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    The Fast and the Furious
    Director: Rob Cohen
    DVD (02 January, 2002)
    list price: $26.98
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    A guilty pleasure with excess horsepower, The Fast and the Furious efficiently combines time-honored male fantasies (hot cars, hot women, hot action) into a vacuous plot of crystalline purity. It's trash, but it's fun trash, in which a hotshot Los Angeles cop named Brian (Paul Walker) infiltrates a gang of street racers suspected of fencing stolen goods from hijacked trucks. The gang leader is Dom (Vin Diesel), ex-con and reigning king of the street racers, who lives for those 10 seconds of freedom when his high-performance "rice rocket" (a highly modified Asian import) hurtles toward another quarter-mile victory. Racing is street theater for a lawless youth subculture, and Dom is a star behind the wheel--charismatic, dangerous, and protective toward his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), who's attracted to Brian as the newest member of Dom's car-crazy team.

    Director Rob Cohen treats this like Roman tragedy for MTV junkies, pushing every scene to adrenaline-pumping extremes; when his camera isn't caressing a spectrum of nitrous oxide-enhanced dream machines, it's ogling countless slim 'n' sexy race babes. The undercover-cop scenario cheaply borrows the split-loyalty theme perfected in Donnie Brasco; a rival Asian gang adds mystery and menace; and digital trickery is cleverly employed to explore the fuel-injected innards of the day-glo racecars. It's about as substantial as a perfume ad, but just as alluring, and for heavy-metal maniacs of any age, Diesel's superblown '69 Charger proves that Detroit muscle never goes out of style. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

    Features

    • Color
    • Closed-captioned
    • DTS Surround Sound
    • Widescreen
    • Dolby

    Asin: B00005R87Q
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-action/Adventure   


    Autumn in New York
    Director: Joan Chen
    DVD (13 November, 2001)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $13.46
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    Editorial Review

    Autumn in New York is a by-the-numbers love story, right down to its opening shot of, yes, autumn in New York. Richard Gere stars as restaurateur/lady's man Will, while Winona Ryder plays the airy-fairy, oh-too-delicate-for-this-world Charlotte. Will is 48, Charlotte is 22, and it just keeps getting creepier: Will actually used to hang out with Charlotte's mom. She plays artily with beads and sparkly things, he notices how elfin and different she is (inspiring such stomach-churning dialogue as "I find you completely unprecedented and therefore utterly unpredictable"), and soon they're in love. Ah, but it's doomed: she has a tumor in her heart (just in case you missed the significance, Charlotte says "I'm sick in my heart!"). Does Charlotte have enough time left to teach Will to truly love? While Gere does a stoic job, Ryder spends a lot of time being darling and winsome, aided by the fact that Charlotte has managed to catch one of those special movie diseases where you never look bad or get tubes stuck up your nose. Director Joan Chen doesn't have much of a script to work with, but at least she knows how to pick a cinematographer; the whole movie is shot in gorgeous fall-leaf colors. Several excellent supporting actors are trapped in this movie: Jill Hennessey and Anthony LaPaglia do their very best, but what can they do in the face of such a sweeping, creepy love? Autumn in New York is nothing if not an earnest movie, and it certainly means well. Much like Charlotte, it seems to cry, "Can you let me love you? Please?" No. --Ali Davis ... Read more

    Features

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    • Closed-captioned
    • Widescreen
    • Dolby

    Asin: B00003CXL7
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-drama   


    $13.46

    Take a Look in the Mirror
    Audio CD (21 November, 2003)
    list price: $13.98 -- our price: $13.98
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    • Explicit Lyrics

    Asin: B0000DYJM7
    Sales Rank: 19026
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    The Old Man and The Sea
    by Ernest Hemingway
    Paperback (05 May, 1995)
    list price: $10.00 -- our price: $8.00
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    Editorial Review

    Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to theauthor. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such postwar stinkers as Across the River and into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954 (an award Hemingway gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that "no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards"). A half century later, it's still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head (or hand-to-fin) with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favorite motifs of physical and moral challenge. Yet Santiago is too old and infirm to partake of the gun-toting machismo that disfigured much of the author's later work: "The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords." Hemingway's style, too, reverts to those superb snapshots of perception that won him his initial fame:

    Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air.
    If a younger Hemingway had written this novella, Santiago most likely would have towed the enormous fish back to port and posed for a triumphal photograph--just as the author delighted in doing, circa 1935. Instead his prize gets devoured by a school of sharks. Returning with little more than a skeleton, he takes to his bed and, in the very last line, cements his identification with his creator: "The old man was dreaming about the lions." Perhaps there's some allegory of art and experience floating around in there somewhere--but The Old Man and the Sea was, in any case, the last great catch of Hemingway's career. --James Marcus ... Read more

    Isbn: 0684801221
    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Cuba    3. Fiction    4. Fishers    5. Literary    6. Literature - Classics / Criticism    7. Male friendship    8. Older men    9. Sea & Ocean    10. Fiction / Literary   


    $8.00

    Ethan Frome (Signet Classics (Paperback))
    by Edith Wharton, Anita Shreve
    Mass Market Paperback (12 June, 2000)
    list price: $4.95 -- our price: $4.95
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    Isbn: 0451527666
    Sales Rank: 3067
    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. Literature - Classics / Criticism    4. Literature: Classics   


    $4.95

    98 Degrees & Rising
    Audio CD (02 December, 1999)
    list price: $27.49
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    Asin: B000042O9N
    Sales Rank: 130917


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