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DVD title: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite possibly the best movie of the 90's.


This movie has become my favorite. I have watched it numerous times both sober and otherwise. It gets better each time and is a great experience for anyone interested in the sixties and seventies cultures. One can truly appreiciate this movie if they start to read the works of Hunter S. Thompson, I highly recomend it. Remember it is best when one smokes pot and drinks before watching it. Good luck

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Terry Gilliam
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Benicio Del Toro




DVD title: UHF
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Movie Ever


I have watched this movie at least 50 times. I first got the movie when it was on VHS (hard to find) but the quality just wasn't too good, but now on DVD it makes the expirience 100 times better. The deleted scenes could be better, but it is still the greatest movie. So many people out there put down this movie, but the truth is on a budget the size of a peanut they were able to make a film that is better than 99% of all other movies. I love this movie and the DVD only makes it better!! Buy it!!

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Jay Levey
Actors:
Weird Al Yankovic



DVD title: Home Room
Productgroup: DVD
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Compelling. Poignant. Ultimately redemptive.


This is not your average movie about school shootings. For one thing, the movie begins after the tragedy. For another, there is no graphic violence nor copious amounts of blood, but the emotional impact is a punch to the gut just the same.
Busy Philipps and Erika Christensen star as the two high-schoolers who form a tenuous relationship shortly after the tragedy. Busy is Alicia, the rebellious teen who's apparently beyond reach, who seems blaise and callous about the shootings. Erika is Deanna, the quintessentially perfect high school student who doesn't know how the deal with the nightmares and flashbacks that seem to be overwhelming her. Victor Garber portrays Det. Martin Van Zandt, the police detective who is under pressure to find someone to blame and arrest, but is increasingly uncomfortable with the direction that his boss wants to move in.
There are no easy answers in this movie, just as in life. Alicia's angry exterior is off-putting at first; she acts like she knows it all and would be easy to dismiss as another hostile teenager. Until you get to know her. Then you realize that she's just as much a kid inside as Deanna, a kid in desperate need of understanding and acceptance. Ms. Philipps was incredible in this role, handling the anger and raw emotion flawlessly.
Every parent and teenager should watch this movie together and then talk about it. {Warning: This film is rated R for explicit language, but it fits perfectly into the characters.) Every teacher should see this movie. I am a teacher of young children and the idea of those precious little souls growing up to experience something like the movie's events just broke my heart. Teens need caring, involved adults in their lives just as much, if not more, than little ones do. Especially the ones who seem the least receptive. Senseless tragedy is hard enough to deal with for adults; imagine the difficulty for children, who believe that adults have all the answers, and you have this movie.
Beautifully filmed and scored; there are several long scenes with just music that powerfully express the horror these kids went through in subtle ways. Brilliantly acted by all involved, including a stellar supporting cast. Sensitively written and edited, it's a film that will make you think and make you feel, maybe even make you reach out to that struggling teen you know.
I had the good fortune to see this movie on the big screen, at the Los Angeles premiere. Twice. I was very moved both times, particularly the second, once I knew the whole story. There are other movies coming out that deal with school shootings; most will probably build up to the tragedy and leave you there, as though that were the end. But the shootings are really just a moment in time, a small fragment of the whole tragic situation. The aftermath goes on forever for those involved, and I am grateful to the makers of this film for showing a small slice of that experience.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Paul F. Ryan
Actors:
Busy Philipps
Erika Christensen
Victor Garber




DVD title: Valentine
Productgroup: DVD
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GREAT SCARY SUSPENSEFUL MOVIE!!


This movie is Great!!! I think the acting was good and the story was good too. For a Horror movie this succeded to me a lot! If you like horror mivies, rent this one. You wont be disapointed. It is rated R for Violence, Language, and a little bit of gore. Not that at all. But still a little creepy. ENJOY the show!!!

Studio: Warner Brothers Home Video
Director: Jamie Blanks
Actors:
Denise Richards
David Boreanaz




DVD title: Gilda
Productgroup: DVD
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"Maybe That Stands for Something"


Rita Hayworth went down in Hollywood history as the Love Goddess. Her title role in *Gilda* (Columbia Pictures, 1946) leaves no doubt why. Yet here she is much more than a sex symbol. For one thing, Rita was a seriously talented actress. For another, she was one of the best dancers in films. To this day her performance in *Gilda* remains unrivaled as a combo of talent, sensuality, sensitivity, and sheer drop-dead pulchritude. Columbia's catchy ad-phrase for the film was, "There never was a woman like Gilda." You'd better believe it. Glenn Ford perfectly fills out the character of Johnny Farrel, the young gambler who hates to love femme fatale Gilda. In return, Gilda loves to hate Johnny. George MacReady offers an outstanding performance as murderous Ballin Mundson, the man Gilda fears.
If you like movies that challenge the viewer to figure out hidden meanings, then *Gilda* is for you. "Maybe that stands for something," Rita-as-Gilda says near the beginning; "Maybe that means something," she says near the end. Halfway through she says, "Any psychiatrist would say that means something." The question of interpretation hangs over the entire film, loaded as it is with symbolism and double-entendres.
On the other hand, you can ignore the subtext and enjoy *Gilda* as a noirish romantic mystery-thriller. It's a beautiful flick to look at in black and white, and it's never boring, even all the decades since it was made. Some reviewers say the plot is difficult to follow. I don't agree; the story is both logical and economical. But that may be because I understand *Gilda* to be a dramatized introduction to the psychological concepts of C.G. Jung. Never mind. If you like your movies to be just movies, *Gilda* tastefully blends ingredients from *Casablanca*, *The Maltese Falcon*, *Notorious* and *The Big Sleep*, then stirs in its own original sauce. In my opinion, it's an improvement upon those classics, as fine as they are by themselves.
I wouldn't call *Gilda* a true film noir, for the reason that at the end the male and female leads are triumphant instead of tormented. Great films of the 1940s that had real "noir" (black) denouements are *Criss Cross*, *Detour*, *Double Indemnity*, *Scarlet Street*, *The Killers* and *The Postman Always Rings Twice*. Still, on their way to a happy ending Johnny and Gilda pass through a landscape that is darker and more suggestive of spiritual abandonment than most '40s film noirs dared explore. At the same time, because of the intense chemistry between the leads, *Gilda* sizzles hotter than any film of that period I can think of.
Love the music too. Five stars. They just don't make 'em like this any more.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Charles Vidor
Actors:
Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
Glenn Ford




DVD title: The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the happiest feelings from childhood!


Narnia... a wonderous world. The colors are beautiful in this video, along with the sound effects... and the theme song of Narnia is fruitfully hypnotic, with an ethereal touch. This is one of the best cartoon movies a child could see; an intense imaginative stimulus. I saw it so many times when I was little that to this day, at age 27, I still have most of the dialogue memorized. From Lucy, to Mr. Tumness, to the Queen of Narnia and to Aslan, C.S. Lewis' story is fully captured, retaining it's mystical power that lies in the Chronicles of Narnia. Pass this on... and expose your children to this very special realm.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Marilyn Fox (II)
Actors:
Richard Dempsey
Sophie Cook
Jonathan R. Scott
Sophie Wilcox




DVD title: Tru Calling - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best dramas in TV


I find it astonishing how people complain about the quality of television right now, but keep overseeing greats shows like this one in favor of Reality TV. Tru Calling is excellent, the cast is amazing, it's well written and really, it's so much better than most of the shows that are on right now. You know, the minute I knew I loved this show, was when I noticed that I bought completely the character of Tru, and stopped thinking about Faith (the character played by Eliza in Buffy, my favorite on that show).
FOX should really give this show a chance, but it has to be re-scheduled. For now, all I can do is buy this set, even if the extras aren't any good, and I recommend you do the same; I assure you, you won't be disappointed.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
Eliza Dushku



DVD title: Desperado/El Mariachi
Productgroup: DVD
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Mexican Heat!!! READ ME


Wow, must see, Antonio has done it again, and with his new movie Once upon a Time in Mexico, SWEET!!! He faces of a challeng where Bucho has killed his family and he wants revenge. Making blood banks all over. But really what makes you want to go crazy for, the guitar, or guitar case. He is a mexican mariachi looking for Bucho with a guitar case full of wepons. Now i don't want to spoil it, and you can also find once Upon a Time in Mexico with Antonio.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Actors:
Antonio Banderas
Salma Hayek




DVD title: Gothika (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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HALLE HAS DONE IT ONCE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Halle berry has proved once more that she is an AMAZING actress in her role as Dr.Grey.This is one of Halle greatest films YOU GO HALLE!!!!this film is just another reason Halle is my favorite actress

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Halle Berry
Robert Downey Jr.
Penélope Cruz




DVD title: Eye of the Beholder
Productgroup: DVD
Eye of the Beholder - movie DVD cover picture
I wish You Love...


I wanted to see this movie since it came out on video but I wasn't old enough. I know, crappy excuse but anyway. I have and I've watched it three times, but considering who stars it, Ewan McGregor, it could watch it over and over again, memorizing it scene by scene, line by line. And the song and music. Totally awesome. Ewan and Ashley have an intoxicating History. Ashley's character by the way, I just feel so sorry for her and Ewan, God, he truly is a Guardian Angel. So, I figure, maybe when I go to college, I'll make sure I have this one on my shelf.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Stephan Elliott
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Ashley Judd




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