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DVD title: The Gods Must Be Crazy
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful family comedy

This is the kind of movie our family wants in our library. We all love the movie and still crack up just talking about it! PLEASE RE-RELEASE IT!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Jamie Uys

DVD title: Sexy Beast
Productgroup: DVD
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Incredibly tense, great performances, full of irony

I needed a massage and a drink coming out of this film. I haven't seen such tension and emotional conflict in a film in years. Kingsley is amazing. All of the characters are complex and interesting. I DO NOT think of it as a comedy. It had it's funny moments, but I was not feeling jovial or even entertained by the end...more gripped and pulled into the story. Great filmmaking that pushes the medium. Highly Recommended.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Ray Winstone
Ben Kingsley

DVD title: M*A*S*H - Season One (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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M*A*S*H Season One

Outstanding, after years of watching the tv editied versions, the DVD is a welcome product for all those who grew up with mash. I would have liked a bit more extras, e.g. stills, commentary etc, but what the heck it costs about 30$ and is a high quality reproduction of the series. Can't wait for the complete set to come out, already pre-ordered season three.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Alan Alda

DVD title: Not One Less
Productgroup: DVD
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A moving film - a sober reminder of how the other 80% live

This is NOT a political protest film, despite the tendency of some people to politicize every major piece of contemporary Chinese film-making. If this film has a political over-tone at all, it would be to serve as a propaganda piece for the government-sponsored Hope Project, a massive fund-raising campaign to benefit rural education. Rural education is in fact one of the bright spots of the Communist record, considering that prior to the Communist take-over the vast majority of rural China was illiterate, and efforts to promote literacy (even those sponsored by Christian missionaries) were violently opposed by the traditional gentry. But of course, all that was too much Chinese history to expect from people who insist on referring to the director as "Yimou", when his family name is Zhang. We do not refer to Mao Zedong as Zedong.
I probably don't need to rehash the basic story of the film or to point out yet again that the director casted local non-actors for every major role in the film. The result is a film that has the look and feel of a docudrama. But despite the somewhat awkward acting, all of the characters are entirely believable. While the story line is certainly somewhat contrived, the film was peppered with enough believable details to maintain the viewer's suspension of disbelief. And it's these seemingly trivial details that will move you, sometimes deeply.
The problems exposed by the film are the universal problems of poverty. Even if China were to become democratic in the US model tomorrow, all these problems will remain for some years to come and may in fact exacerbate in the short run. Watch the film, and try not to squander the good fortune you enjoy.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Yimou Zhang
Minzhi Wei
Huike Zhang
Zhenda Tian

DVD title: Slam
Productgroup: DVD
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The power of rhyme

My cultural background is as far removed from the setting of this film as could be and still it managed to hit me in the face with a force and let me awestruck. I read a review mentioning Shakespeare and I agree, I read another one saying how white middle classes had been blind to the renaissance of poetry in the ghettos, I agre again, and I wish to add that it feels like (we)the middle classes of the world have lost what it takes to create life-changing poetry, we revel in irony and knowledge but we have lost the power of epic poetry, the magic of words because we can so readily protect ourselves in the trappings of materialism or in the dryness of sarcasm. This has to be one of the best movies I have seen recently, but it's also more than just a movie, an amazing experience.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Marc Levin
Saul Williams
Sonja Sohn
Bonz Malone

DVD title: Happy Gilmore
Productgroup: DVD
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I Think I Wet Myself

Happy Gilmore hurt to watch I was laughing so hard. It's one of the dumbest and funniest movies I've seen since Caddyshack. Brilliant in it's complete idiocy. Get it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Dennis Dugan
Adam Sandler

DVD title: Red Dawn
Productgroup: DVD
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A Snapshot of 80's Paranoia and Patriotism!!

Bravo Milius!

I vividly remember seeing this movie when I was 10 years old living in Washington, D.C.. As a military brat, I was obsessed by all things military, but also keenly aware of the global political state of the world. Reagan ruled supreme, and a succession of weak Politburo puppets lived and died in the Kremlin. The mid-80's was a scary time for many.

It's easy twenty years later to dismiss the premise of Red Dawn as overblown and unrealistic. How things have changed since 1984.

Many reviewers have criticized this film for major plot holes and inconsistencies. I offer that these people have not actually viewed and absorbed the story elements portrayed by Red Dawn and John Milius.

1. It was clearly stated in the beginning of the film that the Soviet economy was suffering from back to back poor grain harvests. This is what triggered the attack on NATO and then the United States. Hungry people get desperate.

2. Nuclear weapons were used on strategic sites to disable key military installations and infrastructure. Many readers do not understand that since the 'invaders' would want to preserve the "Bread Basket" of the country, they wouldn't use tactical nuclear weapons. Battlefield nukes with small yields are strong enough to decimate with precision. They exist, but have never been used in combat.

3. The "Wolverines" were not acting alone. "Radio Free America" showed this. It was demonstrated in the movie that resistance was taking place all over the country. The U.S. has over 73,000,000 men of 'fighting age'. An enemy aims a gun at your home or family, show me one of those 75,000,000 who would not take up arms in defense.

4. The enemy used commercial airliners to invade the U.S. It's been done before. A bit of a stretch, but this is presented as fiction.

Some cheesy dialogue? Sure. Continuity problems? Maybe. Preachy? Sometimes, but this is a film of good over evil. Believable casting of teenagers. Sometimes wooden, sometimes moving, aren't people that way in real life?

Spineless European 20-somethings and the like say that this is just another example of American imperialism. I'd say ask your grandparents if they feel the same way as America sacrificed hundreds of thousands of lives to save your shores, while we were in no immediate danger. TWICE.

You spent your childhood living under the veil of security that the United States provided. My generation will repay your debt for the rest our our lives. Donations accepted.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: John Milius
Patrick Swayze
C. Thomas Howell
Lea Thompson

DVD title: Exodus
Productgroup: DVD
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An outstanding book and an outstanding movie. Even I, a grown man, who has seen almost everything wanted to cry.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Otto Preminger
Paul Newman
Eva Marie Saint

DVD title: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood

DVD title: The Handmaid's Tale
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant, scary that this could still happen

I remember watching this a few years ago and thinking of it some times scares me. It's like 1984 meets The Story of O. To me this shows that yes women can be strong in such situations. Duval and Henderson give masterful performances which truly inhance the quality of this wonderful film.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Natasha Richardson
Faye Dunaway

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