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DVD title: Simone
Productgroup: DVD
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Really funny movie! Loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I wasn't expecting to be really entertained by it because I heard it did not do all that well at the box office but I went and bought it anyway to see what it's all about and boy was I surprised! It's a really funny and entertaining movie! I'm glad I bought it! Al Pacino was great and the perfect choice for the role of Victor Taransky. I highly recommend this great movie!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Andrew Niccol
Al Pacino
Catherine Keener
Rachel Roberts (III)

DVD title: The Silence of the Lambs - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The best suspense/thriller ever made.

Anthony Hopkins' character Hannibal Lecter will go down in history as one of the most memorable and one of the most creepy characters in film history. His performance chills you to the bone yet you can't help but laugh at some of the things he says. The movie is also fantastic. Instead of just being a straight forward serial killer thriller the movie became a classic with it's intense psychological aspect between the detectice Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, and Dr. Lecter. The directing is very straight forward, sometimes almost documentary style and never gets in the way of the movie. With a story this strong flashy camera effects would've only distracted. With solid directing, great acting, and a good story this film is worthy of being called a modern classic.
As for the DVD it contains some great extra features. The Commentary is great although the person who introduces the actors everytime they speak is a bit annoying. There are also some interesting deleted scenes and the quotes from serial killers will chill you to the bone. If you can get your hands on a copy of this now out of print DVD grab it and buy it as fast as you can.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Demme
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins

DVD title: Return of the Killer Tomatoes!
Productgroup: DVD
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Kept me Laughing, and Jumping at the TV for Starke!!

I LOVED this movie! I thought it was really really funny, and Anthony Starke...THUD! One of my friends had to hold me back from the tv when his shirtless scene came up! Great movie! Most people would think that it was too silly, but, hey, it;s funny!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: John De Bello

DVD title: Strictly Sinatra
Productgroup: DVD
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The slippery slope

Ian Hart plays Tony Cocozza, a lounge singer who specializes in Sinatra songs--hence the name of his act "Strictly Sinatra." While Tony respects and idolizes Sinatra, he gets little respect from his audience and is more or less a laughing stock. Then one night, he is sent a request--something other than a Sinatra song. At first he refuses. He is, he says, true to his "Strictly Sinatra" format, but he bows to the pressure and performs the requested song for a local mobster and his Sinatra-crazed wife, Dainty.
Soon, he is singing at the mob casinos, singing at their Christmas parties, and doors that were slammed shut in his face, mysteriously open.
There is a price to pay for this, and Cocozza pays it--little realizing where all this will inevitably lead until one incident presents him with a moral dilemma, and he is forced to make a choice.
Excellent film--excellent acting by all involved. I can't think of a film in recent years that portrayed the insidious moral seduction of a character so well.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Peter Capaldi
Ian Hart
Kelly Macdonald

DVD title: Coral Reef Adventure (Large Format) (2-Disc WMVHD Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wow, simply spectacular. Excellent transfer to DVD

Disc 1 contains both Widescreen (16x9) and Full Frame (4x3). It walks you through the selection for full-frame or widescreen, then the selection for DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1. It was very simple, no looking around for the audio and video selection, like some DVD's. In DTS, the sound is incredible. In Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound is only slightly less so.
The film is fabulous overall. "Coral Reef Adventure" won the Giant Screen Theatre Association's Best Film of 2003. I can see why. It was filmed on location in Australia, Fiji, Rangiroa, Tahiti, and the United States. The music is by Crosby, Stills, Nash. The movie opens with "Teach Your Children Well". I loved it. There is also some music that sounds like native singing, acoustic instruments, and percussion. The video is spectacular. The colors are crisp and clear. Without a doubt, this movie has some of the best audio and video that I have heard and seen on a nature film. The display on a 65 inch rear projection TV is spellbinding. There is one short scene of hang-gliding in the mountains that is breath-taking.
Disc 2 is for the computer only. (The minimum requirements for the computer are Windows XP; Windows Media Player 9 Series (included on the disc) or Windows XP Media Center Edition; 2.4 GHz processor; 384 MB of RAM; 64 MB video card, DVD-rom drive; 1024x768 screen resolution; 16 bit sound card; and speakers.) When I inserted the DVD into the computer, it smoothly installed the required Windows Media Series 9 (and did not require a reboot!) It played the high definition picture beautifully. The movie is widescreen and plays in Dolby Digital 5.1 mode. The computer has only two very cheap-looking speakers, and the sound was surprisingly good.
The underwater scenes of the coral reefs and marine life are beautiful, the sound is awesome, the "Making of" Feature is one that I enjoy on all the Imax movies. There are some sad moments as the movie discusses the destruction of the coral reefs. Recommended.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Greg MacGillivray

DVD title: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Productgroup: DVD
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Makes "Pulp Fiction" look like amateur hour

I don't usually like action movies, but this one blew me away. The acting was outright brilliant, and the direction was outstanding. I don't know who any of the actors are, except Sting, and I don't care - they were all incredible. Is it possible for four guys to be that inept, yet so lucky? I plan to watch this one over and over.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Guy Ritchie
Jason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher

DVD title: They Live
Productgroup: DVD
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Political Subtext

Political subtext makes the film a stand out despite the fact that the special effects, production and acting are rather B-movie. Works of art, including film, have subtext. For instance, many horror films are outakes on Christianity. Typically the dead guy (Jesus) is gonna get you (send ya to hell), and you make it happen because you were having sex in the first scene.
This sci-fi gem is a look at imperial capitalism and consumer culture. It depicts life in a colonialized nation. The freaky thing is that it is also kinda like life in the USA (other than it simply being set here in the future). Other films have used similar alien plot devices, but TL provides the most insight into how free markets are subverted and people are cowed. The plot will be relevant as long as corporate domination of the economies and the governments exists.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: John Carpenter
Roddy Piper
Keith David

DVD title: The American President
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my all time favorites

Maybe it is just that time of year but this is one of my favorite movies. The characters are realistic and the plot is well laid out. The casting was great with quite a few great actors and actresses. If you are a West Wing fan you might get a little confused about who is the President at first but I'm sure you will figure it out. I would highly recommend this movie even if you aren't into politics. It is an all around great flick.

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: Rob Reiner
Michael Douglas
Annette Bening
Martin Sheen
Michael J. Fox

DVD title: Grumpier Old Men
Productgroup: DVD
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Grumpiest Old Men

Great flick, that's why I bought both on DVD. The outakes are great.
Highly recommend both Grumpy movies.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Howard Deutch
Walter Matthau
Jack Lemmon
Sophia Loren

DVD title: Shattered Glass
Productgroup: DVD
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Is Truth is a Secondary Value to Liberals?

Shattered Glass is a must see movie. It is based on the true story of Stephen Glass who conned the editors of The New Republic into publishing his lies. Hayden Christensen aptly portrays the ambitious young man who never hesitated to betray his friends and the honorable profession of journalism. Chloe Sevigny is splendid as the enabling assistant editor, Caitlin Avey, who places friendship above her duty. E.M. Forster once bragged that if he ever had to choose between betraying his country and betraying his friend, he hoped he would betray his country. Avey apparently decided to do something similar regarding Glass. She and her cohorts flagrantly fail to do even simple and basic fact checking. The real outrage is that Glass' fraudulent behavior did not occur just once, but repeatedly over a number of years. One normally should expect even better from a minor player in the news and analysis business---and The New Republic is admittedly among the very best.
One observes Stephen Glass manipulate everyone around him. This is relatively easy because he's surrounded by liberals in their twenties who may tacitly, if not even explicitly, believe that everything is relative and objective truth doesn't really exist. Sappy feelings are of paramount importance. Looking the other way is encouraged as long as it furthers a liberal political and cultural agenda. Needless to add, eventually Glass pushes his luck. The story is fairly straight forward and of course we already know the ending. Still, we are entranced by the unfolding events.
Chuck Lane (Peter Sarsgaard) and Publisher Marty Peretz (Ted Kotcheff) seem to be cut far too much slack by Director Billy Ray. Isn't it fair to suspect that these men preferred to pretend everything was fine as long as Glass slandered Republicans? Shouldn't we take it for granted that he would have been stopped far earlier had his target been liberal Democrats? The film did not delve adequately into this awkward area of concern. At the very end, we sadly learn that Glass may soon become a practicing attorney. Apparently, being an admitted liar is not always enough to disqualify someone from practicing law. Shattered Glass will enrage anyone with even a shred of moral decency. The ability to control your temper will be mandatory. Stephen Glass may not be a murderer, but Dante would have certainly considered him worthy of a low rung in hell.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Billy Ray
Hayden Christensen
Chloë Sevigny
Steve Zahn

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