Favourite Bits
This list is highly subjective, and is liable to vary more often than a bog-standard crystal resonator.
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Mmmm... What's gotta be on a DVD for me to like it?


Favourite scenes

  1. That "flying in at the end" scene in Fly Away Home.
    Pure class, pure beauty.
  2. The "lobby" scene (in The Matrix - if you don't know).
  3. The "one-immortal-defeats-another" scene in the original Highlander (either one - they were both impressive).
  4. Alyson Hannigan as band geek in American Pie 2 - "Once when I was, uh, here..." (referring to her habit in the original of prefixing most stuff with "Once when I was in band camp...").
  5. Willow's "force is okay" comment in Buffy 2/16 Bewitched, bothered and bewildered.
  6. One of the The 10th Kingdom episodes where the father and daughter are in the forest and they fall asleep to magic mushrooms singing "A whiter shade of pale" (trust me, a simple description just doesn't do justice to this scene!).


Other notable scenes

There are too many to bother mentioning, so I'll just give one...


Most visual style

Honourable mention to Lost Souls that tried to how a unique and moody visual style but lost it all on the not-terribly-good storyline. There was potential...wasted.

Also a nod to The Mod Squad which had a strong visual style, but it just seemed to remind me of Bad Boys.


Pure class

This is a higher award than 'most visual style', and entries are not duplicated. Consider this the gold, and pvs the silver.


Most violence (yay!)

In case you think I'm a gun toting psycho, I like my violence to be either highly gratuitous and so over the top that it is funny, or I like it in context. Violence and gunplay for the sake of it doesn't score too highly with me (ie, Romper Stomper was pointless crap).
I'm all for heavy violence in movies. As a male human, my inner moppet has a whole heap of issues that it can only seem to deal with in a violent context. So I guess the choice is either to have stress relief by watching a violent movie, or I can go do it for real. <smirk>
Tell you what, Quake in max-cheat mode is a highly therapeutic experience. You get to kill ALL the evil bastards with the biggest weapons you can lay your hands on (set gravity low for amusing bouncing body parts); and when you next need to go into work with the people that get you down, you're on top of the world!
If you're more with the tech, steal a police car and do a drive by shooting in it. Yup, I'm referring to the game Grand Theft Auto...
Enough pseudopsychobabble... on with the ratings!


Biggest letdown

Normally I would suggest Storm, but I think that was never meant to be taken seriously. At least, I hope it wasn't... I know it is supposed to be a deep thoughtful ending to a deep thoughtful film depecting real events, but I really didn't like the ending. I'm not going to spoil it for you if you've not seen it. I'll just say it is a lovely movie...with a crappy ending. It just feels...wrong.
Okay, so it was the truthful ending. Why not alter the truth slightly, like, I dunno... Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor, Titanic... and a plethora of American movies...


Might have been the biggest letdown if not for...

Winona Ryder. Remake of The Exorcist.
This really had potential.
Instead it seemed more concerned with giving nice visuals. The storyline? Well, the characters did stuff. That was about it. Oh, wait. That didn't do stuff, they did stuff. It doesn't really matter what stuff they did as there wasn't really much of a real purpose as far as I could tell.

Let me start again. Winona plays this semi-deranged religious freak who is a little bit cute in a highly eccentric cuddly way. She attends an exorcism and swipes the materials that the guy being exorcised was scribbling on. It was a code. The code spells the name of some guy that happens to be plugging his new book on TV at the time. So she thinks that very soon now the Devil will inhabit this guy and, like, destroy the world.
The obvious question here is what exactly should she do to stop this from happening? Well, she doesn't exactly know. Which is forgivable.
The writer doesn't exactly know either, which is not forgivable.
In the end she does something that, really, could have been done a hell of a lot earlier, thus saving us from having to watch the entirety of this movie.

Maxim is quoted as saying "Scary stuff". Did they watch the same movie?
Did they watch it at all?


But was Lost Souls actually a let down?

This movie is slow, plodding, and has an utterly pathatic script, but trust me, the script is not what is of importance.
Pay attention to the visuals. Okay, an hour and a half of pure dark visual is a bit much, even for hardened Ridley Scott fans!

As for the story, the question is so not 'is this guy gonna be the antichrist', but much 'is this chick whacko?'. If you've seen it (and maybe hated it), watch it again. I hated it the first time around (as you might tell from the above), but on a second viewing something in my head kinda 'clicked' and I began to see this not as a 'religion fights the devil' but more of an examination of one person's state of mental imbalance. This is a deep, dark sorta movie that should really have be script doctored by somebody who knew better than to chuck in a bunch of tired clicés, but there is a basic premise.
It is for this reason that I think this movie actually deserves quite a high score. The point, the purpose, the whole thing appears to have alluded many people who saw it. It is just so very unfortunate that whoever designed the DVD jacket decided to make so many blatant references to The Exorcist (maybe s/he didn't get it either?). Yeah, the girl is religious. Yeah, an exorcism was performed. Um... that's about it. Oh, wait, they both took place in America. Frankly, I could probably draw as many parallels between The Exorcist and, let me think... Chocolat... Yeah...


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