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DVD title: The Boondock Saints [IMPORT]
Productgroup: DVD
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Move over Tarantino

Very Tarantino-esque, but Duffy leaves Tarantino for dead. This is edgier, funnier, grittier, the list could go on. Dafoe is brilliant as is Connolly in a very uncharacteristic, but powerful presence as Il Duce. I'd give it 6 stars if I could

Studio: Pid
Director: Troy Duffy
Willem Dafoe
Sean Patrick Flanery
Norman Reedus

DVD title: The Turtles - Happy Together
Productgroup: DVD
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Lots of laughs and fine music

Why this band isn't in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a mystery...
The Turtles were a mix of great musical talent and enormous humor. Fronted by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, they churned out a solid collection of hits. But the band wasn't just Mark and Howie, moving through the group over the years were great rock musicians. Bones Howe notes in the film that the Turtles were one of the few LA pop bands of the 60s that were allowed to play on their own records, so tight was their ensemble.
And in here are all the hits, including one ("Eleanor") performed live on TV. You get memories from most of the past group members, and ongoing commentary from Mark and Howie. And keep it on to the end, as Mark and Howie give a hilarious lesson on how not to hire managers.
This DVD is a great tribute to an overlooked band.

Studio: Wea/Rhino

DVD title: My Left Foot
Productgroup: DVD
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The Definition of Inspiring

Daniel Day Lewis delivers a jaw dropping performance in a film that consumes you into it's world where you feel sorrow for every hardship and heartbreak and joy for every triumph. The entire cast in this film is superb. The script is written well and this movie is a hands down must see.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Jim Sheridan
Daniel Day-Lewis
Brenda Fricker

DVD title: The Straight Story
Productgroup: DVD
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A Sleeper

In the movie business, a sleeper refers to a film that is not well known, but turns out to be a great film to see. The story talks about relationships in the family. It is so uplifting to see the desire to become close again after a rift has occurred in the family. I loved watching the main character drive the lawn mower because I tried to picture myself doing that, and I don't think I'd be quite as brave. But he was determined to see his brother, and he did whatever he had to do to make it happen. My husband refuses to go to movies because he said he doesn't need to pay to fall asleep. We decided, however, to go with friends to see this incredible movie. I was touched to see my husband not only stay awake, but have tears in his eyes. It is my husband's favorite movie. I recommend it wholeheartedly. It'll make you feel good.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: David Lynch
Sissy Spacek
Richard Farnsworth

DVD title: My Dog Skip
Productgroup: DVD
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John, Washington

A very touching film for all ages. Great story telling and wonderful acting brings this wonderful tale to life. A story every one can relate to. From a town hero, who runs away when he was afraid, to a lonely boy who just needs a friend. My Dog Skip has everything you every wanted and more.
The picture on the DVD was prefect. Sound was great. I love the deleted scenes (even more heart warming scenes, including one by 'Forest Gump' author Winston Groom.) This movie is a sure bet!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Jay Russell
Frankie Muniz
Diane Lane
Kevin Bacon

DVD title: Fahrenheit 9/11
Productgroup: DVD
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I'll give it 4.5 stars

If a picture tells a thousand words, imagine what a 120-minute of politically-fueled documentary featuring never-before-seen 'war on terror' footage and Bush's oligarchic-life's scenes would say.

From the disenfranchisement of African American voters in Florida to Saudi-Bush shady business connections, to 'winning hearts and mind' myths in Iraq and tough-on-terror fallacies of the Bush's presidency, Michael Moore takes you for a ride in a forbidden territory the corporate media so far hadn't dared to step in.

Moore takes you back to 2000, the year George W. Bush became president in the most disputed, criticized elections in U.S. history. It was the elections where the Supreme Court, the governor of Florida, and the U.S. Senate cast the conclusive vote.

'Farenheit' not only has succeeded in keeping the debate heated over the past elections; the film also will have you wonder about one of the most upheld premises most Americans have taken for granted since kindergarden: "The United States supports freedom in the World."
The Saudi-U.S., or to be more specific, the Saudi-Bush relationship is a perfect example to attest the opposite. Here you have a monarchy made up of almost 5,000 princes, who along with their local associates, have investments in the United States worth a stunning $860 billion. This number would make approximately 7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.

Besides the big money involved from the Saudis, what do you think is the Bush administration's main priority in its 'war on terror'? How much of a 'black sheep' is Osama in the Bin Laden Family? What are the Bin Laden-Bush links? What deals existed between the Taliban and a major Californian oil company? Was the Taliban ever given the red carpet in Houston, back in 1997, when a well-known individual was the governor of Texas? Does Halliburton play a big role in Bush's government corruption or is this just another leftist diatribe?
'Farenheit 9/11' probes into these and other questions with staggering details and a big dose of sarcastic humour injected by Moore's narrating and acting (check Moore handing over applications to U.S. congressmen and talking them into having their children enlist for military duty in Iraq)

Iraq could not be left out of 'Farenheit.' Former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke could not put it more bluntly when it came to demystifying the rationale behind invading Iraq: he was being pressured by the administration to fabricate incriminating evidence that would link Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11 attacks. He even went so far as to say that Bush had plans to invade Iraq even before 9/11. Recall that Clarke's statements were made during a senatorial commission (included in the film) months before the most revealing documentation to date rebutting Bush's casus belli in Iraq came out this October.

In spite of huge anti-war protests worldwide and the constant flip-flopping of pretexts and all other nonsensical rant to justify the invasion, little could be done to stop the war machine. But what happens when the 'freedom-poised'- U.S. and coalition soldiers take over Iraq after six weeks of 'shock and awe' blitzkrieg?
'Farenheit' includes some disturbing scenes that the media for some reason neglected: Iraqi mothers and fathers crying hopelessly for their dead children,whose blood -stained, torn bodies are being pulled out of what remains of their homes after an air raid; entire families being terrorized in the middle of the night all while marines drag off men from their homes in the most humilliating fashion all while their children, women, and relatives stand by in panic; hooded prisoners being paraded around and fotographed as if they were trophies of war, with all the chauvinistic and dehumanizing attitude that surely nourished the prisoner-torture atmosphere that sufficed later in the Abu Ghraib case.

Most war correspondents in Iraq have said that their being embedded with coalition soldiers has put restrains to portray a balanced, objective picture of the conflict. Yet, the Swedish cameraman who provided most of the takes to Moore was an embeddded journalist himself, and blames CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and others for refusing to accept his material. More interestingly, he says that most of his takes showing U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners and night raids are commonplace and not random incidents, so he questions why aren't the embedded journalists reporting them as they should (For more complete info, check the Swedish journalist's interview on the DVD features).

Now, the documentary falls short of 5-star rating because it fails to address one of the most fanatic and dangerous driving forces behind the shaping of the Bush administration's foreign policy. These missing dots are crucial understand the present Afghan, Iraqi, and U.S.-U.N-Europe diplomatic crises. First, the agenda of militarizing the world oil-rich regions and the unilateral 'preventive war' doctrine as stipulated in neo-con manifestos(for example, the Project for the New American Century). Second, the role of Israel's hardliners for regime change in what it deems unfriendly countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria)and their policy of ethnic cleansing in Palestine's occupied territories.

This important omission, however, should not deter you from buying or seeing this film; a whole lot of important material still is shown uncensored in 'Farenheit 9/11,' which besides exposing how scandal-ridden and disastrous the Bush administration has proven so far, it also puts the heat on the media's reluctance to distinguish fact from unchallenged government propaganda.

To make a long story short, 'Farenheit 9/11' remains a living testimony of why Michael Moore's at the top of political documentary-making in the United States and why you need to cast your vote in November. This film is a must-see, if not a must-have.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Moore (II)
Michael Moore (II)

DVD title: Daredevil (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This Movie ROCKS!

Last Summer's Spider-Man reeled in mass amounts of dollars for Marvel, and that's not where it stops. More movies are coming out, and the most recent one is Daredevil. Not as mainstream to non-comic fans as Spider-Man and Batman (more than likely because DD never had his own show), Daredevil is a very dark comic movie, unlike X-Men and Spider-Man, but like the original Batman and Spawn.
Now, I am NOT an Affleck fan. I don't have anything aganist him, but I'm not a fan, and I wasn't as excited about this movie as I was for X-Men and Spider-Man, because I'm not used to Daredevil (for reasons suggested above), and because Ben Affleck. He seems like the last person to do Daredevil. Let's just hope Seann William Scott isn't really The Hulk...
Now the story, even though I'm not sure how true it is to the original comic: 12-year old Matt Murdoc lives with his pro-boxer father in Hell's Kitchen. Well, one day Matt takes a short cut through a chemical site, and sees his dad harassing a man. In a state of confusion and anger, Matt runs off, and is blinded by a chemical spilled out of a can into his eyes. But, frm his blindness, gains super-human powers to his remaining senses. His dad is killed later by Kingpin, the man who seemingly runs all crime in New York. He vows to keep the city safe for the rest of his life, and becomes Daredevil.
Now, in Daredevil there are two main villians: the highly entertaining Bullseye (who dies way too soon), and a black Kingpin, who I can remember from an appearence in a Spider-Man cartoon.
I reccomend this if you are just looking for a good action movie, or are a comic book nut, or if you're overly obsessed with Ben Affleck. And there's a cameo with Kevin "Silent Bob" Smith in here as well...

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner
Colin Farrell
Michael Clarke Duncan

DVD title: GoodFellas
Productgroup: DVD
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Scorsese's Best

Although it's accepted as being in the same genre as The Godfather, Goodfellas is quite different in many respects. Despite the fact that both movies romantically glamorize the Italian Mafia, the Godfather presents a portrayal of the Mafia that represents an institution guided by ancient tradition and virtues like loyalty, honor, and solidarity. Even though there are elements of that in Goodfellas, Scorsese adds his own perspective that seems to present a new generation of Italian gangsters who are not quite as nostalgic about those old traditions. What they are very nostalgic about is getting richer and richer, and attaining those riches by any means necessary.
Based on a true story told in best-seller book, Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi (who co-wrote the screenplay for the film), this movie shows the darker side of La Cosa Nostra. The book, as well as the film, chronicled thirty years in the life of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Irish-Italian criminal from New York. Smitten with the wealth, influence and privileges of the men connected with Mafia, Henry is seduced by their lifestyle as thirteen year-old boy. Along the way, Henry meets Tommy (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), and soon the three of them become best friends and associates; stock-piling enormous wealth from their criminal schemes that would climax with one of the most spectacular robberies in American history.
One of the many things that make this movie work is the cast itself. Full of great acting talents, these are memorable performances from everyone; especially DeNiro, Pesci, Liotta, Paul Sorvino (who plays Paulie Cicero), and even Lorraine Bracco (plays Henry's wife Karen). Their performances were so convincing that it was difficult to not see them as if they were really the characters portrayed in Goodfellas. In addition, I loved the character narration in the movie, which helps to bring the viewer a more in-depth and personal insight into each of the main characters.
Overall, this highly influential movie broke new ground, raised the bar for this genre, and set the standard for many movies afterward. The story, the acting, the great dialog, the directing and attractive story-telling are several of the reasons that it remains one of my personal all-time favorites. Arguably Scorsese's best film, Goodfellas is one to add to your personal collection.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Ray Liotta
Joe Pesci
Lorraine Bracco
Paul Sorvino

DVD title: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Dimension Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Dirtiest movie since South Park Bigger Longer & Uncut

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is hilarious!! As usual, Kevin Smith brings back most of his movie alumni's for star roles or great cameo appearances. It's amazing how many people showed up for this one including of course Mewes and Smith (Jay and Silten Bob), Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Shannon Doherty, Joey Lauren Adams, Chris Rock, Brian O'Hallarahan (Dante), Jeff Anderson (Randle) and of course there's even more stars in this one than Dogma like Will Ferrell, Judd Nelson, James Vanderbeek, Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth and many more! Truly the star quality in this alone is great! I swear in almost every scene there's someone.
The special features (if you have the 2 disc set) is great! It includes the "I Got High" video from Afro Man, the Comedy Central Canned Ham: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, hundreds of deleted scenes and alternative scenes. Again, very cool!
A definite must! I this one is just all out great for comedy fans and even movie goers that normally wouldn't be into something like this. As usual, there's a lot of swearing in this one but still, it could easily be worse. After all, someone could make you sit through 20 hours of non stop post Lion King Disney productions. Just saying! Anyway, check out Jay and Silent Bob.

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Jason Mewes

DVD title: Balto II - Wolf Quest
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than the first Balto movie!

My children and I all enjoyed the first Balto (even though it's not entirely "accurate" but then again most movies that are based on a true story aren't!) but Balto II- Wolf Quest was much much better! We just gave it to my preschool age daughter and she is totally fascinated by it.
The Native American singing/flutes/music throughout it is beautiful with only a couple of musical parts feeling a little awkward. One part I did especially appreciate was that when Balto and Jenna sent their pups to live with new humans, they didn't make it look like a horribly gross injustice that was heartwrenching and agonizing. Babies being separated from their mommies is always hard for children to understand but they did that part very well.
This is not made for adults so keep that in mind but it IS wonderful for children and adults who like cartoons, getting down on a childs level and aren't too stuffy about watching shows made for them. =)
You'll probably recognize quite a few of the voices but not be able to *place* them. Read the credits for a walk down memory lane! =) (probably for those over 30)

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Phil Weinstein

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