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DVD title: Charmed - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Charmed


I know that this item is not yet avalible, but I started to watch Charmed in the middle of the FOURTH season so I have A LOT of catching up to do and this is the best way.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Shannen Doherty
Alyssa Milano




DVD title: Josie and the Pussycats (PG-13 Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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Blank the critics


Josie McCoy and her best friends, Valerie and Melody, make up The Pussycats, a struggling garage band from the town of Riverdale, U.S.A. They're gorgeous, they're talented, they're pretty naive, and they can't seem to get a break in the record business! Little do they know that Wyatt Frame, the main man at Megarecords, is looking for a new act, and he just happens to be looking in Riverdale. After the tragic deaths of the members of his most recent pop sensation find, boy-band Du Jour, Wyatt is desperate to find a replacement. When he stumbles upon Josie and the girls crossing a busy street with their instruments in hand, he signs them immediately, without hearing a single note of music from them. Suddenly, the newly dubbed Josie and the Pussycats are on a rollercoaster ride to fame and fortune, and within a week they have a number one song and a sold out concert on the horizon. But the girls don't know that the sinister music industry has been slipping subliminal messages under their tracks, using their music to sell everything from tennis shoes to Gatorade. When Valerie begins to catch on, Wyatt preoccupies her with the idea that Josie is hogging the spotlight, and when simple-minded Melody ALSO begins to get a bad feeling about things, Wyatt's boss, Fiona, decides the two trouble-making pussycats must be eliminated. Josie and the Pussycats is fun beyond belief. A perfect cast and a smart, funny script carry this movie to a level few comedies have been able to reach recently. The potty humor is to a minimum, focusing the laughs on quirky characters and a great plot about trends and product placement advertising. Despite what some reviewers might say, this live-action version of the famous cartoon band does an excellent job of staying true to the characters, while updating them for a 21st century audience. The excessive product placement is meant to be a joke, not a huge ad. Anyone who says otherwise must have completely not understood the plot of the film, which is pretty sad since it was extremely clear and simple. A warning should be placed on the soundtrack to this movie though. The songs are great, with very sexy voices, but there is a LOT of sexual innuendo here and there. As for the perfect casting I mentioned before, Rachael Leigh Cook is gorgeous and talented as usual, a perfect choice, and definitely one of my top dream-girls. I only wish she had been cast as Sailor Mercury years ago in the live-action Sailor Moon movie that was almost made. Tara Ried and Rosario Dawson were well cast too. Though Tara's character, Melody, aside from being gorgeous, may also seem ridiculously stupid at times, this is only in keeping with the original cartoon character's personality, so God bless 'em for not changing her! Alexander and Alexandra were well cast as well, and really added some extremely funny moments to the film, as did the hilarious villains, Fiona and Wyatt. Alan M. was also well cast, though extremely scrawny in comparison to the original cartoon character, but that's the modern image of a hunk I suppose. Oh, and Du Jour, the boy band parody, was too, TOO funny! Great casting there too! Seth Green is always hilarious! All in all, this is simply an awesome movie! You can't go wrong by buying a copy! Definitely rising in ranks to one of my all time favorite films. As for DVD extras, there's a behind the scenes featurette, great deleted scenes, a hot little Pussycats video, two very funny Du Jour videos, and some other little niblettes. A warning though, for all the other guys like me, who'd do just about anything for a date with Rachael Leigh Cook: Though the Backstage featurette will give you some adorable scenes of Rachael, including seeing her with beautiful, long, brown hair, and again later with hideous, chopped and bleached hair, ha, you will also have to suffer through her going on and on about how gorgeous the guy who plays Alan M. is. It can be a tough segment to watch.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Rachael Leigh Cook
Tara Reid




DVD title: Fresh
Productgroup: DVD
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An Overlooked Gem


This is a very recent film that I watched at the suggestion of one of my co-workers (Hey Harlan!). I was captivated by this film from beginning to end. Its raw power is undescribable, and the performances by the lead actor in particular (Sean Nelson) was brilliant. The story deals with a young boy who has become a pint size drug runner. He, however, is extremely intelligent and knows that there is no future in this type of life. He sets out to become a man, and in the process many lives are changed, most importantly his own. It is a film of astonishing and unrelenting power which should be seen by everyone. I was very impressed with screenwriter/director Boaz Yakim's decision not to put the usual soundtrack that befuddles urban films, instead, the instrumental score brings yet another dimension to this already multi-layered motion picture. Kudos to Giancarlo Esposito in the role of Esteban.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Boaz Yakin
Actors:
Sean Nelson
Giancarlo Esposito
Samuel L. Jackson




DVD title: All Over The Guy
Productgroup: DVD
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A wonderful insight into the dynamics of gay relationships


I had ordered the DVD of "All Over The Guy' on the strength of Richard Ruccolo. I loved him in '2guys and a girl' and was eager to see him in another role. Richard really breaks out of the sitcom mould in this movie - his characterisation of a chain smoking, heavy drinking masculine gay man is nothing short of breathtaking. The film itself is wonderful. It really delves into the difficulties of gay relationships in todays' society and how hard it is to meet 'Mr Right'. The onscreen dynamic between Dan Bucatinsky and Richard Ruccolo is excellent - you really are drawn into the complexities of their relationship. A special note should be made of the DVD. Unlike many smaller budget, indi films, this one is packed with features such as an audio commentary, deleted scenes, storyboards, interviews, trailers and a short film made by the director that will have you glued to the screen for hours. A wonderful movie that I wholeheartedly recommend.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Julie Davis
Actors:
Dan Bucatinsky
Richard Ruccolo




DVD title: Moonstruck
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my all time favorite movies


Okay, I am of Italian descent and originally from Brooklyn, so I can say that it is quite a realistic portrayal of that American subculture. But that aside, I found this movie wonderfully uplifting. I saw it in Copenhagen, subtitled in Danish (which I can speak and read)and it was a riot to see how they translated Italian-American Brooklyn English into a foreign language (didn't work too well!!!)Anyway, this movie will give you a lift anytime. Cheers for Cher, she did a marvelous job. As did Nick Cage.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Norman Jewison
Actors:
Cher
Nicolas Cage
Olympia Dukakis
Danny Aiello




DVD title: Sabotage (1936)
Productgroup: DVD
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HITCH'S BEST PRE-WAR FILM!


Please don't mix this film up with either "Sabateur" or "Secret Agent"...! "Sabotage" is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Agent." Hitch's "The Secret Agent" is not. "Sabateur" is another Hitchcock film--and not a very good one. "Sabotage" is quite good, however. By 1937, he had refined the writing, timing and mise en scene that make him one of the greats in the thriller genre. Earlier work--such as Blackmail, Number 17, and Murder--are not as well crafted or confident. It all comes together with "Sabotage," though. You might also watch "The Secret Agent," a film that came out a few years ago starring Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette and Gerard Depardieu--it's another adaptation of Contrad's novel and a pretty good one to boot.

Studio: Platinum Disc Corportation
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors:
Sylvia Sidney
Oskar Homolka




DVD title: The Lair of the White Worm
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Campy Horror Film! Great Fun!


I recommend this film if you like campy horror films and/or if you like the director Ken Russell. This film features the debut and breakthrough performance by Hugh Grant. He is great as the dashing playboy vampire hunter. I consider this his best performance.

This movie is very racy, a characteristic of the vampire genre. But racy is one thing, Catherine Oxenberg is another! She is beyond description beautiful in this movie, not to be missed!

The plot is excellent, equal parts mystery, supernatural horror, and adventure.

It is also fun because it centers around four young people, two couples, so the vampire hunt becomes kind of like a really cool double date. The hallucination sequences, a'la Russell's other great horror flick "Altered States," lift the film above the typical vampire flick, letting us glimpse the characters' internal psychological states.

The final scene with Catherine Oxenberg is incredible, and I am sure you will agree. Don't miss this cult classic!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Ken Russell
Actors:
Amanda Donohoe
Hugh Grant




DVD title: Armitage III - Poly-Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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No better


By far the best anime ever create

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Takuya Sato



DVD title: I Love Lucy - Season One (Vol. 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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LOVING LUCY. AND RICKY & FRED & ETHEL. NOW & FOREVER.


I love Lucy. You love Lucy. We all love Lucy. We always have. And always will. If thetale is true that someone is watching "I Love Lucy" somewhere in the world every minuteof the day, here's evidence why. Like you really need to be reminded! Each DVD in theseries contains four classic episodes ... indelible black-and-white images of Lucy and Rickyand Fred and Ethel that are still as funny today as they were 50 years ago! Each volumealso contains flubs, radio shows, behind-the-scenes photo galleries and special footage,such as lost and/or deleted scenes and original openings. Simply said: These volumes (andsubsequent ones) are must-haves for every DVD library.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz




DVD title: Look Who's Talking
Productgroup: DVD
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What's wrong with people - this movie was great!!


LOOK WHO'S TALKING actually did very well when it came out. I think these amazon people take things too seriously or don't have kids, or have such stressful lives they can't enjoy any kind of humor these movies have. I even enjoyed it when it came out and i was still in elementary school. My mom enjoyed it, and she loved babies and everything that had to do with babies and kids. Parents would enjoy this movie, not all but most. I'm not even one of those "kid lovers" I like kids, but not obsessed or anything like many kid lovers are. But LOOK WHO'S TALKING is a simple comedy with many funny parts like when kirstie alley's voice turned into a devil voice as she went into labor, because of the pain. To me, and my mom that part was hilarious and many women could relate to that because giving birth is no picnic, especially when it's your first baby. I've never given birth, but i've heard the stories. Anyways, i also read many amazon people's reviews about how horrible look who's talking too was, i'm thinkin' what is wrong with people nowadays? That was a cute movie too, the baby girl was as cute as a button, and the acting wasn't bad. I dont understand that. And at the end when mikey took his baby sisters's hand and they walked, and you could see her wobbling, and that cute baby walk which is so cute words can't describe, and the song i got you babe added to the moment. What's not to love, that was an adorable ending all i could say was AWWWWWW!!! people need to lighten up, especially if you wanna be good parents. Try to enjoy life, and not take things so seriously. These movies were basically about that. All those little funny and heartwarming moments when your kid is born and starts to grow and learn. But LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW i must agree with the others because it was horrible. It doesn't make sense frankly, the first two films were about talking babies, why go to dogs? I like dogs and everything buy WHY? It's almost embarassing to watch. Kind of absurd and yes the acting was horrific, and cheeesy script, and everything in the film was flat out stupid. What next talking furniture and appliances lol. But the first two are still great films, and john travolta is one of my favorite actors, and elias koteas who was in number two was funny, like he was in some kind of wonderful.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Amy Heckerling
Actors:
John Travolta
Kirstie Alley




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