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Fight Club (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
Fight Club (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by bobinzuks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic and a landmark in modern filmmaking, July 30 2002
In today's world of film and moviemaking, it is uncommon to see a movie apart from the 7 basic genre's: Action, Sappy "Feel Good" movies, Romantic Comedy, Teen Comedy, Family Film, Drama (which all seem to follow the same general path), and of course the ever-popular Horror Film wave that comes along every few years. Rarely does a film with such depth and wonder come along. Rarely does a film truly make you THINK these days (i.e. ACTIVE VIEWING). And when a film DOES make the audience think more than they normally would have to while watching a is rare that such a film would be widley accpeted by the masses.
Yet Fight Club has accomplished all this and so much more. With absolutley incredible cinemotography this movie has taught me that it IS possible for modern film to be ART rather than something to keep us occupied. There is not a single aspect of this movie which I would critisize. The use of cinematogrpahy, costumes, symbolism, the acting, the direction, the dialogue, the screenplay, and just about everything about this movie truly reaches maximum potential.
The movie follows Edward Norton through his most unusual journey to enlightenment and freedom. An insomniac, Norton searches for ways to ease his psychological unrest. He finds comfort in support groups but is quickly driven from this comfort by a new comer, Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter). Norton's chance meeting with the charismatic and wacky Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) leads him to a different sort of comfort. Tyler teaches Norton of the evils of society, consumerism etc... and encourages him to free himself of this consumer world. "It is only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything". Together they start "fight club", a "club" with 8, not very confining rules, that hosts an underground society of men who explore their masculinity by fighting eachother and by doing so, achieve freedom within themselves. However Tyler and Fight Club take a strange turn and Norton has to either continue on the path to enlightenment with Tyler or stop him before he carries out his plans of destroying the corporate world. Full of hundreds if not thousands of carefully placed hints, add ins, subtle jokes, subliminal "messages" (I find something new about the movie everytime I watch it. And trust me, I've watched it hundreds of times), and a fantastically well done twist at the end (which makes you want to go back and watch the movie again and again until you've discovered all the aspects that now seem to make so much more sense in light of the end twist), Fight Club gives us a dark, disturbing, satirical, and often hilarious view of the society we live in.
The spectacular performances by Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonhem Cater show how incredible these actors can really be and have resulted in my undying respect for them (a respect that, before this movie, was highly underdeveloped or non-exsistant)and smaller roles played by actors such as Jared Leto ("Angel Face"), Eion Bailey (Ricky aka "Space Monkey"), and Meatloaf (Robert "Bob" Paulson) contribute to the darkness, the satire, and the comedy of the film. Clearly an all around wonderful film, one that will go down in history and that will not be forgotten.
This DVD version of the film just makes it all the better. It gives spectacular insight into the making of the film, the message of the film, and much more. I particularly enjoyed the commentary by Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonhem Carter, and David Fincher. I highly recommend this DVD edition. I also recommend the book "Fight Club" by Chuck Phalahniuk.

Riding in Cars with Boys (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
Riding in Cars with Boys (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Drew Barrymore
Offered by Warehouse105
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4.0 out of 5 stars truly a touching movie, July 30 2002
This movie, although some may classify it as unrealistic, is not. Having known people who got pregnant at very young ages in the '60s, this was like seeing a family video of these events. The wedding scene in which Beverly (Drew Barrymore) is completely ignored by her dissaproving parents (James Woods and Lorraine Bracco) is not only believable...but downright depressing. And when her father stands to make a truley heartbreaking speech, I can't help but feel aweful for Beverly. She is faced with countless obsticles, one by one. She makes mistakes out of despiration and just the fact that she is, after all, only a kid. But with the help of her best friend, Faye(Brittney Murphy), she pulls through despite her shattered dreams, her ever-growing mass of unfortunate situations, and her lonliness when she is abandoned by everyone she loves. Finally, the end of the movie is incredibly touching and even I, the movie buff who normally wouldnt look twice at a "feel good" movie (and yes it DOES fit into that genre...whether or not it really makes you feel good) like this, can't help but shed a tear or two. Drew Barrymore, in one of her more convincing and well-played roles, is great and ages well (her character begins at age 15 and ends at age 35) as her character grows up and faces reality day after day. Although by far no where's near one of the greatest movies ever made, it is an entertaining, funny and touching movie that I enjoy watching and highly recommend for those looking for a movie fitting the above criteria.

From Hell (Widescreen Directors' Limited Edition) (2 Discs) [Import]
From Hell (Widescreen Directors' Limited Edition) (2 Discs) [Import]
DVD ~ Johnny Depp
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2.0 out of 5 stars Iffy, July 30 2002
I wouldn't exactly call this movie a dissapointment, as I didn't really expect to be captivated by it in the first place. You must always approach a movie like this with expectations of it being anywhere from mediocre to aweful. And if you're lucky, you'll be pleasantly suprised. I was niether pleasantly suprised nor disgusted by this movie.
My reasons for seeing this movie were as follows: Johnny Depp (a fantastic actor) and Jack the Ripper (I enjoy mysterious and morbid stories....especially if they're true...i.e. The Manson Family murders, Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam etc...).
Johnny Depp of course lived up to his role as the actor who can play anything. I doubt if there's one movie in all of his credits in which he plays a character in a similar way. Perhaps he did not reach his full potential as an actor in this movie, but he certainly added to his "never the same character" list.
In terms of the Jack the Ripper aspect, I was originally skeptical of the storyline which seemed to be made up. But when I further researched the subject of Jack the Ripper I found that the storyline in the movie was not only quite possible but likely to be true.
Finally, and perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of this movie, the visuals of this movie were very well done. Rather than presenting a constant dark, grim atmosphere (usually presented with greys and blacks in murder films and with blues and greys in ghost films) From Hell was unusually colorful. Somehow, this use of color seemed to work with the movie rather than spoiling whatever tenseness we might be feeling while watching it. It was an intelligent use of color. The cinematography, though interesting and intruiging, played into the modern use of fast cuts and quick scenes (used to satisfy the ever shortening attention span of our young audience) and was less than original. Yet some speeded up shots tended to contribute to the eerieness and creepyness of the film (whatever small bit of it there was) rather than destroying it.
Finally, and perhaps the reason that this movie didn't have the spark it needed, it lacked depth...most espeically within the characters. The most depth we see in any of the characters is Johnny Depp's opium habbit, a single memory of his deceased wife, and Heather Grahm's memory of her little cottage in Ireland which is reffered back to about 3 times in the movie. Other than that, we are simply watching Jack the Ripper kill off a bunch of "unfortunates" (aka: prostitutes), Johnny Depp and Heather Grahm get invovled (kindof...? their relationship lacked depth as well), and a bunch of incredibly sick old guys have creepy secret underground meetings.
This movie is something to watch on a saturday night when you want to chill with your popcorn and maybe a few of your friends. It's not the kindof movie you would watch and have an in depth discussion of afterwards. It's purely for enjoyment (if it even does that for you) and should not be taken serriously.

Woodstock: The Director's Cut [Import]
Woodstock: The Director's Cut [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular account of the event that deffined the era, July 30 2002
No words can describe how wonderfully this film has captured the moment in the event which defined the Hippie Movement, which amazed the world by truley and fully living up to its catch phrase: "Three days of peace, love, and music", and which made those who did not attend wonder what they were thinking.
The music, first and foremost, is truley wonderful. Spectacular performances by CSN, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ten Years After, Richie Havens and so many more. I most especially enjoy watching Joe Cocker's rendition of "With A Little Help From My Friends". His voice and the energy which radiates from him as he performs is truley mesmerizing. And of course who could forget Jimi Hendrix famous performance where he tore up his guitar with his captivating version of the National Anthem. I also love Country Joe's performance of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag". A wonderful performance, it truley captivates the peace and love of the event as, toward the end of the song he encourages the audience to stand and sing to end the war...and the majority of the 500,000 or so audience members stand and sing along.
But it's not just the music that make's this film wonderful. The film show's the organization of the event, the building of the stage etc... We meet the people who made the event possible. And when the people begin to enter the site without paying for tickets....and the producers realize how much money they've lost...they shrug it off and say that they don't mind because the event and the people loving eachother and sharing everything is such a beautiful thing...and that the money doesn't matter. Do producers of rock concerts (or producers of anything for that matter) ever say that money doesn't matter these days? It truley shows what a wonderful generation it was. The audience is beautiful as well, everyone being themselves, everyone having a good time and sharing the experience that was the last bang (and what a bang it was) for the Hippie Movement.

Hippies from A to Z: Their Sex, Drugs, Music and Impact on Society from the Sixties to the Present
Hippies from A to Z: Their Sex, Drugs, Music and Impact on Society from the Sixties to the Present
by Skip Stone
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, July 30 2002
While writing an undergraduate term paper at Harvard University on the Counterculture of the '60s and '70s, I used this book as a refference. I had a good time with reading it and it was a good start to my research. Stone's own experiences and opinions as an "old hippie" help to give this book a very friendly and personal glow. It truely made me wish that I had been born a few generations earlier (not that I didn't already wish that). The first half of the book is a more in-depth account of hippy philosophies, drugs, sex, fashion, activism etc...and the second half of the book serves as more of a list of events, people, places, music, literature etc... which helped to shape the counterculture. I would suggest this book for pleasure reading purposes rather than as a source of refference mostly because it is a biased perspective (the perspective of a true and full-blown hippy) and because the accounts of people and events (all of which are extremely essential to the understanding of the hippie movement) don't go into great detail...rather they are more like extended summaries. However if you are researching the counterculture, you aren't already very familiar with it, and you need a place to start, this book will serve as a great starting point with every aspect of the counterculture nicely summarized and topped off with the thoughts of a true hippie who was there, lived it, loved it, and wants to share it with the world.

Tao Te Ching Personal
Tao Te Ching Personal
by S Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tao Te Ching is nothing short of wonderful, July 30 2002
This review is from: Tao Te Ching Personal (Paperback)
Tao Te Ching is a wonderful experience to read. It truely opened up my mind to a better world, a world that I was badly in need of experiencing. This book is a great beginning for those interested in Eastern/World religions/philosophies as well as an exeptional book to read over and over again, to remind you of the truths of life.

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