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DVD title: Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best movies


A film classic (apparently) about a Vietnam veteran who becomes a taxi driver and then lets himself be broken down by the misery and the meaninglessness of modern society.
Seen with Year 2000 eyes, ?Taxi Driver? does not have a great deal of appeal. It has purely historical value.
The best things you can say about this film is the very beautiful photographing and cameraing, plus that it is interesting to watch very young Robert DeNiro's and even younger Jodie Foster's already then great talents. You also get glimpses of Harvey Keitel and Jeff Goldblum.
Do watch ?Taxi Driver?, 'cause it is one of those classics that you have to have seen. But don't expect too much.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Cybill Shepherd
Jodie Foster




DVD title: Madonna - The Girlie Show (Live Down Under)
Productgroup: DVD
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Its live


Yes if you like Madonna add this video to your collection.

Studio: Wea/Warner Bros.
Director: Mark Aldo Miceli



DVD title: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant heart-breaker


I saw this back in the 60's. It captivated me by it's unusual concept, which, led me toward a love of musical drama and opera. I was in high school. I immediately bought the soundtrack LP album. Hearing it is wonderful, but this new DVD version is spectacular! Knowing more of French now (though not that much) I recognize that the subtitles are more correct now than when originally released (I bought the badly faded VHS version a while back). Previous reviewers have covered most everything and I'll try not to repeat. One thing that bears repeating is that Catherie Daneuve was the most beautiful woman in the world, then as now. (Subjective, but few will disagree). A fan of musical films, I'm amazed at how the voices seem to seamlessly flow out of the mouths of the actors, since it was dubbed by real singers. The acting remained intact, without the efforts of the vocal ability involved. This restoration pretty much retrieves the original intention of production designer, Bernard Evein. The colors are so grotesquely vivid as to compliment the idea of the sung dialogue. It is indeed a modern fairy tale...young love ain't always what it seems. Jacques Demy took a chance, and gave us a unique film experience of classic proportions. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the '64 Oscars, it was then nominated in '65 for 4 more after it's American general release (Song "I Will Wait for You"...a standard now...as well as screenplay, original Score and Adapted Musical Score.) I watched an hour of this film before I realized the subtitles weren't on. I was still riveted after all these years. When I first saw this, I was getting over my first pangs of lost love. I can't think of another film that will bring you to those same bitter-sweet moments of your past. So beautifully presented, so naturally acted; you soon forget that they're singing all the time (great voices, too). Ellen Farner, as Madeleine, gives the best performance (she looks a lot like Katharine Ross), her every nuance is heartfelt. This film is so perfectly set-up by Demy, that you can't help be taken away. Have tissues handy.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Jacques Demy
Actors:
Catherine Deneuve
Nino Castelnuovo
Anne Vernon




DVD title: Dude, Where's My Car?
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Funny!


This is a very funny movie. Kutcher and Scott are a great team for this kind of movie. I recommend getting it on DVD!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Danny Leiner
Actors:
Ashton Kutcher
Seann William Scott




DVD title: Dogville
Productgroup: DVD
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Oh, I think you have plenty to offer Dogville.


Wow. While I am normally a man of words with these reviews, all I can say about this film is "Wow". After a very fast three hours, I was surprised, shocked, amazed, and excited about what I just witnessed. Film God (if you don't mind me calling him that) Lars von Trier has done it again. With each film of his that you watch, you can only be more and more impressed with the level of intelligence and passion that he has for his films. Breaking the Waves was Trier's first film I ever saw, and I still think his story of unbounded love is gut wrenching. It will make any grown man or woman tear up. He successfully redefined the musical with Dancer in the Dark giving a platform for singer Bjork to show her talents. Now, he has come full circle and directed a film that touches such a variety of different topics. When you watch this film you will see images of women's rights, rape, slavery, depression, poverty, hatred, and justice.

For those of you weak of heart, Trier does not sugar coat anything. He gives us such a powerful stage to watch these actors do their trade that we cannot help but get caught up in everything that they do. Dogville is a cross between "Our Town" and The Godfather with a twist of Trier's other films. It gives us the story of a woman, passionately played by Nicole Kidman, who chooses to live in a town of corruption because she believes in the human spirit. The human element is stronger than any evil. Kidman, literally, gives the performance of her career proving yet again that she is not afraid to tackle any female role. Her work has continually proved that women can be a dominant force in cinema. This film is no different. Add to the mix a powerhouse of independent players like Patricia Clarkson, Chloe Sevigny, John Hurt, James Caan, Lauren Bacall, Jeremy Davies, and Ben Gazzara and Trier's stage-like film is easily transformed into the cinematic event of the decade.

To add to the superb acting, you also have the most creative eye in Hollywood today. The silver screen could not be what it is today without the work of Lars von Trier. His talent far exceeds anyone else in Hollywood. If I could time capsule any film in cinema for others to find later, I think it would be Dogville. From the delicious opening scene to the ending credits which will literally blow your mind and make you see true images of this nation, Trier does not hide anything. If there is one director on the planet that I would like to meet, it would be him. I hear he is such an ogre when making these films, yet the finished product is always nothing short of a masterpiece. I still have those images and song ringing through my mind when the final credits rolled. It was a completely different atmosphere than the rest of the film, but yet it worked and completely blew my mind. Trier is the Picasso of the film world. His art will challenge and destroy any preconceived notions while all the same making you look inside of yourself.

This was the best movie made in 2003 with no further doubts in my mind. To have a canvas that not only allows independent thought, yet covers a topic that is feared is a feat not taken enough in Hollywood. The acting was phenomenal, the direction was crisp and focused, and the story was disturbing and powerful. This film broke all other film boundaries. While I still have trouble understanding every issue brought forth in this film, I cannot wait to watch it again and experience small town America.

Bravo to everyone involved with this film.

Bravo, Lars von Trier, Bravo!!!

Grade: ***** out of ***** (The best film of 2003!)

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Lars von Trier
Actors:
Nicole Kidman
Lauren Bacall
Paul Bettany




DVD title: Angels in America
Productgroup: DVD
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Utterly....Superb


I sat down one Saturday evening 2 hours before I was to go out on the town (and enjoy Los Angeles' incredible dining and nightlife)and began watching Angels in America part 1 on HBO.....I sat transfixed and still for 3 hours and cancelled my plans to go out 1 1/2 hours before it ended, I COULD NOT PULL MYSELF AWAY. I was expecting part 2 to follow and was extremely disappointed to learn it wasn't showing. The next day I ran out and bought the DVD and sat for another 3 hours during part 2 transfixed.

It has taken me 2 weeks to sit down and write this review, I just could not find the words to do it and still find it difficult to do now. I am not going to go into any detail about the plot or the incredible characters as one can read plenty of excellent reviews from excellent reviewers on these matters below..of which I am pleased to see 95% are good, and deservedly so. I merely want to say how it made me feel and that this film moved me in a way very few that have preceeded it have. This movie made me feel practically every human emotion there is...which is a little scary being that few films or plays can do such a thing. Is it tragic? yes, is it hopeful? yes, is it funny? yes, serious? yes, boring? never. Is it about gay men dying of AIDS? yes....but that is only on the surface, it is about SO much more than that.It is about people (gay and straight)and our not so sometimes perfect journey through life in this very uncertain and frequently ugly world. At the risk of sounding cliched or cheezy this movie has changed something in me, forever. It makes one want to be a better person, to not be fearful and angry at what we dont understand or hate, rather we should should strive to be compasionate and understanding...even of the things or people we might loathe.

If you have adverse feelings towards discussions on religion, philosophy,politics,love,death,abandonme nt,self discovery,the American dream,disease,race,drugs,devotion,homose xuals, and INCREDIBLE dialogue that borders on Shakespearean you probably wont like this film, however, you should watch it! It may make you see something different..in a different light. Don't be biased, check that at the door and watch with an open, forward thinking mind.

I am 28 years old and barely remember the outbreak of AIDS in the early 80's and I also barely remember the Reagan years. I am pretty well educated in politics and history though...but you want need to be....if you are human you will understand. My only regret is that I did not get to see this Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway sensation of the 90's on stage. If it is ever revived on Broadway I will pay what ever the cost to see it.

There are Angels in America, the angels are us.

Bravo HBO...incredible!



Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mike Nichols
Actors:
Al Pacino
Meryl Streep
Emma Thompson




DVD title: When a Stranger Calls Back
Productgroup: DVD
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Be prepared to be scared!


This movie kept me in suspense and frightened me to the point that I never wanted to baby-sit again! This is the bestest and scariest thriller that you will ever see! Be prepared to be scared! I guarentee you will be!

Studio: Goodtimes Home Video
Director: Fred Walton (II)



DVD title: Invisible Man - The Legacy Collection (The Invisible Man/Invisible Man Returns/Invisible Agent/Invisible Woman/Invisible Man's Revenge)
Productgroup: DVD
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ICONIC. I LOVE THE GOGGLES!


The opening scene of "The Invisible Man," is visually stunning. The moment when Rains brushes the snow off the sign to when he opens the Inn door is burned in my mind forever. The coat, googles and bandages create a great retro style.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: James Whale
Actors:
Claude Rains
Gloria Stuart




DVD title: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Dimension Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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sweet! You must see this movie.


Youll laugh till yur sides ake. Bongggggggggggggggg!

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Kevin Smith
Actors:
Kevin Smith
Jason Mewes




DVD title: My Neighbor Totoro (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent! Puts a smile on my face :)


This is an excellent movie and with excellent details in the animation. I really applaud the story writer and all who worked on this movie. If you have children it's a must see! I'm 21 years old and I absolutely love Totoro! It's one of those movies you can watch over and over again... Go get it now. Trust me, it's worth the price! :)

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Noriko Hidaka
Hitoshi Takagi




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