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DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
My favorite movie this year


Twice as good as I and II. Sometimes boring, sometimes touching, sometimes amateurish. Strong story, boring fx, excellent acting, awful acting, awful direction, awful dialog. If you're a Star Wars fan or an older kid then see it, otherwise you're probably better served doing something else with the two plus hours that this movie consumes.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen




DVD title: Spirited Away
Productgroup: DVD
Spirited Away - movie DVD cover picture
A great movie!!, but is it a childs film?


I have to start off saying that that my friend recomended this film to me and I went to the rental store to rent it, but to my surprise, it was all out, and would be rented out for 5 months! I was shocked to think that a Disney film could bring so much attention to itself. So I went and bought it. I went home and watched it on my laptop and was comepletely blown away by it. The visuals are so amusing and colorful, there is nothing like it. I am not a huge fan of anime or cartoons for that matter (except the rare watching of Cowboy Bebop on Cartoon Network :) but this was very different. On the other hand, this is not really a film for screaming, bleeding, throwing-up kids (like me). For example, there is a smoking frog and a big scene of blood splattering all over the place, not to mention the "fruit" that made a character throw up. I loved this movie. Go rent it or something. It is really good and inventive. I wish I could put 10 [stars!!!]

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Miyu Irino



DVD title: A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Pixar continues their excellent run!


The sophomore slump doesn't apply to computer animation studio Pixar. "A Bug's Life" stands as a worthy follow up to Pixar's 1995 classic "Toy Story". To find a film that celebrates bravery, loyalty, individuality and the power of imagination in such a entertaining package is cause for great celebration. But before discussing this film's virtues, which are many, I must applaud the wonderful Pixar short film Geri's Game. Pixar has outdone themselves by infusing such a delightful romp of a short. Watching a delicious short subject before a feature harkens back to a time when film going marked a major event. Thank you Pixar for such quality. Like the equally classic and excellent "Toy Story" series and their super fun latest romp "Monster's Inc." , "A Bug's Life" is a classy event that children can enjoy along with adults. Every scene is a luscious and rich tapestry. The art of animation enables the most ornate of children's illustrations to breathe and move in vivid detail almost impossible to render in a live action film. There is a fully three dimensional sheen, sparkle and shine to the color palettes illuminated here. Although many hand painted cell animation purists may bristle at the notion, computer generated animation supplies the filmmaker with an even more complete tool box to the craft of fantasy storytelling. Computer animation is really made for the DVD format. Boy how these films glisten on DVD!
The story, respectfully borrowing elements from "The Seven Samurai", Italian Filmmaker Federico Fellini, "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and even a bit of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", concerns the efforts of Flick, a genius in the rough worker ant, attempting to aid his colony from the evil marauding hordes of Hopper (cunningly voiced by Kevin Spacey). After an epic scale journey, Flick finds help in the form of some flea circus rejects.
The key to making an effective animated film lies in creating plausible characters. Characters can be creatures from the widest steppes of the imagination, but unless the audience connects with them, all is lost. And although I personally don't find insects as warm and cuddly as a stuffed cowboy and spaceman, these ants, grasshoppers, dung beetles, black widows and not too lady-like lady bugs are real people.
Director and scriptwriter John Lassiter provides us with an entire cast of odd balls, heroes and slimly villains. Of special note, this is the only film in history to be stolen by two twin potato bugs. This bugs are a strange hybrid of Dan Akroyd and Steve Martin's "Wild and Crazy Guys" and the late Hispanic actor Cantiflas. They have to be seen to be believed.
Special note must also be made of the very end. If you are not one to stay through the closing credits, stay through to the end of this one. The film's creators, not content to simply make a visually complex and complete movie, provide faux "outtakes" at the end. These "deleted scenes" may have provided the most knee-slapping cinema experience the year the film was initially released. "Outtakes" have now since become ritual with the Pixar people. It all began with this film.
It is the willingness to capture little moments and details like these that make this and all of Pixar's marvelous films work. A certain contemporary film classic.

Studio: Disney/Pixar
Actors:
Dave Foley
Kevin Spacey




DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
FANTASTIC


Johnny Depp is one of the best actors out these days and this was the best role for Johnny Depp!!!! I loved this movie and it has everything from comedy to a little suspense to lots and lots of great action and if you wanted to know the story of the biggest attractions at Disneyland then you need to watch this movie!!!!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




DVD title: Elmo's World - Wild Wild West
Productgroup: DVD
Elmo's World - Wild Wild West - movie DVD cover picture
Elmo's World videos are great for small kids


My 20 month old loves Elmo! He sings along and dances with every Elmo's World video we have. In the WIld Wild West, Elmo is so cute in his cowboy outfit. His "bandolera" is kid friendly; filled with crayons instead of the customary bullets. If you don't know what gift to give a toddler, I recommend this video.

Studio: Sony Wonder
Actors:
Elmo's World



DVD title: Home Alone Collection
Productgroup: DVD
Home Alone Collection - movie DVD cover picture
Home Alone 1 and 2 Fantastic!...Home Alone 3?..Hmmm..


This 3 pack DVD is good value. I grew up with Home Alone 1 and 2 and i consider one of those great comedy-family movies of the 90's. John Hugues and Chris Columbus did a absoulutely magnificant job working on these 2 movies. They are funny, heartwarming and have comic violence you can laugh at with your kids. Plus the movies really do come to live with the acting by the cast and music by John Williams. The movies are more magicial when watched around Christmas time. Now that i have praised the first two, i am undecided about Home Alone 3. I do LIKE the movie, it is not bad...it is in no way remotely as good as the first two. As Home Alone 1 and 2 fans may notice it does not have that 'feel' to it that made the first two special. It may be that Mac Culken is replaced or Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are not there. Or Chris Columbus is not directing, it could be a combination of those things but it is still a worthwhile addition and worth watching thanks to John ' i have been very quiet lately' Hugues writing which makes the movie fun. Two thumbs Up and Five Stars.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Actors:
Culkin
Linz
M Culkin
A Linz




DVD title: Halloween
Productgroup: DVD
Halloween - movie DVD cover picture
Scary, Man, Scary.


This is absolutely the best horror flick of all time. This one started it all, all the slasher flicks originated from "Halloween" (even though some argue it was "Psycho"). Trust me, it's "Halloween."
This film has it all- murder, suspense, murder, a psycho killer, murder, sex, some murder, graphic violence, murder, superb acting (for a horror movie), murder, near perfect direction, and did I meantion MURDER? The suspense will you have you biting away all your nails on your hands, the psycho killer will make you fear for your pathetic life, the sex will make you "in the mood," the graphic violence will make you cover your eyes, the superb acting will make you think twice about Jamie Lee Curtis and friends, and the near perfect direction by John Carpenter is bar none only to Mike Nichols' "The Graduate." Really. No lie, dude.
But what's most likely the best feature in this movie is the music. The classic score makes you realize Carpenter is a cinematic genius (we can now forgive him for "Halloween 2"). I ran right out and bought the soundtrack and I don't have any regrets.
I highly advise, ok, I BEG you to see this movie! Then you can be like me and say, "What a movie!"

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: John Carpenter
Actors:
Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis
Tony Moran




DVD title: The Village (Widescreen Edition) (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
The Village (Widescreen Edition) (Vista Series) - movie DVD cover picture
Ode to The Village


First he had us seeing people who were dead, now he's making us afraid of the colour red.

Now that we know that the plot twists will be there, we examine his movies with great care.

Yet no matter how hard we try to figure out the plot, M. Night Shyamalan always makes us look like a sorry lot.

M. Night Shyamalan likes to scare us using different features, and this time it's creepy looking creatures.

With names like Sigourney Weaver, Adrian Brody and Joaquin Phoenix, if it's great performances you're looking for you'll certainly get your fix.

As for the plot it is meaningful and deep, even though it may cause you to miss a night's sleep.

The story revolves around a secluded and small town, where evil stuff starts going down.

As the film porgresses we get more pieces of the picture, and at the end we understand the whole fixture.

I have seen all of M. Night Shyamalan's films to date, and The Village doesn't dissappoint as it is also great.

So if you are wondering if The Village is worth your time, answer me this - does my review ryhme?


Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Actors:
Bryce Dallas Howard
Joaquin Phoenix
Adrien Brody
William Hurt
Sigourney Weaver
Judy Greer




DVD title: Bubba Ho-Tep (Limited Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Three Kings


Usually movies that feature 3,000-year-old mummies sucking the souls of the elderly out through their rectums aren't this poignant.

In _Bubba Ho-Tep_, Elvis and JFK are not dead, they've just been forgotten and left to dwindle away in a nursing home. Elvis, like the Fisher King of the Arthurian legend, lies wounded and impotent in perpetual exile. He meets a crazy (or is he?) black man who's convinced he's JFK. The Kennedy connection might be another reference to the Arthurian legend (Camelot?), but it's not really necessary to get into the literary nitty-gritty to enjoy this flick.

There's plenty of toilet humor and slapstick, as well as the kind of quotable bad-assery that Bruce Campbell delivers so well. The notion that two fallen and dishonored kings of American culture can find redemption by defeating a third evil king is a shining philosophical gem in a fun B-movie setting.

This one's an instant classic.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Don Coscarelli
Actors:
Bruce Campbell
Ossie Davis
Bob Ivy




DVD title: Bagdad Cafe
Productgroup: DVD
Bagdad Cafe - movie DVD cover picture
Can't expain the attraction � just see it


I found Bagdad Cafe on DVD three days ago and have watched it twice since, each time with a big smile on my face. It's difficult to explain why this movie is so haunting; if you try to tell a friend "You've got to see this movie because...", you'd be stuck for a definable reason. It's a very gentle character study of two women, different as can be, who come to understand and even like each other. They are both frustrated with their current positions in life. Jasmin (Marianne Sagebrecht), the stranded German tourist, is willing to start repairing her life, even in this bleak desert setting. Brenda (CCH Pounder) has led such a hard-knocks life that she can't understand or accept anyone trying to help her. There's a wonderful supporting cast surrounding them, but the heart of this movie is the way the two women learn to be friends. You're either going to love this movie or be totally bewildered by what I (and other reviewers) see in it.
This movie was shot in Newberry Springs, near Barstow; the restaurant is still there (originally called Sidewinder Cafe, now renamed the Bagdad Cafe, of course). This is the favorite movie of one of my sister's friend who lives in Brazil. When this friend's daughter Paula visited recently, we stopped by the Bagdad Cafe on the way to Vegas; Paula's mom shed tears of delight when she saw pictures of her daugher making a pilgrimage to this high desert Mecca.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Percy Adlon
Actors:
Marianne Sägebrecht
CCH Pounder
Jack Palance




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