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DVD title: Sailor Moon R - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Even if you DO have to endure some REALLY cheesy plant puns, this movie is still the greatest movie ever. I've never seen anything SM except for Dic's butchering of the series, but this movie is a zillion times better. Snaps to Pioneer...they could've done better but it was still so great. The end was so touching. The love between Princess Serenity and Darien was so beautifully portrayed and the anguish of the Scouts during the battle. I almost cried. I totally recommend it.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara

DVD title: The Shining
Productgroup: DVD
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Great comedy but when exactly does Nicholson go nuts?

I mean, he's as psyhchotic in the beginning as he is in the end. Jack is talking about the people who ate each other in the olden days, a story he is telling to his son on the way to the hotel. His face and voice, however, look and sound just as freaky as they do at the end of the film. It's almost a little too hilarious.
The Shining is a masterpiece, a classic, yadda, yadda, you already know since all about since nearly 400 hundred people have already reviewed it. If there is an impossible chance that you know absolutely nothing about this film, you will find a great horror film about the mental breakdown of a man, only in Kubrick's version we can't really begin to see when Nicholson goes nuts. The reason I gave it five stars is based on the comedy it unknowingly possesses. No wonder Steven King hated Kubrick's guts long after this film was made.
NOTE TO VIEWER: There are a number of hilarious parts in this film, the scene where Nicholson is staring aimlessly out the window for one. The segment with the kid saying, "Red Rum" with his finger is an absolute laugh riot.
Also to note, THE SCARIEST THING ABOUT THIS FILM IS SHELLEY DUVALL. Is it just me or is that lady completely scary looking? WATCH THE MAKING OF THE SHINING, it's enough to make you pee your pants in laughter. Especially as you watch Nicholson. He's as nuts in real life as he is in this film.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Jack Nicholson
Shelley Duvall

DVD title: A Clockwork Orange
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic Adaptation of a Truly Prophetic Novel

This is one of the most vibrant, unsettling films ever brought to the screen. A fantastic adaptation of Anthony Burgess's truly prophetic novel. Fear of government overshadowing, of the apathy of teenagers, and the rising prevailance of violence in society all meld together to form this juggernaut of film making. Considering the date of its initial release A Clockwork Orange was quite ahead of the times. The visual medium that is film has hardly been used so aptly as social commentary. Michael McDowell's performance is one of the most memorable in Hollywood history. Read the book, watch the movie, and enjoy every disturbing, ultraviolent second!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Malcolm McDowell
Patrick Magee

DVD title: Jeepers Creepers
Productgroup: DVD
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Move over Jason Voorhees.....

Every once in a while a movie comes along that, despite the fact that it has kept me at the edge of my seat throughout, is totally ruined by the ending. I'm sorry, but I hate endings where the villain wins. This movie was terrifying . . . sure. But the thrill, at least to me, is to see how the heroes will finally overcome the villain. And that doesn't happen in this movie. If it had a better ending, it might have gotten four stars. One is as far as I'd go now, and this is only because I can't give it zero.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Victor Salva
Gina Philips
Justin Long

DVD title: Bad Manners
Productgroup: DVD
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Sleeper Gem

The comparison of this film with Virginia Wolfe is fair in the context that the psychology of those effected in the film is clearly drawn from their sociallization of the time period. The characters are drawn from the highest of intellectual caliber that anyone can imagine. Then these characters are thrown on to a modern palette of events. This is the most sincere sociological writing that I have seen since the movie "the last supper". Very compeling, and a must in any intellectuals collection. Thank you Saul.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Kaufer

DVD title: Rush Hour 2 (Infinifilm Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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If You Haven't Seen This, RUSH To Your Local Blockbuster

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker absolutely tear it up in this heavily awaited sequel to the smash hit "Rush Hour" I've been a huge Jackie Chan fan for years now and while I like his pure kung-fu films better, usually, I must say that this movie is one of the most overall entertaining movies ever. This movie has got everything, from action to comedy to a good storyline to suspense name it. Also, Chris Tucker is hilarious in this movie, pulling in his funniest and most memorable performance to date. There are some crazy stunts as usual and the movie also stars Zang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) who I love as well.
Overall, this movie has everything you could want in a Saturday night flick. Also, the dvd is loaded with extras including deleted scenes and outtakes. This is an absolute must have for any action, comedy or Jackie Chan fan. Pick it up today!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Brett Ratner
Jackie Chan
Chris Tucker

DVD title: Gosford Park - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Altman Shines WIth "Gosford Park"

For moviegoers who've been around the block enough times to know that Robert Altman, as of late, has not been making the best films he possibly could be (although those recent films, like "The Gingerbread Man" and "Cookie's Fortune," are still lightyears beyond some trite pieces of cinematic garbage that either resort to shameful tricks and gags or use all of their cinematic resources in a desperate attempt that cries "Please! Give me an Oscar!"). So with this knowledge, one can truly appreciate the utter genius that is "Gosford Park."
An ensemble piece of the highest quality, "Gosford Park" is, at appearance, a murder mystery of the Agatha Christie variety, but is really a social commentary on the British class system of the early 20th-Century (although I'm sure it speaks just as relevant about the 21st-Century class system just as much). Robert Altman weaves this all together in a way that is not only intelligent, but also surprisingly entertaining and fun. "Fun" is a fantastically important word that is often ignored during the making of a film, but this time around, Robert Altman has strung together a highly stylized, classy film that takes that word and milks it for all its worth.
The ensemble also does a fantastic job in "Gosford Park." It's hard to pick people out of an ensemble (which is why ensemble films are called just that) but the calvalcade of British actors and actresses all assembled to play out the various Lords and Earls and their servants that inhabit this movie is outstanding. The few American actors peppered within the cast also manage to hold their own and do an outstanding job (Bob Balaban is wonderfully enjoyable, and even Ryan Phillippe, who I normally am not a fan of, displays an enjoyable air of mysicism about his character).
All in all, "Gosford Park" is a sublime mixture of style, fun, and great acting that is a joy to watch. Be warned, that it certainly takes some will power to get into the very slow-moving and subtle plot. But if you're looking for an intelligent movie that tickles the senses, than look no further than "Gosford Park."
And thank goodness Altman's back to fine form!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Robert Altman
Maggie Smith
Ryan Phillippe

DVD title: Friday Night Lights (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Destined to be a classic 'sports' film

One of my friends saw the film last night (she is a so-so BBT fan, having loved "Sling Blade", but thinks BB hasn't topped it yet). She liked "Friday Night Lights" OK, but thought her overall disappointment in the film was due to it being much too hyped by the media.
No surprise that my reaction was the opposite. I though FNL was an even better film that I expected.
This true story would have lost something if it had been written as fiction I think. Script writers seem to be driven to make life even out.
The idea that what the viewer is seeing is 'reality' lends grit and substance to this story of Odessa and the town's obsession with football in this highlighted year of what is a very long history.
There are so many issues brought to light and the issues themselves offer so many varied sides to the facts, it leaves the viewer with much to ponder and certainly with mixed emotions and reactions.
One thing I was definitely not conflicted about was Billy Bob's performance. It was sterling. To all the nay-sayers who I have heard say, "he always just plays himself", this year alone should point out the error of this belief. He was: Davy Crockett, a frontiersman; Willie, a unique Santa Claus; and Gray Gaines, a true southern high-school coach. Is Billy Bob actually all these people? Perhaps now it will come clear to many new fans, he only 'seems' to be portraying himself because he is such a tremendous talent he totally makes the viewer believe he IS the character.
This film was very well cast all around. Tim McGraw (and I am not a TM fan, so I can appreciate talent other than because of my obvious bias when it comes to BB) was excellent. I have to admit, I kept picturing Dwight Yoakam in the role, but that didn't distract me from recognizing the acting talent of Tim. Who would have ever thought it? Much the same way Dwight emerged as a fine actor in "Sling Blade", McGraw revealed a side of his creativity we have never before seen.
Lucas Black (Mike Winchell) was a true find as a young actor ('Sling Blade' and 'Crazy in Alabama') and he continues to grow in his craft. In his easy acting ability, he reminds me of a young Billy Bob. Garrett Hedlund (Don Billingsley) and Derek Luke (Boobie Miles) were extremely well-cast and did amazing work. Grover Coulson, not a well established actor by any means, was very believable as Boobie's uncle L.V.
I am so thrilled for Billy Bob's continued growth in his film career and that he is finally getting high-profile film roles and the respect of the film makers. The down side is that I miss seeing Rick Dial, Brent Briscoe, and other familiar faces from Billy Bob's movies.
"Friday Night Lights", as BB has mentioned in interviews, was filmed in a more chaotic, kenetic style than most of his films, but it was perfectly suited to the subject. The awesome vintage cars were great to look at and lent a real air of reality to the actual era of the film. The music, while not my favorite genre and not true to the time of the story (at least by my recollections) did, much like the photographic style, definitely match the flavor of the film.
I have heard FNL compared to 'Hoosiers' numerous times. I liked 'Hoosiers' very much, but I thought 'Friday Night Lights' was a far superior film in all aspects from casting, photography, editing, and storyline, to performances. This is a touching story that makes you care about the town, the game, the coach, and most of all the kids living these stress-filled lives as the heros of their misquided town carrying tremendous responsibility under the guise of young folks have fun. My emotions were stimulated from the opening scenes to the ending updates about these real-live-characters.
While much of FNL was bold and in-your-face football action, there were subtle moments as well. Coach Gaines' look and 'kissed-fingers' relayed to his wife after the game definitely spoke volumes, but not near as much as the total relief expressed so loud and clear in the subtle, easy, sweet smile of Mike Winchell when he finally realized that the weight of eight years of playing the game of youth football was finally behind him and he could face the challenges of living his 'real life', which in comparison surely felt like it would be 'child's play'.
I predict this classy film will a classic sport flick in much the same way "Bad Santa" will become a classic cult Christmas movie. Of course Billy Bob is going to be in our minds and hearts for years to come as his body of work, as well as his fan base, continues to grow.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Peter Berg
Billy Bob Thornton
Lucas Black (II)
Derek Luke
Jay Hernandez

DVD title: Walking With Prehistoric Beasts
Productgroup: DVD
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Kittys to saber-cats Piggy's to entolodont's

An imaginative feast of information and drama. I highly recommend this for adults and older children. It may frighten very young children, but I found it captivating.

Studio: BBC Video
Director: Nigel Paterson

DVD title: Godsmack - Changes
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't Just Sit There.....BUY IT!!

Wow. The sound quaulity is amazing. I have a high end system, and this DVD just amazes people, even people that don't like Godsmack. Once you hear this, no other DVD will sound as good.

Studio: Universal Music & VI

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