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DVD title: Campfire Tales
Productgroup: DVD
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Campfire Tales is a great horror movie and it has a great cast which include James Marsden and Amy Smart!!!! It's about a bunch of kids telling scary stories around a campfire and it has a great ending!!!! I would check this one out if you are like me and you like stuff like Tales from the Darkside or Tales from the Crypt or anything with stories in it then go and rent this movie!!!!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Amy Smart

DVD title: Shakespeare in Love
Productgroup: DVD
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shakey lover

'Shakespeare in love' is one the most romantic movies i have ever seen... it brings shakespeare back to life for me. Altough i have always been a fan of Shakespeare, this movie hit home for me and made me appritiate him more... it is classified as a comedy and yes there are some funny parts but i think it is so much more than a comedy... i can not even begin counting the number of times i have watched it and it seems to get better each time!! Geoffrey Rush and Gwyneth Paltrow are truly awsome together!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: John Madden
Geoffrey Rush
Joseph Fiennes
Gwyneth Paltrow

DVD title: Cleopatra (Five Star Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Cleopatra: An Intimate Spectacle

Despite the legendary excesses and scandals that went on during the making of this unjustly maligned movie, it has three of the most critical foundation stones any work of this scope needs to succeed:
1). A unified vision or point of view, extending from the development of plot and characters to the physical look of the production itself.
2). A literate and compelling script that could play irrespective of the opulence of its surroundings.
3). Four leading actors who instinctively understand how to work their material, making the seams between performer and character invisbile to the spectator.
#s 1 & 2 were supplied by director / screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz, #3 by Taylor, Burton, Harrison, and McDowell.
This is a film that easily bears repeated viewings, and, again, thanks to Mankiewicz and his actors, functions simultaneously on a variety of levels. For example, there are the love stories:
Caesar & Cleopatra / Antony & Cleopatra.
The tender scenes are written and played almost poetically, but there are also political manouverings going on as each uses the other to attain or augment their power. This is made even more fascinating in that these are obviously intelligent, witty, charming, beautiful, ruthless, and influential people whose calculations shape nations and Empires.
Given all of the above, the movie also looks like the enormous sum it cost, has a brilliant score by Alex North, an accomplished supporting cast (in particular, Martin Landau, Pamela Brown, Hume Cronan, Cesare Danova), and spectacular "set pieces" that though fully integrated into the plot, almost play as "movies within the movie" - Cleopatra's Entry into Rome, Cleopatra's Barge & Banquet, the Battle of Actium.
In sum, Mankiewicz and cast succeed in bringing off the big "world stage" themes critical to this genre of historical film. Their greatest achievement however lies in making an audience understand that these ancient archetypes were human beings trying to bear the weight of both history and their emotions.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Elizabeth Taylor
Richard Burton
Rex Harrison
Elizabeth Taylor

DVD title: Metallica - Some Kind of Monster
Productgroup: DVD
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Heavy Metal ain't easy but it's necessary

It doesn't take a fan to appreciate this movie. Rich and famous people have problems just like you and me. They may have it made but they are human also. The Mighty Metallica is not just a machine, it is comprised of men. It has tons of extras to boot!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett

DVD title: Biggie and Tupac
Productgroup: DVD
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A Breathtaking film!

This documentary by the provacative director Nick Broomfield explores the murders of rap artists Tupac Skakur and Biggie Smalls. Using his inimitable, slightly shady style, Broomfield tries to prove that the murders were not the result of an East Coast/West Coast feud, as is commonly believed. Instead, he tries to prove that the rappers were killed as a result of their dealings with Death Row Records and its imprisoned leader, Suge Knight. Highly entertaining and informative, I would have given this DVD five stars if the audio quality was not so poor. Regardless, this film is highly recommended!

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Nick Broomfield

DVD title: I Dreamed of Africa
Productgroup: DVD
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VERY good movie

I saw this movie last night, and was absolutley blown away by the deep impact the story had on me. Kim Basigner did a winderful job in her part as Kuki (cookie). The movie has two VERY sad parts, and it seems almost unreal that those type of things could happen to someone. The cinematography is beautiful, as well as just Africa itself (the film was shot on location). I reccomend this to anybody who wants to see a pretty good movie with a pretty good actress!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Hugh Hudson
Kim Basinger

DVD title: Billy Madison
Productgroup: DVD
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A classic comedy

In true Adam Sandler style this movie is extreemly funny! There isn't a second when you aren't laughing. There really isn't a film the Sandler has done that isn't brilliant. If you've seen any of his other movies your'll like this one. If your thinking Adam who? then you have to buy this just to experience Sandler at his best, trust me your want to buy all his movies after seeing anyone of them. If you like this film the check out Happy Gilmore(1996).
Get this and a promise you will enjoy it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Tamra Davis
Adam Sandler

DVD title: Tommy Boy
Productgroup: DVD
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I love both of these films. Farley&Spade made great movies.

These two movies are two of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Chris Farley and David Spade always made me crack up. May we remember Chris Farley as the funny guy he was!!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Peter Segal
Chris Farley
David Spade
Brian Dennehy
Bo Derek

DVD title: A Woman Is a Woman
Productgroup: DVD
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There She Goes...

The New Wave has been assessed in every intellectual capacity, and using every aesthetic criterion imaginable, but what makes the New Wave the most beguiling of cinematic phenomenon is that, in essence, it is a declaration of the love of cinema, through cinema itself.
AWOMAN IS A WOMAN ("Une Femme est une Femme"), Godard's third film, is as much a milestone as his own "Breathless" two years earlier. The basic premise is effectively that of a kitchen sink drama; an exotic dancer's (Anna Karina) whim to have a baby is met with consternation by her boyfriend (Jean-Claude Brialy), who is further dismayed when she asks a mutual friend (Jean-Paul Belmondo) to act as a surrogate father.
But the neo-realist background gives way to a film shot in bold, giddy colours and synchronised to Legrand's harebrained soundtrack - A WOMAN IS A WOMAN is best described as a musical with no singing. Actors frequently affect choreographed like stances and positions, their conversations punctuated with overtly dramatic interventions from Legrand's score. Our heroine expresses her desire to appear in an American musical, "with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse", before adopting the relevant deportment for the approval of the audience, who are constantly consulted, bowed to, winked at and cavorted with by actors revelling in front of Godard's lens.
It is Godard's preference for the actor, in favour of the character, that makes A WOMAN IS A WOMAN an unparalleled experience in spontaneity. Filmed without a script, the actors wear their own clothes and concoct their own dialogue. Belmondo in particular frolics in the new-found fame gifted to him by Godard, expressing his wish to be present when "they're showing Breathless on television", and grinning at the audience as he namedrops new acquaintance Burt Lancaster. Later, he meets Jeanne Moreau in a bar, and asks her "how JULES ET JIM is coming along".
And it is with Truffaut's masterpiece that A WOMAN IS A WOMAN shares its essential raison d'?tre - the embodiment of femininity through a dazzling and formidable singularity, in this instance Anna Karina, whose whims, mood-swings and impetuosity are her right and privilege as a woman, as all women. "Women have a right to dodge issues, men don't", she tells Brialy, shortly after decreeing the stupidity of modern women, "these women who imitate men". A smile turns to a frown or a tear in the blink of an eye, and back again just as quickly, in an infectiously joyful and touching performance that is among cinema's most engaging. Karina, the new wave bride, worked with husband Godard on seven of his greatest films, but it is this wonderful and dizzying cinematic cocktail that is Godard's most translucent love poem to an extraordinary actress touched by an impulsive genius and unique beauty.
Along with JULES ET JIM, Jacques Demy's LOLA and Godard's own BAND A PART, A WOMAN IS A WOMAN is the most energizing and uplifting of all New Wave films. Ironic, gleeful and baffling, it is essentially summed up by Brialy himself, who towards the film's delightful conclusion declares: "I don't know if this is a comedy or a tragedy, but it's a masterpiece"

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Claude Brialy
Anna Karina
Jean-Paul Belmondo

DVD title: American Splendor
Productgroup: DVD
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From the streets of Cleveland comes... of the best films about This American Life in recent memory. Directors Shari Berman and Robert Pulcini pull off a real hat trick with art imitating life imitating a comic strip that imitates life (!). The autobiographical story of sullen file clerk/philosopher Harvey Pekar, living his insular life of "quiet desperation" (even after "making it" as a contemporary of R.Crumb in the underground comic world and becoming a minor cult celebrity on "David Letterman" during the 80's) may sound a bit dry but makes for a compelling biopic. The film benefits from an amazing performance from the under-used Paul Giamatti, who absolutely nails the character (especially evident in several inspired set-pieces that feature the real-life Pekar on-screen with the actor). An unrecognizable Hope Davis is also excellent as Pekar's eccentric wife. The filmmakers keep the visual aspects fresh and engaging with deft and clever mixed-media techniques. Despite the general tone of dark comedy projected through Pekar's somewhat misanthropic world view, the film is ultimately life-affirming and genuinely moving at times. Although it helps if you've read underground comics, and/or seen and appreciated the films "Crumb" and "Ghost World", I can't imagine anyone having a bad time hanging out with Harvey and friends for 100 minutes. A rare commodity these days: a perfect film in every way.

Studio: HBO Video
Shari Springer Berman
Paul Giamatti
Harvey Pekar

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