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DVD title: The Others
Productgroup: DVD
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Kidman's best performance

...I love scary movies, but was skeptical about spending [$$'s] for a movie I had never seen. But don't worry, all of my qualms were resolved.
The film is spectacular, one of the years best. Nicole Kidman gives a stunning performance as Grace, the owner of a spooky house on an island. Her husband is...P>With Kidman's great acting and Alejandro's magnificent direction (as well as his music score!), this movie is a suprising thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. People say that it is a rip-off of the Sixth Sense. And it may be, but a good one at that. The ending is probably the best twist ever in movie history.
So, summing it all up, I would strongly encourage anyone that would like to see a thrilling, chilling movie, this is the movie for you! Even better, if you are a parent, like me, and don't want your children seeing nasty things on the screen, don't worry at this film! Not one curse word, a very minor scene with Kidman and her husband, but nothing is shown, other than a kiss and her lying in bed, all covered up. A fantastic film!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar
Nicole Kidman
Christopher Eccleston

DVD title: Stephen King's Cat's Eye
Productgroup: DVD
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Great horror trilogy from the master of terror!

Stephen King ( whom wrote the screenplay for this movie) brings you three terrifying tales of horror done in the "Creepshow" style as told from the eyes of a traveling stray cat. The first story " Quitters Inc." is about a family man ( James Woods) who just can't stop smoking as he signs up for a program called "Quitters Inc." which secretly monitors his smoking habit, the next tale is in Atlantic city called " The Ledge" which a tennis player makes a bet with a boss to walk a hotel ledge. Then finally our title cat in " The General" must protect a young girl ( Drew Barrymore)from an evil goblin who wants her soul.
Entertaining and well-made collection of comic-book stories with Hitchcock-esque and Twilight Zone-esque tones to them. Good acting and some good special effects for it's time especially the goblin make this worth watching.
Highly recommended if you enjoy the works of Stephen King, Creepshow 1 & 2 and Tales from The Darkside: The Movie.
P.S.: Look for cameo's by Stephen King's other famous characters like " Cujo" and "Christine".

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Lewis Teague
Drew Barrymore
James Woods

DVD title: Silverlake Life - The View from Here
Productgroup: DVD
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A TRUE life lesson

One night I was up late flipping through stations when I found this playing on the Sundance channel. Like many of the reviewers before me, I was just going to watch a little until something better came on. However, after 5 minutes I couldn't take my eyes off the screen and my heart and emotions were 100% into this couple dealing with AIDS. At the end of this movie I cried as though these people were friends of mine. It touched me so much I have spent months trying to find its name. If you haven't seen it- BUY NOW! This documentary is a true life lesson for everyone- teaching the importance of living your life to the fullest, telling your loved ones how much you care for them every moment you can and for those who STILL do not believe there is such thing as true love in a ... relationship- this couple will show you a love that few people (straight or otherwise) will ever have.

Studio: New Video Group

DVD title: Stanley Kubrick Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Kubrick the great

I have this video collection and I think I contain some of the greatest movie of all time. The masterpiece A Clockwork Orange who was found too controversial, The amazing 2001 A space Odyssey, the great Dr. Strangelove, and The good Lolita, Barry Lindon & Full Metal Jacket. I just watch them over and over again. I think this collection is realy worth it if you like Stanley Kubrick. Buy it now!

Studio: Warner Studios
Stanley Kubrick

DVD title: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Productgroup: DVD
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Diamonds really are a girls best friend!

This movie is a delight! I have to say this a great movie! Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) are two singers that go on a cruise to Paris. On the way there they enjoy the company of any eligible men they can find including the Olympic team. This movie has a lot of great music including "Bye Bye Baby", "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love", "When Love Goes Wrong", "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", and the famous and legendary "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend". The costumes in this movie are awesome. There is never a dull moment. This is not a dull movie. Marilyn and Jane made a really great duo. They should have done more movies together. This movie is a real gem!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Howard Hawks
Jane Russell
Marilyn Monroe
Charles Coburn

DVD title: Flesh Gordon 2 - Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders
Productgroup: DVD
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I've seen a good portion of the Flash Gordon series, and I actually thought this film hit the style on the head. It had a good deal of comedy, and never took itself seriously. The acting was... terrible, but that's to be expected from a film called Flesh Gordon Meets teh Cosmic Cheerleaders. The direction is okay, nothing special, but the set design and the costume design is top notch. I found that suprising, considering that this film was probably very cheap to make. The script is fine, but it seems to just throw in everything it could think of, and at times it makes things seem way to stretched out. Yes, it's going for the original Flash's feel, but Flash Gordon was original a seriel, and could stretch out the stories if it wanted to. This film can't, and at times runs WAY to long. But some of the nice cheesy touches make the film worth while.

Now, this film does look as if it was an "adult" movie, but honestly it isn't. Yes, there are insane amounts of nudity (almost every scene includes at least one or two refrences to a part of the anatomy) but actual sexual content is kept to a minimum, with only one actual encounter, and it's entirely played for laughs and includes no nudity. Even the unrated version feels like an R rated film, with only one very brief shot and the fact that the Cosmic Cheerleaders costumes tend to ride up in certain areas, bumbing the film up to the NC-17 rating.

If you are a fan of Seduction Cinema movies then this is right up your alley. If you like cheesy adult comedies, check this out, and if you want to see Flesh Gordan with a very ugly blonde mullet, and rather hairy butt, then check this out. If you want a movie that's well made, exciting, and thoughtful... go get something else. For fans of camp, and Ghoulies 3.

Studio: New Concorde Home Video
Director: Howard Ziehm

DVD title: Casino
Productgroup: DVD
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5-Star Film!

First of all, I find myself digusted with a few of those bottom reveiws. Those people are probaly the quiet church-goers that on every Friday, they have a family movie session. They probaly popped this in and got a big suprise. People say that it is a Goodfellas clone. Goodfellas isn't nearly as ferocious as Casino. This is De Niro at his best. This is my favorite Scorsese film and mabye my favorite film of all time. I think the narration is very creative. The point is that if you are like the people that I described above, don't write reveiws for this movie that destroys its rep. (Jerry Vale Rules!)

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Sharon Stone
Joe Pesci

DVD title: Different For Girls
Productgroup: DVD
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Different for Girls - May be not so different after all

I saw this movie once years ago but never forgot it. It was one of those few movies that actually made an impact on me. Rather than try to make money out of sensationalising a tabloid heading subject, this film takes the view almost that the lead character is just correcting a small error on natures part. I've never seen the subject of gender re-assignment treated in such a considerate way. The two lead actors did a great job to portray the raw emotion stirred up by chance encounter of two old school friends. I highly recommend this movie to anyone wanting to spend a few hours watching a quality movie. You may also be surprised by the rather happy ending, some say it is a bit soppy, but I had a good laugh at the tabloid press being the the ones being exploited for a change.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Richard Spence
Steven Mackintosh
Rupert Graves

DVD title: Gosford Park - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellence. Why or how many reviewers here failed to note or add that together stunning camera work, fine acting, deft pacing, intentional (not incidental) use of location, precise writing and character progression creates an incredible film is a bigger mystery than the 'whodunnit' involved in Gosford Park. Yes, we have seen 'Upstairs, Downstairs' all of us, yet this is far more than a retred of a class tale. Sex, power, & priviledge are explored with the long overdue understanding of gender as well. Just when you think you know what this film is about, keep watching and think again. While keeping track of the actual and temporary names of the characters rivals a Russian novel, this identity confusion serves to extend the scathing censure of classist/sexist foundations of a society rather than obscure the plot. And frankly, it is not all that difficult. A near flawless film.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Robert Altman
Maggie Smith
Ryan Phillippe

DVD title: Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back
Productgroup: DVD
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Portrait of a Legend

When film-maker D. A. Pennebaker set out to document a rare glimpse of the then-young Dylan both on-stage and off, perhaps he couldn't have known what kind of a historical masterpiece he would produce. Using unobtrusive instruments--basically a shoulder mounted black and white camera--Pennebaker and his crew were able to follow Dylan into such areas as "The Green Room" backstage at one of his performances and document some of the personal moments of young Bob. While we are allowed to glimpse, even, a moment of his humanity (when he nearly gets physical with someone who had thrown glass out of the window of the hotel in which the group was staying), Pennebaker captures Dylan on stage with clarity and purity. Offstage, the viewer is able to enter the Dylan microcosm, listening in to the now infamous interviewing session with the young science correspondent--a most lopsided battle of wits as Dylan cooly strums on his guitar with Bob Neuwirth and Alan Grossman chuckling in the background. Dont Look Back, indeed, reveals a Dylan bordering almost on nihilism, proclaiming at one point that he certainly wouldn't "put his faith in anything". Because he refuses to be labelled, the documentary fittingly trails off with Grossman declaring the newspapers have started calling him a communist. Certainly Don't Look Back allows for the viewer to feel as if he is a comrade in the Dylan clan, a friend of Baez, Neuwirth, Donovan, even Ginsberg, even Dylan himself. One feels empathy for the mislabeled Dylan but feels his strength and ability to treat the world, as most geniuses do, as an arbitrary illusion which one musn't take too seriously on some levels, while on others (political/social consciousness) he must maintain the utmost gravity. Don't Look Back is a masterful work, but particularly has its stand-out moments. The footage reveals, perhaps, the strained relationship between Dylan and Baez, with Dylan rarely paying any attention to her throughout. She does deliver a powerful and beautiful rendition of one of Bob's versions of "Percy's Song." (It is also interesting to note that at one point when Bob Neuwirth comments about Baez's appearance, she accepts the comment with a smile. Off camera, it has later been revealed, she was in tears.) Certainly there existed tensions between some of the members of the entourage and one can even get a sense from this film that Grossman and Dylan, while partners in business and two men with a mutual respect for each other, perhaps did not have much of a friendship in the traditional sense of the term. Again, Don't Look Back is remarkably revealing for its brevity and short-sequence nature, but it is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the idiosyncracies of a legend. No Dylan fan should be without this piece. Five stars, perfect ten, no doubt. Perhaps you will be left, at the end, echoing the words of Dylan, "I feel like I've been through something..." You might not be able to delineate it in words--even Dylan couldn't...but you will know..that you have just seen a personal glimpse of the man who did more to change the thought of the later half of the 20th century than perhaps any single individual did...and he did it with six strings and a vision.

Studio: New Video Group
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Bob Dylan

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