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DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
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X-Cellent Gift For X-Mas!

sorry about the title, I could not resist. This movie is so boss. All the characters are down perfect, like the comic book. The plot is smart, far smarter than Gladiator or M:I2, etc. Just a great film, experience it on DVD. The DVD doesn't have many X-tras but, it is decent, all about the film. Wolverine is a Canadian hero! And the X-Girls are hot

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Scrooged
Productgroup: DVD
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A fun movie for the holidays

I thought this was a great movie. A fun movie for the holidays. Bill Murray is hilarious and perfect for the roll as Frank Cross. Bob Goldthwait was so funny in his roll too. This movie is a part of my Christmas movie tradition right along side of Home Alone 1 & 2, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Scrooge(Albert Finney), and Ernest Saves Christmas.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Richard Donner
Bill Murray
Karen Allen

DVD title: Spirited Away
Productgroup: DVD
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This film will spirit you away into another world for two hours. It is a gem. The animation is breathtaking, not with splashy razzle dazzle, but with the simple depiction of gentle ocean waves, or the way things look when submerged under shallow water while one moves over them, or the way a human face reacts and registers emotions. Miyazaki's love for his craft shines through bright and clear in this film. Anyon, of any age, can enjoy this film.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Miyu Irino

DVD title: Peter Pan (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Never Liked Peter Pan Until Now...

I'd never understood the story of Peter Pan. The Disney version is still probably my least favorite fairy tale adaptation of all of the Disney animated films. And every play or televised version featured a Peter Pan who was played by a tiny, female actress or gymnast, doing very little to bring the story to life for me. So last year, when I took my children to see the movie, I figured I'd settle in for a little nap while they enjoyed the kiddie flick. Boy, was I ever surprised when I walked out of the theatre completely bedazzled.
Never before has this story been presented with the very important angle of the innocent romance between Wendy and Peter, an angle that goes a long way in explaining both the reluctance and the desire to grow up. Finally, with this adaptation, I understood why Wendy might decide to grow up despite the allure of Neverland, and why Peter might regret his eventual decision to remain a forever-boy.
Adding to this the wonderful chemistry between Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood and you have a movie that appeals to kids on an adventure level and to adults on an emotional level. The vulnerability and grief in Peter's eyes during the final scene were enough to bring tears to my own. And I have to say that this movie contained one of the sweetest on-screen kisses I've seen in a long time. Using actors that are (or are very near) the actual ages of Wendy and Peter was a spot-on decision, because their very natural fascination with each other and awkwardness about these new and amazing feelings showed in every one of their scenes together.
The film itself is beautiful and lush. Only complaint I have is in the final battle scene between Peter and Captain Hook when the red lighting is used to an extreme, making it difficult to see properly and distracting from rather than adding to the feel of the moment.
Finally, I simply loved the casting of this film. Jason Isaacs showed the perfect balance between cartoon evil and human realism with his Captain Hook. Rachel Hurd-Wood was amazing as the fearless girl who could hold her own against pirates and Lost Boys, yet still showed that special romantic, dreamy quality of all young girls. And Jeremy Sumpter perfectly nailed Peter Pan - confident and cocky with a grin that is going to turn into a wicked lady-killer someday, yet still he showed Peter's ultimate sadness so very well.
Wonderful movie. I'd pick this one over the Disney version any day of the year.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: P.J. Hogan
Jason Isaacs
Jeremy Sumpter
Lynn Redgrave
Olivia Williams

DVD title: Drop Dead Fred
Productgroup: DVD
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very very funny!!!!

i saw this movie when i was like 5, i'm 13 now, and i STILL think it is soooooo funny,on a scale of 1 to 10,i would give this movie an 11!!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Ate de Jong
Phoebe Cates
Rik Mayall

DVD title: Boomtown - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my top 3 ever

i caught this show on FX289 here in the uk, i tend to watch the 1st few episodes or so of any show that comes on in this sort of genre, just to see if i can get a feel for the cast, if i can relate to the story lines, and most of all, if i can handle donating an hour (at least) a week to its cause.

Boomtown hit every single one of these buttons. The way the storyline was told was somewhat reminiscent of something Tarantino would come up with, the disjointed storylines, that all come together in the end with little twists in the tail to make an absolutely stunning climax.

It was so refreshing to see america produce a new, yet totally original show, lets look at the others:

CSI - brilliant
2 spinoffs, both pretty poor. (save gary sinese in NY as he won my praise as an actor in forrest gump)

Homicide: Life on the streets: 36,000 spinoffs
Law + order: even the good lord cant count to this number of spinoffs.

Boomtown was refreshing and original, perhaps that was its greatest downfall, the clever plotlines, the sneaky twists, it seems any show that makes an american audience have to think, rather than sit and have a predictable and (for the most part) plagerised storyline dictated to them whilst they drink their beers and shoot up their ceilings to the sound of "yee ha's!" will get axed.

moral of the story: if you want ratings, forget a plotline, forget characters you can relate to, - just get lots of people being shot for no apparent reason, there you have an instant american success.

when i found out Boomtown had been axed, i cant say i was particularly suprised, though i was highly dissapointed. it follows the historical traits of american tv, that it simply was, too interlectual, to powerful, 30people an episode didnt die for the sake of some blood on the screen. you could even say, it was too good.

it astounds me that the very same country that is willing to churn out the same repetetive bs for my viewing displeasure, are willing to axe such an incomprehendably unique and exciting series after just 1 series.


Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment

DVD title: Love Actually (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved "Love Actually"....

Richard Curtis is a talented screenwriter who proves to many that he can ?deliver the goods? in directing a multi-faceted film for those who love romance. Curtis also wrote the screenplay for ?Love Actually? and he demonstrates his comfort with the material, but also a good eye for the camera. Curtis? work is set in Britain, as were his other phenomenal and scripts (?Four Weddings and a Funeral?, ?Notting Hill?) and his famous adaptation of ?Bridget Jones? Diary?. Other than in ?About a Boy?, it seems that Hugh Grant, Curtis? actor of choice (he also has written much for Rowan Atkinson) has his greatest successes with films where Curtis? lines can invoke the most likeable aspects of Grant?s characters.
Obviously, others are eager to work with him, and the cast of ?Love Actually? is a director?s dream ? amazing actresses Emma Thompson and Laura Linney, backed up by sparkling newcomers Keira Knightley and Martine McCutcheon; who both really light up the screen.
On the actors? side, frankly, I?d see anything on screen with either Colin Firth, Alan Rickman or Liam Neeson (imagine all 3!), and here I was treated to a bit part for one of my new favorites, Chiwetal Ejofor of ?Dirty Pretty Things? fame. Thomas Sangster is charming and fresh as the young stepson of broken-hearted Neeson, perhaps the most charismatic youngster on screen since Haley Joel Osment.
Lastly, the smaller parts and the cameos are done brilliantly, and with first-rate talent (or faces) such as Bill Nighy (as an aging rocker, discovering before it is too late how much brotherly love he has for his agent), Rowan Atkinson, Billy Bob Thornton, Claudia Schiffer , and some American lovelies such as Denise Richards, Shannon Elizabeth and Elisha Cuthbert.
There are 8 (or is it 10) vignettes about all sides of love featured here, from Sam?s (Sangster?s) puppy love (my favorite story, with Liam Neeson helping his stepson along, and in the process, learning to heal both their hearts), to the desperate love of the long-married, staying together when one has strayed (Emma Thompson/Alan Rickman). Some of the stories are perhaps just fillers for funny bits, such as the British Colin, who emigrates to Wisconsin, where he?s proved right ? American girls WILL love him, if only for the accent; and the tale of two porn star stand-ins, where the nudity and oddity of the love story is purely Brit humor. Just about every moment with Nighy (Billy Mack?a really, really old?Rod Stewart?) is exceptional:
?Kids, this is a message from your Uncle Billy. Don't buy drugs. Wait until you're a rock star, and they give them to you for free!?
Many of the subtitled exchanges in the Firth romance with a Portuguese housekeeper (newcomer Lucia Moniz as Aurelia) between them, and between Firth and her family are sweet and wildly funny.
But, fun and movie stars aside, this is intrinsically a movie about love, and Curtis uniquely captures it in all of its disguises, on film. The sparks are visible between Grant and Natalie, his assistant, as improper as they might be construed. The anguish of betrayal is real and compelling when Karen (Thompson) blunders into the secret relationship between her husband and his secretary. The lingering loneliness and loss for Neeson?s character is believable, and you can feel how it touches the loss that Sangster feels for the same woman, his mother.
Aside from Thompson?s vignette, the Laura Linney tale, of a young woman so devoted to her disabled brother that she cannot have a romance of her own, and the love triangle with Knightley as the centerpiece (the film made by Mark (Andrew Lincoln) of her in the wedding is a true testament to someone who is in love) portray the sad sides of love, but their juxtaposition with the more positive tales prove that Curtis knows whereof he speaks when he writes about love.
There are a number of non-cast or writing features of the film that contribute to the overall experience. The settings are a marvel, from the Heathrow airport scenes at the early and late stages of the film, to the warmth/formality of 10 Downing, and to the fact that Curtis has ostensibly made a holiday film, so central to the plot is the Christmastime and seasonal backdrop. And lastly, the score for the film is remarkable, and I?ve purchased the CD to prove it.
A new version of ?Both Sides Now? by Joni Mitchell is featured, as is the poignant ?Songbird? by the amazing Eva Cassidy ? a better version than even the original by Christine McVie. I was caught up in Wyclef Jean?s duet of ?Take Me As I Am? with Sharissa, and new group Maroon 5?s ?Sunday Morning?. I can forgive the inclusion of ?Jump? by the Pointer Sisters (their worst song) with the need for something similar to back up the funny Hugh Grant scene that appears in the trailer, because the collection also includes the Otis Redding version of ?White Christmas?. Lastly, bluesy ?Turn Me On? by favorite Norah Jones and one of my Kelly Clarkson favorites, ?The Trouble With Love? show both sides of the lovesick blues. Clarkson?s ?Miss Independent? was the most unique cut on her album, and earned the praise it got, but her true calling, white girl blues, is demonstrated by the first cut?.
?The trouble with love is? It doesn?t care how fast you fall, And you can?t refuse the call? You see, you?ve got no sense at all??
That pretty much sums up all the nuances of love that Curtis so succinctly demonstrates in this fine, romantic film. One of my top 10 films of the year, and a real surprise and pleasure! I?ll see it once more in theaters and then patiently await a DVD which I?ll probably wear out. Looking forward to more writing and directing by Richard Curtis, he?s a gem!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Richard Curtis
Liam Neeson
Hugh Grant

DVD title: Lumumba (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This Vizideo is the OPPOSITE OF WACK!

There is only one word that can possibly describe this video- "WICKED MEGA NEAT!" BOOYA LUMUMBA! keep rockin on. this viddy is tiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. word to lumumba. thhis brother is the MAN

Studio: Zeitgeist Video
Director: Raoul Peck
Eriq Ebouaney
Alex Descas

DVD title: Brassed Off
Productgroup: DVD
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A Most Pleasant Surprise

Seldom do we in America have the opportunity to see such a first rate British film, that would never "make the rounds" in the States. Here it surfaced in the middle of the night, on a digital premium cable.
Brassed Off is well acted, beautifully scored, and provides a first hand perspective of a Thatcher government, of which few Yanks are aware. We now know why she is "The Iron Lady."
As is often the case, we can count on the Brits to understate the obvious. No broad scenic vistas of the Yorkshire countryside. Nevertheless, one immediately gains the feel for Grimley, and its townsfolk, quickly and thoroughly.
The short takes, tight, brief closeups, of facial impressions, demonstate fine editing, and an ensemble of fine actors, though none better than Tara Fitzgerald, an absolute pro, as Gloria Mullins.
Families facing redundancy, and worse, Danny, determined to make it to Albert Hall, all the while suffering from the deadly Black Lung, weave several plots nicely.
A magic moment finds Gloria introduced to Danny and the Band, as she "dabbles" with the 2nd movement of Concierto de Aranjuez. If this doesn't move one, then one has no soul.
I take umbrage at the text on the American VHS, indicating the reunion turns the town "hilariously upside down."
As Danny indicates in his swan song at Albert Hall, there is little hilarious in the lives of these people, humans, about to be out of work, with little hope for the future.
It causes one to become a bit "brassed off," since it's a pity that the best films of late receive so little press, for this one's a winner, a must see, for anyone who loves Britian, and or who loves music.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Mark Herman
Pete Postlethwaite
Tara Fitzgerald
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: Tango
Productgroup: DVD
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A film out of the ordinary!

Exquisite! A precious gem of a film! The color, the photography, the story, and best of all the excitement of the Tango!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Carlos Saura
Miguel Ángel Solá
Cecilia Narova
Mía Maestro

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