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DVD title: The Doors
Productgroup: DVD
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Quit the moaning, this is a movie, not a documentary

This is one of the greatest films about the greatest band and Jim. I have read many books about the life of the doors and the movie is pretty much online with everything else. No one person can know eactly everything that went on in the Doors life but this movie is excellent. I have listened to there music, read books on them, visited Jim's Grave and have experiecned some of the things Jim had done in his life. The movie was a great reality that Val Kilmer portrayed flawlessly. I encourage every person that has an intrest in the Doors and life back then to purchase this movie. Also I think there is gonna be a new movie out this year from Ray, hopefully it is as a great as this one.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Oliver Stone
Val Kilmer
Meg Ryan

DVD title: Fellini - Satyricon
Productgroup: DVD
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Petronius would have loved it

Good ol' Gaius Petronius...If you want to read all about Nero's Rome, you can't beat "The Satyricon". Buy it on Amazon -- or something--
It's as overblown-funny as it is shockingly-disgusting and the author knows it...That is why it's a masterpiece that echos down through history.
Now -- Fellini wants to film it circa 1970?
Well, he (is) Italian...So, I guess he's got first dibs.
My Review: Do not miss one of the great self indulgent classical trainwrecks in all cinema...Who cares if this film sux...It's a one of a kind treat. Gaius Petronius would have loved this surrealistic mess.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Federico Fellini
Martin Potter
Hiram Keller

DVD title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special Platinum Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
An essential chapter in movie-making history

Disney's first foray into full-length feature animation was unsurprisingly measured a risky move for the studio that were best known for short Mickey Mouse and Sillie Symphony cartoons. But thankfully, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS was acknowledged with critical eulogize and box office achievement, prompting the studio to continue making feature-length caricatures. This is an essential chapter in movie-making history, with so many amazing features; it really does define the word `classic'. One of my much treasured Disney movies, Snow White has all the staple ingredients for archetypal animation: a great story, fantastic animation, catchy songs and amazing imagery that still impresses after nearly 70 years. A perennial favorite, it paved the way for other grand movies (Pinocchio, Bambi, Fantasia, Dumbo et all) The DVD has great 'making of' material, including never before seen archive footage. A must-have for Disney and film fans alike.

Studio: Disney Studios
Lucille La Verne
Harry Stockwell
Adriana Caselotti

DVD title: Mulholland Drive
Productgroup: DVD
Mulholland Drive - movie DVD cover picture
Maya Deren Reborn

Don't drive yourself nuts trying to connect the dots. Yes [SPOILER] the first four-fifths of the movie are a dream. The last fifth is a convaluted series of "real-life" images. In terms of structure, this is much simpler than some of Lynch's other work--Lost Highway for example--where the whole plot (sans a few scattered minutes) is internal. But, the plot is not really the point. Enjoy the experience of the images. Enjoy the dreamlike quality. If you're looking for a realistic plot (even a complex realistic plot like Memento), you're going to be disappointed.

That being said:

David Lynch is quite simply one of the greatest artists working in mainstream film. He is bringing the experimental, avant-garde film world to Hollywood, and for that alone he should be congratulated. The fact that he produces artistic pieces that are also intensly enjoyable to watch is a rare gift.

I'll go to Quentin Tarantino (or for that matter Joss Whedon or Amy Sherman-Palladino) if I'm looking for great dialogue. I'll go to Tim Burton or Wes Anderson if I'm looking for great characters. But David Lynch is where I'll go for a great experience.

A few other filmakers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman, Sam Mendes, Darren Aronofsky, etc. create great experiences (OK, I can't really say I "enjoy" Anderson or Aronofsky), but David Lynch, by separating himself from the strictures of an A-B-C plot, creates the most interesting experiences of all.

The best comparison I can think of for Mulholland Dr. is a short film by the experimental filmaker Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon. This film, made around 1943 I think, is about fifteen minutes long, silent, and features a series of images revolving around a woman coming home in the middle of the day and eventually winding up--well, it's not really clear what she winds up. The movie is a beautiful series of images: a cloaked figure with a mirror for a face, broken mirror bits on a beach, a flower, a lover, and (yes) a key that transforms into a knife and becomes the tool behind a murder/suicide at the end of the film.

If you can find Meshes of the Afternoon (and that's kind of hard) definitely watch it. Until then, wait for the next Lynchian experience

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Lynch
Laura Harring
Justin Theroux

DVD title: Airheads
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is the best of all time.

This movie was awesome. The three main stars could make it alone, but together with a backup cast to die for, they perfected this movie. Steve Buschemi (Rex) was the perfect psycho, and Brendan Frasier (Chaz) was great at being a hardcase, with Adam Sandler (Pip) as the stupid one everyone wanted. They finally had a really good metal movie, one that everyone can enjoy. This movie is the best, and you should go see it as soon as possible.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Lehmann
Brendan Fraser
Steve Buscemi
Adam Sandler

DVD title: Walk Away the Pounds 2-Pack: Super Fat Burning + Get Up and Get Started High Calorie Burn
Productgroup: DVD
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Walk with Leslie you will be glad you did!

I saw some people said that this workout does give you a good workout if you are advanced. It does, you may just have to improvise the workout. You may have to add more arms or add the weighted balls for the whole workout. If you want to it is easy to up your workout and feel a burn and sweat. I love these videos because they are fun and they great. You really don't even feel like it is a workout because you are having too much fun along the way. For people who are just starting you may want to do the 1 mile walk and once you get used to the moves (which are not difficult) you can move to the two mile and once conformable move up to the three mile. But, if you have been working out for a while these videos are great to mix if you are in a lazy mood but want a workout the 1 mile is great for that. Or you can up the workout on all the videos by adding weights or arms or any variation. These were my first Leslie videos and they are the best but I love all the them even the older ones-that I find at my Library. Her videos are encouraging and fun. I recommend them for everyone and if you are worried because of age or medical these videos are great for you (ask your dr. first) but they are great for EVERYONE!

Studio: Good Times Home Vide
Leslie Sansone

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3) - movie DVD cover picture
Better than the first two

This movie instantly became one of my all-time favorites. J.K. Rowling has written an incredible series, and I think that this movie does it justice. It was much better than the first two, although it takes some getting used to. Because of the new director and the new Dumbledore, some fans may be disappointed simply because there are some details that are different and will take some getting used to. However, I thought that these new changes made the movie much better than the first two. I must also say that I am now a huge fan of Director Alfonso Cuaron and actor Micheal Gambon as Dumbledore. It is an incredible film and as soon as it is released, I will buy it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

DVD title: The Warner Gangsters Collection (The Public Enemy / White Heat / Angels with Dirty Faces / Little Caesar / The Petrified Forest / The Roaring Twenties)
Productgroup: DVD
The Warner Gangsters Collection (The Public Enemy /  White Heat / Angels with Dirty Faces / Little Caesar / The Petrified Forest / The Roaring Twenties) - movie DVD cover picture
Close Encounter with the Stars

Jim: "Big Ed" ain't gonna like it, uh huh.

Bogie: "Now don't be a fool," anybody will like it.

Mayo: I like it, sort of.

Jim: Is it stuffy in here...or am I crazy?

Mayo (clipped voice): I like it a lot!!!

Robinson: "Is this the end...?"

Jim: Naw, sit down.

Billy Halop: Yeah, sitdown.

Jim: "Who invited you?"

O'Brien: "Wait a minute Rocky!"

Robinson: "Is this the end...?"

Jim: All this at one time! Makes bells go crazy in my head!

Sheridan: You look familiar. A little heavy.

Robinson: Somebody calling me?

Bogie: "What goes around...comes around again."

Jim: You sharpen that up, and you'll get a swell job writing greeting cards. "Um-hm. Yes you will."

Robinson: "Is this the end...?"

Bogie: Naw, but they'll "seeing you soon" in the funny papers! [shoots]

Jim: "Not you, you mug!" [returns fire]

Bogie: "No, Rocky! No!!" [shoots with gusto]

Robinson: So am I to understand that this _is_ "the end of Ricco"? My shoes are killing me.

Jim: Tell ya what, Eddie, tell ya what. Now that the shoot is over, I'll drive you down to my 'shoe guy' and we'll see what he recommends. Right? Ah-huh. Bogie?

Bogie: Naw you guys go on over there, I gotta see Betty. Nag nag. I may have to take the Santana out for the weekend. However, "I'll be seeing you soon!"

Robinson: He's quite the gentleman, that Bogie, heh? Ha ha. Born high class, always high class.

Jim: Give me a farm any day.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Leslie Howard
Bette Davis
James Cagney
Humphrey Bogart
Edward G. Robinson

DVD title: Ranma 1/2 - OAV Series, Episodes 1-12
Productgroup: DVD
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Ranma 1/2 is still the best

Here it is, the best Ranma 1/2 episodes of the Ranmaverse. The animation is top notch. Lots of people who see this will probably notice that Ranma's (female) voice is different compared to the others. Another stand out is during the "Tendo Family Christmas Scramble" while the girls are singing karaoke, they sing "Little Date" (the second opening theme) in english, if you know the song, they forget to say the lyrics "Fall in love!", you can also tell because their mouths are moving but nothing is coming out. Besides these two things everything is terrific. Sorry for pointing out a few defects, but I just had to bring it up. Still don't let these little, almost microscopic defects ruin your decision of buying it, it is worth every penny.

Studio: Viz Video
Ranma 1
2-Oav Series

DVD title: Alien Resurrection
Productgroup: DVD
Alien Resurrection - movie DVD cover picture
Don't even bother with the bad critics.

Once again a new horror movie is out, and once again you'll find hundreds upon hundreds of critics saying the same unfathomably stupid thing: "it requires a great stretch of the imagination". WTF? This is a movie, you're looking at an image on a screen of people reding off lines that were given to them while computer generated creations chase them around. Of course it requires a stretch of the imagination, you fools, it's NOT REAL.
Anyway, as for the movie itself, I thought it was quite good and a big improvemnt over the highly dissapointing Alien 3. The plot is that Riply has been cloned, 200 years after she dies, in a plan to resurrect the alien species for miltary study. Of course all hell breaks loose when the aliens break out of their holding cells with a nice crew of hardass criminals to chase around. The acting is fine and the set is awesome in a dark, Nine Inch Nails video sort of way, but what I liked most was how the film really put the spotlight on the aliens. Here we're shown their true intelligence, particularly in their initial escape from their captures, and also treated to an impressive display of hydrodynamic grace. The queen alien is here too, but only briefly, due to the fact she is turned on by the grotesque hybrid Riply-alien, quite a disgusting looking monster. The new addition is all fine and good but I would have rather seen the queen in action, walking around and opening a can of whoop-a in all her new CGI glory.
Basically, amazing CGI affects on our extraterresrial friends and a sleek new look, a clever story, and cool comic book inspired action make for a darn good sci-fi thriller and a nice addition to the alien series.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Sigourney Weaver
Winona Ryder

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