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DVD title: Project A-Ko (Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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X-Treme Old School High School!


Look on just about any anime fan's list of must-own classics, and this one'll show up on almost every one of them. "Project A-ko" is one of the most well-done anime feature films of all time. While the story is about two high-school girls who end up fighting over the "affections" of another young girl (you think that's weird, wait'll you see the rest of this movie) while their city is in the midst of an alien invasion, this film was made mostly as a spoof of just about every other anime of its time in Japan. Parodies of and references to characters from everything from Captain Harlock to Macross to Space Battleship Yamato (Starblazers) to Fist of the North Star show up in nearly every single scene, and it not only makes for wide grins and pointing fingers from otaku everywhere, but it also fits into this crazy flick like a glove. Some of the rip-offs are pretty blatant (like the alien mothership; when you see it I'll give you three guesses to what it looks like), but hey, that's the point! Aside from all that, this is one of those anime that simply has it all; cute girls in sailor suits, giant robots, aliens, almost-nonstop smash-mouth fighting action, and laughs aplenty. The animation for its time is unparalleled; silky-smooth with theater-quality fluidity. The soundtrack, a rocking set of themes that keeps right up with the action, was put together entirely by Americans (the first of its kind!) and produced by the legendary Ritchie Zito (producer for Cheap Trick). The dubbing's even great, even if it deviates from the original dialogue a bit. Folks, if you haven't seen this film yet for some reason, you don't know what you're missing. It's a wonderful ride.

Studio: Central Park Media C
Director: Katsuhiko Nishijima



DVD title: Charmed - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Charming for TV


Charmed hits DVD again! Season 1 was out earlier, and it was a great season, with each episode good and magical. In this new season, Prue gets a new power of astral projection, Phoebe gets to try levitation, Piper gets a new love interest, and new and darker demons pop out to threaten the Charmed Ones' lives. For people who did not catch seasons with Shannen Doherty still in them (like me), this is a good chance to see how it all began. This season is definitely better than Season 1, because everything is all settled down, and the sisters are all used to their powers. There is also a good plot, and lots of reminiscing of the past, especially in the first couple of episodes. Charmed is a very good show, and this DVD just proves that fact.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Shannen Doherty



DVD title: Keb' Mo': Sessions at West 54th - Recorded Live in New York
Productgroup: DVD
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Sweet


A throwback to older traditional blues guitarists/singers. Laid back style of story telling. I particularly enjoyed it when he brought Doctor John out to join him for a few songs. Studio lighting not the greatest but the music certainly is. A must have for blues lovers.

Studio: Sony/550
Director: Jim Gable
Actors:
Keb Mo'



DVD title: Blade (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great comic book adaptation, tons of extras on the DVD


Blade is what everyone hopes to see when they pay good money for a comic book action movie. The story is proposterous, the effects are cheesy, but Blade kicks some serious butt. It's like the first Batman meets Bruce Lee. The movie only slows down for a couple of minutes here and there, otherwise it's action packed. I can honestly say that this is the first super-hero that I've really enjoyed, with the exception of THE CROW.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Stephen Norrington
Actors:
Wesley Snipes
Stephen Dorff
Kris Kristofferson
N'Bushe Wright




DVD title: The Kinks - One for the Road
Productgroup: DVD
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Kinda Kinky!


"One For The Road" shows the Kinks performing at the Providence Civic Center circa 1980. This is not an overproduced, slick concert with dazzling special effects filmed in a cavernous arena. It's a no frills, genuine rock and roll concert filmed in a fairly intimate, mid-size venue. You can almost smell the sweat and smoke. "All Day And All Of The Night" gets things off to a rocking start and whips the crowd into a frenzy. "Lola" is a definite crowd pleaser; who doesn't like a love song about a transvestite? Of course, several selections were taken from their most recent album at the time, "Low Budget." On one hand, that's one of their best albums, which makes for a very enjoyable concert. On the other hand, since there's only a dozen songs, many older classics from their vast repertoire were not included. Fortunately, a moving version of "Celluloid Heroes" and a blistering "You Really Got Me" are featured. The quintessential English song "Victoria" closes the concert out on a high note. Dave Davies provides humorous, if not always insightful, commentary. When talking about his physique back then he remarked, "I had the muscles. Ray had the bruises!" Being the only Kinks concert available on DVD at present, it is an essential purchase for every Kinks fan.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Actors:
The Kinks



DVD title: The Notebook (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Notebook


I LOVED the movie I thought it was one of the greatest love stories I have ever seen. It had a great story line and it kept you involved throughout the entire film. Ryan Gosling's performance was wonderful, he brought the character to life in so many ways. I can't wait until the movie comes out on DVD. It was a wonderful movie, it leaves you feeling a little depressed, but at the same time it leaves you feeling a little hopeful that one day you will come across a love like the one that the characters found in the story. I have also read the book and I usually don't like the film versions of the book because they end up taking away from the story but I think that the movie is better than the book, the actors were perfect for each and every roll that was in the movie. I would give it 6 stars if that were an option. Every girl needs to see this movie. This is one love story that is sure to be remembered for a very long time. AMAZING!!!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Actors:
Gena Rowlands
James Garner
Ryan Gosling
Rachel McAdams




DVD title: Girlfight
Productgroup: DVD
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An Unbelievably Good Film


American movies rarely focus on the underclass without (a) glamorising the violence inherent within the 'hood' (b hammer you over the head with its socially redeeming message or (c) milk the rare and the bizarre out of the situation to titilate the overstimulated middle class adolescent audience. To its credit this movie attempts none of these. Director Karyn Kusama and lead Michelle Rodriguez can take a lot of credit and pride for the obvious work and thought that has gone into the making of this movie.It deserves all the accolades it has been awarded.
Its naturalistic shooting style and dialogue puts to shame hundreds of movies that have operated on a budget 5 times its scale.Money cant make up for lack of talent or integrity and this movie has that and more.
Diana(Michelle Rodriguez)is a young woman with an attitude. Her constant fighting at school consistently gets her in trouble with the school authorities.Her home life isnt much better with a solo dad bitter with failure and a geek younger brother at odds with the tough urban environment. To toughen him up Dad pays for him to learn boxing at what has got to be the most realistic version of the seedy gym ever filmed.She is attracted by the pugilistic world she encounters and persuades the trainer to take her on and train her.The film revolves around the challenges she has to become a boxer and gain respect,the disapproving father and a burgeoning relationship with one of the other boxers.
Its sucess comes from its simplicity. The director never overplays her hand and every scene has a ring of authenticity to it.She is served well by the lead actress who acts as if the part was written about her and for her.This almost lowkey documentary approach beautifully mirrors the no BS attitude of the character and the boxing subculture of the nickel and dime gym.Her brooding defiant glare says more about this character than 10 pages of dialogue and aptly is the image used to market the film.
Girlfight makes an interesting counterpoint to the othe rave martial movie of the moment,Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon.Both films with a stunning young female protagonist,a film grad student could have a field day (and probably will) comparing the gender and power themes inherent in both films,one yin,one yang,one soft,one hard,one on an epic scale, the other made on the others catering budget. Both a triumph for their respective directors.
Great films transcend gender,culture and ideologies.Thats because they reveal truths about the human spirit and soul at a level we all connect to. Girlfight connects with the left, the right, the jab and the uppercut. A winning combination.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Karyn Kusama
Actors:
Michelle Rodriguez
Jaime Tirelli
Santiago Douglas




DVD title: China - A Century of Revolution
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Overview


This is a great overview to modern China for anyone interested in doing business or traveling there. So much of modern China's history happened out of view of the rest of the world. Now, Sue Williams and company have pulled back the curtain to give a great, objective view of China's recent past. Much of the narrative is told by local Chinese who lived the history. The historical footage is great, as well.
This is a concise, objective, and, dare I say, entertaining look at what might be the most important nation in the 21st century.

Studio: Winstar Home Entertainment
Actors:
China-Century of Revolution



DVD title: Cruel Intentions (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Smart and oh-so-sexy


"Cruel Intentions" is a strange kind of movie. Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) bets against her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) that he won't be able to get Annette (Reese Witherspoon) in the bed and take her virginity away by a certain amount of time. If he does, he gets Kathryn. If he doesn't, Kathryn gets his Jaguar.
The reason "Cruel Intentions" is a good movie is because it's well acted. Sarah Michelle Gellar does a good job portraying the two-faced and sexy Kathryn. Reese Witherspoon does a good job of acting innocent and down to earth. And Ryan Phillippe does a good job playing as Sebastian, who can't easily make up his mind on what he should do. The story and the script are also well done for the movie.
If you like good movies with some interesting twists and an intriguing plot, I recommend getting "Cruel Intentions."

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roger Kumble
Actors:
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Ryan Phillippe
Reese Witherspoon




DVD title: Cruel Intentions (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie I've ever seen!


I just watched this at a friends house, and thank god I didn't have to pay to see it. This was a completely horrible movie. Sarah Mischelle Geller proves that she has no acting ability whatsoever. Ryan Phillipe seems to have a tough time with this part, even though it's pretty two-dimensional and boring, but maybe that can be blamed on the moronic script. Reese Witherspoon has done better, so once again I blame the script. I KNOW she's more talented than that. The movies saving grace was Selma Blair who was hilarious as the too-innocent for life Cesillie (okay, so i'm a bad speller...SUE ME!!). The plot wasn't bad, but the dialouge utterly ruined it for me. I don't care how much money you've got, I refuse to belive that anyone really talks like that. It's also incredibly predictable. If you can't spot where this movie goes in the first fifteen minutes-no offense-but you're something of an idiot. Don't waste your time with this one. It's pointless and is a waste of time. Even the lesbian make out that I heard so much about was nothing more than a peck on the tounge. Not what I call "sexy," more like awkward.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roger Kumble
Actors:
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Ryan Phillippe
Reese Witherspoon




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