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DVD title: 'Round Midnight
Productgroup: DVD
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Come and celebrate the music!


If you've ever been in a small, smoke filled club, oh, 'round about midnight, when the beauty of the jazz being played brings absolute tears to your eyes, well, you'll know why this film is so special. Jazz itself swims in the river of risk, and director Bertrand Tavernier jumps in feet first. Instead of using regular actors to play the parts of these creative people, he does it one better and uses the musicians themselves to tell the story. Starring the remarkable late tenorman Dexter Gordon, we follow the story of a 1950's american jazzman in Paris who is on the slow decline to destruction until he his befriended by a local fan, played wonderfully by Francois Cluzet. Dexter was not the only musician to grace the screen. Others such as Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and several others not only provided the music in the film but many played pivotal roles as well. This use of musician that have been there, done that brings a special "realness" that could never have come across by using regular actors. On a side note, this film was unique in quite another way. Almost all of the music that you see being performed in the movie was actually being played and recorded right on the stage. In nearly every other movie the music is rerecorded at a later date in order to take out any "mistakes". This just shows the lengths that director Tavernier was willing to go to bring the true spirit of jazz to the screen. In ending, this film, like jazz itself, will probably not be for everyone. However, if you pass up the chance to see this film you will miss the chance to add two hours of magic to your life!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Actors:
Dexter Gordon



DVD title: Rocky (Five-Disc Boxed Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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great movies


I myself, having seen all five Rocky movies think that one, three, and four are must sees. Two is has been forgotten because of its lack of major difference to the first, which is by far the best. Five was more depressing than Mickey and Apollo dying combined due to the riches to rags Pauly bumbling. the Don King spoof was a little out of line too,

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Actors:
Stallone
Shire
Young
Sylvester Stallone




DVD title: Sex and the City - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
Sex and the City - The Complete Third Season - movie DVD cover picture
sensation and the city


this is going to be the dvd of the year.
the sexual goings on of these four manhatten lovlies is compulsive viewing. never have i been captivated by a show that is so up front and so accurate at analysing relationships, sex and love. its like having 4 of your best friends giving you therapy.
if you missed the first two seasons, then buy them and catch up -if you saw it, then you are probably as hungry for this dvd to his the store as i am!
new york is the idea place to set this show as it can be one of the coldest, cruelest city's but also one of the most fun and friendly... pure genius.

Studio: HBO Home Video
Actors:
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon
Kyle MacLachlan
Sarah Jessica Parker
Kim Cattrall




DVD title: Niagara
Productgroup: DVD
Niagara - movie DVD cover picture
Great


I remember this movie from years ago, and am always happy when I find it on T.V. I finally decided to get the DVD for myself and am thrilled I did. They did a good job, look wise and sound wise. I could not be happier with it.


Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Henry Hathaway
Actors:
Marilyn Monroe
Joseph Cotten




DVD title: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Productgroup: DVD
My Big Fat Greek Wedding - movie DVD cover picture
Pure Entertainment!


"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is an hilarious film drawing fun out of the culture clash between the family of Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett). Toula's family, which exudes every ethnic stereotype imaginable, bewilders Ian's family as the courtship and wedding preparations proceed. In the end they all blend into one, big happy, Greek (?) family.
Jumping from scene, this film, without taxing your mind, is pure entertainment. I don't want to spoil it for you. Just watch and enjoy!

Studio: HBO Home Video
Director: Joel Zwick
Actors:
Nia Vardalos
John Corbett
Michael Constantine




DVD title: The Wizard of Oz
Productgroup: DVD
The Wizard of Oz - movie DVD cover picture
A must-own for your classics collection!


Just when you thought you'd seen everything there is to see on the classic 1939 MGM musical fantasy, this DVD comes along with an abundance of wonderful special features that any film fan will want to include in their library.

It's especially nice that this is a bargain, too!

I thought there was nothing new to learn about THE WIZARD OF OZ, nor did I have much interest in viewing the movie for an umpteenth time, but this DVD changed that. Now I am looking forward to introducing a 4 year old niece to her first viewing of this magical masterpiece and, even if it's not your cuppa tea, you should make sure it's included among your collection!

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Judy Garland
Frank Morgan




DVD title: Gracie's Choice
Productgroup: DVD
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Gracie a child yet a women


This lifetime original movie was AWESOME. Gracie is a young women still in high school, she has 1 sister and 3 brothers. Her mom is a druggie and thinks about men and drug before her own kids. Well, the kids are eventually put with their grandma who gives the care giver money to the kids mom. When they tell Gracie that they are going to take the kids and put them into foster homes, Gracie stands up and says no. She says she will raise them. So starts the story of a young girl with her whole life ahead of her and she decides she will raise her 3 brothers. Her sister got knocked up and married. Gracie goes to school, works, and is a full time Mom. This is a story of one young girls fight to keep her family together. This is a MUST SEE MOVIE. A true heartfelt film.

Studio: Lifetime
Director: Peter Werner (III)



DVD title: Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"You still look like an ass to me'!


The Best Animated movie i have ever seen! Shrek 2 is as funny as ever! Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) is the funniest character i have ever seen! Great job!

Studio: Dreamworks
Actors:
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz




DVD title: American Splendor
Productgroup: DVD
American Splendor - movie DVD cover picture
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life


Life's a funny thing. You eke out an anonymous existence in ratty apartments at a clerk job at the V.A. hospital, submit ideas for stories about your seemingly mundane life (you can bearly draw a straight line)for an underground comic book and they make a classic movie about you. Harvey Pekar is one lucky fellow that the task of making the movie of his life was left to the gifted directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.

Pulcini and Berman imaginatively tell Harvey's story through interesting devices such as through traditional actors, actual participation by the real-life counterparts themselves or through cartoon panels. At one point in the film the real Harvey Pekar is talking and you can see the actor playing him, Paul Giamatti, laughing in the background. Normally this would be a daunting task for an actor to have the real-life person appear in the same film as you but Giamatti is such a consummate actor that he is more than up to the task. Also providing excellent work here are Hope Davis as Harvey's soulmate, Joyce, and Judah Friedlander as Toby, a nerdy co-worker(and proud of it)of Harvey's. The grimy Cleveland locations also add to the feel of the film as do the use of vintage records on the soundtrack(probably obscure jazz records from Harvey's personal collection). In a perfect world this film should have enjoyed greater box office acceptance than it did like, say, a lesser independent film like "Napoleon Dynamite". I have attempted to recommend this film to other people and it's usually met with a shrug. When I attempt to explain what the film is about it's usually met with puzzled uninterested looks. Some things in life don't come wrapped in pretty paper and a bow. Just ask Harvey.

Studio: HBO Video
Actors:
Shari Springer Berman
Paul Giamatti
Harvey Pekar




DVD title: Dream a Little Dream
Productgroup: DVD
Dream a Little Dream - movie DVD cover picture
my favorite movie of all time so far


One of my favorite films so defining of the 80's. A classic teen angst high school movie but with imagination. I think Corey Feldman & Corey Haim made a great team in this. This film makes you want to go back to the 80's as a teenager in high school, watching it nowadays. I completely related to Corey Haims character Dinger. Dinger and Bobby are best friends Bobby falls for Lainie the hottest girl in school and has to convince her that she loves him before the night's over but here's the story in an accident Bobby switches his body with the old man next store living life thru his eyes and vice versus. The same thing with Lainie and the old man's wife. A romantic comedy with a twist. Pay attention to the characters and their bond. A great film about friendship & relationships in high school. An essential to collection for anyone who grew up in 80's cinema. I own the DVD and the soundtrack is great too.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Marc Rocco
Actors:
Corey Feldman
Jason Robards




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