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DVD title: I Think I Do
Productgroup: DVD
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Masterpiece


This movie is a masterpiece! Every frame is full of real human elements. This movie should be seen by every budding director. It will teach them how to write characters. The acting is just fabulous. The story (friends gather at a wedding and become involve in various triangles) is refreshingly adult, and it's a wonderful life-affirming look at love, laughter, and commitment. It also has a wonderful soundtrack.

Studio: Strand Releasing Home Video
Director: Brian Sloan
Actors:
Alexis Arquette
Christian Maelen




DVD title: Rush - Rush in Rio
Productgroup: DVD
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Video & Audio is great- N. American fans are lame...


The people giving it 2-3 stars here on Amazon should get their ears AND eys checked! Go listen to your Dead Zeppelin & Donna Henley & i'll keep enjoying RIR for years. This is a REAL band being recorded playing a stadium- no funny stuff or magic studio "fixing" here. A wonderful performance, & a crowd finally worthy such of a Rush show. i can only guess these "audiophiles" who are down on the audio quality are the same lameoids who stand there in the 5th row w/ their arms crossed acting "cool". Too "cool" to sing along or jump up & down during YYZ? Or too OLD? I wonder. You want Terry Brown back- take him. No other "real" band will touch the guy. I think the crowd mix is terrific & the overall mix is wonderfully raw- like ATWAS or the GUP video, & like Rush ARE live! I don't know what any of you have been smoking, but Rush are & ALWAYS have been a LOUD ROCK BAND, not the symphony orchestra! (I've seen them 17 times since '84)And someone mentioned thinking the 13-year-old "A Show of Hands" better? LOL! Take your VCR, ASOH tape, & crawl back into your cave. These are the same so-called Rush fans who think Vapour Trails has "bad" production. *sigh* Rush finished their overproduced days back in 1987 w/ the Alex Goes On Vacation "Hold Your Fire" LP & the sterile and uninspired & downright pathetic "A Show of Hands" video & CD. Move on, people!Many of you make us N.Americans sound like a bunch of spoiled ancient Rush brats- & it's embarrasing. Shame on you. Next tour, i'll be in Brazil, where the REAL Rush fans are.-Peetey, still jumping, fist pounding, air-drumming & singing along at age 30-something & PROUD of it.

Studio: Rounder
Director: Daniel E. Catullo



DVD title: The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie!


The first thing I will say is this: If you want to see this movie only because you liked the book, then you'd better not see this movie. It's nothing whatsoever like the book.
That said, I loved this movie! I really think of the movie and the book as two completely different things, that just happen to have the same title.
Matt Damon is great in this film. He is the amnesiac Jason Bourne who is looking to find out what his true identity is. Along the way he gets the help of Marie (Franka Potente). However, his job is made difficult by the fact that the CIA is trying to kill him.
There are some great action sequences in this movie, including an awesome car chase in this little beat up car. Also, Bourne has to fight off an attack using only a pen.
I highly recommend this movie.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Actors:
Matt Damon
Franka Potente




DVD title: National Treasure (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Good, decent, action, family movie..


I mean with all the trash that's out there. NT is also very good film making. I can't remember one curse word or sexual reference. Now that's hard to come by. Go see this now!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Diane Kruger
Justin Bartha
Sean Bean




DVD title: Murder by Decree
Productgroup: DVD
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Possibly the best Holmes movie ever made


The New York Daily Post referred to this movie as the "greatest Sherlock Holmes movie ever made" and who am I to disagree with their esteemed reviewer. Well, I write reviews for a large metropolitcan newspaper also, but I have to say I can find no qualms with their opinion. I grew up watching the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies on quiet Saturday mornings on BBC2 in my native Scotland, so I am probably always going to enjoy sitting down to a couple of hours with my longtime detective friend and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson. Although for me Rathbone will always be the definitive Sherlock Holmes (never really cared for Jeremy Brett)I have to admit to finding Christopher Plummer as an entertaining, if somewhat unusual, Holmes in this late 1970s movie.Based not on one of the Conan Doyle books but on a notion that the Baker Street detective investigated the Jack the Ripper murders (much like in the lesser production "Study in Terror" a decade earlier) this sceenplay moves along at a fair speed and examines the actual evidence collected at the time to weave together a theory not unlike that of the more recent Johnny Depp movie "From Hell."What really makes this movie stand out is the quite incredible cast that Clark (yes, incredibly the same guy behind "Porky's") put together in this Canadian production. Alongside Plummer is none other than James Mason as Watson. We also have Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Donald Sutherland, Susan Clark, Frank Finley and Genevieve Bujold. Put these actors in a handsomly presented production design (quite incredible actually) and combine it with the intriguing and fast paced script and you have what (I would have to concur with the Post is the best Holmes movie ever put to film.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Bob Clark (III)
Actors:
Christopher Plummer
James Mason




DVD title: Jurassic Park Trilogy
Productgroup: DVD
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JP ROCKS!!


Three great movies. All about dinosaurs, full of great acting, great special effects, and of course DINOSAURS. Here is my ratings for the Jurassic Park movies:Jurassic Park: 5/5Lost World Jurassic Park: 2/5Jurassic Park 3: 3.5/5It is worth the price and if you're going to see one, see them all. 5 stars for the entire movie set, that I got for a great deal.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Neill
Goldblum
Attenborough
Sam Neill




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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After a long wait...


The first movie was very dull and kinda boring. I saw the second one in the theatres, in was boiling hot, my Uncle was snorting continuously, the chairs were uncomfortable and the movie was just good enough, but not great enough to beat all the other unpleasentaries surrounding me. So, I come into this movie thinking it will just be like the rest of them, man, was I wrong. This is by far the best of three and the only one I would praise out of this trilogy. The ending is sad, yet happy and The WitchKing is the best bad guy yet. Plus, he can't help but love good old Gandolf. He makes his appearences in this movie much more notable then the first two, and even Frodo managed to get on my good side. This movie is terrific and if I were to go back and watch the first two now, I think it would be much more delightful and interesting. It's just a shame that they couldn't have made the first one like this because then I would have been fascinated from the beginning... and this is a great series to get in to because they have so much from this series. Overall, it's packed with excitement, good acting and a strong plot that builds throughout the trilogy. There is nothing more that I liked about this trilogy then the plot, the acting was always shaky in the first two, but they pull out of shaky and go to great in this one. Overall, it's a must see for anyone.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood




DVD title: The Godfather
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best ever made


This is one of the greatest films ever made. Any doubt about that can be dispelled by watching the movie. I missed this when it first came out, and then a curious thing happened. For some reason I thought I had seen the film. One decade and then two went by and I kept hearing what a great film The Godfather was. But I was unimpressed because I thought I had seen it.

I don't know what film I had seen, but it wasn't The Godfather. Seeing this film for the first time over thirty years after the fact of its production is a startling experience. The Godfather is a work of art from first scene to last. There is the most amazing adherence to that fiction which is truer than fact.


I would like to say that I played cards with Mario Puzo who wrote the novel from which the film was adapted and who famously worked with Coppola on the screenplay, but in fact I only played cards with some people who had played cards with Puzo. Ah, such is the effect of celebrity. Puzo became like Coppola something of a legend after this film was produced, and everybody suddenly knew him or played cards with him. Everybody, from the most unsophisticated celluloid fan to the most erudite and jaded critic had walked out of that theater after 171 minutes mesmerized and delighted and emotionally moved by an uncompromising look at not just a Mafia family, but the psychology of families since time immemorial. The truth that we have all lived and experienced was made large on the screen in the form of the Corleones. I can guarantee you that audiences from every culture on the planet would understand the underlying psychology of this movie and take it to some serious extent as their own.


Marlon Brando plays the godfather (the patriarch, of course, or even the warlord if you like) of the past and the present, and then, as must always be the case, comes a new godfather. What is fascinating is who this new godfather is and how he comes to power. The ending of the film is--after so many brilliant scenes and so many psychologically true surprises and so many excursions to Queens and the Bronx and Sicily and Las Vegas (each vignette absolutely integrated into the story of the film)--even more ponderously true and a surprise that sneaks up on us so stealthily that it is not a surprise. And when the credits begin to run after Diana Keaton's tears of realization, we too realize the "message" of the film. It is a message that I think would be understood in the Middle East today (and two thousand years ago as well) as I write this, a message of tribal ways and the rise and fall of warlords and the Machiavellian machinations of the prince who would be king.


But it is Al Pacino's performance as the son of the godfather that in the final analysis steals the show as he goes from the intellectual boy who would be a legitimate American success at the finest colleges, etc. to a man wearing the hat of Al Capone. And Pacino makes us believe every step of the way.


Well, I should not say that it Al Pacino who steals the show. In truth this is Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece. He would not have the film he has without Al Pacino or Marlon Brandon and certainly not without the novel and script from Mario Puzo, of course; but make no mistake about it. Coppola manicured every scene. He attended to every detail, from the color of the wine to the tires on the cars to the dances and the music to the villas abroad to the sleaze of Las Vegas to the perfect casting of the main characters right down to the extras including both cute and not so cute kids, as indeed life would give us. In some very real sense Coppola lived this movie and it was a part of him, and yet I am stuck by the fact that Puzo invented it.


This is an American classic, an uncompromising work of art that engages, informs and moves the audience--just about any audience--to ask the great questions regarding who we are and what we should do and how we should live. From the wedding to the funeral to the christening to the priest in Latin voice-over as the final vengeance is planned to that final vengeance (that we know will NOT be the final vengeance), we are glued to our seats as the life of human beings (who could very well be us) passes before our transfixed eyes.


Oscars went to Brando as best actor, and to Puzo and Coppola for best screen adaptation. In a rare show of almost universal agreement among movie goers, critics, and the Academy, The Godfather won the Oscar as Best Picture in 1972.


Don't miss this as I had for so long, and see it for Coppola who can take his place among the greats of all cinema for this film alone.



Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Marlon Brando
Al Pacino




DVD title: Kissing Jessica Stein
Productgroup: DVD
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"Manhattan" brought up-to-date


"Kissing Jessica Stein" is an instant classic. Like Woody Allen's "Manhattan," it documents the lives of a cluster of friends and family in present-day New York. Only the present day is that of 2000, not 1979, and things have changed, although not as much as one might think.
Nearly all of the performances are spot-on. Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen show their impressive stage-honed chops in several long scenes which require great skill. Scott Cohen is impressive as Josh, the character who unexpectedly undergoes the most profound change in the film. Jackie Hoffman, as Joan, is equally impressive and funny, and Tovah Feldsuh is simply perfect as Judy, Jessica Stein's mother.
The principal reason these superb actors deliver great performances is the film's intellectual core, which far surpasses that of most dreck released these days. There are actually real ideas in there -- about the good life, loneliness versus independence, happiness versus our concern for others' estimation -- Rilke is featured for God's sake! This is exciting stuff. And it's all leavened with great humor, which underscores the actors' proficiency -- comedy is truly more diffcult than drama.
The film looks good, too. While Lawrence Sher's cinematography is perhaps not quite at Gordon Willis' level (admittedly, Sher labors under the disadvantage of having to work in color), the film successfully captures the feel of New York. A big part of this is accuracy: I noted only one miscue in the film's use of locations. (Can you spot it? Hint: that's not below 14th Street.)
"KJS" also makes clever use of music. Some might think this unimportant, but when a comedy gets several meaningful laughs from the way it deploys songs, it shows that the production is firing on all cylinders.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Actors:
Jennifer Westfeldt
Heather Juergensen




DVD title: Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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THROW ME A BONE HERE PEOPLE!


Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery is a film that you can only enjoy if you are prepared to have a great time and accept everything you are going to see as a fun experience.
Mike Meyers is a creative genius. He has comic timing, clever wit and a talents surplus of hidden personalities (with voices) inside him. They must have had a great time making this. The story is relatively simple - Dr. Evil (also played by Meyers) wants to take over the world and the only person/agent (of all the secret agency in the world) is Austin `Danger' Powers.
Frozen in the 60's and revived in the 90's, Austin Powers needs to find and stop Dr. Evil from blowing up the world. Elizabeth Hurley plays the daughter of his original agent back in the 60' (Played by Mimi Rodgers) who teams up with Austin to find and stop Dr. Evil. Michael York gives a stellar performance as the headquarters assignment coordinator who gives Austin all his assignments.
The DVD extra's are great. The missing sequences and the original trailers and more. The commentary is my favorite on this. Mike Meyers and director Jay Roach have some great comical and interesting comments on the making of this movie.
Due out this Friday, (7-26-02), Goldmember is the Third Austin Powers film and if it half as good at this one and The Spy Who Shagged Me - it will be wonderful! Austin Powers is a great comedy to own!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jay Roach
Actors:
Mike Myers
Elizabeth Hurley




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