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DVD title: The Silence of the Lambs - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Quid Pro Quo Clarice Yes Or No

I saw, "Red Dragon", this past weekend and decided I needed to revisit the first hours that Anthony Hopkins brought Hannibal the Cannibal to the screen. "The Silence of the Lambs", was when one of the most brilliant and evil characters was introduced to viewers, the same viewers that in the USA, at least, have ranked amongst the scariest villains of all time.
Four films have been made from three books and all have their moments of terror including, "Manhunter", that was not part of the three films that featured Anthony Hopkins together with a talented cast beginning with Jodie Foster, through the most recent film with Edward Norton and a host of other talented performers.
I watched the film to confirm that my memory was correct, and happily I had not romanticized the experience of the film as memory is often wont to do. Lecter is by far his most evil in this first film, and Hopkins is entirely credible as this imagined monster by author Thomas Harris. Sir Anthony always minimizes what seem to be extraordinary performances by stating he learns his lines, hits the mark, and accepts his check. From many others this would be construed as the falsest of modesty, but with Sir Anthony he genuinely appears to not agree with the fuss that is made about his performances or those of others in films.
This is really the most intimate of the films with Lecter prying in to Clarice's mind, and Jodie Foster really appears terrified of Lecter even though she of all people knows it's just a movie. Unfortunately this DVD included no interviews with the players, but my guess would be they were nearly as intimidated by Lecter as many of those in the theatres were. Truly, Hopkins seems to have found some spot within him that he brought out to produce a credible and horrifying image of one extremely diseased mind.
It really is worth going back to this first film for another look, but I would suggest waiting a bit. I would hope that when, "Red Dragon", is released on DVD, the studio will produce a much higher quality digital transfer of "Lambs", and go back and interview the key players from all three films. The trilogy would be welcome, the quality improvement is desperately needed in this first installment, and an insight in to the making of the films would be welcomed by fans.

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

DVD title: Ring Virus
Productgroup: DVD
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The Scariest I Have Ever ... (Period)

Ring sneaks up on you like an H.P. Lovecraft story you dismiss as "not scary" while reading it during the daytime, only to let it bare its full haunting, paranoid terror in the evening as you lie on your bed alone in your room. I was lucky to catch this horror masterpiece as well as two of its sequels (Ring 2 and Ring 0) at the 2002 Cinemanila International Film Festival in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. Seeing this film makes me realize how bad a lot of Hollywood slasher films are: heavy on the gore, but less filling on the terror. (I can only be skeptical about the planned Hollywood remake with Naomi Watts). My initial reaction to the film was one of derision and oh-no-here-goes-another-Scream rip-off. But by the end of the film I was shamed into paranoid fright. The images of the "curse video" are creepy enough, but the final moments are unforgettable. The acting is extremely competent. The music literally pounds you into submission. The direction is masterful. One reason I can give to why this film can scare ... people is that it denies the viewer "the scream release". Most horror films rely on shock value, jolting the audience into screaming, thereby allowing them release from the terror. But RING is far more radical. In its most tense moments, it breaks that momentum by making the audience laugh. Thus, the terror is unreleased, and remains days after. I watched it twice and the terror never ebbed the second time, even though I knew what was coming. I saw grown men in the theater grip their armrests, stiffen their spines, and turn their faces away from the screen. A woman said in Filipino "I can't take it anymore". After the film, my girlfriend refused to walk past buildings with reflective surfaces on them. I vocally told the story of the film to two of my friends who did not see it, and it freaked them out. And after you see this film, be prepared to also avoid reflective surfaces for at least a week ...

Studio: Tai Seng Entertainme
Director: Dong-bin Kim

DVD title: Event Horizon
Productgroup: DVD
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A must see flick!

In the year 2040 a ship for the intention of going lightyears in a short moment has mysteriously disappeared. 7 years later it was seen again around Neptune. A search and rescue team was quickly sent but soon they would need one as well for the ship brought back more than just itself.

This is a top notch movie. I can actually say it is my favorite. It had the classic popup horror, terrific acting, disturbing sences, and a bit of a mysterious begining. But what I love so much about this movie is the fact that it did its job unlike most horror movies. Night of the living dead, Resident Evil, Prince of darkness. These were all great movies but the one thing it did not do was its job. What that job is you might ask. Well duh! These movies were intended to scare the living day light out of you. The only movie so far that has ever done that to me was Event Horizon. I couldn't sleep for weeks. My suggestion to you is to rent it immediatly.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Laurence Fishburne
Sam Neill

DVD title: Sex and the City - Season Six, Part 1
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must Have

For all you Sex and The City girls, this is a must buy! Sesaon six may be short, but all with completion! Carrie and the girls take New York by storm and with all the drama (and sex) how could you miss this part of the show! For devoted fans, pick up this season. TBS will have short to offer us who like own show raw and uncensored. If you are thinking of watching this show on basic cable, think again! Only the real version of this show will suffice.

Studio: HBO Home Video
Sarah Jessica Parker

DVD title: Dead Poets Society
Productgroup: DVD
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Keeping The Faith

Dead Poet's Society is a compelling tale of being true to your calling. The words Carpe Diem ring true as one must indeed seize the day.
Robin Williams is mildly amusing but extremely dramatic in his role as a prep school poetry professor. He emphasizes to his students to make the most of their opportunities. To speak out and be heard. Unfortunately the school he works for merely wants to prepare their students to get into the best college possibly without any regard to their feelings. The results turn tragic when Neil played by Robert Sean Leonard becomes trapped by his father's wishes to become a doctor as opposed to finding his own voice as an actor.
There is some good character development throughout this movie on the many students. You get a good feel of the pressure that each of them faces especially having to deal with a very unfeeling administration.
Anyway, the movie gives a good message to listen to your hopes and dreams. And that my friends is what life is all about.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Peter Weir
Robin Williams
Robert Sean Leonard
Ethan Hawke

DVD title: Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
Productgroup: DVD
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I disagree with the previous review. I thought this documentary, in a clear and oderly manner, addresses the Bush administrations (Cheney, Rice, Powell...) reasons for going to war in Iraq, while also following their subsequent change in reasoning as their previous reasons proved to be faulty. It shows how they consistently lied to the public and used weak or plainly false intelligence to make their case. There is an excellent and wide assortment of individuals interviewed including a number of C.I.A. employees/agents, weapons inspectors, weapons experts, congressman, and more. I only wish it was shot on film or HD and had a higher budget so that it could have made its way into theatres.

Studio: The Disinformation Company
Director: Robert Greenwald
Robert Baer
David Albright
John Dean (III)

DVD title: Kids
Productgroup: DVD
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Reality the way it is, not the way we want to see it.

"Kids" is an outstanding work of art and poetry. Reality is not always a pretty thing, and this movie shows us that. The actions and situations portrayed in "Kids" are true to life, not exaggerating anything. "Kids" gives us an insight into the part of our society that we, as grownups, have come to look away from and ignore. This is how our kids grow up in the city and the suburbs. At some point in the lives of our children, they will run into this kind of adolesent lifestyle, and we as parents need to be aware of the trials and tribulations that our kids must go through to reach adulthood in these modern days. Children are growing up faster and faster, we wonder why; and then Clark shows us the reality that we have shut our eyes to since the days of our own childhood and wakes us up to what is really going on. We don't want to see it, but it is definately there. An excellent movie that everyone should watch and learn from.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Larry Clark
Leo Fitzpatrick
Justin Pierce
Chloë Sevigny

DVD title: Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan
Productgroup: DVD
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just takes an open mind....

Warning-some spoilers ahead Why do so many fans hate this film? It"s not the best F13th movie,but It"s pretty darn cool! Sure, it does have some serious flaws,but it has some good features.The good stuff-Kane Hodder,Jason in part 7,reprises his role as the hockey-masked slasher and gives an excellent performance.He proves that he is born to play the part and no one else.He should win an academy award.Second,it has some great humor, when the boxer gets his head punched off clean and when he removes his mask and scares the gang members.Brilliant humor. The atmosphere is also very dark and creepy,which is a key ingredient to making a horror film scary. We also get to see some great,never before seen kills,such as the boxer getting dispatched with the sauna rock,and the drug dealer getting stabbed with his own needle and the teacher drowning in the toxic waste.Very imaginative.Now for the bad parts-First off,how does Jason ends up all the way in New York when he"s in Crystal Lake,Massachusetts? Why does his skin look burnt when in part 7 his skin was rotten and decomposed? Why is his "Chh,chh,Ha,ha" sound so much different? How is he able to teleport up a building and pole when in the first seven he never did that? How can he all of a sudden swim? And what the hell is up with the ending? Him turning into a little boy after getting washed away in acid and it doesn"t eat through him? Very stupid and unsensible.And for the most part,the killings are more of the same.Throat slit with machete,saw that in part 2.Speared in the back,saw that in part 4.Head punched off,saw something like that in part 6.I was also very disappointed that Harry Manfredini didn"t return to do the music.Fred Mollin"s score is good,but it"s not the Jason music were used to.I must also say that the rock song "Darkest Side Of The Night",heard in the opening and ending credits,is quite awful. And Jason only takes Manhattan for 15 minutes.The rest he"s on a cruise ship.Also,when the two teens and two teachers are in the NYPD cruiser,where the hell is the barrier! Despite these flaws,the film is quite good and is pretty entertaining.Rob Hedden imaginatively wrote and directed the film and isn"t bad for a starter. However,hardcore blood "n" guts fans,be warned- this heavilly lacks on gore even more than part 7, so you might want to stick with the original and part 4 if you want extreme violence and gore galore.Although the film doesn"t live up to the brilliance of parts 4 and 6,it"s still darn cool despite the lack of gore and is recommended for those who want to see Jason in some new territory. Also,be sure to watch Jason when he"s resurrected- it"s a laughfest! Rated R-contains somewhat "gory" violence,brief nudity,drug use,brief profanity and an attemped rape scene.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Rob Hedden
Kane Hodder
Jensen Daggett

DVD title: Air Force One
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Awesome Movie

The first scene, in which the noble and much-applauded American president circumvents his advisors and chooses conscience and human rights over political expediency, should tip you off right away: neither plot, nor character, and not even the acting, is believable in this waste of a movie.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Harrison Ford
Gary Oldman

DVD title: Mulan (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Disney Movie!

HI. I like this movie because a lot of times I feel like Mulan. I just wish I had her guts! I like this movie because of the cool songs, and the fun charictures like Mushoo....(or however ya want to spell his name.) I just like this kinda movie. I got it for my 14th birthday from my dad and mom. And when I can I watch it. Of course I drive my brother nuts with singing all the kewl songs. Because they'll get stuck in HIS head and I would be walkin' past him and he'd be singin them. But this is defenently one of my most favorite movies. And you'd miss out if you didn't get it, and watch it. So see ya around!

Studio: Disney Studios
Eddie Murphy

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