Archive for January, 2004

South Park 3

The day “South Park” first appeared on cable’s Comedy Central is considered a holiday in our house. We gather for a feast of Snacky Cakes and Cheesy Poofs, and worship the animation Gods known as Parker and Stone. Read the rest of this entry »

The Exorcist DVD

I was sixteen when I first saw “The Exorcist.” I was associate editor of my high school newspaper, and the editor and myself had accompanied our teacher/supervisor to San Diego to spend the weekend with the Navy at Coronado. Read the rest of this entry »

School of Rock

Jack Black isn’t your traditional leading man. He’s not tall. He’s not pretty-boy handsome. He’s not cut. He’s more like your best friend, dependable, funny, constantly aware of his place in life and comfortable with that knowledge. Jack Black seems like the kind of person you could hang out with, which is what makes “School of Rock” so inviting. Read the rest of this entry »

National Treasure

Benjamin Franklin Gates descends from a family of treasure-seekers who’ve all hunted for the same thing: a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Ben’s close to discovering its whereabouts, as is his competition, but the FBI is also hip to the hunt. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Children and It

‘It’ is a Psammead (voiced by Eddie Izzard), an ancient, ugly and irritable sand fairy the children find one day on a secret beach at their uncle’s mansion. It grants them one wish per day, lasting until sunset. But they soon learn it is very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and each one gets them into unexpected difficulties Read the rest of this entry »

Boa vs. Python

After an overly ambitious businessman transports an 80-foot python to the United States, the beast escapes and starts to leave behind a trail of human victims. An FBI agent and a snake specialist come up with a plot to combat the creature by pitting it against a bioengineered, 70-foot boa constrictor. It’s two great snakes that snake great together! Read the rest of this entry »

Fight Club

Tyler Durden, the protagonist of David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” tells his new friend Jack that he can’t know anything about himself unless he has been in a fight. Not just an angry exchange of words, but a drag out, knock down connection of bare fist and flesh. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Bounce, The

Surfer/drifter/con man Jack Ryan (Wilson) makes his way to Hawaii and lands a job caring for an Walter Crewes (Freeman), a judge on the island. His new gig leads to an involvement with an beautiful, enterprising woman (Foster), who’s really the lover of a real estate tycoon (Sinise) – a shady businessman and longtime rival of Judge Crewes. Ryan, naturally, has to choose between the woman, the money, or the honorable path Read the rest of this entry »

Walking Tall

When a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces returns to his small hometown in rural Washington State hoping to realise a childhood dream of working in the local lumber mill, he discovers that much has changed, as the normally tranquil town is now besieged by drugs, outbreaks of violence and a general feeling of malaise and terror, with many pointing a finger at the influence of a crooked casino where his ex-girlfriend now works as a dancer Read the rest of this entry »

Video Reviews



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Return to Sender

Charlotte Cory (Connie Nielsen) is a young woman convict on Death Row who has built up a friendship with Frank Nitzche (Aidan Quinn) through mail correspondence, whilst her attorney (Kelly Preston) desperately tries to appeal the verdict before Charlotte’s time runs out. With only days to spare Frank realizes that he has fallen in love with Charlotte and discovers that there is much more to the tragic circumstances of her imprisonment than he first thought – her life is now in his hands. Frank races to solve the puzzle that will reveal the truth, and tell the secrets that both he and Charlotte have been concealing, before it’s too late Read the rest of this entry »

Manchurian Candidate, The

When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened — or didn’t happen — in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to Collinwood

In “Welcome to Collinwood,” a group of diverse, inept thieves gather for what they believe will be the biggest heist of their career. Even though they come from all walks of life, they share two things in common: they have a desperate need for money, and would rather steal than earn it. Read the rest of this entry »

Laws of Attraction

This is the story of two New York divorce attorneys (Moore, Brosnan) who are often competing against each other, but end up in a relationship nonetheless. When they get married, can they avoid the same issues at home that lead people to provide them business at work? One of the central cases in the story is the heavily-publicized divorce of a rock star (Sheen) from his wife (Posey). Read the rest of this entry »

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

The Bride woke up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before the coma was gone. The only thing on her mind was to get revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her – a team she was once part of Read the rest of this entry »