Constantine, a review by addicted2dvd
John Constantine sees demons walk the earth, and he aims to do something about it: send them back to hell!
As Constantine, The Matrix's Keanu Reeves fights a new otherworld foe in this eye-popping supernatural thriller based on characters from the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer Graphic Novels and set in a City of the Angels where spirit-world bounds have been broken...and all hell is breaking loose.
Holy water. A dragon's-breath flamethrower. A shotgun crafted from a crucifix. Armed with these and assisted by an intrepid cop (Rachel Weisz), John Constantine is a spiritual warrior gone to apocalyptic war. Be glad he's on your side.
This is a movie I blind bought earlier this month. I have heard both good and bad about this movie so I made myself go into this movie with low expectations. Which I guess did help as I did enjoy this movie quite a bit. I did find parts of it to be on the weird side. But it did keep my full attention through-out the movie. From what I understand this movie is based on a comic book. One I never read before. So the character(s) were completely new to me. But that didn't really matter... it didn't hamper my understanding of the movie any... though I am sure there was some references to the comics that I wouldn't of known about. The Constantine character was pretty cool... it's kinda weird on itself as I liked the character and disliked him all at the same time. Kinda like a hero that shouldn't be one if that makes any sense to you. But I am glad I added it to my collection... can see myself watching it again.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: 3/20 - 3/22 on March 22nd, 2009)
Out of the Past, a review by Antares
Out of the Past
Film Studio: RKO Radio Pictures
Genre: Film Noir, Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Length: 97 Min.
Jacques Tourneur (1904)
Daniel Mainwaring (1902)...Screenplay
Daniel Mainwaring (1902)...Novel "Build My Gallows High"
Warren Duff (1904)
Robert Sparks (1898)
Nicholas Musuraca (1892)
Roy Webb (1888)...Composer
Robert Mitchum (1917) as Jeff Bailey
Jane Greer (1924) as Kathie Moffat
Kirk Douglas (1916) as Whit Sterling
Rhonda Fleming (1923) as Meta Carson
Richard Webb (1915) as Jim
Steve Brodie (1919) as Jack Fisher
Virginia Huston (1925) as Ann Miller
Paul Valentine (1919) as Joe Stephanos
A hardboiled gumshoe, a playboy with a vendetta and a drop dead gorgeous dame who leaves bodies in her wake, are pitted against each other in a deadly game of deceit, double-crosses and murder in the ‘film noir’ classic Out of the Past. Robert Mitchum stars as Jeff Bailey, owner of a small gas station whose past comes back to haunt him one day when he is visited by Joe Stepahanos (Paul Valentine). It is revealed that Jeff, whose last name is actually Markham, is a former detective who disappeared after double-crossing Joe’s boss Whit Stirling (Kirk Douglas), who had hired Jeff to investigate the whereabouts of his girlfriend Kathy (Jane Greer).
During an argument, Kathy shot Whit and ran off with a rather large sum of his money. Whit, who is a multi-millionaire, walks a fine line between respectability and the seedier side of life, and will stop at nothing to get the girl and his 40 G’s back. In short time Jeff has tracked Kathy to Acapulco, Mexico and in even shorter time, has fallen for the sultry and seductive siren. Their un-bridled passion will force Jeff into a decision that will spiral his life out of control as Kathy proves to be more than he can handle. They give Whit the slip and try to start a new life together in the mountains of California.
Their harried life is thrown a curve one day when Jeff’s old partner Jack Fisher (Steve Brodie) arrives at their cabin and tries to blackmail them out of Whit’s money. The two old friends grapple together as Kathy nervously watches on. Suddenly a shot is fired and Fisher falls to the ground, in the background Kathy stands poised with a gun, the muzzle still smoldering. Jeff rebukes her for firing the shot that killed his partner, and when he turns away to look at his old friend, she bolts out the door and vanishes.
At this point we are introduced to Whit at his palatial residence overlooking Lake Tahoe. Whit, who apparently is unaware of Jeff’s double dealing, has once again hired him to help obtain documents that his lawyer is using to blackmail him with the IRS. If the government gets its hands on these documents, Whit’s next address won’t be as extravagant, with the Fed’s as his landlord at San Quentin. Jeff smells a rat and is further convinced of a frame-up when he learns that Kathy is back with Whit.
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He goes along with the plan for a cool 50 G’s and soon realizes that his suspicions are on target, as the lawyer is killed and Jeff is set up to take the rap. He turns the tables on his cohort’s by hiding the documents and blackmailing Whit for the incriminating evidence that Kathy has provided implicating him in the murder of his partner.
It may all sound convoluted and distorted and in the end no one lives happily ever after, but Out of the Past is ‘film noir’ at its finest. The dialogue is lyrical and raw with icy emotions that keep the viewer engaged for its entire duration. The performances are all first rate and this film would set the benchmark for all ‘noir’ classics in the future. Robert Mitchum would become the personification of coolness, long before James Dean and Steve McQueen were blips on the radar screen. If it hadn’t been for his marijuana bust the following year, he probably would have eclipsed John Wayne as the screens most popular icon.
5 Stars - The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
4 ½ Stars - Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.
3 ½ Stars - An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
3 Stars – A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
2 ½ Stars - Borderline viewable.
2 Stars – A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
1 ½ Stars – Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
1 Star – A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
½ Star - A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.
(From Out of the Past (1947) on December 4th, 2009)
Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom
Title: Kujibiki Unbalance: The Collection
Length: 375 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo, Japanese: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: Commentary, English
Chihiro has always had rotten luck in life. But at the prestigious Rikkyouin Academy, where everything is decided by drawn lot, or kujibiki, he finds his luck changing when he draws the lot for student council president. He and his harem of student council candidates undergo a year-long, impossible apprenticeship under the current ruling body, which happens to be led by one of Chihiro's childhood friends. The road to success is filled with zany misadventures, innocent romances, and a wild humor that is sure to please.
Each disc includes an episode of Genshiken!
My Thoughts:Originally this was a fictional series in the Genshiken series. Then they re-imagined it and made a real series out of it. I bought this one, because it includes three additional Genshiken episodes, which bridges the first and second season of Genshiken. It introduces my favorite Genshiken character Ogiue.
The Kujibiki Unbalance series is nothing which I can really recommend. It had some fun scenes and episodes, but overall I can recommend this set only to fans of Genshiken to have that anime series completed. The Genshiken episodes are great!
(From Tom's Random Reviews on January 7th, 2010)