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DVD title: Bruce Almighty (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Jim Carrey is BACK! This movie ROCKS!

I certainly laughed until my sides hurt several times in this film (despite the fact it was not a WINGED monkey) and I can still at this relatively late date count on one hand the number of times that has happened (for the record the other three times were when the tanks came over the hill in "Jesus Christ Superstar," when Alvy Singer produced Marshall McLuhan in "Annie Hall," and when Barbara Billingsley spoke jive in "Airplane"). Any film that can have you holding your sides to keep the pain from becoming too intense is a good thing (and not all of the super laughs are provided by Jim Carey, to our surprise). You should already know by now if Jim Carey's brand of humor is to your liking, especially when he is team-up again with director Tom Shadyac ("Ace Ventura" and "Liar, Liar").
Just do not try to work out the theological implications of the set up. The movie, of course, makes no effort to hide the selling point of "Bruce Almighty," which is that God (Morgan Freeman) gives Jim Carey (who plays a character named Bruce) divine powers. The results are actually less spectacular than what happened in "The Mask," because Bruce has a very short list of things we wants to accomplish (new car, better job, great sex). Meanwhile, the new god on the block has no clue that his divine actions had repercussions: bringing the moon closer to earth to impress his girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston, whose character also has a name in the movie that is something different from Rachel) has caused flooding on the far side of the earth, wiping out the homes of thousands of people. The science of this makes no sense to me and the other obvious explanation, that those people flooded out in Asia were not Christians, is rather troubling. But then so is the idea that Bruce's attitude adjustment, clearly a necessary thing, matters enough for God to allow the destruction of all those homes anyway. After all, Bruce never really catches on that he is wrecking havoc around the world in general and Buffalo in particular and the only prayer he really listens to is one from his girlfriend.
However, none of this really matters during the course of the film while you are laughing yourself silly, and you should be well out into the parking lot before you start noticing such things. Yes, the ending seems a bit reminiscent of "Oh, God," but then the problem with most really great set ups is how to end on a high note. Besides, the ending does not come as anything approaching a surprise and "Bruce Almighty" is more about the journey and creating laughs than anything else. This might not be a classic comedy but it is a very funny movie. What more do you want in answer to your prayers?

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Tom Shadyac
Jim Carrey
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Aniston

DVD title: Sailor Moon S - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie was pretty darn good if I do say so myself! This is before Chibiusa know what she is doing and she kind of just tags along with Usagi. Again the male fascination with naked woman shows up. The evil ice princess has no shirt and the senshi get de-transformed at one point but all in all it's a pretty good show! I really like Luna as a human. She was so goofy looking!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Hiroki Shibata

DVD title: Seven
Productgroup: DVD
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On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a "Seven", and then some

Simply put, "Seven" is the greatest movie of all time. I've watched this movie over and over and over again, it doesn't get any better than this. It keeps you on the edge of your seat through out the whole movie. Just when you think there's a break in the action and suspense, BAM!-- Something else happens that gets you on edge again. "Seven" has a great, smart story with wonderful acting to back it up. This movie is far superior than "Silence Of The Lambs". Kevin Spacey does an excellent job of playing a psychotic killer, while Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman shine brilliantly on the screen as detectives.

Studio: New Line Studios
Director: David Fincher
Brad Pitt
Morgan Freeman
Kevin Spacey

DVD title: Out of the Past
Productgroup: DVD
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Chiaroscuro- Musuraca Style

Out of the Past is one of the finest noir pictures ever produced. The direction, cinematography, script, and acting are masterfully woven into a complex tale that heightens the genre's importance to cinematic art. Cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca creates mood, drama, and characterization with his visually engrossing sets. Stark contrast lighting, which is a hallmark for noir conventionality, is tempered by Musuraca. Instead he employs subtle shades of grey, black, and white which entrance the viewer into a dangerous realm of duplicitousness. Multiple location shooting by director Jacques Tourner frees the film from the urban confines associated with the genre. Musuraca takes full advantage of scenes filmed in Lake Tahoe, Mexico, and San Francisco by creating shadowy landscapes where rivers, beaches, cafes, penthouses, and nightclubs provide rendevous points for the protagonist Jeff Markham ( Robert Mitchum). Mitchum's performance as the quick witted ex-private eye is memorable. Concealing a surrepitious past as a gas station owner, Markham's true identity is revealed when a hired gun passes through the small town of Bridgewater. Told partly in flashbacks, Out of the Past is a maze that explores a wide range of human emotions. Kirk Douglas as Whit Sterling is obsessive and vindictive; power and control define his life. Virginia Huston as Ann breaks away from the "small town/good girl" image when she falls for Markam , a man that she knows is wrong for her. Unrequited love befalls Jeff, the small town sheriff who is hopelessly and loyally in love with Ann, but finds none in return. Greed emerges when Rhonda Fleming portrays a conniving secretary who sets up her boss for a quick payoff. Male vunerability seeps from Markam's tough exterior as he succumbs to the allure of one of the most seductive, double crossing dames ever to appear on film- Kathie Moffit (Jane Greer). Greer was signed to this picture to act, and act is what she definitely did. Literally changing personas by the minute, repentant mistress to manipulative manhandler, Greer's performance left Lizabeth Scott something to top. I think it wasn't until Linda Fiorentino's performance in The Last Seduction did a woman dominate a film with such manipulation. The film moves at a quick pace with the dialogue firing as fast as a 45 automatic. Writer Daniel Mainwaring supplies enough memorable one liners to induct him into the noir hall of fame. Finally the loyalty and trust that is shared by the mute gas station attendant and Jeff Markham is one of the finest examples of male bonding ever presented on the screen. One final note, Rhonda Fleming should not have had a larger billing than Virginia Huston. Fleming's part is smaller and less central to the development of the plot. I recomend viewing this film at least three times to gain the many perspectives that characterize it as a noir classic.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Robert Mitchum
Jane Greer
Kirk Douglas

DVD title: Amelie
Productgroup: DVD
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I watched Amelie one blessed afternoon after Christmas, followed by the equally wonderful 'Belleville Redezvous'. What an inspiring afternoon! I had my faith in the creative arts rejuvenated after a dismal few years of film and music. (Can the world that gave us 'What Women Want', Charlie's Angels' and the those epitomes of bland Dido and Katie Melua really have produced talent that created such astounding movies?) The term 'charming' is often overused especially to describe the vapid, sugary-sick, brainless fare that comes out of Hollywood, but here is the real deal: a film that just oooozes charm. This movie is vibrant, funny, sad, thought-provoking and a visual treat. Don't worry about those sub-titles, you'll forget them in the first five minutes. Dive in and enjoy the first great movie of the Noughties (the second is the aforementioned 'Belleville Rendezvous'. And if you don't fall in love with Audrey Tautou your heart is a gnome's.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz

DVD title: Save the Last Dance
Productgroup: DVD
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An aspiring movie of dance and love...

Very emotional movie - strongly shows a passion for dance. It contains some terrific dance scenes. One of my favorites.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Thomas Carter (II)
Julia Stiles
Sean Patrick Thomas

DVD title: The Bridges of Madison County
Productgroup: DVD
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I did NOT want to watch this movie

After being told time and again that I should at least give this movie a chance, I finally caved. I now own this movie. It is beautiful, touching and (as another reviewer stated) probably best watched alone. I admit I cried. The performances of both Clint and Meryl are perfection. I can't imagine anyone else portraying these characters. Anyone who has ever wondered about the "what if" factor of love and chemistry will appreciate the story.
With regard to some of the reviews I've read, I have to say that we tend to sometimes miss the point behind a story. Had the settings been "more diverse", I believe the intimacy of the story would have been compromised. The majority of the relationship between these touching characters did, after all, take place in a remote farmhouse. The Bridges and the County were merely the subtle backdrop. As for the film portraying adultery as being an act with "no consequence", I believe the film clearly shows that, regardless of the final decision, there is always consequence. This is shown both in the minor subplot of the local woman who is scorned by the townspeople and in the reading of the journal.
In all, I found this movie very touching and definitely the perfect movie for viewing with a cold martini in front of a warm fire on a rainy night. Snuggle in and open yourself up to a great love story!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Meryl Streep

DVD title: Third Watch
Productgroup: DVD
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My favorite show has ended and no one knows about DVD?

I think taking Third Watch off the air was a big big mistake on NBC's part. There are messaage boards everywhere with people complaining that they ended it and no one knows if it's going to come out on DVD. I just went to Warner Bros. site which is the production company of the show and did a poll on my favorite character and the pop-up message after the poll said be sure to tune in this fall for an all new season of Third Watch, so I don't know if that message is old or if they're going to a different network or what. I really hope it comes out on DVD and it does continue on another network. It has been my favorite show since it came out. NBC is going to lose a bunch of viewers to A&E because they're still showing it. If anyone here's anything about the DVD please post it so everyone will have an answer. Thanks!

Skipp Sudduth

DVD title: Asoka
Productgroup: DVD
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Reviewing Asoka

It was the first time that I was watching a foreign movie from India, and my reaction was definitely a positive one. This is a great movie about the life of Asoka. I recommend this movie for the entire family because it shows the story from different points of view, and also the songs, the coreography and the argument of the story were very descriptive.

Studio: First Look Pictures
Director: Santosh Sivan
Shahrukh Khan
Kareena Kapoor

DVD title: The Deep End
Productgroup: DVD
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Let me say this, Tilda Swinton is an amazing actress. I have been an actress for a long time. I know the trials involved, and I know when i see a bad actress. She was phenomenal. The movie itself was at times choppy, but overall worked, It was not a THRILLER, nor was it a DRAMA. The Deep End was just life. It was life under the most extraordinary circumstances. The gay-lover death cover-up was not meant to be believable, but rather was a stage for the actors to play. This is the first re make i have seem that was good in its own self. The relationship between the mother (swinton) and the thug extortionist (visnjic) was beautifully acted. The tension between them was never fully explained. One was left to draw their owns conclusions. It was marvelously acted. The movie left room for thought. One can decide for ones self the truths behind the movie. It takes truly amazing actors to pull off such a movie, not fast paced or normal, but edgy and true. And to those of you who call the movie stupid, or dumb, and to those of you who who say you have to be a "stupid woman to enjoy it" (you know who you are...sexist), realize this, it takes an intelligent viewer to appreciate an intelligent film...

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Tilda Swinton
Goran Visnjic

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