Saturday, August 30, 2008


Dir: Rob Marshall, 2002 (9.1*)
Best Picture (AA, GG)
Loved this, my favorite Bob Fosse musical. The acting in this one was probably the best musical cast in 20 yrs at least: Renee Zellweger (nominated), Queen Latifah (nominated), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Oscar for Supp. Actress), even Richard Gere sang (nominated), and John C. Reilly nearly stole the movie (also nominated). The film is about women who kill men, often who deserved it (a terrific song for that, "He Had it Coming"), and two who meet in prison (Renee and Catherine) and vie for the same ruthless lawyer, played by Gere in a hilarious comedy role. This is full of great choreography, reality and fantasy mixed, yet all worked into the plot seamlessly, rare for a musical. The dvd includes the deleted song "Class", with Catherine and Latifah, one of the best, so it’s hard to believe it was cut out. 6 Oscars


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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