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Shop Around the Corner
Shop Around the Corner
VHS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully enjoyable masterpiece, Jan. 19 2003
This review is from: Shop Around the Corner (VHS Tape)
This is one of the most enthralling movies I've ever seen in my life and arguably, it's the best film that starred both Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, who made three other pictures together ("Next Time We Love" (1936), "The Shopworn Angel" (1938), "The Mortal Storm" (1940)).
Jimmy Stewart plays Mr. Kralik, the head clerk of the store owned by Mr. Matuschek (Frank Morgan in one of his best roles) and Maggie Sullavan is Klara Novak, who is hired by Mr. Matuschek as a salesgirl, just before Christmas....eventually, Klara and Kralik, develop a strong dislike for each other, unaware that they're pen pals..... the two leads' relationship is so sincere and real, and the events that lead to the conclusion of the movie, are so believable and expertly handled by the director, that make it stand apart from many other movies from Hollywood's classic era.
Joseph Schildkraut is excellent as the unpleasant Mr. Vadas, one of the most annoying characters ever, just the opposite of Felix Bressart, who plays the good hearted and reliable Mr. Pirovitch, both co-workers of Mr. Kralik and Klara. And let's not forget William Tracy's wonderful performance, as Pepi, the delivery boy.
Not only a classic, but one of the best films of all time!!...This is so true, that although I already own the videotape, I can't wait to buy the dvd!!

Minority Report [2 Discs] (Widescreen) [Import]
Minority Report [2 Discs] (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by Movieandmusicguyca
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie....Entertainment value: 5 Stars., Dec 16 2002
Since watching Tom Cruise in such films as "Interview with a Vampire", "Eyes Wide Shut", "Jerry Maguire" and, especially, the incredible "Magnolia".... I changed radically mi opinion about his acting ability and his screen persona. He's turned into a very good actor, indeed and this movie is no exception.
This movie is 100% excellent entertainment and overwhelming special effects, with a very good plot too! I must note that the pacing is very fast, so, if you blink, you'll get lost...you get a lot of information right from the beginning.
The storyline focuses in Washington D.C. circa 2054, when the Pre-crime Department Organization, is on the verge of going nationwide, because up to the moment it has only been enforced in tha capital city. This Department has succeeded in ending crimes, because they capture criminals(-to-be) before they commit them.
In order to achieve such perfection, the system lays on three "precogs", human beings connected to machines, like sort of living "Oracles", who can "predict" murders, thus preventing them. But then, something goes wrong....
Excellent performances too by Samantha Morton (as the only female "precog"), who, among other movies, previously had excelled in a 1990's british version of the classic "Jane Eyre"; her acting is absolutely superb...in the category of such excellent actresses as Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett; and by Max Von Sydow, as the aging head of the project.
I liked this movie very much, as Spielberg's previous "A.I." it's sci-fi of very good level.

Insomnia (Widescreen)
Insomnia (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Al Pacino
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Dec 2 2002
This review is from: Insomnia (Widescreen) (DVD)
It's Christopher Nolan's third movie, and it's fantastic, this guy has great talent, I loved his second picture:"Memento", in spite many people over here, we're sort of "too much" taken by surprise by its "special" storyline (forward and backwards)and thought it was sort of "tiresome".In my opinion it was a real treat and something totally new, excellent!!
This film is as good as "Memento" but has a more "traditional" storyline, also, it hasn't the suspense and mystery that "Memento" had. Let's say it's a drama, but not less interesting. There are no clichés, or archetypical characters, no all-goodies, no all-baddies,...only people, with flaws, who commit mistakes, who lie, who let themselves go because of rage, fear, anger, etc.
Al Pacino, one of the greatest actors of all time- period....the guy who has starred in "The Godfather", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Taxi Driver", et al. gives a knowing performance has the tough-as-nails, "superstar", L.A. cop who travels with his partner, on an assignment to Alaska, in order to help the local police to capture the murderer of a beautiful 17 year old girl.
Hilary Swank plays a young local policewoman, sort of infatuated by this "legendary" professional's experience (Pacino) and technique, which she has already studied at the Police Academy.
Last but not least, Robin Williams playing an unsympathetic "heavy", with a skill no one would have ever thought of. His voice inflection has changed completely from the usual clown we're used to, his way of looking, restraint,.... everything new for us audiences, he really did a very fine job.
I'd read the critics' reviews before watching this film, and although they were good, anyway, I didn't expect it would be as good a movie, with such a surprising plot- when the movie begins, you think it will take a very different "path" from the one that it really takes, unpredictable, such as real life is.
In all, a completely satisfying experience, maybe, except for the final scene- which some may consider sort-of-clichéd - but I did not. I thought it was coherent with the characters' natures and development through the film.

Born Yesterday
Born Yesterday
DVD ~ Judy Holliday
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Judy Holliday Performance, Dec 1 2002
This review is from: Born Yesterday (DVD)
This was a real surprise to me!...although George Cukor is one the best directors of all time and I'm very fond of most of his pictures, Judy Holliday was never one of my favourites, especially because I hadn't seen much of her films, which aren't many.
Here, she simply stoles the show as the dumb, vulgar, low-brow, blonde, ex-chorus girl (Billie, née "Emma") and lover of an unscrupulous and corrupt "junk" millionaire, played with great skill by Broderick Crawford, one year after his flawless Academy Award Winner performance in the excellent "All the King's Men", who learns "how to think and to use her brains" with the aid of writer Paul Verrell (William Holden).
Holliday won an Academy Award for this performance, in one of the most polemical winnings of the A.A. History, because she defeated both Bette Davis (for "All About Eve") and Gloria Swanson (for "Sunset Boulevard"), and many people felt she shouldn't have won. Anyway, there's no denying that she gave and expert and very funny interpretation of the sassy Billie, with all the mannerisms, voice inflections, hollering,etc, especially in her scenes with Crawford.
You must watch this wonderful classic comedy.

Les Mots: The Best of Mylène Farmer
Les Mots: The Best of Mylène Farmer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Myléne: Simply Irresistible, Nov. 13 2002
When this cd came out, I thought: Having all of her albums, will this one be worth buying??...and having indulged in finally buying it, in spite of its expensiveness, the answer is YES!!, no regrets at all....this release is worth every dollar!
Featuring most of her greatest songs on this double cd collection makes the album really a must!... Both cd's have been constantly played in my stereo, discman and car, especially cd number two, which includes three new gorgeous never-released-before songs, all consecutively released as cd singles in France, most notably "Pardonne-Moi" (the third single), a melancholic, sensuous, lush, ballad in the trend of her latest studio album, the excellent "Innamoramento"...."Les Mots" (the first single), a duo with Seal, sung half in french & english....and "C'est une belle journée" (the second single), a happy, tuneful, infectious pop song, sort of in the style of "L'Histoire D'Une Fee, C'est...", the song Myléne created for the "Rugrats in Paris" soundtrack, which is also included. If you have the chance of watching the videoclips of the three aforementioned singles, they're fantastic (I watched them on TV5's international signal).
Besides, this wonderful collection includes new versions for "Maman a Tort", excellent remastered (but sometimes shorter) versions of "Beyond my Control", "Je t'aime Melancolie", et al....and such rarities, not included in her studio albums, like "Effets Secondaires", which ends with "great sound effect", "A Quoi Je sers", "La Veuve Noire".....
The CD Booklet has great photos of Mylene in various moods....In all, you won't be disappointed, a great experience. Buy it!!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
VHS
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Brunette also Shines!!, Nov. 5 2002
This was the film that catapulted Marilyn Monroe to fame and top stardom, and she looks just great and is very good as gold (or better say "diamond") digging Lorelei Lee, especially in the now classic "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" number, but Jane Russell is just equally excellent as Marilyn Monroe's down-to-earth, warm and sincere pal, Dorothy.
Russell shines all the way, in excellent musical numbers with Monroe, as well as by herself, like in the sexy "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love", sung on a gym onboard a Cruise, surrounded by the american olympic men (drill) team, exercising as she sings. In fact, the most hilarious sequence in the movie, which made me laugh really loud, was the courtroom scene, where Russell (with a blonde wig) impersonated her friend Lorelei, with truly exhilarating results!

Shining Hour [Import]
Shining Hour [Import]
VHS
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5.0 out of 5 stars �And in 1938 Crawford was voted box-office poison!!, Oct. 28 2002
This review is from: Shining Hour [Import] (VHS Tape)
Every time I watch a Crawford film from the 1930s that I hadn't watched before, the oft-quoted opinion of film critics of that era about Joan's lack of acting ability/talent, surprises me even more...because each time, again and again, her acting & technique seems (to me) so fresh and contemporary, so much more natural than the acting style of most of the other ladies from the '30s.
In this entertaining film she acts and holds her own opposite a different type of talent, lovely actress Margaret Sullavan, who, as always, excels as Crawford's sister-in-law. I repeat, Crawford's playing, as a dancer married into an aristocratic rural family, looks very natural and sincere.
Kudos too, for wonderful character actress Fay Bainter, as the unpleasant spinsterish sister of Robert Young and Melvyn Douglas, who was the first screen actor to be nominated for an Academy Award in one year, in both categories: best actress for "White Banners" and best supporting actress for "Jezebel" (she won this one), and like "The Shining Hour" (MGM), both films were released in 1938 (by Warner Bros.), so it was definitely a good year for Ms. Bainter.
Robert Young and Melvyn Douglas are second fiddle to this trio of excellent actresses, but nonetheless very effective as the Linden brothers, married respectively to Sullavan and Crawford, torn between love and family. Hattie Mc Daniel (future "GWTW" Mammy) is very funny as usual, as Crawford's maid.

Deep End (Widescreen)
Deep End (Widescreen)
DVD ~ DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping account of motherly love, Oct. 28 2002
This review is from: Deep End (Widescreen) (DVD)
This movie stroke me so real, in spite of the incredible events depicted, which start happening sort-of out of control, like in a "weird" chain reaction. Nonetheless, it's a realistic filmed story, set against the beautiful and very "normal" Lake Tahoe surroundings.
The picture's credibility and punch rests in the shoulders of outstanding actress Tilda Swinton, whose tour-de-force performance is the main reason of the movie's successful results. She plays an upper-middle class devoted mother who will do anything for her children's happiness, in this case her eldest son's. Her acting is so rich, subtle and restrained, showing the audience a "real" human being, with all the weaknesses, doubts and frailties, inherent to everyone of us.
This is a picture that deserves serious viewing, that is simply told, devoid of all the artificiality which usually surround this type of stories made-in-Hollywood. There are no easy final resolutions, or not-to-be-believed dialogue that seem taken out of a Shakespearean tragedy, this is a true-to-life believable drama.

Portrait of Jenny [Import]
Portrait of Jenny [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Supernatural Fantasy, Oct. 21 2002
This review is from: Portrait of Jenny [Import] (DVD)
Haunting, exquisite, dreamlike film, which brought out my hidden-deep-inside emotions, myself not being a very emotional or demonstrative person, making it a definitely one-of-a-kind experience for me, just like "I'll Never Forget You" (1951), a remake of Leslie Howard's "Berkeley Square" (1933), starring Tyrone Power and Ann Blyth, made a likewise impression when I was just a child. Although, it must be said, "Portrait of Jennie" is a superior film.
There's something with these people-meeting-from-different-times-theme-based films, that have this special, strange & weird effect on me, being this movie (in my opinion) the definite masterpiece of its kind. For those who are interested, besides the mentioned above, you can try both versions of "Smilin' Through" (1932 & 1941), "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947), "Somewhere in Time" (1980), and although not strictly of the kind, "Peter Ibbetson" (1935).
Jennifer Jones does a very fine job in the difficult part of the ethereal Jennie, giving credibility at the character's different stages of her life. Joseph Cotten, a very fine actor, is absolutely believable as the obsessed artist, who learns (unknowingly) that until one really loves somebody, one hasn't really lived.
Ethel Barrymore, grand dame of the American Theater and an occasional character film actress, gives a great performance in a part worthy of her talent, as the owner of an Art Gallery who befriends Cotten, becoming sort of her mentor. Others in the exceptional supporting cast: Cecil Kellaway (as Barrymore's partner), sweet grand lady of the silent screen, the legendary Lillian Gish (as a Nun) and funny and very human David Wayne (as Cotten's pal).
Trust me, if you're a sensitive person, this movie will linger in your mind for several days after watching it, and it won't end there, you will want to "experience" it again and again. Since I bought this dvd, and I've got a big video and dvd collection, I have watched it at least four times, not counting all the times I had previously seen it on TV's late night showings.
The dvd edition quality is very good and it gives one the special opportunity of watching the film in the original way it was intended to be seen, most of it in black and white, then switching to green shading (for the storm sequence), then to sepia tone and the final shot in full Technicolor, a special treat.
The dvd has no bonuses, except for the film's original trailer and, believe me, this picture does not need anything else!!
Jennifer Jones & Joseph Cotten starred in three other excellent pictures prior to this final pairing: "Since You Went Away" (1944), "Love Letters" (1945) and "Duel in the Sun", all of them produced by David O. Selznick, Jones' second husband.

That Touch of Mink (Widescreen)
That Touch of Mink (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Cary Grant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Comedy, Oct. 16 2002
Pleasant and harmless comedy which has some very funny moments indeed, about an unemployed small town girl in New York (Doris Day), who accidentally meets millionaire man-of-the-world (Cary Grant) and falls in love with him.
This film belongs to that kind of late '50s and early '60s glamorous chic fluff that was being made at Universal Studios at that time, with the aforementioned Day, Rock Hudson, James Garner, Tony Randall, et al.
Gig Young and Audrey Meadows give fine support as friends of the starring couple. John Astin (future Gomez Addams of the well-remembered 1960s TV series "Addams Family") is very funny as an extremely unpleasant character who's after Doris Day, and Richard "Dick" Sargent (later to be "Bewitched's" second Darrin Stephens) has a nice bit as a honeymooner in Bermuda.

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