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DVD title: Forrest Gump
Productgroup: DVD
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Stupid is as stupid does...


And people are probably leaning towards the stupid side if they don't have "Forrest Gump" in their collection.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright Penn
Gary Sinise
Sally Field




DVD title: Unfaithful (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Unfaithful (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Conflicts of the Soul


Adrian Lyne has succeeded in bringing a foreign feel to an American movie. Normally such artistic extravagance is saved for French cinema. This movie is loosely based on Claude Chabrol's 1969 film La Femme Infid?le.
The story centers around relationships which always makes a movie terribly appealing to anyone who enjoys living out the characters emotions vicariously. The intensity of the emotions grip your attention relentlessly from start to finish.
A serene lifestyle, happy marriage and a child fill the first few scenes and yet there is an eerie calm. While her husband seems to be providing financially, he seems to be unable to sense his wife's need for romance and sexual adventure. They seem to have stopped writing their own romance novel and Connie Sumner (Diane Lane) is looking for a way out of her daily drudgery. (Of course she seems to gain hardly any enjoyment in life from being a mother and wife. Not a good message.) Although she does seem to enjoy washing dishes. The sensuous bubbles swirling as Diane Lane is lost in a fantasy is artistically appealing.
Then the storm breaks and Connie doesn't seem to be aware of her soon-to-be lover's predatory nature. Nor does she seem to see that this man is mirroring her repressed need for passionate abandon.
It seems Connie has turned her back on her own internal moral compass to experience pleasure she could not find with her faithful husband (Richard Gere). This seems to cause a lot of suffering for desire. How is it possible for these characters not to desire? It is the human condition. Connie even runs from her desire a number of times, but it seems to chase her down and finally imprison her.
It does seem that these actors only have two choices. Either they can follow their desire and eventually get burnt by passion which ignites the very soul, or they can follow their inner moral compass and make choices which might allow their lives to stay on a normal plane of emotion. Perhaps normality is at times worth enduring for the mental stability.
On the one hand we have brutality, lust, fear, desire, excitement, danger, reckless intimacy, decisions made with the heart and betrayal.
On the other we have security, love, comfort, safety, understanding, loyalty, stability, decisions made logically and commitment.
Connie chooses to take the hand of lust and decides her fate. She decides not to settle into a boring existence with Edward. It seems that she chooses the more painful option for short-term pleasure and the ripples of her own erotic escapes seep out around her as pain and conflicted emotions. The acting is actually the best I've seen in a long while.
So why does Connie have the affair in the first place? This is unclear at best.
Chemistry, fate, a search for intimacy?
Is sex the only reason people have affairs or is it much deeper. Connie doesn't really seem to have any other reason beside curiosity and perhaps physical attraction. What exactly makes her so curious about this French bookseller? Is it because he seem dangerous, edgy, eccentric? Is she just bored? Is he just a book she wants to read? In bed?
He fits the "ideal French fantasy" mold rather well. As if he walked straight out of a romance novel complete with a French accent. Ladies, you have been warned.
And, to top it off, Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez) doesn't really even pursue her. He basically just waits to catch his prey in his book web. He relies on his natural charm and mysterious location to lure in the ladies. Connie seems like she was hit by a "love truck" right after she meets Paul, so perhaps it is just fate and chemistry. Perhaps she is looking for a sensitive and exciting lover and her husband is not providing her with a fantasy escape. All she needs is an invitation for tea and a band aid and she is all his.
The nudity is at times too gratuitous and insults the actor's intelligence. Diane Lane's breasts could have been beautifully covered in bubbles or more lace and she would have come across as more vulnerable and intelligent. In her black bra she was much more beautiful than "almost" completely bare in the tub.
I watched everything on this DVD. The alternative ending was not as good as the real thing. The deleted scenes were definitely not worth including, so deleting them showed great direction by Adrian Lyne.
To me, this movie presents a striking comparison between the beauty of our good nature and the consequences of following our more baser instincts in the unsafe environment of adultery. You soon realize that having an affair hurts everyone.
It is rare these days to watch a movie and ponder the consequences of action for days afterwards. All I can think is why would she want Paul when Edward was so sexy, almost vulnerable and already hers. The way Edward looks at Connie at times can really take your breath away. He is so vulnerable because he really does love her.
I am left thinking about a line from the movie: "This moment is your life." Or could this moment be the key to your future happiness or sorrow?
A mildly erotic thriller with brilliant cinematography.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Adrian Lyne
Actors:
Diane Lane
Richard Gere
Olivier Martinez




DVD title: Fruits Basket, Vol. 4 - Clearing Sky
Productgroup: DVD
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the best anime


Now ive never heard of fruits basket. I just went to the store and volume1 first after i saw the 1st volume like 2weeks later i got vol2,3,and4. This is one of my favorite series now. The Eng dub ver is excellent and funny. The ending was good but could of been better.

Studio: Funimation Productio



DVD title: Traffic
Productgroup: DVD
Traffic - movie DVD cover picture
It succeeded at making you think after it's over....


Like I stated in the title of my view, it makes you think. Drug trafficking is a heavy subject matter to deal with in a movie format. The filmmaker successfully blended 3 separate story lines together using different color lightings and various degrees of handheld camera moves to present it as a docu-drama.
This is a very intelligent movie dealing with the drug problem we all face in our society. Drug problem is not far removed from our seemingly 'sheltered' suburban environment and middle class surroundings from the ghettos where it 'should' belong to. I wish all those who care about this problem's social, economical, moral, emotional, and health impacts would watch this movie and think about any possible improvement in dealing with this situation.
After the movie, my hats off to all the drug control rank-and-files that do their job daily even though it seems fruitless and wasteful. Like Mr. Topher Grace's character said in the movie: as long as there's demand, there's a supply. There seems to be no stopping from dealers at different levels of distribution to supply the buyers out there.
Mr. Del Torro showed a commanding performance as a Mexican cop. He reminds me of Mr. Chou Yun-Fat in John Woo's cop movies in his Hong Kong days. All the characters are uniformily strong and even. There's no weakest link in this ensemble. I don't want to name all of them because it's simply too many. But you will know what I mean after finishing this movie.
Mr. Soderbergh deserved his best director Oscar. Keep up the great work, Mr. Soderbergh!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors:
Benicio Del Toro
Michael Douglas




DVD title: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (New Line Platinum Series) - movie DVD cover picture
Can't get it out of my head!!!


This is a surprizingly brilliant film with great original music that will get stuck in your head and have you glad you bought it so you can sing along. The depth of the characters is amazing considering the subject matter, and the actors themselves are very underrated, they're all superb! Mitchell is able to make a loveable, enchanting, and yet meaningful piece that is extraordinarily funny as well. A+++++++++++!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Actors:
John Cameron Mitchell
Miriam Shor




DVD title: Carnivale - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
Carnivale - The Complete First Season - movie DVD cover picture
Great Show!


I just happen to catch this show at a friend's house and I was hooked. I bought the set without even watching a whole episode and I love it. Too bad HBO canceled it. I can't wait till the second season comes on DVD......

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Rodrigo Garcia



DVD title: Blue Crush (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I love Michelle Rodriguez


I think this was one of the best movies I have ever seen. I love All Of the Movies Michelle is in. Even If I havnt seen them yet Cuz she is the Best actress in the world I think. I love her so0o0o0o0o0o Much And Thats it. Well peace and I loved this movie.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Stockwell
Actors:
Kate Bosworth
Michelle Rodriguez




DVD title: G-TV
Productgroup: DVD
G-TV - movie DVD cover picture
An inside look at one of the greatest rappers from the West.


Don't believe the hype of the other reviews, this DVD is off the hook! It gives viewers an inside look at Kurupt and really lets the world know what makes him tick. Not only do you get exclusive music videos, freestyles, and backstage footage, but you really get to see what it's like to be on the road as a popular rap artist. I highly recommend this DVD to any hip-hop fan. Its got cameo's by Snoop Dogg, Ja-Rule, Daz Dillinger and many more. Trust me, you won't be disappointed if you purchase this DVD.

Studio: Select-O-Hits, Inc.
Director: Devin DeHaven
Actors:
Kurupt
Snoop Dogg




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Going to be a Hit


...this movies is the best that i have seen in a long time. back then in the sixtys they had horable monsters and bad graphics, but in this movie it made me Laught, tear up, and even use my imagination...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



DVD title: The Outlaw Josey Wales
Productgroup: DVD
The Outlaw Josey Wales - movie DVD cover picture
A DVD review


The picture and sound are very clear for the age of the film. Included are some very good production notes that gives some funny insights into the making of the film. About a dozen trailers for various Westerns are included and comparing the older trailers to the newer ones is interesting. Most of the trailers are from the early 70's, two from the 90's and one from the 80's. This DVD is a must for any Western collection.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke




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