Wednesday, October 13, 2004
City of God and My Boss's Daughter DVD Reviews
These 2 titles are the best DVDs that I rented in a while. City of God is about growing up in a town in Brazil called "City of God" (in English). The story is of a young guy and his life with gangsters. In this world of crime, he aspires for more in this poor city. It is a violent movie, but has heart. It is a story about brothers, first love, etc. so there is much more going on besides the crime back drop. What is more interesting is that the story is based on a true story. The DVD extra includes a documentary on the state of affairs in a city similar to City of God. It has viewpoints from a cop, a high ranking police official, a working resident of the city, and a gangster. In a nutshell, a city so poor needs organized crime to take care of it and the only way a police force can control millions of poor people is by force. I see a lot of parallels in this in what probably happens here in America. This movie has opened my eyes only because this is a world that I knew nothing about before. You think of Rio De Janeiro and think of it's beaches, ocean and sun, but up in the hills live the people who can only view the ocean from a distance in poverty. Definitely a must see movie. It has internationally garnered awards and great reviews. On a different note is My Boss's Daughter DVD. It is a comedy movie starring Ashton Kutcher of That 70's Show fame. I almost didn't get this movie at Blockbuster. It was a toss up between this and My Baby's Daddy, so I read the reviews on the back of each DVD to compare and I choose My Boss's Daughter. And let me tell you I was not disappointed. There are actually a lot of funny moments and great comedic co-stars like Andy Richter and Molly Shannon from Saturday Night Live plus other actors I've not recognized. Aston plays a character that wants to go out with the Boss' Daughter but aftter a misunderstanding, Ashon's night seems to get worse by the moment. I didn't want to reveal too much but through much of the movie I was cracking up out loud. Great characters and funny dialogue.