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DVD title: Pink Flamingos
Productgroup: DVD
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pink flamingos


Before seeing this film, I thought modern day directors/writers (i.e.Tarantino) were pushing the limits on good taste and shock value. After seeing this film, I've realized movies like "Pulp Fiction", are watered down, Disney family films compared to Waters' "Pink Flamingos".

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: John Waters
Actors:
Divine
David Lochary
Mary Vivian Pearce




DVD title: Gaza Strip
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb Documentary: shows it like it is


This is an outstanding documentary movie that shows what life is like for Palestinians in Gaza during the first few months of the second Intifada. James Longley, a young American filmmaker spent 3 1/2 months in the Gaza strip filming 75 hours of footage for this documentary, and the product reflects an accurate picture of what life is like under occupation. This film is remarkable on many counts. First, unlike many documentaries I have seen, there is no narration whatsoever during the whole length of the documentary. I was anticipating Longley would interject a few words here and there to explain the background, but instead, he allows the characters filmed to speak for themselves. Thus "Gaza Strip" looks less like a documentary, without sacrificing the clarity of the work. Another remarkable accomplishment is that Longley filmed and put together the entire feature without knowing a word of Arabic. For editing the 74 minute documentary, he had to rely on a written translation of the 75 hours of original footage. This is an enormous accomplishment, considering the superb quality of the final movie. It is interesting to note also that the music was created by Longley himself, and the artistic quality of some of the scenes also deserve mention.
"Gaza Strip" captures many significant features of Gazan life under occupation: the beach being used as a highway when the Israeli army closes the main road; daily Israeli shooting sprees in Rafah; the damage to the buildings from gunfire; home demolitions; the disastrous economic effects, etc.. In one of the most moving scenes, Longley captures an Israeli missile attack on Gaza city, showing how it feels like from the streets. "Gaza Strip" also captures on tape the victims of a strange Israeli chemical attack. The central feature of the movie, however, is young child roaming the streets selling cakes to make a living, who is not shy of the camera and voluntarily acts as a tour guide of his world.
James Longley should be commended for making this fine documentary which deserves the highest of awards. I recommend this to anyone wanting to know what really is happening. This is reporting at its best. Welcome to Gaza, fasten your seatbelts, and thank your God that bullets don't go through the TV screen.
For a unique experience of the first day of the Intifada in Jerusalem, I recommend you also get Hazim Bitar's "Jerusalem's High Cost of Living". A similar travelogue from the first Intifada can be found in the unique comic documentary "Palestine" by Joe Sacco.

Studio: AFD
Director: James Longley



DVD title: One Million Years B.C.
Productgroup: DVD
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Highly Entertaining!


"One Million Years B.C" is actually a serious attempt to depict life in prehistory for cavemen and women. Many reviewers complain that human beings and dinosaurs NEVER occupied the same period in prehistory, but this is merely our best present-day educated guess. Who knows? Twenty years from now we may discover evidence that people existed at the same time as dinosaurs. The fact is that we DON'T KNOW precisely what it was like for people in prehistory and never truly will; all we can do is guess. This movie is simply a serious attempt to show what it may have been like for people IF they lived at the same time as dinosaurs. Capeesh?
I said this was a serious depiction, but there are admittedly some humerous aspects. For instance, the mullet-headed blonde men of the shell tribe and the indoor cave sets straight out of the original "Star Trek."
Other than that I can't think of anything bad to say. The location photography from the Canary Islands is awesome and Ray Harryhausen's dinosaur animation is excellent, holding up very well even to this day (he even throws in a couple of superimposed iguanas and a tarantula).
Oh yeah, most guys understandably rave about Raquel Welch and her infamous cavegirl bikini, and she is indeed stunningly ravishing, but -- believe it or not -- there are a few other female castmembers that are possibly even more beautiful(!). No kidding.
I must not forget to mention the outstanding musical score -- it's very fitting, very primal.
Lastly, there's no talking as we understand it; only grunting and primitive lingo. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended unless, of course, you have pompous hangups about historical chronology.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Don Chaffey
Actors:
Raquel Welch



DVD title: The Emperor's New Groove (Disney Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Love the Llama


Five stars you bet! The funniest Disney move in LONG time, and for once something that doesn't focus on death (as it seems a lot of Disney does.) My kids love it as much as I do. Witty humor for adults and silly stuff for the kids. David Spade is absolutely perfect for this role and how could you not love Puddy (from Seinfeld) as Cronk! Buy it before it goes in the Disney vault.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Mark Dindal
Actors:
David Spade
John Goodman




DVD title: Equus
Productgroup: DVD
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Weird.. weird..and even weirder


The first time I saw Equus, I was gripped and deeply moved by the film's themes and uses of the horses as gods. It combines a young boy's passion with a religious bent (possible inherited from his mother) and twists both into a fantastic and sometimes deeply disturbing storyline, both played to perfection by Peter Firth; the young Alan Strang and Richard Burton; Dysart the psychiatrist. I strongly reccomend this particular play to anyone willing to change their perspective on the world and religion.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors:
Richard Burton
Peter Firth




DVD title: The Legend of Drunken Master
Productgroup: DVD
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It's actually worth 6 stars out of 5 !!!


This movie really is that good! Not a technical critique from me i'm afraid as i'm new to the genre, but out of the last 10 Chan movies i have seen - this beats EVERY SINGLE ONE with flying colours.
it is very impressive in every aspect and once i've finished writing this i am going to buy a copy!

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Actors:
Jackie Chan
Ho Sung Pak




DVD title: Ginger Snaps 2 - Unleashed
Productgroup: DVD
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An outstanding sequel


I was so pleased with this sequel that I wanted to start it over as soon as it ended! It is dark, disturbing and like the first one, made me afraid to go into my basement without my dog after I watched it. Emily Perkins is an outstanding actress and I am glad to say that this is a sequel worthy of its predecessor. The werewolf effects are great, the tension is palpable, and I'm still thinking about the plot today. The twist ending was a complete surprise to me and I loved it. Ghost is quite a character, as you discover by the end, although you suspect there's something not quite right there all along. I have my own idea (due to the first movie and clues from this one) as to who the werewolf stalking Brigitte is, but I'll discuss that on the boards. Rent this movie, buy it, tell friends about it - whatever you need to do to help it attain the success it deserves. I would much rather have spent my money to see this film at the theater than any of the ones I've been to recently.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Brett Sullivan



DVD title: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely top!


Just seen this film on BBC, and am so impressed. Walther Matthau is superb, as are the rest of the cast. It's so atmospheric, and holds the suspense right up until the end.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Joseph Sargent
Actors:
Walter Matthau
Robert Shaw




DVD title: Welcome to Hollywood
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny take on La-La Land


This film is a biting take on fame and the city that's on an endless search to foist it on people. Anyone who's ever been on an audition will laugh/cringe as the true humilations of such events are placed squarely in the crosshairs. What this film lacks in production values, it more than makes up for in humor and insight into the world of entertainment. Well worth your time and money.

Studio: Sunland Studios



DVD title: Blue Velvet
Productgroup: DVD
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Shocking, harrowing and brilliant


The dark underbelly of a typical suburban town is uncovered in this dangerous and innovative film that is David Lynch's best work, if you ask me. Lynch has made several solid films, although his style may be a little too strange for clear analysis. "Blue Velvet," however, is top-of-the-line filmmaking that leaves a taste in your mouth that is bad in a very good way. Dennis Hopper sucking from his oxygen mask as he rapes Isabella Rosselini is one of the most unsettling and memorable images of modern cinema. At first, Kyle Maclachlan's character seems like a young guy who lives such a normal, mundane life that it is hard to not be able to relate to him. However, after what he sees in the events that follow, it is hard to imagine what frame of mind I would be left with. It starts with finding a human ear in a grassy field and, after the rape, tracking down Dennis Hopper's character, and coming across a slew of subversively perverse people, he witnesses an enormity of violence to cloud anyone's perspective. Depending on what kind of moviewatcher you are, I would rent this one first, because it's not for all tastes. Personally, I think that, next to Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull," this is the best film of the 1980s.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: David Lynch
Actors:
Isabella Rossellini
Kyle MacLachlan
Dennis Hopper




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