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DVD title: Kinski: My Best Fiend
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't believe everything...


I detect a strong streak of playful embellishment in Herzog's accounts of Klaus Kinski's childishness and egomaniacal behavior. Perhaps that's because the first time I saw Werner Herzog in front of a camera was in his own acting role in Harmony Korine's bizarre film Julien Donkey-boy, in which Herzog's ample talents for script-less bullsh*tting were showcased. In My Best Fiend, I again sense similar moments of ad-libbed fabrication while listening to Herzog's various outlandish and defaming Kinski anecdotes. Not that Herzog's penchant for hyperbole detracts from the enjoyment of the film or from the mythic proportions of his collaboration with Kinski. But, if one considers this film alongside the deprecating rendering of Herzog contained in Kinski's autobiography, one begins to suspect a mutually-mischievous game of smearing one another publicly --just a twisted sense of humor shared by two close friends. With this gonzo-documentary, Herzog prevails eternally with a post-mortem vilification of his long-time friend and artistic co-conspirator.
No doubt, Kinski was a nut. But probably more in the vein of Andy Kaufman than Caligula Caesar. The film clips from Kinski's "Jesus Speech" stage shows, documenting his unshakable adherence to character and his tantrums directed at the audience, remind me a lot of Kaufman on the pro-wrestling circuit. There's also clearly a good deal of acting involved in Kinski's other ostensibly spontaneous rages caught on film. Particularly, the footage of the actor raving maniacally on the set of Fitzcarraldo struck me as a complete put-on. It seemed almost to have been an elaborate anthropology experiment designed to observe the native tribal people's reaction to mental illness. The Indians were clearly impressed with the film crew's calm handling of the "situation", though it's telling --if Herzog is to be believed-- that they later offered to kill the madman for him. It occurred to me while watching this "behind-the-scenes" account that the entire filming of Fitzcarraldo could be regarded as such an experiment. Herzog alludes to Kinski's womanizing prowess in deadpan comedic fashion. As he introduces one of Kinski's former leading-lady co-stars, Herzog jabs that she was the only one to say anything nice about him. The interview that follows is peppered liberally with oblique sexual insinuation.
At one point in the film, as a contemplative Herzog sits on a train (while revisiting filming locations in South America), there is a voice-over of Kinski ranting, presumably taken from one of the "Jesus Speech" shows. The subtitles indicate that Kinski is detailing the hideous fate that awaits those who commit the egregious sin of slander. How wonderfully poetic, considering the nature of this film: Herzog uses Kinski's own words to mockingly taunt him in his grave!
Perhaps the strangest part of this movie is the outtake from Fitzcarraldo, filmed before Kinski had replaced Jason Robards as the lead, complete with Mick Jagger as the goofy sidekick! Unreal. Could that be a put-on too? I really don't know what to believe anymore!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Werner Herzog
Actors:
Werner Herzog
Klaus Kinski




DVD title: Grave of the Fireflies
Productgroup: DVD
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The Other Side WWII


This is, without a doubt, one of the single most incredible pieces of art--yes, ART--I have ever seen. The background animation blows Disney out of the water (note, no CGI stuff, here, predates it). The foci of the story are a fourteen year-old boy and his four-year old sister, the precious Setsuko. This video pulls no punches about the hardships that the Japanese endured during the war, particularly the children. If this one doesn't touch your heart, you are cold indeed. A masterpiece, this one.

Studio: Cpm/Us Manga Corps
Director: Isao Takahata
Actors:
Tsutomu Tatsumi
Ayano Shiraishi
Akemi Yamaguchi




DVD title: Nico and Dani
Productgroup: DVD
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Just GREAT


I own this movie and I see it at least 3 times a year, just because I really enjoy it. I find some of the critics unfair because it seems they expect some kind of thesis about teenage homosexuality and it's not. It's just a story about this kid who's in love with his best friend who's not gay.

I don't really know what's with the movie that just makes me feel good. I don't know if it's the respect, and even love, all the characters are portrayed with (even when they are being selfish). You feel that even the characters with smaller parts are real people with something to tell and many times you are left wanting to know more about them.

It's a strange feeling when you see people in a movie that you would like to have in your life as a friend. I love the movie and I love all the characters.


Studio: New Yorker Films
Director: Cesc Gay
Actors:
Fernando Ramallo
Jordi Vilches




DVD title: Starman
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie.


I would recommend this movie, especially to any Sci-Fi fans. But it has something for everyone. Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges are great in their roles. John Carpenter may be known for his horror movies, but he does well in this genre as well. The movie does go over the top with the usual government and military desire to destroy aliens. But most Sci-Fi movies do, don't they?

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Carpenter
Actors:
Jeff Bridges
Karen Allen




DVD title: Akira (Limited Special Edition Tin)
Productgroup: DVD
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2019 A.D. Neo-Tokyo


this movie is like no other! it is by far the greatest anime films out there, and also one of the best movies out there! this is a violent sci fi story about a group of teenagers living in a nightmare future. in 1988 (movie terms) an explosion goes off in the middle of tokyo destroying everything. three hours later, World War III begins. now the story picks up at 2019, Neo-Tokyo, a new city built next to Tokyo's ruins. in this new city, a teenager named Kaneda is the head of a high tech biker gang. in this gang, is Kaneda's childhood friend Tetsuo. while driving around one night, tetsuo collids with an escaped government project with phychic powers. the government captures the subject and takes Tetsuo with them. they soon discover that Tetsuo has phychic powers more powerful than they have ever seen...even more powerful than thier most powerful subject, AKIRA. well, as tetsuo's power becomes more and more powerful he goes crazy and starts killing everyone in his path. after he learns of another as strong as he, AKIRA, he goes out to try and kill him. now the only person who can stop tetsuo is Kaneda, his old friend. can he save the world and stop tetsuo!? I'M NOT TELLING, GO OUT AND BUY IT IF YOU WANNA KNOW!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Actors:
Mitsuo Iwata
Nozomu Sasaki
Mami Koyama




DVD title: Forrest Gump
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie, Great DVD


I received my copy of Forrest Gump the day it came out. Not only is the movie funny, touching, and heart felt, the DVD is of great quality. There are the two deleted scenes (Martin Luther King and Ping Pong with George Bush) and they also show how they were made. There is section on the visual effects that were done in the movie. I find it very interesting. I recomend this DVD to anyone who likes the movie. I also highly recomend the movie to anyone who likes Tom Hanks and his work.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright Penn
Gary Sinise
Sally Field




DVD title: A League of Their Own
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best movies I've ever seen


A League of their Own was one of the best movies I've ever had the pleasure to see. I had seen it years ago and recently bought my own copy of it. This movie is one of the best that Penny Marshall has ever directed. The casting was superb. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell were perfect as street-wise, but loveable May and Doris! Geena Davis did a wonderful job playing Dottie Henson, who had a genuine love for the game, yet had responsibilities and priorities that were more important to her. Lori Petty was great as Kit, Dottie's little sister who fought so hard to get out from under her sister's shadow. Marla Hooch, what a great character!! Evelyn and her little boy Stillwell "Angel" will keep you in smiling all the time you want to bean him with a baseball bat. Ellen Sue, Helen, Betty Spaghetti, I feel like I know them all!! And Tom Hanks plays one of his best roles ever, as Jimmy Duggan, an ex-ball player turned coach. Not too thrilled with the job of coaching "girls", he accepts the job and finally comes to respect them as a team and as baseball players. I think one of the best parts of the movies is when the ball players reunite after 40 years and the casting of the older woman to play the parts of the aging ball players is a masterpiece. It is remarkable how these older "look-alikes" were all brought into this movie. This is a movie worth watching, owning and recommending. Very few come along in a lifetime that provide so much good, positive entertainment, but this movie has it all. I recommend it highly!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Penny Marshall
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Geena Davis
Lori Petty




DVD title: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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People either loved or despised this movie. I loved it!


A robot boy (Haley Joel Osment in a touching performance, which he should have be Nominated for his Performance) wants to be a real boy. He`s program to love but his love turns real, when he meets his adapted mother (Francis O`Connor), who really loves her as a mother. When the mother cannot takes it, she adandon the robot child and he has to face, a world, he has never seen before. Once he meets a robot like him named Gigolo Joe (Jude Law). Him and the Robot Child named David, along with his talking robotic doll bear named Teddy (Voiced by Jack Angel). His journey being for seaching the miracle of wanting to be a Real-Life boy.
This film is Part Drama/Part Science-Fiction. Originally, it was supposed to be Produced or Directed by Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut) has died finishing his last film. Written and Directed by Steven Spielberg (Catch Me If You Can, Empire of the Sun, Jurassic Park) his best work since Schindler`s List. His most touching and emotional film to date. DVD has an Sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (Also in Pan & Scan in another DVD Edition) and an wonderful Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (Also in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound). The DVD is Packed with Extras including-Documentary, Interviews, Traliers, Production Notes and More. This film has great Visual Effects by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), They are Nominated for an Oscar. Great Puppeteer Work by Stan Winston and His Animatronic & Make-Up Effects Team and Great striking score by John Williams (Star Wars, Superman), also Oscar Nominated for his Score. There's an excellent cinematography by Janusz Kaminski (Lost Souls), who should've been Nominated for an Oscar also. This is an instant classic. Grade:A+.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Haley Joel Osment
Jude Law




DVD title: Picking Up the Pieces
Productgroup: DVD
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Watch a Great Film that Never Made it to the Big Screen


Mexican Director Alfonso Arau provides an exquisite movie. We could say it's a "mystical comedy", that mixes magical reality with fearless satire. An ironic piece, mainly about religion in a small town in New Mexico.
With an extraordinary cast that includes David Schwimmer ("Friends"), Mar?a Grazia Cucinotta, Cheech Marin, Kiefer Sutherland, Ang?lica Arag?n, Alfonso Arau, Sharon Stone and Woody Allen, "Picking Up the Pieces" provides really cutting edge humor, not for everybody's taste.
Due to distribution problems, the movie was not released in theaters. It was shown on Cinemax for a few months, but it was originally intended for the big screen. Therefore, this DVD version is actually the closest chance for the public to enjoy it as it was conceived.
This independent film was produced by the Kushner-Locke Company, and it's about a kosher butcher (Woody Allen playing as Woody Allen) sick and tired of his unfaithful wife (Stone), up to the point where he kills her and cuts her into pieces. On his way to bury her remains he loses a hand, that is found by a blind woman that recovers sight. From then on the hand performs all kind of miracles among the unhabitants of "El Ni?o".
A very original "piece" you should "pick up".

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Alfonso Arau
Actors:
Woody Allen



DVD title: No Quarter
Productgroup: DVD
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Page and Plant should be ashamed of themselves


First off, this is a must have for fans of Zepp as this DVD includes near perfect renditions of all of the classics that were not included on the recent 2 DVD set. Great acoustic stuff here. Not to be missed...

Secondly, Page and Plant should be ashamed of themselves for not inviting John Paul Jones' participation. It goes against everything that Zeppelin stands for. Not only did he contribute his solid bass and keyboard skills he was also the single entity that kept the band together in their later years. Explainable for no other reason but sheer Greed.

Shortly after this was filmed, Zepp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Page, Plant and Jones all accepted the award together along with Bonhams son. Jones approached the mike and made the public comment when accepting "I'd like to thank my mates(looking at Page/Plant) for remembering my phone number this time." Page and Plant immediately look at each other with embarrassment and shame. Plant then glances back at Jones while mimmicking that he was searching his jacket and trouser pockets for a pen. An all time low for this mighty band and their stellar reputation...

Studio: Super D / Phantom So



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