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DVD title: Drive-Thru Records
Productgroup: DVD
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Good Times, man

I watch this at least 2 or 3 times a week and it still cracks me up. THe intereviews are hilarious especially the ones with Allister and Finch. There is so much stuff on the dvd, I've had it for a few months now and I still haven't seen all of it, probably because I watch some stuff that I've already seen b/c its just so funny. I loved the Bonus footage of senses fail, a montage of scenes on tour and stuff for their song 187 and the bootleg part, theres a lil concert with like 6 bands incl TSL, something corporate, the movielife...this dvd is worth every penny! you won't be disappointed!

Studio: Universal Music & VI
New Found Glory
Fenix TX
Something Corporate

DVD title: The Tenant
Productgroup: DVD
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I'd go crazy too if shelly winters was my landlord

polanski films should be watched chronologically. the tenant stars polanski and documents his ascent into madness. after taking the flat of a girl who committed suicide, polanski, due to his own isolation and psychosis, begins to question his own sanity and blames it on everone else. the beauty here is that the film never allows the audience know what is real and what is concocted until its climax that, at first, resembles a comedy of errors, but develops into an incredily eerie disposition.
i will have the galouises please, i don't care for marlboro either

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Isabelle Adjani
Melvyn Douglas

DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Second Of Two Essential DVD's

This was a great movie. I removed 1 star because it was a little hard to follow the first time around... You really have to watch it a couple times to totally understand the whole plot. When I realized what was really going on I couldn't believe it and I had to watch the movie over again from my new perspective which made things all the more funny! Some of the material was a bit graphic but very realistic and kept me believing that the fights were real and that what was happening could really happen and may actually be happening as well. I loved Brad Pitts role in this movie and think that his character was chosen very nicely. I also loved the character that Meatloaf played. This is a great movie to watch again with different people around because the different commments that are made during the movie will change how you see it... and it will seem different each time. It is very much worth buying.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt

DVD title: A Night at the Roxbury
Productgroup: DVD
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Roxbury RULES!!!

I wish I could give this movie a million stars. I love it! Chris Kattan is soooo funny and sexy. I can't wait till I have it in my hands. This movie RULES!!! If you love SNL, you'll love "A Night At The Roxbury". I certainly did. :-)

Studio: Paramount Studio
Will Ferrell
Chris Kattan

DVD title: Blue Thunder
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best high flying action films ever, A must see

As a boy growing up in the 80's, this was just about as cool as it got this side of Star Wars. Although my tastes have become somewhat more sophisticated over the years, I still enjoy a well-crafted action movie, and this certainly qualifies. Although the movie at times becomes campy due to overacting or poorly choreographed action sequences (hey, Badham didn't have $150M to work with, OK?) the movie's themes regarding the dangers of advanced technology as a tool of repression and protection of the homeland against terrorists still ring true. And besides, the helicopter is still really cool, even if the cockpit is reminiscent of Knight Rider's KITT (another 80's must).
Technically, the film is quite good overall. Especially in the chase scenes, one gets the feeling that Badham and his crew spent hundreds of hours in the air to get the quality and quantity of footage necessary to pull this movie off. The editing, however, leaves something to be desired at times, particularly the ADR, which on numerous occasions does not appear to match the actors' mouth movements. Otherwise, however, the film is masterful, especially considering the technology used to edit it at the time.
If you are looking for high art, look elsewhere. If you are looking for Matrix-like special effects, look elsewhere. If you are looking for an entertaining action movie from the Reagan era, you're in the right place.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Badham
Roy Scheider
Warren Oates

DVD title: Blow-Up
Productgroup: DVD
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Artistic Perspective on Cameras Distortion of Time & Place

Amidst swinging London, students painted their faces white in order to fundraise, and weed was easily obtainable. Pleasure seemed to be sought in every corner, as Puritanical values once had held down the societal freedom to express self, while a new bohemian period was emerging. Philosophy in regards to everything was pondered as nudity emerged as an art form as well as an exploitation. French New Wave had already influenced the world as had the dreamy visions of Fellini, psychosocial introspection of Bergman, and philosophy behind human choices in Antonioni's films such as L' Avventura (1960). The world was about to explode into a colorful spectacle as artistic freedom and expression were pushing the boundaries of censorship and moral value. In the middle of the cultural anarchy, a story about a photographer helped pushing the boundaries, which was one of the milestones that was needed for artists and alike as they sought true freedom.

Blow-Up focuses on what is within each frame of each scene, which is also how the film's hero, Thomas (David Hemmings), sees the world. Thomas is a successful photographer, in a monetary way, as he drives a Rolls Royce convertible, donates money, has a big studio, and has several photo shoots with beautiful models. Yet, Thomas does not like the job as a model photographer, as many of his models seem to be oblivious to what he is trying to accomplish while capturing the aesthetics of the moment. The photographic moment must be caught as if the camera was not there, however, it seems as if many models lack this knowledge or understanding. This ignorance comes across as an insult to Thomas whenever someone stands in front of his camera, which seems to put him in a severely bad mood. Nonetheless, he lives to see what he captures through the lens as he brings the camera wherever he travels.

There are a selected few models that know how to pose properly for Thomas in order to create an aesthetically emotional moment that enhances the texture of the image, which Thomas attempts to capture. In the beginning of the film Thomas returns to his studio dressed in rags while a stunning model is waiting for the photo shoot with him. The model is barely dressed--just enough to cover up her personal parts. Thomas begins the shoot as the model moves seductively and he is slowly drawn to her, as seaman would to the singing of a siren. Closer and closer Thomas gets until they seem to merge into one. The scene is very suggestive in a sexual manner, which seems to please both. The model effortlessly repositions herself in enticing manners as Thomas provides her with admiring comments that urges her to continue with her visual seduction through the lens.

Thomas' true passion for his profession is to capture the present time where the truth is revealed, which is done in all places of life. The truth seems to be the way a person genuinely appears in solitude. Thus, a voyeuristic portion of Thomas appears as he seeks to see the world the way it is without him being present. An early morning Thomas ventures to see his agent, but stops by an antique store. Nearby the small antique store there is a small path that leads to a park where he discovers a couple, a woman and an older man. The couple appears to be of some sort of relation to one another, yet it is difficult to see exactly what the couple is doing. They could be hugging and kissing, yet they could be arguing. Thomas takes cover by trees and bush while he captures the ambiguous moment with his camera. The true nature of the couple will be revealed later through the photos that Thomas develops in his darkroom.

Symbiosis seems to exist between Thomas and the camera as Thomas seems to need the camera as the camera needs him in order to be used. There is an emotional distance between Thomas and reality as the camera seems to be the boundary of moral judgment. The camera offers him an opportunity to observe the world at a safe distance, yet he can partake in what he sees. The safety truly appears when the audience notices the difference between when the picture was taken and when the picture is viewed, as time and place change and leave him at a safe distance from the truth. Time and place appear to be the divider that is provided to Thomas through the camera, which offers him a safe role in his photographic society without responsibilities, or guilt. It also offers him the opportunity to relive a moment, or an experience. Similar notion could be drawn to the experiences that the audience can revive in many museums throughout the world where emotions such as desire, fear, sadness, happiness, joy, and more seem to be trapped in time and place.

Michelangelo Antonioni does a marvelous job directing as each scene offers something for the audience to ponder. Compared to L' Avventura (1960) Blow-Up provides a similar drifty theme, which at times seems to wander aimlessly. Nonetheless, the context in which Blow-Up takes place is unique and despite its directionless touch most scenes seem to be perfectly choreographed together with the outwardly meticulous mise-en-scene. This provides a sense of natural beauty that Antonioni captures through the camera. In addition, the natural beauty offers the concept that there is beauty everywhere, and it most certainly surrounds all viewers too, which should be captured and revived when needed. Blow-Up offers a truly artistic perspective, which could be found tedious for many, however, it is what encourages the processes of contemplation as Thomas is devoured by his passion. Thus, let the artists have their freedom as the audience longs to experience the stored sentiments, which offers morals and enlightening lessons.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Vanessa Redgrave
David Hemmings

DVD title: Napoleon Dynamite
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best comedies of 2004!

This film is one of the funniest films that I have seen this year, if not in my entire life.

Most of you already know the plot, so I won't go much into that. It's just that this film was totally hilarious without lowering itself to become totally crude and disgusting. I also don't remember hearing any profanity at all. This reminded me of a Wes Anderson film, and that isn't particularly a bad thing. The humor is so hilariously dry, and you just keep laughing all the way through. I don't remember a moment during the film when I WASN'T laughing, as a matter of fact. The performances are all top-notch, and the direction is excellent. It's no surprise that this was the official selection at the Sundance Film Festival this year. This film is totally accessible to any one who has been considered an outcast, and it's one of those rare occasions where the nerds all rule. This is waaay better than any of those "Revenge of the Nerds" films.

Seriously though, I don't remember the last time that I had such a refreshing, clean, void-of-any-profanity-and-filth, hilarious time at the theatres.

HIGHLY recommended!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Jared Hess
Jon Heder
Jon Gries
Efren Ramirez

DVD title: Robotech - The Macross Saga - Legacy Collection 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Robotech is the best anime

Macross is the best anime series ever ad it's too bad toonami took it off of the air but now I can get them on DVD. Brahahahahahaha!

Studio: A.D. Vision
Robotech-Macross Saga

DVD title: The African Queen
Productgroup: DVD
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Director: John Huston
Humphrey Bogart
Katharine Hepburn

DVD title: WWE Wrestlemania XX
Productgroup: DVD
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Thank You Vince!!!!!

This was if not the greatest, one of the greatest WrestleMania's of all time. Sure, Brock-Goldberg sucked, but Austin stunnin' both of them was awesome. The Triple-Threat Main Event was, (in my view), the GREATEST main event of all time. This match by itself made up for all the semi-crappy matches. The U.S. title opener was great. Yes, Big Show DOES suck. The two tag title matches were pretty good, but it would have been nice if one of the two would have changed hands. Rikishi and S2H??? Give me a break... That one hurt. Rock and Sock vs. Evolution was a good match, but it had the wrong result. I expected more out of the Great One. The evening gown MATCH itself wasnt all that great, but the four women involved in the match, parading around in lingerie was attention-keeping for the five minutes they were in the ring. Taker/Kane was nothing compared to their WM14 battle. It was nice to see a tombstone again though... The women's championship was actually a pretty good match, and watchin Molly get her head shaved was worth it. Y2J vs. Christian was an great match, and their Backlash match will be even better. And who could have predicted THAT ending...WOW...Trish as a heel will be interesting. The Cruiserweight match had a lot of crazy little high-flying S.O.B.'s. This match should have been longer... Rey got Robbed!!! Still a good match though. Eddie Guerrero/Kurt Angle was possibly the greatest NON-mainevnt/final match ever. I was rooting for Kurt, but i had to stand up and applaud the effort of both guys. What a Match!!!! Sure, this event lacked in some areas, but there were some of the greatest matches in the history of the business in this event...Thank You Vince!!!!

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Brock Lesnar

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