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DVD title: The Doom Generation
Productgroup: DVD
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Perfect Medicine For Filmgoers Who Need To Be Spoonfed Art


Only people who are open-minded and not oblivious to what is actually going on in America will respond to Gregg Araki's satiric expose of today's youth. People must understand that "Kids" was a rather straightforward version of the doomed generation. "The Doom Generation" is purposely over-the-top in covering the same ground, as evident by the cartoonish violence and outrageously and obviously written (not natural) dialogue. Also note the running 666 gag and the celebrity cameos (including Heidi Fleiss and Christopher Knight, aka Peter Brady) which make it clear that Araki is going for a distancing effect so that he can entertain AND shock. Some may feel that is a cop-out, but if that's how he can send his message to the masses, good for him.
Many people won't even sit through this film. Others will only be entertained. However, some will realize how truly depressing a portrait Araki was trying to paint. A person who watches Hollywood action flicks is more likely to be warped by their depiction of violence as entertaining spectacle, because they don't shock at all. At least Araki's film creates an emotional response from people, especially those who hate it. I think that people who don't even have an open mind when it comes to films (such as the people who blast controversial films publicly without having even seen them) should be forced to watch "The Doom Generation" strapped to a chair with their eyelids held open like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange".

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Gregg Araki
Actors:
James Duval
Rose McGowan
Johnathon Schaech




DVD title: Tarzan
Productgroup: DVD
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The greatest movie ever


I first discovered Disney was making an animated TARZAN when I saw an animation cell of the character, Tarzan, at MGM Studios. He looked so dark and dangerous, so different from the usual Disney animated movie-hero, that I was sure I wouldn't care for the movie. It was with great reluctance that I caved in to pleading and begging, and took my then four-year-old son to see TARZAN at the theatre the following year.
To say I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw is an enormous understatement. I was so awed by the incredible animation, the realistic characterizations, and the very well executed story (not to mention the discovery that Tarzan was not as dark and dangerous as he had been made to appear in that animation cell) that we went back to see the movie again, the following day. I could hardly wait for TARZAN to be released on video, and bought my copy the day it became avalible. As I didn't have a DVD player at that time, I will be buying another copy, this time of the Collectors Edition DVD.
Disney's TARZAN has something for everyone. Life, death, longing, loss, happiness, love, hate, relationships that are as complex--and rewarding--as those in real life, and awesome effects and songs! I love it, my son loves it, and my eighty-five-year-old mother loves it. I would recommend TARZAN to anyone!

Studio: Disney Studios
Actors:
Tony Goldwyn
Minnie Driver




DVD title: Ice Princess (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful.. a classic


This movie has a classic plotline, but the message reaches to people of all ages. In a struggle within herself, this girl made way. It speaks words of inspiration in many fashions. I recommend that you also buy the soundtrack for this album, it makes a nice gift.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Tim Fywell
Actors:
Kim Cattrall
Michelle Trachtenberg
Trevor Blumas




DVD title: La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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No Salvation Within Four Walls


LA DOLCE VITA is neither terrible nor overrated. There is something to be said for the pretty large number of film fans who love this one. It is an episodic film, but that is a feature of much of Fellini. In several films, Fellini builds his meaning in this way: not so much with a single continuing plot, but with a series of smaller stories that add up to a total collection of ideas.

Maybe the secret (if there is one) of LA DOLCE VITA's appeal is that it's so darned interesting all the time. This especially applies to the plot concerning Steiner. Steiner is the key figure in the film, apart from Marcello himself, who is Fellini's and the viewer's counterpart. What Steiner represents to Marcello is of prime importance. The young reporter sees the older man as a perfected, idealized version of himself. He longs to emulate Steiner and is convinced this man knows how to live life fully. There is irony aplenty in the entire Steiner narrative. When Marcello brings his wife to the Steiner party, they meet a few interesting, but mostly insufferablty pretentious 'intellectual' types. (the famous Fellini 'careless' post-dubbing of dialogue in this scene particularly amusing: it seems to add to these characters' disconnection from a true self, as though they don't even realize what they are actually saying). Steiner himself associates with these people, yet does not truly seem to be one of them. He feels trapped by his own pretentious circle of intellectuals. When Marcello tell him how much he envies and admires him, Steiner replies:

"Don't be like me. Salvation doesn't lie within four walls. I'm too serious to be a dilettante and too much a dabbler to be a professional. Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected."

This gives Marcello much to contemplate for the rest of the film. And Steiner's subsequent suicide confirms the deep suspicion growing within the protagonist that all of existence, as he himself has known it thus far, is fundamentally absurd and meaningless. For this reason the film is existential in its outlook. Marcello is the modern, urban human, trapped in an absurd universe. But Fellini, seems not fully despairing in his outlook. Consider, for example, the significance of Marcello's interaction with the blonde girl in the cafe--she represents a simpler life away from the city and the over-complications of modern existence. Many viewers have missed the fact that it is this same girl who waves to Marcello on the beach in the film's final scene: she waves and is telling something he is never able to hear, so he waves once, and turns back to the empty, inebriated crowd as they speculate about the unknowability of nature, embodied by a monstrous, bloated fish.
LA DOLCE VITA is a great film for the way it pulls some viewers in and forces them to contemplate the actual content of what they are seeing. The film's main theme is one it shares with fims of Antonioni: modern man has become disconnected from the natural world and he suffers because of it. LA DOLCE VITA's visual style is poetic, some of its characters are more than compelling and hard to forget, and its musical score by Nino Rota is among the most memorable of all time.

Studio: Koch Lorber
Director: Federico Fellini
Actors:
Marcello Mastroianni
Anita Ekberg




DVD title: Sailor Moon Super S - Pegasus Collection III
Productgroup: DVD
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Great DVD, Finally some action from the others!


You should definitely get this DVD...Sailor Moon is not pornography. Fish-Eye is not a girl who took her shirt off, he's a GUY. A guy taking his shirt off is not pornography. You were probably watching the dub, where they made Fish-Eye a girl, so I understand. But just keep in mind that you are seeing a MALE'S chest because Fish-Eye is a GUY in the original. I thought this DVD was spectacular in every way. The characters are well developed, the plot is interesting, it talks about good issues like how you should never give up your dreams, and the Senshi get their new henshin pens in the 16th episode. I'm just waiting in anticipation for Pegasus Collection IV. So overall, get this DVD! ^_^

Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Director: Junichi Sato



DVD title: Once Upon a Time in America (Limited Edition Collector's Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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ONCE? how can some one watch this just ONCE??


this is the best mob movie i've seen...so far, it may be an extremely long movie but its worth watching! the characters are unbelievable and the story really reaches out tears out your heart and stomps all over it... its craz like that.... if you like mafia/mob movies you gota see this one. even if you dont like those movies this is a movie that will really get to you.
i also reccommend: donnie brasco, mickey blue eyes, the godfather pt1 and 2, the goodfellas,(not realted to mobs: fight club, mary shelley's frakenstein), mafia, sleepers, analyze this, (most robert de niro movies are mob related and good) and also al pacino's movies.

Studio: Creative Design Art,
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors:
Robert De Niro
James Woods




DVD title: The Bridge at Remagen
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the great war films of the 1960's


The Bridge at Remagen is an excellent World War II movie based on a true story. Set in the closing days of the war, the story is about a battle for the last remaining bridge over the Rhine river. The Americans want it intact so they can cross over into the heart of Germany while the Germans want to blow it up to prevent the Allies a foothold. However, the Major placed in command of the bridge won't blow it up because there are still 50,000 German troops on the other side that will be captured if the bridge is destroyed. This is an excellent movie that shows the battle from both the American and German side. Excellent action sequences and great characters make this a must have. As well, the movie succeeds in showing the chaos on the German side as the Allied forces began to close in late in the war.
George Segal stars as(get this) Lt. Phil Hartman, the leader of the American troops trying to take the bridge intact. He plays the role perfectly as the officer who refuses to see his men massacred in a pointless attack. Ben Gazzara is great as Sergeant Angelo, the soldier who picks valuable items off of dead soldiers for his own profit. Robert Vaughan plays Major Krueger, the German major placed in command of the bridge. He does a great job as the officer trying to buy time for the trapped German divisions. Also starring Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Peter Van Eyck, and Bo Hopkins. This is an excellent war movie that doesn't shy away from showing all aspects of war. Elmer Bernstein also gives an excellent musical score that at times sounds like The Magnificent Seven or The Great Escape. The DVD is a great buy with a collectible booklet, theatrical trailer, and widescreen presentation all included. Check out this great and true war tale set late in WWII!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: John Guillermin



DVD title: Metropolis
Productgroup: DVD
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Stylish Anime


"Metropolis" is a gorgeously rendered futuristic world where robots and humans mingle, usually not without friction. When a Japanese detective and his nephew Kenichi arrive in Metropolis to seek out an underworld figure, they find themselves confused by all that surrounds them. To assist them, they are loaned a robot guide dressed in a trench coat who has access to the underground zones carved out beneath the city. Almost at once, a fire at an abandoned factory in Zone 1 attracts their attention. Kenichi rescues a naive nymph-like girl from the blaze, only to plunge through the collapsing building with her into another zone. Unbeknownst to them both, Tima is a robot charged with human feelings, a super-being created by the despot Duke Red and the scientist Kenichi and his uncle are tracking. When the Duke's jealous and ruthless adopted son Rock discovers that Tima lives, he dedicates himself to her destruction. Add a conspiracy, political machinations, the breakdown of technology, and a populace fraught with prejudice - and you have the complex film that is "Metropolis." As confusing as the plot can get, the film never falters toward its powerful conclusion.
Graphically, this world is almost too much to bear with its intense detail and color. The jazz soundtrack is a brilliantly stylish, lending a retro feel to the movie despite its futuristic setting and plot. Viewers will find themselves in a wholly imagined, distinctive realm that will astound them with its originality. With the possible exception of Tima, a frail, adorable creation dressed in oversize clothes, the characters are cartoonish. At first this bothered me, because their animation seems so out of place with the rest, but then I realized the contrast poignantly shows how out of place humans are in such a city.
Above all, "Metropolis" is an art film, with its vision more significant than its plot. Anime fans and art film lovers will find much to appreciate in this movie.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Rin TarĂ´
Actors:
Scott Weinger
Toshio Furukawa




DVD title: Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Otherwise than forgive or not


How we can forgive , what and how far? This maybe one of the last question of the philosophers, and the religious sages/thinkers.
In our world today, 'everyone' means everyone in the world, not just in our community. Everyone has his/her own rules, methods and ways formed by their own profits. Money, Fame, or maybe love? are the most important items for happy life, not a real , but jointly imagined happiness. Some of them feel what they are here and now are unacceptable, and believe the heaven is the place on another earth, and Happiness is in the hand of others because they require anything but their own. Some of them want to stay here and now because it is the best of their life ever, and future is untrustable. Every one has his own here-and-now. When we see our own interests, there must be something we can not forgive. Some of us steal, some of us lie, some pretend, some are too nice to be disliked. If we can slip away from our own self-made-rules, how happy it shoud be! , and the deconstructionists means that.
This film is something like philosophy, like Emmanuel Levinas. Otherwise than being, means the supernatural frogs to us, or our possible attitude to that. What kind of relation or interest lying between that frogs and us? And what can we do with that? We are always thinking that we MUST do something in proper reason and can not escape from that recognition. By this self-promising, we can be strong like the peniscentrist in this film, but we unstable beings suffocate with the very stable built-in promises. Forgive or not, the frogs are beyond that.
What is important here is that it is neither just a natural disaster, nor just frogs, but frogs falling like rain! This also differ from UFOs and ghosts, E.T.s. We can believe that frog-rain occured. It is quite rational. We can fight against narure like the film 'Twister', and we can quit bullfrog farming, but can we make tornado avoid frog farm, or even imagine that? Falling frogs wake us up and inform that not the all are under rule. In other words, says Other than forgiving/unforgiving. It is funny at all, but no more than our actual situations. Life is not beautiful, rather ugly, but short.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors:
Tom Cruise
Julianne Moore
William H. Macy
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Baker Hall
Jeremy Blackman




DVD title: The Matchmaker
Productgroup: DVD
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Delightful!!!


I rented this movie over a long weekend and watched it five times. I have since bought it. It is the most charming romantic comedy that I have seen in a long time. Excellent acting and directing. I agree with another reviewer that I would be really happy if there were a sound track CD, the music is a little hard to find song by song.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Mark Joffe
Actors:
Janeane Garofalo
David O'Hara




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