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DVD title: Mulholland Drive
Productgroup: DVD
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Very complex movie


I loved this movie the first time I watched it, and I still love it after three viewings. Now, I understand the "basic" structure of the movie, but not all of the details. The movie is understandable and David Lynch has not made a movie that only David Lynch can understand. It was carefully constructed and absolutely requires repeated viewings to understand it (what could be better in a DVD than a movie that you have to watch over and over again to understand everything?).

In any event, let me give a hint to anyone interested in understanding the movie. After the initial shot of a jitterbug competition, we see the main character of the movie. A minute later, we see someone falling asleep into red covers on a bed (don't see the person, but we see it from the person's point of view). The next two hours of the movie are a dream.

After about two hours, the main character, Diane Selwyn, wakes up from her dream. You know this because she wakes up from the same red covers that she fell asleep on (in the first few minutes of the move).

Diane has mental problems relating to her being spurned by her lesbian lover Camilla Rhodes (Camilla is in love with a man, but also seems to like the lesbian scene - just not with Diane anymore). So, Diane pays a hitman to have her killed, and supposedly, Camilla is killed. Diane is racked with guilt, mental problems and flashbacks of her time with Camilla. It is this mental breakdown and her hiring of a hitman, plus a scene where Camilla humilliates her at a party that make up the last thirty minutes of the film.

There are many little details that I want to work out to completely understand the movie, but I definitely understand the most important parts. Here they are again.

Main character is introduced at a jitterbug contest (real life, not fantasy).

Main character falls asleep (dream -fantasy).

Two hours of dream happen, and the exact meaning of every detail cannot be completely explained, but many of the characters and situations make sense during the last half hour of the movie.

Main character awakes (about 2 hours into the movie). This tells the real life story of Diane Selwyn and her hallucinations of Camilla. It also explains many of the characters in her dream, and her hiring of a hit man to kill Camilla.

I don't want to give a lot away, because I want people to view the movie many times to get an understanding of this movie. There are so many little and subtle details that will enhance this experience.

It's a phenominal movie and it really does rate as one of the best ever. Believe me, it is not just a Lynchian thing that no one is meant to understand. There is a rhyme and reason to the movie, it just takes several viewings to understand.

I will not put myself in a position of mentioning this movie with other great movies of the past (even though I think it is up there with the best movies of any age), but it is one of those movies that require, yes require, many viewings to get even a basic understanding of what is going on.

Once again, the simplest synopsis of all.

About 2 minutes into the movie the main character falls asleep. For the next two hours the main character has a dream. After that, the character awakes and we are given the details of how she arranged to have her lesbian lover killed. This is the most basic idea of what the movie is about.

I have never experienced a movie as complex and understandable as this before. It is a classic and I guarantee that future viewers and reviewers will see it as such. Like I said before, it really is not a movie that is simply Lynchian and cannot be understood. I honestly don't think cinema gets better than this movie.

I don't suspect anyone will ever read this article, as it is somewhere around the 917th review of the movie, but hopefully, someone will find it useful.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Lynch
Actors:
Laura Harring
Justin Theroux




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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see it


this is a must own for lotr fans. its loaded with special fetures. the movie is remasterd now with 45 min of movie. i love this triligy and even if u never seen it by it anyways youll love it i garentee it. a must own buy it right now. good acting jaw droping fx and an epic story makes this a masterpeice

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



DVD title: Mulholland Drive
Productgroup: DVD
Mulholland Drive - movie DVD cover picture
Lynch's message


SPOLIER ALERTS:I thought Club Silencio and the words of the master of ceremonies is a reminder to us all (and the characters) that our lives and the world and our beings are NOTHING. [In the beginning was the word, before that _silence_; the Word (as in the Bible) may be a dream or a shared illusion of sentient beings who don't know they aren't sentient and don't know they don't exist.] At best we are the dreams of a higher dimensional creature or a kid (God) in a 24 dimensional reality, playing on a "computer" virtual reality game. "It's all recorded" and the emphasis on AUDITIONS means our lives have been scripted and our particular lives have been assigned to us by a casting director. Lynch has excelled at emptieness, meaninglessness, dead bodies or body parts (much of Mulholland drive seems to have a faint sound in the background of insects consuming a dead body), and the random cruelty of nature; but has offered the only cure for this as: _a Kierkegaardian leap of faith_: The characters in Blue Velvet believe in the bluebirds in a world where they see more insects than birds; Twin Peak's Dale Cooper believe in the enthusiasm of being a human being who loves "a great cup of coffee" and a slice of pie "that's worth a stop." He stands tall and smiles and Likes people in a world partly filled with corpses and human suffering and madness; Wild at Heart has 1) a Good Witch from Wizard of Oz and 2) the singing of Elvis songs which elevates the characters (who aren't too bright) to a "nifty" level of experience that is high above the blood on the marble floor where the head was bashed. Lynch is best at showing us the reality of meaninglessness, insects devouring our dead bodies in the future, the non-understandableness of life, existential angst, angst from physical and mental wounds, agony without much ectasy. He is LESS able to make the Leap of faith real. He portrays existence so well. The Leap of faith aspect seems forced. Maybe he's TRYING to believe in faith and is trying to sell the idea to himself. Well, I may be up in my armpits in a quicksand of diseased manure and my nightmares may seem to be coming true, and my body may rot and be food for insects in the future, and I may lose my persona and/or ego again, but, trust me, we are in the Platonian shadow world of 2 or 3 dimensions. At death we will unfold into our 24 dimensional selves. I love you all.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Lynch
Actors:
Laura Harring
Justin Theroux




DVD title: Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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"The absolute best season yet"


HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm really takes off into overdrive in the 3rd season for this series. I am finally glad to see this series get some recognition. This has to be, by far, the funniest thing on television. And this, the 3rd season, is my very favorite, with several of my favorite episodes from the entire series, particulary "Chet's Shirt", "The Corpse-Sniffing Dog", "Crazy-Eyez Killah", and "The Grand Opening".

For the first time, a central theme is loosely followed from the beginning of the season to the end, where Larry along with several celebrity (and non-celebrity) business partners decide to invest in a restaurant. The season finale ends with the grand opening of the restuarant, and it is the most hilarious season finale a comedy show has ever had, in my opinion.

Very Highly Recommended!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Jeff Garlin
Larry David
Cheryl Hines




DVD title: The Legend of Drunken Master
Productgroup: DVD
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Jackie is at his best.


Before I watched Drunken Master 2, Supercop was my favorite Jackie Chan movie. Well guess what it is now. This is classic Chan. The fight scenes are incredible, especially the one that takes place underneath the train. Could you imagine how difficult it would actually be to fight underneath a TRAIN? Jackie Chan is one of the most physically gifted HK action stars today, along with his opera brothers Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. No matter what other reviewers might say, Chan is a truly talented martial artist. He spent ten years training in classical Chinese Opera and if you've ever read his book or know a thing or two about Chinese Opera, then you know that it was brutal. If you're a Jackie Chan fan, or just a martial arts fan, then I highly recommend that you pick this movie up.

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Actors:
Jackie Chan
Ho Sung Pak




DVD title: We're No Angels
Productgroup: DVD
We're No Angels - movie DVD cover picture
Classic Christmas Comedy


FINALLY!! Scheduled for DVD release on 9/27/05. Yea!! This is one of our favorite Christmas movies.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Michael Curtiz
Actors:
Humphrey Bogart
Aldo Ray
Peter Ustinov




DVD title: DeepStar Six
Productgroup: DVD
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WoW! Horror that Grips you and Leaves you Breathless.


This horror show is gripping! So gripping it leaves you breathless. I highly recommend seeing this movie. The acting was very good and the creature wasn't too bad.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Actors:
Nancy Everhard
Greg Evigan




DVD title: The Object of My Affection
Productgroup: DVD
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Touching and Beautifully done


This movie spoke all the emotions that dwelled within me. It takes a situation that can and does occur, and deals with it in a realistic, yet somewhat heart-wrenching way. If you have ever been in this situation, you will cry throughout the entire movie. Aniston and Rudd pull off a very believable performance. A must see!

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Actors:
Paul Rudd
Jennifer Aniston




DVD title: Superman - The Lost Episodes
Productgroup: DVD
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This Is a supplement to an older DVD


I do not own this DVD or any other Superman DVD. A co-worker of mine has "Max Fleischers Superman" on DVD. this was release several years ago. It contains all the episodes that do not appear on "The Lost Episodes". TLE was produced to finish the series for those owning the older DVD. Do not buy both this and the complete set as recommended by Borders/amazon.com If you don't have the old release, you won't nead TLE. Just get the complete DVD.

Studio: Winstar Home Entertainment
Actors:
Max Fleischer



DVD title: Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin / Leiferkus, Marusin, Novikova, Dyadkova, Okhotnikov, Temirkanov, Kirov Opera
Productgroup: DVD
Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin / Leiferkus, Marusin, Novikova, Dyadkova, Okhotnikov, Temirkanov, Kirov Opera - movie DVD cover picture
Best Quality; Strongly Recomend


This version of Eugene Onegin is excellent! I watched this movie with the score and know this opera extreamly well and it's all there. If you are a muscian like myself you should appreciate how the conductor is so brilliant with the music. Has English subtitals with good translation but are not removable, the sound quality is great, the sets are beautiful, and the singers sing very well and even act! Also the looks of these performers truely reflect the story's character's personalaties. The performance was perfact. I could feel the characters situations, Tatiana's anguish, Onegin being misjudged by socity and his change through the story relly portrayed, Olga's playfulness, and Lensky's passonate heart of a poet. Also Nyanya being old while Russian tradition changing acted so appropriately. I am moved every time I watch this film. An excellent edition!


Studio: Kultur
Actors:
Sergei Leiferkus
Yuri Temirkanov




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