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Starring: Uwe Ochsenknecht and Gustav-Peter Wöhler
Enlightenment Guaranteed - A real winner!
Living Enlightenment in everyday life
Germans don't understand comedy??
The King of Marvin Gardens
Released in DVD by Columbia/Tristar Studios (25 April, 2000)
Starring: Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern
One of the most subtle and deeply felt--if ultimately downbeat--collaborations between Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson, this film was Rafelson's follow-up to Five Easy Pieces. Nicholson plays a disc jockey whose withdrawn personality translates to radio mystery. But he's out of his depth when he goes home to Atlantic City at the invitation of ne'er-do-well brother Bruce Dern. Dern has a big-money scam that's also high risk, particularly to himself if the black-crime syndicate he's ripping off ever gets wind of it. But Nicholson gets swept up in the blarney of his charismatic older brother, even as he suffers gnawing doubts about the way Big Bro treats his lady friends (including Ellen Burstyn). Low-key but evocative, this is the kind of movie that has you remembering images and moments and feeling for Nicholson's dilemma, long after you've seen it. --Marshall Fine
A Rare Gem-Amazing!
The Best Nicholson Film You've Never Seen
Released in DVD by Miramax (06 May, 2003)
Starring: Sam Neill and Greta Scacchi
Uncle Vanya Down Under
An Australian Gem!!
Released in DVD by First Run Features (20 January, 2004)
Starring: Clint Jordan and Kirsten Russell
Virgil Bliss---Moral force administrator or subject
THIS MOVIE IS SIMPLY AMAZING...
Soul Hunter - City of Fire (Vol. 5)
Released in DVD by A.D. Vision (18 June, 2002)
In what would be the final episodes of a traditional series, Taikoubou and his key allies attack the demon Dakki and her sisters Kibi and Oh Kijin, who have seduced the corrupt emperor Zhou. Sorcery and high-tech weaponry blend in a bizarrely imaginative battle that razes the capitol city of Chouka. But not even superheroes armed with paopei (supernatural weapons) can turn the tide of history: it's too late to restore the empire, and the Yin dynasty perishes. The destruction of the screeching Dakki should mark the end of Project Soul Hunter, but Taikoubou and his immortal minions have another campaign ahead of them. As the aloof demon Shinkohyo predicts, "Now the real fun begins." Based on a manga adaptation of a Chinese ghost story, Soul Hunter offers highly original designs and a lively mixture of high adventure and offbeat comedy. Rated 12 Up: Cartoon violence, profanity. --Charles Solomon
it was awesome
Soul Hunter - The One That Got Away (Vol. 6)
Released in DVD by A.D. Vision (30 July, 2002)
This zany comedy-adventure series reaches an appropriately off-kilter conclusion as all the characters, even the hippo-like Sibu and the aloof clown-demon Shinkohyo, fulfill their roles in a conflict that pits Taikoubou and his bizarre cadre of friends against the Immortals of Mt. Kunlun. The battle evolves into a debate over human free will versus predestination, illustrated with a mixture of fantasy, reality, flashbacks, and farce. Taikoubou learns he has been a pawn in a much greater game; but by remaining uncorrupted yet flexible, he discovers the significance and desirability of a straight fishhook. Based on a manga adaptation of a Ming dynasty novel set during the fall of the Yin (Shang) dynasty in the 11th century B.C., Soul Hunter offers a winning mixture of high adventure, slapstick humor, and strikingly original designs that will delight otaku weary of Evangelion clones. Rated 12 Up: Violence, brief nudity, minor profanity. --Charles Solomon
A Stunning Series!
The Miracle Worker
Released in DVD by MGM/UA Video (06 March, 2001)
Starring: Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke
Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft had been playing their respective roles as Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, on Broadway for some time before director Arthur Penn (The Left-Handed Gun) built a mesmerizingly beautiful film around their layers-deep performances. Duke is astonishing as the deaf, blind, mute Keller, who awakens to an awareness of language under Sullivan's determined guidance. Bancroft is fascinating and focused. Penn wisely kept his adaptation unencumbered by cinematic indulgence. The black-and-white film is sparse and charged with the immediacy of the drama. The script is by William Gibson, who also wrote the original play. --Tom Keogh
My favourite film ever
A Truly Wonderful Film
American Experience: Return With Honor
Released in DVD by Pbs Home Video (24 April, 2001)
Men who piloted the hottest fighter planes in the world found themselves suddenly transformed from hotshots to humiliated prisoners during the Vietnam War. The story of how American prisoners survived in North Vietnam's notorious prison camps is dramatically told in this documentary, an installment of the American Experience series on PBS. The men, who survived appalling treatment, relate their experiences, and vintage footage, including propaganda films shot by their captors, portrays what they endured. A former POW describes how he was coached before being put on public display, yet he spelled out the word "torture" in Morse code by blinking his eyes, a defiant action that can clearly be seen in footage that the North Vietnamese provided to the world's media. Another former prisoner, who somehow survived massive injuries despite being denied medical care, describes how he had to lie on the concrete floor of his cell for nearly a year, just trying to get his arms and legs to function again. These inspirational stories lead up to an emotional climax as the prisoners, including Arizona Senator John McCain, describe what it was like to be freed after their long captivity. This is a deeply moving and inspiring story told by men who overcame great depths of human suffering. --Robert J. McNamara
Common Men, Uncommon Courage
Don't believe the running time on the box
An exceptionally good documentary....
The Secret of NIMH
Released in DVD by Mgm/Ua Studios (06 March, 2001)
Starring: Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Hartman, and Dom DeLuise
In his book, Robert C. O'Brien called his brave widow mouse "Mrs. Frisby," but Disney escapee animator Don Bluth must have thought kids would laugh the wrong way at that. They renamed her "Mrs. Brisby" for NIMH. That acronym stands for the National Institute of Mental Health, and the rats that live near Mrs. Brisby came from NIMH--they have strange ways. But they're the only ones who can save her house and her children, so Brisby seeks them out with the help of a humorous crow (Dom DeLuise). The magic gets laid on a little thick but this is Don Bluth's most successful attempt to achieve a complete, sincere, animated film. It's often forgotten, but it's a true surprise and a rare treat in the vast wasteland of insubstantial children's fare. --Keith Simanton
Can I give 6 stars? EXCEPTIONAL
Not the most famous mouse, but the most remembered for me.
Watch it and LOVE it!
The Living Daylights
Released in DVD by MGM/UA Video (17 October, 2000)
Starring: Timothy Dalton and Maryam d'Abo
Timothy Dalton made his 007 debut in the lean, mean mode of Sean Connery, doing away with the pun-filled camp of Roger Moore's final outings. He establishes his persona right from the gritty pre-credits sequence, in which he hangs from a speeding truck as it barrels down narrow cobblestone streets, battles an assassin mano a mano, and lands in the arms of a bikinied babe. This James Bond is ruthless, tough, and romantic. The Living Daylights, set during the thaw of the cold war, begins with the defection of Russian KGB General Koskov (Jeroen Krabbé) and his revelation of a Soviet plot to eliminate Britain's secret agent force. Assigned to eliminate Koskov's Soviet boss (John Rhys-Davies, cutting a memorable figure in his brief appearance), Bond uncovers a conspiracy involving Koskov and an American arms dealer (Joe Don Baker). Maryam d'Abo makes a fine Bond girl as Koskov's beautiful cellist girlfriend, a classy innocent who soon loses her naive blush and shows her pluck. The villains are lackluster--Krabbé is a clown and Baker a blowhard--and Dalton hadn't yet mastered the delivery of the trademark quips, but it's a sleek script with a no-nonsense attitude. Veteran series director John Glen's action scenes have never been better--especially the show-stopping mid-air battle on the net of a speeding cargo plane--and he returns the series to the smart, rough, high-energy adventures that made the Bond reputation. --Sean Axmaker
Tipping The Hat To Mr. Fleming!
The best bond of the 80s (and of all time in my opinion)
He's Back.. And badder then ever!