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Taxi 2 [2001] [DVD]
Taxi 2 [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hirata Haruhiko; Tsuyu Shimizu; Ko Suzuki; Yoshi Oida; Kentaro Yuji Yamashita; Hiro Uchiyama; Onochi Seietsu
Price: 2.45

2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring., 23 Feb 2004
This review is from: Taxi 2 [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
I watched Taxi 1 back in the late 90s and thought that was a cool movie, so I decided to rent Taxi 2 this weekend. Now I don't have any gripe against the actors, and the French hiphop soundtracks of both Taxi 1 and 2 sound bass-fantastic. It is the director who seems to be the key in making Taxi 2 a flop. In Taxi 1, Luc Besson did a much better job. That movie had better lighting, a more inspired storyline and better lines for the actors. In Taxi 2, all I saw were endless car chases and stupid, uninspired humour which failed to even get more than a chuckle out of me. The jokes are so juvenile, I can't think of any good modern day comedy film which employs this sort of humour. Please then don't assume that the humour in this film can be compared to old comedies like Only Fools and Horses. It doesn't even come close. The humour in this movie is just catastrophic.
The plot is plain child's play, so predictable that I could predict the ending long before it got there. Boring, plain boring. If you're just into watching spectacular car crashes, explosions and listening to boring, corny jokes, then by all means, waste your time on this.
I'm giving this movie 2 stars on account of its soundtrack alone.
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My Voice Will Go with You: Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson: Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erikson
My Voice Will Go with You: Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson: Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erikson
by Milton H Erickson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.34

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that I'll keep with me always!, 26 Dec 2003
This book is a real gem. Just from reading it, one immediately gets a feel for Mr Erickson's approach and technique. (Its a pity he's dead, I would've loved to meet this talented man in person even if its a one in a billionth chance.) The stories recounted are very interesting, even if just for their story-telling value. Its hard not to feel a sense of calm after reading one or two of them, which is amazing. Even if you don't "get" at first glance what each story is supposed to do for you...after reading each story, you know it had worked its magic on you even if in a small helpful albeit subconscious way. Normally I only read most books once, but this I read time and again. This is one of those things I'll always carry with me, wherever I go and whichever country I'm in

Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
by Debra Ollivier
Edition: Hardcover

76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for oneself or a female friend, 19 Dec 2003
It doesn't change a person into complete archetypal "French chick" overnight. What it does is that the author extracts the valuable and positive aspects found in the French girls she encountered and crystallizes her observations into clear points to help oneself live a more positive and beautiful life. A pretty little book about how to enjoy living and love the woman you are. Easy to understand, with many helpful little anecdotes and recommendations (french films/books) for those who would like to go a bit more in-depth into the points that the book makes.

The Big Blue [Version Longue] [DVD] [1988]
The Big Blue [Version Longue] [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Rosanna Arquette
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 8.95

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting movie about the world of deep-sea diving., 8 Nov 2003
After watching the movie, I looked at the clock and was surprised that I'd spent 3 hours of my life watching one movie comprised mainly of underwater scenes and European coastlines, and it was all so pretty. Its a pity I've only heard of this movie recently and can only watch it on DVD... I wish now that I had been able to watch it on the big screen because I think it would've been a breathtaking experience to watch this in a good cinema with good sound system.
The movie addresses ponderous issues about life and how one lives it today. One cannot help but notice the stark contrast between the lives of Jacques and Johanna. Jacques is the deep-sea diver who grew up on Mediterranean shores living a slow-paced lifestyle. He is not tied down by material possessions, places (he travels around a lot) and women(well, perhaps it was just Rosanna he didn't want to be tied down to). The only thing that really matters to him in life is the sea and diving.
Johanna is a New Yorker and works for the insurance company. Her character is somewhat shallow, constantly whining, shrieking, crying, whimsical, unstable (emotionally and mentally)...etc.
And this is one of the main problems I have with this movie - the obvious incompatibility of the 2 lovebirds, who make up the other main focus of this movie. Jacques somehow knew all along in his heart that their relationship was going to be nothing more than a short-term fling... but Johanna with her child-like shrieking and demanding ways... I don't know... just felt like the movie could have done much better to use a female lead character with more depth and maturity. Rosanna Arquette is a good actress, she has her funny moments and can be really endearing in the right movie, but certainly not in this one.
Another problem I had with this movie is the musical score. The worst thing about it wasn't so much that it sounded 80s and very outdated, but that it often sounded laughingly like some background music from a soft porn scene in some lousy old C-grade movie. It ruins the viewing experience, especially during some of the beautiful underwater scenes - complete silence would still be better than having this music playing in the background.
Still, this is a memorable movie. The storyline is very simple, and some parts of it remind me of Free Willy. The backdrop/scenery on which this drama is played out offers us a beautiful perspective of life along the coasts of the Mediterranean. This is a unique movie that shows us not only the beauty and tranquility of the sea through the eyes of the divers, but also tells us that we don't need to chase the dollar and have lots of material possessions to be happy.
The length of the movie is irrelevant. If you love the sea, dolphins and/or enjoy diving, then this is definitely the movie for you.

Audition [DVD] [2001]
Audition [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ryo Ishibashi
Offered by westworld-
Price: 10.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping suspense, 3 Nov 2003
This review is from: Audition [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
After watching the popular Japanese horror movie Ring 1 and 2, I really wanted to see if this can be better. (See my reviews for Ring 1 and 2) Well, the first half of the movie seemed a little slow. If you're the kind of person who prefers something more fast-paced and want to see something really scary or some "real action" every 5 - 10 minutes to keep you glued to the screen, well then you'd probably give up on finishing this movie by 20 minutes into the show. But if you're not and you have a bit more patience and you like your mind to be teased (there's nothing funny about this movie though)... well the unexpected awaits.
This is a psychological thriller and, this is especially true for the Western(ised) viewer - you have to be willing to be drawn into the world of the main character (Aoyama) and understand his thoughts and get into his feelings.
Aoyama is a typical high-earning office-working Japanese man in his prime - should I say, late 30s to early 40s. He is very conservative, not stupid... but perhaps a bit naive and overconfident in his view of women. He's not really that smart although sexually-experienced (so it seems, he obviously thinks so.) He hasn't remarried after his wife died 7 years ago. He feels really lonely (and Tokyo can be a lonely place to live in, even if you're Japanese) and wants to look for a new wife. Under the pretext of auditioning for a female lead in a movie, he comes upon a young, intelligent, sensitive, pretty and demure Japanese girl(Asami) who fits his idea of a perfect wife. He starts meeting her up after work, getting to know her better. His friend tells her she's weird, and how her contacts and references on her CV don't really match up, but predictably Aoyama is too blinded by his love with this perfect image of a wife that he refuses to heed his friend's cautions.
Eventually he starts discovering the awful truth about Asami - how mentally-disturbed and twisted her mind was. Whether or not it was purely due to childhood abuse she suffered under her foster parents and stepfather is anyone's guess, because she keeps rattling on throughout the movie about how "all men are the same" and how "they say they'll love you and only you forever but never mean it." Well if her parents never showed her any affection, its possible she's had at least one experience with a boyfriend who said he loved her but cheated on her feelings in some way to cause her to be so full of hatred. The truth is, I don't know exactly everything that happened to make her feel this way. That is what the movie wants you to do - to keep thinking "was it" or "wasn't it"... "maybe its this"... or "maybe its that"...
All in all, this is a good movie if not for its twisted plots mashed into one, its many seemingly incoherent images and subplots weaved together to form some kind of a story that's only for you - the viewer - to make out what these subplots are really all about. You won't come out of this movie feeling good, and you probably won't come out feeling like you've learned something new or something meaningful - well, unless perhaps during the slow-moving first-half of the movie, IF you're attentive enough you can glean a few words of "wisdom" from the dialogues Aoyama has with his make friend/colleague about the modern Japanese society and people in general.
The ending is very gory and not for the faint-hearted, and I admit that this sort of ending probably helped the movie make a bigger impact in the minds of the viewers because I can't imagine anyone who can walk away from this and not recall one of those gory or disturbing images from the movie, for at least one day after watching this show! The disturbing and gory images did their job well, although I guess the director *could* have chosen not to use such gory scenes in an otherwise poignant tale about the permanent damage child abuse can have on the abused individual, and Japanese modern society in general - more specifically relating to the class of Japanese people who are blue-collared 9-to-5 desk-bound office-workers.
Like I said, the director *could* have went the other way and perhaps made the ending into a more meaningful conclusion without the violence. The real Japanese people living in Japan today aren't even outwardly agressive most of the time, or at least that's what they don't want to let you-the stranger- see. To me, this movie probably was meant to serve as a mere fantasy outlet for the Japanese people who make up its main audience. Perhaps the Japanese viewers wish that they could be more like Asami, and act out the repressed anger they harbour towards people they resent - and to punish the ones who hurt them or insulted them. Then after the movie, they'll probably return to their normal lives and become the very polite, status quo-abiding people that they have always been known for. (I'm sorry if I sound like I'm lumping Japanese people together. I'm not - there are the few Japanese people who dare to be the ones who do things differently from the rest, who challenge the "norm" in Japanese society and live their lives as their dreams and passions take them... but what I've just said I was just referring to the majority who make up the status quo.)

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