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DVD title: Boogie Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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Why don't you feast on that?


Boogie Nights is a very stylish and funny film that is sure to please movie fans. While its slightly subtle and offbeat humor may be lost on some viewers, Boogie Nights is a hilarious movie.
The film is centered around the rise and fall of adult film star Dirk Diggler (played by Mark Wahlberg). Diggler starts out as a polite, bright-eyed kid but is slowly corrupted by life in the fast lane. Wahlberg gives a great performance as the dopey Diggler, whose words aren't necessarily meant to be funny yet often come off as hilarious.
The supporting cast also does an excellent job in this film. John C. Reilly plays Diggler pal and fellow adult film star Reed Rothchild to perfection. Reilly is funny throughout the movie, but stands out particularly in a scene where he is being interviewed about the impact of movie violence on viewers. Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, and Philip Seymour Hoffman also deliver very strong supporting performances.
It's hard to explain what makes Boogie Nights such an entertaining movie. The humor in the dialogue is often quite subtle, but is nevertheless very effective. The characters are colorful and really seem believable despite their sometimes odd behavior and personalities.
Director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson did a great job with this film. Viewers are sure to feel empathetic towards the characters as they struggle and yet will likely find themselves laughing at just how bad and weird things get at times.
The scene that best sums up Boogie Nights as a whole occurs when Diggler, Rothchild, and friend Todd Parker find themselves in the home of an oddball drug addict trying to sell him some bad dope. The use of music and camerawork in this scene really creates a feeling of tension, yet viewers will probably be tempted to laugh at some of the various events of the scene. I won't say exactly what happens, but the entire sequence shows how Boogie Nights is a dichotomy of the laughable and the tragic.
In short, Boogie Nights is a very entertaining and memorable film. Wahlberg's portrayal of Dirk Diggler is top notch and the other actors also do excellent work in the film. Boogie Nights seems to get better with each subsequent viewing and I highly recommend the movie to fans of subtle and slightly dark humor.

Studio: New Line Studios
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors:
Burt Reynolds
Julianne Moore
Mark Wahlberg




DVD title: Dr. T & The Women
Productgroup: DVD
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Richard Gere and all the Women


This is an excellent Altman movie. Though there is the usual large cast you expect from an Altman movie this one is unique in that despite all the periphery confusion it brings an ever increasing focus on just one character, Dr. T himself. Richard Gere has never been one of my favorite actors but he gives an impeccable and likable performance as an always generous and compassionate gynecologist. His wife played by Farrah Fawcett has a breakdown(and gets naked in a fountain) at the mall early on and spends the entire movie institutionalized. His daughters are played by Tara Reid and Kate Hudson, ones a JFK conspiracy nut and the other a lesbian cheerleader(her lover played by Liv Tyler). Dr. T's work life is equally confusing as he treats one hypochondriac after another. Excellent small part by patient Janine Turner. While his wife is in getting treatment he begins an affair with independent golf pro Helen Hunt. In synopsis the movie sounds wacky and it is but it is also a very solid drama. The movie has a backbone and that is Gere. As his perfect life falls away before him he becomes more and more exposed, vulnerable. Lyle Lovetts soundtrack provides a sober running commentary on one man losing control of his life and how he deals with that. An ending that will blow you away....highly recommended. This is a very confident Altman being experimental in a very interesting way, he's full of insight again. Reminds me of some of his seventies work like 1978's The Wedding, but with firmer directorial control.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Robert Altman
Actors:
Richard Gere



DVD title: Ron White - They Call Me Tater Salad
Productgroup: DVD
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I laughed so hard, my face hurt!!


Let me preface this review by saying that Ron White is one of my favorite comics, and if you've not seen him this DVD will have you rolling. However, if you've seen the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and heard his CD Drunk in Public, this performance is a big disappointment. There is very little new material on this DVD and his timing seems to be a little rushed, almost as if he's tired of hearing the same jokes as well. I love his style, but I would really hate to see himm fall into the Jeff Foxworthy trap of rehashing the same old jokes on every release

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Michael Drumm (II)



DVD title: Dance Fitness for Beginners with MaDonna Grimes: African Beat - Latin Heat
Productgroup: DVD
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Really fun, time-efficient dance workout!


Although I really enjoy dance workouts, I was a little wary of this one, as I had heard that instructor MaDonna Grimes didn't cue very well and that there was a lot of "take-it-from-the-top" movements, which I dislike. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I LOVED this video! The workout basically breaks down into 3 segments: warm-up, dance routine, and cool-down (these are not chaptered on the DVD). The 10-minute warm-up gets right into some basic dance steps such as the merengue, getting your heart rate up right away. MaDonna sometimes fails to fully explain the movements, but my minimal experience with just a few prior dance videos allowed me to follow along with no problems. There are a few small jumps included in this segment, but they don't appear until about 5 minutes into it, when you're already well warmed up; some basic stretches conclude this section.

During the 12-minute dance routine section, MaDonna introduces new moves one at a time, gradually building up to a complete dance routine. When teaching the moves, she did something I'd never seen before that I really liked: instead of teaching one segment with 3 different moves, a second segment with 3 different moves, and then stringing the two segments together (I always find it difficult to remember the first segment), she'll teach 3 moves and then introduce 2 new ones, but she combines the last move from the first 3 with the 2 new ones (I hope this makes sense!). This method makes it very easy to remember the order of the moves, as you're constantly combining the older moves that you've already learned with the new moves. Even more importantly, the moves are FUN--mambos, hops, hip swings, etc.--and the time just flew by!

The workout ends with a brief (4-minute) cool-down. I liked the neck stretches that were included here, although some people might have to be careful with these. The DVD also includes a 10-minute bonus workout for the lower body: MaDonna leads you through 4 different types of squats, performing several sets of each, and she ends with some brief standing and floor abs work. An additional DVD feature is a music-only workout option. Some people might complain that this workout is too short (about 26 minutes overall), but MaDonna packs a lot of both exertion and fun into that time period, making this video perfect for anyone who wants to get in some quick, intense, yet extremely enjoybable cardio work. Highly recommended!

Studio: Goldhil Home Media I
Actors:
MaDonna Grimes



DVD title: Thunderball
Productgroup: DVD
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This is what Bond is all about! Clearly the best Bond film in the franchise!


I noted that this is the only Bond film of the entire series that, to date, has not received a single 1-star review here on Amazon. That's pretty dang good!

Director Terrence Young had introduced us to Bond in DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. Guy Hamilton then took us down the GOLDFINGER road, and while his attention to action made that the first SMASH Bond film, he also seemed to lose alot of the more down-to-earth flavor that made the first two Bonds so much better.

But, Terrence Young returned for his final Bond film, and somehow managed to provide the perfect mesh of the realistic Bond from the first two films, and the more action-oriented Bond of GOLDFINGER. The result is a very happy marriage indeed - it's just too bad there were very few legitimate children born of it!

THUNDERBALL contains all the great locales, villains, and Bond coolness that we love, without getting into the ridiculous, gadget-filled territory of the later films. It introduces us to our first true Bond femme fatale, and also gives us the first really interesting Bond girl in Claudine Auger's Domino character.

The music in the movie by John Barry is very nice, high-lighting the slower pace of much of the film. This movie is longer than the previous three by almost 20 minutes, and it is a nice extra cushion to really build the tension. In fact, Bond is largely absent from the first 45 minutes of the movie, and we finally see more of the villians plans - what they are and how they are being accomplished - in almost meticulous detail. Somehow, this makes the threat more real. Speaking of the threat, the plot being about terrorists stealing nukes and demanding ransom to prevent blowing up an undesignated city, is as fresh as today's headlines!

The only real gripe that can be levied at the film is that Connery does indeed seem a little less interested in the role than he had been. I think he's still mostly on track here, but he's missing the total devotion that he showed in the first three films.

That aside, THUNDERBALL is simply the best Bond - offering everything that makes Bond great, and eliminating all the over-the-top sillieness that made the later films so excruciating to sit through!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Terence Young
Actors:
Sean Connery
Claudine Auger




DVD title: The Devil Lady - The Victorious(Vol. 6)
Productgroup: DVD
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Evil Makes Good


The story enters its final phases, as Jun must face Kazumi's loss of humanity and then mourn the young model's final sacrifice. This tragedy becomes the symbol of (and force behind) Jun's own struggle to preserve human nature against a deadly attack.
As this is going on, Asuka's own maneuvers to gain power become clear. She has used the demon vaccine as a means of identifying and destroying any opposition to her own drive for power. Only Jun realizes that the imprisonment of Kazumi's old friends and Satoru's demonic gang have only played into Asuka's hands. All this is in aid of a terrible plan to create an angelic reign as terrible as any invention of hell - with Asuka as its master.
Jun's grief, the struggles of the prisoners, Jason's return and Satoru's interference makes Jun's task seem insurmountable. Somehow Asuka's ascension depends on Jun's ruin, but there is even more in play than the viewer suspects. In an eerie parallel to Milton and Dante, Jun's story takes some last minute twists that will surprise and delight the viewer.
Go Nagai, the writer of the story, displays a far more subtle grasp of the allegorical nature of this story than one would suspect from the early episodes - showing considerable adeptness in gradually filling this level in without interfering with the core story. Director Toshiki Hirano, who has a knack for disingenuous delivery that sneaks up behind the viewer and suddenly changing apparent meaning behind the action. While the series does require some tolerance on the part of the viewer for violence and exposure, it use of these effects is not exploitative at all, but instead adds to the overall impact. This is a fine example of horror in Japanese anime.

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: Toshitaka Hirano (II)



DVD title: Classic Albums - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of Moon
Productgroup: DVD
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Great to watch them play parts and describe the music


I really enjoyed this DVD. My wife watched it with me, and though it was over an hour long, we both wished it was an hour longer.Roger talked about all 'his accomplishments' with an occasional pat on the back to rick or dave. But the other members were more apt to talk about the groups contribution, and you can tell that the anger that existed/exists between everyone is not as top shelf as it was before. Not that a reunion will ever happen but time heals everything.
The movie talked about how each song was made, and you get to see each song dissected into smaller pieces, and you can watch Dave play TIME and other songs on both electric guitar and acoustic guitar.. great stuff. The highlight for me was watching Rick Wright -the most overlooked talent in the group- play his piano parts.. everything from US AND THEM to my ulitimate favorite THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY.
Powerful DVD about a POWERFUL recording.
5 outta 5

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Director: Matthew Longfellow



DVD title: The Pride of the Yankees
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Baseball Movie!


This may not be the best baseball movie made but it is definately my favorite! It is a little campy at times but Babe Ruth gives an enjoyable and convincing portrayal of himself and other greats including Bill Dickey also appear.

Teresa Wright and Gary Cooper have great chemistry and their interactions are classic 1940's. The movie does stretch the truth somewhat (Gerhig promising to hit three home runs for a crippled boy and hitting the third in dramatic fashion, never occurred) but it is all in good fun.

Walter Brennen is phenominal as the friendly reporter who follows Gehrig from city to city and chronicles his career.

There are priceless scenes on trains as the Yankees traveled from city to city (this has been replaced by corporate and charter jets) especially when the player try to make Babe Ruth angry!

The re-creation of Gehrig's farewell at Yankee Stadium is one of the most heart warming scenes in movie history!

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Sam Wood
Actors:
Gary Cooper
Teresa Wright




DVD title: The Terminal (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Terminal (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
a sophiscated, classy comedy/drama.........


OK, MY FRIENDS HERE AT AMAZON.COM! THIS MAY BE THE 1ST TIME I DISAGREE WITH MOST OF YOU, BUT I RECEIVED "THE TERMINAL" DVD THIS WEEK AS AN EARLY HOLIDAY GIFT, AFTER GIVING UP ON BUYING IT DUE TO SO MANY NEGATIVE AMAZON CUSTOMERS, SO MY EXPECTATIONS WERE QUITE LOW! WELL, I TOTALLY LOVED IT! IT IS SPIELBERG AT HIS LIGHTEST MOMENT, WITH A BEAUTIFUL MUSIC SCORE BY JOHN WILLIAMS, AS ALWAYS, A WONDREOUS PERFORMANCE BY TOM HANKS, THE SUPPORTING CAST, ETC. THE MARVELOUS SET DESIGN--I COULD GO ON FOR AN HOUR, BUT I TOTALLY LOVED IT! IT WAS REAL, HEARTWARMING, DEEPLY MOVING AND ONE FINE MOTION PICTURE THAT REALLY EXCELLS ON DVD, WITH IT'S DTS SOUND, AND TOP NOTCH PICTURE QUALITY. HANKS IS A MARVEL HERE-NEVER WAVERING IN HIS ACCENT OR PERFORMANCE! THE INEVITABLE CLIMAX WAS AS IT SHOULD BE, COMPLETING HIS PROMISE TO HIS DAD! IT IS A WONDERFUL MOVIE THAT TRULY GETS BETTER EVERY TIME YOU WATCH IT-I KNOW, AS I AM ON MY 5TH VIEWING OF IT! IN THIS CASE, YOU DECIDE FOR YOURSELF AND I DEFY YOU TO COME AWAY UNMOVED, UNSMILING AND TOTALLY ENCHANTED BY THIS MARVEL OF A FILM. I TOTALLY LOVED IT AND, GIVEN A 1/2 A CHANCE, SO WILL ALL OF YOU. ONCE AGAIN, KUDOS AND A BRAVO TO SPIELBERG, HANKS, ETC. FOR ENRICHING MY LIFE WITH A UNIQUE, BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED FILM.

Studio: Umvd/Dreamworks
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Chi McBride




DVD title: The Stoned Age
Productgroup: DVD
The Stoned Age - movie DVD cover picture
The greatest movie ever!!!!!!!!!


It is the funniest movie of all time. The dialogue between all of the characters is superb. Tack and Hankey are the best characters in it. The chant of 'alcohol' along the way to the party typifies the greatness of the film. If you are looking for further great slacker movies, check out Glory Daze and Mallrats. Long live BURNOUTS!!

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: James Melkonian



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