DVD Verdict reviews: THE FORGOTTEN, LITTLE BLACK BOOK, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BUSTIN' LOOSE, DOING HARD TIME,
    EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, THE FORGOTTEN, LAST RITES, LITTLE BLACK BOOK, MY
    FATHER AND I (COMMENT J'AI TUE MON PERE), PURSUED, REALITY TV SECRETS:
    HOW TO GET ON THE SHOW!, and WICKER PARK:


    BUSTIN' LOOSE (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 60/100):
    "Bustin' Loose is an entertaining diversion, but the awful transfer
    really sinks this release."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/bustinloose.php

    DOING HARD TIME (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 69/100):
    "Would you (a) put your life back together and honor the memory of your
    son by bettering society, or (b) beat an innocent police officer half to
    death to get into prison and exact violent, grisly revenge on your son's
    killer? If you chose (b), this is the review for you!"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/doinghardtime.php

    EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 58/100):
    "The movie seems to want to say 'life is an illusion, and never really
    what it seems.' Mission accomplished in my book, since Employee of the
    Month is definitely not what it seems at first either. What could have
    been a nice dark comedy turns into hideous dreck that would be better as
    a drink coaster than in my DVD player."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/employeemonth.php

    THE FORGOTTEN (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 65/100):
    "Screenwriter Gerald DiPego says the original spark for The Forgotten
    came to him in a dream -- a dream in which a mother and father watch
    their son slowly vanish from a photograph. I'll give him that, but I
    think the rest of the plot came to him after he made a trip to
    Blockbuster and rented Dark City and The Matrix."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/forgotten.php

    LAST RITES (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 47/100):
    "Like most erotic thrillers, Last Rites is more interested in moving
    from hot sex to hotter car chases than in revealing any sort of plot,
    but rarely have I seen it done so badly. Clumsy scenes of exposition
    appear to have been added almost as an afterthought, as Last Rites drags
    viewers through long sequences of confusing action, only bothering to
    explain what is happening well after the fact."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/lastrites.php

    LITTLE BLACK BOOK (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 50/100):
    "The one character who comes off the best is Ron Livingston's amiable
    Derek -- maybe he should have been more forthcoming about his past, but
    can you blame the guy for being so tight-lipped when his current
    girlfriend is such a psychotic dingbat intent on digging up a past at
    any cost, then throwing it in his face?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/littleblackbook.php

    MY FATHER AND I (COMMENT J'AI TUE MON PERE) (reviewed by Elizabeth
    Skipper, overall score 50/100):
    "Does this sound to you like 'a gripping psychological minefield' (Ian
    Stuart, Newsday) or 'a chilly masterpiece' (Stephen Holden, The New York
    Times) or even 'an icily elegant psychological drama' (Leah Rosen,
    People Magazine)? Because, believe me, it isn't any of those things,
    despite the prominence of the quotes on the DVD case. Yet a quick
    perusal of Rotten Tomatoes reveals that these quotes are not anomalies:
    With a very few exceptions, it appears everyone has drunk the Kool-aid
    and thinks My Father and I is the best thing since Hitchcock."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/myfatherandi.php

    PURSUED (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 50/100):
    "If some creepy dude shows up everywhere you go, forges documents under
    your name, installs surveillance equipment in your house, and threatens
    your family, wouldn't you call the police? I would, too, but Ben Keats
    doesn't bother to do that. What does Ben do? Nothing."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/pursued2004.php

    REALITY TV SECRETS: HOW TO GET ON THE SHOW! (reviewed by Brett Cullum,
    overall score 33/100):
    "These people just aren't in on the joke. We laugh at them until our
    lips are chapped, and they still think they are stars. Not one of them
    admits to having a real future, or anything remotely interesting
    happening to them. We tune in because we want to see them humiliated on
    national television, not to see empowering role models of ethnic
    diversity."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/realitytvsecrets.php

    WICKER PARK (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 63/100):
    "By the end of the film, I was sitting on my couch thinking to myself,
    'I wonder why they don't make chocolate flavored Bugle snack chips?' I
    was thinking this because I'd lost almost all interest in Wicker Park.
    It's that boring."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/wickerpark.php

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Feb 18, 2005
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