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DVD title: Office Space (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Office space


When I was twenty four I had the most awful job and the most horrible boss in the world. I used to come home every night and weep tears of rage and frustration that my life had shoved me into this hideous corner ruled by an unpredictable, illiterate control freak . She (sorry - this feels good - maybe I should let it all out) was one of those horrific people who is appalling at communicating and yet believes themselves to be a "people person". With a slight grasp of management speak she would jumble metaphors and clich?s "You've got to be on board about this" whilst gesticulating in a strange half-knowledge of body language intended both to put me at my ease and to communicate her assertive demeanour. The result was a stream of gibberish accompanied by contortions. It would have been amusing if it wasn't actually my life.

"Office space" was a source of enormous comfort. I mean- I was really bad at my job. What my boss lacked in communication skills I could match with poor organization and sadly this prevented me from feeling too hard done by. Peter, , - the main character in the film -is perfectly alright at his job. However he is constantly chided by his eight bosses for putting the wrong cover on a set of reports. Attention to detail was never my forte. I'm with Peter all the way.

He works in a cubicle surrounded by ghastly people. A woman with a really annoying voice. A strange sociophobe who has a weird attachment to his stapler. A dreadful boss who begins each sentence with "Hey, what's happening". American for "can we have a chat". Christ I'm glad I don't work in an office any more. His job is made tolerable (just) by two fantastic mates - Samir a foul-mouthed Muslim who taught me some new ways to swear and a marvellous geek lumbered with the name Michael Bolton.. There's a love interest too: Joanna - the waitress at the local them ed restaurant (played by Jennifer Anniston). Just in case we wondered whether working in a restaurant were any better than in an office, Joanna shows us that she too is hostage to a moron boss, shoved into a hideous uniform and forced to wear stupid braces with badges on and supposed to charm the customers with non stop driveling banter to give them the "experience" they expect along with their burger. She's got a vile colleague as well- brown nosing, back stabbing and irritating.

In a road to Damascus moment Peter decides that all he wants from life is to "sit on his ass". He starts to skive work, be rude to his boss and do flap all. But, the management consultants - brought in to do some routine "cutting out of dead wood" decide to promote Peter and sack his two friends. The boys create a computer programme to rip off the company in revenge and I shan't tell you any more in case I spoil the ending. It's great.

If only the characters were less believable. Even the cultural differences couldn't stop me recognizing a previous co-worker in every single scene. Apart from the one I would definitely have copped off with -a blond, sex-obsessed frat-boy, from whom I learned the phrases "take a ride on the bone rollercoaster" and "I'm gonna show her my O face". If you can't work it out watch the film. And if, after watching it, you decide that your life is imitating art it's time to sit on your ass. You never know - you might get a promotion.


Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mike Judge
Actors:
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston




DVD title: Ed Wood (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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patience paid-off!


I was heartbroken early last February when this DVD was recalled from stores nationwide as soon as it was released. I didn't get one. I was determined not to pay an inflated price for this DVD from an online auction. I decided to just wait-it-out until it finally would be released. That day has come. It was worth the wait. I love Tim Burton's movies, that is, all but two. "Ed Wood" is near the top of my list. I think this DVD is just about close to perfect. I can't think of anything wrong here.

If you only ever see one actual movie made by Ed Wood, make it "Plan 9 From Outer Space", which is readily available on DVD.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Martin Landau




DVD title: Psycho (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A true example of wonderful film making!


Let me get this straight, I've read some reviews that people think Psycho is utterly dull, a disgrace to film making. Well, these people don't give a damn to great movies. I admit, to audiences now, it is not scary, but it sure is suspensful. For example, when Lila Crane is walking up the hill to the house, that is far more suspensful than any bomb or monster in any movie. Hitchcock knew how to make a shiver go down someones spine without any special effects. A true example of wonderful film making!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors:
Anthony Perkins
Janet Leigh




DVD title: La Bella y la Bestia (Beauty and the Beast - Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply the BEST!


This is one of the hallmark videos in Disney history. It takes the motif of the damsel in distress and gives it a twist. As is typical, she is far away from home, in a dark castle & imprisoned by a monster.
However, the tale does not find its nucleus in her imprisonment, but in her being set free. The monster sets about to coerce her to love him naturally for what he is, rather than forcing her to find favour with him. This is perhaps one of the most poignant of all Disney's fairy-tale messages, both for our children as well as the overgrown children (AKA: adults).
As is usually the case, the animation is fantastic. Disney takes us into the fantasy world of make-believe and makes it almost believable. I liked the songs on this film more than most Disney films, too.
All in all, this makes for a big-time addition to the family-friendly section of your DVD collection. The beauty of life and the beast of existing; this one covers it all.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Robby Benson
Paige O'Hara




DVD title: The Wild Bunch - The Original Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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The Wild Bunch - Improves With Age


I have seen this film well over a half dozen times going back to it's original theatrical release. The writing, cinematography, editing, scoring, directing and acting are superb. The film not only holds up beautifully over the years (decades!) but deepens as you - the viewer - ages. I simply cannot recommend this masterwork enough. The restored director's cut in wide screen is the only way to view it. There are scenes of William Holden's face and bits of dialogue that will haunt you forever.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Actors:
William Holden
Ernest Borgnine
Robert Ryan




DVD title: The Powerpuff Girls - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Movie with a Good Moral


As many parents have not noticed is that these girls are not only five-year-olds with, as some people may call, "horrifc" powers - I call them useful and wonderful - they are caring, trustworthy, heroines of justice.
Honestly, do you think that a town with monsters rampaging around would want heros who didn't take things a tad bit on the violent side? This movie just reflects our so called "perfect" world in ways that kids can understand.
Getting to the moral. The moral of the story , as they repeated many times, is that sometimes people don't understand how special you are and that you have to show people how special you are and let them take it or leave it.
If parents can't look past the violence and look deeper into the moral, I don't know what kind of kids we are raising.
My point is "Don't judge a book by it's cover" because the story can be exciting and meaningful.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Craig McCracken
Actors:
Cathy Cavadini
Tara Strong




DVD title: Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent
Productgroup: DVD
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Can't hold her down


Kelly Clarkson first came into our hearts when she won American Idol(season 1). Getting through Simon Cowell's tough comments, she proved to us that she really was "miss independent". Today Kelly Clarkson is one of the most well known recording artists and nothing can hold her down. Working as a "Red Bull" promoter just 3 years ago, she was making $12.50 an hour, now she has a 1 million dollar empire. If the phrase Livin' it up were to be put into the dictionary, you would see a picture of Miss Independent right next to it. WE LOVE YOU KELLY!!!!

Studio: Bmg Distribution (VI
Actors:
Kelly Clarkson



DVD title: Unforgiven
Productgroup: DVD
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The first true Western Masterpiece


This is one of the most overrated movies ever. I love Clint, but not when he's directing. (I didn't like "Tightrope" or "Outlaw Josey Wales" either.) Some say it's slow, but it's really not. To hide its dragging, he uses the old trick; fast editing. I always found too rapid cross-cutting unnecessary, and irritatingly modern. Most movies look the same now, it doesn't matter if it's drama, comedy, action or in this case; western. I often wonder why actors accept this. Maybe all they care about is being busy, and making big money. -They may care about the script, but not the look of the film. -If they did, Hollywood movies wouldn't all look the same. -They'd be calling for variety and art, but they won't. Hollywood has the ability to make the best movies in the world, so why don't they ?. And Clint plays right along with it, instructing editor Joel Cox. The scheme seems to be; if it's fast it's good. And the critics fall for it. Well, what do they know. And so we're left with yet another dull movie.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Gene Hackman
Morgan Freeman




DVD title: Benny & Joon
Productgroup: DVD
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Different perspectives are not a bad thing


So many people seem to think that if someone sees the world differently, or skewed off from the accepted (i.e; "normal") idea of how it should be viewed , that that is a bad thing. This is not true. This story is one of the best to illustrate that. Joon is a mentally "imbalanced" woman who is taken care of by her brother, Benny. One day a new person comes into their lives, an odd young man named Sam (Johnny Depp; in one of his few comedy roles) who, by falling in love mutually with Joon, poses both a threat and a challenge to Benny, who up til then has had total control of his sister. He does not realize that Sam is anything more than a housekeeper until the unthinkable (to him) happens and he finds that Sam and Joon have, in falling in love, also had sex. He begins to lose control. I could tell more, but then there would be no incentive for you to see it. But I will say this: You won't be dissapoited if you see this movie, and if you watch it with an open frame of mind. Enjoy.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Mary Stuart Masterson




DVD title: Batman & Robin
Productgroup: DVD
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...now i get it....


previously in gotham city, i reviewed this movie to be the worst, if not one of the worst, films i had ever seen...well, recently i had the displeasure of channel-surfing onto this catastrophe only to discover the obvious...THEY WERE TRYING TO MAKE A REALLY BAD MOVIE!...not just content with a thumbs-down, they wanted to make the top of the grade-a turkey list, to out-do any of ed wood's masterpieces...it's the only explination...and if you watch it again with this perspective, you'll come away with a whole new appreciation...

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
George Clooney




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