Archive for November, 1998

The Contract Killer

Financially troubled, a newbie hitman reluctantly takes the job of finding the plotted killer of a Japanese tycoon, but things complicate when the tycoon is killed and he is forced to ally with a misfortunate hitman to find the “King of the Hitman.” Read the rest of this entry »

Affliction

Director Paul Schrader’s latest film is painted against a snow white backdrop, like one of those empty canvases with only a dot on it that hang in a museum. The bleak background helps put the emphasis on the dot, magnifying it to the point of distraction.
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Mask of Zorro, The

In early 19th century California the masked swordsman hero Zorro was a champion of the people against the tyranny of Spanish rule, represented by the ruthless Governor Montero. Unfortunately, on the eve of his greatest triumph, the liberation of California, Montero learns of Zorro’s secret identity as Don Diego de la Vega and attacks the rebel in his home leaving him imprisoned, his wife dead and his daughter abducted to be claimed as the child of Montero. Twenty years pass, and Montero returns to California intent on a foul plan to bring it under his total control Read the rest of this entry »

Austin Powers

One of 1997’s funniest films, Mike Myers’ spoof of James Bond-“In Like Flint” super spy thrillers is one hilarious gag after another. Top heavy on the references and snappy one-liners, “Austin Powers” perfectly captures the look and feel of it’s source material while creating a style all its own. Myers stars the hip 60’s secret agent Austin Powers, who enjoys his carefree life in London. Read the rest of this entry »

Practical Magic

Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts (Dianne Wiest and Stockard Channing) after their parents’ death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical—their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens’ sorcery also carries a price—some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Lebowski DVD

Like a rabid pit bull in heat, “The Big Lebowski” goes right for the jugular. It’s a ferociously funny comedy that dares to be different. It’s no surprise that this collage of calamity comes from Joel and Ethan Coen, the dynamic duo whose last film was “Fargo.” “The Big Lebowski” harkens back to the brother’s “Raising Arizona,” a wild, free-for-all comedy with a gallery of bizarre characters and dizzying cinematography. Read the rest of this entry »

Latest DVD

ANCHOR BAY

“Dawn of the Dead: Director’s Cut” – 4/20

“Monty Python: Life of Brian” and “Time Bandits” – 4/27 Read the rest of this entry »

Simple Plan, A

When Hank, Jacob and Lou find .4 million inside a crashed plane in a nature preserve, they quickly come up with the plan to keep the money safe until the plane has been found by others and the dust has settled. But Jacob, Hank’s brother, and Lou, a friend, do not behave the way they decided to Read the rest of this entry »

Blindness

A blind Asian-American woman (Lisa Lu) lives with her son (Chin Han) and daughter-in-law (Vivian Wu). The two women barely tolerate one another and the son, a doctor simply turns himself off to avoid any confrontation with either. Into this environment, an armed intruder (Joe Lando) breaks in Read the rest of this entry »

Shakespeare in Love

Romantic comedy set in London in the late 16th century: Young playwright William Shakespeare struggles with his latest work “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter”. A great fan of Shakespeare’s plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time (female roles were played by men, too), but dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo Read the rest of this entry »

Perfect Murder, A

Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory Read the rest of this entry »