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DVD title: Pumpkinhead
Productgroup: DVD
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Five Stars for the Movie....Zero Stars for Reviewers Here

Pumpkinhead is an orignal and at times, a pretty frightening little horror movie. The film builds suspense, and gives you real characters, not just usual horror film slaughter fodder. If you have not seen this little forgotten gem do yourself a favor, pick it up, and block off a late Saturday night to watch it with the lights off, and big old bowl of popcorn near to hand. all means, avoid reading most of the reviews posted. Most of the reviewers here are not reviewing the movie, so much as detailing all of the events that occur in the film!! WHY do so many people feel obliged to not only give away major plot points of a film, but basically run down the entire script of the film...I mean really, after reading some of the reviews posted here, the only thing left to watch the film for is to see who provided the catering on the set!! I highly recommend this movie like most of the other reviewers here....but you will enjoy the film so much more if you go into it not knowing what to expect!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stan Winston
Lance Henriksen
Jeff East

DVD title: The Blair Witch Project
Productgroup: DVD
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A Landmark Film

I would have to say with all honesty this was indeed a movie first. This was the first movie I have ever watched that made me want to cut out my own eyes. The fact that I managed to stay awake for the whole thing has lowered my own opinion of myself. I waited and waited for the much anticipated scare. Yet it never came. If you viewed this film and were genuinely frightened by it, I am truly sorry. They do, however, have many institutions available to help you. You obviously have some issues to deal with. As for those of us that are normal, well adjusted, and intelligent individuals who live here in the real world. Don't waste your time. The bottom line is this was the worst film I have ever seen. I feel it will only cause you to question your own intellect and lower your bank account. If you have the money to burn then literally burn it. You'll at least get heat out of it.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Heather Donahue
Joshua Leonard
Michael C. Williams

DVD title: Little Vera
Productgroup: DVD
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from an American looking in

I saw this movie when I was in Leningrad, before Gorbachev resigned Christmas Eve, 1991. The state-run television station ran it one evening, and I watched it with my Russian friends, who insisted it was a "porno". After the movie, the same people who thought they'd be able to see explicit sex scenes ended up sitting around the kitchen table discussing the movie over vodka and pickles as if it were an obscure painting of the Peter and Paul Fortress.Whatever, the movie gave me, as a United States citizen, an insight on Russian family, lifestyle, fears and hopes. To many Russians, it seems they consider the film effluvium to be dismissed as they are probably used to so much state-sponsored affect flotsam and jetsam. But to some of us "uneducated", it was enlightening and funny/ironic toward the end, with that "HAAA! HAAA!" attempt at mental escape.Not to mention, Natalya Negoda is hot! Or should I say, sovsim garyatchaya...

Studio: Water Bearer
Director: Vasili Pichul
Natalya Negoda
Andrei Sokolov

DVD title: The Fast and the Furious (Widescreen Tricked Out Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Diesel Magic

Please Amazon, let us give movies no stars if they don't even deserve one, like this horrible movie. Cool/hard guy Vin Diesel poses in this vapid, empty film with nothing to offer. If this is Hollywood's new action hero icon, then someone should go back and watch Raiders of the Lost Ark again. The Fast and the Furious is aimed at meatheads and jocks who get excited at the mere sight of a NOS sticker on a car window. Truly the worst movie in recent memory.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rob Cohen
Paul Walker
Vin Diesel

DVD title: The Birds (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Birds of many feathers may flock together

Strangely enough, or maybe not strangely at all, the film has aged. The building of the suspense, the progression from one strange behaviour of one bird to a mass attack from flocks, schools and shoals of birds is still perfect. We are also observing the building up of the hysterical attitudes of human beings in front of this situation, in all the shades and hues we can imagine. The bird-lover who does not want to believe it and turns against the stranger as the one who caused the disturbance. The drunkie who finds in the Bible the perfect explanation of the end of the world brought by birds. The rational policeman who refuses to believe it and tries to find some more criminal explanation. And then ordinary people who lose all sanity and become agressive, paranoiac and even psychotic under the shock when they realize that they cannor do anything against thousands of birds who are the perfect uncatchable army. Then Hitchcock goes a little bit further by showing how one or two people can remain sensible and resist the attack and run away without causing a new attack. But there is no hope, except to run away and hide. Against such a mass of assailants there is no real protection or defense. They can break windows, peck through roofs and doors. They are all-powerful. Hitchcock of course mixes a dose of humour in this drama, particularly in the first half with the meeting of his ? Jane ? and ? his ? Tarzan ? in a bird shop where Tarzan, sorry Mitch, is looking for two lovebirds. Love indeed will come out of it, but on how many corpses and victims. Humour turns sour and bitter. But the ending is kind of flat : running away on tiptoe in a car after the battle lacks luster and shine, the flight of powerless people who cannot stand tall in front of danger. This is a new way of looking at the world. No fight is proper when you deal with a nearly invisible, innumerable and massive attacker. This is maybe a lesson about our modern world : we are very helpless in front of terrorism when it moves masses of warriors who do not fight according to standard war rules, methods and laws. How can you catch such enemies who are always on the move and are a multitude of unpredictable kamikazes ?


Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Rod Taylor
Tippi Hedren

DVD title: Heavy
Productgroup: DVD
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Something New

Something new under the sun: there's no formula to this picture. Each action and emotion logically follows the one before, instead of being contrived to fit into some form. This isn't hero-wants-girl, hero-loses-weight, hero-gets-girl, or the opposite, where the hero displays the fatal flaw which will hold him back all his life.
If you are used to the Hollywood formula, you won't know what's going to happen next, though by intuition, you will figure it out eventually, because these are real people; you know people like these-- unless you've lived in Levittown all your life, in which case you should see this film because you need the education.
Brilliant performances all around. I bought this video because I'm a Deborah Harry fan, and here she proves her natural acting skills once again. She is so good, it's difficult to remember that in her career, she has not been primarily an actress. Shelley Winters is great. Everyone is wonderful. The lead actor has very few lines, because he is a loner, but he is so good, he communicates without having to speak.
The film is slow-paced, but not plodding. I didn't notice time pass as I watched it. The beat is steady, and I was caught up in its rhythm. I couldn't stop watching, not to eat or let the dog out. This is a beautiful film.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: James Mangold

DVD title: The Thing - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Special Effects at their best

Over the years since it's release, I've watched this film many times. I am still impressed by the special effects, and a good creepy story. Today's digital effects may dazzle, but they're no scarier than anything that was presented in The Thing 20 years ago. The models, puppetry and makeup still work.
If you're looking for gratuitous pin-up shots, you won't find them (or a female for that matter) in this film. If you are looking for a movie that will keep you guessing beyond the final credits, this may be the film for you. If you are looking for the kind of Boogey-man frights that you experienced at horror movies as a kid, then this is definitely the film for you.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Carpenter
Kurt Russell
Wilford Brimley
Keith David
Richard Masur

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best films ever made

Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Rings, explores the themes of love, honor, duty, sacrifice, working together for the greater good, and accepting responsibility. And it does all this with a light touch, not forcing any moral ideals down our throats. The film is truly fabulous to look at, containing some of the most beautifully imagined and created sets and backdrops I have ever seen on screen. We are also treated to the great natural beauty of New Zealand, no small bonus. The battle scenes were well choreographed and acted, the main characters either endearing, intriguing, or both, the Ringwraiths truly terrifying, and the story was laid out for us with just the right mix of horror, humor and drama. I absolutely loved it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Larryboy - The Angry Eyebrows
Productgroup: DVD
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Congratulations Cornerstone Animation!!!

...It is superb and beautiful animation...May there big great success in this new Larryboy series! two thumbs up, everyone should own it!

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Larry Whitaker

DVD title: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Productgroup: DVD
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Ahead of its time with insight, feelings and conflicts

Seeing this film for the first time, I appreciated the story from many viewpoints. Being part of an interracial relationship myself, I've struggled with the same "issues" with which these characters wrestle. It was interesting that over three decades ago these writers and actors were able to relay the feelings on both sides so straightforwardly.
Though mixed couples are more widely accepted and prevalent today than in '67, the underlying resentment on both sides of the race card is still very much there. This can be quite painful epecially when a couple is busy with the average growing pains of the relationship itself and isn't caught up in society's prejudices.
This movie helped bring all views to the table, exposing the internal conflicts that each side deals with and how they effectively resolve the issues.
For anyone in or considering an interracial relationship, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is worth a watch.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Stanley Kramer
Spencer Tracy
Sidney Poitier
Katharine Hepburn

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