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The Perfect Way To Kill A Human Being
Former Conservative MP, Michael Portillo is looking over the methods of executing human beings - and tries to find a killing method without pain at all. He uses his body for all kinds of dangerous experiments (I don't believe he was anytime in danger at all). He checks up the Hanging, Gas Chamber,Lethal Injections and the Electric Chair. Eventually, he finds a total painless "humane" way to execute people and animals. But apparently the executioners aren't looking for a humane way to execute. What eventually he may have found, is a humane way to kill farm animals. I don't want any killing, not convicts nor animals. 8/10
Terrible Film - more like a series of music videos, than a film with characters
The story written for this movie is so moronic. As a child who grew up on the original animated classic TV show "The Transformers" - this film doesn't even come close that show. I don't know why the hell they let Michael Bay direct this movie, I am ashamed that Steven Spielberg took credit for producing this movie - although - in Production terms this movie is good. The CGI graphics are not so impressive in design terms - the made the robots more biological and liquid. This movie looks like the bastard child of created by Terminator 2 and Independence Day. Watch the Movie Preview Review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY9H8_nEPBA
La passion Béatrice (1987)
I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected...
Julie Delpy stars in this horrific film about a sadistic relationship between a father and a daughter in France of the 14th Century. The film attempts to shatter the romantic chivalry image of the heroic medieval knight, by showing a rather dreary image of the period, defined by psychological dysfunction, and violence.
The movie opens with a child, François, growing up in the shadow of the Hundred Years' War, told by his father to keep his mother safe and to wait for his return. François takes action when he discovers his mother with a lover in bed. François murders him in the name of defending his father's honour. Like father like son, François grows up, and leaves his family, also to go to the same war. This setting is somewhat of an explanation for the events to come, as on his way home, we already notice that something is wrong with François. The war has not done well with him, he has changed.
The daughter, Béatrice de Cortemart (Delpy), awaits her beloved father, to return from captivity of the English. She is pure of heart and she was left to take care of the estate while her father was gone. In her father's absence, Béatrice needs to deal with financial difficulties, which strengthens Béatrice's hope that her father will return to save her. But, upon his return, she notices that he lost the will to enjoy life, and he tortures and humiliates everything around him, even his own daughter. From this points the film depicts various ways how François torments his family. Starting with humiliating his own son, and ending with the rape of his own daughter, Béatrice.
Setting the film in the Middle Ages supposed to soften the blow, as the viewer may tell himself, that these kind of violent acts were held in difficult times. And indeed, many films on the topic of Incest, such as Tim Roth's "The War Zone (1999)" which are contemporary were more shocking because of that.
Delpy appears in this film in several daring nude scenes. Indeed she appears to be angelic and beautiful.
I was annoyed when I saw some animal torture scenes. I believe, and this is not confirmed, that some birds were killed for the making of this film, which really upsets me. The quality of a film drops when real violence is used towards animals. I would hope that this movie will be re-released without those cruelty scenes. Those scenes do not contribute much to the film storyline.
Overall, the movie is too long. The script is problematic. We don't get to see François and Béatrice before the war, we don't really get the answer why is he changed to such extreme. I would have pass on this film, however, I have to mention a few scenes that made this film worth watching:
* Scenes of a young child being able to murder in cold blood is truly shocking. I saw it first time on "City of God (2002)". Here, François, murders his mother's lover, while his father away at war. Excellent scene and very graphic. * The scenes from Béatrice being raped by her father till she finds out she is pregnant from him are truly shocking and interesting. The scene after the rape, where Delpy burns her cloths and cleans herself. She asks her brother to kick her in the stomach with hopes to have a miscarriage.
* The brother humiliation scenes where the father dumps his son's head into the food - humiliating him then ranting about the war. Later, dressing his son with women's cloths.
The film won the César (French Oscar) for Best Costume Design, I agree, the costumes here really make the film look authentic for the time period. The movie location is Château de Puivert, a real 12th century castle and a historical monument, located in Aude, South-Central France. Beautiful castle and mountain view, really helps you set into the period of this film. The film also nominated for 3 more César awards, but they were all snatched to the widely successful French film "Au revoir, les enfants" ("Goodbye, Children", 1998).
--- Released as "Beatrice" in New York City, March 1987. Only to be screened in France on November 2007. Watched it on YES3 on 3 May 2007, 17:45, at work.
Cosmic Comet ... OK...
It seems that the opening theme of He-Man is the only exposition to the He-Man storyline. The first episode opens just like another any He-Man episode - evil has a new plan - He-Man struggles and defeats their plans - the end. No continuity along the episode - which is common to animation - maybe they think kids cannot follow up a story. This episode Skeletor takes control of a "Cosmic" comet (which apparently is different than a regular comet). With this comet he hopes to defeat the powers of Castle Greyskull. A weak He-Man episode is an episode where the Evil side is weak and stupid - and don't get to do much. And this is what apparently seem to be wrong with this episode - the conflict is not intense enough.
The Daily Show (1996)
If you want to see the truth behind the news...
Using comedy to comment news - this is what "The Daily Show" is about. Even CNN broadcasts this show - means - people can be updated on what is going on in the world in a comic way. It is said that the show has become better once Jon Stewart started hosting - so I don't know how good it was before him. The show is basically starts with an announcement of the date following by rocky tune, and a greeting by John. Usually he has an opening monologue featuring the top stories of the day, then he will talk to one of the hilarious correspondents. Furthermore, there will be some kind of parody that is done with some kind of graphic manipulation. Next, usually John brings a guest who is not an actor, but the person himself. In the end, we go to see Stephen Colbert who was a former correspondent and now has his own spin-off show "The Colbert Report"
The surprising ending is what the movie is all about
A sadistic criminal kidnaps people and places them in various deadly games - to teach them that they should appreciate life. The movie opens when we find two people trapped in a room, each one has a task that requires killing the other, and they need to improvise like in McGuyver how to complete the task. Carey Elwes (Dr. Lawrence Gordon) acts terrible in this film, the part where he tries to saw off his leg was hilarious. Surprisingly, after watching the movie for the second time, I recognized Michael Emerson (Zep Hindle), who is now known as the Leader of the others in the acclaimed TV series "Lost". He is probably a typecast for zany psychopathic people (there something about his face...). Watching for the second time I noticed the fast-motion shots - and to my taste it is a gimmick - not necessary for the film to remain good. I will always love this film for being a movie that totally surprised me at the end.
The Black Adder: The Foretelling (1983)
Funny and Gory
England 1300 and something. Edmond wakes up late for battle, kills the king by accident, and makes his father the new king. Pleased with the "victory", Edmond names himself "The Black Adder". Although it is not considered as good as the other Black Adder shows, it is the beginning, and therefore we forgive the prematurity. Rowan Atkinson is great sometimes, but sometimes just too goofy and silly. People who aren't familiar with Shakespeare will enjoy this show even less, there are many references to Macbeth and Hamlet. Also, if you are sensitive to graphic violent jokes you won't like to see the gory spectacles. 7 out 10.
Robin is Brilliant
I really enjoyed this show - Robin certainly was all over and dominative. Robin hardly answer any question seriously, but there are serious tones under his comic answers - you can guess what is true and what is just pure comic imagination. You will also enjoy the wonderful imitations he makes, and the run through Robin's movie career - from Popeye, through Fisher King, The Story of Will Haunting to Death to Smotchie, which was the latest film he was working on, by the time this show was filmed. I have noticed that Robin uses some of the jokes all over again - some of the jokes he told here were told in his Live in Broadway show. Still, this is one of the best shows for people who want to get to know their favorite actor's life.
Prison Break: Dead Fall (2006)
The show is going down...
Lincoln tracks his son, sitting under the FBI noses - and they don't see him. He manages to save his son, with a "brilliant" plan - FBI lose again. Scofield acts with Sucre a little robbery scene and in the end are fooled by "T-Bag" - he is probably a BAG expert. Bellick is back and he easily gets information to be back in the picture. I'm sorry to disappoint the fans out there. This show is becoming too stupid. Again, people are killed like flies, shooting them in the street - FBI seems to be all powerful. Everybody is running around and it's making me sick - and all for nothing - just to make us watch. Scofield every episode is stuck because of some stupid obstacle (A wooden log this time). Everybody cheats everybody - power struggles - the magic charm of the first season is lost. I am really getting tired with every episode on the second season, that sets you forward one step and brings you backwards two steps.
Lost: Every Man for Himself (2006)
A Sawyer episode
Focusing on Sawyer and his con abilities, we learn in this episode that beneath his layers of deceit, he has a conscience. The flashback takes us to the time where Sawyer did time in prison, and reveals how he conned his way out. Through this flashback, we understand why Sawyer is very emotional, towards Kate, even though he tips a new cell mate at the beginning of the flashback, and tells Kate that: "It's every man for himself". The others leader, Ben, reveals his con on Sawyer and tells him that: "The only way to gain a con artist's respect is by conning him". More is revealed about the role of Jack among the Others. He is called to save the woman Jin shot in S03E02. In that operation room he discovers why he is kept by the Others - to save someone's life. Finally, we get more scenes with Desmond - and how he predicts the future. 8 of 10.