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DVD title: Pulp Fiction
Productgroup: DVD
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The wildest, funniest cinematic ride you'll ever take.


Quentin Tarantino, if nothing else, is the greatest screenwriter ever. His dialogue is so alive. Sure, there is an excessive amount of profanity but who cares. Just listening to his characters speak is a joy. This film has no single plot. But that doesn't matter because this film is more about the characters and how the react to certain situations. What bothers a lot of people is that the film has a nonlinear plot.("Citizen Kane" didn't either) Most people I talked to found it confusing and pointless. I thought it was brilliant. When watching this film, whether you liked it or not, you know you are watching something unique. Tarantino has the ability to make you laugh at normally appaling events. Specifically the scene in the car when John Travolta'a character "accidentally" shoots a guy in the face and they have to take the car to a friends house and take care of the dilema. Also Tarantino's fictional TV and movie titals are hilarious ("Fox Force Five." "Coming Home In A Body Bag," from "True Romance") Quentin Tarantino is without a doubt the most influential filmmaker in at least the past twenty years. He's the Orson Welles of my generation.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors:
John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Bruce Willis




DVD title: Waterworld
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing visuals with an interesting story


This is one of my favorite movies, mainly cause its unlike any other movies that I have seen. I've read some other reviews sayings its a rip off of various other films, but none of those were filmed completly on water, which makes this movie more impressive.
I found the story to be good overall, but if anything I would of liked to of seen a little more than the small mention of how the polar ice caps melted. Then again, if the characters knew what happened in the past there wouldn't be that mythism about dry land. I just found this very interesting, almost as if it were a fantasy world.
As for the DVD itself, I would of liked to seen more extras included in this, however it is an older dvd, and this is just starting to catch on with newer releases, so I guess I shouldn't complain. Its a great movie to add to your collection.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Tina Majorino




DVD title: The Family Man
Productgroup: DVD
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This Movie really reach me deep inside !


A modern-day Frank Capra story. Jack Campbell, a successful and talented businessman, is happily living his single life. He has everything, or so he thinks. One day he wakes up in a new life where he didn't leave his college girlfriend for a London trip. He's married to Kate, lives in Jersey and has two kids. He, of course, desperately wants his life back for which he has worked 13 years for. He's president of P. K. Lassiter Investment House and not a tire salesman at Big Ed's. He drives a Ferrari and not a mini-van that never starts. And most importantly he doesn't wake up in the morning with kids jumping on the bed. After a bad start, day by day he's more confident in his new life and starts to see what he's been missing. Turns out money's good to have but that's not everything. - Jack Campbell: a 36 years old, 6'1'', Nicolas Cage. - Kate Reynolds: a 34 years old, 5'8'', T?a Leoni. - Annie Campbell: a 6 years old, Makenzie Vega, who is half-Colombian and half-Italian. - Josh Campbell: Twin Brother Jake and Ryan Milkovich.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brett Ratner
Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Téa Leoni




DVD title: Willow (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Willow (Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
One of my familys favourite movies!


I first saw this movie in the theatres when I was very young and it has remained a favourite ever since. The special effects are still pretty good as well. The characters, the humour and the music all combine to make a masterpiece. Why isn't this available! I'd buy it again in a heartbeat!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Ron Howard
Actors:
Val Kilmer
Joanne Whalley
Warwick Davis




DVD title: Love Serenade
Productgroup: DVD
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Sunray Silos & Sheilas


My favourite movie. Drive into the hypnotic outback town of Sunray and adjust your attitude accordingly.Two small-minded sisters and two over-sized silos hardly sound like the basis for a plot. However,introduce a jaded sleazo DJ in exile from Brisbane,throw in a singing,nudist Chinese restauranteur,smother with a liberal coating of agendas(both obvious and hidden)and you have a very dark comedy.Comedy because it makes you laugh and dark because it makes you think. Certainly,the search for the ideal partner will never seem the same again.Neither will beef and black bean sauce. This film probably holds tremendous appeal for a potentially limited audience and as such may never achieve the acclaim it truly deserves.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Shirley Barrett
Actors:
Miranda Otto
Rebecca Frith
George Shevtsov




DVD title: Shallow Grave
Productgroup: DVD
Shallow Grave - movie DVD cover picture
One of the greatest


"How would you react if I told you I was an antichrist?" - mocks David the prospective roommate during one of the fun interviews in the beginning of the movie. Well, what do you know? A little further into the plot and that question doesn't sound so comical anymore.This film is not a simple betrayal and greed story, but rather deep exploration of the darker side of human nature, terrifying journey into the anti-world where love becomes hate, generosity turns into greed, friendship into betrayal, and even light comes from beneath. Thus, it is no accident that Alex, who places less emphasis on moral issues than his roommates, is least affected by that transformation, and I would argue that his initial motive for replacing the contents of the suitcase was just a practical joke. And David's reason for taking control of the money and his later attempt to have it all is not really greed, but rather some warped sense of justice, the revenge on his former friends for pushing him into the abyss of inhumanity. And Juliet, also, can not escape destruction, although she realizes it at a later stage. Then, she does want the money badly, as the only possible compensation for the lost soul.I saw this film first time few years ago on late night TV, starting about one-fifth into the feature, missing the title and credits. The story, the atmosphere, the detachment and subtle irony of the presentation, which made it even more powerful, its momentum and unflagging rhythm, the acting, - it was like a kick in the head. Next morning, I was calling my friends, describing the plot and asking for the title, until someone gave me the answer. "What an amazing film!" - my reply was.Five stars are not enough to rate this film's virtues. IMHO, it is one of the greatest achievements in the history of cinema, a must for a serious viewer. "Black comedy"? Give me a break!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Danny Boyle
Actors:
Kerry Fox
Christopher Eccleston
Ewan McGregor




DVD title: Rush - Rush in Rio
Productgroup: DVD
Rush - Rush in Rio - movie DVD cover picture
All things considered...


I've just read a number of reviews for Rush in Rio, both good and bad. I was one of the guys that ran out and bought this only days after it's release in October. I saw Rush twice during the Vapor Trails Tour (Saratoga Springs NY and Manchester NH, respectively). I had incredible seats for both (first few rows from the stage). A fan for 25+ years.
It's disheartening to see things like "the audio sucks", "horrible" etc. If you know anything about this production, you know that guitarist Alex Lifeson was THE individual pretty much responsible for mixing the audio for this DVD. Geddy Lee has said that neither he nor Neil had any desire to become involved in the mixing of this project, so it all fell on Alex. So, that's a direct hit towards him and his 30 years worth of experience in the music business. The guy put in ungodly hours, months of stress, and even lost his father during the time period this project was being mixed and I'm ashamed that other Rush fans would 'dis him like that. Personally, this show sounds great on my Onkyo 5.1 surround system and I very quickly find myself reliving the shows I saw when I view it.
My 16 year old son (not particularly a Rush fan due to his young age) sat in awe last weekend as we watched it. I believe that this was a special performance that captured Rush in all their musicianship glory and in the spirit of what they've always been about...the music. As many music groups can only wish that they will play as well, perform as well, and draw as many people after 30 years of playing.
As far as not being able to hit certain notes, it's just part of getting old but I don't believe that it detracts from the energy of the performance at all. That being said, Rush is also a band that in my opinion has aged quite gracefully and have never tried to be something they're not - 20 somethings.
If you watched any of the documentary or read any of the interviews you will also realize that it's a miracle this first time ever show in Rio even occurred at all. From the equipment being rained on a few days before and arriving late at the venue in the first place, to the fact that most of the audio and video equipment was screwed into makeshift 2 x 4 racks in the back of a rented truck, and all of the other unforseen obstacles that occurred, makes it all that more amazing a show. The quick camera movements and angles are a reflection of the energy and momentum of this particular show (I believe) and it certainly keeps the audience captive. Besides, if you're going to have a production involving 22 cameras, why not take advantage of all of them?
Lastly, the whole Vapor Trails tour symbolized one of the most celebrated returns (in light of the five-year hiatus that noone likes to talk about)and I think the DVD exemplifies that. If you're truly a Rush fan and you think this DVD stinks, then you're missing the point entirely.
It's OK to disagree but I for one have to give Rush In Rio my full endorsement. To those that do...enjoy!

Studio: Rounder
Director: Daniel E. Catullo



DVD title: The Lord Of The Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Lord Of The Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
The Epic Of All Ages


Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic The Lord Of The Rings is a never-dying masterpiece of all ages. The view of Jackson towards Tolkien's world is so marvellous and so real in the same time, you can feel the breeze of Tolkien in every minute in the movie. The Illusion of details is so marvellous, the miniatures created by WETA are magnnificent. Everything stepped out of the book, every single detail, every tree and every meadow. The Details of the paths, the cities and yhe places are marvellous just as imagined by Tolkien himself and described in the books (I'm a LOTR Book Fan before I became a total LOTR Freak after the movie).

The Fellowship Of The Ring is the beginning of the journey, very mysterious and breathtaking it was, from the very moments when we see Sauron overthrown and the Ring's passing to Isildur.
The Character of Gollum appears slightly in two shots but that will be greatly enhanced in The Two Towers. Saruman is played magnificently by Christopher Lee (better than I imagined it will be). Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) is very talented actor and I am very pleased that he did that role.

The Two Towers is the second installement of the trilogy where we see and behold Gollum, the greatest CG character indeed, the inner struggle between Gollum and Smeagol is a main aspect in the movie. We see, also, Saruman unleashed with all his power commanding 10000 uruks towards Helm's Deep then The Glorious battle at Helm's Deep and The Flooding Of Isengard by the Ents. The Battle for Helm's Deep is over, The Battle for the Middle-Earth is about to begin as Gandalf The White said in the end.

The Return Of The King is the greatest movie ever created ( in my opinion ). The Battle of Helm's Deep seemed a miniature compared with The Pelennor Fields as well as Edoras to Minas Tirith. The Quest to destroy the Ring continues unti the end!!!!

The Characters stepped out of the book creating the real Tolkien's world on the screen, the actors did it as well as the director, Jackson became a real filmmaker, a point of turn in the history of cinema.

The DVD is marvellous with all the animated menus and extra video content, The Special Features are OK though mostly promotional but it is worth seeing.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Actors:
Elijah Wood



DVD title: Bottle Rocket
Productgroup: DVD
Bottle Rocket - movie DVD cover picture
One of the greatest movies on this planet.


You will not find humor much like this anywhere else. Wes Anderson has created a whole new world of quirkiness that will leave you rolling on the floor. The style of realism and simplicity is so unique you won't even be able to pin-point exactly what's funny about it, it just is. While this movie may not necessarily be for the farts-are-funny people, it will be riotous towards the people who know good comedy.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Wes Anderson
Actors:
Luke Wilson
Owen Wilson




DVD title: Shaun of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
Shaun of the Dead - movie DVD cover picture
We're comming to get you Barbera!


Shaun of the Dead was a hilarious twist to the zombie movie genre. Simon Pegg stars as Shaun, a working class man, unhappy with his job, fighting with his girlfriend, and for some time, completely oblivious to the world quickly becoming overrun by flesh-hungry walking dead. The movie made great referances to George Romero and his start of the whole genre with 'Night of the Living Dead' when all the while cracking up the audience with the witty brittish humor director Edgar Wright brought to the film. It's definately worth checking out. To put it best, the text on the cover explains it right, "It's a romantic comedy, with zombies."

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Edgar Wright
Actors:
Simon Pegg
Kate Ashfield
Nick Frost




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