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DVD title: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Simple Love Story

The words Charlie Kaufman and simple shouldn't really be put in the same sentence, but in the end, this movie is a simple love story. The story revolves around Joel Barish/Jim Carrey who meets Clementine/Kate Winslet and thus begins their tumultuous relationship. They break up. She gets her memories of him removed at Lacuna Inc. Joel finds out the hard way after a failed attempt at trying to reconcile their relationship to find she doesn't have any idea who he is and decides to have the procedure done too just to spite her.I too have posed the question of whether or not, if given the opportunity, I would have unpleasant memories erased. The thing is, I think the story proved that you can erase the memory, but the idea will always be there (as is the case with both Celmentine/Joel as with Mary and Howard.)I loved the way Gondry shot the movie going in one instance at the bookstore Clementine works at and fading as Joel walks in the next room where he is visiting friends. I know it's nothing revoluntionary, but it stood out for me. I must also admit, that these past few years, I've had a new grown respect for Jim Carrey as an actor. When he first started out, he annoyed the living crap out of me with, what I felt, were pointless excuses for him to put $15 million in his pocket. However, ever since "The Truman Show" he has chosen roles which are different from the ones we're used to. This role, in particular, was interesting in that Joel Barish is a quiet introvert who pretty much keeps to himself which is, what I think, the total opposite of what we usually see with Jim Carrey.The rest of the cast, did an excellent job as well. It took me a while to adapt to Elijah Wood's turn as a stalker type of character who stole Joel's possessions which reminded him of Clementine in order to woo her. However, it was welcomed considering that I spent the last 3 years watching him as a humble hobbit.If you're a fan of Kaufman, don't waste any time, go see this movie. In my book, nothing has yet to top "Being John Malkovich," but it is one his best in my opinion.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michel Gondry
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Tom Wilkinson

DVD title: Apocalypse Now Redux
Productgroup: DVD
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Apocalypse Nipple?

One of the most extraordinary misjudgements of cinematic history was to award the 'Best Film' Oscar of 79/80, not to APOCALYPSE NOW, but to KRAMER VS. KRAMER. As many have said, Apocalypse is not just one of the greatest war movies of all time, it is one of the greatest of all movies, and has stood the test of the past 23 years very well. If nothing else, you can enjoy it as a marvellous druggy trip through fantastic cinematography and music.
I believe Coppola was absolutely right in releasing the 'short' version back in 1979. Many cinematic audiences just wouldn't have had the patience for the long and drawn-out dialogues with Brando. The French plantation scenes would have just seemed out of place to many.
But I am very grateful to Coppola for re-working the whole movie 20 years on. If nothing else, the sound and picture quality are outstanding. The film has even more grandeur than the original. The DVD comes with very few extras -- I'd really like to have had the HEARTS OF DARKNESS making-of documentary included -- but I can cope without them. This new version has rather more breasts in it than the original, and I suppose several of them can be justified. The scene where the French widow prepares the mosquito nets around the four-poster is very sensuous! The only downer arises some of the music that Carmine/Francis Coppola added to the movie -- the love theme is truly dire.
Still, this DVD, like the original, is a must-have. In fact, if you only get one version, get this one.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Marlon Brando
Martin Sheen

DVD title: Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Story, Classic Disney Storytelling

This movie was filmed for the Disney anthology TV series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color" (also known as "The Wonderful World Of Color") and was shown in two parts on January 7 & 14, 1962. The film was released theatrically outside the United States in 1964. I consider this film among Disney's best live-action films of its time.

The film is based on Mary Mapes Dodge's classic 1865 book of the same title. It is a shame that the book and film are both unknown by most people, because both are very special.

The story has everything I want in a film - characters I can admire and care about, who overcome numerous hardships and earn their happy ending.

The scenery is beautiful - filmed in the Zuider Zee area of Holland near the scenic communities of Comperduin and Volendam, as well as at Rembrandt's home in Amsterdam. The winter scenes for the skating races were filmed in Sweden.

The basic plot is of a brother and sister trying to win a skating race for money for their father's operation. He needs an operation due to brain damage from a head injury. The family is also desperately poor, because only the father knows where their savings are hidden - and he cannot remember. The story is full of adventure, hardship, mystery, and the love of a family for each other.

I first remember this film from seeing it on the Disney Channel in the mid 1980s. I have enjoyed watching the film numerous times over the years and am thrilled to finally have a chance to buy it on DVD.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Norman Foster

DVD title: The Daniel O'Donnell Show
Productgroup: DVD
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The Daniel O'Donnell Show VHS

I thought he was wonderful in this tape. I love the way he dances and he looks sooooooooo good in the leather pants. I hope he does some of this type of show when I see him live in Branson in November. I first saw him on PBS I am glad and hope to see him more in the USA.

Studio: Dptv Media
Daniel O'Donnell

DVD title: Memento (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Not your average mystery movie

I heard about this movie on NPR of all places. I was going to be traveling and figured it was worth the money even if I only watch it once. Lets just say I have watched it a lot more than once! This is a great mystery movie. There is nothing like it.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Christopher Nolan
Guy Pearce
Carrie-Anne Moss
Joe Pantoliano

DVD title: Say Anything...
Productgroup: DVD
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A True Love Story

This is a Wonderful, honest and knowing teen romance. John Cusack is great as the charismatic kickboxer Lloyd, and so are Ione Skye and John Mahoney. Great film that stands way above the average teenage drama-romance, they don't make them like this anymore. Great acting, great script, rings true to many viewers, see this movie. If you like John Cusack I recommend 'The Grifters'. From a scale of 1-10 I give this movie an 8!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Cameron Crowe
John Cusack
Ione Skye

DVD title: Young Guns
Productgroup: DVD
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The best western I've ever seen!

Young Guns and Young Guns 2 are the coolest westerns on the planet. Full of breathtaking action scenes and witty humor, Young Guns is a treat for an western or even non-western fan. After seeing this video, I actually went out and bought a set of cap guns.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Christopher Cain
Emilio Estevez
Kiefer Sutherland
Lou Diamond Phillips
Charlie Sheen
Dermot Mulroney
Casey Siemaszko

DVD title: 28 Days Later (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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so scary

This movie is sure to make anybody ... their pants. Unlike the slasher films of the last decade, this is a whole new breed of horror film. 28DL takes in the thrill of the modern slasher films and mixes it with the errie chill of 50s and 60s suspense horror, heavy on the suspense side, making it a spectical for fans of either genre.
You'll be on the edge of your seat. From the horrifying opening sceen to climatic strugle of who you can trust and through the ending, 28 Days will keep you wanting more.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Danny Boyle
Cillian Murphy
Naomie Harris

DVD title: Mosquito
Productgroup: DVD
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Tapping the Human Keg!

When taking time to taste the wonders and woes of a nice campground experience, nothing is worse than those run-ins with Mosquitos. While trying to have fun, those little monsters assail you and yours, taking little sips whenever they feel like it simply because they're trying to do what they can to stay alive. Blah. When put on tap a few dozen times, itching and wondering why you took a trip to the middle of nowhere, you find yourself wondering how things could get any worse. To answer, imagine a night spent watching the sky and seeing falling stars. Now try having one of those lovely comets turn out to be that UFO experience you've always wondered about, the driver of that vehicle get killed when that UFO turns out to be out-of-control, and then some mosquitos find the body and feed. Yeah, things get really big and really ugly from there.
When dealing with this film, one shouldn't make a mistake and think that they're dealing with something that isn't going to be cheesy. Big Bug movies always turn out that way, always having some strange sideplot to go along with the main flow of monstrosity, and the doom they offer is always campy. So, instead of going in expecting anything, you should think of your atypical bad acting, death, some gore effects to take the place of a plot, and a nice laughtrack to make the day go along better. And, if that sounds good, then Mosquito would be a tale for you.
Personally, the "who is going to live, who is going to die" tales always make me happy and I've always loved Mosquito. Within its brand of sordid humor, nobody is truly safe from the touch and the feel of the threat, with most of the people met along the way succumbing to the alluring beasts and their thirst. Its comedy, only nobody gets to stand up in the end and tell jokes (unless you count Gunnar Hansen - The original Leatherface). And that's what I like about it, truth be told. Every movie and social stereotype mastered by the mosquito.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Gary Jones

DVD title: Superman - The Movie (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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True to Form!!!

This has to be one of the best in the series. It's even above the others in the series, due to its being so genuine and true to the original story. In fact, it goes beyond the original, to where Superman came from. We see the original planet, with his original parents (with an expensive role from Marlon Brando), and we see the young child learning incredibly as he orbits to Earth. Then we see the villains get banished (to come back again, of course), and then we see the crash and Superman"s (Clark's Earthly parents) pick him up and call him their own.
There is so many good points about this film and when he enters adulthood and meets up with Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, you get the chills, and then there's Perry White. Where oh where did the original series go to? This gets better and better.
Christopher Reeve found his role in this movie quite well, and to watch him on film, you actually believe, through the magic of the movies, that he can fly.
Gene Hackman, as "Lex Luthor" is another brilliant move, what with his evil henchman look and sarcastic humor, he pulled it off well.
A very enjoyable movie, and highly recommended!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Richard Donner
Gene Hackman
Christopher Reeve
Margot Kidder

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