Stigmata, a review by Rich
our fathers in the Vatican...
Genres:Drama, Horror, Suspense/Thriller
Plot:A lost soul has received the wounds of Christ...and a shocking message that will alter history. Stunning performances from Patricia Arquette (True Romance), Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) and Jonathan Pryce (Ronin) and a cutting edge score by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and Elia Cmiral make Stigmata a visual and visceral feast.
Frankie Paige (Arquette) has absolutely no faith in God. All of that suddenly changes when she suddenly begins to suffer the Stigmata - the living wounds of the crucified Christ. Frankie's miraculous bleeding comes to the attention of the Vatican's top investigator, Father Kiernan (Byrne). But when Cardinal Houseman (Pryce) discovers that Frankie is actually channelling an extraordinary and provocative message that could destroy the Church, he's convinced that she - and the force possessing her - must be forever silenced. Determined to stop this deadly conspiracy, Kiernan risks his faith - and his life - to save her and the message that will change the destiny of mankind forever.
Slated by critics en masse, I must admit this film which I'd seen before is like a guilty pleasure, and enjoyed watching this production again. It's a perfect ensemble of actors and storyline that will satisfy those in the mood to think while they watch. Not great, not scary, not overly challenging - but ok.
(From Around the World in 80 DVD's on January 10th, 2008)
The Butterfly Effect, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: The Butterfly Effect: Infinifilm
Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Length: 120 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: DTS ES: 6.1 (Discrete), English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
William Lee Scott
John Patrick Amedori
A young man struggling to get over disturbing memories from his childhood discovers that he is able to travel back in time and alter events in his past. However, every change he makes transforms his life and that of those around him, often to unexpected and disastrous consequences.
Theatrical & Director's Cut, Fact Track
I have never been much of an Ashton Kutcher fan. He is usually pretty hit and miss for me... usually more misses then hits. But I thought the plot of this movie sounded interesting... so was looking forward to giving this one a try. When I saw that the DVD had both the Theatrical Cut as well as the Director's Cut... I decided to go for the director's cut. If someone out there that seen both versions... please let me know if the Theatrical cut is any better and I will watch it the next time. But over all I am glad I watched this one today. I found the movie to be worth watching.... but not what I would call outstanding. I liked the basic storyline... and I like how it ended. I even enjoyed Ashton Kutcher in this one. Well about as much as I could... I wouldn't say he was great in the role... but definitely better then some of the stuff I have seen him in. I really liked how they handled the time travel in this one. It wasn't hard to understand at all... possibly even a little too simplified. This movie is definitely worth checking out. And I am even looking forward to checking out part 2. Who knows I may even enjoy it more without Ashton Kutcher in it this time.
Out of a Possible 5
TV Series Cast:
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Stars in Movies on February 25th, 2011)
Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom
MOVIE / DVD INFO:
Title: Gokusen I
Length: 660 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: Japanese: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: Chinese, English, Other
Newly graduated Kumiko Yamaguchi wants to make her mark on the Japanese educational system as a teacher. All well and good until she finds out that the school she'll be teaching at has its fair share of troublemakers and rabble-rousers. The ruffians at the school don't frighten her though for she has a secret of her own-she's a fourth generation crime syndicate member and next in line to head it up. She's gone straight and wants to be a teacher though, but she's one person in whose class you don't want to be caught fooling around!
My Thoughts:What can I say: I love it!!!
Great Japanese comedy series I can highly recommend. If you remember, I recently watched the anime series of this after a lucky blind buy.
This series is even better than the anime.
The actress who plays the main character is simply perfect in the role. What makes the series so great is the combination of the line delivery by main stars, editing and camera work. I had to laugh out a lot in most scenes thanks to the great direction on these (and that even though I am watching the series for the second time).
This show does not only offer comedy but also a little drama. Which is often on the cheesy side but it really works here.
The only minor critique I have is, that the grandfather of the main character is too much of a nice guy to be the head of a Yakuza clan.
Sadly I did not find any YouTube material which does the show justice.
But I will provide some links nevertheless:
Here is a best of montage, but of which I think that the shown scenes are hardly best of material of this series. There would have so much better stuff.
Here is a montage of a running gag, but will probably be lost on people who haven't seen this series yet:
If I have even remotely sparked your interest, I recommend that you follow the link provided in the description in both of the above YouTube videos. It will lead you to a site which offers fansubbed versions of the episodes. This is how I come to know this series the first time around.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on August 28th, 2008)