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DVD title: The Paper Chase
Productgroup: DVD
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Contracting excellence...

John Houseman was part of the entertainment world for decades, working with such heavyweights as Orsen Welles, but perhaps popularly he will be best remembered for his portrayal of Professor Kingsfield, a conservative, dour Contract Law professor at Harvard Law School, who, for all his professionalism and singleness of purpose, lets a bit of humanity creep out from beneath the surface. Houseman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role.
Timothy Bottoms played Hart, the idealistic young 1-L (first year law student) who comes to Harvard from the midwest primarily because of his fascination with Kingsfield. He forms friendships and relationship with a circle of friends, each of whom is eccentric, driven, and slightly certifiable (which fits most of the law students I've known). His problems increase as he meets and begins a relationship with Kingsfield's daughter (played by Lindsay Wagner).
This movie provided the inspiration for a television series, which followed some of the same characters from the film, in necessarily a different time-frame and different situations. Houseman reprised his role in this, and became a 'star' by this vehicle.
My favourite scene in the film has to be (being the bibiophile that I am) the time Hart breaks into the closed stacks in the library (which contain the personal papers of the professors) to look for Kingsfield's early work, including his original notes from when he was a student in Contracts. Hart's reflection on Kingsfield's philosophical musings ('Can one make a binding contract with God?' Kingsfield had written) almost convinced me to go to law school in America (and indeed, I took the LSAT and did well).
Houseman found the role of Kingsfield a double-edged sword, that, while fueling his stardom and exposure, also obscured the real person behind the role. He became typecast. Even when he went on speaking tours (coming once to my university to speak before a standing-room-only crowd at the auditorium) his Kingsfield routine was what the audience wanted; they tended to drift away as he spoke about his own life, and that was sad.
Make a contract with yourself to see this excellent film, and, should the series be repeated on cable, check that out too. You'll be glad you did, or your money back (contract void wherever prohibited).

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: James Bridges
Timothy Bottoms
Lindsay Wagner
John Houseman

DVD title: The Debut
Productgroup: DVD
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Eye Opener

I saw the Debut in the theatre. Surprisingly enough I WAS THE ONLY ONE THERE. Anyway, I really liked this movie. It showed how some the thoughts of a younger filipino that is growing up to his manhood. About being embarassed about your culture because you're afraid that your friends might laugh at you. When on the other side, they are actually proud that you are different and a breath of fresh air. When you stand back and look at the bigger picture, it is your own that is at times the one that is embarassed. Open your eyes, my filipino brothers and might miss the big picture. Mabuhay and One Love.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Gene Cajayon
Dante Basco

DVD title: Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Productgroup: DVD
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Thomas and the Magic Railroad was a great movie. It was suspencful,adventurful, fun, and exciting. I'm 13,and I thought that this movie would be boring but the movie was good. I'll tell you a part in the movie. " Diesel 10 is threating to distroy all the steam engines by distroying the 'lost' steam engine. Which is the source to all the steam trains magic and the conductors magic to traval between 'Thomas's world' and the 'real world'"............................ .........

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Britt Allcroft
Alec Baldwin

DVD title: Shrek (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"No! Not the Buttons! Not my Gumdrop buttons!!"

Shrek is a mordern day fairy tale with a big, smelly, ugly orge as its hero, and a wise-cracking talking donkey as his sidekick. Shrek (Mike Myers) lives in a swamp alone. All that changes when fairy tale creatures are at Shrek's door. Shrek learns that Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) has forced the fairy tale creatures into Shrek's swamp. Shrek goes to see Lord Farquaad (with Donkey, Eddie Murphy) and tells him to get rid of all the creatures in his swamp. Lord Farquaad sends Shrek on a quest to rescue the beatiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Dias) from a castle guarded by a fierce dragon. A great comedy!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy

DVD title: The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Productgroup: DVD
The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara - movie DVD cover picture
Where are the reparations?

MacNamara maybe sorry for his and America's illegal war here in in Vietnam, but where is the action to follow the words?
Who remembers the Paris Peace Accords? Nixon agreed to pay Vietnam $3.5 bn for reparations in 1973. It was blocked by Congress. Today the amount is around $14 bn and should be paid by America.
Since the war ended for America in 1975, over 60,000 innocent Vietnamese people have been killed by unexploded ordnance. Yet America has done little.
Justice? not yet for Vietnam
"We were wrong" - ok, do something about it

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Errol Morris
Robert McNamara
John F. Kennedy
Fidel Castro
Richard Nixon

DVD title: Spider-Man (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Getting that tingling sensation

I thought the movie was great onscreen and now on TV Screen. Yet I got to wonder with all the hype and all the money spent on this DVD set why they didn't work on a better Interface for the DVD Navigation (this includes the DVD-ROM as well). Even my friend said it was difficult to get around in it (so it is not me...and he buys a lot of DVD's) Small, hard to see icons to indicate where what you have selected and very non responsive (push the button five or six times and it might respond). The background commentary can be fascinating...though sometimes they fight for stuff to say. Would have liked if Toby had been part of it since he was involoved in a lot of the movie and could have gotten his perspecitve (he is the star after all). My roommate was a wrangler for the crowds and I learned a lot more from him about some of the stuff going it was a bit more interesting what I got to see on the DVD. The second DVD is throwaway stuff for the most part...E-entrainment the making of (now that ought to be deep investigative reporting) and some screen tests and clothing shots (though finding out that the guy who does JJ is bald in real life was fun and great to see how he enhanced the character) So I would recomend getting the DVD don't let the interface ruin your movie going experience.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Sam Raimi
Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst

DVD title: Dracula - Prince of Darkness
Productgroup: DVD
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like a marionette with its strings cut ...

It's been years since I've seen this film but the thing that remains most clear to me is the first time we see the 'creature' fully. It's been unconscious or asleep on a low bench and it wakes and tries to get up, but its legs don't know what to do, and its arms are just as helpless. That's when I thought of a newborn colt, or a marionette with its strings cut.
Lee didn't need that ghastly makeup because his long somber face and those suffering Italian eyes did it all for him. He had as great an ability to make us understand him even when he didn't speak as Buster Keaton did.
He has that same grace to this day, as Sauroman. I've always wondered if he had early dance training.
Those perplexed and terrified eyes of the Creature put me on his side at once, just as they did when they belonged to Kharis later, in "The Mummy."
Although this film's plot varied from the classic book, the heart of it was still true to it. We see our humanity in the 'monster' more than we do in the genius who created him so heartlessly and then didn't know what to do with him.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Terence Fisher
Christopher Lee

DVD title: The Mask of Zorro
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent fencing and romance.

In the grand tradition of "The Adventures of Robin Hood", "The Sea Hawk", "The Flame and the Arrow" and, of course, "The Mark of Zorro", "The MASK of Zorro" is pure escapist swashbucking fun. All the ingredients that made action films of the past so enjoyable are all here- likeable characters, swift (and well choreographed) action, stirring music and wonderful performances. Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks, and Burt Lancaster all tip their swords to Antonio and Anthony.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Martin Campbell
Antonio Banderas
Anthony Hopkins
Catherine Zeta-Jones

DVD title: The Blair Witch Project
Productgroup: DVD
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Okay to all those people who say it wasn't a real movie; you must not know what your talking about. There are no rules on what could be call a movie. Blaire Witch Project is original in every sense of the word. The film does generate some scares because you never know what actually happens. the acting is fine and if the only reason not to give this movie a chance is if you expect a killer with an axe to come slaughter the three adults. Overall this movie is actually worth giving a try.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Heather Donahue
Joshua Leonard
Michael C. Williams

DVD title: Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Cut (Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A pregnant repoter and her boyfriend who flies a helicopter take two swat team agents and flee the zombie infested Pittsburg. They eventually come upon an abandoned mall and take refuge in it. Everything is going fine until a moter cycle gang comes and trys to take over the mall, which lets in the zombies and all hell breaks loose. With Special effects that will make you sick and nonstop action with likeable characters, this is truly the best zombie movie of all time coming from noneother than George Romero, the best horror movie director of all time. END

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
David Emge
Ken Foree

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