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DVD title: I Spy
Productgroup: DVD
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Good movie!

It's a good movie with Eddie Murphy and Jessica Famk-Janssen. It's more funny than suspense movie. So, it's more a comedy than a suspens/polar movie. It's not the cr?me de la cr?me of movie but it's funny. I recommend this to the people who like suspens/comedy.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Betty Thomas
Eddie Murphy
Owen Wilson
Famke Janssen

DVD title: Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie has nothing but action!!!! 12 years of waiting for a third sequel payed off. John Connor, now 22, is supposed to stop Judgement Day. Judgement Day wasn't stopped, just postponed. The new T1 (Arnold Schwarzenneger) is programmed to protect Connor. Also a new sexier Terminator, the TX, is programmed to destroy Connor. So now Connor and the T1 have to destroy the TX before it destroys them. Then Connor has to survive a nuclear attack to then stop Judgement Day and become the savior of mankind. With the great plot and action of the movie, "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines" is a definite success. This is the best one of the whole sequel. In 12 years, 2015, a fourth sequel to the movie will be made. This movie is good for anyone. Adults will enjoy this movie, and kids and teens will definitely enjoy it!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nick Stahl
Kristanna Loken

DVD title: Imagine: John Lennon - The Definitive Film Portrait
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Film

I'm a huge John Lennon fan and this film just made my day. It was the most unbiased film on him I've ever seen. Usually it's either Yoko just going on about John or the other Beatles moaning about him. This was a positive movie to watch and enjoy.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Andrew Solt
John Lennon

DVD title: The Villain
Productgroup: DVD
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The Villian

If you haven't seen this movie, it's funny!This is one of those comedy westerns along the lines of the "Support Your Local..." Except that this one has turned the Roadrunner cartoons into a Western! And Kirk Douglas is the Coyote!Just about everything you've seen the Coyote do in the cartoons, Kirk Douglas does in this movie. And with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ann-Margaret as the Roadrunners it's a hilarious movie!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Hal Needham
Kirk Douglas
Arnold Schwarzenegger

DVD title: Antwone Fisher (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A "MUST SEE" movie that is both couragous and uplifting!!

There are tons of movies that I see with my family that end up just putting me to sleep both mentally and sometime physically, just ask my kids. "Dad wake up the movie's over", is a common picture ending comment. This movie however is what my children would rate DNS or more specifically a "dad non-sleeper". It is a heart warming movie about what we all need more of in this human experience - an understanding to realize that too many annoying actions or words that proceed forth from the people we work with each day, are sometimes used to hide deep emotional scars. Both actors Denzel Washington and D. Luke do their professional best to examine these scars on the screen. They were amazing. If there is only ONE movie to see this year that has incredible socially redeeming value in the areas of love, commitment, family roots, and honor, this is that movie. To you Danzel, if I could say this to you personally, thank you and keep up the good work of passionately seeking those diamonds-in-the-rough memories and beautiful stories that lie dormant in my mind and in minds of so many people. This movie has been placed in the all time best classic motion pictures in my book. Thanks for the story. Also if you have very young children (under 10) you might want to see the movie twice, one to evaluate if the movie is appropriate for your family because of some very realistic child abuse scenes and then again if you decide it is ok to use the movie as an opportunity to explain to the very young that this world is not perfect but with courage and strength anyone can overcome anything life can throw at us with the right attitute.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
Derek Luke
Joy Bryant

DVD title: The Art of Violin: The Devil's Instrument - Transcending the Violin
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Good, not perfect

As a violinist, I have watched this video many times, probably over 10. Every time, I have learned something new from it. My only complaint would be that there are not enough clips for some of the performers like Heifetz, and too many videos of Menuhin. The sound quality of these recordings are all very good.

Studio: Wea/Nvc Arts
Director: Bruno Monsaingeon

DVD title: Mansfield Park
Productgroup: DVD
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Gone with the wind

One of the best Austin works I have seen . . . never get the shortened abraded version . . . this is tops.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Patricia Rozema
Frances O'Connor (II)
Jonny Lee Miller
Alessandro Nivola

DVD title: Torque (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Genius Filmmaking

Ice Cube, while riding on an insanely loud motorcycle, through the windy plains, while wearing a really thick helmet, is able to have a conversation with someone on a cell phone, by putting it up to where his ear would be. This is just one of many reasons why I saw this film TWICE in the theatre. And bought the DVD opening week.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joseph Kahn
Ice Cube
Martin Henderson
Monet Mazur

DVD title: Man on Fire
Productgroup: DVD
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Art imitating life.

Go into the theatre prepared for an unusually captivating plot. There is not a moment where the viewer can feel complacent. The cinematography provides part of the intrigue. Development of the characters is sufficient to guide afficionados of this genre. Something grim will occur and people will suffer. Creasy, the lead character, though tragically flawed, is a newly employed bodyguard. When things go awry we come to learn he possesses extraordinary talent and tools to undo the deeds of the miscreants. With brutality as a matter of fact, with courage and determination, Creasy allows us to become witness to muckraking and righteousness 21st century style. Denzel Washington is terrific. But, of course, that's a given. See this! You will not depart from the theatre disappointed.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Tony Scott
Denzel Washington
Dakota Fanning
Christopher Walken

DVD title: Saturday Night Fever
Productgroup: DVD
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Live from New York, it's Saturday Night...waitta minute!

I love this movie.
I love the way it focuses on dancing, yet it isn't about dancing at all. Yes, long amounts of time are given to showing John Travolta light up the dance floor, but the story's fundamental point is the most subtle: Trying to escape from your boring daily routine, even if it is just for an hour.
That's exactly what Tony Manero does. He saves up his weekly earnings from where he works in downtown Brooklyn at a crummy hardware store, then blows it all in one day at the local disco joint, where he reigns as king. His female dance partner calls him a walking cliché. In a sad sort of way, it's true.
But this is Tony's dream. I quote an aspiring comedian named Rupert Pupkin: "Better to be king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime." "Saturday Night Fever" is based entirely on this idea. In an odd sort of way, Rupert Pupkin is a lot like Tony Manero. He just has a different dream. We all do.
"Saturday Night Fever's" theme tune, "Staying Alive" (the title of the horrendous Sylvester Stallone-directed sequel), speaks as much truth about life as the film itself. "I'm goin' nowhere, somebody help me, I'm goin' nowhere, somebody help me yeah" chants a voice in the Bee Gee's universally known disco hit. As I listen to it right now, I realize just how perfect it is for the movie. It's a legendary song, and for good reason.
I didn't grow up during the disco generation. But "Saturday Night Fever" makes me feel as if I had--and that is one of the fundamental keys to a film so incredibly outdated and yet still poignant in our memories. It was the film that solidified John Travolta as an icon, and the film that eventually led to him being regarded as the King of Cinema Disco. (In the Travolta film "Get Shorty," a criminal threatens a producer by saying that, if he doesn't pay up, he'll be "dead as disco." Ironic.)
Travolta is in his prime spotlight as Manero, a Brooklyn kid aiming to make it big on the dance floor. There isn't much to the movie other than the need for fame--as brief as it may be--and the most obvious theme of the film, which is learning to treat women as something more than just sex objects.
Tony and his pals all join together at 2001 Odyssey, a crummy disco club with dizzying strobe lights and a constantly-waxed dance floor where Tony is often encouraged to let loose and show everyone his moves. When he's not doing that, he's sitting at the bar watching a topless stripper do her thing. And he's only 19.
Part of this movie is learning to grow up, and treat women as something more than Tony is used to treating them. But that's one of two primary plots--the other is, of course, trying to break away from a boring life. Tony comes from an Italian background, and he lives in a bad area of town. His mother is proud of her eldest son, who became a priest, and she's discouraged by the fact that her other son doesn't seem to care about making anything out of his life. We get the feeling that Tony's parents once had the same outlook as their son, and fear he may be going down their own path. After Tony gets a raise from $3 to $4, his father tells him that $4 can't even buy $3. His son swears at him and storms away.
Some of my favorite scenes in "Saturday Night Fever" are the human ones, such as when Tony stares in his bedroom mirror, bare-chested, and combs his hair forever, looking over himself with the same pride that Travis Bickle displayed in the famous "You talkin' to me?" scene in "Taxi Driver," released a year earlier. In the background of the shot are posters of Al Pacino from "Serpico" and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. (Just think, Sly directed the sequel and did a cameo, yet he was, in a way, in the first film, too.)
I also like when Tony is interacting with his dysfunctional family. He's nice to his little sister when he walks through the door after work, but after working for quite some time on his now-out-of-date hairstyle, he barks at his father when he is slapped during dinner (in one of the rare scenes that made me laugh). He yells at him: "Would you just watch the hair? I work a long time on my hair, and you hit it!" I know that scene has been quoted before, but I quoted it again since it made me laugh so hard.
In one of the finest scenes in the entire movie, and certainly one of the most touching, Tony has lunch with an older girl (who later becomes his dance partner) and tries to impress her by acting mature. But his immaturity shines through--he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about half the time, and when he tries to act smart she counters his moves with true brainpower. In a way, this is the first time Tony realizes that women aren't as dumb as he thought they were.
This is one of my favorite guilty pleasures for all the right and wrong reasons. The wrong reasons include the dance floor numbers--I love them, and I probably shouldn't. As for the right reasons...I think we already know what they are. It's all about dreams. Everyone has some. Whether it's dancing or whatever, we all have dreams. And that's why I think "Saturday Night Fever" relates to so many different people on so many different levels.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: John Badham
John Travolta

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