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DVD title: Set It Off
Productgroup: DVD
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Favorite Movie

I was just watching this last night and I am going to warn anyone who hasn't seen this (can't imagine who hasn't) that this is a genuine tear-jerker. This is a powerful movie and though you should be mad that these women are doing what they're doing you can't help but feel for them. Queen Latifah does an excellent job unlike most rappers/singers turned actors today. Tashan was the funniest though (when she runs out the bank and drops the gun are classic!). This movie is definetly worth the purchase!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: F. Gary Gray
Jada Pinkett Smith
Queen Latifah
Vivica A. Fox

DVD title: The Harder They Come - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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you can get it if you really want

this is a great movie and a great story.the movie is about ivan who came from country after his grandmother passed,and finds life very hard with no work,so he goes for making a record and by the time his record is a hit and famous, the police is lookin for him because of a guy that turned on him, and sent the police on him,too much to tell, but buy it you wont regret it, it is a great story about hard life and struggle in jamaica and really teaches a great deal.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Perry Henzell
Jimmy Cliff

DVD title: Beastie Boys DVD Video Anthology - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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I've learned more about directing and editing and the technical aspects of filmmaking from watching Beastie Boys videos and listening to them comment then from watching all those millions of "real" movies. Well, maybe. I just wish it had "Fight for Your Right" and, even more so, "She's On It," because it would then be perfect. "So What'cha Want" (which needs a question mark) is far and away my favorite music video. I think. I haven't seen any music videos but these for upwards of three years. Disdain for MTV will do that to you.

Studio: Emd/Capitol
Adam Yauch
Adam Horovitz

DVD title: The North Avenue Irregulars
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie!

This movie is so funny! Strawberry Shortcake rules! Buy it

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Bruce Bilson (II)
Edward Herrmann
Barbara Harris

DVD title: Adaptation (Superbit Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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best and most unique movie of 2002!

Gosh, where do I begin with this one? Adaptation took me on a journey that in parts, twisted me up, messed with my head, and then all made sense, only to be completely thrown for a loop again multiple times! What I'm saying is, just when I thought this movie was making a complete story, something else would happen that I'd completely not expect. A true gem of a film, Adaptation is best described as a movie that shows the struggles of making that very film. Charlie Kaufman (who wrote the screenplay) is played by Nic Cage. In the movie, Charlie has a brother Donaled (also played by Cage) who looks up to Charlie and admires his writing talents. Yet Charlie is suffering severely from trying to write his new screenplay which is an adapation of the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. Well, that's what the movie is about, an adaptation of that book. Are you confused yet?
Whereas Charlie hates wanting to write the formulaic screenplay that will sell well as it appeals to the John Q Public movie viewer, Donald takes that very path by taking a generic screenplay writing course and having ideas that all have been used before but sell. This annoys Charlie beyond belief and to make matters worse, Donald is able to sell his script while Charlie still struggles.
In Charlie's adaptation of the book, he begins to truly admire Susan but yet refuses to meet her fearing the expectations she might put on him for adapting her book into a film. What Charlie doesn't know is Susan's real life that through the help of Donald, he finally understands....but that's when everything goes awry.
Believe me, it's really hard to try to describe this film. However it's well worth watching b/c really what it does it makes fun of the Industry in so many ways. It's a film for movie goers who hate the generic films that our out there that do well only b/c most of the general public doesn't really want to see anything that makes you think. This is especially common right now b/c it's January.
If you do not fall into this category, you need to see this film! It's like a rollercoaster ride with phenomenal acting on various levels.
If you're a writer you should see b/c no doubt you'll relate to the struggles writers go through and might find this an inspiration for you.
If you liked Being John Malkovich you have to see this film.
I could go on but I won't....trying hard not to giveaway anything that would ruin it for you...please, enjoy this one as one of those rare films Hollywood puts out that sheds light on an industry that really only caters to the mass-viewing easy-to-please public w/out caring about "smart" films.

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

DVD title: Seven Years in Tibet
Productgroup: DVD
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An Austrian teacher for the young Dalai Lama

This is the true story of an Austrian mountain climber, played by Brad Pit, who left Austria in 1939 in a mountain climbing expedition for the glory of Germany. Captured by the British, and after spending two years in a British prison camp in India, he and a friend, played by David Thewlis, escape and finally wind up in Tibet. Here, Brad Pitt, becomes the teacher of the young Dalai Lama and learns humility.
When this movie was released, it stayed in the theaters for such a short time that I never got a chance to see it. Reviews were bad. It was called too long, too boring, and badly scripted. However, someone I know who had actually lived in Tibet recommended it. I am always intrigued by places of the world that I know little or nothing about. And so I was glad that this film is available on video.
I was pleasantly surprised. And not at all bored, even though the movie is 136 minutes long. It takes at least an hour for Brad Pitt to even get to Tibet and there are a lot of scenes involving mountain climbing and a long trek through the Himalayas. I understand the movie was actually filmed in the Andes, but it didn't matter to me. I was impressed with the scenery, the photography, the vistas. I was especially impressed with the human endurance to keep going. I was less impressed with Brad Pitt's acting. He doesn't seem to be able to portray subtle emotions. Most of the time, the audience is left to guess just what is going on iside of him. Not so with his supporting teammate, David Thewlis. This actor has a greater range and emerges more real than the wooden Pitt. The teenage Dalai Lama is wonderful. He has a way of smiling, of opening his eyes wide, of showing both childlike and mature emotions that mark him as a true professional. Hopefully, we'll see him again some time, but this movie is so specific that this might be his one-picture glory.
I learned something about Tibet, about the Tibetan people. Their plight is now real to me. They are under Chinese rule, an old story of a weak people being conquered by the strong. I recommend this video. It's a welcome change of pace. You'll learn something about Tibet. And meet a bright young actor named Janyang Jamtsho Wangchuck who plays the Dalai Lama. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to get into it. It's worth it.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Brad Pitt
David Thewlis

DVD title: Music in High Places - Boyz II Men (Live from Seoul)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nothin comes close

At first,i gat this masterpiece from ma brother as a birthday present, tho' it was on vhs.a close friend borrowed it and he wont return it!Hence, I decided to roll to AMAZON;this time i purchased the dvd fomat.Dam!See,the diff btw Boyziimen and anyother is that they sing music not just songs.
I am a singer/song writer myself and voices like those of the philly brothers dont come by any means cheap.The blend of their delicious harmony brings laughter to a dyin' heart.In North Korea, the weather is cold and freezin still their voices is nothin but pure bliss. Uhhh oh.
I adore them to that extent where i have every album and possess every selection that ever came out.As a matter of fact, i own a spanish version of "I'll make luv ii u$QThey inspire my musical career every day that passes by.
Therefore, i must stress that even if, this dvd cost $50,i wont vacillate to have it as part of my selection.hey, are u still readin this, u should be on ur way to the store right now....and hey, go to AMAZON because u wont find it at HMV!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Boyz II Men

DVD title: No Quarter
Productgroup: DVD
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****LED ZEPPLIN ******** Now This is rock and roll

No Quarter is the best video i have ever seen..there performance gave me chills..i was so excited to see this group... I love this video compiliation.

Jimmy Page has to be the best guitar player i have ever heard, bar none. Robert Plant is still the same wonderful singer and showman.

I only wish we had another band to follow there footsteps..they are the best musicians ever and ever will be.

Studio: Super D / Phantom So

DVD title: Nico and Dani
Productgroup: DVD
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A beautiful, subtle, positive story of friendship

I'm not even certain where I first heard of this film, but I'm sure glad I did. I've watched it several times and after each viewing I've come to appreciate the story, the actors and the message very deeply. I think it's the finest movie I've ever seen on the subject of friendship and "coming of age", bar none.
Remember back to your youth when times were simpler and all you had to do was think about what you'd do with your friends that day? Nico and Dani recalls that time in such a believable, carefree, almost naive way that all I could do was smile and enjoy the feeling. They do the normal things guys do like go fishing, hunt rabbits, hang out and party with friends. The actors portraying the characters (Fernando Ramallo as Dani and Jordi Vilches as Nico) even look like two average guys at 16--kind of gangly and skinny, just like I remember being back then. In short, I believed it all from the get-go.
The friendship we see is one that obviously has been built up over many, many past summers and each time I watch the film again, the more I realize just how deep that friendship is and how subtly and naturally it's portrayed. I mean, it would have to be pretty deep given that the two boys frequently have a "Krampack" (mutual masturbation session) to help each other out.
The twist in the film comes when Dani begins to realize at this time of adolescent change that he's falling in love with his best friend Nico, just as Nico is finding out how much he's into girls and anxious to go through his own rites of passage. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn't it?
The beauty of this Spanish summertime story, though, is that it doesn't turn into an "Afterschool Special", a platform for gay community propaganda, or a ridiculous "American Pie"-like farce. It just continues its dreamy, easygoing pace as we watch the two boys' friendship bend--but not break. There is a wonderful balance of humorous vs. "heavy" scenes (I could watch the scene where they're talking through the bathroom door a thousand times and never tire of it) that allows for changes of mood and pauses for reflection.
By the end, nobody dies, gets put in therapy, beats someone up to prove how "macho" he is, catches a disease, has a huge, dramatic, cry-his-eyes-out scene or other predictable clich?. I was left with nothing but a peaceful, happy feeling that everything would be OK, Nico and Dani would always remain friends and that this film was worth every minute of my life's time I gave up watching it.
For what it's worth, I also dredged up my high school Spanish from the recesses of my memory and--along with my pause control and a Spanish dictionary--went the extra mile to learn what was actually being said and how (English subtitles can only get you so far...). That made a HUGE difference to my understanding (and my own education). I would wholeheartedly recommend you add this to your collection, watch the wonderful interviews with cast and director and give it a few repeat viewings just to glean all the magnificent subtlety from the story.
While not the "Perfect Film" (I'm personally a bit bothered by the boys' habit of answering nearly every important question with "let's smoke a joint", and the soundtrack does strike one as a bit goofy a couple of times), it's nearly there in my book. I think that it will strike a chord in many who have lived through similar circumstances. I would also highly suggest it for STRAIGHT boys who might be in the position of finding out that their best friend is turning out to be gay.
Fantastic acting by the main characters, gorgeous Costa Brava scenery and a compelling story of enduring friendship mean this'll be a film I'll continue to watch over and over again.
Other "Friendship/Growing Up/Coming Out" films I highly suggest: Beautiful Thing, Get Real, Edge of Seventeen (in that order...).

Studio: New Yorker Films
Director: Cesc Gay
Fernando Ramallo
Jordi Vilches

DVD title: Prince - Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas
Productgroup: DVD
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Comfortable Genius

This is footage of a man who has done it all and is finally comfortable with himself. He has surrounded himself with one of the finest collections of musicians possible (rivaling the Sign O' the Times band). For those who think the Revolution was a real band, listen to this. That was a record label calculation that just got in the way of the funk. This band is different. They make it seem effortless to produce astounding music.

The video and sound quality is somewhat lacking but then again it gives you the feeling that your peeking in on something special. The intro lets you know that this wasn't a longterm planned effort.

Funky without being nasty. Definitely worth the purchase.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Maceo Parker

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