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Bowling for Columbine (DVD, 2003)
Bowling for Columbine (DVD, 2003)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merciless film of Michael Moore!, July 19 2004
This film plays hard. Moore has become in the rebel voice and one of the most irreverent personalities in USA . His brave position deserves him many admirers . The dramatic documental turns around a lot of things but he emphasizes the cruelty , the insanity and the corrupt atmosphere in certain minds .
The handle camera goes from the catoon to the awful drama in just a second . The inquiring position lets to many interwiewed without much to say . He makes himself the questions and tries to find the answers . Mostly the answers simply don't exist and other you deduce for yourself . Even I don't agree in all his opinions, this documental is an important reference for the future of the story in USA.

Mozart: Complete String D
Mozart: Complete String D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artur Grumiaux was the best for Mozart violin music!, July 18 2004
Joseph Szigetti gave a towering surprise with the ten violin sonatas , but Grumiaux was a real fighter for this Mozart music so plenty of lyricism.
The vibrato and musicality given for Grumiaux is out of this world. His playing is kindness enjoyable extremely cantabile and above all deeply idomatic , loaded with majesty and charm and intimacy.
This belgium violinist was a pupil of Georges Enesco . Pleas acquire also the trio Kv 563 . I've never a recording that rivalizes with that.
Certainly Grumiaux was a champion master in this field!

West Side Story (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
DVD ~ Natalie Wood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent adaptation of Romeo & Juliet!, July 18 2004
This review is from: West Side Story (1961) (DVD)
Robert Wise made his masterpiece with this film mixing the essential spirit of the shakesperian mood , recreating it in the modern times as a racial conflict.
Wise mixed the drama with a credible plot . The coreography is towering and the music ( Oh what kind of inspiration was in the mind of Leonard Bernstein , acquire buy also the soundtrack; Maria became a classic ), Rita Moreno won a deserved Academy Award and this became a personal triumph for Natalie Wood one of the most beautiful faces ever seen in the cinema story .
The sequence fights between the bunchs is perfect articulated , there is a fine balance between drama and music.
Enjoyable film and of course for all a generation of teenagers in that age , who actaully are grandparents , still remember with nosthalgie that unforgettable jewel picture .

Shostakovich: Symphony #5
Shostakovich: Symphony #5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mravinsky-Shostakovich a special rapport!, July 18 2004
It's just to recogniz the invisible ties between Mravinsky and Shostakovich . In fact , from the first notes not only that record but any othr one , you feel a dramatic background and teluric forces that lay underneath the score.
In this special case , the Fifth is a powerful work , loaded with dark shadows about the horror and the political nightmare that surrounded the URSS at those times .
The second movement in which you listen a macabre evil waltz , is underlined by Mravinsky with the highest idionmatic accent . Mravinsky never uses this work to make fireworks or exhibition manners about the possibilities of this ensamble which , has been always the best of the USRR , but he emphasizes rhe inner demons the opression , the hopeless and the anguish scream that seems to come from all the different orchestal voices .
The last movement is a tramp for the most of conductors. tHink in Bernstin's version with the New York from th last fifties , for instance . You can never to start with kinetic outrage from the same beginning , because if you do , you have nothing tio express in the dramatic climax . Mravinsky , literally builds progressively the dramatism , keeping in mind the sforzandos and avoiding all kind of effectism . This is the key , because in the right momnt you feel all the wildness and fury falling with all its force , creating the essential intention .
Acquire this version. And compare with others . Obviously you have several options : Termirkanov , Stokowski (fifties), Howard Mitchell or Rhodesvensky , but this is my favorite , by far.

The Good Thief [Import]
The Good Thief [Import]
DVD ~ Nick Nolte
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous tribute to Bob le Flambeur!, July 17 2004
This review is from: The Good Thief [Import] (DVD)
At last Neil Jourdan made a free adaptation of that fundamental movie of the purest New Wave spirit film of Jean Pierre Melville , Bob le flambeur .
This remake is very well made , charming and elegant and if it lacks the bitterness of Bob le Flambeur , the characters are very well depicted and loaded of black humor and double twist jokes .
Kusturica as Vlado is outstanding , and the same adjective goes to Nick Nolte . Jourdan handles the camera with legendary masterful . The story never leaves you quiet , it's kinetic and dynamic .
Filmned with very broad gusto in this beautiful paradisiac coast: La rivera francesa .
A triumph all the way!

The Stunt Man (Widescreen Limited Edition) [Import]
The Stunt Man (Widescreen Limited Edition) [Import]
DVD ~ Peter O'Toole
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top cult movies from the eighties!, July 17 2004
Through this clever , ingenious script , the brilliant film maker Richard Rush (nominated as best director in 1980) made a emblematic and glorious film for those people who wante to taste something different . Built as a smart chines puzzle , a man suddenly in a location film and the delicate boundaries between the reality and the fiction are broken . Under this perspective the viewer is challenged moment by moment and obilgated to establish who is who and what is what . Think that you are in a mirror hall (Lady of Shangai's ending sequence) and try to find the object and not confuse with its image .
Link this premise with another two film made in the sixties (Blow up of Antonioni)and Belle de jour (Luis Buñuel) and more recently Parole des enfants (1995) Open you eyes (Alejandro Amenábar 1997) or The rules of engagement (William Friedkin 2000) and you'll be rewarded by that intelligent plot , loaded with thrills, chills, suspense , riddles and surprises , plus an outstanding cast: Peter O'Toole (nominated as best actor in 1980 for this performance) and Hershey .
I'm absolutely convinced since the moment you watch this film , it will become one of your timeless and favorites films.
The doubt for acquire this film never must prevail in your mind even for a second.

Blow Up [Import]
Blow Up [Import]
DVD ~ David Hemmings
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Antonioni step, July 17 2004
This review is from: Blow Up [Import] (DVD)
A phothographer (David Heminngs) gets a slapshot and he believes there's a murder in that picture.
The reality is elusive , and watch about your senses seem to reveal you . Nothing is like it seems . The hidden message underneath the script .
Antonioni has beencalled the master of the silence . And in this case , in his first american film he challenges our ancient beliefs , what we usually mean as common sense . What's the truth and where does it begin our disturbed or prejuiced perceptions about the real world . Obviously there's a bit message aboutthe drugs world in this statement.
The ending sequence in what we see? a mude tennis game is not pnly a sincere tribute to the timeless genius of the mimo art - Marcel Marceau - , but a clear reference about we state as truth many times what other senses vaguely pretend establish .

Sonata Nos.1-3
Sonata Nos.1-3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting approach !, July 16 2004
This review is from: Sonata Nos.1-3 (Audio CD)
Glenn Gould was always an outsider in every work he played . This position has its risks . Sometimes , (mostly of them) it worked out .
In this particular case , we must to recognize first at all. that Hindemith piano music is built on wide cromatic lines hold by violent armonies and fierce counterpoints . And Gould handled this technique as the Gods . From here his succesful result.
In the third sonate , however I miss the nostalgic eloquence given for Paul Badura Skoda in an old vynil recording from the fifties. I think Mr. Gould lacks a certain level of expresiveness , seeking a striking effect .
However in the First Sonata , Gould plays with powerful conviction , giving a fresh reading and deeply idiomatism.
The Second Sonata, probably is the jewel of the crown . The staccatos are played with clearness . And the whole conception of this work is perfectly translated.
This is another example of the briliiant craft of this extraordinary artist.

Adaptation (Superbit) (Bilingual) [Import]
Adaptation (Superbit) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Nicolas Cage
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4.0 out of 5 stars The becoming cover up!, July 16 2004
The absence of creativeness and the absence of absolute commitment , the desperation , the hunger for winning no matter how , the maquiavelian moods and the duality , the breakthrough in the personality of a human being metaphrically represented as twins invades this original script.
Obviously the movie always keeps a hidden card in your reservoir plot. The story is told through great narrative elipsis which overlaps one to another . This puzzle technique reminds us to Memento , in this sense. And Robert Altman 's style. (The player or Shorts cuts)
This smart use of two twins has been employed by other directors (Sean Penn in the indian runner , for instance) , but the resourec that keeps you in the seat is the richness in the second characters .
Since a no sense accidents shapes the life of a man , who tells his private life to a greddy writer, to inspire her , will be without knowing them the sparkling issue to exploid the dramatci nucleus .
The film certainly lost his fierce impact gotten in the first half of the film , seeking may be the critical gaze about the decay moral .
Good work for all the cast . Superb direction and extraordinary special effects ( the crash car in both cases)

Deceiver (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
Deceiver (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
DVD ~ Tim Roth
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5.0 out of 5 stars The zig zag transfer of blame!, July 16 2004
At last we are in front of a clever movie far away from the standars issues who gambles hard and never looses . The movie is a cat - mouse film , that slowly becomes increasing in tension and inner drama .
Tim Roth is a mosnter actor . He carrties at least the fifty per cent of the film under his shoulders . The script pays a glorious tribute to these dark film noir of the fifties .
Roth is framed about a prostitute's murder . In the inquiring process , you'll find the law is out on its mind , due both investigators are full loaded of little nasty private profiles , but since they represent the status quo , the law has to walk in a straight line , and never failing .
The slow process of the facts will carry to a interseting laberynthic game .
This film is a cult movie . An interesting approach with some bits of the Silence of the lambs and The offence . Nobody is innocent is one of the multiple results obtained after the film ends .
Mesmerizing all along the way!

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