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DVD title: The Girl in the Cafe
Productgroup: DVD
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R. Spears

The other reviews pretty much echo my appreciation for this film. I've watched it about 5 times. Several reviewers have commented on the soundtrack. I've done some searching and doubt that a soundtrack will be released since most of the music can be found on other movie soundtracks. One reviewer mentioned the Damien Rice piece, and was right that the entire album is great. Also, perhaps the most memorable pieces are by Sigur Ros - from the album "Agaetis Byrjun," especially the track "Staralfur."

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: David Yates (II)

DVD title: Visions of the Beast
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly a Visionary Release from Maiden

I waited and waited for this.
It consists of a 2-disc DVD set packed full of videos, extras, and a slick "Eddie" navigation interface.
See the track listing and you'll find that they do a decent job of covering their career by releasing a good mix of songs that the various musicians performed. They have the old stuff up to the new stuff of today.
I was disappointed that there was not more than several live filmed performances however. I bought the set thinking it was all live. Instead it's all music video with several live performances or bits and peices of live performances mixed with studio music video.
All in all I think it's a great release though. The navigation interface, extras, and artwork are worth having alone. All of the notorious Eddie artwork is on the DVD set.
Keep in mind however if you are looking for unadulterated "live" Maiden energy, you should perhaps stick with LIVE AFTER DEATH and/or ROCK IN RIO.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Iron Maiden

DVD title: Angel - Season Four
Productgroup: DVD
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The very best

This season is leaps and bounds ahead of the excellent third season and the best so far in the series. Great special features too.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
David Boreanaz

DVD title: Cardcaptor Sakura - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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First Cardcaptor Sakura Movie, AMAZING!

The first Cardcaptor Sakura movie is truely amazing! The story's plot of Sakura catching the "Arrow" card to going to Hong Kong is perfectly in line with the series. The story goes that after Sakura catches the "Arrow" card, her summer travel turn topsy turvy! The scenes that take place after the capture are mainly Sakura, Tomoyo (Madison), Li and Meilin receving their report cards, to which Li is not pleased at all. After wards, Tomoyo and Sakura go to the Twin Bells shop to visit Maggie, the shop keeper. She asks them to try there luck at a Trip to Hong Kong. Sakura takes her chance, and "magically", literally, is able to win the Hong Kong trip. Of course wherever Sakura goes, Tomoyo is usually around w/ her camcorder, and Yukito (Julian) gladly goes on the trip w/ Toya (Tori). After they arrive in Hong Kong, many events happen, but I won't give anymore away. Mainly in this movie, Sakura does everything from going back in time to meeting Li's mom and sisters! Magic is revealed and love as well. Hopefully you, the reader, will definetly love this film! The 2nd movie, to my knowledge, may be released much later, when the episodes reach the second season, but until then, ENJOY!

Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Director: Morio Asaka

DVD title: Lured
Productgroup: DVD
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An Unexpected Classic!

In 1947 Lucille Ball didn't have a studio home from which to make movies. She had just left MGM due to the lackluster treatment she had been subjected to during her stay there. So during this period of her film career she was forced to freelance in order to keep working. The lack of studio influence on who and what she played allowed her the rare opportunity to play way out of character from her standard movie roles which had been dominated by chorus girls and wise-cracking, hard-nosed secretaries.
First she starred opposite Mark Stevens in the little know film noir classic "The Dark Corner" and after recieving excellent reviews was given the lead role in "Lured" a Douglas Sirk directed murder mystery. The top-notch cast including Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwick, George Sanders and George Zucco are all excellent in supporting roles but make no mistake about it "Lured" is arguably the best film of Lucille Ball's movie career.
It's the story of a stranded American Taxi Dancer in London who helps Scotland Yard trap a serial killer who lures his victims through the personal columns. The movie features intricate plot twists, great atmospheric sets, beautiful gowns and enough red herrings to satisfy the most avid murder mystery buffs.
Finally, it is a real joy to see Lucille Ball in a quality film with a real dramatic character to play, acting like she should have been given these kinds of good roles all along. I highly recommend this gem.

Studio: Kino Video
Director: Douglas Sirk
George Sanders
Lucille Ball

DVD title: Hair
Productgroup: DVD
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This is how the musical should be. It is well acted, very musical, well filmed, and full of good thoughts. And the music is so memorable.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Milos Forman
John Savage
Treat Williams

DVD title: The Sixth Sense (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Where is the limit between life and death?

A successful psychiatrist is brutally confronted one night with a patient, an ex-child, who was a failure in spite of the official success. He managed to make him accept his solitude but he locked him up in it. When that child became an adult this solitude became unbearable. But why ? In this solitude he is in contact with dead people who are asking him to do things, but he is frightened so he does not listen to them. This patient kills the psychiatrist who gets in touch with another patient of his who has the same problem, or is it the old patient, and is it a trip into the past ? Impossible. The patient has killed himself. And he discovers that this young child is able to see and hence communicate with the dead. And he, the psychiatrist, is dead. He discovers that the child has to listen to the dead, and ask them what they want him to do, and to do it. And when he does it, he is able to find some peace with these dead people who have chosen him because he is able to see them, to listen to them. He just has to bring to the living the necessary messages, which can be gruesome or hopeful. And little by little the psychiatrist realizes that he is dead himself and that he has to go back to his wife and say goodbye, which he finally does when the child has found the strength to speak to his own mother and to make his mother accept this simple fact, this simple special power. And he says goodbye to his wife, and she responds, in her sleep, as if it were a dream, and he can get on his road to his new life, because being dead is to live a new life. It is thus a deep reflection on life and death and the channels of communication between the two. It is also the assumption that some people can see and communicate with the dead and that this power gives them a responsibility that is so hard to accept that it makes them crazy : the words used are delusions, schizophrenia, and some others. Society refuses those special powers. They frighten people. That's why this film is interesting : the deep humaneness of such a recognition. Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Paris Universities II and IX.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Bruce Willis
Haley Joel Osment

DVD title: Captain Scarlet
Productgroup: DVD
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The best (if you're 42)

You can estimate a Englishman's age (if he's over 35) by the Gerry Anderson series he best remembers. For me, that's Captain Scarlet. Of course, I remember Thunderbirds and Stingray as prime examples of the art of Supermarionation but here, with Captain Scarlet, the Anderson team finally sorted out the solenoid problem and created puppets with correctly proportioned heads. The storylines are intriguing, the gizmo's - out of this world and the voice talent top-notch. For a 42 year-old, this is the definitive moment in Anderson-lore. Buy it! Love it! There'll never be anything better!

Studio: A & E Home Video
Gerry Anderson

DVD title: Raise Your Voice
Productgroup: DVD
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I'll give them all to Hilary

Before I always said, Hilary is a good actress, but I never really believed, I just thought she was all right, but holy crap, she just proved to me that what I said was totally wrong, she's an amazing actress. I mean, after the first fifteen minutes, or after the incident, how she reacted, it broke my heart and I cried uncontrably. I was like, "Don't cry, there's people around." but I couldn't help myself. To see her so broken hearted like that, it was simply some of the best acting I've ever seen. Hilary finally proves she belongs there, and I'm going to be looking forward to seeing more from this girl. Also, it's satisfying to finally see her playing a character that she is actually like, the snotty teen but nice is good for a while, she's good at doing that, but she's much better at being somebody like herself; sweet, shy and outgoing. You know, Terri is Hilary, except for the lying, that's kinda added in there.

The Plot: 5/5 Terri is accepted into one of the best colleges for music in the US, located in Los Angelas but her father won't let her go because he stayed back when he was accepted into one of the best football colleges because he wanted to take care of the restaurant instead. His friend decided to go and it didn't work out for him, but Terri's aunt said that if her father did go, he would have made it, but he didn't go. So, therefor, he was completely against Terri's leaving. But, her mother and aunt want what's best for Terri, so they lie to her father, as he tries to make sure she's in good hands, she's away in LA, trying to live her dream, but she's already lost something, and it bugs her throughout the movie.
And to me, it should, if something that bad happens, like losing someone that close to her, it would be mentioned throughout the movie, and it would bother her a lot. The movie earns a lot of points, plot wise.

Acting: 4/5 Hilary Duff is simply amazing, and the rest of the cast tags along fine.

Characters: 4/5 Terri sometimes lies, when she has to, but she has hardly any self-confidence and I think that reflects a lot of people these days. She's sweet, which makes her very likeable, and she's very shy, which also makes her likeable. The father, though he may be overbearing, and aggressive, he only means to protect his daughter, and you end up kind of liking him. Her mother and aunt have kind of the same personality, very caring and nice.

Cheesyness- 4.5/5 It's not very cheesy, which is good. It's actually very realistic and for the most part, it makes sense.

The performance goes to Hilary for shining so bright. She's such a talented actress, praise, praise... a heartfelt movie, it's great!!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Sean McNamara
Hilary Duff
Rebecca De Mornay
John Corbett

DVD title: Gray's Anatomy
Productgroup: DVD
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A Feast for the Middle Aged Male

Spalding Gray's death has left us poorer than when we started. How evident this is after viewing this edgy, moving, often riotous monologue directed by Stephen Soderbergh.
A macular "pucker" leaves Gray virtually blind in one eye. Born into Christian Science, Gray leaves the church when his CS practitioner demands he renounce allopathic medicine to receive help. Gray's breathless journeys through alternative healing remind us that we all face mortality at any cost, and that no religious or philosopical system will spare us the inevitability of suffering or dying.
What I loved most about this film were Gray's frequent outbursts of humor -- framed in frustration, delivered in sentences which resonate like poetry in the mind, this guy rages -- quite literally -- against the dying of the light. And I would add that this is a film best viewed late at night.
While Soderbergh's direction is occasionally heavy-handed and self- conscious, it is still creative and ambitious and will never disqualify this film from classic status.
The movie doesn't benefit from the opening montage of "eye horror stories" delivered by subjects who almost lost their sight, and who occasionally make an unwelcome visit into Gray's monologue. Happily, Gray gets 'round them.
The man had a brilliant, brilliant mind and a great heart. Watch this, and the only thing you risk is awareness of his absence, and it is a sad feeling.
I just loved this movie, or should I say: I loved this mirror.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Spalding Gray

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