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Anaconda, a review by GSyren


Anaconda (Disc ID: 123E-EAED-891E-3350)
United States 1997 | Released 2009-12-09 on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Video
86 minutes | Aspect ratio Anamorphic 2.35:1 | Audio: English Dolby Digital Dolby Surround, English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital Dolby Surround, German Dolby Digital 5.1
Directed by Luis Llosa and starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde

Anaconda stars JENNIFER LOPEZ (The Wedding Planner), rap superstar ICE CUBE (XXX: State of the Union), Academy Award®-winner JON VOIGHT (1978 Best Actor, Coming Home) and ERIC STOLZ (Almost Famous). A documentary film crew heads into the Amazon where they meet a man who is searching for a legendary snake. When they find the snake a wild, thrill ride begins. ANACONDA will grab you and take your breath away.

My thoughts about Anaconda:
I am a glutton for punishment, right? Well, I must be. I was browsing one of my favorite DVD retailers' website, and I noticed a box set sale. One of the box sets was the Anacondas set. I had never seen any of them, but I knew about Anaconda. Not a good film, but with some good actors, especially Jon Voight. So how could a crappy film like that spawn three (count'em three) sequels? I was intrigued. Now, I'm sure lots of people were intrigued by that fact, but that wouldn't make them want to buy that box. Well, guess what ...

So I started at the beginning, and my hunch was correct. Anaconda isn't a good film. It does have some moments, but it's also silly as hell. Let's admit it, though — Jon Voight owns this movie. He is so over-the-top that he overshadows everyone else. Except possibly the snake. Or snakes, actually. Because there must have been (at least) two different giant anacondas. Either that, or the snake has some incredible regenerating powers.

What else can you say about Anaconda? Well, let's just say that it wasn't nominated for an Academy Award® for best script. But then again, few movies in this category are nominated for anything, except possibly the Razzie® awards. And I don't know who we have to thank for that WTF moment near the end, when the boat backs away and the waterfall runs oh so visibly backwards, the editor or the director?

Okay, I have to admit that I had some fun watching this movie, because I knew what I was in for, and I was in the right mood. Will watching the sequels be as smooth sailing? I kind of doubt it. As I said, glutton for punishment ...
I rate this title


(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on February 20th, 2015)

Member's Reviews

Mädchen in Uniform, a review by Tom


     Mädchen in Uniform (1958/Germany)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Universum Film (Germany)
Director:Geza Radvanyi
Writing:Chista Winsloe (Original Material By), F.D. Andam (Screenwriter), Franz Höllering (Screenwriter)
Length:90 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:German: Dolby Digital 1
Subtitles:English, German

Stars:
Lilli Palmer as Fräulein von Bernburg
Romy Schneider as Manuela von Meinhardis
Therese Giehle
Blandine Ebinger
Adelheid Seeck

Plot:
After the death of her parents young girl Manuela von Meinhardis is sent to a boarding school where Prussian drill rules the education. Desperately seeking love and warmth in Manuela's heart special emotions for the only human lady teacher, Fraeulein von Bernburg, start growing. Manuela falls in love with her. It's just a matter of time until that forbidden love becomes known what immediatly leads to desaster. Though Elisabeth von Bernburg has never returned the love she is forced to leave the school; Manuela gets a severe punishment, like someone who has committed a crime.

Extras:
  • Interviews
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scene Access


My Thoughts:
An okay movie. Nothing special. This movie may have been controversial for its time, but for today's standards it is really harmless.
It stars Romy Schneider, who the year before finished the famous Sissi trilogy. I can imagine that she took this role to try to cast away her image for the Sissi type of roles which she did before. But I still see her here as the same type of character.
This movie is a remake of a 30s movie. I have also ordered that one. I am curious how it is compared to this one.

Rating:

(From Lesbian Movie Marathon on November 4th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom


3.02 Eclipse (1997-09-21)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), John Krizanc (Writer)
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), Callum Keith Rennie (Stanley "Ray" Kowalski), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Camilla Scott (Inspector Margaret Thatcher), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Tom Melissis (Detective Dewey), Catherine Bruhier (Elaine), Gordon Pinsent (Fraser Sr.), Jackie Burroughs (Gladys Caunce), Diego Matamoros (Detective Hallet), Alan Peterson (Brandauer), Maria Vacratsis (Charmain), Walter Alza (Jimmy), Steve Michalchuk (Bronco), Tyler Kyte (Young Raymond), Peter Bray (Marcus Ellery), Diana Salvatore (Young Stella), Aron Tager (Tom)

A good episode where we (and Fraser) learn more about the new Ray. Nice touch is, that Ray needs glasses for shooting. With them he is a really great shot, but without them he doesn't hit anything.

Rating:

(From "Due South" marathon on September 13th, 2009)