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DVD title: I, Claudius
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastically well done series

I was originally forced to watch I, Claudius as part of a high-school Latin class. Let it suffice to say that the viewing had the desired effect. It ratcheted up my enthusiasm for Latin and classical history in general to the point where I ended up studying it at the university level. Having read both books, I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves, this is one instance where I actually felt the film version was better than the literary one.

The series is exceptionally well done. The acting is simply superb and the viewer will notice many familiar faces parade across the screen--including a great performance by Patrick Stewart (of later Star Trek fame) as Aelius Sejanus, the right-hand-man of the emperor Tiberius. John Hurt was *the* Caligula for the ages.

The series produced dozens of memorable lines that immediately entered my lexicon and have remained even years later including:

"You've become a god!"

"Is there anyone in Rome who has not slept with my daughter?!"

"I have survived with half my wits, while others have died with all of theirs intact. Evidently, quality of wits is more important than quantity."

"My body is full of maggots..."

"You knew I was at war with Neptune. How dare you ride with him!"

"What makes you think a filthy, smelly old woman like you could become a goddess?"

The list goes on endlessly. If you are someone who enjoys classical Greco-Roman history, owning a copy of I, Claudius is mandatory. If you don't, you should watch it anyway. I have forced several family members and friends who had no interest in the subject to watch the series, and to a person, they all got a tremendous kick out of it. Very highly recommended!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Derek Jacobi

DVD title: Cinderella Man
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Universal Studios
Russell Crowe

DVD title: The Fog (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Horror should be scary, so........

There is a fog outside my window as i am typing this :)

The Fog was a film i first viewed as a child, it absolutely terrified me, the idea of mist carrying something deadly is in itself a terrifying idea, then there is the fact that when our vision is curtailed we panic (eg as in sudden darkness).

In this film an ancient curse catches up with the residents of a sleepy seaside town, long dead sailors arise as spectres inhabiting a creepy almost sentient fog which sweeps inland at a supernatural rate. As the fog moves in, one woman trapped in a lighthouse sounds out a warning, "stay away from the fog there is something in the fog". Carpenter is really good at building scary or paranoid atmosphere as he proved in 'The Thing' and 'They Live', the fog builds up an excellent atmosphere of dread throughout. Horrors must have atmosphere or they become silly creature features which more closely resemble dark comedies, The Fog has atmosphere and good acting performances in spades. The fog is a good horror, made in a mould which they have forgotten how to use nowadays.

My advice is to go towards The Fog, get into The Fog.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: John Carpenter
Adrienne Barbeau
Jamie Lee Curtis

DVD title: Braveheart
Productgroup: DVD
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A truly wonderful film. Worthy to be called epic.

The only words I can find for this film are great words. I knew nothing of William Wallace before seeing the ad for this on TV. Everything about this film captivated me and kept my attention all the way through. Wonderful location photography of Scotland and Ireland mixed brilliantly with terrific music by James Horner. The performances by all the actors and actresses were absolutely first rate...even in the "minor roles" ie: Longshanks' son. Edward II. I long to see Catherine McCormack (Murron) in more films. She was excellent in her part too. Hats off again to all the performers both in front of the camera and behind it. (Great job both ways, Mr. Gibson!) The best thing about Braveheart though is this: It is a WONDERFUL, interesting, captivating story of love and unbeatable courage and passion. If only we all were that determined to stand up for what we believe in.
For the record: Yes, I did cry during the scene of the funerals of Young William's father, Murron, and during the execution of William. I am a man not ashamed to admit that this film was moving to me. Very much so. If you love grand movies with heart...don't miss this one.
((PS: Sorry for the double post but the other had spelling errors in it.))

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
Sophie Marceau

DVD title: The Wrecking Crew
Productgroup: DVD
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wrecking crew

hellosnoop dog is the best actor in this movie, he gets shot before the film begins. and he makes it to the cover of the movie!?the rest of the movie is so bad and unprofessional that you ask yourself many times, is this possible?how can a guy like ice-t live with an impression of that this is a movie to release all over the worldget a life.okey.but this moive is a classic now, i love to think of it. it is halerious. i give it 5 stars, just because it is great to think of. rent it or buy it, either way, watch it!a memory for life.

Studio: Studio Home Entertainment
Director: Albert Pyun

DVD title: Drive Well, Sleep Carefully - On the Road with Death Cab for Cutie
Productgroup: DVD
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they get nods from canada

I love death cab. I saw on degrassi, when an interviewer asks ashley and craig (in the interview that they leeave spinner and marco out of) they say that they are influenced by DCFC, I started watching degrassi when i heard kevin smith was on 3 episodes. get this is sooooooo good, i want plans too...

Studio: Plexifilm
Director: Justin Mitchell
Ben Gibbard
Nick Harmer

DVD title: Yoga for Urban Living
Productgroup: DVD
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A wonderful, hip yoga DVD

This yoga DVD is great, It has 3 routines and a breathing segment in which she expleins few methods of yoga breathing. For those of you who don't like sun salutations, the main 60 minutes routine doesn't have any, it's starts with some breathing and chanting OM ,stretches and cat pose and goes right to standing poses , with eagle pose first. The morning quicky is mainly sun salutations and some standing poses. There's also an evening bath routine which I haven't tried yet. You can also choose your audio: music with insructions, or each of them seperately. The music is excellent.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media I
Hemalaya Behl

DVD title: Fearless
Productgroup: DVD
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Surprisingly good

Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors, and in this movie he gets a more unusual role than most, playing a man beset by survivor guilt after he miraculously survives a plane crash with hardly a scratch that kills all but a few of the passengers. As someone who's survived a couple of situations like this myself (although not an airplane crash) I could really relate to Jeff's character, and I think he did a fine job with the role. Weir's portrayal of how the crash unfolded using flashbacks seen through the eyes of various passengers as well as Jeff's is a truly inspirational stroke and an extremely powerful and effective device.
This traumatic experience paradoxically gives Jeff a new lease on life, which he now approaches completely fearlessly--hence the title of the movie. His new devil-may- care attitude and confidence is a little too much for his wife, who desperately tries but can't really understand what Jeff's character is feeling, or his connection to Carla, who he helps to cope with the guilt of losing her child in the crash. The movie poignantly compares and examines Jeff's new-found desire to live life on the edge with the torpic attitudes of those who haven't been similarly "awakened," and whether his approach is ultimately more in touch with reality than theirs. As recent events have shown, our connection to life is more precarious than we normally think as we methodically go about the mundane business of our everyday lives. But life has a way of throwing curveballs at us when we least expect it, like the lyrics in the Grateful Dead song, "When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door, or as Chekhov said, "Life will sooner or later show its claws." So who's to say whether Jeff's character is any crazier than the rest of us?
Overall, this is a powerful movie from Weir on a fascinating subject which he examines without sentimentality or the usual easy answers and Hollywood cliches.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Peter Weir
Jeff Bridges
Isabella Rossellini
Rosie Perez

DVD title: In the Company of Men
Productgroup: DVD
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If you've ever been jilted by a woman....

Try this one on for size and comfort.
Interesting background on this. I had recently been having some major problems with my ex wife, my friend had been cheated on and dumped by his girlfriend. We decide to rent In The Company of Men.
Instead of being shocked and disgusted by Chad, this guy became our champion. In the time we watched this film, he became every man's cult hero. Just a guy who was ruthless and didn't give a damn. It turned our broken hearts into pure steel.
The scene where he brutally dumps the def girl, we played over and over and over again, laughing our heads off.
It was a healing experience. Needless to say neither of us could be as cold as Chad, but it was nice to pretend if for a little while.
So any guy out there who has had a woman lie, cheat or break your heart. Pop this one in for a spin and let some male agression pour out in one big blow.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Neil LaBute
Aaron Eckhart
Stacy Edwards
Matt Malloy

DVD title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Productgroup: DVD
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An Overall Excellent Film

"Much Ado About Nothing " with Kenneth Branaugh is much more true to Shakespeare. However, this film yields good things. Like "Much Ado " it was shot in Tuscany, Italy, the beautiful wood and village scenes taking the place of Shakespeare's original city of Athens. There are a lot of opera songs running throughout the movie, since Italian opera was a hit durin the nineteenth century, and so were LP's and bycycles all of which are featured in the film. It is definately a twist to the original version Shakespeare intended. But it's beautiful to see and hear. Top-notch performances by Calista Flockheart as Helena, Kevin Kline, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Titania the Fairy Queen. There's lots of great comic moments (like the mud fight) and the soundtrack is gorgeous. Must see for Shakespeare fans, or fans of Pfeiffer and Flockheart. I give it a deserving five stars. I viewed it twice and loved the film.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Hoffman
Kevin Kline
Michelle Pfeiffer
Rupert Everett

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