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The Bucket List
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The clumsy script does hamper the progress of the film. It's quite uncomfortable to watch, much like "Hear No Evil, See No Evil", in that the script is so poorly written. However, the magnificent performance by Morgan Freeman (as ever) and the pretty good acting of Nicholson save the plot from being totally idiotic. But the concept of terminal illness is treated with sympathetic ignorance, in that it is only used to progress the story, raises no awareness on the subject and the whole thing ends with cheap, easy revelation, which, of course, is not how a terminal illness plays out.
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
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The story of Richard Donner, the Salkinds and Richard Lester is one that can be found on Wikipedia, and so I don't need to repeat it. This is a review of both the Richard Donner Cut, and the HD DVD capabilities. First off, the film is much darker and resemblant of the original (by Richard Donner). The original Superman II was completed by Richard Lester (who went on to direct the much less successful, Superman III), and there isan obvious contrast between the Donner-Lester scenes. Under Richard Donner, all of Gene Hackman's and (most of) Margot Kidder's were filmed, and such they did not work with Lester, and so it can be said that all Richard Lester did was remove alot of Donner's work and re-film them, and so in the original Superman II there were alot of continuity errors between the two. The Richard Donner Cut irons out the continuity, and tells the original, untouched version of Donner's original vision.
While the HD DVD is dead, there is no denying that it does offer crisper vision and great extras, and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut is no different, save for the fact that the film was made in 1978 and 1979, so the effects obviously aren't stellar, but they were for the time. The commentary has Richard Donner and co. discussing certain techniques, aswell as topics such as Richard Lester, Alexander and Ilya Salkind, Christopher Reeve, the budget, effects etc.
En memorium to the late Christopher Reeve: "Without whom we would never have believed a man could fly", The Richard Donner Cut will provoke any Superman fan's true feelings toward the great film series (or at least, Superman I and II).
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I bought this along with Saturday Night Fever (it's prequel, or rather, the film that this is the sequel to) and I have to say, this film is sooo bad in comparison, not just to SNF, but to most other films, let alone sequels. Staying Alive features none of the heart found in the first film, and the final dance scene is just attrocious and badly made. To add insult to injury, the first film is an 18, whereas this is a PG. Watching this after SNF is like drinking Coke and then a Pepsi. The slowdown is just immense. Stallone should not have directed this. He should never have directed anything other than Rambo and Rocky. He had a chance to prove his worth in dance films. He blew it. Big time. Once you've watched the film, you can strut, Travolta style, knowing you will never have to watch it again. Not that you had to the first time.
Saturday Night Fever: 30th Anniversary Edition
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I bought this with Staying Alive (it's sequel) and this is ALOT better, Staying Alive is an attrocious film anyway, but see my review of that film for guidance. In a nutshell, Saturday Night Fever is like Grease meets The Warriors. It's gritty depiction of Brooklyn is met by a nice contrast of the 2001 Space Odysee club and the captivating dance scenes. John Badham (the director) did a wonderful job, and the choreography team did a good job moulding Travolta into a part which makes his work in Grease look like Happy Days.
Ed Wood (1994)
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This is one of just two films to ever receive maximum points from me (the other being The Shawshank Redemption). Ed Wood is a fantastic film based around the life of one of my favourite directors, Edward D. Wood Jr., starring my favourite actor, Johnny Depp, and directed by another one of my favourite directors, Tim Burton. Arguably, Burton is the greatest director ever, but thats just my opinion. Ed Wood is moving in more ways than one, captivating at the films ironic originality, and once you see the films depicted in the film (Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 From Outer Space, all by Wood and all of which I own), you will see some of the dramatic irony and in-jokes that you wouldn't have gotten otherwise. If your looking for a great film, by this, but make sure you by the 3 aforementioned films sooner or later, to get the most of this brilliant picture.
Paul Merton In China 2008 (2 Discs)
The four part series of Paul Merton in China was a brilliant comedy-documentary with Paul Merton, obviously through China. From constantly being tormented by Chinese cuisine, to being mistaken for former prime minister of Canada, Paul Merton in China delivers an experience that lasts surprisingly long for such a short documentary series. I personally cannot wait for Paul Merton in India.
I Know Who Killed Me
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OK, first off, the Golden Raspberry's are not an "OSCAR'S SPOOF" as stated below, they are serious awards denoting the worst the film industry has to offer. I Know Who Killed Me is the film to "win" the most Razzies to date (8), taking the title from Showgirls and Battlefield Earth which had 7. If that's not proof enough that you should avoid this film, then the fact that Lindsay Lohan isn't in it once, she's in it as two characters. Stay away.