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DVD title: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 - Freddy's Revenge
Productgroup: DVD
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As you may or may not already know, this is the black sheep of the Elm Street family. It's not as bad as all the negative reviews you're gonna read, but I'm not saying it's a masterpiece either. This film was doomed from the getgo coz it's a sequel. Worse than that, a sequel to a very original, successful and scary film. Nightmare 2 had some rather large shoes to fill. Freddy's Revenge? I'm not sure who he's getting revenge on coz Nancy's nowhere to be seen in this film. I like this film coz it's very dark and sinister. Freddy is in a very bad mood this time around, and it shows with his rather sadistic murders. Plus, he does something he'd never do again: He crashes a pool party-in the real, not dream world-and runs rampant, slicing all the kids up into coleslaw. Also, Freddy never "possesses" anybody ever again-must have not liked it much the first time. But I like this serious, menacing Freddy. We'll never see this Freddy again, coz he soon becomes a total parody of himself. And I don't care what anyone says about this film, you've gotta admit that the whole opening dream with the schoolbus is one of the coolest moments in the entire series. That always creeped me out as a kid. So, go ahead and read the other reviews, but bear in mind, as flawed as this film may be, it's the only film in the series other than the first that gives us the serious Freddy and reminds us why he scared you in the first place.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jack Sholder
Mark Patton
Kim Myers
Robert Englund

DVD title: Sin City
Productgroup: DVD
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A-list action stars rub shoulders with snaky villains and sexy wenches, in a city where the streets are always wet, the cars are ragtops and everybody smokes. It's a black-and-white world, except for blood, which is red, eyes which are green, hair which is blond, and the Yellow Bastard. This isn't an adaptation of a comic book, it's like a comic book brought to life.

The movie is about style. It's the harsh world of Frank Miller's "Sin City" comic books and processes it through computer effects, grotesque makeup, lurid costumes and dialogue that chops at the language of noir. The actors are Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen and the others that are rotated into a hyperdimension. .

Rodriguez has been aiming toward "Sin City" for years. And now Rodriguez has found narrative discipline in the last place you might expect, by choosing to follow the Miller comic books almost literally.

The movie is based on three of the "Sin City" stories, each more or less self-contained. One story involves Bruce Willis as a battered old cop at war with a pedophile (Nick Stahl). One has Mickey Rourke waking up next to a dead hooker (Jaime King). One has a good guy (Clive Owen) and a wacko cop (Benicio Del Toro) disturbing the delicate balance of power negotiated between the police and the leader of the city's hookers (Rosario Dawson), who, despite her profession, moonlights as Owen's lover.

Underneath everything is a deeper layer of corruption, involving a senator (Powers Boothe) whose son is not only the pedophile but also the Yellow Bastard.

We know the Bastard is yellow because the movie paints him yellow, just as the comic book did; red, green and blue also make their way into the frames.

Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino are credited as co-directors, Miller because his comic books essentially act as storyboards which Rodriguez follows with ferocity, Tarantino because he directed one brief scene on a day when Rodriquez was determined to wean him away from celluloid and lure him over the dark side of digital. (It's the scene in the car with Owen and Del Toro, who has a pistol stuck in his head.) Tarantino also contributed something to the culture of the film, which follows his influential "Pulp Fiction" in its recycling of pop archetypes. The language of the film, both dialogue and narration, owes much to the hard-boiled pulp novelists of the 1950s.

Skylines suggest the movie is set today. The cars range from the late 1930s through the 1950s to a recent Ferrari. The costumes are from the trench coat and G-string era. I don't think "Sin City" really has a period, because it doesn't really tell a story set in time and space. It's a visualization of the pulp noir imagination, uncompromising and extreme.

All in all an excellent movie all around, I enjoyed every minute of it. This is a definite must have!

Studio: Dimension Home Video

DVD title: Signs (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Missing the point...

Oh man, some of you are missing the point of this movie by several million light-years! It is unlike the last two movies both in terms off premise and sentiment (great in their own ways, I must add), thus any comparison will be unfair.
This movie is really not about alien invasion. If you really need one, see Independence Day (also a pretty good "summer flick," I must also add, if you've decided to take a break from thinking too much). Enjoy the performances, feel the mood, listen to the score, smile at the subtle humor...

Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix

DVD title: Jet Pilot
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic flying scenes

The F-86, IMHO, is the best looking airplane to ever leave the ground. The flying scenes in this movie, of which there are many, with F-86s are fantastic. Knowing that one of them is actually piloted by Chuck Yeager just adds to the enjoyment. Howard Hughes produced this movie and his love of flying comes though loud and clear.
I never buy full-screen DVDs unless the movie is a must-have, as this one is, and it's specs showed it to be full-screen. I was pleasantly supprised to find that it is actually widescreen (1.85:1), as clearly marked on the holder and label, so the wingtips of the F-86s don't get clipped off.
This is my kind of show. I rate it 5 stars (as high as Amazon will allow!).

Studio: Goodtimes Home Video
John Wayne
Janet Leigh

DVD title: Torn Curtain
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Hitchcock film

Many people think that Torn Curtain is a bad Hitchcock movie.It's not.It is a great film.It is verry supencefull.Highly recamended for a Hitchcock fan.On a scale from 1 to 10 Torn Curtain gets a 10.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Paul Newman
Julie Andrews

DVD title: Sid & Nancy
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Movie Ever

Though this movie isnt very true to what happened in real life,It has great acting, it verry depressing and there is a lot of cussing but its one of the greatest movies ever made. Gary Oldman is such a great actor and can play any part.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Alex Cox
Gary Oldman
Chloe Webb

DVD title: Freaks
Productgroup: DVD
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Who are the ral freaks?

Yes, not everybody will enjoy this dark classic. The first time I saw this film, I found it quite disturbing, but on seeing it again many years later, I found it to be one of the most interesting films made. Quite ahead of its time. I do not share the beliefs of some that this film was exploitive. Where else could some of the cast members of this film work? The story was quite powerful. The real monsters of this film turned out to be two "normal" people.

Studio: MGM
Director: Tod Browning
Wallace Ford
Leila Hyams
Olga Baclanova

DVD title: Newsies (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"...Headlines don't sell papes, newsies sell papes!"

This has to be my favorite ever Disney movie. I really enjoyed this film the first time I saw it (about 3 years ago) and I continue to enjoy it everytime I watch it. This movie features many wonderful actors, such as Christian Bale, David Moscow, and Robert Duval, among others. The plot is well written and the catchy songs and amazing dance sequences keep you interested further. I also learned many things about the history of the U.S. from this movie...I had no idea there ever was a newsboys' strike in 1899 before I saw this movie. I recommend this movie to anyone...especially people who enjoy musicals.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Kenny Ortega
Christian Bale

DVD title: Sailor Moon R - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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This was the first time I've seen Sailor Moon in the original Japaness version. And I must say I LOVED IT! The voice were so different than the dubbed version but sounded better and the music was awesome! In short you must get this movie!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara

DVD title: Friday the 13th
Productgroup: DVD
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The best film in the slasher subgenre!

Plot summary: When two romancing camp counsellors are savagely slain by the hands of an unseen killer one late night, Camp Crystal Lake is immediately shuttered for the safety of others. But now, twenty years later, when an ambitious man by the name of Steve Christy prepares to reopen the campgrounds with the help of several young counsellors despite grave warnings of a "death curse" by local residents (and a previous fire which burnt the camp down, as well as a deadly contamination with the water), the killings start again. On the dreaded day and date that is Friday the 13th, the curse proves true, as one-by-one each of the counsellors is attacked and savagely slain by the very hands responsible for the death of the first two back in the year of nineteen fifty-eight... just a year after the death of a young disadvantaged boy who drowned in the murky waters of Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of... romancing camp counsellors. Friday the 13th will never be the same... not after watching this movie-not after watching Friday the 13thAlthough none had achieved the raving success of the original F13th, the majority of the sequels, although quite moronic at times and increasingly senseless, they're still very much entertaining and fun-to-watch; fun in the sense of watching a film regarding complete [dorks] (who were cared for early in the series) who embark upon the remotest forest locations at or nearby sites that are known for their death toll, summer-after-summer, merely to regret it as they ultimately become rendered helpless and, one-by-one, are slain in the most grisly of ways by an avenged killer who is far from human and whose purpose for his resurrection is to wreck havoc...over...over...and over again (don't those ruttish teens ever learn?). Besides, since when has an actual storyline been the driving forth as to why we find ourselves watching silly popcorn slashers like these, anyway? We do so-or so I believe-not necessarily for any real plot (or Oscar-worthy performances), but merely for a good time with friends. I'm I right? I mean, if you dig these kinds of films, you should know what I'm talking about here. They aren't high art, they're slashers. And now that I've got all that outta the way, let's begin with the one that started it all, shall we...
Released the same year as immediate blockbusters such as the legendary Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Irvin Kershner's Star Wars-Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Harold Ramis' Caddyshack, which are still praised by moviegoers as of today, one wouldn't anticipate that a low-budget slasher like Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th (also known as Long Night at Camp Blood) receiving the same success. Hell, even Cunningham himself was surprised when his film was that of one to be catapulted as one of the best twenty-five of the year. It was not only as successful, despite a lot of flack by critics, but was so influential that it spawned not only nine-and now apparently soon to be ten-sequels-which makes it the longest running series in the horror genre-but also a television series of its own! I personally like it as much as I do because it has a lot of ambience (we see the placid, murky lake; the trees dancing in the wind; the clouded full moon), a lot of ambience and mystery, that's partly caused by those very shots, because if they're not to hint that things may not be the way they seem to be, they're to show us the menacing nature if the campground's surroundings as day grows weary and night takes over.
Aside from the remote forest locations, there were a few other factors that elevated it from its peers in the successful and viable subgenre: An Oscar-worthy music score by Harry Manfredini (magnificent was its theme song in particular, which sounds both assuasive and mysterious, and therefore it, with the help of the film's low-budget, actually enhances the spooky feeling); inventive and horrific death sequences that, although it and its sequels were heavily cut by the dreaded MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), are still most definitely not suitable for the squeamish; and an energetic Tom Savini, whose gruesome makeup effects were beyond exceptional.
F13th also gave birth to Jason Voorhees, who radically altered the misogynistic "man stalks woman" formula, and quickly became one of the largest psycho-killers in the modern era, next to the darkly comical and horridly scarred Freddy Krueger from Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the ghostly Michael Myers from John Carpenter's Halloween, which I am sure you (the reader) know that it also, very much like F13th, opened new doors in the subgenre and popularized numerous themes and techniques that are still used till this day.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Betsy Palmer
Adrienne King

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