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DVD title: Center Stage
Productgroup: DVD
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I love Center Stage!

If you were ever a ballet dancer, wanted to be a ballet dancer, or just loved watching them, you will love this movie. It's the story of a small town girl who makes it to the big time -- The American Ballet Academy -- and her struggles to find love, friends, and a place where she belongs long the way. No, the acting's not the best I've ever seen, nor is the dialogue, but the dancing is out of this world, and the soundtrack will make you want to get up and bop around your living room. There are a few standout performances from the supporting cast, but the main reason to enjoy this movie is for the sheer joy of watching pure spun sugar dance around on the screen.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Amanda Schull
Ethan Stiefel
Sascha Radetsky

DVD title: Mr. Bean - The Whole Bean (Complete Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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Just as good as jelly beans!

Mr. Bean is one of the most creative shows that brings humor in a clean way with little dialog. What a hoot!

My son and I have taped the episodes and watched them through the years together.... Even as many of times we have seen it, we still love to watch it over and over.

For his birthday I gave him this set of dvd. There was two episodes on here we haven't seen yet....loved it.

Now we can pop in the show anytime we want and watch the episode we desire without the hassle of VHS cassette.

Its worth having in your collection

Studio: A & E Home Video
Rowan Atkinson

DVD title: The Transformers - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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I saw this movie when I was eight years old and I loved it. I watched the transformers series on T.V. during the 80's and the movie was icing ont he cake. It went more indepth into the lives of the transformers which made even more entertaining. Every true transformer fan should watch it.

Studio: Rhino Video
Director: Nelson Shin

DVD title: Bastard out of Carolina
Productgroup: DVD
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Shocking To The Core

This movie made me sob at the end of it - something that rarely happens due to movies. My best friend was raped by her father, and this movie made me truly realize the sort of pain and torture she went through. This is a very incredible, albeit disturbing film that I think people really need to watch. Incest is a very real and terrible thing in our society and we need to stop keeping it under wraps and pretending it doesn't exist. The acting is very real, and I think the girl that plays Bone does a fantastic job. Yes the movie is shocking. Yes, you -do- see the father beat and rape his child. But why is that so terrible when there are movies out there with unnecessary full frontal nudity? With explicit sex scenes? This rape scene is very vital to the movie and plays a very powerful and pivotal point, and I think that putting it in the movie is not to make it "shocking" and make you gasp, but to make you realize the true horror of real rape and incest. If you were shocked, well then good - just think this was a -movie-. Yes it may be shocking but it is REAL. Can't say that about movies where the man and the woman meet in a bus station and then have sex that night.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Anjelica Huston

DVD title: Pola X
Productgroup: DVD
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Pola X is a love it or hate it experience. Motorcycles on winding roads it may have, but these roads are not called "Middle."
This film, brought to us by the same man who brought us the intense, passionate, uncomfortable film The Lovers on the Bridge in 1991, revisits some of the same territory of that film here. There is Desperation. Lust. Love. Blindness. Sight. Darkness. Light. Prosperity. Intense Poverty. Artists. Their Art. The Loss of that Art. The Incredible Need to Recapture It. Hunger. Satisfaction. Illness. Life. Death. Pain. Loss. Intense joy. Bitterness. Jealousy. Regret. All in all, the ingredients of what makes a Great, with a capital G Great, film.
Pola X has a light side and an incredibly dark and desolate one. The film starkly separates these sunny and shadowy pieces of our hero's life into two main segments. First we see the light. When the film opens, we meet Guillaume Depardieu, in his beautiful villa, with his beautiful mother, and his beautiful fiance. Next to all this is a beautiful little computer, next to which lies his beautiful little book, which he wrote when even younger, and which he became instantly famous for writing, a sort of cult figure. He is a beautiful young man who has everything. Except his writing, except his muse. Because he has reached a point in his life where everything is so stable and 'flat' that he is beginning to have trouble writing, creating, producing. And this is nagging at him, slightly, like a small child tugging softly at his arm for a piece of candy or a pat on the head. For a while, though, he is happy. Happy smoking a cigarette with his beautiful mother on the lovely sun-dappled lawn, and making love to his fiance with quiet passion in her young room in her own house. Happy with these creatures of light, these creatures which cannot see into him, into his dark self, his true self, his strong, artistic, belligerent self which is knocking at his door, waiting to be let out.
All of this changes when he begins having dreams of a mysterious stranger, who is somehow familiar to him. Then, when in town one day with a friend, he sees a woman, a woman who somehow resembles the woman in his dream. She is following him. He follows her. They find each other. What happens next begins a gigantic odyssey of obsession, artistic fervor, dark secrets and their telling, and a manic intensity which takes our young hero, and all those around him and unravels them, slowly, one thread at a time....
This is riveting, fascinating French cinema. It asks, among other questions, which is more important: Art, or Life? Without a middle ground to choose from, our hero embarks on a desparate, driven attempt to find his Voice. As he peels off all the layers of familiarity and comfort, all health and future plans, in the name of writing again, he starts a slow, solid spin out of control, and ends up almost at the point of death. A must-have for every serious (intense) cinema lover. A raw, exorcising cinematic experience. Five Stars.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Leos Carax
Guillaume Depardieu
Yekaterina Golubeva
Catherine Deneuve

DVD title: NBA - Allen Iverson - The Answer
Productgroup: DVD
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A.I.'s the answer!

The boy is nice....nuff said.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Allen Iverson

DVD title: Selena
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful Movie

Every time I watch this movie, I cry at the end. It is such a touching story about a beautiful, amazing young woman whose life ended early. Rarely does a movie like this focus on the person's childhood for more than a few minutes. I appreciated that every event built off of the last, from childhood to adulthood. That helped me understand more about Selena and her life. Jennifer Lopez did an amazing job acting for this movie. It's just harder now to see her in this role since she has been in many movies and performs often for her music. Jennifer is her own performer and it's harder to see her as Selena anymore. Anyway, this is definitely a great movie with an awesome cast and a touching story. Not to mention we get the chance to hear Selena's beautiful voice and the music she sang with such passion.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Gregory Nava
Jennifer Lopez
Jon Seda
Edward James Olmos

DVD title: The Shining
Productgroup: DVD
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Downright terrifying.

Those words sum it up. I couldnt sleep good for a month. The maze, the bathroom, the bar. I couldnt even blink during the entire movies. Redrum!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Jack Nicholson
Shelley Duvall

DVD title: Scarlet Diva
Productgroup: DVD
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Asia Argento triple-hyphenates (director-writer-actress) her first full length drama. The film is considered to be semiautobiographical in nature but deals with the fictional Anna Batiste is the `loneliest girl in the world' who is the top actress in Italy and posed to be unleashed upon the stage of world cinema but takes herself down a path that leads her to get involved in many bad life altering situations. She is ultimately used up and spit out by sleazy Hollywood producers, rock stars, druggies, photographers and a sordid list of leeches that leave her alone, pregnant and running mad through the streets of Paris.

I'm very impressed with the energy that Argento injects into the film. She clearly borrows from some of the well-known directors she has worked with in the past (including her father Dario) but it all works in her favor. A rich color scheme is used throughout the film that sometimes gives an ethereal feel that is sometimes jarring . The script matches the direction, a little disjointed but it works for the characters spiral into agony. Her acting and the cast around her are amazing, her believable portrait of the character throughout the peaks and valleys of her life.

Unfairly blasted by critics this film should be seen with an open mind (Mine is very open). True I was already a fan of Asia Argento before I saw the film but you don't have to be in order to like or respect the film. Asia is just beginning, with a wonderful movie here (as a director that is). If you want to see a great movie that is not really mentioned by most, please watch this movie. See her in other movies like B. Monkey (Highly Recommend), XXX (Vin Diesel - So, So Movie, but Asia is great), New Rose Hotel (Highly Recommend), Phantom of the Opera (Dario Argento's version - Highly Recommend), Stendhal's Syndrome (Highly Recommend).

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
Director: Asia Argento

DVD title: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Manos, the Hands of Fate
Productgroup: DVD
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"You Know, It's Been Two Hours, But It's Still Pretty Warm."

"Manos, The Hands of Fate" is considered by many to be the single greatest episode of MST3K in history, and I find it difficult to disagree. "Manos" is one of the worst movies ever made, appropriately by fertilizer salesman (really) Harold P. Warren. (Is he perhaps a distant relative of "Batwoman" director Jerry Warren?) The film is a tale of a family caught in the snare of pure evil, symbolized largely by Torgo, a caretaker with big knees. ("Uh, that's not how you wear your Depends, Torgo.") Everything about this movie is the worst in class; those people who believe that Ed Wood is the worst director of all time have clearly never seen "Manos." On a genuinely somber note, the experience of making "Manos" evidently took a serious emotional toll on several of the cast members, several of whom (including John Reynolds, "Torgo") committed suicide after the film was released to horrible reviews.

As if "Manos" weren't enough, the same episode features an otherworldly short ("Hired, Part Two") featuring a man on a porch in a rocking chair swatting at flies, and demonstrating that it is possible to look demonically possessed with a handkerchief on your head. ("Ah! Flying elves are back!") This is truly a wonderful short.

The DVD also contains a reel of outtakes ("poopie") which range from amusing to hilarious. For my money the best of the bunch is the attempted "Torgo's Pizza" sketch. ("Let me just get your complimentary crazy bread." "No!") I would guess that I have seen "Manos" probably thirty-plus times over the years, and it still endures as the pinnacle of MST3K as a concept. Besides, who can forget the haunting "Torgo Theme"?

Studio: Rhino Video
Michael J. Nelson
Joel Hodgson
Trace Beaulieu
Kevin Murphy (II)

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