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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
people who know nothing about bankers nor the crisis, 27 February 2013
5/10

a great subject for a movie, however the film is clearly written by someone who does not know any bankers, and hadn't done much research on the crisis. if only real bankers with this genteel there might not have been any crisis at all. Decent acting job all around but the script fails to deliver on many levels. This wants to be a sequel to wall street but in reality should be closer to a sequel of Glengary Glen Ross because that is the level of ego and desperation of the people the film depicts. There is little difference except the characters were small time hucksters and the characters in this film are big time.

the end

11 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
A good adaptation of an okay book, 25 February 2013
7/10

I love Elmore Leonard I have read just about every novel he has written this is not among my favorites. However some of my favorites (Stick, 52 Pick Up, Rum Punch) have been made into completely terrible films.

This on the other hand is a nice adaptation. Characterizations and dialog doesn't stray much from the original story. Much of it plays out just like it did in my imagination when I read the book. The acting was passable, though I thought Glover (and to a lesser degree Andy Dick) were miscast but they did a decent job. The tone of the movie was light and breezy just like the novel. I would love to see the director take a crack at one of Leonard's better novels like Stick or The Hunted.

6 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
dated, dull beyond all belief, 25 April 2005

This has to be one of the most dull movies about the apocalypse ever. Maybe it is because people had longer attention spans in the 1950s, or maybe it is because it was a lot scarier that it really could have happened then, or maybe its because that the promise of mutually assured destruction DID prevent a nuclear holocaust despite what this movie preaches. But I completely hated this film. Well acted and reasonably well directed, however the pace is so leaden that you will wish for death twenty minutes in. The director gets sidetracked by tons of pointless sub-plots that don't go anywhere. It is also not nearly as chilling as many of the other cold war films of the 1960s. Oh and maybe two or three of the "austrailians" actually have Aussie accents. Oh and after viewing this film, you will never want to hear the song "waltzing matilda" ever again. Its almost as if the director believed its the only thing Americans would know about Australian culture (i guess it was, pre paul hogan anyways).

Spanglish (2004)
12 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
so bad it deserves a zero rating, 18 December 2004
1/10

Seinfeld was the first show about nothing, and i guess I can say this is the first movie about nothing. The plot? who knows, it vaguely involves a girl writing a college essay about her immigrant mother and her involvement with an insane disfuntctional family. Things happen but there is no interesting conflict or resolution or reason the story is being told, very pointless. The characters? Tea Leoni plays possibly the worst human being in cinema history, a completely one dimensional bitch and nutcase. Sandler mumbles nonsense and comes off as too nice to be real. The son and daughter are barely in the movie at all (the son has 2 lines). The grandmother was the only interesting well defined character in the whole thing. The film was neither touching nor funny nor interesting. Don't waste your time.

9 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
in the words of homer simpson : this movie was more boring than church, 7 February 2004
1/10

Dont let the MPAA fool you with their "Rated R for extreme violence" there is definatly no extreme violence in this boring peice of s*t. I expected some cheap rambo 3 type action that the trailer promised, however its just boring boring nonsense with tons of lame slow mo flashbacks that make no sense. AVOID!

6 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
how to make a piece of s**** from a good story, 20 April 2003
1/10

This movie is terrible!! A real travesty when compared to the first two. This is even worse than the Puppet Masters remake (the heinlen story not the charles band movie). Really avoid it at ALL costs, even the campy 70s one with donald southerland is lightyears better. Only watch if you want to be bored out of your mind.

4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
D'Amato's Finest Hour!, 5 April 2003
10/10

What can I say about this film which hasnt already been said. Its a gritty, sleazy, cheap, but completely gripping action action thriller. You will be on the edge of your seat as the cast of completely unlikeable characters tear eachother to peices over a million dollar bounty. The pounding score and grimy setting really add to this nihilistic little nugget. This film proves that given a decent script and cast Joe D'Amato can really deliver the goods. A must see for fans of grimy jungle action thrillers and/or italian cinema.

5 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
juvenile and purile but well made, 3 April 2003

A really strange peice of cinema. This short film runs only about 20mins and is chock full of homophobic humor and juvenile jokes, but nevertheless its quite well made and directed. Seek it out just so you can say you've seen it.

8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Emanuelle In America Lite, 31 January 2003

Certaintly not as sleazy as Emanuelle In America, but not as lightweight ad Emanulle In Bangkok. Similar to Emanuelle in America we have Emanuelle traversing the globe discovering sex scandals. The set peices range from fairly innocent romp in the back of a moving truck to rape and beastality (implied not explicit). Of course it all remains fairly softcore. D'Amato handles the cinematography masterfully, its easy to see why he's so at home in adult films. Hes a master at creating suspenceful erotic sex scenes. Watch for ol Joe himself in a quick cameo near the end of the film (hes the man being arrested at the very end).

8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
not that bad at all, 19 October 2002

I was suprised at all the negative reviews, this is actually a darn good film from Mr. Band. "Benjamin Carr" coughs up a decent enough screenplay full of quirky characters and clever one liners. The head is genuinely creepy and the other characters are completely sleazy. Highly recommended, one of full moons better films.


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