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DVD title: Crooklyn
Productgroup: DVD
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Quit Hatin!

I saw this movie for the first time 10 years ago with my family and fell in love with it. I was however like 9 so I decided to watch it again to see if I still liked it and I must say that this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It reminds me so much of my own personal life it was scary. All these people who didnt like the movie are too focused on the unimportant facts of a movie and not looking at the movie itself. It has alot of truths in it and I think it is well worth th time and money to explore it and figure out where it parallels your life.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Spike Lee
Alfre Woodard
Delroy Lindo

DVD title: Best in Show
Productgroup: DVD
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"Best in Comedy!"

This movie is wickedly accurate and exceedingly well done. I'll never watch the Westminster Dog Show in the same light again! BUY THIS MOVIE!!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Christopher Guest
Catherine O'Hara
Eugene Levy
Jennifer Coolidge

DVD title: Dogma
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favorite religious movies

This movie is like a who's who of Hollywood. Salma Hayek...Chris Rock...Matt Damon...Ben Affleck...Alanis Morrisette?!?
This is the story of two fallen angels (Damon and Affleck) who find a loophole to get into heaven. But there is one catch. Doing so will undo existence as we know it. The last scion is dispatched to save existence and does, with a little help from the 13th apostle (Rock), a muse (Hayek) and 2 unlikely prophets (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith).
There is not much I can say that hasn't already been said. Other than a rather bloody ending, this movie is hysterical. George Carlin is hilarious as Cardinal Glick and Alanis Morrisette as...well you have to see it to find out!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Kevin Smith
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Linda Fiorentino

DVD title: Super Cops
Productgroup: DVD
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All cops should be this way

The book was great , couldnt put it down. But the movie is actually better in this case because the cop actors are so good! Even though its an action movie, these guys will make you laugh.Guaranteed fun.

Studio: Music Video Distribu
Director: Gordon Parks
Ron Leibman
David Selby

DVD title: Rurouni Kenshin - Legendary Swordsman, Vol. 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Kenshin Volume I

This DVD is by far one of the best DVDs I've ever seen. I've never really been one for Japanimation, but the Rurouni Kenshin series has caught my eye. With good morals, suspending action, and a distinct plotline, this is clearly one of the best cartoons of all time. Kenshin is a character that captures the hearts girls and the approval of boys. However, this show is accurately rated for ages 13 and up. The concepts are not best portrayed to those under this age. I recommend this movie for all teenagers.

Studio: Media Blasters
Rurouni Kenshin

DVD title: Monday Night Mayhem
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent docu-drama

As someone who didn't get the chance to see the Cosell era of Monday Night Football, this movie was great for me to see. Tuturo does an outstanding job with Cosell and the whole movie really highlights a "golden era" in the world of MNF. As someone who enjoys watching football, it was good for me to the see the roots of the primetime game and how it revolutionized the way football was televised. After seeing this movie, I can only hope that another "Howard Cosell" joins MNF in the future to stir things up a bit.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

DVD title: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Productgroup: DVD
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Still a masterpiece

Regardless of how "bored" some (probably adolescent) viewers may become (forced to maintain their attention span over vast minutes of time on something other than sex, car chases and dripping blood), this is obviously a great movie. At least for the rest of us. Rated in the top 250 (#66) at IMDb, and the subject of innumerable articles and reviews, Stanley Kubrick's much studied and admired visual, artistic and thematic masterpiece, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, is still--remarkably, after all these years--a mesmerizing motion picture experience even on a television screen.
This is no mean accomplishment when you realize that Kubrick made his film before humans actually walked on the moon in 1969, and furthermore, when you consider how much more we now know about space travel and how much more advanced special effects have become. What I think contemporary movie makers might learn from Kubrick's work is (1) special effects without rhyme or reason may titillate first time viewers and the very young, but quickly grow meaningless; and (2) even in a movie that relies heavily upon special effects and ideas--which 2001: A Space Odyssey certainly does--it helps a whole lot to have a story to tell.
The story begins in the prehistory and ends in the future. It begins with a pre-human consciousness and ends in mystery. (Note that the last sequence in the movie is labeled in part as being "beyond the infinite"--whatever that metaphysical notion may mean.) Along the way we have a creditable hero (Astronaut Dave Bowman played by Keir Dullea, whom I also recall from David and Lisa, 1962) and a very cold and merciless villain (HAL 9000, the computer as megalomaniac--apparently his makers never heard of Issac Asimov's rules for robots!).
Today we know more about pre-humans and more about computers, artificial intelligence and space exploration, and with such knowledge today's movie makers would avoid some of Kubrick's mistakes. For example, the space craft was far too roomy (ask the astronauts!). Real space ships must be as small as possible to save fuel and they are incredibly cramped. Also, the year 2001 has come and passed, and we are nowhere near the practical capability of providing artificial gravity in space. And of course computers (or robots) don't have emotions unless such emotions are built or programmed into them.
Yet the visual sense of space and the terrible isolation of being alone in the vast vacuum has never been conveyed so well. Using music synchronized with visual effects laden with meaning for our earth-bound minds and bodies, Kubrick managed to depict the Pythagorean "music of the spheres" in a most splendiferous and awe-inspiring way.
However, the opening sequence with the hairy apes is probably what Kubrick would most like to redo if he had the opportunity. In the first place, the terrain, which is semi-arid, is all wrong. No hairy, long-armed, bent-legged creature would occupy such a landscape. The "foraging" they were supposed to be doing was ludicrous since there was obviously next to nothing to forage. The tapirs (forest-dwelling animals native to South America and Southeast Asia, by the way, and not to the savannas of Africa, which should have been the terrain depicted) were almost comedically fat for the ecosystem. And the apes themselves, looking and acting a lot like chimpanzees (no doubt the model that Kubrick used), are in conflict with the fossil record as we know it. Our primordial ancestors, the australopithecines, were upright walking apes and probably not exceedingly hairy since they needed to sweat as they walked and ran over the savannas and grasslands of East Africa.
As for using bones as weapons, yes, there can be little doubt that that is what our ancestors learned to do, followed by using hard wood and stones and then shaped stones. And the idea that a bone tool is a proto-type for all the tools to come is also correct, most saliently in the form of the space ship and HAL.
An interpretation of the ending would necessarily include the idea of time as being something other than we think it is. We see Dave as an astronaut in his thirties, and then as a middle-aged man dining in something like a very expensive Parisian apartment, and then on his death bed, and finally as a soon-to-be-born fetus returning to earth. I think it was wise of Kubrick not to attempt to explain what he clearly points to as unexplainable, as "beyond the infinite."
Perhaps the most haunting image of all, at least for me, is the red and yellow "eye" of the HAL 9000 computer as it coldly viewed the two astronauts talking. Therein was expressed, long before it became fashionable, the coming inexorable conflict between us and our machines, between our culture and our biological nature, between natural and artificial intelligence. Never in the history of cinema has that tension been so concisely conveyed as in that scene and in this movie.
See this for Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest film makers of all time.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood

DVD title: The Machinist
Productgroup: DVD
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Not for "loosers"

The Machinist isn't for small kids, or adults with pre-schooler intellects, who don't know that "loser" has just one "o" in it, that "loser's life" needs an apostrophe to show ownership, or that "moses" and the titles of TV shows are proper nouns and should be capitalized.

It is not necessarily a movie about psychosis, either. It seemed to me to be about sleep deprivation, a good bringer-on of psychotic behavior and hallucinations for sure. It's about a sane man who has something everyone needs to have, for everybody else's sake, to separate us bipeds from the snakes in the grass. Trevor Reznik has something that's going out of style, I'm afraid. Hence the startling number of people who don't get it, or find themselves struggling to "read anything into" it, even among professional reviewers for fairly large city newspapers. The best rags all gave it an uncategorical A+, however. This movie is a stunner from start to finish.

I gave THE MACHINIST ten minutes on my living room wall clock, thinking it was going to be too depressing to endure. I didn't even notice the time sweeping by. Loved it! Christian Bale has a new fan here.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Brad Anderson (II)
Christian Bale
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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A truly amazing film, one of my favorites...

I can't add much that isnt already said about this original, thought provoking film, except to say that this is one of my all-time favorites and almost nobody has heard of it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Kelly (II)
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Jena Malone

DVD title: The Little Bear Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful stuff for little ones

Beautiful tale that demonstrates love, friendship, trust, and guaranteed to captivate your little ones or grandkids. They can easily identify with the main character through his adventures and imagination. During the adventure, children viewing are presented with the reality of life's dangers, but see how such occurences can be met with wisdom and resolve. I fell in love with Little Bear almost as much as did my granddaughter while watching this movie. Like me, you'll be purchasing more Little Bear movies and books to share with little ones.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Raymond Jafelice

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