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May. 9th, 2007

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The Golden Compass Teaser Trailer

The Golden Compass

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Release Date: Dec 2007

This movie is still in the works so if it appears unfinished or choppy it is because this is a teaser trailer and the movie is not finished yet.

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Resident Evil: Extinction Trailer

Resident Evil: Extinction

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Release Date: 21 September 2007 (USA)



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Apocalypto

Apocalypto

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Release Date: 8 December 2006 (USA)

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Scene from the movie - Spoiler, Graphic




First off I am not a fan of Mel Gibson. I was really cynical when watching this movie.

This movie has a great storyline. It kept my attention the whole movie. The scenery was spectacular and the way it was shot was nice. This movie is however very graphic and bloody. Personally I wouldn't let any kid under 16 or so watch it. Though it is really graphic I feel it was done in a way that showed reality. If a tribe invades another tribe they wont hit each other on the heads and that be it. It would have been a very bloody and traumatic experience. Though graphic it is realistic violence. 

This is a movie about a tribe of Mayans who are invaded while sleeping and are kidnapped. A young warrior, Jaguar Paw, is able to hide his pregnant wife and son before he is captured also. The captives are taken to a temple where they are thrown into a culture shock of seeing disease, famine, slavery, and human sacrifice.  Jaguar Paw manages to escape and is chased through the forest in his attempt to get back to his family and land.

One thing I keep seeing on other peoples reviews is the invading tribe was acting in a manner like the Aztecs and not the Mayans. While watching the movie it was my understanding the tribe that was kidnapped was Mayan and the invading tribe was Aztecs.

The invading tribe used 2 primary weapons, the Macuahuitl and the Atlatl, which are both weapons of choice of the Aztecs. A Macuahuitl is a club which has 2 grooves cut running the length of the club. Obsidian shards about 2-5 inches longs are placed in the groves and are held in place with tar. Here is a photo of one. An Atlatl is a hooked stick of varying size and the end of a spear is placed against the hook and when thrown the Atlatl can give the spear a lot more speed and distance than just throwing the spear alone. Here is a pic of an Atlatl and how it is used.

The God depicted in the movie the "kidnappers" were honoring was named Kukulkan. This was a Mayan deity but because of outside influences. Quetzalcoatl was a God of the Aztecs and Toltec.  He was a feathered serpent they would do sacrifices to. As the Toltecs wandered further south and met the Mayans. The Mayans already had beliefs their ancestors were carried to and from earth and the sky by a great serpent.  The story of a feathered serpent fit into their current beliefs and Kukulkan was born. The Mayan gos Kukulkan did not "require" sacrifices where the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl did.

I agree with historians it is a bad movie because it shows the Mayans in a bad light. It is like Mel Gibson and whoever else was involved with the screenplay creation was picking and choosing what information they wanted in the movie but were mixing up Aztec and Mayan history and culture.  There are some things that were researched well such as there was an eclipse on Jan 12, 1517 and the Spanish did land in Mayan area in 1517 but overall he should have gone with Aztecs kidnapping the Mayans or he should have researched Mayan culture more.

I feel from an average viewers standpoint this is a great movie but do not take what is in this movie for fact.

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Mr Bean's Holiday Trailer

Mr. Bean's Holiday

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Release Date: 31 August 2007 (USA)


Mar. 29th, 2007

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Redline

Redline
Release Date: April 13, 2007

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From IMDB:

"Redline" is an auto/action thriller that features the personal exotic car collection of the producer, real estate investor Daniel Sadek. Sadek who is financing the $26 million movie used his own cars including a Phantom Rolls Royce, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F430, Ferrari Scaglietti and two Mercedes SLR McLarens. Sadek's $450,000 Porsche Carrera GT is actually crashed during one sequence.

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Wild Hogs

Wild Hogs
Release Date: March 2 2007 (USA)

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This is one of those movies I wish I could get 2 hours of my life back.  It started out mildly funny.  Then became a little more funny as they got on the road. Then just went downhill fast.  Them camping and swimming were the best parts of the movie and the rest was crap. 

You have  a group of middle aged guys decked out in their Harley gear set out on the road for a discover America adventure.  They run into some real bikers who hate posers like them (and I don't blame them) and the SHTF.  It was way to long and drawn out and I didn't even watch the last 15-20 mins or so of it. Bad storyline. Bad acting (Travolta was the only good one of the bunch). Just a bad movie all around.  Watch the trailer, all the funny parts are there.  The rest of the movie is filler.

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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance aka Chinjeolhan geumjassi
Release Date:  July 29, 2005 (South Korea)
English Subtitled

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The beginning of this movie can be a little hard to follow the first 10-15 minutes because of the flashbacks.  Once it gets going it is a lot easier to know what is going on once you get to know the characters.  This movie has wonderful imagery.  I feel it was filmed very well.  I have this listed as horror and some places classify it as a horror but I see it more of a realistic drama.

It is about a woman who was sent to prison for kidnapping and murdering a 5 year old boy.  It tells why she did it and what she did to get her daughter back and get revenge on the person who sent her to prison.  The story is pretty good and it kept my attention but was a little long.  This movie does deal with the death of children which could be too much for some viewers but it was not done in a hokey Hollywood fashion.  It was a good movie to watch once and I would recommend others watching it but I would not plan on watching it again anytime soon. 

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Mar. 26th, 2007

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Black Snake Moan

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This was a great movie and I plan on getting the DVD.  This is an exorcism like you have never seen before.  They filmed the movie fantastic. Samuel L Jackson practiced for 6-8 hours a day for 6 months so he could play blues guitar and it really bring character to the movie.  I am glad to see they didn't go with the cheesy way to end the movie which I thought they were going to do.  The story was good and it kept my attention.  This movie does have a lot of sex oriented scenes which could make some viewers uncomfortable.

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Nov. 19th, 2006

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TRAILER: Children Of Men

Out in the US Dec 25. Currently out in the UK.


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Movie Review: Borat

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

OMG this movie was so funny.  It is crude and makes fun of steriotypes in America.  If you like Ali G then you will like this.  This movie does had strong language and is not something you want to see with your parents 8oP  Some of the things people say (interviewed) is mind boggling.  You have to have a sense of humor to enjoy this movie.  Itsa nice!

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