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DVD title: Office Space (Full Screen Edition)
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Doesn't Everybody Have A Beef With The Office Xerox Machine

This movie is so wildly funny because it taps into the psyche of every disgruntled worker out there. For whatever the reason, everybody has a beef with their office place - whether it's the copy machine, a ruthless boss, or a perky co-worker. That's what's great about the humor, everyone can relate to it. The directing is descent, the music is not so great, BUT THE WRITING AND THE LAUGHS ARE ALMOST TOO MUCH TO BARE! Especially the climax. I wouldn't have chosen Ron Livingston or Jennifer Aniston (way too boring), but the Middle Eastern guy and the comic who plays "Michael Bolton" are a great duo! There's nothing like walking right past your boss in the middle of a conversation, knocking down your cubicle walls, or gutting a fish over your desk.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mike Judge
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston

DVD title: Darling Lili
Productgroup: DVD
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Where is it?

Every single week I'v been searching on the internet for a movie titled Darling Lili on DVD - unsuccessfully needlesss to say as it's not yet been produced. I saw this dazzling Julie Andrews-movie once and constantly thereafter been longing for a second time around.It had it all, nice plot, good music, star-quality actors and what more do you want? Although the movie wasn't really a box-office hit at that time I'm apsolutely positive the film-audience today will be of a more enthusiastic kind.In those days there was no market for that sort of extravaganza people just love today.
So, bring us the movie right now.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Blake Edwards
Julie Andrews
Rock Hudson

DVD title: Riki-Oh - The Story of Ricky
Productgroup: DVD
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What the.....this movie rules

When I first saw this movie it was because my friend Hector borrowed it from a friend in the movie theather that was bootlegged 3 times on one VHS. He saw it once, he couldn't believe it and got Ricky and Luis G. to see it. Then Ricky and Luis G. showed it to William, Jon, and Luis R. They saw it and loved that piece of marvelous crap. Four years passed and I came from the United States back from college. My friends told me about it all the time, about how crappy and funny this movie is. I personally went on a scavenger hunt to look for this movie. After one more year I saw it in Suncoast video and bought it without thinking tiwce. DVD version nonetheless.

Now let's talk about the movie. The "story" was so surreal. Starting in a "futuristic" jail that looked more like college dorms. I was going to say camp but camp is more organized. The prisoners were allowed to walk freeley in the prison with no guards in site, only when "trouble" came. Then this Ricky comes. He fights somebody in the bathrooms, and that person falls on spikes that magically appear are on the floor. Also, when Ricky is burried alive a dog is over his grave and this guy comes flying and kicks the dog and makes it explode for no resone whatsoever. A guy is crucified and Ricky literally rips from the ground the cross, lifts it up in the air and "places" the cross gently on the floor. Now Ricky must be God because that thing must have weighed at least a ton. I won't go on because most of you have said it all. But I will say this, the more you see it the more you think it's crap but you can't help to love it.

P.S. This all happened it Puerto Rico

Studio: Media Blasters
Director: Ngai Kai Lam

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Full Screen Edition) (Harry Potter 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderfull adventure for children and grown-ups

This is a wonderfull adventure for children and grown-ups; I don't think I would like to have missed it -- it's one of those historic moments in film history where you can feel a rush -- like when you saw Ben Hur for the first time. In a way I was looking for fault's, because a picture so much praised, HAD to have some bad moments, right? Wrong! There's no such thing. It's perfect from start to end. Wonderfully directed by Chris Colombus and with the best of the best british actors it just keeps on rolling. The phrase "Never a dull moment" takes on a whole new meaning -- and the magnificent J.K. Rawling's creation -- is stunning and -- beatifull? Yes, beatifull. It's a wonderfull fairy tale. And I should know. I'm from Denmark, like H.C. Andersen :)

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Daniel Radcliffe

DVD title: The Hours (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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All Time Favorite Movie

This is by far the best movie I have ever seen. Most people say that I am exagerating and that it isn't that good of a movie, but I beg to differ. This film perfectly weaves the three time periods so exquisitly that the message and emotion the book and movie try to create are there at every moment. I think that a lot critics either saw it as a chick flick or thought it was boring, but if you look at the certain detail of every scene and every actress, you will find a treasure.
This movie can be a confusing setting, but the way director Stephen Daldry crafted the plots makes it a clear film. It starts out with Virginia Woolfe's suicide. Then it progresses to introduce the three women: Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) of 1951 who is living for her husband's sake and her son's sake and suffocating under the pressure to create a perfect household and a flawless image; second to appear again is Virginia Woolfe (Nicole Kidman), who is living according to what her docter's say and her husband wants; and finally, Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep) is a 2001 New York woman living to care for her best friend, Richard (Ed Harris), who is dying of AIDS. Throughout the film, certain characters approach each woman at different times and help reveal that they are all living (and dying, somewhat) for other people. This movie is about how they discover happiness and what this emotion requires.
I believe everyone should see this movie for the acting, alone. Nicole Kidman proves herself to be a magnificent actress that is versatile and will continue to show her skill. As Woolfe, she lets her inner-pain spill out and manifest itself in one of the most spectacular scenes of the movie. Moore was the second best of three. As Brown, a nearly silent role, she feels devastation that she was sucked into the life she has. She really explains this through tears and facial expressions to the point where you have figured her out completely. Streep plays Vaughn a.k.a. Mrs. Dalloway acording to Richard. She literally is living for Richard. Every day she goes to see him, and feed him, and care for him. In the movie, she is buying flowers for him, bragging for him and planning a party for him. Streep really grasps onto Clarrisa Vaughn's sense of unhappiness with life. She has yet to learn what it is to live for herself.
Throughout the rest of the film there are many smaller performances that caught my eye. The first of which is Laura Brown's friend Kitty, played by Acadamy Award nominated Toni Collette. She resembles Mrs. Dalloway in Laura Brown's explanation. She is a confident woman that suffers but does not show it. Collette has an ability to really portray these feelings so well. Another great supporting performance was Ed Harris'. He successfully plays a dying man, slightly insane but one who recognizes Clarissa's problem. John C. Reilly, the boy playing Laura Brown's son and Claire Daines all had shining moments.
Bottom Line: Everything about the making of this film and everything about the acting and the writing were all so hauntingly beautiful it stops you in your tracks and makes you realize that this is a classic of film making. (I give it an A+ and it is number 1 on my Top Ten Favorite Movies List)

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Stephen Daldry
Nicole Kidman
Julianne Moore
Meryl Streep

DVD title: Touch of Evil (Restored to Orson Welles' Vision)
Productgroup: DVD
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Touch of Genius!

Genius is a word that is bandied about quite frequently in our culture, thereby diminishing its value and power. If you would like a quick brush with real genius, just see what Orson Welles did with a low budget and B movie material in Touch of Evil.From the wonderful, seamless all-in-one-take opening with the camera swooping up and down and around and through the action past our lead characters and with the soundtrack slipping from one mode of cantina music to another and dialogue interspersed to the echoing/reverberating conversation betraying Vargas recording Quinlan at the close, we are in the hands of a master.Full of terrific camerawork throughout, and with wonderful quirky Wellesian touches and cameos (By Zsa Zsa, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Weaver, Joe Cotton & most especially, Marlene Deitrich), and centered by a courageous performance by Welles as the gross, bloated & corrupt cop, Hank Quinlan, and ably supported by Joseph Calliea as his adula!ting sidekick, Akim Tamiroff, Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston as the honest Mexican cop (yes that's right, and he's fine) Vargas.Welles took an okay noir story, and re-wrote and directed it into something very special. He brought it in on time and under-budget but the studio took it away and re-edited it anyway. This would be Welles last Hollywood effort. The DVD contains Welles 58 page memo after he saw what was done to his film. And this presentation with editing & sound by Murch, tries to restore Welles original version as much as possible.I once saw an interviewer try to get John Houseman (who had monumental battles with Welles at the Mercury Players theatre & elsewhere) to say something negative about Welles. Houseman's answer was "Well, but you see, he's a Genius. You aren't. And I'm not. But he is....and that's that." He was. Here's some of the proof. But, as Tanya says, "What does it matter what you say about people?"

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Charlton Heston
Janet Leigh

DVD title: Petticoat Junction - Ultimate Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome show

My favorite show when I was 4 years old (in 1973) in reruns. I remember the different girls and I believe they showed the B & W's in syndication in early 70s on WTCN in St Paul-Minneapolis but was taken off the air around then. Thought it was a show I'd outgrown but I love it just as much now. They put time and effort into these DVDs (wish I could say the same about 21 Jump Street) and hoping to have them all on DVD someday. One of the all time great shows and worth the $23!

Studio: MPI Home Video
Bea Benaderet

DVD title: Fahrenheit 9/11
Productgroup: DVD
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MIchael Moore is

---Why do the Nations Rage, and the peoples plot in vain?----Psalm 2:1
--Vanity of vanities, all is Vanity-Ecclesiastes 1:2
The Psalmist's, biblical poets, did not grow up in 21st century. They didn't see growth of the war machine. They would have probably asked why were fighting over oil. They never witnessed 9/11. Yet they understood that every generation has been through the Horrors of war. In that situation I think they asked some of the same questions, that Michael Moore did in his new Documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Of course the psalmist left us with a little more hope, "Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling...Blessed are all who take refuge in him." Whether you accept that, at least the thought of taking refuge in a sovereign God is more comforting then what Moore, on the other hand, leaves us with. Wallowing in despair, unable to move. I've seen the movie and while I think it brilliant I'm at a loss from what I should gleam from it.
In late 2000 it seems the election was stolen away from Al Gore by the Fox News Channel. It also seems the Democratic Party did nothing about it. Millions of voters, and local representatives were upset. But no senator's would lend their aid to the disenfranchised voters of Florida. Bush became president, he went on vacation, the economy went to crap and then while the world was viscously attacked, our country bumpkin leader sat with a bunch of kindergarten children and read a book about a happy goat.
I sum up Moore's early moments with much scarsam. Because I consider myself a moderate republican. I think Clinton was corrupt, just like Reagan was corrupt, like Carter was corrupt, and so on. I like George Bush as a president; I even for the most part understand the war in Iraq. Do I think it was necessary? Well no. But I do understand that before 9/11 every Democrat would hold Iraq over the Republican Party as the unfinished war. I remember countless arguments with friends saying "how come we didn't get Saddam out of power?" Do I also think that in the long run, 20 years from now Iraq will be a in better place? Yes. Do I have my problems with the Bush administration? Absolutely, yes!
After all those questions I guess your probably asking? Did you like the movie? I whole heartily did. Just like I liked Bowling for Columbine, Roger and Me, and even The Big One. Fahrenheit 9/11 is moving, brilliantly cut together, and Moore's narration is sharp. No matter what anybody has to say about this film, you can't argue that this movie is compelling. Even if it's one giant fabrication, or a giant piece of propaganda, which I myself am not about to agree with or disagree with. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a well made, powerfully moving film, and does what every documentary strives do, it gets people talking.
The movie makes you laugh, It horrifies you, it makes you cry, and it stirs a sense of social justice that I think is vital in this day and age. Sure, I could probably write a book about the holes in Moore's logic (I'm still convinced some speech or debate class in high school should look at everyone of his movies and count the number of argumentative fallacy's he breaks) but on the merits of a movie, you can't argue with how well made it is.
Michael Moore has always had a keen sense of social justice that I loved. He tries to look out for the little guy. Many of the people he talks to are composites of you and me. I loved the little old lady who talks about Halliburton near the middle of the film. That little old women is the voice of the masses I think. She doesn't have that many facts, but she sure is passionate with the scraps of knowledge she's gleamed from CNN or Katie Couric.
My qualms with the film are three- fold. The biggest is Moore's shaky creditability. Lets face it, the guy has been making things up since Roger and Me. Every one of his films has walked the line from creative retelling to outright lie. It taints every idea in the film. It makes a moderate voice like mine very skeptical. Unfortunately I haven't done the research to oppose his ideas, but at least I can distance myself from them while I watch.
My other problem is that Moore lays things on a bit too thick as the film progresses. Things go from bleak to worse, as an American I was grasping for something. Near the end of the film I just wanted a solution, a suggestion, even a small iota of hope. Moore presents us with such a bleak picture. He asks probing questions, but you're left feeling like "what the heck can I do." Except succumb to the fact that Michael Moore is better person that I am. This is why I like what Solomon wrote and the second quote above. In the end it's all vanity. It all passes away. One day were fighting Iraq, the next there are allies in our ongoing war with some other country that ticks us off. People are fallen and evil at their core. It's why we don't get along. It why we cheat and steal, and the greatest man can be the world our biggest enemy.
Thirdly, was the way Moore portrayed Muslims. It seems the best way to get his point across that the Saudi's are bad is by placing ominous music over pictures of Bush and his father in photo-ops with men in turbins. He also uses silly silent movie clips to make the point that the coalition of nations is made up of the US and small inconsequatil countries with backwards ideas. While their may be truth in the comments, using broad stereotypes was not the smartest idea.
All in all Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 is brilliant and bold. But will it sway voters? Probably not. This is a movie for those who agree with Moore, I don't think I will swing to many others. I would recommend anyone give it a try. You might just leave with a few ideas in your head and that's never a bad thing.
***** Out of 5

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Moore (II)
Michael Moore (II)

DVD title: Very Bad Things
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is fantastic. The comedy is in the extreme, exaggeratedmadness of the movie; the way that the human stability of each of thecharacters is hilariously compromised because of "what they did in Vegas" and the completely twisted events which take place.
The script is original, surprisingly intelligent, witty and very entertaining. The characters are great, helped by a brilliant cast offering excellent performances (especially Christian Slater as a neurotic estate agent). This movie is one of the most enjoyable that I have ever seen and I would definately recommend it to anybody with a stable mind (you'll need one) and sick sense of humour...If not watch it anyway.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Peter Berg
Cameron Diaz
Christian Slater
Daniel Stern

DVD title: Monster's Ball
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BBT has done it again.....and wonderfully at that!

This movie is so over-the-top!
I saw the film the day it was released nationwide. Hallie gave a stunning performance and deserved the Oscar. Billy Bob Thornton's performance was a work-of-art and I believe he also deserved an Oscar.
The actors in this film are able to make you 'forget' you are watching actors create a role. You seriously get the feeling that you're watching interaction between two ordinary people living extraodrinarily painful portions of their lives and undergoing major changes in their beliefs and emotions.
These performances were models of self-expression, but I have never seen that acting method better put-to-use (OK, maybe by BBT in Sling Blade, but that is a movie-unto-itself) than this touching movie.
As the changes in Thornton's character begin to evolve, I found a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes for a bitter man who was metamorphosing from a rude, bottled-up, miserable human being to a kind, caring man with a lot-to-give and a need that required a great deal of filling-up. These poignant feelings were often evoked with the speaking of painfully few words, but by speaking them in just the right tone and manner BBT was able to make that transformation real and believable.
Much has been made of the 'sex-scene' concerning the 'why', the 'how' it was filmed, etc. By filming the scene through the furniture, superimposed by the fan, etc. it became a touching portrayal of two people exchanging an unexpectedly intimate moment in a beautiful and passionate manner that was obviously unexpected and clearly new to each of them; rather than a crude, overtly gratuitous and raw-sex act. It was more about discovery, comfort, and emotional need than about the passion of sex.
While the movie may make some uncomfortable, it was very real, extremely thought-provoking, and in my mind a 'beautiful' movie. I urge those who avoid theaters and wait for release on Video/CD to buy this film as soon it is released. It is worth the wait you have had so far...and then some. I think you are going to want to view it more than once. I know I can't wait to get my copy and see it again.

Studio: Vidmark Productions Ltd
Director: Marc Forster
Billy Bob Thornton
Halle Berry

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