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DVD title: My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
Productgroup: DVD
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Following an Accident, a Widow Sees Ghosts in Her Left Eye


The 2002 Chinese film "My Left Eye Sees Ghosts" (called "Ngo Joh Aan Gin Diy Gwai" in Cantonese) is an engaging and endearing film about a woman, May Ho (Sammi Cheng) that is widowed immediately after her marriage when her husband drowns while scuba diving. In fact, she only knew her deceased husband, Daniel, for seven days before they were married. Having spent so little time with Daniel, Daniel's surviving blood relatives question May's reasons for marrying him as Daniel was very wealthy and May inherited everything: his home with a spectacular seaside view, his expensive Mercedes and his money. Spending much of her time trying to deal with her grief, May turns to drinking. One night, with a whiskey bottle in hand, May crashes Daniel's prized Mercedes. May is flung from the crashed car and is taken to the hospital. Most of the impact damage is on her left side, particularly her left eye. It is in the hospital that May sees a strange individual, Ken Wong (Ching Wan Lau), who is ghost; but she can only see him with her left eye. Further, Ken is not the only ghost that she can see. After sufficiently recovering from the accident, May returns to her home only to find that Ken (the ghost) has come with her. With a new car, she tries to escape the frightening apparition of Ken, but eventually stops the car and runs briefly on foot. There, she finds a cute puppy that is dying because it had been hit by another car earlier. Ken tells May to take the puppy to a veterinarian to save his life, which she does. She keeps the puppy and an interesting relationship develops between her and Ken. Still mourning Daniel's death, May wishes that she could see him as a ghost with her left eye. Unbeknownst to her, she is in for a big surprise; but you'll just have to watch the film to find out what it is!

The film was directed by Johnny To and Ka-Fai Wai. Ka-Fai Wai also co-wrote the story. Though little known in the U.S., "My Left Eye Sees Ghosts" is a wonderful comedic and emotional film. Other memorable characters include Susan (San-san Lee), Tina (Cherrie Ying), their aunt, the fat ghost, May's father, the priestess and the other ghosts that May communicates with. With a myriad of wonderful scenes, good cinematography, great dialog (I prefer English subtitles instead of dubbing) and an engaging story, I rate "My Left Eye Sees Ghosts" with 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to everyone.

Studio: Tai Seng Entertainme



DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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As A Film - Great - As an Adaption - Well....


I heartily disliked "The Two Towers," since the liberties that Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyd took in constructing the screenplay dumbed down Tolkein's work; watching it is like reading those modern English translations of the Bible, as opposed to the King James version. When the ROTK came out, I did not rush out to see it, feeling that I would have the chance to buy the DVD in the near future, so my dismay could be contained to a small screen. Yet, I can't help myself; I went and bought the extended version of TTT, and I liked it better than the film. So, I said, well, for $4.50, I can bear anything and off to the theatre I went at 11:45 on 31 December 2003.
Well, to be blunt, I was shaken by ROTK. Jackson, Boyd and Walsh, have created a great piece of cinematic art that over and above their source material, showed a world that is both familiar and frightening and pulled me into a story that bore a little resemblance to LOTR, but which I found compelling nonetheless. The effects are great, the art direction is little short of stunning. I found Andy Serkis's CGI Gollum, less irksome than before, and Shelob is the more realistic and frightening gigantic spider I've ever seen on film. I wanted to get out a can of Raid and start spraying. Also, the creation of the great steepness and heights of both Cirith Ungol and Minas Tirith gave me vertigo. The battle scenes were well done and awesome in the proper sense. Seeing the entire forces of Rohan arrayed across the screen was stunning.
Are there problems? Yes, but the problems of ROTK are in keeping with the problems of all three films; the creative team read too many books on scriptwriting, and not enough Tolkein. Their sloppy habit of giving lines from one character to another is dismaying - Tolkein labored for years to make sure what a charcter said was in keeping with that character's ideals or wants, so to Grandalf talk about death (from a dream Frodo has in Tom Bombadil's house), for example, is jarring, wrong, and arbitrary.
However, having said that, this is a film, and the book is the book. You can't make a perfect film of a great book - the version of Tolkein's work in my head is still the definative version, for me, although sometimes, sometimes, Jackson and his people came awfully close to the images I've seen in my head.
I recommend The Return of the King.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood




DVD title: Clueless
Productgroup: DVD
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Great, Must See Teen Movie, All Will Enjoy!


This is in my humble opinion, the best movie she's done. My wife LOVES it. It's defintely the teen movie of the 90's.
The DVD doesn't have any cool features, but it's ok.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Amy Heckerling
Actors:
Alicia Silverstone
Stacey Dash
Brittany Murphy
Paul Rudd




DVD title: The Temptations
Productgroup: DVD
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GREAT! GREAT ! GREAT!!!!!!! TWO THUMBS UP!


THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST MOVIE OF 1998. FOR MANY YEARS I HAVE FOLLOWED THE TEMPTATIONS . I NEVER KNEW WHAT THE PROBLEMS WERE BETWEEN DAVID RUFFIN AND EDDIE KEDRICK AND THE REST OF THE GROUP. I ALSO NEVER KNEW THAT PAUL HAD SHOT HIMSELF. I CRIED WHILE WATCHING THIS FILM. I HAD TO VIEW IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN BECAUSE IT MOVED ME. I CAN REMEMBER GOING TO THE WESTBUREY MUSIC FAIR, IN LONG ISLAND NEW YORK TO SEE RUFFIN AND KEDRICK FOR THE LAST TIME. I CAN REMEMBER HOW SAD I WAS WHEN I LEARNED ABOUT DAVID'S DEATH AND EDDIE'S DEATH.THIS FILM WILL MAKE YOU SMILE AND CRY. IT WILL LET YOU SEE WHAT THE ENTERTAINMENT BIZ CAN DO TO SOME AND NOT OTHERS, AND WILL LET YOU SEE A WONDERFUL STORY OF A WONDERFUL GROUP OF TALAENTED MEN CALLED "THE TEMPTATIONS"

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: Allan Arkush



DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush


Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" is a wonder of production design. The props, sets, and costumes all look wonderful. However, the film sinks because of uninspired directing and logic errors in the story that annoyingly grate on your mind. In the end, this production stands exposed for what it really is - a shallow marketing tool created for the sole purpose of attracting more people to the Disney theme parks.
A bitter rivalry between Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is re-ignited when the two men cross paths once again. Barbossa is desperately trying to lift an ancient curse that has condemned him and his crew to continue living as undead pirates. He has discovered that the key to ending the curse is a young man named Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), but naturally Sparrow does not want to make matters easy for Barbossa so he decides to aid the youth. A grand battle then erupts when the Royal Navy, in search of the missing Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), engages the cursed crew while Sparrow and Barbossa face-off for the last time.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" is another example of a film that is a slave to its special effects. Its visuals look spectacular and lush on the big screen. Especially impressive are all of the moments in which the cursed crew come into contact with moonlight. Yet, there is only a skeleton of a story to connect all the big special effects-laden sequences together. One gets the feeling that all of the action scenes in this film were storyboarded first and plot elements to link them together were added after the fact. Depp and Rush perform admirably in their roles and are the only two performers who are able to do anything with the material given to them. Less memorable are Bloom who is wooden from beginning to end and Knightley who exudes very little charisma in an underwritten part. Furthermore, the characters played by Jonathan Pryce and Jack Davenport are one-dimensional caricatures and totally unnecessary. Too bad the creative staff behind "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" couldn't loot a better director and a better script from elsewhere.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




DVD title: Space Truckers
Productgroup: DVD
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Lighten up folks--it's a put-on!


People who pan this movie just don't get it. It's a parody in the tradition of Dark Star. Terrific cast, good script with a great ending. Special effects were outstanding considering they didn't have a Star Wars budget--the design of the truck was inspired. If you don't find the concept of "square pigs" (actually rectangular prisms) to save space funny, scratch comedy from your list; you're just not built for it. Part of the humor was that it apparently hadn't occurred to them to transport processed pork instead of live pigs. It reminds me of the great Bob and Ray routine where the cranberry grower hadn't thought of making cranberry juice. This is a well done put-on that's just fun to watch.

Studio: Sterling Home Entertainment
Director: Stuart Gordon



DVD title: Tortilla Soup
Productgroup: DVD
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Tortilla Soup - Hector Elizondo


This DVD is the greatest! It has the whole enchalada! (sp?) I sent this DVD's to my daughters, friends and family - I love it so much! Such a Wonderful, real-life movie, so down-to-earth, it is funny, sad, enjoyable, just plain wonderful!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: MarĂ­a Ripoll
Actors:
Hector Elizondo
Jacqueline Obradors




DVD title: Miracle on 34th Street
Productgroup: DVD
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I Can Set it Again and Again and Again and...


One of my favorite holiday films of all time. Especially, since I worked in Macy's the first time I saw it and was very familiar with a lot of the interior scenes including the employee locker area.
The scene where the judge is buried by the Santa mail is priceless! Hard to believe that the girl was a young Natalie Wood.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: George Seaton
Actors:
Maureen O'Hara
Edmund Gwenn




DVD title: Red Dragon - Collector's Edition (Widescreen)
Productgroup: DVD
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Made a believer out of me....


..."Red Dragon" was suspenseful and faithful to the story, while the filming was not as dark as the Michael Mann version. Brett Ratner, a favorite from "The Family Man", succeeded brilliantly with the film. It's great to have fans who have not read the books get the idea of how Lechter was captured in the first place, and Hopkins sparkles in the role -- you can see that his antagonism with Will Graham (Norton...a surprise for me; terrific as the agent!) is even stronger than with Clarice. In adding to Lechter's role, the screenwriters and Ratner not only capitalized on the character's fame and Hopkins' brilliance, they gave us footage that was crucial to understanding the triangle between the three men.
Ralph Fiennes is disturbing as Dolarhyde, and the house in which he lives is even creepier than in the book. Emily Watson is delightful as the "foil" for his strangeness. The tattoo was done masterfully.
One of the chief positives for me was the wonderful score by the greatest name in movie music, Danny Elfman. Alternatively brooding and menacing, with soaring leaps of action, the music deserves its own awards.
Outstanding, all the way around!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brett Ratner
Actors:
Anthony Hopkins
Edward Norton
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: Let's Dance Salsa - Beginning Lessons 1 DVD
Productgroup: DVD
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Great energy!


Marlon Silva has unbelievable charisma which really comes across in this DVD! Fun to watch and the lessons are easy to learn.

Studio: Inecom,Inc
Actors:
Marlon Silva



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