Constantine Review

Constantine is the Hellblazer-inspired film starring Keanu Reeves. The movie is the story of John Constantine, a man fighting the battle against evil in Los Angeles. He is the man stuck in the eternal chess game between God and the Devil. Constantine does exorcisms and fights any half-breed demons that come to our mortal plane wearing human skin. While filling his habit of smoking 35 cigarettes a day, and meeting with one of God's Angels, he comes across a police woman named Angela seeking out Constantine to help her prove that her twin sister did not commit suicide. That's enough info, anymore would just give away the entire plot and ruin the movie.

The director, Francis Lawrence, coming from a music video background definitely uses the quick editing that is used for videos on MTV in Constantine. The visuals are just amazing; the CGI is flawless, and the production design is just beautiful. I had my worries about this movie seeing as John Constantine is supposed to be blonde, English and an unimaginable potty mouth. I think this version of John is just fine for the majority of audiences. In my opinion a great movie, if you like Blade or Hellboy you'll like this picture.

Feb
17
2005

American Head Charge - Feeding Review

It\'s been about 3 years since their major release “The War of Art\" and there have been many questions as to whether or not they would or could come out with another album. With rehab issues, band members leaving and label issues this release seemed doomed. However AHC really was able to produce something quite nice for their second release.

The album entitled \"Feeding\" is definitely more mature and shows they spent the time and effort to produce something worthwhile. The song \"Dirty\" standouts with a catchy guitar and bass combo backed up with a simple set of lyrics. The other song which also stands out to me is “Loyalty” which has a good feel to it with the calmly sung verses before jumping right into the heavier chorus.

Personally I think \"The War of Art\" was a bit better, but don\'t get me wrong this is a solid album and shows a good deal of progression. It just seems a bit too similar to some nu-metal for me at times and I\'m not sure that is what they we\'re going for. Either way it gets 7 out of 10 and is a decent listen if you have the time to pick it up.
Feb
15
2005

The Game - The Documentary Review

Game tops off the Billboard Charts as the #1 selling album as of February 19th, 2005. Rightfully so the debut of Game\'s album comes with much hype and a whole lot of beef. There\'s no wonder why this album went number they had songs produced by artists like... Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Timbaland. The listener gets a good look into the life and lifestyle of Jayceon Taylor aka. \"Game.\" There\'s a song about the birth of his child \"Like father, like son\" featuring Busta Rhymes that talks about the feelings that he was going through every moment of that day.

Game also works with, of course, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Nate Dogg, and puts out two of his catchier tracks entitled \"We Ain\'t\" featuring Eminem and \"Don\'t Worry\" featuring Mary J. Blige. This album has the potential to already be thought of as the top album of the year even though we had just got into it. Check out the bonus DVD. We\'re still waiting the arrival of 50 Cent and Eminem to come out, then we\'ll compare.

Feb
14
2005

Armor For Sleep - What To Do When You Are Dead Review

Armor For Sleep is just about to release their sophomore album and they’ve decided to do something a little bit different then those in their genre. Although their first album “Dream To Make Believe” was original and definitely went somewhere different than all the other bands classified as “emo”, their new album is even more original. Don’t worry it’s original in a good way.

“What To Do When Your Dead” has a darker feel than their debut, but they still maintain their unique style and lyrics which really set them apart from other bands. They don’t just whine and cry about heartbreak, they really construct songs where you feel what they are saying and can even relate to. Although all the tracks on the album are quite good, I think the song that stands out the most is “The Truth About Heaven” which has some really great lyrics and good sound to it.

If you’re familiar with their first album and enjoyed it even a little, check this one out. And if you’ve never heard of the band, at least give them a chance because they have more to offer than your average band and deserve some support for trying things that are different and being as creative as they are. It’s an impressive album and that’s why it gets a 9 out of 10.
Feb
14
2005

Without a Paddle Review

A touching story of 3 friends going on an adventure through the woods trying to find treasure. The story begins with a flashback of the original 4 friends as children playing dress up to such popular movies as Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters while imaging searching for the treasure of DB. We then see them grown up, with one of them receiving the call that their fourth friend had died. The remaining three decide to go to the woods and complete their childhood dream of finding the treasure, while on the way finding rednecks, marijuana, Burt Reynolds, and female tree hippies. If you take this movie for the silly quick comedy that it is, you see that it's an enjoyable romp.

Clean transfer, most of the palette is green and brown. Black levels are good. The forest also looks good, but during high speed chases blurriness becomes a factor.


The audio is mostly center channel except during musical act changes. The subwoofer gets almost no play, especially when it had its chances during explosions and waterfalls.

The actor video commentary is a great hear, it feels like a Kevin Smith commentary. The other extras include a "Making the Movie", Deleted + Extended Scenes, and MTV commercials which are pretty funny. A nice assortment for a single disc release.

Feb
13
2005

Open Water Review

HORRIBLE! That one word says it all. I got this movie from Netflix and on the cover they describe it as "Jaws meets the Blair Witch Project". HA! It wasn't close to EITHER of those movies.

A couple decides to go on a break from their hectic lives and end up doing some sea diving during their vacation. An unrealistic error in a head count goes wrong and the couple is left behind in the ocean to fend for themselves. Time passes and all that this couple tries to do to save themselves is wave at boats that are too far off to see them and talk forever. If they would have spent less time talking and more time swimming, they could have survived. This movie wasn't written to have a happy ending...but come on, how much unrealistic talking and poor acting can one person take??!!

You never see many sharks at all. You could see more sharks during Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. You never see an actual 'bite' - only the aftermath of one. The guy ends up dying for some reason. Your guess is as good as mine as to why he died. Exposure? Blood loss? Who knows. The girl ends up drowning herself at the end when the search party is finally sent out.

I was actually hoping they would both die a lot sooner than they did so my suffering from this movie would end. I'm sure glad I didn't pay to see this movie in a theater. I'd have to ask for a refund. This low budget feature should have stayed in someone's closet and never made it to the big screen. This is a movie to pass on completely. Poor script, poor acting, and poor direciton makes this movie......HORRIBLE!

Feb
12
2005

Sideways Review

Sideways is about two old college buddies out for a week long road trip before one of them is due to get married. Along the way, they have an adventure that most men can relate to. The story itself isn't new, and neither is the way it's being told. The writer chooses to use many means of symbolism instead of a direct narrative. This is to be expected of a movie called Sideways. Wine is one of the main mediums used to help us read between the lines. The particular grapes, how to taste, and the over all appearance of the wine is made a key focus for how we get to move from one part of the story to another. The use of wine may be a tad over done, but if nothing else makes one feel like they could use a glass themselves.

I kept looking for a real story but instead got a glimpse of a full story. Like the writer wanted us to fill in the blanks for our selves and make it our own.

I find myself in an odd state. I enjoyed this film, but I'm not sure if I am able to recommend it. There are certain parts of the movie that just will not be the same if not seen in the theater, but for most if there is any interest then it can wait for video. Those moments where you cringe and go "Uh uh" and "Oh, No", be assured, so did the rest of the view audience and you are not alone.

Feb
11
2005

Finding Neverland Review

There's no wonder why Finding Neverland movie was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Picture - Drama, Best Actor in a Leading Role - Drama, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Johnny Depp played one of his best roles yet as Sir James Matthew Barrie, a play writer who wrote the very famous children's book 'Peter Pan'.

Sir Barrie is a playwright with magnificent imagination and only those with the imagination such as himself and truly enjoys his plays. The townspeople think he is crazy because they are used to the more traditional plays that are depicted on stage and not by imagination. At the very beginning of the movie the director shows Johnny Depp's ability see and imagine things that no one else can by showing the audience being down poured with rain. Sir Barrie comes across a widow with four young boys, one of which will be the inspiration of his story, Peter.

Throughout the story Mr. Barrie attempts to have Peter, who has seemingly lost his imagination due to his father's death, regain his imagination and to enjoy life a little bit more. Sir Barrie realizes that the only way he's going to get the townspeople to enjoy his plays is to invite children to be strategically placed throughout the theater to showcase their enjoyment of his play. Once the grown-ups realize what the children are laughing at they begin to view the play as the children do, therefore turning it into a success.

If you have enjoyed reading or watching Peter Pan, than you'll surely enjoy this movie and if not... wait that's impossible everyone likes Peter Pan.

Feb
09
2005

Flight of the Phoenix Review

This is a story about a crew of oil diggers that are being brought back from the desert because of their lack of productivity. Captain Towns (Dennis Quaid) and A.J (Tyrese Gibson) are sent to retrieve the workers and their machinery. A terrible storm arises and the plane is too heavy to fly over it. Towns attempts to go around the storm, but more swells of sand form into a massive trap. The plane crashes in the middle of the desert hundreds of miles away from help. Towns decides to wait out the search, but the stragglers don't like their 5% of being found. An outcast to the group, also an airplane engineer, overlooks the plane and convincing everyone that a new plane can be built for survival. It's the only chance that they have and they go to work on it. At its finish no one believes that it can be done, and then a secret is revealed. The engineer is actually the Chief Engineer of model airplanes, the largest of which had a six foot wingspan. I'm going to waste the obvious ending and say that they ended up driving it right off of the cliff and flying back to safety. How cliched.

This might have been the worst movie I have watched in a long time... Action? I don't think so. The most exciting thing about the movie was probably the very beginning where Quaid is trying to guide is plane through a sea of sand storms and the plane has to take an emergency landing crashing hard into the dunes of the desert. The movie was very slow and methodical. I advise that no one even attempts to watch this movie and if you already have... I'm sorry that you wasted your money on this garbage....

Feb
09
2005

Ladder 49 Review

First of all I'm going to state that this was probably going to be a good movie, because it was based on a true story of someone called Jack Morrison.

The movie starts off in a 20 story building, where there was a fire. They were trying to find survivors in the building. As they were looking, they found one survivor. The firefighters then asked if anyone else was in the building and he said yes. Jack Morrison then said he was going to go look for the other survivor while the others would bring the other survivor to safety. As he was looking for the survivor the building started to collapse and he ends up falling down a hole. As he was lying there, that's basically where the whole movie starts. He basically goes back 10 years to where he started firefighting. It then shows where he meets his wife. They then have 2 kids together. He goes through tough times because his wife and kids don't really want him to firefight because he lost a close friend and seen people get injured. They wouldn't want that to happen to him. Then it eventually goes back to the scene of where he is lying down throughout the movie.

I really didn't want to give to much detail, because I don't want this to be a spoiler. Overall it's a great movie to see with the family. It's a bit sad at some points. Almost had a few tears here and there. In other words it's a must see.

Feb
09
2005


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