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DVD title: Queen of the Damned (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Queen of the Damned ROCKS!!!!!!!


Well, since the video has not yet been released, I really can't say much on it. But I did see this movie in the theater and it was AWSOME!!! Stuart Townsend is great playing Lestat and they couldn't have picked a better person to play Akasha!! The whole cast was wonderful!!!Now I know there are many things that are different from the book in this film, but on the whole, it followed the story pretty well. I do believe however, that it may be casier for those who have never read Anne Rice or have never seen "Interview with the Vampire" (1994), to go and read The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned so you can keep the movie straight. It kind of goes fast, and there isn't much explanation as to how all this fits toether. So I do recommend reading those two books before seeing it.But if you want to just see a great movie and not really worry about that, then I do encourage you to rent or buy this one!! It is full of things to get your brain working (hehehe), a little bit of romance (makes you say, "Aww...isnt' that sweet?"), and all the vampires and blood you need to keep anyone hooked!!Plus having a very HOT man to play the lead, it is an all around great film, and I definately recommend it to ALL the Anne Rice fans as well as anyone else who is looking for a film you can really sink your fangs into!! :) :)
**If anyone has questions about the film, feel free to e-mail me at ...the subject must read "A Question about the Film" or I will not read it. (Sorry but I get A LOT of junk mail)

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Michael Rymer
Actors:
Aaliyah
Stuart Townsend




DVD title: Bio-Dome
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Movie Ever


I think this movie is one of my most favorite brainless comedies. It has so many goofy parts and Pauly Shore and Steven Baldwin are hilarious together. The girls in are totally hot, and the acting is really cheesy which makes it so great, I have seen it tons of times and still watch it a lot.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Jason Bloom
Actors:
Pauly Shore
Stephen Baldwin




DVD title: Trainspotting
Productgroup: DVD
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Why would I want to do that?


Is the rhetorical question asked by Renton (Ewan McGregor) early on in the movie. That sums up the complete hold that heroin exerts on the lives of main characters of the movie and the horrendous consequences of this addiction.
I have heard that Trainspotting has been criticized as glorifing drugs. People making this comment must be out of their minds. I have never seen such a powerful indictment of heroin and its effects and I ever had any inclination to try the stuff then a single viewing of the movie cured me forever.
Most movies that I watch leave no lasting impression on me but many of the scenes in Trainspotting will stay with me for a very long time. There are moments that make you laugh out loud (Spud's job interview for example) and others that are some of the most powerful and disturbing film images that I have ever seen.
Danny Boyle and co. have do a marvellous job of making a film about real people and real lives while making it compelling viewing at the same time. The soundtrack is excellent just to round off the experience.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Danny Boyle
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Ewen Bremner
Jonny Lee Miller
Kevin McKidd
Robert Carlyle




DVD title: The Rocketeer
Productgroup: DVD
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Steven Spielberg never made a movie this good.


OK, so I liked the Indiana Jones movies, but there was something about their attempt to provide a more modern version of the Saturday afternoon adventure serials and B movies that always proved false._The Rocketeer_, based upon Dave Stevens fantastic comic book of the same name is the true heir to these serials. In turn campy and sly, being faithful to the tradition of the B movies and serials whilst gently and lovingly mocking them is the true heir to these serial The Rocketeer manages to upgrade the serials with better looking heroines, badder bad guys, better good guys and of course Dolby sound and color. The score is one of James Horner's best and the soundtrack is as good as the movie, with the score and such classics as "When you're alone" and "Begin the Beguine". Check out the movie and the soundtrack, you won't be sorry.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Joe Johnston
Actors:
Bill Campbell
Jennifer Connelly




DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic!


Fantastic. This is just incredible! I've seen many great movies in my time, but this is probably my favourite! The special effects are awesome and the actors are beyond cool! The fighting scenes are so awesome that you cannot think of anything but the film for days after you've seen it. It has got everything a good film needs, and is just perfect. If you like movies, and have not seen The Matrix; be ashamed! See it, buy it, love it!!!

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss




DVD title: The Silence of the Lambs - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb!!!!


It would be a total waste if I didn't buy this special edition DVD. The interviews with Foster & Hopkins (plus a whole bunch of deleted scenes) really enhanced what I consider the best suspense/thriller ever made. Since so many reviews have been written on this movie, I just want to add one little comment: Jodie Foster was quite right when she chose not to reappear in the sequel "Hannibal". In doing so, she actually proved to be as smart as Claridge Starling herself. Too bad Anthony Hopkins couldn't resist the temptation. So Hollywood lost the second battle but still won the war: "Silence of the Lambs" remains the best. Let's pray they don't make a sequel to "The Sixth Sense".

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Demme
Actors:
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins




DVD title: Almost Famous
Productgroup: DVD
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Terrific Depiction Of Sixties Rock Scene!


It is an old literature axiom that all good fiction is autobiographical, meaning of course that among other things, writing believably and well about any subject requires not only knowing something about it but understanding it as well. That this idea has merit is substantiated by this remarkable period piece both written and directed by Cameron Crowe. As he did in his quite captivating original screenplay for "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", he mines his personal background with an uncanny ear for realistic situations, dialogue, and personal experience to pull us deep into the quirky and sometimes surrealistic world of sixties rock
The protagonist of the film is a teen-something reporter for Rolling Stone magazine, and like Crowe, has an eyes-wide-open view of everything swirling around him, from sex, drugs and rock and roll to all the happenings associated with the rock and roll lifestyle itself. One finds William (newcomer Patrick Fugit) sucked into the vortex of a fictitious rock band's pulsating experience, and the moment to moment happenings surrounding Stillwater are so realistic, believable, and palpable that we roll along with it all, finding too much to remember from what we recall of the sixties. Also excellent are the ensemble of supposed Stillwater rock musicians, from Billy Crudup to Jason Lee, and the very lovely Kate Hudson showing her future potential as a leading lady in a powerful and convincing role here.
This is the closest any of us are likely to come to living vicariously in a rock and roll band. The fact is that Cameron Crowe actually did experience a lot of what goes down here himself as a sixteen year old reporter, and the verve and energy in the film owes to this authentic recollection of those times, and to his uncanny ear for all the elements of the rock scene. This is a terrific movie, and although it is fiction, is also quite representative of the times it purports to describe. Enjoy!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Cameron Crowe
Actors:
Billy Crudup



DVD title: Cross of Iron
Productgroup: DVD
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The Cross of truth beats the forgotten Soldier


There are two great things about this film;
That the small nation belligerents fighting a war get no chance to return home and see the outcome; its a fight to the death, the American Soldier in a larger nation can do his tour of duty and if he survives it, survives the war. In this film, you see that there is no rest for the wicked...even when Coburn's Iron Cross Sergeant returns from the front for R&R, he knows he is going back. Instead of reading how total war "sucks" in books like Guy Sajer's "Forgotten Soldier" which are used in a manipulative, high-handed way by the sea service bureaucracy to brain-wash its men to excuse away their incompetence in a cloud of "war is hell". Its one thing to be fighting for national survival in a total war its another to launch a frontal assault against prepared positions because your service needs a battle victory to insure its existence after the war in budget battles when the entire island could be bypassed and starved into submission like General MacArthur brilliantly did n the southwest Pacific. The conflict Coburn's Sergeant has with his officer who wants post-war glory via the "Cross of Iron" is a perfect microcosm of this moral failing in large, immoral, vain bureaucracies and is accurately depicted in this film and not in Sajer's Forgotten Soldier; who is frankly a clueless scared teen throughout the book, easily used as a means to manipulate similar naive kids today by using their impressionable empathy to brain-wash them into expecting little from their leaders.
Next, the film shows how automatic weapons fire in the slow-motion sequences has to be supported by tripods to fire effectively---these scenes themselves make thee ntire movie worth watching as we are constantly trying to get Soldiers to NOT fire rambo-style from the hip on full automatic.

Studio: Hen's Tooth Video
Director: Sam Peckinpah



DVD title: Southern Comfort
Productgroup: DVD
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A true must see


This was an incredibly beautiful, perfectly edited documentary. At first I thought it was a movie "based on a true story"--Robert Eads was so charming and crusty and southern, it was hard to believe he wasn't playing a part. The film does a great job of showing the humanity, concerns and pain of the subjects. All the folks who consented to be shown on camera should be given medals of courage. The film is lovely, melancholy, sad, uplifting, and honest. I highly recommend it--for ANYONE. Heck, I think my *mom* should see it!

Studio: New Video Group
Director: Kate Davis



DVD title: Dancer in the Dark (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Movie I've Ever Seen.


Yes, some people may not like this movie for it's jerky camera movemens, slow beginning, and strange musical outbursts, but those are only what the shallow people would say. With this incridible movie, you must give it your full attention, as if you were listening to one of Bjork's CD's. And, if you didn't cry at the end of this movie, you definetly need to check your pulse. Bjork not only played the part of Selma--she became Selma, and that's what astounds me. She put her heart and soul into becoming this character, and it shined throughout the movie. This movie was more than a mother giving all she has to save her son--it was a trip in the mind of a person with a heart of gold. I highly, highly recommend this movie. You will never see anything like it again--I can promise you that.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Lars von Trier
Actors:
Björk



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