Archive for August, 2003

Blind Horizon

In this thriller, Val Kilmer plays Frank, a man who loses his memory after being shot in small desert town in New Mexico. As he tries to retrace his steps and figure out his true identity, Frank believes he may be part of a plot to assassinate the president. Sam Sheperd plays the town’s shifty-eyed sheriff and Neve Campbell plays a woman claiming to be Frank’s fiancee Read the rest of this entry »

Brokeback Mountain

Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist arrived at the trailer of Wyoming rancher Joe Aguirre with hope of work for the summer. Not anxious to lose any sheep to predators, Aguirre hires the nineteen-year-olds to watch over the flock on Brokeback Mountain. While Ennis stays behind at the base camp, Jack travels up the mountain to sleep with the sheep. It’s a tedious, lonely existence made worse by the frigid cold and torrential downpours. Read the rest of this entry »

House on Haunted Hill DVD

There is an old joke about a man who walks up to a woman and offers her $1 million if she will sleep with him. She immediately answers yes. He then offers her half-a-million, and she say yes. Then he offers here a $100,000 and the offer is still yes. When he finally offers her $1,000, she turns him down and says “What kind of woman do you think I am?” Read the rest of this entry »

Hanging Up

Even though they are as different as night and day, there is a special bond that exists between a father and his daughter. As someone with a younger sister who has witnessed this first hand, I admit I was a little jealous of that bond. Read the rest of this entry »

The Castle

You learn two things during director Rob Sitch’s rib tickler “The Castle”: (1) A house is not a home; and (2) A man’s home is his castle. Words to live by, and that is exactly what Kerrigan patriarch Darryl (Michael Caton) does. Darryl believes that location is everything, and is perfectly happy with his spread that sits underneath high voltage power lines and next to a busy airport. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Willing Hunting

Actors are always complaining that there just are not enough good scripts floating around. Instead of complaining, actors Matt Damon (The Rainmaker) and Ben Affleck (Chasing Amy) wrote a screenplay for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Whale Rider

Steeped in centuries of tradition and an honest family dynamic rarely seen within the conventional movie system, “Whale Rider” is an emotionally satisfying coming-of-age tale that skillfully peels away the layers of Hollywood artifice to expose a reality that touches the heart, brings a smile to your lips and a tear to your eyes. There, I’ve said it. Real men do cry, especially when their soul has been affected by this story concerning the unspoken bond between a young girl and her distant grandfather. Read the rest of this entry »

The Negotiator

When the city of Chicago faces a tough hostage situation, they call in Danny Roman. Roman is the best at what he does, and proves it during an intense opening standoff involving a deranged, disgruntled husband holding his daughter hostage. Read the rest of this entry »

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

More than 10 years after ‘Terminator 2’, John Connor now exists only as a drifter – living ‘off the grid’, so no more Terminators from the future can hunt him down. Unfortunately, SkyNet does send another one back – and this one is called the T-X, even more powerful & advanced than the dreaded T-1000. However, another CSM-101 Terminator is also sent back to protect John against the T-X Read the rest of this entry »

Core, The

For reasons unknown, the earth’s inner core has stopped rotating, causing the planet’s electromagnetic field to rapidly deteriorate. Instantly, life around the globe begins to change dramatically. In Boston, 32 people with pacemakers, all within a 10-block radius, suddenly drop dead Read the rest of this entry »

Hellbound Hellraiser 2

Cenobites. No, they’re not a Millennium snack treat, but denizens of Hell. And they’re really ticked off in this sequel to the popular Clive Barker horror thriller “Hellraiser.” I can’t blame them. I mean, first they’re summoned from their slimy slumber by Frank, who figures out the key to a Chinese puzzle box that opens another dimension. Read the rest of this entry »