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DVD title: Before Sunset
Productgroup: DVD
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une mémoire de l'amour

Set in the beautiful backdrop of Paris, Before Sunset is a gorgeously real story of two people, once lovers for only one night, reunited, again, for only one night.

With optimism and wit, Linklater creates characters with whom you can't help but fall madly in love. Not overtly sentimental, but not crushing and pessimistic, there is really only one way to describe this film; a perfect mean of realist drama. Amongst comic book schlock and inane comedies, Before Sunset is a step in the right direction for film.

If you have ever been in love, are in love, or are just looking for a film that renews a realistic sensibility in cinema, Before Sunset will touch you as movies so rarely do.

Studio: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy

DVD title: Bride and Prejudice
Productgroup: DVD
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A delightful surprise

We rented this, watched it, and then watched it again! (In doing so, we got the three hours a real Bollywood film would run.) We just wanted to see that first musical number again and stayed glued to the screen for the whole film.

The adaptation of a Jane Austen plot to a tri-continental Indian love story is brilliant, the acting is fine and the musical numbers are just terrific. Our favorites were the wedding song and the shopping trip in the market, which ends in a Busby Berkely style overhead shot with color-coordinated turbans swirling in patterns.

This movie has it all -- clever plot, beauty, acting talent, stunning scenery, rollicking music, fabulous choreography. Nothing heavy in it, but it's not fluff. It's classy entertainment.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Aishwarya Rai
Martin Henderson
Nadira Babbar

DVD title: Home Alone 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Best of the bunch

I liked Home Alone. I loved Home Alone 2. I didn't think anything could possibly top the sight of Tim Curry on his knees telling a fictitious hotel patron that 'he loved him'.Boy, was I wrong.Many people seem to have taken issue with Home Alone 3 because it does not follow on directly from the 2nd film in the series. Really, is that such a huge deal? If anything, it's what made this movie work. They didn't try to make another 'Kevin' story, but went for something totally different, just using the same plot - David vs. Goliath in a house of horrors that David set up.And as for trashing Alex D. Linz in the role, please.... At least this child could act. My biggest gripe with the first two Home Alone movies was that Macauly Culkin constantly sounded like he was reading his lines straight out of the script, rather than something that was rehearsed.But back to the story. The premise of this tale is that four criminal masterminds have obtained a stolen chip, with the intention of selling it to a mega-rich (mega-dangerous) buyer. Through a totally plausible mix up at the airport, the chip (which is hidden inside a remote controlled toy car) ends up in the hands of an elderly lady. The crooks chase her all the way back to Chicago to try and recover the chip and save their own rear ends.This is another factor which worked well for the movie. Whereas with the first two films, it was funny because Harry and Marv were such an obvious pair of morons. The four crims in HA3 are supposed to be smart, which makes it so much more delicious when Alex makes idiots of them.The hero of the story, Alex, is by himself not through any family holiday mix-ups, but rather because he has chicken pox, and both parents have to work. Like Kevin McAllister, Alex is portrayed as being rather hard done by as far as his family goes. He's the butt of endless jokes and tormenting by his older brother and sister, and when he begins reporting the suspicious activity going on his neighbourhood, no one will believe him. Hence, he decides eventually to take matters into his own hands, find out just what is going on and do something about it.There are some absolutely hilarious scenes in this film. Particularly the scene when Alex sends the car with a video camera taped to the top to try and get evidence to prove he is not lying. And the inevitable confrontations in the end with the crooks have to be seen to be believed. The best parts to watch for are firstly the incident with the mouse and the iron bar. If you thought Marv's screams in Home Alone 2 (when the pigeons were attacking them) were hysterical, then this one surpasses all possible expectations. Who would have thought a grown man was capable of hitting such a perfect high note...?And secondly, the parrot is a complete crack-up. Watch for the shower scene, it's the best.Like the first two movies, this has the standard little-boy-makes-friends-with-aloof-and- outcast-neighbour ploy. The plot is basically the same in all three movies, but the introduction of a completely new cast has done wonders. This film is not the disaster that some would have you believe, and if you enjoyed the first two Home Alone movies, then it's hard to imagine that you wouldn't like the 3rd installment. Just do yourself a big favour, see it for yourself and make up your own mind. Because it really is worth it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Raja Gosnell
Alex D. Linz

DVD title: Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
Productgroup: DVD
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Spy Kids 3-D:Game Over

The 3D is pretty cool but there isn't much of a story . Just cool special effects . A kid will say it's cool but an adult will say the other movies are better .

Studio: Dimension/Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Antonio Banderas
Carla Gugino
Alexa Vega
Daryl Sabara

DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
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I have always been a fan of the X-MEN; and the movie made me a bigger fan. The only disappointing points in the film were: Rogue-a teenager? and no Jubilee! Other than that, the movie was fantastic. My favorite mutant, aside from Jubliee, is Storm (played beautifully by the stunning Halle Berry) the mutant with the ability to control mother nature. My favorite scenes are the train station scene and the battle inside the Statue of Liberty. When Sabretooth thinks he has defeated Storm by grabbing her throat and slamming her against the window, she turns the tables on him and kicks his [butt]. She summons the fierce lightening and blows him back threw a concrete wall. WAY TO GO! The other scene which is almost haunting is when she is fighting Toad and he kicks her down an elevator shaft (notice how he does his Darth Maul move afterwards, hence Toad is played by Ray Park). Then all of a sudden the doors to the elevator start to shake and glow with lightening. Then the doors blow open and the STORM ARISES out of the shaft. See the movie and find out what happens.I would not have picked a better person to play Professor X than Patrick Stewart. He is an amazing actor. Another mistake was Ian McKellan playing Magneto. It looked like my grandfather was in the film. They could have expanded Cyclops and Jean Grey a little more. I have never been a fan of Wolverine, until this movie. Hugh Jackman gave his character a whole new dimension. I love Wolverine. I can't wait until the next movie. I hope we see more of Storm, Jubilee, (rumored) Gambit and Jean Grey.eXcellent movie!!!!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Godzilla 2000
Productgroup: DVD
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He's lean, he's green, and he's back!

The big guy's back and better than ever! We all know that the Godzilla likes to destroy Tokyo, but when it comes to monsters, now were talking! I think this one is even better than Destroyah or Spacegodzilla( but NOT Mechagodzilla 2!)I especially think the begining is the best! But, hey, we all have our ipinions! You take a plot, put in the G man, add a monster, and watch Godzilla do some but kicking and wham! Toho does it again! The movie also has a little chain to it= spaceship= rock= spaceship= spaceship and monster= monster= dust.Well, I hope you enjoy this awesome movie! ( from 1# Godzilla fan)

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Takao Okawara
Takehiro Murata
Hiroshi Abe
Naomi Nishida

DVD title: American Graffiti (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Perfect in every way

This is a must-own DVD, perfect in every way. This is the Lawrence of Arabia of late 50's California.
The director perfectly captures a rite-of-passage night with incredible texture and integrity. This is one of those films where disbelief is immediately suspended and the viewer is drawn in - without protest. What makes it work particularly well is the music. Its a perfect backdrop and perhaps for those of us who remember sounds more than many other things its the critical factor in involving us.
Its also a hoot seeing young Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, McKenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford, and others. In some ways, I wonder if it wasn't some of their finest performances.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: George Lucas
Richard Dreyfuss
Ron Howard

DVD title: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Martial Arts

It has stumped me for years why people insist on seeing movies with English dubbed over other languages rather than reading subtitles. This is a marvelous movie about love, fairy tales and honor. I was moved by almost every aspect of this film. The performances are excellent and I would hate to see them ruined by american voiced re-recordings. If you haven't seen this film (are there any of you out there?) buy or rent this today and let the magic spell be cast over you.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Ang Lee
Yun-Fat Chow
Michelle Yeoh
Ziyi Zhang

DVD title: What Dreams May Come
Productgroup: DVD
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When you find your soulmate, stay beside them no matter what

This movie, this story is a monument to what true love should be. For anyone who truly believes that they have a soulmate (maybe a trite term in the 90's, but descriptive) this movie is an affirmation. True love endures all things, conquers all obstacles and always finds a way. Finding this out too late truly is hell. Finding your soulmate and losing them because of selfish pride is worse than hell. There will be critics that will find fault in the acting, the cinematography, the screenplay. They wouldn't get it if it fell on them. This story isn't about awards and accolades, it is about love. I wish I had seen it 17 years ago when I was leaving my soulmate because I was too damn proud to stay with her when the going got rough.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Vincent Ward
Robin Williams
Cuba Gooding Jr.

DVD title: Electric Prunes: Rewired
Productgroup: DVD
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"Grates your mind like a cheese grater grates cheese."

"Grates your mind like a cheese grater grates cheese."
Essential for all fans of psychedelic garage punk!

Studio: Navarre Corporation/

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