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Peter Pan (Widescreen)
Peter Pan (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jeremy Sumpter
Price: CDN$ 4.88
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4.0 out of 5 stars At last!, April 13 2004
This review is from: Peter Pan (Widescreen) (DVD)
This movie succeeds in both the creation of an exciting adventure and of a "coming of age" film. The frightening experience of puberty was handled breathtakingly and with sensitivity (and wouldn't everyone love to take Peter's lead and not have to experience that part of it at all?!). My 37-year-old frame left the theatre full of youthful energy, and remembering that however scary growing up is -- you can retain your sense of wonder and love of fun (without all the schtick that plagued Hook). Adulthood need not make you "old, alone, and done for."

Benny & Joon
Benny & Joon
Offered by PaperbackshopCA
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still coming into her own, Dec 30 2003
This review is from: Benny & Joon (Audio CD)
Rachel Portman has a knack for creating themes that tie perfectly with the characters. This soundtrack is flavored beautifully with the innocence and whimsy of the title characters, and I find myself able to easily recall moments of the film in her memorable tone poems of the included scenes. As for "stand alone" quality, this soundtrack is best for those who regularly listen to and appreciate film scores as opposed to soundtrack compilations. Portman's best stand-alone score for me is still "Chocolat," which not only conjures up the moods and flavors of the story, but also is a collection of very fun and interesting pieces that I could listen to even if I hadn't seen the movie.
If you're more a fan of the songs that were borrowed for the film, then you should buy the works of those included artists. If, however, you are looking for a score from one of our most gifted film composers, "Benny and Joon" will not disappoint.

Chicago (Widescreen Edition)
Chicago (Widescreen Edition)
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your thing. My thing!, April 18 2003
This review is from: Chicago (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
If you like musical theatre and theatricality in your movies, you will probably love Chicago. The film is faithful to the original Bob Fosse style, and the performances are fully committed and top notch.
(*sidebar note: The user reviewer who said this film was ripping off Moulin Rouge has obviously never seen any Fosse theatre!)
Is the editing a little much? Yes, a little. It seems that one carry-over from Moulin Rouge is the "music video" style (which, hmmm, seems to be more of a music video thing than something old Bas created himself). It makes me think of the days of the Fred Astaire films where Astaire had the clout to tell the director that the dance numbers would be full-length one-shots with no cut-aways or close-ups, and I hope that the DVD offers that option for some of the wonderful numbers from this film.
However, if you prefer the style of your films to be realistic (cinematography, art direction, acting), you will HATE this. Again, it is very faithful to the theatricality of the stage production. Be warned.
Me? I LOVED it.

Goddesses In Everywoman
Goddesses In Everywoman
by Jean Bolen
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars May not be what you expect!, Sept. 20 2002
From some reviews I have read here, it appears that some folks are looking for a self-help type of book. It is not that. It is an intelligently written and researched scholarly work on female archetypes (think Jungian psychology).
It is not, however, dense reading. On the contrary, the author has cleverly used the goddess characters in Greek mythology to make the archetypes more accessible and entertaining to study. I challenge anyone to read this book without trying to find themselves or their friends. Very interesting and fun to read.

Notorious [Import]
Notorious [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Hitchcock's best, Sept. 19 2002
This review is from: Notorious [Import] (DVD)
Sure, we hear about "The Birds," "Psycho," "North by Northwest," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," and "Vertigo" until our ears bleed, but Hitchcock never surpassed the passion and intrigue he pulled off in this one. An excellent cast led by Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains; love scenes hotter than any of the semi-nude sax-underscored things we get today (sometimes just the sound of Bergman breathing); and a solid nail-biter plot make this one of his very best.
Fans who prefer the platinum blandness (sic) of Kim Hunter, Grace Kelly, or Tippi Hedren may not be satisfied: Ingrid Bergman actually has some fire! Cary Grant was better only with Katharine Hepburn, and really shines here with his portrayal of a prejudiced, tough as nails special agent who must team up with a woman whose past he is so revolted by that he can't see the forest for the trees until it is nearly too late.
The Criterion edition has some very impressive special features, and is a must-have for Hitchcock fans.

Notorious [Import]
Notorious [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Hitchcock's best, Sept. 19 2002
This review is from: Notorious [Import] (DVD)
Sure, we hear about "The Birds," "Psycho," "North by Northwest," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," and "Vertigo" until our ears bleed, but Hitchcock never surpassed the passion and intrigue he pulled off in this one. An excellent cast led by Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains; love scenes hotter than any of the semi-nude sax-underscored things we get today (sometimes just the sound of Bergman breathing); and a solid nail-biter plot make this one of his very best.
Fans who prefer the platinum blandness (sic) of Kim Hunter, Grace Kelly, or Tippi Hedren may not be satisfied: Ingrid Bergman actually has some fire! Cary Grant was better only with Kathryn Hepburn, and really shines here with his portrayal of a prejudiced, tough as nails special agent who must team up with a woman whose past he is so revolted by that he can't see the forest for the trees until it is nearly too late.
The Criterion edition has some very impressive special features, and is a must-have for Hitchcock fans.

Lexx: Series 3, Vol. 1
Lexx: Series 3, Vol. 1
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 47.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just gets better and better!!, April 26 2002
This review is from: Lexx: Series 3, Vol. 1 (DVD)
Lexx seems to be one of those love it/hate it shows, and I'm finding more and more that those who hate it haven't watched an episode entirely through. Marvelously tongue-in-cheek and flawlessly acted (no, really! It takes real skill and talent to pull this stuff off!), Lexx deserves the following it has received.
The producers' decision to release the series in 4-episode (uncut versions) DVD's with an ongoing making-of documentary is one of the most welcome release formats I've seen for a TV series. Two episodes per disc (as many other series releases are trying) just don't justify a DVD purchase for me -- if you can fit four, I prefer it for the less space taken up on my shelf.
This first disc of "series 3" is the "Fire and Water" series, which introduces one of the series' most intriguing characters, Prince of Fire (Nigel Bennett), who the producers wisely revived for the final Series 4, now airing.
What made you turn it off the first time? The irritating robot head? Stanley Tweedle's juvenile attempts at sex? Kai's bad poetry? Try it again. You will find a hilariously true satire of life on our own planet.

Can't Stop the Music (Widescreen)
Can't Stop the Music (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Alex Briley
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blend a couple of Rum-spiked Milkshakes and have fun!, April 26 2002
You read it right: "Directed by Nancy Walker, Starring Bruce Jenner, the Village People, et. al."
Hopefully the DVD release has taken care of the graininess of the photography and the odd tinniness of the sound (re: Theatrical and VHS). For a big budget, Allan Carr (the producer who brought us 'Grease'), the production values feel kind of out of dad's garage....
HOWEVER, it's hard not to enjoy the performances (Tammy Grimes's voice is an octave below the speaking voices of any of her male co-stars -- even the 'straight' ones, Valerie Perrine is her usual self-effacing comedic self, and did I mention that Bruce Jenner ACTS in this?), and the Village People deliver in the musical numbers (ridiculous, yes, but sincere in their ridiculousness).
Okay, the script is funniest when it doesn't want to be (Just listen to Steve Guttenberg and Valerie Perrine earnestly talking about following your dream)! Nancy Walker may have been under the impression that she was still working on 'Rhoda,' as the comedy plays as sitcom at best.
It's worth at least one watch!

Mosquito
Mosquito
DVD ~ Gunnar Hansen
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 418.94
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5.0 out of 5 stars BAD MOVIE LOVER HEAVEN!!, March 25 2002
This review is from: Mosquito (DVD)
"My God! It looks like a proboscis!" One of the many great lines in this hilariously badly written, badly acted, cheesily photographed little gem of a film. You're in for a treat when you realize that the action is funnier than the comic relief. The scientists and much of the plot is lifted right from "Food of the Gods;" the climax is reminiscent of "Night of the Living Dead" or "The Birds;" and the dialogue is delivered with all the emotion of the funeral attendees from "Plan Nine From Outer Space." You gotta see it to believe it!

The Seventh Seal: The Criterion Collection
The Seventh Seal: The Criterion Collection
DVD ~ Max von Sydow
Offered by Golden Horseshoe Media Distribution
Price: CDN$ 39.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, July 11 2001
There are too many reviews here already.
If anyone gets this far, just know that the Criterion edition of this film is by far the best translation to English.
The film? If you have not seen it, you must. Of all of Bergman's films, this one has the most compelling characters, as well as the best use of humor to engage one in a most disturbing premise.
I laughed a lot more than I cried.

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