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DVD title: Clerks (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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kevin smith is the best

i love any movie by kevin smith. i had to go and buy all of his movies on dvd. they all have some really great special features (except dogma which there is a SE being released soon). and any movie with jay and silent bob in it makes it that much better.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Kevin Smith
Brian O'Halloran
Jeff Anderson

DVD title: Latter Days (Unrated Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Wonderful Film

Came home dog tired from work at midnight, and popped this dvd in. I was up till the end, with never a regret! Wonderful film with touching performances by all the actors. A+
Was misty eyed at the end, not with sadness but with joy!

Studio: TLA Releasing
Director: C. Jay Cox
Steve Sandvoss
Wes Ramsey
Amber Benson
Jacqueline Bisset
Mary Kay Place

DVD title: Hulk (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant film!

This is the first time I've seen the Hulk, and I was blown away by it! Ang Lee is one of my favorite directors, is there nothing he can't do? The Hulk, a monster fulled by rage, could have been so easily overdone by any director. But Ang Lee tells the story perfectly. The editing is increadble in this film! It should be required viewing for any editor. Ang Lee has fun with this film, and the edits show it. But they do more than show it, they work! He breaks rules left and right (see if you can count how many times the 'line is crossed' in this film) and yet it still works. The cuts are extremely creative and a thing of beauty. The acting is supurb! And the body language of the Hulk is nuanced. I can't say enough about this film. Compared to any of the other action/sci-fi films out there (Matrix Re-whatever, Kill Bill) it beats them hands down with the acting and character development.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ang Lee
Eric Bana
Jennifer Connelly
Sam Elliott

DVD title: October Sky
Productgroup: DVD
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Inspiring and beautifully delivered!

In the tradition of great coming-of-age films such as "Stand By Me", comes a wonderfully written and moving true story of perseverence and determination. Homer Hickam's book "Rocket Boys" provided the material for this movie based on his youth and there is a feeling of authenticity to the movie which just grabs hold of the audience from the first scene to the last. Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Homer, delivers a marvelous and moving performance. One can almost feel the emotions Homer is experiencing as he must fight to realize his dream of constructing an amateur rocket. The movie also has a wonderful supporting cast which result in a solid and inspirational movie. I truly recommend this movie to anyone who has ever had a dream. This is definitely better than any so-called "blockbuster" available.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Joe Johnston
Jake Gyllenhaal
Chris Cooper

DVD title: Pavement - Slow Century
Productgroup: DVD
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Back when Pavement started I was living in the mid-west and they were this mysterious band that none of the major magazines were writing about, and you couldn't find much about them on MTV either. At the time Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and Sound Garden were the major alternative groups but there was a lot of discontent with how commercial these bands had become. The amazing thing about Pavement was they were a phenomenon that every one was raving about but they never got any recognition from any major media outlets. That was the start of the indie rock movement for me, and just about everyone I know. This documentary covers the early beginnings as well as the later years of Pavement. From their early gigs where the sound was close to shambles but still brilliant, to the later Terror Twilight Years where the band was predictable but still amazing. Some of the high lights for me was the live footage of 'Baptist Blackstick' that song is a forgotten classic, the live version of 'Box Elder' in front of the Philadelphia Record Exchange, the woes of the Lollapalooza tour especially the fiasco in West Virginia, and just about anything that had to do with the eccentric Garry Young. The two concerts are great, and are far better performances than any of the times I saw them on the Terror Twighlight tour. My only complaint is that I wish they had more live concert footage from the Crooked Rain or Wowee Zowee eras instead of two shows from the Terror Twighlight era. In my opinion they peaked as live performers around those two albums. From crazy improvisations, to really long extended jams anyone that knows what I'm talking about will remember that just about anything could happen at a Pavement show back then.

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Seinfeld - Season 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Larry David's Teeth

The title says it all.

In the third season you really see the characters start to develop into what they would become in season 4 and beyond.

Great stuff here. I miss the show.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Jerry Seinfeld

DVD title: Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best horror movies ever!

Jason Voorhees vs Freddy Krueger, two legends! Freddy uses Jason to resurrect himself. Jason comes to Elm Street to kill, so the people in Springwood think Freddy is back. After that Freddy can come again in there dreams. But Jason kills all people before Freddy can get them! So Freddy must first kill Jason. As Jason dreams Freddy try to kill him. After that Freddy is taken in the real world, and Jason is waiting and kicks Freddy's [behind].

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Ronny Yu
Ken Kirzinger
Robert Englund
Kelly Rowland

DVD title: Once Upon a Time in America (Limited Edition Collector's Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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At Long Last....

ahhh...I told to e-mail me when "Once Upon A Time" was scheduled to be released on the queen mother of all movie formats, and here it is.
Frankly, I love long movies. I love losing myself for nearly 4 hours in a flick. And this one leaves me wanting more. When you get to the final shot with Noodles grinning madly in the Opium theater, you will feel like you've grown up with these characters.
This film will require more than one viewing to make sense. The opening 30 minutes moves back and forth between eras and leaves you wondering what time period they're in and why no one will answer that darned telephone. That's one of the few flaws.
Others will be Leone's unflinching and raw portrait of criminal minds. You can't cheer for ANYONE in this movie. Well, I guess you can for Noodles (Robert De Niro) until he rapes his childhood sweetheart in the back of a car. Well, he's pretty cruel. No hero there. This setting of the story is before sexual equality was present. EVERY woman in this film is either a prostitute, raped, or molested with a gun barrel.
I'm not sure why this is rated R, since the director's cut adds footage that was originally cut simply to satisfy an R rating from the MPAA. I hear that the extra 2 minutes of footage are, well, brutal, and are basically additions to what is already excessive rape and violence.
Francis Ford Coppola successfully brought Mario Puzo's breakthrough book THE GODFATHER to the screen in a tasteful manner. Horses got their heads chopped off, Sonny was riddled with bullets ala "Bonnie and Clyde", but the brutality and a small pinch of mysogny in those films were limited and didn't alienate the audience. If you're a feminist or a woman, period, do not watch this movie.
That said, this film is extraordinary. Sometimes its fun to just watch the first hour and a half, with a beautiful recreation of turn-of-the-century New York. This is where i feel the movie should have started with the Noodles/Fat Joe reunion appearing later. A young Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) plays Noodles' crush, Deborah. He also has a few other childhood pals, but, as Deborah points out, they're all punks and all they do is perform petty crimes for their boss, Bugsy, who lets them have a dollar or "roll the drunk" for their efforts. This is a very compelling portion of the film, with Deborah being the light in Noodles' criminal mind. She explains to him that its either his friends or her, an ongoing war in his mind that never ends. He can't choose between them.There is occasional humor (you want to go swimming?, the police captain's baby being switched around), regret, betrayal, and an ending that has been the topic of message board discussions for several years now. There are several questions Leone purposely leaves unanswered for audience interpretation, another one being whether or not the whole movie is an opium dream in Noodles' mind.
These flaws still don't compare to the strengths and the triumphs of the movie, like the childhood turn-of-the-century flashback. It is the highlight of the film (The scene with them walking with the Brooklyn bridge behind them is breathtaking) and alone is worth 5 star status. The commentary by Richard Schickel is disappointing. All he says is "Oh, this is a wonderful scene", "Oh I like this transition", "I like this part". not much there.

Studio: Creative Design Art,
Director: Sergio Leone
Robert De Niro
James Woods

DVD title: Evil Dead (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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horror classic

I've watched the movies from this trilogy at least over a million times. This is a stand out horror film. Plot(?) is simple 4 college students in an isolated cabin by the woods (how cliche)play a tape recording that invokes an evil spirit and possesses them 1 by 1. Ash who is without a doubt the coolest super hero in the history of horror films is the last one remaining to battle the demon spawn. Cheesy gore effects and plenty of buckets o' blood , bad acting , bad dialouge , and if you saw this movie before all the new rereleases it was a terrible watch due to bad sound and picture (but that really helped out it's horror appeal). Camp classic horror

Studio: Elite Entertainment
Director: Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell

DVD title: Princess Mononoke
Productgroup: DVD
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I love this movie

I loved it! The story of it all just pulls you in! The art it great and the story wounderful! Through out the whole movie their are no real bad guy. The main character is just out the stop the wars befor his time ends, and that the same time going after the girl. One of the most stunning anime movies out there.Worth your money and time!I watched my friends then got one for myself!!lol

Studio: Miramax
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Yôji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yûko Tanaka

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