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DVD title: Happy Gilmore
Productgroup: DVD
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Very good comedy

It's an idea crazy enough to work. Take Adam Sandler and put him on the PGA tour, then sit back and wait for the hilarity to ensue. Happy Gilmore is one of the funniest films of the 1990s, and it is actually pretty uplifting to all of us who love to cheer for the underdog. There's nothing really intellectual about this film, and that's perfectly OK. We have our underdog, Happy Gilmore; his only dream in life is to be a professional hockey player, but the only thing he brings to the ice is a quick temper. Then we have the lovable grandmother put in a precarious situation-her house, which her own late husband built, has been seized by the government as a result of her not paying taxes for ten years. Happy accidentally discovers his ability to hit a golf ball very, very far, tries to rustle up some money off of bets at the local links, and almost accidentally, with the help of Chubbs, the local pro who saw his own promising golf career come to and end after an unfortunate encounter with an alligator, finds himself on the pro golf tour. Then there is the undeniably arrogant and completely unlikable bad guy, Shooter McGowan, whose place atop golf's elite is threatened by the young upstart Happy. Of course, this kind of story calls for a leading lady, as well, and the businesslike yet increasingly desirable tour media director Virginia Venit (Julie Bowen) fits the bill to a tee (I swear this pun was entirely unintentional).
Of course, the funniest parts of the movie take place on the golf course when the hockey-minded Happy takes out his early frustrations. At his first pro event, he launches into one profanity-laced (mostly bleeped) tirade after another, throwing clubs, having in-your-face discussions with his uncooperative golf balls, and generally being very ungolfer-like. Of course, the fans love it, so the PGA decides not to throw him out. With Virginia's help, he manages to keep his behavior at a PG level, at least until the pro-am tournament. Faced with a relentless heckler and a constantly complaining partner in Bob Barker, he snaps and has a go at Bob. Hey, Bob Barker had it coming. Faced with a month-long suspension, everything is on the line, both his grandmother's house and his own future golf career, at the PGA championship where he and Shooter compete for the gold jacket. If you take away some of the profanity early on, Happy Gilmore is actually a pretty family-oriented little movie, and I for one certainly enjoy seeing the biggest underdog imaginable come out on top over the arrogant and despicable favorite.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Dennis Dugan
Adam Sandler

DVD title: Successful Fly Fishing Strategies
Productgroup: DVD
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An old friend

I have been viewing and using these tapes now for about 5 years, and every time I put a tape in the VCR I know that when I push play I will learn something I didn't catch the time before. The tapes are like an "old friend" that has something new to share with me each time I see him. Dick and Gary are the definition of on stream fun while at the same time, true professors in the skills of disecting a piece of water and sharing successful techniques to pursue the one thing we all have in common...the love of catching trout. Push play, sit back and learn.

Director: Jeff Pill

DVD title: Crossroads
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie

... it's no Academy Awarding winning film and it probably won't win any awards (well, of course there's the MTV movie awards), but it still manages to be entertaining, so to say to the latest piles-of-crap that movie theaters have been showing (with an exception, big time, to "Spider-man"). Sure, Spears is no Julia Roberts, but tink about this...she does a 10-times better job than Miriah Carrey did in the god-awful "Glitter"!!! Of course, I surpirsingly found Mandy Moore's character well acted in "A walk to Remember" (which was released ironically around the same time as "Crossroads"), ...
Enter the world of Lucy (Britney Spears), a 18-year old valevictorian high school graduate, who seems to be looking for her path in life and her way. Only recently, on her graduation/prom night, she, along with fellow former friends Kit (Zoe Salanda, "Center Stage"), a stuck up and pre-madonna popular girl, and Mimi (Taryn Manning,"Crazy/Beautiful"), a tough and rugged trailer park girl, dig up a time-capsule box they buried back when they were young, promising to be friends forever. Unfortunately, times change and they separated over the years. Mimi wants to travel to California to find her boyfriend that got her 5-months pregnant, while Kit wants to become famous and Lucy just wants to find her mother that abandoned her when she was little. The 3 then hit the road, with Mimi's mysterious 4 0'clock shadowed friend, Ben (Anson Mount, "Urban Legends: Final Cut") as their guide, with his 1972 Buick Skylark convertable as their transportation. The film then starts to take off on it's plot route into territory that has been discovered before, but never in this way. From camping in the wild, to living in unsanitary motels, to Karokeing to "I Love Rock N' Roll", which is a part that is marginally enjoyable (when I mean "marginally enjoyable", I mean it would kill you to listen for at least 25 seconds. *ouch!*). Otherwise, good.
"Crossroads" is very enjoyable for the second time, even though I practically lothed it. Dan Aykroyd does somewhat of a luke-warm job as Lucy's *overprotected* father (hence the song). Kim Catrell ("Sex and the City") does a short, yet never the less, satifying job as Lucy's astanged mother, that is somewhat of the antagonist in the film. I loved Justin Long's ("Galaxy Quest", "Jeepers Creepers") character, which was un-important, but funny. Many parents, spiting the fact that many Britney fans are young, might raise a few eyebrows on the fact that there is some teen-sexuality from the film (Spears, in the first scene, is seen dancing to Madonna's "Open your heart to me" in a bra and panties, where as later, she gets a little sexual with Mount, taking off her clothes and they passionately kiss), other than the teen-pregnancy, date rape, teenage drinking and some language. Of course, it's a PG-13 movie, and to that fact, a very light PG-13 movie, compared to the movies we show today. Very goo watch, especially with friends or girl/boyfriends. Originally I gave this review 4 stars, but I gave an extra star because I'm a huge fan of Britney!!!!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Tamra Davis
Britney Spears
Anson Mount

DVD title: Slaughterhouse Five
Productgroup: DVD
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FYI, The "mock-Bach music"...

This has got to be my very favorite book of all time, but also one of my least favorite movies of all time. I loved every little word printed in the book and the movie just failed in comparison. I do realize that no film can be EXACTLY like the book, but I felt that this movie took far too many allowances in straying from the book. I was very disappointed and I only sat through the whole film was because of my intense love of the book. I was very disappointed!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: George Roy Hill
Michael Sacks
Ron Leibman

DVD title: Buena Vista Social Club
Productgroup: DVD
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Pure Joy

It has been a Pure Joy to watch Buena Vista Social Club. I already had the CD for 2 years and it had urged me to search for more Cuban music. To see that there was a film about it, it was unbelievable! And I couldn't imagine a more suitable director to make this documentary than Wenders, who knows how to speak straight to the heart. Of course, he had all the help he could get, in the so human faces of these old and forgotten but happy musicians. It's been a lesson for all of us in the developed countries: money and fame aren't always necessary to find and keep the soul. Compay and Ibrahim give a lecture of beauty and life. You should listen to all the CDs they made and especially if you can understand Spanish, what an experience! Songs full of love and life, so different from today's cruel reality...

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Wim Wenders
Ibrahim Ferrer
Rubén González (VII)

DVD title: The Residents - Icky Flix
Productgroup: DVD
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Art in its most sincere form

The residents' DVD Icky Flix is a must for Residents Fans; but that is a given. If you have never heard of the Residents, this DVD offers a wonderful introduction to a world of unique visuals and music. The Residents have been around for 30 years and this is a document of part of their long career so far. I have shown this DVD to a number of friends and artists who after viewing this have changed their approach to art in general. This may not be for the weak at heart, but if you truly love art, and/or music, Buy this DVD. Plus it is just fun to watch, I garuntee you will laugh or you just don't have a sense of humor.

Studio: East Side Digital

DVD title: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Productgroup: DVD
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More features than you can shake a stick at!!!!!

Any serious DVD fan must own a copy of this disk. Along with 3 versions of the film you get countless "making offs", pages of production notes with interesting information, and trailers showing how the film was marketted in several stages to avoid giving the fact of Arnie was in fact a good guy. There is also a rather nifty THX trailer which all adds up to the make this the best DVD on the market. And it all comes complete with a swanky metal collectors case. Forget Men In Black, this is the one to own.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton

DVD title: Wake of Death
Productgroup: DVD
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This is his best movie!

I'm not a fan of Van Damme but my good friend is. He had me sit down and watch this movie with him and just told me that I would really like it. I must say I'm a Van Damme fan NOW! His acting was suburb, I really felt for his character. This is another revenge movie but done in a sorta artsy tarantino sorta way. There isnt much martial arts but there is a lot of payback.

Van Damme is a man named Ben Archer who is getting out of the mob because he wants to spend time with his family and live a clean life. His wife brings home a little girl found on a ship trying to escape to America. What they dont know if this Asian girl witnessed the murder of her mother from an evil man named Simon Yam. Hes now on his way to America to find her.

Once he finds her he kills off Van Dammes wife and her family, his son and the little girl escape. This is a really touching part of the film and you really feel for Van Damme. Well after that its all REVENGE. There are some great chase scenes and a torture scene that will make you squirm. This is a great movie and I didn't want to give too much away. I suggest you go out and rent or buy this movie.


Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Philippe Martinez

DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Whine, whine, whine.

One whiny reviewer said it perfectly: "What have you done to MY star wars movies?" They're not YOURS, douchebag! They're just movies, and they happen to be MINE. They are not public domain, they are private property... MY property. If you're all such perfectionists, make your OWN movies instead of whining and crying about mine. I've done quite well, thank you very much. Oh and speaking of money, what wrong with trying to make it? Like you're all bhuddist monks or something. Please. But feel free to keep whining, it certainly doesn't seem to impact MY livelihood! Cheers.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: A Guide for the Married Man
Productgroup: DVD
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Walter Matthau at his low key best

A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN is a flic that shows Walter Matthau at his low key best. And what a movie treat to have Robert Morse, who is always at his best, playing the role of Matthau's mentor. This movie was a WOW! The plot is ingenious, not only about cheating in marriage, but about lessons from a professional cheater, creating very sophisticated skits from a stable of comedy stars including Art Carney, Wally Cox [Remember Mister Peepers?], Joey Bishop, Sid Caesar,Jack Benny, Carl Reiner, Phil Silvers, that Magnificent Man in the Bedroom of Errant Brassiers--Terry-Thomas, and Lucille Ball. Was there a "best scene?" No! No! The scenes were all-- ALL OF THEM -- Terrific! I'll bet that Terry-Thomas was still looking for that brassier until the day he died. Pay whatever the price for this movie.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Gene Kelly
Walter Matthau
Inger Stevens

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