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DVD title: Twin Peaks - The Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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pissed off

i think it really takes the piss,why even produce the first series and not bother from there on geez!tp was and still is numero uno for loads of people,if those wise guys had half a brain they could make a killing!

Kyle MacLachlan
Michael Ontkean

DVD title: Backstreet Boys - All Access
Productgroup: DVD
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BSB- All Access

This was a great video that any fan would enjoy. In the first part of the video AJ takes you on a tour of the set of"Every Body" You then go behind the scenes of "As long As You Love Me". You see each of the guys and they talk to the camera while doing the video. Plus, you see 4 of their oldest videos and some Eropean concert scenes.

Studio: Bmg/Jive/Silvertone

DVD title: The Lost Boys
Productgroup: DVD
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The Lost Boys! My favorite

This is the movie that started it all for me. Vampires into rock n roll, and the lead actor looking like Jim Morrison who can ask for anything more. I loved how the culture of the 80's was brought out in this classic horror film. The Big Hair, the tight pants, the rock n roll, and vampires all in one, who could ask for more. I highly recommend this movie for anyone who wants a scare.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Joel Schumacher
Jason Patric
Corey Haim

DVD title: Pleasantville (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautiful and Definitelty Snubbed of Some Awards

Hate me if you will but I hated Pleasantville.
I didn't think this film was for entertainment at all. It felt like a political brow beating. To say that being immoral will better your lives is just the sinners way of justifying their own bad choices. Now I don't have to agree with the ideology and morals of a movie to enjoy it or appreciate the message or statement but this film and story was so flawed in it's delivery that I found it to be of very little worth.
If I really expected all films to match my own personal beliefs or convictions in order to enjoy them, I'd probably not like very many films. I know that there are many lifestyles other than my own. I expect to be shocked, scared, enlightened and otherwise affected when seeing a movie. In the instance of Pleasantville, I was simply insulted.
Masturbating will make me a better person, huh? Having rampant sex will enrich my life while remaining morally clean means I'm a hate monger and my life is drab? Please.
The film depicts people who are in black and white until they show their "true colors" and experience a new emotion. Usually one that is completely out of character for them. This is literal as all of the people ARE characters in a sterile 50's tv show. There's a major flaw in this concept played out on the screen. Once Joan Allen turns color after discovering that her husband isn't needed for sexual gratification, she is chased around and taunted by some boys who remain black and white despite this current action. The towns mayor turns color after emitting anger and hate. Why then did these boys not turn color when they were acting out their emotions? They weren't exactly living up to the standards of Pleasantville. And what about the rest of the towns people who stood in judgement of the "colored" people. Are these not converse emotions as well?
Parallels are attempted to be drawn between the treatment of the now "colored" people in the film and the actual colored people from the same era in our real history. This is not accurate. In the film, it was the immoral acts and sins of the people that brought about a change in them, making them appear in full color. They were persecuted and even kept out of certain establishments. In real life, it was not the behavior of colored people that brought about the bigotry. It was the ignorance and hatred of others projected on a whole race, regardless of their morals or behavior. To attempt a comparison of the two is asinine.
This movie was just an attempt to give a stamp of approval to doing whatever you want as long as it "feels good".
I may be taking this a bit far but if you really enjoyed this movie, perhaps you should look at your own life. Did you enjoy it because it gave validity to your own follies? Because it says that to be morally clean is a bad thing and, if you believe that, you won't have to face the fact that is wrong? Think about it.
If you liked Pleasantville and didn't like this review, consider this: Gary Ross wrote something that is dear to his heart and he spoke his mind. I too wrote something that is dear to my heart and I spoke my mind. I too hope to make films one day. When I do, they'll reflect a part of me. Some you'll like, some you won't. But that's what movies are all about. Pleasantville deserved to be made as does every film. I look forward to Gary's other ventures as a director. He did a fantastic job of bringing Pleasantville to the screen and the message was loud and clear.
Until next time, I remain in black and white, and I still love you. Wait, does love make me technicolor worthy? Let me know. I may change hue yet.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Gary Ross
Tobey Maguire
Joan Allen
Jeff Daniels

DVD title: Plan 9 From Outer Space
Productgroup: DVD
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A gloriously bad movie. Can you prove it DIDN'T happen?

Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space" is a legendary film, not because it is great cinema but because watching it is an unforgettable experience. In that respect it is more comparable to a midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" than anything else within the realm of contemporary cinematic experience. I am perfectly comfortable with the oxymoronic notion that the film is so gloriously bad that it becomes transcendent in a way "Reefer Madness" and other notable "bad" films are not. I have shown "Plan 9 From Outer Space" to many an unsuspecting audience and all of them have enjoyed the experience. There is such an audacity to Wood's film that you have to smile if just to keep your jaw from dropping all the way to the ground. The only other explanation is, as the head alien says in the film, "Because you earth people are all idiots!" I am comfortable with either one of these explanations.
Just count all the things Ed Wood gets wrong in this film. After eight disastrous attempts to take over the planet, the aliens invoke "Plan 9" wherein they raise the dead as foot soldiers. Vampira and wrestler Tor Johnson become zombies. You have a flying saucer that look a lot like a Cadillac hubcap held up by string. You have a star, Bela Lugosi, who died before filming started but who appears from beyond the grave, not to mention his stand-in, the chiropractor of the producer's wife. You have cops who scratch their noses with loaded guns, Dudley Manlove as the unforgettable leader of the aliens, sets that are about to tip over, plus a chilling introduction and postscript from the Amazing Criswell!
Is this the worst film of all time? What difference does it make? Do you really want to keep looking after you have experienced the two-time Golden Turkey Award-winning "Plan 9 From Outer Space?" You owe it to yourself to watch this movie at least once. It is part of our cultural legacy.

Studio: Good Times Home Vide
Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Gregory Walcott
Tom Keene

DVD title: Jeepers Creepers
Productgroup: DVD
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Both entertaining and suspenseful, Jeepers Creepers delivers just the right amount of fright without the use of overblown special effects. It has an original story and a spectacular cast that keeps the ball rolling. Like many of the older horror movies, it relies upon suspense and fright to carry us through.In the end, this film succeeds in doing what it is supposed to do-catch you off guard and scare you!!!A NEW HORROR MASTERPIECE!!!!

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Victor Salva
Gina Philips
Justin Long

DVD title: Eddie and the Cruisers
Productgroup: DVD
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One of those nostaglic gems that captures the times

As the Cruisers walk into Tony Marts in Somers Point NJ and tell Tom Bereger to tell the manager, "The cruisers are here," I did a double take. From the age of 16, Tony Marts was my favorite hangout! (Yeah, the drinking age was 21, but I was a tall kid and no one asked for ID). So, you know I love this movie. I have probably watched this movie two dozen times and shown it to all of my friends and dates. To a person, they fell in love with in (and not surprisingly Eddie Lives the sequel, charming for its own music. Michael Pare captures the role and until one night that I watched the movie and then went out to see Beaver Brown (the real band) perform the same music, I was convinced he was singing and still don't get distracted by the lipsynching. Enjoy this wonderful movie, don't over analyze it and, well, if you spend your childhood on the South Jersey shore (Ocean City across from Somers Point) in the 1950s and 1960s as I did, it's real special.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Martin Davidson

DVD title: A Night to Remember - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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a gripping classic

For all the special effects and color cinematography of recent years, few films in the disaster genre have been able to top this amazing film of the fateful voyage of the Titanic; it is smartly written, with extraordinary cinematography (by Geoffrey Unsworth) and brilliantly acted by a cast of mostly unknown actors. American audiences will probably only recognize David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin in the Man from U.N.C.L.E. series) who plays a radio operator, and Honor Blackman, who gained fame as the Bond Girl with the naughty name in Goldfinger, who has a small part as the wife of a brave and stoic man, and the noted British actor Laurence Naismith, who is marvelous as Captain Smith.

Even though one knows the end, the tension runs high, and we get caught up in lives of the people aboard "the floating palace", and how they handled their dreadful fate. The characterizations are beautifully developed, which is rare in this type of film.
The scenes of the inner workings of the ship are intense, and very well re-created. When compared to documentaries made about the Titanic, this film would seem to be quite accurate, in the physical aspects of the ship, and of the people who sailed her, as passengers and as crew.

I find this 1958 version far superior to the 1997 Oscar winning "Titanic", mostly because the script and acting are much more believable, making the events of that dreadful night come to life and stir the emotions in a deeper way than the newer film ever could.
Adapted for the screen by Eric Ambler from the book by Walter Lord (which I read many years ago and also found fascinating), the direction by Roy Ward Baker is superb, and the almost symphonic score by William Alwyn terrific.
"A Night to Remember" won a 1959 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.
Total running time is 123 minutes.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Kenneth More

DVD title: Bewitched - The Complete First Season (Black and White)
Productgroup: DVD
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So Funny!

This tv series "BETWITCHED" first season with Elizabeth Montgomery is just a delightful memory of when my children were small and we all watched BEWITCHED. You cannot watch one show without rolling around laughing. Every show is quite funny. Now my grandchildren get to see a witch family can be funny and everyone wishes they could wiggle their nose, too. HA! HA!
This DVD is a must for anyone who wants to have a good time watching a funny show of the seventies.
Shirley V. Frye

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Elizabeth Montgomery

DVD title: Kept
Productgroup: DVD
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Keep Kept For Christian Oliver

Christian Oliver is great in this erotic thriller, he is so hot. I think that this is an erotic thriller for either sex. I am a guy who liked it a lot, mainly because of Christian. The girl was pretty hot too. The movie contains a interesting plot and has another known actor Ice-T. While the story circles around a murder mystery it has a lot of wild scenes.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios

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