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DVD title: Reservoir Dogs
Productgroup: DVD
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Mr.Pink is da winner

The end dissapointed me when Mr.Pink gets away with it all. The last three brutally shoot each other to the death. It was a great movie cause look what i rated it. 5 stars. I disliked the part where the man got his ear cut off. People say he was brutally torturing him and others say it was a joke that he was listening to"Stuck in the middle with you" while dancing with a barbers-knife. Ask me i thought it was gross, but a great movie.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Michael Madsen

DVD title: Scary Movie 3 (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Noticed why you liked this one better?

If you havent figured it out, the director of this film was david zucker. familiar? Airplane!? Baseketball? yeah, this is that guy. i thought it was great, and even though i still like the wayans brothers, i still liked this scary movie best of all.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: David Zucker
Charlie Sheen
Anna Faris
Regina Hall

DVD title: Open City
Productgroup: DVD
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So dark, and so brilliant.

I wonder about some complaints over this DVD. The transfer is fine - it's an old, black-and-white film and for all that looks pretty darn good. Less than 5% of the dialogue is untranslated in subtitles, and as an Italian speaker I can tell you what's left out is insignificant chit chat.
See it for the fine performances, the achievement of its making, and for the history it portrays.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Aldo Fabrizi
Anna Magnani

DVD title: Picnic at Hanging Rock - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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A chillingly beautiful mystery

On St.Valentine's day, 1900, a party of girls from a private school set out for a picnic at Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges in Australia. While they are on the rock, something mysterious and disturbing happens and, when the party returns to the school, they have left three girls and one teacher behind. All missing on the rock.
Rather than follow the normal mystery rules of working towards an answer, the film concentrates on the effect of the disappearances on those connected either directly or by circumstance. What will happen to the school after such an event? How will the other girls react? What of the young Englishman who was the last person to see them alive. He is both under suspicion and obsessed with the fate of the missing girls.
This sense that the events just cannot be explained is bolstered by one of the most memorable and haunting soundtracks of any film ever made. The director really has an eye and an ear for setting a mood of something beautiful and precious which has been lost and will never be regained. The images of the outback are stunning. They convey the feel of a landscape that is both threatening and spiritual.
The film has aquired a reputation for being based on a true story. We are used to unresolved mysteries in real life but not in fiction. Despite the rumours of a real event which was mysteriously unreported, this is a work of fiction. The film was based on a novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay.
This film really is one that you should see and its beauty means that you will want to watch it many times over.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Peter Weir
Rachel Roberts
Anne-Louise Lambert

DVD title: Mulholland Drive
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant, Beyond all the close minded people

This movie is amazing. To watch it once is not enough, Ive seen this movie only a few times, but of course I was never able to figure out the storyline. I am not going to explain the plot, because simply, I would confuse myself. This movie has got as low as 1 star from some reviewers...why? Im writing this review to say that there IS A SOLUTION to the film! I didnt figure it out, but I read it on the internet at some page which I will not give away, because it would spoil it. Then again, no matter how much I TELL you wouldnt spoil it, you have to watch it for yourself. all those people who see this film as amazing, thank you for actually seeing the genius here, even if it is confusing...The way Lynch directs is highly underrated. The film was ignored from the acadamies. I was reading the reviews on this, the fact is that this film isnt for everyone...but if you like a film that makes you THINK, then go for it! To all you narrow minded people who said "stupidest movie of the year," then you obviosly dont think about how a movie can affect you, or maybe you just dont think at all. THERE IS A SOLUTION TO THE MULHOLLAND DRIVE PUZZLE!!!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Lynch
Laura Harring
Justin Theroux

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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And the Oscar goes to...

If Ewan McGregor doesn't at least get an Oscar nomination for his role in MR...there is no justice. He plays the role of Christian with starry eyed innocence to a person full of torment and rage(when Satine claims to not love him). There is so many layers to his performance. His singing on the other hand is just a wonderfully added bonus. Man can he sing! For anyone of you that walked out of the theatre because you were frustrated with the "LOOK" of the movie... You missed the BEST performance from an actor this year. Ewan is absolutely BRILLIANT : )Moulin Rouge as a movie is a breathtaking, original, groundbreaking musical.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Gerard Butler is THE Phantom for ME!

After having seen this movie starring my favorite actor, Gerard Butler, I am now a true-blue Phanatic of the PHantom. His love for Christine and the pain he has been made to endure, by God and by Man, makes him a figure that millions can identify with.Gerard Butler has brought this mysterious Man-Angel of Music to the masses, giving the story a wider berth of empathy, understanding and acceptance. I thank Joel Schumacher and Andrew Lloyd Webber as well for their cinematic vision. They have created a "new deep emotional center" for the Phantom.This is a beautiful movie with a beautiful and talented cast. Emmy Rossum is divine, catapulting one so young to true stardom. I cannot say enough about Gerard Butler. I loved his voice. He is so multi-talented; to me he is like the next Richard Burton. GB is truly mastering his thespian-hood. Not only is he captivating as Erik, he humanizes him as no other actor has done before on film or stage. He is adored world-wide for this role.GREAT MUSICAL!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joel Schumacher
Gerard Butler
Emmy Rossum
Patrick Wilson

DVD title: Friends - The Complete Fourth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Possibly THE greatest season

This is an amazing show. A great mix of physical comedy, punchlines, timing, and characters is what a sitcoms about. This season has some outstanding episodes that fans of the show consider the best everTOW the jellyfish, TOW Chandler in a Box, TOW the embryos, TOW all the haste, and TOW ross's wedding. None of the other episodes could be called fillers considering how great, different, and witty they all are. (peronal favorites include TOW all the rugby, TOW they are going to party, TOW the wedding dresses, and TOW the free porn) all are simply hillarios. if you don't believe me, check it out yourself...i know you'll be satisfied.- a 13 year old fan

Studio: Warner Home Video
Lisa Kudrow

DVD title: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Productgroup: DVD
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Godzilla vs. Megagarius

A must have for Godzilla fans. This movie has taken Godzilla into the next level of techno-warfare. In order to save the world from Godzilla, the Japanese have developed blackhole technology to throw Godzilla into the vortex. Megagarius is the pre-historic dragonfly as the foe. Color and dimension is excellent. At some points in this movie you will wonder if it was intended to be 3D.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Masaaki Tezuka

DVD title: Underworld (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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the ULTIMATE Vampire / Werewolf movie

It's a shame, really. The foundation concepts of 2003's *Underworld*, on the page at least, indicate a genuine neo-Victorian epic. In brief: a blood-feud war between vampires and werewolves; the viral strains of these outcasts and the possible intermingling of abomination-breeds; the historical elements detailing the cause of the conflict: although not exactly new or original, the alchemic combination of these ideas suggest vast potential, and practically beg for an expert treatment such as that given the recent blockbuster phenomenon of Lord of the Rings. Alas, this film comes off rather a harrowing example of squandered opportunities and inept direction, the dismal end-result of rigorous conformity to the ethic of 'style over substance.'
A breakdown of the major faults:
STORY: The core concepts are modern-era mythic (always a plus) and brim with melodramatic possibility, but the actual script execution is muddled and/or obtuse, structural information delivered either too sparsely or without the necessary passion; the dialogue flat, unoriginal and uninspired, and so, so deathly serious. The Vampires come off as lethargic [perhaps the result of conqueror's indolence?] weaklings [inexcusable for supposed 'immortals'] who have to rely on gunplay to dispatch their enemies - all in all a nice excuse to ape the Matrix to the hilt.
DIRECTION/CINIMATOGRAPHY: Technically, this film is a murky mess, with all the usual suspects included: MTV editing, sloppy framing and the occasionally horrid angle-confusion, an enormous overuse of digital grading. Nearly the entire film is colored in nighttime blue, which becomes increasingly dull and stullifying as the story grinds towards its predictable peak (at least the Wachoski Bros. are aware of the power of contrasting colors); when coupled with the aggrandizing camera shots, the excess of shadow, the choppy editing to 'excite' (and hide), alongside some laughable moments of CGI, Underworld is a textbook example of how to attempt an epic via style over substance - and ultimately fail in engaging the participant.
ACTION: Blood-pumping? Nail-biting? Jaw-dropping? Sorry, none of the above. I couldn't help but play "spot the influence" to overcome the threatening sleep-tides of ennui. A snippy smattering of the famous action sequences Underworld blatantly rips off: The Matrix (obvious), The Matrix Reloaded (Trinity bullet-time flip), Terminator 2 (chase scene), X-Men 1 (Beckinsale's inexplicable swoon/car crash), Equilibrium (face slide), Blade 2 (final showdown). And even when the film is not engaging in full-blown celluloid plagiarism, the action sequences suffer from weak pacing, poor editing and some absolute incompetence regarding weaponry and combat-tactics. The scene where a nameless vamp takes on a lycin with two bullwhips is a prominent example. Instead of using the whips to debilitate his foe (uprooting a leg, dislocation of an arm, spinning the whip around the neck to choke or at least attempt dominance of), the vamp simply swings both whips around in an impressive but ultimately futile grandstanding display of practice-strokes, and pays the price accordingly. It looks cool, but fails to elect any sort of tension or violent 'rush' -again, style over substance.
ACTING: Some actors/actresses are able to overcome the shoddy character-building or trite dialogue of a mediocre script by way of sheer charisma or craft-experience. Kate Beckinsale, reported to be a talented actress, is not one of those rare paragons of dramatic impersonation. There's little required for Beckinsale other than the twin stoic reliance of serious/slightly pouty; she isn't given the time or dialogue to sell her tragic past, and the chemistry between her and Speedman is nearly non-existent. Her character is essentially her leather outfit, cute bob haircut, and twin firepower skills - in other words, style over substance. Scott Speedman's doctor/lychin, meanwhile, remains passive throughout, thrown into one situation after another like any stereo-archetypical "chosen one", a rote mold made all the more boring by the Matrix Reloaded's expert deconstruction of the savior/slave role. The fellow who plays Victor chews the scenery with gusto and adds a much-welcome dollop of humor to this bleak affair, while 'Kraven' tries to do the same and his howlingly-bad performance jars the viewing experience.
I always give credit where credit is due: the film looks marvelous given its relatively measly budget of $23 million, and several of the core concepts were initially promising. The potential was there. But the astonishingly poor execution from those involved rendered this vampire tale flatline on delivery. If you must, eat fistfuls of garlic before braving a view of *Underworld* - the subsequent hyper-jolt might actually make this more the sum of its incompetent parts.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Len Wiseman
Kate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
Shane Brolly

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