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DVD title: The French Connection (Five Star Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Hackmans defining role. Topical classic of its day.

This fast paced classic was the vehicle for Hackmans prodigious talent and a lot more besides.It tells the story of two Detectives who pick up the scent of a major drug bust. loosely based on an actual case the script traces the unrelenting efforts of these Detectives played by Hackman (Popeye Doyle)and scheider (Cloudy Russo)to identify the main players behind one of the biggest drug importations up to that time.This movie unlike the later sequel was reasonably true to the general facts of the actual case although it chooses to ignore the fact that the drugs were in fact stolen after they had been seized, which was most probably an inside job as they were stolen from the custody of the Police. It is a mystery why this aspect did not form the storyline of the sequel when in fact the script writers chose a completely fictional theme for the sequel, but then I guess what really went down did not lend itself to an exciting storyline especially when the case was never completely solved.The movie itself is carried by the stellar performances of Hackman and Sheider and is further enhanced by a great location and a better than average supporting cast. The part of Alain Charnier or Frog One was perfectly cast with the very fine actor Fernando Rey producing a stand out performance in both movies. It would not do the movie justice if it were merely remembered for the brilliant car chase although car chase buffs would no doubt disagree. That the movie won as many oscars that year is testimony to its greatness. Hackman showed in spades in this landmark performance that he was Hollywood top shelf and went on to excell in many more although none better than this in my opinion. This was Hackmans defining role as was Patton with respect to George C Scott. A very watchable film somewhat drawn out in parts but never boring. A true classic in many ways.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: William Friedkin
Gene Hackman
Roy Scheider

DVD title: Speaking Parts
Productgroup: DVD
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"You've just got to know which buttons to push."

In Atom Egoyan's film, "Speaking Parts" bit-part actor, Lance, works in the housekeeping department of a posh, but strange hotel. Lonely co-worker Lisa (Arsinee Khanjian) stalks Lance during the day, and at night, she rents and re-rents his films. Lisa maintains that Lance may never actually speak in his roles, but that his scenes are crucial to the films. Lance, however, is not content with minor roles and understandably wants a big break. That big break seems to arrive when a writer named Clara checks into the hotel. When cleaning Clara's room, Lance discovers a script, and he approaches her for an audition. Clara is smitten with Lance, and soon auditions him for a part in a film.
Clara seems to have some artistic control over the film, but this power rapidly diminishes as the story progresses. In selling her true story to a film producer, Clara becomes disenfranchised from her own history, and soon she doesn't have a voice--or a speaking part in her own truth. Lance and Clara are both presented with occasions for moral compromise, and speaking out jeopardizes the tenuous positions they both hold.
"Speaking Parts" is about power--the power in relationships, and the only truly powerful person in this film is the producer (played with delicious icy gravity by David Hemblem). The producer lives on quite a different plane of existence, and he mostly communicates to his minions via television conferences which he entirely controls. Hemblem and Gabrielle Rose (she plays Clara) appear in many of Egoyan's films. I particularly enjoyed Lisa's odd relationship with Eddy, the video shop owner whose initial interest in Lisa sparks friendship.
Egoyan once again shows his obsession with television and technology. Egoyan seems to delight in placing his characters in front of the camera, and I can't think of another director who exploits and explores this medium quite so thoroughly--displacedhuman

Studio: Zeitgeist Video
Director: Atom Egoyan

DVD title: Assunta Spina/The Last Diva
Productgroup: DVD
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A great silent.

Francesca Bertini was the first diva of Italian movies. She portrays Assunta Spina, a Neapolitan woman in love with the passional Michele. The acting is wonderful (and incidentally, much less exagerated than the usual acting in most silent movie), almost realistic - and the movie itself is shot in the streets and houses of Naples. A gem.
Equally interesting is the included documentary, with scenes from other movies and an interview with the old Bertini, in which she watches and comments the movie (sometimes filling in the lines for the silent scenes). In the interview, she plays the role of the aging diva, but joking about it at the same time. Highly informative for lovers of silent movies, and highly entertaining.

Studio: Kino International
Francesca Bertini

DVD title: W. Eugene Smith - Photography Made Difficult
Productgroup: DVD
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I just watched this documentary. It is an honest and very well conducted portrait of this man, Gene Smith, probably one of the most important photographers of our time. Claerly, the man who inspired the fancy-overrated-rich-and-famous Sebasti?o Salgado. But Eugene was an artist in the pure sense, sensible, human, and with a genuine concern about our world, and obsessed with his job to show us the truth. Even a very bad conducted personal life, wouldn't hurt the precious art he left to us.
The fact about this film is that it seems to be no book around as rich and detailed. If you already like Eugene Smith, buy it. If not, buy it too, and you'll learn to love him.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Gene Lasko

DVD title: Now and Then, Here and There (Complete Collector's Boxed Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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A girl Admiring the sunset

From the first episode, you might think this is going to be a comedy. You think it'll be goofy and funny. You think it's going to be light-hearted. That all changes when you watch episode two. This is not a comedy. It is not goofy nor funny. Also, it is not light-hearted. It is a tragic and epic story that'll move you to tears. It is filled with horrible characters like Hamdo and Naboo. It is also filled with violence and rape. Although you don't see the rape of Sara, you can feel what has happened to her. This is one of the saddest shows out there. It is filled with good people, if only a few. Any anime fan would be a fool if they don't have this wonderful show in thier collection.

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Gamera vs. Guiron - Attack Of The Monsters
Productgroup: DVD
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"A Star is in Trouble!"

For anybody out there looking for a good night of uninentional hilarity, you could do worse than check out "Attack of the Monsters" (originally titled "Gamera vs. Gaos"). It's the story of several creepy schoolboys who board an alien spaceship with two spacebabes who want to eat their brains. Gamera, everyone's favourite flying, rubber turtle, comes along to fight a knife-headed monster named Gaos and save the kids from certain death. The special effects are particularly below average this time around, and the dubbed dialogue is so full of hilariously bad lines that it's amazing the voice actors could say any of it with a straight face. Overall, very entertaining.The DVD from Alpha video is in the pan and scan 1.33:1 aspect ratio, severely cropped from its original 2.35:1 image. Billed as an "American International Television Release" at the very end, an old and battered print has obviously been used. There are numerous scratches, with smeary, faded colour and an overall soft look. Unsurprisingly, the English dub is the only audio available. A gallery of publicity stills and posters have been included as an extra feature, and they're mildly diverting. A catalogue is also included, but I don't consider that a very "special" feature.

Studio: Gotham Distribution
Director: Noriaki Yuasa

DVD title: Farscape - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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It Just Keeps Getting Better.....!

Spoiler-Free Reviews
Farscape's first season offered a show full of promise. The look, sharp dialog delivered by a cast that was dead-on, complicated often adversarial relationships, were refreshing and intriguing. The balance of darkness and humor, action and character interaction, with a generous helping of irreverence and attitude, all made it stand out.

The second season builds on that and eases the show further from the pack. Farscape takes major risks with its characters and storylines and I love that about this show. I think it "dares greatly" and as a result, even the occasional misses are done with flair and originality! If you value that in your entertainment (as well as your life!), Farscape might be right up your alley.

My picks for season highlights: wickedly edged "Crackers Don't Matter" pits a paranoid crew against each other; "The Way We Weren't" is an emotionally searing look into the dark corners of two main characters; "Out Of Their Minds" lightens up with a storyline that's familiar, but I haven't seen it done better. The cast's portrayals of each others personality quirks was priceless; "Liars, Guns, and Money" was a three-part action roller coaster where everything goes...well, the way it usually goes for these guys; and rarely has a main character been stranded so far up a creek as in "Die Me, Dichotomy".

For me, all these elements and more add up to a rare treat worth my time to watch, worth my money to buy (I own all four seasons and am waiting for "Peacekeeper Wars), and worth my five-star recommendation!

Studio: A.D. Vision
Ben Browder

DVD title: Just Married
Productgroup: DVD
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Soooo Cool

I've seen this movie for about a dozen times and I enjoyed it every time. It's just a pefect romantic comedy. I mean so many hilarious jokes. And Ashton Kutcher must be the funniest actor around these days. I mean he's just perfect for this role. And there is also beautiful Brittany Murphy. She's one of the prettiest actresses and she is also very funny. And besides that the chemistry between these two is jus perfect. The story is about a newlyweds who go on their honeymoon to Europe. We can say a honeymoon from hell. They brake up there, but then end up together in the end (of course they do, it's a romantic comeday). I mean jusr a great movie.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Shawn Levy
Ashton Kutcher
Brittany Murphy
Christian Kane

DVD title: A Bridge Too Far
Productgroup: DVD
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90% Successful

This movie, starring - among others - Sean Connery, Micheal Caine, Elliot Gould, Robert Redford, Dirk Bogarde, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Edward Fox, tells the story of Operation MARKET GARDEN, the largest airborne operation in history. The aim of this operation was to seize a number of bridgeheads across the Rhine, and other rivers, through Holland, so as to allow the Allies to drive into the centre of Germany's industrial heartland, the Ruhr.
Field Marshall Sir Bernard Montgomery, famous as the commander of the British 8th Army in North Africa and Italy, devised the plan to use airborne troops to 'Lay a carpet across which XXX Corps (an armour and infantry column) can pass".
The movie provides very accurate depictions of the prelude to the operation, and it's conduct. It clearly shows the failures on the part of Allied commanders and gives graphic vision of the type of street fighting the soldiers of the British 1ST Airborne Division endured in the city of Arnhem. It is in fact the bridge at Arnhem that gives the movie - and the Cornelius Ryan book it is based upon - it's title.
For the soldiers of the 1st Airborne (British) - heroism showed no bounds. To have held their location for 9 days against overwhelming odds was nothing short of miraculous. The efforts of the US 82nd and 101st airborne divisions also get the credit they deserve - particularly the daylight crossing of the Rhine by the 82nd Airborne, under the guns of General Wilhelm Bittrichs Panzers.
This movie tells the truth about a military disaster of the worst kind. It's author, Montgomery, described the operation as '90% Successful'. Prince Bernard of the Netherlands said "My country can ill-afford another of Montgomery's successes".
An outstanding cast give fine performances in what is easily one of the top 5 war movies of all time

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Richard Attenborough
Michael Caine
Sean Connery
Gene Hackman
Ryan O'Neal
Laurence Olivier

DVD title: Halloween
Productgroup: DVD
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Boogeyman strikes

This used to be my favorite movie. I used to watch it, like, ten times a day. It's still great! Michael Myers is one creepy guy. I don't think this movie ever really scared me, but it's a great movie to watch on Halloween with friends.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: John Carpenter
Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis
Tony Moran

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