DVDs My Brother Owns and What I Think of Them

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  • THE ABYSS(Director's Cut)[The longer version is the better movie. May be Cameron's best work]
  • AIRFORCE ONE
  • ALIEN [Came out at the same time as Star Wars and provided an effectively adult contrast with the childish adventures Lucas foisted on the genre.]
  • ALIENS [A great sequel designed to appeal to a wider audience. A breathtaking blend of the sf and action genres. Not least, it showed that an action movie can have a female heroine.]
  • ALIEN 3 [The alternative version offered on DVD is better than the theatrical release version. However, the alien fx don't meet the requirements of the script in either version. The story is good, and this is where the franchise should have ended.]
  • ALIEN RESURRECTION [An extremely ugly and silly movie we could have done without.]
  • ALONG CAME A SPIDER
  • ARMAGEDDON [Bad, bad science fiction, but if you can ignore the badness it's quite entertaining. Full of eminently quotable bad dialog]
  • BACKDRAFT
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE II
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE III
  • BANDITS
  • THE BIG HIT
  • BLADE RUNNER [Among the ten best sf movies]
  • THE BONE COLLECTOR
  • THE BOUNTY
  • CON AIR [What's better than one villain for the hero to fight? A planeload of villains. Re-watchable actioner gets increasingly over-the-top]
  • DEEP BLUE SEA [Fun example of Action/Suspense Plot No.1, but not a patch on JAWS.]
  • THE DEVIL'S OWN
  • DRAGONHEART
  • DRIVEN
  • ENEMY AT THE GATES
  • ENEMY OF THE STATE
  • THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
  • FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
  • FACE/OFF
  • THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS [My brother and I made a pact to save money by not both buying the same DVDs. We screwed up on this one; we both bought it]
  • GLADIATOR [Not as good as Spartacus, but okay]
  • THE GAME
  • GODZILLA
  • GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS
  • HEAT [One of the best crime movies ever made. The bank shootout sequence (based on a real incident) is a classic of its kind. Pacino and DeNiro were both cast against type, but it works beautifully.]
  • HIGHLANDER [The only halfway decent thing Christopher Lambert has been in]
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY [Guilty fun, on a par with Armageddon]
  • IN THE LINE OF FIRE
  • THE JACKAL [A better movie than most will admit, though not as good as the documentary-like original, The Day of the Jackal.]
  • JURASSIC PARK
  • THE LOST WORLD - JURASSIC PARK
  • JURASSIC PARK III
  • KELLY'S HEROES
  • KISS THE GIRLS
  • A KNIGHT'S TALE
  • LARA CROFT - TOMB RAIDER
  • THE LAST BOY SCOUT
  • LAWRENCE OF ARABIA [One of the greatest of the greats. Peter O'Toole's performance is perfect. The musical score is perfect. The story-telling is perfect. The supporting cast is perfect. David Lean's masterpiece. An awesome cinematic accomplishment]
  • THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT [Why should men have all the guilty fun?]
  • THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
  • THE MASK
  • THE MATRIX [Some sf movies double as intelligence tests. If you can figure out what the hell is really going on, you pass. The Matrix is one such movie, another is Total Recall (It's been my experience that most who watch TR don't see the ambiguity of the story). Fantastic action scenes, and Hugo Weaving's performance as Agent Smith is a hoot]
  • MEN IN BLACK [Good sf comedy; sequel is even better]
  • MISSION TO MARS
  • THE MUMMY
  • THE PATRIOT [Braveheart meets the Revolutionary War. Well enough done. A bit over-long.]
  • PAYBACK
  • PEARL HARBOUR
  • PLANET OF THE APES [The unfortunate Tim Burton movie. Must have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it now seems inexplicable that it was made.]
  • THE POSTMAN [Generally under-rated, much better than Costner's other sf epic, Waterworld]
  • PREDATOR
  • PRIMARY COLORS
  • THE ROCK [Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery make a very entertaining team, with excitable Cage having perhaps a slight edge over calm and collected Connery.]
  • ROMANCING THE STONE / THE JEWEL OF THE NILE (double feature) [I think he got this for our mother; RTS is one of her favorites. But, hey, I don't mind it. Much better than The War of the Roses]
  • RONIN
  • SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
  • SCREAM
  • THE SEIGE
  • SEVEN [The 'Citizen Kane' of serial killer movies?]
  • THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION [A terrific prison movie, one of the best. Very satisfying ending.]
  • SILVERADO
  • THE SIXTH DAY
  • SPEED
  • SPIDERMAN
  • STARSHIP TROOPERS ["I couldn't wait for that smarmy little brunette to die..." Would you like to know more?]
  • STAR WARS, EPISODE ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE
  • STAR WARS, EPISODE TWO: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
  • SWORDFISH
  • THE TERMINATOR
  • TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
  • TRUE LIES [James Cameron's most over-ripe piece of fruit. Obscenely comic-bookish]
  • TWISTER
  • TWO HANDS
  • U-571 [Elsewhwere in The Listology I have put this on a level with Memphis Belle, but after seeing it twice I've reconsidered; it's pretty good]
  • UNDER SIEGE [Do Erika Eleniak's tits compensate for Steven Segall's acting? Hell yes!]
  • UNDER SEIGE 2 [As good as its prequel, except there's no cameo of EE's tits]
  • WATERWORLD [A good idea for a movie (it's like a wet version of Mel Gibson's The Road Warrior), but ruined by laughably over-the-top action scenes]
  • WE WERE SOLDIERS
  • WHAT LIES BENEATH
  • X-MEN
Author Comments: 

Obviously the "and What I think of Them" part of this list is still under construction.

Come on Bertie, Starship Troopers isn't that bad!!!!

I agree with you, but I found that review so hilarious that I just had to link to it. Despite what the reviewer says in the last section of his review, I prefer to see ST as a burlesque of the novel it's based on. Do you want to know more? [rhetorical question]

Pretty funny about your brother's Alien Legacy torture technique. :-) So when is he going to post a list of what he thinks of your DVDs?

He's computer illiterate (yes, even more so than me). I've offered to show him the ropes, but he doesn't seem to be interested. However, I will put the idea to him and report back [dang! yet another Listology Promise to keep]

I could do a list like this, but it's too easy a target, all three Rambos, the Rocky collection, Beastmaster. Do I have to say anymore. :?)

This is one funky list, great idea Bert.

T'ho

:?)

Thanks, but this list is due for an update and more author's comments.

Btw, that link to the funny review of Starship Troopers seems to have come back to life. I'd love to hear what you think of it.

Hahahahahaha! That is one snarky, hilarious review.
My favorite part being:

Wouldn't this movie be all the more plausible if it was cheap animation and used the "Southpark" characters?

STAN: Dude! You're got a bug sucking your brains out!
CARTMAN: I hate dat, da way dose bugs crawl up yo' arse and suck your brains out.
KENNY: Mi fnk ht d bgsar minhellgen.
KYLE: Good point Kenny, there's probably a form of bug we haven't seen yet, a brainbug.
BUG: Arrrhhhhh!!!
STAN: Oh my god! They've killed Kenny!

Dude. But I can't agree and for reasons I will state tomorrow. Anxiously await my disposition you will. (snicker)

:?)

Hey, tomorrow never came! So where's your defense of Starship Troopers?

Actually, Christopher Lambert was in an Italian cyberpunk movie directed by Gabriele Salvatores (MEDITERRANEO, I'M NOT SCARED) titled NIRVANA a few years ago that was actually quite good (better than HIGHLANDER, in my opinion). But, what do I know? I'm that one guy who actually liked ALIEN: RESURRECTION.