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DVD title: Near Dark
Productgroup: DVD
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Midnight Snack

NEAR DARK is one of those rare films that somehow creeps forth, and escapes the sanitized glitter of hollywood. We are treated to a band of roaming nightmonsters, played to perfection by a dream-cast of nobodies (at least in 1987). Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Pumpkinhead) is Jesse, the leader and father figure of the group. Jenette Goldstein (Aliens, T2) plays Diamondback, the "mother" with a nack for slitting throats. Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic) is Severen, the leather-clad killer who is a demonic force with a true sense of glee. He enjoys killing and feasting on human prey! Josh Mitchell is Homer, a little kid on the outside, an old man within. He's pretty scary, especially since he kills without conscience! Jenny Wright is Mae, the young, beautiful girl who messes things up royally by falling for a human, and turning him into an undead. Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is that human, a texas cowpoke who now finds himself unable to eat human food or stay out in daylight without melting. He is captured by Jesse and company, runs away, and reluctantly rejoins them when he realizes that he can't make it in the world of mortals. Mae keeps him alive by allowing him to drink from her veins. Caleb is given a week to make his first kill, or face the consequences of being a drag on the group. NEAR DARK is bleak and sinister in it's portrayal of this drifting anti-family of blood-drinkers. Paxton is the most violent and ruthless, making sport out of murder. The bar scene is his show-stopper! Anyone who thinks of Bill Paxton as that goofy, but loveable guy from Twister or Titanic MUST see this! You'll never see him (or spurs) in the same light again! I believe this sequence was a direct influence on Cameron's T2 bar scene. I mean, the first guy to get knocked across the room (by Caleb) also played the biker in T2 who puts his cigar out on Arny's chest! This movie is a ghoulish, explosively violent tribute to low-budget horror done right. There's even a love story in there somewhere! Sink your teeth into it and drink deep...

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Adrian Pasdar
Jenny Wright

DVD title: Armageddon
Productgroup: DVD
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Armageddon lives up to the Hype

Armageddon is one of best movies that I have seen this year. Some people have said the movie is nonsense, stupid, or pointless. It all depends on who you are, but I think close to 300 million somewhat support this movie as being one of the best. Bruce Willis is one of the best actors because he can be serious, funny, and sentimental. Billy Bob Thorton and Liv Tyler were also outstanding actors as well. Some either like Armageddon or Deep Impact (it seems like a two-way street). Well, I like them both, but I like Armageddon better because it has more suspense and action, and it's a movie that I would watch over and over again. Although the ending is not the way we would want, it gives the movie more meaning. Definitely get this DVD!

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Michael Bay
Bruce Willis
Billy Bob Thornton
Ben Affleck
Liv Tyler

DVD title: Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Football reigns!

It seems that quite a few people classify this film as a 'feel-good' film. While it definitely has a cheery and warm aura about it, it is deeper than your average, cheap, 'let's smile about life' film because not only does it focus on the double-standards in football, it touches on the evident culture clashes in the UK and the problems of family pressure.
Positive Points: Parminder Nagra who plays Jess is really great in this film. She plays the footballing, Beckham fanatic, Asian-British girl who sneaks away to play football with such style and charm that you can't help but hope that she succeeds in her aim.
The script is fun and amusing. I couldnt help laughing at the subtle but funny references to David Beckham.
The pace of the film is steady and each scene is filled with something either amusing or relevant to the film. It never strays from what it is trying to portray.
Negative Points:The character that Keira Knightley plays. She is just the only negative part in this film because at first she seems great because she is friendly but her impulsive nature later on in the film changes that.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Parminder Nagra
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

DVD title: Mission Impossible 2
Productgroup: DVD
Mission Impossible 2 - movie DVD cover picture

This is so far my top movie of 2000{Scream 3 is second.} It has it all plot, great acting{Tom's best role since jerry maguire}and stunning chaise scenes. Thanie newton is greaT as Tom's parner/lover. This is 20* better then the first mission impossible. John Woo has created one of summer 2000's blockbuster. i highly recommand this movie.
M.I.2: A

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: John Woo
Tom Cruise

DVD title: Jane Eyre
Productgroup: DVD
Jane Eyre - movie DVD cover picture
Thanks Pynteya

A friend from Russia introduced this film to me by her desire to have a copy at any cost. She had seen this as a miniseries in Russia but missed a few episodes. I hurriedly read the book while waiting for her to let me borrow it. I have since read the book several times and seen several versions on film. This is the best. The story came alive in these actors. I even checked the book to see if some wonderfully illuminating scenes were added. They were not. They played them faithfully as if Charlotte Bronte had written the screenplay. Incidentally, the worst film version had William Hurt in it. The whole thing was butchered with the best scenes and dialog completely removed. I nearly walked out of the theatre. The elderly crowd could be heard muttering their shocked disapproval as we left.
This is the ONE. Nothing made before or since can touch it.

Studio: BBC
Director: Julian Amyes

DVD title: Jennifer Lopez - Let's Get Loud
Productgroup: DVD
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so cool

it's a really good dvd with great performences. she knows how to entertain. she sang all of her hits from that moment but don't forget Selena's song i could fall in love with you. it's a must for every fan.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Director: Hamish Hamilton
Jennifer Lopez

DVD title: Firefly - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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Good, How did this get cancelled?

This takes an episode or two to hook you (the clash between the western and sci fi), but it's good. One wonders why they cancelled it.

I usually don't watch the special features stuff but in this case I did. There are some scenes which didn't make it to air and one can see why. The production info was interesting though, Whedon is a bit reminiscent of Peter Jackson.

Overall: decent production values, sets, and scripts, good acting, plus occassionally snappy dialogue (think Buffy). The characters are engaging and likeable and that makes a difference.

There is a bit of soft core sex but it's no worse than what's already on TV.

The real telltale is the statistics on the Amazon review page - over a thousand reviews and the rating is 5 stars. I will bet there are not many videos that achieve this.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Nathan Fillion

DVD title: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
Productgroup: DVD
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What a Cast! What Laughs

When you team Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Glen Strange, Sidney Fields and a cameo by Vincent Price with Abbott & Costello how can you go wrong. This movie has its scary moments but is extremely hilarious. Probably the best A&C movie ever made.
The scene where Costello is reading the legends of the monsters while the candle is moving on top of the coffin is pure "classic."

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Charles Barton
Bud Abbott
Lou Costello

DVD title: The 13th Warrior
Productgroup: DVD
The 13th Warrior - movie DVD cover picture
Neat twists and turns in the plot

The first viewing of this film kind of left me not knowing whether I really liked it as a film or for the action alone. The second viewing, however, made me realize that even though it was obviously a victim of the editor's bench, it had numerous small but significant twists in the plot that left me thoroughly enjoying the entire thing from start to finish.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Antonio Banderas
Diane Venora

DVD title: Red Dwarf - Series 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Red Dwarf is for people who will appreciate the following statement. This show is simply the best "smart dumb Brit humor show" in the history of the world. Well written episodes combined with the most engaging characters ever make for the funniest adventrue/comedy series yet.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Clare Grogan
Chris Barrie
Craig Charles

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