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DVD title: Batman
Productgroup: DVD
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Batman- a classic piece of filmmaking

After a long last, another Batman film was created after the 1966 version. It was worth the wait! Michael Keaton is the best Batman, Kim Basigner isn't bad as reporter Vicki Vale, and Jack Nicholson is a definite showstopper as the psychotic, scene-stealing, hilarious villain as the Joker. Tim Burton does an excellent direction job, the script is very witty and good, and Anton Furst's production design is dark, vivid, and also won an Oscar. Danny Elfman's score is a classic. Possibly the best Batman film, Batman combines humor with seriousness and Burton's distinct visual style. Better than the eye candy, special effects driven, colorful comic book adventures Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, in which one is good and the other isn't that good. Also possibly better than the dark, dazzling, malevolent Batman Returns. Unlike the latest two Batman outings, Batman and Batman Returns rely on darkness, a great production design, Burton's direction, great makeup and perfomances, and cleverness. The other Batman films rely on eye candy, special effects, okay peformances, okay scripts with some funny lines, and comic book type adventures. They are different yet both good in different ways. Overall, a blockbuster and very much worth buying or renting. Enjoy!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Tim Burton
Michael Keaton
Jack Nicholson

DVD title: The Watcher in the Woods
Productgroup: DVD
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A great movie with suspence without gore.

The best suspencful movie I've ever seen

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain

DVD title: Ray (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best films of the decade...

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Ray is a captivating and inspiring true story about a man beloved by millions around the world. Based on the life and times of Ray Charles Robinson, the film follows the popular singer's life from the earliest days of his youth to the day of his triumph over a heroin addiction. Featuring a soundtrack second to none in the history of cinema, Ray is the total package in terms of a blockbuster film - great characters blended together with an inspirational personal journey and an unforgettable musical score. Actor Jamie Foxx gives an Oscar Award winning performance so lifelike that it's difficult to distinguish his character from the real Ray Charles. In short, Ray is a film that appeals to a wide audience and one that literally transports its viewers into another era...

Jamie Foxx plays the role of Ray Charles Robinson, a black youth growing up in Florida during the Great Depression. Forced to deal with the tragedy of his kid brother's death, and the loss of his own vision at a young age, Ray nevertheless triumphs over his disability when his mother refuses to let him feel sorry for himself. Learning to play the piano from a neighborhood musician, Ray strikes out on his own in the late-1940s for gig in Seattle.

Ray's amazing talents are instantly recognized, and he's never short of a gig. However, while traveling on the road with several jazz bands, Ray begins using drugs, and he eventually becomes addicted to heroin. When Atlantic Records buys Ray's contract, Ray's career accelerates, culminating in several number one hits. Eventually, Ray strikes a deal with NBC worth more than any other performer of his day, and he and his wife Bea buy a luxurious Beverly Hills home with the world spread out before them.

But things aren't as perfect as they seem. Ray's infidelities have taken a toll on his marriage, and his drug addiction threatens to ruin his family, his relationship with his children, and his dealings with longtime friends. Having already accomplished more than most men, Ray Charles must now face the greatest challenge of his life - overcoming his heroin addiction and living a clean life...

Jamie Foxx is simply astounding in his portrayal of the larger than life figure Ray Charles, and his effort was more than acknowledged by his Academy Award victory and widespread critical acclaim. But less attention is given to the outstanding supporting cast that surrounds Foxx. The role of the young Ray Robinson's mother, Aretha, is played by Sharon Warren with such passion that her character leaps off the screen and into one's memory as the second most influential character of the film. Aretha's dedication to her son's future and her demanding, yet loving, attitude toward his self-sufficiency are admirable qualities. And the mother's influence on Ray is apparent in his drive not to be treated by the world as a cripple.

Further adding to the allure of Ray are performances by Kerry Washington (Della Bea Robinson), Regina King (Margie Hendricks), and Clifton Powell (Jeff Brown). Through the interaction of each character, the viewer sees a reflection of the passion and driving life forces that moved Ray Charles toward his musical destiny. Ultimately, Ray is a film about relationships and dreams. The astounding heights of success achieved by a blind man (and a black man in a segregated society) leave the impression that any individual can achieve any feat to which he puts his mind. This is the true gift of Ray, a feel-good film with a happy ending about a man who showed the world that anything is possible. And that's why Ray is an absolute must-see movie...

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Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Taylor Hackford
Jamie Foxx
Kerry Washington
Regina King

DVD title: Anger Management (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Very silly movie like Eurotrip

To me, this movie is silly like Eurotrip and/or Jackass, but a lot different. Anger Management is an enjoyable film that you will find silly also when you see it if you haven't.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Peter Segal
Adam Sandler
Jack Nicholson
Marisa Tomei

DVD title: Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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An outstanding animated romantic comedy, Shrek 2, brings to the screen the ongoing love story between Shrek and Fiona, only this time they find themselves in her parents' home kingdom of Far Far Away with all the ups and downs that that entails!
Picking up from where Shrek left off, Shrek 2 continues to shed light on the lovable duo and the rest of the original entourage, while adding more, new characters, that are equally, if not more, adorable.
It is a film about human relations, hope and second chances, but most importantly about trust, love, and inner strength.
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and the rest of the cast, have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are exceptional to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows (the animation does come ALIVE)! Very well written and very well presented, the movie is without a doubt guaranteed to provide more than just a few laughs. The film is simple enough, but does a great job of describing people's every day lives and the problems they face. It just goes to show that simplicity is often far better than complexity, when trying to present issues of a human nature.
The setting, the plot, the dialogues, the HUMOR (!!!) and the music are all wonderful!
In short, Shrek 2 is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection!

Studio: Dreamworks
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz

DVD title: In Living Color - Season 1
Productgroup: DVD
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In Living Color was probably the best sketch comedy show ever produced on TV. For my money there are more laughs per episode of this show than any other TV show, bar none. These brilliant people hit the ground running with the very first sketch of the very first episode, and didn't let up. The first season only had 13 episodes, but there's so much comedic genius crammed into these three discs that it feels like 26 episode's worth. What amazes me is that only Jim Carrey went on to prominent film success, like many SNLers have. As funny as Jim Carrey is, I don't think he was the funniest performer on this show. Nevertheless, In Living Color ages extremely well over time. It's hard to believe that its first season was in 1990. Recurring characters like Homey D. Clown, Anton the Bum and the Hedleys are simply funny. I'd have time to watch thirteen shows if I only had nine jobs!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Keenen Ivory Wayans

DVD title: Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely enthrallingly metaphorical.

I saw this movie in a marriage and family therapy class. I found it deeply moving and extremely mind opening. The movie, with its fabulous score, can be translated into many aspects of modern life. It can also be used for relaxation in much the same sense that meditation can. I have been trying for almost two years to find a copy. Can anyone help me? I am interested in good quality used as well as new. I teach two humanities classes at a community college, and I would dearly love to show this film to my students.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Godfrey Reggio
Philip Glass

DVD title: Europa Europa
Productgroup: DVD
Europa Europa - movie DVD cover picture
Great film!

Great film! The best I have ever seen!

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Marco Hofschneider
René Hofschneider
Solomon Perel

DVD title: Head On
Productgroup: DVD
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An Excellent Must See Movie

Rent it, buy it - borrow it. This is an excellent movie.

Studio: Strand Releasing Home Video
Director: Ana Kokkinos

DVD title: Born on the Fourth of July (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Good movies entertain. They make you laugh and cry. Great movies leave a mark on you. You think about the movie, what it means, and you talk about it for days. It changes your perception of things on many levels. This is one those movies. I am still in awe of the movie that I have watched maybe 6 times. Oliver Stone and Tom Cruise have brought a brilliant story about the war to life.

First of, this is not exactly a war movie, but it revolves around a war. It shows the effects of the war to the people who were in it and the general public who have no idea what exactly is going on. This is a story of Ron Kovic, an all-American kid from Long Island. He is full of passion for his country and he believes in serving his country, not caring whether he dies in the process. He eagerly enrolls in the Marine Corp and before he knows it, he is sent to Vietnam fighting in the front line. Some things happen there that leaves a huge impact on Ron and also he was paralyzed from a battle with the communists. He finds himself in a hospital and they have to amputate his legs. He then returns home to find that not everyone sees eye to eye on the war situation in Vietnam, many look at him with embarassment and repulse. In an instant, he had gone from hero to zero.

What really grabbed me about this movie was the story. It doesn't show the war in detail, but more what the war does to it's soldiers and the people involved. It's amazing how they show things from an individual's point of view. It shows the terrible effects of war that you just cannot watch on CNN. Through this movie, it opened my eyes that wars do not just leave towns/cities in destruction or leave people also effects the people who survived. The trauma and the pain they go through. It's hard to just pick up where you left. And yeah, everyone will be there when things are going well, but who'll be left when things go awry? When you lose your legs and need nursing?

I have to say, kudos to Cruise for giving an Oscar-worthy performance. I honestly felt he deserved the statuette for this role. It's hard to imagine anyone else pulling of the part as perfectly as he did. From humble and innocent beginnings, to a torn and desperate man left scarred for life. You can feel the emotion he's going through all the way. It's not hard to imagine yourself doing the same if you were in his shoes. This role defined Tom Cruise as an actor, and he has definitely earned a place in my book as one of the best actors around. The movie also has a slew of talented actors but most appear in brief sequences but due to Cruise's brilliant performance, it doesn't really matter.

Oliver Stone is one of the great directors of our time (other than Alexander) so his direction of this movie is no surprise, it's practically flawless. He does it so well, each scene is classic and invokes emotion that movies rarely create. And the score of the movie by John Williams is also fantastic. The music that appears in the parade earlier on in the movie, when the war veterans are marching by with broken legs and arms...kinda like a preview of things to come, brilliant!

This movie will be remembered for a long time and it really makes you sad that wars are still going on around the world. You wish that those people could watch movies like this and realize that it destroys something more than nations or buildings, it destroys the very essence of life. To quote from Ron Kovic, "People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America". If you haven't watched this movie, you are missing something important in American cinema.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Oliver Stone
Tom Cruise

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