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DVD title: Mallrats (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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STINKPALM


WHY DID I MISS THIS MOVIE? this was hysterical and I had never even heard of it until 2000. I remember seeing an ad a long time ago but it seemed like cheese at the time and the name turns off a certain demographic (me) that's why I didn't remember it. But I just let loose one day and decided on the recommendation of a friend to view. All I have to say is stinkpalm- this movie rules.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Kevin Smith
Actors:
Shannen Doherty
Jeremy London
Jason Lee




DVD title: Twelfth Night
Productgroup: DVD
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Twelfth Night


The best version, ever, of Twelfth Night. Delicate,passionate, erotic, gorgeous to look at, this is a triumph. My feeling is that it will become one of the greatest classic filmed versions of any of Shakespeare's plays. The cast are simply amazing. This is the only film I've seen in a long time that I'd actually want to own to watch it again and again. Bravo, Mr Nunn!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Trevor Nunn
Actors:
Helena Bonham Carter
Richard E. Grant




DVD title: Princess Mononoke
Productgroup: DVD
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Oh yeah


Hayao Miyazaki is such a great man for many reasons. One of them is, after making so many movies at Studio Ghibli, such greats as:* My Neighbor Totoro* Nausicaa of the valley of wind ---( his first with Ghibli, and at the same level, maybe higher, maybe lower, than Mononoke Hime.)* Pom Poko* Grave of the fireflies* Laputa: Castle in the Sky
He STILL can make an epic like Princess Mononoke. What a fantastic man! Princess Mononoke is indescribable in words, so I won't bore you by details. Just watch the movie, the animation, plot, music by faithful Joe Hisaishi, and overall feel will suredly blow you away, whether your an anime fanatic or not. But I would fell discontented to even call this an anime, among so much crap. It's a freakin' subcategory! MIYAZAKI! The man even gets praise by fellow legends asAkira Kurosawa and Katsuhiro Otomo (may God rest his soul). Another reason Miyazaki is so great is that, well... he is so darned hard-working, creative, and brilliant! I really despise computer animation, hand-drawn animation is the most creative, fluid, and inspiring in my mind. This movie is very exciting, and fun to watch. About the DVD, I recommend Japenese language with english sub-titles. I personally dislike the english version, though I do like Billy Bob Thorton's performance. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:*Featurette*Theatrical Trailer*French language track*Japenese language track
Well, all I can finish with is the fact that an epic was made, and many are sure to come by the great Hayao Miyazaki. Stay tuned for Spirited Away. ... - Jeffro

Studio: Miramax
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Yôji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yûko Tanaka




DVD title: How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Productgroup: DVD
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Whoppi is funny


I love this movie because Whoppi is hilarious.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Actors:
Angela Bassett
Taye Diggs




DVD title: Little Miss Marker
Productgroup: DVD
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Little Miss Marvelous


This is a great, fun movie. Walter Matheau is always a treat to watch. I believe this is the 3rd remake of "little Miss Marker", the first with Adolf Menjou and Shirley Temple and the 2nd made in the early 60's with Tony Curtis (taking the little girl to Disneyland. This version from the early 80's is set in the depression era, with Tony Curtis as the villain. I recommend this movie for the whole family

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Walter Bernstein
Actors:
Walter Matthau
Julie Andrews
Tony Curtis




DVD title: One Hour Photo (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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when reality and fantasy collide, it's not a pretty picture


They say "a picture is worth a thousand words," and "One Hour Photo" definitely proves it. The movie takes an ordinary action -having photos developed- and twists it into a deeply disturbing ride which delves into the psyche of the man behind the counter who knows more about you than you think he does. With unbelievable agility, comedian Robin Williams molds himself into a dramatic actor in this psychological thriller. He plays Sy Parrish, a photo-developer at a Wal-Mart type place. He is lonely, depressed, and traumatized, and longs to be part of the ostensibly perfect Yorkin family. Sy believes that Will and Nina Yorkin are the perfect married couple and that they have the American dream. Sy has an entire wall of his apartment devoted to pictures of the Yorkins, but his obsession is at first harmless. Then he stalks the Yorkins, visits their house, and dreams about them. When he realizes that Will has had an affair he forces Will and his partner-in-crime to do degrading actions so he can take pictures of them. Sy has built up an image of the Yorkins that is so powerful that when Will breaks up this fantasy Sy goes over the edge. "One Hour Photo" is a brilliant, well-directed, well-acted suspense. The cinematography and score add to what is the "Psycho" of the 21st century.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mark Romanek
Actors:
Robin Williams
Connie Nielsen
Michael Vartan




DVD title: Edward Scissorhands (10th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Most Underrated Film of the Decade


It had to be a difficult pitch, even with the brilliant blockbuster director of "Batman" and "Beetlejuice" attached: a fairy tale-like romantic-dramedy about an unreal man with scissors for hands, who is taken in by an Avon lady with expectedly chaotic results. However Tim Burton convinced the studio moguls to produce this film, it has been for the benefit of movie lovers everywhere. "Edward Scissorhands" is the most hauntingly, strikingly original and beautiful film to come out in decades, and we still have not seen anything quite like it since.
I have already exposed as much of the plot as I am going to in this review. A straightforward recantation of the story would not do justice to the complex thematic elements, the incredible imagery, the perfect score, or the once-in-a-lifetime performances given by Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, and the rest of the amazing cast.
I say "complex thematic elements" because that is exacly what this film is full of. Many may laugh this off, thinking that the film is nothing more than a strange love story made for a mainstream audience. To truly appreciate this film, however, you have to examine the undercurrents of discrimination, small-town politics, ideals of society and modern culture, and of course exclusionism.
The visuals are nothing short of amazing. My favorite is the obvious yet perfect contrast between the neon colors of the neighborhood's cars, houses, and people and the pure black and whites of Edward. You will find many other interesting visual ques obviously, such as the "BANK" and the castle. Consistently side-by-side with these visuals, the music is simply breathtaking. No other film score come close to matching the brilliance of Danny Elfman's music, and no other score complements a film so well. And for the performances, let's just say that I believe this film to be the height of the careers of many of the stars, particularly Johnny Depp, who has never quite achieved this level of quality since.
Do not believe that just because this film was made by a major studio with major actors and a major director that it can be passed off as mainstream fluff. "Edward Scissorhands" is one of the most underestimated and understated films of the decade. It is sure to gain the recognition and understanding it deserves in the near future.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Winona Ryder




DVD title: House of Sand and Fog
Productgroup: DVD
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Iran is in the middle east


As was already stated in the 'professional review,' this is the story of how Jennifer Connolly's childhood home was repossesed for tax evasion, purchased by Ben Kingsley and tells the tale of the turmoil that would follow. It's really difficult to pinpoint which characters are the "good" and which are the "bad" in this film, and that adds to the appeal. Masterful performances are turned in by the entire cast, and from that perspective it is an exceedingly well done movie.

However, this one does drag at points, especially the beginning. While the end will tug at the heartstrings, the beginning will lull you to sleep. There is some impressive cinematography, but not worthy of so much time. The dialogue is the strongest point of this movie, and the interplay between Kingsley and Connolly, as well as Kingsley's wife and Connolly, is truly impressive. If you're into dramas, this one is worth a rental. I wouldn't buy this one, though, as I have little desire to see it a second time.

Studio: Umvd/Dreamworks
Director: Vadim Perelman
Actors:
Jennifer Connelly
Ben Kingsley
Ron Eldard




DVD title: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Productgroup: DVD
2001: A Space Odyssey - movie DVD cover picture
Pure Genius by Kubrick and Clarke.


This far, I've seen only three movies that I consider as the best movies ever filmed: (Although plain relative, because there's people that believe Armageddon is the best movie ever.) Contact, Pi and 2001 (You can say I'm a science fiction buff). Although I do like the Star Wars series of movies, they are more of a science fantasy story than science fiction. 2001, defies any kind of description. Not because you can't explain it to someone on the street, but because you've got to think abstractly to fully appreciate the genius behind the movie, which is light years, if not parsecs, away from its time. From the dawn of intelligence to the ultimate evolution of man, this movie has anything for anyone who likes to sit for a moment and think about those issues that you most likely will never talk with your everyday friends (usually, people that like and understand these movies (and topics) are surrounded by people that do not appreciate them) See the movie, read the book and say wow!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors:
Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood




DVD title: The Godfather DVD Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The Godfather Series: Movies You CANNOT Refuse.


What can one say about The Godfather series? All three films were masterpieces. Classics. Part One told the tale of Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando--the Mafia Don of a family in the 40's and 50's, which eventually is head by his son, Michael (Al Pacino) in the sequel. Part Two also tells the story of Vito as a young man in Sicily played by Robert DeNiro. In the final installment set about twenty years after the original, Michael's dreams of becoming legit are countered by his trigger-happy nephew (Andy Garcia), along with new and opposing foes that make it impossible to go straight and leave his crime backround behind. To quote Pacino: "Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in," and countless other lines will be quoted for years to come. The performances are absolutely perfect, the screenplay and direction are superb by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. What more can I say? You must watch all three to appreciate just how great these movies are. At three hours apiece they would be great fun for a rainy day. Pop them in at 8 in the morning and by 6 you'll be a member of the family. Part One is my favorite. Check out GoodFellas, another one of the best films of all time.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Al Pacino




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