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Rosewood, a review by KinkyCyborg


Rosewood



Title:Rosewood
Year: 1997
Director: John Singleton
Rating: R
Length: 142 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Jon Voight
Ving Rhames
Don Cheadle
Bruce McGill
Loren Dean

Plot:Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Production Notes

My Thoughts:

In my opinion, Ving Rhames' best performance of his career.... as a drifter looking to stay out of trouble but unable to do so as he is looked upon as a savior to the terrorized black community of Rosewood.

Based on a true story, this movie holds nothing back as it shows us deep racial prejudice in all it's ugliness. An entire town wiped out by men who when they couldn't find a reason to act upon their hateful prejudices simply made one up.

Strong cast made up by Rhames, Jon Voight as the solitary white man of reason who sacrifices much in order to save as many people, mostly women and children, as he can... Esther Rolle (from Good Times!) as the kindly Aunt Sarah, and her idealistic son, played by Don Cheadle. Michael Rooker, who seems to be a mainstay in these types of films, plays the town sheriff who tries to do the right thing but quickly loses control and ultimately joins the murderous lynch mob. Bruce McGill gives a powerful performance as the central bigot who whips the mob up into rabid frenzies time and time again, all the while attempting to groom his young son into sharing his hateful beliefs.

The events portrayed would be shocking in any film. To know this really happened, and likely played out in similar veins many times over in the south during that shameful time of American history is repulsive and saddening.

I'd seen this movie before several years ago. It was no less compelling that the first viewing and I feel it has an important place in film making.

Ving Rhames seems to be another relegated to straight to video flicks now but this movie showed what he is capable of. A must watch.

KC

Rating:

(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on October 19th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, a review by Dragonfire




Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1




I saw this one twice in the theater and I've watched it 3 or 4 times since I got the Blu-ray.  The movie has a slower pace, but that is needed for what is going on.  The search for the horcruxes and how to destroy the one they find is very important to what is going on.  It causes strains in the friendships between Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they face increasing danger while not being sure what they are doing or where they are going.  Some things have been changed again..I really would have liked there to been something about Harry's birthday while still at the Burrow..I really wanted to see him get his present from Molly and Arthur.  I'm not that bothered by the changes.  I do feel that the set up for the movie was mishandled.  I do think it was a good idea to split the final book into two movies because so much happens.  If it was all in one movie, too much would have been cut and it would have been a giant mess.  The effects are done well, though Harry's partronus still isn't shown right.  It is a stag, not a floating ball of light.  Some of the characters are used very little, like Snape, or left out altogether.  I knew that would happen since everything is taking place away from Hogwarts.  The movie looks good on Blu-ray and the effects are very well done.  I absolutely hate seeing Voldemort's snake.

This movie does have the scene that has hit me the hardest emotionally in all the movies.  Possibly in the books too.
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Overall, this is a very strong movie and a good adaptation even with the issues I have with it.  The movie is darker and a bit more violent.  This one is not for younger children.

I did post about this one here after I first saw the movie in the theater.  I'll share the link to my review at Epinions again.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

(From Marie's Random Movie Viewing on August 8th, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

The X-Files Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


The X-Files: Season 1

7. Ghost in the Machine
Original Air Date: October 29, 1993
Mulder and Scully must stop a sophisticated computer system, that has taken control of a building and kills anyone who tries to stop it.

Guest Stars:
Jerry Hardin as Deep Throat
Rob LaBelle as Brad Wilczek
Wayne Duvall as Jerry Lamana
Blu Mankuma as Claude Peterson
Tom Butler as Drake

My Thoughts:
Another good one! I liked all the things they made happen just from control from a computer. It is another interesting story.  I tell you... a real plus to not watching these episodes in so long... I really don't remember that much about most of them... making even more fun to watch again.

My Rating:

(From The X-Files Marathon on March 29th, 2010)