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DVD title: Freeway
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best movies of the 90's

Little Red Riding Hood told in the style of Natural Born Killers. With Oliver Stone as one of the producers and screenwriter Mathew Bright in his directorial debut.
Reese Witherspoon gives the performance of her career that, worthy of sainthood, as Vanessa Julia Lutz; a hard-edge teenage Texas transplant who (after her mother and stepfather are arrested in the film's opening scene for prostitution and parole violation respectively) spends most of the film basically trying to survive the rigors of California's "kids who commit adult crimes do adult time" mentality after shooting Sutherland's psychotic "Big Bad" Bob Wolverton character.
This is 90's exploitation (i.e. Jerry Springer) done with an Oliver Stone/Tarantino sensability that works, and shines in every direction. Many subtlties and obsceneties later, we find out that a 15yo illiterate white-trash girl from the boondocks of Texas has a billion times more moral character than any of us.
I first saw this film in San Francisco, where it quickly became a cult phenomena. After three months, it was still playing to sold out audiences.
See this movie. You will find yourself quoting Vanessa's brilliant dialogue. Everyone I know who has seen this movie can recite half of it by heart. In the words of Vanessa Lutz, "I told the truth, and truth is eternal."

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Matthew Bright
Kiefer Sutherland
Reese Witherspoon

DVD title: Homicidal
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: William Castle

DVD title: Firefly - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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Good fun with intricate details that hold attention over repeat viewings


Every person I have introduced to this show (approx. 6 people) has fallen in love with it. It has everything; action, adventure, suspense, mystery, scifi, romance, humor, social commentary, drama, crime drama, ... there's more but I don't have the right words to define it.

I knew I'd like this show when Captain Malcolm kicked the antagonist into the engine at the end of the first aired episode. I knew I'd love this show when I could distinguish each of the nine characters and cared about each characters individual storyline. That was about the third episode.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Nathan Fillion

DVD title: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Productgroup: DVD
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Still entertaining today

This is the best of the toon/live action movies. I still crack up when I see this movie. It's hard to believe this movie is almost 20 years old! It's that odd combination of drama, comedy, sex and violence that's perfectly done and your children can watch. Very well done.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Bob Hoskins

DVD title: Abandon (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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amazing movie

Such an awsome film! My eyes were glued to the screen.
You watch as Katie, in her last year of collage, is haunted by thoughts of her old boyfriend Embry who dissapered two years ago. When a police man starts Investigating katie starts seeing embry again. He is watching her in class, in the library and theatening her.
This movie will keep you guessing untill the amazing conclusion.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Katie Holmes
Benjamin Bratt
Charlie Hunnam

DVD title: The Office Special
Productgroup: DVD
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It hits you hard, in the gut, and makes you swallow tears.

Fortunately, the other reviews outline the details of this brilliant series and the "Special", so I don't have to. All the hype is true, and so I wanted everyone in my office to see the series, then had to reconsider. The characters would inevitably draw comparisons, and the boss=David comparison would reverberate for a long time. Perhaps with dire consequences. This is the pinnacle of British TV, note that I did not say British Comedy, as I am not sure it is comedy, maybe Greek style tragic comedy? The timing of the action, the pauses, the gestures, and the furtive glances in the show are all impeccable. Ricky Gervais has accomplished what John Cleese and Connie Booth did with the scripts of Fawlty Towers, and then put it into context of a believable scenario. If you watch the first and second season in order, the anticipation of the "Special" will put the "Who shot JR" Dallas episode wait into obscurity. You cannot believe that the second season ended the way it did, and you cross the fingers of both hands and feet hoping that the Special will fix that. Which it indeed does, and then it does it some more.
PS I watched the first episode of the US remake of The Office, and it did not draw me in at all.

Studio: BBC
Ricky Gervais

DVD title: My Favorite Martian
Productgroup: DVD
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Why do y'all think this is bad?

I don't understand why everybody thinks that this is a bad movie. I thought it was very entertaining and especially the performance of Christopher Lloyd was outstanding. In this movie he is at his best! When I saw this movie, I didn't want to miss a thing of it and the only time I was disapointed was when it ended. This is just a fun movie for the whole family with some good Special FX and DON'T COMPARE IT WITH THE TELEVISION SERIES!

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Donald Petrie
Christopher Lloyd
Jeff Daniels

DVD title: Warlock: The Armageddon
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than the original!

This time satan sends his son to earth to collect 6 stones that have the power to unleash him upon the earth, and its up to 2 decendents of a group of witchhunters to stop him. Julian Sands once again does a terrific job as the warlock. There really is nothing bad to say about this movie. It has a better plot, better special effects, and some way cool death scenes, and much, much, more blood. The most memorable scene is the one where the warlock is reborn on the earth through a mortal woman, if this scene doesnt turn your stomach nothing will. Rated R for: Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity and some language

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Anthony Hickox
Julian Sands
Chris Young

DVD title: A Knight's Tale
Productgroup: DVD
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That Warm Fuzzy Feeling. . .

This movie had everything a summer blockbuster needs: A fabulous cast of characters that stole the scene from each other with their wit; a soundtrack that made you want to fight or dance or laugh out loud; a reverse-Cinderella story that allowed Heath Ledger to conquer a stereotype much like Drew Barrymore did in EVER AFTER; a collection of themes like prejudice, injustice, individuality, and "The American Dream" of bettering one's lot in life.
This movie wasn't intended to be a history lesson. The sets and costumes looked good to me and I really don't care about the actual laws of the time or whether a young lady would have been allowed to dance like the heroine does.
If you want accuracy and intellectualism go find something else.
If you want a great film that leaves you feeling like you could do anything, anything at all, watch A KNIGHT'S TALE.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Brian Helgeland
Heath Ledger
Mark Addy

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Epic Continues

I have just returned from a 12:01 am first screening of Peter Jackson's second installment in the Lord of the Rings Saga. So how was it?
It is clear we are in the midst of a milestone of cinema. The Two Towers is every bit as stunning, overwhelming, moving and spectacular as its predecessor -- while being a completely different movie altogether. FOTR was an adventure movie infused with a sense of wonder and awe. It's major theme was loyalty. The Two Towers is a war epic with a much darker and more frantic tone. If there is a theme, it is about courage and hope in the face of overwhelming evil.
(very minor spoilers ahead)
We start off right where FOTR left off -- the Fellowship scattered. Merry and Pippin have been abducted by Orcs. Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas are persuing. Their journey puts them in the path of Saruman, who is massing an army at his fortress to attack the nation of Rohan -- one of the powers on the side of good. But Rohan's king Theoden is old and sick and can not resist. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo continue their quest to destroy the Ring of Power with an unexpected ally -- Gollum, the pathetic creature that once owned the Ring for 500 years.
This is movie-making the way it should be -- grand, majestic, almost monstrous in its power. The vistas are grand, the characters strong, the visuals stunning, the direction crisp, the dialogue splendid. There's not a single bad line or bad scene. And there are many that simply overpower the viewer. I'm going to need to see this a second and third time just to take everything in.
Highlights? The final 45 minutes, which feature three simultaneous battles, makes Star Wars 2 look like a kid's video game. The character of Theoden, King of Rohan, is splendily realized in the script as a man who yearns for glory while fearing he is too old to achieve it. He is magnificently acted by Bernard Hill.
But the highlight of this movie is Gollum -- a creature corrupted and twisted by the Ring, his psych split down the middle with both love and hatred for it. In him, you see the creature Frodo might one day become. His CG character is amazingly realized and powerfully acted by Andy Serkis -- who deserves an academy award for his portrayal. As my girlfriend said: This is Gollum's movie.
My principle objection to the movie? It's too short. It is rushed. I can see another Special Edition coming. And it's not followed immediately by Return of the King.
For those of you have read the book, the movie parts significantly from the text but not in any objectionable way and not in any manner that alters the storyline. It ends a few chapters before the book. And Tolkien's vision is amazing realized. I thought that the Ents would be comical. Instead, they looked amazing. Through skillful combination of CGI, models and bluescreen work, this movie is a seamless and perfect rendering of middle Earth.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen

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