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DVD title: Topsy-Turvy
Productgroup: DVD
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wonderful when you can't see the mikado


this film is, of course, for g&s aficianados. surprising though it may seem to us, there are those who do not like g&s. one of my voice teachers, a brit yet--almost treasonable, went into a complete swivet when i asked to work on a g&s aria. (we settled on one each of cole porter and noel coward.)
this film is also for those who have a fair bit of knowledge about late-19th century england and its mores (there's a virtual acute accent over that 'e'). the passing reference to 'chinese' gordon's death at khartoum places the film's events in the broader historic context. the dialogue manages to suggest the formality of the times without becoming a parody. the sets, especially the senior mrs. gilbert's bedchamber ('room' is inadequate)are marvelous, as, of course, are the costumes. the era was wonderfully captured, along with some of its hypocrisies.
the film is also impressive in the way a short scene or a few lines of dialogue can suggest the family and social history and background of gilbert and sullivan and the various actors. this is not a film for people who cannot hear between the lines.
the perfomances, spoken and sung, are wonderful--especially since you can contrast the performances of several of the actors in this film with their performances in 'trainspotting'--great demonstration of the concept of 'range.'. n.b.: when leonora is speaking of 'her' beauty, she is quoting yumyum's lines from the opera, as well as revealing, possibly, her own feelings.
others have mentioned its treatment of the creative process and the manner in which a performance evolves. i enjoyed the superficial civility of the composer's critiques of the orchestra. so much more suave (and lacking in vulgarity) than is likely today.
this is a thoroughly enjoyable film that assumes the best of its audience. that alone makes it worth watching.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Mike Leigh
Actors:
Allan Corduner
Jim Broadbent




DVD title: The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie, Greater Message


Yes, Mr. Anonymous reviewer below me, your four year old may have been too old for this movie.
On the other hand, my two year old is just nuts about this flick. I never want to make the TV a substitute father, but this is one movie my son can watch over and over again and never get bored.
It's so wonderful to see him actually sit still for a while and cheer for the good guys- and this gentle movie's message of sharing is so beautiful, not only don't I mind it when he wants to watch this video again, I encourage it.
And who couldn't love Elmo.
I enthusiastically reccomend this movie for all children three and under.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Gary Halvorson



DVD title: The Wizard of Oz
Productgroup: DVD
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THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!


Perfection all the way! Only those cold in heart could ever write a poor review for this timeless classic which has endeared itself to millions and millions of people for generations! Anyone who gives this film a one star review needs to be shot! Its sacrilegious....you don't mess with perfection and this is the best film ever made! I can't wait for this new 4 disc version to be released with even more extras than ever before!!

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Judy Garland
Frank Morgan




DVD title: Newsies (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a good movie for people into classic and fast music.


I think newisies was a good movie for people into music.I just got done watching it in music class at Viking elementary.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Kenny Ortega
Actors:
Christian Bale



DVD title: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Productgroup: DVD
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IT'S THE BESTEST MOVIE EVER


IT'S A GOOD MOVIE AND SO IS THE OTHER ONE I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER AND MAYBE YOU SHOULD DO ANOTHER MOVIE LIKE THAT BUT EVEN SCARIER I'D RATE THIS BOOK 1000000000000 OUT OF 100000000000

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Gillespie
Actors:
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Anne Heche




DVD title: Gundam Wing the Movie - Endless Waltz (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Loved It!


The movie was great. The only problem about it was that it was the toonami version. I wish it was the original version rather than edited. I still loved it though. I love the better animation than the show. I also loved their improved gundams. There is one Major flaw in this movie. I don't own it!:) I wish I did. Now thanks to toysrus.com I can. The second I get the money.I know I will pay every cent for this movie.
F.Y.I. My favorite characters are
1) Duo maxwell in his cool looking Deathscythe Hell.2) Qautre Raberba Winner in the deadly Sandrock Custom.3) Heero Yui in the very powerful Wing Zero.4) Trowa Barton in the missle barrage capabilities of Heavy Arms.5) Chang Wufei in the extended arm of death Gundam Nataku.
Sorry for the inconvienience but I was formerly known as ssj3goku.

Studio: Pioneer Video



DVD title: 24 Hour Party People
Productgroup: DVD
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Helix


First off I want to thank Winterbottom for a WONDERFUL representation of Joy Division and dedication to Ian Curtis. This movie spans from the begining of the Manchester Punk scene (Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Stranglers, Clash etc.) to the begining of the Manchester Rave scene, and the involvement of Tony Wilson through it all. How his record company signed major Post-Punk bands like Joy Division and later signed post-JD electronic band New Order. Starting off as a club owner for bands to play at called The Factory, starting a record label with the same name to sign these bands that played there, and leading up to catching onto the electronic sound that came from Manchester, starting the legendary club Hacienda forming the Rave scene, leading to the demise of it all. It followed, as it was made to be, only one aspect of music history in this particular era. Now that this part of the era is covered, I would love to see more about how the bands influenced music. Lets see here, we have Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees, two very influential bands that lead to the forming of what we know as Goth Rock, we have Beggers Banquet with Bauhaus leading to '80's Goth/Death Rock. We also have the beginings of Industrial music. Will this happen? Probably not, though at the same time I wouldn't MGM or whoever to release something on these aspects of underground subculture, maybe we best stick with Mick Mercer on that one.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Actors:
Steve Coogan
Lennie James




DVD title: Old School (Widescreen Unrated Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Snoop! Snoop-a-loop!


This is a great movie. Bag full of laughs. Movie for teenagers and older.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Todd Phillips
Actors:
Luke Wilson
Will Ferrell
Vince Vaughn




DVD title: Swing Kids
Productgroup: DVD
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Its my all time favorite, that makes me want to get up and d


This is quite possibly the best movie ever!! It is a movie about the human spirit. Swing Kids is about standing up for what you believe no matter what the consequences. Everybody should see this movie!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Director: Thomas Carter (II)
Actors:
Robert Sean Leonard
Christian Bale




DVD title: The Pillow Book
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely stunning - a feast for the eyes and mind.



Peter Greenaway's "The Pillow Book" is by far one of the best films I have ever seen. Lush photography, classy erotica, and a wonderfully off-beat story fall perfectly into place in this masterpiece of art film. Many detractors of Greenaway will argue that his films wreak of pretension, but I believe that in an MTV saturated culture like the current one in the US - anything that has an ounce of intellect will be criticized the way Greenaway has.
Familiar Greenaway themes are once again revisited in this film - lust, art and revenge. A young calligrapher-writer (Vivian Wu) seeks revenge from the publisher who had blackmailed and abused her father while she was a child. In doing so she falls in love with Jerome, a free spirited translator (Ewan McGregor). It is then through Jerome that she intends to inflict her revenge. Writing her stories on the nude bodies of male models, she sets out to complete her task.
As you can see - the trademark 'slightly' off-beat world that Greenaway is so fond of is once again portrayed in "The Pillow Book". Where else can a woman write stories on the flesh of her male subjects and send them off as her messengers? This is something I love about Greenaway cinema - he takes you from this world into a another one; one where things are just a 'bit' off.
"The Pillow Book" is a glorious breath of fresh air - but it is not for the faint of heart or the prudish. In addition to a particularly explict blood-and-guts scene in the middle of the picture, full frontal nudity (male and female) and some graphic depictions of sex are common place. Yet Greenaway is able to maintain class in the midst of footage that could easily have been exploitative. Furtheremore, "The Pillow Book" has a very deliberate pace to it - and it's quite slow, but steady. Like Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut", this film is not for those with low attention spans who aren't interested in dialogue and the imagery of film.
"The Pillow Book" is ultimately my favorite Greenaway film for one important reason: heart. Unlike Greenaway's other films that have a certain degree of coldness to them, "The Pillow Book" is a celebration of love - and the appreciation of love, and the loss of love.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Peter Greenaway
Actors:
Vivian Wu
Ewan McGregor




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