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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
soulcracker all the way!!, 9 April 2001

This show kicks ass! It's about four indy bands from all over the U.S. that are all on tour together. But the catch is that it's an unorganized tour, and each band must promote and play their own show and their own venue in each city. The pilot was awesome and took place in San Francisco, and only included three of the bands. HARLOW is cute, but they're music isn't all hardcore and edgy like they think it is. FLICKERSTICK just fights all the time, which is good for a reality show, but boring after a while. THE JOSH DODES BAND is also pretty dumb, they're not taking show seriously enough by taking it too seriously. My favorite band is SOULCRACKER, just because they know how to bring in the dough. They're the opposites of what the Josh Dodes band is: they take the show seriously by thwarping the other bands, taking requests and playing covers, playing in city areas restricted from public performance, and being cool little geeks. Hence, they're not taking it seriously, which seems to be what works for whatever band is in the lead that night. Each band tries to make the most money from ticket sales and merch sales. By the end of the tour, there will only be 2 bands left. Soulcracker is gonna win it, because they know what they're doing, despite how other bands think they're doing themselves or how bad soulcracker is doing. Soulcracker, if you read this, it would kick ass to get in contact with you guys before you go on to make it big!

still going strong, 11 February 2001

I was the first to write a comment for this show about a year ago when it premiered. I liked it, but I didn't think it was doing as good as it could have been, and ABC could have doing more to help it. But now that it's made it through it's first season (although I'm not sure when One Saturday Morning begins and ends its show's seasons), I've boosted my likeness for it. ABC has been putting some weird shows on (HOUSE OF MOUSE), bad shows (the SABRINA cartoon), and some old ones (DOUG and WINNIE THE POOH), but WEEKENDERS is one of the few that highlights the line-up. PEPPER ANN kind of faded off the Saturday Morning schedule, MICKEY MOUSE WORKS sorta fell into the bizarre and slightly dumb HOUSE OF MOUSE, and reruns of RECESS and TEACHER'S PET have taken over. There's been only one new episode of RECESS within the past few months, and WEEKENDERS just recently began a run of new episodes. The new LLOYD IN SPACE is pretty inventive and interesting, and BUZZ LIGHTYEAR is still the little dose of action that the ABC cartoons need.

Overall, WEEKENDERS, RECESS, LLOYD IN SPACE, TEACHER'S PET, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, and whichever show Mickey Mouse is running at are the key ingredients.

But back to the main subject. Tino and Carver are some of the best cartoon characters I've ever seen, and the (I think) fictional town of Bahia Bay, California is the most beautiful CITY in a cartoon I've ever seen. I can totally relate to Tino; he's goofy, spastic, funny, imaginative, and still just as average as any kid in America.

Dinosaur (2000)
an FX spectacular with a compelling story, 11 February 2001

DINOSAUR is one hell of a cool movie. The scenery is actual footage, the dinos are genuine visual fx, and the storytelling is unconventional yet intriguing. But still, it's a Disney animated movie, which means lots of talking animals. I love how 5 different locations (Florida, Venezuela, Australia, Hawaii, and California) were used for filming, and were at times combined in the same scenes.

The DVD features are pretty cool, too. There's a cute little game for little kids where you play as Aladar the Iguanadon, and you must find your friends, water, and the nesting grounds by navigating through the dark caves of the dino world. "Dinopedia" presents some amazing facts on all the kinds of dinosaurs in the movie, narrated by the kid who plays the voice of Leonard on Disney's One Saturday Morning's "Teacher's Pet." The making of the fx, sound, filming location, and animation is also included.

A good adult equivalent to this movie (all though this movie alone is very appealing to many adults) is "Walking With Dinosaurs", an amazing TV movie that was originally made by the BBC and premiered in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel a couple years ago. It follows the same format as DINOSAUR, but in a nature documentary style. It contains very similar yet spectacular visuals, and the dinos DON'T talk, which makes it all the little more realistic. And it's not just for adults, kids will love it too. It's available on DVD (and most likely VHS also), so I hope the video store(s) carries it. If not, ordering it off of Amazon.com will be a great alternative. Amazon.com is great for ordering anything entertainment wise.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
a revolution in documentary filmaking, 7 January 2001

why can't there be more documentaries out there about the frenzies and manias that other bands caused? Or perhaps, like many other musical revolutions, The Beatles are the first to do so. This wasn't a documentary on the history of how they formed and what lead to their break-up. Instead it avoids the band members personal stories and bios and just concentrates on the effect their popularity had on the world, as a group. I've seen and read many Beatles documentaries; there are few things in each one that are included in every one: how Paul saw John's first band at a church fair, the death of Stu Sutcliffe, the firing of Pete Best, their first US appearance on Ed Sullivan, their Shea Stadium concert, John's comments on Jesus Christ's popularity, their psychadelic transfer, the attention on Yoko and Linda, their farewell London roof-top performance, and others. But none is complete without the story surrounding John's death, and that's always the part that everyone hates getting to.

But enough about that. What this special does is show how most of today's culture was influenced by the Beatles, not to mention practically the careers of every single interviewee on here. It shows how they influenced music, movies, fashion, slang, youth attitudes, music videos, how concerts were held, how to give an interview, how to take photographs, etc.; there's too much to remember.

I would like to see "The Beatles Anthology", because I haven't actually seen an "official" biography of the Fab Four.

NOTE: Many people don't know this, but Mark David Chapman, the assassin who killed John Lennon, attempted to committ suicide by drowning himself in a lake 3 years before he did what he did. Somebody fished him out, got him to a hospital, and they were able to resesitate him. Ironic isn't it?

amazing, best game for N64, 29 December 2000

There are no words to describe the greatness of this game. It's something you have to experience for yourself. Hawk, Burnquist, Rowley, Lasek, Muska, Campbell, Reynolds, Glifburg, Thomas, and Steamer are all here, not to mention all the secret characters you can get, including Officer Dick and Private Carrera. You can break glass in the Warehouse in Woodland Hills, gleam the pools in the School in Miami, grind the escalators at the Mall in New York, pull killer rotations at the Skate Park in Chicago, plant taxi cabs in Downtown Minneapolis, jump river gaps at the Downhill Jam in Phoenix, glide the spines and bowls of the Burnside in Portland, ollie off huge stairs on the Streets of San Francisco, and cruise past captive aliens in Roswell, New Mexico. There's no limit to the # of objects you can plant, grind, slide, ollie, ride, etc.

I know I said this is the best game for N64; maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but for me it is. I also know the Playstation version is better, but I have to do without that for most of the time. The cinematics are half the fun; you can see Hawk pull both the Full Pipe run and his historic 900 at the '99 X Games. See Bob Burnquist pull his famous One Footed Smith, Chad Muska do his little rail grind with his backpack and stereo (forgot the name of the trick), and many more.

The 2 Player mode is also great. You can do Horse (though that kinda sucks), Graffiti, in which you tag every object you can your color, and Trick Attack, in which it's just you and your opponent bustin' out the best s*** possible.

Free Skate allows you to do whatever level you want, with whatever skater you want, for however long as you want. It's genius.

Career Mode is pretty well manufactured: Warehouse, School, and the Mall prep you for your 1st competition: the Skate Park. Next, Downtown and Downhill Jam prep you for #2: the Burnside. Finally, you can hit the mean streets of SF before hittin' the final competition: Roswell. Along the way you can collect medals and tapes for unlocking levels and skaters.

Go and rent this game if you have never played it. And if you do have it, play it as much as you can, 'cause you're playin' a classic!

what was Romero thinking?, 24 December 2000

He created two of the best horror movies of all time, didn't he notice some of the few details that made them so good? 1) Identifiable, sympathyzing characters ("Ben" and "Barbara" from NIGHT, "Peter" and "Roger" from DAWN). Every character in DAY had some sort of flaw/s. The Jamaican guy was nice but talked too much, the mad scientist was a bad actor, the military leader was loud and dumb, the Mexican soldier was overacting, the other soldiers were mean and idiotic, the girl had so many "bad dreams" that you got confused on what was really happening in the story, and the whole Bub thing was silly and moronic. 2) Zombies. The zombies are supposed to be slow, quiet, moaning creatures that only attack when they're a few inches from you. The zombies in DAY shoot guns, growl loudly, swing their arms, drive cars, salute people, and just keep coming outta nowhere. Also, people like to see the zombies marching through out the towns, chasing after citizens, banging on locked doors, eating intestines and brains, and they like to see that throughout the whole movie. A parade of zombies appear in the very beginning, but quickly dissapear for a long time. A few more pop up here and there in the middle, but those are the loud, annoying ones that you keep wondering why they won't just kill. Then at the end they're everywhere, and it gets annoying to see the same hundred zombies chasing after one person. But overall, the zombies in this movie are AWOL. 3) Location. NIGHT took place in a quiet, woods town where spooky stuff happens all the time, and in a place familiar to where many Americans live. Same with DAWN, in an average suburban mall where you would least expect a horde of killer monsters to flock and kill. At least portions of those locations were bright and satirical. This whole underground thing that they're in, whether it's a salt mine, a records storage facility, or a missile silo, it's dark, lonely, claustrophobic, confined, and depressing. It's also no fun to watch millions of zombies attack people in.

Romero should have stopped after DAWN, and then the series would be just fine. Or perhaps it was the production value, or the script. Perhaps the movie is a good concept with a bad delivery, which it is. Perhaps DAWN and DAY should follow NIGHT and be remade into more modern and manic productions. Then again, I heard the remake of NIGHT wasn't as good as the original.

5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
"I'm an Aztec Warrior, aaahhaa!!", 15 December 2000

That's my favorite of many funny lines from the Joker Bros. in NEXT FRIDAY. Jacob Vargas was hilarious, and he's been in a lot of other good movies like AIRBORNE, CRIMSON TIDE, MY FAMILY, GET SHORTY, SELENA, and ROMY AND MICHELLE. Justin Pierce was also another funny character, one most kids like me could identify with (white boy from the 'burbs who loves skateboarding but can't skate for crap). It's sad that he's no longer with us. Ice Cube is a talented guy, and he did the best (or worst) he could with his character, but it wasn't a shining role like it was in FRIDAY. The family (Uncle Elroy, Day-Day, Suga, Mr. Jones) got a little annoying at times. The "biches" (Joker's women) were very hot, and Lisa Rodriguez had a smart female character, something not seen much in movies like these. Also, the return of Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr.'s character was unnecessary. It was built up nicely, but the delivery sucked.

"Whites in hot, colors in cold, ese!"

Friday (1995)
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
very cool, very funny, 15 December 2000

FRIDAY is not only funny and cool, but also pretty smart, unlike NEXT FRIDAY, which is just a good excuse for slapstick comedy. This movie had some element to it, and wasn't just after the funny bone. Chris Tucker got a real career boost after this movie, going on to make RUSH HOUR, another funny and clever comedy. I think it also helped Ice Cube come out of the dark image he was in for a long time, and showed he could be a calm, cool, and funny guy. You could say this film is a black equivalent to "SLC Punk".

Half Baked (1998)
15 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
stupified genius, 26 November 2000

Only a true pothead could have thought up the script for HALF BAKED. Tamra Davis is an underrated director, with other cool movies like BEST MEN and his other retarded comedy masterpiece, BILLY MADISON. Dave Chapelle, Jim Breuer, Guillermo Diaz, and Harland Williams all give incredible, insane performances. The spoofs on other films like JERRY MCGUIRE, DEAD PRESIDENTS, SUPERMAN, as well as the old "Batman" show, are perfectly weaved in. There are numerous cameos by tons of varied people: Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Janeane Garafalo, Willie Nelson, Stephen Baldwin, Clarence Williams 3, Tommy Chong, Bob Saget, and others, they're all funny in their own ways. The Guy on the Couch was the most interesting character, for mysterious reasons.

Resident Evil 2 (1998) (VG)
only one of the three best Playstation games around, 23 November 2000

RESIDENT EVIL 2 is the greatest Playstation game ever, next to its precedessor, RESIDENT EVIL, and its successor, RESIDENT EVIL 3: NEMESIS. Plot: there are two story lines in the games that eventually cross eachother.

In the first, Claire ventures into a quiet, possibly deserted, Raccoon City, in search of her brother Chris, who was a member of the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team in RE1. She stops in at a strange diner-coffee shop and is suddenly nearly attacked by a vicious creature. As she darts out the back exit, she comes face to face with a man with a gun. As Claire is frightened, the man orders her to "get down" as he blows the monster away. As the two get into the man's vehicle, which happens to be a police car, they both explain their stories and head to the Raccoon City Police Station.

In the second storyline, a young rookie cop named Leon rolls on into Raccoon City, his new place of work. As he stops at a quiet gas station to fill up, a huge diesel truck comes flying at him. He escapes in his car and heads to a back alley. As he tries to enter a small diner through the back exit, the door is suddenly kicked open by a young, frightened woman. Behind her is a disgusting looking creature. Leon orders the girl to "get down" and he blows the monster away with his pistol. The two get into Leon's car and head to the police station.

I'm not a strong videogame player, but I do love to watch others play and "coach them along the way". The RESIDENT EVIL trilogy are part of those games. The others include the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" games and the "Army Men" games for N64.


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