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DVD title: Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
Productgroup: DVD
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Unbiased Look at a Biased War

Looking back over the past couple years, this documentary reveals how the Bush administration changed its claims about Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction. Through speeches delivered by Bush, Powell, Rice, Rumsfeld, and others, it is shocking to see the chronology of how the lies, misstatements, and exaggerations from the White House have changed over the past couple years. The film presents interviews with more than 20 experts, including weapons inspectors Scott Ritter and David Albright, Ambassador Joe Wilson, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former CIA operative Robert Baer and the Washington editor of The Nation, David Corn.
Highly recommended to anyone with more than a passing interest of how and why the White House continually changed its message about the rationale to go to war.

Studio: The Disinformation Company
Director: Robert Greenwald
Robert Baer
David Albright
John Dean (III)

DVD title: Neil Young - Silver & Gold
Productgroup: DVD
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Neil Young

I bought this CD and, lo and behold, after a couple of listens it ended up at my used music store. Neil's got a bunch of guitars up on stage and it seems he spends half his time picking up one guitar, doing a song, then digging around through the guitars for the one he wants, and then singing another, then looking around for a while before deciding to go play on a piano, then off again to look for a guitar. Hey, Neil, hire a guitar tech to bring you what you want! Half of this CD is spent waiting on Neil to pick his instrument of choice. The other half is quite enjoyable, but waiting, waiting, waiting...yawn. Someone please wake me when he plays Buffalo Springfield Again...

Studio: Wea/Warner Bros.
Neil Young

DVD title: My Neighbor Totoro (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I watched this movie with my 12 year old cousin Kris recently and was in perfect awe by how amusing and wonderful the story was. Kris showed me the cover and i was convinced it was only another kids movie. Immensly popular in Japan i have learned, i was stunned by the clean and excellent dubbing and music that added to the movie instead of making it sound awkward like many other anime that i have seen. set in the fourties in rural japan, i loved the almost realistic sceanery (spelling? oh well..) and the loveable and charictors that were not unlikly children.. all in all after i watched it, i wanted to go on a ride in a big cat-bus too!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Noriko Hidaka
Hitoshi Takagi

DVD title: Return to the 36th Chamber
Productgroup: DVD
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You can't Lose with Gordon Liu

The more I watch Gordon Liu, the more I like him, not only for his excellent martial arts abilities, but also for his expressive acting abilities (even though constrained--or enhanced(?)--by the dubbing), which this film showcases. Liu plays a winsome, selfish con-man who in the course of the story unwittingly masters a very unique kung-fu style and overcomes his selfishness, but who does not lose the vitality of the character he portrays (with a sort of easy-going brashness) in the process. This film genuinely made me laugh! And that is not a frequent event for me while watching movies--even intentional comedies. Liu vents a natural, unforced humor, that carries the story along and even cheerfully colors his fights; he's funny without, apparently, trying to be.
This is one of my all-time favorite kung-fu films for hero portrayal and development. Top shelf, for sure!

Studio: Ground Zero Entertainment
Director: Chia-Liang Liu

DVD title: The Scarlet and the Black
Productgroup: DVD
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Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer both star in this great film based on the book, "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican". The story is about Monsignor O'Flaherty, a Vatican official who hides Jews and other World War II escapees from the Nazis, who have just taken over Rome. Peck, as O'Flaherty, masters the protrayal of the Irish monsignor. Plummer, who portrays the Nazi colonel sent to head the Gestapo in Rome, adds passion and vibrance to the screen. As Colonel Herbert Kappler of the SS, Plummer takes the viewers into a realm of unspeakable cruelty, violence, and zeal, qualities worthy of the harsh Nazis. I, as a viewer, strongly recommend this film to anyone interested in WWII, the Vatican, or just a great sit-down feature. This film definetely gets my vote for a "thumbs-up."

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Jerry London
Gregory Peck
Christopher Plummer

DVD title: Indigo
Productgroup: DVD
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Important Message

I gave this movie a 5 star to balance of those bad reviews (1 stars - JEEZ). I persume that these harsh reviewers may be a bit discontented from their hearts and want to keep everything everso logical. Well, guess what, the time of reason is a'changing, and even though this movie does not boom with celebrated movie stars or a famous director, it has a sweet innocense that is rarely seen in mainstream movies. Made with a modest $500,000 budget, I feel that the creators behind this work wanted to do good and I am glad someone finally tried to do something on the topic of indigo children. For those who simply DON'T BELIEVE in these kids, I have personally seen many of them and don't doubt at all. And no, they don't all have attention deficit disorder. Look in their eyes and open your hearts and perhaps it will lead you beyond your analytical side of your brain. It is definately a film worthwhile a look, even if it doen't have OSCAR written all over it! So, there you have it!! Enjoy!

Studio: Monterey Home Video
Director: Stephen Simon

DVD title: Dead Man
Productgroup: DVD
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The Most Underrated Film of the 1990's

Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" was released into the theaters in 1996, and hit a resounding thud in the minds of moviegoers. I do not personally recall it even being in the theaters myself, even living in a major city. Of course, the film was eventually released on video, and from there I've been a huge enthusiast for this film ever since.
For starters, the performances are top notch. It is sad to recount that this movie was Robert Mitchum's last, but he himself is excellent in a great comedic role. There are roles by actors that you cannot recognise, compeletly vanishing into each respectively.
The film deals with many subjects. The destruction of the enviorment, industrialization, the 'rank and file' workplace, racism, violence (which is depicts graphically), the holocaust against Native Americans, friendship, and of course passing on.
This film deserves a second look by not only critics, but by the public in general. It is in my opinion essential for any true movie fan.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Johnny Depp
Gary Farmer

DVD title: L.A. Confidential
Productgroup: DVD
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LA Confidential shouldn't be kept a secret.

As a fan of paticular tastes, I have to say this movie was one of the best I'd seen in 97. Another great performance by Kevin Spacey and the rest of the cast which was, by the way, superbly chosen. This drama/mystery set in the 50's was suprisingly accurate with small details in the settings and dress of the characters as I was later informed by family who had lived through the era. Wonderful movie for anyone with a hint of good taste.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Curtis Hanson
Kevin Spacey
Russell Crowe
Guy Pearce
Kim Basinger

DVD title: Deathstalker 4: Match of the Titans
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is a treasure trove of unintentional laughs... it's really a horrid movie, but so many stupid and nonsenscial events and people surface that you laugh at 'em all.
I suggest the original DS as the best (by which I mean worst) of the hilariously campy and recycled Deathstalker series.

Studio: New Concorde Home En
Director: Howard R. Cohen

DVD title: Strange Days
Productgroup: DVD
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They may not like it, but I definitely do.

Despite what a lot of critics have said about it, Strange Days ranks as one of my favorite films, simply for the immersive, anarchistic feel and the brief glimpse of what our future could look like. It perhaps might be more of a cult film than could be enjoyed by the mainstream audience, but if you're looking for an involving, gritty, not-so-futuristic action flick, check this out. Ralph Fiennes convinces, though Juliette Lewis could've been better. Tom Sizemore, however, is my quiet favorite in his role as Lenny's (Fiennes) pal. There's enough action to keep the plot interesting, and it's always fun the first time around to decide who's doing what.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Ralph Fiennes
Angela Bassett
Juliette Lewis

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