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DVD title: Signs (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Signs of Life.


"Signs," the third wide release film of M. Night Shyamalan's career, affirms the old saying: less is more. Subtlety and cohesion are his strengths, and this film demonstrates both in the same vein of "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable." With the multitude of "scare" flicks released these days, it's a blessing that film audiences can go to the movies without expecting blood and gore as the primary fright tactics. A frequent question posed in the world of literature applies to film: Can an entertaining film be serious? Shyamalan answers with a resounding "yes."
Moviegoers can put faith in almost any actor Shyamalan casts; they all give astounding and credible performances. Mel Gibson gives the performance of his career, but the real star is Joaquin Phoenix, who proves he doesn't need to play the role of an emperor in order to garner attention for his acting. The children, especially Rory Culkin, turn in good performances. One reason why his actors are so credible is due to the fact that subtlety is key; it's much easier to be genuinely afraid if there is ambiguity in a scene. Forget guts hanging out and scenes of knife stabbings - what you don't see (and what you don't understand) is what's terrifying.
Greatness is clearly here. That storyline cohesion that Shyamalan seems to favor so much is a refreshing approach in cinema today. Most elements resonate with authenticity (for example, a previous review mentioned the realistic news reports). Shyamalan has crafted an intricate web that can be appreciated by those looking for a genuinely worthy film and by those who merely want to have see something fun over the weekend.
In essence, Shyamalan may very well be the next Hitchcock and Spielberg amalgamated into one. The sense of awe he creates, his excellent filmmaking, and his ability to scare are all in his arsenal that has already taken him to the top.

Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Actors:
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix




DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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THIS MOVIE IS GREAT!!!!!!


All i can really say is that this movie is great. It is a virtual roller-coaster for your sences. This movie has such a good plot, that once you finish it, you will be so deep in thought, you'll never be able to step out of it.

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss




DVD title: Dogma
Productgroup: DVD
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Wrong


Just the sexy, heavenly muse played by Salma Hayek wouldnormally be enough for me to scream out loud and give this movie aclean 5 on the scoreboard, but I don't. This film did nothing for me. I think I laughed twice during the whole film and that's not enough. Chris Rock does his best to make us laugh at the bad jokes this great comedian is stuck with and Salma Hayek tries to look as sexy as humanly possibly, but it's not enough. Linda Fiorentino delivers well below average acting as she stumbles through the story as Bethany (be sure to be out for more popcorn when she tries to play drunk). And please, let's not even mention Smith Mewes and his pathetic character, Jay.
One of the reasons I didn't like this movie a bit, might be because of a certain individual sitting three chairs to my right at the cinema. I have never, ever in my whole life heard anyone (or anything for that matter) with such a terrible laughter and I hope I will never hear him ever again. He laughed with his whole body and soul and it sounded like an old steam engine and a jumbo jet colliding in mid air then falling 10.000 feet to crash land in an amusement park. And the more he laughed, the more I wanted to walk over to him and kick him real hard.
That said, if Dogma had been a real good movie, I had never noticed "Laughterman". Dogma was not a real good movie. Stay clear of this one. There are brick walls more amusing than this film. And Alanis Morissette as God? Gimme a break...

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Kevin Smith
Actors:
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Linda Fiorentino




DVD title: The Green Berets
Productgroup: DVD
The Green Berets - movie DVD cover picture
Outstanding 'Duker' Film


As a military man I can say that they operations conducted from patrolling to military parachuting in this film were completely and totally inaccurate. However, the film is an awesome salute to the unjustifiably scathed veterans of Viet Nam starring none other than 'The Duke'. When the film came out its sole purpose was propoganda....but we get liberal forms of that on the news every night at six. A must see. Illustrates well in part the role of the American guerrilla in Viet Nam.

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
John Wayne
David Janssen




DVD title: Finding Nemo (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Lovely sweet movie.


I am not a big fan of Disney Movies. My children and I have outgrown all of the little kids movies, but for some reason my family and I have all enjoyed Pixar's movies ...this sweet little movie outshines them all. From Marlin his father, Nemo,Dorie the turtles and all the others,now whenever I see a large aquarium I will think are one of those fish lost from their families and are their families trying to find them. Believe me I was almost in tears in few spots. See this movie you will greatly enjoy it. I highly recommend it. It will go on my DVD list when it is available.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Albert Brooks
Ellen DeGeneres
Alexander Gould




DVD title: The Corrs - Live in London
Productgroup: DVD
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Corrs: Live in London Review


Not to much to say about this DVD. If you are a fan then buy it. The DTS track is nice to finally have on a Corrs DVD. Video quality is great and there is really nothing else you could ask for, except maybe more DVD's available for us here in the States.

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Hamish Hamilton



DVD title: Madonna - Video Collection 1993-99
Productgroup: DVD
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Queen of Video


When I heard that some videos like I Want You, You'll See, and Deeper & Deeper were being left out, I was upset and all set to slam this video on Amazon.
But I gave in and bought it. And loved it.
It starts off with the beautiful, moving video, Bad Girl...Madonna plays a lost career girl. Christopher Walken is her playful guardian angel. It seems to end tragically but there's redemption and a happy ending. It'll leave you smiling.
Everything on here is a sumptuous feast for the eyes, heart, and mind.
I love Rain. So crisp and clear like a bright sun after the storm.
And Drowned World is alot of fun for those of you who've ever dreamed about being a star. This woe is me celebrity tale moves with beautiful fluidity.
It ends with the sexy psychedelic Beautiful Stranger. A sure sonic sign of where Madonna is headed next...the future is sure to be an exciting trip for all.
Madonna is an infinite source of love, art, light, and fun...
Like I said before, always a happy ending...

Studio: Wea/Warner Bros.



DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than the first two movies, though some disagree


Okay, I love, love, love the Harry Potter books. So much that I was not planning on seeing any of the movies. But we watched the first one in school one day, and then you know the rest. I saw the second, and then counted down the days until HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN came out in theatres.

The second the movie starts (heck, you could tell from the previews), you know this movie is going to be a lot different than the previous two. It's a lot darker, and the new director seems to add some more realism to the movie (no, I'm not crazy. But something about the first two movies felt so...fake, whereas this movie felt a little more realistic) - I think its because the kids are in normal clothes most of the movie, instead of their Hogwarts robes. I personally liked the change, but I know a ton of people that didn't.

Anyway. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN is the best book in the series (so far, anyway), introducing a new character to the readers (and watchers, too). Sirius Black, the "bad guy" of the movie. He just escaped from Azkaban and he's coming after Harry. Because he wants to kill Harry Potter, and because he's just an all-around bad guy, Azkaban sends some of their guards - the Dementors - to Hogwarts to make sure that Sirius Black doesn't hurt anyone. The Dementors were one of the best additions to this film: creepy, yet not creepy enough to scare anyone. The idea behind them is a lot scarier than the way they look.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN is a great movie - the best out of the three, if you ask me. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but all of them are, because the series keeps growing. Anyway, this movie is darker than the first two, with less comedic relief (though we still have Ron and the Weasley twins to come in with a few really good jokes/one-liners at just the right moments) and a generally more depressing feel to it. But you expect changes with a new director. Yes, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN was different, and you know what? The next one probably will be too, because there's going to be another new director.

My favorite out of the three - highly recommended.

Overall grade - A+

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)




DVD title: Don Juan DeMarco
Productgroup: DVD
Don Juan DeMarco - movie DVD cover picture
Sweetly romantic with a quirky twist.


I just loved this feel-good comedy about a young man who thinks he is the Great Lover and the psychiatrist who is supposed to cure him, but is unable to resist the appeal of Don Juan's fantastic world. Sure, it is silly and romantic, but there is a darker undertone that leaves you wondering what sanity really means... END

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jeremy Leven
Actors:
Marlon Brando
Johnny Depp




DVD title: Day of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
Day of the Dead - movie DVD cover picture
The Best of the Dead Trilogy


Day of the Dead in my opinion is the best of the "dead trilogy". There are a few scences that are kinnda hard to understand though. Like at the end when Shara wakes up, does that mean that all of that was just a dream or did she just fall asleep on the island they excaped to. This movie graphicaly blew away Dawn of the Dead. the makeup and the Special effects were much better. The acting wasn't TOO bad. the plot was great how they were trying to make the zombies civilized. my personal favorite zombie of the movie is the one they called "Bub". Anyways i think this movie was great.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
Actors:
Lori Cardille
Terry Alexander




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