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DVD title: L.I.E.
Productgroup: DVD
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Hands down the best film of 2001


Too many people require a big round of applause for this marvelous film. Michael Cuesta's first feature length film is extremely controversial, and at some times disturbing. Yet it is remarkably well written, well directed, and well acted. Howie(a stunning performance by newbie actor Paul Franklin Dano) is a 15 year old boy growing up in Long Island. His mother was killed on the L.I.E(long island expressway), his estranged father hardly knows him, he only has 1 friend who is planning on leaving for california. So needless to say Howie has nothing. This movie is a coming of age story where howie befriends a pederast named Big John(brilliantlly portrayed by veteran actor Brian Cox, the original Hannibal Lector) who ends up becomming a father figure to Howie.
There are homosexual references in the movie, but this is not a movie about homosexuality. There are references to pedophillia in the movie, but this is not a movie about pedophillia. It is a story about a boy who finds that important something in his life that is missing. This movie is controversial because one of the main characters is a pedophile; yet when you see what importance he has on Howies' life you begin to feel sympathetic for the man. Regardless of this, there are no inapropriate sex scenes, over the top violence, or extreme vulgar language that you find in most movies today. Yet this was unfortunetly given an NC-17 rating, stopping many people from viewing this terrific film.
Keep an open mind when watching this film and take it for what it is, an extremely down to earth, emotional coming of age story. I honestly cannot give enough praise to director Michael Cuesta and actors Paul Franklin Dano and Brian Cox. Independent or not, this has to be one of the best films of 2001 - A must see for any movie fan!

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




DVD title: CinderElmo
Productgroup: DVD
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Elmo


This is my 2 year olds favorite movie..This is a Sesame Street version of Cinderella Starring Elmo ..He has two step brothers and a wicked stepmother played by Kathy Ejani..She is funny..Elmo wants to go to the ball and dance with the princes ..When his stepmother tells him he can't go because he is too dirty, His fairy Godperson comes to save the day...This has great music a lot of dancing and many famous faces..This is my favorite version of Cinderella yet!!

Studio: Sony Wonder
Director: Bruce Leddy



DVD title: The Car
Productgroup: DVD
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Long over due, but finally here!!!


I too have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for this movie to finally make it to vhs/dvd. I first saw The Car when I was 8 years of age (now 31) and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I would bug video store clerks about it, but it seems like most people have never heard of such movie, that is until now. Great intense action/car chases some unreal parts like when the car rolls over on top of the two police cars, but hey, its The Car baby. The other thing I love about this movie is the car itself, the design, engine/exhaust sound, and the horn. What a creepy (but great) sounding horn. One of these days I'm going to build a replica. The movie is great pure B-movie material, by far the best when compared to movies like cristine, duel, hell on wheels etc.... One of the reviewers said something about a 2hr 15mn, R-rated version of the film, I've never heard such a thing. ...

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Actors:
James Brolin
Kathleen Lloyd




DVD title: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
Productgroup: DVD
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Easily the greatest of the Scooby Doo movie Series


The plot is genious, the animation is smooth, the sound effects are impressive, and the chase themes are decent. This is a great conclusion to the Scooby Doo series. The ending surprised even me!

Studio: Hanna-Barbera



DVD title: Interstate 60
Productgroup: DVD
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Outstanding film that has been overlooked..


This is no doubt on my top 10 movies of all time, and I'm not kidding. Something about it just stayed with me after seeing it. I've watched it many times since then and it only gets better. The cast is amazing with every character played to perfection. For a "low budget" film to be able to get so many great actors is extraordinary. Don't waste another second and buy this film, or at least rent it. Then you can buy it!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Bob Gale
Actors:
Gary Oldman
James Marsden




DVD title: The Postman
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't overlook this one!


A box office flop, this has got to be one of the most overlooked movies of all time. Based on the science fiction tale by David Brin, the movie strips away all of the science fiction aspects of the story with the exception of it's occurence in the near future, and the story is 100% better for it. (Sorry, Mr. Brin, the book was good, the movie's excellent.)The main character becomes a fraud out of necessity, but becomes a beacon of hope to the tattered remnants of a nation devastated, indeed nearly destroyed, by civil war.I've seen this several times several years apart. I'm impressed every time with the quality of the entire work - the acting, the photography, the script, it's all first rate. I have recommended this to many friends, and every single one comes back to tell me how glad they were to have seen this movie.If this is, as I've read, Costner's first ever experience as a director, then he either had some real beginner's luck on his side, or he has a rare talent - time will tell.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Kevin Costner
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Will Patton
Larenz Tate
Olivia Williams




DVD title: The Thing from Another World
Productgroup: DVD
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the thihg from another world


one of the best sifi out of 2 todate number 2 the day eath stood still . You can,t beat b/w for comfort fooded for the mind!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Margaret Sheridan
Kenneth Tobey




DVD title: Grease 2
Productgroup: DVD
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GREAT MOVIE!!


This movie just doesn't get the recognition it deserves. My husband was a big Grease fan when he was growing up; but Grease 2 was my favorite, hands down. I just got the DVD and have watched it twice already. Love it, love it, love it.....and I have been waiting for a Grease 3; but doesn't look like that's going to happen.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Patricia Birch
Actors:
Maxwell Caulfield
Michelle Pfeiffer




DVD title: Seabiscuit (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Seabiscuit Is The Greatest Movie Ever!


When I first saw the previews I knew I had to see the movie. I was not disappointed. In fact it was the greatest movie I had ever seen. Period pieces such as the Great Depression is not an easy thing to capture. The filmakers did an awesome job with this film about a racehorse who may have been smaller than most thoroughbreds but still had a strong heart. Seabiscuit was the shining light during an era of sadness for many. This little horse became a hero in history.
Tobey Maguire did a terrific job in the role of Red Pollard who may have been blind in one eye but he still did not let that stop him from competing. When paired with Seabiscuit the two helped each other through their limitations and the two shared a very special bond. Man and horse became not just a team but friends as well. In my mind Maguire should have gotten an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Jeff Bridges also did a great job as Charles Howard who accepted Pollard's and Seabiscuit's limitations and believed in them. Bridges showed Howard as a compassionate man with a kind heart despite some of the setbacks in his own life.
Chris Cooper also did a good job as Tom Smith the horse whispering trainer who was a bit tough but also had a great belief in Seabiscuit. Smith was unconventional when it came to horses. He didn't believe in lives being thrown away and had a gentle way with horses which Cooper seemed to show.
Though he wasn't in every seen, Gary Stevens also did a fine job as Pollard's friend and fellow jockey George "The Iceman" Woolf. For those who don't know, Gary Stevens is a real jockey. In fact a Hall of Fame award winning Jockey. Stevens was probably the only one who really could play Woolf so it was a smart move to have him in the film.
Lastly, we get to William H. Macy who played the outlandish, comical radio host "Tick-Tock" McGlaughlin. Though he was the only character in the movie who was not based on a real person, director Gary Ross definately wrote this with role with Macy in mind and it was a good fit.
In my mind, the Oscar for Best Picture should have gone to Seabiscuit and it should have gotten wins in the other categories it was nominated in. Forget Lord Of The Rings: ROTK! Seabiscuit was an even greater movie and a must buy. I bought the DVD and it was money well spent. Definately this was a 5 star film with a great cast, sound, costumes, and all the other ingredients that went into it. It beats all the other films out there by a great many furlongs!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gary Ross
Actors:
Jeff Bridges
Chris Cooper




DVD title: The Patriot
Productgroup: DVD
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You Love it, or you hate--I LOVE IT! The Patriot Rules!!!!


I just read about 50 reviews that are here, and I feel compelled to write something myself. Allow me to apologize ahead of time for not being a great writer, I'm not sure I'll be able to express what I truly want to say, but I'll try. All of you who keep complaining about the film being historically inaccurate don't say where it is you got your information about the Revolution and the colonial time period. So, just so you all know where I'm coming from, I'm a father of 3 children, I'm a full-time musician in a symphony orchestra (I'm going to talk about the music in the film), my wife works at a living-history museum, and I read lots of books about the American Revolution. Am I an historian or an expert on the Am. Rev.? No. When reading history or talking to historians about this time period, there are differing "opinions" about many things, so even amongst historians there is not agreement about many things that went on during this time. So blanket statements about historical inaccuracies in this film are, well, inaccurate. Many reviewers seem to be bothered by slavery issues in the film, and I agree that in an effort to present B. Martin in the best light that they go overboard--he doesn't own slaves, he doesn't want to fight, he's the perfect father, and he single-handedly wins the rev war in the south. There were African-Americans that were "freed men", and were not slaves during this time period--that's truth. Was this prevailant in the South? No. But it is possible, so it isn't historically inaccurate to show this. (Also, at the Cowpens battle, notice that there are many more African Americans in the British ranks than in the American, this is to someone else who wrote that they didn't show more blacks fighting for the Brits, and actually, they did). To me, these things are the "Hollywood" part of the film, but it's not the essence of the film. What IS historically accurate is the sacrifice our ancestors made to create this nation. In wars, people bleed and people die. This movie makes it up close and personal--can't take it?--don't watch it. To me it took away some of the unreal feeling I had for that war, which is good (one should never think that war is clean or fun). I didn't think enough about the blood and reality of it. Now I do. Also, everyone knows that boys knew how to shoot guns back then and that they fought in the war. The scene where Nathan and Samuel shoot and kill redcoats helping their father to free Gabriel at first made me think, God this is so wrong!, but on second and third viewing of the film the fact that Samuel is crying when it's over seems correct, and again drives home this point of the hellishness of war. It's awful! If a kid had to do this, he would be in shock, and that's what this shows. It's gut-wrenching, and it's great. Again, it shows the reality of war, and it's gross. No one should ever forget this (especially me). His character is heroic and somewhat twisted. But, notice in the "hacking" scene where he is chopping up the British soldier in the creekbed, that he is yelling, AND crying. Why is he crying? Because his son Thomas was shot and killed, his farm was burned to the ground, and his life seemed ruined. He's caught up completely in his own anger,sorrow and desire for revenge, it's unbelievably intense, and the music in this spot is incredible, as it is throughout the entire movie. As to the music. It's not a John Williams score that stands on it's own as well as Star Wars, ET, or Indiana Jones, but the music fits the action and creates an amazingly super-charged emotional backdrop for the film. Like the "hero" theme during the battle of Cowpens where Martin picks up the flag and yells "no retreat" and then makes his way up the steps and waves the flag. Of course an historian told me that this is not the way the battle of Cowpens was won, but who cares? It's incredible cinema, and my favorite scene in the movie. It's breathtaking, and stirs patriotism in the souls of most Americans. The same theme plays earlier when he yells charge and leads the militia up the hill and he flips over the Brit soldier carrying the flag. "Susan speaks" is another phenomenal example of the power of the music in this movie. What father wasn't hiding tears in the theatre when Susan finally spoke to Benjamin as he was leaving the Gulla colony to go back to the war saying, "Papa! Don't go, I'll say anything, just don't go."? This from a daughter who had said nothing to her father her entire life until then (holy crap, I'm shedding a few tears now!). Wow. The "Coplandesque" music that occurs when Gabriel is recruiting men for the militia is also perfect for the scene. And last but not least, the eerie trumpet theme that's played when dealing with Benjamin's twisted side is nothing short of genius. I highly recommend the cd as well, which I own. The movie is visually stunning as well, from the military uniforms to the computer generated scenes and effects. I love the French ships at Yorktown, to me it feels like I'm really there. The entire movie is an emotional roller coaster. It really puts me through the ringer, and I love it! I saw it six times in the theatre ( I've never seen a movie more than twice in a theatre prior to this), and I own both the video and DVD, and have watched it quite a few times at home. Anyone who loves the American Revolution should love this film. Those boyhood dreams of the bluecoats fighting the redcoats, old flintlock muskets being fired, fifes and drums being played and astounding acts of heroism are all there. The hero is not just a hero on the battlefield, but with and to his family, which is really what makes this movie so special for me. The emotional impact is stunning. It is my favorite movie of all time. One last thing. After getting into The Patriot and hearing people gripe that it was Braveheart a few hundred years later, I rented Braveheart and watched it twice, and I personally see almost no resemblance (sp?). It's all opinion, and in this great land we can all express our opinions, and there's mine.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roland Emmerich
Actors:
Mel Gibson



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