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Friday, August 29, 2008

Closing the Ring (2007)


Discover the love of a lifetime

From Academy Award®-winning director Richard Attenborough (Gandhi, Shadowlands) comes Closing the Ring, a deeply moving love story of an American woman who honors a wartime promise of love with a lifetime of heartache until the discovery of a gold ring reawakens her. Spanning two continents and half a century, Closing the Ring stars Academy Award®-winner Shirley MacLaine (In Her Shoes, Terms of Endearment), Christopher Plummer (A Beautiful Mind, The Insider), Mischa Barton (television's The O.C.), Academy Award®-nominee Pete Postlethwaite (The Constant Gardener, In the Name of the Father) and Academy Award®-winner Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot, The Field).

During World War II, more than 300,000 American military personal passed through or were based in Northern Ireland. On June 1, 1944, ten of these young American servicemen died when their B-17 bomber lost its bearings in heavy fog and crashed into Belfast's Cave Hill. Over fifty years later, a news item about a discovery at the crash site of one airman's wedding ring struck a chord in writer Peter Woodward, son of the actor Edward Woodward, inspiring him to write Closing the Ring. Richard Attenborough calls it 'unequivocally one of the most exciting, most original, most authentic first screenplays I've ever read.'

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

Wow I love it ... read all about Kindle at Amazon or download the user guide & manual and read all about Kindle or watch reactions from Bestselling Authors.







Audiobooks too!
With Kindle, you are able to download and enjoy thousands of audiobooks from Audible.com. Due to their file size, audiobooks are downloaded to your PC over your existing Internet connection and then transferred to Kindle using the included USB 2.0 cable. Listen via Kindle's speaker or plug in your headphones for private listening.


Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Terms of Endearment (1983) & The Evening Star (1996)


A Film of Joy, Tragedy and Hope


One of the top grossing films of 1983, including sweeping away 5 Oscars, Terms of Endearment, not only is a heart-felt relationship between a sensitive and compassionate daughter (Debra Winger) and her over bearing mother, (Shirley MacLaine) but also what it means to get caught-up in the day to day: and faced with the really tough things in life like seeing one's child go through unnecessary torment and hardship- but most of all, the film shows us about living in the moment, having fun in the moment, because life is fleeting, and often times, tragic.

Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson), a retired astronaut, lives next door to Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and as middle age can be very lonely sometimes, reveals to Aurora a selfish man, but also one who enjoys life and she sets out to meet him, that ends in a strange but beautiful relationship. Taking away, at least, a little attention from her suffering daughter miles and states away.

This film is certainly a character driven film rather than plot driven because the story is a simple one. It is the dialouge, acting and the great direction of James L. Brooks, (Broadcast News, As Good as it Gets, to name a few) known in the industry as the 'actors director' which makes this film one of the best of 1883.

A beautiful film: loving, caring, moving, emotional, revealing the joys and the tragedy of life, leaving a glimmer of Hope for us all.

Outstanding.
~ By C. Middleton ~

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Shirley MacLaine, back as Aurora Greenway

In The Evening Star, the sequel to 1983's Oscar-winning predecessor Terms of Endearment, Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) picks up where she left off.

The saga now continues with her dead daughter's beleaguered offspring, and Granny Aurora just ain't doing so well. Her heart is, as always, in the rightest of places. Every week she's in the state pen visiting Tommy (George Newbern), but he's content to toss her homemade brownies in the trash. Teddy (Mackenzie Astin) drives a tow truck and has a little brat of his own. Most belligerent is Melanie (Juliette Lewis). Like the others, she's still angry over her mother's death and more often than not takes it out by doing whatever she feels like, much to the chagrin of Aurora.

All these problems drive Aurora into the arms of Jerry (Bill Paxton), a much-younger therapist who, like Albert Brooks in Mother, has some kind of unresolved Oedipal conflict to work out. Their scenes together are cute and sexy.

The film's sentimentality is overshadowed by the pure spunk of MacLaine's portrayal. And her perennial nemesis Patsy (Miranda Richardson) more than keeps Aurora's blood pumping.

It's fun to see MacLaine in this role again. She imbues Aurora with a warmth and trueness that reminded me how much I had missed her. Even the third act cameo by Jack Nicholson as astronaut Garrett went down easy.

Perhaps best of all is Marion Ross (Yo, Mrs. C.!), who gives a lovely performance as Rosie, Aurora's maid. ~ By David Robson ~

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Prospero's Books (1991)



A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest.

Prospero's Books (1991), written and directed by Peter Greenaway, is a cinematic adaptation of The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. John Gielgud is Prospero, the protagonist who provides the off-screen narration and the voices to the other story characters. Stylistically, Prospero's Books is narratively and cinematically innovative in its techniques, combining mime, dance, operatic set pieces, and animation. The film makes extensive (and pioneering) use of digital image manipulation (using the Paintbox system), often overlaying multiple moving and still pictures with animations. Michael Nyman composed the musical score and Karine Saporta choreographed the dance. The film is also notable for its extensive use of nudity, displayed with a naturist ethos in keeping with the work's key themes. (i.e. The nude actors and extras represent a realistic cross-section of male and female humanity.) Wiki

I will not comment on the technical merits of the DVD pressing as other reviewers have done. As a piece of art, this movie is truly outstanding. The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's lsat plays, and its themes are love, compassion, the quest for knowledge & power, and finally subduing the ego and finding peace. Greenaway's version is "arty", maybe, but it is gorgeous, well-written, intellectually intriguing, and unique. Gielgud narrates and he is incomparable. Watch it! By D.S.Nelson

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Roswell (1994) aka Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up


Is the truth in here?

Though I couldn't care less whether intelligent alien life exists or not (IMHO it probably doesn't, and if it does it would bear many of the same hideous flaws that any "intelligent" life has), this movie is one of thee best UFO flicks I have ever seen. Whether you like good sci-fi stories, UFO mythology, or if UFO-ology is basically your religion (sigh), this is a great movie based on the classic UFO crash myth near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Wonderfully filmed, with a good solid script and fine acting. The characters (even the minor ones) are lifelike and appear to be given a great deal of thought. If you want to see one of the best, earliest foundations for the 20th century take on alien life (complete with a typically awful, thankfully short, scene depicting the supposed vastly superior minds of alien life over our own), then this is it. Of course, as this movie shows, it merely scratches the surface of just how far some people take the whole UFO thing and just how much story potential there is within UFO-ology. If you want to be really disturbed by something however, consider the claim at the beginning of this movie that the story is "...based on events that happened near Roswell, New Mexico"!

Kyle Maclachlan (who stared in the original Dune, also appeared in Twin Peaks) does a real nice job here in the lead. A fine actor with a good talent for playing intelligent, inquisitive, determined characters (qualities we could all look for more here among humanity instead of looking towards outer space for them). The movie works well on different levels. Outside of a few weaknesses, the story of the whole Roswell incident itself is fairly brilliant and it's understandable that this movie would turn out pretty good. Yet, this movie also can be used to work the mind as you sit back and think of all the alternative theories possible to the ones given. Many of the alternatives are given right in front of us within the story, sometimes even painfully obviously so. The movie ends on a touching, somewhat sad note as we see further into the isolation, and perhaps self-deception, portrayed so well by Kyle Maclachlan. Perhaps in the long run it can also be seen as a good warning about obsessive-compulsive behaviors, whether one is right or wrong in their views. I think the real question UFO extremists need to ask however is, is this belief trip really necessary? Roswell (1994) helps in thinking about this. By Ratspit

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Chumscrubber (2005)



"Don't ignore me."

The Chumscrubber is a brilliant portrayal of suburban dysfunction that deserves a place alongside American Beauty, Edward Scissorhands, and The Squid and the Whale. The movie takes place in a picture-perfect community with social-climbing (and subtly back-stabbing) parents who have little time for their children. The movie opens with young loner Dean discovering his childhood best friend hanging from the rafters in his bedroom. Dean gets little support from the adults in his world, and a group of teens quickly latches on to see if Dean can score the drug connections of his deceased friends.


This is a tale told with subtle nuances and situational irony--the mothers pop speed and herbal energizers while turning a blind eye to their childrens' drug and alcohol abuse, the parents permit absolutely anything if "it's for school," and a funeral and over-the-top wedding compete for space and attention on the McMansion block. Kidnapping and bullying take place right under the eyes of a cast of self-absorbed parents played by Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close, and Allison Janney. The dialog, imagery, and themes of this movie all compliment the first-rate acting. Prepare to have your jaw drop as you watch The Chumscrubber. By Jessica Lux

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Easy Graphic Converter



Download this totally Free tool!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Death on the Nile (1978)


A Sinister Shipboard Slaying

Agatha Christie wrote "Death on the Nile" in 1937, one year after "Murder in Mesopotamia", and to all appearances "Death on the Nile" was intended as a prequel to "Murder in Mesopotamia", which itself was a prequel to the 1934 classic "Murder in the Orient Express". The three stories make up a satisfying trilogy of mysteries as Poirot tours the Near East finding murder everywhere he goes.

All three of the stories follow Christie's tried-and-true formula: She introduces the cast of suspects, gives each of them a dark secret and a motive to lie, and piles up the circumstances in such a way that the flying fickle finger of suspicion points to every one of them at some time or another. She compounds the confusion by supplying false leads and deliberatly glossing over hot clues. In each case Poirot holds his cards close to his vest, tantalizes the reader/listener with cryptic comments, and finds the most inconsequential-appearing facts to be highly significant. Eventually Poirot airs everyone's dirty laundry, explains his chain of deductive reasoning, reconstructs the crime in all its improbable complexity, and gets a confession.

Of the three stories, however, "Death on the Nile" presents the most feasible modus operandi for the murder, as well as the most likely motivation for murder. This is a roudabout way of saying that "Death on the Nile" is the most realistic of the three.

The Peter Ustinov movie stays faithful to the plot and gives the viewer some excellent scenes of Egyptian ruins along the Nile. The star-studded cast turns in good performances. Having first seen David Suchet as Poirot, I could not help but be somewhat disappointed with Peter Ustinov as Poirot. Of all the Poirot movies starring Ustinov, however, this is the best. By George R Dekle "Bob Dekle"

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Starting Out in the Evening (2007)


The madness of art

STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING is a quietly moving work of art, a film adapted from Brian Morton's novel by screenwriters Fred Parnes and and Andrew Wagner (who also directs) that dares to take us to the wall with decisions we make about how we conduct our lives and negotiate the changes that can either be stumbling blocks or stimuli for creative awareness, It has much to say about the creative process of writing, a theme upon which it first appears to be based, but it more importantly urges us to examine how we live - how we make use of this moment of time in which we inhabit a body in the universe.




Leonard Schiller (in an extraordinarily understated performance by Frank Langella) is an aging author, a man whose first two novels seem to set the literary world on fire, but whose next two novels languished on the shelves and slipped into the same plane of obscurity Schiller finds his life since the death of his wife. He has a daughter Ariel (Lili Taylor in another richly hued performance) who is nearing age forty and is unable to bond permanently with a man because of her obsession with having children before her biological clock ticks past fertility. Into their lives comes Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose), a bright young graduate student who has elected to write her master's thesis on the works of Leonard Schiller. Schiller is absorbed in writing what may be his last novel and can't be bothered with Heather's plea for a series of interviews. But curiosity intervenes and soon Heather and Leonard are involved in the process of interviewing, a process which gradually builds into overtones of Heather's physical as well as intellectual attraction to Leonard. Meanwhile Ariel observes the process that seems to be infusing life into her father and encourages her to exit her current relationship with Victor (Michael Cumpsty) and re-connect with the true love of her life Casey (Adrian Lester), a man she loves but who refuses to give her the children she so desperately wants. The manner in which these characters interact and learn from each other the importance of sharing Life instead of obsessing with selfish goals brings the drama to a rather open-ended close, another factor that makes this story significantly better than most themes of May-December romance and unilateral coping with self-centered directions.

The pleasures of this film are many, but among the finest is the quality of acting by Langella, Taylor, Ambrose, and Lester. In many ways the story is a parallax of views of life as art that subtly intertwine like a fine string quartet. Why this film was ignored by the Oscars only suggests that movies for the mind take second place to movies for the merriment of entertainment. For people who enjoy the challenge of a meaty story, this film is a must. By Grady Harp

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City of Joy (1992)



A Classic That Is Not Widely Known

In the best performance of his career Swayze stars as Max Lowe a disillusioned surgeon who travels to India after a young patient dies on the operating table. But Lowe's determination to quit medicine is challenged when he meets a committed British nurse who runs a free clinic in Calcutta's most dangerous neighborhood. And when her clinic - and the livelihood of her neighbors - is threatened by the brutal local "godfather" Max teaches the impoverished Indians the strength of their own unity.

No 9 Oscar nominations; no recording-breaking box figure; just a deep touching movie.

Had I not strolled around Blockbuster some late night looking for movies, I would never know that Patrick Swayze starred in a movie that portrays poverty in India.

Situated in Calcutta, Patrick Swayze lent hand in helping the locals battle scarcity of resources, health problems, and daily life challenges. Scenes are constructed convincingly authentic, since there will be considerable difficulty to portrait third-world living conditions through the perspectives of westerners.

What impresses me the most about "City of Joy" is the humane qualities of people. When you watch the movie, the quality and personality of people will permeate through your heart. These people are really joyful and content with the kind of lives they are leading. Somewhat austere, yet joyful. Sometimes I think increasing the standard and industrializing society might rob these people of thier peace. They might be more happier this way. By Matthew M. Yau "Voracious reader

"Original Music by Ennio Morricone"

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Philip Glass Collection


Music from a genius

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. His music is frequently described as minimalist, though he prefers to describe himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures". He is considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, and is described by his biographer, Tim Page, as "the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music — simultaneously. Read more >>

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  • Folder icon Philip Glass - The Photographer
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    • Folder icon Philip Glass - Dance nos. 1-5
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    • Folder icon Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach (1979)
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    • Folder icon Philip Glass - Mishima - A Life in Four Chapters
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