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I began watching this movie after a few months of trawling my way through the endless chasm of "teen" movies. This included such films as the rather dull Cruel Intentions and the frankly dire American Pie. I admit I am usually hard to please, so at the end of my tether this would need to be superb to return my faith in the Amercian movie industry. I was not disappointed. This was an absolute gem of a movie - perfect in execution, consistently witty, often moving, and always thoroughly enjoyable. I rarely watch a film again immediately after finishing it. This film, I watched three times over the two days I rented it. The acting was spot on. The love-struck,geeky, selfish - yet strangley likeable hero, Max, was played to perfection by Schwartzman, and Bill Murray gave a wonderfully underplayed performance ... full review
Once again Amazon have placed 14 reviews some more than 10 years old, of the FILM, not the DVD which doesn't come out til March 2013. I am not knocking the excellent reviews - they really are good, but they would be more use if they related to the actual DVD. Oh, Yes, I love the film, but might wait to see what remarks are made about the quality of the DVD which usually influences any purchase I make.
"UNEVEN, BUT PACKED TO THE GILLS WITH GOOFS & GAFFES" - By Shashank Tripathi (Gadabout)
Whether it's a character study in midlife detachment or a nudge-nudge-wink-wink take on cheesy 70s style Jacques Cousteau productions, The Life Aquatic never makes a pretense of being anything less than kooky.
Yet, for all its ostensible insincerity, it never comes across as an attempt to play us cheaply. We keep watching because it's hard to keep a straight face at the sight of Zissous Inc. The 'jokes' are sporadic and borderline moronic but thankfully punctuated frequently by Anderson's trademark brilliance in the script.
Rushmore's success hinged on the depth of its protagonist and how much we ended up rooting for him. That's the beauty of our good marine folk in Aquatic, spotlighted without a tangible spinal plot.
An ageing Bill Murray is Zissou, no one else in the whole industry can embody deadpan irony with such gumption. The rest of the zany crew includes several A-listers, ... full review
"Giants Among The Stars" - By K. A. Walsh (Eatontown, NJ, USA)
Without a doubt, this is one of the finest Blu Ray discs I own, not just for the fascinating and well done documentary, but for the total immersion in the Apollo Experience that new transfer (both video and audio) provides. It is STUNNING; there is no other way to describe 80 minutes of pure perfection.
The film that was brought back from the moon, original film elements, were used in the creation of this documentary to begin with when it was first compiled into an intriguing film some 20 years ago. With the advent of the new digital remaster, the film looks COMPLETELY different; so much so that my 12 year old daughter thought that the scenes shot on the Rover were special effects! Imagine her surprise when I told her that was actual moon mission footage, and it was as real and as untouched as ... full review
I bought this DVD purely our of curiousity---I never saw it until 30 years after it came out. This is pure Americana--it follows a group of bible salesman starting in Boston and ending in the Miami area. (You will see how much times have changed by the amount of smoking everyone in this film does from start to finish.) Although I never liked door to door salesman, you begin to appreciate the frustrations they encounter on a daily basis as well as their devotion to their craft. I don't think fellows like this exist anymore--they are from a time long gone. It might be an interesting film for students to watch and see a snapshot of America as seen through the eyes of these salesmen.
"A breath taking masterpiece of Japanese film making...." - By P. Ferrigno (Melbourne, Victoria Australia)
After many years of only seeing this timeless work on VHS tape, to finally have and to own " The Seven Samurai " on DVD presented in 1:33:1 format, presented by the reknowned Criterion Collection...it is indeed a true pleasure for this film fan. Plus the bonus of the additional audio commentary by the Japanese film historian, Michael Jeck, provides a much deeper insight into the history of the production, it's messages and themes, Akira Kurosawa's directorial style, and the attitudes of Japanese film making in the early 1950's. From the very first time I watched this film I was spellbound by it's power and glory....Kurosawa painstakingly assembled a team of actors with wonderful synergy and expression that are at the core of this unforgettable tale of hopes & dreams, death & revenge and honor & trust. Kurosawa's explosive and dynamic battle sequences, some filmed in driving rain, are equally ... full review
I had heard about this movie through friends but was never impressed by the story. A reclusive anti social kid who befriends and falls in love with an elderly (though young at heart) eccentric. I wrote it off completely til I saw a bit of it on television and thought it was hilarious and as it turns out I rented the movie and was extremely hooked. Harold is a rich kid with a high strung, selfish mother who tries anything to find a suitor for him, in turn Harold escapes from his home to overshadow funeral processions and memorials. At a number of these events, Maude is in attendence and she lights up the scene with her off the wall,and positively upbeat personality that horrifies and amuses Harold. After a while they become unlikely friends. Maude helps Harold live a little and in turn he develops true affection to Maude. ... full review
"Chasing Amy" by director Kevin Smith is such an triumph. This movie about love, friendship and taking chances hits with so many punches. It's well rounded, it doesn't take the easy way out, NOR does it go for the safe laugh. The story surrounding comic book writer Holden (Ben Afflect) , his best mate and partner Banky (played beautifully by Jason Lee), and Holden's love for fellow comic book girl, lesbian Allyssa (Joey Lauren Adams) Who SO deserved the Golden Globe Nomination. It's sweet, lovely and such a testament to true love. Conflict between these three characters carries this movie with such intelligence. One of the BEST love declaration speeches in movie HISTORY is in this movie, when Holden spills his cuts (in the rain, no less) to Alyssa. That scene sums up the whole movie. ... full review
First of all, I suggest that anyone who likes this movie look it up on Wikipedia. You'll get information about where some of the scenes were filmed and when. But, let's talk about this Blu-ray DVD. There are some scenes that apparently could not be brought to Blu-ray standards... It depends on what type of camera they were using. Apparently, during the Pruit-Igoe scenes, they did not use the best of cameras (it was filmed in 1975 on a small budget, so they didn't use the best camera film for the shots) However, for the majority of the film, they do, apparently, use decent enough film to transfer into Blu-ray. Criterion should be applauded for taking a chance at giving this movie a much needed overhaul. This is the only chance you have at watching a decent version of this movie. ... full review
There are buttered-up popcorn movies that entertain you, score a ticket to "Jurassic Park" and Spielberg for that, and there are films with gravitas, that move you, disturb you, drag you to the altar kicking and screaming, to consider circumstances you might not brave yourself.."Badlands," Terrence Malick's 1973 directorial debut, an overlooked jewel of a film, forcibly moves you, and takes an unsavory subject, the Charles Starkweather serial killings' crime spree, up in the vacated Badlands of South Dakota, and refines it til you posit, "How did we get here as a country? What went wrong?"..And then you appraise the challenges a film-maker overcomes to project the psychopathic wrath of two teenagers (Martin Sheen as Kit Carruthers, Sissy Spacek as Holly Sargis) on a thrill-killing "honeymoon", onto the silver screen and make it empathetic, palatable..Why would anyone care in the first place about two low-life, lost highway delinquents, who shoot ... full review