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1. Once Were Warriors
Director: Lee Tamahori
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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New Zealand filmmaker Lee Tamahori (The Edge) directed this brutal but powerful story drawn from the culture of poverty and alienation enveloping contemporary Maori life. Rena Owen plays the beleaguered mother of two boys--one of whom is already in prison while the other contemplates membership in a gang--and a daughter whose potential is being smothered at home. Temuera Morrison gives an outstanding and sometimes shocking performance as the violent head of the household, more adept at keeping up his social stature within his community of friends than holding down a job. The film pulls no punches, literally and figuratively, but despite the rough going, Tamahori gives us a rare and important insight into a disenfranchised people digging down deep to find their pride. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Clashing of Cultures Brings Ruin
ONCE WERE WARRIORS is a gem of a movie that received little play in the United States. And that is a shame since this film is one of the most brutal and unforgettable exposes of the disintegration of a native culture after debilitating contact with a colonially suffocating one. Director Lee Tomahori presents a poverty-stricken subculture of the Maori tribe in New Zealand, one in which the dissolution of the formerly strong tribal bonds and rituals becomes increasingly evident in each scene. Part of the appeal of this movie is that the theme of cultural sabotage is often repeated in many cultures--and not just in third world cultures that accept Burger King rather than their own gods as a worthy pantheon.

Temuera Morrison is Jake, a brute of a husband who finds that his place in society has been undercut by a Western civilization that seems bent on putting Guess jeans on all the natives. Jake finds it difficult to hold a job so he spends his days drinking in pubs with his mates. He brawls, he drinks, he abuses his long suffering wife Beth (Rena Owen) whenever his self-esteem dips below a critical level. Beth tries hard to maintain some semblance of normalcy, but with one son in prison, another seeking to join a gang, and a teenage daughter trying to face the issues of her own burgeoning sexuality in a male-dominant society, she finds this job impossible. She loves Jake, but she hates what he has become, and there is no easy solution.

Nearly all the major characters are blighted in some way by their inability to adjust to their newer and low-class status in a Western culture than relegates their own to disrepute. Much of the film is filled with the raw violence of bar room brawls, ugly scenes of domestic abuse, and rape. All of this violence serves to underscore the need of a disenfranchised people to look within themselves to find the pride and respect that once marked them as warriors. Most fail, but the few who do not suggest that the recovery of basic human decency transcends cultures and borders so that any who see this marvelous movie can take heart that brutes like Jake are dinosaurs, eventually to be replaced by adaptable survivors like Beth. The closing scene of Beth's son,now fully engaged in his gang's ritualistic dance of discipline, punctuates this most basic of human desires.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb acting and a point well made
It isn't hard to see why this movie garnered so many kudos after its release. The acting is superb. (Note: Temeura Morrison later stated that he was "scarred" for quite a while emotionally and mentally after playing Jake.) The unexcelled acting in AND the directing of this film, in this viewer's opinion, show the exact nature of family violence more clearly than other presentation in any media ever has. At first I was unwilling to see another film dealing with the subject, especially since I the results of domestic violence almost daily on my job. Now I say that if you watch only one film on the matter in your life, make it this one. For an American viewer, the fact that all the action takes place in Auckland, New Zealand helps give the distance needed for an honest perspective on the theme. Then the highly skilled actors (may we see more of all of them!)play the story out as it happens to thousands of families all over the world, totally stripping domestic violence of any excuse to be. By the heart-rending and horrific end of the movie there can be no doubt in anyone's mind that neither substance abuse, cultural conditioning, disenfranchised cultures, poverty nor a host of other things often invoked as "reasons" justify turning one's household into a war zone. Most family violence perpetrators are not hardcore psychopaths; they are "Jakes", and they have no excuse for what they do to their families. A beautiful film that makes its point without resulting to melodrama and sensationalism. It's a credit to all involved with the production that we look in on the lives of one family in crisis and realize, knowing that this scene is repeated thousands of time daily worldwide, the ultimate devastation brought about by "routine" family violence. A brilliant presentation. A "must see."

5-0 out of 5 stars Film Of The Century!
Without discussing the content of this film, suffice it to say that the acting is absolutely phenomenal! The male and female leads are enormously talented!It's real ,it's raw, and I think that is the best example of acting that I have ever seen

5-0 out of 5 stars Just sucks you in...
... and won't let you go. Really amazing story with people you really care for.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best film of 1994
ONCE WERE WARRIORS is one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. Released at a time when NZ films weren't widely accepted, yet when audiences saw it ... they changed their minds. This was the most talked about film in Australia in 1994. It's one of those rare movies that made me cry.

Incredible performances from both male and female leads which contribute to the powerfulness of this film. The sequel from 1998 called "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" is worth seeing, but not a patch on ONCE WERE WARRIORS.

Buy it, rent it, or whatever ... just get yourself a copy. You must have this DVD in your collection. ... Read more


2. Nemesis Game
Director: Jesse Warn
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Quality
Nemesis Game is a smart "indie" thriller, with more-than"indie" qualities. It is the story of a young woman, Sara Novak, who is a college student. Sara (Carly Pope) spends her time at a shop with Vern (Adrian Paul). At this shop Vern and Sara play games and solve riddles. That is the basic premise of Nemesis Game.
The acting in Nemesis Game is amazing. Carly Pope is great in this film. Her facial expressions add a lot to the character. Adrian Paul, who I have never seen in anything before, is also a fine actor. He plays the character of Vern very well. Rena Owen plays the insane murderer, Emily Gray. Rena takes this film to a whole new level. Her character is so in depth that I can't picture anyone else playing it. Brendan Fehr is also great, playing the mysterious "skateboarder," but his character has much more to do with the film. Ian McShane is also great as Sara's dad. The supporting cast (including: Jay Baruchel and Vanessa Guy) are also great. I do not think this film could have been better cast. The people in charge of casting this film did a wonderful job.
Jesse Warn, first time film director, directed Nemesis Game. He did a wonderful job. He also wrote the screenplay, which is so amazing. I think a director cares more about a film, and how it turns out when they write the script. The producers of this film also do an amazing job.
The plot of Nemesis Game plays out very well. So many things that you see in the beginning of the film do not seem important, but later in the film they will play a key role. The plot also has its share of twists, and that is always great in a film. You can never guess what will happen next, and you will probably even have a hard time guessing the answers to the many riddles used in the movie. Nemesis Game has the ability to keep you "on the edge of your seat" with suspense.
I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a great thriller, or just a good movie in general. The DVD also includes "the making of Nemesis Game," The Nemesis Game trailer, full-length commentary by the director and one of the producers, English and Spanish subtitles, trailers for two other great Lions Gate films, and it is presented in widescreen format, which I usually do not like, but the format makes Nemesis Game all the more exiting. If you do not see this film, you must be crazy. I give Nemesis Game 10 out of 10 stars (**********).

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart Ceberal thriller
I rented the NEMESIS GAME DVD last week and I can say it is one of the best thrillers I have ever watched. It revolves around a shy college student, Sara Novak(Carly Pope), and Vern Stevens(Adrian Paul) who is an older guy who works at a comic book/riddle shop. Sara and Vern have a passion for games and riddles. Sara and Vern get involved in a game of the riddles that will eventually lead to the answer to the design of the universe. One of Sara's fellow students ends up dead and Sara (and Vern) get deeper into the Nemesis Game. The movie also stars Rena Owen (as Emily Grey who tried to kill a 12 year old boy because it was part of the design), Brendan Fehr, and Ian McShane as Detective Jeff Novak. The ending is a surprise in this well shot movie done by first time film director Jesse warn (who has directed music videos in new Zeland). This is a well acted movie that features one of the best performances Adrian Paul has given as an actor. The music score is moody too.

If you're looking for a good independent thriller that makes you think, buy it. If you're an Adrian Paul fan, buy it. I intend to buy this DVD soon because it is a good movie.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good movie ruined by a bad ending
It beat my expectations I can say that much. Actually I thought it was really good while I was watching it, I was very interested in the story line and how it would end. BUT unfortunately they go ahead and ruin it with basically no ending. You are left with too many questions. It just leaves you hanging, which would be fine if they were planning on making a sequel, but we know thats not happening. So I have it at 3 stars, I took a star off because of the ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Got Under my Skin...
I Love Adrian Paul and I believe that he is beneath his acting ability in the choices he is making in the movie choices he is making. I have followed him since his fancy role as Highlander in the 90's ms. Pope is also a wonderful actress I have seen her work before on tv and in small parts in movies and think they should both reach higher, but they gave this movie the credability it needed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I searched every where to find out about this story since at the end they gave a record of everyones outcome I believed it was a TRUE story laugh if you like but desperate people do desperate things and I was obsessed with finding out if this story was true or not... needless to say I couldn't find anything to verify the story, but that is how much it got to me, and I know the abrutness annoyed alot of people, but that is what really got to me the most because that is life folks, things don't drag out till you get your happy ending all the time do they, the car hits a tree, the fire burns out of control, someone hits your cat. it's over. Period. And I think that is why we were all so shook up and left so mouth hanging open and stunned by the real life of it all. TY isn't supposed to give us that. It's supposed to give us an nice happy ending in about 30 min. and send us off feeling like we've just taken a valium and all is right with the world WAKE UP...Life Is Everywhere Even In the Idiot Box...

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, so it's not as bad as I thought it would be.
It reminded me of Hellraiser. Only without the boxes, or Pinhead; same theme in a way. The dangers of obsession with solving things.

It was very good untill the ending. Definitely a rental, that you can pause to catch the riddles written on the walls. I liked the riddles, and the cinematography. And the idea of the game. I liked the movie in general.

I liked that Google.com was in it (in a very small, supporting role).

I was going to say it was a good idea poorly designed; but that's just a play on the movie, and not really fair. It was well designed, just with a somewhat lame ending. Oh well... ... Read more


3. Sidney:Banana Binge
Director: Malik Booth
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Asin: 6301465350
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Sales Rank: 115207
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4. I'll Make You Happy
Director: Athina Tsoulis
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Sales Rank: 75152
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Further inofrmation on this video
I haven't had the chance to watch this video yet, but the information provided on amazon is sparse, so I'll contribute what I know about it.

Here's the description I found on flyingnun.co.nz
I'll Make You Happy is a comedy about Siggy, a teenage bad girl who lives and works in Auckland's red light district. Her best friends are hookers who dream of getting off the streets and a flatmate who longs of for Tibet. Siggy discovers her pimp is aiming to raise a large amount of money through a drug deal. Seizing the moment, she decides to hijack his money-making scheme so that she and her friends can achieve their dreams.

I'll Make You Happy brings together some of New Zealand's finest acting talent, including Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Desperate Remedies) Ian Hughes (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives), Michael Hurst, Lucy Lawless, Raybon Kan and Jodie Rimmer as Siggy.

I've heard that the movie is quite good, and that many of the actors and actresses volunteered their time because they had worked with the director in the past and felt passionate about the project being made. ... Read more


5. Sidney:Sidneys Family Tree
Director: Malik Booth
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Asin: 6301465342
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Sales Rank: 104778
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6. Soul Assassin
Director: Laurence Malkin
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Sales Rank: 74493
Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars This shows why American cinema rocks!!!
Don't let my blurb scare you off. This isn't the worst movie ever made in any sense. However it is very unamerican in its form. It isn't done that well at times and the plot is difficult to follow. Not to mention that Skeet Ulrich pulls off teh worst performance I have seen all year. I know he was never great but he was never this bad. I mean his performacne here is plain bad. I felt taht there were times when I was suppossed to know what was going on and I just didn't. I commend them for the style though. The fast music, the fast filming here and there. this film seems like a Dutch mix of THE BOURNE IDENTITY, any Jerry Bruckheimer movie, and RUN LOLA RUN. Worth a watch on a rainy day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleasant Surprise
If you love action, Europe and fast paced stories, this one is for you. If not, then take a pass. Much like Nikita, Bourne Identity and other great Euro thrillers Soul Assassin is not as formulaic as most American action films and I really enjoyed the fresh new actors from Holland (I assume). Skeet and Kristy were good, but Kristy should have been in the movie more. A fault of an otherwise passable script. Nothing too special there, but the movie has a unique view. A very blue view. Personally I liked it. Along with the sound, which is loud and great. The story was confusing at times, then it all makes sense in the end. No spoilers here, but I was definitely surprised by the final events. I probably should give the film a 4/5 but because of the end I have to give it a 5/5.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good 'Action' movie
The plot, while at times are to see, is there. I would say that the majority of the scenes that attempted emotional impact were fufilled as a result of pretty good acting. The DVD has some other cool stuff on it. I will admit though that the visuals, while interesting, were a bit nausiating. A lot of quick, extreme camera movement. The blue filter was very appropriate. There is a screen flashing technique that the director overused a bit.
Good action movie to see once or twice. Very fufulling ending, if you followed the plot...

1-0 out of 5 stars torture
This entire film is done in Blue and White (no not black and white). Which is torture on the eyes. I got 3/4 of the way through and gave up in disgust cause my eyes were killing me from the dreary color scheme. Awful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Ride
I rented and then bought this DVD. It is different and has an attitude. Off beat locale and happenings...a bicycle chase in Amsterdam, a sniper shootout on the canal and lots of quick cuts and Hi Tech look and feel. The story is interesting as well...betrayal by a "father figure".

I have read some negative reviews of this movie by uptight "filmees". Get a life!! They over analyze all of the things about the movie that are actually fun....the pacing, the styized look, the blue filter....that's what is fun. Get your nose out of obscure and boring films and enjoy life. ... Read more


7. Soul Assassin
Director: Laurence Malkin
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Asin: B00006JE1I
Catlog: Video
Sales Rank: 118196
Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars This shows why American cinema rocks!!!
Don't let my blurb scare you off. This isn't the worst movie ever made in any sense. However it is very unamerican in its form. It isn't done that well at times and the plot is difficult to follow. Not to mention that Skeet Ulrich pulls off teh worst performance I have seen all year. I know he was never great but he was never this bad. I mean his performacne here is plain bad. I felt taht there were times when I was suppossed to know what was going on and I just didn't. I commend them for the style though. The fast music, the fast filming here and there. this film seems like a Dutch mix of THE BOURNE IDENTITY, any Jerry Bruckheimer movie, and RUN LOLA RUN. Worth a watch on a rainy day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleasant Surprise
If you love action, Europe and fast paced stories, this one is for you. If not, then take a pass. Much like Nikita, Bourne Identity and other great Euro thrillers Soul Assassin is not as formulaic as most American action films and I really enjoyed the fresh new actors from Holland (I assume). Skeet and Kristy were good, but Kristy should have been in the movie more. A fault of an otherwise passable script. Nothing too special there, but the movie has a unique view. A very blue view. Personally I liked it. Along with the sound, which is loud and great. The story was confusing at times, then it all makes sense in the end. No spoilers here, but I was definitely surprised by the final events. I probably should give the film a 4/5 but because of the end I have to give it a 5/5.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good 'Action' movie
The plot, while at times are to see, is there. I would say that the majority of the scenes that attempted emotional impact were fufilled as a result of pretty good acting. The DVD has some other cool stuff on it. I will admit though that the visuals, while interesting, were a bit nausiating. A lot of quick, extreme camera movement. The blue filter was very appropriate. There is a screen flashing technique that the director overused a bit.
Good action movie to see once or twice. Very fufulling ending, if you followed the plot...

1-0 out of 5 stars torture
This entire film is done in Blue and White (no not black and white). Which is torture on the eyes. I got 3/4 of the way through and gave up in disgust cause my eyes were killing me from the dreary color scheme. Awful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Ride
I rented and then bought this DVD. It is different and has an attitude. Off beat locale and happenings...a bicycle chase in Amsterdam, a sniper shootout on the canal and lots of quick cuts and Hi Tech look and feel. The story is interesting as well...betrayal by a "father figure".

I have read some negative reviews of this movie by uptight "filmees". Get a life!! They over analyze all of the things about the movie that are actually fun....the pacing, the styized look, the blue filter....that's what is fun. Get your nose out of obscure and boring films and enjoy life. ... Read more


8. Nemesis Game
Director: Jesse Warn
list price: $44.98
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Asin: B00008WJBN
Catlog: Video
Sales Rank: 102622
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Quality
Nemesis Game is a smart "indie" thriller, with more-than"indie" qualities. It is the story of a young woman, Sara Novak, who is a college student. Sara (Carly Pope) spends her time at a shop with Vern (Adrian Paul). At this shop Vern and Sara play games and solve riddles. That is the basic premise of Nemesis Game.
The acting in Nemesis Game is amazing. Carly Pope is great in this film. Her facial expressions add a lot to the character. Adrian Paul, who I have never seen in anything before, is also a fine actor. He plays the character of Vern very well. Rena Owen plays the insane murderer, Emily Gray. Rena takes this film to a whole new level. Her character is so in depth that I can't picture anyone else playing it. Brendan Fehr is also great, playing the mysterious "skateboarder," but his character has much more to do with the film. Ian McShane is also great as Sara's dad. The supporting cast (including: Jay Baruchel and Vanessa Guy) are also great. I do not think this film could have been better cast. The people in charge of casting this film did a wonderful job.
Jesse Warn, first time film director, directed Nemesis Game. He did a wonderful job. He also wrote the screenplay, which is so amazing. I think a director cares more about a film, and how it turns out when they write the script. The producers of this film also do an amazing job.
The plot of Nemesis Game plays out very well. So many things that you see in the beginning of the film do not seem important, but later in the film they will play a key role. The plot also has its share of twists, and that is always great in a film. You can never guess what will happen next, and you will probably even have a hard time guessing the answers to the many riddles used in the movie. Nemesis Game has the ability to keep you "on the edge of your seat" with suspense.
I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a great thriller, or just a good movie in general. The DVD also includes "the making of Nemesis Game," The Nemesis Game trailer, full-length commentary by the director and one of the producers, English and Spanish subtitles, trailers for two other great Lions Gate films, and it is presented in widescreen format, which I usually do not like, but the format makes Nemesis Game all the more exiting. If you do not see this film, you must be crazy. I give Nemesis Game 10 out of 10 stars (**********).

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart Ceberal thriller
I rented the NEMESIS GAME DVD last week and I can say it is one of the best thrillers I have ever watched. It revolves around a shy college student, Sara Novak(Carly Pope), and Vern Stevens(Adrian Paul) who is an older guy who works at a comic book/riddle shop. Sara and Vern have a passion for games and riddles. Sara and Vern get involved in a game of the riddles that will eventually lead to the answer to the design of the universe. One of Sara's fellow students ends up dead and Sara (and Vern) get deeper into the Nemesis Game. The movie also stars Rena Owen (as Emily Grey who tried to kill a 12 year old boy because it was part of the design), Brendan Fehr, and Ian McShane as Detective Jeff Novak. The ending is a surprise in this well shot movie done by first time film director Jesse warn (who has directed music videos in new Zeland). This is a well acted movie that features one of the best performances Adrian Paul has given as an actor. The music score is moody too.

If you're looking for a good independent thriller that makes you think, buy it. If you're an Adrian Paul fan, buy it. I intend to buy this DVD soon because it is a good movie.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good movie ruined by a bad ending
It beat my expectations I can say that much. Actually I thought it was really good while I was watching it, I was very interested in the story line and how it would end. BUT unfortunately they go ahead and ruin it with basically no ending. You are left with too many questions. It just leaves you hanging, which would be fine if they were planning on making a sequel, but we know thats not happening. So I have it at 3 stars, I took a star off because of the ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Got Under my Skin...
I Love Adrian Paul and I believe that he is beneath his acting ability in the choices he is making in the movie choices he is making. I have followed him since his fancy role as Highlander in the 90's ms. Pope is also a wonderful actress I have seen her work before on tv and in small parts in movies and think they should both reach higher, but they gave this movie the credability it needed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I searched every where to find out about this story since at the end they gave a record of everyones outcome I believed it was a TRUE story laugh if you like but desperate people do desperate things and I was obsessed with finding out if this story was true or not... needless to say I couldn't find anything to verify the story, but that is how much it got to me, and I know the abrutness annoyed alot of people, but that is what really got to me the most because that is life folks, things don't drag out till you get your happy ending all the time do they, the car hits a tree, the fire burns out of control, someone hits your cat. it's over. Period. And I think that is why we were all so shook up and left so mouth hanging open and stunned by the real life of it all. TY isn't supposed to give us that. It's supposed to give us an nice happy ending in about 30 min. and send us off feeling like we've just taken a valium and all is right with the world WAKE UP...Life Is Everywhere Even In the Idiot Box...

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, so it's not as bad as I thought it would be.
It reminded me of Hellraiser. Only without the boxes, or Pinhead; same theme in a way. The dangers of obsession with solving things.

It was very good untill the ending. Definitely a rental, that you can pause to catch the riddles written on the walls. I liked the riddles, and the cinematography. And the idea of the game. I liked the movie in general.

I liked that Google.com was in it (in a very small, supporting role).

I was going to say it was a good idea poorly designed; but that's just a play on the movie, and not really fair. It was well designed, just with a somewhat lame ending. Oh well... ... Read more


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