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Chocolate Review


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Those of us who fondly remember Tony Jaa kicking serious ass all across Bangkok in Prachya Pinkaew's Ong Bak were looking forward to seeing another kinetic and gritty martial arts kickfest from director Prachya Pinkaew, and now Piankaew delivers Chocolate. The gimmick this time around: the ass-kicker is a girl! And not just any girl. An autistic girl!

It's been a tough life for Zen (JeeJa Yanin), the daughter of a former Bangkok lady of easy virtue named Zin (Ammara Siripong) and a Japanese gangster father named Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) who passed through just long enough to give the women a lifetime's worth of underworld enemies.

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Godzilla 2000 Review


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I have a confession. Even though I am a movie junkie--I saw Eye of the Beholder and yet I still watch movies--I've never seen any of the original Godzillas. (Note that Godzilla 2000 is not a sequel to the U.S. Godzilla released in 1998; it's the American release of a 1999 Godzilla flick called Gojira ni-sen mireniamu.)

So, part of me was excited as I drove to the local multiplex to see Godzilla 2000--the latest entry in an almost 50-year old franchise. This was a long-awaited treat. I was expecting a goofy good time, complete with bad dubbing, science fair level sets and a ludicrous plot line.

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Godzilla 2000 Review


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Forget that failed, F/X-driven flick producer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich spent $120 million on in 1998, the new Japanese import "Godzilla 2000" is what Godzilla movies are all about: Low production values, high camp and a guy in a giant rubber reptile suit rampaging through a detailed miniature of Tokyo, knocking down buildings, kicking cars and breathing fire! Yeah, that's the stuff!

Getting a wide release in the U.S. thanks to a contractual obligation written into the rights granted TriStar Pictures for that American "Godzilla," this 23rd entry in the belovedly bad series is everything a cheesy monster movie should be.

It's shot on cheap film stock. The special effects, while improved with dough brought in by the American deal, are utterly corny. The dubbing is comical and the dialogue and acting even worse ("Great Caesar's ghost!" someone cries upon seeing Godzilla).

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