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DVD title: The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent History Lesson

I am writing this review immediately after watching the movie. It is a very thought provoking movie, and my mind is still digesting the many ideas and questions raised by this movie. So while this review lacks in well-formed intellectual critique, I hope this is compensated by immediacy of my emotional response.
I am first aware that I, the viewer of this movie, as well as the director of the movie onscreen interviewing Leni, are in the presence of an intellectually strong, artistically gifted, pioneering, insightful, once-beautiful and daring, woman. And the awareness of this is at once intimidating and compelling. Now in her 90's, we realize her life's talent and triumph is also her burden and downfall.
Born in 1902, her story begins as an actress beautiful, atheletic, and daring on the granite faces of the alps. Through turns of events she becomes a director, and through the times she comes to direct documentaries of great political influence such as Triumph of the Will.
The intrigue for me comes in several forms: 1) Understanding her directorial techniques that so influenced the masses in Germany, 2) Understanding her culpability, 3) Understanding the culpability of the German people (who clearly all supported Hitler), 4) Understanding the tradgedy of it all, both for her, Germany, and the rest of the world.
Like I said, I've just seen the movie, and don't have a well-formed critique at the tip of my tongue or typing fingers. What I can say is this: this is a good movie, substantial in historical insight, and a great documentary and biography (one of my favorie genres). I'll be thinking of this movie for quite a while. Thoroughly thought-provoking!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Ray Müller (III)
Leni Riefenstahl

DVD title: Wonder Boys
Productgroup: DVD
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this is one of those films where you can relate to at least one of the characters, if not in personality then in situation. every single character in this film is also memorable which is hard to say of most modern films. douglas is incredible, perhaps one of his best recent performances (traffic wasnt as great as everyone made it out to be). toby mcguire (always able to impress in some way in every film he's in), gives another spotless performance, not to mention frances mcdormand who fails to fall under any categories, simply creating her own. i can't say enough good things about this film, it's touching, funny, and most of all has meaning. the meaning of what's important in our lives, of what should be put first. 5 stars all the way...

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Curtis Hanson
Michael Douglas
Tobey Maguire

DVD title: Stigmata
Productgroup: DVD
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Stigmata is a winner...

This was a great film. It wasn't jump out of your seat scary, but still very thought provoking and engaging. Byrne and all the actors involved do an excellent job. It had a great ending that wraped up any and all questions that one might have. (Contrary to a different review, it's very easy to understand why the girl was possesed by the priest.)And a great soundtrack to boot. Billy Corigon (probably mispelled) of Smashing pumpkins does a great job. All around great film anytime of the year.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Patricia Arquette
Gabriel Byrne

DVD title: Picnic
Productgroup: DVD
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Steamy Pulitzer Prize Play comes to WideScreen DVD !!

Columbia Pictures brings William Inges steamy romantic 1955 Pulitzer Prize Winning Play to the big screen starring Academy Award Winner William Holden and Kim Novak.
This Cinemascope Technicolor classic love triangle is intense and the on screen chemistry between Holden & Novak seems genuine.
This DVD provides us with a Standard (4:3 tv) Format Side A and an Anamorphic WideScreen (automatically adjusts to your tv size including 16:9 HDTV) on Side B.
Summary: An ALL-STAR cast; William Holden, Kim Novak, Cliff Robertson, Susan Strasburg (very young & from the play), & Rosalind Russell brings this steamy September "PICNIC" to life.(also a very young Nick Adams makes an appearance). A drifter (Holden) arrives by freight train in a small Kansas town seeking his wealthy college buddy (Robertson). Holdens rugged good looks & mannerisms drives all the towns women wild. He even steals his buddys girl (Novak) the newly elected PICNIC carnival queen. In a very short time he brings out all those hidden romantic fantasies & is driven out of town. Not before he captures the heart of Novak. This is a very classic 1950's Hollywood romance story. The song "Theme from PICNIC" is also a classic tune. Stronge performances by Holden, Novak, Russell (spinster school teacher) & Strasburg (Novaks young sister).
Special Features include: Photo Montage (outstanding 6 minute black/white slide show montage with background music), Vintage Advertising, Talent Files & Trailers.
This is a fine film the cast is outstanding. Enjoy.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Joshua Logan
William Holden
Kim Novak

DVD title: The Dream Is Alive (IMAX)
Productgroup: DVD
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As someone who is aspiring to be an astronaut this movie is awesome. And to think that the movie was filmed in 85, you would never guess, for the DVD quality is far beyond superb, and the images crystal clear. The music that accompanies the amazing images only adds to the splendor of this DVD, a must have

Studio: Imax
Director: Graeme Ferguson

DVD title: 12 Monkeys
Productgroup: DVD
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See it again

Another Gilliam classic that gets better with each viewing. Different aspects of the plot and chracters are revealed each time. After seeing it in the theater I knew that this was a movie I had to own, and have probably watched it about 10 times since the LD release. Bruce is outstanding, Pitt is hysterical, and you see both of their butts, if you care about that sort of thing :-)

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Terry Gilliam
Bruce Willis
Madeleine Stowe
Brad Pitt

DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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My new favorite war movie

The best war movie of all time. Incredible characters, effects, and storyline. A must-see for all you war movie fans.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Josh Hartnett

DVD title: Lost In Translation (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Jennifer Kowkowski knows nothing! :)

Lenny Bruce was right. There is nothing sadder than an old hipster.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sofia Coppola
Scarlett Johansson
Bill Murray
Giovanni Ribisi

DVD title: The Country Bears
Productgroup: DVD
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Country Bears

This Great Movie, has a great story of not giving up your dreams. This movie has songs that could just make you laugh, and laugh. A singing Group has given up their dreams nad is no longer a singing group, a boy is certian he can bring his heros back. This movie is filled with laugh, suprise, and so much joy that every one is sure to enjoy it

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Hastings
Haley Joel Osment

DVD title: Air Force One
Productgroup: DVD
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Action-packed thriller that deserves every star I've given it. Harrison Ford turns the non-believable role of a punching, shooting president to an exciting, lovable character that makes your dad jealous!5 stars and a little bit more!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Harrison Ford
Gary Oldman

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