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Proyecto Dinosaurio (The Dinosaur Project) (2012) (Import)
Proyecto Dinosaurio (The Dinosaur Project) (2012) (Import)
Offered by Great-DVD's
Price: £21.99

2.0 out of 5 stars THEY'RE TRACKING US, 2 April 2015
With the increase of sightings of the Mokele Mbembe in the Congo, a group of British adventurers and scientists take out to find them. Jonathan (Richard Dillane) is the leader of the group, while his undisciplined electronic whiz son Luke (Matt Kane) comes along as a stowaway. Natasha "tank top" Loring provides some early eye candy. Amara (Abena Ayivor) is their local guide who knows more than what she tells. There are others too.

On their way to the location, their helicopter is taken down, as it seems they are not designed to withstand an impact from a single pterodactyl. Once on the ground, more CG critters are encountered.

On the plus side we get to see the dinosaurs early in the film and don't have to wait until the last frame. The CG dinosaurs are a cut above the rubber head ones previously used in that Area 51 downed plane film. There are still problems with the hand held genre. Luke's at home stationary mounted camera shakes, zooms, and pans on its own. I think this would have been a better production if they were to have a limited use of this hand held genre within the film. It just doesn't work.

The acting wasn't that great as I found myself yearning for the return of Jeff Goldblum. I kept hoping a dinosaur would bite the head off Matt Kane as I grew weary of his facial close-ups and idiotic comments. The day after the crew was attack by dinosaurs, Luke uses his camera to lament about his relationship with his father. HEY LUKE! You were just attacked by dinosaurs!

Writer and director Sid Bennett squandered a great opportunity to make a quality film.

Parental guide: No f-bombs (for a change) sex, or nudity. Not worth the rental fee.


The Dinosaur Project (Blu-ray)
The Dinosaur Project (Blu-ray)
Offered by nagiry
Price: £14.50

2.0 out of 5 stars THEY'RE TRACKING US, 2 April 2015
With the increase of sightings of the Mokele Mbembe in the Congo, a group of British adventurers and scientists take out to find them. Jonathan (Richard Dillane) is the leader of the group, while his undisciplined electronic whiz son Luke (Matt Kane) comes along as a stowaway. Natasha "tank top" Loring provides some early eye candy. Amara (Abena Ayivor) is their local guide who knows more than what she tells. There are others too.

On their way to the location, their helicopter is taken down, as it seems they are not designed to withstand an impact from a single pterodactyl. Once on the ground, more CG critters are encountered.

On the plus side we get to see the dinosaurs early in the film and don't have to wait until the last frame. The CG dinosaurs are a cut above the rubber head ones previously used in that Area 51 downed plane film. There are still problems with the hand held genre. Luke's at home stationary mounted camera shakes, zooms, and pans on its own. I think this would have been a better production if they were to have a limited use of this hand held genre within the film. It just doesn't work.

The acting wasn't that great as I found myself yearning for the return of Jeff Goldblum. I kept hoping a dinosaur would bite the head off Matt Kane as I grew weary of his facial close-ups and idiotic comments. The day after the crew was attack by dinosaurs, Luke uses his camera to lament about his relationship with his father. HEY LUKE! You were just attacked by dinosaurs!

Writer and director Sid Bennett squandered a great opportunity to make a quality film.

Parental guide: No f-bombs (for a change) sex, or nudity. Not worth the rental fee.


21 & Over
21 & Over
Offered by momox co uk
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars DUDE! WHERE'S YOUR HOUSE?, 1 April 2015
This review is from: 21 & Over (DVD)
Nicole (Sarah Wright) states the theme when she says, "Oldest friends are the weirdest friends." In this story two "odd couple" friends Miller (Miles Teller) and Casey (Skylar Astin) decide to take out mutual friend Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) on his 21st birthday to the objection of Chang's father (François Chau).

Miles Teller plays a colorful character who caught the essence of John Belushi from "Animal House" as well as a few of his lines. He was refreshing to watch as the other two actors were essentially straight men for him. Chang passes out and has an important appointment the next day. His friends frantically try to locate his house, even though they were there just hours ago. The film consists of the cast of cliche characters they encounter through their drunken night as they find out things about Jeff that are contrary to what they knew of him as a friend.

The film starts out fairly decent, even up through the first bar scene. After that it starts to slide into a "been there done that, got the t-shirt" mode where the fun has worn off and you wait for something original to happen.

"21 and over" is definitely for 21 and under.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, male rear nudity/sock puppets.


spiders dvd Italian Import
spiders dvd Italian Import
Dvd ~ william hope
Offered by VECOSELL
Price: £9.84

3.0 out of 5 stars YOU GUYS! GET IN HERE!, 1 April 2015
This review is from: spiders dvd Italian Import (DVD)
Jason (Patrick Muldoon) works for the NYC subway. He becomes a key player when space spiders disrupt his system. His ex-wife Rachel (Christa Campbell) a proud graduate from the Kristen Stewart school of facial expressions, works for the city health department. Armed with their wits and a forklift they continue on their never ending quest to locate their daughter Em (Sydney Sweeney) battling the military and bullet proof spiders.

The true origin of the spiders is revealed 35 minutes into the film.

The special effects are low to mid grade CG. While there was always something going on, the film seemed hollow as if it needed another subplot of someone besides our lone family and the military. The dialouge lacked zing and the actors were simply collecting a paycheck. 3 stars is overrated for most people, but I love Christa Campbell's long hair.

Parental guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.


Lay The Favorite - Bahse Var misin?
Lay The Favorite - Bahse Var misin?
Dvd ~ Anthony Fankhauser

4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S JUST A HOOK, 1 April 2015
Beth(Rebecca Hall) is a woman who aspires to be a cocktail waitress in Vegas. She has both brains and looks. She ends up working for Dink, a bookie (Bruce Willis) who she develops feelings. Dink has a jealous wife Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and a bad side when he loses, which causes Beth to get a job elsewhere. Beth eventually gets into trouble and needs help.

The film is based on a true story, so you didn't know where it is headed. The downfall of the film is that it has a narrow appeal. It is basically a modified chick flick. But it is for chicks who know something about book making. The phrase "lay the favorite" means betting against the favorite, i.e. you always take the points and the underdog, you never give points. Bookies make their money by having a balanced book. They need the same amount of money bet on a team as they do against it. They make their money from taking "the juice" which is a percentage of the winnings. If the juice is 10% and you bet $50 even money, you will net $40 in return. In order to balance their books, they will have to move money around and make bets with other books or alter the point spread. The point spread has more to do balancing the books then it does the ability of the teams involved which is why it sometimes changes from the beginning of the week to the end of the week. This allows a smart better to straddle his bet. The key to book making is to do the math and bet with your head, not your heart.

It is not an inside look at the gambling industry per se, but it gives you enough of a glimpse that you feel you need to know what is going on in order to enjoy the movie. The most unbelievable aspect of the film is that with all the money Dirk and his wife had, she drank Beefeaters Gin. I enjoyed Bruce Willis in this role. Rebecca Hall was refreshing. A light chick flick for people who know something about gambling.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, nudity (Jo Newman, Laura Prepon - Donna from "That 70's Show")


Lay the Favorite [DVD] [Region 2] (English audio)
Lay the Favorite [DVD] [Region 2] (English audio)
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis

4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S JUST A HOOK, 1 April 2015
Beth(Rebecca Hall) is a woman who aspires to be a cocktail waitress in Vegas. She has both brains and looks. She ends up working for Dink, a bookie (Bruce Willis) who she develops feelings. Dink has a jealous wife Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and a bad side when he loses, which causes Beth to get a job elsewhere. Beth eventually gets into trouble and needs help.

The film is based on a true story, so you didn't know where it is headed. The downfall of the film is that it has a narrow appeal. It is basically a modified chick flick. But it is for chicks who know something about book making. The phrase "lay the favorite" means betting against the favorite, i.e. you always take the points and the underdog, you never give points. Bookies make their money by having a balanced book. They need the same amount of money bet on a team as they do against it. They make their money from taking "the juice" which is a percentage of the winnings. If the juice is 10% and you bet $50 even money, you will net $40 in return. In order to balance their books, they will have to move money around and make bets with other books or alter the point spread. The point spread has more to do balancing the books then it does the ability of the teams involved which is why it sometimes changes from the beginning of the week to the end of the week. This allows a smart better to straddle his bet. The key to book making is to do the math and bet with your head, not your heart.

It is not an inside look at the gambling industry per se, but it gives you enough of a glimpse that you feel you need to know what is going on in order to enjoy the movie. The most unbelievable aspect of the film is that with all the money Dirk and his wife had, she drank Beefeaters Gin. I enjoyed Bruce Willis in this role. Rebecca Hall was refreshing. A light chick flick for people who know something about gambling.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, nudity (Jo Newman, Laura Prepon - Donna from "That 70's Show")


Identical [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Identical [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ray Liotta
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £9.03

3.0 out of 5 stars I WAS BORN TO IT, 1 April 2015
The film opens up with a poor migrant farm hand giving up one of their twin sons for adoption. Their lives were inspired by Elvis Presley, but clearly it wasn't him, nor even a spoof of him. It was just a bad imitation. Ryan Wade (Blake Rayne) is raised by a preacher (Ray Liotta) but doesn't hear the calling. He wants to be a singer like Drexel, his twin that he doesn't know about. He gets gigs as a Drexel impersonator.

For this type of film, it needed more comedy. I couldn't take the plot seriously and needed something to entertain me besides bad lip syncing and drama that never became dramatic.


Dark Feed - Kotuluk Tohumu
Dark Feed - Kotuluk Tohumu
Dvd ~ Emmanuel Moruet

3.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A CLOSED SET, 31 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Dark Feed - Kotuluk Tohumu (DVD)
This is a low budget film about filming a low budget film in an asylum, something that has been done before and more importantly...better. This is not a found footage film, which was what I expected and that is a plus. The asylum has been shut down for only six years, after the director killed himself. It looks old because of pipes breaking causing water damage.

This asylum used experimental water on the patients as part of the government's MKULTRA project. The film takes a long time to build all the characters on the set. It does so in different fashions from dinner conversation to the blond actress (Rebecca Whitehurst) being told, "They're stage directions. You don't read them."
There are little tidbits in the dialouge to indicate some level of clever writing. The action builds slow, in fact a little too slow as the first snuffing doesn't happen until 36 minutes into the film. No opening hook with a "6 hours earlier" following the credits.

The film seems to center on Chris the writer (Andy Rudick) and Beth the grip (Victoria Nugent) who in a geeky way like each other but both being too shy to make a move. There is some minor internal conflict, conflict which escalates as the players get exposed to the water. It is just a question as to who becomes the killers and who becomes the "kill-ees."

I thought the scenes were done well. The acting was fairly decent. The film just couldn't put it together and hold your interest. The characters and plot didn't have any hook. Might work as a rental. Not a keeper.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex. No nudity, just Rebecca Whitehurst "side breast"


Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor [DVD]
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Offered by Tom-Media
Price: £11.49

3.0 out of 5 stars ARE YOU HAPPY?, 31 Mar. 2015
This is a story about modern lives, something most of us have experienced from one side of the coin or another. Bryce (Lance Gross) and Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) have been together since childhood in a good Christian relationship. As work wears them down, they become content, if not boring as Bryce forgets her birthday...again. Bryce is very straight. Judith wants to experiment and grow. When Judith meets a man who listens to her and says all the right things she becomes tempted, hence the title of the film.

The film moves slow. It builds character. Since it is a Tyler Perry production, the dialouge is mildly humorous with Kim Kardashian giving Judith fashion advice. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be a Christian soap opera, light on the religion. At times the lines and situation appears stiff and forced as Judith comes out of character.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs or nudity. Off screen implied sex. The thing missing from this film was The Free Movement's "I've Found Someone Of My Own" during the closing credits.

"The Marriage Counselor" is the working title for "Temptation..."


Let Us Prey [DVD]
Let Us Prey [DVD]
Dvd ~ Liam Cunningham
Price: £11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THINGS I SEE WOULD MAKE ANGELS WEEP, 31 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Let Us Prey [DVD] (DVD)
The movie opens with a great soundtrack and visuals involving a man coming from the ocean accompanied by ominous ominous crows. Rachel Haggie (Pollyanna McIntosh) is a police constable on loan working the night shift. She wakes up from a bad dream of her past and a puzzling crow's feather under her pillow. The film had me hooked at this point. She goes to the station and people slowly get arrested. Our mysterious stranger shows up, a man of little words, but one "who knows." The creep factor heightens as strange things happen. He gives us a few lines that I liked. One was:

When he is told "Go to hell." He replies, Why? "All the devils are here."

The film mostly takes place in the police station. It is similar to"The Traveler" with Val Kilmer. It is not hard to figure out the stranger. The fun is watching it unfold.

Guide: F-bomb. Sex. Near nudity.


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