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DVD title: The Incredibles (UMD Mini For PSP)
Productgroup: DVD
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King of the Hill

Pixar has been producing top-quality animated features for a decade and counting now, and, come on Disney, you know you'd be in a craphole by now if it weren't for Pixar's creative effort. "Toy Story" began the computer animated movement with a bang back in 1995, and its coronation needed no explanation. However, its throne was toppled film after film: "A Bug's Life", "Toy Story 2", "Monsters, Inc.". "Finding Nemo" was a pleasant surprise, and Ellen DeGeneres always gives me a chuckle, but it was a little too kiddy-friendly for my tastes. Part of what makes Pixar's movies so great is that they're crafted to appeal to just about everyone. They got the physical comedy and the cute visuals for the kid in diapers and the smart sarcasm for the guy who sits in a cubicle, sips his coffee, and watches Homestar Runner on his computer when the boss isn't looking. I didn't see a lot of that from "Nemo", but it's still head and shoulders above everything else that tries to pass for family entertainment today ("Inspector Gadget", anyone?). Well, I'm happy to say that Pixar has sealed its place in my moviegoing heart as the premiere animating team of the 21st century after seeing this here picture. Hopefully, y'all will feel the same way. "The Incredibles" is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Pixar, you've really outdone yourselves once again. Besides providing an insightful message on nuclear family togetherness and delivering an incredibly (pun intended) sharp script chock full of satire and inspired pop culture references, "The Incredibles" is an action movie of the best kind, rivaling a few of the sequences in, dare I say it, "Spider-Man 2", also one of my favorites from 2004. The plot centers around Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson from the shows "The District" and "Coach), the superhero with unlimited strength of the fictional city of Metroville. The opening sequence plays like an old documentary film, as he and his superhero pals are sat down and are asked to go down-to-earth by an off-camera interviewer. It's a very clever scene, and gives the film that nostalgic retro feel. It's also a technological breakthrough. It's amazing to see how director Brad Bird pulled off incorporating the static from the documentary camera and enabling it to fit with the all-animated environment. Anywho, Mr. Incredible works with cool-as-ice hero Lucius Best, aka Frozone (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) and super-flexible and super-hot Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), whom Bob later marries. Everything is going great, saving the day and all that good stuff, gettin' married and everything, until Mr. Incredible saves a guy who didn't want to be saved, and accidentally causes some excessive damage to Metroville's monorail. This throws the supers' careers in jeopardy, and everyone protests against them. The government is forced to have them all go undercover. Fifteen years later, life is hard for Bob and Helen. Bob is flabby and unhappily working at an insurance company and going through a midlife crisis, doing surreptitious vigilante work with Lucius on their Bowling Nights. Helen is a housewife and takes care of their three children: superfast 10-year-old Dash (voiced by Spencer Fox from some commercials or something) and shy junior high student Violet (voiced querulously by Sarah Vowell from "This American Life" on NPR). She can turn invisible and make force fields. And I can't forget their baby Jack Jack, who has no powers of which the family knows about. Anyway, Bob is called back into action by a mysterious woman and everything gets crazy after that point. Brad Bird, who also voices the hilarious fashion designer for the supers Edna Mode, did a fantastic job on this movie. I can safely say the same thing for his other masterpiece "The Iron Giant". Bird, who also worked as a creative consultant on "The Simpsons" in its glory days as well as "King of the Hill", knows how to do animated movies. To him, animation is not a genre, and it shows. While there are plenty of things to keep the kids (and adults) happy (the exciting action, the slapstick of Mr. Incredible), I think Bird intended to reach a teen/adult audience with the sharp script, the clever observations of teenage angst and suburban life, the midlife crisis, and the pop culture references. While the characters look cartoonish, their behavior is not. The characters are in realistic situations and are given 3-dimensional depth by the great script and cast to make their problems seem all the more believable. These are the elements that Bird gave to "The Simpsons Seasons 1-8", "KoTH Seasons 1&2", and "Giant" that made them household names. Don't get me wrong, I love zany cartoons just as much as the next guy, but to take cartoon characters and make them believable, even more so than a lot of live-action movies, breaks new ground for animation. I've never seen a Holly Hunter movie before (I'm a 16-year-old guy, come on now), but I look forward to see more of her movies because she can really act, on or off-camera it seems. Michael Giacchino provides the musical score. This young, raw talent also composed music for the supercool WWII games "Medal of Honor" and "Call of Duty", as well as the TV Show "Alias". The Bond-inspired, ANALOG-recorded score is brilliant and Giacchino, like Bird, is a sensational talent that everyone should look out for. I guess Hollywood isn't completely out of ideas after all. Thanks, Brad, Mike, and the crew @ Pixar for making a movie that's just too cool for school.


Director: Brad Bird
Craig T. Nelson
Holly Hunter
Samuel L. Jackson
Jason Lee

DVD title: Samurai Champloo - Volume 1 + Series Box
Productgroup: DVD
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Stylish genre- and era-bending action from Watanabe

Samurai Champloo is the long-awaited next project from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe. His two short films in the Animatrix compilation (Kid's Story and Detective Story) give American audiences a sneak peek at the phenomenal art style of this series, but they barely hint at the jaw-dropping action and unorthodox blend of history and music contained therein.

The first four episodes of Champloo introduce its three protagonists: the vagrant swordsman Mugen, the rogue samurai Jin, and the tea-shop waitress Fuu. This unlikely and volatile trio begin a road journey through post-shogunate Japan (ca. 1780), brought together by circumstances best seen to be believed.

"Champloo" means mixed-up or stir-fry, and that's what this series is: a stylish blend of old school values and situations, meshed with more modern sensibilities, fighting styles, and visual design. Over the lush, dynamic art, a soundtrack of some of the best hip-hop from modern Japan plays. Though it's a noticeable device in the first few episodes, it doesn't take long before the music feels like second nature despite the anachronism.

Champloo is many things: a mature drama, an action series, an uproariously funny comedy and a visual feast. Watanabe-san demonstrates here that the success of Cowboy Bebop was uniquely his, and no fluke - fans of that series will not be disappointed, despite how radically different the two storylines are from one another.

As the first title card of the first episode of Samurai Champloo says, "Just shut up and watch."

Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Director: ShinichirĂ´ Watanabe

DVD title: Sweet Jane
Productgroup: DVD
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Such a tear jerker

This is a "sleeper" well worth watching!!! I was up very late one night and saw it on some cable premium channel. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young teenager with full blown aids (due to reasons his step-father is responsible for). He is a foster child that spends most of his time in and out of hospitals who refuses to take his medicine. He has seen what aids did to his deceased mother and his dead heroin junky brother. Jane is also an addict; who is well known at the local hospital for frequent overdoses; only this time, she is informed that she is hiv positive. she doesn't want to face the facts, and leaves the hospital on her own will; not knowing that he is watching her. it is a sad, but honest look at the way people and society deal with this dreaded disease and drug addiction. he follows her out of the hospital because he thinks "she is an angel"... at first, she is appalled by his constant pursuit of him following her--but the two become in-seperable in the end. it is a twisted kind of love story; each try to help the other even though neither want to honestly comply. fate plays its hand in a wicked way; but the two find what they really want and deserve. don't miss out on this... its a real eye-opener.

Studio: Vanguard Films
Director: Joe Gayton

DVD title: Grave of the Fireflies
Productgroup: DVD
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An incredibly realistic and moving story.

This was the first anime movie I had watched,and at the time I was at the same age of Seita so it left quite an impact on me.I wont go too much into the story since its already been described in the editorial review.But I will say this:This movie has one of the best characters/character development I have ever seen.An anti-war movie with an emhpasis on the human sufferring side of wars.Two siblings are left alone to face the ravages of World war2,with a sad but somehow expected ending.
Grave of the fireflies realistically portrays all the characters and uses them to show the different sides of the war.The kind doctor and his connection to all the people who are injured or have died in the war,the uncaring and selfish aunt who reveals the human instinct to survival with no regards to others,and the same goes for all the fleeing masses.
The animation quality is acceptable for this kind of work,as its the story that holds the whole movie together.The music is moving and adds a touch of tragedy and melancholy,sustaining the dark feel of this title. This is a dark tale without a happy ending.I wouldnt advise you to show it to any young children.However,it is a timeless classic that deserves a place in anyones collection.If youre one who thinks that anime is just about screaming girls and brainless fights,you need to watch this movie.It will leave an impact on you like no other.

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

DVD title: Holiday in the Sun
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Movie!

I personally feel this is definatley one of the more "refined" movies by the Olsen twins! Its obvious they are starting to get the hang of producing and casting and it definatley shows! Its a hell of a lot less cheesy than their previous attempts and definatley puts you in the mood for a holiday!
Oh, and what is so far fetched about a school trip to hawaii? And having their own suite, they are fifteen y'no, ive been having my own suite since then and have been to the Atlantis (gorgeous resort!) and feel this movie is an excellent portrayal of it!
Im also from the UK , and yes, some of us do live lives like this! I could fully relate to the twins characters and their lifestyle!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Steve Purcell (IV)
Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen

DVD title: X - Three (TV Series, Vol. 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm still in love with this series

The X TV series continues to be one of the best anime releases in recent months. These three episodes focus more on character development than continuation of the overall storyline; but they manage to do it without loosing momentum or the viewers' interest.
Without giving any spoilers, let me say that the third episode, focusing on Subaru, stands out as one of the most memorable anime episodes I've ever seen. This is one of the few points, in my anime-watching experience, that I've thought to myself "Wow, this is really well directed." The pace of the episode is slow and deliberate, with a lot of attention to shadows and reflections; which provides an interesting segue into several memory and dream fragments. Overall, it's a rare example of true artistry in anime. For those who are disappointed by the low episode count (three episodes per disc), I would say that this one episode is well worth the price of the DVD alone.
After three discs, I'm still in love with the X TV series; and waiting impatiently for the next disc to be released. While I can understand the argument that this series is too stylistic, and broken up with too many visions, dreams, etc... I would say that there's some real substance behind the style, and that the many fragments do a good job of keeping the, otherwise fatalistic, story interesting. This is an example of a story that should be enjoyed as it unfolds, not simply for a dramatic climax.
Finally I must say that, the comparison of the characters to Shinji in Evangelion (above), is totally unfounded. While many characters do come off as alienated, it's clear that great pains have been taken to make them accessible and give them room for growth. If you've seen Evangelion, you'll know that character growth is not it's strong point... but that works well in the context of a larger message about human fallibility. Suffice it to say that X is not the same sort of show; one of its great strengths is that it does focus heavily on character development.

Studio: Geneon Entertainment

DVD title: Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This Movie Rocks!!

I'm a college student that loves watching everything! Although I've never seen Miss Congeniality I, this movie certainly packs a good punch. The reviews below that comment on how cheezyness of the underlying message or on predictability of the friendship are simply trying to rain on the parade. Obviously, don't watch this film if you're looking for moral substance, but by all means - do enjoy it if you're looking for some major laughs!

I've gotta admit - Sandra Bullock was kinda dull in the beginning as the prim and proper face of the FBI, but the directors did that on purpose. Sam Fuller (Regina King) was absolutely terrific! The anger management issues and the Tina Turner scene are two of the highlights of the movie! And the slightly-gay makeup guy that tags along is a really talented actor, since he usually just plays one of the idiots on the Drew Carey show.

Best reasons to watch this movie:

1. You're a guy that hates chickflicks but have to pick one to suffer thru with your girlfriend (use this one!)
2. You want some laughs to burn off your beer belly
3. You're a Sandra Bullock fan

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Pasquin
Sandra Bullock
Regina King
William Shatner

DVD title: Hysteria:Def Leppard Story
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent dramatic reinterpretation of an even more dramatic

This is a movie focusing on well known facts from the Def Leppard 197901986 period.

It starts with Joe Elliot auditioning for Atomic Mass, the band including Sav and Pete Willis, and goes all the way to their first performance with Rick Allen after his accident.

The casting directors and vocal coaches did a fantastic job. Also, the director was able to pull off the personal background that affected highs (their first EP funded by Joe Elliott's dad) and lows (Steve Clark drinking his father's demons (literally) to death) of the band without overdramatizing them.

Also, the movie shows us the influence that Mutt Lange had on their carreer without forgetting the fact that the Lepps had the skills, the talent and the commitment to make it happen with his producing genius.

If you are a fan of Def Leppard, stop reading and buy this movie immediately. If you were a casual fan of the Pyromania and Hysteria albums, you might as well enjoy a nicely made movie that gives you a glimpse into the history of a hugely popular "pop" metal band.

What do you want??? I WANT ROCK N ROLL!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Robert Mandel

DVD title: The Graduate (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Twisted, Funny, and True

An all around great movie that's message has not been lost, even after 35 years. This is an amazing movie, and is best seen by high school/collage aged people, as they begin to question the ethics of the adult world. The graduate (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from collage a legend, but wants nothing more than a little peace and quiet, a request his parents refuse to accommodate. At his graduation party, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) drags him back to her house where she attempts to seduce him. Her surprising motive is revealed later. All in all, it's a strong movie, and a classic for good reason.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Mike Nichols
Anne Bancroft
Dustin Hoffman

DVD title: Dead Homiez
Productgroup: DVD
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How is 2pac involved in this vid

I heard there is a live preformance and other stuff give some feed back {those who have seen it} I heard this is a good video as well!

Studio: Distinctive Movie
Director: Billy Wright

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