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DVD title: Fireworks
Productgroup: DVD
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Oh wow!


Another masterpiece from Kitano, and not far away from the fantastic "Sonatine", but this is my opinion and there are many people who rate this one higher. Anyway, "Fireworks" (or "Hana-Bi" as it is called in Germany) is a must-see for anybody who likes movies and worth its price!

Studio: New Yorker Films
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Actors:
Takeshi Kitano
Kayoko Kishimoto




DVD title: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely funny


The first time I watched this film I noticed there are many similarities between this film and a classical film "Bedtime Story" ,which performed by David Niven and Marlon Brando. However the play of Steve Martin and Michael Caine made the film very interesting . Although Steve Martin is well known for the films like "Jerk" and " A Man with Two Brains" this is my most favorite Steve Martin film.All characters in this comedy film are charlatans except a lovely lady but...

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Frank Oz
Actors:
Steve Martin
Michael Caine




DVD title: Money Train
Productgroup: DVD
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Why all the hate?


Look obviously the person who wrote the review on how bad it is wasnt really paying attention to the movie. Snipes, and Harrelson are Transit Cops and brothers. Harrleson is a compulsive gambler, and Snipes is his goody goody brother. This movie of full of great action, and If you are a Snipes fan check out Blade, Blade 2, New Jack City, and Demolition man.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Joseph Ruben
Actors:
Wesley Snipes
Woody Harrelson
Jennifer Lopez




DVD title: It's a Wonderful Life
Productgroup: DVD
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It's a Wonderful Movie!


"It's a Wonderful Life" is one of those perennial tv events that has held up better than its contemporaries such as 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'March of the Wooden Soldiers'.
The key to its success is a powerful, character-driven story, which today, would have been a perfect vehicle for Creed's "My Sacrifice" (on its soundtrack). In fact, the film is almost spartan in the way it foregoes alot of bells and whistles and relies mainly on its characters to draw viewers in. There are no flashy special effects or cliched soundtrack to speak of (certainly not by today's standards - although 'Buffalo Gal' is kinda catchy!), no munchkins or wicked witches or bogeymen (though there is a scrooge-like Mr. Potter), and the fantasy segment near the end of the movie is a bleak, realistic world which springs organically out of the lead character's Job-like frustration.
Another interesting element is that the story draws from biblical rather than fairy-tale or fantasy sources (though it limits itself to talking stars and 2nd class angels) which should be pleasing to roughly 33% of the world, yet the message seems universal enought for the rest of the planet, as well.
The DVD, like the film, is also rather spartan (as far as extras go). The menus are still shots from the movie and there is a trailer, a 'making of'(hosted by 'Happy Days' Tom Bosley) and a 'rememberence' by the director's son (a real snoozefest). But the story and excellent resloution of the DVD make this a keeper.

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Frank Capra
Actors:
James Stewart
Donna Reed




DVD title: Storytelling
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best things I have ever witnessed


So sad, today, the state of cinema. In a world where we live, where A Beautiful Mind can win best picture and Denzel Washington can win best actor for playing a bad guy-in a world where we think "blax-poitation" films are a thing of the past (what would you call the funny black guy with the serious white guy? That just won't die... see the box office cash register for RUSH HOUR 1 and 2) and when we're told Steven Speilberg is "A great Storyteller"- the guy doesn't even write his scripts... what stories does he tell? When screenwriters and directors are hired after the stars have signed up for the films... accept all of this... then watch this beatiful piece of work... it is one of the best, and most important things I've seen in a long time... and ya know what? A select few will EVER see it.. such a shame.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Todd Solondz
Actors:
Selma Blair



DVD title: Bringing Out the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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BETTER.YES BETTER.THAN TAXIDRIVER.You fogeys you.


I really hope you saw Bringing Out the Dead while it was in the theatre. I just saw it and thought it was most excellent. Truely a Martin Scorsee film. Impossible not to compare it to Taxi Driver and it stands up to it. Same beautiful cinematography. New York city night street scenes. Nicolas Cage is no Dinero but then again he is Cage and that works for me. He plays disturbed/deranged SO well. The music worked well too. I may have to get the soundtrack. Lot of nice blues but some rockers too, the tunes fit the scenes well. The Janis scene is a hoot. Some of the dialogue is brilliant and obviously taken straight from the book. I have to read it now. I recently saw Taxidriver again and don't think it ages well. A bit of a sacred cow perhaps. I am buying BOTD on DVD and putting it on the shelf with Casablanca and Mars Attacks.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Patricia Arquette




DVD title: Blade (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome movie.


First off I just want to say that this movie is very gory, so if you don't like that stuff, this movie is not for you. Of course it is gory since it is dealing with vampires, so if you don't like that either, this movie is not for you. I seen a part of this movie when someone brought it in for our class. It was the first 30 minutes, but I was still hooked. I had been wanting to see it for quite awhile though, so I was glad to see that part of it. This is a great movie and even though I never read the comic book, I still liked the movie. If you read the comic book, then you will probably like it. This is a must-see and should be owned by everyone.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Stephen Norrington
Actors:
Wesley Snipes
Stephen Dorff
Kris Kristofferson
N'Bushe Wright




DVD title: Kill Bill, Volume 1
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved it!


Tarantino makes movies for the love of movies. It used to be that movies were entertaining. They weren't meant to be 'real' or 'true-to-life'. They were meant to be an escape, a fantasy of sorts. Many movies today are pretty much glorified documentaries or commentaries on real life. And considering how many movies are made today that are basically disposable, Tarantino knows how to make movies that are captivating. Here's a guy who loves the art form.
His movies are bold, over the top and exaggerated for effect. Sure he misses sometimes, but at least he's trying. The exaggeration is the whole point. Pulp Fiction, though violent and graphic to the extreme had two of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in film. I should've been shocked; I laughed.
This follows in that tradition. You wanna talk about style. This movie has it. I think the fact that Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu and Vivica Fox chose to star in it should say something about how they feel about the film.
The music is diverse and the fight scenes are choreographed amazingly well. The bloodbath is so extreme, it borders on comical. Like many here, I'm not sure what movies the film hearkens back to but it didn't matter to me. It's a movie the way movies should be - escapist, entertaining and, yes, even titillating.
You'll never look at Uma in the same way!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors:
Uma Thurman
Lucy Liu
Daryl Hannah
David Carradine
Michael Madsen




DVD title: Straw Dogs
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best-edited thrillers ever


Benjamin Braddock meets Alex and the Droogs. This movie has some of the tightest and most blood-curdling sequences of any thriller, thanks largely to the crisp editing. The final, extended home invasion sequence (and I don't mean "home invasion" as the current trendy euphemism for "burglary" -- I mean a literal, terrifying home invasion) is particularly harrowing because the quick cutting constantly throws you off: what are you seeing now, and for how long? It was criticized at the time for its fascistic view of humanity, but I think the movie earns its stance (unlike "Dirty Harry," which came out at the same time and was considerably clumsier). The rape scene is also particularly incendiary to a lot of folks, but remember, although Susan George's character might ask for it, that doesn't mean all women ask for it. The important thing is that she's a consistent character from the start. It's a fiction, not a polemic.
My biggest complaint: The finale is precipitated by an incident lifted too freely from "Of Mice and Men" -- it pulls you out of the story because everything else has been so original.
One of my favorite moments: the chilling sense of portent when we see the shadowy visage of the village priest at the celebration as he reads the line, "...and all the saints."

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Actors:
Dustin Hoffman
Susan George




DVD title: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Brit Pulp Fiction


I was fortunate to have seen this film prior to it's American release in London where I was attending my brother's wedding in 1998. I was totally blown away by this high energy caper film. My first reaction was to compare Ritchie's style with that of Quentin Tarantino. On subsequent reflection,no, director Guy Ritchie with this film and the subsequent "Snatch" has a style all of his own. What impresses is the way Ritchie handles all of the storylines in this densely plotted story. He also does it in such a quick-cutting, high-energy style that you have to stop and catch your breath. Ritchie also gets the most out of a mostly unknown cast. Most impressive is Vinnie Jones, a former rugby player known for his agressive play on the field, as a formidable debt collector. It's a shame that the best he could do in American films was that lame remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds". My understanding is that Ritchie populated the film with alot of underworld types and that may account for the realism. Here's hoping that Ritchie gets back to his roots with his upcoming feature after the misfire that was "Swept Away".

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors:
Jason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher




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