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DVD title: The Big Lebowski
Productgroup: DVD
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Untouchable


As far as off-beat commedies go (or any genre of film for that matter), this movie is untouchable. The only commedy I can think of that even comes close to this movie in wit and brilliant character development is Rushmore, and even that is a relatively distant second. I have watched this film about a thousand times and I still find interesting and minute details that I have never noticed before. Anytime you get stressed out or find yourself taking life a little too seriously just kick back with a White Russian and enjoy this film.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Joel Coen
Actors:
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman




DVD title: Scent of a Woman
Productgroup: DVD
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Good to go!


A most surprising movie that sneaks up and enchants you. With a most improbable plot of a Blind Army Lt. Colonel taking a weekend trip to New York and coming to the aid of a new found friend. This movie is one of my all time favorites and is a great morale builder. I don't want to give any more away but I can recommend this film most highly! I am just sorry that I can not give it a higher star score.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Martin Brest
Actors:
Al Pacino
Chris O'Donnell




DVD title: The Spanish Prisoner
Productgroup: DVD
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BRILLIANTLY SUBTLE SPOOF!!


There's a little of the famous repetitive, stylized Mamet dialogue, especially in the beginning of this intriguing, tongue-in-cheek thriller, but mostly what director Mamet does is play it (almost) straight. The premise is a con, called "the Spanish Prisoner" con. Steve Martin is the chief con artist, Jimmy Dell, while Campbell Scott is the victim, Joe Ross, whose proprietary business formula--displayed prominently throughout the movie as a red bound notebook--is the booty.
Most of us are familiar with this con from our e-mail where it typically takes the form of an African or the Middle Eastern princess seeking help from us to escape from a corrupt society or an oppressive husband. We are advised that she has many millions of dollars but can't get them out of the country without our help in the form of a few thousand bucks for various fees, etc. If we send the money we are assured that we will get a significant percentage of the millions.
Here the come-on includes a dark-haired beauty we see only in passing and in photos. Playing her foil is Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's talented wife) as Susan Ricci, a somewhat ditzy secretary for Joe's company. At the beginning everything is opaque and intriguing. It's not clear who is who, and who can be trusted and who can't. Indeed if this movie had a theme it would be "you can't trust anybody." The real worry, however, seems to be whether Joe will get paid for his work. Mr. Klein (Ben Gazzara) keeps putting him off. And so it appears that we may be viewing another business and relationships satire for which Mamet is justly famous (e.g., Glengarry Glen Ross 1992), but after a bit we begin to see the sinister plot unfold.
The acting is good and Mamet sets up his plot twists with precision--although the resolutions of some of the twists are a bit strained; in fact, probability and logic, in keeping with the time-honored tenets of the genre, are sometimes just plain ignored. But what carries this unusual thriller is an underlying tone of irony. Steve Martin is perfectly cast because underneath his sly exterior there seems lurking a guy about to bust out laughing; and indeed the entire edifice is a crafty but covert spoof of Hollywood thrillers. It's almost as though Mamet set out to write and direct a standard thriller but just couldn't help himself. On the other hand he may have had the understated parody in mind all the way, but just didn't want to tell anybody! Certainly Steve Martin was not fooled, but I do wonder about Campbell Scott who played his part with such single-minded intensity.
Anyway, there's a lot of clever dialogue, some of it cribbed ("Beware of enterprises requiring new clothes" is from Thoreau), and some interesting stage business (the tickets, the tennis book, the red-bound book, the camera/gun, the club certificate/request for passage to Venezuela, etc.). And trying to figure out who is up to what will keep you awake. But see this for Rebecca Pidgeon who, in her way, is as original as Mamet. Although her role here is not strictly comedic she reminds me a little of the Japanese comedic actress, Nobuko Miyamoto, widow of director Juzo Itami. She also reminds me of somebody who should be playing Saturday Night Live. Maybe she has.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: David Mamet
Actors:
Steve Martin
Ben Gazzara




DVD title: Christina Aguilera - Genie Gets Her Wish
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent for Christina fans


if you're not one, then why would you watch it? Well, I'm getting used to the newer Christina now, but it's still nice watching her when she still had that teenie bopper look, one thing about her, if you look at her diary, you realize that she really hasn't changed a bit. She's grown much, but she's still really cute. This dvd consists of some songs from her 1st album, self-titled, including Genie In A Bottle, What A Girl Wants, When You Puts Your Hands On Me, I Turn To You(video wasn't released at the time) and So Emotional. They final product is put over the live so she can have different shots during the video, more stuff, less exciting. Also, the Etta James song she always sings, At Last, the only one that's live, crappy quality though, and The Christmas Song in a beatiful room with candles and a guy playing the piano. The dvd is 1 hour and 14 minutes long, almost as long as a short movie. We see her grow up as a child and learn many facts about her. She actually never had any singing lessons before she auditioned to Mickey Mouse which to me, is unbelievable. Amazing girl, with extrodinary vocal talents, buy this today!

Studio: BMG Distribution
Actors:
Christina Aguilera



DVD title: The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Temple of Doom/The Last Crusade) - Widescreen
Productgroup: DVD
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INDY IS BACK!


When I got this DVD set I hadn't seen any of the Indiana Jones movies in probably 10 years! It was great to watch them and experience them all over again - I barely remembered half the scenes! The set includes:
Raiders of the Lost Ark - The first Indiana Jones movie. This one has Harrison Ford as the infamous archeology professor Indiana Jones. He is recruited by the government to recover the Ark of the Covenant, which his arch rival (Belloq) is also searching for. He meets up with a former flame, Marion (played by Karen Allen), who is a sassy, no-nonsense bar owner with a key Indy needs to complete his quest. The adventure is non-stop and the story and acting are wonderful - this is easily one of the best adventure movies ever made!
Temple of Doom - This is the one everyone seems to like the least! I have to agree - but I still think it's an excellent movie! It's definitely darker! There is a LOT of action in this movie - they seem to always be fighting or running! I agree with what most of the other reviewers said - Kate Capshaw is just plain aggravating. I couldn't stand her, and while I didn't particularly like Marion that well - she is 10 times better than Kate!
The Last Crusade - My personal favorite.. but that's probably because I adore Sean Connery! This one has Indy and his father (played by Connery) trying to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis. The chemistry between Indy and his father is great - they have some of the best lines in the entire series! River Phoenix does great as the young Indy, and John Rhys-Davies is great in his support role (I'm a huge fan of him as well!).
The extras are good .. It doesn't come with 8 billion hours of extra footage like some other DVDs, but there are some neat things on the extra disk. The price tag on this movie is what I'd normally pay for 2 DVDs, and here I'm getting 3 solid movies - it's worth it. While the extras may be lacking for most, the cost makes up for it. And for me - I buy DVDs for the movies.. not for the extras. :)

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



DVD title: The Gold Rush
Productgroup: DVD
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It is worth the Gold!


This is among the greatest of Chaplin's film. A satire on the gold rush, the 'little tramp' gets caught in many misadventures. Some unforgettable scenes are the Oceana Roll, the cabin on the cliff, shoe eating from starvation, and many more. I greatly enjoyed this film as much as Chaplin's other films, City Lights and Modern Times. Chaplin is simply the best!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Charles Chaplin
Actors:
Charles Chaplin



DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - Androids - Dr. Gero
Productgroup: DVD
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DragonBall Z - Android - Dr. Gero


This video starts the long awaited battle with the 2 androids(#19 & #20) Dr. Gero built. Will the training of 3 years be enough by the all z-warriors to handle these 2 androids?. we can only wait and see when this video comes out, but we all trust in Goku and their friends to handle them and of course be victorious.

Studio: Ghadar & Assoc
Director: Minoru Okazaki



DVD title: Duplex
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Flick


My husband and I saw this movie on opening night and we both thought that it was hysterical. A must-buy on DVD when it comes out. Ben and Drew had good chemistry as a married couple trying to rid themselves of an annoying tenant. And the old lady was absolutely great!!! At times you wanted to kill her yourself and at other times she could actually tug at your heartstrings. But I have to say, the theater did not take well to this movie. See, I love movies like Theres Something about Mary and Dumb and Dumber. That is what this movie reminded me of. Ben Stiller is one of the great comic geniuses of our time. And we also had a great Fandango experience at the theater. We will use that again definitely!!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Danny DeVito
Actors:
Ben Stiller
Drew Barrymore
Eileen Essell




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
The best.... oh yeah!!!!


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is by far the best movie ever made (in my opinion). It is excellently made and should have won the Golden Globe award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Soundtrack, Best Song, and Best Cinematography. I am sad to admit that The Fellowship of the Ring didn't win any awards. It is still my favorite though. The acting was absolutely awesome. I think that Elijah Wood did the best acting job. He portrayed Frodo excellently. He looks exactly like how I picture Frodo Baggins. I think that these people portrayed their characters perfectly: Elijah Wood (Frodo), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Sean Astin (Sam), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Ian Holm (Biblo), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn,Strider), Liv Tyler (Arwen), David Weatherly (Barliman Butterbur), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Andy Serkis (voice of Gollum), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Sean Bean (Boromir), and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel). At first when I heard that they had made Arwen bigger, I was really disappointed, but now that I have seen it four times I think they did a good job. I did not like Peter Jackson's version of Haldir though. I looovvvveeed the Balrog and the Cave Troll at Moria. The fighting scenes were awesome! I loved Weathertop, Moria, and Amon Hen. It is a movie defintley worth seeing. Hurry up December 18, 2002!

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



DVD title: Oscar
Productgroup: DVD
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the best


This was a very funny movie, Sylvester Stallone and the rest of the cast were great. I dont know why it was not a big hit. One of my favorite comidies along with Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Noises Off and Big Trouble (Tim Allens movie). Made me laugh out loud countless times. Under rated and not appreciated by critics and public for the great bedroom farce it was. Sly was right on the nose with this comedy but few seemed to appreciate it for the very funny film it was, too bad. Have been looking for a copy for years and now I have it on DVD for my unlimited viewing pleasure, Horray!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: John Landis
Actors:
Sylvester Stallone



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