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DVD title: I Am Cuba
Productgroup: DVD
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Not only the Cuban context

Like many Soviet movies, this movie I think has double context. It should be remembered that 5 years before the shooting of this movie in Tbilisi, hometown of the Director, actual demonstration started by students and joined by citizens was shot down by the government and dozens of people died.
The reminiscence of this tragedy was the reason why the movie was only for a week or so in Soviet Cinema houses and was later hidden in archive.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Mikheil Kalatozishvili
Sergio Corrieri
Salvador Wood

DVD title: Shower
Productgroup: DVD
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Seduction works in reverse

This subtitled Chinese movie tells a story of collision between technological progress and old-times. The story begins when a prodigal son returns from the city to his home town - a place that barely changed since he was a boy - to see his aging father. During the course of his stay, the son began to accept and finally embrace the very things he had once detested as the "modern, progressive" man. This story is one we can all relate to, regardless of where we are and who we are. The world is changing quickly, and we have learned to take everything at face value and for granted. We make our lives complicated in hopes that we can concoct contentment within ourselves and in our lives. Then we become dependent on the technology we created and wonder why we feel tired/stressed/rushed all the time. "Shower" is a movie that made me wonder if seduction works in reverse - if the modern man can be seduced by a "kinder, more simple" lifestyle. I wonder whether many of us will be interested in living as a large extended family of neighbors who are customers and friends - people you talk about impotence and marriage problems with, people you would entrust your mentally handicapped child with. Most of the stories I hear are "success stories" of how someone "made it big" or "struck it rich". But I suppose, for a few, like the prodigal son, seduction works in reverse.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Yang Zhang (II)

DVD title: The Hudsucker Proxy
Productgroup: DVD
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The Coen Brothers Go to Town

By far the sagest, & finally sweetest, Coen brothers effort, though it MAY depend almost entirely upon viewer familiarity with four Frank Capra movies, particularly "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (from which most plot/character & a dozen or so scenes are quite shamelessly/innocently/charmingly lifted & suitably Coen-tweaked). Trying to judge what is happening here without doing a little very pleasant homework is silly. American movies are integral to Coen experience, essential as breathing. What you don't know may cause the brothers to tease/prank at you, but they mean well, are just trying to share, encourage interest in what came before, made them possible (plus frequently droll). ABSOLUTELY disregard advice about doing this one cold. Much of the comedy, & ALL of the heart, is in how the obvious primary basis [Deeds] & the Coen commentary on basis commingle, resonate. No free lunch. Sorry. The Coens are right (again), by the way: Deeds is perfect-pitch Capracorn, the ONLY choice for the skewball remake. A double-feature is sternly recommended.

Studio: Warner Studios
Tim Robbins
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Paul Newman

DVD title: Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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I never heard of this movie until I rented it and then I bought the DVD as soon as I bought my player. This is one of the most underrated movies of all time.
Andy Garcia is Jimmy the Saint, a reformed mobster who runs a video service for people that are terminally ill. The business is failing and his old mob boss (Christopher Walken) calls on him to make good on a loan. The job of Jimmy and his chosen team is to rough someone up, but the job goes all wrong ..... the rest you can guess from the title of the movie.
The supporting cast is a bunch of B list actors who score A plus performances. Steve Buschemi even appears as a hit man who doesnt have much to say. The character of Critical Bill is priceless and offers one of my favorite movie lines of all time "I AM GODZILLA, YOU ARE JAPAN!!!".
Garcia offers his usual reserved acting, but it fits nicely with this role and he does a convincing job when the emotions get fired up near the end of the movie. His lines that he uses on Gabrielle Anwar are a little over the top or "clunky" as Jimmy the Saint would say, but overall Garcia does a good job with the role.
Christopher Walken is excellent as the man with the plan. Then again, he was born to play the bad guy. He doesnt dissapoint with this portrayal.
The editing and lighting of the film add to the film where they should. The ending doesnt dissapoint, after all in a film like this you don't expect everyone to live happily ever after. The DVD version doesnt offer anything spectacular in the area of extras, but as much as I love this film it was a must have DVD for me and I think if you see it you will agree.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Gary Fleder
Andy Garcia
Christopher Walken

DVD title: The Fairly Odd Parents - Abra-Catastrophe The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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A pitty it wasn't in theatres.

FOP isn't just for kids. I'm in college & girls there love it! I never get sick of reruns^.^ I would tottaly have gone to see this at theatres, alone or with a horde of teens. I hope they make another movie^__^
I also reccomend Spongebob, rumor is they're making a Spongebob movie for 2004.

Studio: Paramount Home Video

DVD title: Bruce Almighty (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Unexpected Pleasure for the Heart and Soul

Who could expect such a heavy topic could be handled with such comedic dexterity?
I had low hopes when I went to see "Bruce Almighty." After all, God on the big screen has taken a few lumps over the years as the Big Man often gets watered down to an easy tempered, big hugs kind of deity. I was afraid it was going to be nothing more than the predictable "play nice" generics of "Oh God!"
I was wrong. Beyond what is the funniest movie I have seen in a few years, I believe "Bruce Almighty" is a worthy cinematic look at God as the much more serious classic, "The Robe." Biblical and poetic license are at play in the movie, but the core messages comes through: God knows best, we don't. Trust God. Be content.
"Bruce Almighty" is played excellently by the master of over-the-top performances, Jim Carrey. When given the chance to be God, Bruce jumps in headlong, feeling that with ultimate power comes ultimate ease. He discovers quickly that there is more to being God than being able to part the Red Sea. He learns that godly wisdom is not something trifely pulled out the hat of the leader of the universe. When Bruce tries to do the job of God, he shows his feeble human wisdom, creating an array of hilarious situations on Carrey could pull off.
The plot blends sight gags, puns, situation comedy and various subplot interplays with Bruce and his fianc?e (played with mediocrity by Jennifer Aniston) trying to sort out their relationship, and of Bruce looking for satisfaction in his job.
Morgan Freeman handles his role as the Lord subtlety and respectfully. It could have been easy to abuse the character, but both the writers and Freeman retain the dignity of God without making him staid and elusive.
I fully recommend "Bruce Almighty." Religious people, namely Catholics and Evangelicals, will not be offended, and atheists should enjoy the jest. College age church youth groups can watch it together, and discuss it critically, and have a great time in the process.
Anthony Trendl

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Tom Shadyac
Jim Carrey
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Aniston

DVD title: Grey Owl
Productgroup: DVD
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Sensitive portrayal of character.

I am never disappointed in Pierce Brosnan. He delivers again with a true-to-life characterization of a man who believes in simple things and achieves fame.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Richard Attenborough

DVD title: Million Dollar Baby (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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beautiful, powerful and chilling.....

For me, MILLION DOLLAR BABY actually surpassed all if its acclaim, with its strong, stirring acting, compelling story and beautiful character development. This earned well earned Oscars (among others, Best Actress for the wonderful Hilary Swank and Best Picture), and is definitely a film that director Clint Eastwood has a lot to be proud of.

Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) is a dirt poor, Missouri-born waitress who lives such an impoverished life that her meals consist of leftovers from customer's plates after closing time. She is drawn to boxing because she has spent her life just fighting to subsist in day-to-day life and really has nothing much to live for at all. Maggie encounters Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), an excellent boxing trainer, during one of his matches. The grizzled, seventy-four year old trainer just retorts, "I don't train girls" in response to Maggie's enthusiasm. Frankie is a man who has been estranged from his own daughter for some years, writes her letters that are all returned, and attends daily mass. Why, we aren't sure. Whatever it is he is repenting for, it has eaten a hole in his heart. Nevertheless, Maggie persists, turns up at the gym, and steadfastly proceeds to tirelessly beat the punching bag until he can't ignore her anymore. She also makes an impression on Frankie's best friend, Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris (Morgan Freeman), his steadfast friend who lost an eye in a boxing match some years ago.

This film truly transcends gender, subject matter and generations to emerge as a great friend about the triumph of the human spirit, and also the fragility of life. Hilary Swank will permeate your soul, make you smile, and then proceed to break your heart in, this, one of her most sizzling screen performances yet. Clint Eastwood's transformation as the wounded Frankie is touching to watch, and Morgan Freeman is wonderful as always (and received a much-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar).

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Hilary Swank
Morgan Freeman

DVD title: The Big Lebowski
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazingly Great

The Big Lebowski is one of the best dark comedies that God put on this green earth. The cast is extraordinary and they deliver the lines perfectly. The characters portrayed help keep the movie going. The story tells the tale of a millionaire who is trying to get his wife back. She was "kidnapped" for owing money all around town. The nice thing about the plot is that it strictly focuses on The Dude. We never really find out about who kidnapped Bunny or why.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is need of a good laugh should definately check this movie out.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Joel Coen
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman

DVD title: The Princess Bride
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must-Have

I first saw this movie when I was a kid. I loved it - and I still love it. It's a great movie to watch with my husband just for some warm fuzzies! It's funny at times, and romanitc at the same time. One of my favorite things about this movie it how light the tone is.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Rob Reiner
Cary Elwes
Mandy Patinkin
Robin Wright Penn

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