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First Blood, a review by Jon


First Blood
4 out of 5


They don't make 'em like this anymore! A decent solid thriller, adult themed bone-crunching action. They try to make John Rambo a deep character, but it really boils down to a modern day Western where the line between good and bad is distinct. Therefore the only kill is accidental. But that doesn't stop it appearing brutal. Damn, I miss the days when action movies were for kids to try and watch secretly, not waltz in the cinema to see a 12a version. I know I'm sliding off-topic, but Rambo, Terminator, Commando, Robocop, Aliens, were all of a certain, gung-ho flavour. Now coming to a theatre near you in glorious PG crap.

Stallone is great as Rambo, before he let the cartoon action seep into the sequels. This Stallone, and the one in Rocky and Nighthawks, is far more interesting than the one he came to be. You forget he can be a decent writer and actor; check out the scene he calls in interviews an "emotional death". Powerful stuff considering this is a pretty basic setup. From the rest of the cast, Brian Dennehey stands out. He was once the go-to-guy for this sort of movie and frankly I miss him. He last turned up in 30 Rock and Stallone could have done worse than find him a slot in The Expendables.

It surprised me how pretty the film is. Gorgeous locations in the mountains really benefit from Blu-Ray. Some bits are grainy, but check out the cave sequence and the waterfalls. The explosion, courtesy of some "weekend warriors" works well too.

It's odd, but if you have a certain image of Rambo from the sequels, it's worth looking this up because you'll probably be surprised. It's an assured action flick which straddles the gritty 70s and the excessive 80s (pretty much all the Colonel's dialogue: "200? If you're sending that many, make sure you've got plenty of body bags!"). 

(From Jon's Random Reviews on June 15th, 2009)

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Kleinruppin forever, a review by Tom




Title: Kleinruppin forever
Year: 2004
Director: Carsten Fiebeler
Rating: FSK-6
Length: 99 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: German: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: German

Stars:
Tobias Schenke
Anna Br├╝ggemann
Michael Gwisdek
Tino Mewes
Tobias Kasimirowicz

Plot:
The film is set in 1985 and stars Tobias Schenke as Tim Winter, a West German teenager from Bremen with aspirations of being a professional tennis player. On a school trip to East Germany, Tim meets his identical twin brother Ronny (also played by Tobias Schenke). Ronny switches places with Tim, forcing Tim to experience life and love in East Germany.

Extras:
Featurettes
Music Videos
Trailers

My Thoughts:
As I didn't grow up in the East, I cannot say how accurate the potrayal of the life in the GDR is (I'll have to take Karsten word for it, that it's very accurate). Therefore I concentrated on the love story. And in my opinion it fell a little flat. It may be because I found the main character very unlikable, even later on. And I couldn't see why Jana fell for him.
The question came up, if it is comparable to "The Life of Others". I wouldn't compare it to that movie. I would say it's more a movie like "Goodbye Lenin!".

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on July 22nd, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Charmed Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


Disc 3:

8. Little Monsters
The Charmed Ones believe that they can raise a half-demon infant to not be evil when they become foster parents after vanquishing the demon's parent.

My Thoughts:
This is a good but standard episode. Basically all I really can say about it.

9. Chris-Crossed
When a witch from an elite assassin family arrives to take Chris back to the future, The Charmed Ones must pull together to save him.

My Thoughts:
This one is a really good episode. In this one we find out the reason Chris came from the future... what he is trying to save Wyatt from.

10. Witchstock
Paige is transported back in time via a pair of Gram's magical go-go boots. Piper and Phoebe must prevent Paige from changing the past and disrupting the lineage of The Charmed Ones.

My Thoughts:
This is an episode that is just done for fun. Making Grams a '60s flower child. But what I think was the funniest was how they portrayed the '60s Leo.

11. Prince Charmed
Piper's overprotective tendency toward her son causes her to swear off men for the rest of her life. Paige and Phoebe conjure up a Mr. Right to remind Piper of the importance of love.

My Thoughts:
This is a good episode... but not what I would consider a great one. In this one the sisters finally find out what it is that Chris is trying to save Wyatt from... which we (the viewers) found out a couple episodes ago.

(From Charmed Marathon on July 7th, 2008)