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DVD title: The Parent Trap
Productgroup: DVD
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I think this movie was very exciting

I liked this movie from it's excitment. It had been very interesting and fiction, like a book. It touched my heart and went somewhere no one could. My friend and I loved this movie. Our final words are that we thought it was a good idea to have a new movie from the old Parent Trap.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Nancy Meyers
Lindsay Lohan
Dennis Quaid
Natasha Richardson

DVD title: The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Matt Damon
Franka Potente

DVD title: Kathy Smith - Step Workout
Productgroup: DVD
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I just got this tape a few weeks ago, but it's already taken over as number 1 in my collection. The leg work is repetitious, but the arm movements keep the workout interesting.
Do wish Kathy would give up that "aha" sound, but other than that, she is a great motivator. The queing is excellent, easy to follow.

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Kathy Smith

DVD title: Knockaround Guys
Productgroup: DVD
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An enjoyable film with a little imagination...

This is a film that deserves some credit for originality because the story and plot are something that the actors obviously had some fun with. Aside from someone getting killed near the end of the film, this is a film with a sense of humor.
Vin Diesel, Barry Papper, Seth Green, and Dennis Hopper give good performances. This is a light film that doesn't take a lot of thought to get, which is okay.
Without going into a plot synopsis (I'm not going to explain something you can see for yourself), I will say that the story unfolds after Johnny Marbles (Seth Green) misplaces a valuable item earmarked for delivery to the New York mob at an airport in Montana. A contingency from New York headed by of Pepper and Diesel appear and set out in search of the lost item. They do this by first finding the biggest badass in the town and then proceed to beat the cr*p out of him.
It sounds like pretty half-baked idea, but then, the story continues to unfold. In the end, there's a little plot twist. One little thing about the movie I thought was cool was that they showed guys - some of the characters - playing handball in the courts outside Central Park. At the end of the film, the Malkovich character has a few things to say about losing at handball (and how much he doesn't like losing) at the end of the film. I could relate.
This isn't a five star flick, but I gave it five stars anyway, because it's a good 'B' film, and there really wasn't anything wrong with it. Then again, this film isn't as great as "The Bridge on the River Kwai," but it isn't as awful as "The English Patient," either.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Vin Diesel
Dennis Hopper
Jennifer Baxter

DVD title: Unconditional Love
Productgroup: DVD
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Good plots too often get lost in the tangle of special effects and action that tends to dominate movies today. This movie is a return to the simple way. It is completely well written with a great plot and a lot of profound realizations from the protagonists that could teach us all a thing or two. Very well done! Bravo!!!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: P.J. Hogan
Kathy Bates
Rupert Everett

DVD title: Slipknot - Disasterpieces
Productgroup: DVD
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The greatest band ever now has an official DVD! The camera work, sound quality, and crowd enthusiasm is unbeleiveable. A full show, all the music videos including the MTV banned Spit it Out and a new version of Wait and Bleed. Also, Purity is available. Best music DVD i've ever seen, highly recommended!

Studio: Universal Music & VI

DVD title: The Ladykillers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant Farce

No doubt meant to offset the current rage for the bombastic Hollywood action thriller genre with its faster than the speed of light smash em up pacing, The Ladykillers moves so far in the opposite direction as to prove mind-numbing. The characters here are, with one exception, so forced and flat that the entire film comes off as a huge static cartoon. Intended as a "modern" update of the original Alec Guiness film from the early 50s, this version sorely lacks the liveliness and subtlety of the first one.
Good points:
1. The gospel choir which provides a very much needed kick in the pants to keep the viewer awake. The music and its performance are exceptional.
2, Marlon Wayans' performance which is the ONLY lively one here. Notwithstanding the abusive language cliches, Mr. Wayans' character is another (scarce) animated element in an otherwise remarkably dull film.
3. The always-changing expression on the face of a man in a painting. Though this is a tried and true old comedy cliche, it's done very nicely here.
4. The demise of a few of the characters near the end of the film (this is not a spoiler since there is no mention of WHICH characters).
Bad points:
Just about everything else. While the story itself is acceptable, the execution drags on and on, due in large part to the ultra-contrived scripting--in particular, of the lead character played by Tom Hanks. His nervous giggling, overly stylized language (done with much greater flair and zest by Tim Curry in the overlooked film Oscar), and constant rationalizing is ultimately and quite substantially annoying. Add to that the cartoonish presence of a too-dumb-to-be-believed (or believable) football player and an "inscrutable" Asian character (let's milk these ethnic stereotypes for all they're worth, shall we?) as well as another character who suffers from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and you have a comedy so forced it almost literally begs the audience to giggle, chortle, or snicker.
A group of miscreants, headed by Mr. Hanks' Professor G.H. Dorr, PhD, rents the basement of a house owned by an elderly black woman in the deep South, ostensibly for the purpose of practicing Renaissance music. Charmed by the ostentatious verbal spoutings of Dr. Dorr, Irma P. Hall's Marva Munson consents to his need for practice space which is really a ruse to tunnel into the office where Gawain (Marlon Wayans) works as a janitor to rob the place of its casino gains.
The moments of natural humor are few and far between. While Ms. Hall's character is well drawn and unforced, the back and forth between her and Hanks--which constitutes a sizeable portion of the film--is increasingly tiresome and unfunny, as well as, subtly, insulting. Juxtaposing a well-educated effete snob whose criminal tendencies get the better of him with an uneducated woman of upright virtue may appear to be ripe for comedic potential and all manner of satire, but the Professor's speech patterns and mannerisms are essentially meant to ridicule his listener's lack of education. This is not an overt racist slur per se, but is nevertheless irritating.
While crime comedy is a Coen specialty, this is not a sterling example--not by a long shot. Try their much earlier film, Raising Arizona, for a terrific entry in this sub-genre. Other notable crime comedies, not by the Coens, include Welcome to Collinwood and Palookaville.
For diehard Coen fans, this is a film you will probably go see anyway. For everyone else, definitely not recommended.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Tom Hanks
Irma P. Hall
Marlon Wayans

DVD title: Charmed - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Charmed over charmed

All I have to say is WONDERFUL - I'd forgotten some of the story lines and it was good to see Shannon Doherty as Prue back in action.

Can't wait for Seasons 2-6 to be releases as well.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Shannen Doherty
Alyssa Milano

DVD title: In the Name of the Father
Productgroup: DVD
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In the Name of Daniel Day Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis, in another brilliant, Oscar-nominated performance. In the Name of the Father is a gritty, gut wrenching drama by the talented Irish film maker Jim Sheridan. Daniel Day-Lewis proves why he is so respected and revered as an actor. Though his role as Gerard Conlon received less press than his turn as Christy Brown in My Left Foot, or Bill the Butcher, in Gangs of New York, he bristles with intensity as the troubled Conlon. Day-Lewis proves why he is one of the finest actors of his generation. A true method actor, Day-Lewis is said to have gone through interrogations from police to lend true authenticity to the role. He has a rare and unequaled fire in his eyes that made me an immediate fan.I could simply not take my eyes off of him. He is not just another pretty face...although, what a face...he is without a doubt a very gifted actor.Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite are just riviting on screen together. Their portrayl of father and son sings and stings with realism and sincerity. This film has somehow gone largely unnoticed, however, it is a must see for those of you who enjoy a dose of reality with your drama. Based on the book of the same name, written by Gerard Conlon himself, the movie does not cast a favorable light on the British Judicial system and their need to place blame on someone, despite their innocence. Your heart will break as you watch Guisseppe and Gerard fight for their case to be heard.The movie, while placing focus on Day-Lewis's character, is an excellent forum for the wonderful character actor that Postlethwaite is. Their moments together are powerful and passionate. To find a better suited pair for father and son, one would indeed be hard pressed. This film does exactly what it intended to do. 1. It creates and maintains a realistic relationship between father and son. Gerard's reaction when his father is imprisioned with him is a classic.2. It is engaging. From begining to end this film will keep even the most hard-core action enthusiast engaged in the story.3. It is honest. It does not sugar coat the facts as recalled by Conlon and it does not pretend to give a balanced view of events. Instead, it boldly makes a statement about profiling and what can happen when parinoia strikes those who are supposed to be objective and seek truth. This film is a triumph.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jim Sheridan
Daniel Day-Lewis

DVD title: Sailor Moon S - Heart Collection I: TV Series, Vols. 1 & 2 (Uncut)
Productgroup: DVD
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Sailor Moon S rocks!!!

Dont dis Haruka and Michiru!
o yea, and the dvd is brilliant!

Studio: Pioneer Video

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