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Groundhog Day (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
Groundhog Day (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Bill Murray
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 39.35
18 used & new from CDN$ 2.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Murray at his best, March 6 2004
I will always have a special place in my heart for "Groundhog Day". it's not only one of my favorite movies of all time, but it was what started my true appreciation for the talent of Bill Murray. It's hard to imagine anyone else being able to pull off a movie like this, where he has to continuely relive the same day and situations again and again. His character of Phil the weatherman, in town to cover the annual Groundhog Day festival in Pa., goes from being an egomaniacal jerk, to a kind, sweet longer doing good deeds just to impress his producer, Rita (McDowell), but because he wants to. The scene where Phil confesses his true feelings to a sleeping Rita, will always remain one of the sweetest, most touching romantic moments in film.
The film works on every level, and was the first (but not last) great film of Bill Murray's career.

Quick Change [Import]
Quick Change [Import]
5 used & new from CDN$ 16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Murray Classic, March 6 2004
This review is from: Quick Change [Import] (VHS Tape)
Although not very well known, this remains one of Bill Murray's funniest & most original films. Feeling frustrated with his life and NYC in general, a city planner comes up with the perfect bank robbery scheme, with the help of his girlfriend and best friend. Getting away with the money ends up being the easiest part of their day. Everything imaginable that can go wrong, does as the three attempt to make it to the airport. Quaid is especially good as the dimbulb best friend, and Murray is dead-on perfect as the subdued brains behind the almost perfect crime. Murray also co-directed.
Highly underrated, & more then worth checking out.

What About Bob? (Bilingual)
What About Bob? (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Bill Murray
Price: CDN$ 4.88
43 used & new from CDN$ 0.49

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5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy classic, March 6 2004
This review is from: What About Bob? (Bilingual) (DVD)
"What About Bob?" is a rare film indeed. A comedy that you just don't get tired of. One that 13 years after it's initial release, has lost none of it's joyusly demented charm.
Unlike what a few of the previous reviews have said...Bill Murray & Richard Dreyfus work wonderfully together. The storyline is simple: Murray is Bob Wiley. A sweet man, who is afraid of just about everything. and Dreyfus is his new Therapist, Dr Leo Marvin. Bob ends up tracking his Dr and his family to their vacation home, and proceeds to invade their life in every way imaginable. Bill Murray plays Bob with a sense of complete joy and abandon, and it's obvious that it's a role only he could have done.
My only complaint, is that for the DVD release, there is zero special features. it would have been nice to see behind the scenes footage, or possbly some kind of commentary...but the movie still stands alone as a one of the funniest ever made.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A subtle gem, March 6 2004
"Lost In Translation" is a film that moves along at a slow, almost dreamlike pace. The characters often do not speak, but instead are shown observing their often confusing foreign surroundings. while this may seem boring to some, it's a joy to watch for those patient enough to adjust to the extremely talented Sofia Coppola's style of storytelling.
Shot in just 27 days on a small scale budget, "Lost..." is beautifully filmed, with the city of Tokyo and it's residents front and center in this quiet little film. But it's the unlikely love story that leaves the biggest impression. Bill Murray and Scarlet Johannson are an unlikely pair of Americans (she along with her photographer husband on an assignment, he as a slightly washed up actor pitching wiskey) who stumble upon each other, and when each suffers from insomnia, begin to explore the city together. The romance, is sweet and in keeping with the rest of the story...very subtle. And while the ending may leave you frustrated, you ultimately realize it was the only way it COULD have ended.
Both Murray and Johannson do a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life. and Murray, especially in the last scenes of the film, is able to convey so much... with just a glance or a gesture. It's an amazingly effecting performance, and definitely his best work to date.
The extras found on the DVD are wonderful as well. The behind the scenes footage shot during the filming, is especially entertaining. My favorite moment is seeing Coppola as excited as a little girl on Christmas morning just knowing that Murray is in Tokyo, and her crying when she realizes her dream of making the movie is coming true.
"Lost In Translation" proves that sometimes less is more.

The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey
7 used & new from CDN$ 11.81

3.0 out of 5 stars More then a little frustrating at times.., Oct. 29 2003
This review is from: The Longest Journey (Video Game)
There was a lot of buzz around this game when it originally came out. and while it is an entertaining 3rd person adventure game, i was left feeling a bit disappointed. There are several points in the game that become extremely difficult to get past. not so much because the actual game play is that hard...but more because it's just not that easy to get around the vast landscape. And there is the downfall of this game. there is just too much. of everything. too many characters, too many locations to try and keep track of. And while i did end up enjoying the game over all...i still feel that less would have been more.

Escape from Monkey Island (Jewel Case)
Escape from Monkey Island (Jewel Case)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch, Oct. 29 2003
"Escape From Monkey Island" has the distinction of being the very first PC game i ever played, and finished. From the very beginning, it draws you into it's wacky world of pirates (living and undead), and it keeps you glued to the PC until you've unlocked all the mysteries to be found. It's not the hardest game to master, but in all stick with it because it's always entertaining and different. I've since played the other MI games, and this is by far the best has just the right mixture of sarcastic humor, and unique puzzle solving. Highly recommended.

28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)
28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Cillian Murphy
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 5.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far more then your average horror movie, Oct. 27 2003
It's rare to find a horror movie that is truly unsettling and frightening these days. It's so easy to be jaded by the blood and gore of the Freddy/Jason type slasher films...that when a movie like "28 Days Later" comes along, that does indeed have it's share of gore associated with it, but also has an actual intelligent storyline underneath it all, that it's no wonder so many people were excited by it.
The basic premise: a bunch of primates infected with the fictional "RAGE" virus are somewhat accidentally released after a break-in at an animal testing facility in England. 28 days later, the cities are all but deserted and in ruins. The movie then follows the progress of a handful of survivors as they search for others who are uninfected. and try to make sense of what exactly has happened.
Going into this, i honestly expected the usual zombie movie...but this is far more then that. The depth of the storyline and the acting by everyone involved is wonderful, and leaves me wondering if some of the people giving this film a terrible review, actually saw the same movie as i did.
There is a twist to this that i will not get into, other then to say it was a brilliant move in steering the film away from a typical "zombie-fest". As an avid horror movie fan, i am always thrilled to see a movie go in the less obvious directions, as this one does. the final act of the movie, is actually almost like a completely different film. focusing more on the remaining characters, and their inner relationships, then on running from the monsters. but there are still plenty of monsters...just not in the shape you might have expected.
The director,(the amazing Danny Boyle of "Trainspotting" fame), sets a tone of dark, and ominous paranoia early one of the main characters wanders down the deserted streets, finally making his way into a church, and seeing hundreds of dead bodies piled up in front of the alter. And he maintains that sense of dread through-out the film. There is a sequence towards the end of the film that is truly frightening...where one of the characters is on the outside of a house, and sets in motion a chilling series of events, and watches it all unfold, going from window to window. The effect of this scene...thanks to the direction, lighting, and even the music, stays with the viewer long after the film has ended.
The true test of a great horror movie, as with all great movies in that it stays with you long after you've seen it. This is especially true of "28 Days Later". it's a film to be watched more then once, to fully appreciate the underlying horror of the story.

Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback
233 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing ride., Oct. 27 2003
This review is from: Angels & Demons (Paperback)
It's always a rare treat to find a book that just completely captivates you on page one, and doesn't lose it's grip for a second. "Angels & Demons" is one of those books. Dan Brown brings these unforgettable characters to life, and you find yourself traveling down those long dark hallways, and rushing around Vatican City, right along with them. It's a huge compliment (in my mind) when a book plays out like a vast movie inside my head. Where every last detail is brought to life for me. and Brown's style of writing...incredibly detailed and focused, is perfect for a story of this scale. While some may say that his attention to detail might slow the pace down, i found it to be one of the things i loved most about this book. He explains things in a way that makes you understand the thought process of each character. It's incredibly difficult to pull off a book that takes place over less then a 24 hr period, and do so over 500+ pages. But Dan Brown not only does it, and does it well...but leaves the reader wishing there was more...wanting the story to continue. Here's to many more adventures with Robert Langdon. I for one, will be along for the ride.

Phone Booth (Bilingual)
Phone Booth (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Colin Farrell
Price: CDN$ 6.98
60 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars unique concept, perfectly brought to life....almost., Oct. 26 2003
This review is from: Phone Booth (Bilingual) (DVD)
Who would have thought anyone could make an entertaining and interesting movie about watching someone stand inside a phone booth for two hours? I have to say, i originally thought the concept of a film centering on a man inside a phone booth, and the chaos that goes on around him, sounded intriguing...but it was hard not to think it would end up being dull. But "Phone Booth", with a few exceptions, keeps both the tension, and interest in these characters, high throughout the film. I think the main reason this film ends up working, is due to the two main stars; Colin Ferral, and the incredibly effecting voice of Keifer Sutherland. While it can be said, this film tried a bit too hard at times, and also seemed to throw everything in but the kitchen sink to build the tension, it succeeds in keeping the viewer more then interested in seeing how the story would end. My one major complaint, IS with the actual ending. It does nothing but frustrate the viewer. And this film needed an end to the story...not to leave you hanging, wondering if some kind of sequel was in the future. That was the easy way out, and was a bit disappointing.

Identity (Special Edition) [Import]
Identity (Special Edition) [Import]
DVD ~ John Cusack
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 22.52
66 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic-style who-done-it makes a comeback, Oct. 26 2003
There's nothing like a film that doesn't go in the direction you expect it to. So often in movies today, the ending can be seen coming from 5 miles away. which is why a movie like "Identity" is so refreshing. During the course of this film, you will think you have it all figured out about 4-5 times...only to have another twist thrown at you. The plot: a seemingly random group of people, who through seemingly random circumstances, become stranded at a small roadside motel during a rainstorm. One by one, they start dying under bizarre cicumstances, and the survivors attempt to figure out what is going on, and why. There are many subtle side-stories that mesh together nicely, and thanks to an excellent cast, headed up by the always wonderful (and here, slightly understated) John Cusack, you are drawn into this story, and want to find the answers as badly as the characters do. It is a credit to the screenwriter that the major plot twist comes across as being believable, rather then outragiously over-the-top. While some people may find it a bit confusing and hard to follow at the beginning, "Identity" is a wonderful, thinking-person's thriller that is more then worth checking out.

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