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DVD title: 2 Fast 2 Furious (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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2 awesome 2 say

I have to admit that I had my doubts about this sequel when I realized that Vin Diesel was not going to be a part of the cast. I had even bigger doubts when I found out that Tyrese was going to be in the movie (I always doubt singers turned actors). But I must say that I really enjoyed "2 Fast 2 Furious".
In this film, Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker), a former cop, enlists the help of childhood friend, Roman Pearce (Tyrese), to bring down a very wealthy and highly dangerous criminal in Miami.
The cars are faster, the people and locations are more beautiful, and the story is much lighter than the original. There is much more humor thanks to Tyrese and Ludacris, another music artist who gives a great performance!
I would suggest seeing this film. It's definitely one you don't want to miss!!!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Singleton
Paul Walker
Tyrese Gibson
Cole Hauser

DVD title: Smokey and the Bandit
Productgroup: DVD
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A fun entertaining movie.

I had a blast watching Smokey and the Bandit. This move put a huge smile on my face. Burt Reynolds as the "Bandit" is the man driving a cool black Trans Am and Sally Field is smokin hot riding shotgun! Together they run interference keeping "smokeys" (Highway Cops) off the tail of his truck driver friend as he transports a shipment of Coors (hard to believe it was only available on one side of the country at one time) across state lines in an attempt to win a bet. Jackie Gleason steals scenes as Buford P. Justice, "the Smokey" his hilarious rants are worth the price of the DVD alone. The definitive chase comedy (Bullitt is THE car chase movie period), this movie spawned two sequels, a dozen knock off movies and the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" However, none top the fun of the original. This classic movie is a ton of fun to watch over and over on a date or with the kids.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Hal Needham
Burt Reynolds
Sally Field

DVD title: Stargate SG-1 Season 2 Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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great show

I'll save the same for every single season... richard dean anderson is the life of the show. Love it.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Richard Anderson

DVD title: What's Happening - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Hey Hey Hey

This show is really funny. It is amazing to watch it today and realize that most of the jokes would not even be allowed because of PC. As an ensemble cast the chemistry is perfect. My favorite character is Dee. Somehow even though she is deadpan and sometimes you can almost see he looking like she is about to laugh when she delivers her lines she is just hilarious. Sometimes the fat jokes wear a little thin but it is the chemistry between the cast that makes this so good.
Best episode is when Dee ends up pitching burgers and Shirley plays Mama who is away.
Best line is Roger when he is trying to get a date for Shirley through a dating service. The woman thinks the date is for Raj and he explains it is for Shirley when she say "Well that is a horse of a different coclor" Raj replies "No she's black too".
Like with most sitcoms this one was really bad at the end (the last season was really strained) but this first season is a classic. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Ernest Thomas

DVD title: In America
Productgroup: DVD
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The Distant Closeness of a Painful Memory - Brilliant!!!

In America opens with a short excerpt where Christy (Sarah Bolger) is quoting her late brother Frankie while the audience can see a short scene from a home video on a digital camcorder as her Irish family is leaving a painful past behind them as they venture to United States through Canada in a beat down car in the hope of a better life. The road leads them to the Big Apple where the father, Johnny (Paddy Considine), can pursue his dreams of becoming a successful actor on Broadway. However, things do not go as planned as the family members face poverty, a heat wave, and the mother, Sarah (Samantha Morton) cannot get a job as a teacher due to their illegal immigrant status. Instead, Sarah takes a job at an ice cream parlor in order for Johnny to get his acting career started, but it seems as if Johnny's artistic career never will materialize. All of this is in the perspective of the daughter Christy's eyes and the lens of her small digital camcorder.

Christy and Ariel, the two daughters, make the best of the situation as they live in a crack house with constant danger surrounding them. However, the danger never seems to bother the girls, which supports the notion of children's resilience to environment. On the other hand it is obvious that the children are affected by their atmosphere, for example, they are faced with a staring silence as they enter their rich Catholic school on Halloween with their home-made costumes. Nonetheless, the children want to go trick-or-treating, which can be difficult if one lives in a crack house. The two girls knock on every door in the apartment complex, but no one opens until they get to the door that has the words, Keep Away, painted in white. Christy and Ariel are aware that the man living behind the door has rightfully so acquired the nickname "the man who screams."

The man who screams, Mateo (Djimon Hounsou), is an anguished Nigerian painter that has locked himself away in order to deal with his pain and suffering in solitude. When Christy and Ariel knock on the door Mateo's screams turns into a feeble smile as the girls want to trick-or-treat him. The girls innocent trick-or-treating seems to open an internal door into Mateo's soul, which allows him to feel the warmth, kindness, and love. The girl's innocent kindness brings out kindness from Mateo and as a result Sarah invites him for a meal. This leads Mateo and the family together in reciprocal friendship where their true feelings will be shared, which will end in personal growth for each family member.

Jim Sheridan's story is based on a script that he and his sisters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan have written together in memory of their late brother who past away during childhood. It is evident that the death has affected the Sheridan's as they deliver a complex and emotional tale of closure. However, the Sheridan's do not focus on death, as they bring attention to life and its many difficulties. Jim Sheridan depicts these difficulties through several small subplots such as Johnny's struggle to get an air conditioner into the apartment, which demands a lot of physical strength, humility, and patience.

Jim Sheridan plays with spiritual values throughout the film through many different ways as he portrays life and death. One of the scenes that brings strong spiritual symbolism to the film is when Christy and Ariel dress up for Halloween. Ariel dresses as an angel, which symbolizes Christianity and a monotheistic religion, while Christy turns into a faun representing a pagan belief, which represents a polytheistic religion. The girls are not necessary pagans or Christians, but it becomes an analogy to how differently they deal with the death of their brother. This spiritual web covers In America from the beginning to the end, as the family never discusses what happened to Frankie, which leaves the family in some sort of emotional twilight as they go on with life.

In America tackles several issues in a sincere manner, which amplifies the cinematic experience. For example, the addition of the clips from the digital camcorder offer a genuine affection that enhances the emotional difficulties of the family. The closure of the film offers much contemplation in the backdrop of life and the continuum of life, which will bring the audience to tears.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Jim Sheridan
Paddy Considine
Samantha Morton
Djimon Hounsou

DVD title: Garden State
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Very Impressive

I expected this to be a reasonably nice movie but what I found is a collection of fine performances, very well-written story, interesting characters, sophisticated film-making and a mix that is thoughtful, moving, funny and eloquent. Oh, yeah, and an awesome soundtrack that wasn't added just to make up for the film's shortcomings. The soundtrack complements the story telling. Very cool. Stop what you're doing and go see it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Zach Braff
Zach Braff
Peter Sarsgaard
Natalie Portman

DVD title: American Beauty
Productgroup: DVD
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Stunning 'Beauty'

One of the best movies I have seen in the recent past. I had a chance to watch DVD version of the movie recently and its never boring rather, I find it more thoughful.
No doubt - this is Kevin Spacey's best. Lot of venueus for exhibiting his acting skills. So many to point out - while at the fast food drive through meeting his wife with her boy friend, while clarifying the neighbor that he is not 'that', while talking to her daughter's friend after the game, and the best of all, while hearing that it is her first time. I don't see Kevin in the movie but Lester himself. He has lived the character. Class of acting! The Oscar he got was well acclaimed!
Interestingly most of the crew in the movie have excellently acted - be it her daughter or wife or the neighbor or neighbor's father.
There is enough fun in the movie - the dialogue commenting the two partners jogging with his neighbor is one best example. Cinematography - another wonder in the movie. The flying dirt bag shot by the boy is a beautiful poem of its own. Dialogues, Direction, Screenplay, Story - everything deservers appreciation - Flawless.
If at all critics complain about too much of reality or too much of abnormal characters in the movie - well! life is not normal always. Not everyone is perfect! And everyone with our own idiosyncrasies. But inside, the movie is very deep and requires varied serious thoughts.
And we cannot forget the silent serious and thoughtful emotion existing throughout the movie. The movie is never dirty or vulgar rather 'beautiful'.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Mendes
Kevin Spacey
Annette Bening

DVD title: Boogie Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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A Wonderful Unique Film

Paul Thomas Anderson is possibly one of the best young directors to come along in some time (Where is that Quentin fellow?). His second feature film Boogie Nights says everything about his style, camera work and story telling with in-depth characters and dry subtle humor. The film about a group of out castes who are in the porno business all looking for a family, where they find comfort with "their own kind." If I had any comments on the film, it would be that its a little lengthy where I did not feel it needed to be as long as it did. Some slow moments, however it does not take away from the picture as a whole. Wahlberg, Reynolds, Moore and so many others that played such a tremendous role - some of the best acting in a film. The DVD sounds and looks excellent. This is one of the first DVD's I bought, and with so many extras, one cannot go wrong in buying this. The commentary is monotnous. I would have expected to hear more interesting commentary from P. T. Anderson, but he catches a word and rambles off in another direction with a dry boring voice. Not a good speaker, but a great director. Highly reccomended!

Studio: New Line Studios
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Burt Reynolds
Julianne Moore
Mark Wahlberg

DVD title: Harold and Maude
Productgroup: DVD
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I always come back to Harold and Maude

No matter where I go in life, I always come back to Harold and Maude

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Hal Ashby
Ruth Gordon
Bud Cort

DVD title: The Best of Cosmo Tango (2003)
Productgroup: DVD
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Quantity plus quality

This DVD offers an unprecedented quantity of performances by many of the most famous Argentine tango dancers in the world. The image quality is superior to any VHS tape. All the performances are taped in front of live and enthusiastic audiences, which adds greatly to the authentic feeling of tango being danced in Buenos Aires. Each couple has its own style, and even though people can disagree on what they like, the superior skills of dancers are indisputable. The variety of styles is what makes Argentine tango so special, and what attracts to it a huge crosssection of dance-loving public. This DVD is not cheap, but there is nothing like it on the market, and therefore it's well worth the investment.

Studio: Cosmotango
Director: Fabian Salas

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