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DVD title: This Is Spinal Tap - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
Michael McKean
Christopher Guest

DVD title: The Jack Bull
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing Movie!

Being a huge fan of John Cusack I was curious to watch this movie. I am extremely happy that I went through with my decision. This movie is just absolutely amazing and it will touch you deep. John Cusack delivered one of his best performances ever as a man seeking true justice. Even in the old western era it is shown that greed,corruption,and low morality existed even then. Yet one man stood up for what he believed in no matter what it cost him. The Jack Bull will leave you cheering for Myrl Redding and hating his nemesis Ballard. After watching this movie one will not feel the same as they did before viewing it.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: John Badham

DVD title: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Seussian

If you are looking for a real dr. suess movie, you found it. This movie was made with input and approval from Dr. suess himself! The set design is miles more imaginative that modern day CGI effects. If you want a good movie, but mean streets. If you want entertainment, buy this movie!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roy Rowland
Peter Lind Hayes
Mary Healy
Hans Conried
Tommy Rettig

DVD title: Amelie
Productgroup: DVD
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Visually and emotionally captivating

Not new to the works of Jeunet, I found this film a wonderful departure from the morbid themes of his previous films. Full of magical realism and intimate detail, this film pulls at the heart and is not about finding mister right but finding one's self. Rich in color and content, it will pull at the romantic in you.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz

DVD title: Event Horizon
Productgroup: DVD
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The Exorcist in Space

Event Horizon just happens to be a killer movie, however the director Anderson also just happens to be a completely incompetent filmmaker who has gone wrong with every step he has taken after making this one which really is hard to imagine, except to say that maybe there is more to a film than just the director. Event Horizon proves that point with a powerhouse performance from Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neil. This is the movie which showed that Fishburne could do sci-fi. It also proved that he could be a leading man in a big budget movie. Neil reprises his "Omen" career making character and does wonders as the scientist with a dark side. The rest of the cast are fully functional but do sometimes appear a little wobbly.
The Event Horizon is the Exorcist in space. The title of the film is about a ship that has completed the first space warp but the crew have vanished leaving behind a cryptic and often horrific trail of evidence that suggests that warp jumping is a little more than just opening up doorways through the cosmos. It is more like opening up a doorway to the unknown.
But let's get back to why Event Horizon happens to transcend the confines of its sham director. Philip Eisner has given us a damn fine script even though it borrows elements from other films and gives them a twist, but people here seem to think that Event Horizon is a total fake because they have seen something before. Well of course they have seen something before because the Cinematographer happens to be none other than Adrian Biddle the same guy who shot ALIENS. It has a lot in common with the look of that movie. We also have Joseph Bennett the set designer of films like Hardware (Directed by Richard Stanley) on board so Event Horizon has a dream production team working on it.
In short Event Horizon is a great movie and a damn scary one that had trouble passing the censors. If you like scary movies and scary sci-fi then Even Horizon scores in aces.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Laurence Fishburne
Sam Neill

DVD title: A Woman Under the Influence
Productgroup: DVD
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American Bergman

It just doesn't get any better than this. Unflinching, harrowing disintegration of a marriage and a woman's state of mind by our homegrown Bergman, John Cassavettes. Watching Peter Falk blow his stack (going postal before it became fashionable), you have to wonder how much he is contributing to Gena Rowland's meltdown. His performance is one long, slow burn....
Rowlands mines so much nuance and multiple shifts in loony perspective from the gymnastic workout she puts her face through, that even if she never opened her mouth, you'd be sold on her performance. No, you don't have to wait for Marcel Marceau's next jaunt through town. If Buddha never tires of playing that broken record, that long-standing single of being in the moment, then Gena Rowlands, in this performance, is the needle that just won't wear out.
If you are a fan of Mike Leigh films, other Cassavettes work, or just dig observing a tornado from one house over, the one left unscathed, then hunker down with your favorite cocktail, remove the cell phone batteries, and thank your own personal deity (or favorite food group, if applicable) for '70's American cinema. This one's a keeper.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: John Cassavetes
Peter Falk
Gena Rowlands

DVD title: Hustle & Heat
Productgroup: DVD
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Great action, Good Plot, Great Characters....Good movie

I liked this movie as well, Duane Martin is the ultra cool Private Investigator, Vivica Fox plays his "Inspector Gadget" cohort. The ending is trip!!! Get the movie and see for yourself!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Craig Ross Jr.

DVD title: The English Patient
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the finest movies of all time...

I watched it seven times--within a week--not counting the interminable successive replays of favorite chapters. Ralph Fiennes is arguably the finest actor of our generation. His portrayal of Count Almasy is posessed of depth, sensitivity, and subtlty as well as passionate intensity. These qualities are, indeed, the hallmarks of all of Mr. Fiennes' work, and this performance is replete with each of them, as well as with the evidence of the technical refinement of a superb classically-trained actor. The directing, cinematography, and editing are equal to the task set for them, as is every single member of the cast. The result is haunting and unforgettable.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Anthony Minghella
Ralph Fiennes
Juliette Binoche
Willem Dafoe
Kristin Scott Thomas

DVD title: The Matrix Reloaded (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The matrix

This sequel is a prime example of why most sequels are so horribly bad; take a good, unique idea and make a movie out of it. Then, if it makes money, make a second movie in which you repeat---and overdo---everything that made the first movie so good. That's what happened with The Matrix. First movie, good. Unique. Nice plot, good idea. Interesting. Second movie, nothing but special effects and a nonexistent plot that will appeal to nobody over the age of 12. I actually chuckled when I saw one review that said "I expected more special effects." This film is nothing BUT special effects! If you put together all the footage that featured no effects whatsoever, it might make up about five minutes of screen time. The first film took a sci-fi plot and added an interesting philosphical slant. This film, however, is about nothing but people who dress up in leather and sunglasses and then fight. Anybody who says this film is deep and philosophical is either under 12 years of age or else has never read even one sentence of a real philosophy text. Bottom line? Two hours of eye candy, interesting to watch one time and then forget about it.

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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Not As Faithful to the Book, But Still The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now this is more like it! Whilst I enjoyed the first two movies in the Harry Potter series, they never really engaged me and, both being released at Christmas, were bound to be compared unfairly to the superior Lord of the Rings movies. Now out of that shadow, new director Alfonso Cuaron can really let fly. Reputed to be a darker addition to the series and building on suggestions of this in Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban exceeds expectations on a great many levels. This time around, the threat against Harry and his friends is much better evoked than before and, more importantly, there's a good dashing of teen angst thrown in for good measure. Not only do we get to witness Harry's uncle try to catch him doing magic underneath his duvet at night, but we also get to see the young cast outside of uniform and a nice suggestion of what is to come with Ron and Hermione. Filmed in a grainy light, this has a much more immediate and less spectacle-driven movie, drawing in Rowling's several points of reference to make this the most coherent movie of the series so far.
Thankfully, the child actors are much better this time round. Whilst Daniel Radcliffe still has some way to go before he can match Emily Watson's magnificent performance as Hermione, he comes leaps and bounds here, especially in the more 'real' scenes where he gets to be angry or brave. There are also some great additions to the cast, most notably Gary Oldman, who is a perfect Sirius Black, giving a complex and moving performance with his relatively small amount of screen time. Michael Gambon appears to be a good replacement for Richard Harris as well, and Emma Thompson (whilst not quite making the impression that Kenneth Branagh did in Chamber of Secrets) is delightfully unrecognisable.
Whilst a lot will undoubtedly be made of the what has been left out from the book (something which will only get worse given the increasing length of the series), it's all to Cuaron's credit that he manages to make such an interesting, cohesive, exciting movie. Indeed, the race back in time and a Quidditch match in the pouring rain, are so well done that what's left out doesn't seem to matter as much. This is spectacular entertainment on every level and, most importantly, doesn't seem so rigidly bound to the book as to make it stodgy or boring. It can only be hoped that the next director in the Potter series brings as much verve to the next installment.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

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