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DVD title: The Temptations
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Movie--From the Heart


I must admit, I was just a kid when the Tempts hit their stride, but became a fan in later years, and a fanatic after I saw the movie last year(2003). I think I have watched it to the point where I could play a few roles myself, and I have showed the movie to friends as well, and will NOT let anyone borrow it. This is a warm, feel-good movie that brings forth heartfelt joy, as well as the ability to draw tears, as at Melvin's funeral. It also draws multiple watchers of the movie into strong unity and solidarity. One of the positive features of the movie is its ability to show how drugs and alcohol can not only ruin unity but friendships and careers as well. It is a powerful movie to show to addicts, who can see for themselves the heights, as well as the depths that are brought on by these two curses to humanity. The music is, of course, fantastic and nostalgic. The acting is superb, and choreography the bomb. It is basically "safe" to show anyone, as it is not overwhelmed by cursing and vulgarity, and there is no nudity in the film. I recommend this movie to everybody. It's a true joy.

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: Allan Arkush



DVD title: Big Country - Final Fling
Productgroup: DVD
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I'd give it 6 stars if I could


I have to admit that the first time I saw this video I laughed out loud. Why? Four grown men in t-shirts and kilts playing rock and roll. Wow. Well, now when I laugh it's shear joy...at their fantastic seasoned, fun, high energy performance. Bruce plays his heart out; Tony, cool as ever, ads his own magic on bass; Mark on the drums--clear and crisp--really showcases his talent. And Stuart....he was having a blast. You can see his love affair with the audience, and he gives above and beyond with energy, extra guitar solos, and, well, like I said, you could tell he was having fun (not as much fun perhaps as he did in Berlin at the peace concert--man, there he was shining, too, but in a younger "look at this crowd!" bright eyed and commanding demeanor). Back to Final Fling--here you see a mature Stuart and Company comfortable in their Scottish colors and....tennis shoes? And Tony is in black ankle boots,which is a hoot in itself. I've said a lot about the visual on this DVD but I have to add that the audio is outstanding...mesmerizing. This is a fantastic DVD.

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Actors:
Big Country



DVD title: The X-Files - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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WHERE IT ALL STARTED!!!


There is no question that this is NOT the greatest x-files season of them all, but what is terrifically fun to watch is the evolution of the series. If you are a big fan, it's a hoot to go back to the very beginning, particularly to watch Scully.
It's amazing the character ended up working so well. At first, she was awkward and poorly dressed. Gillian Anderson smiled more and was, frankly, a bit goofy. Over the course of the season, she got her "sea legs" and it was then that the show really tightened up. Anderson is always good, but it was obvious the writers (Chris Carter) were still figuring out where to go with her.
One fascinating thing on the DVD are the deleted scenes from the first episode. SCULLY HAD A BOYFRIEND!!! They are in two scenes together, and it's wild to imagine how different the show would have been if they'd kept that character! The sense of isolation from the rest of the world that made the dynamic between Mulder and Scully so cool would NOT HAVE WORKED. Mulder would have been a loner, but Scully would have had a real attachment to the outside world. A social life. Can you imagine??!!
And the first season features the character Deep Throat too, who it's fun to look back on fondly. Outstanding episodes include the two featuring Toombs, the guy that can stretch himself, and ICE, a personal favorite. Yes, it's a rip-off of THE THING, but it is really well done and we finally start feeling the heat between Mulder and Scully. And if you're a fan of the "conspiracy" arch, then THE EHRLENMEYER FLASK (season finale) is really where it all got started.
We see the beginnings of cancer man, who was actually in the first episode, but no lines. Also the character of Skinner was still in evolution, and he is certainly a jerk in this season.
There are simply lots of fun things to go back and remember. It feels like the best nostalgia...pretty amazing considering the show is not THAT old, relatively speaking.
One warning: if you buy this season, you'll want them all. It's that much fun...so make sure you're ready to get addicted.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Actors:
X-Files
David Duchovny




DVD title: Fireworks
Productgroup: DVD
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fleeting...


I have now watched this film twice in the last two days. The first time I watched it i thought the film was okay but nothing great. However, i also thought that I was missing something when I watched this film, so i decided to watch it again to give it and myself a second chance, and let me say that I am really glad I did. One thing that I do not like is how the film is advertised. It is made out to be something like Charles Bronson films. While there is a great deal of violence it is very comicesque or mangaesque violence with great amounts of blood splattering all over the place. However, the films true beauty is the character Nishi. He is the violent man, he is the one who emptied his gun into a dead man, but he also shows great care and love for his wife. It is quite moving. also the movie is worth seeing just for the junkman and his assistant.

Studio: New Yorker Films
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Actors:
Takeshi Kitano
Kayoko Kishimoto




DVD title: NBA Live 2001 - The Music Videos
Productgroup: DVD
NBA Live 2001 - The Music Videos - movie DVD cover picture
KG rules!


This vid is great! tons of eye poppin bball ... its good stuff!

Studio: Usa Films
Actors:
Kevin Garnett



DVD title: Lucky Seven
Productgroup: DVD
Lucky Seven - movie DVD cover picture
One of my favorite movies!


I found this at Hollywood Video last night, and had never heard of it. (I don't have cable). But, I like Dempsy, and knew it had to be good. From start to finish it was a great movie! Dempsy is so dang hot in this movie!!! And the chemistry between him and Kimberly Williams is so strong. I'm watching it again tonight! (Hey, I get it for 5 days!!) I will probably watch it 5 times before dropping it off. ;-) But, you won't go wrong with this movie.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Harry Winer



DVD title: Tea With Mussolini
Productgroup: DVD
Tea With Mussolini - movie DVD cover picture
Amazing film....


The movie is frankly boring, at least for the male members of the race(most women seem to feel differently). I think it was the longest 2-hour movie I have ever watched. The storyline is slow, and boring. A must not see.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Actors:
Cher
Judi Dench
Joan Plowright
Maggie Smith




DVD title: The Mosquito Coast
Productgroup: DVD
The Mosquito Coast - movie DVD cover picture
This is an unusual, yet successful, role for Harrison Ford.


Reviews are only subjective.
Ford as Allie Fox is an inventor, a genius, a man too smart for the world around him. He is a mechanical engineer who takes his family to Central America in search of Utopia, as he defines it. Of course, his family does not want to leave behind civilization and all of the comforts that home brings, but no one can resist his will. Perhaps that and his abrasive irritating manner are aspects of his insanity.
He does not expect to find another zealot, particularly in the form of Reverend Spellgood (Andre Gregory) who has determined to bring Christianity to the natives. Fox's goal is to bring his definition of civilization. The conflict and comparison between two very strong characters is part of what makes Paul Theroux's story work
River Phoenix as Charlie, the son who comes of age, and through whose eyes we see this story, is brilliant. Helen Mirrin, recently of 'Calendar Girls,' is stunning; her portrayal of a woman in love with her family, wanting to support her husband, yet protect her family is touching. John Seale's, directory of photography, work is outstanding, and reminds me of other fascinating movies brought to life by the careful use of lights, shadows, and lush, verdant scenery.
Ford's portrayal of the disintegration of a brilliant man, inventor, know-it-all, family despot is compelling, but gets lost in the slow, tedious complexities of a long journey - both mentally and the one his family travels. Yet, it has been almost twenty years since I saw the theatrical release, and I remember this film. I still think about it, wonder about motives and actions - and that is what makes this an excellent film, in my opinion.
This is one of the most difficult films to rate because it was overly long and somewhat wearisome, but it is also powerful. However, when actors, a story, and cinematography linger in my imagination and analysis processes since 1986, I must give it five stars. I know that some people will be bored because it is slow, but I will watch it many times to enjoy the nuances.
Victoria Tarrani

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Peter Weir
Actors:
Harrison Ford
Helen Mirren




DVD title: Adaptation (Superbit Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Cage regains it.


Nicolas Cage regains his craft as a artist. He transforms himself into a screenwriter that is pure to his art. He has a twin brother, or does he? He falls in love and struggles admitting it, because he is so drawn into his work.
Meryl Streep, can't spell, is brilliant! She turns 180 degrees to her "class". A complished writer for the New Yorker and a book writer. She falls in a trance with a "flower" and a man. Then, they meet. 2 on 2, and one flower. Not actually that dramatic.
The video is Superbit and the story is an "A". It's brilliantly acted and crafted. It's a must for anybodies collection.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Spike Jonze
Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Meryl Streep
Chris Cooper




DVD title: Traffic
Productgroup: DVD
Traffic - movie DVD cover picture
Simply Wonderful


I wanted to see this film on opening day. It's been a while since then, but I finally got around to seeing it. It's one of the best films I've seen in a long time. The three storylines came together almost seamlessly, creating an epic film of the war on drugs. The great camera work added an edge to the film; it helped put you "there". The different locales each had different hues, also a nice touch. Benicio Del Toro was also magnificent. The best part of the movie, however, is the one storyline involving the teenage girl. The harsh reality of drug addiction is displayed here in incedible realism. High-class teens are the target here, as told by one of the kids in the film. He couldn't be more right. Watch the film and you'll understand.
The references to the school and locations in Cincinnati are true-to-life as well...just a nice little extra for those of us who live around here.
Great film. That's all I can say...

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors:
Benicio Del Toro
Michael Douglas




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