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As a real Egoyan fan it was hard to wait for his next one: and there it was, Felicia's Journey, a truly good story located in a grey and dusky ambience! Bob Hoskin as kinky Hilditch really shows his talent as an old saviour of fallen angels as he offers help to poor stranded Felicia, cheated by her boyfriend who left her with nothing more than the unborn child. Just watching Hoskin in his old car (the film is residing in the 60ies) will send you chills down your spine because you are expecting something great to happen. And be sure, it will happen in the end. Believe me this film won't disappoint you - it will show you all facets of subtle psychological varieties and in the end you will be glad that it was only a movie or a DVD tape, because Felicia's journey is a hard one.
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Atom Egoyan
Another great film. Very funny too, it reminds me of my childhood when I used to hang out with my friends.
Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Here they are- THE BEATLES!!! The greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world star in their very first film. Richard Lester does a fine job of directing this extended version of a day in the life of the Beatles. Wilfred Bramble is humorous in his role of Paul McCartney's grandfather. The best highlights of the film feature three of the Beatles in hilarious misadventures. First is GEORGE HARRISON being mistaken for a male model for a shirt ad. Second is JOHN LENNON's encounter with Annie Quayle in a corridor of the tv station,where they exchange some VERY WITTY & CLEVER dialogue. The third and most hilarious is RINGO's scenes, when after being urged by Paul's grandfather, decides to parading around London and gets into a series of misadventures. To make matters worse, a constabile follows him around writing down one violation after another. The BEST highlight of the film is the scene where the Beatles sneak out of the tv studio and start cavorting on a track field to the tune of 'CAN'T BUY ME LOVE'. The Marx Bros. were once the only quartet to do comedy films which is why film critics then and now compared the rock group to the famous comedy team. 5 STARS to A HARD DAY'S NIGHT a MUST HAVE for any video library collection.
Studio: Miramax Entertainment
Director: Richard Lester
This is a great movie!! This is the first foreign language film that I have seen and it has set great expectations for ones to come. It was acted very well and was enjoyable. There was great background music and the storyline made me ask myself, "What's going to happen next?" I recommend this to anyone who loves a good drama. Its one of the best movies I have ever seen!
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
This movie is great - and I didn't catch any holes in it. Of course, you catch holes in everything after you've seen it upwards of 50 times, and I've only seen this movie five times, but still, no prominantly noticable holes :-)
Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Great release, slightly cheap packaging. My question is, where are the exras? Outtakes? Interviews, etc? I know there was a special that aired a couple years back, maybe on E!, called TV Tales that covered all of the actresses plus their opinions of why the spin off series was ill-fated without the irreplacable Beatrice Arthur. MORE EXTRAS NEXT TIME AROUND.
Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Titanic has it all: great acting, music, and story. The way Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet lit up the screen was amazing. For anyone to put this film down is screwed in the head (mind you, you're all probably Star Wars fans). This movie touched my heart in a way no other movie will ever. A great, and I mean GREAT film that tugs at your heart!
Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: James Cameron
Lately in the DVD market, you get the impression that the studios are catching on. They're starting to release DVDs with extras that give you the impression they understand the capabilities of the medium. Most of New Line's Platinum series is an example of this, but Austin Powers is, from what I've seen, their peak!
In addition to the film itself, which has an excellent transfer and sound, the disc includes a feature length commentary with Jay Roach and Mike Myers, where they discuss such things as script changes, character adjustments and motivations, costuming and make-up, location selections and problems, and Mike Myers' body odor difficulties :-)
There are also 7 deleted scenes from the film, along with the original trailer, cast biographies and filmographies, a P&S and Widescreen version of the film, and the first animated chapter selection disc I've ever owned. The only negative I have is New Line's use of the "snap case" made of plastic and cardboard rather than the "keep case" made entirely of plastic. An excellent addition that shows off the capability of DVD as a media format, though Das Boot, Starship Troopers, and the 5th Element still remain the hallmarks of the DVD experience for home theaterin terms of quality of picture and sound, imo. END
Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jay Roach
Dr. Richard Kimble claims that he is not responsible for his wife's murder. Despite his proclamation of innocence, no one believes him. Harrison Ford portrays this doctor, who soon becomes a fugitive from the law. Ford's character journeys around Chicago in a desperate attempt to search for the actual killer and prove his innocence. However, his quest is difficult due to the fact that he has US Marshals attempting to capture him and bring him to justice. Tommy Lee Jones has the role of US Marshal Sam Gerard, who is persistent as he tries over and over again to capture the fugitive. Despite his relentless attempt to find the doctor, Ford's character manages to keep one step ahead of the marshals since he always manages to find an escape route. Chicago provides the background for this movie, and the camera follows Dr. Kimble as he runs through the sewers with the deputy in hot pursuit. This is just one example of this entertaining, action packed film.
Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Andrew Davis
Tommy Lee Jones
Bichunmoo is a story of love between a Korean boy and Chinese girl spanning their lives. The Korean is a great martial artist and the keeper of a secret technique called the Bichun Secret. There is friendship, love, betrayal, revenge, and forgiveness in this tale.
Beautifully shot and acted with wonderful action and story, this movie is only held back by the fact that they try to do too much. The pacing is off, almost as if there where scenes that were completely left out. Beacuse of this problem the story can become confusing. Watch it a couple times and things will fall into place and you will see the beauty of the story they are telling.
Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Young-jun Kim