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DVD title: The Sure Thing
Productgroup: DVD
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What can I say about this movie other than I love it! John Cusack (Gib), and Daphne Zuniga (Allison) are perfectly cast in this movie and given their young age (John Cusack was only 17), makes their performance that much more impressive.But what makes this movie so enjoyable and memorable is the feelings it provokes. Remember the rush of emotions when you first meet someone who makes your heart beat out of your chest and feel lightheaded? Acting like you really don't like someone when deep down inside you would give anything to be with them? Going to a party and flirting with other people hoping that they would see you and get jealous? That's what this movie does for me. It makes me realize just how much I miss the innocence, passion and emotion of those days. The acting is wonderful and you really get drawn in to their plight as they make their way across the country to be with the one they "think" is their own "sure thing". The great thing about this movie is that every time it looks like they are finally going to get together, something pulls them apart.While there are many funny lines and memorable scenes in this film, by far my favorite is at the end when Gib's essay is read aloud. Allison's facial expressions let you know just how painful it is for her to hear it. The final scene is wonderful. I tear-up whenever I see it, and I'm a guy.

Studio: Polygram Video
Director: Rob Reiner
John Cusack
Daphne Zuniga

DVD title: Best in Show
Productgroup: DVD
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Not just for dog lovers!

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive when I went to see "Best In Show". After the first 10 minutes, I realized that I was in for a great ride. I won't go into details (you can read Tom Reynolds review above for the plot), but I will say that this is one of the funniest movies I've seen a some time. The characters are funny yet strangely believable. I personally found Fred Willard's character a laugh riot. It's one of those movies where you find yourself repeating funny lines from the movie for days. See it before it leaves the theaters; you won't regret it!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Christopher Guest
Catherine O'Hara
Eugene Levy
Jennifer Coolidge

DVD title: Cinderella Man
Productgroup: DVD
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A look at the American spirit in a time when it still existed.

I saw something tonight that I have only seen in glimpses throughout my life. I saw a man fighting for more than money, more than press clippings, more than the coveted one night stand with any number of lecherous groupies. I saw a man fight for PEOPLE and the diminishing hope they had left in mid-nineteen thirties America. He fought because he was told he could not win. The result is one where you alone will have to travel to see.

This film does not possess even a hint of contrived emotionalism. Even Thomas Newman, the composer who's pulled at our hearts with scores like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, seems muffled a bit here, as if he too was in on the fact that you cannot add to the state of the human condition when its at its peak - as was the case with a boxer who tasted the darkness of life, but was patient enough to wait for the light. It is here where true life defeated synthetic emotionally-based fiction in the form of MILLION DOLLAR BABY. Unlike that highly rated film, Cinderella Man seems to scream, "Life CAN be great. You CAN overcome tragedy. To heck with this nihilism garbage! Don't hide away with your pie like Eastwood did in Million Dollar Baby! Raise your friggin fists and fight!"

Well, that's what I heard as I watched this film. The voices belonged to those ever-diminishing elements like the American spirt, honor, hope, the indomitable will. They are all here, in the form of one man and those who treated him like the light of hope itself - all when hope was needed the most. This is how stories were intended to be told. It's all the sweeter knowing this really happened, seemingly conquering Hollywood's current binge of nihilistic screenplay and shouting, "Hope still lives!"

I highly recommend Cinderella Man to anyone.

Studio: Universal Studios
Russell Crowe

DVD title: Transformers - First Season Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome! Just Awesome!!!

Superior boxed DVD set remastered with the Transformer fan in mind. Cant wait to get the rest of the episodes!

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: My Man Godfrey - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Stunning restoration

For anyone who has the VHS or even the previous DVD, this edition will be a refreshing look at a film that deserved better for too long. Gone are the grain from the print and ubiquitous "hiss" from the soundtrack. WELL worth the extra dollars.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Gregory La Cava
William Powell
Carole Lombard

DVD title: The Terminator
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Sci-fi flic of the Eighties

I'll be back! This is one of my most favourite Sci-fi's of the Eighties by far! T2 was a good follow up, T3 lost the genius of the first two completely and was just a cash-in follow up. The effects are probably a little outdated on T1 now, but the story is in depth and the acting excellent which cannot be said for T3.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Biehn
Linda Hamilton

DVD title: Chicago (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I heard of the musical Chicago from years ago, but really never paid attention to it. I had no desire to see this movie either. Reading some of the reviews, I went to see it out of curiosity.I went to a stadium seating theatre with a big screen and great sound. From the first frame to the last, I loved every minute of it. The music was great as well as the story and perfomances.
Most the reviews here seem to be one star or 5 stars. I just can't imagine anyone hating this movie. I went back 3 more times to see it, and liked it more each time.
I can understand some of the criticism of the director, but there was enough traditional scenes that the chop chop chop style wasn't much of a bother to me. In fact some of it added to certain scenes.
I truly don't understand how this movie was cast with of bunch of actors with little musical background..Shows you how much I know. They were all great.
Queen Latifah was just plain great. Her character in the movie was a little off. First she is a tough talking prison matron, then she's real nice and understanding...oh well, her performance especially musically was top notch.
If you're tired of war movies, and sappy comedies, go see this and just lose yourself in two hours of sexy fun with great music.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Rob Marshall
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Renée Zellweger

DVD title: Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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All time favorite movie

While I think I prefer the directors cut to the original (although I'm not as adamant about it as some), I've noticed something in recent years. There's alot of us out there who swear by this movie, but almost all of us saw it for the first time as the theatrical version. People seeing the directors cut fot the first time don't seem to like it as well.

As akward as the voice over was (I didn't think it was that bad to begin with), I've begun to believe it was neccesary at least for the first or second viewing. Some very important, beautiful subtext just may not be there strongly enough without it.

So if you're a first timer and you can actually find the original version, start with that.

Why I like the movie- Harrison Ford is fine in this. Yes he is a bit flat, as people say (course I think he usually is). What's interesting about this movie on a character basis is not Deckard, but Roy Battey. Roy Battey is one of my all time favorite movie characters. The murderous genious child man who hasn't had enough time to understand morality and wants nothing more than time. The ending of the movie makes sitting through the slow bits completely worth while.

I think it's the ommision of the voice over explanation of some of the events at the end of the film that seems to be making it more challenging for new audeinces. The visuals, textures and ideas are why this film is good, but it's the ending that made this film great.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young

DVD title: Hammer Horror Series (Brides of Dracula / Curse of the Werewolf / Phantom of the Opera (1962) / Paranoiac / Kiss of the Vampire / Nightmare / Night Creatures / Evil of Frankenstein)
Productgroup: DVD
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I got this DVD set last week and could not beleive how good the picture quality was. Some of my favourite Hammer films are in this set. Brides of Dracula, Curse of the Werewolf and Captain Clegg (Night Creatures). For years now I've only been able to watch Captain Clegg on an old bootleg DVD, and I never new that this kind of print even existed. This set is a Hammer Horror fan's dream come true. The only thing I wasn't too happy with was that they come on 2 duel sided discs, but we can't have everything. This is a brilliant DVD set. Especially for such a low price.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Terence Fisher
Herbert Lom
Heather Sears

DVD title: Maid to Order
Productgroup: DVD
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Not just for fans of Ally Sheedy

I bought this movie solely because I'm a big fan of Ally Sheedy. But that is not necessary in order to enjoy this picture. It has all the essential ingredients for a good movie: a well-developed storyline, well established characters, scenes that will make you laugh and cry, and very capable acting to boot. Maid to Order actually has much in common with Arthur 2: On the Rocks. (see my review) Fans of that movie certainly should enjoy this one as well. Maid to Order, like Arthur 2, is essentially about a character, played in this case by Ally Sheedy, who goes from riches to rags to riches. Jessie (Ally) is just a young woman with too much of her father's money to spend and too much time to do it with. She simply needs to grow up. A fairy godmother (Beverly D'Angelo) grants her father's (Tom Skerritt) wish when he regrets even having a daughter. She's left homeless and without a past. She is forced to take a job as a maid, working for a flamboyant couple (Dick Shawn and Valerie Perrine) whom her father knows. The going is rough in the beginning, but she soon learns how to become friends with the rest of the hired help. This movie essentially belongs to Ally Sheedy (rarely is she not in a scene), but the supporting cast all have their shining moments as well. One of the classical lines comes from Stan (Dick Shawn) who tells Georgette (Valerie Perrine), "I don't deserve to touch your toenails. Although it was the highlight of my breakfast." All turns out happily for everyone in this movie. And Jessie is finally recognised by her father, who welcomes her back with open arms. Some movies can't be judged by box office receipts, and this is one of them.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Amy Holden Jones
Ally Sheedy
Beverly D'Angelo

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