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|Some Golden Harbor|
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Just re-read all 6 previous in prep for the new one In the Stormy Red Sky, excellent as they all are, one of the better all round, perhaps because it has a tad more Mundy in it. overall series is 7-10, average 9.
Repairman Jack #1 Good stuff, Kali in New York. Good characters, excellent action, Horror in name, a good dark fantasy, somewhat bloody, but not without sucessful ending. Dunno why never read it before. This was the revised edition - with ipods, not the original with walkmen... not much other changes. an 8
drunken father, death and murder mystery. betrayal, and 'acting'. interesting, and well written, but depressing, realistic, but not pleasant ending. a rather sad affair all told, but some pretty good mystery stuff, trying to dispose of the body and then an actual murder. lots of soul searching. don't like the title, doesn't tell anything about the story. a 6.
his first YA novel, with mystery, adventure, good teen story, and some environmentalism. Characteristically quirky characters and comic twists. Some good standing up to bullies, both the kids in school, and the adults in business.
First three in the series, a half-elf - (although the Auphe are more like dark elf/goblins), his human brother (warrior noparriel), and their friends, Puck, a modern Vampire, an oracle. The first is a bit rough, but the writing gets better as it goes. The plots are good, adventure/mystery in the modern world with hidden monsters, compares favorably with Jim Butcher. an 8 the series.
Demons are Forever
well done - if Buffy grew up settled down and had kids, then started hunting again. sometimes pushes the romance a bit, but mostly very good stuff.
The Light-years Beneath My Feet
The Candle of Distant Earth.
A trilogy of short novels, a broker Kidnapped by aliens and joined by a modified intelligent dog, travel the universe trying to get home. The ending was sort of bland. There was some fun stuff along the way, but not really much adventure. More a story of personal growth. a 5, X
becomes a regular kid and pulls him self out of his hole. Some stuff resonated well, esp the taking pride in being the worst at something. Good analysis of the fear of failure so don't attempt therefore you can't fail. a 6.
Weber, David. Honor 02 The Honor of the Queen. R
Weber, David. Honor 03 A Short Victorious War. R
Weber, David. Honor 04 Field of Dishonor. R.K. possibly the best one! (also saddest..)a 10. still my favorite. the Duel.
Weber, David. Honor 05 Flag in Exile. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 06 Honor Among Enemies. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 07 In Enemy Hands. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 08 Echoes of Honor. R
Weber, David. Honor 08b Worlds of Honor 01 More Than Honor R
Weber, David. Honor 08c Worlds of Honor 02 Worlds of Honor R
Weber, David. Honor 09 Ashes of Victory. R.x(hb) excellent. Honor series is a 9/10!
Weber, David. Honor 09b Worlds of Honor 03 Changer of Worlds. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 10 War of Honor. R. 2004112?. where WhiteHaven gets Samantha & Honor & WH learn they Love each other - not one of the better ones, all politics, little action. a 5.
Weber, David. Honor 10b Worlds of Honor 04 The Service of the Sword. R. 2004121?
Weber, David & Eric Flint. Honor 10c Honorverse 01 Crown of Slaves. R. 200510? Zilwicki, Erewhon. an 8-9
Weber, David. Honor 10d Honorverse 02 The Shadow of Saganimi. R. 200510? HB.BC a 7. at least it's a return of individual action, not admirals & politics, but no Honor.
Weber, David. Honor 11 At all Costs. 20080111. More personal, a bit less politics, but still not enough adventure and too much going on with secondary characters. At times the battles become lists of numbers of missiles and sound more like math equations than stories. With so many characters it is at times, hard to remember who's in what navy. The introduction of a 3rd party villain, brought over from the Honorverse series with Flint, was good as it was getting depressing to see 2 groups of essentially good guys slaughtering each other. The end is a bit depressing many popular characters getting killed, but the stuff about Honor's personal life was fun. Good but not as fun an adventure as the earlier stuff. a 7. R.X.
V1. Great black comedy! emphasis on the comedy, with plenty of fan service, a mature readers title - not erotic, but with enough gratuitous nudity and language to warrant it. Mostly she gets her wardrobe blown off fairly often. Very funny, and violent with an overall social commentary that doesn't bludgeon you with a moral. an 8
V2. more of the same great stuff, a bit more fan service perhaps. an 8
V3. starts to get a plot, and crosses over with shadow hawk, less humor to the detriment of the title, starts to be more about where it's going not what's going on. Something that happens often to humor titles, once the characters are developed plot starts to leak in, and it waters down the humor. (see oots) a 6
DE LINT, CHARLES. SPIRITWALK. SEQUEL TO MOONHEART - And a good one too, more a collection of stories containing the same characters, or a few short stories that are linked and one long piece I think moonheart was better but only because it was all one long piece. a 9
episodes, advertisements, tv, news, billboards, etc. And the chapter quotes were horribly great. Unfortunately the solution wasn't very nice. Real but not nice. Recommended more for it's ideas and philosophy than for spectacular writing style but worth getting thru the problem places to see the whole picture. a 10 for content a 6 for construction and an 8 for style = 8
Wow! there's a slim chance the Architect might be someday finished and published in it's entirety!!
Which is quite a bit better than the last time I checked his website where he thought there was no hope of him ever going back and completing the last book
Harrison, Kim. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. R.20060530, reread 200709
Excellent series very reminiscent of Hamilton's Anita Blake but without feeling like a knock-off. interesting characters, stumbles a bit on the 1st book, throws a lot of stuff in all at once, but once you get the setting and background the story flows smoothly. Witches, vampires, werewolves, pixies and elves oh my... magic as a college course, demonology, dark books, vampire mobsters. Sexy main characters, tough, 'runners' sort of bounty hunters/detectives. excellent settings, such as their home/office/church. a 9.
Harrison, Kim. Every Which Way But Dead. R.20060531, Reread 20070927. #3 in the series. drifting toward Hamilton much more sex in this one, but not over done yet. Ceri appears, more to do with Trent & her father, much more with Big Al. set in an alternate present where creatures have come 'out'. very similar to Laurel K. Hamilton, but unique enough to be it's own thing.
If you like this try Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake. Charlaine Harris. Kelley Armstrong. Robin Mckinley - Sunshine. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Carrie Vaughn.
Wolf-Speaker - the valley of the magical and intelligent beasts, or at least once Daine's done with it. off in it's own direction, so less of an homage to Bradley. good an 8.
Emperor Mage. land of slaves and cages, an good adventure, and quite a bit more god-works going on, some more hints of her father. an 8.
The Realms of the Gods. a good conclusion to the tetralogy, much ado with gods, and beats gods, meets her parents, and new darkings, and big battle against forces of chaos. a bit disjointed, but fairly epic. some romance brewing, and a good happy ending. an 8 the series.
good Young Adult fantasy that isn't such kids stuff that adult fantasy readers would be bored, and isn't so violent or sexual that even youngster who read above their grade wouldn't enjoy it.
ASSASSIN STUDY is an online serial story about the trouble Valek is involved in while Yelena is in Sitia.
MAGIC STUDY: YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER.
FIRE STUDY: SURROUNDED BY FIRE WITH NO WAY TO ESCAPE THE BURN.
Derek Kirk Kim - Same Difference and Other Stories - B&W GN - Korean-American in the bay area, semi-autobiographical story, good art and excellent storytelling. Slice of life stuff, not really my favorite. a 4.
They happied up the ending of course, added some environmentalist aspects, and changed the mathematical aspect to a mental/psychic ability. The story is heavily psyhonalitical, and poses questions about children and learning. If you learnt non-Euclidean geometry, would you see the world differently than those whose minds have been conditioned to Euclid? In the movie they change it to mental capacity and sidestep the aspect of learning making the mind different. The character of the children was actually fairly similar, older brother with an annoying sister whom he loves and helps even when she's a bother, they aged them slightly in the movie, but it would have been difficult to really get a 2-year-old to act as the sister. The movie also gave away the AIW connection early, (of course the title implies a connection), but it was fun to see. The movie intro and outro were a bit overdone, and I could have done without the intro at least, or much less of one.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 01B: MAGICIAN MASTER. A GREAT 1st novel. a 9.(author's prefered ed) reread. 20070119. not much difference - certianly nothing I noticed, tho it's been years since I read the original version. Pug in Kelewan master of magic, Thomas the Valeru.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 02: Silverthorn. not a bad followup, an 8. Jimmy.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 03: A DARKNESS AT SETHANON. much better an 8 or 9. ReRead 20070206 excellent combination of high otherworldly magic and gritty fantasy battles.
Feist, Raymond E. & JANNY WURTS. RIFTWAR: MISTRESS OF THE EMPIRE. Good, interesting. very far eastern. a 7 or 8
Feist, Raymond E. & JANNY WURTS. RIFTWAR: SERVANT OF THE EMPIRE
Feist, Raymond E. & JANNY WURTS. RIFTWAR: DAUGHTER OF THE EMPIRE. PB,R,SIGNED!.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 04: Prince of the Blood. the sons of Arutha go on an adventure. a 4, bah, the kids are just dumb.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 05: KING'S BUCCANEER, THE. PB,R. better! a 6 or 7.
FEIST, RAYMOND E. RIFTWAR 06: SERPENTWAR SAGA 1: SHADOW OF A DARK QUEEN, RIFTWAR. REG PB ah, now it's good again a 9.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 07: SERPENTWAR SAGA 2: Rise of a Merchant Prince, an 8
FEIST, RAYMOND E. RIFTWAR 08: SERPENTWAR SAGA 3: RAGE OF A DEMON KING. R,pb. A Good conclusion to the trilogy but not as good as the 2 books before it. calis & thomas loose their valerhu-ness! poor pug = everybody dies on him, but good, an 8
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 09: SERPENTWAR SAGA 4: Shards of a Broken Crown.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 10: Krondor 01: The Betrayal. much better than expected novelization of a compter game. a 6 or 7.
Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 11: Krondor 02: The Assassin.
?read? Feist, Raymond E. RIFTWAR 12: Krondor 03: Tear of the Gods. R?
Feist, Raymond E. & Joel Rosenberg. RIFTWAR: Legends of the Riftwar : Murder in LaMut. R. 20070113. Good fun, takes Joel's 3 not-musketeers from Guardians series and drops them into the Riftwar back when it was going strong. An interesting idea and a good story, not a murder-mystery by any means, but effective. Still there was no great goings on and since it was the past no furthering of any plot. a 7.
Asaro, Catherine. Catch the Lightning. R.X. 20070114. interesting blend of high-math science SF and romance and sadistic psi vampire types - with strong overtones of Jacqueline Lichtenberg's sime-gen series. Not spectactular but good adventure and well done romance. 100's years later. acidentially into the alternate past of 1987 LA. then back, some darkoverian feel. a 5.
Asaro, Catherine. The Last Hawk. R.X.` 20070117. the thought dead brother was instead lost and kidnapped by a society esentailly reverse muslim with the women in charge and the men in hoods and harems. the Dice game as a meme-program was interesting, and that aspect I quite liked, but overall while slightly better written still the same theme and feel, not quite as much sadism, but still... a 5.5.
Drake, David. Isles 02: Queen of Demons. Reread 20061231. an 8.5
Drake, David. Isles 03: Servant of the Dragon. ReRead 20070101. again great characterization, epic -cross-dimensional battles, necromancy and armies of undead. an 8.5
Drake, David. Isles 04: Mistress of Catacombs. R. 20070103. further adventures, and bring more islands into the kingdom, some time travel as well as dimension hopping, all leading to the same point, woven together quite well. Giant spiders. an 8
Drake, David. Isles 05: Goddess of the Ice Realm. R. 20070110. more in a similar vein. The group is split each to their own quest, then reunites at the final battle at the end. Ilna - the evil version. an 8.
Drake, David. Isles 06: Master of the Cauldron. R. 20070111. excellent, still the same overall format, but a good story. made men coming and 3 attack. Cashel & Ilna's Mother - Mab queen of - somewhere, the King of stone and trolls, a cauldron of monstrous made men. an 8
Lindskold, Jane. Wolf 2: Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart. 200505? R.k. more intrigue, more magic. an 8 very good sequel. Reread 20061213
Lindskold, Jane. Wolf 3: The Dragon of Despair. 20050513. R.k. revolt of the beasts, to new Kelvin and oddities and more magic an 8. good series, set for more. reread 20061215
Lindskold, Jane. Wolf 4: Wolf Captured. 20061216 R. kidnapped to a distant - sort of aztec - land, much to-do with religions, more romance than usual. Derian & woman of the new land, Firekeeper & Blind Seer (yow). Lots of divine and divination, not quite as good as the previous a 6. answers some minor questions from the very beginning. missed the usual gang tho, with only 3 characters from the previous books involved.
Paolini, Christopher. Inheritance 1: Eragon. R. 20061115. A good mix of Tolkien High-Fantasy with a dash of Harry Potter. Epic feel, high elves, powerful mysterious evil. Interesting dragons. Nothing that you've never seen before, but a good interesting mix put together well with a few good twists to make it somewhat unique. Growing up and leaving home, finding friends, some excellent supporting characters, perhaps overly evil villains, but a staple of high fantasy. Well developed magic system, and societies. good especially for a first novel a 7.
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. R. 200611. YA adventure. 12 year old Brian lost in the Canadian Wilderness uses his wits to survive, and becomes more than an average kid. The first of the Brian books, has a sub-plot about his parents divorce. The sequel revises the ending of this book so that he doesn't get rescued quite as easily. good stuff a 6.
SF. Reread 20040120.alice.
Weber, David & John Ringo. March 2 March to the Sea. R.k-file 20040122. lots of vs. barbarians, developing primitive artillery & guns. much the same, only larger scale. a 7 or 8.
Weber, David & John Ringo. March 3 March to the Stars. 20040208. R.x. take the port, easy enough, lose more and more people tho, sad end, but the series isn't over at least one more, prob only one more. a 7.
Weber, David & John Ringo. March 4: We Few. R. 20061026. finish the story of sorts, but sets up for new stuff. a 6. loses the effect of the 'march' but still good fun. Becomes more intrigue, less battle, 'tho there is still much. Add many more characters - tho lost many in book #3 so prob didn't add overall to the number. The series is Written by Ringo from an outline by Weber. Ties up most of the previous loose ends, and only makes few more. Ringo's website says something about 3 more books to finish the series, but there is a good ending to the plot in this one, not particularly happy, but successful.
Night Strangler - is a bit better, McGavin really gets into it, the Seattle underground setting is quite interesting, and the back story on the mysterious murderer is quite interesting. plus denouement as they drive off is quite fun. John Carradine has a great bit part. the effects are a bit better, or perhaps budget was a bit higher. a 6.
Lackey, Mercedes & Rosemary Edghill. Beyond World's End. R. 20061005. Continuing Bedlam's Bard + Knight of Ghosts & Shadows (and apparently mostly Rosemary's work). bard goes to NYC to finish Juliard. meets Guardian House, magic guardians of NYC, & a gargoyle. The Wild Hunt which is rather taken aback to find they're not much of a threat to modern armed paramilitary drug runners. Good story, but takes along time to get going, and you really do need the backstory of the previous books to know the characters, in fact you ought to have read all the serrated edge books too (not as necessary but there are references). a 6.
Lackey, Mercedes & Rosemary Edghill. Spirits White as Lightning. R. 20061008. Direct sequel to world's end, with all the same characters, but a new plot. govt agency after elves and search for 1/2elf breeding info. lord of the hunt - scary guy, but some interesting background on him. a 5. Really overall sort of Lackey-lite.
Lackey, Mercedes & Rosemary Edghill. Mad Maudlin. R. 20061010. more gripping that the previous 2. some tail ends unfinished, and a sequel at least is listed. some good interweaving of story lines, the mad protector/Bloody Mary was interesting. a 7.
Hunt, Walter H.
Hunt, Walter H.
Hunt, Walter H.
Rowley, Christopher. The Black Ship. R. 20060925. sequel to war for eternity. a 6. good continuation of the story. excellent military adventure, with the addition of mental powers. A combination of stories, the military sf, 1st contact, and human evolution of the mind. well written, his skill was raised to a good level by the end of war for eternity and stayed there.
Rowley, Christopher. The Founder. R. 20060926. prequel to war for eternity. a 5. the writing was good, polished, but the plot jumped from childhood, to young adult, to the trip, then when I'd just gotten a good hold on the character - he had a breakdown. the revolution in the ship was well plotted, the new info on the woodwose was interesting. But being a prequel there was nothing surprising.
Rowley, Christopher. To A Highland Nation. 20060927. R. 2nd prequel, Fair Fundan's history, the beginning of the Fein/human highlander community, less military sf than guerilla warfare, and banditry. a 5. Suggested reading order: The Founder, To A Highland Nation, The War for Eternity, The Black Ship. Since Black Ship is really major ending to the series, and the prequels don't give away anything of the plot.
Mario Acevedo - X-Rated Bloodsuckers, sequel to Nymphos. R. 200801? TPB. It has the elements of the original, but not the angst, and unfortunately not the level of sarcastic humour. The ideas are there, but the humour just didn't come across as well. Still fun, and a good adventure, set in the valley this time, with vampires and porn stars and evangelists, but not quite as good as the first. a 5.
If you like this try Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake. Kelley Armstrong. Robin Mckinley - Sunshine. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Kim Harrison. Charlaine Harris'- Southern Vampire series.
Don't know why I thought it was terrible when it first came out, but just watched the DVD's and G the B is really really funny. Some eps are better than others, Dottie's video tape fiasco is prob my favorite. Jimmy & Gil bonding is really one of the lesser ones - not enough puppets. Sarah Silverman is funny and sexy in a dominating career woman way. The puppets are really funny, for the most part. Dottie is cute and bubbly and sexy, the bathroom wall writing was her - spot on. Didn't find Tardy as amusing as they did, and Susan is kinda creepy. Count Blah is quite great as was Junction Jack.
WRITING 6. Reread 20060818. that was neat, but perhaps a bit overly brutal? Still quite, fun, and yes should have stayed more with 'Henry' and less with the villains, but that's my nitpick with POV and not necessarily a fault of the story. rather think it's more an 8 this time there was a lot of invented modified language, but I 'got' it more this read. Loved the archaic Walther .22 and the old Lego style of building! amusing fun bits. but the story freedom vs. governance of empire underlying theme is still a good one.
SMITH, L. NEIL.
If you like this you might like Frankowski, Leo & Dave Grossman.
Mckenna, Juliet E.
Mckenna, Juliet E.
Levine, Gail Carson. The Princes Test. R. 2006071? cute novella, ya, classic princess tests, pea in the bed etc. nowhere near as good as Ella enchanted. but of the same style. a 5
Young Master. 20060702. early Jackie Chan, some good kung-fu, not much plot, and what there is, is kind of confusing. oh you can follow it, but why bother? the dragon fight at the beginning is quite good. a 6
Fantasy Mission Force. 20060703. GREAT! B-Movie Weirdness! Nazis, Japs, Amazons, and post-Apocalypse Kung-Fu! One of the best B-movies, crazy kung-fu, WW2-ish, fantasy. Truly bizarre plot, nazis & Japanese attack ;? Canada? capture 4 generals - one from France, one from England, one from Africa, and one from America - Abraham Lincoln!, take them to Luxembourg! the army chooses guy captain to form a team to rescue them. including the escape artist guy, the explosives guy, the old west Elvis impersonator guy, his psycho girlfriend, weird asian Scottish highlander guy, and his sidekick dressing in roman armor. Jackie Chan is a thief the team runs into and he helps - some. they are captured by Amazons, escape a haunted house, and finally have a show down with the 70's car chariot riding Nazis & Japs. Most everyone dies. Jackie revenges them. bizarre and surreal plot, quite a bit of good kung-fu action. lots of B-movie sets, and costumes. just great! taking it for what it is
- a 9.
36 Crazy Fists. 20060703. fight choreography by Jackie Chan. 98 lb weakling, begs to join temple to learn kung-fu to avenge his father. he learns with amazing speed. tons and tons of long involved fights. he wins some he loses, he goes back for 1 week of training, he wins, gets new challenge, 1 month training, fights the big boss master, he wins, with help, the end. a 5
40 Year Old Virgin. 20060515. eh, lotta creepy embarrassing stuff,but some lovey romancey stuff, and just bit too accurate with some portrayals.
Shaun of the Dead. excellent funny movie. an 8
Underworld 2. 20060126. bloodiest movie ever. not most violent, but certainly most bloody. a good action adventure vampire werewolf amusement. a 6.x
Grand Canyon. (1991) VHS. X. a 5. a bit preachy, but excellent work from Kline, and steve martin, and danny glover was good, the teen boys were a bit over done.
Light Sleeper (dafoe sarandon)(VHS) a 7. a bit slow, an interesting drug dealer story. very little action, more of a finding himself, sort of a reverse mid-life crisis. 40 yr old dealer suddenly may be out of the biz, and what to do? dafoe is good and the guy who can and is going to change, but can't find the direction to turn to.
Memoirs of a Geisha. blah, a 2. excellent photography, and some quite good acting save it from total ick. but the story and setting just were not nice.
Elizabethtown. 200512. much better than expected, a chick flick, but excellent, great wake/memorial, excellent road trip, romantic comedy, and good at all three. an 8 imdb
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. watched at Tracys on her big drop down screen and projection tv. yay. one of the best movies ever and prob my 2nd favorite comedy just after Holy Grail. Rape of the Sabine women, or rather women, or rather Alfred. England I don't belive it! Just a conspiracy of cartographers? imdb
Brothers Grimm. 20050828. excellent, good creepy fun fantasy, keeping to the original Grimm tales, not the prettied up Disney stuff, as good as any Gilliam movie, not his best, but still good fun. an 8. imdb
Wicked - the musical - live at the pantages. 20050630. Good. excellent sets, costumes good, effects very good, music good, lyrics ok, story good. overall good a 6. went with David, Shelley, Alex, Me.
Howls Moving Castle. 20050618. Miazaki's new movie - very good, a _great_ adaption. prob the least for kids of his movies, tho. thick with plot - well a little bit - certainly more than American animated films, but certainly not overmuch. good ending, added a but more war stuff than I remember from the book, and toned down howl a bit. a 9. maybe not my new fav Miazaki movie but certainly top 3. imdb
Thirteenth Floor. 200506? watched again. good as I remembered - but more, continues further than where I remember the 'end', didn't really think the clean up ending was all that memorable - I stopped when they find out they're the '2nd simulacrum' gonna have to read the book and see what it was like. a 7. atmospheric, no-name cast but many recognizable faces.
Death to Smoochy.
Princess Bride, The.
Black Hole, the.
Daredevil - 2 he would _never_ allow some one to die no matter _what_ they had done let alone just a rapist! yet within the 1st 5 min... bleah. otherwise ok action.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the - 9. excellent
Around the World in 80 Days.jackie chan version. 20041229. good, funny, nothing really like the book or other movie, but a good jackie chan movie with vintage futuristic sf stuff. a 5.
Lord of the G-String the R version. a lot of new scenes that are not in the NC-17 version, all the sex is cut drastically. over all a funnier movie, less time between jokes, more hokey jokey stuff. 20041229 a 6.
Without a Paddle.
Chronicles of Riddick 1: Pitch Black.
Chronicles of Riddick (2) eh, lots of sf effects, but not really much of a story. a 5.
50 First Dates. drew & adam sandler. very cute with lots of funny. a 9. better than wedding singer.
Terminal, the (tom hanks) good amusing touching funny. a 6.
Bruce Almighty. great movie. an 8
Hulk, the (2003) - ugh the best bit was the cameo by Stan Lee & Lou Feregino - a 3
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - excellent a 8 or 9
Ladykillers (tom hanks) funny black comedy. great a 7.
Harry Potter 1: the sorcerers (philosophers) stone 8
Harry Potter 2: chamber of something 7
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban 7
The Last Samurai.
The Rutles: All You Need is Cash.
Monty Python's Holy Grail.
A Mighty Wind.
The Cat in the Hat.
Shipping News, The.
Cheaper by the Dozen.
Lord of the Rings 3: The Return of the King.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
Magic Knights Rayearth - whole series. 200311.not bad, but not really great, good but not great animation, sorta pushed it to get the giant robots into the show, okay story, a bit simple minded, liked the end of season 1, season 2 was more action fighting robot story and less good story than 1st but better action stuff.
Nauscia of the Valley of the Wind.
Charlies Angels 2:
Slackers - 200309 - SVCD - what the hell?!? gah, weird!, Freak!!, & what did it have to do with 'slackers' anyway? they put waaaay too much effort into their shenanigans. cool ethan is a stalker psycho freakmonkey! the cheating stuff was good 'con' style action adventure & the puppy love stuff was sweet & there was lots of funny bits, but this movie is very very odd. an 8 of 10. low production values, but not adversely affecting, slap-dash ending tho. might be more disturbing than amusing in the final count, but it is fun.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
RollerBall (200x- the new one)
Mr. Deeds (Full Screen)
New Guy, the
Rat Race (w/extras)
Gangs of New York.
Formula 51 (sam jackson)SVCD good story, not that great done, but fun.
4 Dogs Playing Poker.
Wedding Singer, the - -much funnier than I expected. very good,kind of hokey but fun, an 7.
20041022. watched again on tape. a great funny movie drew & sandler are a good pair. great soundtrack, amusing story. great performances by the older secondary actors. an 8.
007: Goldeneye 007 - I didn't like the beginning (which is often the best part of a 007 movie) and it was so obvious who the villain was going to be. a disappointment. it seems that w/o a book to base it on the 007's aren't too hot. - 3 -
007: World is Not Enough - worst bond yet, dumped all the intro stuff no t&A cute chicks but dumb story, rotten use of Cleese! a 1 just 'cause it had cleese
3000 Miles to Graceland. cool one of the best movies he's done, as good as escape from NY
Alice in Wonderland - DeBell 'R' version (well an NC-17 version anyway)
Alien 4: the resurrection - -hella better than #3! very good - guys from city of lost children an 8
American President, the(an?) okay fairly humorous and with an upbeat social commentary fix the environment ending - 5 -
American Strays - -interesting - tilly - 3 near separate stories a 6
American Werewolf in Paris - -ok, a 5 - good FX
Antz - -good 7 -
Armageddon (WideScreen) - -damn good. a 9
As Good as it Gets (nicholson) - -pretty good a 6
Asswoman in Wonderland - xxx - -great! xxx version! funny as all hell 8 -
Avengers, the (Uma, Connery) - -eh. a 3 liked her evil twin better
Bad Boys - Action, okay no big deal some small funny bits but not enough. - 3
BASEketball - -ok 5 - a disappointment after their other stuff -(like Cannibal the musical drunken director's cometary!!)
Batman forever - (please be forever before I have to see it again)
Big Lebowiski, the - funny!
Billy Madison - good funny
Biodome - good funny
Birdy the Mighty -anime - bleah
Blade - -pretty good. a 7 great action - dumb actor
Blue Thunder - McDowell played The Bad Helicopter Guy -
Blues Bros - -neat, kinda funny, some ok blues stuff even if it was a musical - a 6 -
Blues Brothers 2000 - -awful a 2
Bound (theft comedy) - a neat sexy thief-mobster girls night out and putting one over the bader guys - very sexy lesbian stuff, and fair suspense. - 8 -
BraveHeart (gibson) - v good, very real battle scenes, gripping, epic - 8
Bride with white Hair, the & The Bride with white Hair 2 - -(jap fantasy/martial arts, w/leslie cheung) - saw a dubbed vers and it was pretty neat, sfx tho not super expensive were good action interesting in the interview a section shown with subtitles translated totally different than what it was dubbed as - so how much of interesting subplots were lost? - 2 was subtitled and the story was mildly more interesting but the ending is not a really happy one more or less the 2nd half of the movie a 7 for the pair -
Buffalo '66 (Ricci) -good, ricci - wide screen would rock 7-8 -
Bullets Over Broadway _ very funny, good twists of black humor, - 8 -
Camp Nowhere (lloyd) - i like lloyd
Can't Hardly Wait - -eh 3 - I could've waited a looong time
Cemetery Man - -hilarious black comedy/surrealism - 9
Chase, the - ok not bad thievery and the ending was nice but no big deal - 5 -
Chasing Amy (clerks, mallrats) - -an 8 - -neat! comix and lesbians, and very much connected to clerk and mallrats but more adult and more relationships,
fun but not happy story
City of Industry - -good tarentino like 7 -
Clerks - weird, b&W very funny but the thing with the dead guy was sicko - 8 -
Clueless - cute
Coneheads - bleah
Conspiracy Theory - -A great movie - it's all true! and the ending was very well done, didn't kill him off but didn't ruin it by giving a 'happy' ending with girl. - 9
Crow, The. a 10. one of my favorite adaptions of all time, not 'right on' but the feel was good, wished for a better actor for that black cop, but.. the main villain was cool (even if a extra addition) excellent soundtrack,
Crow, the: the city of angels - they killed off the girl! that was extra disappointing - besides the fact that it just wasn't 'right' enough. some nice visuals, but a major disappointment - 5 -
Dark City (dir crow) - -cool atmospheric a 7-8
Dear God - An amusing thing sort of funny and such but no great winner - 4 -
Desert Blue =- bittersweet cool story Ricci character an odd one (as usual) but was quite a neat story sky blue empire cola. an 8
Desperado - not as good as the low budget original version - el mariachi (or however you spell it)
Die Hard with at vengeance (3) © terrible © all the connecting aspects of the DH series were dropped, xmas, his wife, and what was left was mediocre, -2
DRAGONHEART _ loved the part where the dragon and the knight team up to scam the villages the rest was no big deal - 6 -
Dumb and Dumber - very bad - sick in parts, toilet humor sicko - 1 -
Ella Enchanted. hmm. the book is much different and perhaps much better, or at least a lot different. this is fun modern/fantasy/fairy-tale mixed all up. added different villain. changed a lot.but. liked the music. a 6.
Peter Pan (2003) very good version an 8. excellent hook!
Ed Wood © very good, the guy who did bella was awesome, - 9 -
EMPIRE RECORDS - GWAR APPEARANCE - This movie is about a record store. One of the employees (who wants to be a rock star) dreams about being fed to the World Maggot (or something like that). - -a fun movie too unreal not like a place 'I've' ever worked! - 7
Escape from L.A. - as bad as you would expect - tho I really liked the end. campy funsville - 6 -
Ever After (Drew) -good 8 - great visuals
Everyone Says I Love You (drew)...
Exit to Eden (anne rice-comedy!) - I actual only saw parts of it - kind of sexy, but very dumb nothing like the book (which is ok, I wasn't thrilled with
the book either) but the comedy was weird -my god how they ruined that book, it turned out to be kind of a funny movie but geeze - 4 -
Faculty - -good rip off of invasion of the body snatcher which was a rip off of Heinlein's puppet masters(book) - but good action 7 -
Fallen, the (denzil, demon) kinda creepy
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (ricci,thompson, Depp, Gilliam) - excellent! 8
Fifth Element, the - a great visual sf movie, mobieus' set designs were spectacular, flying 30's cabs most of the aliens were good too, campy plot,
but xianity being from some aliens was great - 8 - but that dj guy was too annoying!
Final Fantasy = great CG animation, okay story. a 7 not perfect but getting better human cg ani, prob better if I'd ever played the game
Fire & Ice (bakshi & Frazetta!) but still bakshi! ummm
First Wives Club, the - blah
Four Rooms - some were very good, some not so. -
French Kiss - funny, cute, good romantic - 7 -
From Dusk 'til Dawn - the 2nd half is especially great - 8 -
Get Shorty - very funny, the best thing travolta's done since pulp fiction - 7
Godzilla - -not so hot. a 4 -
Gone in 60 sec. remake - cool cars - makes you race around on the way home from the theatre, don't really like cage but this was an excellent flick good balance of fast cars & theft stuff. an 8
Grosse Point Blank (highschool assassin reunion, cusack) - funny but doesn't go far enough - a 7 -
Guncrazy (drew) - -not bad a 6 -
Gundam 0083 eps ? & ? - -good would like to see the series -
Hackers - kind of cutesy at parts, sort of derivative but interesting view of the culture, and him as a kid was neat - 7 -
Happy Gilmore - actually much better than it looks, or our best testing would seem to indicate - 6 -
Hard Rain - -ok 5 -
Heat - a bit depressing - 4 -
Hellraiser 4 - parts were good, but too many parts, and not long enough for them all - 5 -
Highlander (dir cut) - extra flash back scene to ww2, and letter boxed - extra good an 10 -
Holly Man - eddie murphy - -funny but not wildly - good but not that type of comedy 6-7 -
Home Fries (Drew) - ok, 6 - sexy preggers Drew
Hunt for Red October, The (1990. Doctor Petrov Tim Curry) -
Hunted, the (lambert) - not bad - he got a jap sword again! (near the end) and it was a pretty good modern ninja movie - 6 -
Hurricane Street - -ok, but very bittersweet ending 5 -
I Worship His Shadow - prequel Tales from a Parallel Dimension, showtime) - 7 great series!
Ice Storm, the (ricci, kline) - -cool a 6-7 -
Independence Day - ugg - the spfx weren't bad, one or 2 neat lines, - 3 -
Jackal, the remake (willis was good as a villain!), good! some bad camera work, but a good action movie - good a 7 -
James and the Giant Peach - not bad at all, added some to the book (mechanical shark thing!) and didn't kill the aunts (brought them back at the end) and added the north sea pirates stuff (Jack reprise!), and toned down and changed some of the end but was still quite good, most of the spirit of Dahl. - 8 -
Joe's Apartment - actually really good. 7 funny, surprising from MTV
Johnny Mnemonic - a disappointment - cut down the best part of the story, the dolphin, to a mere cameo, and what was that rap guy doing in there!? - 5 -
Judge Dredd _ fair action, god_awful acting. ok sfx. only one of the freaky villains. mean machine. dredd's character changed _ unlike the comix _ but the rest was mostly fairly close. - 4 - but didn't use the Anthrax song!!!
Jury Duty - was ok not a good as the college one but not bad - not really a parody of oj as the preview's tried to say but it had some funny bits. - 6 -
Killing Zoe (from creators of pulp fic + true rom) _ quite good, comparable to true romance. - 8 -
Kingpin - funny
Kite (anime) - actually the edited version is a better story than the uncut dir vers. add more sex but mostly for no effect.
Knock Off - DVD pretty bad some interesting camera-editing work but overall poor dir & acting 3
Serial Experiments Lain: (anime) seen eps (layer) 1-7 the 1st 2 DVD's excellent surreal cyberpunk schoolgirl Techo-rave wired story, bizarre and really neat an 8 so far but will get better if ending makes any sense at all! - a 9 for the series.
Last Action Hero - surprisingly good for all the reviews that panned it. it certainly could have been better if they'd left the funny bits in but it was good. - 6 -
Last Man Standing - willis 30's western/gangsters thing great gunfights 7
Lawnmowerman 2 - boo 4
Lethal Weapon 4 - blah
LEXX: Tales from a Parallel Dimension - -tim curry! - excellent series
Liar, Liar (carry) - not bad funny stuff and a good vehicle for carry - a7 -
Lord of the Rings (live action 2001) 10!
Lord of the Rings (Bakshi,ani) - well it's a bakshi, AND it's also only half the story. - 5 -
Lost in Space - yuck, little girl is cute but... 3. chandler as the pilot!? :)
Mask of Zoro, the (banderas) - -ok a 4 -
Matilda - good, left quite a bit of the stuff in a 7
Maximum Risk (van damme) - very forgettable, I can't remember it. - 2 -
Meet Joe Black - -good 7 - meet the incarnation of death on vacation
Men in Black - quite funny but they had to put in a plot and it wasn't so great, but all the little bits were great - 7 - rap shit at end sucked
Mercury Rising (willis, kid-codes) -found myself agreeing with the villains! should just off the kid. blah, don't _want_ to agree with the villains!
Michael - -ok 4 - angel
Mimic - -ok 4 - mira
Mortal Kombat (lambert) - lambert was great! as the wizard, the rest was so-so, but he was cool! - 4 (lambert - 8) -
Most Wanted - much forgettable
Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh) -amusing - 7 -
Mulan - -diz - funny dragon - not bad story 6 -
Multiplicity - another that could have been great but - he did do a good job of acting against himself - a 7 -
Muppet Treasure Island (1996, Long John Silver- Tim Curry) curry was great! but there was far too much singing - 3 (curry 7) -
My Boyfriend's Back - -great cult comedy horror zombie madness 6 -
Mystery Men - excellent!! 9 next time I play a superheroes game I gotta be Carmine the bowler (as he is now!)
Natural Born Killers - very good equal to pulp fiction but darker, i loved the jagged production aspect with toons and b&W. - 9 -
Negotiator - -ok 4 -
Net, the - a more realistic hackers - but with less to it. 5
Niagra Niagra (action/kidnap/turetts)
Ninth Gate, the - DVD Lots cool antiquarian book stuff, freaky satanismentalist neat book movie 7
Nothing to Loose (martin) - -ok, some funny bits, but very very obvious, and the combination of black social cometary with the buddy humor wasn't so great, and martin is too much a 4 -
Opposite of Sex - -great! ricci 8 -
Orgazmo - 10 - absolutely funny, much better than BASEketball, -
Oscar (1991, Dr. Thornton Poole=Tim Curry) -
Pam & Tommy Lee -slightly xxx -mostly boring 1 -
Patch Adams - -funny but with short horribly sad bits 7 -
Patriot (gibson) great rev. war story, (my favorite US war <g> ) good story, only minorly jingoistic. good action, 'realistic' battles (much like braveheart in that respect) a 7
Patriot (segal) dvd ok not much action 4
Peacemaker - ewww action of sorts s - a 3 -
Pecker (Ricci, John Walters) - v.good 9 -
People vs. Larry Flint, the - a really good movie - strong, not that much t&a (not that I mind...just sort of expected more) creepy - didn't know he'd been shot and paralyzed - 9
Playing God - -ok 6 -
Powder - good, few movies make me get all teary eyed and this one did - it must have some emotional impact. and it does plus it's a good light (as in social) SF piece with a bit of religion but it wasn't 'god' stuff and was nice enuf. - 8
Practical Magic - -very good 8 - great witches
Princess Caraboo - really cute, bit of a steal from moll flanders at times but also very neat - an 8 -
Professional - -great ! 10 - really really want to see uncut french version
Prophecy, the - great cometary on xtian religion - pretty good movie too - 8
Whole Nine Yards, the a 6.
Whole Ten Yards, the a 4.
Puppet Masters, the ©(Heinlein) low budget and far from the book, not even in the future and cut out the whole aspect of nudity as a defence. - 5 -
Quest, the (vandame) - -god awful - but r.moore was cool - 2
Quick and the Dead, the _ okay a western a little over done at the end. - 6 -
Replacement Killers, The (chow yung-fat, sorvino,Woo) I expected far better things from them... 5
Reservoir Dogs - good gritty and hard - 7 -
Ring Master - -jerry springer - ick 2 - girls were cute
Road to Wellville - funny! and a bit suspect i think - 7 -
Rob Roy _ a bit too real at times more than braveheart not as epic again slightly over done ending - 7 -
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975, Doctor Frank-N-Furter= Tim Curry) - a classic, but must see at theatre - 8-9 (on video 4) -
Romeo & Juliet (new '90's vers) decaprio -really cool! the update was great! - 9 -
ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION - funny silly, and ditzy - a 6 -
Ronin - quite disappointing for the great cast it had, 4 -
Rounders - -ok - poker isn't got much action to it 5 -
S.F.W. _ interesting and fun darkish comedy - 7 -
Saint, the (val) - -eh, ok, some neat stuff, much better than the phantom, but not as good as the Shadow - -a 4 - it could have been much better with just a little care -
Screamers - creepy sf from p.k.dick 5 not much money on sfx
Siege - -ick 3 -
Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD. amusing, but tromeo & Juliet was way better. 5
Shadow Conspiracy (sheen sutherland hamilton) - sort of obvious and silly - a 3 -
Shadow, The (1994, Farley Claymore -Tim Curry) - good a 6
She's All That - -had ok parts but gaah rich kids in high school dumbnesss 2
Six Days / Seven Nights. eh. 4
Small Soldiers - -ok 5 -
Snatch: brit with deltorro & pitt, diamonds & boxing, very very funny shit, pikers & thugs, &goofs, similar feel as lock stock & 2 smoking barrels or trainspotting but with a larger body count & less drugs. :) a British pulp fiction has the mcguffin - diamond in this case, a great! cast of characters with the best! names I've seen ever, a great editing job quick cuts to stills on the introduction of the characters, - much like a sequel in spirt to lock stock & 2 smoking barrels - a 9
Soldier - -good, tough- despite having russel ,<g> 7 -
Sorcerer Hunter vol 2 anime - -horrible!! just bad pseudo comedic love 0 -
South Park vol 7, 8, 9 - -8
Starship Troopers. well finally did a Heinlein movie with lots of FX but... no actors... 5
Strange Days (dir Cameron) - neat - quite millenialish - 7
Striptease -demi moore - -funny a 6 -
Tank Girl - the toon stuff was good, but all around not surreal enough to compare with the comix - 5 -
Taxi Driver - -disturbing but slow 5 -
Terminal Velocity - okay no big deal, action sky diving was neat - 5 -
There's Something About Mary - -eh 2 -
Things to do in Denver When you're Dead - good 7
Three Musketeers, The (1993, Cardinal Richelieu =Tim Curry) - and in the theatre at the end when king asks what they want someone in the back of the theatre yells out "to sleep with your wife" - very rocky horrorish cracked me up.
To Die For - great black comedy 5-6
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar - funny -7
Touch - -weird religious crap - good tho 6 -
Toy Story - ok 6
Trainspotting - totally great - 10 -
Tromeo and Juliet (dir cut, Troma, soundtrack sublime, motorhead+) -sick and very funny - a 9
Truman Show - -slow but ok 5 -
Twelve Monkeys - Gilliam - 9 -
Undercover Blues - very bad © some funny bits but.... - 1 -
Unstrung Heros (weird uncles) - they advertised this tear jerker as a comedy!!! - a good story for all that kids mom dying and dad's a funky inventor - and uncles a bit nuts - a 7 -
Vampire in Brooklyn - pick what movie it's gonna be a comedy or horror you really can;t do both! and not creep people out -
Vampire$ - very bad adaption! 3 of what was rather a good book, not as good as Armor but ..
Very Bad Things - -very bad- -sick black humor 4 - too disturbing for me very creepy black comedy - funny! but... ewww.
Waking Ned Devine - -good- amusing 6 -
Water Boy - -eww 4 -
WATERSHIP DOWN - good but the book was better, mixed up some stuff and not long enough. - 6 -
Waterworld - oh horror the horror this is such a awful movie, I could happily strangle the little screaming tattooed girl! - a 0 freaking zero! - © far too over done © mad max in the water © no big deal. I hate!!! that little girl!!! she was sooo annoying!
What Dreams May Come (williams ) - -great 8 -
King Arthur. (2004) not too bad a historical action/fantasy but not really Arthurian. a 5.
White Dwarf (Francis Ford Coppola & Bruce Wagner) pilot so is severely lacking in the finish - since it's only the pilot! , but very stylish, even if I didn't like the main actor - a 7 -
Wild Palms (Oliver Stone & Bruce Wagner) tv miniseries - neat, not the best actors, or acting from them but the story was good - a 7 -
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory _ kept surprisingly close to the book, good even for a musical - 6 -
Wizards (bakshi/Frazetta) - -usual bakshi ani -ok - 4
Shaolin Soccer - amusing - if you are somewhat of a soccer fan or martial arts fan it's good if you're too into it - it's probabaly insulting, but it's fun. a 7