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DVD title: Hotel Rwanda
Productgroup: DVD
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How One Man Made a Difference

What the "Hotel Rwanda" is can be argued, but what cannot be dismissed is the power of this two hour movie about how one man can make a difference.

Is "Hotel Rwanda" a story about internal, contrived politics destroying a country? Or it is dealing with how those in wealthier, more established countries prefer to pretend such trouble does not exist, that they need not become involved?

Is it about two very similar people groups killing each other? Could the movie be a reminder of how the systemic killing of a people group can happen today, that the evil of the Jewish Holocaust is not unique to the 1940s?

At first glance, "Hotel Rwanda" might look like a condemnation against the West's unwillingness to respond to an absolute carnage of genocidal hate. For some, they might see Bill Clinton, or the United Nations as impotent figures in this tragedy of humanity. They are easy figures to pick on, depending on the audience's personal politics, and the fact of who was in office at the time.

For me, the tremendous strength of the movie was one man's valor, of hotel manager's Paul Rusesabagina humble commitment to do the right thing, even though the world around him was chaotically destroying itself.

The plot is simple: two of Rwanda's people groups, the Hutus and Tutsis, are killing each other. Mostly, it was Hutu extremists trying to exterminate the Tutsis. A hotel becomes an ad hoc refugee camp, deftly managed by a man who preferred to be anywhere else. Can the hotel remain safe? Will the people hiding there survive?

Don Cheadle, perhaps best known for his portrayal as Sammy Davis Jr. in 1998's "The Rat Pack," is hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina.

Rusesabagina was just a businessman, the manager of the Belgian-owned Mille Collines, a top hotel in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. He worked hard to raise his family, and tried to keep politically neutral. When he saw neighbors killed, he kept his head low. When he brings in neighbors to be sheltered in the hotel, he still fights to retain his neutrality. However, when refugees start coming to the hotel by the dozens, he begins a new mission as the shepherd of a displaced people.

The bulk of the movie is shot within the hotel. Rusesabagina struggles to manage the appearance of a top quality hotel, since this image helps gird them against attacks. Bribes of money and liquor provide him with more protection, as do desperate calls from some 'guests' to their powerful connections outside of Rwanda.

When the camera takes us outside, we see awful scenes of gang-style killings. Although the Hutus and Tutsis aren't Bloods, Crips, Vice Lords or Latin Kings, but instead, are arbitrarily designated cultural groups, the murders are the same. Just as in any Chicago, New York or Los Angeles gangland war, the precise reasons for the constant violence are loosely based on dictatorial leadership, bigotry and bloodlust.

Listing the scenes which sank my heart is impossible. Singularly difficult to watch was the body-strewn road where Rusesabagina was driving.

"Hotel Rwanda" is not a movie to bring a young family. Like "The Passion of the Christ" and "Schindler's List," it has the kind of violence which is shown to remind us of the reality of the events being presented. Like in those movies, the audience I sat with sat stunned while the final credits rolled.

Like "Schindler's List," the antihero's commitment is the redemption of the story. Although 1 million "corpses were left behind," we see that although many men succumb to evil, not all do. Just as Oskar Schindler could not save every Jew, nor could Paul Rusesabagina save every Rwandan. But, just as Schindler helped a few, Rusesabagina also protected those he could.

Director Terry George might have chosen to dwell on what wasn't happening, and make this a political movie ala Michael Moore. He took the higher road, and tells a story of hope in the middle of a holocaust. I fully recommend "Hotel Rwanda." If the movie impacts you, please consider supporting relief efforts that continue in Kigali today.

Anthony Trendl

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Terry George
Don Cheadle
Sophie Okonedo

DVD title: Twelve O'Clock High
Productgroup: DVD
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This was my father's favorite movie

Le film Twelve O'clock high m?rite vraiment la cote de la critique qui le classe comme chef d'oeuvre. C'est un film parfait ? utiliser pour la formation sur le leadership, d'ailleurs, c'est pour cette raison que je me l'?tais procur?. J'ai vraiment appr?ci? ce film, le jeu des acteurs est excellent, c'est bien plus que de la fum?e et des bombardements, on nous pr?sente les ?motions que peuvent ressentir les hommes appell?s ? faire partie et ? commander des missions ? la limites des forces humaines.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Henry King
Gregory Peck
Hugh Marlowe

DVD title: Dead Poets Society
Productgroup: DVD
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Seize the day !!!

This story's setting is Welton Academy,which is a traditional concervative and strict preparatory school.The main characters are Mr.John Keating, Neil,Todd,Cameron,Charlie and Knox.These boys never have had freedom.They always have to obey their parents.However,thanks to Mr.Keating,who is a free-thinking teacher,they get the chance to know how they should send their lives.In the end ,Mr. has to leave from them but these boys never forget him and Mr. Keating is their "captain" forever. Perhaps this film shows us that we must not regret our lives but seize the day. For our generation, this movie reminds us what we have forgotten, that is, to not do what everyone else does. We recommend to whatch this movie to someone who always accept someones opinion and follow them because they would find that they could change their lives somehow and that is the better way to send their lives.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Peter Weir
Robin Williams
Robert Sean Leonard
Ethan Hawke

DVD title: Grave of the Fireflies
Productgroup: DVD
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No words can possibly do it justice

The most heart wrenching picture of the bombing of japan and its most vunerable casualties.This movie has to be in a gallery somewhere, it must never be forgotten and never be relived!

Studio: Cpm/Us Manga Corps
Director: Isao Takahata
Tsutomu Tatsumi
Ayano Shiraishi
Akemi Yamaguchi

DVD title: The Replacement Killers (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie made Chow Yun Fat a star in America. Was supose to kill a cop cause cop kill a chinese man's son but only in defense. Two deadly assassins were sent to kill Chow Yun Fat's character (John) one of them were shooting bullets out of his suit case how cool is that. John wants to go back to his family in china before they get killed. The action is fast in this movie.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Yun-Fat Chow
Mira Sorvino

DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Pirates of the Caribbean Rocks!

Excellent movie that takes full advantage of the PSP screen abilities. The picture is flawless and gives you an idea of the massive amounts of colors the screen can produce. Not only that, but the audio comes through as clear as can be. After purchasing this movie, I actually ended up purchasing another copy for my friend because this was such an awesome edition to my collection!

I Recommend you get this movie!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce

DVD title: Dead Poets Society
Productgroup: DVD
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A superb movie!

What an excellent movie! The plot and acting were extremely well done. Robin Williams does a superb job as John Keating, a teacher at a strict, conservative prep school who teaches his students to think for themselves and to 'Carpe diem' - 'Sieze the day'. This movie also has an excellent message about the incredible damage that over controlling parents do to their children. This movie had me laughing and in tears. It really touched me. I highly reccomend this movie!

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Peter Weir
Robin Williams
Robert Sean Leonard
Ethan Hawke

DVD title: 3,000 Miles by Ellis Paul
Productgroup: DVD
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Seize the DVD! Up close and personal with Ellis Paul.

Six is the first perfect number according to the Greek Math nerds so I'll actually give this one 6 stars.Words are better when they're written down--so here goes:I have seen Ellis in concert many times, had lessons with him at a camp in Alaska, listened at a friends house (hi Mark and Cindy Eubank) as he played to me the prototype of "The world ain't slowing down" (thanks for the Karma reference Ellis!) The traveling I have done to see the best and see if any of the genius might rub off on my own mortal attempts at songwriting! Well you too can have it all with this DVD---it gives you EP-lessons and interviews (with E, Chris Williams and Vance Gilbert) and a concert (with and without commentary by E and his manager) plus a documentary of what it's like to be a professional songwriter on the road (the latter is somewhat like a home movie but the rest of he DVD is wonderful in style and presentation). Heck, if he didn't keep churning out those new songs you might only need the DVD. Do yourself a favor--- buy some art---isn't that what we live for? Love and PeaceYour Uncle Deev

Studio: Goldenrod Music Inc
Ellis Paul
Matt Linde
Vance Gilbert
Christopher Williams

DVD title: The World's Greatest Athlete
Productgroup: DVD
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A great wholesome comedy for the entire family

A great wholesome comedy for the entire family. The kids will love it too. We need more family oriented movies like this one to be made in todays day and age.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Robert Scheerer
Jan-Michael Vincent
John Amos

DVD title: The Original Kings of Comedy/ Queens of Comedy Gift Set
Productgroup: DVD
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All Hail the Kings!

This film is truly spectacular. Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric THE Entertainer and Mr. Bernie Mac are outstanding comedians who are not afraid to tell it like it t'is. I have seen this film twice already and am going to see it again and again and again...can't wait for the VHS release date.
Although the language and subject matter are explicit...SO WHAT! These men know from what they speak and are able to translate what could be a painful and difficult situation into something that EVERY person on this earth can relate to. My only question is: why did the studio only release it to so few theatres? The film is a hit so let's give these Kings their props!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Spike Lee
Steve Harvey
D.L. Hughley
Cedric the Entertainer
Bernie Mac

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