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DVD title: Lone Star
Productgroup: DVD
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AN OVERLOOKED MASTERPIECE


I have now annoyed most of my literate friends with my rants and raves about this film. It works on so many different levels, as a whodunnit, as a social commentary, and as a meditation about heroes, fathers, and love. Y'know those movies you can always watch when you see them on? LONE STAR is as repeatedly watchable as, say, THE GODFATHER, and has one of the best last lines since CASABLANCA--"Forget the Alamo..." BUY IT!

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: John Sayles
Actors:
Chris Cooper
Elizabeth Peña




DVD title: Dogma
Productgroup: DVD
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Favorite movie and favorite dvd


My favorite movie from one of my favorite writer/directors, is also my favorite dvd. this two disk set is packed with extra features, two commentary tracks and tons of deleted scenes, with an introduction to each by kevin smith himself. the movie itself is filled with both comedy and drama, similar to chasing amy, and again, the balance is excellent. the comedy in this movie has (except maybe jay's lines) definately grown since, say, mallrats, and was equally hilarious, if not more. the movie is thought-provoking, action-packed, and gut-busting. everything about this movie is great. it is also not in any way blasphemous no matter what some of the right-wing christians may say. i loved this movie, and would reccomend to anyone to see it as soon as you can.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Kevin Smith
Actors:
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Linda Fiorentino




DVD title: Undergrads - Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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brilliant- but cancelled


To borrow a line from Trio TV. Undergrads was one of the funniest, most original series ever. I was amazed to find out Pete Williams, the creator, was only about 19 when the show was first conceived. It will certainly speak most to the Generation Y crowd, but I have to admit I was surprised at how similar the experiences shared by Nitz et al were to my own college years (1981-85--OK, no computers yet, and Star Wars was still in its infancy and not yet a full-blown cult).
The extras are pretty nice, too, I enjoyed the character bios. Pete is rather awkward on camera but he's fun to listen to as he talks about his creation.
Seeing that final optic, "2080 hours to sophomore year," is a cruel joke, because, of course, sophomore year never came. Damn you, MTV!!!
I still hope that some enterprising Cable network will pick the show back up, but it's been several years now and no doubt Mr. Williams has moved on to other things.

Studio: Music Video Distribu
Director: Jerry Popowich



DVD title: Good Times
Productgroup: DVD
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SENSATIONAL!


I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this movie when I first viewed it. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It's certainly watchable and a fun period piece. Sixties fans will get a kick out of seeing scenes of Sonny and Cher going around town and the brief concert footage that is shown at the beginning of the film.
The plot concerns Sonny accepting an offer to make a film but Cher doesn't feel it's the right thing to do. Sonny images them in a Western, a Jungle picture (watch for Micky Dolenz from the Monkees in a quick cameo!), and a detective drama. The duo find the time to sing a couple of songs, including an accoustic version of "I Got You Babe".
Cher has almost as many wardrobe changes during this film as Natalie Portman does in the Star Wars films. The director (William Friedkin) seems to have some sort of weird obsession about the scene where Cher is dressed as a (kind of creepy) clown. It's shown TWICE in flashback form. It also appears that character actor Paul Frees did a lot of (uncredited) voice overs for this film. If you like Paul Frees, you'll get to hear a lot of him in this movie.
The DVD contains a fairly clean print and it is presented in widesceen format. The color booklet contains a short plot summary and lists the chapters. Anchor Bay released this with no extras. A trailer, bios, and photo gallery would have been a nice plus. Captions would have been appreciated too. It's too bad that Sonny is gone because I think he could've recorded an interesting audio commentary track for this film.
If you or someone you know enjoys music and films from the sixties, by all means check this out.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: William Friedkin
Actors:
Sonny Bono
Cher




DVD title: Fail-safe (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A nightmarish drama !


After Dr,. Strangelove , only two films are worthy to remark : Fail Safe and Seven days of May.

The opening shots shows us bull baiting : allusive metaphor of what ii will come . Due to a crucial error ,a SAC plane is ordered to bomb Moscow . The awful mess once you opened the Pandora box is still to come .

The final sequence is impeccable . the multiple shots and the elusive perception of the vanishing time until finally stops has been few times shown with so merciless anguish .

A solid cast confers this work a high historic status .

One of the best films of Sidney Lumet.


Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors:
Walter Matthau
Fritz Weaver
Henry Fonda




DVD title: Lilo & Stitch
Productgroup: DVD
Lilo & Stitch - movie DVD cover picture
A True Hawaiian Adventure!


To be frank, I was losing faith in Disney's ability to create an original piece of entertainment. If it is not a Pixar project, the Disney Animation arm seems creatively adrift. With lackluster efforts like "Treasure Planet," "Atlantis" and "The Emperor's New Groove" failing to catch fire, hearing the title LILO AND STITCH made me scratch my head in wonder. However, Disney is king when it comes to marketing and the host of teaser trailers used to position the film were inspired. After watching the unsusual looking Stitch wreck the worlds of Belle, Aladdin and Ariel, I was definitely curious. After seeing LILO AND STITCH over the summer, I was hooked. Now, the film is on VHS and DVD and it maintains its luster and appeal in a repeated viewing.
A winning combination of sly humor, moral lessons and Elvis, LILO AND STITCH is a much better experience than MONSTERS INC and ICE AGE. LILO AND STITCH is very much a personal film, full of warmth and humanity, elements that are even reflected by the animation itself. While the digitial art of Pixar and the recent SHREK continue to enchant audiences, it is also a cold filmmaking experience to view. The Hawaiian fantasia of L&S is as welcome as the heroine herself.
What I also found gratifying was how the filmmakers did not parody the ethnicity of their source material. Some may say the look of Lilo and gang is exaggerated, but after the Barbie Doll look of "Pocohontas," it was nice to see characters who were not aerobicized.If anything, it promotes a more normal body aesthetic for children. However, the real jewel of L&S, however, are its two main characters.
Stitch is wonderfully fun, a mass of audacity and recklessness that had me, well, in stitches. He's the anti-Tigger, full of abandon and sloppy charm. Some parents took issue with his brazen and gross habits, but he made me cheer. As for Lilo, she's the outsider we all were at that age. Innocent to a degree, she's also keenly aware of her world and her quest to forge a friendship with Stitch is tender and real. The film is about family and its many shapes. It may be an overtly simplified message, and the script does offer a few clunker sections of dialogue, but there is no denying its impact at the end. Much of this succeeds with its great voice cast, especially Daveigh Chase and Tia Carrere.
Sure, it has a slow beginning and the space chase at the end goes on way too long, but this is a memorable Disney effort and one of the year's true delights. Besides, having the King play a key role in any animated film is something everyone should experience once!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Chris Sanders (III)
Daveigh Chase




DVD title: 21 Grams
Productgroup: DVD
21 Grams - movie DVD cover picture
Just goes to show how worthless the Academy awards are


I hadn't had a movie make me feel this satisfied in a long time. It was very refreshing.
Acting was earthly, in a great way, and the story was equally amazing.
I never thought that I'd like a movie that jumped back an fourth so much, but I loved this the most. All movies should be shot that way. It gives you a whole different perspective. This movie would have been just another movie without it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Actors:
Sean Penn
Naomi Watts
Benicio Del Toro




DVD title: Return of the Living Dead 2
Productgroup: DVD
Return of the Living Dead 2 - movie DVD cover picture
This is gotta see zombie movie for all horror fans!


This movie is one of the best horror movies I have seen since NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD(1968)(B&W).Although it is a sequel, but this one is not like other sequels!You can watch it over and over and still get the shivers!!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Actors:
James Karen
Thom Mathews




DVD title: The West Wing - The Complete First Four Seasons (4-Pack)
Productgroup: DVD
The West Wing - The Complete First Four Seasons (4-Pack) - movie DVD cover picture
satisfying purchase


I love The West Wing and it was great to be able to buy the first four seasons and watch through all the episodes in order. The quality was great. They are very enjoyable and I recommend them.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Martin Sheen



DVD title: A Man for All Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
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An Oscar Winning Movie Still Fresh


Sir Robert Bolt's " A Man For All Seasons" is a familiar story, but Bolt's telling of it is always fresh. The motion picture version won 6 Academy Awards in 1966 including "Best Screenplay" (Bolt), "Best Actor" (Paul Scofield), Best Director (Fred Zinneman), and finally "Best Picture". There are fine performances by Robert Shaw (Henry VIII), Susannah York (More's daughter), and Orson Welles (Cardinal Wolsey).The story is set against King Henry VIII's break with Rome, made necessary by his desire to divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn. When Sir Thomas More refused to sign the Act of Supremacy, he was brought to trial on trumped-up charges and ultimately beheaded. More had sought refuge in the letter of the law, but he was required to state his approval of the Act in an oath --an oath which would have required him to state something that he did not believe. For More, an oath was an invitation to God to act as witness and judge. According to Bolt himself, the oath would have shattered his integrity, his humanity, that "...something within himself without which life is meaningless." Contrast More with the character, Lilly, of "The Grifters", a modern character who finds fewer and fewer things that she is unwilling to do. She will make any compromise to survive, including the attempted sexual seduction of her own son. In the end she kills him, and escapes the bloody crime scene in an elevator going ominously down...down...down. Both plays: "A Man For All Seasons"and "The Grifters" are about the "self" and express the Jean Paul Sartre view that "man is nothing but what he make of himself".

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Actors:
Paul Scofield
Wendy Hiller
Robert Shaw




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