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Black Rain (Widescreen)
Black Rain (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Michael Douglas
Offered by The Digital Vault
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2.0 out of 5 stars This Might've Worked If ..., Dec 9 2002
This review is from: Black Rain (Widescreen) (DVD)
An unimportant film with unimportant consequences, BLACK RAIN is the story of two New York detectives (Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia) who have the task of delivering a mob thug back to Japan ... where they end up in the middle of international intrigue with all entirely unbelievable plot twists.
However, BLACK RAIN has long been a 'closet favorite' of filmgoers worldwide. It is sumptuously photographed, and the action -- while not entirely fulfilling -- is beautifully choreographed. Perhaps its greatest strengths are, as well, its greatest detractors.
I can't help wondering, though, how the film would've played had the two principles (Douglas and Garcia) switched roles. Dramatically, it would've had more effect, and, stylistically, Douglas is looking to old for these kind of roles anyhow.
See it for the guilty pleasure of watching the sumptuous Kate Capshaw as the perfect 'blonde escort' conducting her business for the benefit of Japanese business. She's worth any viewing, or any price, in my little black book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ... And A 'Contenda' It Is!, Dec 9 2002
Crackling dialogue and political intrigue -- along with a host of smart performances by Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, and Gary Oldman -- elevate this story about the worst kind of political bickering to a level other films only hope to reach.
Joan Allen plays a senator awaiting confirmation to serve in the second highest office in the country -- the Vice President of the United States -- but a seedy past -- or is it? -- and some scheming political rivals stand in her way.
Released in the midst of the Clinton presidency, THE CONTENDER didn't receive the kind of box office it deserved, but it is precisely the brave performances in this brave film that have kept it alive in the video rental and sales market.

Contact (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
Contact (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jodie Foster
Offered by stephensstuff
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2.0 out of 5 stars How Could They Go So Horribly Wrong?, Dec 9 2002
Author Carl Sagan? Big name.
Director Robert Zemeckis? Big name.
Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster? Big name.
Not three strikes, but still an out ... out cold as in a sleepfest came CONTACT onto the silver screen. Based on the book by Carl Sagan, the premise is fascinating: an alien intelligence finally makes contact with SETI, providing mankind with instructions to build ... well ... er ... something that'll make advanced contact possible.
Even with stellar supporting performances by James Woods, Matthew Connaughey (sp?), Tom Skerritt, and Angela Bassett, somehow CONTACT still feels sadly like 'the little engine that couldn't,' a conglomeration of talent surrounding some big ideas that only delivers a 'Twilight Zone' type ending.
However, major kudos and hats off to cast & crew for keeping the film -- as does the book -- on track with the stellar theme that, before we start understanding the cosmos, we should begin with understanding ourselves. Once more and perhaps its only notable achievement is the fact that CONTACT underscores the final frontier may not lie in a galaxy far, far away but very well be inside each and every one of us as the truest human condition.

The Cable Guy (Bilingual)
The Cable Guy (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jim Carrey
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2.0 out of 5 stars Was This The Beginning of Jim Carrey's End?, Dec 9 2002
This review is from: The Cable Guy (Bilingual) (DVD)
THE CABLE GUY is the kind of schlock that not only helped put the antics of Jim Carrey on the map but also pointed out how annoying he could be if and when he wasn't reigned in.
Ben Stiller directs affably. Carrey preens affably. The plot progresses ... affably, yet it still feels somewhat bland and empty. Apart from one hilarious sequence (and homage to classic Star Trek) involving Carrey and the ever-pubescent-looking Matthew Broderick 'fighting to the death' at Medieval Times, there isn't much to remember here.
Still, if you're in the mood for a few dark laughs, the film succeeds.

Cop Land (Widescreen)
Cop Land (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Sylvester Stallone
Offered by CAMusicFiendz
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe A Great Stallone Flick Once A Decade ..., Dec 9 2002
This review is from: Cop Land (Widescreen) (DVD)
Sylvester Stallone returned to 'acting' in this stellar outing detailing big city corruption bleeding onto the 'burbs in COP LAND, a terrific ensemble piece backed up by such thespian heavyweights as Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. Rumor has it that Stallone put on a good forty pounds to play a small town Jersey cop trying to get out from under the weight of gangsterized police work, only to endure several personal risks along the way. A great little film that, in the hands of other talent, would've fallen flat. Look for great supporting roles for Annabel Sciorri (sp?) and Jeannine Garafalo (sp?).
If Stallone only hits one out of the park once every ten years, I can live with that.

The American President [Import]
The American President [Import]
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't Get My Vote, Dec 8 2002
Michael Douglas plays a largely smug President (think "Bill Clinton") and Annette Benning plays his wiley, intellectually-equal sparing mate (think "Hilary Clinton") in life and love as a journalist assigned to the White House Press Corps in THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (forget all about Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, and the other women).
Ugh.
Politics.
I suppose I would rate the film higher if either of their performances in such a contrived romance were marginally believable, but, sadly, I've always thought this film was one large Hollywood misfire aimed at showing how evil Republicans are and how righteous Democrats are, which Rob Reiner basically confirmed in the press tour. If the story had, instead, focused on the budding love of the principals and then given them true credibility (Benning gives in WAY too fast as a journalist and professional, and Douglas struts around making decisions that impact millions of people both positively and negatively as if he had spoken to the burning bush instead of Moses), I probably would've enjoyed the picture more.
Outside of Douglas's grandstanding speech at the end (which is given excessive and unnecessary dead weight by a seemingly Earth-shaken Richard Dreyfuss as a 'mean and nasty' Republican senator), there are very few memorable moments here. The love affair happens too fast and involves too little consequence (other than humorous ones), and it's all neat, tidy, and acceptable as far as the pollsters would have the American people think.
The secondary players here end up doing a far better job than the principals as they're not suckered into the obvious politicking of the film. Had Rob Reiner not been so much in love with Bill Clinton or had he decided on using a better role model as President, again it may've all ended up getting a second term (think "sequel").

Another Stakeout (Widescreen)
Another Stakeout (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Richard Dreyfuss
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1.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER Stakeout?, Dec 7 2002
ANOTHER STAKEOUT demonstrates the worst kind of Hollywood pandering: "Aw, come on! You liked the first one! Why not see the second?"
Thank goodness no one's come up with the ideas ONE MORE STAKEOUT, STILL STAKING OUT, or HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A STAKEOUT?
Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez shared some buddy screen magic (not much, but some) in the first visit, but this time around it's complete Dullsville. Emilio's mustache has never looked more glued on, and the make-up job was possibly an inside allegory for this thin plot that doesn't stretch the bounds of creativity set forth by the first installment.
You'll be more entertained signing the house up for a second mortgage.

Alien 3 (Bilingual)
Alien 3 (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 30.35
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, Maybe It's Not the Best ..., Dec 7 2002
This review is from: Alien 3 (Bilingual) (DVD)
... the ALIEN 3 has been bashed for many years for being simply that; an inferior follow-up to two great first installments in the saga. Certainly, everyone can concede that it would be extraordinarily difficult to match up to the sheer scare power of ALIEN or ALIENS, and ALIEN 3 deserves a second look on its own merits.
That said, this outing finds Lt. Ripley crash-landing onto a prison world, where she faces a cadre of lustful killers who -- in an odd twist of fate -- are already too late: a seed has been planted inside her, and it's her worst nightmare come true. Ellen Ripley carries an infant alien, the next generation of horror, and thus ensues the race against time to battle both a full-size predator on the loose, the one germinating inside our heroine, and the evil forces of the company who've learned that there's still an alien out there for them to the world of business.
In one tidy little package, ALIEN 3 is a well-paced allegory for all that Ripley has feared. Standing alone, it's a nice little film -- not a great one -- that probably has been stripped by fandom of its ability to be just that: one nice little scare. Being part of a trilogy (well, until the next installment anyway) where the first two parts equal a sum far greater than ALIEN 3 could match, its swallowed up like prey.

Bachelor Party (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Bachelor Party (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and 50% Less Raunchy ... To A Point, Nov. 29 2002
Not quite as raunchy as a movie of this topic could've been, BACHELOR PARTY has equal parts 'raunch' and 'trash' as it does 'feel-good' laughs ... and that's largely due to the charm of its star, a young erstwhile Tom Hanks long before he was a media darling and an Oscar contender.
In as unlikely a scenario as has ever been filmed, Hanks -- a school bus driver -- has snagged a voluptuous heiress to be his winning bride, but not before Hanks' rowdy friends carry through on their plans to throw -- you guessed it -- a bachelor party, hence the name of the film. Enter the obligatory hookers, horse jokes, and a nerdy ex-boyfriend, and the laughs begin.
Sure, it might be predictable, and, yes, it might be dated, but BACHELOR PARTY still has some classic yucks worthy of a cult film. Definitely worth the view.

Airheads (Widescreen)
Airheads (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Brendan Fraser
Offered by Treatspree Canada
Price: CDN$ 37.95
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not An Academy Awards Dished Out Here, Nov. 28 2002
This review is from: Airheads (Widescreen) (DVD)
A largely forgettable movie (and deservedly so), AIRHEADS coulda been a contender. It had some box office draws before they were relative heavyweights (Adam Sandler, Brendon Fraser, and Steve Buscemi). It had a great comic premise surrounding a wannabe rock band taking over a radio station for the sole purpose of airing their demo tape. It even had some nice little performances from the supporting characters. How did a little film with such potential end up so uneven?
Two words: didn't gel.
The greater comic moments are brushed aside in a quick moving tale that, ultimately, ends up being about nothing more than jilted love ... but isn't that the driving force behind all wannabe heavy metal bands?
Maybe that's why I don't enjoy heavy metal.

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