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DVD title: Lost and Delirious
Productgroup: DVD
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Mind Blowing!!

I am afraid that I can not find words strong enough to describe how truely wonderful this film is. I mean in an era of brainless light dramas, Lost and Delirious is a deep and refreshing look at real drama. When Mouse, young introvert still greiving her mothers death, arrives at her new boarding school, she doesn't hold out much hope of enjoying herself. At first, there seems to be no real redeeming qualities of her new environment, then she meets her roommates; Victoria and Pauline, who acting as surragate sisters take mouse under their wing, giving her all the support she needs. When Tory and Paulie are found to be lovers, everyone's worlds start to crummble. Tory, terrified of being outted to her family, breaks up with Paulie. Paulie takes this devastatingly hard ( in such an artisticlly beautiful way). And Mouse is left to play stablizing crutch to Paulie. In the end we all find out how far love can drive you, and Mouse finds the strength to behold her mother's memory.
I thought I had seen Piper Perabo act before (Coyote Ugly, The Adventures of Rocky and Bulwinkle), but obviously those films were not worthy of her talent. She brought the character of Pauline alive so convincingly that I found myself crying over her pain as though it were my own.
This is for sure the best movie I've ever seen.(I've seen alot)I am sure my family is ready to declare me insane because I keep randomly spouting lines from this movie.(it has had that much of an effect)I watched this at least 8 times in 3 days. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have.GREAT ACTING, GREAT CINEMATOGRAPHY,GREAT STORY,...GREAT MOVIE!

Studio: Studio Home Entertainment
Director: Léa Pool
Piper Perabo
Jessica Paré

DVD title: Bounce
Productgroup: DVD
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A sweet story!

This movie is so good!! It is such a sweet, well thought-out plot and Ben Affleck and Gwenyth Paltrow did so well!!! The story was so great one of the best things about the movie!! I would highly recomend this one. It is great too because it is not a comedy. I do not particularly like comedies so I was so glad when this one turned out to be just a wonderful romance and not a romantic comedy!!! I was quite entrigued from the begining. I don't want to give anything away, so I won't say more than I would definitely buy this one it is wonderful!!!!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Don Roos
Ben Affleck
Gwyneth Paltrow

DVD title: High Crimes
Productgroup: DVD
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high crimes

there's a scene where amanda peet walks by a military guy and she's wearing almost nothing and says "hi GI joe." now thats 10X as effective as any other motivation that those "be all you can be" commercials do, and that scene alone is why i bought the DVD
amanda peet is asom

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Carl Franklin
Ashley Judd
Morgan Freeman
James Caviezel

DVD title: Backstreet Boys - Homecoming: Live in Orlando
Productgroup: DVD
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I saw it when it was on PPV and LOVED IT...I can't wait for it to come out on home video...All the guys looked soo good and I also can't wait till May 18 when their new Cd comes out

Studio: Bmg/Jive/Silvertone

DVD title: Planet of the Apes - The Complete TV Series
Productgroup: DVD
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amazingly likable

I'm not very good at writing reviews but I picked this DVD set up because I loved this show as a kid and watching it with adult eyes hasn't changed my affection for it. There's just something incredibly likable about this series. It's a treat to watch and the characters make this involving and enjoyable.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Planet of the Apes
Roddy Mcdowell

DVD title: Dancing at Lughnasa
Productgroup: DVD
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Sensitive, brainy, emotional cinematic masterpiece.

The story of the Mundy family of five sisters, a mentally disoriented brother, and a growing up boy would have been mundane and sleepy if poorly directed and mediocrelly cinematographed. This is not the case here. This is a beautifully done movie. The phasing is slow to heighten the ambience of the rural Irish countryside. It's like being thrown to that mid-30's era in rural Europe, far from the madding war drums. The acting by everone is top notch.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Pat O'Connor
Meryl Streep
Michael Gambon

DVD title: Save the Last Dance
Productgroup: DVD
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not enough words to give it what it deserves

Save the Last Dance starts with a young girl forced to move to New York with her Dad after her Mom dies. Due to bad memories she also gives up her love for ballet. her new is very differnet from her own. She finally meets someone special who wants to bring dance back into her life, but shes not sure what other people will think of the two together. What will she do?? Find out by watching Save the Last Dance. It is a great movie for anyone who ever had a dream and gave it up just because of one failure.

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

DVD title: UFO Set 1
Productgroup: DVD
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It seems that the older I get (30 something), the more I appreciate the corny things that I was raised with. So I have to say I almost fell off my chair with laughter when I found U.F.O while surfing through Amazon DVD section.I had forgotten all about this show but as soon as I saw the cover, my fun early 70's childhood memory bank went into overdrive.I must have been around 5 when I first saw the show (dubbed in Farsi) and the first time I saw the aliens coming out of that sad excuse for a space craft, I made a mad dash out of the room.I think anyone who remembers as kids something about the 60's & 70's Sci-Fi are going to absolutely enjoy these shows without worrying about the dialogue or the quality of the set designs...they seem to be about something more from your past.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Gerry Anderson

DVD title: The Aviator (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Hollywood Filmmaking At Its Greatest

I've never been a huge fan of bio-pics. So often they just end up feeling like $50 million made-for-TV movies. I can probably count the number of bio-pics that rank among my all-time favorites with my fingers. But like so many other film-buffs out there, I'm also a huge fan of Martin Scorsese. With that said, I didn't quite know what to expect going into The Aviator. Coming out of the film, I am convinced that The Aviator represents a real fresh breath of air for the bio-pic genre.

I was just so impressed by the attention to detail/overall quality of nearly every aspect of the film. The performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett are both top notch. The film is amazing on a visual level throughout most of the film, and despite a run-time of nearly 3 hours, there is rarely a dull-moment in the script. This film about one of Hollywood's biggest names, marks Hollywood filmmaking at its best.

DiCaprio's performance of Hughes is clearly worthy of the Oscar nomination it received. It isn't quite Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman, but its close. There is a scene in the film where Hughes is walking up a flight of stairs on his way up to look at the latest airplane plans. It may have been merely walking up a flight of stairs, but that little moment (as well as many others) was almost chilling in its similarity to stock footage I've seen somewhere along the line of the actual Hughes performing the same basic action. Cate Blanchett's performance of Hepburn had this same sense of eeriness to it, only on an even grander scale. There were so many moments where I almost couldn't believe I was watching an actress acting. I've never been a huge fan of Katharine Hepburn either, but Blanchett just brought so much out of the character in her performance, that I found a new respect for Hepburn. Its quite possible that Blanchett's performance was the best performance of any actress/actor in 2004.

Like the acting in the picture, I was extremely impressed with the overall look of the film. There are a number of interesting shots throughout the film, something you just don't see very often in bio-pics. And to be honest, that's likely because such camerawork isn't as essential to the construction of a bio-pic. But its this very willingness to go above and beyond the accepted norm (in this area and in others) that helps The Aviator reach the heights that it does.

And then there's the use of digitally recreated two-strip Technicolor which eventually evolves into digitally recreated three-strip Technicolor at the relative point in time when the technology changed. I especially loved the use of the two-strip Technicolor scheme, as it made a scene as simple as walking on a golf course that much more memorable. The use of recreated two-strip and three-strip Technicolor may also serve as a metaphor for the way Hughes was/is remembered. In the fantastic two-strip world of classic Hollywood Hughes' eccentricities are just part of the show he is loved for. In the more "lifelike" post-war world of three-strip, Hughes' eccentricities make him a sideshow that is detested by many.

I'm by no means an expert on Howard Hughes, but I do have a trivial background on the man, and from what little I do know it's my feeling that the film is fairly truthful with regard to what has been included. And as I mentioned earlier, the script has a very nice flow for a 3-hour bio-pic. However, there is still a problem in this area in that so much of Hughes' life is left out of the film. While this was a key factor in the telling of a smarter, tighter story (and somewhat understandable given the scope of Hughes' life), there is also still a part of me that would have liked to have seen a few more details included. While I don't think the film purposely tries to paint a completely positve picture of Hughes, the positives do outweigh the negatives. Had a few more of the negatives been included, especially those that occurred in and just outside of the timeline covered by the film (such as Hughes' tenure at RKO or his poor relationships with fellow filmmakers), the film would have excelled even further than it does. But in a world where bio-pics often derail the truth, the exclusion of certain facts in The Aviator isn't that big of a problem.

Getting back to the portrayal of Hughes, as is the case with the protagonists of so many of Scorsese's films, Hughes isn't perfect, far from it. Again, although the positives outweigh the negatives, much attention is paid to the man's personal demons throughout the film. But much like Travis Bickle, Jimmy Doyle & Jake La Motta (all played by Robert De Niro) before him, Scorsese's Hughes is also to be celebrated for his accomplishments despite the faults of his character. We must not forget that all protagonists, as three-dementional beings, are flawed, but at the same time viewing those flaws in three-strip glasses shouldn't erase the accomplishments we also see in the two-strip glasses. Perphaps it is in this same light Scorsese viewed fellow director Elia Kazan.

Anyone who loves movies, especially old Hollywood movies, should be sure to check out The Aviator before it leaves theaters.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cate Blanchett
Kate Beckinsale

DVD title: Por la libre
Productgroup: DVD
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A Winner!

I'm a big fan of Spanish language movies - especially those from Mexico. Por La Libre is an example of the excellent movies coming from Mexico. This movie is equal or better than many coming out of Hollywood. It has a great soundtrack and storyline, nice directing, good acting, and top notch film editing and quality.

When I read that the movie is about two teenagers going on a roadtrip, I figured this would be another same old teenage roadtrip movie with the same basic storyline and outcome. In fact, it does have the usual storyline of kids smoking pot, rebelling against parents, sex, clubbing, police harassment, etc. Nevertheless, this movie is not as predictible as those other teenage roadtrip movies. This movie has a few unexpected twist and turns that kept me surprised and entertained. This movie would appeal to adults of any age. This movie is a light comedy.

I am impressed with actress Ana de la Reguero who plays Maria. She's a real dark haired beauty. She reminds me of Penelope Cruz except Ana is better looking.

Director: Juan Carlos de Llaca

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