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CSI: NY (2004)
I had begun watching CSI the original and Miami a little over a year ago and was happy to hear that a third addition to the great television series was coming to CBS. After watching only one episode of CSI:NY I was hooked and I haven't been able to stop watching. This CSI brings in new eliminates into the picture such as having a loss cannon. Some people may think that it's just a cheap spin off which it really is not!
The actors are phenomenal in their parts and the stories are nothing like the other two. The characters are nothing like the other CSI characters on the other shows. Each have their own problems that are brought up so briefly in the episodes that it leaves you wondering what happened, why is he/she like this?
This new chapter of CSI is no doubt my favorite and I can't wait to see how they do next season.
Brother's Keeper (2002)
A very well directed and well performed movie. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn and Corin Nemec do an excellent job in the portraying the characters of Lucinda and Ellis Pond very well. The riddles through out the entire film were great. The movie makes you think and wonder who the killer really is and you don't expect it to be who it truly is. A very good film with lots of good twists. Director, John Badham, has done a great job in showing the flashbacks which proceed throughout the entire film about what happened to Ellis and Lucinda when they were still children. All in all a very good film, a thriller that is worth watching.
I must say after sneaking several clips of die hard behind my parents back, i actually found this movie quite entertaining.
I first heard of this movie from the friend of a friends sawing they didn't like it at all and that it was a sucky movie. Not really the best reason to rent a movie but then again I was getting real tired real quick out of all the romance comedies that my mother and sister had been renting, (Twenty is enough to kill someone) this action flick is very good.
The director brought action and comedy into the movie. The script was very well written except for in one or two spots but other than that if you like a teenage hacker kicking bad guys @$$ you'll enjoy this flick staring Vincent Kartheiser and Patrick Stewart. Both actors give a fine performance. I'm not use to seeing Patrick Stewart in a bad guy role (parents star trek fans) but he pulled it off well. Kartheiser was a face i hadn't seen before but he is a very talented actor and also was believable in the film as the hacker teen.
The movie carries itself fine though i thought the ending could be a little better but i still liked the film. 9/10 is how i rate it.
Van Helsing (2004)
What I got Grounded for...
Opening night of Van Helsing I went and saw it with two of my closest friends and did we have a ball with this film!
This movie is beautifully done. From the sets to the acting. All the actors seemed to fit their characters perfectly. Hugh Jackman I had to laugh at for not knowing who the heck he is again in this film after seeing X-men earlier that day in which he doesn't have his memory either. I found him totally believable as the monster hunter and found him quite entertaining in the role. Throughout this horror flick as in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns also directed by Stephen Sommers comedy is brought in by the different characters in this film the comedy relief is Carl played excellently by David Wenham.
But where's a horror flick without a villain or horrifying beasts? In the role of our main villain is Dracula played by the talented Australian actor Richard Roxburgh. This actor has yet another accent to entertain the world with in this film as the Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula. (I say another accent because in the other three i've seen him in they're all different!) I'm getting to use to seeing him as a bad guy and still thinks he has done another great job at being the villain. His acting like the others in this film is excellent.
Despite what others may think, I did not find any real "gore" throughout this entire film. Blood is seen being drank by the brides of Dracula but that's probably, for me at least, the most realistic looking blood in the whole film. It was also strangely the one that got to me the most as well. There are the fight scenes that are intense at time but not at all bloody. The creatures are not the most realistic things on the block but they are done very well and I am glad they didn't make Dracula's changed form into a tiny bat. A fight between a huge Jackman werewolf and a puny bat would have been more hilarious as well as stupid but I am still impressed with the CGI of the movie.
Women will like this film because of all the attractive male actors in it guys will like it for the action and cleavage from Dracula's brides. Sommers has done it again and I must say seeing this movie was worth getting grounded for. Great job to the cast and crew of Van Helsing.
A Version of a Classic that has been long awaited...
Seeing several of the versions of Hound of the Baskervilles I was quite impressed with this latest version.
Playing the lead role of Sherlock Holmes is Australian actor Richard Roxburgh who portrays the role of the arrogant detective very well. Roxburgh's performance of the idolized detective in literature was outstanding. This Holmes is not at all the nicest or most trusting man, but arrogant, ignorant, as well as secretive. Everything I came to think of when I read the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Twice in the movie Holmes is seen injecting himself with cocaine or morphine, although this could be bothersome to some, one must remember that in the time period that the book takes place that the use of cocaine was common and was in the books that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote. Above all I was very pleased that the deerstalker hat and pipe was gone, neither of these things were ever placed in the books.
As Watson actor Ian Hart, probably known best for his portrayal of the professor in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hart shows not the Watson we have come accustom to seeing in Sherlock films a dull, idiotic old man. Instead Hart depicts a young Watson who does not follow Holmes like a dog, but is shown with intelligence of his own that help bring the Holmes and Watson together in a way that compliments the other brilliantly. Watson is shown getting mad at Holmes because of his secrecy from him.
Richard E. Grant is the perfect man for the part of Stapleton, because in a way he is acting two different parts. The first is the charming Stapleton that is seen most often in public, a loving brother to Beryl, as well as a happy to be around kind of guy. The second is the wife beater and man wanting to revenge for what had happened to his father.
Although the hound probably could have been done better when it was running as well as when it was shot, every other part mostly concerning the creature dragging Sir Henry across the moor the hound was done pretty well.
Beautifully done and probably the most accurately done version of the book. I must say 'Bravo' to all the people who worked on it.
Vash the Stampede
At first, i truly was not into the whole anime thing. Until one of my friends brought over this movie on my birthday and we watched it. Now it is one of my favorite shows to watch. Vash's character is so cool. The hair and his whole attitude screams totally awesome. In my opion this one of the best anime shows to come around.