Archive for November, 2004

The Banger Sisters DVD

In Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous,” Kate Hudson, daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, plays a 1970’s rock and roll groupie, excuse me, a Band Aid, named Penny Lane. Because “Almost Famous” took place in the moment, we only got to see a small sliver of Lane’s life. Rumor has it that the real Lane “aided” quite a few “bands,” but was never willing to name names. Read the rest of this entry »

Rules of Engagement DVD

If I were in combat, Col. Terry Childers is the kind of man I would want on my side. A 30-year Marine veteran, Childers has seen it all. His combat experiences includes Vietnam, Beirut and Desert Storm. He’s a decorated war hero and he knows how to get things done under fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Mr. Deeds

In the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” John Belushi was featured in a sketch called “The Thing That Would Not Leave.” He played a boorish dinner guest who took advantage of his hosts hospitality by overstaying his welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Millions

The UK is about to switch its currency from Pounds to Euros, giving a gang a chance to rob the poorly-secured train loaded with money on its way to incineration. But, during the robbery, one of the big bags falls literally from the sky on Damian’s playhouse, a 5-year old given to talking to saints. The boy then starts seeing what the world and the people around him are made of Read the rest of this entry »

Cookout, The

When Todd Anderson signs a million deal with his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, he knows that his life is set for a big change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a barbeque at his place — just like the ones his family used to have. But when you have new and old friends, family, agents, and product reps in the same house, things are bound to get crazy Read the rest of this entry »

Stepford Wives, The

Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) is a successful TV producer on the verge of yet another Emmy-winning streak of TV shows when she is fired from her job at a prestigious network. She then has a mental breakdown and her husband Walter (Matthew Broderick) and their two children (Dylan Hartigan, Fallon Brooking) move to Stepford, Conneticut, the most perfectly perfect little town there ever was. The women of Stepfrod spend all day knitting, gardening, exercising in beautiful dresses, and are the most splendid of all women on Earth Read the rest of this entry »

Porky’s

There’s one scene in writer-director Bob Clark’s “Porky’s” that left me and my friends on the floor of the theater. It comes towards the end of the film when female gym teacher Beulah Balbricker tries to convince the principal of the school that the only way she’s going to catch a male student who performed an indecent act is to have a line-up of their tally-whackers. Read the rest of this entry »

Primer

At night and on weekends, four men in a suburban garage have built a cottage industry of error-checking devices. But, they know that there is something more. There is some idea, some mechanism, some accidental side effect that is standing between them and a pure leap of innovation Read the rest of this entry »