• Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (Two-Disc Special Extended Edition)
    Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (Two-Disc Special Extended Edition)
    Kevin Reynolds
    ★★★★
    Odd to find myself saying it, but I prefer the theatrical cut to this extended version. The extra material doesn't add much, although it does explain a bit more about the sheriff and his witch.

    I'm a sucker for any Robin Hood story (I only have three on my shelves at the moment) and despite Kevin Costner, this one's one of my favorites.
    a dvd added by hija_paloma's avatar hija_paloma on Mar 15, 2006 | 2 users.
  • Moulin Rouge! (Widescreen Edition)
    Moulin Rouge! (Widescreen Edition)
    Baz Luhrmann
    ★★★☆☆
    I want so much to hate this movie--I keep trying, really--but every time, I love it more. I've got the soundtrack, I've got the DVD, every time I fall for Ewan's floppy hair and barely-there Scottish accent, and although the story's laughably formulaic, I find myself caught up in it every time.
    a dvd added by hija_paloma's avatar hija_paloma on Mar 15, 2006 | 10 users.
  • Edward Scissorhands (Full Screen Anniversary Edition)
    Edward Scissorhands (Full Screen Anniversary Edition)
    Tim Burton
    ★★★☆☆
    Clumsy and awkward in parts, it's still an achingly sad story about irrational fear and intolerance. Besides which, Vincent Price! It's a fairy tale for modern times, much more in keeping with the brothers Grimm than Disney's chipper tales.
    a dvd added by hija_paloma's avatar hija_paloma on Mar 13, 2006 | 1 user.
  • Benny & Joon [Region 2]
    Benny & Joon [Region 2]
    Jeremiah S. Chechik
    ★★★☆☆
    Attempts to speak to the way we treat the mentally ill today, and it doesn't do a great job, but it's not horrible (better than Garden State). Quinn does a good job portraying the frustration and guilty that come with living with someone who's mentally ill, wanting to do what's best for them but resenting having to make those decisions. It is telling that the movie, seen by most as the story of Joon's romance with Sam, is titled after her relationship with her brother. The end is a bit facile, but Depp is so charming throughout that by that point, you totally don't care.
    a dvd added by hija_paloma's avatar hija_paloma on Mar 13, 2006 | 2 users.
  • Don Juan DeMarco
    Don Juan DeMarco
    Jeremy Leven
    ★★★☆☆
    This movie is intensely cheesy and I love it. Don't watch this movie expecting deep meaningful... meaning... or even a whole lot of plausibility. It's a fun little escape into the world of playing pretend--how very meta.
    a dvd added by hija_paloma's avatar hija_paloma on Mar 13, 2006 | 4 users.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    Gore Verbinski
    ★★★★★
    A friend of mine got me this for Christmas, and I watched it 30 times that first month. Anything else I say must be heard with that in mind.

    I think this movie, although immensely popular, is vastly underrated/underappreciated. There is a lot more going on here than the superficial "ooh, shiny"--although, come on, Johnny, Orlando, and Jack Dav playing pirates, there is a LOT of shiny. But the movie is subtly witty, snarky and sweet, and it puts several interesting twists on the tried-&-true story formulas Disney is so comfortable with.
    a dvd added by hija_paloma's avatar hija_paloma on Mar 13, 2006 | 42 users.
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