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DVD title: Frailty
Productgroup: DVD
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Dark and Disturbing

Frailty is the first movie that I've seen since Seven that I've left the movie theatre with a deeply affected air. This movie is not a traditional screamer that freaks you out. It is more in the vein of a Poe short story or even one of King's darkest novels. It follows the story of Finton Meeks a man who apparently knows who the hand of god killer is and wants to tell a Sheriff at the F.B.I. headquarters in Dallas, Texas. As he unfolds his story it becomes more apparent that he is telling the truth but also that he is hiding something. The ending is absolutely brilliant. This movie is so good that it will actually blur the lines between good and evil and what is real and unreal. All the actors gave great performances especially the boy who played Finton Meeks as a young person. Also Bill Paxton did an excellent job with directing the film. This is a classic horror movie that is on the same level as "The Shining" and "Pet Semetary." This movie is not recommended to those who can not stand disturbing movies with Religious themes. But it's a great horror film that is reccommended to all other adults.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton
Matthew McConaughey

DVD title: Requiem for a Dream - Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't Do Drugs

If school boards and parents were smart they'd throw programs like D.A.R.E. out the window and should just show this movie. Unlike movies like Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, where Drug use is glamorized, this film is the grim reality of it. It was a great touch to have the mother addicted to legal diet pills and show the side effects. Arronofsky has definately improved his technique since his debut film Pi. Personally, this was the best picture I saw for 2000. Julia Roberts might have done a good job, but I doubt she could have played the part Ellen Burstyn did. Excellent job. This film is not for the faint of heart or people who don't appreciate good cinema. I look forward to the next outing by this up and coming auteur.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Ellen Burstyn
Jared Leto

DVD title: The Negotiator
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful, but not $90 wonderful!

I saw this movie in the theater and just had to buy it. Samuel L. Jackson is probably my favorite actor. (I also recommend 'A Time to Kill') What I'm wondering is why in the heck this movie costs $90 on this site. That's outrageous. It wasn't that good.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: F. Gary Gray
Samuel L. Jackson
Kevin Spacey

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Totally awesome!!!

While working in a bookstore, I noticed that people ran to buy this extended version of "Fellowship", despite the fact that they'd already purchased the original DVD release. I simply wrote it off as fanaticism...until I bought it myself.
Not only do you get tons of extras (commentary by almost half the cast and crew, including Peter Jackson)you get an extra 30 minutes originally cut from the theatrical release and original DVD (I'd expound, but I don't want to spoil it for you). You also get Enya's music video for "May It Be", the theatrical trailer for "Two Towers", a sample of the TT video game, and much, much more. If you've loved these movies as much as the rest of us, do yourself a favor and buy these special editions of LOTR. They're so chock full of "extras" goodness, it's worth the extra 10 bucks.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: The Mission (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A classic

It is hard to watch this movie and not be moved in some way. Two great actors at their best, De Niro and Irons. Historically informative. Stunning scenery and outstanding soundtrack. This film has the best scene of forgiveness I have ever seen (when De Niro is confronted on the moutain.) The final scenes are breathtaking. The movie raises the question of whether Christians should turn the other cheek or not, when confronted with violence and patent injustice. No simple solution is offered. A brilliant film.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Roland Joffé
Robert De Niro
Jeremy Irons

DVD title: Conspirators of Pleasure
Productgroup: DVD
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Exquisite cacophony of images

Jan Svankmajer, whose name is almost always mentioned in the same breath as the Brothers Quay, is an animator with a deeply philosophical, psychological bent whose mode de employ is the infinite variety of the grotesque. If you appreciate Joel-Peter Whitkin's stills, you will love Svankmajers films. Objects animated are people, tubers, taxidermilogical failures, etc. Svankmayer takes a thousand separate, shocking little pieces and combines them into a sublimely shocking whole. The end product is always bafflingly surreal and so over the top as to be beatific. His filmography is made up mostly of shorts, and two other feature length films, Alice (1988) and Faust (1996), all would be worth some footwork to catch a glimpse of his intricately wrought madness.
Conspirators is a cohesive series of vignettes about obsessive-compulsive fetishists whose paths cross, in so doing sparking a series of respective erotic destinies that are fulfilled via a spiraling puzzle like path. The movie itself defines fetishism, turning the everyday object or occurrence into a meaning laden ritual; in these cases lives are compelled by a collection of huge fetish projects: the porno stand engineer who is so in love with images that he constructs a television that can be made to love him back; the mail carrier who maniacally turns loaves of bread into compact little balls that she delivers to the news anchor who feeds them to carp who live in a bucket under her desk and get her off on camera (as part of the engineer's project); her husband who hears symphonies in pursuit of junk he later constructs tools that de Sade would have cried over; and a pair of neighbors who obsess over each other's murders, whose will finds a magical way. This film is a must-see just for the exquisite detail with which the nameless protagonist constructs the piece de triumph of all fetish objects- it cannot be hinted at in less than a volume. These frames speak volumes, a wordless cacophony. Conspirators could be seen as a sort of "The Making Of" a Jan Svankmajer animation- the sympathetic voodoo magic worked by a team of discreet players so intense that genius is sparked and makes vital and gorgeous the previously inert and obscene. I'd give this film one star for each story's achievement, plus one for the opening sequence of *truly* bizarre 17th Century porno woodcuts. A must see.

Studio: Kino Video
Director: Jan Svankmajer

DVD title: She Done Him Wrong
Productgroup: DVD
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The incomparable Mae West at her finest

Mae West was a veteran of burlesque, vaudeville and the Broadway stage by the time she made her first film in 1932 at the age of 39. "She Done Him Wrong" was her second film and her first starring role in an adaptation of her smash Broadway hit "Diamond Lil". It was a play that West had written herself and it played to packed houses on Broadway for years. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture and made Cary Grant into an instant star. Mae went on to write nine of the fourteen screenplays for films in which she was to star. Thus, all those great quotes we've heard that are attributed to her were not only said by her, but written by her as well. By 1935, she was the most highly paid woman in America. To this day, she remains one of the female stars most often imitated by female impersonators.
This film is among her best. It is full of the bawdy double entendre that became her trademark. She was the queen of sexual innuendo and suggestive dialogue and many of her lines have become part of Americana (e.g. "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?" And, "A hard man is good to find." And of course, "Come up and see me sometime.")
The plot of this film is simplistic and it is clearly a vehicle for her enormous talent, leading up to the now famous proposal by Cary Grant at the end of the film. Mae commands every frame of the film with her incomparable combination of sex appeal and ribald humor. Her sense of comic timing is impeccable making the funny lines she writes that much more hilarious by the snide way in which she delivers them.
Before this film, Cary Grant had appeared in half a dozen films and was building a reputation as a solid actor. However, none of his early films gave him the exposure that this film did due to its wild popularity at the time. West handpicked him for the part saying that he combined virility with the bearing of a gentleman. She wanted someone who would epitomize the now famous line, "Hello, warm, dark and handsome." Though his role in this film is minor compared to West's, it made him a household name and a bankable star.
This classic film is a piece of film history that shouldn't be missed. I rated it a 10/10. It is among Mae West's best moments. I highly recommend it.

Director: Lowell Sherman
Mae West
Cary Grant

DVD title: The Red Violin
Productgroup: DVD
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Music is the soul, and sometimes the mind and body as well..

I watched this movie only because my brother brought it home from Blockbuster on a boring Friday night. I got around to seeing it that next Monday and thought intensly the whole time!
This movie is truly for the poetic at heart and lovers of classic style momentia. Aside from the nudity and "sex" scenes it has a strong basis for true perfectionism. I don't think that there is any other movie that stands anywhere near this is it's context, besides Imortal Beloved.
I think that this movie is a very interesting look on the way "music" and love eternal tie in together. Looking at this film I see that there are many different ways to interpret it, but there is always the mind, and the it goes is what we go with. I liked how all the doifferent cultures were brought into the story and how it began in one place, slowly but surly heading boutlessly toward another...
From Italy, to Austria, to Asia, To Canada, and finally America. It shows that true forms of art can still be found somewhere. Wherther this is real or not makes no mind, it is truly a masterpiece!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: François Girard
Carlo Cecchi
Jean-Luc Bideau
Christoph Koncz

DVD title: The Green Mile
Productgroup: DVD
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This has got to be one of the best pieces of film ever. THe splendor of it is beyond belief. John Coffey was so touching that it would bring anyone close to tears. This has got to be my favourite film ever! All I can say is it as the most ingenious piece of film ever. A must see.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Frank Darabont
Tom Hanks
Michael Clarke Duncan

DVD title: The Mean Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Realistic Thriller

What a Movie. This movie is a sleeper. A thriller this good is very hard to find. The acting in the movie is superb as well as the story, plot and events in the film. Kurt Russell is a reporter who is brought on to write for a serial killer wanting fame. Check this one out.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Phillip Borsos
Kurt Russell
Mariel Hemingway

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