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DVD title: Sex and the City - The Complete First Season
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Sex and The City, First Season

At last! After one failed mariage, a dozen bad relationships and countless ineffectual dates I have been afforded the age old secret that for so long alluded me. Yes, I TRULY NOW KNOW WHAT WOMEN WANT!! And all it took was to watch " Sex in the City - The First Season " to grant me this incredible knowledge. Imagine the heartbreak, to say nothing of the expense of flowers, I could have saved by catching this HBO series much earlier in life. Well, we live and ( hopefully ) learn!
Alright, I'll be the first to confess that the above paragraph, while written tongue-in-cheek, does perhaps hold a hint of truth to it as well. But you'll have to let me explain why. After sitting through both discs of this ( not so ) groundbreaking HBO series I've just a couple of thoughts in mind. The first one being that while I enjoyed the show very much it also left me a vague, somewhat empty feeling inside. Don't misunderstand me, I like watching four attractive female leads ( and heaven forbid they shouldn't be attractive! ) in a cosmopolitan setting, with cute apts., cute clothes (and even cuter dates as well! ) but other than a little 'table talk' concerning sex ( and one or two 'steamy' scene's to keep it controversial! ) there was not much dialogue here that I found exactly mesmorizing. For the most part the women featured here, while successful in business, are in constant need of attention and reassurance. Again, while attractive, they simply aren't all that emotionally interesting! Samantha, played by the amazing Kim Cattrall, the one who 'sleeps around' the most, is without a doubt, because of her promiscuity, the most honest woman this show has to offer. While the others, at least in the first season, tend to eat, drink, talk and sleep "SEX" it is only Samantha who seems confident enough to live life by her own terms instead of merely complaining about the lack of men in their lives....or the lack of life in their men! It's been stated that men tend to think about sex at least once every twenty seconds....but if this series is any indication, than I suspect these women may actually have 'cornered the market' in that regard. Do female viewer's truly want another show that expounds the age old notion that all women do is whine and complain about men....and the virtues of shopping! Or are the creaters of this series, by writing characters that seem to be in a constant state of crisis concerning the opposite sex, simply pandering to women's worst instincts in attempting to keep viewer's tuned in.
I don't doubt for a moment that the issues presented on this show are, at once, important and honest. But unfortunately, by resorting to the same stereo-types that we've seen countless times before on the screen than I suspect that the 'meat' of these issues are being lost. And, sad to say, in the long run, it may inadvertenly sabotage the very show they've created. Again, it's obviously a very well put together program but , for the most part, it does have all the depth of an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine! Could it be that the producer's of " Sex and the City " want to have their cake and eat it to? Make no mistake, the creaters of this wonderful show are fully aware of what's marketable to women and it seems they've taken full advantage of their expertise in that area. To sell this program as 'ground-breaking' television by virtue of simply pushing the sex factor only proves how really purient ( to say nothing of being easily titillated! ) we as Americans still are . I guess, even after all these years, "SEX" really does sell!
In the end, while I look forward to the second season ( yes, I know I'm behind already! ) I must admit that I may be watching the series for all the wrong reasons. And while I'm aware that there may be real concerns that are being addressed here I simply find it rather difficult to get past what I consider this 'lipstick vogue' factor that the show relies heavily on in an effort to keep the program trendy and " hip ". I do like " Sex and the City " and no doubt men can learn some things from this program. But the real issue might just be " IS THIS WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT? "

Studio: Hbo Studios

DVD title: Now and Then
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"Early days of Christina Ricci & Thora Birch"

"Now and Then" is a very great depiction of growing up..And it features the early days of 2 of now our greatest and most sexiest actresses Thora Birch (here she is a blonde) and my favorite Christina Ricci..They shine as does the other 2 girls in this more then wonderful movie..The movie features a fantastic 1970s Classic Rock soundtrack..It covers all areas of what 70s Classic Rock was..Pick up the cd soundtrack while you are at it along with this dvd..The only downside on this dvd is there is SADLY No Behind The Scenes..I wish they would have behind the scenes and bloopers of this movie would have been great..And even better would be a reunion of the cast..Coz i am wondering what ever became of the other 2 actresses in this movie with Ricci & Birch..And this too i think they could have casted the "older" versions of the girls better then they did..Rosie O Donnell as the older Christina Ricci in Rosie's dreams..The only one of the "older" versions that is really believable that can really picture is Melanie Griffith as the "older" Thora Birth..But they are not in this movie long thankfully..They are only in start and end with maybe a total time of 5 minutes or a tad more..Not enough to ruin this great movie..The movie focuses thankfully more on Ricci / Birch and the girls..Other then what i just mentioned this is one of the greatest films you will ever see..And if you had been between ages 5 and teen years in the 1970s it will bring back loads of memories..Everything from the opening scene of the girls playing "red rover red rover let (put your name here) come over" to the music to the looks and just things did as a kid and teen in those days..It is reinacted sooooo well that you can't even tell this is a 1995 movie..The sets the feeling is total 70s..It is recreated magnificentally..I am 38 this year *2004* and it brought back many memories for me..Christina Ricci here reminds me sooooo much of My Beloved Mandy when we first met right down to a priceless basketball scene..So this movie has sentimental value to me..Watch this movie maybe it will touch you in that way too..But either way i can guarentee that it will bring back memories..It will be a fun filled viewing exsperiance..A kind of a early teen girl version of Stand By Me..Enjoyable Fun and Wonderful filmed movie adds up fun for all no matter when your generation is.NOT TO BE MISSEDGets better with every single time you watch it..A must for any fan of the one and only Christina Ricci..If you are a fan of Christina Ricci and you don't have this movie get this movie to prove you are her fan..Christina Ricci Rules......

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Christina Ricci
Demi Moore

DVD title: 1941 (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Much overlooked.

I love this film!!! This is Spielberg's wildest, most frantic film. The jokes are hilarious, the action is aplenty and the sets are huge. A great film that never received the attention it so deserved.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Tim Matheson
Treat Williams
Nancy Allen

DVD title: Juice
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Performance

Tupac Shakur excells himself in this film. This along with Bullet, Above the Rim and Gang Related is some of the best acting from a music star ever seen. A truly great way to remember him. Omar Epps is yet another remarkable actor, unfortunately this was not his greatest role to date.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Omar Epps
Tupac Shakur
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins

DVD title: Team America - World Police (Special Collector's Widescreen Edition)
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Stupid Funny

This is one of the stupidest funny movies out there. When I say stupid funny for se "Kung Pow" not "Office Space" type funny. The movie is a superficial political satire, no deep thoughts at all. I can see that some of the far left might find it too harsh, since Matt and Trey did blow up their hero Michael Moore. I am moderate left, myself. Yup, America is an aggressor today, so were the British and French when they were superpower protecting their own financial interests. History always repeats itself in different situations. I thought it was great that they also made fun of actors and actresses, whom many never went to college, but seem to know more then everybody else in world politics and economics' working.

Kim Jong Il should win the Oscar for male supporting cast; he is ridiculously hilarious, like 911x1,000 of Saddam Hussein in South Park the Movie. The puppet acting is one of the best and facial definitions are done very well. The scenes are done very well, but don't believe that the Eiffel Tower is next door to the Arc de Triomphe, etc. The movie is actually quite short and moves very fast.

There is no need to analyze the plot or storyline here, since it is for pure laughing entertainment. No need to get all up tight here also. Great for a rental and even good enough to own.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Trey Parker
Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Elle Russ

DVD title: Minority Report (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A turning point for Tom Cruise?

No "Blade Runner," "Minority Report" is far superior to "Paycheck" (the three are based on Philip K. Dick stories).
Tom Cruise does not follow the classic Cruise formula here. The formula goes like this: Cruise is a winner with a flaw. Cruise takes a fall & suffers self-doubt. Cruise pulls himself together, emerges more of a winner than before & wins the girl. We've seen this played out since "Risky Business," through jet flying, bartending, race-car driving, even in an adaptation of a John Grisham book. But it's not quite what happens here, and that's a good thing. I've been a Cruise fan ever since "Risky Business," which was one of my favorite movies during college, but I've also seen his flaws and wondered if he was set for the kind of lifetime career say a Paul Newman had or whether he'd eventually play out. "Minority Report" makes me think Cruise could keep doing this for life, after he starts noticeably aging, and that he might end up being one of those superstar actors who actually gets considerably better as an old man than he ever was in his youth, like Sean Connery and (in my opinion) Sir Alec Guinness, for example. Bottom line: This movie is Cruise moving in a good direction, unlike the lamentable "Vanilla Sky" or "Cocktail," both of which were low points.
The car scene, where Anderton (Cruise) gets a car built around him as he escapes, is silly & the movie's low point. Otherwise, this is outstanding. The spiders that read retinas are wonderful, especially the scene where we see them entering a series of apartments in the same building, interrupting various activities such as domestic fights & lovemaking, which is brilliant.
Agatha is wonderfully portrayed by Samantha Morton. Indeed Cruise and Morton are the best in the movie.
I love the seeing/not seeing theme that continues throughout the movie. It's Shakespearean, reminiscent of "King Lear," in which one of the main characters only starts to see after his eyes are put out.
Here's a case where movies inspire me to read a writer (Philip K. Dick) rather than my enjoyment of a writer inspiring me to see the movies. I will be reading his work.
Yep. Thoroughly entertaining escapism while trapped in a barracks room with five other Soldiers on a tropical island during a hurricane, which is when I saw it.
Much to be encouraged about in this movie. I hope we see more of this quality of movie rather than the endless trash Hollywood seems to have been churning out in the past couple of years.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Cruise
Max von Sydow

DVD title: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers - Volume One Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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A week day afternoon favorite on DVD!
I loved this show as a kid and I'll have an excuse to buy a dvd player!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid

DVD title: The Hunted (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Histrionic Tour De Force

"Actions speaking louder than words" is the benchmark of what Alfred Hitchcock would label pure cinema. THE HUNTED is a dramatic tour de force of pure cinema. Tommy Lee Jones as the "hunter" and Benicio Del Toro as the "hunted" are perfectly cast and deliver frightenedly realistic performances. William Friedkin's direction disposes any hint of a smooth narrative flow. Instead Friedkin relies on the strengths of his two leads to interpret the strange camaraderie that exists between the man who teaches to kill and the man who will not stop killing. The teacher and the viewer know that there is only one way to stop the pupil. The opening of the film suggests that Del Toro has become traumatized by the inhumanity he witnesses in Kosovo and an extermination we see him carry out in that war zone. Now Del Toro has started killing hunters in the northwest forests and Jones must reluctantly agree to stop him. I really liked Del Toro's performance because he does not seem to be a man traumatized by bloodshed but instead needs a purpose to continue practicing the skills that he is so ever proficient at. I equally liked Tommy Lee Jones' performance because he instinctively knows of this primal need that Del Toro must satisfy. The minimal plot and other characters in this film are only synergist elements to set the stage for Jones and Del Toro. Strangely the viewer identifies with Del Toro's character because we only see him kill those that extinguish life. They take life without really questioning the overall purpose of the system of right and wrong that has been created here on earth. Jones too is an instrument to that end which we can not truly fathom.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: William Friedkin
Tommy Lee Jones
Benicio Del Toro
Connie Nielsen

DVD title: Don't Say a Word
Productgroup: DVD
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Sleek, suspenseful entertainment....

I read a couple of negative reviews of DON'T SAY A WORD when it first came out. I have to wonder if we saw the same movie. I think too many people over-analyze thrillers, instead of allowing themselves to be entertained. More than any other genre, thrillers rely on your visceral reaction to what's going on, not the logical. Don't get me wrong, logic is important to thrillers, otherwise they're not believable. But after a certain point, you should just let the film entertain you. DON'T SAY A WORD does just that.
Michael Douglas plays a celebrated child psychiatrist married to a gorgeous amazon (the talented and underrated Famke Janssen, easily the most beautiful woman in the world), with a six-year old daughter (Sky Cole Bartusiak) who, unlike most child characters in thrillers, is not irritating and cloying. Anyhow, the family's thanksgiving plan are disrupted when the munchkin is abducted in the middle of the night by a gang of jewel thieves (led by the equally talented and underrated Sean Bean). Turns out they need the good doctor to coax out some information from a "schizophrenic" patient (the terrific Brittany Murphy) by the end of the day, or daughter goes bye-bye.
The rest of the flick moves at lightning speed as Dr. Conrad races against time to get the information from the girl. Parallel storylines involving a tough cop (Jennifer Esposito, easily the second most beautiful woman in the world after Famke)who inadverdently finds herself on the trail of the thieves, and Famke Janssen trapped in her apartment because of ber broken leg lend fuel to this already brightly-burning fire of a movie. Best sequence involves intercutting of Jennifer chasing Michael and Brittany, and Famke fighting off a murderous assassin despite her cast. Speaking of Famke's sequence, never before have I cheered when a bad guy got what was coming to him. Moral of the story? A desperate mother will still kick your [butt], leg cast or not. All in all, there never is any doubt about how this movie will all end, but getting there is a thrill ride from hell. Which is what a thriller should aspire to be. This is not rocket science, just rock-solid entertainment.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Gary Fleder
Michael Douglas

DVD title: Dead Man Walking
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Emotional Impact

"Dead Man Walking" is a great drama released in 1995 starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. It was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. This true story was adapted into movie brilliantly. The emotional impact is present in every scene and every word. The hardcore impact is present from the moment Sister Helen meets Matthew, a death row inmate recently given his execution date, to the end. Such intensity keeps audience interested the whole time. This also opens the debate about death row in the US. The ensembe was lead by Tim Robbins in his directorial debut. He wonderfully created every scene with his own emotional impact, which is clearly expressed. Susan Sarandon won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Sister Helen (the real Sister Helen is seen in the candlelighting memorial). Her research of the events and the people is prevelant. This is one of her career bests. Sean Penn's portrayal of Matthew earned his place as a serious actor; therefore, placing him many steps ahead from where he was before. His heart and soul is poured into every scene, namely his breaking down scenes. Both actors' own emotional impact makes this movie a more unforgettable experience. Bruce Springsteen's theme song, also called "Dead Man Walking", is a great song and performance to represent such a powerful movie. The movie "Dead Man Walking" is great for those looking for a powerdrama. This will surely please audiences for many more years.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon
Sean Penn

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