When I was in junior high school I first began experimenting with 8mm film. I still have my very first Canon movie camera purchased at a pawn shop when I was 15 years old. Before long, I graduated to one Bolex camera then another, making weird art films and animations. Years later I made my own music videos on to the first home video cameras, which was a rather large camera attached to a suitcase sized recorder.
These days I'm shooting broadcast quality video on a camera half the size, and editing on sophisticated professional software on my super duper PC with about 10 hard drives at my disposal. I've complete my first feature film and sell my DVDs on the web constantly-- www.MirrorMovie.com
The nature of my business requires me to stay at home and manufacture and ship all of my own 20 CDs, 5 books, and DVD-- and in general this is pretty much "factory" work-- not much thought required. Fortunately I live in Denver, home of the #1 library system in the country- and the Denver Public Library has an absolutely astounding and large collection of old and current videos and DVDs- enough to keep my informed and entertained and EDUCATED every single day. While I do my packaging and production of my original titles, I watch on the average of at least ten films a week, often quite a bit more.
I watch more films, of every genre, than anyone I personally know, and probably more than any person I can think of, including most film school professors.
So, I figured it would be a helpful and good idea to write a synopsis and recommendation, or a "avoid this movie" each time I see one. This page, is "What I saw today". I imagine this list will become quite long after a short period of time.
One thing I hate about most movie reviews is that they are spoilers- they give away far too much information, often ruining the surprises and plot twists in a film. My job here is simply to give information to the reader here about what kind of movie or program I am reviewing, and how I rate the film comparatively- a basic recommendation or not. This should be useful for people wanting to know what to look for, or simply a reminder if you see the film on a shelf or advertised in the paper.
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Reviews In Alphabetical Order
Ratings are 0 to +5 Stars
5=Don't Miss 0=Don't Waste Your Time
BATMAN BEGINS +3.5
Well, they finally got it right. Nearly every Batman film, and the campy TV series has been trite, and for the most part nothing to write home about. The TV series at least didn't take itself seriously and was in its own way watchable. The previous Batman movies had all the makings of Hollywood blockbusters, i.e.....bleechh. By contrast, this film traces the roots of Batman and Bruce Wayn and does so in a way that maintains interest and retains the dark character portrayed in the comics, and does so in an artful way that is neither juvenile or silly. I was rather surprised, as the first half hour of the film gives the impression that it is just another in the long line of popular super hero films that lacks real character. Worth watching on a rainy day or week night, or when you can't find something really great.
DOOR TO DOOR +5
With Bill Macy, Helen Miren
This is a wonderfully rich story based on the life of a physically handicapped door to door salesman, Bill Porter. An anti-thesis of a blockbuster, this is truly a miraculous movie that will almost certainly leave you with a greater appreciation of the potential of the human spirit, and the purpose of life. Some people may not be attracted to the premise or main character- and these are exactly the kind of viewers who MUST see this film. Exquisitely acted and made, this film is not to be missed. On DVD.
HARRY POTTER, THE PRISONER OF AZKIBAN +4
The third in the Harry Potter adventures on film, out of the four thus far, this is clearly the best in my view. This film is neither a kids film, nor an overly adult film- closest to the nature of the books in general. A nice long film, it accurately reflects both the fun and adventurous and sometimes mildly frightening nature of the Potter stories, certainly a film that both older children and adults can appreciate and enjoy. This story in particular has an exceptional story line, and thematic and plot twists that are thoroughly captivating and imaginative. The young actors do an exceptional job this time out, and are thoroughly convincing. A couple of hard to believe holes in the story if you are paying extremely close attention to detail, but in general once belief is suspended, this is a great fantasy ride.
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