Fargo, a review by Eric
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Based on a true story that took place in Minnesota and North Dakota in 1987. The opening credits claim that the names of the survivors were changed but that "in respect for the deads the rest is told exactly as it occured".
It's about a frustrated loser who hires 2 guys to kidnap his wife and get his wealthy father in law to pay a ransom he will then keep. The story is interesting and I had never heard of it.
The movie however is not very good. It was obviously done with a small budget but I don't think it excuses everything. The thing that bothered me is that the characters from Minnesota and North Dakota all looked kind of "idiotic". They look cold, like nothing ever surprise them, almost like Zombie. They also say "Yeaaaaah" at least once per sentence, often more, but pronounced almost with a German or Dutch accent. I don't know if people in Minnesota really say "Yeah" all the time but in the movie it's very annoying, almost like the writer sometimes makes them say something totally useless just to squeeze another "Yeah" in there.
This is bad IMO because there's a scene in the movie where all those one word sentences with people answering "yeah" all the times makes the whole thing look like some parody that isn't even funny.
They may have told things exactly as they happened by respect for the deads but they could also have shown respect for the people involved by not depicting them as idiots.
My score: , but if you find it somewhere for less than 5$ bucks it can still fill a snowy saturday afternoon if one has nothing else to do.
P.S: After writing this review I checked the movie on Rotten Tomatoes. To my surprise it got very good critics and scores averaging 85% by critics and 94% by the community so I guess one should base his decision on getting this movie or not on my review.
(From Eric's DVD watching. on October 4th, 2008)
Underworld, a review by Tom
Director: Len Wiseman
Length: 116 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 , English: DTS 5.1
My Thoughts:First off: The story of this movie is pretty boring. Technically it is done rather well.
This movie was the first one I have watched yesterday on my new TV. And I must say, it looked astonishing. I am glad that with good upscaling you can get really good video from a DVD on a Full HD television set. I did not notice any flaw in this movie. I hope more movies have such a good picture quality on DVD.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on October 18th, 2008)
Ghost Whisperer Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
5. A GRAVE MATTER
On Halloween, Melinda is visited by the ghost of an author who claims he is in the wrong grave, while Delia is visited by a ghostlooking for her handbag.
Ohhhh a Halloween episode. I just love Halloween episodes of TV Series! This is a really good one... even though they do downplay Halloween in it. Kinda just in the background. The story was good though.
6. THE WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS
Jim is haunted by a beautiful model who died having plastic surgery, and who may be trying to warn her younger sister not to follow in her footsteps.
a good episode. This time it is Jim's turn to help a ghost... only Melinda isn't around much to help him out! She is visiting her mother... who just had an operation herself.
7. A VICIOUS CIRCLE
While camping with Jim, Melinda encounters a mother who died in a snowstorm, who is determined to protect the daughter she supposedly abandoned.
A good episode... but not great. I think it could have been better.
8. THE NIGHT WE MET
Melinda worries that the ghost of a man who died in a fire may now be an arsonist. She's also worried that Jim forgot the anniversary of the night they met.
This episode I liked a lot... not only is it a good story when it comes to the ghost... but I also really enjoyed seeing how Melinda and Jim got together. And I loved how Jim toyed with Melinda... acting like he forgot the anniversary of when they met. Something like I would do... used to make Dawn (my late wife) nuts!
(From Ghost Whisperer Marathon on August 6th, 2008)