the guy for being desperate), a more subtle character than his more popular, foul-mouthed roles like Julius from PULP FICTION, and John Shaft from (obviously) SHAFT. And Affleck, whom I haven't really cared too much for, undertakes a great performance as Gavin.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A tour de force for both the cast and the director, 12 April 2002

Russell Crowe and Ron Howard made an unbeatable team when they made A BEAUTIFUL MIND, the touching biographical drama about the life and times of Princeton professor John Forbes Nash. Crowe poignantly

portrays Nash, whom over a span of 40 years, suffered terrible

hallucinations despite being mentally brilliant in the field of mathematics. Jennifer Connelly won her well-deserved Oscar as Nash's doting wife, who stood by her man as he fell into a deep abyss of schizophrenia. Ron Howard's direction is fine as always, showcasing Nash's live over the years, and telling the story that might throw off viewers at first with intriguing twists, but he never fails to entertain.

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A haunting look at one of the most brutal periods in history (contains spoilers), 4 April 2002

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Steven Spielberg directs what is arguably considered one of his best films, the poignant and terribly depressing SCHINDLER'S LIST. Shot in stark black and white to display the gritty atmosphere of the

concentration camps, SCHINDLER'S LIST portrays the life of Oskar

Schindler, a greedy, womanizing Nazi businessman who has a change of heart after witnessing the slaughter of the Jews during the Holocaust. Playing the role of Schindler is Liam Neeson, who expresses a profound mix of feelings that his character must have endured: loyalty for his fellow Nazi comrades, and sympathy for the victims of the travesty. Quite the opposite is Ralph Finnes, who portrays the stone- cold Nazi stooge Amon Goeth. There are no feelings other than disgust and resentment towards Goeth, who callously and thoughtlessly kills every Jewish prisoner in his camps. The excessive images of carnage and gore might turn off some viewers, but they're shown to prove the horrors of the Holocaust, and the rampant, hateful image of the Nazis. Sure enough, I couldn't get the depressing, haunting scenes of death out of my head. But, thanks to Schindler, hope was restored to those poor people, proving there is hope when it looks impossible to exist.

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A 60's masterpiece, 1 April 2002

Dustin Hoffman is superb in THE GRADUATE, a film about youth and lust. Hoffman plays Ben, a graduate out of college who undergoes a major internal struggle after repeated sexual escapades with a much older woman, Mrs. Robinson (the great Anne Bancroft). Not only does she

preceed him in the age area, Mrs. Robinson also happens to be the

mother of the girl that Ben fancies. Mike Nichol's direction is near- perfect, detailing Ben's solemn lifestyle, while the pop duo Simon

and Garfunkel stirs the scenery with their greatest hits "Mrs. Robinson" and "The Sounds of Silence."

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Overlong, but visually striking, 30 March 2002

Steven Spielberg first entered the world of extra-terrestrials with CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. With great visual effects, from those pint-sized UFOs to the mammoth motherships, CEOTTK's is eye candy to the fullest. The acting is top notch as well, with Richard Dreyfuss playing considerable torment as Roy, a once easy-going man who becomes obessed with the idea of visitors from outer space after a close encounter. The only downside to this great movie is the tremendous length of time the movie takes up to tell the story. And with long length, tedium rears its ugly. No matter; with the

movie's stunning FX, and the great acting by the cast helps the viewer rest easy and enjoy CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND with no problem.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A strong landmark film of great importance, 29 March 2002

If not for Orson Welles' brilliant creation, CITIZEN KANE, the stan- dards for great film-making would not exist today. The movie was clearly ahead of its time, thanks to Welles' revolutionary style of direction. The intricately detailed scenes, the unique camera angles, the lighting, etc, all that was new to audiences. The acting is very exceptionally as well, as Welles portrays Charles Foster Kane, the man whose simple childhood quickly dashes away when he gets a taste for the high life, which ends with his last breath proclaiming his one true happy moment.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A highly enjoyable (and remarkably intelligent) romantic movie, 29 March 2002

I was never a huge fan of tearjerker, "chick flicks". For the most

part, they had put me to sleep. But upon watching SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, I was taken aback on how some romantic movies can be so entertaining!

Maybe it's because I'm an avid Tom Hanks fan, or I have a liking for witty screenplays. Those two elements helped me enjoy SLEEPLESS IN

SEATTLE. Hanks teamed up for the second time with Meg Ryan, whom of

which both appeared in the lackluster JOE VS THE VOLCANO (one example of why I don't fancy romance flix!) in this endearing and humorous tale of gaining a second chance for love. The ending pays homage to another good romance movie, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.

Spartacus (1960)
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Kubrick and Douglas... perfect together!, 26 March 2002

Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas's greatest collaboration, SPARTACUS, holds strong as one of the best epic movies ever. The film, about the huge slave uprising against the Romans sometime before the birth of Christ, bursts will extravagant settings, fantastic costumes, and thrilling warrior scenes that make GLADIATOR look like SESAME

STREET. Not only does the eye candy help in gaining the viewer's

attention, but the acting by everyone involved is first rate. Kirk Douglas is typically great portraying the movie's namesake, the slave determined to bring down the Roman empire. Laurence Olivier

is equally masterful as Spartacus' Roman nemesis, while Tony Curtis and Jean Simmons supply sentimental material as the people closest to Spartacus' life. In the director's seat, Kubrick scores high in

his second big-budget epic film following PATHS OF GLORY, which also starred Douglas. When you've got a fluid combination of actor and director, it's an unbeatable mix. Douglas and Kubrick have proved that.

8MM (1999)
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Contemporary film-noir at its darkest, 22 March 2002

Nicholas Cage has played disturbed, hole-in-the-souled characters

before, but he had really reached a whole new level of dark in 8MM. In it, he plays Tom, a PI who has had it good thanks to a loving wife and a newborn baby daughter. His happy life takes a swerve when he is hired to find out if a snuff-porn film is authentic or not. His journey takes him to a myriad of cooky characters and false ends that somewhere along the line, he lost track of reality himself. Totally bizarre and disturbing, 8MM definitely has a solid grasp on the viewer. He (or she) can't help but feel sympathetic for Tom even after he took a dive into the abyss. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the role gave Cage himself a jolt of the senses; makes me wonder if this is the reason why he did a heart-warming tear-jerker like THE FAMILY MAN a year following 8MM!

Amadeus (1984)
2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
An intelligent biopic drama, 18 March 2002

F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce lead a great cast in this biographical drama about the life and high times of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Abraham takes an excellent turn as Salieri, the Italian composer who believes strongly this his own great talent was given to him by God, until he met the cackling, womanizing Mozart. How, how can that little rascal be so gifted, yet not take this gift to a serious level? That's the conflict of interest Salieri had been lingering over. Filled with lavish set designs depicting 1600 Austria, even more lavish costumes of that same area, AMADEUS certainly gives owes itself a great deal of credit to its two leads.

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