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DVD title: Fiddler on the Roof
Productgroup: DVD
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A simply wonderful film

For years I have put off watching this movie because I am not a fan of musicals. After watching this, I cannot believe I waited so long. There are musical numbers, memorable ones, but there is a truly engaging story also.
The smaller-scale story is about a traditional Jewish father who is struggling to get by in the world. He explains the meaning of the fiddler on the roof early on and likens it to his survival. Topol gives us a great performance as we see his traditional ways tested with the marriages of some of his daughters.
The larger-scale story is about the changing face of Russia. Pogroms are moving people around or away, and this movie shows the effects on a village. I found it very informative.
OK, the music will stick with you. Even though I am not much of a fan of musicals, I find myself humming "Sunrise, Sunset," and I can still hear the daughters singing of the matchmaker. I music of Isaac Stern will stay with you also.
I would highly recommend seeing this movie.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Norman Jewison
Norma Crane

DVD title: Equilibrium
Productgroup: DVD
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For the 100,000,000th time, THIS IS NOT THE MATRIX!!!!

ever since the matrix came out, anyone who wears long black coats and has gunfights is obviously trying to copy off that movie. no one seems to mention that the look of the Matrix is strikingly similar to the likes of the Crow and the first Blade movie, or that the idea that this world is not the real world was nicked from Jean Beaudrillard. No offence, the Matrix movies were good, but they are hardly the most original concept in the world.
Neither is Equilibrium, but that is part of what's cool about it. right througout the movie, you can see that director Kurt Wimmer loves movies like Fahrenheit 451, 1984 and Logan's Run, and has taken elements from them to create a universe which, if you think about it, is not all that impossible. so in essence, it has done the same as thing as the Matrix, but it could not be more different.
to begin with, the action is so different. whereas the Wachowskis action scenes were kung fu and gunfights slowed down, Equilibrium puts the two together with the fantastically high concept gun-kata, and uses it in tight little symmetrical bursts of violence that really grab the attention. the climax where John Preston (Christian Bale) goes to kill the main villain is an assault on the senses, and the prelude to the final fight adds in some unexpected but much appreciated gore to the mix.
The performances are great, with Bale kung fu kicking Keanu Reeves to death in the acting stakes. He is abley supported by Taye Diggs, whose smirking evil henchman is the perfect contrast to Bale's more emotional performance. Emily Watson is underused as the love interest and there is some great support from Sean Bean and Angus MacFadyen, and Wimmer keeps the pace going while adding some nice touches and unknowing references to other classic films (the Beethoven 9th from Clockwork Orange)
unfortunately because of the monster success of the Matrix, this was found to be playing second fiddle in theaters (it wasn't really released in mine), but it is a more than equal to the first Matrix, and is actually better in parts than the sequels. watch this before you take your Prozium shot and be moved by a rockin piece of action cinema.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Kurt Wimmer
Christian Bale
Sean Bean
Taye Diggs
Emily Watson

DVD title: Six Feet Under - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than Television!

Six Feet Under is nothing short of amazing and the third season is no exception. The fact that several writers and directors could combine their efforts to create such a cohesive story is remarkable. Alan Ball's vision has been carried through this season with magnificent results. Some of the episodes are so well constructed that the viewer is left emotionally drained, yet still anxious for the next installment. It is a pity that it, like life, has to end.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Peter Krause

DVD title: Minority Report (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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He's Back, and Grown Up

Spielberg is back. This movie is highly entertaining, brilliantly directed and loaded with really cool special effects that seem so natural.
Somewhere, midway through this flick, it hit me. Spielberg has grown up. The maturity is reflected in how the story uses relationships between husband and wife, mentor and mentee, parent and child. While this is a darker story, without anything comparable to ET being bicycled across the rising full moon, (his Amblin Entertainment logo) it still gives one a feeling of the fullness of being human and then a little bit further.
Between Philip Dick, the screenwriters, Scott Frank and Jon Cohen and Spielberg, this had been made into a gripping story (Who is Jon Cohen? IMDB lists only Minority Report as his credit. Nice start.) It could have been a bit shorter. There were a few moments when I caught my attention lagging, the hypnotic trance was losing its depth. But like a good meditator, I told myself, "Okay, just trust the process and go back to what you were doing." In this case, that was being deliciously entertained. Those extra moments occurred mostly while Spielberg was adding little touches that add heart to the movie, setting things up so the dessert at the end would be even better.
Bob McKee, acclaimed screenwriting story expert, says that after you've seen a really good movie, there's no "coffee talk" nothing to discuss, because the movie's been completely satisfying. This movie left me satisfied, like only the best movies do. Not coffee, but maybe a cigarette, like you have after great sex. My faith in the master is back. I just wish Spielberg would write and direct more. There's magic in his touch.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Cruise
Max von Sydow

DVD title: The O.C. - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The first time I saw this show, I was addicted! This is by far one of my favorite shows. It is all stuff that happens to real people. It is hard to move to a new place where you know nobody. This show addresses many diificult subjects; Sex, drugs, crime, and anything else you can think of. I love this show. I am not lying when I tell you that I have been saving up since I heard the news of this release. I plan on going out and buying this the day it is released.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Peter Gallagher

DVD title: Father Ted - Complete Series 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Hysterically funny series

How lucky I was to come across this series on BBC America earlier this year. In my opinion, it is the sharpest and funniest British sitcom since BlackAdder. I haven't laughed this much in a long time. The cast is excellent. Father Dougal is a hilarious dim-bulb, but my favorite is definitely Mrs. Doyle. Every scene in which she appears is a comic gem. If you want to see exquisite timing, take a look at the scene in the episode "The Passion of St. Tibulus" when the actor playing Bishop Brennan first arrives. The scene is played out without dialogue, but the tension is hysterical. Highly recommended.

Studio: BBC Video

DVD title: Burn the Floor
Productgroup: DVD
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Watch but not rip it off

I see lots of complaints here essintially amounting to: "Superb danncing, but I cannot rip it off for my dance". I have heard the very same complaints about tapes from all kind of dance competitions. I have already seen several copycats of some numbers of the show, and I am pretty sure that we shall not see another video of this kind any time soon, because I am sure that the dancers are aware of rip-offs. This kind of dancing choreography takes infinitely more sweat, blood and brains than what you see in an average Las Vegas casino, and can believe what a pain it be to see it stolen and bastardized.

I have been watching this show many times. Sometimes it make me go out and dance myself. Other times it makes me grieve that I will never dance like this. But it never leaves me indifferent and unchanged.

Studio: Universal Studios
Burn the Floor
Fergus Login

DVD title: The Apartment
Productgroup: DVD
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The Apartment

A lovable and quite unforgettable comedy about why you cannot be a partner in other people's evils. Jack Lemmon is JUST RIGHT as the lead, a man who climbs the corporate ladder by renting out his apartment to his bosses for their extra-marital activities. He learns his lesson when he falls in love with the unfortunate mistress of his department head, realizing at the same time that she is unwittingly a victim of false promises & lies. Shirley MacLaine stars as an elevator girl who must be "the martyr" because she fell for a married man.One of the joys of this film is watching Jack Lemmon perform; and the film's whacky premise is a perfect compliment for him. "Young, cute and vulnerable" Miss MacLaine (complete with a suicidal tendency) is wonderful as well in one of her most memorable performance. This film is truly an Oscar winner.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Billy Wilder
Jack Lemmon
Shirley MacLaine
Fred MacMurray

DVD title: One Magic Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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Believing Can Be Everything

This is a movie that refects what stress and money can do to an individual around the holiday season, and how one persons actions can create a turmoil of events to themselves and those around them. When you think you are down and out, just watch this movie to see how wonderful life really is and the importance of believing. Enjoy, its a really good one!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Phillip Borsos

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Full Screen Edition) (Harry Potter 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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It blew me away!

This was an awesome movie! I own and have read all 4 books but it was a whole different ball game going to the movie. This had incredible special effects and leaves you wanting to watch more. I don't reccomend this to children under the age of 6, though. If you have read the book, you know that Professor Quirrel is the man with two faces. This is illustrated wonderfully, but would be a bit frightning to children. If you haven't read the book, go read it before you come or you will be lost with the story before the movie is half over! If you are wondering when the CHAMBER OF SECRETS will be in theaters, here is a clue. The cast has already started filming:)

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Daniel Radcliffe

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