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Gozetleme Kulesi
Gozetleme Kulesi
DVD ~ Olgun Simsek
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great through and through, May 9, 2014
This review is from: Gozetleme Kulesi (DVD)
Loved it. Superb story. Well crafted. Very good performances by all (including the Seher's mother in a small role). Though the end was abrupt, once contemplated - what more need be said? Highly recommended.

François Truffaut Collection - 7-DVD Box Set ( L'histoire d'Adèle H. / L'argent de poche / La chambre verte / La sirène du Mississipi / L'enfant sauvage / La mariée était en noir / [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Italy ]
François Truffaut Collection - 7-DVD Box Set ( L'histoire d'Adèle H. / L'argent de poche / La chambre verte / La sirène du Mississipi / L'enfant sauvage / La mariée était en noir / [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Italy ]
DVD ~ Isabelle Adjani
6 used & new from $51.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some rarities here, December 31, 2013
For Truffaut fans who haven't seen some of these; it might be wise to invest in a region free player and grabbing this set. Includes:
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
Small Change (1976)
The Story of Adele H. (1975)
The Wild Child (1970)
The Green Room (1978)
Mississippi Mermaid (1969)
The Bride Wore Black (1968)

The Merry Wives of Windsor BBC Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of Windsor BBC Shakespeare
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear up the unknown quantity, May 10, 2013
If this is indeed the version of Merry Wives Of Windsor with Richard Griffiths and Ben Kingsley.... then we are dealing with the 170 minute December 27, 1982 BBC TV version directed by David Hugh Jones and also starring Alan Bennett, Richard O'Callaghan and Tenniel Evans. One would hope, with this dearth of product information, that it is indeed NTSC as advertised.
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Tatie Danielle [VHS]
Tatie Danielle [VHS]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for for everyone, but a revelation for the few, March 14, 2013
This review is from: Tatie Danielle [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I'm not even sure I can objectively rate this movie. In fact, I not even going to try. It kind of has a NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION meets VERY BAD THINGS vibe. (end of review) I'm giving this 5 stars because I laughed so hard, yes. Because it's well put together, yes. Because the actors all play their parts perfectly, sure. But let's be honest; I gave this 5 stars because the central character IS my grandmother to a T. Sad to say, but I couldn't possibly be more serious! Someone who will cuss you out, and try to hit you, but then scream at the top of their lungs if you even suggest something they don't like. Someone who's only joy in life is manipulating people into currying her favor. Someone who can cause other people to practically come to blows with one another because they're sick to their eye-teeth of dealing with her but can't take it out on her. A person who's only happy making others miserable, accosting strangers with rude comments, embarrassing anyone within eye shot and blaming others for the precisely devious deeds she has committed herself. Yeah. I still had mild stereotypically generalized 'American' reservation about France and it's people, until I saw this film. Any country that has the guts to put this film out and give 3 of it's actresses César Awards has a clean slate in my book. Any country where the authorities would actually understand the situation, instead of laming out makes me want to move there. Heck, I might just go visit and let them abuse me for a while. I now realize, they couldn't say or do anything to me that hasn't already been done by my own blood. And I now notice this is hardly a film review... as much as a purging of emotion. I can't imagine this movie would be for anyone but the 'lucky' few (and maybe those with a healthy sense of humor), but for those who understand it could be a revelation. You're not alone. VIVE LA FRANCE!!

The Mirror (with Original Mono Soundtrack) (1974)
The Mirror (with Original Mono Soundtrack) (1974)
DVD ~ Andrei Tarkovsky

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect in every way!, February 1, 2013
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I have seen complaints about the transfer and the lack of extras. Well, I don't know if RUSCICO has different versions of this film, but I'm very happy with all of it!
The DVD i got has a ton of extra stuff! A bio of Tarkovsky's dad. A 'Behind The Scenes' doc on Geraimov's TOWN PLANNERS (starring Anatoly Solonitsyn), Innokenty Mikhailovich Smoktunosky speaking about scoring a Valery Ugarov animation, behind the scens of Sergey Yutkevich making SUBJECT FOR A SHORT STORY (starring Nikolai Grinko), and a montage of Artemyev's soundtrack for MIRROR [all of these are 3-9 minutes long].
Alexander Misharin interviewed for 32 minutes about the film and his relationship with Tarkovsky and Grigory Yavlinsky interviewed for 10 minutes about the film's impact. Then there's Filmographies for the director, lead actress, co-script writer, composer, production designer and camera operator; as well as 9 photographs behind the scenes. I don't think I could have possibly asked for more.

NEW 135 Grand Street New York 1979 (DVD)
NEW 135 Grand Street New York 1979 (DVD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Musical entertainment 3 weak stars; but as a unique document - an unabashed 5, January 10, 2013
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Ericka Beckman's film is one of those long forgotten finds that opens another perspective on a piece of history. This home footage of No Wave bands creating through deconstructing is invaluable for fans of that genre; as well as those that followed like Post Rock. The slapdash/homemade production might disappoint anyone expecting something the likes of URGH: A MUSIC WAR or even DOWNTOWN '81 (the majority is shot from a static point of view); however being one of the few, nay the only, documents of it's kind - this footage reveals precisely what it should. These are artists of all kinds (sculptors, poets, photographers, painters AND musicians) diving in unabashedly and trying their hand at the 'art' of music. Many budding names crop up of later musical fame; but more never intended to pursue music as a career in the first place. There are as many unknown ensembles present here as famous groupings, but amongst them Youth in Asia shines out as particularly skillful and thankfully now re-acknowledged. If you can imagine a loft party with a camera set-up to face the 'stage' (nothing more than some checkered linoleum on the floor); where BOTH people who arrived that evening as groups with song ideas to create AND people who have never performed together before nor touched an instrument take the stage - then you might visualize this. If only they'd had another camera trained on the rest of the room; the production might have turned out like the infamous TV PARTY shows. On a side note; I was particularly pleased to catch a glimpse of Robert Quine, who pleasantly slogged in the trenches doing sound for No Wave events and recordings before Brian Eno popped up and stole the show (so to speak). As a filmed musical entertainment...perhaps a weak 3 stars; but as a unique historical document - an unabashed 5 stars. So glad this exists.

Clatterford: Season 1
Clatterford: Season 1
DVD ~ Joanna Lumley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mature work that rates as some of the best TV written for women, December 31, 2012
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I am a 45 yer old happily married American man. I love the brazen pop culture skewering done on Ab Fab. I love the outrageous gutterpunk mayhem of The Young Ones. And yet, I also love the subtle complexity of Jam & Jerusalem (aka; Clatterford). It makes me very happy that Jennifer Saunders did not accept the easier road of juvenile humor for her entire career, but rather stuck her neck out with this mature series. IMHO these are some of the most multi-faceted female characters ever broadcast on television. I honestly feel sorry those who can't seem to find the humor here. Dawn French plays one of her most outlandish characters ever, and yet there is an underlying humanity that is quite poignant. The receptionist Tip, is like one of those people you know in real life who's the kind of fallible smart-ass that always brightens your day and keeps your reality checked at the same time. Saunders herself is not the star of this show, but her upper class character often delivers malaprop zingers by confusing sexual fetish terminology with everyday activities. Joanna Lumley admirably goes the farthest afield by digging down and portraying someone 30 years her senior in an unflattering, but entirely honest light. This is not a JOKE show. It's not sketches or slapstick. Rather it's a brilliantly written and insightful drama with great humor that comes about as close to real life as any TV show is likely to.

I'm Down: A Memoir
I'm Down: A Memoir
by Mishna Wolff
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great! Plenty of hilarity, insights and pathos, December 21, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book! The cover sets the stage for a romp through the missteps and fascinating perspectives of classic American cultural clash. As it continues to develop, more weight eases in and the burdens of seriousness for the modern teen come into play. I've already passed it on to my 13 year old granddaughter who will certainly benefit from the humor as well as the realizations about life and personal responsibility in this material. Kudos! I'm looking forward to Mishna writing more books.

DVD ~ Mickey Rourke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For diehards only, November 24, 2012
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I was on a quest to see every film performance of Mickey Rourke I could, and this is one for diehards only. It's not that a very young Mickey portraying Saint Francis Of Assisi is bad, or that Helena Bonham Carter portrays Saint Clare badly; it's that the director previously made a TV movie of this in Italy and then remade it into a disjointed mess. It's fairly difficult to get emotionally invested when the story jumps about to seemingly random moments in the life of Saint Francis. Even the WikiP entry for this film says, "A series of episodes from Francis' life follows, rather than a coherent narrative." The most bizarre moment of all would have to be Mickey inexplicably humping a mound of snow. I'm not making this up. Okay sure, the guy loved nature and he was blissful... but somehow this sudden moment of ecstasy feels like a curve ball, rather than a deepening of character. I especially enjoyed the discomfort Mickey elicits for the end where he's put upon to make rules for his order. The production design rightfully earned some awards, but the director was only nominated for the Golden Palm; she didn't win (for a reason). Fans of Helena Bonham Carter and Mickey Rourke will likely want to see this. And for them I say, do it. But for anyone more interested in the life of the saints: look somewhere besides this fever dream.

Divorce His, Divorce Hers
Divorce His, Divorce Hers
DVD ~ Richard Burton
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Price: $12.97
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is a Rip Off, November 18, 2012
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This review is from: Divorce His, Divorce Hers (DVD)
Yeah it's cheap, but this DVD is only the SECOND HALF of the film. There is a menu that shows "Part 1" and "Part 2", but you must go to the final chapter of the second half and fast-forward to the end before it cycles to this HIDDEN menu. Only problem... no matter what button you push it starts the SECOND HALF. I began to suspect that there was nothing BUT the second half on the DVD and came to Amazon to make sure I had my facts straight. Sure enough; the ENTIRE film is 180 minutes long, and as you will note... this DVD is only 73 minutes long. Don't waste your time.

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