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DVD title: The Shakers - Hands to Work, Hearts to God
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Documentary


This Shakers documentary is well done - although not long enough or detailed as I had hoped. Even so, the information presented is more than sufficient to give the viewer an understanding of the who the Shakers are and were. As a religious sect a little more than two hundred years old and dying like the Puritans and other religious experiments, there really is not much to tell about the Shakers. Hence brevity is appropriate - since added minor details might detract from the documentary.
As a person who tries to understand the origin of art, music, song, poetry, and literature I was curious about the Shakers because of Aaron Copland's piece in Applachian Spring. The music reflected a simpler time and slower pace than the technological rat race Americans know today. This film shows Shakers had the right idea of an elementary communal life style uncomplicated by unneeded private possessions. It is interesting to note that the subtitle "Hands To Work, Hearts To God" is exactly what is expressed by Catholic monks like the Benedictines and Cistercians whose theme of "Work and Prayer" is the foundation of their monasteries.

Studio: PBS Home Video
Director: Ken Burns



DVD title: The Rainmaker
Productgroup: DVD
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Just great


john grishams best adaptation of one of his books! but thats because it was directed by the best francis ford coppola!!!
dtc#1

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Matt Damon
Danny DeVito




DVD title: American Dreams-Songs of Inspire
Productgroup: Music
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American Dreams


Well done dvd of one of NBC's best shows. Can not believe they are considering not renewing this show next season.
I guess NBC only cancels their best shows as they did with Third Watch and Boomtown.




DVD title: Dr. Seuss - The Lorax/Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano
Productgroup: DVD
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Lorax - Fond Memories, Pontoffel - Wow..


We rented The Lorax because I realized I hadn't seen it since 1978 on a reel-to-reel tape in my elementary school library but I loved it. Somehow 27 years later I knew a lot of words to the songs, but was struck by how much the message of the movie is relevant today. If anything, these days this movie would not be shown in a public school or on television because the FCC would investigate its subversive message of enviromentalism, critique of consumerism, and caring for others.

As for Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano - I have no memory of this movie, and I have to say that it is one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. Let's just say Theodore Giesel meets Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey and keep it at that.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Hawley Pratt



DVD title: For Love of the Game
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic especially if you like "Field of Dreams"


Shows the stuggles and joys of an incredible pitcher who's getting too old to pitch, his passion. But also wants to start settling down and having a family. Another great and moving baseball film done by Kevin Costner. Amazing...

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Raimi
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Kelly Preston




DVD title: Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Productgroup: DVD
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Dr. Strangelove = Awesome


This is the kind of movie I wished they made today - it's got a great plot, it's funny, but intelligently so, and is rather pointed political satire. A truly wonderous film. The DVD has some great special features - such as a fairly lengthy making-of segment. It was filled with interesting tidbits of information and was very much worth watching.

Anyone with a DVD player should own this movie.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors:
Peter Sellers
George C. Scott




DVD title: Les Bonnes Femmes
Productgroup: DVD
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Bored young women and brilliant, dark art


A beautifully constructed, emotionally desolate look at dreams and delusions in postcolonial, early '60s France. Directed by Claude Chabrol (later renowned for "The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg") in a cool style that's alternately dizzying and dispassionate, this is a marvelous bit of filmmaking, full of gorgeously concieved black & white cinematography, and somewhat subtle observations of modern human nature. The swinging Parisian nightlife, which doubtless at the time appeared exotic and outlandish to foreigners, is rendered flat and desolate under Chabrol's merciless gaze, and yet the playfulness and boredom of the love-hungry, stylishly chic gals in the film's title is both compelling and heart-wrenchingly recognizable. This film drifts briefly into art-house tedium, but is rescued by its tight focus and seamless execution. For a capsule view of European youth culture ennui, try watching this one in a double feature with the Who's "Quadrephenia."

Studio: Kino Video
Director: Claude Chabrol



DVD title: Spirited Away
Productgroup: DVD
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Great, but parents should be warned.


I really, really loved this movie. I don't think it's fair to keep calling it a Japanese version of "Alice in Wonderland," though. To be honest, I think this is much, much better than Alice in Wonderland, but also I think that the two movies just have too many differences between them--Spirited Away is more of an adventure movie grounded in certain rules of logic (even if those rules may be very silly). Anyway, read all the other rave reviews here if you want to know how great this move is. Pure magic, great fun for any age, a good movie that you can watch and lose yourself inside.
I'm writing this review as a warning to parents. Although this movie is sure to be enjoyed by children, there are several scenes that you may want to approach with caution. Although much of the movie is beautiful, some of it is also very grotesque, including some scenes in which vomit and sludge spew forth in floods. While that might just be dismissed as childish gross-out stuff, there's another scene that could be very difficult for some children to handle.
At one point, Sen wakes up and sees a dragon flying around, being chased by thousands of flying paper things. When she rescues it, she finds that the dragon is covered in (and coughing up) blood. Although there aren't any graphic, gory scenes of violence, there is a lot of blood splashed around on the walls. There are also several close-ups of the blood dripping out of the dragon's mouth. If you have very sensitive children, or if you just do not want them to see this, then be prepared for this scene (it lasts for several minutes, but once it is over there is no more blood).
No matter whether or not you may view this as a "child's" movie, it is still an absolute treat. Even if you are a parent and do not want to show it to your kids, then buy it just for yourself!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Miyu Irino



DVD title: Freaky Friday
Productgroup: DVD
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Lindsay Rocks!!


Lindsay Lohan rocks.This film really demonstrates lindsay capability! U rockShe's way better than Hilary Duff.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Mark Waters (VIII)
Actors:
Jamie Lee Curtis
Lindsay Lohan
Mark Harmon




DVD title: Scalphunters
Productgroup: DVD
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Scalphunters Review


Movies like this are few and far in between. The Scalphunters is a movie that is pure entertainment with something for everyone. If one word could sum it up the word would be FUN. I have yet to tire of watching the movie. The acting by Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas & Shelly Winters is excellent and pulls the viewer into story.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Sydney Pollack
Actors:
Burt Lancaster
Shelley Winters




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