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DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite simply one of my favorite movies of all time.

I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out, and was surprised when I found I enjoyed it- the action genre usually leaves something to be desired, in my opinion... and I normally can't stand Keanu Reeves. Laurence Fishburne does a marvelous job as Morpheus, and the Wachowski brothers spin a tale so engrossing and believable that you may look at your whole world a little differently afterwards- it leaves the viewer to do a lot of philosophical insight.

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

DVD title: 84 Charing Cross Road
Productgroup: DVD
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Thank God For!!!

In this movie based on a true story we see Helene, played by Anne Bancroft who loves obscure and out of print books. She writes to Frank, a bookdealer in London to help her locate a book. Then a correspondence and friendship develops between the two of them. Somehow Helene manages to act manic even when she is reading . Then after 20 years she takes a trip to London. Frank has passed away and his bookstore now has empty shelves but Helen acts as if she is visiting a Holy Shrine. Thank God for Amazon so I don't have to to write to some book dealing nerd in England just to order something I want to read. I give this movie 5 stars because Helene does seem to have good taste in her choice of reading material.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: David Hugh Jones
Anne Bancroft
Anthony Hopkins

DVD title: Good Will Hunting
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Movie??

I love this film because Will (Matt Damon) really opens his heart to Sean (Robin Williams). He can't forget his past but with Sean's help he can get over it. Ben Affleck plays Will's best friend Chuckie. He is a completely different type from Will, but he thinks that Will's talent is very important. Minnie Driver plays a Skylar. She loves Will's inner self more than his looks and she finally helps Will to find ultimate fulfillment. Very Romantic!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Gus Van Sant
Robin Williams
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck

DVD title: The Red Violin
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my twenty best of the Decade.

In 1681, the famous "luthier" Nicolo Bussotti has just concluded his most appreciated instrument, a violin varnished with his wife 's blood. Since that moment Anna Bussotti 's soul guides the destiny of the violin in a long journey through the Centuries. From Ssiecle XVIII 's Vienna to Oxford , Shangai and Montreal.
A towering movie.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Fran├žois Girard
Carlo Cecchi
Jean-Luc Bideau
Christoph Koncz

DVD title: Cannibal Corpse - Live Cannibalism
Productgroup: DVD
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I Rest my Case. They are brilliantly brutal!!

Aaaarghhhh!! I finally got it! I already had the CD, but I just couldn't resist getting the DVD 'cause I've never had the pleasure of seeing the Corpse live (pun, anyone?). And what a brutal pleasure it is! The sound is very clear for such complex and extreme music. Every instrument is perfectly audible. The only small, tiny gripe I have is with Fisher's stage presence. His vocal delivery is faultless - it is brutal, precise, and passionate. But he mostly just stands there with his left foot propped up on the monitor, and headbangs when he isn't singing. He could maybe move around a bit more, be more expressive. But, hey,maybe he's just into delivering his vocals, and that's fine, because, again, he does do that amazingly well. The videos are awesome, too bad the super crappy mainstream bozos on Mtv don't play them. Very gory and scary. They should bring back the Headbanger's Ball and play this (and other) stuff. The extra footage at the end ain't that great - just your typical soundcheck. I expected drunken manic behavior, not a serious soundcheck and cool, sober chat with some fans. Goes to show how professional they are. They might not shower much, but musically, they are on top of their game and taking care of business. Now, the title of my review alludes to a case. The case is this - People who slag CC saying they can't play have obviously not seen them play. I have played bass for 11 years, and I play Jazz now, but I did play on a Death Metal band in the mid-90's. After watching this, it is painfully obvious that I could not pull off most of these songs, unless I practiced them very slowly for several weeks, and gradually sped them up. That applies only to the non-tapping songs. Alex plays some very complex tapping parts on several of these songs. Because I have never bothered learning to tap, the songs on which he does tap I would need months to master. In short, saying that these guys can't play is just like saying that Aretha Franklin can't sing. It is just plain WRONG!! Therefore, after watching this, I rest my case. The guys in CC are amazing musicians. I'd rather hear them than show-off "virtuosos" like the guys in Dream Theater, who think they are musical gods. Canibal Corpse f--- rules, and they can outplay those posers any day. Period.

Studio: Metal Blade
Cannibal Corpse

DVD title: Charlie's Angels
Productgroup: DVD
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Angels KICK(S) (...)

It's great to see one woman in a movie kicking bad guy(s). It's even better to see THREE of them kicking it! HARD! Cameron, Lucy, and (my favorite!) Drew are all awesome as the karate chopping Angels. I'm not even getting into the plot that's what you'd expect...the Angels are hired to save the day. There's an unexpected plot twist. Bill Murray is great, especially as a sumo wrestler fighting Tim Curry! Every scene is gorgeous and will stand out in your mind, hats off to the director, art director, etc. The extras include footage of the stars training in martial arts and cut scenes.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: McG
Cameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore
Lucy Liu
Bill Murray

DVD title: Jesus Christ Superstar
Productgroup: DVD
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On Steroids

I can't help but compare this to the 1973 version, as well as the tour I saw in the mid 90's.
As far as the acting & direction goes, I really think this version at least matches(if not surpasses) the others that I've seen. In particular is the dynamic between Judas & Jesus. I also appreciated the whole design, even if a few of the costumes were a bit over the top for me. (Pilate = M. Bison?)
I felt that his version made Judas seem a bit more mean spirited, & seemed to suggest a different outcome for him as well. In the 1973 version & the tour I saw Judas performed "Superstar" in flashy, white outfits while this version has him in a devilishly red one.
This Jesus also seems to be in less control of things around him, though that's just this version's interpretation.
As far as the vocal talent goes, the following stood out as good or bad:
* Judas did not have the same range that Carl Anderson had in the 1973 film & in the 90's tour when I saw him. Not bad, but certainly not the best renditions I've heard.
* Jesus also lacked the range of Ted Neeley in both the 1973 & 90's tour. While I've heard people complain about Neeley's high notes, I'd say this this Jesus often felt quite flat to me.
* Mary was great, though I've not heard a bad rendition of her parts.
* Caiphas(sp?) had some great, low tones but I was unimpressed with him attempts at anything else.
* Pilate was much different from any other performance I've heard, but I liked it quite a bit.
Finally, my favorite part of this DVD was actually the "making of" feature because it actually has Weber & Rice talking about JCS!

Studio: Universal Studios
Renee Castle
Fred Johanson
Rik Mayall
Frederick B. Owens
Michael Shaeffer
Tony Vincent (III)
Cavin Cornwall
Peter Gallagher (IV)
Michael McCarthy (VII)
Philip Cox (II)
Matthew Cross
Kevin Curtin (II)
Paul Vickers
Mykal Rand
Paul Keating
Gerard Bentall
Glenn Carter (III)
Jérôme Pradon

DVD title: The Glow
Productgroup: DVD
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A True Masterpiece

What did I oike about this movie? it would be easier to say what I didn't like: nothing! The conflict might be popular, but that's because it's so attractive and creepy; it didn't diminish the quality of the story any less. I was on the edge of my seat, screaming at the screen, my heart beating like a flying bumblebee! The suspense to see who if anyone survived almost killed me! This is true horror that relies on the story and the characters to scare the audience rather than flashy special effects. A must see for... everyone, with a strong stomach for the scene when Jackie uncovers a truck full of bodies.

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Craig R. Baxley

DVD title: Kristin Lavransdatter
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the ten best films of the Nineties !

Liv Ullman an authentic icon about performance concerns , directed this superb film adapted from the homonymous novel of Sigrid Unset.

At the early years of XIV Century in Gudbrand Valley , Norwegian , Kristin is educated to preserve the name and the honor of the family and accepts with any trouble , the decision of her father to a marry engagement her with Simon Darre , the son of another landowner . But you know there are terrible forces through a chain of events which will lead her to a convent . Eventually she will fall in love with Eralend Nikulausson , the consummate seductor and father of three sons .

Filmed with a discrete sumptuosity and illuminated by Sven Nykvist and even you will beware the tremendous influence of previous Bergman films , the movie maintains its dramatic cohesion and expressive force .

Winner of the special Grand Prix of the Americas in Montreal and Grand Norwegian Critics in Haugesund .

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Liv Ullmann

DVD title: De-Lovely
Productgroup: DVD
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Wept like a baby

Kevin Klein and Ashley Judd along with Jonathan Price give the most definitive performances of their careers. It deals with the total person without being overly gory with sexual matters. Very intelligently done.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Irwin Winkler
Kevin Kline
Ashley Judd
Jonathan Pryce

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