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DVD title: The City of Lost Children
Productgroup: DVD
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Extraordinary visions; Dickens meets Dick


A wonderfully strange film, with a beautiful story (a love story?), crisp cinematography, amazing production design, and a rich score by Angelo Badalementi (he composed music for all of David Lynch's films). Certainly not for the faint of heart or those who like simple-minded blockbusters.
Like Amelie, which co-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet did on his own, but with more darkness and danger (which seems, in retrospect, to have been supplied by co-director Marc Caro, which strangely has the effect of making this film all the more enjoyable. I don't want to spoil the plot's many twists and turns, but I will say that the film is set in a post-apocalyptic world with ugly one-eyed robots, plucky orphans, evil twin sisters, clones, a giant brain in a vat, and a scientist who is aging impossibly quickly because he can't dream, so he must steal the dreams of others.It's a little like Charles Dickens meets Phillip K. Dick.Not to be missed under any circumstances.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Actors:
Ron Perlman
Daniel Emilfork




DVD title: Doctor Zhivago (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Not Just an Epic, a lot of Drama and Poetry too


I first watched this movie decades ago, but it still haunts me.
As most people say, this is an epic. Yes, but it brings us into the very heart of events that turned the wheel of history: the rise and the blind force of the masses in the form of Communism, which was rather inhumane and devastating.
Communism was at first most ruthlessly suppressed by the authority, just in the way the Minster of Justice relentlessly taking advantage of the school girl, Lara. And then Communism grew fast taking hold of even the students including the boyfriend of Lara who later became a most furious Red Army General.
It isn't great cinematography that it is all about. Beautiful settings, yes, with literally thousands soldiers fighting in the snowy battlefields plus poetic scenes of calm and serene countryside in Russia etc. There are also round and forceful characters representing various aspects of human nature interweaving these epic changes giving the story a lot of drama and substances.
We have Lara's ex-boyfriend, the Red Army General who gave up virtually everything to fight for and who eventually died for his ideology; the pleasure seeking Minister of Justice or the "flesh", whose only concern was to save his own skin; Dr Zhivago was a poet with a soul who suffered most; and the doctor's half brother, the opportunistic secret policeman, or the real winner, who fished in the troubled water, riding the great tides and became a respected and powerful General in the new regime; and Lara the weak, she managed to survive but was deprived virtually of everything, love and daughter and the latter landed in an orphange without knowing her own history, bestowed with a deep sense of mistrust...
And the whole story was wrought up beautifully by great cinematography for one thing, and Dr Zhivago's poetry for another, and above all, by Lara's Theme played by a balailika which their daughter learned to play by instinct: it sounds so sad and irking. This is just too pricy a lesson.
I haven't read the original novel by Pasternak who had won the Nobel Prize. But judging from how David Lean handled " A Passage to India" and also how the story unfolds itself, there is little doubt that the novel is treated fairly and squarely: it's as good as, if not better than "Crime and Punishment".

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: David Lean
Actors:
Omar Sharif
Julie Christie




DVD title: George Lucas in Love
Productgroup: DVD
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Hey


Very Clever! Well Acted! A downright good time. Good god I sound like a jerk. But it was good.

Studio: Red Hill
Director: Joe Nussbaum
Actors:
Martin Hynes



DVD title: Jefferson in Paris
Productgroup: DVD
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Captivating


An engaging and thought-provoking movie; one of the best movies I've seen in a while. I didn't find it boring at all, the human drama unfolding in front of me had my full attention. I'm not judging it from the historical point of view, I'm sure history buffs can find plenty things wrong with it. But to me it wasn't about the facts; it could be set in any historical period, as far as I'm concerned. It is a story about human emotions, and, like the real world, it has an ambiguous feel to it; lots of grey, lots to think about. So if you're into "soap opera" love stories with a happy (or unhappy) ending, don't waste your time, you'll be bored.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: James Ivory
Actors:
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
William Christie
Lambert Wilson
Greta Scacchi
Michael Lonsdale
Charlotte de Turckheim
Nick Nolte




DVD title: Waking Ned Devine
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie!!


They did a great job transferring this movie to the DVD format. Great video (if you don't mind the letterbox format) and sound. I don't really know what the viewer from Dublin has against the movie. To of my friends, who were born and raised in County Kerry, Ireland, saw the movie and couldn't stop laughing...they loved it. Highly recommended as a fun movie.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Kirk Jones (III)
Actors:
Ian Bannen
David Kelly




DVD title: Cross of Iron
Productgroup: DVD
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One of thee best WWII movies


I watched this as a kid in the 70's. When I saw "A Bridge Too Far" I loved it but was still stuck on COI as a standard. Was blown away by it's realism, irony and a solid quasi-psychedelic (surreal) background. Now awaiting my delivery of the movie (I have an edited version on tape somewhere) I wanted the original. I love this movie and must have it in it's original form. Genious, comparable to Apocolypese Now and the other Vietnam era filmes to come especially when it comes to the irony of war, the misery and dispear of a soldier who fights for his country not because of belief in what they stand for but because of being a patriot. A+ movie. The beginning with the Hitler Youth songs sets the tone. Scarey, frightening, enlightening and brilliantly heart felt (from the German & Soviet side). Now Private Ryan and others are great aswell but I remember this movie being the first to show the "enemies" side of things, shocking and thought provoking. The heroes are Whermact (sp?), you'll start to care for them throughout the movie. Brilliance...
Am now watching Stalingrad...awesome so far

Studio: Hen's Tooth Video
Director: Sam Peckinpah



DVD title: Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Productgroup: DVD
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I love Broomfield documentaries!


Not much too say that hasn't already been touched on, but I really enjoyed this film. I found it most eerie. Towards the end, she seems completely insane. I highly recommend it. A lot of interview coverage with Aileen. I don't think Broomfield being openly sympathetic to Aileen made it any less enoyable.. if anything it gives you more feeling for the movie. I've seen most of Broomfield's documentaries (this one, Kurt & Courtney, Biggie & Tupac) and I have enjoyed all of them, I like the way his documentaries flow and I like the way his voice sounds and how he conducts interviews and puts his film together. I enjoy Nick Broomfield documentaries a lot more than Michael Moore documentaries!

Studio: Columbia Tristar
Actors:
Nick Broomfield
Aileen Wuornos




DVD title: One, Two, Three
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm going to the USSR - that's short for Russia


It is a real tragedy that this movie is not better known, it is one of the funniest that I have ever seen. James Cagney had a real gift for comedy, and this is one of his best performances. The great director Billy Wilder keeps up a breakneck pace throughout the entire film, jokes and gags come so fast that the viewer barely has time to laugh at one before another comes. And the jokes don't provoke chuckles, but belly laughs. You will be exhasted and out of breath by the end of the movie, but it will be well worth it.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Billy Wilder
Actors:
James Cagney
Horst Buchholz
Pamela Tiffin




DVD title: Sleepy Hollow
Productgroup: DVD
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Not your parents Sleepy Hollow but it's a magical retelling.


It's not your parents Sleepy Hollow and it's even geared twords a younger audience by making the film , more complex a bigger story line the films dark and gothic look makes Sleepy Hollow look more poetic then it's predeccesors your caught up in world of intruge and nightmareish visuals obviously Tim Burton loves this style and wich it's exactly right Sleepy Hollow is sposed to be a dark gothically spooky place and the story of Icabad Crane and the Headless Horseman is captured just exactly right you are caught up in a world of mystery and intruige.
But you are mesmorized from the time you put this movie in you DVD player to the time you take it out , incredible visual effects and CGI for the Headless Horseman.Fantastic effects eerie visuals and a fun movie to watch Tim Burton has done it again this time on a classic and now Sleepy Hollow will never die with this version it's and awsome DVD with alot of options and can keep you very busy a stunning epic film that is not afraid to tell this story graphically.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Christina Ricci




DVD title: Made
Productgroup: DVD
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Ignore other reviews


I'll keep this short. This is a funny movie. This film is made to make you laugh. I have seen bad reviews of this movie, but they are all comparing it to a film of a different genre (snatch). THIS IS A COMEDY!! I've read that Vince Vaughn's character (Ricky) becomes annoying. Most of us have that friend who always says the wrong thing at the wrong time, that is Ricky. "Swingers" is one of my favorite movies, but mostly my guy friends liked it. "Made" is much funnier, and my girl-friends laughed just as hard as my guy-friends. Most of the comedies I have seen in recent years are boring or annoying, but this is one that had me laughing out loud.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Jon Favreau
Actors:
Jon Favreau
Vince Vaughn




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