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Gallipoli Review


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Few Americans -- or anyone else, for that matter -- know the story of the ANZAC invasion of Gallipoli during World War I. Why should they? Despite massive casualties, the battle for Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula had little effect on the outcome of the war. But for the countries of Australia and New Zealand, whose young men composed the ANZAC forces, the battle at Gallipoli is a fixed point of national pride.

As such, Gallipoli forms the perfect backdrop for an Australian film about the terrors of war and the endurance of bravery and self-sacrifice. Add to the mix two of Australia's greatest cinematic talents, Mel Gibson and director Peter Weir, and Gallipoli would seem halfway to greatness before it even gets started. Unfortunately halfway to greatness is mediocrity -- and that's as far as Gallipoli gets.

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The Coca-Cola Kid Review


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Deep in the Culture Club era and far away down under, Dusan Makavejev took us on one of his most mainstream productions with this story of Eric Roberts as an Atlanta Coke executive who comes to Australia to sell more product. There he discovers a town that doesn't drink Coke at all -- because a local business-/mad-man is bottling his own soft drinks, loved by the locals. What follows is a bizarre tale of sexual ambivalence, oddball family relations, and a Cola war the likes of which the world has never seen. The first half is far better than the resolution, which eventually meanders off to the point of silliness.
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