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DVD title: Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 2: Episodes 4-8
Productgroup: DVD
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Dont miss this one


Really deserves the money and it deserves even more than 5 stars.
Just read my comments on part one
I tell you the Stargate series is outstanding

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Actors:
Amanda Tapping



DVD title: The Last Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
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It's about time!!!


I was wondering why this movie was taken out of print for so long. I was also wondering if it would ever come back, as I continually watched the copy that I recorded from HBO(THANK GOD FOR DIRECT TV AND A SUPER-VHS). Well I am thrilled that they put this urban classic on a format that could capture all its glory that I remembered seeing when I saw it at the movies for the first time. In my opinion this is a classic and should be shared with all. The only complaint that I have is the lack of additional content on the DVD version. THIS WILL BE THE SECOND MOST WATCHED DVD IN MY COLLECTION - NEXT TO FRIDAY!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Michael Schultz
Actors:
Taimak
Vanity




DVD title: I'm Not Scared
Productgroup: DVD
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Lost Innnocence: Beautiful and Gripping Tale from Italy


This is another showcase of genuis of Gabriele Salvatores (Academy winner for "Mediterraneo"), telling the story of a boy named Michele. The unsettling story, based on the novel of the same title by Niccolo Ammaniti, is skillfully told against the background of the beautiful scenery of the southern part of Italy.
Michele is a 10-year-old boy living in a small village in southern part of Italy. The time is 1978, and the season, summer. Amid the breathtakingly beautiful nature, however, the life of the people (only five families) is not easy. But the kids are the same as everywhere else, and the six children are playing around the old houses today, like any ordinary kids do.
Then, Michele, when alone, finds a hole on the ground covered by planks. Unsuspicious, Michele peeps into the darkness, only to find something very unusual deep in the hole. And that looks like a foot of a human ....
THE STORY IS BASICALLY A THRILLER, seen from the eye of the boy. If I go on telling the story, I would spoil the joy and thrill of watching the film, so I only add that what the boy finds changes the boy's way of looking at things around him eternally. He comes to realize that there is evil hidden among the peaceful life of him and his friends. And as the film's title "I'm Not Scared" (with a pretty childilke nuance) suggests, Michele slowly starts to find a way to understand and fight the world surrounding him in his own way.
Don't get me wrong. The film's premise is that of a thriller, but the stress is given to the realistic portraits of the characters, especially Michele, Michele's mother and father. As the film introduces them, we soon realize that Salvatores avoids cliched characterizations of the family. And then we discover something quite unnerving beneath the family through the experience of Michele. It's like a fairy tale with a slight tinge of crime novel.
The kids, all non-professionals, are just fantastic. They could be cute, they could be weak, and they could be cruel. In short, they are real. The most famous face you see might be Aitana Sanchez-Gijon (as Michele's mother), who was seen against Keanu Reeves in "Walk in the Cloud." She looks totally different from her role in the romantic tale, but still great and convincing.
The film, blessed with the great photography and soundtrack, is another proof that the Italian directors from the newer generations are the power to be reckoned with. Some may call it the Italian "Stand by Me." Actually, "I'm Not Scared" is much more than that, without which, however, you will be utterly captivated.
The incident depicted in this film is loosely based on the real-life events that happened around the time the film shows. A few knowledge about the cultural background (the economical gap between the "rich" north and south in Italy) might help understand the film.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Gabriele Salvatores
Actors:
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Dino Abbrescia
Giorgio Careccia




DVD title: Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Bend It Like Beckham ("BILB")


"BILB" was a hit in Asia where it was released last year, and it is good to know that this small movie has also done well on both sides of the Atlantic. It boasts a good story, script, casting and direction and well deserves its boxoffice success. I think Roger Ebert's 3-1/2 stars review of the film also helps draw in the movie crowd. This is a refreshing movie because it provides a rare and colorful insight into the life of a Punjabi-British middle-class family living in the tight-knit Sikh community in London. The story is not just about a teenage girl (Jess) who has an obsession for playing football (or "soccer" as it is known in the US) but is also about the clash between the older and the younger generations that exists in every community and culture. After watching the movie, one will realize that teenagers are basically the same everywhere, whatever their background or culture!
To me, the most enjoyable parts of the movie are the humour, Jess's fascination with football (and trying not to get caught by her parents for sneaking out to play the game) and the lavish Punjabi wedding scene. The last offers the viewer the chance to "experience" the beauty and tradition of another culture through the traditional wedding ceremony of Jess's sister. If in the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" you get a Greek wedding, in "Deer Hunter" a Russo-Catholic wedding and in "The Godfather" an Italian wedding, well, watch "BILB" for an unforgetable Punjabi wedding complete with scenes of the hectic (and oftentimes hilarious) preparations, the elaborate ceremony itself and the marvelous songs, dance and merry-making.
Parminder Nagra's portrayal of "Jess" is brilliant. You will laugh at the hilarious scene which takes place in the kitchen where Jess's mother is teaching Jess to cook. Behind her mother's back, Jess starts to "dribble" a round of cabbage on her knees (football-fashion) until she is "caught" by her mother and promptly dragged by the ears back to the stove to continue her cooking lesson. Another funny scene is when Jess's mother (after realizing the futility of trying to curb her daughter's interest in football and make her focus instead on homely duties and proper feminine behavior) throws up her hands in despair and tells her husband: "At least I taught her full Punjabi dinner. The rest is up to God."
There are also scenes to make the tears well up in your eyes: when a tearful Jess is forced to "hang up" her football boots for good after her parents absolutely forbid her to play, and when Jess's best male buddy attempts to make a "great sacrifice" by asking Jess's parents for permission to marry her on the chance that her parents would THEN allow her to go to the U.S. to play football (confused? watch the movie for explanations!). Also the sad scene where Jess's father bitterly recounts the discrimination he faced as a young immigrant in Britain.
Whatever you do, don't miss this meaningful and highly entertaining movie!
Trivia: After her impressive performance in "BILB", Parminder Nagra has been offered a permanent spot in a future season of the TV series, "ER". She is to play a medical intern (in a role specially written for her). Kiera Knightly (who plays Jess's bestfriend, Juliette) also went on from "BILB" to land the plum role of "Lara" in ITV's 2002 adaptation of "Doctor Zhivago". But talented as she is, Knightly is totally unsuited to play "Lara" (the whole production is plain awful too!).

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Actors:
Parminder Nagra
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers




DVD title: Le Mans
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Race Action Movie


I saw this movie as a kid and feel in love with it then. Spent most of my adult life trying to find it. One of the "great" race movies ever... even the stunts were great! Well worth the $($$$)!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Lee H. Katzin
Actors:
Steve McQueen
Siegfried Rauch
Elga Andersen




DVD title: Jumanji
Productgroup: DVD
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Jumanjified


Robin Williams has some funny movies but my top two favorite are Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji. Jumanji is funnier and better. Bonnie Hunt really played her part well and was funny. A young Kirsten Dunst I think did a better performance in this one then in the firtst Spiderman movie. Bradley Pierce did good for an actor that I had never heard of before. Joe Johnston made some great special effects. The cop was funny and I think it was cool how Robin Williams hand cuffed him because he was os shocked to see Robin alive. The weird guy from a long time ago with the gun made this film really entertaining. Great family fun so buy it. Also may I add this had titanical sourround sound. God bless you and have the greatest day in your entire life and God bless America.


Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Joe Johnston
Actors:
Robin Williams
Kirsten Dunst
Bonnie Hunt




DVD title: The Third Man (50th Anniversary Edition) - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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the Noir-est of Film Noir


This is one of my favorite post-war movies. Set in Vienna, divided after the war, a writer comes seeking work from an acquaintance, only to find him dead. An unsettling story of intrigue and deceit follows with stunning black and white cinematography and a musical score with a zither (!) predominating that is both distinctive and memorable. Orson Welles as Harry Lime makes one of the most memorable movie entrances ever. Won Academy Awards for directing and cinematography (51) as well as the big prize at Cannes in l959.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Carol Reed
Actors:
Joseph Cotten
Orson Welles




DVD title: I, Robot (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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**Great movie**


"I, Robot" was the best movie I saw this *year*. Normally I am a book purist -- I hate to see books mauled by movies -- but this movie was great. For anyone who hated this movie because it deviated from the book, I suggest you take up reading a little more and watch the credits -- it says "suggested by the book by Isaac Asimov"; the movie was essentially inspired by Asimov's novel but not based on it.

With that out of the way, I say this movie was truly great. The plotline had excellent complications and twists without being indecipherable. It's an anomaly for a movie (especially a summer movie) to have a good plot these days, but this one did. The casting showed a good mix of races and ethnic groups -- the main character, Will Smith, plays against a white woman (whose name escapes me). Will Smith shines with a nice mix of maturity and humor, and Dr. Calvin's actress is stunning. I also enjoyed the fact that they didn't begin a romantic relationship between Spooner and Calvin (there were hints, but nothing concrete) -- that would've been a little too cheesy and unrealistic.

The graphics were awesome, especially the movement of the NS-5s and the spinning fight sequences -- but the movie wasn't so graphics-heavy as to be cheesy and overdone.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Alex Proyas
Actors:
Will Smith
Bridget Moynahan
Bruce Greenwood




DVD title: Chasing Amy - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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It's the perfect anti-Romantic Comedy.


"Chasing Amy" is Kevin Smith's most down to Earth comedy in this loose series of alternitive culture films. That is why it's my favorite of the bunch. Don't get me wrong, "Dogman" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" are a riot, but this one has heart to go with the laughs. Ben Affleck plays Holden, a comic book artist who falls in love with Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adems), a lesbian comic book promoter. They begin as friends, and as his feeling progress, his best friend and partner Binky (Jason Lee) tries to warn him away. Then they finally do get together, but Holden feels threatened by Alyssa's way wild past. This is more than silly sight gags, it's a real look at impossable relationships, and why they fail so miserably. As a testement to the honesty of the movie's treatment of the charactors, "Chasing Amy" has become more than the title of a movie and has become a phrase for this kind of situation, that happens more often than you'd think. The end is as sad as it is inevidiable, and that is where I give Kevin Smith a "well done" for not backing out and giving it a "happy ending". This movie is more than funny (and indeed, the Star Wars speech at the beginning is worth the price of buying this movie), but is right on.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Kevin Smith
Actors:
Ben Affleck
Joey Lauren Adams




DVD title: Ronin
Productgroup: DVD
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Authentic and Driven


Having not seen Ronin in theatres, I rented it one night on videotape. Wow. I was literally blown away by the authenticity of the gun battles and car chases. I was so impressed it was one of the first DVDs I purchased. The sound techs who worked on the nuances of the different weapons used should be commended. Awesome in its authenticity. I knew to expect terrific car sequences from Frankenheimer, seeing as he directed one of the great racing movies of all time, Grand Prix. The chase scene through the crowded streets and tunnels of Paris is worth the price of admission alone. The movie is driven and authentic to a fault. Ronin rocks.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: John Frankenheimer
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Jean Reno
Natascha McElhone




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