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You've Got Mail (Widescreen)
You've Got Mail (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 91.36
18 used & new from CDN$ 1.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars There's still room for good old-fashioned NY romance, March 20 2000
This review is from: You've Got Mail (Widescreen) (DVD)
Not so much a remake (or update) of the remarkable "The Shop Around The Corner" starring James Stewart, as a film that holds well on its own. The Ryan/Hanks chemistry is not quite so magical as in "Sleepless in Seattle", but it's there. Score and location a big boost, as well as the wonderful Jean Stapleton and the stand-out Greg Kinnear. It'll be ths sort of movie you'd fall in love in if you have seen "As Good As It Gets" or the James Stewart original. Except this time the big bad wolf wins (in spite of The Wicard Of Oz hints). 3.5 stars on my book, an extra half-star for Meg Ryan and the sheer fluffiness of it all...

You've Got Mail (Widescreen)
You've Got Mail (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 91.36
18 used & new from CDN$ 1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Still room for good old-fashioned NY romance, March 20 2000
This review is from: You've Got Mail (Widescreen) (DVD)
Not so much a remake (or update) of the remarkable "The Shop Around The Corner" starring James Stewart, as a film that holds well on its own. The Ryan/Hanks chemistry is not quite so magical as in "Sleepless in Seattle", but it's there. Score and location a big boost, as well as the wonderful Jean Stapleton and the stand-out Greg Kinnear. It'll be ths sort of movie you'd fall in love in if you have seen "As Good As It Gets" or the James Stewart original. Except this time the big bad wolf wins (in spite of The Wicard Of Oz hints). 3.5 stars on my book, an extra half-star for Meg Ryan and the sheer fluffiness of it all...

As Good As It Gets [Import]
As Good As It Gets [Import]
DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
Offered by moviemars-canada
Price: CDN$ 9.50
46 used & new from CDN$ 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy with a difference, March 5 2000
This review is from: As Good As It Gets [Import] (DVD)
The darkness is very much present. In Melvin's personality traits. In Simon's relationship (or lack thereof) with his parents, in the vicious assault he's a victim of. In Carol's "dawn patrols" and later on in her desperate search for "something", for love, for a "boyfriend that doesn't go crazy on her!"... You might almost mistake it for a romantic comedy, all the occasional light touches are there. But what sets this apart from stereotypical lightness, and indeed from stereotypical darkness, are the actors. Jack, Helen, Greg, Shirley (and Jill) - you were sublime in this one! (script & director huge help, as well...)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars German Expressionism At Its Height, Jan. 21 2000
"Das Cabinet des Doktor Caligari" ia an extraordinary silent film. Its experimentalism is perfectly coherent with this artistic movements (un)laws. Distorted settings, horror superimposed upon them and an astonishing use of photography and art direction. Conrad Veidt as Cesar is beyond all superlatives. The plot (as far as there is one) suffers from the fact that the hospice scenes (at the very beginning & and at the very ending) offer a logic and proper explanation for the rest of the action - Lunacy In this way, "normality" (or normalicy?) is half-restored, authority put in its place, and the whole thimg dismissed as a madman's ravings. A pity that, really. Still, this is superb film making, superb set decor and superb acting. Only 5 stars can truly do it justice.

O I Canto
O I Canto
Price: CDN$ 20.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars change of direction or fascinating maturity?, Dec 16 1999
This review is from: O I Canto (Audio CD)
A little of both. Ms. Pontes continues to draw her energy from the roots of portuguese folk music and fado. But she experiments, she sets herself higher goals. Swedish bagpipes and a typicall all-male Alentejano choir join Dulce Pontes in one unforgettable version of a traditional song. In "Ondeia" her vocal range is remarkably present - yet she doesn't artificially belch songs out at you. There's soul in there. For the first time she has also composed most of the songs and has brought her pianist's virtuoso to help her along. Africa, Portugal, Scandinavia, The Azores, incursions into almost classical arrangements of folk songs. And the 4 elements as focal point of this album. 3 years was a long gestation, but the new album is definitely her best thus far, and an awe-inspiring glimpse of songs to come. One hopes... No matter what 'your' type of music is, you should check out "O Primeiro Canto". Regardlesss of where you're coming from, I very much doubt that you'll be disappointed.

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