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Bride & Prejudice (2004)
I tried watching this trite piece of garbage, but unfortunately, couldn't. Unbelievably I turned off the movie before it even ended. And, I managed to sit through other not-so-memorable flicks. First off, the stars are not believable. They are plastic and you can't help but hate each and every one of them. Now I know Bollywood films are supposed to be all about song and dance, but this isn't Bollywood. Heck, it isn't even Hollywood. It's a shameful debacle of what happens when you overdo things. Avoid this one at all costs. I can't believe the actors wasted their time making this, but then again, other than Aishwari Rai, which of those actors had a choice?
Asylum Days (2001)
Having C. Thomas Howell, you'd think it would be halfway decent. But it's not. Everyone remembers Howell as Pony Boy Curtis from the Outsiders. So, they decide they have to make the audience hate him. The filmmakers try to hard by making Howell a raving psychotic racist. The ending is completely messed up. It leaves the viewer wondering what the psychotic killer has to do with the movie. It starts off as a kidnapping caper and turns into a slasher flick before you can say razzy.
Avoid this one. There are better C. Thomas Howell movies out there.
Saving Jessica Lynch (2003)
Typical U.S. Propaganda
Saving Jessica Lynch - Please! Ms. Lynch did nothing spectacular. She was just another POW.
How many POWs have their been in the history of war and
statecraft? Where are their movies? Where are their stories? Why
does Lynch get painted as the American Sweetheart. I'll tell you why. It's all part of the pathetic excuse of U.S.
propaganda to try to justify an illegal war. Where are the so-called
weapons of mass destruction? The only reason the U.S. invaded
Iraq is because George W. Bush is a coward. Out of his so-called
"Axis of Evil," Iraq is the weakest. They have been under heavy U.S.
sanction since the Gulf War. How could they create weapons of
mass destruction? They can't. Plain and simple. Why not go after
Iran or North Korea? Iran is an unknown and the North Koreans
would kick America's ass. They don't care about the U.S. Hell,
they'd shoot nukes at the Americans. The U.S. knows if they go
against the North Koreans, then the Chinese get involved and the
Americans don't want to f--k with the Chinese.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
All that was expected and more
I've anticipated this one for about four years. Being a fan of the
Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th series, I was not
disappointed. Sure, this isn't exactly Lord of the Rings material, but
this was a slasher flick with all the elements. Freddy Kreuger's razor sharp (pardon the pun) wit and Jason's
relentless killing spree all make this move great. The fight scene
is all that's it's cracked up to be. Great film.
There are no other words to describe the second of J.R.R.
Tolkien's trilogy brought to life by Peter Jackson. This film is even better than the Fellowship of the Ring.
Andy Serkis' portrayal of Gollum steals the show from other worthy
contenders. The agony Gollum/Smeagol experiences as he tries
to decide his allegiances can be felt by the audience. The epic and climatic battle scene, which takes up the last hour of
this classic, has to rank right up there with some of the other great
battle scenes which movie audiences have witnessed. I personally cannot wait to see what Jackson has in store for us
with The Return of the King. One thing's for certain we won't be disappointed if the first two
installments are anything to go on.
All in the Family (1971)
A true classic
What can be said about All in the Family that hasn't been said?
This show has spawned more spinoffs than any in history. It will
be remembered as one of television's greatest shows. The role of
Archie Bunker is an archtype that many of us have laughed at
because he represents the silly, far right faction. Carrol O'Connor
is one of the true comedic geniuses, not only of his time, but of any
time. To play a role to perfection for 15 years, is certainly an
amazing accomplishment. Jean Stapleton was always great as
the only person who could make Archie think logically. Edith
Bunker put up with so much, she should get the award for wife of
the year. Gloria and Mike provided some great laughs playing the
ying to Archie's yang. One of the greatest pieces of television was the final episode
before Mike, Gloria and Joey moved to California. The raw emotion
shown by Archie Bunker when they left would bring a tear to even
the most radical right wingers in our society. Truly, All in the Family will go down in history as one of, if not the
greatest, television shows of all time.
Three Card Monty
The old carny game, Three Card Monty, is the best way to describe
this movie. When you think you've figured out where the queen is,
her location changes. The movie keeps you thinking and wonder
just what exactly happened in the woods. Basic is a series of recollections of a Ranger practice gone wrong.
WHen six Rangers and their superior go into the Panamanian
jungle, only two come back alive. This film is the typical "all is not what is seems" movie. However,
you are left guessing what is happening right up to the end credits.
Usually, when I watch a horror movie, I start getting interested in it within the first five minutes or so. However, I just could not get into this pile of trash. In fact, I had one eye on the screen and one eye on the DVD timer saying, "Oh good, it's only got 10 minutes left." This film is very flat. The actors are unenthusiastic about doing it. You'd think this was community service for some crime. In fact, making this movie was a crime. Wes Craven was a respected horror director. Notice the use of the word "was." Ever since he made that tripe called Scream he just can't do right. I can't believe he would put his name on this piece of crap. I can't believe this is the same man who made The Hills Have Eyes, The Serpent and the Rainbow and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Poor. On a scale of one to 10 where one is bad and 10 is a classic, this movie rates a minus-10!
Still going strong
Usually, sequels let the viewer down. However, there are those
rare films where the sequel is just as good, if not better than the
first. This is one of those films. By the end of this series of films,
the viewer will have witnessed the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione
grow up right before their eyes. Overall, this film was just as visually beautiful as the first film.
In the first installment, Harry held his own. However, this time,
Dobby steals a bit of the show. The humour behind the character
is great. His methods of "saving" Harry though unorthodox are very
funny. I've read the first four books in the series and can't wait to see how
the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of Fire will be interpreted.
The funny thing is, based on the sights of the first films, you begin
to see the ensuing novels unfold in your mind's eye. Anyway, back to Chamber of Secrets. It's interesting the way they
tease some storylines. At the end, when Hermione shakes Ron's
hand, you can't help but realize this is a possible lead up to the
budding romance between the two. Overall this film deserves a 9 out of 10
The Mystic Masseur (2001)
Being from a similar culture as Trinidad, I couldn't resist picking this one up. Atypical of Merchant/Ivory films, this one is a period piece set in pre-independent Trinidad and follows the rise of Ganesh from a frustrated teacher in Port of Spain to an elected member of parliament. Overall, the film does tend to be slow in some parts, but the lively dialogue is very good.
This film follows the Indo-Caribbean culture of the West Indies very closely. I found myself identifying closely with the people and found them to be very credible characters. The juxtaposition of Colonial Trinidad and a country on the verge of independance is hinted at throughout the film. However, the political tensions were kept to a minimum. It would have been nice to have seen how Ganesh and his cronies dealt with the coming age of independence.
One of the great scenes of the film occurred when Ganesh tries to talk to the striking dock workers. The emotion is clear when he realizes his rise to power came at the cost of his charisma. Overall, a very good film.