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DVD title: Just Write
Productgroup: DVD
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Romantic Comedy that Guys can watch

I picked up this film to view because I like Jeremy Piven, and think he's a highly underrated actor in a comedic sense. I was impressed that I was able to sit through a film that was a romantic comedy, since I tend to in general not like the genre. I didn't leave my seat once while this was playing so I could keep with the story, and I even wanted him to get the girl (Lara Flynn Boyle) at the end of the movie. Guys, I recommend you get this film to watch with your ladyfriends. The basis of this film is mistaken identity. Piven plays a character that is essentially a 'nobody'. He drives a tour bus through a residential area of Beverly Hills pointing out the homes of stars for his father's tour company. At a bar that a friend of his is a part time bartender, he meets the actress of his dreams played by Lara Flynn Boyle. She believes him to be a scriptwriter, and gives him the script to an upcoming film of his to rewrite. Piven doesn't know how to tell her that he's not who she thinks he is, so he begins to further complicate matters by building upon the basic lie. Eventually he comes to a point where she will find out the truth, and be prepared to accept the consequences of his charade...however I leave the ending to your imagination, so watch the movie.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Andrew Gallerani

DVD title: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Live in New York City
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful, almost better than being there!

As a Springsteen fan who hasn't had a chance to see him and the E Street Band live, this DVD of his performances in NYC was excellent. The quality of the picture and sound is superb. Crank up the home theatre system, sit back, watch and listen to the Boss and the band. This concert showcases the band's best - not all the songs were hits or even released as singles, but all are among Springsteen's best and the DVD shows the versatility of all the players in the band. Just awesome!

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Chris Hilson

DVD title: Spider
Productgroup: DVD
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Cronenberg's Most Emotional Film

David Cronenberg is one of the greatest Sci-Fi/Horror directors of all time. His disturbing look into the twisted ways of society are some of the most disturbing and eye-opening films ever made. Spider takes a different direction in Cronenberg's filmmaking. The film is a character study of man with schitsophrenia trying to relive his childhood but all of his memories of it are wrong.

The film is about "Spider" Cleg, a man who has extreme schitsophrenia. After needing to leave the asylum that he was being kept at, he returns to his neighborhood of his youth to live in a halfway house. He moves in to the house, which is run by Mrs. Wilkinson, and tries to mix with the others living in the household. He begins to relive his childhood in his mind. The only problem is, all the memories he has are wrong.

The movie is slow, but it really helps to pull the viewer into what he is watching and helps them to identify with Spider. The film's score is a sad slow score that helps to show how Spider is feeling.

Spider is a great film and character study. The usual fans of Cronenberg's other films like Dead Ringers and Videodrome might find it strange and boring, but it is truely one of his greatest films. Definately a must see.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: David Cronenberg
Ralph Fiennes
Miranda Richardson
Gabriel Byrne

DVD title: Wings of Desire
Productgroup: DVD
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Wim Wenders' poetic masterpiece

Wim Wenders' reflective, ethereal masterpiece is a provocative tale of love and longing, an observation about life as we suspect it may be, embedded in a culture that has become increasingly compartmentalized.

Expertly weaving in Peter Handke's "Song of Childhood" throughout the story, Wenders' protagonist, the angel Damiel, observes the cycle of human life: the children (who see the angels) and know what adults can no longer see or embrace; the aging man silently noting the course of human history in an empty lot in Berlin...through the lens, Wenders is searching, for that something intangible that has the ability to connect one person to another and another.

I have watched this film over and over and pay less attention to the plot each time, looking for meaning, as Wenders seems to be, in the margins. "When the child was a child..." Handke's poem reminds us, everything was new, and existential wonder spurned a thousand questions that as adults, were replaced by routines that nurture little more than our basic needs.

Wenders' point of view, though is hopeful and inspires the viewer to find the child that lives in all of us. Peter Falk's cameo role is indispensible in that regard as he helps to facilitate a turning point in Damiel's heavenly life. In the end we see the birth of a man infused with the untainted spirit of a child, a man who lives as, I believe, life should be lived.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Wim Wenders
Bruno Ganz
Solveig Dommartin
Otto Sander
Curt Bois
Peter Falk

DVD title: Prince Of Darkness
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie with a wild twist at the end ! ! !

This is one of My more favorite John Carpenter movies I have to say.

The movie starts off with 2 plots, one is a university which focuses on a class room for para-psychology, the other is the last Priest of a secret order holding something dies.

The church contacts the parapsychology proffessor which brings back to one plot. The Professor has his students spend the weekend 'grudginly' at this church to study something but no one knows as of yet what it is.

While setting up in the church they meet others from the uni who are to work with them, radiologist, biochemist, ancient language student, etc...

Alice Cooper played the part of a street bum, I guess the leader of them who becomes possessed and with the help of the other bums keeps the students locked in the church so they cant get out...

Alice Cooper was perfect for the part because he had no speaking roles I have to admit but still very good movie with a shocking build up and a twisted ending that will make many think hard about things in general in life which to Me is a sign of a good movie...

Although this movie may not be at the top of your collection, it is well worth getting and watching over and over on occations...


Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Carpenter
Donald Pleasence
Lisa Blount

DVD title: Kill Bill, Volume 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Pure trash, but brilliantly executed

Though I basically disagree with a previous online reviewer calling the movie "sickness as art," he does have a point about one important thing: this movie---at least, this installment of the two-part KILL BILL epic---is trash. Pure trash. There is absolutely no depth to any of the characters in this movie, and certainly there is no psychological depth to the plot whatsoever, which is basically a one-dimensional revenge melodrama with a lot of violence and (admittedly gratuitous) gore. Indeed, Mr. Feuless is absolutely right when he says this movie isn't art. I admit it readily: it isn't.

But then, it never really aspires to be, and it is on its rather lowbrow terms that this movie really should be evaluated. KILL BILL VOL. 1 is basically a superior action revenge flick written and executed with exhilarating high style by the trash-movie connoisseur Quentin Tarantino. It takes a predictable revenge plot---vengeful former assassin is gunned down by four members of her old squad, and after awaking from a long coma she musters up enough energy to go after those who wrong her---and proceeds to imbue the shallow, near-nonexistent plot with all the flourishes Tarantino can dream up, as he indulges in fancy camera shots, witty dialogue, stylized ultra-violence, and even an anime flashback sequence that hardly seems out of place in this particular movie. Sure, it mostly borrows and playfully quotes a lot of old kungfu movies from the '70s (it even uses the theme of the old "Green Hornet" TV show at one point)...but, of course, that is Tarantino's creative calling card. (It also isn't the usual Quentin Tarantino PULP FICTION-style dialogue-driven movie, but those who expect the same kind of self-conscious talky movie from him every time he makes one should really try to be a little more openminded about the director's attempts to do new films in different styles---it's probably why JACKIE BROWN seemed to get the bum's rush from a lot of people when it was released in 1997.) His sheer unbridled enthusiasm for the history of cinema is just plain infectious, and that energy carries you through KILL BILL VOL. 1. It is purely and unabashedly what it is---a trashy but brilliantly stylish revenge flick---and since Tarantino, at least in this first offering, clearly never aspires it to be anything more than that, one can confidently say that KILL BILL VOL. 1 succeeds magnificently on its own terms---arguably a modern genre classic. Nothing more, nothing less. And apparently not for all tastes, if you have a weak stomach for graphic (but highly exaggerated and surreal) violence and have strong moral values when it comes to the cinema. For the rest of us (and I'm sure Mr. Feuless would probably apply adjectives like "barbarian" and "philistine" for the rest of us), this movie is recommended.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Uma Thurman
Lucy Liu
Daryl Hannah
David Carradine
Michael Madsen

DVD title: The Nutty Professor
Productgroup: DVD
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Jerry Lewis's Masterpiece!

What Can I say? This film is sooooo laugh out loud funny. I didnt stop laughing since the movie started playing. Jerry is the funniest comediean. And This is The BEST Version of nutty perfessor. Eddie murphy doesnt even come close! Jerry makes u laugh so hard u feel like ur gonna wet your self. (lol)IF I COULD I'D GIVE IT 10 STARS!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Stella Stevens

DVD title: Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Productgroup: DVD
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my favorite movie (frequently)

My favorite movie varies from time to time, but this one has been my favorite more often than any other. Every time I watch it (or any of the 5 truly great Sturges films -- The Lady Eve, Hail the Conquering Hero, The Palm Beach Story, and Unfaithfully Yours are my choices) I am surprised again at how funny it is, even when I know what's going to happen next. If you haven't seen any of these movies, you really owe it to yourself to watch one of them.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Preston Sturges
Eddie Bracken
Betty Hutton
Diana Lynn

DVD title: Joe 90 - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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Forgotten Anderson gem

Joe 90 is, to American viewers, one of Gerry Anderson's best-kept secrets, as, apart from two made-for-cable episode compilations that aired in the early 80s, it has never been broadcast in the USA. This is a shame as this series contains some of the best model work of the entire Supermarionation canon. The series is pure fantasy -- just think what the DYFS would do if it found out that a nine-year-old adopted child were acting as a "most special agent," carrying a gun, driving tanks full of explosives, etc.The series is a great deal of fun, and the attention to detail is quite frankly amazing. If one were to watch the series from a distance, one could easily be forgiven in thinking that it has real actors in actual normal-sized sets. Although contemporary publicity material claims the series is set about 50 years in the future, ie in 2038, the fashions, vehicles, etc. are firmly from the 1960s, and easily stands up to the best that British television from this era had to offer. Just ignore the fact that the main protagonist is about 2 feet tall and you'll find the series highly enjoyable.Oh, and it's got a super theme tune, and the remastering is, as George Orwell might say, double-plus-excellent. Carlton in the UK has removed practically every flaw in the original prints. They are pristine, and look superb on my 32" TV.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Gerry Anderson

DVD title: Leap Frog - Letter Factory
Productgroup: DVD
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An Absolute Miracle!

I purchased this DVD for my son when he was just a year old. It is a little long for a child of that age and if you are limiting their TV time then this would take up most if not all of it, however, it is well worth it.
My son just turned 22 months old and has known his alphabet completely since he was 16 months old! I attribute this knowledge completely to this DVD. He enjoyed the repetitive tune describing the phonics of each letter from the beginning. He still sways to it when he watches. Not only is he able to recognize each letter in sequence or out, but is also able to tell us what sound each letter makes.
I cannot recommend this DVD enough!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Leap Frog

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