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DVD title: GoldenEye
Productgroup: DVD
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Good movie GREAT femme fatale


Goldeneye is one of those films that you know, from the first second, is going to please. It is an almost perfect movie from the awesome beginning to the slow unraveling of the plot to the love interest(the Russian) to the woman villianess (Xenia Onatopp - LOVE THAT NAME and what an entrance!!!!). On top of that we get Judi Dench as the new "M" and what a great bit of casting that was! Exciting, beautiful, sexy - the return of the spy himself.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Martin Campbell
Actors:
Pierce Brosnan
Sean Bean
Izabella Scorupco




DVD title: Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series) - movie DVD cover picture
Incredible, but often misunderstood


Overwhelmingly sad and poignant portrayal of human brokenness, tragedy, and hurt. The random connections which keep cropping up between the nine main characters make this film all the more powerful, as if the universe were charging on without explanation or reason, throwing people onto the rocks as it did, randomly smashing their best attempts to live ordered lives. The way the movie reveals the secret griefs of the loveably square cop, as played by John Reilly, and the despicable stud, played by Tom Cruise, are particularly affecting. This movie reminds me to an uncomfortable degree of my own secret bruises. For all the times I've seen it, I've never been able to get through it without crying.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors:
Tom Cruise
Julianne Moore
William H. Macy
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Baker Hall
Jeremy Blackman




DVD title: L.I.E.
Productgroup: DVD
L.I.E. - movie DVD cover picture
Extraordinary!


This is an awesomely well-made movie, from the acting to the writing to the cinematography - it has a reality & honesty that are very rare in American films - and it's also funny and compassionate. Brian Cox's performance has to be one of the acting pinnacles of film history. I hate to praise one actor by knocking others, but I automatically thought of two better-known actors who might have been cast as Big John but thankfully weren't: Albert Finney & Anthony Hopkins. Both would have fit well but both would have overshadowed the character. Big John as he is written & played in this film is one of the most complex & honest human beings I've ever seen in an American movie. Paul Franklin Dano is every bit as impressive as Howie showing extraordinary sensitivity & range. Both Dano & Cox should have won every major acting award of the year (if there was any justice in that industry). Michael Cuesta has made a truly extraordinary film, one that I'm sure will become a classic over time.

Studio: New Yorker Video
Director: Michael Cuesta
Actors:
Paul Dano
Brian Cox




DVD title: Death Mask
Productgroup: DVD
Death Mask - movie DVD cover picture
Ir's a great one Definetly


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Studio: Mti Home Video
Director: Steve Latshaw



DVD title: 'Til There Was You
Productgroup: DVD
'Til There Was You - movie DVD cover picture
An excellent film


Contrary to the reviews given above, this movie was very enjoyable. Gwen's search for "the right one" that she knows is out there was the thread that you kept in mind throughout the story. And watching Nick self-destruct his relationships showed the emptiness he felt inside that he wanted someone to fill. It was all in all a great romantic date film.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Scott Winant



DVD title: Being John Malkovich
Productgroup: DVD
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Hollywood can still suprise us!


1999 was the best year in movies I can remember. granted I'm only 23 and don't have that many years to go by, but 1999 was incredible. Sixth Sense, 3 Kings, Fight Club, American Beauty, Blair Witch, etc etc. And the most original of them all, Being John Malkovich. This movie is strange, just plain strange. A puppeteer (John Cusak) is working for a filing company on the 7 1/2 floor of a building (yes, you read that right). He finds a door that goes into the mind of John Malkovich. After 15 minutes, he's shot out of John's head onto the side of the NJ Turnpike. Makes perfect sense right? In order to enjoy this movie, you better check your rational thought at the door.
Oh man, what a ride. This movie challenges everything we've come to expect from cute little cookie cutter movies that come out of hollywood. Thank god some people out there still have the courage to make something completely different. I applaud everyone involved in the making of this movie, you all rock.
The DVD is even stranger than the movie. The extras here are bizarre at best, including a page with nothing on it. There's isolated versions of the movies shown in the movie(strange), an interview with the director(stranger), and a 15 minute car ride with an "extra" as she rambles on and comes across as a complete psycho(strangest).

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Spike Jonze
Actors:
John Cusack
Cameron Diaz
Catherine Keener
John Malkovich




DVD title: Monsoon Wedding
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful, rich, uplifting


Monsoon Wedding is a rich, warm, colorful, lavish, hilarious, and deeply moving gift from Mira Nair to the audience. An utterly delightful web of family relationships is woven through the movie, centering around an arranged wedding (in Texas!). But that's just the central theme. Almost more interesting is the sub-story of a romance developing between a servant girl and the opportunistic, marigold-eating (??? What is THAT all about ??) wedding-planner.Super-duper. Even my 90yo father loved it!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Mira Nair
Actors:
Naseeruddin Shah
Lillete Dubey




DVD title: Birdy the Mighty - Double Trouble
Productgroup: DVD
Birdy the Mighty - Double Trouble - movie DVD cover picture
Excellent Anime!


I rented this simply because the box looked nice. I wasn't expecting it too be all that good. Boy was I wrong! I watched it four times, and then came to Amazon.com to buy both tapes.
The animation is excellent. It's easily on par with that of "Ah! My Goddess!" The amount of action is incredibly too, including several superb fight scenes. Most anime will show the same punch from 3 different camera angles or show a still-frame of the character on a moving background, but not Birdy. All the action is wonderfully drawn and acted out.
While the plot is only fair, the concept behind the plot is very cool. There are a few instances of jokes or lines that don't translate well, but even they aren't too bad.
The character Tsutomi was a bit too whinny at times. However, all the other characters, even the extras, were very good. The best character of all was Birdy. Her voice actor was simply amazing. You can feel the frustration, relief, etc. in her voice. The artwork for her was very, very good. I would love to see more characters with two-tone hair.
One last thing I should mention. Birdy has several rear nudity scenes, but no hint of sex. It's not that bad, and would only upset a very puritanical person. (Actually, old Loony Tunes episodes had rear nudity at times, and they've been shown on network TV for decades).
In almost every department, Birdy the Mighty is superb. I haven't seen anything I like better. My only wish is that the series was longer.

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri



DVD title: Seven
Productgroup: DVD
Seven - movie DVD cover picture
BAM


David Fincher's suspenseful and gritty thriller grips you, leaving you speechless and pondering once the end credits have finished rolling, even while watching the supplements. With its dark and morbid atmosphere and the uncompromising down-beat ending it will leave you thinking about what just sped by you. Harsh and real, "Se7en" is a homicide thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat for its entire running length, and it will not fail to impress its disturbing mood upon you, sending shivers and chills down your spine.
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play as a pair of homicide detectives on a quest to solve a mysterious series of murders. Lt. Somerset (Freeman) is a burnt-out veteran cop on the brink of his retirement when he is teamed up with his replacement, an ambitious and fervent Brad Pitt as Detective David Mills. Two worlds collide as they struggle to accept each other even as a serial killer haunts the streets of this unnamed city, taking upon himself the burden of the Hand of God. He commits various creative punishments on people he feels exemplify the nature of the seven deadly sins. It takes all of the detectives' experience and effort to track the bloody trail of John Doe (Kevin Spacey), who in turn enjoys toying with the cops, planting clues as part of his deadly vision.
Fincher's world is dark, gray and foreboding through most of the movie and destroys any hope you might have for this urban civilization. Even the opening credits are murky, jerky, near-subliminally interspersed with disturbing crime-scene photos. Drenching rain is falling from depressingly cloudy gray skies for most of the movie, underscoring the unhealthy and fatalistic nature of this picture. "Se7en's" claustrophobic urban world rustles with cockroaches, and is filled with piles of rotten junk to the point that you can almost smell the putrid air. When the scenes begin to brighten and we finally move into broad daylight, it is only for the most gripping climax suspense cinema has seen in a long time, in a counterpoint revealing the abominable abyss of the dark and masochistic soul of the killer.

Studio: New Line Studios
Director: David Fincher
Actors:
Brad Pitt
Morgan Freeman
Kevin Spacey




DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Comes as close to redemption as we'll get.


Thankfully, AOTC is a great fun ride, and one heck of a Star Wars movie. You can almost rate it as 2 things, one as an individual piece, which proves somewhat hard to do and then as a piece of the bigger Star Wars epic and how it compares to the other films and their individual places in the series.
Yeah, I'm sure by now you've heard the 'wooden' acting complaints, which is kind of weird as when you compare the acting here to the other movies, it's well above Episode I (lucas learned something) and just about at the levels of the original trilogy.
The galaxy is in disarray. Systems are pulling out of the Senate and the threat of war hangs over all. Senator Padme Amidala, former queen of Naboo, is hurrying back to vote on the army creation act, which she strongly opposes. She's under a seemingly constant death threat and is assigned Jedi protectors Obi-Wan Kenobi and his padawan Anakin Skywalker to keep her safe. Needless to say, adventure spreads like wild fire and Obi-Wan is off to play Sherlock Holmes while Anakin is left to assist Padme into seclusion to keep her safe. Needless to say, romance ensues when the public servants are left to themselves and Obi-Wan finds more than he bargained for. The romance is workable at worst and Obi-Wan's run-ins with the bounty hunter Fetts are things that fanboy dreams are made of. The final half hour or so really demonstrates the vast world that digital film and effects has and will offer us in the future.
Maybe Lucas uses too much CGI, but it's his film and luckily the picture is visually breathtaking. I only wish I could see it digitally projected to get the full experience. And, to his and his ILM team's credit, the digital characters and surroundings do become one with the real things when you don't keep telling yourself to try to find the CG additions. I think Lucas also realizes that someone had to make a film like this and almost formally kick off the digital film age.
Star Wars fans (forget Episode I) will absolutely love this one and it also probably might have more apeal to the 'outsider' or 'general' audience than any other Star Wars film. Superb popcorn flick sure to be a summer favorite.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman




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