I've been spending my last two months watching my collection of DVDs, from previous movies to the latest ones on cinemas. I would like to share my ratings of these movies with everyone. Hopefully they would be a useful guide for you to seek out when you're thinking of renting a DVD for the night. As usual, 10 would be the best while 1 would be the lousiest. *smile* I would be splitting the reviews in three posts, so that it would be easier for everyone to read.

World Trade Center, 2006 - 6/10
"Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone tells the true story of the heroic survival and rescue of two Port Authority policemen - John McLoughlin (Nicholas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) - who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, after they went in to help people escape. The film also follows their families as they try to find out what happened to them, as well as the rescuers who found them in the debris field and pulled them out. Their story shows how the best in people rose above the tragic events of the day."
Writer's Note: A touching story that would probably make those with frail hearts, sob.

Saw II, 2004 - 9/10
"Jigsaw is back. The brilliant, disturbed mastermind who wreaked havoc on his victims in Saw 2003 is back for another round of horrifying life-or-death games. When a new murder victim is discovered with all the signs of Jigsaw's hand, Detective Eric MAson (Donnie Wahlberg) begins a full investigation and apprehends Jigsaw with little effort. But for Jigsaw, getting caught is just another part of is notorious plan. Eight more og his victims are already fighting for their lives - and now it's time for Mason to join the game..."
Writer's Note: If you're already a big ohh-ahh fans of the Saw (2003), this would definately get you going upside down. It's even more grossier and more exciting!

Valley of The Wolves Iraq, 2006 - 7/10
"Starring Americans, Billy Zane and Gary Busey, Turkish film, "Valley of The Wolves Iraq" opens with a true story: On July 4, 2003, in Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq, troops from the US Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade ransacked a Turkish special forces officers, and held them in custody for more than two days. The incident contributed to Turks' growing misgivings about the US-led war in Iraq. After this plot point however, the film slips into pure fiction as a Jewish-American doctor (Gary Busey) at Guantanamo harvests prisoner's organs for sale to the West's rich folk."
Writer's Note: The film's anti-US and anti-Seminic themes are upsetting folks in the West. So you go figure yourself...

Cry Wolf, 2005 - 5/10
"After one too many incidents of bad behaviour at his last school, Owen Matthews (Julian Morris) arrives at Westlake Prep - where a young woman has recently found murdered in the dark woods near the boarding school's campus. Owen quickly falls in with the school's unofficial "liar's club", including the beautiful and savvy Dodger (Linda booth) and quick-talking, short-tempered Tom (Jared Padalecki). At Owen's suggestion, his new friends decide to expand their game's reach beyond campus, by spreading an online rumor that a serial killer called "The Wolf" committed the recent murder and is planning to strike again..."
Writer's Note: Another version of the none other than famous Urban Legend, but this one kinda really sucked. Can't believe Jon Bon Jovi actually accepted to play a role in this sucky movie...

The Banquet (C), 2006 - 7/10
"In an unnamed kingdom, there lives Li (Feng GeYou,), who's murdered his brother and become emperor. Li long lusted after his brother's young wife, Wan (Zhang ZiYi), whose sexual needs were barely catered for during her marriage; but she only has eyes for her stepbrother, Wu Luan (Daniel Wu).Li sends soldiers south to kill Wu Luan, who was banished there by the original emperor. In a memorable set piece -- set in a multi-tiered bamboo theater in a forest -- that mixes action and theatrical mime (with players wearing masks), Wu Luan fights off his assassins and heads north to seek revenge on Li. "
Writer's Note: The movies' choreography is of an excellency, but it would be perfect if the visual elements are employed in the service of a better story as well. Variety's Derek Elley thinks the "main problem is Zhang, who carries herself with all the bearing of a power-hungry, lovelorn empress but doesn't project the necessary charisma of an evil queen." If you adore Zhang ZiYi, do not go and watch this movie cause it will only break your heart. And for those who croons over Daniel Wu, be prepared to think that he's kinda sissy in that movie.

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