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DVD title: 12 Monkeys
Productgroup: DVD
12 Monkeys - movie DVD cover picture
Prequel to "A Beautiful Mind" and Sixth Sense/Usual Suspects


This new genre of "twisted reality" movies includes 12 Monkeys. I watched this movie for a second time when I bought the DVD, as I also have the Laser Disc. Upon second viewing, I was shocked at how much I had missed getting caught up in the plot twists and action. I read the reviews, and feel this important aspect of the movie has not been mentioned. The movie drops a lot of enigmatic hints, a la the Sixth Sense and A Beautiful Mind, as to what is real and not real. You really have to watch for them. For example: some of the things he remembers seeing in the "future", he sees again when he goes back into the past, to places where he's never been. How are "memories" from the FUTURE possible? Especially when Bruce says he's never been above ground before! How can one have "deja vu" after travelling to the past? Even Bruce has a confused look on his face whenever one of these clues to his mental state are realized. Also the bit the previous reviewer mentioned about the lady scientist on the plane. Which did he see first, or did he see just one, and imagine the other. Was he really ever in the future? Is he imagining it all? The movie leaves it up to you to decide whether Bruce Willis is from the future and saves the world, or whether he's just crazy, and we are seeing this from a crazy persons viewpoint. It's done so subtley that getting caught up in the dramatic story, one can miss the clues. I didnt catch this upon the first viewing, many images Bruce see's in the story are repeated, so as to imply that Willis was imagining things, or was he? Also, in scenes where Madeline Stowe is convinced he's from the future, they are alone! If one removes the scenes where he's ALONE with people, the case can be made that the entire adventure is imagined!Also, he says he's not crazy, but he hears voices when he's in the hospital, and he pulls out his teeth, because they've got radio transmitters in them! And the voice he hears in his head is from somebody he meets LATER in the film for the first time. Or maybe he IS crazy and knew him before he imagined he was a time traveller! So did he imagine them? The reviewer before me was left with questions about the scientist from the "future" being on the plane. This is the last clue they leave you with, and it messes with your head. If one watches the movie starting with the premise that Bruce is crazy, the movie is another movie! UNLIKE the Sixth Sense or Usual Suspects, this movie does'nt give you the big dramatic payoff at the end, when you find out what the truth is. That big payoff made one want to see the Sixth Sense again to see the clues you then knew must exist.Monkey's just leaves you hanging.So you can enjoy it on two levels. This movie totally messes with your head. I'll save you some time: Bruce Willis is crazy and 12 Monkey's are the imaginings of a paranoid schitzophrenic. Or are they? By the way, voices helped me write this review ;)

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Terry Gilliam
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Madeleine Stowe
Brad Pitt




DVD title: Major League 2
Productgroup: DVD
Major League 2 - movie DVD cover picture
#1


I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! I am the biggest baseball fan ever and this movie is hilarious!!! Charlie Sheen, who plays "The Wild Thing," is almost perfect for this role. I used to think this was the best Major League, but now that I have seen Major League III, Back to the Minors, that is maybe even funnier. ALL baseball fans who haven't seen any of these movies, I can't be too sure if you're really are a baseball fan. GO ROCKIES!!!!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: David S. Ward
Actors:
Charlie Sheen
Tom Berenger
Corbin Bernsen




DVD title: Celtic Woman
Productgroup: DVD
Celtic Woman - movie DVD cover picture
Cool DVD


This is without doubt one of the coolest DVDs of music I've bought in a long time....whatever the begrudgers say, I guess that's what happens when you do something good, this is a class act.

Of course the girls, and the orchestrs and band, but on this DVD also the set and lights and sound is spectacular. Not usually a fan of this sort of thing but in this case I make an exception! I'm a Celtic Woman convert.

Thanks girls and everyone involved. It's obvious how much effort went into this, it just shines out of the TV screen!!!

Studio: EMI Distribution
Actors:
Aontas
David Downes
Chloe Agnew
Meav Ni Mhaolchatha




DVD title: Party at the Palace - The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace
Productgroup: DVD
Party at the Palace - The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace - movie DVD cover picture
Party at the Palace


This was truly one of the great nights in British pop/rock history. To the reviewers who can't seem to stretch their musical horizons past the US border...you're missing out on something special over here in jolly old England! Clapton, McCartney, Cocker, Wilson, Ozzy, Rod, Bryan Adams and the rest of the so called "A" team are great as usual but the rest of the "no-name" bands were equally at the top of their game. Will Young (who I was very skeptical of in the beginning) is just a fantastic talent, and although a couple of reviewers have questioned the Coors credentials, I believe that they are every bit as big in the states as they are here in the UK. Tom Jones, who is and has been such an amazing talent throughout the years, gives a fabulous rendition of "You Can Keep Your Hat On" with another up and coming band Blue (of the recent duet fame with Elton John on the hit "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"). Atomic Kitten??? If you call yourself a red blooded American man, you can't help but be taken with their obvious appeal, not to mention their obvious talent as one of the biggest selling female acts in the UK today. This DVD may be better suited for those individuals who are ready to open their musical horizons to the sound that is coming out of the UK today as well as the fabulous music that has come out throughout the last few decades. Remember, this concert was put on to honor the Queen's golden jubilee and for the British people...and from the opening notes of Brian May's guitar to the closing sing along of "Hey Jude", this concert hits on all cylinders!

Studio: Opus Arte
Director: Geoff Posner



DVD title: Fresh
Productgroup: DVD
Fresh - movie DVD cover picture
The most intelligent of all the 'hood' movies...


After I saw this movie, I was unable to stop thinking about it. It is absolutely stunning. Masterfully written and directed by Boaz Yakin, and a near perfect performance by Sean Nelson. The movie's plot twists unfold before you even realize what's happening... and by the time you do, you're already hooked. Chess as a metaphor for life works better in this movie than the corny sentimentality of "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (still a good movie in its own right, but nowhere near the depth and complexity of "Fresh"). Samuel L. Jackson also gives a superb supporting performance as Fresh's father. For those who characterize the events in the film as overly sensational or gratuitous (dog scene, etc.), have failed to grasp what is really going on in the film.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Boaz Yakin
Actors:
Sean Nelson
Giancarlo Esposito
Samuel L. Jackson




DVD title: After the Fox
Productgroup: DVD
After the Fox - movie DVD cover picture
Peter Sellers at his BEST


Though this is far from one of director di Sica's best films, it's an enjoyable romp all over the face of Hollywood's attraction to avant-garde cinema, and the star sytem. Sellers, who is always great, gives a fine performance here, but Victor Mature's robust, semi-autobiographical performance is what made this film for me. After the Fox is reminscent of Blake Edwards, tonal wise, which means that it's somewhat uneven, but still completely worthwhile. The opening credits and Mature and Selles' character's sister sitting at a table by the ocean made this work well worth seeing.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Actors:
Peter Sellers
Victor Mature
Britt Ekland
Martin Balsam




DVD title: Spider-Man (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Spider-Man (Full Screen Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Spidey Rules!


I'm not going to bother telling you what's in the movie; you've probably already seen it. So I'll tell you about the DVD.
The commentary is not that good. It keeps changing between the two males talking to each other and then to the two females talking to each other.
Highlighting the selections is troublesome, as the DVD relies on cute red dots to show you what option you are on, rather then clearly highlightling your current selection.
The feature showing Spidey's rogues' gallery was excellent, with brillant 3-D drawings of the villians.
Also of interest is a feature showing the 4 main love interests of Spidey's.
Best of all is the 30-minute documentary of Spidey in the 21st century. Everyone should love it.
Definitely recommended.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Sam Raimi
Actors:
Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst




DVD title: The Wire - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
The Wire - The Complete First Season - movie DVD cover picture
The most bestest TV show evah!!!


Having been a big fan of HBO's other dramatic series, such as Oz, the Sopranos and Six Feet Under I was looking forward to the premiere of the Wire enthusiastically. Unfortunately, I found the show far too complicated and confusing to follow along via the regular television broadcast schedule. The DVD set remedied this for me quite nicely.

The Wire is much more sophisticated than those other shows, and unlike any other cop drama I've seen on TV. It goes into detail about the conflict between the Major Case Unit and the Barksdale drug gang. It portrays the administrative hurdles the cops face in order to get warrants, as well as the behind the scenes politics that ultimately open and close big cases. It treats the drug gang with no less attention, showing the individual drug dealers and their struggles all the way up the ladder.

Its critical to watch these episodes in order because its easy to get lost. The dialogue is filled with cop and drug dealer jargon, and the connection between one scene and the next isn't always apparent. The DVD set makes this possible, and once you get a feel for what's going on you get hooked on this series quickly.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Wood Harris



DVD title: Evil Dead II
Productgroup: DVD
Evil Dead II - movie DVD cover picture
No words can describe.


It was about 2 am on a school night back in 87' when I first saw Evil Dead 2. I was just looking to see what was on Cinemax before I went to sleep, and ED 2 was about 5 mins in already. Once I got a glimpse of the movie I physically could not stop watching. It was mesmerizing! I had never, and still haven't, seen anything like it before. Completely original and totally entertaining.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Sam Raimi
Actors:
Bruce Campbell
Sarah Berry




DVD title: The Prisoner
Productgroup: DVD
The Prisoner - movie DVD cover picture
Superb acting and interrelation between patient & interrogat


Wonderful acting. Foreshadowing trajic real life death of Jack Hawkins. The Cardinal down trodden, held in captivity, brainwashed, and abused rises through psychological catharsis to prevail over his "analyst"/"captor".

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Peter Glenville



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