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DVD title: Never Been Kissed
Productgroup: DVD
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One of My Favs

I haven't seen this movie in awhile, but it still lingers on my mind. Most people can identify with the storyline. Very good movie.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Raja Gosnell
Drew Barrymore

DVD title: Frank and Jesse
Productgroup: DVD
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Frank & Jesse

I didn't think I'd like this movie but ended up really enjoying it. It was well made and entertaining. There are always two sides to every story in the old west (look at the Erps). This movie does point out that there were historical events that fueled the James Gang. Not saying they're choir boys.
Historical ? Maybe and maybe not. But I was entertained.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Robert Boris

DVD title: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Robin Hood

I absolutely LOVED this movie! It's the best! I did not notice Costner's lack of accent, though I did notice that he spoke real haltingly. The movie took a while to get rolling, but once it did, it was really great. I never thought it was uninteresting. Marion was convincing for the most part, though I don't know anybody that would just stand there and watch Robin and the sheriff fight instead of chucking things at the sheriff's head, but whatever. And yes, it was preety bloody and gory. Kevin Costner's wild hair always made him look slightly dazed (or slightly wild, it's your opinion, after all) and there was some unexplainable stuff (like WHERE did they get all that gunpowder? Azhim wasn't just carrying it around! And where was Prince John during all this?) but overall, it was very entertaining, with a convincing plot and complex situations. Thumb's Up!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Kevin Costner
Morgan Freeman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

DVD title: Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Right when I started this film and the "Elm St" theme music started playing with the "Jason jason jason" playing over it, I got the chills up my spine. Unfortunately, that was the only time I felt creeped out at all by this.When I saw the original "Nightmare on Elm Street", I was really freaked out. It still would stand as one of the scariest films ever if the studio hadn't later made Freddy into such a clown with the inevitable march of endless sequels. But I always held out hope that they could make the character interesting again. Part III and "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" both had coolness in them, but it would take awhile to seperate part II and IV from my memory. Jason was always silly, but the series knew exactly what it was, and gave the audience the series of kills and nude shots it required. Never really my cup of tea on the whole, but fun to see with a group. Strangely though, when I first heard of this, I thought it was a great idea. Together, maybe both series could become fun again.Ok, basic synopsis is: Due to extraordinary efforts by the parents of Elm St kids, everyone has forgotten all about Freddy Krueger and he's lost all his power. So, he looks around Hell until he finds the comfortably-slumbering-until-he-assumabl y-gets-launched-into-the-future Jason. Fred's idea is to send Jason to Elm St to kill kids, and make people think Freddy is back, then the fear gets started, Freddy gets power, Jason takes a powder, and 17,000 more Nightmare sequels spawn. Unfortunately for Fredster, Jason isn't ready to step quietly back into the night when his purpose has been served, so like most testosterone-driven unkillable monsters, they duke it out.This is about as good as anything in the Jason series has been and probably as good as anything but the first Nightmare, but that won't be a recommendation to anyone but HARDCORE fans of either or both series. It's really just more of the same we've seen before, just overlapping. Only the end has some novel entertainment value, when Freddy and Jason really throw down and kick the crap out of each other for fifteen minutes or so. But, when you know that neither one of them is really gonna die, where's the tension? (See "Matrix: Reloaded"-any Neo fight) Well, it wasn't a complete waste of time, but it was clear watching it, that the director really made this amped up for a theater crowd. I'm sure it would have been fun there. At home, it's just kinda sad. One note for austinites: there is footage from "Aint it cool news"'s "Camp Hack-n-slash" in the extras, so if you were there, you might want to check it out just to see that.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Ronny Yu
Ken Kirzinger
Robert Englund
Kelly Rowland

DVD title: Cinema Europe - The Other Hollywood
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant History of European Silent Film

I saw this series when it first appeared on television on TCM. Its filled with excerpts from both classic and less well known films from this genre. The commentary by Branagh is both well informed and interesting. I highly recommend it to all lovers of world cinema.

Studio: Image Entertainment

DVD title: Rush Chronicles - The DVD Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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DVD Contents

I just ordered it and am waiting in anticipation. I just wanted to list what's on it, though, as that info isn't listed here and it's a bit different than the VHS release. From what I hear, the version of Tom Sawyer is from studio footage (like Vital Signs and Limelight) rather than the live footage from ESL. It also includes Afterimage and The Enemy Within that aren't included on the VHS version. I'm glad they added extras! The rest include Closer to the Heart, The Trees, Red Barchetta, Subdivisions, Distant Early Warning, Red Sector A, The Big Money, Mystic Rhythms, Time Stand Still, and Lock and Key.

Studio: Uni/Mercury

DVD title: Two Can Play That Game
Productgroup: DVD
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I'll put my hand up to playing at least one of those games back in the day. Can you???...

This "Battle of the sexes" movie is an EXCELLENT & extremely refreshing break from the norm.

Although the subject matter is not new by any means, it manages to relay itself in a quirky "behind the scenes of the mind" narrative.

Both men & women can relate to the "drama", which is helped along by the "don't-let-me-collapse" sexy actors (meaning Morris Chestnut), and of course the excellent storyline & African American production team.

During the movie I'm sure you'll be slapping hands with your fellow audience, laughing about the fact that the film exposes the naked TRUTH'S of the game.

It looks like its back to the drawing board for those in the dating scene - we've been exposed!!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Mark Brown
Vivica A. Fox
Morris Chestnut

DVD title: Buena Vista Social Club
Productgroup: DVD
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Makes my heart sing

So far as I can tell this was the best way to show how bossa is's all in those eyes,in this great voices, in those hands on piano..a true masterpiece from a director who's speaking in the language of film.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Wim Wenders
Ibrahim Ferrer
Rubén González (VII)

DVD title: Best Motoring - Drift Bible
Productgroup: DVD
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I think that Mr. Tsuchiya thoroughly capitivates the techniques involved in drifting. An aspiring drifter myself, having watched this DVD has given me insight into ways that I could better use to achieve better control over my vehicle and also to achieve better lap times!Good photographic angles of driver steering, gear shifting and foot pedal work along with a lively commentary of just what's occurring during a circuit run makes grasping the principles even easier. This DVD deserves a slot in your library of instructional DVD titles if you are seriously considering getting into the sport of drifting or care to know how to master control over your vehicle at high speeds in emergency situations.

Studio: Image Entertainment

DVD title: Proof of Life
Productgroup: DVD
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Luckily, the movie has enough intense action to make up for the lack of cohesiveness. The argument between husband and wife characters Peter (Morse) and Alice (Ryan) near the beginning comes from nowhere as does the attraction between Alice and Terry (Crowe). One can only assume that either the screenplay lacked the subtler relationship elements or that much dialogue landed on the cutting room floor.
However, Russell Crowe turns in another magnetic performance and proves again that he is one of the most watchable movie actors working today. He displays intelligence, a definite ability for action and an undercurrent of sexuality. While Ryan's chain-smoking performance is not exactly exciting, the on-screen kiss between Ryan and Crowe is. David Morse plays Peter with sensitivity, which keeps us hoping he will be rescued in spite of wishing for more romance between Alice and Terry. This could have been an excellent triangle, but somehow misses the mark.
All in all, this is worth seeing, but not with high expectations.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Taylor Hackford
Meg Ryan
Russell Crowe
David Morse

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