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DVD title: Waking Ned Devine
Productgroup: DVD
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lovely film

Coming from a man whose favorite movie is The Godfather II, I was shocked at how well this movie worked for me. I found the story very original, the acting brilliant, and the theme touching. Cheers for Waking Ned Devine!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Kirk Jones (III)
Ian Bannen
David Kelly

DVD title: South Park - Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Productgroup: DVD
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God Bless South Park

I love the TV series. I love the movie even more. The songs are great, and surprisingly well written (for being trashy cartton movie songs). I saw it in the theater first and laughed through the whole thing. Then I pre-ordered it on DVD. I watch it whenever I need a quick laugh -- it never fails. LOVE this movie. Even though I'm a relatively normal human being.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Trey Parker
Trey Parker
Matt Stone

DVD title: Finian's Rainbow
Productgroup: DVD
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an enchanting film

Finnian's Rainbow," is a truly enchanting and magical film. It involves romance comedy and a leprecaun with a pot of gold. Fred Astaire is wonderful in it. So is all the other cast. It's a must see for the entire family. Tommy Steele is great as the lebracaun. Petula Clark has such a beautiful voice and she is so very pretty.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Fred Astaire
Petula Clark

DVD title: Paris Is Burning
Productgroup: DVD
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"Hooray for You!"

"if you shoot an arrow and it goes real high...hooray for you." So says Dorian Corey, the tie that binds this film together. Dorian is a drag performer who has been in NYC since the beginning of time and guides us through what is one of the most important documentaries of New York/Gay Men/Drag Queens that has ever been made.
Surprisingly touching and infinitely quotable, this is a must-see. It is said that Ms. Livingston has many, many more hours of material...if it is ever produced...count me in.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Jennie Livingston

DVD title: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A classic for the Holiday season

Yet another in the great Vacation series. The Griswolds have the whole family over for what most would perceive to be the "A-typical" Griswold family Christmas. This is a must have for the Christmas season.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Chevy Chase
Beverly D'Angelo
Juliette Lewis

DVD title: The Complete Monterey Pop Festival - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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An Old Man's View of the Future

Five Stars - because sadly it really is "the only game in town".
There just aren't any other film records of this event.

Essentially an aging filmakers personal view of what the future would look like. DA Pennebaker thought the future would idolize Tiny Tim and forget Janis, QMS, Buffalo Springfield etc etc etc....poor old fellow - what could he have been smoking?

But you still need to own this set if only to look at the crowd shots to see if you can remember your own face from 40 years ago. Hey, isn't that you over there buying a pipe made from a deer antler or maybe over there sitting around that first night campfire, right on the fairgrounds chanting and drumming until dawn while the cops looked on almost benevolently.

Peace, love and keep on truckin'.....the BigBabyBoomer

Studio: Criterion Collection
D.A. Pennebaker
Jimi Hendrix
Otis Redding
Janis Joplin

DVD title: Miller's Crossing
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Coen Brothers film. Why isn't this on DVD?

"Take your flunky and dangle." "Let's get stinko." "I bet you think you've raised hell-" "Sister, when I've raised hell, you'll know it." "I'll need ta see some references. We only take yeggs what's been ta college, ain't that right, Dane?" "What's one Hebrew, more or less?" "Look into your heart!-" "What heart?" I could keep going. There are several reasons why Miller's Crossing is the best Coen Brothers movie, but the biggest reason is the dialogue. From the opening monologue on the "et'ics" of a fixed fight, to the final confrontation between our protagonist and his tormentor, the dialogue is like no other movie filmed since, what, 1949? The dialogue is rattled off like a Tommy gun, or enunciated slowly and lovingly like pillow talk. It always crackles with wit and energy. It provokes regular belly laughs (you've never heard so many euphemisms for "Jew", lovingly applied by two Jewish filmmakers). And it moves a Byzantine plot along like an energetic traffic cop. There are zero false notes in this movie. The sets and scenery are brilliantly evocative of the Prohibition era. A miraculous cast, from Coen regulars such as Jon Polito, Steve Buscemi and (briefly) Michael Badalucco, to stars Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney and Marcia Gay Harden, are uniformly brilliant. Fargo, Barton Fink and Blood Simple are three of the best movies of the past 20 years. Miller's Crossing outshines them all. Please, Fox, PLEASE issue this on DVD, before I wear out my VHS copy.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Gabriel Byrne
John Turturro
Albert Finney

DVD title: Gladiator Eroticus
Productgroup: DVD
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Eroticus Hilarious

Maybe I've seen too many of these John Bacchus movies from Seduction Cinema. I know how exceedingly silly and juvenile these films can be, so the completely farcical nature of Gladiator Eroticus was certainly not a shock to my system. I also know what kind of activities go on in these movies, and I just didn't find this one very erotic at all. This is disappointing given the fact that my three favorite Seduction Cinema starlets, Misty Mundae, Darian Cane, and Katie Jordan, are all featured herein. The story is simple, ludicrous, and relatively unimportant. Darian Cane plays Eroticus, the leading general of Rome, one who achieves victory on the battlefield in her own special way, one that does not involve armor or weapons or even clothes. The emperor wants her to be the next leader of the Roman people, but the emperor's idiotic son assumes the throne after he sort of kills his father. He orders the death of Eroticus, but she defeats her would-be killers (who are, fortunately for her, female), and escapes only to be captured and taught the ways of lesbian gladiator fighting. In this way she works her way back toward Rome with the goal of exacting revenge on the emperor.
Misty Mundae saves this movie from complete failure. She plays the sister of the new emperor, and he keeps her close to his side for the first two-thirds of the film. Once she finally has a chance to engage in the gladiator-like activities taking Rome by storm, the movie becomes much better. This is actually a rather large-scale project for the Seduction Cinema folks; all this really means is that there are more actors than usual included in the cast and that the whole Roman army, instead of numbering a handful of soldiers, seems to consist of about twenty people. This is unquestionably a bare-bones sort of production. Almost all of the action takes place out in the open, and computer-generated Roman-looking buildings are supposed to make us envision Rome itself as the setting. The plot itself pretty much stinks, coming pretty close to giving Mistress Frankenstein a run for its money in terms of its rottenness. Bacchus got some of his jollies with the idea of a "vomitorium" this time around, and this does not help his cause. One thing about this film particularly galls me, though. The voices of Darian Caine and Jade DuBoir are dubbed over with some he-man-sounding female voices which sound utterly ridiculous. I really can't recommend this film to anyone besides Misty Mundae fans; she is much too good for a movie this ridiculous.

Studio: Ei Independent Cinema
Director: John Bacchus

DVD title: I Love Trouble
Productgroup: DVD
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Good, Clean Movie

Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte play reporters working for rival newspapers, with some fun antics following. This movie is reminiscent of a movie that Rock Hudson and Doris Day might have starred in. It is one of my favorites.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Charles Shyer
Nick Nolte
Julia Roberts

DVD title: When Father Was Away on Business
Productgroup: DVD
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Kusturica's best...

It doesn't have the glossy polish of his later and better-known films, but to me this is Kusturica's best. It's totally sincere, beautifully acted by every single actor and actress, it's interesting, funny, tragic,loveable. Everything that his other films also are but better.

Studio: Koch Lorber
Director: Emir Kusturica

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