Lev Raphael

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (5 of 5)
Location: Okemos, MI United States


Top Reviewer Ranking: 496,758 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 5
Possession (Bilingual) [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
Possession (Bilingual) [Import] DVD ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, May 17 2004
Don't expect this to be a faithful rendering of the book, because it's not a weeklong mini-series, it's a 2-hour feature film. It captures the spirit, magic, passion and obsession of the novel while thankfully stripping away much that is boring and slow. I loved the novel, but that was despite its flaws. I would never re-read it as I have true masterpieces like Middlemarch, but I've seen Possession three times and fall more and more in love with it. Every performance is perfect.
Solaris (Widescreen) <b>DVD</b> ~ George Clooney
Solaris (Widescreen) DVD ~ George Clooney
I have seen this movie several times and am in love with it. Solaris has the same haunting, dreamy quality that makes 2001: A Space Odyssey so special, but it's far more intimate and beautiful. Don't expect it to be your standard sci-fi fare with critters and explosions; likewise, don't expect it to be the Lem novel on film. It's an independent work and just thrilling. Each time I watch it (or listen to the score since I also bought the soundtrack CD), I'm drawn into a fantasy realm. I have seen few movies deal with loss in such a provocative and mesmerizing way. Every frame of this movie is gorgeous and the overall achievement superlative--too bad it was badly marketed and that so… Read more
Midnight [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Oct. 14 2003
Why isn't this movie better known? Why isn't it on DVD? It's a perfectly pitched romantic comedy, with a dream cast, witty script, terrific timing and one hilarious line or scene after another. It's got a sheen that holds up far better than many comedies of the same period, especially "It Happened One Night," which is very dated and almost lumpy in comparison. I can watch this again and again. It soars. It's movies like this that inspired me to write comic mysteries, though I know I'm no Billy Wilder.
Lev Raphael, author of the Nick Hoffman mysteries