The Future Of Food (2004)

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Synopsis (possible Spoiler): THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Admittedly, this is a one-sided documentary on our food sources and the food we eat. It still shows the disturbing reality of the foot markets in the world. Watch it, even if you don’t believe it all.

RT 84% (25 reviews) IMDb 7.9/10 (over 300 votes) Domestic Gross: $81,280

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Bella (2006)

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Synopsis (possible Spoiler): Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. |

This one was a lot of fun! I didn’t expect much. Basically a glorified B-movie. Well, that’s what it is, really. But I liked the acting, as over-the top it was in some scenes. A nice surprise to see John Hansley in anything other than Nip/Tuck. After being almost done with assimilation into the American way of thinking about Sex (instead of teaching our youngster on how to have safe sex, we teach them how to not have any sex at all, yeah, right) the movie was even more effective. In Europe it would probably be seen as a fairytale. It has some gory scenes, and, for me, strikes a good balance between being funny and disturbing.

RT 80% (54 reviews) IMDb 6.0/10 (over 3000 votes)

The Forbidden Kingdom (USA 2008)

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It was nice. Not really engaging in either the story line, the fighting or towards the characters. I was not disappointed expecting a certain amount of overacting from Jackie Chan and the Hong-Kong movie genre in general (and bad wigs too).

There sure were a lot of people hanging on wires! I just got bored after the first half of the movie, and the fact almost all scenes are spoken in English doesn’t necessarily help (what’s Gong Fu?).

There must be a love story in there somewhere, or a buddy story, or a teacher/student story. None of them worked for me – it was a bit of everything, and not enough of anything. Well, except for the fighting. Great ideas and excellent choreography made that part of the movie fun (hence the 3 and not 2 out of 5).

Oh, and in places the Soundtrack sounded like an old Western classic. (Job well done, if it was intentional).


Anyways, it’s just about perfect for a Saturday afternoon, but not a keeper, at least not for me.

Fair rating at RT 62%, way too high on IMDb 7.3/10

(3 out of 5)

Don’t bother: Black Water (AUS 2007)

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I was intrigued by the premise of the film. Stuck in the Australian outback with only crocks around. I was hoping for some interesting ideas (as there really is no story to build upon). Granted, it is based on real events, but still, as a movie it’s just not that interesting. There were some scenes I enjoyed, simply for the fact that the movie is all about ‘things jumping into camera’ from all kind of directions. Almost all of the movie happens with people sitting in trees. Once again, my taste seems off: RT 79% IMDb 6.1/10

Don’t bother: Black Sheep (NZ 2007)

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I have no idea how this movie was rated so highly on RT 71% and IMDb 6.1. It’s not like I didn’t want to watch it until the end, but it was close. I lost pretty much all interest after the first 20 minutes and just continued watching to see what kind of gore effects they could come up with. It’s really a one-gag movie. And it might work for people who have seen sheeps in the last 12 months – for all other people, pass it on… not worth the time.

Primer (USA 2003)

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Synopsis (possible Spoiler): Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there’s something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they’ve built, wrestle over their new invention.

OK, I admit it. Even after reading the Wikipedia page for the movie, I still have trouble figuring it all out. So what? It’s an amazing low-budget movie that cost $7000 to make, but made $424,760 worldwide! How about that for a first-time directory payoff? It’s an amazing piece of film for the money – that’s for sure. I’ve seen it 4 times, and it still amazes me.

RT 72% (115 reviews) IMDb 6.0/10 (over 9600 votes)

American Drug War: The Last White Hope (USA 2007)

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Synopsis (possible Spoiler): The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from “legal drugs” Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA. AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just dope fiends but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some ‘pro-drug’ stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.

The privatization continues… Watch it.

RT (not rated) (0 reviews) IMDb 8.2/10 (over 300 votes)