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The Grudge (2004)
Having seen the original Ju-on last month, I had hoped this would be as good, if not better than the original. It was not.
I actually fell asleep watching it, and finished it off the next day. Though I didn't think the original was amazing either, I would say it was far better than this 'remake' None of the actors added anything to this film,...ie, everyone of them could have been replaced by unknown high school actors and it wouldn't be any worse for it. In fact, maybe it would have been better. Yes, it is a horror movie, but still, it seems like they are just going through the motions. That goes double for SMG, who's best work is behind her, I've sorry to say.
If you are really interested in this movie, then spend your money on the original instead. Though you might be better renting, and buy something better than both of them.
If Only (2004)
Wonderful, Touching Movie
Luckily, I was able to see this as my final film of 2004. Not being a fan of JLH, I was very impressed with her role here in 'If Only'. Others have described the plot, so I won't go into that. But from top to bottom, this film won me over.
The writing, acting and directing were all top notch. It was a wonderful film, very moving and touching. Hard for me to believe that anyone would dislike this film. With the movie business being what it is, it's doubtful this film will ever be released in the US, so go out any find the Russian DVD, the only release available as of this date.