The Number 23, a review by RossRoy
The Number 23
What they say
Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen star in the year's most "mind-bending" (Pete Hammond, 'Maxim') psychological thriller directed by Joel Schumacher.
The nightmare begins when Walter (Carrey), a mild-mannered dogcatcher, begins reading a tattered, used book called 'The Number 23'. Obsessed by the countless similarities between the degenerate main character and himself, Walter plunges headlong into the same dark, seductive world. When the book's main character commits an unspeakable act, Walter is terrified that he's destined to follow the same twisted path.
I quite enjoyed that one. I think it is a nice little thriller. And as with many other thrillers, there's the obligatory twist at the ending, which I sort of saw coming, and yet I was still surprised by it. I also felt the urge to watch it again to try and catch the little clues that are scattered throughout the movie. I think it deserves a watch, it may not win any awards, but it's good. I loved Jim Carey in the leading role. I find I like him much more in his dramatic work than his comedy, i.e. Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and now The Number 23. Virginia Madsen is just as beautiful as ever.
(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on April 13th, 2008)
Rocky V, a review by Tom
Title: Rocky V
Director: John G. Avildsen
Length: 100 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, Hindi
The "Italian Stallion" rediscovers his roots in this exciting, thrill-packed drama that reunites Sylvester Stallone with the Oscar®-winning director of the original Rocky.
Upon returning home from his latest triumph, Rocky (Stallone) learns that all of his money has been lose by an unscrupulous financial advisor. To make matters worse, his fight-related injuries force his retirement from the ring. So Rocky, his wife Adrian (Talia Shire) and his son Rocky Jr. (Sage Stallone) move to their old low-rent neighborhood in South Philadelphia. There, the fighter must resolve the deep-rooted resentment held by his son, a bitterness that grows when Rocky trains Tommy Gunn, a young boxer who soon rises to national prominence. When Tommy turns against his mentor and publicly taunts him, Rocky knows he must fight once more.
My Thoughts:I was going into it expecting a disappointing movie, but it really surprised me. I really liked it! I think it's the perfect conclusion to the Rocky series. Now I tread "Rocky Balboa", which Sylvester Stallone felt he had to make to make good on a proper ending. In my opinion, Rocky V had a very fitting ending.
Probably the reason that Rocky V is not well-liked is, that Rocky has not a single fight in the ring in this one.
But I liked how the story came full circle. Rocky now back from where he started in Rocky I. Except now he has a loving family. It never felt real to me, that Rocky was living this huge life-style in Rocky 3+4.
For me the fourth installment was the odd-one out. It just didn't fit with the rest of this series.
What I liked about these five movies is, that I felt they were telling one story. Like these were always planned as five movies instead of one.
Just looked at IMDb: A rating of 4.3? I really cannot believe it. Did I watch another movie than the rest of the world?
(From Tom's Random Reviews on March 9th, 2009)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
Season 6: Disc 3
Spike discovers that his chip now allows him to hurt Buffy; it seems Buffy came back wrong somehow. Willow reverts Amy to human form and the two party with magic.
This was another good episode. Obviously Willow goes nuts with her magic addiction.
Willow nearly gets Dawn killed after going to see a warlock for a dose of magic, and thus decides to go told turkey on the magic.
This is also a good episode. This is the episode that Willow hits rock bottom.
A social services worker threatens to take guardianship of Dawn. Meanwhile, the Geek Trio accidentally turn Buffy invisible with a ray gun.
This is another one of those episodes that is little more then just fun. I try and try... but I just can't take the Trio seriously.
Season 6: Disc 4
11. Doublemeat Palace
The Slayer takes a job at a burger joint, and suspects that something demonic might be going on.
This is one of the ones that is a decent episode... but just nothing all that special about it. Just a basic good episode.
12. Dead Things
Warren kills Katrina and frames the Slayer for it.
Decent episode... and at least the Trio is finally seems somewhat evil and slightly more serious in this episode.
13. Older and Far Away
Dawn feels like the odd-girl out on Buffy's birthday, leading to a fateful wish that leaves the Slayer and her friends trapped in the Summers' home with a demon.
Ahhh.... Another Buffy Birthday episode... these are always entertaining. I felt they had a good concept for this one... and was really into it. Though I do have to admit I think the way it ended and how they finally got out of the house a little bit of a cop-out.
14. As You Were
Buffy is jolted by the reappearance of Riley, who needs her to help him - and his new wife - track a demon egg nest.
And Riley is back.... for what I believe is the final time in the rest of the series. Also (if I am not mistaking) the end of the Buffy/Spike sexapades. A decent episode... though nothing too special.
(From Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon on November 26th, 2007)