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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Fun movie ... worth the price of admission!!, 30 June 2007
9/10

John McClane is back!!!! After being very skeptical of the PG-13 rating and voicing my displeasure about it on the IMDb boards, I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie despite the PG-13 rating. The movie still had balls and was certainly a hard PG-13 film.

The movie had some wild and fun action scenes - the tunnel sequence was awesome - and it was a funny, edge-of-your-seat action film. It may not be as good as the first (or even the third film), but it is still a damn good "Die Hard" movie. Hopefully, this film will do well enough for a fifth film.

If you are a fan of the "Die Hard" movies, you will not be disappointed!!!

11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Not as fluid as "Back to the Planet of the Apes,", 14 January 2007
6/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In 1974, CBS began a "Planet of the Apes" prime-time TV series after Fox had concluded it's highly-successful theatrically released films ("Planet of the Apes," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "Escape From the Planet of the Apes," "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," and "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"). However, due to directly competing to hit shows like "Sanford & Son" in the same time slot, the show would fold-up after just 13 episodes.

Seven years later, several episodes of the TV series would be edited into five made-for-television movies. "Farewell to the Planet of the Apes" was the last of such films. 'Farewell' was compiled from episodes "Tomorrow's Tide" and "Up Above the World So High".

The episode "Tomorrow's Tide" is about how the astronauts, Burke and Vidron, are captured in a fishing village employing human slave labor, they must prove their worth as fishermen or be sacrificed to the gods of the sea. "Up Above the World So High" is about Galen's flight on a hang glider highlights this story about the fugitives' attempts to help a human who is determined to learn the secret of flying.

Not as fluid as "Back to the Planet of the Apes," but for what it is, 'Farewell' is an entertaining 'Apes' flick. Check out the episodes on the DVD release of the complete television series of "Planet of the Apes".

6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
... entertaining and fast paced ..., 14 January 2007
9/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In 1974, CBS began a "Planet of the Apes" prime-time TV series after Fox had concluded it's highly-successful theatrically released films ("Planet of the Apes," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "Escape From the Planet of the Apes," "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," and "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"). However, due to directly competing to hit shows like "Sanford & Son" in the same time slot, the show would fold-up after just 13 episodes.

Seven years later, several episodes of the TV series would be edited into five made-for-television movies. "Back to the Planet of the Apes" was the first of such films. "Back to the Planet of the Apes" was compiled from the debut episode ("Escape From Tomorrow") and the series' third episode ("The Trap").

The film begins with three astronauts from 1980, who travel through a time warp and crash on Earth in 3085. One of the astronauts is killed in the impact, and the two survivors - Alan Virdon (Ron Harper) and Peter Burke (James Naughton) - find that the world is now ruled by a race of intelligent apes. After being caught by the Ape Army and sentenced to death by the orangutan-led tribunal, the two condemned men are visited in their cell by a curious chimpanzee named Galen (Roddy McDowall). Galen, who is intrigued by the men's accounts of an advanced human civilization from centuries ago, accidentally kills a gorilla and is charged with murder. Soon there after, Virdon, Burke, and Galen all escape the ape city and are fugitives hunted by a determined gorilla named General Urko (Mark Lenard). Virdon manages to salvage a computer disk from the downed spaceship before it is destroyed by the gorillas, and the trio's travels take them to the earthquake-prone remains of a human city, where they are cornered by Urko's troops.

The film is an entertaining and fast paced adventure despite not fitting into the time-line of the 'Apes' films. The film is infrequently shown on television BUT the complete TV series has been released on DVD at an affordable price. A must have for any fans of the 'Apes' movies.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
... Worth Watching ..., 29 January 2006
7/10

THE CONSTANT GARDENER

(Rated R / Color / 129 min.)

CAST: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, Daniele Harford, Bill Nighy, Keith Pearson, John Sibi-Okumu, Donald Sumpter

WRITTEN BY: Jeffrey Caine ("Goldeneye") Based on the novel by John le Carré

DIRECTED BY: Fernando Meirelles ("City of God")

"It's like it's a marriage of convenience and all it produces are dead offspring." - Tessa (Rachel Weisz)

REVIEW:

THE CONSTANT GARDENER, though preachy, is a well-written, well-acted film that is strictly hampered by the irritating use of the hand-held camera-work that director Fernando Meirellesto insisted on using throughout the film. One can't help to wonder how much better off the film would have been had the original choice of Mike Newell had signed on to direct the film instead. The film could also have benefited from shifting some scenes around ... but all in all, THE CONSTANT GARDENER is worth watching.

7/10

So bad ... it's good., 28 January 2006
8/10

Cardboard tombstones, stock footage, incoherent dialog, inane acting ... and that's not even the half of it!!! PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is a movie that is so bad ... it's good.

It is unintentionally funny with some truly inept film-making.

It must be seen to be believed.

Also Recommended:

- Tim Burton's excellent biopic of Edward D.Wood, Jr. entitled ED WOOD.

- Wood's 1953 schlock-fest, GLEN OR GLENDA

- The documentary THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EDWARD D. WOOD, JR.

- Rudolph Grey's flawless book on the accounts of Ed Wood's life from those closest to him. The book is called "Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr."

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
MILLION DOLLAR BABY is a good movie --- not great --- but good, 28 January 2006
7/10

I think MILLION DOLLAR BABY is a good movie --- not great --- but good. There were many moments of the film that were outlandish - especially some of the boxing sequences. Some of them were as unrealistic as you'd find in a ROCKY sequel.

However, Swank and Freeman gave excellent performance and some of the dialogue was quite good. Eastwood, on the other hand, come across too bland at times. The last church scene, IMO, was were he was at his best. As for his directing, Eastwood did a good solid job.

The film does suffer from inconsistent pacing and some emotionally manipulative sequences.

All in all, I'd give the film a 7/10.

King Kong (2005)
33 out of 58 people found the following review useful:
KING KONG is massively overrated, 9 January 2006
3/10

I do not know what the critics see in this film.

It is bad. Plain and simple.

Bad acting, some shoddy special effects and the film is easily an hour too long.

KING KONG had the potential of being something special but instead Peter Jackson delivers a pretentious and arrogant remake - or shall I say - re-imagining.

At a $207 million budget, I really don't know why the film cost that much.

Fortunately, I am quite pleased that the film has massively underperformed at the B.O. because this film is just a money making ploy and has nothing else to offer. Don't believe the critics who were apparently paid off for their positive reviews and do NOT see this film. Save your money and more importantly, your time.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Much Better Than The First ..., 31 January 2005
5/10

I, for one, hated the first film. I found only the film's last few minutes to be exhilarating. The first film boasted bad CGI effects, poor make-up effects and it's biggest flaw was that it did not utilize the scenarios that played out in the ultra successful video games. That, however, has been corrected in this slam bang sequel. Non-stop action and the films fast-pace nature helps the viewer forget (or ignore) the film's weaknesses. And the film's weakness is mainly the script written by Paul W.S. Anderson. Weak dialog and a flimsy story are certainly things that may completely annoy a less-forgiving viewer. The film's direction by Alexander Witt is fair but flawed. I, for one, hate the use of slow motion and sped up frames that are consistently used in today's movies. However, with a bigger budget that improved the CGI and makeup, made it possible to make RE: Apocalypse an entertaining way of spending an evening. Just don't over-analyze the film and watch it for what it is. A 'leave your brain at the door' horror/action film.