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Tape [DVD] [2002]
Tape [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 1.73

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple film but very effective and well acted!, 1 Nov 2002
This review is from: Tape [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
The beauty of TAPE is that you're never quite sure where it is going, and you're certainly not sure how its central issue will be resolved. A seemingly simple story, it evolves into something of a mystery as key revelations are made and reactions are noted.
Set entirely in a rundown motel room at the ironically named Motor Palace in Lansing, Michigan, the movie opens with 28-year-old buddies, Vince (Hawke) and John (Leonard), making small talk, trying to catch-up on the years since they have seen each other last. Vince is a loser and a literally two-fisted drinker who makes a living dealing drugs. His lack of success might be attributable in part to his consuming his own product since, between double beers, he smokes pot and snorts cocaine. A motor mouth, Vince can't keep his mouth or his body at rest. Like a 6-year-old, he bounces across the beds. He is such an obnoxious guy that it's hard to see why John would have accepted his offer to meet again.
John, on the other hand, is a filmmaker with a potentially bright future. A graduate of the prestigious USC film school, he's in town for a film festival, where his new film is to be shown. Although it would appear that Vince is the one with a disreputable life, he, nevertheless, gets John to talk about a possible sexual incident that happened ten years ago with Amy (Thurman). Vince wants John to tell him all of the sordid details. "Show me the dailies," Vince says, speaking John's language. About all that John wants to confess is that he might have "applied excessive linguistic pressure" on Amy to have sex with him.
The men go around and around arguing with each other until you start to get tired of their circular arguments. The story is ratcheted up a notch when Amy drops by the room to have a prearranged dinner with Vince. From that point on, prepare to stay on the edge of your seat as their initially awkward conversation starts heading in some pretty intriguing directions. I can't remember. Did I mention her job yet? She's an assistant district attorney


The Cell [DVD] [2000]
The Cell [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Lopez
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 2.88

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Mesmerizing and Graphic film!, 14 Jan 2001
This review is from: The Cell [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
The Cell is a director's film. It is extravagant and imaginative, bold in its use of color and textures captured by the lens. The subject explores the deep recesses of the mind of a serial killer and in doing so, takes liberties with the real and unreal. The end result is a fantastic cinema tapestry that would delight any artist. The movie is an interesting hybrid of genres. It's part science fiction, part crime story and part psychological thriller. Jennifer Lopez is Catherine Deane, a child psychologist working for an experimental research facility whose techniques involve mental teleportation, allowing doctor and patient to interface in the subconscious realm. Quirky indeed, but great food for sci-fi thought in our current cyber age. The premise allows for free artistic reign put to good use by Tarsem. Vincent D'Onofrio plays Carl Stargher, the psychotic killer who drowns his female victims in a cell chamber before transforming them into dolls to fulfill his sadistic fantasies... Stargher is captured early in the film but a coma prevents him from disclosing the whereabouts of his latest victim to the FBI team, led by Vince Vaughn. The imagery in costume, makeup and set design is both ornate and horrific in the mind sequences, making footage of the real world drab in comparison. The colors are lush and surreal and at times, I suspected David Lynch to be somewhere behind the scenes. Many visual comparisons could be made to Twin Peaks or the X-Files or other contemporary works that explore the dark forces of the unknown. The acting is secondary to production in this picture (with the exception of D'Onofrio). Stand here. Do this. Say this. The actors are just along for the ride on this one, although I will say that this is one vehicle that seems to fit Lopez to perfection as it magnifies the actress's dual persona of sultry woman and haut-couture diva. Since most of the compelling drama occurs in the mental realm, it is difficult to find much fault in the plot. After all, how can you critique imagination? The Cell is a visually mesmerizing and graphic film, intended for mature audiences.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing!, 29 Dec 2000
High Fidelity was criticized for its rather unsympathetic main character, and it's true - Rob (John Cusack)is not the typical romance-comedy hero. He is bitter, selfish, depressed, and angry. Yet High Fidelity is a deft and realistic portrayal of relationships. Lightened by hilarious scenes in the record store (courtesy of store employees Jack Black and Todd Luiso the film balances comedy and drama and the result is an absorbing tale about how young adults relate to each other.


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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!, 14 Aug 2000
Simply superb! Just as good as Renaissance Awakening, the selection of tracks are awesome, well put together and blended very well. Ex-Brothers in Rythmn, all his previous albums are just as good. But this one really stands out very well if your not into commercial chart music.


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