Archive for July, 2004

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Back in the 1970’s, singer David Bowie was such an enigmatic character that it was only a matter of time before he wound up in the movies. Bowie made his debut in director Nicolas Roeg’s fascinating “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” based on the novel by Walter Tevis. Read the rest of this entry »

Auto Focus

Since everything in Hollywood is based on perception, most celebrities are forced to keep their private lives private. It may have been easier back in Hollywood’s golden age, when gossip queens Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper were controlled by their publishers. With the expansion of cable and the Internet, keeping a secret has become impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

Noel

In the Christmas Eve in New York, the lonely divorced publisher Rose Harrison (Susan Sarandon) expects for a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimer. She feels sorry for the patient of the room in front of her mother’s and meets his visitor (Robin Williams). Meanwhile, the Latin Nina Vasquez (PenĂ©lope Cruz) breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancĂ© Mike (Paul Walker) due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him Read the rest of this entry »

School for Seduction

When gorgeous Italian temptress Sophia Rosselini’s (Kelly Brook) School for Seduction arrives in Newcastle, four friends-each hoping to release their inner sex goddess-sign up for an education in the ‘seductive arts.’ Taking their cue from sultry Sophia, the newly confident women unleash themselves upon their unsuspecting partners with lustful abandon-winding up in some unexpected and hilarious situations! Read the rest of this entry »

Little Black Book

Stacy Holt, an associate producer for a daytime talk show, is confounded by her boyfriend Derek’s unwillingness to talk about his previous relationships. Egged on by her co-worker Barb, Stacy sneaks a look at his personal digital organizer, scores the names and numbers of his exes, and sets up interviews with them—all in an effort to get closer to her man. Her plan starts to unravel, however, when she becomes friends with one of the women Read the rest of this entry »

Shaft

Sitting on the shelves of my video library are copies of films such as “Shaft,” “Coffy,” “Truck Turner” and “Superfly.” I have these films in my video library not because of their historical significance, but because of their personal significance. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight of the Phoenix

A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

Along Came Polly

Can a risk-averse insurance salesman on the rebound from his bride’s infidelity (during their honeymoon) find happiness with a waitress he knew in junior high who’s averse to commitment? Reuben is a sweet klutz who’s ready to settle down but sees in her a chance to recover from disappointment and have some fun; Polly is a sweet itinerant, not ready to settle down but sees a chance to spend time with a nice guy who likes her. What will he do when his bride comes crawling back? What will Polly do, when he runs the numbers and thinks she’s a good risk? Sub-plots involve his self-centered pal, who’s a has-been actor, and an assignment to assess the insurability of a balls-out Aussie. Read the rest of this entry »

What Lies Beneath

I understand with so much on the line, movie studios feel compelled to sell the hell out of their wares, but must they insist on throwing out the baby with the bath water? Are the people cutting film trailers today so brain-dead that the only thing they’re capable of delivering is an encapsulated version of the film? Read the rest of this entry »

Modern Vampires

Stylish vampire film looks great, but after all is said and done, the effort becomes anemic. Director Richard Elfman does an excellent job of making the film an exercise in visual delights, but the screenplay by Matthew Bright is extremely pedestrian. Read the rest of this entry »

South Park DVD

There’s something to offend just about everyone in “South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut.” It’s rude, crude, vulgar, racist and sick. The sad part is that I enjoyed the film. I laughed a lot, and if it weren’t for the excessive musical numbers, I would have given it my highest rating. Read the rest of this entry »

London Voodoo

When a young man relocates his family from New York to London his wife discovers a new sexuality and power that threatens to tear the family apart. As his wife’s behaviour becomes more violent and erratic, our hero accepts that to save the woman he married he must open his mind and trust the people whose beliefs he has refused to acknowledge. Read the rest of this entry »

Passion of the Christ, The

The Passion of The Christ focusses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. The film begins in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus has gone to pray after sitting the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan Read the rest of this entry »

Rock Star

There’s a spattering of irony in the nostalgic “Rock Star,” a 1985 look at the world of heavy metal and the people who orbit it. To be honest, I was never a metal-head. I was one of those squares who liked to hear the music and understand the lyrics. Read the rest of this entry »

The Parent Trap DVD

I remember it like it was yesterday. 1961. The old Fox Santa Paula Theater. I was only five then, but I clearly remember how much I liked Walt Disney Pictures “The Parent Trap.” I was an instant Haley Mills groupie. I didn’t dare miss any of her following films, like “That Darn Cat,” “In Search of the Castaways,” and “Summer Magic.” Read the rest of this entry »