If you could????

[color=660000]If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and for how long?[/color]

Well my dream has always been to go to Europe mostly to see Italy and France and lately a love for The Brits has been growing so I would definitely love to go there too. Spain would be nice to see too so yup all of Europe. And for how long well as looooooonnnnnngggg as I could!!! 😛

C Q

This first film by Roman Coppola is the worst that I have seen this year. It’s ninety minutes felt much longer because the story makes no sense. It’s not sci-fi; it’s not a romance; it’s not worth paying to see. I felt that I was watching a film school project. I wish that someone had warned me.

EARLY Windtalkers Review…

[b]Windtalkers
Grade: B- [/b]
Taken directly from: http://www.modamag.com/windtalkers.htm

There are two things that a person can do in the face of evil; overcome it, or join it. John Woo’s latest epic, Windtalkers brings to the screen a story that’s inspired by true events where humanity faces such a challenge. The movie captures the horrors of humanity in the face of war. Make no mistake, war wears a human face. It’s just not humane.

During World War II, encrypted communication was a strategic key in the U.S. struggle to beat the Japanese. The United States used the Navajo Code Talkers, or “windtalkers” and their language since it provided the most secure method of communication in their operations in the Pacific. Two U.S. Marines (Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater) are assigned to protect the Navajo Marines. More so, they are assigned to “protect the code at all costs.” This means that if they are to face possible capture on Japanese soil, the two U.S. Marines must kill their windtalkers.

Straight away limbs, feet, hands and heads are chopped off and blown apart mercilessly right in front of your very eyes. You also see Nicolas Cage shouting in agony due to the death of his friend, while bullets mysteriously stop. The atmosphere of the fighting sequences in the film is established greatly through sound. If this film deserves an Oscar in one department, that’s sound. The sound creates a sensation of tremendous realism. The bullets seem to whizz past you at rapid speeds and at times you can’t help but wonder if they hit the person sitting behind you. Then you realize that you’re the one who’s been hit. Or so the sound suggests.

“Windtalkers” portrays the horrors of the Pacific battles vividly and no side seems right as long as they have a gun in their hand. The movie is filled of disturbing scenes of mankind at its worst. T.S. Elliot’s “The Hollow Man” is about men who believe in nothing. The Marines appear at a position of reasonable comparison with such hollow men. Often they do not know what they believe in, so they believe in nothing. At many times, not even life.

Such men are represented by fairly talented cast members. Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater do a very decent job. This is not the best performance of their career, but nevertheless a solid one. They both capture the essence of the two characters, although the later one lacks character development in the script, thus not allowing for Slater’s expansion. Frances O’Connor is a very minor supporting character, but even with the little screen time that she has, it’s evident that she is in possession of amazing range. Canadian born Adam Beach breaks through in what most likely accounts for his largest leading role. He breaths of freshness, comfort and chrisma.

The real problems with the film start with plausibility. Nicolas Cage kills seemingly hundreds of Japanese at times with his gun, bullets fly above for 2 hours and 15 minutes without hitting the main actors and soldiers reflect in the middle of a fire fight. It’s also difficult to see why Cage’s character has a sudden shift in outlook. The emotional journey of most of the other characters is fairly untold as well. The problems continue with predictable and cheesy moments, ideas that have been borrowed from previous resources, and a few pretentious moments.

As it stands, Windtalkers consists of great visuals and sound effects, good direction, a heart and an interesting story told by a cast of equal velour. The action, choreography, creativity and story truly allow you to feel the brutality of the war. It’s unfortunate that all the fallibilities along the way detract from what could have been a great movie in a genre that’s not so wonderful.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Frances O’Connor, Christian Slater
Review Date: May 28, 2002
Opens: June 14th, 2002
MPAA: Rated R for pervasive graphic war violence, and for language.
Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Survivor Finale Sunday Night

I am somewhat mixed on last night’s finale. I have watched most of Marquesas and this cast wasn’t the smartest of people. I have watched the other 3 Survivor seasons and those people were a lot smarter than these people were.

In regards to the winner last night, I can’t say I am surprised. She had been flying under the radar the entire game. I was surprised how close the vote was though.

Rosie did a lousy job with the reunion last night. SHE DID NOT TALK TO EVERYONE, something Bryant Gumbel made a point of in the last 3 finales. Her voice is really annoying as well, and hopefully CBS will not have her host another reunion.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

I saw the preview for The Emperor’s New Clothes starring Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins from LOTR), a movie about Napoleon and what would have happened if he exchanged places with a lookalie and escaped to Paris. This looks like a very entertaining film. It’s supposed to be released this summer (June 14, I think, in limited release).

Cinema Paradiso

Is anybody interested in seeing this movie? I saw the original a few years ago and it was the one movie that actually made me emotional. I hope there is a screening somewhere for this movie, it really is a classic. Anyone else seen the original and want to comment?

Memorable TV Lines

Inspired by Michelle’s post on the Movie forum…
What lines do you find memorable from TV shows?

Some I can think of are…

‘No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.’
Monty Pythons Flying Circus

‘Never fear, Smith is here.’
Lost in Space

‘I am now going to show you the ancient Lancastrian martial art of Ecchi-thoomp. Close your eyes. Eccchhhhiiiii-thoooomp.’
‘Owww! That’s not a martial art. You just hit me over the head with a black pudding.’
The Goodies

‘Of course, I forgot to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.’
Doctor Who
[i][size=small][color=00CC00][font=Arial]neutrons don’t have polarity… oops [/font][/color][/size][/i]

[ Edited by Katrina on 2002/2/22 16:56:38 ]

about a boy

i know there was a thread here somewhere, but i can’t find it, so i am starting my own…

wonderful wonderful film…hugh grant is marvelous as well as the 12 year old boy that hugh grant’s character gets involved with…a must see…

Anyone like Andromeda?

Hi all!
I wonder what happened to my previous post. I was wondering if anyone liked this show.
I think it’s pretty fun, but this season, Kevin Sorbo has decided to make it less brainy and more action-oriented.
What do you think of this change?

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